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Rufus Austin Jarrell (1839-1921);NC
Posted by: Wiley Alston Jarrell (ID *****7872) Date: September 25, 2012 at 05:07:32
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source

source note 1: LDS ancestral file
source note 2: Thomas Reavis Lyons*
source note 3: Linda Anne White Jarrells
source note 4: suggested by cemetery site
source note 5: Sharon Dianne Amburn Holder
source note 6: obituary - Charles A. Jarrell, 12 Dec 1943**
source note 7: obituary - David Pasture Jarrell, 1 Jan 1972**
source note 8: obituary - Julie Jarrell, 28 Nov 1918**
source note 9: obituary - Mittie Ann Jarrell Faw, 6 Oct 1961**
source note 10: obituary - Edward Jarrell, 18 Jan 1966**
source note 11: Dawn Marie Jarrell McGinley Lassiter
source note 12: obituary - Minnie Jarrell, 2 Jun 1921**
source note 13: obituary - Benjamin F. Jarrell, 9 Dec 1946**
source note 14: Wilma Lee Jarrell Hiatt
source note 15: obituary - George Jarrell, 15 Mar 1938**
source note 16: obituary - Freddie Rufus Jarrell, Sep 1997**
source note 17: obituary - Zebulon Vance Jarrell, 14 Oct 1942**
source note 18: obituary - Oscar Monroe Jarrell, 30 Mar 1915**
source note 19: Book:The Jarrell Family, The Phoenix Press, Jul 1994
source note 20: obituary - Edith Sylvia Jarrell Hicks, unknown**
(may still be living as of 14 Sep 2012.
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* Does anyone have a current e-mail or snail mail address for:
Thomas Reavis Lyons

** included at the bottom of this query

Note: People are always asking about "The" Tommy JARRELL, "the World
famous fiddle player". He's included in this file and at the
end you'll see, under addendum, some notes on him.

There are two marriages but only one with issue.

I'm looking for additional data (middle names, dates, places, spouses,
significant and insignificant others, children and cemeteries) on the
following:

FAMILY EDGE PLUS EXTENDED FAMILY REPORT
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HUSBAND: Rufus Austin JARRELL
BORN: 15 Sep 1839 Rockingham Co NC
MARR: 6 Oct 1868 Surry Co NC
DIED: 31 Mar 1921 Surry Co NC
BURIED: Old Jarrell Cem, Surry Co NC
OCC: Served with CSA during The War For Southern Independence
NOTE: no children w/Susan Sandifer
ADD. SP: Married 4 Sep 1873 "Susan" Susanah TURNEY;
FATHER: Fountain JARRELL b:1802(?), Rockingham Co NC; living 4 Sep
1873, Surry Co NC;
        child #2 of William JARRELL Sr. and Elizaan JARRELL;
[Note: birth order unknown;
        some source show pob as Va].
MOTHER: "Fanny" Francis JARRELL(?) b:1798, VA; d:before 4 Sep 1873.
SOURCES: Name....middle name supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
Other...source note 1
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WIFE: Susan SANDIFER
BORN:
DIED: roughly 1869 probably, Surry Co NC
BURIED: Old Jarrell Cem, Surry Co NC
NOTE: no children
FATHER: "Penn" Perm SANDIFER born ____.
MOTHER: Martha ??? born ____.
SOURCES: DPlace..source note 4
Father..data supplied by source note 3, 29 Jun 2000
Mother..data supplied by source note 3, 29 Jun 2000
Other...data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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1 | NAME: ??? JARRELL
| BORN:
| MARR:
| DIED:
| NOTE: unknown - added for descendancy chart purposes
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WIFE: "Susan" Susanah TURNEY
BORN: 25 Jan 1840
DIED: 18 Feb 1902 Surry Co NC
BURIED: Old Jarrell Cem, Surry Co NC
OCC: midwife
NOTE: note alternate parents;
some sources show dod 1907
ADD. SP: Married before 1857 ??? ???;
FATHER: Gilbert TURNEY born ____.
MOTHER: Polly DEAN born circa 1810, VA.
SOURCES: Name....Susanah supplied by source note 5, 26 Dec 2004
Death...data supplied by source note 5, 26 Dec 2004
Father..alt supplied by source note 5, 26 Dec 2004
Mother..alt supplied by source note 5, 26 Dec 2004
Other...data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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1 | NAME: "Charlie" Charles Anthony JARRELL
M | BORN: 23 Aug 1874 Surry Co NC
| MARR: 12 Jan 1899
| DIED: 12 Dec 1943 Ennice, Alleghany Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| WIFE: "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
| BORN: 16 Jun 1879 DIED: 10 Dec 1962
| ALSO: Married 19 Mar 1896 Betty Lee BURCHAM;
| SRCE: Name....Charles - source note 6
| Birth...source note 6
| BPlace..source note 6
| Other...data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
1 | NAME: Brady Byron JARRELL
M | BORN: 12 Oct 1899
| MARR:
| DIED:
| SRCE: Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
2 | NAME: "Dave" David Pasture JARRELL
M | BORN: 15 Jul 1901 NC
| MARR:
| DIED: 1 Jan 1972 Glade Valley, Alleghany Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| WIFE: Minnie BROOKS
| BORN: 4 Oct 1898 DIED: 28 Jan 1972
| SRCE: Nme..mid name - source note 7
| BPl..source note 7
| Dth..source note 7
| DPl..source note 7
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
3 | NAME: "Bully Jack" Charlie Franklin JARRELL
M | BORN: 12 Apr 1903
| MARR:
| DIED:
| SRCE: Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
4 | NAME: Julia J. JARRELL
F | BORN: 9 Feb 1905 Surry Co NC
| MARR:
| DIED: 28 Nov 1918 of burns, Surry Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| SRCE: BPl..source note 8
| DPl..source note 8
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
5 | NAME: Mittie Ann JARRELL
F | BORN: 17 Apr 1907 NC
| MARR:
| DIED: 6 Oct 1971 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| BUR: Skyline Memory Gardens, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| HUSB: "Euriah" William Euriah FAW
| BORN: 7 Apr 1904 DIED: 18 May 1966
| SRCE: BPl..source note 9
| Dth..source note 9
| DPl..source note 9
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
6 | NAME: Ella Belle JARRELL
F | BORN: 29 Jan 1910
| MARR:
| DIED:
| SRCE: Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
7 | NAME: "Elvie" Ida Lue JARRELL
F | BORN: 2 Apr 1912
| MARR:
| DIED:
| SRCE: Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
8 | NAME: "Ed" Edward JARRELL
M | BORN: 7 Oct 1914 Surry Co NC
| MARR:
| DIED: 18 Jan 1966 Sparta, Alleghany Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| SRCE: BPl..source note 10
| Dth..source note 10
| DPl..source note 10
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
9 | NAME: "Rufe" Rufus Vincent JARRELL
M | BORN: 22 Jun 1917 Round Peak, Surry Co NC
| MARR: and divorced
| DIED: 6 May 1994 Galax, Galax Co VA
| WIFE: Mary Elizabeth COLEMAN
| BORN: 21 Jul 1924 DIED: 9 Jul 2000
| NOTE: some sources show dod 5 Oct 1986
| SRCE: BPl..data supplied by source note 11, 14 Apr 2001
| Dth..data supplied by source note 11, 2007
| DPl..data supplied by source note 11, 2007
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susan" Virginia TURNEY
10 | NAME: Minnie Alberta JARRELL
F | BORN: 2 May 1920 Surry Co NC
| MARR:
| DIED: 2 Jun 1921 Surry Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| SRCE: BPl..source note 12
| Dth..source note 12
| DPl..source note 12
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by Betty Lee BURCHAM
1 | NAME: Maggie Lee JARRELL
F | BORN: 12 Mar 1897 Round Peak, Surry Co NC
| MARR:
| DIED: 16 Aug 1976
| HUSB: Cortez Elmer LYONS
| BORN: 15 Apr 1890 DIED:
| SRCE: Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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2 | NAME: "Ben" Benjamin Franklin JARRELL
