Harrell Families

of Early

Hertford County, North Carolina


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Table of Contents

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 7 (John [b. c. 1794] & Winnifred Harrell, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 8 (Josiah & Anna Harrell, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 9 (Elizabeth Harrell & Silas Parker, 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 6: Nathan & Elizabeth’s Known Descendants


     Nathan and Elizabeth Sharp Harrell’s children were 3rd Generation Hertford County Harrells—still a generation about which very little is known. In Nathan and Elizabeth’s case, however, we know a little more than in most cases. We know something about four of their oldest children.


            In chapter 4, I noted a land purchase Nathan made in Bertie County in 1793, and that he still owned the land on the Chowan River at his death in 1802. The Bertie County land was divided among several of his heirs in 1818. It appears the division of this land was based on Nathan’s will. The Bertie County Court appointed  Commissioners to establish an equal division into four parcels of 32 acres each to be drawn by four of Nathan’s heirs. James and Celia Harrell Morgan drew lot number 1; Starkey S. Harrell drew lot number 2; George and Sarah Bond drew lot number 3; and William and Nancy Harrell Smith Yancey drew lot number four.[1] (Nancy’s first husband was William Smith; her husband at the time of the land division was James Yancey.) 


Benjamin B. Winborne in his history of Hertford County identified their second son, and two oldest daughters. [2] He stated that Nathan married Elizabeth Sharp a daughter of the wealthy and prominent Starkey Sharp of Hertford County. Winborne goes on to describe Nathan and Elizabeth’s family as consisting of a daughter, Nancy Harrell, who married Dr. William Smith, and a son, Starkey Sharp Harrell, who married Elizabeth Simons, and another daughter named Sally who married G. H. Bond. There is no mention of younger children.      From these two sources, then, we know Nathan and Elizabeth’s second son was Starkey Sharp Harrell, and their three oldest daughters were Nancy Harrell Smith Yancey, Sarah Harrell Bond, and Celia Harrell Morgan.


The censuses tell us there is more to know about their children, however. The 1790 census shows Nathan’s household as follows:


1790 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  Nathan Harrell, age over 16

Household member:       males                           females

                                    2, under 16                    3, all ages

                                    1, over 16

                                    (11 slaves)


It is safe to assume Nathan is the male over 16 years of age, but we do not known much about the ages of his two sons, assuming they are his sons and not nephews. They could range in age from one to fifteen. We know from later censuses that their son, Starkey S. Harrell, was born in 1786, which means he was four years old in 1790—he was probably the younger of the two males listed as under 16 years of age. The information about Nathan’s wife and daughters is even less precise—again I am assuming two of the females were his daughters. The information from the second U. S. census is a bit more precise, but not by much. By 1800 Nathan’s household looked like this: 

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1800 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  Nathan Harrell, age over 45,                                             page 699

household members:      males                           females

                                    2, 0-10                          2, 0-10

                                    1, 10-16                        1, 10-16  

                                    1, 16-26                        1, 16-26

                                    1, over 45                      1, 26-45

                                    (27 slaves)


            From the 1800 census, we know a little more about their two oldest sons. One is listed as under 16, and the other as over 16, which means in 1790 one was under 6 and the other was over 6 years of age. This strongly suggests that Starkey was their second son, because he was under six years of age in 1790. Their first son was born after 1775 and before 1785. (I have not been able to identify son number one from among the Hertford County Harrells in the 1810 census.) The 1800 census also makes it clear that Nathan and Elizabeth had two additional sons born after the 1790 census, but before mid-1800. The probable identity of these younger sons has been discussed in chapter four (see Table 18, page 146). In this chapter, we are only concerned with their known son—Starkey Sharp Harrell.


According to the 1800 census, one of their two oldest daughters was also under six, and the other over six but under 16 years of age in 1790. By this census, Nathan and Elizabeth had four daughters. Thus by 1800, it appears Nathan and Elizabeth had four daughters and four sons—only four of whom have been identified, and they are the focus of this chapter. Their names were Starkey, Nancy, Sarah, and Celia.


