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Mary Virginia Vincenheller Byroade Papers

Identifier: MC 634

Scope and Content Note

The Byroade collection is arranged in four series and consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, slave bills of sale, Civil War papers, wedding and funeral memorabilia, school records, photographs, and business, financial, legal, and political papers.


  • Creation: 1830-1949


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email 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)

Biographical Note

Mary Virginia Vincenheller Byroade's maternal great-great- grandparents, George and Harriet Hamilton Austin, came to Van Buren from County Tyrone, Ireland. Their son John remained in Ireland until going to sea. He later settled in Van Buren and by 1842 had opened the John Austin General Store. He continued in the general merchandise business in partnership with his brothers George and Andrew for many years. John Austin also served as mayor of Van Buren in 1854, represented the fifteenth Arkansas General Assembly, and was a delegate to the constitutional convention of 1863.

James Livingston Austin, one of John Austin's sons, attended the Greylock Institute in Massachusetts and the Arkansas Industrial University at Fayetteville before engaging in the general merchandise business in Van Buren. He married Mamie Nicodemus in 1881 and had two children, Miriam and Hamilton.

Miriam Austin married G.A. Vincenheller of Fayetteville in 1902. A graduate of the University of Arkansas (1898-1902), he assisted Charles Hillman Brough in two campaigns for governor and in 1917 was appointed to the Board of Control of the State Charities Institution. He operated the Cane Hill Orchards in Lincoln and had received a commission as captain in the quartermaster corps of the army shortly before his influenza-related death in 1918 while inspecting some Texas oil lands inherited from W.G. Vincenheller, his father.

Their daughter, Mary Virginia Vincenheller, married George Lawrence Byroade, Jr., in 1929. His father, Col. George Lawrence Byroade, Sr., commanded the United States Forces in the Caribbean during the 1930s. His sister Margaret married Brig. Gen. Carl H. Seals. During the Seals's attempted escape from the Philippine Islands, where they had been stationed with General Douglas MacArthur's officers, they were captured by the Japanese and interned from May 1942 until September 1945.


7.27 Linear Feet (14 Boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

  1. Series 1. Austin Family Papers, 1830- 1927. Boxes 1-3.
  2. Series 1. Subseries 1. John Austin Papers, 1830-1911.
  3. Series 1. Subseries 2. James L. Austin Papers, 1867-1927.
  4. Series 2. Austin-Vincenheller Family Papers, 1899-1930. Boxes 4-10.
  5. Series 2. Subseries 1. Miriam Austin-G.A. Vincenheller Papers, 1899-1930.
  6. Series 2. Subseries 2. Mrs. W.G. Vincenheller Papers, 1911-1925.
  7. Series 3. Vincenheller-Byroade Papers, 1919-1949. Boxes 11-13.
  8. Series 3. Subseries 1. Mary Virginia Vincenheller Byroade Papers, 1919-1930.
  9. Series 3. Subseries 2. Byroade Family Papers, 1931-1949.
  10. Series 4. Photographs, ca. 1865-ca. 1940s. Box 13.

Acquisition Information

Mary Virginia Vincenheller Byroade donated papers from the Austin, Vincenheller, and Byroade families to Special Collections in 1986.

A high school scrapbook belonging to Mary Virginia Vincenheller Byroade (Box 14, Item 1) was donated to Special Collections by Miriam Byroade on June 5, 2008.

Related Materials

Records relating to the Mary Virginia Vincenheller Byroade Papers include:

Futrall Family Papers MC 543

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Skoney, June, 1989. Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Updated by Katrina Windon in July 2018 to include an additional scrapbook (Box 14, Item 1). Finding aid language was updated by Catherine Wallack in November 2023 as part of a project to update outdated or harmful description related to slavery or to enslaved persons.

Mary Virginia Vincenheller Byroade Papers
Rachel Skoney
June 1989
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
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Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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