WF Harrell – Harrell Family Alabama
There was a post asking about the Harell family that founded Harrell’s Crossroads or Harrell’s in Dallas County, Alabama. My response became lengthy so I am making it into a post.
The post office of Fort or the town of Fort was renamed Marion Junction. The Fort, Harrell, and Rasco families are closely related. “Harrell’s Crossroads” is west of Selma on highway US 80.
Gabriel Homes Harrell born 12 Aug 1778 in Bertie County, North Carolina and died 16 Oct 1829 in Dallas County, Alabama. Originally settled in Cahaba. Gabriel Holmes Harrell married Frances “Fanny” Harrell. Mrs. Fanny Harrell was born April 4, 1781 in Bertie County, North Carolina and died in 1839 in Dallas County, Alabama.
1810 United States Federal Census 1810 United States Federal Census
Name: Gabriel Harrell
State: North Carolina
Free White Males Under 10: 2
Free White Males 10 to 15: 2
Free White Males 26 to 44: 1
Free White Females Under 10: 1
Free White Females 10 to 15: 1
Free White Females 16 to 25: 1
Free White Females 26 to 44: 1
Numbers of Slaves: 16
Number of Household Members Under 16: 6
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 9
Source Citation: Year: 1810; Census Place: , Bertie, North Carolina; Roll
39; Page: 168; Family History Number: 0337912; Image: 00109.
Children of FANNY HARRELL and GABRIEL HARRELL are:
|i.||CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH6 HARRELL, b. March 26, 1804, Bertie Co., North Carolina; d. December 08, 1870, Marion Junction, Alabama; m. BURWELL JACKSON FORT I, April 24, 1824, Dallas County, Alabama; b. December 28, 1797; d. Unknown.|
|46.||ii.||ELIZABETH ANN HARRELL, d. Unknown.|
|iii.||WHITMELL F. HARRELL, d. Unknown; m. PHERABY FORT RASCO; d. Unknown.|
|47.||iv.||HARDIMAN ISRAEL HARRELL, b. 1809 d. Unknown. m. NANCY PRINCE FORT (b. May 13, 1802)|
|v.||JOSIAH HARRELL, b. Aft. 1798; d. Unknown; m. LOUISIANA BRANTLEY, 1851; d. Unknown.|
|vi.||MARY ANN HARRELL, d. Unknown; m. PASCHALL B. TRAYLOR; d. Unknown.|
FAMILY OF W.F. HARRELL of HARRELL’S ALABAMA
Name: Whitmell Finis/Francis Harrell
Birth: April 10, 1806
Parents: Gabriel Holmes and Frances “Fanny” Harrell
Place of Birth: Bertie County, North Carolina
Married: Pherby Fort Rascoe
Pherby was born April 19, 1808 in Trigg County, Kentucky. Her parents were Laban T Rasco (KY) and Sarah Reese (NC). She died on June 7, 1882 in Blount County, Alabama. And was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery Blount Co Ala.
The Rasco were also originally from Bertie County but moved to Christian County Kentucky in the 1790’s and then to Dallas County in the early 1820’s.
