Harrell
1944   83 members Harrell family

10 air service

1 lost in Italy

1943,  79 Harrells


[I have removed those who are presumed to still be living.MHS]



1914.


The

    Harrell Family Record.



A hand-written account of the Harrell Family
recorded by Vivian Venus Voss Harrell
from 1914-195_
and transcribed in 2002 by her great granddaughter,
Mary Harrell-Sesniak


William Harrell  was of English descent.  He came from With [sic] Co. Virginia in 1820, and settled in Shelby Co. Indiana, near Fairland.

Preacher  Byron Harrell  son of  William Harrell married  Sarah Hubble, and lived in Shelby Co. Indiana.  There were two boys and (three was erased) one girl by this marriage.  By the second marriage were three boys and five girls.  names of children were  William,  Judge Wick,  Betsey Jane,  Sid,  Granville

[Note, Byron/Byrum's first marriage was to  Sarah "Sally" Oldham Pertle; his second marriage was to  Sarah "Sally" Hubble or Hubbell.  Sidney Ann & Granville were children of the first marriage. MHS]

          Judge Wick Harrell  son of Byron and _[blank, but s/b Sally Hubble] Harrell was born in Shelby Co., Ind. July 25, 1839.  [Note, some records show July 25, 1840.]
          He was first married to  Lodema Drake  of German descent,- Mch 25, 1858.
          She was born Feb. 4" 1841, and died Sept 6" 1874.  To this union were born the following children;
Sarah Elizabeth,
William H,
Eliza
Jennie P.
George B.
Madison H.
Samuel
Ira T. and
Charles
.
His second marriage was to  Josephine Day, Mch 25, 1875- She was born June 12, 1836 and died March 2" 1887.

The third marriage Oct 3" 1889 to Lettie May Jenkins who was born Feb. 17" 1865.  To this marriage were two children, Bernice H.  and  Raleigh Esta.
          Judge Wick Harrell died June 21st 1918 330 Pell? ??? Greenfield Ind. buried in Park cemetery Sunday June 23rd 1918 funeral at M.P. Church Greenfield Ind.
          May Harrell was married to ________________ at Greenfield.  Lettie May Harrell _________________ died at Indianapolis on May 4th 1938 buried at Greenfield.

          Sarah Elizabeth Harrell  1st daughter of Judge Wick and ________ Harrell was born Nov 7" 1858 and married to  J. O Huffman  Feb 26" 1876.
          Following were their children  Lillie May,  Walter,  Mannie Ethel,  and  Bertha Jane.

          Judge Walter Huffman  second child of  James O. and Lizzie Huffman was born 1882 at Morristown, died Oct. 14, 1883.
          Lillie May, born Dec. 24" 1876, and married  Geo. Rhodes  Feb 7" 1897.
          Claude H. Rhodes a son was born Nov 11. 1898.

          Manie Ethel  was born April 30" 1883 married  Evan Lewis  Married  O.E. McKinney  March 1932 Columbus Ind.
          Bertha Jane  born Feb 21" 1887 married  William Riley McKown  Oct 18" 1912

Claude H. Rhodes  son of George and Lillie Rhoades married May 14, 1921 in Walsenburg, CO to  Juanita Hoop, daughter of Franklin P Hoop and Fannie Borden.
          Born to Claude and Juanita Rhodes a son  George  at Shelbyville Ind.

Sarah Elizabeth Harrell Huffman  died in Shelbyville Ind. Feb 20th 1928 of uraemic poisoning.  Buried in Shelbyville Ind. Age 70 yrs old.

George C. Rhodes  died in Shelbyville Ind. January 25th 1931 fifty-five years old.  [Note, another record states Jan. 1, 1931.)

J. O. Huffman  died Mch , 1936 in Shelbyville Ind.

          William H. Harrell  eldest son of Judge Wick and Lodema Harrell was born Feb 5, 1859 died April 26, 1889.  He was married to  Laura Bishop  March 20" 1883. who died Feb. 7. 1891.  To this union was born  Grace D  March 27" 18__
          Grace D. Harrell was married to Jabe Sutphin Jan 8" 1907.

Lide Harrell  died January 21st 1946 at Jeffersonville Hospital 85 years 8 months.

Wm. Baker  died at Memphis Ind. 19__

          Eliza Harrell  third child of Judge Wick and Lodema Harrell was born May 24" 1861. and married  J. William Baker  Aug, 8" 1878.
          One son  Herbert L  was born March 21" 1881, and married to  Ethel Cook, Dec. 28th 1904 Shelby Co., Ind.
          To Herbert L. and Ethel Baker was born a son  Morrison H. Oct. 9th 1906 3 30 PM at Lebanon Boone Co., Ind.
          Morrison H. Baker was married at Lebanon Ind. to  Ruth Marie Hollar  of West Lafayette Ind. Sunday July 18" 1926.

