Hertford County, North Carolina
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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 8 (Josiah & Anna Harrell, 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 9: Elizabeth Harrell and Silas Parker, 3rd Generation
The purpose of this chapter is to describe what I know about Elizabeth and to cause others to think about herabout who her parents and siblings were. Of course, if someone has such information hopefully they will share it with the rest of us.
As is often the case in family histories, I am not even certain of Elizabeths birth year. The 1850 census and her obituary in 1886 both indicate she was born in 1798. On the other hand, in both the 1870 and 1880 censuses she reported an age that would have given her a birth year of 1800perhaps she just liked round numbers. I am inclined to use 1798.
Another fact about which there is still some uncertainty is her parentage. I do not know for certain Elizabeth was a Harrell, but I have a pretty good indication that was the case. In fact, I believe there is a very credible connection between Elizabeth Harrell Parker and Josiah Harrell (see chapter 8). This means, to this point all I have said in the previous chapter about Josiah Harrells possible and probable parents, I would also attribute to Elizabeth, and thus she was a 3rd Generation Hertford County Harrell. If, however, convincing information becomes available that indicates Elizabeth was not Josiahs sister, then she will be removed from Josiah Harrells family. Let me explain the connection between Josiah Harrell and Elizabeth Harrell Parker as I understand it.
In her Parker family album/history, Inez Parker Cumming has considerable information about her Parker ancestors, information that could not be found in public documents in Hertford County. Inez was a very credible writer and thorough researcher who had written much on local histories in the South. She described the family of Silas Parker with a comprehensiveness and detail that could only have come from family documents and from people who knew some family history. I believe Inez did much of her research in the 1930s-1950s, and thus she had some sources of information that are no longer available. The specificity of her information strongly indicates she and her informants were not guessing at relationships, names, and dates. For instance, her Parker family album includes the following: 
Silas Parker born Feb. 5, 1769
His first marriage was to Delilah Unknown, they had the following children;
Winea born Dec. 1, 1792
Elizabeth born Nov. 5, 1794
David born Oct. 18, 1796
Wiley born Oct. 31, 1799
Jethro born Aug. 23, 1802
Henry born Feb. 14, 1805
Ann born Mar. 2, 1807
Wm. James born Dec. 13, 1811
Mary Rebecca born Dec. 13, 1811
His second marriage was to Nancy Wynn, they had one child;
Wm. Henry born Jan. 16, 1826
His third marriage was to Elizabeth Harrell, they had the following children;
John Perry born Feb. 13, 1828
Arice born Nov. 19, 1829
Sarah born Sept. 18, 1831
Ann Elizabeth born Sept. 9, 1833
Ellen born Mar. 23, 1835
George Washington born Jan. 17, 1837
Peter Perry born Dec. 3, 1838
Wm. Carey born Dec. 23, 1840.
At the bottom of the page containing the above information, Inez provided a carefully written note that reads as follows:
Note: Elizabeth Harrell was sister to father of Nicholas Harrell. Hence, a double relationship when her grandson (R. W. P.) married Bertie Harrell.
The R. W. P., Inez referred to was Roland W. Parker, her father. Bertie Harrell was, of course, her mother, and Nicholas Harrell was Berties father, and he was Inezs grandfather. Nicholas was the youngest son of Josiah Harrell. Inezs point was that Elizabeths grandson married her brother, Josiah Harrells granddaughter. Based primarily on Inezs information, I have included Elizabeth Harrell Parker as Josiah Harrells younger sister (or twin).
Based on the information presented just above, we know Elizabeth Harrell married Silas Parker around 1827. Considering the birth years of Silas Parkers son from his second wife and his first child with Elizabeth, we can put the year of their marriage at 1827. And because Elizabeth was known to the Parkers as Elizabeth Harrell, it is probably safe to assume her marriage to Silas was her first. There is no doubt, when Silas Parker was cited as a head of household in the 1830 census, his wife was Elizabeth.
1830 census entry, Hertford Co., N.C.
By 1830, Silas was 61 years of age, and his third family was well underway. His new wife, Elizabeth, was about thirty-two years old in 1830. At that time, she had two sons of her own as well as several step-children from Silas previous marriages in her household. At least five of Silas children were older then their new step-mother.
By 1840, Elizabeth and Silas had added five more children to their family: Sarah Alice, Ann Elizabeth, Ellen Susan, George Washington, and Peter Perry.
