Harrell Families

of Early

Hertford County, North Carolina


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 (The Early Harrells in America)

Chapter 2 (Harrells in Chowan County & the Gates area)

Chapter 3 (Harrells in Bertie & the Hertford County area)

Chapter 4 (Hertford County's 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Generations)

Chapter 5 (John T., Eley, Elijah Two, Elisah, Thomas Two & their descendants)

Chapter 6 (Nathan & Elizabeth's Known Descendants)

Chapter 7 (John [b. c. 1794] & Winnifred Harrell, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 9 (Elizabeth Harrell & Silas Parker, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 10 (Immigrants to the 3rd Generation of Hertford County Harrells)

Chapter 11 (Immigrants to the 4th Generation of Hertford County Harrells)


Chapter 8: Josiah and Anna Harrell, 3rd Generation


In this chapter I have focused on Josiah Harrell, his wife, Anna, and their descendants—however my purpose here and elsewhere in this volume is to entice others to be forthcoming with information they may have about Josiah and Anna’s grandparents, parents and siblings.


Josiah and Anna spent their long lives in Hertford County as did many of their descendants. For the 1860 census, Josiah stated he was born in Hertford County in 1798. Unfortunately, they did not ask him who his parents were. In chapter 4, I spent some time speculating about who they may have been, but have not found any strong evidence for one set of parents over another among the 2nd Generation Harrells of Hertford County. When I looked at family structure, 2nd Generation Willis, Jesse, and Nathan Harrell all had sons born around 1798—they are all possible fathers for Josiah. In addition, 1st Generation Adam Sr., and some of his sons all owned land very close to where Josiah’s farm was located.

            Josiah fit the profile of a yeoman farmer, which was a term used by 1st Generation, Adam Sr., and his sons to identify themselves on early property deeds. In addition, Adam Sr. owned land around the confluence of Horse Swamp and Wading Branch—just west of the land owned by Elijah Harrell on Horse Swamp (see the section on “Early Bertie County deeds in the Hertford area,” in chapter four). Josiah’s farm was just west of the confluence of Horse Swamp and Wading Branch. Josiah was on his farm as early as 1833 and probably much before. In a section just below, I have described his land. The loss of Hertford County deeds in the two courthouse fires makes it nearly impossible to connect these Harrells across generations even though they appear to have been farming the same land as family farmers. When privately held information surfaces, the connections may become more evident. 

            I would like to add one other piece of information to this problem. When Inez Parker Cumming, one of Josiah’s great granddaughters, was doing her family research in Hertford County as early as the mid-1930s, she put in her notes after talking to many people in the area, that Elizabeth Harrell Parker (see chapter 9) was Josiah Harrell’s sister. Both Willis and Nathan had a daughter around the age of Elizabeth, so they remain good possible fathers for Josiah and Elizabeth—Jesse did not have a daughter close to Elizabeth’s age, and thus is an unlikely parent for the pair of 3rd Generation Harrells.


            Willis was a very likely candidate for Josiah and Elizabeth’s father. In fact, according to the 1800 census, Willis had only two children, and their descriptions fit by both gender and age. Also, Willis was among the youngest in the 2nd Generation, and Josiah was among the youngest in the 3rd Generation, which makes for a cleaner fit. Willis was a property owner, but not on the scale of Nathan’s holdings; and Josiah was a property owner, but not on the scale of Nathan’s known son, Starkey S. Harrell.  


Even though Willis is a good possible father for Josiah, I cannot dismiss the possibility that his father was Nathan Harrell. In addition to a fit for Josiah and his sister, Elizabeth Harrell Parker, in the age categories of Nathan and Elizabeth Sharp Harrell’s youngest children, there was a common use of names by the two families. Nathan and Elizabeth named their second son Starkey Sharp Harrell; and Josiah [page 236] named his fourth son, Starkey Harrell. After his death in 1802, Nathan’s widow, Elizabeth Sharp Harrell, married George Gordon, and they named their youngest daughter, Barsha Gordon—Nathan and Elizabeth’s youngest son would have grown up in the Gordon household with little Barsha for her first ten years or so. Many years later, Josiah named his youngest daughter, Barsha Harrell. Josiah’s birth year and his use of names are good circumstantial evidence of a link to Nathan Harrell, and probably back to 1st Generation John Harrell Esquire (see “Probable Match for Josiah” in the section on “Some Probable Matches Between the 2nd and 3rd Generations” in chapter four). What does not fit is family culture—the descendants of John Esquire, and Nathan Harrell used slave labor extensively on their farms. Josiah never owned slaves, nor to my knowledge, did any of his children. Also, as we learned from the 1860 census, Josiah could not read or write; that was not typical of John Esquire and Nathan Harrell’s children. In terms of family culture, then, Josiah was a better fit with the descendants of Adam Sr. or Elijah One of the 1st Generation Harrells, and Willis Harrell of the 2nd Generation.

One last possibility must also be mentioned. Even though the records do not show a Josiah Harrell among the 2nd Generation in Hertford County, there may have been one. When Inez Parker Cumming (mentioned above in this section) was compiling her information, she noted that Elizabeth Harrell Parker was the daughter of Josiah and Mary Evans. This has to remain a possibility because we have not begun to name all of the sons of the 1st Generation of Hertford County Harrells.


Josiah Harrell (b. 1798)—3rd Generation

            Now let us take a look at what we do know about 3rd Generation Josiah and Anna Harrell. The first mention of Josiah Harrell by name is in the 1830 U. S. census. The information available from this source is minimal; nonetheless, it is our starting point for looking at Josiah and his family.

1830 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  Josiah Harrell, age 32                                                      page 398

Household members:     males                           females

                                    3, 5-10                          1, 30-40

                                    1, 30-40

                                    (no slaves)

            This census tells us that Josiah was born between  1790 and 1800 (we know from a later census that the actual year was 1798), and his wife was born in the same range of years. The 1830 Census also tells us there were three sons (at least 5 years of age but under 10) born between the years 1821 and 1825. In addition, the 1830 and 1840 censuses do not tell much about Josiah’s three oldest sons and they were all out of the house by the 1850 census. I am again reduced to calling them by numbers—son #2 and son #3. Due to the wisdom of a lady in 1929, we know the name of Josiah’s first son was Benjamin P. Harrell (I will have more to say about this below). This, of course, means that Son # 2 was probably born around 1823, and Son #3 was born around 1825.

We can not be sure who Josiah’s wife was in 1830. The question comes to mind because Inez Parker Cumming (see the reference to Inez in the previous section) wrote in her early hand-written notes that Josiah’s wife’s name was Rebecca—that may have been a casual possibility someone mentioned to her, or there may have been a Rebecca Anna Harrell. At this point, all we know for sure is that by 1850, Josiah’s wife was Anna. Until we know Anna’s family name, not much progress can be made on this question.[1]

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            After the 1830 Court House fire, special provisions in an act by the General Assembly of North Carolina for the benefit of those who lost recorded documents in the fire allowed residents to have their farms surveyed, and to re-record their property deeds. Because Josiah qualified for this special program, we know that he had a recorded deed to his farm before the 1830 fire. Unfortunately, the new recording in 1834 did not indicate from whom or when he originally got his farm. Nonetheless, his property was described in the process. The description is important because of its similarity to the earlier descriptions of Adam Harrell Senior’s lands.

            Josiah Harrell entered the Hertford County Offices in Winton on August 30, 1833, and as a consequence the Surveyor of Hertford County received the following commission.[2]

                        “State of North Carolina

To the Surveyor of Hertford County

Greeting you are hereby Commissioned to Survey and lay off for Josiah Harrell a Tract of Land Entered in my office the 30th day of August 1833  In pursuant to an Act of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina for the Benefit of those that might Suffer from the Burning of the records of Hertford County and Bounded By the Lands of James Riddick. J. D. Askew. James L. Grimes & Benjamin Copeland. Estimated to contain two hundred acres. Herein fact not given under my hand at Winton the 24th day of July 1834

                Miles H. Jernigan  Enby Parker

                For the County of Hertford”


            By October 9, 1834, Sipha Smith the County Surveyor had completed his commission and recorded a plot map and the following description of Josiah’s farm:


                “The above plan represents one hundred and forty acres Land lying in Hertford County on the South side of the Horse Swamp entered by Josiah Harrell The 30th day of August 1833 and bounded as follows Beginning at a black gum in the Horse Swamp Benjamin Copeland corner runing said Copeland line S5 W26 poles to a post oak & red oak Then W88 E96 poles to a post oak on the new road then up the road 67 poles to a black gum standing in the Wading branch M. H. ---------- corner Then up the run of said branch 196 pole to a line James Riddick’s Corner Then his line N20 W164 poles to a small gum in the Horse Swamp Then down the run of said Swamp to the first station

                                                      Certified under my hand this 9th day of October 1834

Josiah Harrell                                Sipha Smith C. S.

Willis Madlin    C. C.”


            By the 1840 census, one of Josiah Harrell’s older sons was gone—the two remaining older sons were between 21 and 25 years of age. They had three new sons and one daughter since the previous census, however. The 1840 census contained the following listing for Josiah’s family:

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1840 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  Josiah Harrell, age 42                                                      page 51

Household members:     males                           females

                                    2, 0-5                            1, 5-10

                                    1, 5-10                          1, 40-50

                                    2, 15-20

                                    1, 40-50

                                    (no slaves)

            The 1850 Census was the first Census to list all persons in a household by name and age which obviously makes tracking people in family units much easier. In addition, this Census contains information on occupation, value of real estate and personal property, birthplace by state, whether in school that year, and if one cannot read or write. Only Josiah indicated he could not read or write. Josiah and Anna’s neighborhood was surveyed in September of 1850, which was a little later in the census year then usual. Their household looked like this at that time:

1850 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, Josiah               age 53  farmer              $240

Harrell, Anna                age 50

Harrell, Mary                age 17                         

Harrell, Starkey             age 15  laborer             

Harrell, Nicholas           age 13                         

Harrell, Anna                age 10                         

Harrell, Barsha              age   5


     By 1850, Josiah and Anna’s first four sons were gone, and since 1840 they had added two daughters, Anna and Barsha. This completed their family with a total of nine children. I know their oldest son, Benjamin P. Harrell, died in Mexico while on active duty in our war with that country. Sons # 2, # 3, and # 4 were presumably still around, perhaps in Hertford County. 

Josiah and Anna Harrell’s family was complete by the 1850 census. After looking at the 1830 census, it was possible to determine that their first three sons were born around 1821, 1823, and 1825. The 1840 census indicated that their Son # 4 was born from 1831 to 1835. Because Josiah’s fifth son, Starkey, was born in 1835, and Mary was born in 1833, Son # 4 was probably born in 1831.


Benjamin P.                          born 1821

Son # 2                                  born c. 1823

Son # 3                                  born c. 1825

Son # 4                                  born c. 1831

Mary                                      born 1833

Starkey                                  born 1835

Nicholas                                born 1837

Anna M.                                born 1840 or 1841

Barsha                                    born 1846

The list of their children and their birth years reveal an age gap between 1825 and 1831 in which they had no children. This could indicate the loss of one wife and the coming of another (perhaps Rebecca, then Anna), or the loss of a child or two.

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            Josiah appears to be your typical family farmer with no slaves or full-time hired laborers living on the property. Starkey was probably working on the family farm. Josiah told the census taker his land was worth about $240. As far as I can determine, this is the same 140-acre farm Josiah and Anna had in 1833 when they re-recorded their deed.

Josiah also stated that he could not read or write—Anna could do both. All of Josiah and Anna’s children, however, who were of school age, were in school in 1850, and later censuses will show they can read and write. Their oldest son, Benjamin P. was also literate judging by the letter he wrote to his family in 1847 from Mexico (see the section below on Benjamin P. Harrell).

            The Census in 1860 was conducted in July for Josiah’s area, and contains the following about Josiah and Anna’s family:


1860 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, Josiah               age 62  farmer              $450                 $521                 b. Hertford Co.

Harrell, Anna                age 60                                                                          b. Hertford Co.

Harrell, Nicholas           age 23  farmer                                                              b. Hertford Co.

Harrell, A. M.               age 19  daughter                                                           b. Hertford Co.

Harrell, B. E.                age 14  daughter                                                           b. Hertford Co.


            Josiah and Anna’s son, Starkey, was gone by census time in 1860, but their son, Nicholas, was still at home and probably still helping on the family farm. Nicholas and Starkey had already been given a 60 acres parcel by their parents over on the road between Union Church and Winton—Nicholas probably spent a good deal of his time on his own land, because Starkey was more than likely already out of the state by mid-year. Starkey was 25 years of age in 1860—he does not appear in the 1860 Census anywhere in North Carolina.

            Mary was 27 years of age and had presumable married by the 1860 Census. With all Hertford County marriage records destroyed in 1862, I have not been able to locate her as of this writing.

            The 1870 census was taken about five years after the Civil War had ended, and Josiah at 72 years of age and Anna at 69 were still managing their farm. Their son, Nicholas, was still in the county, but he had by then his own large farm and family. It is possible at least one other son was still in the area, but I have not yet been able to identify Josiah’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sons. In any case, Josiah and Anna must have needed help on the farm by 1870.


1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, Josiah               age 72  farmer              $450                 $200

Harrell, Anna                age 69  keeping house

Harrell, Barshaby E.      age 24  at home

Joyner, Fannie               age 11

            Josiah and Anna’s daughter, Barsha, married Kindred Hollomon on September 20, 1871. A little more than a year after the marriage, Josiah and Anna recorded a deed in which they give their farm and other property to their daughter, Barsha, and son-in-law.[3] The wording in the deed gives the impression [page 240] this was a good arrangement for Josiah and Anna as well as the Hollomans. The conditions of the gift are well thought out, and provide a sort of long-term care arrangement for Josiah and Anna. As we shall see below, Josiah and Anna are able to stay on at the farm through 1880, and probably the duration of their lives.


