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Obituary of James Edward Herrell, Prince William County, Virginia.

James E. Herrell, who was born March 24, 1843, and died March 11, 1916, was a native of Fauquier County, Va., but in childhood moved to Prince William. At the outbreak of the War between the States, while yeta mere lad, he enlisted as a private in Company F, 17th Virginia Volunteers. During the four years of strife, through meritorious service, courage, and gallantry, he rose from the ranks to sergeant, then lieutenant, and finally captaincy of his company.

After the close of the war Captain Herrell entered the mercantile field and conducted several business enterprises. He became a candidate of sheriff, and to avoid a contest he was made a deputy. After serving in this capacity for some time, he was made deputy clerk under the late Captain Edwin Nelson. In 1900 he was elected to the office of County Treasurer to take up his new duties as Clerk of Prince William County, which he held at the time of his death. He was a man competent and highly qualified as a public servant; and his faithful, valuable, and unimpeachable services as an official made him the friend of Prince William citizens, who hold dear their trust, honor, and respect for him. Aside from his public life, men and women throughout the commonwealth knew him for just what he was-generous, whole-souled, honest, and concientious-for his services as a friend were never-failing. HIs life was filled with generous, kindly deeds. Surviving him are his wife, six daughters, and one son.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, August, 1916.

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