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Re: George Harvell Questions
Posted by: Ann (ID *****0937) Date: May 12, 2009 at 14:52:44
In Reply to: George Harvell Questions by Gina Lollar of 1013

Hi Gina,

Long time since I heard from you.

Martha was Martha Alice Crowder and the d/o Hamlett Newton Crowder and Alpha Ann Tyner who married 28 Oct 1829 in Tuscaloosa Co., AL. Martha Alice Crowder was listed on the 1850 census as age 10, she is not on the 1860 census as she married Thomas Smally Sept. 11,1860.. She married #2 Isham Harvell. To find that marriage record use her married name of Smally to Harvell...I don't know if she had children by Smally. Patricia Yaw

Isham or Isom Harvell, born bet 1840-1844: I also found as March 1842, in North Carolina, possibly a death date 19 April 1917 in Walker County, AL, but not too sure if that is the right person. Enlisted in the CSA in Goldsboro, NC which is located in Eastern North Carolina, The City of Goldsboro is the county seat of Wayne County. My records say he applied for pension in 1897, again in 1898, and 1915. but was not granted one because he could not produce two witnesses. If this is true, and he died in 1917, then there should be a death certificate in AL that would tell you his parents names and where they were born.

Would you email me at if you would share the info on George H.? I don't have marriage dates, death dates or names and birthdates of his children. If you remember, I'm not directly descended from this family but collect all Harwell/etc data.

If I don't answer you quickly, I'm going to the Harwell Fammily Association Meeting in Mt. View, AR this weekend. There should be about 70 plus there! Wish you could come.

As to the spelling of the name. In old English, the letter 'w' was pronounced with a 'v' sound which is probably the reason there are so many spellings. Most couldn't read or write so they were at the mercy of the census takers; so when you look for your family use all spellings...Harwell...Harvell...Harvel...Harvil...Harvill..Harville...and even worse mistakes such as Horvil, etc!

As to Ishom's name, the census taker probably couldn't figure out how to spell it so put something!


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