The 1880 Census shows Josiah and Anna still living on the family farm they had deeded to their daughter, Barsha, and son-in-law, Kindred Hollomon, nine years before. Their place of residence was listed next door to the farm of Henry Modlin, which was one of the properties adjacent to Josiah and Anna’s property as described in the 1871 deed discussed above. It is without doubt, the same family farm in St. Johns Township near Ahoskie.

            With Kindred and Barsha as heads of the household, it  was growing again, and the presence of several children around the house probably kept Josiah and Anna as occupied as they wanted to be. The household appeared as follows:


1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Holloman, Kindred         age 37  head                             farmer

Holloman, Barsha          age 35  wife

Holloman, Roland          age   8  son

Holloman, Lelons           age   7  son

Holloman, Grace           age   5  daughter

Holloman. Jennie           age   3  daughter

Holloman, Sarah            age   1  daughter

Harrell, Josiah               age 82  father in law

Harrell, Anna                age 80  mother in law

Harrell, Mary                age   8  niece


            Eight year old Mary Harrell appeared for the first time. She was a child of one of Barsha’s brothers, which of course makes her a granddaughter of Josiah and Anna. At this time, there is no way of knowing which one of their sons was the father of eight year old Mary. The three sons for whom we do not have names, would have been 49, 55, or 57 years of age, which makes them all possible fathers for Mary. Starkey Harrell, Josiah and Anna’s 5th son, is also a possible father. Starkey would have been 37 years of age when Mary was born, which makes him a candidate, even though I have not cited Starkey in Hertford County since 1860.

Josiah and Anna Harrell’s Friends and Neighbors

            This is a good place to talk of Josiah’s neighbors—and the marriages between the Modlins and perhaps Copelands, and Parkers. Because, in the case of Modlins and Copelands, they all lived near by for many years, and their children grew up knowing each other. We saw in the previous chapter how much can be learned by looking at neighbors—for instance, John (b. c. 1794) Harrell’s descendants and the neighboring Bakers and Brittons. First let us look at Josiah and Anna’s neighbors on the north side of Horse Swamp, the Modlins.

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The Modlin and Harrell Families

            I pointed out in an earlier chapter that John T. Harrell’s daughter was  Matilda Harrell Modlin (see chapter 5). She was identified in her father’s will as married to Henry Modlin. In Josiah and Anna Harrell’s 1871 deed, their farm was described as bounded on the north by Henry Modlin’s place. In other words, John T. Harrell’s daughter, Matilda, married Henry Modlin, who was Josiah and Anna Harrell’s next door neighbor. Other marriages close to Josiah Harrell also  involved both Harrells and Modlins. For instance, Harrell Modlin lived next to Henry Modlin for many years and was probably Henry’s older brother. Also, Harrell Modlin’s son, Frederick, married Martha Harrell, a daughter of William Harrell (b. 1825)—William Harrell is the top candidate for the position of Josiah’s third son.


Nathan Harrell Modlin (b. 1810)—4th Generation


Harrell is seldom used as a first or middle name with this spelling, except by a mother whose maiden name was Harrell. Apparently Nathan went by the name Harrell Modlin, even though Harrell was his middle name. It was more common for a mother to give her son her family name as a middle name.[4] Harrell Modlin’s family was first described in the 1850 census as follows:


1850 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Modlin, Harrell              age 39  shoemaker       

Modlin, Kiddy                age 39

Modlin, Miley                age 14

Modlin, Penninah           age 12

Modlin, Nathan              age 10

Modlin, Joseph              age   8

Modlin, John                 age   5

Modlin, William             age   2


            By the time the census-taker got to the Modlin household in 1860, he/she was apparently tired and only used initials in place of names. When comparing the 1850 through 1870 censuses, however, it appears Harrell Modlin and N. H. Modling were the same person. When Harrell Modlin’s son, Frederick, married in 1869, it became clear that N. H. Modlin was indeed Nathan Harrell Modlin. Nathan Harrell Modlin and Henry Modlin’s mother may well have been a daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth Sharp Harrell. This is again a very interesting connection with Josiah Harrell—one of Josiah’s more probable fathers was Nathan Harrell.

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1860 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Modling, N. H.              age 50  farmer  $102     $400     b. Bertie Co.                 page 119

Modling, C. E.               age 50  female                          b. Hertford Co.

Modling, M. A.              age 24  female                          b. Hertford Co.

Modling, P. A.               age 22  female                          b. Hertford Co.

Modling, N. H.              age 20  male     field labor          b. Hertford Co.

Modling, J. P.                age 18  male     field labor          b. Hertford Co.

Modling, J. H.               age 16  male     field labor          b. Hertford Co.

Modling, W. P.              age 13  male                             b. Hertford Co.

Modling, F. G.               age 10  male                             b  Hertford Co.

Modling, E. F.               age   7  male                             b. Hertford Co.


            As just pointed out, Harrell Modlin was Nathan Harrell Modlin, and his wife was Christiana E. Modlin. Harrell and Christiana still had their youngest son, Edward, with them in 1870—they were both gone by 1880.


1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Modlin, Harrell              age 60  farmer  $300     $300

Modlin, Christiana          age 60  keeping house

Modlin, Edward F.         age 16  farm laborer


Nathan Harrell and Christiana Modlin’s Children


Nathan Harrell Modlin was among the older 4th Generation Hertford County residents, and, of course, his children were 5th Generation, and at least one of them, Frederick, married a Harrell.


Miley A. Modlin (b. 1863)—5th Generation
Penninah A. Modlin (b. 1838)—5th Generation
Nathan H. Modlin (b. 1840)—5th Generation
Joseph P. Modlin (b. 1842)—5th Generation


            Joseph P. Modlin was living just one dwelling from his brothers’ William P. and John H., at the time of the 1870 census.


1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Modlin, Jos. T.              age 28  farmer

Modlin, Mary E.            age 20  keeping house

Modlin, John W.            age 6/12


Joseph’s household was not listed in Hertford County in 1880. There was, however, a Mary E. Modlin, age 28, with a daughter, Lula, age 8, in the 1880 census—Mary E. was living and working as a servant in the Moses (age 47) and Mary E. (age 27) Harrell household.

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John H. Modlin (b. 1844)—5th Generation


            John H. Modlin was living with his younger brother, William, and the latter’s wife in 1870. He was married and in his own household by 1880.


1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Modlin, John H. age 36  farmer

Modlin, M. A.               age 33  wife

Modlin, George              age   8  son

Modlin, Sarah                age   5  daughter

Modlin, Kelley               age   4  son

Modlin, infant                age 1/12 son     


John H. and M. A. Modlin’s Children


George Modlin (b. 1872)—6th Generation
Sarah Modlin (b. 1875)—6th Generation
Kelley Modlin (b. 1876)—6th Generation


William P. Modlin (b. 1847)—5th Generation


            Harrell and Christiana Modlin’s son, William, was married by 1870. He and his wife had his older brother, John H., living with them.


1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Modlin, William P.         age 22  farmer

Modlin, Mary E.            age 21  keeping house

Modlin, John H. age 25  farm laborer


Frederick C. Modlin (b. 1850)—5th Generation


In 1870, Harrell and Christiana Modlin’s son, Frederick, and his wife were in their own household and still in the St. Johns area. Frederick was still living with his parents in 1860 at the age of ten. He married Martha S. Harrell on September 19, 1869. Frederick and Martha Harrell Modlin were both age 20 in the 1870 census. Martha was the daughter of William (b. 1825) and Maria (Mariah) Harrell (see the section “William Harrell (b. 1815)—4th Generation,” in chapter 5). Martha’s father, William (b. 1825) is still the best fit in the county for Josiah Harrell’s third son.

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1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Modlin, Frederick          age 29  farmer

Modlin, Martha S.          age 29

Modlin, Alla P.              age   7  daughter

Modlin, Wm. H.            age   6  son

Modlin, Joseph L.          age   2  son

Green, Isaac B.             age 29  farm laborer


Martha Harrell and Frederick Modlin’s Children


            For an account of Martha and Frederick Modlin’s family, refer to the section on “William and Mariah Harrell” in chapter eleven.


Edward F. Modlin (b. 1853)—5th Generation


            Edward F. was the last child of Harrell and Christiana Modlin still at home by the time of the 1870 census. He was not a head of household in the county in 1880.


The Copeland and Harrell Families


            Benjamin Copeland’s farm was just east and north of Josiah Harrell’s farm in 1834. Benjamin’s will was probated in 1841, and most of his land went to his children. The land in Josiah’s area went to his children. The land division was recorded after the War in 1869 (perhaps it was just re-recorded due to the burning of all County documents in 1862).


            Benjamin Copeland’s farm was fragmented after his death and difficult to tract. The land division was recorded February 6, 1869, and lots were drawn by the following heirs:[5]


Martha Harrell                            received 36 acres

Sausanah Copeland                   received 40 acres

Edmond Copeland                     received 52 acres

Frances Parker                            received 50 acres

Thomas E. Copeland                  received 49 acres

Jane C. Hall                                  received 59 acres

Eli Copeland                                received 59 acres

Alfred Copeland                         received 48 acres


            Martha Harrell’s heirs sold her 36 acres to James A. Copeland, son of the late Benjamin Copeland in 1876.[6] Lindley H. Box and wife Mary H. Box of Douglas County, Kansas, and William T. Harrell of Hendricks County, Indiana sold 36 acres to James A. Copeland for $432. The Parcel was described as “...land whereon Benjamin Copeland lived and died, being the share of the heirs of Martha Harrell deceased, ...bounded by Ahoskie road on the west, Stephen Jenkins & John Overton on the south & east & Susanna Copeland on the north,...” Ahoskie road would be today’s route # 13. Josiah’s farm was bounded on the east by that same road. So Benjamin Copeland and then James A. Copeland and family were long time neighbors of Josiah Harrell and his family.[7]

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Another Harrell/Copeland union in that place occurred on October 16, 1876, when J. A. Copeland (age 28) married Bettie A. Harrell (age 22). The witnesses were W. C. Baker, W. Parker, and K. Hollomon—the latter was Josiah Harrell’s son-in-law. Bettie A. (Elizabeth A. Harrell) was a daughter of Joseph (born 1826) and Sarah Parker Harrell (born 1831).


Joseph B. Harrell was born on June 19, 1826 in Gates County and was the son of Reuben and Margaret Crosslin Harrell of Gates County (see Joseph B. Harrell in chapter 11). Sarah Harrell was a daughter of Silas Parker and his third wife, Elizabeth Harrell Parker—she was then, Josiah Harrell’s niece. Sarah A. Parker was born September 18, 1831.


The Parker and Harrell Families


In addition to the Parker/Harrell union just mentioned above between Sarah A. Parker and Joseph B. Harrell of Gates County (see chapter 9 and 11), there are Parker/ Harrell combinations directly related to Josiah Harrell. Specifically, Elizabeth Harrell (b. c. 1798), Josiah’s sister, married Silas Parker; and a grandson of that union, Roland W. Parker, married Josiah’s granddaughter, Bertie Harrell (see chapters 8 & 9).


Josiah and Anna Harrell’s Children


In a previous section of this chapter, I stated the names and ages, or age categories, of Josiah and Anna Harrell’s children. They are:

                                Benjamin P.                           born 1821

                                Son # 2                                   born 1822 or 1823

                                Son # 3                                   born 1824 or 1825

Son # 4                                   born c. 1831

Mary                                      born 1833

Starkey                                   born 1835

Nicholas                                born 1837

Anna M.                                born 1840 or 1841

Barsha                                    born 1846

            In the sections that follow, I discuss what I know and think I know about Josiah and Anna Harrell’s children.

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Benjamin P. Harrell (b. 1821)—4th Generation


            From the information in the 1830 census, I concluded Josiah and Anna’s three sons were born between 1820 and 1825, and that the oldest was probably born in 1821. Some time later, I found Benjamin P. Harrell, who was born in 1821, and, I believe, was Josiah and Anna’s son.

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            The first citing of Josiah and Benjamin together took place at the Court of Pleas and Quarter Session held for Hertford County in Winton in February 1843; this session included the recording of a deed from Charney Barns to Josiah Harrell—the deed was proved in open Court by the oath of Benjamin P. Harrell a witness on the deed.[8]


            The second connection with Josiah is found in a letter from Benjamin P. Harrell dated 1847 with the address to Josiah Harrell in Hertford County, North Carolina. I am sure he was one of Josiah’s sons. There were no other Josiah Harrell heads of household in Hertford County at that time, and the letter reads like a “letter home” to one’s immediate family. His letter is dated April 28, 1847, from Comango, Mexico, with the post mark from Brazos, Mexico on May 16, 1847.[9]


            The military records show that Benjamin was a private in Captain Kirkpatrick’s Company of North Carolina Volunteers (which would later be Company I, 1st. Regiment, North Carolina Infantry). He is listed as born in Hertford County, age 25 at enlistment, with an enlistment date of December 28, 1846. This would put his birth year at 1821, which is why I consider him Josiah and Anna’s first son rather than their second or third.


The fourth and final Muster Roll card in Benjamin’s file is for July and August—it simply notes “Died at Buena Vista Mexico, July 28, 1847.” Benjamin P. Harrell died three months to the day after writing the above cited letter home.