Dr. Herbert L. Baker  died at Lebanon Ind. Dec. 21st 1928 of Influenza and Heart trouble. buried at Shelbyville Ind.

Mrs. Ethel Baker  died in Los Angeles Calif. Sept. 12" 1929 of heart trouble. buried at Shelbyville Ind. Sept. 19" 1929.

Jennie P. Harrell  was the fourth child of  J. W. and Lodema Harrell.  She was born in Shelby Co. Ind March 23" 1863 and married  John D. Ellison  in Indianapolis Nov 12" 1895.

John D. Ellison  was born in Laurence [sic] Co. Ind June 24" 1864.

Jennie P. Harrell  died at Madison Ind. of Pneumonia, buried at Lawrence Co. near Heltonsville (prob. Heltonville?) January 26th 1927.  Age 64 yrs old.

          George B. son of J. W. and Lodema Harrell was born Sep 16' 1864 and first married to  Mary C. Summing  Nov. 22 1885.  She was born Mch 14" 1868, and died July 17' 1892.  One child.  Jennie Mable  was born Mch 17, 1888 and married to  Cyrus Wicker  Dec. 27, 1904.
          Harold C. Wicker son of Cyrus and Mabel Wicker died Sep 22 1905.
          Geo. B. Harrell's second marriage was to  Barbara A Lewis  Sept. 12 1894 she was born in Jasper Co. Ill. Feb. 8" 1865.
          Lloyd Harrell and Opal Carter married Saturday April 20th 1929 at Shelbyville Ind.
          George B. Harrell died October 14th 1937? at Shelbyville Ind. buried at Brandywine Cemetery Shelby Co. Age 73

Jennie Mabel Whicker died Oct. 19th 1946 heart trouble.

          Madison H. Harrell son of  J.W. and Lodema Harrell was born Dec. 27, 1866 and married  Margaret T. Huffman  Feb. 15" 1887.
          Margaret T. Harrell  was born Jan 11" 1867 and died Jan 22" 1897
          To this marriage were two children.  Augusta Myrl  born Nov 12. 1887 and  Ora Lee  born Nov. 18" 1891 in Shelby Co. Ind.

          Margaret died Jan 22, 1897 and Madison H. Harrell was married to Lena Kastlehun on Jun 12 1900. This marriage ended in divorce. [This paragraph added by Mary, as it was not in Vivian's Harrell Family Record.]

          Madison H. Harrell was married to  Margaret Presser  May 17" 1906 Margaret P. Harrell was born July 28" 1869.

Dr. Madison H. Harrell  died Oct 12" Saturday 1 10 PM 1918 Noblesville Ind. buried Monday Oct 14th 1914 Crownland Cemetery Noblesville Ind.
Aged [51] yrs old.

Augusta Myrl  married to  Jesse Dulin  at Gainesville Ky. June 9th 1917.

Mary Margaret Dulin  born March 1st 1918 4:30 PM N. 10th at Noblesville Ind. Friday.  Died Saturday March 16th 1 30 PM 1918
age 16 days.

Joe Madison Dulin  died April 26th 1938 at Maurania Ind. age 17 yrs. 8 months 26 days.

Ora Lee Harrell  married  Mary Pauline White  Wednesday Oct 29 1919 Noblesville Ind.

Jess Dulin  died July 10th 1946 at Monrovia, Ind.

          Samuel Harrell son of  J.W. Lodema Harrell was born April 17" 1869. near Fairland Shelby Co. Ind.
          Vivian Venus Voss  was born mile south of Noblesville Feb 14, 1870 and was married to  Samuel Harrell  at the Presbyterian church in Noblesville March 28" 1894.
          Their children are  Hahnemann Voss  born at 9 A.M. Sunday, April 21" 1895 at 96 N. 10th st. Noblesville, Ind.
          Samuel Runnels born Thanksgiving Day Nov 25" 1897 at 96 N 10th St. Noblesville Ind.
          Maurice Ticer, born at 5 P.M. Thursday, May 16" 1901 at the Corner of 10" + Harrison Sts. Noblesville, Ind.
          Dr. Samuel Harrell  died Sept. 8th 1931 at 10:35 at 399 N 10" St Noblesville Ind. Tuesday buried at Crownland Cemetery Noblesville Ind. Age 62 yrs. 4 mo. 22 days.

          Continued P.


          Dr. Voss Harrell  married  Florence Marjorie Lassaline  in the First Presbyterian Church by Dr. Vance I Detroit Mich. June 2nd at 11 a.m. 1923.

