Date Original

circa 1800s-2010


This collection is comprised of photographic materials, albums and scrapbooks, correspondence, documents, genealogical materials, and audiovisual materials pertaining to the Carner, Cummins, Davies, Fairchild, Fulham, Gaines, Harpin, Lower, Woodcock, and other related families in Arkansas, with connections in other states including New Orleans, Louisiana, and Helena, Montana. Materials also include military documentation, land deeds, wills, and materials relating to theater arts in Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Davies and Allied families Collection contains materials relating to the family history of the Carner, Cummins, Davies, Fairchild, Fulham, Gaines, Harpin, Lower, and Woodcock families, with ties to Hot Springs, Lake Village, and Little Rock, Arkansas, Helena, Montana, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Notables in the collection include Arkansas legislator and Judge Anthony Harpin Davies (April 28, 1798- September 10, 1862), the Lower brothers druggists of Hot Springs, Aline Harriet Lower Davies (May 8, 1893-March 3, 1964) and Fulham Fairchild (Ki) Davies (February 22, 1890-February 23, 1973); and Little Rock theater professionals Margaret Cameron Fulham Carner (December 24 1923- September 26, 1997) and Joseph Norbert Carner (August 31, 1919-September 22, 2010). Anthony Harpin Davies (1798-1862) was a Chicot County, Arkansas, plantation owner, banker, attorney, and judge, one of the original incorporators of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and a founder of the Arkansas State Bank in 1836. He is buried in the Davies Cemetery in Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas. The Lower brother druggists of Hot Springs included Robert Horne Lower (September 04, 1861-July 05 1929), who operated a store in Hot Springs. Purportedly the most famous of the Lower brother products was Lower's (Digestive) Stomach Emulsion, which is said to have sold all over the United States, Cuba, and Alaska between 1900 and 1920. Fulham Firchild (Ki) Davies worked for and opened the Little Rock office of Fenner and Beane, which later became Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith. Aline Harriet Lower Davies and Fulham Fairchild (Ki) Davies lived in Hot Springs and Little Rock, Arkansas for most of their lives. The two were involved in civic clubs and theatrical shows. Together they had three daughters. Margaret and Joseph Carner promoted theater arts in Little Rock, Arkansas. Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Margaret Cameron Davies Carner moved with her family during her childhood to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she graduated in 1941 from what is now Little Rock Central High School. After completing an associate degree at Little Rock Junior College, she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in theater directing from the Art Institute of Chicago on June 10, 1949. Following summer productions in several states, and due to family illness, Margaret and Joseph settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Margaret began work as a kindergarten teacher at the Arkansas School for the Blind. While there, she began a children’s theater production for students. From 1966-1990 Margaret Cameron Davies Carner worked as professor of the theater arts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Under her direction the University of Arkansas at Little Rock implemented a children’s theater program into its curriculum. Joseph Carner received a bachelor’s of fine arts in June 1952 from the Art Institute of Chicago Goodman Memorial Theatre and a master’s degree in 1955 from Yale University where he specialized in lighting, set, and scene design. Carner worked on projects at the Little Rock Zoo, Arkansas Arts Center, and alongside Margaret at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as the Assistant Professor for Theater Production and Lighting Design. He was also the founding Director of the Multimedia Services Center. Davies and Allied families collection MS.000773 - Page 5 - The Carners married June 12, 1947, and had twin daughters Frances Cornelia and Margaret Cameron in February 1962. Margaret Carner died from cancer on September 26, 1997 in Florida. Joseph Carner died in 2010.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Hot Springs, Garland County (Ark.); Lake Village, Chicot County (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); Helena, Phillips County (Ark.), Montana; Louisiana





Resource Type



Davies and allied families collection, MS.000773


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

The Davies and allied families Collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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