Family #13 – EKA John Harrell 1785

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    • neillharrell posted #1343

      I am a matrilineal descendant of this family. My great grandmother was Nancy Jame Harrell, daughter of John and Elizabeth Larr.
      The three Harrells’ (John, Issac and William)in Knox County In. names was spelled ‘Herrell’ by the enumerator. Subsequent census records in Greene County, In. sometimes spelled same familys names ‘Herrell” and Harrell ten years later. I also find the name spelled Harrel, Harrold in family records I have inherited. One of the primary records is the one made by Samuel Batman (maybe the son of John Batman and brother of Sarah who married John L Harrell) Sarah H. is buried in the cemetery at John L Harrells’ farm north of Bloomfield. I have handwritten cemetery records prepared by someone (circa 1800s) that recorded her name as Sarah H. Batman on the papers, Cemetery records show the name Sarah H Harrell on the tombstone. Most of these notes are in pencil and fading, now kept in plastic sleeves.Maybe Ill scan them and write over the copies to make them legible. Apparently John L had a brother named James with parents, Moses and Crum according to the notes. I also inherited a cupola hundred photos from the late 1800s ealy 1900s. I recently reenlisted at Ancestry for 6 months from a sale so this is my renewed interest.
      I gave up a few years ago after asking two known Harrell male descendants if they would take a DNA test, even offered to pay for it. Didn’t hear back from them, not even a hello or acknowledgement they received the request I sent by certified mail. One of them I met when he attended my mothers funeral in Greene county in 2002. Needless to say I was deeply hurt by this desertion and brush off from family members.

      I am planning a trip to Bloomfield to take pictures and repair any damages to the Harrell cemetery (in conjunction with the Indiana Historical Society) in Spring 2017, if health allows (78 and currently w thyroid and lung cancer, thyroid in remission and small tumors in lungs being treated with radioactive iodine-hopefully I will not have to go back on chemo so I can go to Indiana.
      Looking for any updated information about this family. Thank you

    • neillharrell posted #1345

      “Apparently John L had a brother named James with parents, Moses and Crum according to the notes.” This sentence should read “my notes” as this information is from hints at and Family Search.

    • mikecooper posted #1349

      Neil – I am the Great grandson of Albert Moses Harrel. It is unclear when the spelling changed. my grandfather always told me that at some point brothers got into a fight and John Harrel changed spelling to one “L”. My wife and I plan to visit Indiana some time this year. Any pictures or information about the Harrel farm you have would be helpful. At the time my grandfather Audress was born Albert Moses had a place near lobe tree.

    • neillharrell posted #1350

      Albert Moses farm was at the corner of County Rd700 North and County Rd 1000 West. Lone Tree consisted of a crossroads with a grocery store at that time at the northwest corner of the crossroad. Alberts farm was across the road on the southeast corner. You can look it up on Google maps using Lone Tree Ind in the search box. Alberts property is covered in trees, 2nd property from hiway 1000 W. If you send me your email I can send google pictures of Harrell cemetery in Bloomfield. There are numerous cemetery’s on the road to Terre Haute from Worthington in and around Vicksburg with Harrell relatives. Are you the Cooper from Washington state?I think I received correspondence from your wife regarding Sarah Batman. I have hundreds of Harrell pictures, some of Albert and Audress. How are you related to Chapman in Georgia? my email is

    • cmharrell posted #1352

      After reading your notes above, I am glad to know you are alive and hopefully well! So sorry your Harrell men were so uncooperative! I submitted my 2nd cousin’s (dad’s 1st cousin) DNA several years back. I descend from John Henry Harrel and Lucinda Spooner. His father, brother William, sons John and James moved west to Kansas in the late 1800s, then to open lands western OK around 1900. Son John (John Henry, Jr). They survived the dust bowl basically by going back and forth to Kansas City, MO where my grandpa George had found work and married in the late 1920s. The farm was auctioned off in the 1940s. When the home was auctioned some of the other half brothers came to visit and are in a photo in possession of Sarah Briddwell. I often wondered, during those later poor years, if they regretted leaving Indiana so many years before?

      Sarah Bridwell is descended from the 2nd wife of John, Sr, and Eliabeth Larr. She claims our Harrel’s originally were named Hartwell and from Enland. I see other family trees on that trace back to Moses James Harrell, who is son of Richard Harrell.
      I’m rather unsure of which connections are right. It appears that you have info saying John Harrell b. 10/7/1885 comes from Moses. I’d love to see any photos you have, if you’d like to share.
      Connie Harrell, Tulsa, OK
      p.s. Grandpa George added an “L” — but was originally one “L”

    • cmharrell posted #1353

      Mike, my grandpa used to tell a similar tale of the removing of one “L.” But, he had some idea it was over slavery, which made us all think of the civil war. Of course, I know now it was long before that time. Considering they went from Kentucky to Indiana, perhaps so??? We’ll never quite know.

    • Administrator posted #1601

      The EKA of this family is John Harrell b. October 7, 1785 VA or Nelson Co., KY, and died bef. 1840 in probably Greene Co., IN. John married Sarah H. B…

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