Samuel Runnels Harrell was married to  Mary Robertson Evans  in the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis by Dr. Ambrose Dimble October 10th at 8:30 P.M. 1925.

          Ira T. Harrell was born in Shelby Co. May 27" 1871 married to  Nellie Osborn  born July 30 1869
Children
          Ray,  Glenn,  Alice  and  Minnie.

          Ray Harrell born Feb 22" 1894 married to  Mary sminger  [s/b Ensminger] July 3" 1916 at Jeffersonville Ind.

          Glen O. Harrell  born Feb. 25" 1896 married to  Bessie Harding  June 1916 at Franklin.

          Alice Harrell  born June 1" 1897 married in Fairland Ind. Nov. 29" 1916 to Delbert Dawson at Muncie Ind.

          Francis Harrell  born July 24" 1899 and died Nov. 13" 1910 at Fairland Ind.

Charles  son of  J. W. Harrell was born in Shelby Co. Sept 6th 1873 married Nettie Tucker Feb. 26" 1896.

Helen Lodema  daughter of  Chas and Nettie Harrell born April 17" 1904 in St. Louis Mo.

Helen Lodema Harrell was married to  Arthur Joseph Michel  ni [sic] ________ Illinois by a Presbyterian minister Dec. 6th 1924 announced their marriage Dec. 6th 1927 at St. Louis Mo.

Dr. Charles Harrell died 7 P.M. in St. Louis No. October 1st 1934 Burial in St. Louis. Age 61 yrs. old.

          Arthur Michael,  Helen's husband died Jan 25? 19?? in St. Louis Mo.

Dr. Voss Harrell  and  Roberta Merkel were married in Detroit Mich. Saturday March third 1934.

Maurice Ticer Harrell  and  Rosalind Virginia Hammond  of Indianapolis were married in Omaha Neb. July 145h 1934 at 11 am ni [sic] 1st Presbyterian Church
          Rosalind Virginia Hammond was born in Indianapolis Dec. 3, 1905.

[Added - Rosalind Virginia Hammond died in 2002 in California, buried Crownland Cem., Noblesville, IN]

          Bernice H. Harrell  daughter of  Judge Wick and  May Harrell, was born July 23 1890 in Shelby Co. Ind. and married Ellis H. Beeson Sept. 14" 1910 in Greenfield Indiana.

Born to Bernice and Ellis H. Beeson a son 1921 at Greenfield.
Robert Beeson  son of  Bernice H. and Ellis H. Beeson was killed by an Automobile Sept. 14th Monday at Greenfield Ind.

          Raleigh Esta  son of  J. W. and May Harrell was born July 19" 1892 in Shelby Co., Ind.
          He was married in Hancock Co. Ind. Oct 25" 1911 to  Ethel Mae Keller 
          Ethel Mae Harrell died June 21" 1912 in Hancock Co., Ind.

He was married in Hancock Co. Jality? Ind. November 1st 1916 to  Isabel Grandison

Lillie Rhoades  was married [space left for date not filled in] to  W. R. Townsound  [Townsend] of Marian Ind 3019 Branson St. W. R. Townsend died 1947

[removed service records of persons living - MHS]

Lieut. Maurice T. Harrell  H?.S.N.R.?
1944 in South West Pacific Naval Air Base

Glen Harrell  died at Newcastle Dec. 30" 1944

Ira T. Harrell  died at Kokomo Ind April 7th 1950 funeral at Muncie Ind.  Monday April 10th 1950 age 78 yrs old.

Ray Harrell  died at Kokomo Ind. April 7th 1954 60 yrs old.

Nellie Harrell  died November 18th 1949 Kokomo Ind.

Will Baker  died at Memphis Ind. April 2nd? 1944 buried at Sellersburg Ind. April 10th 1944.

January 19-8?  Jabe Sutphin  died suddenly at their home on the farm in Boone Co.

Margret Presser Harrell  widow of  Madison Harrell  died June 4 1956 Riverview Hospital in Noblesville Ind.  Age 86 yrs. old buried in Crownland Cemetry [sic] Noblesville Ind.