M | BORN: 14 May 1880 Round Peak, Surry Co NC
| MARR: 4 Jul 1900 Carroll Co VA
| DIED: 9 Dec 1946 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| WIFE: "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
| BORN: 5 May 1882 DIED: 14 Mar 1961
| SRCE: Birth...source note 13
| Other...data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
1 | NAME: "Tommy" Thomas Jefferson JARRELL
M | BORN: 1 Mar 1901 Surry Co NC
| MARR: 27 Dec 1923
| DIED: 28 Jan 1985 Surry Co NC
| BUR: Skyline Memory Gardens, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| WIFE: Nina Frances LOWE
| BORN: 31 May 1901 DIED: 13 Feb 1967
| SRCE: Dth..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| DPl..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
2 | NAME: "Julie" Julia Mary JARRELL
F | BORN: 5 Oct 1902 Austinville, Wythe Co VA
| MARR: 28 Dec 1921
| DIED: 26 Jul 1994 Surry Co NC
| HUSB: "Charley" Charles Lloyd LYONS
| BORN: 1 Mar 1891 DIED: 10 Sep 1954
| SRCE: Dth..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| DPl..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
3 | NAME: George Washington JARRELL
M | BORN: 2 Aug 1904
| MARR:
| DIED: 15 Mar 1938 probably, Surry Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| NOTE: never married
| SRCE: Bth..source note 15
| BPl..source note 15
| DPl..source note 15
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
4 | NAME: "Freddie" Fred Rufus JARRELL
M | BORN: 8 Feb 1906 Surry Co NC
| MARR: 8 Jun 1926
| DIED: 25 Sep 1977 Surry Co NC
| BUR: Skyline Memory Gardens, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| WIFE: Cena SUTPHIN
| BORN: 8 Jan 1908 DIED: 27 Feb 1999
| SRCE: Nme..nickname - source note 16
| Bth..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| DPl..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
5 | NAME: Ida Elizabeth JARRELL
F | BORN: 10 Aug 1908 Surry Co NC
| MARR: 1 Oct 1928 Surry Co NC
| DIED: 15 Jan 1997 Surry Co NC
| HUSB: Claude Washington GENTRY
| BORN: 10 Jun 1898 DIED: 12 Aug 1984
| SRCE: Dth..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| DPl..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
6 | NAME: Clara Sophia JARRELL
F | BORN: 25 Sep 1910 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| MARR:
| DIED: 1931 probably, Surry Co NC
| BUR: Pine Ridge Baptist Church Cem, Pine Ridge, Surry Co NC
| HUSB: "Jim" James Hudsell GARDNER
| BORN: 1906 DIED: 1955
| SRCE: BPl..data supplied by source note 5, 12 Sep 2010
| DPl..source note 4
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
7 | NAME: "Zeb" Zebulon Vance JARRELL
M | BORN: 20 Feb 1913 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| MARR: 1 Jun 1931 Carroll Co VA
| DIED: 14 Oct 1942 Surry Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| WIFE: Rhoda Elizabeth BOWMAN
| BORN: 16 Aug 1910 DIED: 12 Feb 1942
| SRCE: Nme..Zebulon - source note 17
| BPl..data supplied by source note 5, 12 Sep 2010
| DPl..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
8 | NAME: Oscar Monroe JARRELL
M | BORN: 31 May 1915 Surry Co NC
| MARR: 1937 Surry Co NC
| DIED: 30 Mar 1950 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| WIFE: Lena Sue WRIGHT
| BORN: 9 Oct 1918 DIED: 19 Oct 1967
| SRCE: BPl..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| DPl..source note 18
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
9 | NAME: "Earlie" Earlise Columbus JARRELL
M | BORN: 28 Nov 1917 Surry Co NC
| MARR: 28 Mar 1937
| DIED: 10 May 1987 Surry Co NC
| BUR: Ivy Green Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| WIFE: Lois Esther PARKER
| BORN: 10 May 1916 DIED: 24 Mar 2001
| SRCE: Nme..first name supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| Bth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
| BPl..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| Dth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
| DPl..data supplied by source note 14, 27 Jul 2001
| Oth..source note 19
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
10 | NAME: "Togie" Ottola Bell JARRELL
F | BORN: 27 Aug 1921 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| MARR: 7 Dec 19(private)
| DIED: 12 Dec 2004 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| BUR: Holly Springs Baptist Church Cem, Mount Airy, Surry
| Co NC
| HUSB: Joe MCGEE
| BORN: roughly 1921 DIED:
| ALSO: Married 1938 Neil TATE;
| Married before 19(private) "Red" Robert Hobert
WILLIAMSON;
| SRCE: BPl..data supplied by source note 5, 12 Sep 2010
| Dth..data supplied by source note 5, 12 Sep 2010
| DPl..data supplied by source note 5, 12 Sep 2010
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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| Grandchild by "Susie" Susan Letisha (Sallie) AMBURN
11 | NAME: Edith Sylvia JARRELL
F | BORN: 27 Sep 1923 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| MARR: 20 Jul 19(private)
| DIED: living 31 Jan 2002 Mount Airy, Surry Co NC
| HUSB: "Bill" William Alfred HICKS Sr.
| BORN: 29 Dec 1923 DIED: 9 Jun 1991
| NOTE: probably still living as of 14 Sep 2012
| SRCE: Bth..source note 20
| BPl..data supplied by source note 5, 12 Sep 2010
| Dth..data supplied by source note 14, 31 Jan 2002
| DPl..data supplied by source note 14, 31 Jan 2002
| Oth..data supplied by source note 2, 29 Jan 1998
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HISTORY NOTES: Rufus Austin JARRELL
notes supplied by source note 5, 13 Oct 2006

