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President of William and Mary College, Williamsburg; Author of 'Parties and Patronage

in the United States," "The Cradle of the Republic," "Williamsburg, the Old

Colonial Capital," "England in America," "The Letters and Times of

the Tylers," etc.; Vice-President of the V'irginia Historical

Society, Member of the Maryland Historical

Society, and various other societies.



Copyright, 1915
Lewis Historical Pubushing Company



111 volumes 1., J I. and III. of this work, "F.ncyclopt-ilia of X'irginia Biograjihy."
the editor, Dr. Lyon (i. Tyler, acted as author, and undertook to cover the history of
Virginia through Ijiooraphies of its eminent cili/ens. lie \v;i> candid in s.axing that
he did not assume to set forth all the men of prominence that figured in that witle
field of centuries of human effort. I'rohahly this was inipossihle under any circum-
stances. His lahors are supi)leinented with volumes 1\'. and \'.. wiiich will doulitless
he generally regarded as ;i \;dual)le adjunct to those which precede them. In regard
to these volumes. Dr. Tyler h;is only acted as general editor. ;iiid is not responsible
for .any of the sketches, or facts contained in them. This deii.irtnient has keen pre-
pared in large part ky our regular staff writers, written from data okt.ained from reli-
akle sources, or. in most instances, furnislied kv meniktTs of ike family in interest. In
all cases the sketch sid)mitted in t\pewritten form to tke jjropcr representative

'kkc ])vil)liskers desire to express their oklig.itioiis, for encouragement and aid. to
Dr. I.yon G. Tyler, and als.i to fapt. William Cordon McC'ake. president of X'irginia
Historical Society; Hon. William k.. Cameron, former governor of X'irginia; Hon.
Armistead C. Gordon, rector of Cnivcrsity of \irginia. ckairman of State l.ilirary Hoard
of X'irginia; Hon. \\'m. .\. .Xnderson. meniker of executive committee of tke X'irginia
Historical Society; Hon. Uorer .X. James, president of hoard of visiters of X'irginia .Xlili-
tary Institute; Rt. Rev. I'.everley D. Tucker, D, D.. P.iskop Co.idjutor. i'.piscopal Diocese.
Soutkern X'irginia; Rev. C. l'.raxton Hryan, D. D.. rector of i ;r:ice Ckurck. keters-
hurg; and Prof. V.. U. Russell, iiresident of St,ite Xormal and In.lustrial School for
XVomen. Thk I^husIIKRS.


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Samuel Bascom, of whom further. 4. Mary
Catharine, of whom further. 5. Tames Ab-
ner, born February 20, 1848; married Sadie
Norfleet, and has L-ida, Samuel R., Augusta,
Charles, Eliza, Norfleet, Peyton, Julia, Ab-
ner and Hattie. 6. Charles Noah, born May
23, 1854, died February 26, 1894. 7. Ed-
ward Everett, of whom further. 8. Claude
W., born February 20, 1857; married (first)
in 1884, Emily G. Catling, born in 1866, died
in 1894, and has Elizabeth Commander, born
July 25, 1886. Claude Williard, born De-
cernber 11, 1889, married Margaret Dey, and
has a son, Claude W. (3), born in May, 1914,
and Emily Catling, born August 11, 1891 ;
Claude W. Harrell married (second) in
1896, Lena G. Southall, and has Lucille
Marks, born in 1898, Charles Morgan, born
in 1900, and Margaret Southall, born in
1909. 9. Emmette Eugene, of whom fur-
ther. 10. Estelle, married Rev. T. O. Ed-
wards, and had Elizabeth and Mary Etta,
the latter dying in infancy. 11. Octavius
Claiborne, born May 6, 1863, died July 31,
1906; married Susie Williams, born October
5, 1869, and had Mary Vaughan, born Feb-
ruary 29, 1892, died in October, 1903, and
Kate Thelma, born March 3, 1897.

