Guide to the Annabel Harrill Papers, 1838-2004, undated

Summary Information

Title: Annabel Harrill Papers, 1838-2004, undated
Collection: AC.317
Extent: 2.26 linear feet (1 box, one folder in cold storage, 1 oversize folder)

Annabel Harrill Papers consist of papers, photographs collected during study on Ashe County, North Carolina mills. Many mills were located in the South Fork of the New River area. Also included are newspaper clippings and a ballad about Laura Foster, a Wilkes County, North Carolina native who was murdered in the 1860s.

Creator: Harrill, Annabel

Biographical/Historical Note

Annabel Colvard Harrill was a native of Ashe County, North Carolina. Her ancestors worked in mills. She was on the Board of the National Committee for the New River.

Basil D. Barr (1894-1995) was a native of Ashe County, North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1921. In 1934, he was postmaster in West Jefferson. He served in World War II and the Korean Conflict, beginning as a Second Lieutenant and retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. Basil also served 13 years in the Army Corps of Engineers, supervised the construction of several buildings around Ashe County, and served three terms in the North Carolina General Assembly. His first wife was Mabel Phillips. They had three children, Nena, Winfred, Basil, Jr. His second wife was Blanche Laxton Critcher.

Scope and Contents

The Annabel Harrill Papers consist of research, interviews, maps, and articles relating to the grist mills located along Naked Creek in Ashe County, North Carolina in the 1800s and 1900s, some of which belonged and were operated by her ancestors. Included also are some genealogical papers of her family, presentations and papers written about the mills, and some research on Laura Foster, a Wilkes County, North Carolina native.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Annabel Harrill donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian in 23 February 2004 and the Laura Foster materials in April 7, 2004. Accession number is AC.2004.09. It was opened to the public in May 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, May, 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, May, 2006; Revised processing by Anita Elliott, July 2013. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.317: Annabel Harrill Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Comments and Research, 1983 and 1985 Basil Barr Interviews on Ashe County Mills, 2004 Box 1.1
Genealogy and Family History, Colvards and Bowers, undated Box 1.2
Map of Ashe County, North Carolina and Grist Mill Locations on Naked Creek, 1982 Box 1.3
Newspaper Clippings, Area Water Mills including Absolom Bower's Mill, 1988 Box 1.4
Notes of Annabel Colvard Harrill, on Community, 1988-2004, undated Box 1.5
Original Newspaper Article, "The Case of the Six Jealous Suitors" about Laura Foster, October 1942 E2-3 Oversize Folder 1
Presentation, to Appalachian Studies Conference, by Annabel Harrill,circa 1988 Box 1.6
Program and Transparency Copies, by Ed Harrill to First Baptist Church, West Jefferson, North Carolina, 1991-2004, undated Box 1.7
Research on Grist Mill Technology, undated Box 1.8
Research, on Laura Foster, Happy Valley, North Carolina by Annabel Harrill, 1942, undated Box 1.9
Transcript, of Interview of Basil Duke Barr by Thomas McGowan, September 1, 1987 Box 1.10
Transcript, of Interview with Fred Colvard, Jefferson, North Carolina by Basil D. Barr and James E. Barr (3 copies), July 30, 1983 Box 1.11
Will, John Bower,1838 Box 1.12