Sons # 2, # 3, and # 4


Son # 2 (b. 1823)—4th Generation
Son # 3 (b. 1825)—4th Generation


            William (b. 1825) is a very good fit for Josiah and Anna Harrell’s third son. In the 1860 census William said he had been born in Hertford County—and none of the other possible 3rd Generation fathers surveyed in chapter 5 (Eley, Elijah Two, Elisah, and Thomas Two) had a son born in 1825. Josiah Harrell did have a son with such a birth year. Normally there are two or more possible fathers for an unattached young person, but not in this case. Nonetheless, William is still just the best possible candidate, not quite the probable son of Josiah and Anna.


            Josiah and Anna Harrell’s third son was living with them in 1840, and he would have been 25 years of age in 1850.

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1850 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, William             age 25  farmer  $45                                                       page 317

Harrell, Mariah              age 27 

Harrell, Mary E.            age 2

Faincloth, Margaret       age 65

Taylor, Mary                 age 23

In addition to his age, and place of birth, Hertford County, there is another bit of circumstantial evidence that suggest a connection to Josiah and Anna Harrell. It also comes from the 1860 census. At that time William was living one dwelling away from John B. Taylor. The latter’s daughter, Amanda, at a later date married Josiah and Anna Harrell’s fifth son, Nicholas J. Harrell. Mates were often found among neighbors and neighbors of relatives—and William’s branch of the Harrells knew John B. Taylor’s family. When John Wilson Harrell, a probable members of Josiah family (John W. was the grandson of Josiah’s probable oldest brother, Starkey S. Harrell), wrote an obituary for Amanda Taylor Harrell (Josiah’s daughter-in-law), many years later, he pointed out that they also had known Amanda from a young age (see the sections on John Wilson Harrell [b. July 1831], and William [b. 1825] in chapter 5). Admittedly, the inferences in this paragraph border on the gigantic, but they also provide food for thought, and hopefully incentive to inquire further by those who know more than I.


Son # 4 (b. 1831)—4th Generation


Mary Harrell (b. 1833)—4th Generation


            According to the 1850 census, Mary was born in 1833 in Hertford County. She was living with her parents for the 1850 census at the age of 17, just as we would expect. By the 1860 census, she would have been 27 years of old, and she was no longer living with her parents.


Mary probably married around the age of 21, which would be near the year 1854. Even if she married a little later, it was still probably before 1862, when the marriage records in Hertford County were destroyed. She probably did not marry after 1868, or it would have been recorded in the post War Marriage Register—and there is no such citing.


            I have searched the 1870 and 1880 Hertford County censuses looking for a wife or widow named Mary, around the age of 37 in 1870, and 47 in 1880 for Hertford County. I found only one possibility—they were in the St. Johns area.


            I found George W. and his wife Mary E. Beverly. In 1870 they were listed as:


                G. W. Bevely                         age 40

                Mary E. Bevely                     age 38


Their household included five unrelated farm laborers, and one domestic servant. No children were listed. By 1880, they had several boarders living with them, and still no children, except for an eight year old nephew. They were listed as follows:


                Garge W. Beverly             age 49

                Mary E. Beverly                age 46

                John Freeman                    age   8  (nephew)

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In spite of the name, Mary, and the closeness in her age to that of Josiah’s daughter, this household does not appear to be a very strong possibility. I have looked at George W. Beverly’s will and that of his father. George’s father, Allen Beverly, clearly stated in his will that he had five children and he provided for all of them. They were George, Benjamin, Andrew, and two daughters Jane Hays and Joanna Fleetwood. It is important to establish George’s sisters, because in his will he leaves most of his possessions to his wife, Mary E., during her natural life, then to his brothers and sisters. The one exception, is his “brother-in-law, James P. Freeman.[10] James P. Freeman was probably Mary E.’s brother, which would mean George married Mary E. Freeman—not Mary Harrell. There is still the possibility Mary Harrell married and left the County, or died before 1870.


Starkey Harrell (b. 1835)—4th Generation


            Starkey was born in 1835 in Hertford County. He was living with his parents, Josiah and Anna, in 1850 at the age of 15—at that time, he was listed as a laborer. He was probably working on his parents’ farm given his young age.


By 1860, Starkey was working land given to him and his younger brother, Nicholas. As a land owner, he was listed by the tax assessor in 1859 and 1860.[11]  On the 1859 tax list, the tax liability was for the 60 acres in his name alone—just as their father, Josiah, they were in the St. Johns tax district.


                                                 # of     land        name             white  black      tax

                                                acres  value        tract             polls    polls      due

            Josiah Harrell                140       $290     Home Tract      --          --          $1.50

            Starkey Harrell              60        $130     Home Tract      1          --          $2.78

            Nicholas Harrell                                                            1          --          $2.10


            The 1860 tax Assessment List included Starkey’s brother, Nicholas’ name as well. When they later sold the land in 1875, it was made clear they owned the land jointly.


                                                            # of      land           name        

                                                     acres  value         tract    

            Josiah Harrell                            140         $420     Home Tract

            Starkey Harrell                            60         $150          Tract


                                                            # of    land       name

                                                            acres  value     tract             

            Nicholas Harrell                           --       --         one poll

            Starkey & Nicholas Harrell          60       $150     Home Tract

            Josiah Harrell                            140       $420     Home Tract


            The Census in 1860 was conducted in July for Josiah’s area, and Starkey was gone by then. He is not listed in any subsequent Census for Hertford County, or in North Carolina for that matter.

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            The next citing of Starkey was on a power of attorney he signed on February 16, 1875. He was identified as being of Desha County, Arkansas. The power of attorney was given to his brother, Nicholas, for the purpose of selling the piece of land given to them jointly by their father.[12]


Nicholas Jefferson Harrell (born 1837)—4th Generation


            Josiah and Anna Harrell’s son, Nicholas, was born on February 26, 1837, in Hertford County. Nicholas stayed in Hertford County for most of his life. We last saw Nicholas with his parents for the 1860 Census. Soon after that, he joined the armed forces of the Confederate States of America at 24 years of age.


Nicholas was in Company C, Second North Carolina Cavalry (19th Regiment North Carolina Troops). A summary of Nicholas’s participation in the War is documented in The Roster of North Carolina Troops. It includes the following information about Nicholas:[13]    


                “ HARRELL, NICHOLAS, Sergeant

Resided in Hertford County where he enlisted August 5, 1861 for the war. Mustered in as private and appointed Corporal January-February 1862. Promoted to Sergeant March-April 1863. Wounded during Mine Run, Va., campaign November 26-December 2, 1863. Present or accounted for through September 1864. Captured at Five Forks, Va., April 1, 1865 and confined at Point Lookout, Md., until released after taking Oath of Allegiance June 27, 1865.”


            Winborne published his history of Hertford County in 1906, and when recounting the War of 1861-1865, he relied heavily on first hand accounts from notable locals over many years. One example of this is when he made special note of “Nicholas Harrell, 2d Lieutenant, commissioned in 1864, pronounced by his commanding officer the bravest man he ever knew, was from Hertford County.”[14]


            After the War, Nicholas did manage to return to Hertford County and build a relatively normal life. Not much information about Nicholas is available from the time he was released from prison in June 1865 to when he bought a piece of land in March 1870.[15]


He married Amanda Taylor, daughter of John B. and Sophia Smith Taylor, of Hertford County some time after the War and before 1866—according to the 1870 Census, they had their first child in 1867.


Our first glimpse of their family comes in June of 1870 when the Census was taken in Hertford County. Their household was listed as follows:

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1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, Nicholas           age 32  farmer              $500     $200.

Harrell, Amanda            age 23

Harrell, Malissa M.        age   3

Harrell, Irrenia B.          age   1

Harrell, Bettie A.           age 3/12

Dilday, George              age 21  

Parker, Henry               age 17  

Manby, Cora A.            age 14  


In 1875, Nicholas and Amanda sold the land they bought in 1870 and the land Nicholas owned jointly with his brother, Starkey, and bought a large farm.[16] This move took them from the relatively small farm on the road from Union Church to Winton, in Winton Township, to Harrellsville Township. The new farm placed them approximately eight miles south east of their previous farm, as the crow flies, on the road from Harrellsville to Pitch Landing.


            The 400 acres of land Nicholas and Amanda bought in 1875 was adjoining Ethelbert Drake Scull’s remaining land, that of Samuel M. Aumach, and Adolphus Godwin. As near as I can tell, the farm was on the south side of route # 561, adjacent to and east of the Chinkapin Creek (approximately the 400 acres that surround the present-day gun club).


            The 1880 Census shows Nicholas and Amanda in Harrellsville Township,. Melissie “Dora” was then 13, Irena B. “Bertie” was 11, and the new members of the family were Nicholas R. “Ramie” age 8, and Sophia “Dooda” age two.


            Amanda gave birth to Herman Leslie Harrell on November 14, 1880, several months after the 1880 Census was taken. We know this from the information in the 1900 Census. We also know from that same Census Amanda gave birth to India Harrell on April 28th., 1889 in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Amanda was about 42 years of age at this last birth.


1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, N.                    age 43  farming

Harrell, Manda              age 33  house keeping

Harrell, Melissie            age 13  going to school

Harrell, Irena B.            age 11  going to school

Harrell, Nicholas R.       age   8 

Harrell, Sophia              age   2 

Perry, Ira                      age 18  servant

Wynns, Preston             age 20  servant

Hays, Thomas               age 21  farming


Nicholas and Amanda’s Last Years in North Carolina


            The last event to record Nicholas’s presence in Hertford County was a wedding. On December 15, 1888, a young lady named Maggie Harrell, age 17, married John R. Simpson, who was 23 years old. I am not certain how Maggie fit into their family, but I am confident that she was Nicholas Harrell’s niece. There were three witnesses at her wedding, two were Nicholas J. Harrell, and his son-in-law, Roland W. Parker, which suggests Maggie was a close relative to Nicholas.

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Identifying Maggie Harrell has not been an easy or rewarding task. When we look at the Harrell households in the 1880 census for a girl 9 years of age named Maggie, we can narrow down the possibilities. Unfortunately, there are still four possibilities: William A. Harrell had a 9 year old daughter, Martha; Lemuel C. Harrell had a 9 year old named Sarah A.; G. L. Harrell had a 9 year old called Mary A.; and Starkey Harrell (b. 1842, not Nicholas’ brother) had a daughter 9 years of age named Alice C. D. Harrell. Only one of the four heads of household listed was of the right age to be one of Nicholas’s brothers, however—that was Lemuel C. Harrell, born in 1831—he could have been Josiah and Anna’s Son # 4 (see chapter 11). If Lemuel was not Nicholas’s brother, he certainly was a very close friend or cousin as well as a neighbor, because in 1874 when Nicholas was a witness at his sister-in-law, Fruzy Ann Taylor’s, wedding, Lemuel witnessed with him. Lemuel’s daughter’s name, Sarah A. does not, however, suggest a source for the derivative, Maggie. In any event, it is a possibility.


            Maggie Harrell may also have been the same niece who was living with Nicholas’s parents in 1880 by the name of Mary Harrell. She was identified as a niece of Nicholas’s sister, Barsha Harrell Holloman. If Mary’s birth date was in the latter months of the year, she would not have turned nine years old until after the 1880 census but still manage to do so in the year 1880, and thus would have been able to turn 17 years old before the December 15, 1888 wedding. Young Mary Harrell may have become more of Nicholas’s responsibility by 1888, because there is a good possibility Josiah and/or Anna Harrell had died by this time (if not, they would have been 90 and 88 years of age respectively). This, combined with the fact Nicholas and Amanda were probably getting ready to leave  Hertford County for Wake Forest, North Carolina where Amanda would give birth to their last child in April of 1889, probably partly explains why Maggie married at such a young age.


            Nicholas’ wife, Amanda Taylor Harrell, died January 29, 1892 at age 44 or 45 in Greensboro, North Carolina.


                “HARRELL--It is painful to write of the death of Sister Amanda Harrell, wife of Bro. N. J. Harrell, recently of Harrellsville, N. C. They had just moved to Greensboro, where she was a most excellent Christian woman and spoke while sick of soon being in the skies. She died Jan. 29th. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.               W. B. Wingate.”[17]           


            The person who submitted Amanda’s death notice was W. B. Wingate, a resident of Greensboro but formerly of Hertford County, which suggests a possible link to Greensboro through Nicholas and Amanda’s daughter, Bertie, and son-in-law, Roland Wingate Parker.

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            The local newspaper in Greensboro carried the following obituary:[18]



                It is with regret that we chronicle the death of our beloved sister Amanda Harrell, wife of Bro. Nicholas J. Harrell, who had recently come among us to make his future home, from near Harrellsville, Hertford county, N. C.

                They had only been here a few days when she was taken with la grippe which soon developed into pneumonia, growing rapidly worse until Friday evening, the 29th of January, about ten minutes till 6 o’clock, when she passed into that peaceful rest prepared for all the faithful followers of the Master.

                Having known her from early life, I can safely say that she exemplified the Christian life both in her home circle and in the church of which she was a member, to-wit, the Baptist church at Harrellsville. “None knew her but to love her.”

                She died at W. W. Simpson’s, in bright hope of a blessed immortality, her only regret seeming to be for her beloved husband and little children, who have the kindest sympathies of this community….

                Her funeral was preached in the Baptist church by the pastor, Rev. W. B. Wingate, on Sunday morning, January 31st,… Then she was laid to rest in the cemetery, to await the Master’s final call.

                                                                                J. W. Harrell

                Greensboro, N. C.,

                Jan. 31, 1892.        


