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While the Haralson surname may today be extinct in Person County, North Carolina, one with this surname was important to the county's early days:
Captain Herndon Haralson (1757-1847) was born in that part of then Orange County that eventually became Person County. His father had moved the family from Virginia to property on Hyco Creek. Herndon Haralson served as a captain under General Nathaniel Greene in the Revolutionary War.
After the war, with the creation of Person County in 1792, Haralson became the county's Clerk of Court. In 1793 he was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons. Later he served as Superior Court judge. In 1816 Haralson began moving westward, ending in western Tennessee, where he died. He rests at a family cemetery in Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee.
For a letter from him to his son see: Haralson Letter