Date of Marriage: 1829
Children: Amelia S., Harrell Moss and Whitmell Henry Harrell and Finis Ewrin Harrell
Death: May 10, 1877
Place of Death: Hayden, Blount County, Alabama
Buried At: Harrell Cemetery, Blount County, Alabama
Place: Cahawba, Dallas, Alabama
<strong>W. F. Harrell, 44, b. 1806, M Farmer 11,800 NC</strong>
Ferreby 42, b. 1808, F, KY
Henry, 17, b. 1833, M, Student, AL
F. W. 10, b. 1840, M ”
A. S. 4, b. 1846, F ”
Miss Julia Bland 20, b. 1830, F, GA
608/608 <strong>G. H. Harrell 30M Farmer 5,300 AL</strong> (GABRIEL H. HARRELL)
E. J. 30, F, NC (ELIZA J. KING-HARRELL)
O. A. 10M AL (DR. OSCAR HARRELL)
C. L. 7M ” (CALVIN LUTHER HARRELL)
F. B. 6F ”
M. W. 4, F ” (MATTIE, FLORIST)
G. H. 2M ”
G. G. Smith 30M Physician GA
NOTE: Marriage: Harrell, Gabriel H. m Eliza J. King – 27 Mar 1838 pg 106
On November 29, 1850, W.F. Harrell bought one lot and parts of two others in Cahaba from William Gwin & Rosy Ann (Wilson) Gwin. The Gwins sold Lot #231 and 80 feet running N and S and on the eastern side of lots #217and 218 in the town of Cahaba, Dallas Co., AL, to Whitmiel F. Harrell for$1000.00. (From Dallas County Book N, pp.627-28)
Source: 1850 Census, Dallas County, AL: <a href=”http://www.gwingenealogy.net/GENEALOGY/ALABAMA/census1850dallcoMYnames.htm” title=”1850 Census Dallas County AL” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.gwingenealogy.net/GENEALOGY/ALABAMA/census1850dallcoMYnames.htm</a>
Gwin Family Deed/and or Mortgage Transcriptions and/or Abstracts: http://www.gwingenealogy.net/GENEALOGY/DEEDS/DeedsEtc.htm
DALLAS CO, AL MARRIAGES — APPEARING IN MARRIAGE BOOK I: 1818 – 1845: http://www.genealogytoday.com/pub/ALMARR.HTM
1860 SLAVE CENSUS:
<strong>HARRELL, W. F., 99 slaves, Harrels, page 63</strong> (DALLAS COUNTY, ALABAMA.
LARGEST SLAVEHOLDERS FROM 1860 SLAVE CENSUS SCHEDULES and SURNAME MATCHES FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS ON 1870 CENSUS. Transcribed by Tom Blake, May 2001: <a href=”http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ajac/aldallas.htm” title=”LARGEST SLAVEHOLDERS FROM 1860 SLAVE CENSUS SCHEDULES” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ajac/aldallas.htm</a>)
Place: Harrells/Harrells Beat, Dallas, Alabama
W.F. Harrell– Value of his real estate is $53,000. value of personal estate is $102,350. Occupation is farmer.
Post Office is in Forts.
<strong>W F Harrell, Whitmill Finis/Whitmill Francis E. Harrell </strong> 53 – born. 1807, North Carolina
<strong>P F Harrell </strong> 51- born 1809, Kentucky
T E Harrell 19, b. 1841, M
A S Harrell 13, b. 1847, F
W H Harrell 27, b. 1833, M
S C Harrell 21, b. 1839, F
C L Harrell 4, b. 1856, F
W T Harrell 2, b. 1858, M
W A Harrell 10/12, b. 1859, M
G W Stewart 25, b. 1835, M
United States Civil War Confederate Applications for Presidential Pardons
|Name:||Whitmill F Harrell|
|Event Date:||1865 – 1867|
“United States Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons, 1865-1867,” index, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V4M8-DLH : accessed 07 Oct 2014), Whitmill F Harrell, 1865 – 1867; citing “Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons (‘Amnesty Papers’), 1865-1867,” Fold3.com; NARA microfilm publication M1003, roll 5
Sometimes after the War Between the States, Whitmel Finis Harrell moved his family to Shelby County Ala for his health and by 1870 he was living in Blount County. Whitmel was a very wealthy planter prior to the War Between the States. He was financially ruined by the War and it’s outcome. He lost his health as well.
I found a source indicating that W.F. Harrell owned a quarry, “The limestone is thus favorably situated for quarrying, and it has been worked on a considerable scale at Blount Springs and Bangor.
One quarry between these two places, belonging to W. F. Harrell, is now in operation. This quarry is an open working and the face is almost 80 feet high, extending nearly to the top of the outcrop on the escarpment. The following is a section of the rock quarried:
Section of Bangor limestone at Harrell quarry.