Nancy Harrell Smith Yancey (b. c. 1790)—3rd Generation


            Nancy Harrell married William Lay Smith from Connecticut around 1810. Not a lot is known about Nancy’s first husband, William L. Smith. He typically gets only the briefest of mentions by historian—probably because of his origins. For instance, the historian John W. Moore wrote, when speaking of Nancy and William’s son, William N. H. Smith, “His father was a Northern man who lived and died in Murfreesboro. By his mother, he descended from the Sharpes and Harrells of Mill Neck.”[3] 


William died in Murfreesboro, Hertford County in 1813. Nancy married again between 1814 and 1820. She married James Yancey, who was in Caswell Co. in 1810 with his first family: one male between the ages of 16 and 26, and his wife—James was between the ages of 26 and 45 (over 35).

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By 1820, Nancy Harrell Smith Yancey’s son, William Nathan Harrell Smith, was 7 years old, and he was undoubtedly one of the 3 males under the age of ten in their household. The other two were probably from James’ first marriage. Nancy and James Yancey had a son, but not until 1825.


1820 census entry, Caswell Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  James Yancey, age over 45                                              page 98

household members:      males                           females

                                    3, 0-10                          1, 0-10

                                    2, 16-26                        1, 26-45

                                    1, over 45


            In 1830, Nancy was back in Hertford County, and again a widow. The census shows 20 people in her household which included seven slaves. By my calculations, Nancy was about 40 years of age. She was the woman in the 30-40 age group. This information puts her birth year between 1790 and 1800. Considering that she had her first son in 1811, I suppose her birth year was very close to 1790, and she was probably Nathan and Elizabeth’s oldest daughter.

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1830 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  Nancy Yancey, age 30-40                                                  page 411

household members:      males                           females

                             1, 5-10                          1, 5-10

                                    1, 10-15                        1, 10-15

                                    7, 15-20                        1, 30-40

                                    (7 slaves)                      1, 50-60


There is a good possibility the woman in the 50-60 age group was her mother, Elizabeth Sharp Harrell Gordon, who would have been about 62 or younger in 1830 and who was alive until 1840. Nancy’s mother, Elizabeth, dropped from sight after the 1820 census—which means she was living in a household headed by someone else.

Nancy Harrell Smith Yancey’s Children


            My best information indicates that Nancy had two sons and probably one daughter who survived to adulthood. Her first son, William Nathan Harrell Smith, was with William Lay Smith; her second son, Antonio Pond Yancey, was with James Yancey; and her probable daughter (b. 1820-1825) was with James Yancey.


            I know nothing at all about Nancy’s probable daughter (b. 1820-1825); and I know little of her son, Antonio P. Yancey; but there is a good deal of information about her son, William Nathan Harrell Smith. Nancy’s first son, John Lay Smith lived less than one year and nothing much is known of him.


William Nathan Harrell Smith (born in 1812)—4th Generation


     William was born in Hertford County and spent most of his life there. He finished his studies at Yale College and returned to Hertford County in 1834. Soon after his return, he was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. In 1835, the new State Constitution reduced Hertford County’s representation to one member—it was William N. H. Smith. He also continued to study and passed the Bar Examination in 1839. When he was not practicing law in Murfreesboro, he apparently spent a great deal of time in politics. He was County Representative to the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1840; and Solicitor of the First District (composed of 6 counties) 1849-1859.

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William N. H. apparently married before 1840. According to the census, his wife’s name was Mary O.; it was probably Mary Olivia, the county historian, Winborne, referred to her as Olivia Harrell.


The 1850 census shows William and Mary with 2 sons, and William’s younger brother, Antonio, in their household.


1850 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Smith, W. N. H.                        age 34  attorney at law                                                  page 287

Smith, Mary                  age 28

Smith, Jas.                    age 10

Smith, William               age   3

Winborne, Mary            age 25

Yancey, A. P.               age 25  attorney


            In 1860, William and Mary with two of their children were living in the town of Murfreesboro. Their son, James, who would have been 20 years of age in 1860, was not living in his parent’s household, but William and Mary apparently had a new two year old son at the time.


1860 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Smith, W. N. H.            age 47  Lawyer             $6,500   $26,538

Smith, Mary O.                         age 37

Smith, W. M.                age 14

Smith, Edward C.          age   2


As one might expect, they were quite comfortable financially, with $6,500 worth of real estate, and with personal property valued at $26,538—the latter, of course, was for the most part reflecting the value of the slaves they possessed.


