Family #6 – EKA Ephraim Harrell

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    The earliest known ancestor (EKA) for Family #6 is Ephraim Harrell about whom relatively little is known. The Harrell DNA donor/descendant of this EKA has solid information about Ephraim’s son Moses Harrell, born 1833 Knox County, IN, died 1899 Knox County, IN. Moses lived near the town of Vincennes and his children were all known, but the DNA donor did not have proof of Moses’ parents even though there was a suspicion the father of his Moses Harrell was Ephraim/Ephrum Harrell who married “Ellen”. Extensive study by the Harrell research team developed enough information to essentially prove, using strong circumstantial evidence, that the father was Ephraim Harrell. This narrative will first discuss what is known about Ephraim, starting with information provided by the DNA donor, followed by research results leading to what is believed to be his possible siblings and/or close relatives.


    It was first thought that Ephraim Harrell died or disappeared shortly after Moses 1833 was born but this was found to be incorrect because Ephraim Harrell/Herreld was found in the 1840 Knox Co., IN census (listed under “Herseld”). There is no known record of his parents, siblings, birth, or death. No Will or estate settlement record has been found. Using the 1840 census, which is the last known record of Ephraim Harrell, his death is assumed to be sometime before 1850. A marriage record exists, however, showing Ephraim married Eleanor Rogers in Nelson Co., KY on August 1, 1819.
    Ephraim Harrell was found only in the 1830 and 1840 Knox Co., IN census records. He has not been found in any 1820 census. From these census records his birth is estimated to be 1791-1800; the DNA donor has speculated he was born about 1797 which will be used in this narrative. His spouse Eleanor “Ellen” Rogers Harrell, born about 1801 VA, is listed as head of household in the 1850 Knox Co., IN census living with some of her children including Moses.

    The 1819 marriage record of Ephraim and Eleanor Rogers is extremely important because it places Ephraim in Nelson County, KY at the same time as certain sons of Richard Harrell Sr. (Family #5); viz., William Sr., Moses Sr., and James Sr. As shown later, census information pertaining to specific sons of Ephraim/Eleanor shows Ephraim being born in Kentucky and Eleanor being born in Virginia. This Kentucky proximity to these 3 of sons of Richard Sr. is a strong clue supporting the belief that Ephraim could have descended from of one of these sons. Unfortunately, Ephraim’s parents and siblings can’t be identified from what is known about the families of these sons.

    Ephraim Harrell 1797 is not a common name in Harrell families. The earliest known Ephraim Harrell is a son born June 11, 1816 to EKA John Harrell (born 1785) and Sarah Batman of Family #13. As discussed later, this John Harrell is believed to be the son of James Harrell who is a son of Moses Harrell Sr., son of EKA Richard Harrell Sr. of Family #5. There is another Ephraim Harrell born 1855 to William Chester Harrell who is son of Isaac Harrell who is son of Moses Harrell Sr. who is son of EKA Richard Harrell Sr. of Family #5. There is no known Ephraim Harrell in the families of William Sr. and James Sr. who are brothers of Moses Sr.

    Two of the children of Moses Harrell Sr. and Ephraim Harrell 1797 share the same names, Isaac and Moses. Also, two of the children of John Harrell 1785 and spouse Sarah Batman have similar names to Moses Sr.’s children: James and Isaac. The relationships, however, between Ephraim Harrell 1797, John Harrell 1785, and Moses Sr. are not documented (however, one source identified later stated John Harrell 1785 is a grandson of Moses Sr.). More discussion will follow about possible siblings of Ephraim 1797.

    It is believed that Ephraim and “Ellen” Harrell had (at least) the following children, all of whom except for Christopher were born in Knox Co., IN:

    1. Christopher Columbus “Lum” Harrell, b. 1819/1820 KY, d. abt 1852, married Nancy Ann Smith in 1841
    2. William D. Harrell, b. abt 1826 Knox Co., IN, married Emily E. Harvey abt 1845
    3. Isaac Harrell, b. 1829 Knox Co., IN, d. after 1880 in probably IN, married (1) Elizabeth Lynville in 1849, and (2) Elizabeth Delk in 1865 in Knox Co., IN.
    4. Henry Harrell, b. 1830 Knox Co., IN
    5. Moses Harrell, b. 1833 Knox Co., IN, d. 1899 Knox Co., IN (buried in Hamline Chapel Cemetery), married Minerva Sampson in 1851
    6. Ephraim Harrell, b. 1834 Knox Co., IN, d. 1900 Harrison Twp., Knox Co., IN, married (1) Anna Teague in 1852, and (2) Sarah A. McHolland in 1864
    7. Mathias Harrell b. 1840 Knox Co., IN, d. 1904 in Knox Co., IN, married (1) Harriet Julia Sampson in 1866, and (2) Hannah A. Skeen in 1876

    Some of these children can be found living with Ellen Harrell, head of household, in the 1850 Knox Co., IN census; viz., Henry, Moses, Ephraim and Mathias. The other children, William, Isaac and Christopher, were also listed as heads of their household in the 1850 Knox Co., IN census records with birth years that seem to fit.


    The name “Christopher” is most uncommon among the Harrell families and to be called Christopher Columbus “Lum” Harrell suggests his name was not selected from a close relative/friend. From the 1850 census, Christopher was born 1819/1820 in Kentucky (Christopher Herold 31 yrs in the 1850 Knox Co. census), and died about 1852 in Knox Co., IN. The source of his middle name(s) and death date is Christopher married Nancy Ann Smith on March 8, 1841 in Hamline Chapel, Knox Co., IN. She was born abt 1822 in Claremont, Belmont Co., OH and died abt 1855 in IN. Christopher’s 1819/1820 birth in KY, perhaps shortly after Ephraim and Ellen were married, is the last known record of Ephraim Harrell living in Kentucky. Ephraim’s children, all of whom were born Knox Co., IN, are: William H. Harrell b. abt 1841; Ephraim Perry Harrell b. abt 1846, d. 1862 Knox Co., IN; James “Henderson” Harrell b. 1847 Vincennes, Knox Co., d. 1929 Thomas Co., NE, married (1) Mary Elizabeth Scott in 1870, and (2) Viola Wyatt in 1913; Sarah Ellen Harrell b. 1849, d. 1926 Knox Co., IN, married George Joel Chamberlain in 1869.


    William D. Harrell, the known next oldest child of Ephraim and Ellen Harrell, was born abt 1826 in Knox Co., IN. His birth year is about 6 years later than Christopher which suggests there could have been additional children born between 1821 – 1826. William married Emily Harvey abt 1845 in Hamline Chapel, Knox Co., IN. Children of William and Emily Harrell, all of whom were born and died in Knox Co. are: Ellen Harrell b. abt 1846; William H. Harrell b. abt 1849; Sarah Harrell b. 1851; John Henry Harrell b. 1853, d. 1886, married Eliza Jane Bowman in 1874; James A. Harrell b. abt 1857; Mary P. Harrell b. 1860.


    Isaac Harrell was born about 1829 in Knox Co., IN and died sometime after 1880 as he was listed in the 1880 Harrison, Knox Co., IN census (last known record of Isaac Harrell). He married (1) Elizabeth Lynville in 1849 in Daviess Co., IN, and (2) Elizabeth Delk in 1865 in Knox Co. (Elizabeth Delk was first married to Leonard Jerrell in 1853). The known children of Isaac and Elizabeth Lynville, all of whom were born Knox Co., are: Sarah E. Harrell b. abt 1850; Emily Jane Harrell b. abt 1852, d. abt 1877, married James Henry Adams in 1869; Harriet Harrell, b. abt 1854, Mathias Harrell b. abt 1856; Mack Harrell b. abt 1858, married Eliz Marcey in 1878; Samuel Harrell b. 1861, d. 1946 MO, married Caroline Morning in abt 1882 in MO, divorced and remarried her in 1833 in Missouri. The known children of Isaac and Elizabeth Delk are: Sherman Albert Harrell b. 1868 Knox Co., d. 1953 Knox Co., married Lillie May McCormick in 1898; William Harrison Harrell b. 1869, d. 1958, married Mary “Aunt Dutch” Helderman in 1893; Ephraim Harrell b. abt 1874 Knox Co., d. aft 1910; Mary Catherine Harrell b. 1875 either Knox Co. or Pike Co., IN, d. aft 1940, Knox Co., married Jacob Albert Wilson in 1894.

    Isaac Harrell was also listed in the 1870 Knox Co., IN census (with second wife) but his last known record is the 1880 Harrison Twp., Knox Co., IN census where he is listed (Harrold) with spouse Eliza and children Sherman, William, Ephrahan, Katharine, and stepson John Jerrell. In this 1880 census, the census taker mistakenly lists Isaac’s father as being born VA and mother born KY (switching mother’s and father’s birth state).


    Henry Harrel was born 1830. Nothing more is known about him.


    More is known about Moses Harrell than any other child of Ephraim and Eleanor “Ellen” Harrell. He was born March 16, 1833, died March 11, 1899, and never left Knox Co., IN. He married Minerva Sampson in 1851 Knox Co., IN who was also born Knox Co. in 1832 and died Knox Co. in 1908. Their known children, all of whom were born in Knox Co., are: Rebecca Harrell b. 1854, d. 1871, married Peyton Johnson Colvin Jr. in 1871; Hiram Monroe Harrell b. 1856, d. 1935, married (1) Isolina Jane Rose in 1878, and (2) Laura Mirana Soden in 1925; Harriet Harrell b. 1860, d. bef 1870; Mary E. Harrell b. 1862, d. 1949, married Elijah Warner in 1885; Minerva Harrell b. 1863, d. 1940, married John Lewis Ray in 1878; Lavina Harrell b. November 1863, d. 1949, married John W. Kitterman in 1887; Rolla Martin Harrell b. 1867, d. 1942, unmarried; Tabitha Belle Harrell b. 1869, d. 1937, married Dallas McCoy in 1900; Emery Harrell b. 1871, d. 1871; Ida Belle Harrell b. 1872, d. 1941 Chicago, Cook Co., IL, married William Eber Osborn in 1896.

    Moses Harrell (Harrold) is listed in the 1880 Harrison Twp., Knox Co., IN census showing his father being born KY and mother being born VA.


    Ephraim Harrell was born 1834 in Knox Co., IN and died 1900 in Harrison, Knox Co., IN. He married twice. He married his first wife Anna Teague in 1852 and they had one child – Alford A. Harrell who lived most/all of his life in Knox Co., IN, b. 1852, d. 1903, married (1) Sarah Alice Stafford in 1871, and (2) Margaret Unknown in 1891. Ephraim married his second wife Sarah McHolland in 1864 and they had 5 children, all born in Knox Co., IN: Mary E. Harrell b. 1866, d. 1943, married Mason F. Sherman in 1883; Martha J. Harrell b. 1867; James A. Harrell b. 1872, married Maude J. Currell/Carrell/Carrol; John H. Harrell b. 1877; Dora Harrell b. 1883.

    He is listed in the 1900 Harrison Twp., Knox Co., IN census as being widowed and living with a son James and a daughter Dora.


    Mathias Harrell was born 1840 in Knox Co., IN and died 1904 in Knox Co., IN. He married twice, both times in Knox Co., IN, and all his children were born in Knox Co., IN. He married his first wife Harriet Julia Sampson in 1866 Knox Co., IN and they had two children: Harriet Etta Harrell b. 1867, d. 1928 Knox Co., IN, married Thomas C. Stroud about 1887; William T. Harrell b. 1869, d. 1940 Knox Co., IN, married Matilda Louise “Tillie” Cooper in 1890. Mathias married his second wife Hannah A. Skeen in 1876 and they had 2 children: Alford A. Harrell b. 1878, d. 1935 in Memphis, Shelby Co., IN, married Alice Mary Rose in 1897, divorced before 1920; Mary J. Harrell b. 1880, d. at a young age in Knox Co., IN.