            The above obituary was written by J. W. Harrell, probably a brother or first cousin to Amanda’s husband, Nicholas—I am not yet sure who he was.[19] J. W. Harrell’s comment “Having known her from early life,…” indicates a closeness that goes back a bit. He may have been John W. Harrell, married to Mary E. S. Harrell, who was in the Hertford County censuses 1860-1880 (see “The Unattached 4th Generation Harrells” in chapter 5). J. W. Harrell was living in Greensboro in 1892 on Asheboro Street. The same street on which W. W. Simpson lived—Amanda died in the home of W. W. Simpson.[20]


Nicholas and Children in Georgia


            Nicholas’s daughter, Bertie, and son-in-law, Roland W. Parker, moved from Greensboro, North Carolina to Madison, Georgia in September of 1894. Nicholas and his three youngest children moved to Madison with Bertie or soon afterwards. He was still of working age with three children, Sophie, Herman and Indie—ages 16, 14 and 5 respectively.


            The first citing of Nicholas in Georgia is in the 1900 Census, which shows his household to consist of the following:


1900 census entry, Morgan Co., Ga.

Harrell, Nicholas           age 63, a widower, a farmer                   born Feb. 1837

Harrell, Sophia              age 22, single                                        born Dec. 1878

Harrell, Herman            age 19, single, a Salesman Guans            born Nov. 1880

Harrell, India                 age 11, single, at school              born Apr. 1889


            Nicholas was still farming at the time of the 1900 census. In addition to the listing above for his household in the town of Madison, he was listed a second time because he was renting and working a small farm just up the road from his place in town (his farm was in Enumeration District no. 71, and his house in town was in District no. 72).

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            Daughter Sophie married her, apparently, very good friend, Ernest King from Ahoskie, North Carolina just several months after the 1900 census was taken. Herman had already experienced the Spanish American War and was back home working for his brother-in-law, Roland W. Parker. Indie was still in school.


            Nicholas was renting a house next door to his daughter, Bertie, and son-in-law, Roland W. Parker—this was certainly convenient considering the role Bertie had as surrogate mother for her youngest siblings for several years by that time.


            Nicholas J. Harrell died October 13, 1908, according to the Morgan County, Georgia death records.[21] Nicholas is buried at the Old Cemetery in Madison, Georgia, in the W. C. Parker Family Plot. Apparently Nicholas was the first to be buried in this Plot; his first cousin and in-law, W. C. Parker and his wife were next; and they were followed by Nicholas’ son, Herman L. Harrell in 1918, and then his daughter, Bertie Harrell Parker in 1925, who was then followed by her husband and W. C. Parker’s son, Roland W. Parker.


Nicholas J. and Amanda Taylor Harrell’s Children


            Spanning the time from Nicholas and Amanda’s wedding, around 1866, to Amanda’s death in 1892, they produced six children who survived infancy.


Melissa “Dora” Harrell (b. 1867)—5th Generation


            Melissa M. Harrell was the oldest child of Nicholas and Amanda Harrell. She was born in 1867 and was cited in the 1880 Census at age 13.


            When Inez Parker Cumming, daughter of Bertie Harrell Parker and granddaughter of Nicholas and Amanda Harrell, was compiling her Parker family history and scrap-book sometime in the 1930s through the 1950s, she included a photograph of the Chowan Female Collegiate Institute in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Inez added a handwritten caption for the photograph that reads “Mamma and her older sister, Dora, were educated at Chowan.” The only older sister Bertie Harrell Parker had was Melissa. Melissa was Dora.

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            Dora died at the age of twenty, just before she had finished her studies. Her death notice was carried in the Biblical Recorder and it reads as follows:[22]


                HARRELL—Sister Dora Harrell died at her home, near Harrellsville, Hertford County, N. C., January 13th, 1888. She was stricken eleven months previous to her death with consumption which made her its victim. She left in full hope to be happy with Him whom she had trusted. She was a consistent member of Harrellsville church for eleven years. The church loses a worthy member, and the neighborhood a lovely young woman.

                May He who is too wise to err, or too good to be unkind, sanctify this sad affliction to her family, relatives and school-mates.

                                                                                                J. H. E.

Irena Bertha “Bertie” Harrell Parker (b. 1870)—5th Generation


            Bertie was first cited in the 1870 census, where she was listed as Arrenia B. Harrell at one year of age. Then again in the 1880 census she was listed as Irena B. Harrell, age eleven. When she married on January 8, 1888, she used a nickname, “Bertie,” derived from her middle name, Bertha.


            Nicholas and Amanda’s daughter, Bertie, finished her studies at the Chowan Female Collegiate Institute at a relatively young age, and she taught school in Hertford County for several years. The 1890 Branson Almanac listed all the teachers and their townships each year.[23] Bertie was listed in the Almanac as Miss. Bertie Harrell, a teacher, from Harrellsville. This is curious, because Bertie had married Roland W. Parker on January 8, 1888. This was probably simply a case of not up-dating all the information in the Almanac each year. Also, Bertie’s husband and father-in-law, Roland W. Parker and William C. Parker respectively, are listed as teachers at that time in Hertford County.


            Bertie, her husband and their first born, Dora Harrell Parker, were in Darlington, South Carolina by 1890. In 1892, Bertie and her family were in Greensboro, North Carolina. I believe Bertie’s in-laws, W. C. Parker and family, were in Greensboro at the time. W. C. Parker was also Nicholas Harrell’s first cousin and close friend.


Roland and Bertie moved their family to Madison, Georgia in late 1895. Bertie’s father, Nicholas, her younger brother, Herman, and her two younger sisters, Sophia and Indie, moved to Madison also. Bertie apparently continued to play a major roll in raising three of her younger siblings, as well as her own three children.


Bertie and Roland Parker’s three children were Roland Jr., Inez, and Alcie. Roland Jr. and Inez were born in North Carolina. Their youngest daughter, Alcie, was born in Madison, Morgan County, Georgia. (Birth places and dates were determined largely by the information in the 1900 Census).


1900 census entry, Morgan Co., Ga.

Parker, Roland W.         age 31,             born Sept. 1868 in North Carolina

Parker, Bertha              age 30,              born Oct.  1870 in North Carolina

Parker, Roland Jr.         age   8,              born Jan.  1892 in North Carolina

Parker, Inez                  age   5,              born Aug. 1895 in North Carolina

Parker, Alice                 age   2,              born Oct.  1897 in Georgia

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            According to the information in the 1910 census, Bertie’s family had not changed much, basically just 10 years older each. There are two items worth note from that census, however. First, it was noted that they had four children, with three living. Secondly, the census shows Bertie’s younger sister India (“Indie”) living with them, probably since 1908 when their father, Nicholas, had died.


            By the 1920 census, both Roland Jr. and daughter Alcie were married and in their own households. Bertie’s household included Roland W. Sr., age 52, Bertie, age 50, and daughter, Inez, age 24.


Irena Bertha “Bertie” Harrell Parker died on June 21, 1925, at the age of 55. The Town newspaper carried her obituary. It reads in part as follows.[24]




                After a lingering illness covering many years, and a measure of extreme frailness nearing physical collapse for a long while, Mrs. R. W. Parker passed quietly away last Monday morning about two o’clock at her home on South Second Street, in this city. She was exceedingly feeble for a long while, and her death was expected at any time.


                Bertie Harrell was born October 11, 1870, at Harrellsville, N. C., the daughter of Nicholas Harrell and Amanda Taylor Harrell. She was married January 8, 1888, to Roland W. Parker, removing with him to Madison seven years later--in 1895. She and her family have been residents of this city ever since and have been identified with every worthy movement in the home of their adoption. Besides her husband she is survived by three children--R. W. Parker, Jr., of Miami, Miss Inez Parker and Mrs. M. S. Penick, both of Madison. She is survived by a brother, N. R. Harrell, of Darlington, S. C., and two sisters--Mrs. E. G. King, of Ahoskie, N. C., and Mrs. E. G. Atkinson, of Madison.


                Mrs. Parker was a member of the Madison Baptist church for thirty years.


Bertie’s husband, Roland Wingate Parker, died on October 4, 1939.


“Bertie” Harrell & Roland W. Parker’s Children


            They lost their daughter, Dora, in her infancy—their other three children were as follows.


Roland Wilcox Parker (b. 1891)—6th Generation


Roland Wilcox Parker was born in Darlington, South Carolina on January 28, 1891. He was often referred to as Roland Junior. He married Julia Emily Wright, and they were in Greensboro, Green County, Georgia for the 1920 census. Roland Jr. was listed as 28 years of age, and his wife, Julia W., as 24. They had no children at that time. They were about 18 miles from Madison.

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When R. W. Parker Jr. attended his mother’s funeral in Madison, Georgia in 1925, he was listed as from Miami in the obituary notice. Ten years later, Roland Jr. and his two children went to Madison for his Aunt Indie’s funeral—he was listed as from Siloam, Green County, Georgia. At that time, June of 1935, Roland Jr. was 43 years old; his son Tom was 14 years of age; and his daughter Louise was about twelve.


Roland Jr. had health problems for the major part of his life—he had major back surgery five times, and he was in severe pain a good deal of the time. He nonetheless managed to get the necessary credentials to become a pharmacist.


Roland Jr. died early, around 1936, and his wife, Julia, lived until 1970.


Roland Jr. and Julia Wright Parker’s Children


Roland Jr. and Julia did finally settle in Florida with one son, Thomas Shiply Parker, and two daughters—Louise West and Alcie Thornton.


Thomas Shiply Parker (b. 1921)—7th Generation


Roland Jr. and Julia Parker’s son, Thomas Shiply Parker, was born on April 18, 1921. He married Irene M. Motley (b. 1917). Thomas lived until 1973, and Irene until 1988. They had two children—Julia Marie Parker (b. 1945) and Joy Irene Parker (b. 1955).


Julia Marie Parker Hewes (b. 1945)—8th Generation


Thomas and Irene Parker’s daughter, Julia, was born on February 19, 1945. She was married  to Robert Curchman Hewes.


Joy Irene Parker Schmidt (b. 1955)—8th Generation


Their daughter, Joy, was born on July 14, 1955. She married James Bradley Schmidt (b. 1962) in 1991. 


Indie Louise Parker West (b. 1923)—7th Generation


Indie Louise Parker was named for her grandaunt, Indie Harrell Atkinson. Louise was born on February 14, 1923 to Roland Jr. and Julia Wright Parker.


Louise married Larry Andrew Knight (b. 1916) just about one year before we entered World War II, and they had one child, Larry Andrew Knight Jr., in 1943. Larry Sr. did not survive the War. Louise married a second time to Dick Sheppard West (b. 1920), and Dick West adopted young Larry Junior, who became Larry Knight West.

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Dick Sheppard West died in 1989. Louise Parker West still lives in Florida. In all Louise had four children.


Larry Andrew Knight West (b. 1943)—8th Generation


Louise’s first child, Larry Knight West, married Billie V. Baseman. They had one child, Marguerite Louise (b. 1968). In 1993, Larry married Debera Ann Garrison.

Rebecca Melba West Baillie (b. 1949)—8th Generation


Louise and Dick West’s daughter, Rebecca Melba West was born on October 26, 1949, and she married Lawrence Paul Baillie (b. 1949). They have two children: Nathan Kidd Baillie (b. 1979), and Joel West Baillie (b. 1990).

Forrest Amanda West Samnik (b. 1955)—8th Generation


Louise and Dick’s third child, Forrest Amanda West, married Joseph Robert Samnik Junior in 1988.

George Thomas West (b. 1961)—8th Generation


Their son, George Thomas West, was born in 1961, and he married Ingrid Erika Gendell (b. 1963). They have two sons: Erik Parker West (b. 1991), and Ryan Sheppard West (b. 1995).


Alcie Elizabeth Parker Thornton (b. 1933)—7th Generation


            Roland Jr. and Julia Parker’s daughter, Alcie, was born on December 21, 1933, and she married Walter Mansfield Thornton (b. 1927). They live in the Atlanta area and raised their family there. They have four children.


Alan Parker Thornton (b. 1952)—8th Generation


            Alcie and Walter Thornton’s first son, Alan Parker Thornton, was born on June 17, 1952. He married Sharon Jacobs—they have one daughter, Chantal Marie Thornton (b. 1983). Later, Alan married Teresa Jane Van House. Alan and Teresa Thornton’s son is Matt Wright Thornton (b. 1996).


Barbara Louise Thornton Duvall (b. 1953)—8th Generation


Alcie and Walter’s second child, Barbara Louise Thornton, was born on December 3, 1953, and she married Cecil Duvall. Barbara has two children: Cecilia (b. 1979), and Julia Louise (b. 1983).

Elizabeth Lea Thornton (b. 1961)—8th Generation

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Their third child, Elizabeth Lea Thornton, was born on March 23, 1961.

Dale Walker Thornton (b. 1963)—8th Generation


Dale Walker Thornton was born on October 4, 1963. He married Martha Gamble—they have one child, John Thomas (b. 1989). Later Dale married Marsha MacDonald.


            Alcie Parker and Walter M. Thornton still live in the Atlanta, Georgia area.


Inez Parker Cumming (b. 1894)—6th Generation


            Bertie and Roland Parker Senior’s daughter, Inez, was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in August of 1894. She spent most of her life, however, in and around Madison, Georgia. I believe she attended the University of Georgia in Athens, and met her husband, Forrest Cumming there.


Forrest Cumming was a Professor of mathematics at the University of Georgia from 1929 to 1945. Inez worked at the University of Georgia Press, but I am not sure of the time period. She was very interested in family history and made more than one trip to North Carolina for research. Inez compiled a Parker family album with much historical annotation. (Currently in the possession of her niece, Louise Parker West.) If she compiled much information on her Harrell ancestors, it has not yet surfaced.