(Ill) Sarah Augusta Harrell. eldest of
the eleven children of Samuel Riddick and
Mary Elizabeth (Vaughan) Flarrell, was
born" March .|., 1841, died December 21, 1912.
She married, February 21, 1861, Dr. Henry
Augustus Morgan, son of Seth Riddick Mor-
gan. Seth Riddick Morgan was the owner
of a large plantation and many slaves in
Gates coimty, North Carolina, where he was
an important and influential figure in pub-
lic afifairs. He married Sarah Willey, of
that county, and had children : Margaret
Ann, Henry Augustus, of whom further ;
George, Seth, John W., James E., and Sarah

Henry Augustus Morgan, M. D., was born
in Gates county, North Carolina, September
9, 1829, and died November 10, 1901. As a
youth he attended the public schools and
the private school maintained by Professor
Henry -Riddick. This excellent teacher,
with a scholar's passion for the classics,
never advanced a pupil without the most
thorough grounding in elementary subjects,
and under his tutelage Henry Augustus
Morgan gained a (ireparatory educati<in that
was an enduring founilation fur his future


wide studies. F"or a time he taught school,
during part of this period associated with
Martin Kellogg, and through his peda-
gogical labors supplied the funds to defray
his college expenses. Entering the Rich-
mond College of Medicine, he was thence
graduated with the degree M. D., and then
returned to Gates county, North Carolina,
to establish in practice. Here he was well-
known and liked, his family connections of
the best, and from the beginning of his
professional activity his clientele increased
with steady rapidity, and he gained pro-
fessional prestige of a most enviable char-
acter. His judgment in matters of business
and finance were of the best, and he invested
the fruits of his professional success care-
fully and wisely, accumulating a large for-
tune. He was chairman of the board of com-
missioners of Gates county. North Carolina,
for many years, until moving to Virginia.
At the time of the civil war his services were
so much in demand as a physician, there
being no other physician in an area of fif-
teen miles, that he remained at home, labor-
ing ceaselessly for the cause, offering his
professional talents and in every conceive-
able manner rendering loyal and patriotic
support to the Confederacy. However, he
later passed the examination as a surgeon
and was ready to go when called, but soon
after peace was declared. In 1890 Dr. Mor-
gan retired from private practice and moved
to Suflfolk, Virginia, although in the case
of the illness of a friend he gladly forsook
his personal comfort and for the sake of
other days attended at the sickbed.

Dr. Morgan was secretary and treasurer
of the Central Land Company, retaining his
interest in this company after he had severed
many of his other business connections. He
administered estates for many people. He
was a lifelong Democrat, and was a steward
of the Methodist Episco])al church. South.
Sunburv, North Carolina, and chairman of
the board of stewards: he was also a steward
of the Main Street Methodist Church. Suf-
folk. \irginia.

He was a gentleman of pronounced and
cultivated literary tastes and his reading
covered a wide field, ranging from the Eng-
lish classics to history and metaphysical
tieatises. He was essentially the student,
and from his deep delving into the works
of the best of writers acquired a literary



style that was easy, exact, and graceful, so
that his professional writings lost the
burdensome, didactic form that so often
marks such composition and became papers
of literary as well as of medical value. One
of his professional treatises, read at a con-
ference of one of the medical associations
with which he was identified, won wide
recognition and high praise, and admitted
him into the most select circles of scientific

The bearer of much good to sufifering
humanity through his medical skill and
knowledge, he touched almost as great a
number who needed his help through his
gifts to charitable institutions and enter-
prises. His wealth he would have held as
of little value had it not been the medium
through which he was enabled to lift those
less fortunate than he, to ease pain that de-
fied his doctor's skill. Those who knew of
his freely bestowed gifts to eleemosynary
projects loved him for the brotherhood he
thus displayed, and in this beneficent action
he gave the completing touch to a life of
purity and goodness, lived manfully among
men in such a manner as to hold their last-
ing respect. At his death Suffolk lost a
citizen whose concern for her welfare sur-
mounted any obstacles of inconvenience, a
professional man who stood high among
scholars and his medical brethren, and a
philanthropist whose generosity was produc-
tive of good beyond computation.

