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Richard Pyburn estate collection

Richard Pyburn estate collection

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Finding aid for the Richard Pyburn estate collection

BC.MSS.99.34

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

January 8, 2002



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: Richard Pyburn estate collection
Dates: 1853-1875
Quantity: 0.65 Linear feet
AbstractThis collection contains documents from the probate file of the estate of Richard Pyburn of Prairie County, Arkansas, including documents such as appraisals, doctor's bills, and hiring contracts, related to slaves owned by the estate.
Identification: BC.MSS.99.34
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents dated from 1853 to 1875 from the probate file of the estate of Richard Pyburn of Prairie County, Arkansas. The bulk of collection is from before the Civil War, including inventories and other documents related to slaves owned by the Pyburn estate. A large portion of the probate documents from the estate were salvaged from the offices of the Thweatt Law Office in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas.


Biographical Information

Richard Pyburn Jr. was born December 16, 1805, in Kentucky. His family moved to Missouri in about 1810, and Richard Pyburn and other family members came to Arkansas in 1823. They located in the southern part of Prairie County and also owned land in Monroe County.

Richard married Nancy Kellem in 1839 in Monroe County. The couple had four children, William, James, Mary and Sarah. The family is enumerated on the 1850 Arkansas census in Rockroe Township, Monroe County, and Richard is listed on the slave schedule as owner of eight slaves. Following Nancy's death, Richard married Imolee DeVall, and the couple had one child, Chapel.

Richard served as representative to the Arkansas Legislature from 1850-1852 for Monroe County. In addition to farming, he was partner with Jefferson Lambert and Chapel S. DeVall in a mercantile business.

Richard Pyburn died on January 13, 1855, without leaving a will. The administration of his estate by the probate court of Prairie County continued through the Civil War and beyond.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Bronaugh, William J.
DeVall, Chappel S., 1811-1859
Gantt, Robert S., 1830-1879
Prairie County (Ark.)
Pyburn, Richard, 1806-1855
Slavery -- Arkansas
Williams, Edwin M., 1826-1858

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Richard Pyburn estate collection, MSS.99.34, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition

Portions of this collections were purchased in 1999 and 2013. Additional documents were donated by Bill Sayger and Henry Wilks.


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