            William was elected to the United States House of Representatives just about the time North Carolina withdrew from the Union, and he was then elected to represent his district in the Confederate Congress.[4]


            After the War, William N. H. Smith was elected to represent his County in the North Carolina, General Assembly 1865-1866; and later he was appointed Chief Justice of the State of North Carolina from January 1878 until his death in November of 1889.[5]


William Nathan Harrell and Mary Smith’s Children


James Smith (b. 1840)—5th Generation
William M. Smith (b. 1847)—5th Generation
Edward C. Smith (b. 1858)—5th Generation


Antonio Pond Yancey (b. 1825)—4th Generation


            Antonio P. Yancey was Nancy Harrell Smith Yancey’s son by her second husband and consequently, William N. H. Smith’s half brother. Like his older half brother, Antonio studied law at Yale College. According to the historian, John W. Moore, Antonio became a solicitor in Murfreesboro soon after he graduated from Yale—around the year 1847.[6] He practiced law with his brother in Murfreesboro for several years and was living in his brother’s household in 1850. In August of 1851, Antonio P. Yancey retired from the office of County Attorney because of his failing health. He died at a young age, in his late 20s, and was described as a “...nice and cultured young man.”[7] His brother, William N. H. Smith, qualified as administrator of his affairs in the February Term of 1855.[8]


Sarah “Sally” Harrell Bond (b. 1784-1790)—3rd Generation


Sarah was identified as a daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth in the same Bertie County deed as her brother and sisters, Starkey, Nancy, and Celia. The Bertie County deed and Winborne’s history of Hertford County also identified Sarah’s husband as George H. Bond. (See notes numbers 1 and 2 in this chapter.)


There were two George Bonds in Beaufort County in 1810, but the younger of the two was more than likely Sarah’s husband. Their census entry was as follows.

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1810 census entry, Beaufort Co., N. C.

Head of Household: George  Bond, age 26-45

household members;      males               females

                                    1, 0-10              1, 16-26

                                    1, 26-45


I have no record of her returning to Hertford County. Sarah and George Bond had one son who was born between 1800 and 1810—there well may have been more children later.


Celia Harrell Morgan (b. 1791-1794)—3rd Generation


            Celia and her husband were identified as James and Celia Morgan in Nathan Harrell’s Bertie County land division (see note number 2 in this chapter).


Celia does not appear to have been with her mother, Elizabeth Gordon, in the 1810 census when she would have been 16 to 19 years old.  I did not find her with her future husband, James Morgan, either. There was a James Morgan in Hertford County, but he was a bit too old to be Celia’s husband. The 1810 entry for James Morgan listed him as over 45 years of age, and his wife as over 26. (The age category for James is very difficult to read from the microfilm, but based on his age in the 1820 and 1830 censuses, I think he should have been in the 26-45 age category in 1810, and Celia would not have been over 20 years of age.)


            By 1820, there is a census entry that has James and his wife in age categories more appropriate for Celia’s estimated age. James should have been age 30-40, Celia should have been 26-30. She was age 26 to 45 in 1820, and 30 to 40 in 1830, so we can put her age at between 26 and 30 in 1820, which gives a birth year of between 1791 and 1794.


1820 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  James Morgan, age 26-45

household members:      males                           females

                                    1, 0-10                          3, 0-10

                                    1, 10-16                        1, 16-26

                                    1, 16-18                        2, 26-45

                                    1, 16-26           

                                    3, 26-45           

                                    (4 slaves)


            In 1820, Celia was 26 to 29 years of age. She and/or James may have had siblings living with them. It is possible that the four youngsters under the age of ten were Celia’s children—maybe even the male 10-15 years old. The latter would be possible if he had been closer to ten than fifteen years old. By 1830, Celia was 36-39 years old, and it is very likely all four young people under the age of 20 were Celia and James Morgan’s children.

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1830 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  James Morgan, age 40-50

household Members:      males                           females

                                    1, 5-10                          1, 10-15

                                    1, 10-15                        1, 15-20

                                    1, 40-50                        1, 30-40

                                    (16 slaves)


James and/or Celia Morgan were not in the N. C. 1850 census.


