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  • Blaze Spur Above Shipps Muster Ground

    McCraw and Ahart families first were settled in Surry County, North Carolina in the late 1700s. They later moved together across the state line into Carroll County, Virginia. Most of the research was in Carroll County, Virginia for most of the people were settlers there. The Felts ancestor Ira Felts of Carroll County married Sintha Norman of Round Peak in Surry County, North Carolina below the Blaze Spur. The book Fisher's River Scenes by Harden "Skitt" Taliaferro in 1857 identifies the Blaze Spur as a marked trail between Carroll and Grayson Counties in Virginia down to Round Peak in Surry County, North Carolina. The Blaze Spur is the spur off the Blue Ridge Mountain east of Fisher Peak. Wilma Jarrell Hiatt was also interested in the Round Peak history and furnished transcripts of public records that she had researched. Included are people mentioned in Fisher's River Scenes and church records. Other sources are identified in the text. This is the most famous area in all of Surry County, North Carolina. A portion of Hughes Historical Map of Surry County, Blaze Spur, Shipps Muster Ground, Fisher Peak, A Narrative of Round Peak Settlers Human Interest, Early Marriages Across the County Line, Ancestors of Mary Felts Columbine, Photograph of the Felts Family, Marriage License of Jerden Felts and Nancy Payne, rustic Speech of Round Peak, The Character of Our Round Peak Kin, What They Ate, Medicine, The Churches, Bill Auberry, Parson Bellows, Pathways and Roads, A Haystack Shelter at the Flat Top Ridge, The Fenches, Johnson Snow, Politicians and Liquor Stills, A Good Man at Camp Creek, Death on Camp Creek, Foggy Camp Shindigs, Nettle's Nob, David Lane, Normans, Delilah's Pumpkin Pie, Rebecca's Apron, Moses Cockerham, Sr., Charlie Webb's Corn Harvest, Samuel Dyer, William Miller Easley, Shack Gallion, The Hardships of Jane and Charity, Shelt Gentry, Salomon Hawks, Mary Felts Columbine's Martin Line, Portion of Hughes Stokes County Map and Martin's Rock House, Davis "Maid" Holder, The Taming of Davis Holder, Fountain Jarrell, Capt'en Moore, B. F. Scott, Zachariah Senter, John Senter's Farm Site, John Senter One of Those "Quality" Folks, Pennyroyal on the Beaverdam, The Rebellion of Hollin Senter, The Smiths, Timothy Spencer, Charles Taliaferro, The Thompsons and Lark Cannady, Round Peak Soldiers and the Civil War, McCraw and Ahart Families
  • Descendants of Albert Harvey Jarrell (1835 - 1923)

    Descendants of Albert Harvey Jarrell (1835 - 1923) by Wilma J. Hiatt
  • Tommy Jarrell (1901 - 1985)

