Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Emma Mead Harrell Left Footprints in the Amite City Courthouse


Johnny Harrell researching with genealogist
Antoinette Harrell
My cousin Johnny Harrell and I spent the earlier morning hours looking in the vendors and vendees books for property records on our Harrell ancestors. We look in the records of Palmer and Jasper Harrell, Sr., it was the records of their mother Emma Mead Harrell that caught our attention. Our grandmother Emma was a very assertive woman of her time. She purchased land, she farmed land and she sold he produce at the markets.

It delights my heart to see one of the descendants of Alexander and Emma Mead Harrell wanting to know his family history. Johnny walked out of the Amite City Courthouse with great appreciation for his paternal great grandmother Emma. He learned so much about her and the legacy she left him. Johnny is the first male descendant that has researched the Harrell family history with me.

Emma Mead Harrell was the widow of Alexander Harrell. In 1924 she purchased land in Tangipahoa Parish from the U.S. House of Representatives from the Louisiana's 6th District. A Democrat, Kemp won the 1924 primary election for the 6th District seat and was unopposed in the general election. His wife was named Esther Edwards Conner, known as "Lallie" Kemp.  She passed away in 1943, she was appointed in 1937 by Governor Richard Leche to the Louisiana Hospital Board. She was honored by naming of the medical center, a critical access hospital, in Independence, LA.

Bolivar E. Kemp
Member of the U.S. House
of Representative from
Louisiana's 6th District
On June , 1924 in the State of Louisiana and Parish of Tangipahoa, Bolivar E. Kemp sold to my maternal great grandmother Emma Mead Harrell eleven and 64/100 acres of land. The personally appeared before Louis F. Lefevre, a notary public, duly commissioned and qualified in and for the Parish of Tangipahoa, State of Louisiana, and in the presence of the witnesses hereinafter named and undersigned. Bolivar E. Kemp, of lawful age, married but one time, then to Lallie Kemp,

For the consideration of the price and sum of three hundred and no/100 ($300.00) dollars cash in hand. The witnesses were Lorina L. Ponder, Carroll Buck.

I'm so happy to know that I'm walking in the footprints that my great grandmother left to her descendants. If only I can get others in the family to take interest in their family history.