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Harrell Family History


Posted By: Kent Transier
Date: 3/15/2020 at 18:30:20

Harrell Family History

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, August 20, 1925
Page 1, Column 5

The descendants of William and Mary Harrell held the reunion at the city Park last Sunday. Ninety-one were in attendance. A history of all the Harrells, who came to Iowa from Indiana and settled Madison County, was furnished The News by Mrs. J. W. Holmes. It is reprinted below

William Harrell and Mary Harrell came to Iowa from Jackson County, Indiana, April, 1871, making their home with their children until their death. Grandfather passed away at the home of his son, Edmund W. Harrell, on July 19th, 1871, age 70 years, 10 months and 19 days. Grandmother passed away at the home of her son, Lewis W. Harrell, May 30th, 1879, aged 71 years 2 months and 9 days. There was a family of nine children, seven boys and two girls. They all grew to maturity accept one girl, who died when 16 years old. The children were all born in Indiana and became residents of Madison County accept the sister, Adline, who married William Hall in made her home at Medorn, Indiana.

The first of the family to come to Iowa were Edmund W. and Chester D. and a man by the name of Thomas Dryden, who arrived October 27, 1852. The first night they camped under a tree close by the old Compton mill. The first winter Edmund worked at Comptonís mill and then worked for Mr. Dryden. Later he bought some land of the government in Scott Township, where he farmed for a few years. He made a trip back to Indiana on horseback to see the old home, then came back to Iowa where he married Mary Margaret Johnson. They erected a log cabin on their farm and later as prosperity came their way, built a frame house, in which he lived until a short time before his death on October 26, 1914, aged 86 years 4 months and 13 days.

Chester D. Harrell entered a tract of land in Scott Township, the place where Arthur Jones lives. He erected a log cabin on the farm and married Lucretia Daniels. They lived there a short time then sold the farm to his brother, Joe for $500. They moved back to Indiana, living there a few years that returning to Iowa locating on a farm northeast of Winterset, living a short time there. They then lived on his brother, Edmundís place one season while he and his family went back to visit the home folks. They bought a farm in Lincoln Township, where they resided until his death. He was born February 17, 1834 and died October 15, 1878.

Lewis W. Harrell was born in Jackson County, Indiana, March 12, 1832. In young manhood he purchased land not far from the old home. He was married to Martha Scott in 1861. In 1866 he moved his family to Iowa, buying land in Lincoln Township and later a farm in Scott Township, remaining there until his death on May 10, 1911.

Josephus S. Harrell was born in April, 1840, in Jackson County, Indiana. He remained at home until grown. He was married to Missouri James. They were not married long until he went to the Civil War. After the war was over he came to Iowa, in 1866. He purchased a farm, living there for a short time, but being of a roving disposition did not stay in one place very long, living in several different states during his lifetime. At the time of his death, in March, 1898, he was living in Peru.

Erasmus L. Harrell was born in Jackson County, Indiana. He came to Iowa in 1856, being 20 years old. He took up farming and it was not long until prosperity came his way. He purchased a tract of land, erected a house and was married to Marias James, August 19, 1859. They lived there a number of years and then moved to Hall County, Nebraska making at his home until his death on October 7, 1911.

John F. Harrell was born in Jackson County, Indiana, February 17, 1838, living at home until his marriage. He was married to Nancy Bottoms in 1858. Farming was his occupation. He made his home in Indiana until 1877 when he moved to Missouri, where he bought several big spans of mules and hauled logs for two years, moving to Winterset in 1879, where he still continued to all logs and move houses for a year or two. He then bought a farm in Scott Township living there until his death on September 3, 1901.

Daniel I. Harrell, the oldest of the family was born in Jackson County, Indiana, March 4, 1826. He remained at home or close by for a number of years. He was among the last to leave home and come West. He was married March 1, 1849, to Rebecca Dryden. They were only married a few years she died. Daniel was again married February 26, 1854, two and Dryden, a sister of his first wife. They moved to Iowa October 16, 1871 purchasing land south of Lincoln schoolhouse in Scott Township, making that their home until his death on July 18, 1882.

The children of the seven brothers are scattered, some living in California, New Mexico, Texas, Indiana, Nebraska and Kansas. Many still living Iowa, although a goodly number had have been called to their heavenly home.


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