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Sunday's Obituary: Captain James Edward Herrell

Manassas Journal
March 17, 1916


County Clerk and Confederate Veteran Passed Away Last Saturday Morning

Manassas Journal, 17 March 1916
At an early hour last Saturday morning Captain James E. Herrell, county clerk of Prince William county, passed away.  Captain Herrell, who was nearly 73 years of age, had been in failing health for the last few years but about a month before his death he began to fail rapidly and early last week it was sen that little could be done for him.

Captain Herrell was born in Fauquier county, March 24, 1843.  When a child he moved to Prince William where at the outbreak of the Civil War he entered the service of the Confederate States of America.  From the position of second sergeant of the Prince William Rifles, Co. F., 17th Va. Infantry, he was promoted to the first lieutenancy in April, 1862, and to the captancy in August, 1864.  In many of the big campaigns of the great conflict, Captain Herrell saw gallant service.

At the close of the Civil War, Captain Herrell engaged in several mercantile enterprises in upper Prince William and afterwards served the county successively as deputy sheriff, deputy clerk, county treasurer and county clerk.

The deceased is survived by his widow, who was a Miss Faithful, of Richmond; one son, Robert E. Herrell, and six daughters, Mrs. James E. Beale, of Haymarket; Mrs. A. L. Henry, Mrs. W. A. Newman, Mrs. F. Norvell Larkin, Miss Elizabeth Herrell and Miss Jamie S. Herrell, all of Manassas.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Haymarket, Monday morning, the Rev. Robb White officiating, assisted by Rev. J. F. Burks.  The burial was in charge of Manasaeh Lodge, A. F. & A. M., assisted by Drinkard Lodge, of Haymarket.  Interment was made in St. Paul's church yard.  The pallbearers were: Thos. H. Lion, D. J. Arrington, O. C. Hutchison, J. E. Nelson, Bryan Gordon, and T. R. Gallaher.

[A photo of Captain Herrell's headstone can be found on Findagrave ~ cgl]

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