Gray seraicrystalline limestone……………………………. 28
Dark sem(crystalline limestone…………………………… 12
Gray semicrystalline limestone……………………….’…… 40
The limestone beds are separated by thin partings of carbonaceous
Limestone from this quarry is used for flux in the furnaces at Birmingham and Bessemer.”
Source: “Limestone and Dolomite in the Birmingham District, Alabama” by Charles Butts. (p. 247-248) http://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0315g/report.pdf
Place: Township 13 Range 2, Blount, Alabama
Post Office: Blount Springs
Whitmill Harrell/Whitmill Finis E Harrell, Retired Farmer, Value of Personal Estate $250
Forabee Harrell, Keeping House
Place: Township 13 Range 2, Blount, Alabama
Post Office: Blount Springs
Rheraba F. Harrel/Pherby Fort Rasco Harrell, Widowed, Keeping House
Ada Moss, b. 1867, Granddaughter. Father born in AL, Mother born in MISS.
Genforum: My grandmother’s wedding took place near Birmingham, AL in 1918. T<strong>her wedding book is signed by several Harrells, including Grace, Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Harrell and what appears to be Mr. & Mrs. W.F. Harrell.</strong> My grandmother wrote next to one of the Harrell’s “2nd cousin”. Keeping in mind that the Harrells need not have lived in AL to attend the wedding, does anyone have any family connections that might fit?
http://genforum.genealogy.com/harrell/messages/1431.html<a href=”http://genforum.genealogy.com/harrell/messages/1431.html” title=”Harrell on Genforum” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”></a>
ORIGIN OF HARRELL SURNAME: Researchers have found the surname Harrell established along the Scottish-English border about 400 A.D. Many families lived as clannish groups, and they often engaged in feuds. In the early 1600s, some of these clans were sent to Scotland and Ireland. Some were sent to the Colonies. They settled along the eastern coast from Newfoundland to Virginia and the Carolinas. Source: “The Harell Family”http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring99/Moulden/frame.htm
See also: Harrell Families of Early Hertford County, North Carolina: http://www.harrellfamilies.com/
Harrell, a Scottish-English surname, derived from Old French “hurer”, meaning to bristle, was a diminutive nickname for someone with lots of hair.
In Scottish Harrell family history, the family held a seat (feudal home) in Argylshire, and another Harrell family held an ancient seat in Northumberland on the English-Scottish border.
Harrell was established as a surname in England by Normans following the conquest in 1066; the earliest recorded use is in an abbey charter in 1154 where it is spelled “Horel”.
The surname Harrell also appears in Ireland where it may be an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó hEarghail ‘descendant of Earghal’. Earghal was a given name with the same etymology as Fearghal,which may be anglicized as Fergal but is also the source of the surname Farrell. Fearghal was a popular given name for boys meaning manly or valorous in early Ireland.
American Harrell genealogy dates to 1676 in Maryland.
AL Dallas L Archives, “Re: [ALDALLAS-L] Finis Ewing Harrell Sr. & Wife” by James R. Rasco (Jrrasco@aol.com): http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ALDALLAS/2001-08/0997659505
Descendants of John Harrell Sr., Generation 4 by Claude (Chip) Thomas Harrell, Jr.: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/h/a/r/Claude-T-Harrell-jr/GENE1-0004.html
Gabriel Holmes Harrell by Garland Lively, Rootsweb: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/HARRELL/2010-06/1276285019
Gabriel Holmes Harrell & wife Francis “Fanny” Harrell by James R. Rasco, Gen Forum: http://www.genforum.familytreemaker.com/harrell/messages/4324.html
Rascoe Family Tree, and Early Lineage by Tom Synder: http://tomesnyder.name/evanrees/Chapter7.pdf
Harrell Cemetery on Find A Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=23280
Whitmell Francis Harrell – Find A Grave, created by Nancy Alexander: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=94868604&ref=acom
Pherby F. Rasco Harrell – Find A Grave, created by Rose Ramos: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=HARR&GSfn=P&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=3&GScntry=4&GSsr=1&GRid=40383860&
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