Children of Dr. Henry Augustus Morgan
and his wife, Sarah Augusta Harrell : Henry
Aubrey, died aged eighteen months, and
Sarah Lizzie, a resident of Suffolk, Virginia.

(HI) William Preston Harrell, eldest son
and second child of Samuel Riddick and
Mary Elizabeth (Vaughan) Harrell, was
born in Gates county, North Carolina. After
completing his education, part of his aca-
demic training being received under the
tutelage of Professor Kellogg, he engaged
in agricultural pursuits upon a large scale,
so continuing during his active years. He
long filled the magistrate's office, was a
member of the local school board, and was
a steward in the Methodist Episcopal
church, passing his years in the enjoyment
of many friends. William Preston Harrell
married, in February, 1874, Annie Hines,
born in 1853, and had children: i. Lellie
Hines, of whom further. 2. Eugenia Au-
gusta, born in November, 1876; married, in

June, 1903. James R. Shaw, and has Mar-
jcirie and Eugenia. 3. Mary Elizabeth, born
in February, 1878; married Frank N. Cross,
and has Frank Norfleet, Hattie, William P.,
Elizabeth and Dorothy. 4. William Pres-
ton (2). 5. Beatrice Lorens, married Frank
Leslie Pierce, and has a son, Harrell. 6.

(IV) Lellie Hines Harrell, daughter of
William Preston and Annie (Hines) Har-
rell, was born February 25, 1875. She mar-
ried, June 6, 1895, J. Travis Edwards,
brother of Rev. T. O. Edwards, who mar-
ried her aunt, Estelle Harrell. Children of
J. Travis and Lellie Hines (Harrell) Ed-
wards: Lellie Louise, born January 15, 1899,
and Catharine Truitt, born February 28,

J. Travis Edwards, son of Rev. John Jo-
seph and Louisa Georgietta (Esher) Ed-
wards, was born in Elizabeth City, North
Carolina, and was educated in the public
schools and Randolph-Macon College. He
was for a time engaged in manufacturing,
afterward forming his present connection
with the Norfolk and Western railroad,
being at this time one of the oldest em-
ployees of that road in point of service. He
is a member of the Brotherhood of Railway
Trainmen, the Modern Woodmen of the
World, the Junior Order of United Ameri-
can Mechanics, and the Fraternal Order of
Eagles. His church is the Alethodist Epis-
copal and he affiliates with the Democratic

(Ill) Samuel Bascom Harrell, third child
and second son of Samuel Riddick and Mary
Elizabeth (Vaughan) Harrell, was born in
Sunbury, Gates county. North Carolina, in
1845, and was educated in a private boarding
school taught by Martin Kellogg. In 1863
he enlisted in Company I, Sixty-eighth Regi-
ment North Carolina Volunteer Infantry, in
which company he served until the close of
the war, with the rank of sergeant-major,
at which time he entered into the mercan-
tile business in Gatesville, North Carolina,
and so continued until August, 1869, when
he moved to Perquimans county, North
Carolina, and began agricultural operations,
which he conducted for four years. For the
fourteen following years he was engaged in
the mercantile business in New Hope, Per-
quimans county. North Carolina, coming to
Norfolk. Virginia, on April 5, 1887, and at
once began dealings in cotton. Retaining



his connections in this business, Mr. Ilarrell
in .1891 became associated with Samuel
Fereliee. his son-in-law, in coal and ice deal-
ings, and with him formed the Norfolk Coal
and Ice Company, of which Mr. Harrell is
now president. Tie is also president of S. li.
Harrell & Company, cotton brokers, and is
the active head of both prosperous concerns.