    Mathias is listed in the 1900 Harrison Twp., Knox Co., IN census with his spouse Hannah A. Harrell, son Alfred Harrell, and his daughter-in-law Alice Harrell. In this census Mathias lists his father as born KY and mother born VA.


    The information presented above has EKA Ephraim Harrell (a) born 1791-1800, (b) married Eleanor Rogers in Nelson Co., KY in 1819, (c) having first known child Christopher Harrell born in Kentucky in 1819/1820, (d) having second known child William D. Harrell born at least 5 years later in about 1826 in Knox Co., (e) listed in two Knox Co., IN census records, 1830 and 1840, and (f) death sometime before 1850 in probably Knox Co., IN. It is known, therefore, that Ephraim was in Kentucky in 1820 and left thereafter for Knox Co., IN. Yet no record of Ephraim, other than his marriage in 1819, has been found in Kentucky – the 1820 KY census does not list him. He may have lived with his parents in 1820 or he may have been enroute to Knox Co., IN in 1820 when the census was taken. In what follows, information is presented and discussed that offers insight as to possible relatives of Ephraim Harrell.

    The first evidence of possible relatives of Ephraim Harrell was the listing of John Herrel, Isaac Herrel, and William Herrel in the 1820 Knox Co., IN census (August 7, 1820), Palmyra Township. All three were 26 – 45 years old, born 1775 – 1794, and had relatively young families. John Herrell is shown with 6 children: 5 males under 10 years old, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 26-45 (spouse). Isaac Herrel is listed with 4 children: 2 males under 10, 2 females under 10, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 26-45 (spouse). William Herrel has 3 children: 1 male under 10, 2 females under 10, 1 female 16-26 (spouse). The ages of these children suggest John, Isaac and William were probably married no earlier than about 1810 which means they were born circa 1790. Their speculated ages in 1820 and their estimated marriage dates, coupled with all of them living in Palmya, Knox Co., raises a suspicion they could be related to each other and possibly to Ephraim Harrell 1797.


    Isaac Harrell married Phebe Mahuron/Mahurin in Shelby Co., KY on September 24, 1806. Phebe was born about 1788 and her death date is unknown. Phebe’s parents were Silas Mahurin b. 1744 NJ, d. 1822 Grayson Co., KY and Sarah Unknown. (Note: Within the family of Moses Harrell Sr., son of EKA Richard Harrell Sr. [Family #5], there are relationships with the Mahurins.) Shelby Co. adjoins Nelson Co. and was formed from Jefferson Co. in 1792 (Nelson Co. was formed from Jefferson Co. in 1784). Also in 1792, Washington Co. was formed from Jefferson Co. and both Washington Co. and neighboring Shelby Co. were situated on the northern boundary of Nelson Co. It is important to understand that both William Harrell Sr., his brother Moses Harrell Sr., and perhaps their brother James Sr., all sons of EKA Richard Harrell (Family #5), owned land and lived in this area of Nelson Co./Washington Co. in this time period.

    From his marriage date of 1806 and the 1820 census information, it is estimated Isaac was born in the middle 1780s (unsourced information indicates he may have been born 1782). No record of Isaac Harrell was found after the 1820 Knox Co., IN census thus suggesting he died before the next census was taken in 1830. The death date of is wife Phebe is unknown but she was shown as living with her son John Harrel in the 1850 (Subdivision 61) and 1860 (Steen) Knox Co., IN census. There is a Kentucky marriage record of Phebe Mahuron to David Graves on April 26, 1821 – it is not known if Isaac Harrell’s spouse married twice but this marriage record may indicate Isaac died shortly after the 1820 census.