Age Categories of Celia Harrell and James Morgan’s Children


Based on the 1820 and 1830 censuses, James and Celia’s children were in the following age categories:


                                                birth year                               

Son # 1                                   1805-1810

Son # 2                                   1816-1820

Son # 3                                   1821-1825

Daughter # 1                         1811-1820

Daughter # 2                         1811-1815

Daughter # 3                         1816-1820


Starkey Sharp Harrell Sr. (born 1786)—3rd Generation


            Starkey Sharp Harrell was the first son of Nathan and Elizabeth Sharp Harrell (not necessarily Nathan’s first, however). He was born in 1786 in Hertford County and died there in 1830[9]—he was the first in a series of  Starkey  Harrells.


1810 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  Starkey Sharp Harrell, age 24                                          page 90

household members:      males                           females

                                    1, 0-10                          3, 16-26

                                    1, 16-26                                  

                                    (1 slave)


Starkey married Elizabeth Simons around 1806. Elizabeth was between 20 and 26 years of age in 1810. The other two females in the age category 16 to 26 were probably sisters or cousins. Starkey and Elizabeth had one son by 1810 who was born between 1800 and early 1810.


Starkey’s father, Nathan, died in 1802, but at least part of his estate was still being settled in 1818 (see the above mentioned land division for Nathan in Bertie County). Starkey’s wealth increased noticeably between 1810 and 1820.

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            By 1820, Starkey Sharp Harrell’s family had continued to grow. He and Elizabeth had two new daughters and a new son—they would have a young Starkey Sharp Harrell in 1827.


1820 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household:  Starkey S. Harrell, age 34                                                            page 178

household members:      males                           females

                                    1, 0-10                          2, 0-10 

                                    1, 10-16                        1, 10-16

                                    1, 26-45                        1, 26-45

                                    (13 slaves)


Starkey Harrell Sr. died in early 1830, at the age of 44. Starkey Sharp Harrell’s widow, Elizabeth, was head of the household for the 1830 census. By that time, the children still with Elizabeth were: Starkey S. Jr. age 3, and the daughter age 15-19 who was probably Mary, age 17 in 1830. The latter could have been daughter, Nancy, but that would mean Mary was married at age 17 or younger which was not common.


1830 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household: Elizabeth Harrell, age 40-50                                              page 416

household members:      males                           females

                                    1, 0-5                            1, 15-20

                                                                        1, 40-50

                                    (15 slaves)


            After the 1830 census, Elizabeth was still partly provided for by Starkey S. Harrell’s estate, as evident in the notations of the account settlements which show “Cash paid the widow her years provisions $339, and interest on the same to Nov. 28—1831  $13.50.” Also on November 28, 1831, there was a similar entry indicating another payment with interest in the amount of $245.60.[10]


            As far as I know, Starkey and Elizabeth had three children who survived to adulthood. They were Mary, Nancy, and Starkey Sharp Harrell Junior. Starkey Jr. was probably about 10 years old when his father died. His mother, Elizabeth Simons Harrell, was 42 years of age when Starkey Sr. died in 1830, and probably remarried within a couple of years. When she did, she married Harris Vaughan.


            The connections among Starkey S. Harrell Sr., Elizabeth Simons Harrell Vaughan, and Harris Vaughan are clarified on Elizabeth’s tomb stone which reads:[11]

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daughter of

Joshua & Catharine Simons

formerly the wife of

S. S. Harrell.

Born May 23, 1788.

Died September 28, 1861

aged 73 years, 4 months

& 5 days”


Starkey S. and Elizabeth Harrell’s Children


            The following age categories for Starkey and Elizabeth’s children are based on the information in the 1810, 1820, and 1830 censuses.