Inez and Forrest were killed in a plane crash in Paris, France in June of 1962. They were on a flight chartered by the Atlanta Art Association. Inez was 67 years of age at her death—they were both retired and living in Griffin, about 25 miles south of Atlanta, at the time. A notice of the crash was reported in The Madisonian, probably from information supplied by her sister, Alcie Penick who was living in Covington at the Time.[25]


Alcie Parker Penick (b. 1897)—6th Generation


            Alcie was Bertie and Roland Parker’s youngest child, and she was born in Madison, Georgia on October 11, 1897. Alcie married Marshall S. Penick, also from Madison, on August 2, 1918.[26]


In 1935, at her Aunt Indie’s funeral in Madison, Alcie was listed as Mrs. Marshall Penick along with her father, R. W. Parker and her two sons, Marshall and Wingate—all from Covington, which is about 30 miles west of Madison or half way to Atlanta.


            Alcie Irene Parker Penick died in Greenville, South Carolina on September 27, 1973 at the age of 76. Greenville is about 100 miles northeast of Madison.[27]

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Marshall Stoval Penick (b. 1921)—7th Generation


Alcie’s son, Marshall Penick, was killed in World War II, in 1943—probably in the Normandy invasion.

Roland Wingate Penick (b. 1923)—7th Generation


Alcie Parker and Marshall Penick’s son, Roland Wingate Penick, was born on February 8, 1923. He married Joanne Mibulak in 1955, and they have two children, Russell and Patricia. They were in Greenville at the time of Alcie’s death in 1973.


Russell Brian Penick (b. 1958)—8th Generation


            Russell was born on October 10, 1958.

Patrica Louise Penick (b. 1961)—8th Generation


            Patrica was born on March 3rd, 1961.


Bettie Alice Harrell (b. 1870)—5th Generation


            In my discussion of Nicholas and Amanda Harrell in the 1870 census, I briefly mention that a daughter named Bettie A. was listed as there and three months old, but she was gone by the 1880 Census. She did get a second citing, however, in the Biblical Recorder, on November 13, 1872. It reads as follows:


                Died in Hertford Co. N. C., October 28th, 1872, after a short illness, Bettie Alice, youngest daughter of Nicholas and Amanda Harrell, aged two years, six months and sixteen days. As calmly sinks the evening sun, so did little ”Bessie” breathe out her life in the arms of him who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me.”                                                                     A FRIEND.


Nicholas Raymond “Ramie” Harrell (b. 1872)—5th Generation


            Nicholas “Ramie” Harrell was born in 1872 in Hertford County, North Carolina. He was first cited in the 1880 Census living with his parents in Harrellsville township at age eight. He was in Darlington, South Carolina before the turn of the last century.  


            In the 1900 census, there was no listing for a Nicholas R. Harrell in the South Carolina census index (Soundex). There is, however, a listing for his wife, Emma Harrell age 28. The 1900 census shows Emma living in the household of John Blackwell. He was Emma’s father, and his household was constituted as follows:

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1900 census entry, Darlington Co., S. C.                  

Blackwell, John             age 63,              born Apr. 1837 in South Carolina

Blackwell, Emma A.      age 57,              born Oct. 1842 in South Carolina, wife

Harrell, Emma               age 28,              born Jan. 1872 in South Carolina, daughter

Harrell, Ramie N.          age 28,              born Apr. 1872 in North Carolina, in law


            The census of 1910 lists Nicholas R. Harrell, age 38, with wife, Emma B., age 38, and indicates they had been married for 13 years. This means they were married in 1897, when they were 25 years of age. Two of the questions on this 1910 census ask: first, how many children have you given birth to, and then how many children are still living? On both counts, Emma answered zero. Nicholas R. indicated that he was a farmer, living on his own farm, which had a mortgage.


            Nicholas R. also surfaced for his younger brother, Herman’s funeral in 1918. Ramie was listed as living in Darlington, South Carolina at the time.


            The 1920 census information provided the following description of Nicholas R. Harrell’s household. He was with his wife, Emma, and still living in Darlington, South Carolina. He is listed as a farmer working his own farm, which he owned mortgage free.


            Some years after Ramie’s wife, Emma, died, he remarried. He married a woman who was from the family next door, so I have been told. They were married before October 7, 1947, because on that date Ramie wrote a new will naming his wife, Maria Revelle, as executrix of the will and recipient of his entire estate except for a gift of $1,000 he left to his only surviving sibling, Sophie King of Norfolk, Virginia.[28]


Nicholas Raymond “Ramie” Harrell died in neighboring Florence County, South Carolina on February 27, 1952. Ramie’s estate was apparently fairly large and included a house in town as well as the farm.


            The informant for Ramie’s death certificate was Mrs. Elsie D. Radspinner. She indicated he was married at the time of death, but in the place of a wife’s name she put Maria R. Douglas, his stepdaughter. Mrs. Radspinner did not know the names of Ramie’s mother or father—nor probably did his second wife, Maria Revelle.


Sophia Eulalia Harrell King (b. 1878)—5th Generation


            Sophia was born to Nicholas J. and Amanda Harrell on December 29 1878, in Hertford County, North Carolina. She was their 4th daughter, and 5th child, and was named for Amanda’s mother, Sophia Smith Taylor. Sophia E. Harrell was still living with her father, Nicholas J., at age 22 in Madison Georgia, according to the 1900 Census.

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            Shortly after the 1900 census was taken, Sophia married a young man named Ernest L. King, who came from Ahoskie, Hertford County, North Carolina to get his bride. They were married in the home of Sophia’s sister, Bertie, and brother-in-law, Roland W. Parker. After the wedding, they boarded the train for Hertford County, North Carolina.[29] 


            Sophia would have been 17 years of age when the family moved to Georgia, so it is likely that she knew her husband from earlier years in North Carolina. Ernest King is listed as being born in North Carolina in the 1910 Census but as being born in Virginia for the 1920 Census. Also there was no King household in Hertford County, North Carolina in 1880 with a son age six, which was the age of Ernest at that time.


            The 1910 Census cites Sophia and her family in Ahoskie, Hertford County. The first four of their five children were born there—their fifth child, Harrell King, was born in Virginia in 1912. The family is listed as follows:


1910 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

King, Ernest W.            age  36,             born in N. C.

King, Sophia E.             age  32,             born in N. C.

King, Rudolph H.           age    7,            born in N. C., son

King, Lynwood H.         age    5,            born in N. C., son

King, Ernest T.             age    2,            born in N. C., daughter     

King, Mildred                age 5/12,           born in N. C., daughter


            In 1910, they were living in Ahoskie on Church Street, and Ernest was working for the railroad.


            Sophia traveled back to Madison, Georgia in May of 1918 for the funeral of her younger brother, Herman L. Harrell. At that time her place of residence was listed as Norfolk, Virginia. The 1920 Census was more specific; it placed Sophia and her family at 52 Prospect, Craddockville, Norfolk County, Virginia. The 1920 listing is as follows:


1920 census entry, Norfolk, Va.

King, Ernest L.              age  46,   born in Va.

King, Sophia                  age  42,   born in N. C.

King, Rudoph                age  17,   born in N. C.

King, Ernestine              age  12,   born in N. C.

King, Mildred                age  10,   born in N. C.

King, Harrell                 age    8,   born in Va.


Ernest Linwood King worked at several of his own businesses, including a restaurant at one point. He also worked for the railroad and in later life at the Navy Yard in Norfolk.[30]


            Sophie returned to Madison, Georgia in 1925 for the funeral of her sister, Bertie Parker, and in 1935 for the funeral of her sister, Indie Atkinson. She also visited her brother, Ramie, in South Carolina on more than one occasion.

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            Sophie Harrell King was still in Norfolk when she informed the State of her husband’s death.[31] At that time, they were living at 833 West 36th. Street, Norfolk, Virginia. Ernest Linwood King and Sophie Harrell King share a marker in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia. Ernest died November 7, 1938, and Sophie died August 17, 1964. Sophie was living at 1325 Cedar Lane in Norfolk at the time of her death. Her daughter Ernestine King Edwards was still living in that house in 1997.


Sophia E. Harrell and Ernest L. King’s Children


Rudolph Hunter King (b. 1902)—6th Generation


            Rudolph was born on December 19, 1902 in Ahoskie, North Carolina. At the age or 17, he was living with his family for the 1920 census. According to his sister, Ernestine, he was killed in 1934 in an automobile accident at Indianapolis, Indiana.


Hodges King (b. 1904)—6th Generation


Hodges was born in 1904 in Ahoskie, North Carolina, and died there of Scarlet Fever in 1909. According to Inez Parker Cumming’s notes, he is buried at the Old Baptist Cemetery in Ahoskie.


Lynwood H. King (b. 1905)—6th Generation


            Lynwood H. King was listed as 5 years of age in the 1910 census but is not listed with the rest of the family in the 1920 census. His sister, Ernestine, did not remember him when I spoke with her in 1997, and Inez’s notes from an earlier time also do not show Lynwood. It is possible Lynwood H. King was Lynwood Hodges King.


Ernestine Amanda King Edwards (b. 1907)—6th Generation


            Ernestine was born July 24, 1907 in Ahoskie, North Carolina. She was shown at the age of 12 with her parents in Norfolk for the 1920 census. She married Edgar Everett Edwards on October 16, 1930 in Norfolk, Va..


Ernestine took care of her mother, Sophia, in her later years. Her husband, Edger, died around the year 1984. In 1997, Ernestine was looking forward to a trip to Milwaukee to visit her son—they are giving her a 90th birthday party.


Ernestine said she never knew much about her mother’s side of the family. Her grandmother, Amanda, died fifteen years before she was born, and her grandfather, Nicholas J. Harrell, died the year she was born. 

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Edgar Everett Edwards Jr. (b. 1937)—7th Generation


Ernestine’s son, Evert Edwards, was born June 2, 1937 in Norfolk, Va.. He married Patricia Lee Moore (b. August 3, 1938) on June 7, 1958. Evert now lives in Milwaukee.


Evert E. Jr. and Patricia Moore Edwards’ Children


Stephen Craig Edwards (b. 1959)—8th Generation


Stephen was born October 17, 1959 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Thomas Scott Edwards (b. 1961)—8th Generation


Thomas was born December 17, 1961 in Norfolk, Virginia.


Mildred King Odom Harrison Easter Meyers (born 1909)—6th Generation


Mildred was born on August 1, 1909 in Ahoskie, North Carolina. She married Henry Clay Odom in 1926. Mildred and Henry had one son, Henry Jr. in 1929. Mildred King Odom married three more times but did not have children with her other husbands: she married Jimmy Harrison in the 1930s; Walter Easter around 1942; and William J. Myers in 1960.


According to her sister, Ernestine, in June 1997, Mildred was in a nursing home and suffering from Alzheimer disease.


Henry Clay Odom Jr. (b. 1929)—7th Generation


Mildred and Henry’s son, Henry Jr., was born October 29, 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia. He married Mary Margle in 1954, and they still live in the Norfolk area.


Henry Jr. remembers spending time in Ahoskie with his father. He also remembers traveling with his grandmother, Sophie Harrell King, to visit her brother, Ramie Harrell, in South Carolina.


Henry Jr. and Mary’s Children

Jeffery Clay Odom (b. 1955)—8th Generation


Jeffery Odom was born July 8, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Ernest Linwood Odom (b. 1960)—8th Generation


Ernest Odom was born July 19, 1960 also in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Leslie Harrell King (b. 1911)—6th Generation


Sophie and Ernest King’s son, Leslie, was born December 9, 1911 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the first of Sophie children to be born in Va. He was listed as Harrell King, age 8 and living with his parents in the 1920 census. He was named for Sophie’s younger brother, Herman Leslie Harrell. Leslie died May 31, 1937 in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Herman Leslie Harrell (b. 1880)—5th Generation


            Herman was Nicholas and Amanda Harrell’s youngest son; he was born in Harrellsville, Hertford County, North Carolina on November 14, 1880.


            His mother died in Greensboro on January 29, 1892 about ten weeks after his twelfth birthday. Soon after her death, he with his father and sisters, Bertie, Sophia and Indie, moved to Madison, Georgia. Herman lived with his father and sisters, Sophia and Indie, and apparently spent a good deal of his time next door at his sister Bertie and brother-in-law Roland Parker’s house, until he joined the Army for the War with Spain in Cuba.


            By the 1900 census, he was once again living with his father and two sisters, next door to sister Bertie and her family in Madison, Georgia. Herman was listed as 19 years of age. He had apparently worked for a while as a “Salesmen Guans” in his brother-in-law’s business.


            Herman was in Waynesboro, Georgia by April of 1902 working for the Southern Bell Telephone Company.  Waynesboro is about 23 miles south of Augusta, where the Allison family was living with their only child, Alice Coreda Allison. Alice C. Allison also worked for the phone company, and the two met on the job. Herman and Alice were married in Augusta, Georgia on September 18, 1902. They set up their first home in Waynesboro. Their first son, Herman Jr., was born on June 3, 1903 in Waynesboro, Georgia, and the family stayed there until May of 1904.


            In May of 1904, Herman, Alice, and Herman Jr. moved to Augusta, Georgia, probably to live with or near Alice’s Parents, James J. and Theresa Allison. While in Augusta, their second son, James Gilbert Harrell, was born and died on June 23, 1905. The birth of James Gilbert was recorded in the family Bible. Herman’s family left Augusta, Georgia in April of 1907 for Sumter, South Carolina. By this time Alice was about two months along the road to delivering their third son, Nicholas Jordan Harrell. Nicholas was born in Sumter on October 22, 1907, and by the end of October, they were all on their way back to Augusta, Georgia.


            The family stayed in Augusta for almost two and one half years. They left Augusta in June of 1910, but not before a glimpse of the family was caught by the 1910 census. The recording date was April 15, 1910, at Summerville Village, probably a suburb of Augusta, in Richmond County, Georgia. Theresa Allison lived with her daughter, Alice, and her boys for the remainder of her life—she played a major part in raising Herman and Alice’s three sons.