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*** NOTES ON JW or JUDGE WICK HARRELL ***
(Index To Marriage Record Shelby Country 1856-1920 Inclusive Volume II
Letters H-O Inclusive, P. 13,, showing the book & page numbers of the records)
Harrell Judge W Lodema Drake -- -- - Mar 25 1858 7 206
Harrell Judge W Josephine E J Day -- -- - Mar 25 1875 10 356
Harrell Judge W Lottie May Jenkins -- -- - Oct 3 1889 13 480


*** NOTES ON MADISON H HARRELL,
GRANDSON OF BYRUM HARRELL,
SOMETIMES KNOWN AS BYRUM BENJAMIN HARRELL ***

(Commemorative Biographic Record of Madison H. Harrell, M.D., p. 911)
          The Harrells are of English origin and are one of the Old Colonial families of Virginia.  Rev. Benjamin Harrell, the grandfather of  Dr. Madison, was born in that State, and remained there until after his marriage, but about 1816 he joined the pioneers who were beginning to settle Indiana, and made his home in that section which he afterward helped to organize into Shelby county.  He settled on a tract of forest land, where he ... up a fine farm of 200 acres, and put up building which were remarkably good ones for that day.  He was a minister in what was known as the New Light Church and in the early days went through the region round his home preaching in many places.  His wife bore him the following children:  William H;  Granville I;  Henderson Sidney; a son, who died young, and  Judge Wick.  Rev. Benjamin Harrell lived to be seventy-six years old, passing away on his farm.  He was a man of great force of character and a well known pioneer.
          Judge Wick Harrell was born in Shelby County, July 25, 1840, and attended the public schools of that place.  He chose farming as his occupation and was very successful in it, farming on the old homestead and caring for his parents in their old age.  He still owns the old place, which is one of the finest farms in the State, and has added thereto 160 acres adjoining.  He also owns considerable valuable residence property and real estate in Greenfield, Hancock county.  He is now living in Greenfield, retired from active business interests, and is quite prominent in politics.  He is a strong Democrat, but very independent in his views.  In Shelby County, he served as county commissioner for six years, and is now a member of the board of education of Greenfield, where he does everything in his power to promote the cause of good schools.  While in his early life Mr. Harrell was a member of the New Light Church, for some years past he has been connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and therein continues his life-long activity in church work.  He is not only a liberal supporter in a financial way, but is a licensed exhorter, class leader and trustee.
          Mr. Harrell has been married three times.  His first wife, Miss Loudema Drake, was born in Virginia, a member of the old families of that State.  To this union were born:  William H.,  George B.,  Madison H.,  William T,  Charles,  Elizabeth,  Lide and  Jennie.  [Note: This reference has two children:  missing Ira and Samuel.]  Mrs. Harrell died at the age of thirty-seven, and Mr. Harrell married (second) Miss Josephine Day, who lived but two years.  His third wife was Miss Mary Jenkins, and they have a daughter and a son, Vernice and Esta.

*** NOTES ON DR. SAMUEL HARRELL,
son of JUDGE WICK HARRELL AKA JW HARRELL ***

Obituary of Samuel Harrell, NOBLESVILLE  DAILY  LEDGER, Wednesday, September 9, 1931, p. 1:
          Briefly abstracted, Dr. Samuel Harrell died at his home September 8, 1931.  He was a physician and surgeon.  Burial will take place in Crownland Cemetery.  Dr. Harrell was born near Shelbyville, Indiana April 17, 1869.  He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in June 1893.  One month later, he opened his practice in Noblesville.  In 1909, he built his private hospital with his brother, Dr. Madison H. Harrell.  It was known as the Harrell Hospital and Sanatorium.  In 1915, the hospital was purchased by Hamilton County, was known as the Hamilton County Hospital, (and now known as Riverview Hospital).
          He married Vivian Voss March 28, 1894 and had three sons:  Dr. Voss Harrell of Detroit, Mich., Samuel Runnels Harrell of Indianapolis, and Maurice T. Harrell of Detroit, Mich.  They all survive.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters:  Dr. Chas. Harrell of St. Louis,  G. B. Harrell of Shelbyville, Indiana,  I. T. Harrell of New Castle, Indiana and Mrs. Ellis Beeson of Greenfield, Indiana.
[The notice goes on to list his achievements and the pallbearers.   Towards the end, it says that he was the seventh son of the seventh son.  "thou shalt heal the sick" and that's what he did!]

Funeral Notice of Dr. Harrell, NOBLESVILLE  DAILY  LEDGER, Friday, September 11, 1931, p. 1, as described by Nancy A. Massey, Indiana Room Attendant, Noblesville Southeastern Public Library:
          Briefly abstracted, services were held at the First Presbyterian Church and were simple but impressive.  Every detail the deceased had suggested was carried out.  The notice goes on to describe the services, those in charge of tributes, pall bearers, and those that traveled a distance to attend.  It also lists by name these additional survivors:  Marion Jean Harrell, daughter of Dr. Voss Harrell,  Evans Malott Harrell,  Mary Eleanor Harrell, and Samuel Malott Harrell, children of  Runnels Harrell.
          We have a file on the HARRELL family which mostly contains information and research done on Madison Harrell.  I will be adding copies of the above research to this file.  There is also an article about the Harrell Hospital and a brief history of the Harrell family in the vertical files that Riverview Hospital put together.  I have not yet had time to check the county histories, vital records, and cemetery listings to verify the above information presented in the above articles.  I can do this for you, but it may take some time as I have been swamped with research requests.  Land records are maintained by the County Recorder's office in the old Courthouse.  You would need to contact them for property records on this family.  The Harrell house is registered as an historic landmark.  There are bits and pieces about this house in the vertical files.  If I may be of further assistance, please let me know.

