This letter from Charles Park Johnson (1868-1953), son of John Philip L. Johnson (1834-1910), to Rubye Pauline Johnson May (1890-1974)daughter of Philip Franklin Johnson (1852-1925. John Philip L. Johnson is a son of John Philip Johnson (1790-1836) and Mary Harral Johnson (1797-1881) and Philip Franklin Johnson is a grandson of John and Mary. Mary is the daughter of Harmon and Rachel Brown Harral. Mary's brothers are Warner Harral and Leonard Hayes Harral. Also mentioned in the paper are Matthew Edward Reed, son of Missouri Harral Reed, daughter of Warner Harral, who was murdered in 1850 in Lamar County Texas. Jewel is the daughter of Charles Park Johnson. This letter is on the microfilm of the papers of Mrs. Rubye May at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Spelling is as appears in the letter.
Box 2304 Longview, Texas
July 20, 1944
Mrs. Rubye May
I received your card addressed to 5410 Melrose, Dallas, Texas and am now at Longview, Texas & don’t thing I will be hear very long. Jewel husband has been transferred to their place for a short time. I am thinking of going back to Hugo, Oklahoma. We are all well and hope you are well.
Well, after so long a time I got some information about the Harrells and the first time Jewel’s husband goes up to Bowie County and I can find some land records of the Grooms. The last account I had of Wiley’s two daughters they was in Atlanta, Ga. I haven’t been able to get there street address. You will find on a separate sheet what I found out about the Harralls,
I am as ever your cousin, C. P. Johnson Longview, Texas
In wanting to locate the Harrals and found Mr. M. E. (Deany) Reed. His mother was Mosourie Harrall. Her father came to Texas sometime in the seventeen thirties (should be 1830's) and settled in the Spring Hill community about fifteen or seventeen miles north east of Paris, Texas in Lamar County. While he was in the woods making rails a nabor of his came to him and they got into a fight and the fellow killed him with an axe. (Deny did not know what the fight was about nor did he know his name but thought his grandmother’s name was Ramsie(?). He had three children that I new and have forgot the name of one boy (but I think I can get it letter.) The boy’s name was Dwain Harrell, the girl’s name was Mosurie Harrall. I was well acquainted with them.
There was another family of Harralls. Papa called the oldest one Uncle Lenard, he lived about eight miles south of Honey Grove, Texas. When the government moved the Indians from east of the Missippi River to the Indian Territory he came with hem as a trader and got his start that way. The Indians wanted him to stay with them and afford to make him a full citerson with them but he refused. He had four boys. I don’t know which was the oldest there was Lenard, Judson, Harmon and Dick. Dick was the youngest. He had three girls, one was Suekey she married a Snow, and one was a Bell Harrell and have forgot the other girl’s name.
The Harrell that settled near Spring Hill came from West Tennessee and as their children was about the same age as Papa, and Papa was related to each family and they was related to each other I think the older two Harrells must have been brothers and brothers to Papa’s mother. As soon as I have a chance to search the records of Lamar and Fannin counties and will be able to find out more, the children of the Harrell that was killed and the children of Lenard Harrell. (The one that came with the Indians to the Territory) and Papa was cousins to all and Lenard Harrell and the one that was killed and Papa’s mother was all about the same age.