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1910 census entry, Richmond County, Georgia

Harrell, Herman            age 29  Head                electrician

Harrell, Alice C.            age 24  Wife                            

Harrell, Herman Jr.       age   6  Son                   in school

Harrell, Nicholas J.        age   2  Son                  

Allison, Theresa            age 53  Mother-in-law   Own Income


            The family arrived in Columbus, Ohio from Augusta, Georgia in June of 1910. They stayed in Columbus until May of 1914, just short of four years. As near as I can tell, the major event occurring during their Ohio stay was the birth of their fourth son, Roland Parker Harrell, on September 17, 1912. They were still in Ohio on May 31, 1914 when Roland Parker Harrell was baptized in the Trinity Church, Columbus, in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.


            Very near the end of May, 1914, the family moved from Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee. According to a form Herman Sr. filled out for the Department of Interior, Bureau of Pensions, dated February 9, 1917, he was already in the Davidson County Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee in 1914. The last location he gave was “Nashville Tenn. May 1914 to Date.” Herman died in Davidson County, Tuberculosis Hospital on April 27, 1918 of Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Herman Leslie Harrell’s remains were shipped back to Madison, Georgia for burial next to his father, Nicholas J. Harrell, who had been placed in the Parker family plot about ten years before.


After Herman’s death, Alice spent time working in a large hotel in New Orleans; married at least one more time, and ended up in Los Angeles, California by 1920. Around 1920, Herman’s former widow, Alice, married John O. White—perhaps in New Orleans, or in California. Herman and Alice’s two younger boys spend the remainder of their youth in Los Angeles. Alice Allison Harrell White died in Los Angeles in 1956.


Herman L. Sr. and Alice Allison Harrell’s Children


            Less than three months after Herman died, the U. S. Congress approved, on July 16, 1918, an Act that provided pension benefits for children of veterans who had served in the “War with Spain, Philippine Insurrection, and Chinese Boxer Rebellion Campaigns.” By August 25, 1919, Theresa Newby Allison, the boys grandmother, had the form “Declaration for Pension for Children Under Sixteen Years of Age” in hand. Theresa filled out the form, indicating she was 66 years of age, living at 1040 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, and that she was the guardian of the three boys.


Herman Leslie “Jim” Harrell Jr. (b. 1903)—6th Generation


Herman Jr., “Jim,” was born June 3, 1903 in Waynesboro, Georgia. After his father died, Jim joined the Navy for a couple of years, then briefly joined his family in Los Angeles for a short while, and then returned to Waynesboro, Georgia.

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Jim married Rachael Brooks Bonnell (b. 1909) of Sardis, Georgia on October 19, 1927 in Augusta, Georgia. In 1930, Jim took his new family to Los Angeles, and there joined the rest of his family. Jim and Rachael have two daughters. Herman Leslie “Jim” Harrell died in Los Angeles County on June 28, 1976.


Alice Theresa Harrell Mullens (b. 1929)—7th Generation


Jim and Rachael Harrell’s first daughter, Alice, was born August 3, 1929 in Sardis, Georgia. Alice grew up in Los Angeles, and married Floyd Robert Mullens (b. 1927) there on June 22, 1947. Alice and Floyd Mullens had three children.


Steven Robert Mullens (b. 1948)—8th Generation


Steven was born June 5, 1948 in Los Angeles, California.

Nancy Theresa Mullens (b. 1950)—8th Generation


Nancy Mullens was born March 30, 1950 in Los Angeles, California.

Michael Patrick Mullens (b. 1964)—8th Generation


Alice and Floyd Mullens’ youngest child, Michael, was born December 15, 1964 in Long Beach, California.


Audrey Louise Harrell Prather (b. 1931)—7th Generation


Jim and Rachael Harrell’s youngest daughter, Audrey, was born March 10, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. She married Roderic David Prather (b. 1927) in Los Angeles on June 27, 1949. Audrey and Rod have three children.


Christy Ellen Prather (b. 1950)—8th Generation


Christy was born June 14, 1950 in Los Angeles, California.

Cary Harrell Prather (b. 1954)—8th Generation


Cary was born August 4, 1954 in Los Angeles, California.

Shery Prather (b. 1957)—8th Generation


Shery was born on May 16, 1957 in Anaheim, California.

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Nicholas Jordan Harrell (b. 1907)—6th Generation

Herman Sr. and Alice Harrell’s second son, Nicholas, was born October 22, 1907 in Sumter, South Carolina. From about the age of 13, Nick spent his life in Los Angeles, where he was an auto mechanic and worked on race cars with his brother, Jim. Nick died in Los Angeles on January 10, 1995.


Roland Parker Harrell (b. 1912)—6th Generation

Roland was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 17, 1913. He lived in  Los Angeles from the age of  seven until he died in 1974. He married Barbara Elizabeth Rodau (born 1916) of Los Angeles in 1933. Roland and Barbara had three sons. Later in life, Roland married Helen Chandler of Los Angeles. Roland Parker Harrell died in Los Angeles County on October 2, 1974. Roland and Barbara Harrell’s children are as follows.


Richard Carl Harrell (b. 1934)—7th Generation


Richard was born in Los Angeles on June 19, 1934. He married Arlene Rathburn. They have two sons, Richard Jr. and Roland.


Richard Carl Harrell, Jr. (b. 1957)—8th Generation


Richard Jr. was born March 23, 1957 in Los Angeles County, California. He married Iva Susan Peace (b. November 16, 1957 in Riverside County, California). Susie and Richard have two daughters, Crystal Susan (b. March 30, 1978 in Riverside County) and Carol Melissa (b. August 2, 1981 in San Bernardino County, California).


Roland Timothy Harrell (b. 1959)—8th Generation


Roland married Sherry Brown (b. 1965). They have two daughters, Holly Ann (b. 1984) and Amanda Lee (b. 1987).


Roger Herman Harrell (b. 1936)—7th Generation


Roger was born on April 21, 1936 in Los Angeles. He was married to Vlaine Reihm in 1954 for a short while. In 1970, he married Margaret Elizabeth Blackstone (b. 1936). They have one daughter. Roger and Margaret currently live in Hermosa Beach, California.


Lorie Lynn Harrell Carlson (b. 1956)—8th Generation


Lorie was born in Los Angeles County on September 15, 1956. She married Jeffery Scott Carlson (b. February 2, 1952) on May 15, 1993. They have one son, Alec Roger Harrell Carlson; he was born in Los Angeles County on March 19, 1996. They currently live in Redondo Beach, California.

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Robert James Harrell (b. 1940)—7th Generation


Roland and Barbara Harrell’s youngest son, Robert, was born July 1, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. He first married Karen Patterson and then Mary Atencio. They have three children. Bob and Mary currently live in Sacramento, California.


Marcie Renaue Harrell Perrin (b. 1963)—8th Generation


Marcie was born April 19, 1964 in Auburn, California. She married Roy Lee Perrin (b. February 10, 1963), and they have four children: Jackie Elizabeth (b. May 1, 1987), Misty Shadow (b. May 8, 1994), Roy Lee Jr. (b. April 22, 1995), and Kristi Nicole (b. March 18, 1997). All their children were born in Sacramento County, California where they currently reside.

Tracy Diane Harrell Dodge Johnson (b. 1966)—8th Generation


Tracy was born in Auburn, California on September 10, 1966. Tracy was married to Jeffery Dodge (b. October 22, 1963), and then to Paul Johnson (b. January 20, 1964). They have two sons: Nathan (b. September 4, 1985) and Daniel (b. May 19, 1987). They currently live in Sacramento County, California.


William Parker Harrell (b. 1971)—8th Generation


Robert Harrell’s youngest child, William, was born in Sacramento, California on July 10, 1971. He married Heidi Ann Hamann (June 28, 1974), and they have three children: Joey Jay Hamann (b. February 21, 1991), Samantha Alexandra Hamann (b. April 15, 1993), and Forest Robert Harrell (b. October 14, 1995). Robert and his children currently live in Sacramento County, California.


India “Indie” Harrell Atkinson (b. 1889)—5th Generation


            Nicholas and Amanda Harrell’s daughter, Indie, was born April 28th, 1889 in Seaboard, North Carolina. Handwritten notes by Inez Parker Cumming, Indie’s niece, show her birth place as Seaboard, Northampton County, North Carolina, which is about 20 miles west of Murfreesboro, Hertford County. (There is another reference which indicates her birth place was Wake Forrest, North Carolina.)


            Indie appeared in the 1900 census at age 11, living with her father, her brother Herman, and her sister, Sophia, and next door to her sister, Bertie Parker’s family in Madison, Georgia. Indie was just 20 years old in 1910 and living with her sister, Bertie, and her family.


            Indie married Everette G. Atkinson of Madison some time between 1910 and 1917. I assume E. G. Atkinson was a neighbor or related to the neighbors, because in the 1900 Census when Indie was just 11 years old, Nicholas and the kids lived next door to Bertie and her family, and on both sides of these two households were Atkinson Households.

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            For the 1920 Census, Indie was 29 years of age; living with her husband, Everette Atkinson, also 29 years of age. They did not have children.


            At just 46 years of age, in 1935, Indie died. As near as I can tell, the family members at  Indie’s funeral were Bertie’s children and grandchildren from Georgia, Nicholas R. (“Ramie”) from South Carolina, and sister Sophie from Norfolk, Virginia.[32]


            Indie was also survived by her husband, Everett Gill Atkinson, who lived another 36 years. After Indie’s death, her husband lived with his sister, Mrs. Dot Hannah in Madison.  E. G. Atkinson’s death notice was carried in The Madisonian on September 9, 1971—he lived 81 years.


            This ends the section devoted to Nicholas Jefferson Harrell, son of Josiah and Anna Harrell.


Anna M. Harrell (Askew?) (b. 1841)—4th Generation


            Josiah and Anna Harrell’s daughter, Anna M. Harrell, was born in 1841, in Hertford County. She was still living with her parents for the 1860 Census at age 19, but, she was not with them for the 1870 Census—I presumed she was married. She probably married around the age of 20 or 21, which would have been around 1861. Once again, a marriage registered just before the 1862 burning of the Court House in Hertford County.


            I have searched the 1870 Census for a wife or widow named Anna M. aged 29 in Hertford County, and the 1880 census for a Anna M. age 39. I found the following possibility.


1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Askew, Williamson        age 32  farmer              $400     $200                             page 407

Askew, Annie M.          age 28

Askew, Nicholas           age   8

Askew, Mary E.            age   6

Askew, Harriet A.         age   2

Askew, T. Meader        age 15


            I am inclined to pursue Annie M. Askew as a major possible candidate for Josiah and Anna Harrell’s daughter partly because of the names used for their children. Their son Nicholas was born in 1862, when Annie M. Harrell’s older brother, Nicholas J. Harrell, was away with the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry. Also, their first daughter was named Mary, the same as Anna M. Harrell’s older sister, Mary Harrell.


Anna M. Harrell’s husband, William Askew


            William was a native of Hertford County as was his mother. He was living with his widowed mother in 1850 and 1860 when they both indicated they were born in the county.

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1850 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Askew, Sally                 age 40

Askew, Sally                 age 14

Askew, William             age 12


            Sarah was one of the fortunate people who age only 5 years each decade—it is, however, apparently not a genetic characteristic, because both of her children aged the expected number of years by 1860.


1860 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Askew, Sarah               age 45              $100     $80       b. Hertford Co.             page 124

Askew, S. A.                age 24                                      b. Hertford Co.

Askew, William             age 22                                      b. Hertford Co.


            In 1860, William Askew was living just one dwelling from John B. Taylor and his family, which included 12 year old Amanda. About seven years later, Amanda Taylor married Nicholas J. Harrell, the older brother of Anna M. Harrell—the Anna M. who, I strongly suspect, married William Askew. In addition, William (b. 1825) and Mary A. Harrell lived on the other side of John B. Taylor, and William (b. 1825) may have been Josiah and Anna Harrell’s Son # 3, and consequently, Nicholas J. and Anna M. Harrell’s brother.


In the 1870 census entry for William and Anna M. Askew, their farm was in the St. Johns area near Josiah and Anna Harrell’s place. Their farm was listed with a value of $400 at that time, and it was composed of 35 improved acres and 61 acres of woodlands—but they were not yet settled. Their real estate activity included the follow:[33] (1) Williamson Askew bought “two sevenths” of a tract of land for $142.80 on Dec. 1, 1869; (2) Williamson and Annie Askew sold 4 acres of land for $20.00 in 1870; (3) William and Annie M. Askew sold land for $1, 050.00 on the Ahoskie to St. Johns road, on November 24, 1874. The deed was recorded Dec. 20, 1876, when Grimes and Newsome sold 2 3/4 acres for $40.00. William and Annie left Hertford County after selling their farm—they were in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, on Ship Yard Street for the 1880 census. (Note, this is the city from which the 1847 letter from Benjamin P. Harrell to Josiah Harrell was given to the North Carolina State Archives by Mrs. W. C. Cuthrell in 1929.)[34]


1880 census entry, Pasquotank Co., N. C.

Askew, William             age 41  working in store

Askew, Annie M.          age 39  keeping house

Askew, Walter              age 18  son, working on farm (probably Nicholas)

Askew, Mary E.            age 16  daughter

Askew, Hariet A.          age 11  daughter

Askew. Robert H.         age   6  son


            By 1880, William and Annie’s oldest son, Nicholas, was using the name Walter, and they had another son, Robert H. Askew, who was 6 years old at the time.

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There was no Annie, William, Nicholas, Walter, or Robert Askew in Pasquotank County for the 1900 census. Nonetheless, as mentioned above, I have reason to believe some of Josiah and Anna Harrell’s descendants were still in the Pasquotank area as late as 1929, when the letter dated 1847 from Benjamin P. Harrell was donated to the North Carolina State Archives by Mrs. W. C. Cuthrell (see note # 32 in this chapter).


