Last Updated on 5 Apr 2021
Rebecca Harrell, the d/o William Harrell and Theodosia UNK (1st wife), was born about 1806 in Floyd Co., KY and married Henry Nunn in Floyd Co. on Nov 30, 1823 (identified as Rebecca Herrell). Her father William Harrell (born about 1772 Dunmore Co., VA, death year/location not documented, s/o EKA Reuben Harrell) married a second time to Margaret “Peggy” Ratliff/Radcliff/Radclift (maiden name) on May 8, 1817 in Floyd Co., KY. Margaret was formerly married to Ezekail Droody/Doody/Droddy/Droodey. William Harrell married a third time to Patsy Bazil/Bizwell April 6, 1824 in Floyd Co., KY. William Harrell was identified in these Floyd Co., KY census records: 1810 (b. 1766-1784), 1820 (b. bef 1775), 1830 (b. 1770-1780) and was also found in the 1840 census of Greenup Co., KY (b. 1770-1780). From these census records, the birth year of William Harrell was estimated to be about 1772.
Confusion surrounding this William Harrell 1772 and daughter Rebecca began with an 1850 Wayne Co., VA census showing a family headed by Moses Damron 60 yrs old VA, spouse Rebecca 45 yrs old KY, with children: Richard 15 VA, George 13 VA, William & Nara (twins) 11 VA, Thomas 9 VA, Elifus 7 VA, David 5 VA , Washington 3 VA, Vashti 1 VA, and William Herald 81 “unknown”. Who is this Rebecca, spouse to Moses Damron, and who is the William Herald 81 years old living with her and Moses? A marriage record shows Rebecca Herald married Moses Damron in 1835 in Wayne Co., VA. Could this Rebecca be the daughter of William Harrell 1772, s/o EKA Reuben Harrell, and could this William Herald 81 be William Harrell 1772? From this 1850 census, the births of Rebecca in about 1805 KY and William Herald in about 1769 could possibly fit within William Harrell’s family as we know it.
If Rebecca Herald Damron is the daughter of William Harrell 1772, then Rebecca must have separated from her first husband Henry Nunn, or Henry Nunn died before Rebecca married Moses Damron in 1735. No credible information has been found regarding the whereabouts of Rebecca’s husband Henry Nunn following their 1823 marriage. The name “Henry Nunn” can be found in the 1840 and 1850 Clairborne Co., TN census records; in the 1850 census he is with spouse “Mary” (also 50 yrs old) and several children. The same Henry Nunn is found in the 1860 Arrand, Mendocino Co., CA census (60 yrs) with spouse Mary A. Nunn (60 yrs). There is also a Henry S. Nunn with spouse Mary P. Nunn in census records but none of these “Henry Nunn” individuals can reliably be linked to Rebecca’s spouse Henry Nunn whom she married in 1823.
A DNA donor with a Herald surname claims he descends from James Riley Herald whose father is William Herald and whose sister is Rebecca who married Moses Damron. This DNA donor also claims that William Herald had another son named Enoch, with both sons born in the 1820s. James Riley Herald is living near Rebecca and her spouse Moses Damron in the 1850 census. The 25 and 37 marker DNA profiles of this Herald DNA donor do not match any Herald or Harrell.
It is possible that Rebecca Herald, spouse of Moses Damron, and the elderly male William Herald living with her in 1850, are Rebecca Harrell and her father William Harrell 1772 (son of EKA Reuben Harrell). At this time, however, it is felt there is too much uncertainty to link Rebecca Herald and (probably) her father William Herald (along with James Riley Herald and Enoch Herald) to EKA Reuben Harrell. In addition, in this 3 generation descendancy of EKA Reuben Harrell, the stated birth year of Rebecca Harrell, d/o William Harrell 1772, was chosen as 1806 simply based on a best guess and to avoid stating her birth in 1805. Her birth in 1805 is quite possible but was not selected because it was felt this would uncomfortably link Rebecca to the 1850 census where she is shown to be 45 years and married to Moses Damron.