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Sidney Austin Pernot Papers, 1873-1955

Sidney Austin Pernot Papers, 1873-1955

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Sidney Austin Pernot Papers, 1873-1955 UALR.MS.0234

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-16T16:10-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Sidney Austin Pernot Papers, 1873-1955
Dates: Bulk, 1874-1878
Dates: 1873-1955
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet; 1 half document box
Identification: UALR.MS.0234

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence to and from Sidney A. Pernot (1857-1938), a family man and an active member in the Episcopal Church in Van Buren, and his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Pernot (1890-1987), concerning their family and church life in Van Buren (1873-1955). Also included are legal documents related to the Pernots' land and property.

The collection mentions changes in Van Buren toward the turn of the century, such as building a road from Van Buren to Fort Smith in 1878, and constructing a bridge and railroad. The collection also reflects Pernot's active life in the Trinity Episcopal Church in Van Buren, including correspondence from the Right Reverend Henry N. Pierce, the first diocesan bishop of Arkansas.

Biographical Note

Sidney Austin Pernot was born in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas, 1857 December, the last of four children born to Dr. Henri Charles Etienne Pernot and Emily Annie Sargeant Pernot. His father hailed from France, while his mother was from Illinois.

Dr. Henri Pernot received his education from the Royal University of Poitiers and the Ecole de Medicine in Paris, France, and graduated in 1847. Afterward, he arrived in America where he continued his education at the Saint Louis Medical College and graduated from this institution in 1851. In this same year, he married Emily Annie Sargeant, daughter of Dr. Ichabod Sargeant and descendant of Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The couple moved to Van Buren, Arkansas in 1852 and Dr. Pernot established a medical practice for which he was acknowledged as a good physician. He served as one of the presidents of Crawford County Medical Association and was Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1861, Dr. Pernot was appointed chief surgeon of the Confederate hospital in Van Buren and served as Assistant Surgeon of the Confederate States Army at Van Buren General Hospital until 1863 May 2. Dr. Pernot and his wife Emily A. S. Pernot lived in Van Buren and died in 1881 and 1905, respectively.

Sidney A. Pernot married Mary Henry Lacy on 1883 October 3 in his hometown of Van Buren. The couple had two children, Mary Elizabeth Pernot in 1885 and Henri Charles Stephen Pernot in 1893. Pernot worked as an assistant cashier at the First National Bank in Van Buren.

In 1919, Pernot was named chairman of the Finance Committee for Crawford County to help plan the celebration of the Arkansas Territorial Centennial.

Sidney Austin Pernot died in 1938 at the age of 81. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Van Buren.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Sidney A. Pernot Papers, 1873-1955, UALR.MS.0234. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, Sidney A. Pernot Papers, 1873-1955, UALR.MS.0234.

Processed by:

Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013.

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