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

January 13, 2016

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Toney, George Ashby, 1916-1992
Title: DuVal family papers
Dates: 1847-1970
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence, documents, and photographs from four generations of the family of Dr. Elias R. DuVal of Sebastian County, Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.56
Language: English


This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, documents, and photographs from four generations of the family of Dr. Elias R. DuVal of Sebastian County, Arkansas. It also includes substantial material on the history of the DuVal family. These include histories of the Doddridge family and the Pryor family.

Biographical Information

The DuVal family represented in this collection descended from Captain William DuVal, who established a trading post at Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1825. William and his wife, Tabitha Doddridge, had six children. William DuVal died in 1851.

Of the six children of William and Tabitha, Elias Rector DuVal is most strongly represented in this collection. Born at Fort Smith on August 13, 1836, he became a doctor, completing his training in 1858. He served from November 1861 to the end of the war as a surgeon in the Confederate command in Indian Territory and the Tran-Mississippi Department. He returned to Fort Smith to practice medicine and died there on October 7, 1885. He was active in civic affairs and also wrote articles in medical journals, included a history of the 1866 cholera outbreak in Fort Smith.

Elias married Angela Medora Dibrell on May 8, 1860. Known as Medora, or Dora, Mrs. E. R. DuVal was the daughter of James Dibrell, a pioneer physician in western Arkansas, and the sister of James Dibrell, one of the founders of the University of Arkansas Medical School.

E. R. and Medora DuVal had five children: Annie (1861-1935), Elias (1863-1864), Ben (1872-ca. 1930), Dibrell LeGrand (1874-1931), and Angela Medora (1880-1926). Annie remained single and lived with her mother in the family home. A majority of the letters in the collection from this generation were written to Annie DuVal. A number of the business documents are related to loans and mortgages entered into by Mrs. E. R. DuVal and her daughter Annie in the years before Mrs. DuVal's death in 1921.

In 1898, Dibrell DuVal married Bernia Hooper (1877-1970), daughter of Philo Hooper, another of the founders of the medical school. The couple had four children, Dibrell L. Jr. (1900-1972), [Philo] Hooper, (1901-1986), Catherine, born in 1908, and Medora (1912-1974). Catherine was married briefly to Ralph Brown and lived in Tulsa, but returned to Little Rock, where she and her mother shared a house. She later married Sidney Garrett and moved to Oklahoma City. Medora was married twice, to Ellis Fagan and to Cecil Warmack. She also lived in Oklahoma City. Her son DuVal Fagan, who wrote several letters included here, went for a time by DuVal Warmack and signed the letters and drawings with that name. Bernia lived in Oklahoma City at the time of her death in 1970.

Index Terms

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

Churchill, Katie Hooper, 1861-1944
Dibrell, J. A., Dr., 1846-1904
DuVal , Annie M., 1861-1935
DuVal, Angela Medora Dibrell, 1841-1921
DuVal, Ben Taylor, 1872-ca. 1930
DuVal, Bernia Hooper, 1877-1970
DuVal, Catherine, b. 1908
DuVal, Dibrell LeGrand, Jr., 1900-1972
DuVal, Dibrell LeGrand, Sr., 1874-1931
DuVal, Elias R., Dr., 1836-1885
DuVal, Philo Hooper, Jr., b. 1930
DuVal, Philo Hooper, Sr., 1901-1986
DuVal, William, 1786-1851
Fagan, DuVal [Warmack], 1932-2012
Fort Smith (Ark.)
Hynes, Susan Dibrell, 1856-1935
Medicine -- Arkansas
Sebastian County (Ark.)
Warmack, Medora DuVal Fagan, 1912-1974


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

DuVal family papers, MSS.07.56, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by George Toney

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