John T. Harrell, Co. C
AW Bowen History Montgomery County Indiana (1913) p 723
Among the enterprising business men of Montgomery County is Hezekiah F. Harrell, hardware merchant of New Market, and formerly a successful commercial traveler for over a score of years. His acquaintance is extensive, and all who have the privilege of his friendship hold him in high esteem for his many sterling qualities of manhood. In private life he is a courteous gentleman, manifesting in his intercourse with his many friends athe characteristics and temperament of the genial race to which he belongs, and he is deserving of the large material success and the high regardw hich are his. Mr. Harrell was born in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana May 31, 1858 and he is a son of John T. and Elizabeth (Moore) Harrell, a highly honored pioneer family of this locality, the father being a native of Ohio and the mother of Indiana. John T. Harrell spent his earlier years in theBuckeye state and he came to Montogmery County in 1840 settling in Brown Township, where he followed farming for some time, later devoting his attention to saw milling. He was well known among the early settlers and lived to see the forests give way to the cultivated fields. He lived to an advanced age, dying in 1906. He enlisted in 1861 in Co. C. 40th Indiana Vol. Infantry and served through the war, taking part in 27 hard fought battles. At Missionary Ridge he succeeded in planting the flag after it had been shot down 5 times. His wife, also reached an advanced milestone, passing in 1908. They were the parents of six: SamuelN; Hezekiah F; Elbert and Minnie May, deceased; Perry E. and Flora M. Politically, the father was a Republican and was an active worker. Hezekiah F. Harrell received a common school education in Brown township then took up farming which he continued for six years, then for a period of 22 years he traveled for the International Harvester Company, the Zimmerman buggy Company and the Gemmer Engine Company. He quit the road in 1910, after giving his employers the utmost satisfaction and becoming widely known and entered the hardware business in New Market, this county being still engaged in this line of endeavor, carrying a large and modern stock of general hardware. He enjoys a large and rapidly growing business, with the surrounding country. Mr. Harrell was married in 1880 to Martha E. Jackson, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Bever Jackson. Mrs. Harrell was called to her eternal rest in May 1909 at the age of 49, leaving two children, Cordelia who married Charles T. Hedges of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Russell E. of Crawfordsville. On June 4, 1911, our subject was united in marriage to Florence Virts, daughter of RH Virts and Mary Amanda Baker Virts. She had been previously married to Charles Abbott and had one child, Verna Lucile. Politically, Mr. Harrell is a Progressive. He is assistant postmaster at New Market. He belongs to the Tribe of Ben Hur and is a member of the Baptist Church.