                                                 age in             age in               age in

                        birth year         1810               1820                 1830

Son # 1                   1804-1810                 0-10                       10-16                       gone

Son # 2                   1810-1820                                                 0-10                       gone

Son # 3                   1825-1830                                                                                 0-5  (Starkey Jr., b. 1828)

Daughter # 1         1804-1810                                               10-16                       gone

Daughter # 2         1810-1820                                                 0-10                       gone  (Nancy, b. 1811-1815)

Daughter # 3         1810-1815                                                 0-10                       15-20 (Mary, b. 1813)


We know two of Starkey S. Harrell Sr., and Elizabeth Simons Harrell’s daughters were named Mary and Nancy, and their youngest son was Starkey S. Harrell Junior. There is a good possibility their Son # 1 was John (b. 1804-1810). John first appeared as a head of household in 1830 with an amount of wealth characteristic of Starkey Harrell’s family, and he was living with his new wife just three dwellings from Starkey’s widow in 1830. (For more information on John [b. 1804-1810] see the section on “The Unattached 4th Generation Harrells” in chapter five.)The problem is, John (b. 1804-1810) is just as good a fit in David Harrell Sr.’s family (see chapter 11). Unfortunately, John and Harriet Harrell, along with their children, will remain unattached until private evidence is found that will allows me to place him with Starkey Sr. or David Senior.


Mary Harrell Jernigan (b. 1813)—4th Generation


            Mary Harrell married Lemuel R. Jernigan sometime during the mid-1830s. At an early age, Lemuel R. Jernigan was elected Public Register 1831-1843. He was then elected a County Trustee in 1844 until 1854.

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1850 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Jernigan, Lemuel R.       age 42  farmer              $6,775

Jernigan, Mary              age 36

Jernigan, John               age 13

Jernigan, Thomas          age   3

Jernigan, Mary              age 4/12

Harrell, Starkey             age 23  merchant          $210

Hare, John                    age 49  clerk

Hare, Othelo                 age 15  clerk


Mary’s younger brother, Starkey Harrell Jr., was living with her and Lemuel in 1850—Starkey was already a merchant. Mary and Lemuel had accumulated real estate valued at $6,775, and judging by the amount of wealth they left their children some years later, they became much more prosperous.


1860 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Jernigan, L. R.              age 52  farmer              $14,500             $31,645

Jernigan, Mary              age 47

Jernigan, J. H.               age 24  lawyer

Jernigan, Thos.              age 13

Jernigan, Mary              age 10


            Lemuel and Mary’s oldest son, John H. Jernigan, had finished his studies and was an attorney by 1860. He was still living at home with his parents and his younger brother and sister at that time.

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            Lemuel R. Jernigan died on December 6, 1866.[12] His widow, Mary Harrell Jernigan, was still in the county with their youngest son, Thomas R., who had also become an attorney by that time, and daughter, Mary H. “Mollie,” for the 1870 census.


1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Jernigan, Mary              age 57  housekeeping                $1,500   $500

Jernigan, Thomas R.      age 22  Attorney at Law            $2,000   $200

Jernigan, Mollie H.        age 19                                      $2,000   $200


Mary Harrell & Lemuel Jernigan’s Children


            Mary and Lemuel had a number of children, most of them are in infant graves in the family cemetery on the Jernigan farm near Ahoskie. They apparently had three children live to adulthood—John H., Thomas R., and Mary H. “Mollie” Jernigan.


John H. Jernigan (b. 1836)—5th Generation


1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Jernigan, Jno. H.           age 35  farmer              $4,000   $1,500

Jernigan, Sallie              age 30  keeping house

Jernigan, Edward D.      age   7

Jernigan, Hunter            age   6


Thomas Roberts Jernigan (b. 1847)—5th Generation


            When the 1880 census was compiled, Thomas was boarding in the town of Winton—he listed himself as 30 years of age, single, and an attorney at law.


            Thomas R. Jernigan married  Frances Daniel Sharp, on November 19, 1884 in Harrellsville—Thomas gave his age as 35 and Fannie gave hers as 20.[13] Fannie was the daughter of Starkey Sharp III, and the granddaughter of Jacob Sharp, who was the brother of Elizabeth Sharp Harrell. Elizabeth and Nathan Harrell were Thomas R. Jernigan’s great grandparents. Fannie’s tombstone in the Sharp family cemetery in Harrellsville carries the inscription:[14]

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wife of


Sept. 6, 1865--Apr. 9, 1933



Consul General to Shanghai, China

Son of


Feb. 24, 1847--Nov. 1, 1920

Buried in Nanking, China.”