    Even though the 1820 census shows Isaac with 2 sons and 3 daughters, the only documented name of a child is his son “John” as found in the 1850 and 1860 census records. In the 1850 census “John Harrel” is listed without a spouse, being 32 yrs old, born KY, with daughter Martha 13, son Isaac 11, and Phebe Harrel 62 born NJ. In the 1860 census, “John Herrell”, 43 yrs old and born KY, is listed with spouse Elvira, 1 son William “Harrell” 6 yrs old, and Pheba Herrell 73 born SC (which is an error as she was born NJ).

    From this meager information, Isaac apparently lived in KY after his 1806 marriage in Shelby Co. until at least 1818 when his son “John” was born. In the 1820 Knox Co. census, one of Isaac’s two sons under 10 yrs is believed to be “John”. There are a number of factors surrounding Isaac Harrell that point to a particular early Harrell family within which his parents/siblings may exist. These factors are: (a) being about the same age as William and John, (b) traveling to Knox Co. at about the same time, (c) marrying in the same area of KY at about the same time, and (d) having a name “Isaac” which is very common within a particular segment of EKA Richard Harrell’s family. These factors all support speculation that Isaac descended in some way from Moses Harrell Sr., son of Richard Harrell Sr. (Family #5). These same factors and resulting speculation apply to both William and John Harrell.


    In the 1830 Knox Co., IN census (no township identified) we see the same William Herrel who is listed in the 1820 census together with Ephraim Herrel and his family; both of them born within the same range (1791 – 1800) and exhibiting children with similar ages. William Herrel has 7 children and Ephraim has 4.

    There is a November 9, 1813 Shelby Co., KY marriage record showing this William Harrell marrying Elizabeth Ruble, born 1798 in Shelby Co. Elizabeth Ruble was born 1798 in Shelby Co., KY and died in Indiana. The parents of Elizabeth Ruble are Jonathan Ruble and Hannah Teagarden Leatherman who were married in Shelby Co., KY in 1797. You can find in Knox Co., IN census records members of this Ruble family; mother Hannah died there in 1852 and was buried at the Upper Indiana Cemetery, Knox Co., IN.

    There were 7 children born to William and Elizabeth Ruble Harrell: 4 daughters and 3 sons – names of all but one child are not known – son “John Harrell” is the exception. According to the 1850 census, Elizabeth was living in Clinton, Decatur Co. IN with her son John and his family: John Harrell 28 born IN, Sarah 31 born IN, Eliza F. 6 born IN, Almira T. 1 born IN, and Eizabeth 52 born KY.

    The last record of this William Harrell is the 1830 Knox Co., IN census. It is assumed he died before the next 1840 census was taken. There are no clues as to the identity of his parents other than what has previously been speculated: he is related somehow to Isaac, John, and Ephraim Harrell.

    There are 3 Knox Co., IN court records that involve a William Harrell – not certain, however, they all pertain to one individual: (1) William Harrell . . . Appointed Guardian to Hannah Ruble in Knox Co., IN, Bk. A, p.135, date is June term 1823 ; (2) Same Court, August term 1826, Book A, p.210, appointed guardian to William Snyder; (3) Same Court, Book C, page 297, . . due to William Harrell “in right of his wife, Nancy – $25 as heir of Abraham Case, dec’d”. The first record is believed to relate to William Harrell who married Elizabeth Ruble – Hannah Ruble is Elizabeth’s sister. The third record is believed to involve the son of John/Sarah Batman, William Harrell, who married Nancy Ann Case in 1834 in Greene Co., IN. (Nancy is the daughter of Abraham Case and Sarah Hogue).


