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Irvine family collection

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Finding aid for the Irvine family collection


Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

December 23, 2015

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Toney, George Ashby, 1916-1992
Title: Irvine family collection
Dates: 1849-1985
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents and artifacts from the family of Elton D. Irvine and his children.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.54
Language: English


This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents from the family of Elton D. Irvine and his children, Roland, Lois, Mabel, Neil, and Mary Vincent. This includes correspondence, real estate transactions, and estate settlements, both in Arkansas and in the family home in Jefferson County, New York. The largest number of documents consists of the annual reports on the operation under lease of the family farm in New York. The collection also includes pocket notebooks, bank account books, and other artifacts belonging to Elton D. Irvine and other Irvine family members.

Biographical Information

This collection concerns three generations of the family of Christopher and Charity Hollenbeck Irvine of Cape Vincent in Jefferson County, New York. The Irvine family emigrated from Ireland, first to Canada, and then to New York. Christopher Irvine developed a large farm near the St. Lawrence River, which remained in the family through the three generations documented in this collection.

Elton Delos Irvine was born June 23, 1861, and his brother Clay P. Irvine was born in 1872. After completing his education at Ives Seminary at Gourverneur, New York, Elton pursued a business career. He moved to Little Rock, Ark., in 1887, where he managed the Waters Pierce Oil Company. Clay operated the family farm in New York and died there in 1937.

On August 25, 1887, Elton married Nellie Josephine Warner. Nellie was born January 13, 1865, to William and Caroline Vincent Warner of Three Mile Bay, New York. The family maintained a summer cottage at the family farm in New York, and it was here that Elton Irvine died on August 26, 1930. Nellie Irvine died at Little Rock on January 18, 1951.

The five children of Elton and Nellie Irvine were all born and raised in Little Rock. Neil Irvine, born January 4, 1891, worked for Continental Oil Company at Ponca City, Oklahoma. He died at the family home in Little Rock on December 7, 1930. Roland, born January 4, 1895, served in the army during World War I. He married Elizabeth Thornton Goldsby on December 25, 1918. Roland was active in banking in Little Rock, and later in New York City and in San Antonio, Texas. He died at San Antonio on May 12, 1974.

Lois Irvine, April 3, 1889-May 1976, and Mabel, July 16, 1893-August 1979, were both teachers in Little Rock schools; they remained in the family home in Little Rock. Mary Vincent Irvine, April 4, 1900-December 27, 1964, married John W. Terry, and after a short time in El Dorado, Arkansas, also returned to live in the family home.

Index Terms

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

Agriculture -- New York
Cape Vincent (N.Y.)
Irvine, Christopher, 1826-ca. 1902
Irvine, Elton D., 1861-1930
Irvine, Lois, 1889-1976
Irvine, Mabel, 1893-1979
Irvine, Neil, 1891-1930
Irvine, Nellie Warner, 1865-1951
Irvine, Roland C., 1895-1974
Jefferson County (N.Y.)
Little Rock (Ark.)
Millens Bay (N.Y.)
Terry, Mary V. Irvine, 1900-1964


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Irvine family collection, MSS.07.54, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by George Toney, prior to 1997

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