McIlroy Family Papers

MC 790

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Elaine Roser, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
McIlroy Family
Title
McIlroy Family Papers
Inclusive Dates
1846-1968
Identification
MC 790
Extent
3.5 linear feet (6 Boxes, 1 Volume)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

Hayden McIlroy of Fayetteville, Arkansas, donated the McIlroy family papers to Special Collections on August 1, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Anthony J. Wappel, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in October 1988.

Biographical Note

The McIlroy papers pertain to three Washington County, Arkansas, pioneer merchant families--Powell, Rhea, and McIlroy. Dr. Samuel Powell (1810-1898) and his wife, Sarah Burns (1811-1904), migrated from Tennessee to Arkansas around 1829 and settled in western Washington County near Prairie Grove, where Dr. Powell practiced medicine. Their daughter, Elizabeth Cornelia (1836-1929), married William Husband Rhea (1825-1884) in 1854. Mr. Rhea also migrated from Tennessee and settled in western Washington County around 1836 in what became known as Rhea's Mill. In addition to operating a general store at Rhea's Mill, the Rhea family also operated stores in Cincinnati and Maysville.

Mr. and Mrs Rhea had several children, one of whom was Sarah Ann (1868-1953). She married James Hayden McIlroy (1868-1939) in 1889. He was the son of William McIlroy (1812-1886), the founder of McIlroy Bank and Trust Company (Fayetteville). In addition to establishing one of the oldest banks in Arkansas, the McIlroy family established the first wholesale grocery company and owned and operated the first water company. Sarah A. McIlroy was a member of the Idle Hour Club, one of the oldest women's clubs in Fayetteville. James H. and Sarah A. McIlroy had three children; Hayden McIlroy (1891-1961), Cornelia Stuart (1894-1962), and Mertye Bagby (1896-1977).

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of correspondence, photographs, and business records and have been grouped into four series; Powell-Rhea, Rhea-McIlroy, Lincoln land records, and Photographs.

Related Materials

Records relating to the McIlroy Family Papers include:

McIlroy Bank Records, MC 890

McIlroy Motor Bank Collection, MC 1470

J. H. Field Photographs, MC 539

Arrangement of the Papers

Contents of the Collection

  1. Series 1. Powell-Rhea Family. Box 1.
  2. Series 2. Rhea-McIlroy Family. Boxes 2-3.
  3. Series 3. Lincoln Land Records. Box 4.
  4. Series 4. Photographs. Boxes 5-6.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

series 1: Powell-Rhea Family

Series 1 consists of correspondence, family records, and business records pertaining to the Joseph D. Powell and William Husband Rhea families. The family records include an 1845 statement concerning the Innes family of Scotland (Powell family), Elizabeth Powell's 1854 marriage certificate, a Union Army discharge paper, family [Bible?] records, a 1940 memorial book for Alice Jane Rhea, and clippings entitled "Civil War Ledger."

series I Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1865-1867.

series I Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1870-1887.

series I Box 1 Folder 3

Family records, 1845-1884.

series I Box 1 Folder 4

Family records, 1940

series I Box 1 Folder 5

Family records [clippings], n.d.

series I Box 1 Folder 6

Mr. W. H. Rhea account book, 1850-1866.

series I Box 1 Folder 7

Mrs. E. C. Rhea account book, 1885-1897.

series I Box Manuscript Oversize Box 2 Folder MC 790 Volume 1

Mr. W. H. Rhea account book, 1860-1895.

series 2: Rhea-McIlroy Family.