    So where is John Herrell in 1830? We find a John Herrel in the 1830 Greene Co., IN census: John Herrel is born 1780 – 1790 with 12 children. Greene Co. was formed from Knox Co. in 1821 so we have some confidence that this John Herrel in 1830 Greene Co. could be the same John Herrel as listed in the 1820 Knox Co. census. No record of this John Herrel/Harrell has been found following the 1830 census suggesting he probably died before the 1840 census. Information provided by Jim Sparks traceable to the Harrell Farm, Richland Township, Greene Co., IN indicates John Herrel/Harrell died September 19, 1830. This John Harrell married Sarah Batman March 15, 1810 in Nelson Co., KY (Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds, 1785-1832, Vol. 1, by Mary Harrel Stancliff in 1962). This John Harrell is also the EKA of Family #13. In other words, there is DNA evidence linking this John Harrell to EKA Ephraim Harrell – they are blood related but their relationship is unknown.

    It is believed, without hard evidence, the parents of this EKA John Harrell are James Harrell and Elizabeth Crume Harrell; this James Harrell being the son of Moses Harrell Sr. who is in turn the son of EKA Richard Harrell Sr. of Family #5. James and Elizabeth Crume Harrell were married 1783. As discussed in the narrative for Family #5, documented information about the family of James Harrell/Elizabeth Crume Harrell does not include Ephraim 1797, Isaac Harrell or William Harrell (Note: James Harrell does have a son William b. 1793 KY, but he never left KY). In examining the family of James Harrell, it is clear the family could have accommodated additional children such as Isaac and Ephraim (i.e., the children of James/Elizabeth Harrell were born 1784 – 1800).

    The birth of John Harrell (spouse Sarah Batman) came from the “History of Harrels”, written by Samuel Batman. In this; history, Samuel Batman stated that John Harrell was born October 7, 1785 and married Sarah Batman who died June 20, 1830, but the parents of John Harrell were not identified. There is an website that includes much from Samuel Batman’s family history; this website identifies James Harrell and Elizabeth Crume as his parents. Unfortunately, there is no documented proof that John Harrell is their son – but this relationship seems to fit what we know about James Harrell and Elizabeth Crume. This website is

    The website’s author lists John Harrell’s birth as 1785, his death in Greene Co., IN, his marriage to Sarah Batman (listing also her parents), his parents James Harrell/Elizabeth Crume Harrell and his grandfather Moses Harrell Sr. (son of EKA Richard Harrell of Family #5). The author may have descended from John Harrell and Sarah Batman which would give credibility to his/her information.

    The known children of John Harrell/Sarah Batman will be discussed in more detail in the narrative for Family #13 but in summary they are as follows (Samuel Batman’s “History of Harrels” shows the surname spelled Harrel):