    Tommy Jarrell (1901 - 1985) by Wilma J. Hiatt
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell "Tommy", born 3-1-1901, died 1-28-1985, musician, born in the Round Peak Community of Surry County, son of Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "Ben" and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie", Tommy ended his formal education when he left the seventh grade of the Ivy Green School near Round Peak, he bought his own fiddle with ten dollars he had borrowed, Tommy's father Ben was also a musician, Tommy married his wife "Nina" Frances Lowe Jarrell on 12-27-1923, Nina was born , she died 2-13-1967, children of Tommy and Nina: Ardena Jarrell Moncus "Dena" born 2-1925, Clarence "Wayne Jarrell born 2-8-1927, Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "B.F." or "Benny" born 9-19-1933, Tommy worked for the North Carolina Highway Department for 41 years from 1925-1966
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell "Tommy", born 3-1-1901, died 1-28-1985, musician, born in the Round Peak Community of Surry County, son of Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "Ben" and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie", Tommy ended his formal education when he left the seventh grade of the Ivy Green School near Round Peak, he bought his own fiddle with ten dollars he had borrowed, Tommy's father Ben was also a musician, Tommy married his wife "Nina" Frances Lowe Jarrell on 12-27-1923, Nina was born , she died 2-13-1967, children of Tommy and Nina: Ardena Jarrell Moncus "Dena" born 2-1925, Clarence "Wayne Jarrell born 2-8-1927, Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "B.F." or "Benny" born 9-19-1933, Tommy worked for the North Carolina Highway Department for 41 years from 1925-1966
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell "Tommy", born 3-1-1901, died 1-28-1985, musician, born in the Round Peak Community of Surry County, son of Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "Ben" and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie", Tommy ended his formal education when he left the seventh grade of the Ivy Green School near Round Peak, he bought his own fiddle with ten dollars he had borrowed, Tommy's father Ben was also a musician, Tommy married his wife "Nina" Frances Lowe Jarrell on 12-27-1923, Nina was born , she died 2-13-1967, children of Tommy and Nina: Ardena Jarrell Moncus "Dena" born 2-1925, Clarence "Wayne Jarrell born 2-8-1927, Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "B.F." or "Benny" born 9-19-1933, Tommy worked for the North Carolina Highway Department for 41 years from 1925-1966
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell "Tommy", born 3-1-1901, died 1-28-1985, musician, born in the Round Peak Community of Surry County, son of Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "Ben" and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie", Tommy ended his formal education when he left the seventh grade of the Ivy Green School near Round Peak, he bought his own fiddle with ten dollars he had borrowed, Tommy's father Ben was also a musician, Tommy married his wife "Nina" Frances Lowe Jarrell on 12-27-1923, Nina was born , she died 2-13-1967, children of Tommy and Nina: Ardena Jarrell Moncus "Dena" born 2-1925, Clarence "Wayne Jarrell born 2-8-1927, Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "B.F." or "Benny" born 9-19-1933, Tommy worked for the North Carolina Highway Department for 41 years from 1925-1966
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell "Tommy", born 3-1-1901, died 1-28-1985, musician, born in the Round Peak Community of Surry County, son of Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "Ben" and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie", Tommy ended his formal education when he left the seventh grade of the Ivy Green School near Round Peak, he bought his own fiddle with ten dollars he had borrowed, Tommy's father Ben was also a musician, Tommy married his wife "Nina" Frances Lowe Jarrell on 12-27-1923, Nina was born , she died 2-13-1967, children of Tommy and Nina: Ardena Jarrell Moncus "Dena" born 2-1925, Clarence "Wayne Jarrell born 2-8-1927, Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "B.F." or "Benny" born 9-19-1933, Tommy worked for the North Carolina Highway Department for 41 years from 1925-1966
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell "Tommy", born 3-1-1901, died 1-28-1985, musician, born in the Round Peak Community of Surry County, son of Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "Ben" and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie", Tommy ended his formal education when he left the seventh grade of the Ivy Green School near Round Peak, he bought his own fiddle with ten dollars he had borrowed, Tommy's father Ben was also a musician, Tommy married his wife "Nina" Frances Lowe Jarrell on 12-27-1923, Nina was born , she died 2-13-1967, children of Tommy and Nina: Ardena Jarrell Moncus "Dena" born 2-1925, Clarence "Wayne Jarrell born 2-8-1927, Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "B.F." or "Benny" born 9-19-1933, Tommy worked for the North Carolina Highway Department for 41 years from 1925-1966
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell "Tommy", born 3-1-1901, died 1-28-1985, musician, born in the Round Peak Community of Surry County, son of Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "Ben" and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie", Tommy ended his formal education when he left the seventh grade of the Ivy Green School near Round Peak, he bought his own fiddle with ten dollars he had borrowed, Tommy's father Ben was also a musician, Tommy married his wife "Nina" Frances Lowe Jarrell on 12-27-1923, Nina was born , she died 2-13-1967, children of Tommy and Nina: Ardena Jarrell Moncus "Dena" born 2-1925, Clarence "Wayne Jarrell born 2-8-1927, Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "B.F." or "Benny" born 9-19-1933, Tommy worked for the North Carolina Highway Department for 41 years from 1925-1966
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell "Tommy", born 3-1-1901, died 1-28-1985, musician, born in the Round Peak Community of Surry County, son of Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "Ben" and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie", Tommy ended his formal education when he left the seventh grade of the Ivy Green School near Round Peak, he bought his own fiddle with ten dollars he had borrowed, Tommy's father Ben was also a musician, Tommy married his wife "Nina" Frances Lowe Jarrell on 12-27-1923, Nina was born , she died 2-13-1967, children of Tommy and Nina: Ardena Jarrell Moncus "Dena" born 2-1925, Clarence "Wayne Jarrell born 2-8-1927, Benjamin Franklin Jarrell "B.F." or "Benny" born 9-19-1933, Tommy worked for the North Carolina Highway Department for 41 years from 1925-1966
  • photograph of Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie"

    photograph of Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell "Susie" born on 5/5/1882 and died on 3/14/1961. She was Tommy Jarrell's mother and wife of Ben Jarrell
  • photograph of Benjamin "Ben" Franklin Jarrell

    photograph of Benjamin "Ben" Franklin Jarrell born 5/14/1880 and died 12/9/1946. He was Tommy Jarrell's father, a musician and the son of Rufus Austin Jarrell and Susan Turney Jarrell
  • photograph of the house on Dan Callaway Road in the Round Peak section of Surry County where Tommy Jarrell was raised until 1919

    photograph of the house on Dan Callaway Road in the Round Peak section of Surry County where Tommy Jarrell was raised until 1919
  • photograph of Benny Jarrell and Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Benny Jarrell and Tommy Jarrell looking over a copy of Benny's first alum "The Lady of the Lake" released in the 1970s
  • photograph of musicians, Tommy Jarrell and Chester McMillian

    photograph of musicians, Tommy Jarrell and Chester McMillian
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell, Dix Freeman, Chester McMillian

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell, Dix Freeman, Chester McMillian
  • photograph of Dix Freeman, Tommy Jarrell, Mike Seeger, Chester McMillian

    photograph of Dix Freeman, Tommy Jarrell, Mike Seeger, Chester McMillian
  • photograph of Mike Seeger, Alice Gerrard, Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Mike Seeger, Alice Gerrard, Tommy Jarrell
  • photograph of Steve Roberts, Tommy Jarrell, Chester McMillian in Washington DC

    photograph of Steve Roberts, Tommy Jarrell, Chester McMillian in Washington, DC
  • photograph of Steve Roberts, Tommy Jarrell, Chester McMillian in Washington DC

    photograph of Steve Roberts, Tommy Jarrell, Chester McMillian in Washington, DC
  • photograph of Oscar Jenkins, Fred Cockerham, Tommy Jarrell

    photograph of Oscar Jenkins, Fred Cockerham, Tommy Jarrell
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell and Chester McMillian

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell and Chester McMillian
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell and musicians

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell and musicians
  • photograph of Tommy Jarrell's 75th birthday party

    photograph of Tommy Jarrell's 75th birthday party