1840 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
Their youngest son, William Cary, was born in December of 1840. He appeared for the first time in the 1850 census, but his father was gone by then. Silas Parker died on June 3, 1849, just before the census taker came around, and consequently, Elizabeth was listed as the head of household in 1850.
1850 census entry, Hertford County, N. C.
*I have added the information presented in parentheses in the above census entry.
In 1850, Elizabeth was still on the family farm with five of her eight children, and her step-son, William Henry Parker, from Silas second marriage. She was the only mother William Henry knew. Elizabeths daughter, Sarah A. was married to Joseph B. Harrell from Gates County by that timethey were living in Hertford County in the household of George Nicholdson in 1850. Elizabeths sons, John Perry and George Washington, died in 1849 at the ages of 21 and 12 respectively. The year 1849 was clearly a very bad year in this Parker household. Then in 1854, Elizabeths daughter, Ann, died at the age of 20 years. Elizabeth was still the head of the household for the 1860 census.
1860 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
The 1860 census also shows the amount of economic security Elizabeth had even ten years after her husband, Silas, had died. Her son, Oris, was still living with her and was also financially independent with $1,206 in real property and $4,386 in personal property.
Elizabeth Harrell Parker was living with her youngest son, William Cary, and his family at the time of the 1870 and 1880 censuses, at the reported ages of 70 and 80 years (see the section below on William Cary Parker4th Generation). It appears Elizabeth was fortunate enough to have a number of her grandchildren around for most of her advanced yearsand some of them lived in the same house until her death.
Elizabeth Harrell Parker died in 1886 at the age of 88. Her death was noted by a friend in a local newspaper. Elizabeths obituary included the following; Died at her home near Murfreesboro, N. C., July 15th. 1886, sister Elizabeth Parker, widow of Silas Parker, in the 88th year of her age. She had been a consistent member of the Meherrin Baptist church for more than half a century .
The notice does not list the names of those who survived Elizabeth, probably because there were so many, so it is not reasonable to assume her brother, Josiah Harrell, was already deceased (Josiah was also in the 1880 census, and would have been 88 years old at Elizabeths death). The obituary, however, did note that she left three sons and two daughters. They would have been:
Oris (b. 1829) Sarah Alice Harrell (b. 1831)
Peter Perry (b. 1838) Ellen Susan (b. 1836)
William Cary (b. 1840)
Elizabeth and Silas Parker had three daughters and five sons. They were 4th Generation Hertford County Harrell descendants.
John was born on February 13, 1828, and died around 1849.
I am pretty certain Oris was the young man living in his mothers household in the 1850 census when he was listed as Harris Parker. Oris was still with Elizabeth in 1860 at the age of 30.
Between 1860 and 1865, Oris married Mary Gatling. Then on May 20, 1865, he married India M. Joyner in Northampton County. The 1870 census indicates he, his wife, and their son were in their own household near the family farm.
1870 census entry, Hertford County, N. C.
Oris, his wife and 13 year old son were again shown in 1880, and Oris half-brother, William Henry, was living with them at that time.
1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
In his county history, B. B. Winborne, writing before 1906, made the following comments about Oris.
Oris Parker, who still lives near Borough, who was a magistrate . Mr. Parker is the son of Silas Parker II, a justice in his day, and brother of Carey W. Parker, Peter P. Parker and the late David Parker, of Mapleton. His grandfather was Peter Parker and his great-uncle was Silas Parker, both of whom were magistrates in their day. Mr. Parker is still a justice of the peace, and his son, Oler S. Parker, is also one of our young justices.
This is a first mention of Oris son, Oler S. Parker. Oler S. was probably the same son we saw in Oris household in 1870 and 1880he would have been around 38 years of age when Winborne wrote the description cited above.
Oris died in Hertford County on May 25th 1907.
He was in both the 1870 and 1880 censuses with his parents.
If Oler S. was not the son, Oscelala, listed in the 1870 and 1880 census, then he was born after 1880, and he was a Justice in Hertford County around 1906.
Sarah A. Parker married before the 1850 census. She married Joseph B. Harrell in late 1849 or early 1850 in Hertford County.
According to his diary, Joseph B. Harrell was born on June 19, 1826 in Gates County, and he was the youngest in a large family. He further states that he left home when he was 19 years old with one of his brothers, and married Sarah Alice Parker of Hertford County when he was 25 years of age.
On the bases of strong circumstantial evidence from the early censuses and family tradition, after Joseph B. died, around 1864, his widow, Sarah A. Harrell, married his brother Dempsey K. Harrell of Gates County. (See chapter 11 for more description of Joseph B. Harrells family.)