RTr. Harrell is a loyal Democrat, and his
religious denomination is the Methodist
Episcopal. Holder of an important place
in the business world of Norfolk, his posi-
tion in other spheres of civil life is no less
worthy, and he is a citizen of many inter-
ests. He is a gentleman of pleasing address
and personality, and by straightforward and
honorable business methods has won many
friends among his associates.

He married, August 25, 1869, at Durant's
Neck, North Carolina, Susan Grizzelle
Leigh, daughter of Edward A. and Mar-
garet Stephenson (Jacocks) Leigh. Mr.
and Mrs. Harrell have one daughter, Mar-
g.nret Jacocks, who married (first) Samuel
Ferebee, (second) F. S. Sager. By her first
marriage she is the mother of Samuel H.
Ferebee, a student in Columbia LJniversity,
New York : Leigh Cason Ferebee and
George E. Ferebee, both students in Nor-
folk high school.

dll) Mary Catharine Harrell. fourth
child and second daughter of Samuel Rid-
dick and Mary Elizabeth fVaughan) Har-
rell, was born February 12, 1847. She mar-
ried, February 16, 1871, Jonathan Ilenrv
Jacocks, and has children: i. Grizzelle
Leigh, born January 11, 1S77. 2. Henry
Morgan, born December :^i, 1878; married,
November 14, 1906, Helen Davenport
Miller, and has Jonathan Davenport, born
Alarch i, 1908, Henry Morgan, Jr., born July
17, 1910, and Alfred Miller, born November
29, 191 2. 3. Jonathan Wilbur, born Decem-
ber 21, i88o. 4. Estelle Augusta, born Janu-
ary 24, 1884. Grizzelle Leigh and Estelle
Augusta are immarried and reside with their

Tonathan I lenr\ (_>) lacocks. s. m nf Jona-
than Henry (i) and Grizzelle Pointor
fCopeland) Jacocks, was born at Nag's
Head, North Carolina, August 7, 1841. His
father was a native of North Carolina, and
follower of agriculture all his life. Jona-
than H. (r) Jacocks was a loyal Whig, and
was several times elected to represent his
district in the state legislature, always.

whether in jniblic or pri\atc life, striving for
the welfare of county and state. He was a
member of the constitutional convention,
and was long known as General Jacocks,
that Ijeing his rank in the state militia. His
religious activity was as a member of the
Protestant Episcopal church, and although
the nearest house of worship of that denomi-
nation was eighteen miles distant from his
home, he was one of the most regular at-
tendants of the congregatifjn. He was the
father of six children, one of whom is living
at this time, Jcmathan H., of further men-
tion. Girizzelle Eniilv. deceased, married E.
A. Lee.

Jonathan Henry (21 Jacocks was. as a
youth, a pupil in the academy at Elizabeth
City, and after attendance at other institu-
tions, among them the Horner School at
Oxford, completed his academic studies in
the University of \'irginia. Soon after leav-
ing the university he returned to his home
and enlisted in the Confederate service. In
the early part of his soldier's career he was
taken prisoner at Roanoke Island, and after
a two weeks incarceration was paroled, sub-
sequently serving with gallantry and dis-
tinction for the remaining three and one-
half years of the war. The resumption of
peace found hiin engaged in farming in his
native state, and in January, 1882, he moved
to Berkley, \'irginia, his present home. His
first business venture in this place was in
real estate, which he abandoned for com-
mission dealing, two years later entering
his present business, coal, building tnaterial
and feed. Mr. Jacocks is the owner of two
farms, which he rents, and aside from his
])rivate business operations, is a stockholder
and director of the Merchants' and Planters'
P>ank, of P>erkley, a trustee of the P.erkley
Permanent P>uilding and Loan Association,
and a trustee of the Chesapeake Building
and Loan Association. For five years, end-
ing in 1901, Mr. Jacocks was a member of
the Berkley council, attending to his duties
in that body with fidelity and i>ublic siiirit.
He holds membershi]> in the Protestant
Episcopal church, his wife a communicant
of the Methodist Episcopal church, while
his fr.Uernal relations are with Lee Lodge,
No. 48. Kniglits of Pythias, in which he is
master of the exchequer. Mr. Jacocks" suc-
cessful career has its easy explanation in
his persc\erance and industry, and the pros-
perity that has attended his labors is his just