Some additional information was given to Ronald Jay Seibert, a great, great grandson of Anna M.’s sister, Barsha Harrell Holloman—he was told Anna M. married Reverend Robert Askew, and their children were:

Walter Askew

Robert Askew

Molly Askew, who married Noah Trueblood—Molly’s children were;

                Willie Trueblood

                Herman Trueblood, Rev.

                Graham Trueblood

                E. Trueblood, Rev.

                Annabel Trueblood Jacobs

                Hattie Trueblood Woodhouse

                Norman Trueblood


Anna M. and William Askew’s Children

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Nicholas Walter Askew (b. 1862)—5th Generation


Mary E. Askew Trueblood (b. 1864)—5th Generation


            The note received by Ronald Seibert indicated that Mollie Askew married Noah Trueblood. This appears to be accurate because there was a Noah Trueblood married to Mary E. in Elizabeth City in 1900.


1900 census entry, Pasquotank Co., N. C.

Trueblood, Noah            age 43              born September 1856

Trueblood, Mary E.       age 36              born February 1864

Trueblood, William H.    age 18              born April 1882

Trueblood, Claud H.      age 15              born September 1884

Trueblood, Samuel G.    age 12              born March 1888

Trueblood, Paul R.         age 10              born May 1890

Trueblood, Hattie C.      age   7              born July 1892

Trueblood, Alvin J.        age   4              born May 1896

Trueblood, Lucile E.      age   1              born November 1898


            Noah was gone by 1920, but Mary was still in Elizabeth City with three of her children—two of whom were born after the 1900 census.


1920 census entry, Pasquotank Co., N. C.

Trueblood, Mary E.       age 55

Trueblood, Elvyn J.        age 22  son

Trueblood, Norman N.   age 16  son

Trueblood, Mary E.       age 13  daughter


Mary E. Askew and Noah Trueblood’s Children


            A list of Mary and Noah’s children provided to Ronald Seibert included the following:



Herman                  (Rev.)


E.                             (Rev.)

Annabel                 married Jacobs

Hattie                     married Woodhouse



Willie may have been William H. Trueblood; Herman may have been Claud H. Trueblood (in 1900); Graham may have been Samuel G. Trueblood (in 1900); E. Trueblood may have been Alvin J. (in 1900) and Elvyn J. (in 1920). Annabel may have been born after the 1900 census and married before the 1920 census. Hattie and Norman match the 1920 census information. 

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William H. Trueblood (b. 1882)—6th Generation


1920 census entry, Pasquotank Co., N. C.

Trueblood, William H.    age 37

Trueblood, Lina             age 34  wife

Trueblood, Marvin E.     age 14 son

Trueblood, Lucile           age 10  daughter


            William probably named his daughter for his younger sister who died before she was 20 years old.


Claud H. Trueblood (b. 1884)—6th Generation


            Claud H. may have been known as Reverend Herman Trueblood.

Samuel G. Trueblood (b. 1888)—6th Generation


            Samuel G. may have used the name Graham.

Paul R. Trueblood (b. 1890)—6th Generation


Hattie C. Trueblood (b. 1892)—6th Generation

            Hattie reportedly married Mr. Woodhouse.

Annabel Trueblood (b. c. 1894)—6th Generation

            Annabel may have married Mr. Jacobs.

Alvin (Elvin) J. Trueblood (b. 1896)—6th Generation

            He may have been known by E. Trueblood. (Reverend)

Lucile E. Trueblood (b. 1898)—6th Generation
Norman N. Trueblood (b. 1904)—6th Generation

            Norman may have worked for the Railroad.

Mary E. Trueblood (b. 1907)—6th Generation

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Harriet A. Askew (b. 1868)—5th Generation


            Hattie A. Askew (at the age of 19) married S. A. Griffin (age 23) on December 20, 1887, at Elizabeth City—married by Rev. George Baker in the Baptist Church.


Robert H. Askew (b. 1874)—5th Generation


            Robert H. Askew (at the age of 25) married Lottie Iree Passaus (age 18) on December 19, 1895 in Elizabeth City by the JP—witnesses were W. C. Brooks, J. A. Martin, and J. H. Rountree. This Robert was apparently born around 1870. Annie M. Harrell Askew’s son, Robert, was born in 1874 according to the 1880 census. The latter Robert would have been around 21 years old in 1895. It could have been a recording error or they simply were not one and the same person.


            There was a Robert Askew back in Hertford in 1900,  in the town of Harrellsville. He is only a possible son of Anna and William Askew, because in the 1880 census his age is off about three years. (His age in 1900 is consistent with the age of the Robert Askew who married in 1895.)


1900 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Askew, Robert              age 29  farmer  born March 1871

Askew, _____              age 25  wife      born February 1875

Askew, William H.        age __  son

Askew, Robert T.          age   3  son

Askew, John M.            age   1  son


Barsha Edna Harrell Hollomon (b. 1846)—4th Generation


            Barsha Harrell was with her parents, Josiah and Anna, for the 1870 census—she was 24 years old at the time. Before the end of the year she was married to Kindred Hollomon. Josiah and Annie Harrell were listed as father and mother of the bride when Barsha E. Willoughby Married Kindred Hollomen June 21, 1870.[35] Barsha was probably married to a Mr. Willoughby not much before she was 20 years old in 1865, but not after 1868—or the marriage would more than likely be listed in the Marriage Register for 1868-1971. I have found no record of Mr. Willoughby’s death, but it is possible he was killed during the last months of the Civil War. In any case, Barsha married Kindred Holloman in 1870 in Hertford County using the name Barsha Willoughby.


            In 1871 Barsha’s parents deeded their farm to Barsha and her husband, Kindred Holloman, under the condition that they could spend their remaining years on the family farm.


In the 1880 Census we found Barsha and Kindred living on the farm with Josiah and Anna, as well as a niece named Mary Harrell. (Josiah and Anna’s farm remained in the hands of Barsha’s children until sometime in the 1920s.) In addition, Barsha and Kindred had their own family nearly complete by that time, with Roland age 8, Lelons age 7, Grace age 5, Jennie age 3, Sarah age 1, and according to the 1900 Census they added Bessie in 1885.

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1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Holloman, Kindred         age 37  head                farmer

Holloman, Barsha          age 35   wife

Holloman, Roland          age   8   son

Holloman, Lelons           age   7   son

Holloman, Grace           age   5   daughter

Holloman, Jennie           age   3   daughter  (her name was Geneva)

Holloman, Sarah            age   1   daughter

Harrell, Josiah               age 82   father in law

Harrell, Anna                age 80   mother in law

Harrell, Mary                age   8   niece


            With no Census available for 1890, we need to fill in some gaps with other events. For instance, their youngest child, Bessie, was born in 1885 according to the 1900 census, but that census also reveals Barsha was no longer with them by that time.


We know Barsha was alive on April 7, 1888, when she and Kindred signed a timber contract (deed).[36] We also know that she was not alive by October 20, 1896—on that date Kindred Holloman at the age of  52 married A. D. Holloman age 45 in the town of Ahoskie.[37] His new wife was Sarah A. D. Holloman (she was not in Hertford County for the 1880 census).


     On February 15, 1897, Kindred and his new wife signed a mortgage deed on the 80 acres just west of Josiah’s old farm[38]—the 80 acres he and Barsha had bought. Apparently Sarah and Kindred separated soon after that.


     In “Kindred Hollomon vs. Sarah A. D. Hollomon,” Kindred applied for a divorce. After three continuances granted to Sarah, the Court finally submitted three questions to the Jury: 1) were the plaintiff and defendant married? 2) has the plaintiff resided in this state for more than two years? and 3) did the defendant abandon the plaintiff without cause and detach herself from him and live apart from him one year prior to January 6, 1899? The jury responded “yes” to all three questions and Kindred was granted his divorce at the Spring Term 1900 of the Superior Court.[39]


            Kindred was apparently more protective of his property by 1906 when he signed a timber contract for the 80 acres on the west end of the land he and Barsha originally received from Josiah and Anna Harrell. He defined the described the land as bounded by “Josiah Harrell’s heirs on the East.”[40]


            By 1900, the census showed Kindred (age 56) without his second wife, but with his two youngest daughters, Sarah (age 21) and Bessie (age 15) still together. The 1900 census has no citing for either Roland or Lelons, who would be 28 and 27 respectively.


            Kindred and Barsha’s daughter, Sarah, had just married Thomas Green on May 3, 1900 in Hertford County, and they had not yet found a place of their own.

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1900 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Holloman, Kindred         age 56 head of household          born September 1843

Holloman, Sarah            age 21 daughter                       born December 1779

Holloman, Bessie           age 15 daughter                       born June 1884

Green, Thomas              age 18  son-in-law

Sessons, _____             age   6  not related

Sessons, Mary               age   1  not related


Barsha Harrell and Kindred Holloman’s Children

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            Barsha Harrell was the youngest child of Josiah and Anna Harrell, and some of her children were still in Hertford County in the 1920s and after. The easiest line to trace in the county is the one descending from Barsha and Kindred Hollomon’s daughter, Geneva, and her husband, because they stayed on the family farm.


Roland Handcock Holloman (b. 1872)—5th Generation


Roland was born on February 16, 1872 in Hertford County. He married Anna White (b. July 1878) sometime between 1890 and 1921. There is no trace of Roland in Hertford County after 1880. Roland died in September 1949.


Leeland Hill Holloman (b. 1873)—5th Generation


            Leeland was born on February 23, 1873 in Hertford County. On march 19, 1895, Leeland Holloman at age 22 married Ada Harrell age 18, at the W. H. Harrell home.[41] (She was the 3 year old daughter of W. S. [age 29] and Augustine Harrell in the 1880 census.)


Grace Holloman (b. 1875)—5th Generation


Barsaha and Kindren Hollomon’s daughter, Grace, was born in 1875. After her appearance as a five-year old for the 1880 census, there is no record of her.


Geneva Holloman Doughtie (b. 1877)—5th Generation


            Barsha and Kindred Hollomon’s daughter, Jennie, was registered as Geneva Holloman  age 24 when she married J. W. Doughtie of Hertford County—he was 41 years of age at the time. They were married on January 24, 1900 at K. Holloman’s place.[42] K. Holloman’s place was formerly Josiah and Anna Harrell’s place, and later would be Geneva and John W. Doughtie’s place. This means Geneva was born, married, and probably died in the same place.


            Geneva was John Wynn Doughtie’s second wife. John W. married Fannie C. Brinkley on January 24, 1882 in St. Johns, Hertford County. John and Fannie Doughtie’s children were: Mack, Lila, Nola, Enzie, James, Jesse, and John.[43]


            In 1906, Kindred Holloman mortgaged an 80 acre parcel of land he had bought on the west side of the farm given to him and Barsha. In the process he referred to the land in question, as being bordered on the east by the land of Josiah Harrell’s heirs[44]—which was an interesting distinction, because by then at most every one else was referring to it as Kindred Holloman’s place.

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            By 1910, Kindred Hollomon was still living on the family farm, but he had clearly turned the household over to his son-in-law, John W. Doughtie, and he was probably being cared for by his daughter, Jennie (Geneva). Their household was as follows at that time:


1910 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.    

Daughtie, John W.         age 51 / a farmer / renting his land

Daughtie, Geneva          age 34 / wife

Daughtie, Kelly             age 10 / son

Daughtie, Grace            age   8 / daughter

Daughtie, Griffin            age   6 / son

Daughtie, Annie            age   4 / daughter

Holloman, Kindred         age 66 / own income


In 1911, apparently after Geneva’s father, Kindred Holloman, died, John W. and Geneva’s friend and neighbor, James A. Copeland, who was acting in his capacity as a County Commissioner, sold Barsha and Kindred Hollomon’s farm (Josiah Harrell’s original farm) to their daughter, Geneva and son-in-law, John W. Doughtie. I gather, in principle, John W. Doughtie was buying the farm from the other descendants of Barsha Harrell and Kindred Holloman. But it somehow must have gotten complicated, because the deed from James A. Copeland, Commissioner, to John W. Doughtie includes the statement, “,… under a judgment of the Superior court of said county, in the Special Proceedings entitled R. L. Hollomon, L. H. Hollomon, J. A. Hollomon and others against Corla Green and Ilene Green  To—J. W. Doughtie of Hertford County,…”[45] The Hollomans named were certainly Barsha’s sons, Rowland, Leeland, and Joseph. The Greens named in the action were daughters of Barsha and Kindred Holloman’s daughter, Sally Josie Holloman Green. Apparently John W. and Geneva Doughtie had to buy the shares in the farm held by Geneva’s siblings—that all makes sense, but the reasons for the Special Proceedings and judgment are not clear to me. They may never be clear because no one working in the Hertford County Court House has been able to find any record of a “judgment of the Superior court,” or “the Special Proceedings” involving the parties mentioned in the deed. We know John W. Doughtie and Geneva raised their family on the farm in question, but we have no idea why they had to buy it at auction for $3, 850; and there is no recorded document that I have been able to find showing the circumstances under which John W. and Geneva or their heirs transferred title out of their family. (None of which matters much at this point in time, unless solving mysteries is one of your hobbies also.)


            Geneva Hollomon Daughtie probably died around 1915, because John W. married Lizzie Flyetie, age 44, on December 23, 1916. By 1920, their household was still home for two of Geneva’s children.


1920 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Doughtie, John W.         age 59  head

Doughtie, Lizzie T.        age 46  wife

Doughtie, Annie            age 16  daughter

Doughtie, Griffin            age 14  son

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Geneva Holloman and John W. Doughtie’s Children


            John W. apparently had eleven children in all, but only the four youngest were with Geneva Hollomon—they were Kelly, Grace, Griffin, and Annie.