Series 2 consists of correspondence, obituaries, and business records pertaining to the Sarah A. Rhea and James H. McIlroy families. Business records include receipts and vouchers held by William McIlroy as well as the minutes of the Fayetteville Water Company and the Johnson Canning Company, companies managed by James Hayden McIlroy.

series II Box 2 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1889-1897.

series II Box 2 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1903-1916.

series II Box 2 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1918-1919.

series II Box 2 Folder 4

Correspondence, 1926-1953.

series II Box 2 Folder 5

McIlroy obituaries, 1884-1968.

series II Box 2 Folder 6

Mertye McIlroy Bagby ephemera, 1896-1956.

series II Box 3 Folder 1

William McIlroy receipts, 1857-1860.

series II Box 3 Folder 2

William McIlroy receipts, 1861-1865.

series II Box 3 Folder 3

William McIlroy receipts, 1866-1870.

series II Box 3 Folder 4

William McIlroy receipts, 1871-1874.

series II Box 3 Folder 5

William McIlroy receipts, 1875-1879.

series II Box 3 Folder 6

William McIlroy receipts, 1892-1894.

series II Box 3 Folder 7

William McIlroy receipts, n.d.

series II Box 3 Folder 8

Fayetteville Water Company, 1894-1906.

series II Box 3 Folder 9

Fayetteville Water Company, 1903-1906.

series II Box 3 Folder 10

Johnson Canning Company, 1929-1935.

series 3: Lincoln Land Records.

This series consists of Rhea-McIlroy land records from the Lincoln and Rhea's Mill area of Washington County, Arkansas.

series III Box 4 Folder 1

Deeds, 1859-1867.

series III Box 4 Folder 2

Deeds, 1871-1879.

series III Box 4 Folder 3

Deeds, 1887-1889.

series III Box 4 Folder 4

Deeds, 1890-1899.

series III Box 4 Folder 5

Deeds, 1905-1909.

series III Box 4 Folder 6

Deeds, 1913-1916.

series III Box 4 Folder 7

Deeds, 1926-1939.

series III Box 4 Folder 8

Deeds, 1940-1950.

series III Box 4 Folder 9

Sale, 1941-1964.

series III Box 4 Folder 10

Abstracts, 1942-1964.

series 4: Photographs

This series consists of Powell-Rhea photographs, Rhea-McIlroy photographs, and McIlroy-Bagby photographs. Powell-Rhea photographs (circa 1860-1900) include family photographs and photographs of Rhea's Mill. Rhea-McIlroy photographs (circa 1890-1960) include family photographs and photographs of McIlroy businesses. The McIlroy-Bagby photographs (ca 1920-1970) include photographs of Mertye McIlroy Bagby, her son, Bill Bagby, and a collection of family photographs taken by Fayetteville photographer, Julius Herman Field.

series IV Box 5 Folder 1

Powell family, [6].

series IV Box 5 Folder 2

W. H. and E. C. Rhea, [4].

series IV Box 5 Folder 3

Rhea children, [6].

series IV Box 5 Folder 4

Rhea children, [5].

series IV Box 5 Folder 5

Rhea children, [2].

series IV Box 5 Folder 6

Rhea album and unidentified Rheas, [3].

series IV Box 5 Folder 7

Rhea's Mill, [3].

series IV Box 5 Folder 8

J. H. McIlroy, [5].

series IV Box 5 Folder 9

J. H. McIlroy, [3].

series IV Box 5 Folder 10

Sarah A. McIlroy, [4].

series IV Box 5 Folder 11

Sarah A. McIlroy, [4].

series IV Box 5 Folder 12

Sarah A. McIlroy (Idle Hour Club), [2].

series IV Box 5 Folder 13

McIlroy children (Cornelia), [4].

series IV Box 5 Folder 14

McIlroy children (Cornelia), [4].

series IV Box 5 Folder 15

McIlroy children (Mertye Bagby), [4].

series IV Box 5 Folder 16

McIlroy children (Mertye), [4].

series IV Box 5 Folder 17

McIlroy children (William Hayden) [3].

series IV Box 5 Folder 18

McIlroy businesses [2].

series IV Box 6 Folder 1

Mertye Bagby, [7 snapshots].

series IV Box 6 Folder 2

Mertye Bagby, [20 snapshots].

series IV Box 6 Folder 3

Mertye Bagby, [25 snapshots].

series IV Box 6 Folder 4

Bill Bagby, [4].

series IV Box 6 Folder 5

Field photographs, [5].

series IV Box 6 Folder 6

Field photographs, [4].

END OF COLLECTION

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