reward. His son, Henry M., was graduated
from Blacksburg College in 1900, took a
post-graduate course in mechanical engi-
neering and mining in the same institution,
and is now associated with the Mathieson
Alkali Works, at Saltville, Virginia; his
other son, Jonathan W., was graduated from
Blacksburg College, likewise in the class of
1900, took post-graduate studies in chemis-
try, and was for three years employed by
the Woodstock Iron Works, as chemist ; in
1904 he returned to Norfolk and entered into
business with his father.

(Ill) Edward Everett Harrell, seventh
child and fifth son of Samuel Riddick and
Mary Elizabeth (Vaughan) Harrell, was
born in Gates county, North Carolina, No-
vember 27, 1855, and died in Norfolk, Vir-
ginia, July 8, 1914. Early in life he assumed
the responsibilities of maturity, and when
nineteen years of age was in full charge of
the home farm, directing all of its operations
and supervising its cultivation in person.
He was also in the mercantile and cotton gin
business in Sunbury, North Carolina, his
calling until 1907, when he moved to Nor-
folk. He was a member of school board in
North Carolina, and was commissioner of
roads for many years. In this city he en-
tered real estate business, which he followed
until his death. He allied himself with the
Democratic party, and was a devoted and
energetic member of the Methodist Episco-
pal church. He married. May 25, 1882, Mary
Elizabeth Catling, born January 7, 1853,
and had issue : Charles Lydon, of whom
further; Mary Estelle, born June 17, 1886;
Edward Bascom, born July 10, 1889, died
June 3, 1891 ; John Catling, born June 13,
1892, died June 29, 1905.

'(IV) Dr. Charles Lydon Harrell, eldest
of the four children of Edward Everett and
Mary Elizabeth (Catling) Harrell, was
born on the home estate in Gates county,
North Carolina, March 19, 1883, and after
a course that extended through the high
school near the place of his birth entered
Randolph-Macon Academy. Here he pre-
pared for college, and was at Randolph-
Macon College two years. In the fall of 1905
he entered the University College of Medi-
cine, Richmond, Virginia, graduated in class
of 1909. During 1909 and 1910 he was
resident physician in Virginia Hospital,
Richmond, Virginia. Subsequently he spent
a short time in the New York Post-Gradu-

ate Hospital, then came to Norfolk and in
that city established in general practice. ,Dr.
Harrell's studies have been to a certain de-
gree specialized, and specialization is his
aim for his later practice. His professional
standing is unusually high, in consideration
of his brief career, and his medical connec-
tions and associations are such as would be
creditable to a physician of much wider ex-
perience. For three years Dr. Harrell as-
sisted Dr. Grandy in conducting a treat-
ment of tuberculosis and is at this time
assistant on the medical staff of the Pro-
testant Hospital, also State Examiner for
the Catawba Sanitarium for Tuberculosis,
and associate medical director of the Old
Dominion Life Insurance Company, and a
member of the board of directors. He holds
membership in the Norfolk County and
Virginia Medical societies, was secretary
and treasurer of the latter organization in
1911-12-13, and also belongs to the Ameri-
can Medical Association. His fraternal so-
ciety is the Modern Woodmen of the ^^'orld,
and he is a member of the official board of
the Methodist Episcopal church, politically
being identified with the Democratic party.