(Harrell Family Notes)

          Dr. Samuel Harrell was the 7th son of a 7th son and he was known to quote:  "The Bible says "Thou shalt heal the sick".  He and his brothers, Madison and Charles, left the family farm and put themselves through medical school.  Samuel received his MD from the University of Michigan and later undertook post graduate studies in Surgery, Gynecology and Internal Medicine Ailgememe at the Krankan Haus Vienna Hospital in Austria.  After graduate school, he and his brother Madison, settled in Noblesville, Indiana, where they built the first hospital in Hamilton County in 1907-1908 (opened, May 1908).  Known as the Harrell Hospital And Sanatorium, Dr. Samuel Harrell and his brother employed a staff of five nurses, and it was unusual in that it served as a nurses' training school.   Located at 148 N. 9th Street, Noblesville, Indiana, it was considered very modern for it's time (both in procedures and equipment).  Dr. Harrell was credited with performing one of the first blood transfusions in Indiana and possibly one of the first appendectomies.
          This facility was later sold to Hamilton County Jan 1, 1914 for $30,000 and administration was assumed by Mrs. Ida Goodlauder Webb, a registered nurse.  She continued the nurse-training program and maintained two wards for county indigents.  The hospital became known as the Riverview Hospital.  Their interest in helping orphans began in the early 1900s when there was no facility for orphans in Hamilton County.  Dr. Harrell soon became active in finding homes for orphans, his wife, serving as secretary of the Hamilton County Board of Children's Guardians.
          He was active in many county organizations, was a charter member of the Order of Eagles No. 450 (founded Aug 6 1903), the Order of Elks No. 576 (Org. May 29, 1900) and the Modern Woodsmen of America No. 3836, (org. Aug. 28, 1896).  He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and he was active in the Hamilton County Medical Society which held meetings in 1915 in the sun parlor of the hospital they built.
          In 1898, the 7,200 sq. foot, 12-room, Harrell house (now on the Historic Register) was erected.  It is a Queen Anne Victorian style house, with a multi-gabled roof with cast iron cresting, polygonal tower capped by a cast-iron finial, wide, extended eaves with thick brackets, corbeled chimneys with crowning pots, stained glass windows on all three floors and a wrap-around classic revival raised porch along the east and north sides.  The port and portico are supported by Tuscan columns.  The interior was created with molded plaster ceilings of anaglyph floral designs, ornately-carved, dark-stained oak woodwork and decorative tile work around five fireplaces.  It is registered as an historic landmark.  The architect is not known, but Mrs. William Voss (Mary Alice Miesse Voss), Dr. Harrell's mother-in-law, assisted in the design.  A study of the home describes it thus:  "The home is a fine example of well maintained architecture.  In its early years, it served as one of the town's first medical facilities.  For years... a recognizable orientation point for the community."  At one time, the house had alterations:  side of porch enclosed 1931; aluminum siding (mid 1970's); rear entry enclosed and created small prep. room (1981-82), plus all utilities.)  The home passed to Maurice and Rosalind Harrell in 1970.  Unconfirmed research indicates that President Theodore Roosevelt stayed in the home in 1902, about the time that Dr. Harrell was known for also entertaining governors and other politicians.
          Dr. Harrell owned the first automobile in Noblesville (an Oldsmobile).

***NOTES ON VIVIAN VENUS VOSS HARRELL***

Vivian Venus Voss Harrell was the wife of Dr. Samuel Harrell, born in Shelby Co. to Lodema Ann Drake and Judge Wick "JW" Harrell