Kelly Belmont Doughtie (b. 1900)—6th Generation


            Their son, Kelly B. Daughtie, at the age of 22 married Martha Adell Brinkley, age 19, on August 9, 1923 in Winton.[46] They apparently moved to Portsmouth, Virginia.


Kelly and Martha Doughtie’s Children


Geneva Doughtie Lowe (b. 1925)—7th Generation


            Geneva was born on February 13, 1925, and she married Thomas Lowe.

Horace Kelly Doughtie (b. 1928)—7th Generation


            Horace was born on March 12, 1928. He and his wife, Urdine, moved to Portsmouth, Virginia. They had at least one child named Mitchell.

Thomas Truit Doughtie (b. 1931)—7th Generation


            Thomas was born on February 10, 1931.

Sible Adel Doughtie (b. 1934)—7th Generation


            Sible was born on May 1, 1934. She and her husband, “Babe,” have a daughter named Rhonda, and probably two sons.

Janet Doughtie (b. c. 1936)—7th Generation


            Janet’s husband’s name is Preston.


Grace Lee Doughtie Seed (b. 1902)—6th Generation


Grace Lee Doughtie, at the age of 26, married Thomas Hunt Seed, 28 years of age, in Ahoskie on November 11, 1927.[47] They apparently moved to Portsmouth, Virginia.

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Annie Doughtie Overton (b. 1903)—6th Generation


            Annie was born on November 2, 1903. She married Dansie Overton. They apparently had two sons born during the 1920s.

Griffin (Nicholas Griffin) Daughtie (b. 1905)—6th Generation


            Griffin was born on August 23, 1905. He apparently worked for the Highway Department in Portsmouth, Virginia during the 1940s.


Sarah “Sally” Josie Holloman (b. 1879)—5th Generation


            Sally was born in December of 1879, and was with her parents, Barsha and Kindred Holloman, for the 1880 census at the age of one. She was with her father and younger sister, Bessie, for the 1900 census—she was 21 and Bessie was 15 years of age at that time. Sally’s brand new husband, Thomas Green, was also living in Kindred Holloman’s household at the time.


            Sally Holloman married Thomas Clinton Green on May 3, 1900 in Hertford County. Thomas was born on July 15, 1882 in Ahoskie, Hertford County. All the information I have included about Sally and her descendants is drawn from the family history compiled by Ronald Ray Seibert—one of Sally’s great grandsons.[48]


            Sally died on January 20, 1907 in Norfolk, Virginia. Thomas died on July 24, 1949 in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Sally Holloman and Thomas Green’s Children


            Sally and Thomas Green’s children were 6th Generation from the original Hertford County Harrells.


Carla Estelle Green Lebow (b. 1903)—6th Generation


            Carla was born on April 5, 1903 in New Port News, Virginia. She married James Clyde Lebow on May 21, 1921 in Gretna, Louisiana. James was born on October 3, 1901 in Louisville, Tennessee. Carla died May 27, 1994 in Port Charles, Florida. James died January 1, 1972 in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan.


Carla and James Lebow’s Children

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Juanita Carla Lebow Seibert (b. 1923)—7th Generation


            Juanita was born on November 22, 1923 in Houston, Texas. She married Kenneth Earl Seibert on October 17, 1942 in Wood County, Ohio. Kenneth was born on December 20, 1923 in Keego Harbor, Oakland County, Michigan. Juanita died on December 17, 1995 in Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan; and Kenneth died there twelve days later, on December 29, 1995.


Juanita and Kenneth Seibert’s Children


Sharon Lee Seibert Thompson Heacock (b. 1943)—8th Generation


            Sharon was born on June 26, 1943 in Pontiac, Michigan. She married Francis Thompson, and they had two children: Jessica and Kenneth Thompson. Sharon later married Jack Robert Heacock, and they also had two children: Bruce and Keith Heacock. Sharon died on January 28, 1973 in Utica, Michigan.


            Sharon and Francis Thompson’s son, Kenneth, and his wife, Veronica, have a daughter named Veronica Taylor Thompson.

Ronald Jay Seibert (b. 1945)—8th Generation


            Ronald married Judith Marie Drewitz. Ronald and Judith have four children: Christine Marie, Michelle Ann, Christopher John, and Sarah Elizabeth Seibert.


            Ronald and Judith Seibert’s daughter, Christine, married Michael Arthur Boehlke. They have a son named Matthew Allen Boehlke.


Gary Edward Seibert—8th Generation


            Gary has seven children. With his wife, Dina, he has Jennifer; with his wife, Sharon, he has Kenneth, Derek, and Clinton; and with his wife, Joyce, he has Autumn, Corin, and Jamie.


            Gary’s daughter, Jennifer, married Dana Noonan, and they have two children: Brandon and Megan Noonan.

Susan Lynn Seibert Jones—8th Generation


            Susan married Jim “Sonny” Jones. They have two children: Kevin Lee and Staci Renee Jones.


Joanne Gail Seibert Raymond Heck—8th Generation


            Joanne has three children: one with Joseph Raymond named Jesse Michael Heck; and with Berry Heck she has Corydon Charles and Anthony Leroy Heck.

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Lee Russell Seibert (b. 1959)—8th Generation


            Lee was born on August 30, 1959 in Pontiac, Michigan. He married Debra Grantham, and they had two children: Shawn and Brian Lee Seibert. Lee died on September 20, 1984 in Macomb County, Michigan.

Steven Paul Seibert—8th Generation


            Steven married Kim Smith.


James Clyde Lebow—7th Generation


            James married Florence Edgerton.

Bryan Clinton Lebow—7th Generation


            Bryan married Helen Grim.

Bruce Arnold Lebow—7th Generation


            Bruce married Beverly Baxter.

Ardith Lucille Lebow Mahon—7th Generation


            Ardith married Ralph Mahon.

Loren David Lebow—7th Generation


            Loren married Mary Nell Huie.


Urcle Aline Green—6th Generation


Bruce Green—6th Generation


Joseph Addison Holloman (b. 1881)—5th Generation


            Barsha and Kindren Holloman’s son, Joseph, was born on June 25, 1881. He married Sarah Catherine Haley on March 23, 1804.

Bessie Holloman (b. 1884)—5th Generation


            Bessie’s husband was Thomas Earp.




[1] The only reasonable suggestion I have come across is that Anna was an Askew. This comes from Ronald J. Seibert, one of Anna (Askew) Harrell’s 3rd great grandsons. He recalls his grandmother speaking of her great grandmother as Anna Askew Harrell. Ronald carries the usual hesitation about calling this a fact until we find at least one piece of corroborating evidence.

[2] This commission, the survey, and map are recorded in File no. 176 in Secretary of State, Land Grant Office, Warrants, Plats, etc., Hertford County, File no. 1-268,01; microfilm no. s.108.736, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N. C.

[3] Hertford County deed, Book B, pages 66 and 67.

[4] I have tried to find a David Modlin who was working on a family history of Harrell Modlin some years ago, according to Rachel Modlin of Ahoskie. At this writing I know of 5 David Modlins in North Carolina, but when I spoke with each, they had no knowledge of a Harrell Modlin, and were not aware of anyone working on their or his family history.

[5] Hertford County deed, Book A, page 617.

[6] Hertford County deed, Book G, page 416.

[7] Kindred and Barsha Holloman, the son-in-law and daughter of Josiah and Anna Harrell, bought 5 acres of land for $31.00 from James A. and Bettie A. Copeland in 1879. This relatively small tract of land was adjoining the farm that Josiah and Anna Harrell had given to Kindred and Barsha some eight years before. Hertford County deed, Book G, page 415.

[8] David Powell, Records and Remembrances of Hertford County, North Carolina, “Court Minutes,” page 145.

[9] This letter is archived in the Private Manuscript Collections as “The Benjamin R. Harrell Paper, 1847,” PC.562, at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, Raleigh. This item was submitted to the Archives on June 29, 1929 by Mrs. W. C. Cuthrell from Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, North Carolina. I have not been able to discover who Mrs. W. C. Cuthrell was, and if her family has additional information about these Harrells.

[10] Hertford County wills, Book C, page 168; Book C, page 486.

[11] The Hertford County tax information cited in the paragraph above can be found in microfilm number c.051.70002, which is available at the North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N. C., on the following pages: 1859 Tax List on page 26; 1860 Assessment on page 50; and the 1860 Tax List on page 110.

[12] Hertford County, Deed Book C, p. 449. I have searched the Census in Arkansas for 1860 and 1870, and did not find Starkey Harrell.

[13] Manarin, Louis H. (compiled by), North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, A Roster, Vol. II, Cavalry, State Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1989, p. 125.

[14] The Commanding Officer referred to by Winborne was probably Brigadier General, William P. Roberts from Gates County. Winborne, History of Hertford County, page 219.

[15] Hertford County, deed 1870, Book A, page 639.

[16] Hertford County, deeds 1875, Book C, page 449; 1875, Book D, page 114; 1879, Book G, page 6.

[17] The Biblical Recorder, February 10, 1892. This source is available in the North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection at Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

[18] The Daily Record, Greensboro, N. C., Tuesday, February 2, 1892.

[19] J. W. Harrell’s comment about Amanda bring buried in the cemetery is still unclear. I have checked with the City of Greensboro, and they have an index of people buried in the City Cemetery going back to before 1892, but have no listing for Amanda. I have talked with the people at the Baptist Church in Greensboro, and they do not know of a church cemetery in use at that time.

[20] In February of 1892, Amanda died in Greensboro, N. C. in the home of a W. W. Simpson. The Greensboro City Directory for 1892-1893 shows a W. W. Simpson, farmer living on Asheboro Street/road. Remember, back in Hertford County, in 1888, Nicholas was a witness for the marriage of Maggie Harrell (age 17) to John R. Simpson (age 23). They are probably all related, but there is no evidence of that yet.

[21] These records are available at the Morgan County Records Archives in Madison, Georgia 30650.

[22] The Biblical Recorder, April 11, 1888.

[23] Branson’s North Carolina Agricultural Almanac, 1890, Levi Branson, Raleigh, North Carolina.

[24] The Madisonian, Madison, Georgia, c. June 25, 1925. Photo copy of obituary made available by the Morgan County Records Archives in Madison.

[25] The Madisonian, Madison, Georgia, June 7, 1962.

[26] The Madisonian, Madison, Georgia, August 9, 1918.

[27] The Madisonian, Madison, Georgia, October 4, 1973.

[28] Darlington County, South Carolina, Probate Court, Will Book, pages 410, 411.

[29] The Madisonian, Madison, Georgia, October 19, 1900.

[30] This and other information was given to me in a phone conversation with his daughter, Ernestine King Edwards on June 8, 1997.

[31] Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health, Division of Vital Records, Certificate of Death for Ernest Linwood King.

[32] This notice appeared in The Madisonian, Madison, Georgia, December 20, 1935.

[33] Hertford County deeds, 1869, Book A, page 544; 1870, Book A, page 563; 1874, Book E, page 167.

[34] This letter is archived in the Private Manuscript Collections as “The Benjamin R. Harrell Paper, 1847,” PC.562, at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, Raleigh. This item was submitted to the Archives on June 29, 1929 by Mrs. W. C. Cuthrell from Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, North Carolina. I have not been able to discover who Mrs. W. C. Cuthrell was, and if her family has additional information about these Harrells.

[35] Hertford County, Marriage Register, 1868-1872, vol. 1.

[36] Hertford County, deed Book P, page 636.

[37] Hertford County, Marriage Register, 1881-1905, vol. 3.

[38] Hertford County, deed Book 11, page 186.

[39] Hertford County, Minute Docket, Superior Court, page 533, in vol. B; North Carolina State Archives, microfilm c.051.30003.

[40] Hertford County, deed Book 22, page 380.

[41] Hertford County, Marriage Register, 1925-1971, vol. 5.

[42] Hertford County, Marriage Register, 1881-1905, vol. 4.

[43] Rachel A. Modlin’s parents were Fannie M. Dilday and William Modlin; her grandmother was Lila E. Doughtie Dilday; and her great grandparents were Fannie Brinkley and John W. Doughtie. Rachel descended from John W.’s first wife, then, and not the Harrells through Barsha and her daughter, Geneva, John W.’s second wife. They were all nonetheless one large family apparently, and Rachel is tied to the area as a descendent of the Modlins as well as the Doughties. In fact, Rachel currently lives on land that was once part of the old Henry Modlin’s large farm just north of Josiah Harrell’s place across Horse Swamp. Rachel remembered as a very young child walking on the farm that was at that time referred to as her grandparent’s place, and the old Kindred Hollomon place.

[44] Hertford County, deed Book 22, page 380.

[45] Hertford County, deed Book 48, pages 148-149.

[46] Hertford County, Marriage Register, vol. 4, 1905-1925.

[47] Hertford County, Marriage Register, vol. 5, 1925-1971.

[48] Ronald J. Seibert’s work is available in Family Archive CD # 16, World Family Tree, 1997 edition, tree 1521, Broderbund Software.


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HarrellFamilies (Home Page)

Chapter 1 (The Early Harrells in America)

Chapter 2 (Harrells in Chowan County & the Gates area)

Chapter 3 (Harrells in Bertie & the Hertford County area)

Chapter 4 (Hertford County's 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Generations)

Chapter 5 (John T., Eley, Elijah Two, Elisah, Thomas Two & their descendants)

Chapter 6 (Nathan & Elizabeth's Known Descendants)

Chapter 7 (John [b. c. 1794] & Winnifred Harrell, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 9 (Elizabeth Harrell & Silas Parker, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 10 (Immigrants to the 3rd Generation of Hertford County Harrells)

Chapter 11 (Immigrants to the 4th Generation of Hertford County Harrells)