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Where known, lineages are included below:


Information Compiled by: Garnett Lee Hearl (kit35582), Project founder

This family group is thought, but not proven, to have come into Northern Virginia by 1680. The information leading to this conclusion is found in early court records of Lancaster and Northumberland counties, Virginia. In 1695, the court ordered three sons of Walter and Priscilla Harroll apprenticed to learn trades and be taught to read. They were described in the court records as “orphans” of Walter and Priscilla Harroll.

John, age seven, was apprenticed to learn the cooper trade in the custody of John Trimlett and his wife. In 1703 John was reassigned to Capt. Thomas Winder to learn cooper trade.

Hugh, age seven, was apprenticed to William Woodson to learn to be a tailor and be taught to read.

Nicholas Age eleven years was apprenticed to Capt.Thomas Brereton to learn farming. 

There were two known daughters of Walter and Priscilla Harroll, Sarah and Mary.

John and Nicholas appear in the court records of Lancaster county records during the next few years, John when his guardian family dies and he is left homeless and wandering the streets and Nicholas,when he comes to court requesting his freedom after serving his apprenticed time. John was apprenticed to another cooper and his brother was granted his freedom, however no records on Hugh have been found in that area of Virginia.

In 1743 one Hugh Harrald died in Frederick county, Va. Records reveal that he was a farmer owning a few head of cattle and hogs and had built a small cabin. In the court of Frederick County in 1743-44 William Davis is granted custody of two infant children of Hugh Harrald, deceased. Their names were Hugh and Jane but no ages were recorded for them, therefore they could have been between one and twelve years of age. Although no evidence has been found to prove this to be the orphan Hugh Harrald of Lancaster county, some researchers have made that connection by supposition. More evidence is needed to confirm the connection.

No further record is found concerning orphans Hugh and Jane Harrald between 1744 and 1780 when a Hugh Harrell appears on the tax records of Frederick Co. Va.  Again, there is no proof that this Hugh Harrell is the orphan Hugh of 1743-44 and more evidence is needed to prove a connection.

Hugh Harrell's tax records indicate he had nine horses and a couple of milk cows and possibly some wagons or carriages. The reconstructed census indicates he had five in his family about 1783. After that time Hugh no longer appears in the Frederick county records.

The 1790 census of North Carolina lists a Hugh Herrell, Harrell with five in his family. This is possibly Hugh Harrell, Herrell of Frederick Co., Virginia.     

In 1787 one Hugh Herrell, Harrell appears on amarriage license in Rockingham County, NC when he marries Rebecka Lakin.  Other records reveal that Hugh Harrell owned land in NC about the same time near the land of a Lyken family on a stream flowing into the Yadkin River, possibly in Rowan county, because the marriage is recorded in Rowan County also. Again, no evidence has been found which proves this is the Hugh Harrell of Frederick Co., Va., another gap to be filled.

About 1790 an area along the Roan Mountain, Iron Mountain and the Toe River in the western NC mountains was taken from the Indians and opened for settlement. Hugh Harrell appears in that area, along Big Rock Creek, about 1800 and apparently obtained a good-sized land grant.  His name appears on an undated petition to move a voting place near where he had settled, along with two of his sons, Jesse and Davis.  Records indicate that Hugh Harrell, Herrell had five sons born between 1787 and 1800, they were: Jesse, James, Enoch, Johnand Davis and one daughter named Mary. Family records help confirm this.

Since Jesse, son of Hugh, married Elizabeth McKinney in 1812, we can assume he was about 21 years old with his birth date being around 1790 and old enough to sign the petition for moving the voting place. Family records tell us that Hugh Herrell was drowned in a flash flood and since he does not appear on census records for 1820, it can be safely assumed that he died between 1810 and 1820.