OBITUARY OF VIVIAN V. HARRELL, 
NOBLESVILLE  LEDGER
]Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana]
Friday, June 5th, 1959
Page 8
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          Mrs. Vivian V. Harrell, 89, 399 N. 10th Street, daughter of a pioneer Noblesville family passed away this morning at Riverview Hospital where she had been a patient for 11 days.
          The deceased was born Feb. 14, 1870, the daughter of  William A. and Mary Miesse Voss.  She attended schools here and was one of eight students to graduate 71 years ago from Noblesville High School with the class of 1888.  She taught piano for six years before she was married March 28, 1894 to Dr. Samuel Harrell and they became the first couple to exchange wedding vows in the present Presbyterian Church.  In 1900 the Harrells went to Europe when Dr. Harrell studied in Vienna.  Dr. Harrell's death occurred in 1931.
          Mrs. Harrell's father [NOTE THIS SHOULD READ HUSBAND] erected the first hospital in Hamilton county in 1909 and sold it to the county in 1917, making it one of the first county hospitals in the state.
          Always holding a great interest during her lifetime in church, civic and club affairs, the deceased was an active Presbyterian since 1890, and was a member of the Westminster Circle and Missionary Society of the church.  She was a regent of the Daughters of the Revolution which later merged to become the DAR and a member of the Pioneers Society of Indiana and the Merry-Go-Round Club.
          For twelve years she served as president of the Children's Board of Guardians, forerunner to the present Welfare Board.
          Mrs. Harrell is survived by three sons; Maurice T. Harrell, Noblesville; Dr. Voss Harrell, Dearborn, Mich.; Samuel R. Harrell, Indianapolis, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be held at the Coaltrin Funeral Home at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  Rev. William A. Huber, former pastor of St. Andrews Church in Indianapolis, will officiate.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Saturday.  Interment will occur in Crownland Cemetery.


Excepts and notes from an unidentified newspaper clipping Vivian Voss Harrell's  "Harrell Family Record:"
FEB 23, 1796 -- BIRTH OF  WILLIAM  W.  WICK
    There's many a man in Congress Hall.
       Who's not unknown to fame.
    There's many a good-looking one
       With a very pretty name;
     But among the crowd who gather there
       There's only one we know
     Whose initials are three W's
       All standing in a row.
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     This was the first verse of a poem published in 1848 in a newspaper called the "Spirit of '76" describing William Watson Wick, a Democratic representative and an early judge to Southern Indiana, including Shelby County.
     Judge Wick was a reverend and also rode the circuit in Southern Indiana until he resigned "to avoid starvation" from the low wages.  He was assigned to all of the southern half of Indiana that was known as the "New Purchase."
     His political career was accentuated by pithy speeches delivered in Congress that drew attention due to his literary style described as "a humor unstudied and genuine, and a richness and originality of figure which illustrated his point better than any amount of shouting." Once he gave a speech on the Oregon Question and a Texas man, named Payne wrote to ask him to give an account of himself:  In his reply, Judge Wick wrote:
    "W. has committed much folly in his time-- the principle of which has been holding offices, writing rhymes, playing cards for money and paying other people's debts-- all of which was abandoned about the time he became a Democrat. At this present writing (1848), W, is 52 years of age; fair, a little fat, called the best-looking man about town--but that was 10 years ago--not to be sneezed at now. He has acquired a good deal of miscellaneous knowledge, loves fun, looks serious, rises early, works much, has a decided penchant for light diet, humor reading, business, the drama, music, a fine horse, and the woods. W. owes nothing, and were he to died today his estate would inventory $800 or $900. He saves nothing of his per diem and mileage."
     In 1839 he was chosen a member of Congress as a Democrat and successor to Col. Kinnard who had died when his steamboat blew up en route to Washington. In 1843 and 1847, Wick was nominated and elected to Congress, having been beaten in 1831 as an earlier candidate. In 1853 President Pierce appointed him postmaster in Indianapolis where he served for 4 years until he returned to his law practice. He was vocal in the issues concerning the Kansas-Nebraska bill and campaign of 1860, as well as the defeat of Douglas when he was referred to as an "able stumper."
     Judge Wick  became the author of the first legal treatise in Indiana, "A Treatise on the Law Relating to the Power and Duties of Justices of the Peace and Constables and On Actions Cognizable in Justices Courts in the State of Indiana."
     As interesting as his career was, Judge Wick is most known for presiding over the Pendleton Indiana trial of  Hudson, an Indian murderer. Hudson became the first white man to be executed for the brutal murder of  a small group of Indians, and the case is still studied in law schools today. Around 1824, a group of Seneca Indians consisting of two men (named Ludlow and Mingo), three women and four children were camped peacefully on the East side of Fall Creek in Madison County Indiana. A group of white men asked the Indians to help them find their lost horses and they agreed. The Indians were shot and one boy was beaten to death after he survived the shooting.
     The murders caused great alarm among settlers who feared retaliation from the tribes, so a trial was promised. Judge Wick instructed the jury that the law knew no distinction 'as nation or color' and under the law the murder of an Indian was equal to that of a white man. The jury sentenced Hudson to murder in the first degree and a punishment of death by hanging. He escaped, but was found and hung on the North side of the Falls.
     [Judge Wick was the namesake of Judge William Wick Harrell, my great great grandfather.]