Rufus Austin Jarrell was in the Civil War joining March 18, 1962 and
assigned to Company A 28th Regiment North Carolina Troops. He
suffered a wound in the left leg at Ox Hill, VA on September 1, 1862
and was absent with that until October 1862. After he returned he
again suffered a wound to his left leg and also to both arms on May
23, 1864 around Jericho Mills, VA. He took the oath of Allegiance
February 27, 1865.

Rufus had a license to sell liquor, but when in became against the
law he gave up the trade. The saying is that he would take on drink
in the morning and one drink or two at night after the work was
completed. At a special occasion on night I think that he went a
little over the two drink limit because he made the remark "By Golly,
I married a Susan the first time, I married a Susan the second time,
Charlie (his son) married a Susan, Ben (hiis son) married a Susan and
I got a little Susan named doggie." Most everybody had a good laugh.

Rufus Jarrell was a charter member of the Round Peak Masonic Lodge,
No 616, established January 20, 1915 located upstairs of the Ivy
Green Church. The Ivy Green Church blew down in 1929. The church
did not have any insurance, but the Masonic Lodge did, so the Masonic
Lodge with the insurance that they got with a lot of help from
neighbors rebuilt the Ivy Green Church. The church had an upstairs
to it and that is where the Masonic Lodge held their meetings until
they built across the road from the Ivy Green Church in 1965. All
of the locations were owned by the Jarrell family at one time. He
was married to Susanah TURNEY on September 4, 1873.
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If you can add subtract, delete, change and of the above data please
advise. If you have any questions about this data feel free to ask!

If you are a descendant of this line you can e-mail me, privately at
wajarrell@earthlink.net, and I will provide you a descendants chart
and an ahnentafel chart for yourself.

I want every date and place I can get. I do not post birth or
marriage dates later than 1940 to the general population but I do
supply them to cousins!




**
Charles A. Jarrell
Birth:        Aug. 23, 1874 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Dec. 12, 1943 Ennice, Alleghany County, North Carolina, USA

Son of Rufus A. Jarrell.

Family links:
Spouse:
Susan Turney Jarrell (1879 - 1962)

Children:
Julie Jarrell (1905 - 1918)*
Minnie Jarrell (1920 - 1921)*

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
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David Pasture Jarrell
Birth:        Jul. 15, 1901 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Jan. 1, 1972 Glade Valley, Alleghany County,
North Carolina, USA

Husband of Minnie B. Jarrell;
son of Charlie and Susan (Turney) Jarrell.

Family links:
Spouse:
Minnie Brooks Jarrell (1898 - 1972)

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
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Julie Jarrell
Birth:        Feb. 11, 1905 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Nov. 28, 1918 Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Died from burns caused by pouring oil on a fire from a can which
exploded.

Family links:
Parents:
Charles A. Jarrell (1874 - 1943)
Susan Turney Jarrell (1879 - 1962)

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
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Mittie Ann Jarrell Faw
Birth:        Apr. 17, 1907 North Carolina, USA
Death:        Oct. 6, 1971 Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Daughter of Charlie and Susan Jarrell.

Burial: Skyline Memory Gardens
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
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Edward Jarrell
Birth:        Oct. 7, 1914 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Jan. 18, 1966 Sparta, Alleghany County, North Carolina, USA

Son of Charlie and Susan (Turney) Jarrell.

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
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Minnie Jarrell
Birth:        May 2, 1920 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Jun. 2, 1921 Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Family links:
Parents:
Charles A. Jarrell (1874 - 1943)
Susan Turney Jarrell (1879 - 1962)

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
-----
Benjamin F. "Ben" Jarrell
Birth:        May 14, 1880 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Dec. 9, 1946 Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Son of Rufus A. and Susan (Turney) Jarrell.

Family links:
Parents:
Rufus Austin Jarrell (1839 - 1921)
Susan Turney Jarrell (1840 - 1902)

Spouse:
Susan Amburn Jarrell (1882 - 1961)

Children:
Thomas Jefferson Jarrell (1901 - 1985)*
Freddie Rufus Jarrell (1906 - 1977)*
Zebulon Vance Jarrell (1913 - 1942)*
George Jarrell (1914 - 1938)*
Oscar Monroe Jarrell (1915 - 1950)*

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
-----
George Jarrell
Birth:        Oct. 2, 1914 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Mar. 15, 1938 Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Family links:
Parents:
Benjamin F. Jarrell (1880 - 1946)
Susan Amburn Jarrell (1882 - 1961)

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
-----
Freddie Rufus Jarrell
Birth:        Feb. 8, 1906 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Sep., 1977 Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Family links:
Parents:
Benjamin F. Jarrell (1880 - 1946)
Susan Amburn Jarrell (1882 - 1961)

Spouse:
Cena S Jarrell (1908 - 1999)

Burial: Skyline Memory Gardens
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
                            +++++
notes from Sharon Dianne Amburn Holder 12 Sep 2010

Fred lost his arm due to an automobile accident.

He was always busy raising cattle and farming.

He was a successful businessman in Mount Airy where his business,
Fred Jarrell's General Store, was the first to be built on Highway 89
in 1940.
-----
Zebulon Vance Jarrell
Birth:        Feb. 20, 1913 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Oct. 14, 1942 Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Husband of Rhoda E. (Bowman) Jarrell.

Family links:
Parents:
Benjamin F. Jarrell (1880 - 1946)
Susan Amburn Jarrell (1882 - 1961)

Spouse:
Rhoda E. Bowman Jarrell (1910 - 1942)*

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
-----
Oscar Monroe Jarrell
Birth:        May 31, 1915 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Mar. 30, 1950 Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Son of Ben and Susie (Amburn) Jarrell.

Family links:
Parents:
Benjamin F. Jarrell (1880 - 1946)
Susan Amburn Jarrell (1882 - 1961)

Burial: Ivy Green Baptist Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
-----
Edith Sylvia Jarrell Hicks
Birth:        Sep. 22, 1923
Death:        unknown

Burial: Skyline Memory Gardens
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA


-----------------------------> addendum <-----------------------------
Thomas Jefferson "Tommy" Jarrell
Birth:        Mar. 1, 1901 Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death:        Jan. 28, 1985 Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA

Family links:
Parents:
Benjamin F. Jarrell (1880 - 1946)
Susan Amburn Jarrell (1882 - 1961)

Spouse:
Nina Frances Lowe Jarrell (1901 - 1967)

Children:
Clarence Wayne Jarrell (1927 - 2011)*

Burial: Skyline Memory Gardens
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
+++++
Thomas "Tommy" Jarrell according to Wikipedia was an American
fiddler,banjo player, and singer. He wsa a man who grew up in and
around the Blue Ridge Mountains in Surry Co., N.C. He is known all
over for his music and style of playing the fiddle and his Fiddle is
in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. People come to Surry
Co., N.C. all the time to study his music. Here in Mt. Airy, N.C.
they have a Tommy Jarrell Festival each Feb. at the Andy Griffith
Playhouse.

Topping my list of most influential fiddlers was Thomas Jefferson
Jarrell, 1901 - 1985. I never had the pleasure of meeting the man,
but I've been chasing his ghost through films, recordings, but mostly
through visits to relatives and friends who knew him, spent time with
him and played music with him. To me, Tommy is the glue between past
and present. He lived without an automobile or a telephone. He was
never a professional musician, never competed in any contest, played
for the pure joy of it.

By all accounts, Tommy was a package deal, his generous personality,
his stories, his music and his hospitality wove seamlessly together,
essential and pure, giving a glimpse of a lost lifestyle to those who
were fortunate enough to visit him at his home in the Round Peak
region of North Carolina.

Tommy was generous with the musicians who made pilgrimages to see
him. All the people I know how visited Tommy describe him as a
gracious host. One of my most prized possessions is a tape made by a
fellow fiddler who had the opportunity to visit with Tommy during
those times. Just as important as the tunes it holds are the snippets
of conversation between them.

On "Sprout Wings & Fly", a documentary made about Tommy by Les Blank,
Alice Gerard and Cece Conway, Tommy tells a little story that will
always stick with me.

TJ: Sometimes I ask him [his deceased Uncle Charley], "Charley, where
you been gone so long?" And Charley says "Well, I been around." No
most folks don't talk to the dead, but I do Charley.

INTERVIEWER (ALICE GERRARD): How does that make you feel?

TJ: Good in a way...and bad in a way, and good in a way. It's hard to
explain, maybe you'll understand it when most of your friends are
dead and gone, I can't explain it.

It's that essence, the link with a past that's dead and gone that
Tommy forged at the end of his life. Sometimes, I am sitting home
playing my fi ddle, and imagine I can hear Tommy's voice saying, "How
`bout that Back Step Cindy?" I oblige him and play it, and dream of
the day when I might be able to give the tune half the justice he did.
                            +++++
an anecdote:

"...Ya run your E string down oh, I don't know, about three frets...
anyway, it corresponds to the third note on the A string...here's ya
tuning..."
.........Tommy Jarrell

Tommy Jarrell
+++++
Toast, North Carolina

I first met Tommy Jarrell in 1979 while visiting friends in Mt. Airy.
It was actually with some amount of luck that I found him, as I did
not know where in the area he lived, and when I stopped at a phone
booth outside of Mt. Airy, I called one of his sons (Kester), who told
me how to get to Tommy's house. At that moment, a fellow was walking
by the phone booth I was using and heard me mention Tommy's name and
said "I'm looking for him too!" It was Andy Cahan, and we both went
over to Toast and were welcomed into the Jarrell home.
+++++
Over the next few weeks I got to know Tommy and his son Benny. I
helped with some of the chores and fixed a few things around the
house, including a vintage shortwave radio that Tommy had as a boy.
With a few touches of a soldering iron and a few parts from the TV
shop in Toast, Benny and I had the pleasure of tuning in the BBC and
Radio Moscow. It was the first time in 30 years that the radio had
worked, and Benny was mighty pleased. This would lead me later to
make very good friends with Benny over the next few years.

It was quite evident that Tommy's house was very popular with many
old-time musicians, and I started to understand why Tommy didn't have
a phone. He didn't need one. One just had to come by and see him. He
did have a funny sign at the back entrance to the house and kitchen
(what I mostly considered the main entrance). It said something like:
"First Night Free, after that, $50 a night." I guess some had abused
his open door policy, but he told me it was a joke and did not apply
to folks like myself. I was certainly grateful for that!

I found out that Tommy did not participate in fiddle competitions,
although the opportunities were plentiful in the area. The Lowgap,
Beulah, Dobson and other Elementary Schools all held contests to raise
money for school supplies and other needs, and they were quite a lot
of fun. Tommy didn't like to compete, but he did enjoy going to some
of them and seeing his friends. Paul Brown and I took him to the
Beulah School contest in 1980, and we spent the entire evening just
trading tunes in one of the school rooms.

As hard as I tried to learn some of Tommy's tunes, I found them
baffling and too difficult for my style, which had already been
greatly influenced by Luther Davis (of Galax, Virginia) and J.P Fraley
(who lived at the time in Rush, Kentucky, up near Ashland). I was
certainly amazed by the power of his presence, and I will always
remember what great music parties would happen pretty much on the spur
of the moment at his house. I met many musicians there, and made
lasting friends with many more people from around the country who
happened to stop in to see Tommy.
+++++
In 1982, Paul Brown, Tommy and myself went up to the Galax Fiddlers
Convention at Felts Park to see who was there. Tommy didn't want to
wander too much, but we did manage to see a few good friends and share
a tune or two. Tommy was in fine form, and was pleased to see that
there was still interest in the old tunes, even at the mostly
Bluegrass convention (as it was becoming at that time). As was the
usual at Galax, it started to rain, and Tommy and I sat in Paul's car
for a couple of hours, just talking about what the old days at Galax
were like, and how he used to roam all over the country before he was
married, selling white liquor as far away as Oregon and Florida. He
talked about the Allen family, who had shot up the Carroll County
Courthouse in the early part of the century, and how all the trouble
he used to get into was primarily because of the moonshine business.
He told many stories about the days in the 20's when he was not
someone who you wanted to make mad, and how he knocked out many a man
who didn't take his temper seriously. Somehow, it wasn't hard to
believe him, as he still cut a formidable figure in his later years.
Despite all that, his was a warm and gentle presence, and he was
always happy to see his friends and share whatever he had with them.

The last time I saw Tommy was in the winter of 1984-1985. I was living
in Whitesburg (in Southeastern Kentucky) and was quite busy building
what would become WMMT-FM, Community Radio. I was also doing some
occasional engineering work at WYZD-AM in Dobson, just down the road
from Mt. Airy. Benny, Tommy's son, had been doing some on-air work
there, and had asked me to come fix the station a few months earlier.
I went to visit Tommy just before Thanksgiving and had a brief but
wonderful visit. I told him about living in Eastern Kentucky and he
recalled some wild times back in the 20's when he passed through
Whitesburg and Jenkins a few times. He said it was a totally wild
country, even back then, and one had to be careful about the panthers
and the bears as much as the people.

Tommy passed away in his sleep on January 28, 1985. The memorial
service was filled with his friends and family from a long and
colorful life. While he is gone now, I still have my memories, and
I'm sure that others like myself will not forget him.

This one's for you, Tommy!
+++++
I sent the above historical notes to Wilma Lee Jarrell Hiatt on 18 Jul
2001 and got the following (edited) reply:

How about that? What a great email to add to my collection of Tommy
whom I've known all my life.

He did not have a son named Kester. He was Kester's uncle. Kester's
father was Fred Jarrell who lived nearby. I have a lot of info on
that line as well.

I have just donated a few record albums of Tommy that I had to The
Mount Airy Regional Museum of History in Surry Co., NC who has a
display of Tommy now in the museum.

Tommy would have been 100 years old this past March and I attended the
party they gave for him with many fiddle players there.

Tommy had told family and friends if he was not living at age 100 he
wanted them to have a party anyhow to celebrate his birthday and they
did.

The place was so crowded you could hardly get in the door. I
understand this might be an annual event now in Mount Airy so all the
fiddle players can get together and play the old time music (which I
don't really care for) but I like to watch the dancing that goes along
with it.
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Wiley Alston Jarrell
15610 Edenvale
Friendswood Tx, 77546
wajarrell@earthlink.net
281-482-3671 <>< Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)


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