James Harrell, Herrell married Mary “Polly” Ingram about 1815 and built a cabin at the foot of Harrell Hill near Peppers Creek. John Herrell married Annah Campbell before 1820 and lived on Harrell Hill. Davis Herrell lived near Peppers Creek until about 1845 when he moved to Haywood County, NC. Enoch Harrell married ……….? in Carter Co. Tennessee and later moved to Cocke Co., Tennessee.

John Herrell and Annah Campbell had three daughters and two sons; Hugh born in 1820, Simon born about 1825, Lucy born about 1822, Mary and Rebecka. Apparently Rebecka married Henry Street and was possibly the oldest child. Lucy married Thomas Campbell, Mary married Henry Grindstaff and apparently moved away from Big Rock Creek. Hugh married Lydia Charlotte McIntire and lived in Yancey County, NC until 1758. Several of Hugh’s children were born on the farm he owned near Big Rock Creek. Simon married Elizabeth Miller and had several children. Simon was a craftsman and built wagons, two seated buggies and farm equipment.  He once built a clock completely of wood and it kept time. According to one of his grandsons, Simon made spinning wheels, looms and even made shoes for all the family.

Simon joined the Tennessee Volunteer Calvary and became a Sargent, fighting for the Union Army.  He and Elizabeth are buried in the Red Hill Cemetery in Mitchell County NC. Some of his descendants moved across the mountain to Erwin, Tennessee.

Hugh and Charolette Herrell, Heral left Yancey County in 1858 and crossed the Iron Mountain to Virginia where they settled inWashington County’s Poor Valley.

The reason for his leaving North Carolina has not been determined, however he moved near Saltville, Va. where the salt making industry was in full swing and required a lot of wood to fire the furnaces under the boiling kettles, he may have come to cut wood or timber in Clinch Mountain.

During the Civil War, Hugh served in the Confederate Army against his brother Simon. While he and most of the men in Poor Valley were away in the war, one of the armies came through and took all the corn he had in the crib. He had several hogs and this left Charlotte with nothing to feed them. The women in the valley helped her solve the problem when they slaughtered all the hogs and put the meat in the smokehouse.

Hugh and Charlotte had fourteen children, some born in North Carolina, some in Virginia.

Eight generation of Herrells, Herrall, Heral, Hearl Family of Virginia and North Carolina 1784 to 2000. This family is believed to be descended from the Hugh Harrell/Harrald of Rowan County, North Carolina and from others in NorthernVirginia; Frederick and Augusta Co. We need more information. Compiled by G. LeeHearl (Formerly Heral/Herrall/Herrell, etc.)

1. HUGH HERRELL: born abt. 1760 Va. or NC. (This connection not proven Jan.2001) married Rebecka Lackin1787 Rockingham/Rowan counties NC
2. JOHN HERRELL: born abt 1795 NC (probably Burke County), died 1874 Mitchell Co., NC, married before 1820 NC to Annah Campbell. Annah died after 1880Mitchell co., NC.
3. HUGH HERRALL*: born 10 January 1820 Burke Co., NC, died 10 June 1899Washington Co., Va., married 1843 Yancy Co., NC to Lydia Charlotte McIntire. Lydia was born 8 September 1825 NC, died 24 June 1888 Washington Co., Va., d/o Joseph McIntire NC.  Note: Joseph McIntire was married two or three times and had children by all his wives. He died while moving his family from North Carolina to Virginia in a covered wagon and was buried along the way. His wife continued on to Virginia.
Children of Hugh and Lydia:

a. MARY MALINDA HERRALL: b. 12 Jan. 1844 Yancey Co., NC.
b. NANCY JANE HERRALL: b. 15 Apr. 1846 Yancey Co., NC.
c. ANNAH ELIZABETH HERRALL: b. 16 May 1847 Yancey Co., NC.
d. VINEY EVALINA HERRALL: b. 15 Apr. 1849 Yancey Co., NC.
d. HARRIETT SERENA HERRALL: b. 11 Mar. 1851 Yancey Co., NC.
f. JOSEPH HAMALTON HERAL**: born 25 April 1853 Yancy Co., NC, died 14 Oct. 1909 Washington Co., Va. Buried on Heral farm on Rattle Creek in cemetery on hill near lake bed field, married 29 Sept. 1876 Washington Co., Va., to Mary Jane Roberts. Mary born 10 Feb. 1843, died 5 Jan. 1900 Washington Co., Va., d/oHenry Roberts & Elizabeth Warren;