    1. James S. Harrel b. January 27, 1811 Knox Co., IN, d. 1844 Greene Co., IN; married Emily Jane Harrah 1834 in Greene Co., IN; children all born Greene Co., IN: William D. Harrell b. 1837, Emily T. H. Harrell b. 1840, John L. Harrell b. 1842, James Harrell b. 1844
    2. William L. Harrel b. July 8, 1812 Knox Co., IN, d. 1849 probably Greene Co., IN; married Nancy Ann Case 1834 in Greene Co., IN; children all born Greene Co., IN: Agnes Harrell b. 1835, Sarah Harrell b. abt. 1836, Polly Harrell b. abt. 1837, James Harrell b. 1838, Abraham Epselom Harrell b. 1839, John Moses Harrell b. 1840, Ephraim Harrell b. 1842
    3. Ephraim Harrel b. June 11, 1816 Knox Co., IN, d. aft. 1880; married Sarah H. Cox 1839 in Greene Co., IN; children all born Greene Co., IN: Mary E. Harrell b. 1842, Sarah Harrell b. 1846, Margaret Jane Harrell b. 1849
    4. John Henry Harrel Jr. b. April 21, 1817 Knox Co., IN, d. 1891 Greene Co., IN; married (1) Lucinda Spooner 1846 in Greene Co., IN, and (2) Elisabeth Larr 1856 in Greene Co., IN; children of Lucinda Spooner all born Greene Co., IN: Zachariah Harrell b. 1847, Samuel Lemuel Harrell b. 1849, James Eleazar Harrell b. 1851, Sarah Elizabeth Harrell b. 1852, John Harrell b. 1854 and d. 1854. Children of Elisabeth Larr all born Greene Co. except perhaps last child: David Ephraim Harrell b. 1857, William Jefferson Harrell b. 1859, Nancy “Jane” Harrell b. 1860, Charles Lewis Harrell b. 1863, Eliza Ella Harrell b. 1865, Albert Moses Harrell b. 1867, Margaret Lucinda Harrell b. 1869, Jared Washington Harrell b. 1871 either Greene Co. or Knox Co., IN
    5. Isaac Harrel b. March 18, 1819 Knox Co., IN, d. perhaps TX since daughter Sarah married in TX; married Elizabeth A. Unknown abt. 1841; children all born Greene Co., IN: Mary E. Harrell b. 1842, Sarah Jane Harrell b. 1846, William K. Harrell b. 1850
    6. Margaret Jane Harrel b. March 17, 1821 Knox Co., IN, d. 1852 Greene Co., IN; married William Benjamin Pierce 1839 in Greene Co., IN; children all born Greene Co., IN: Elizabeth Pierce b. 1844, Margaret Emma Pierce b. 1846, William Pierce b. 1847, Benjamin Pierce b. 1852
    7. Agnes “Nancy” Harrel b. January 15, 1823, d. October 10, 1844, buried Harrell Cemetery in Greene Co., IN
    8. Sarah Harrel b. November 21, 1824 Knox or Greene Co., IN, d. 1851 Greene Co., IN; married Andrew John Raper 1849 in Greene Co., IN; children: John Raper b. 1851
    9. Mary Harrel b. November 1, 1826, d. August 6, 1844
    10. Samuel M. Harrel b. October 14, 1828.

    The Batman Family Record shows Sarah Batman’s death in June 20, 1830, about 3 months before the death of her husband. There was a severe cholera epidemic that hit the Midwest in 1832, especially in Indiana. It is possible this disease was responsible for the deaths of Sarah Batman along with John, Isaac, and William Harrell.


    EKA John Harrell 1785 has a DNA profile that matches EKA Ephraim Harrell so they are blood related. There is no solid proof of the parents of John Harrell 1785 or Ephraim Harrell 1797 but there is good reason to believe John Harrell 1785 is a son of James Harrell who in turn is son of Moses Sr. John Harrell 1785 named one of his sons “Ephraim” which suggests Ephraim Harrell 1797 is probably a very close relative. Circumstantial evidence also supports the idea that William, Isaac and John Harrell of the 1820 Knox Co., IN census are also related. Even though hard evidence is lacking, it is believed all of them together with Ephraim, descended from EKA Richard Harrell Sr. through Richard’s son Moses Sr.

    Complicating this picture even more, as documented in a Nelson Co. court record, is knowledge that Noah Harrell, son of Moses Sr., had an illegitimate son born to Susannah Curtsinger on April 13, 1794. There is no name given to this child in the court record and his whereabouts are unknown. It is possible this child could be Ephraim Harrell. Noah is known to have had (at least) 12 children with his only known spouse, Elizabeth Blue, who married Noah Harrell on December 1, 1795. Their first known child was born 1796. If Noah Harrell is Ephraim’s father, Ephraim would have been born before the marriage to Elizabeth Blue. Among these 12 children are sons with the names Uriah, Moses, Noah, Blue, William, Isaac, James, Blackford, John, and Michael. This suite of names includes those found in the families of William, Isaac, John, and Ephraim of Knox Co., IN.

    A formal listing of all known descendants of Ephraim Harrell (1797) is provided through the first 3 generations .

  • johar58 posted #1402

    I can assist with bringing you a little more current. My name is Joan Harrell, my father’s name was James Elburn Harrell DOB 03/26/1912. He was the youngest son of Alford (which is misspelled above) and Alice (Rose) Harrell. Their children are as follows: Paul M. Harrell, Charlie Harrell, Clara Harrell, and, my father, James E Harrell.

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