(FAMILY NOTES)

          Dr. Samuel (April 17, 1867 or 1869 - September 08, 1931) and Vivian Venus Voss Harrell (February 14, 1870 - June 05, 1959) built a log cabin in Noblesville, Indiana where their son, Samuel Runnels Harrell, was born on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1897.  They moved into the home which they were in the process of building, (now on the Historic Register) in 1898, shortly after he was born.
          Dr. Samuel and Vivian Harrell, and his brother **Dr. Madison Harrell (December 27, 1866 Noblesville, - October 12, 1918) who married Margaret Theodosa Huffman (January 11, 1867 - January 22, 1897) on February 15, 1887 in Shelby County, IN started the Harrell Hospital And Sanatorium, later known as the Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, which by some accounts, was the first hospital in Indiana. The house they built in 1897-8*** in Noblesville, IN, is known as the "Harrell House" and is on the historic register.
          Dr. Samuel Harrell was credited with performing one of the first blood transfusions in Indiana and perhaps, the first appendectomy in Indiana.  His great granddaughter, Mary Harrell-Sesniak of Fort Myers, Florida has a cassette tape recording of his son, Samuel Runnels Harrell, describing how his father saved his brother's life by performing an appendectory, a procedure which was new in this country.  The hospital, now known as Riverview Hospital, was founded by Dr. Samuel Harrell with his brother, Dr. Madison Harrell.  They applied homeopathic techniques and were responsible for introducing new surgical techniques to Indiana.

***NOTES ON DR. MADISON HARRELL WHO MARRIED MARGARET HUFFMAN
AND WAS SON OF DR. SAMUEL HARRELL,
GRANDSON OF JW HARRELL &
GREAT GRANDSON OF BYRUM HARRELL***

          Dr. Madison Harrell was almost as well known as Dr. Sam Harrell for his modern and pioneering medical techniques.  As documented in an advertising brochure, he was a surgeon, and well-known for his treatment of chronic diseases.  He was an active member of the Indiana Institute of Homeopathic Medicine and he established a considerable medical library.  After teaching school, he graduated with honors from Hahnemann Medical College in St. Louis in 1900 and got a certification also in Hospital Management.  He was a prominent Jeffersonian Democrat and active in the Methodist Protestant Church.  Madison Harrell reportedly moved to Noblesville, IN June 28, 1900.

*** NOTES ON SAMUEL RUNNELS HARRELL,
SON OF DR. SAMUEL AND VIVIAN VOSS HARRELL,
GRANDSON OF JW OR JUDGE WICK AND LODEMA ANN DRAKE HARRELL,
GREAT GRANDSON OF BYRUM AND SALLY HUBBAL HARRELL,
AND GREAT GREAT GRANDSON OF WILLIAM HARRELL ***

