Charles McClure Harris

ID#26, b. 20 January 1884, d. 15 June 1932
Charles McClure Harris
Father: Samuel Harris
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Richmond

Birth date: 20 January 1884
Birth place: Fork Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.1,2,3

Charles married Dessie Charlotte "Dess" Aston, daughter of Charles Gibson Aston and Cancedella "Della" McGary, on 29 September 1920 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. James B. Smith certified that he united them in marriage.4

Photograph of Charles. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. The photograph that appears here is part of a 3-part image showing him in his streetcar uniforms. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.5

07 March 1932 is recorded as the date of onset for a brain tumor that would ultimately be the cause of Charles' death. He was treated by Dr. J. E. Arnold from 15 March until his death 3 months later. An operation called a skull trepline [sic] was performed in June.2 Trepanation, also known as trephination or trephining, is a surgical procedure in which a circular piece of bone is removed from the skull by a special saw-like instrument called a trephine or trepan. (The English word "trepan" comes from the Greek word trypanon, which means "auger" or "drill.") This procedure is generally performed to relieve pressure on the brain caused by trauma, or to remove a blood clot from brain tissue.6

Charles died at age 48 from a brain tumor on 15 June 1932 at Glen Dale Hospital (now Reynolds Memorial Hospital), Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia. The death certificate specified cause of death as "glioma of the right frontal lobe of the brain."7,2,1

An obituary was published per an unidentified news clipping.1 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

     In living remembrance long to be forgotten by his friends and loved ones Charles M. Harris departed this earthly life at the Glen Dale hospital following an illness on June 15, 1932.
     Born on Fork Ridge January 20, 1884, he was 48 years, 4 months and 25 days old. He was united in marriage September 29, 1920 to Miss Dessie Aston and to this union was born two daughters, Eva Mae and Alda Louise who now are left without their father's tender care.
     In October 1908 at the age of 24 years he united his faith in Jesus with the Fork Ridge Christian church living a faithful Christian life until called to the Heavenly mansions, his passing will be grieved by his many friends who knew him, as a good neighbor and true companion in life, his home and family, his church and community where he lived will sadly miss him.
     He was born and reared on a farm and spent his entire life, toiling at farming as an occupation. During his sickness and untold suffering for many weeks he never uttered a word of complaint and was ready to go when God called him. Complications of diseases caused his death.
     He leaves to mourn his death besides his wife, Mrs. Dessie Harris and two daughters his father Samuel Harris four brothers and two sisters: Oscar L., Isaac E., and James A. Harris of Fork Ridge and John R. Harris of Cameron; Mrs. Charles Stewart of Moundsville, Mrs. Homer Stewart on Fork Ridge. His mother preceded him to the Great Beyond on May 10, 1926 and a brother William passed away on March 5, 1925.
     Funeral services was held at the Fork Ridge Christian church, conducted by Rev. O. J. Howearth of Moundsville, Saturday afternoon, June 18 a day of beautiful sunshine, and his body was laid to rest besides the graves of loved ones who have gone on many years before him.

No one hears the door that opens
So gentle is the call.
Like falling leaves of Autumn
One by one our loved ones fall.
The Golden Gates were opened wide
A gentle voice said "Come"!
And the Angels from the other side
Welcomed our loved one home.
Written by a friend F. M. Day

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

A memorial service for Charles was conducted on 18 June 1932 at Fork Ridge Christian Church, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.1 Charles's body was interred on 18 June 1932 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Charles M. Harris."8

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Brushy Ridge Road, Marshall County, West VirginiaChas. M. Harris, male, age 26, son, single, born in West Virginia, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)9
1930Marshall County, West VirginiaCharles M. Harris, male, age 46, head, married, age 36 at first marriage, born in West Virginia, a farmer, not a veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)10

Deceased Children of Charles McClure Harris and Dessie Charlotte "Dess" Aston:

Family Line(s):
Aston Index
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=16 Feb 2016


  1. [S789] Charles M. Harris obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  2. [S428] Charles M. Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 1953684_0002018.jpg.
  3. [S760] Charles Harris, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4130821_00018.jpg.
  4. [S766] Marriage License for Charles McClure Harris and Dessie Charlott Aston, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4130839_00110.jpg.
  5. [S563] Photograph of Charles McClure Harris. Copy received from Barbara L. (Newell) Suarez.
  6. [S534] Trepanation, online
  7. [S427] Charles M. Harris, Marshall County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4130823_00090.jpg.
  8. [S71] Charles M. Harris and Dessie C. Harris gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  9. [S1007] Samuel Harris household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District (Brushy Ridge Road), Enumeration District 78, sheet 1A, National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  10. [S243] Charles M. Harris household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.