Sarah A. and Joseph B. Harrell were living with the Nicholson family when the 1850 census was taken.
1850 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
All three of Sarah and Joseph Harrells children were born before the 1860 census, but I have not been able to find the entry for them. There were ten Joseph Harrells in North Carolina for the 1860 census, but only one was from Hertford County. The Joseph found in 1860, was married to a Martha, and he was born in 1829he was not a good match. There is no record of a Sarah A. Harrell, age 29, in Hertford County for 1860.
Joseph B. Harrell died around 1864probably in the War. Sarah petitioned for support as his widow. According to Joseph B.s estate papers, his widow married his brother, Dempsey K. Harrellsometime between 1864 and 1870. I do not know if Sarah and Dempsey lived in Gates or Hertford County, but by 1870, Dempsey had died and Sarah was a widow again.
1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
By the 1870 census, Sarah and her three children by Joseph B. Harrell were living with her half-brother, W. H. Parker, in Hertford County. (William Henry Parker was born in 1826 in Silas Parkers 2nd. Marriage.)
In 1870, William H. Parker was farming his own land in Manneys Neck. He had 40 acres improved, and produced only 25 bushels of Indian corn, 1 bale of cotton and 15 bushels of peas. He was probably not supporting Sarah Harrell and her children on that level of production. In any case, the census indicates she had her own wealth. Sarahs larger tract of land was probably leased out and brought her a nice income.
By the time of the 1880 census, William H. Parker was living with his half-brother, Ories Parker, and his family; while Sarah, at the age of 48, was living with her daughter, Elizabeth A., and son-in-law, James A. Copeland (see the section below on Elizabeth A. Harrell Copeland).
Sarah Sallie was with her son, Edward C. Harrell, in Aulander, Bertie County in 1910 at the age of 79.
Sarah and Joseph named their first child Elizabeth, probably for Sarahs mother. They named their first son William Josephthe William may have been for her youngest brother William Cary Parker. The use of the name, Joseph, was more than likely for the childs father. They named their second son Edward Cary Harrell.
Sarah A. and daughter, Elizabeth A. Harrell, were living with W. H. Parker in Manneys Neck in the 1870 census. On October 19, 1876, Elizabeth (Bettie) A. Harrell married J. A. Copeland. Their witnesses were W. C. Parker, and W. H. Parker, who were Elizabeths uncles. The third witness was K. Holloman, who was Josiah and Anna Harrells son-in-lawhe had married Barsha Harrell in 1870. Kindred and Barsha Hollomon were living with Josiah and Anna, on the family farm adjacent to the Copelands at that time. (Barsha Harrell Hollomon and Elizabeth A. Harrell were 2nd cousins, even though their family names of Harrell were not of the same source.) In addition, that meant, after her wedding, Elizabeth Harrell Copeland was living adjacent to her grandmothers brother, Josiah Harrell.
1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
On the basis of the 1880 census, Elizabeth and James Copeland had two children: the oldest was Bingham E. and the youngest was India B. Copeland.
B. E. Copeland of Hertford County, at the age of 27, married Lucy A. Boone. She was also of Hertford County and 27 years old. They were married at the Boone residence on September 7, 1904.
1910 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
By the 1910 census, they had been married 5 years, and both of their children were still living. Bingham was County Sheriff, which was in keeping with his father, James A. Copelands, inclination for holding county office.
1920 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
By 1920, apparently Elizabeth A. Harrell Copeland was gone, and Binghams father, James Albert, was living with him and his family. They were living on Church Street in the town of Ahoskie.
James A. and Elizabeth A. Copeland named their daughter, India, in 1880probably after her uncle, Oris Parkers wife. Seems like an unusual name, but their neighbor Josiah Harrells son, Nicholas, also named his youngest daughter India on April 28, 1889.
India B. Copeland, at the age of 20, married M. O. Gerrock, age 28, on October 31, 1899 in Winton. They were both of Hertford County. By 1920, most if not all of their family was listed in the following census entry.
1920 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
Sarah A. Parker Harrells son, Dr. William J. Harrell, was born January 17, 1857. He was in Hertford County for the census in 1870, living with his mother at the age of 13. He was not in Hertford County in 1880. He was probably off at school.
William J. Harrell married Bettie Rice in Bertie County on June 18, 1889. The first available census after their marriage is for 1900, and it pictured their household as follows.
1900 census entry, Bertie Co., N. C.