Dr. Charles Lydon Harrell married, Oc-
tober 29, 191 1, Ethel Toone, daughter of
Lewis R. and Anne T. (Cooksey) Toone;
she was born September 5, 1888. They have
one son, Edward Everett, born August 14,

(HI) Rev. Emmette Eugene Harrell,
ninth child and seventh son of Samuel Rid-
dick and Mary Elizabeth (Vaughan) Har-
rell, was born in Gates county. North Caro-
lina, April 22, 1858, and died July 15, 1909.
He obtained a broad academic education in
Randolph-Macon College and Vanderbilt
University, receiving both his A. B. and his
A. M. from the former institution in 1881
and 1882 respectively, and after finishing his
studies entered the ministry of the Metho-
dist Episcopal church as a pastor of the Vir-
ginia conference. His first charge was in
the King and Queen circuit, where he re-
mained for one year, and he was transferred
in the fall of 1884 to the Chatham circuit,
there being stationed for two years. His
subsequent changes of pastorate were as
follows : In 1886 to the south of Dan circuit,
in 1887 to Newsome, in 1892 to Wakefield,
in 1893 to Dorchester, Maryland, in 1895 to
Keller, Accomac county, Virginia, in 1897 to
Rocky Mount, Virginia, in 1899 to South



Iloston, Virginia, in 1904 tn 'J'rinity Church,
Norfolk, in 1905 to Princess Anne circuit,
in 1907 to Readville, Virginia, and finally
Crittenden, in which place his death oc-

The al.ove brief ..utline of Rev. ilarrell's
ministry can at best but give an imperfect
and insufficient indication of his activities
as a minister of the Gospel. Those with
whom he passed these years, although his
stay in any one place was short, can tell
of the ease with which he won his way into
their hearts and love, of his tender consider-
ation, of his patience with their shortcom-
ings, and of the devotion that marked his
ministry. Young in spirit from youth until
his death in middle age, he brought much
of the strength and cheer of that spirit to
the pleasure and enjoyment of the sick and
aged among his parishioners, the beautiful
verses of the New Testament supplying him
with his inspiration to service of this kind,
for which he is tenderly and lovingly re-
membered by many. Rev. Harrell made a
tmiversal appeal to all the classes that com-
prised his congregations, and it would have
been vain to have attempted to identify him
with one set of persons or interests more
strongly than with another. Just as he
shared equally in the labor and burden of
the diiTerent departments of church work,
so did he rejoice with the fortunate, condole
with the miserable, enjoy the plenty of the
wealthy, and share his private resources
with the poor, living his life and giving his
strength to the glory of God and the ad-
vancement of His kingdom. Trie established
in his home and taught his children a re-
ligion simple, adequate, and satisfying, and
walked always the path that he strove to
make plain to his people. Rev. ll;\rrell fra-
ternized with the Alasonic order.

lie married, November 24, 18S3, Lauren-
tin.i Lewis, born No\-ember J\. \i^(f^. daugh-
ter of Rev. William I'., and .Mice Lane
(Jones) Lewis, her father a minister of the
Mississippi conference of the Methodist
Episcopal church. The children of this mar-
riage received all of their early education at
home, afterward entering the higher grades
of school. Children: 1. Hryant Eugene, born
November 14, iSSri, in Pittsylvania county:
attended school in South lioston, N'irginia.
for one \'ear, in 1900 entering Randolph-
Macon .Vca.lcmy at Hclford C-'ity, \-irginia.
whence he \v;is gradu,itc<l in Kio;: three

years later he took his .A. I!, from Randolph-
Macon College, and for the four following
years taught school, subsequently entering
Johns Llopkins University, graduating
therefrom AL D. in 1914: he is now con-
nected with the Jefferson Hospital, of Roa-
noke. Virginia. 2. Mary .Mice, born in
.Southampton county. Virginia. .April 25,
1889; was educated in the public schools
and the 151ackstone Female Institute, grad-
uating from the latter place in 1908, at the
close of a four years course : for one year
she was a school teacher in Readville, Vir-
ginia, and after a two years course in the

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