Thomas B. and Fannie Jernigan’s children
Paul Jernigan (b. 1886)—6th Generation


            Paul was born on August 20, 1886, and he married Muriel Mallard.

Frances Jernigan (b. 1887)—6th Generation


            Frances was born on August 26, 1887, and married Stanley Winborne.

Roberts Harrell Jernigan (b. 1895)—6th Generation


            Roberts was born on September 17, 1895, and he married Jesse Elizabeth Garrett. Their children included the following.


Roberts Harrell Jernigan Junior—7th Generation


            Roberts Junior married Linda Clawson Williams, and their children included the following.


Roberts Harrell Jernigan III—8th Generation

Elizabeth Williams Jernigan—8th Generation

Clawson Jernigan—8th Generation


Starkey Jernigan (b. 1893)—6th Generation


            Starkey was born on February 17, 1893, and he married Blanch White. Starkey died on April 13, 1952.

Mary H. Jernigan (b. in 1850)—5th Generation

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Nancy Harrell Sharp (b. 1811-1815)—4th Generation


            Starkey S. Senior and his wife, Elizabeth, Harrell’s other daughter, Nancy Harrell, married Thomas Blount Sharp (1804-1847). They were together by the 1830 census.


1830 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Head of Household: Thomas B. Sharp, age 26                                                  page 349

household members:      males                           females

                                    1, 20-30                        1, 15-20

                                    (10 slaves)


Thomas B. Sharp was the son of Major Jacob Sharp Senior. He died in 1847. Nancy and Thomas probably had more than one child, but I am only sure of Celia.


Nancy and Thomas B. Sharp’s Children


Celia E. Sharp (b. 1846)—5th Generation


Celia E. Sharp born January 15, 1846, died August 14, 1859—at age 13 years, 7 months.


Starkey S. Harrell Jr. (b. in 1828)—4th Generation


            In the 1850 census, Starkey Jr. was listed in the dwelling of his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Harrell and Lemuel R. Jernigan, as a 23 year old merchant with $210 worth of real estate. Family information indicates that he married Mary Ann Askew, but it apparently began and ended between censuses.


The 1860 census shows him with real estate valued at $4, 270, and personal property valued at $17, 750. By that time his inheritance from his step-father, Harris Vaughan, and perhaps others, had made a difference in his level of wealth.


1860 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, S. S.                 age 32  Merchant                      $4,270   $17,750             page 75


Starkey Sharp Harrell  was not married, but had two young men ages 24 and 25 living in his household—both  are listed as clerks, probably his employees. There were also three laborers living on the property.


            Starkey S. Jr., helped run his county in a number of capacities. He was Clerk of the Superior Court, 1854-1858, and again 1868-October 5, 1870. Between his two runs with the Superior Court, he became Clerk of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1858-August 1861. He was also a County Trustee.[15]

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By 1870 the picture had changed considerably. At age 42, Starkey Jr. was listed as a retired merchant owning real estate worth $ 3,000 and personal property valued at $3,000.


1870 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, S. S.                 age 42   ret. merchant   $3,000  $3,000                            page 437

Winborne, W.                age 53  clerk

Robbins, Mary               age 30  cook

Butler, Asa                   age 30  farm laborer

Chavis, John                  age 15  farm laborer


In 1870 he had two farm laborers, one cook, and a clerk living with him. In 1880 he was still not married, and was listed as a 52 year old farmer. He had one laborer and one “Clerk in Store” living with him in the Winton area.


1880 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Harrell, S. S.                 age 52  farmer                         

Chavie, John                 age 26  laborer

Eley, John                     age 18  labor/clerk in store


Starkey got married! According to the information they provided for the 1900 census, Starkey and his wife were married in 1892. He and his wife were living in a boarding house in the town of Murfreesboro in 1900. Starkey and wife, Sarah, indicated they had been married for 8 years, and had no children.


1900 census entry, Hertford Co., N. C.