          (Notice in NOBLESVILLE  DAILY  LEDGER, Wednesday May 16, 1973, p. 15):   "Harrell Is Awarded Honorary Doctorate" Briefly abstracted, Samuel R. Harrell was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at the Combs College of Music in Philadelphia.  Harrell was singled out for his humanitarianism and compassionate interest in the welfare of his fellow countrymen.  Harrell was a graduate of Noblesville High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale Law School.  It also lists his other achievements.
          (Obituary of Samuel R. Harrell, NOBLESVILLE DAILY LEDGER, Wednesday, August 6, 1982, p. 12):   Briefly abstracted, Samuel Runnels Harrell died at the age of 88 on August 5, 1982 in his home.  Born in Noblesville on November 25, 1897 the son of Dr. Samuel and Vivian Voss Harrell.  Graduated from Noblesville High School, entered Wabash College and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1919 and earned a bachelor of law degree from Yale in 1924. He was a Navy veteran of World War I.  Burial will be in Crownland Cemetery.  Survivors include two sons:  Evan M. Harrell of Atlanta, Ga. and Samuel M. Harrell of Indianapolis.  A daughter, Mary E. Malott of New York also survives as do 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  The notice also lists his many achievements, occupations, and memberships.
          (The first half of Samuel Runnels Harrell's life, as reported by his father-in-law, Edgar H. Evans in his book, "The Genealogical History of Edgar Hanks Evans" self-published, July 1, 1941).   Sam Harrell received his early education in the public schools.  He attended Culver Summer Naval School in 1913; graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with the degree of BS in Economics in 1919 and from Yale Law School with LL.B. in 1924.  He was president of his graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania besides holding several other important undergraduate positions.  He later served as President of the Associated Pennsylvania Clubs and as director of the Alumni Society.  He enlisted for service and was in training in the Naval Aviation Pilot Division at the close of the World War in the fall of 1918.
          He was employed in the Land Title & Trust Co. of Philadelphia in 1919-20 and was in the law offices of Smith, Remster, Hornbrook & Smith at Indianapolis in 1924-1926.  He came to Acme-Evans Co. in 1925 and was made a director in 1927 and a vice president in 1933.  He served as President of the Indiana Millers Association since 1938 and was a director of the Wainwright Trust Co. of Noblesville, Indiana.
          His religious connections in Indianapolis were as a deacon of the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, a member of the Executive Committee of the Church Federation, also on its Inter-Religious and Racial Committee and member (formerly chairman) of the Boys Work Committee of the Y.M.C.A.   He was elected a trustee of the University of Penn. for the term of 1940-50 and was a member of the University's Board of the School of Fine Arts, Valley Forge, and of the Wharton School of Finance.  He was appointed a member of the Visiting Committee of Harvard School of Education in 1941 and was Chairman of the National Foundation for Education in American Citizenship.  Growing out of the above he was a member of the American Bar Association Resolution Committee and a number of national and scientific organizations.
          He belonged to the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, Corby Court, S.E., S.A.E, Masonic order and the following clubs:  Pennsylvania (New York), University (Phila.), and in Indianapolis the Athletic, Woodstock, University, Dramatic, Lawyers, Literary, Pioneer, Yale, Contemporary (president one term).  His home was at 3221 N. Pennsylvania St.. and office 852 W. Washington Ave., Indianapolis, IN.
          [Note: Samuel Runnels Harrell later ran for Governor of the State of Indiana, but lost.  He was active in many organizations and represented our country in a number of International conferences regarding business and industry.  He was Chairman of the Board of the family grain business, Early and Daniel Company.   His two sons, Evans Malott Harrell and Samuel Macy Harell, both served as president of the firm, also.  He owned a home in Indianapolis, but retired to his farm in Noblesville, Indiana which he had named "Valley Forge Farms."  He always hoped to connect his Harrell ancestry to a Harrell who served under Gen. George Washington, but was unable to do so.  He kept a civil war cannon at the entrance to his farm, which is now in the possession of his granddaughter, Martha Howard, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Note:  He did become a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) through Pvt. Daniel Miesse, but this was through his mother's line.  (Vivian Venus Voss who married Dr. Samuel Harrell, was the daughter of  William Allen Voss and Mary Alice Miesse of Noblesville, Indiana).
          (Sons of the American Revolution in the State of Indiana (by right of) 311 Samuel R. Harrell Private Daniel Miesse, 5th Co., 3rd Batt. Pa.

(Letter from a Mrs. Harley to Mrs. Dr. Samuel Harrell, postmarked Nebraska, 7/23/1897)

I.E. This letter was to Vivian Venus Voss and Dr. Samuel Harrell of Noblesville, Indiana, -- Daniel Miesse reportedly was with the soldiers who kept the fires lit while Washington crossed the Delaware River, a family story told in a letter from Daniel Miesse's granddaughter (transcript below).

          My father told me that his father Daniel Miesse, who as you likely know was the first Miesse in America, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  He belonged to the Pennsylvania Militia, quite a number of whom were Germans like himself.
          On the night of Dec. 25th, 1776, Washington with his troops crossed the Delaware River and on the morning of the 26th surprised a body of Hessians at Trenton).  Before crossing over he summoned one of his Generals and asked him to bring to him 12 trusty reliable men as he wanted them for some important business.  Daniel Miesse was one of the twelve selected and brought before Washington who commissioned them to remain on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware during the night while he and the rest of the army crossed over.   These twelve men were to keep the camp fires burning until daylight so as to deceive the enemy.  At daylight, they were to make good then escape in every direction, and if possible to get to their homes until a suitable time to rejoin the army.  They remained at their post all night - and how well they did their work, history will tell, for Washington succeeded in crossing the Delaware unknown to the enemy.
          Father said ... the tories in the neighborhood raised a report that these men had deserted when they came home, which of course was not the case.   I do not know what company or Regiment he was in.  The only thing that can be done is to send to Washington D.C. and draw the records...
          It might be probably(e) that Daniel did not return to the army after his release of Gen. Washington; in that case it might make a difference in the record at Washington.
          ...I am pleased to hear that your Grandma and Jacob are well & that their crops good, and that your Ma is well. I was just turning it in my mind what relation you were to the old gent.  Daniel M was your grandfather Miesse's grandfather which makes you his great great grandchild, or in other words, he was your great great grandfather.
          He was my grandfather.  Very few of my first cousins are living.  Sarah Secose(?), Carrie Sevose's (?) grand-mother is one of them!  I do not know whether she is living yet.
          I shall have to close, as there is a call for me to come and sit with a sick lady for the afternoon.
          Kindest Regards to your husband And love to yourself & Mother.
Yours,
?Eamie or ?Carrie Harley
Submitted by  Mary Harrell-Sesniak of Florida

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