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Annabel Harrill papers

Identifier: AC-317

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.


  • Creation: 1838-2004, undated


All materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No Interlibrary loan.

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.

Biographical 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.

Missing Title

  1. Foster, Laura, d. 1865 or 6
  2. Dula, Tom, 1843 or 4-1868
  3. Flour Mills


2.26 Linear Feet (1 box, one folder in cold storage, 1 oversize folder)


The Annabel Harrill Papers consist of papers, photographs and slides 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.

In 2010, the slides and photographs were not found, and in 2013, they still have not been located, except for one color photo of Basil Barr, which is housed in Cold Storage-2013.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

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.

AC.317: Annabel Harrill Papers, 1838-2004, undated
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository