Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity of attending the High Shoal’s Baptist Church Memorial as I have for many years. Now that my father Charles E. Harrill has had a stroke, it is my responsibility to place flowers on the graves for this traditional event for Rutherford County families. It renewed my interest in my family tree research. I followed up my High Shoal experience with a visit to Concord Baptist Cemetery near Ellenboro, where Samuel Harrill Sr. and many of his descendents are buried. In my years growing up in Rutherford Co., I passed this cemetery and other historic places in the county many times, not knowing the significance they would hold in my future. In my recent research, I have the following questions and observations:
I am the great-great grandson of William H. (talking Billy) Harrill. He was born in 1830 and died in 1903. I do not know for certain who his father was. I believe it was Richard Harrill, son of Housand and grandson of Gilbert, but I can find no proof. In her family tree published on the internet as descendants of James Harrill, Donna Flynn has him listed as one of Richard’s sons. I would be interested to know where she found this information. Donna has a very useful document, but there is some understandable confusion about William H. Harrills and spouses. My great-great grandmother, and wife of William H. (talking Billy) Harrill, was Drucilla Harrill, daughter of Samuel Harrill II. Both Talking Billy and Drucilla are buried at High Shoal’s Baptist Cemetery. I have visited and helped care for their graves for many years. I have their picture and many of the family documents.
There is another William H. Harrill buried in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery that was married to Drucilla McBrayer Harrill, sister of Leah McBrayer. Drucilla McBrayer Harrill is buried next to Samuel Harrill II and Leah McBrayer Harrill. Leah and Drucilla McBrayer’s mother is also buried there. Her stone reads: “Drucilla Green McBrier, mother of Leah and Drucilla, reinterred 1974. All of these graves are to the right of Samuel II and Leah’s graves. To the immediate left of Samuel II and Leah is William H. Harrill there are no dates on the impressive headstone. It is not the grave of Rev. William H. Harrill (1823-1880) He and his wife, Easther are buried closer to Samuel Sr. . I believe the W.H. Harrill buried to the left of Samuel II to be his son, William Housen Harrill born in 1853, which means he would be a brother to my great-great-grandmother, Drucilla, and would have married his aunt- Drucilla, sister of Leah. What do you think?
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