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]
Harrell Family Record.
account of the Harrell Family
recorded by Vivian
Venus Voss Harrell
and transcribed in 2002 by her great granddaughter,
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,
[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;
Ira T. and
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
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.
Eliza Harrell third child of
Judge Wick and Lodema Harrell
was born May 24" 1861. and
married J. William Baker Aug,
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
Dr. Madison H. Harrell died Oct 12" Saturday
1 10 PM 1918 Noblesville Ind. buried Monday
Oct 14th 1914 Crownland Cemetery Noblesville Ind.
Aged  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,
Samuel Harrell son of J.W.
Lodema Harrell was born April 17" 1869.
near Fairland Shelby Co. Ind.
Vivian Venus Voss was born
½ 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.
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.
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.
Ira T. Harrell was born
in Shelby Co. May 27" 1871
married to Nellie Osborn born July 30 1869
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
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
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.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
*** 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)
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
*** 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
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,
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.
]Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana]
Friday, June 5th, 1959
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
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
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.
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.
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
[Judge Wick was the namesake of Judge William Wick Harrell, my great great grandfather.]
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
***NOTES ON DR. MADISON HARRELL WHO MARRIED MARGARET HUFFMAN
AND WAS SON OF
DR. SAMUEL HARRELL,
GRANDSON OF JW HARRELL &
GREAT GRANDSON OF BYRUM
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
GRANDSON OF JW OR JUDGE WICK AND LODEMA ANN DRAKE HARRELL,
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.(Letter from a Mrs. Harley to Mrs. Dr. Samuel Harrell, postmarked Nebraska,
(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
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.
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
Submitted by Mary Harrell-Sesniak of Florida
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.
?Eamie or ?Carrie Harley
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