Children of Joseph Hamilton Heral and Mary:

aa MILTON HOUSTON HERAL: b. 30 Sept. 1876 married Mary Ellen Sledd d/o James Sledd and Elizabeth Smith.
bb MARY JANE HERAL: died at birth, buried on Heral farm on Rattle Creek.
cc JOHN SAMUEL HERRALL: b. 24 Mar. 1855 Yancey Co., NC.  Died young
dd JAMES MCDANIEL HERRALL: b. 9 July 1857 Yancey Co., NC.  Died young
ee MARTHA WASHINGTON HERRALL: b. 12 Oct. 1859 Washington Co., Va. Died young in North Carolina when Hugh moved back to NC for a short time.
ff SARAH BROWN HERRALL: b. 29 Jan. 1862 Washington Co. Va.
gg WILLIAM Y.C. HERRALL: b. 10 Aug. 1862 Washington Co., Va.
hh ELIZA FRANCES HERALL: b. 10 Feb 1869 Washington Co., Va.
ii LYDIA CHARLOTTE HERALL: b. 6 Jul. 1872 Washington Co., Va.

(*Notes on Hugh Herrall: Family Records, Cemetery Records of Washington Co., Va., Census Records of Yancey Co., NC and Washington Co., Va.)
(**Notes on Joseph Hamalton Heral: Marriage Records of Washington Co., Va.,Census Records of Yancey Co., NC and Cemetery Records).


Three descendants of Hugh Herrell, Heral have taken the Y DNA test through the Harrell DNA Project with Family Tree DNA Labs and all match exactly.

Two other Herald and Harreld, Harroll lines have taken the test and found to match the Hugh Herrell group within one marker in 25 which indicates a very close relationship.

A proven descendant of James Harroll, Harreld who settled in Washington County,VA (Fincastle at the time) in 1770, has taken the DNA test and is a close match to the Hugh Herrell, Heral line.

James Harroll Line

James Harroll, died in Washington County, Va. in 1796 and named four heirs in his will; Children, James, Robert and Mary and grandson, James son of James II. James II died of Rev. War wounds in 1800 in Washington County, Virginia. Robert, son of James I, had served in the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774 and several Indian battles in the Cherokee towns before he went to Kentucky about 1777. He was a Captain in the Militia and helped rescue Margaret Edminston Montgomery from the Indians when the Montgomery settlement was attacked in Kentucky. Robert married the widow Margaret Edminston Montgomery and settled in Warren County, Kentucky where they raised a large family. Robert Harreld died in 1824 from wounds received during an Indian attack while hunting.

Mary Harreld, daughter of James I, married John Marshall and they moved to Warren County, Kentucky.

James Harreld III, son of James II, married Willey Bradshaw in Washington Co. VA andby 1816 had sold his land and left the county.

John Herald Line of Russell County, Virginia

The other Herald line which matches the DNA of the others was found in Russell County, Va.  John Herald was born about 1820 and the writer believes he was possibly a son of James Harreld III. Some descendants of John Herald moved from Russell County, Va. to Ohio.

James Harreld/Harroll of Washington County, VA

A researcher of the James Harreld, Harroll line of Washington Co., Va. believes he came from Nansemond County, Virginia, however this probably not the case because DNA tests of many lines in S.E, VA and E. NC show no matches to the James I Harreld, Hugh Herrell, or John Herald, lines. The writer believes all three of these line will eventually be connected to Hugh and John Harrald, the orphans of Walter and Priscilla of Northumberland/Lancaster counties VA. 

The End… GLH