Sewell, Renslow  R.      age 44  merchant

Sewell, Lilon R. age 30  wife

Sewell, Rinsolm T.         age 18  son

Sewell, Charlie M.         age 16  son

Sewell, Clide P.             age 10  son

Sewell, Mary E.                        age   7  daughter

Sewell, Jeneson S.         age   5  daughter

Sewell, Vernon              age   1  son

Harrell, Starkey S.         age 72  boarder/capitalist           born January 1828

Harrell, Sarah C.           age 71  wife                              born April 1829


            Starkey S. Jr., you will recall, spent some of his early years with his mother, Elizabeth, and her second husband, Harris Vaughan. Clearly, Harris Vaughan thought highly of his stepson, Starkey S. Harrell Jr., because in 1848, when Starkey was 21 years of age, Harris named Starkey the executor of his will.[16] In his will, Harris left everything to his wife, Elizabeth, and after her death, everything to Starkey S. Harrell—his “son-in-law.” This might mean Harris referred to Starkey as his son-in-law when he meant step-son; or that Harris’ daughter’s name was Sarah C. Vaughan.

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            Starkey S. Harrell signed his will on January 11, 1893, when he indicated he was formerly of the State of North Carolina but now of the state of Virginia and county of Isle of Wight. His will was probated February 17, 1904. He left a piece of land, about one acre, just outside of the town of Union, on the road to St. Johns to his relatives, and than all his other property, wherever located, to his wife, Sarah C. Harrell.[17]


            There are certainly more descendants from Nathan and Elizabeth Sharp Harrell, especially from their unidentified children: Sons # 1, # 3, #4, and Daughter # 4. (See the section on “Age Categories for The Children of The 2nd Generation,” in chapter 4.) I have no clue as to the identity of their Son #1, but elsewhere I have suggested candidates for the other unidentified children (see Table 18, page 146). In my view, a probable fit for their Son # 3 is John (b. c. 1794)—he and his descendants are the focus of chapter seven. Their Son # 4 could have been Josiah (b. 1798)—he and his family are the focus of chapter eight. As mentioned earlier, if Josiah can be connected to Nathan and Elizabeth, then so too can Elizabeth Harrell Parker (b. c. 1798)—she is the focus for chapter nine.



[1] The order to the Commissioners and their resulting land division, with map, is in: Bertie County, Deed Book Z, page 4. The same division of this property is recorded in Bertie County, Deed Book Y, pages 380 and 381.

[2] Winborne, History of Hertford County, pp. 85, 86.

[3] John W. Moore, History of North Carolina with Special Reference to The Annals of Hertford County and The Albemarle Country, vol. 1, page 168. The original of this work is in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina. It is available on microfilm from that institution’s Photographic Services Section as CB # 3934.

[4] Winborne, History of Hertford County, page 210.

[5] The positions listed in this section are in Winborne, History of Hertford County, pages 316-319.

[6] John W. Moore, History of North Carolina with Special Reference to The Annals of Hertford County, vol. 1, page 188.

[7] John W. Moore, History of North Carolina with Special Reference to The Annals of Hertford County, vol. 1, page 252.

[8] Winborne, History of Hertford County, page 187.

[9] Winborne, History of Hertford County, page 86.

[10] Raymond Parker Fouts, vol. I, page 157.

[11] The inscription was taken from Elizabeth’s grave site in the family cemetery beside the old Abner Harrell house in Harrellsville, Hertford County, N. C.

[12] When I have used dates specifying days as well as months of the year in this section, I have drawn information from works compiled by Thomas R. J. Newbern of Aulander, North Carolina. I have also used his work to specify the descendants of Thomas Roberts Jernigan.

[13] Hertford County, Marriage Register, vol. 3, 1881-1905.

[14] This inscription was taken from Fannie’s grave site in the old Sharp cemetery beside the old Abner Harrell house in Harrellsville, Hertford County, N. C.

[15] Winborne, History of Hertford County, pages 328 and 331.

[16] Hertford County, will book, pages 324, 325.

[17] Hertford County, will book D, pages 57, 58.


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Table of Contents

HarrellFamilies (Home Page)

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 7 (John [b. c. 1794] & Winnifred Harrell, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 8 (Josiah & Anna Harrell, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 9 (Elizabeth Harrell & Silas Parker, 3rd Generation)

Chapter 10 (Immigrants to the 3rd Generation of Hertford County Harrells)

Chapter 11 (Immigrants to the 4th Generation of Hertford County Harrells)