In 1900, William J. and his family were living in Aulander, Bertie County, just a short distance south of the Hertford County linejust below Ahoskie. Bettie indicated she had had three children, two of whom were still alive. They were living on their farm which was owned free and clear.
1910 census entry, Bertie Co., N. C.
By 1910, William J. and his family were still living on their farm in Aulander, Bertie County. They had a new daughter since 1900, Sallie A. Harrell, and a young niece living with them.
1920 census entry, Norfolk, Va.
In 1920, William J. was living in Norfolk County, Virginia at 62 Versailles Ave., with his son, Dockery Teele Harrell. William J. indicated he was a widower and a specialist working on Malaria medicine in private practice. He, of course, was not a widower. He and Bettie were separated / divorced. In fact, Bettie would survive him by some 16 years. Daughters Helen and Sallie A. Harrell were still in Aulander, North Carolinawith, or near, their mother in 1920.
When Inez Parker Cumming visited Ahoskie in 1922, Sarahs son, William Joseph Harrell, came from Norfolk to see them. Inezs Parker family album has a photo of Dr. Wm. J. Harrell who was referred to as cousin Billie Jo. Billie Jo was Inezs fathers first cousin on the Parker side.
William J. signed his will on October 6, 1932 in Aulander, Bertie County, North Carolina. He left his entire rice farm, in or near Aulander, to his youngest daughter, Sallie Jenkins. He also left her his house and lot in the city of Norfolk, Virginia on Versailles Avenuethis was the house in which he was living with his son during the 1920 census. (He refers to this as the land deeded to him in Deed Book 420, page 417.)
William J. bequeathed to his daughter Helen Williford, his house and lot in the city of Norfolk, Virginia on Fayette Boulevard between Winona Station and Fairmont Part Sub-station. Helen also got his interest in the Herring Farm Tract of land near the town of Aulander, Bertie County.
He also left his niece, Kathleen Early, a note worth $1,700.00 owed to him by Lacy M. Early. Lacy was one of William J.s executors.
William J. put in Trust for his son, D. Teele, $500.00 ...if he appears within five years.... If he does not reappear, the money goes to Sallie Jenkens.
William J. Harrell was deceased by the time his will was presented for recording on November 3, 1932. He died October 31, 1932, and is buried in the Aulander cemetery next to his brother, Edward Cary Harrell, and near his wife Bettie and both of his daughters. William and Edwards shared headstone contains the following information; Dr. Wm. Joseph Harrell, Jan. 17, 1857, Oct. 31, 1932; Edward Cary Harrell, May 20, 1859, April 22, 1934. William J.s former wife, Bettie R. Harrell, died in Bertie Count, and was also buried in the Aulander Cemetery. Her stone reads: Bettie R. Harrell, Aug. 10, 1865, Dec. 3, 1948.
Helen married Gordon C. Williford in Bertie County. I have found no evidence of children from the marriage. They are buried side-by-side in the Aulander cemetery. The stone contains the following information: Helen H. Williford, 1891-1974; Gordon C. Williford, 1886-1985.
Dockery was listed as a machinist for automobiles in 1920 at the age of 26. He was not married at that time. His fathers will suggests he took off for parts unknown soon after 1920. Perhaps, Detroit.... I have no further information on him.
Sallie Harrell Jenkins was born June 9, 1904. She married Wayland Lawrence Jenkins, and they apparently stayed in the Aulander area where they raised at least two sons.
Sallie Harrell Jenkins headstone in Aulander contains the following: Wayland Lawrence Jenkins, Husband, April 8, 1899, March 27, 1964; Sallie Harrell Jenkins, wife, June 9, 1904, October 31, 1960; and Betty Benthall Jenkins, February 1, 1947, February 1, 1947.
They had a daughter, Betty Benthall Jenkins, who lived but one dayFebruary 1, 1927. I believe they also had two sons and one daughter.
Wayland L. Jenkins, Jr. was born in Norfolk, Virginia on October 10, 1931. At this writing, Wayland L. Jenkins, Jr. is a retired gentleman who lives in Aulander, North Carolina, Arlington, Virginia; and Florida. Wayland is the person who generously shared his family history information about his great grandfather, Joseph B. Harrell, and his family.
Edward Cary Harrell (b. 1859)5th Generation
Sarah A. Parker Harrells son, Edward Cary Harrell, was born May 20, 1859. Edward was a widower by 1910 and had his mother living with him and three daughters.
1910 census entry, Bertie Co., N. C.
He died in Aulander, Bertie County on April 22, 1934, and he shares a head stone with his brother, William Joseph, in the Aulander cemetery.
Ann was born on September 9, 1833 in Hertford County, North Carolina. She was with her mother and siblings at the age of 16 in the 1850 census. She died May 8, 1854.
Elizabeth Harrell and Silas Parkers daughter, Ellen, was born March 23, 1836 in Hertford County. She was with her mother at the age of 14 in the 1850 census and again at age 24 in 1860. She married William Thomas Parker in Hertford County in 1860. William was in Hertford County for the 1850 census at the age of 15 with his parents and siblingshe was the son of Lewis Jr. and Sarah Parker.
1870 census entry, Hertford County, N. C.
1880 census entry, Hertford County, N. C.
By 1880, Ellen and Williams family was complete with the addition of their son, Jason O. Parker. Ellen died in Hertford County, during August of 1899.
Elizabeth Harrell and Silas Parkers son, George, was born January 17, 1837 in Hertford County. He died around 1848, so was not with his family in 1850 for the censushe would have been 13 years old in 1850.
Peter was born December 3, 1838 in Hertford County, North Carolina. He was in his mothers household for the 1850 census shortly after his father had diedhe was 11 years old at that time. He married Martha C. Hudgins in Norfolk, Virginia on August 9, 1876. By the 1880 census, Peter and Martha Parkers first child was with them, as well as Marthas mother.
1880 census entry, Mathews Co., Va.
When the 1900 census was taken, Peter was still living in Mathew County. Martha was gone by that time, and Peter was living with his children and mother-in-law.
1900 census entry, Mathew Co., Va.
Peter died in Washington, North Carolina on March 8, 1916.
Frederick Hudgins Parker (b. 1876)5th Generation
Frederick was born in July of 1876 in Virginia. Frederick married Fannie Meridith Farmer. They had three childrentheir youngest daughter, Frances, is a genealogist by passion, and currently lives in Virginia not far from the Hertford County area.
Martha E. Parker (b. )6th Generation
Martha died in 1918.
Algernon Meridith Parker (b. )6th Generation
Algernon and his wife currently live in Georgia.
Frances Elizabeth Parker (b. )6th Generation
Harry Parker (b. 1883)5th Generation
Bessie Parker (b. 1885)5th Generation
W. C. Parker was Elizabeth Harrell and Silas Parkers youngest child. He was born December 23, 1840 in Hertford County. He was still in his mothers household at the age of 19 for the 1860 censushe was already listed as a teacher. He married Sarah Quinton Darden on December 17, 1863. In his 1906 history of the county, Winborne noted that W. Carey Parker, late of Wake Forest, married Sarah Quinton, daughter of Alfred W. Darden.
There is also a reference by the historian, John W. Moore, about young people getting married during the War. He noted that in 1863, on December 7, Wm. Carey Parker, Lt. of the Hertford Light Infantry married Quenten Darden of Elm Grove, and that after the war he was a teacher / graduate from Wake Forest College. He was also a clerk of the Chowan Association.
By 1870, William C. Parkers family had the following look about it.
1870 census entry, Hertford County, N. C.
1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.
In 1880, William C. Parkers mother, Elizabeth, was still living in his householdapparently they had shared a household since William was born, and they continued to do so until Elizabeth passed on in 1888. W. C. and Sarah had two additional sons in their household.
In the 1890s, W. C. and Sarah lived in Wake Forest and Greensboro, North Carolina. Sometime around 1900, they moved to Madison, Georgia to live near their son, Roland W. Parker and his family. William C. Parker appeared for the first time in Madison records on the 1901 property tax list. William C. had no acreage but owned a total of $1,825 worth of property$1,600 in moneythat was enough to make him the wealthiest Parker or Harrell in Madison at the time.
William Cary Parker was not only near some of his children and grandchildren with the move to Madison, Georgia, but he was within walking distance of the home of his first cousin, Nicholas J. Harrell. (Nicholas was the son of Josiah and Anna Harrell of chapter 8 in this volume.)
William Cary Parker died in Madison, on January 1, 1916, and his resting place is Madison, Georgia. His head stone reads:
Williams wife, Quenton Sarah Darden, lived a little longer, and she was buried next to him in Madison.
Paul D. Parker (b. 1866)5th Generation
Roland and his family are described in chapter 8 of this work, because he married Bertie Harrell, the granddaughter of Josiah and Anna HarrellBertie was the daughter of Nicholas and Amanda Harrell.
Emma W. Parker was gone before the 1880 census.