Pardon Smith Harris1

ID#268, b. 8 January 1854, d. 2 May 1933
Father: Uriah Harris
Mother: Mary Ann Lydick

Birth date: 8 January 1854
Birth place: Marshall County, Virginia.2

Pardon's first marriage was to Sarah Hanen on 25 March 1875 in Wetzel County, West Virginia.3

His second marriage was to Virginia Rebecca Genther, daughter of Louis Carl F. Genther and Emma Elizabeth Dakan, on 7 June 1911 at Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia.4,5

On 2 May 1933 at age 79, Pardon died at home (1208 Vine Street, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia) a heart attack.6

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


Former Marshall County School Teacher Stricken at Wheeling
     Pardon Smith Harris, 79, former Marshall county school teacher, and founder and owner of the Wheeling Wire Works, no longer in existence; died suddenly while talking with his wife in their home in Wheeling Tuesday afternoon.
     Death was attributed to a heart attack by Dr. Will Cruse, Ohio county coroner, who was called.
     Mr. Harris was born in marshall county, January 8, 1854. He received his early education and spent his early life in the county as a school teacher, moving to Wheeling 40 years ago when he founded the Wheeling Wire Works. He retired 12 years ago. He was a member of the First Christian church of Wheeling.
     He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Gentner Harris; one son, Percy Harris of Steubenville, O; three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Williams, Phoenix, Ariz; Mrs. Blanche Brown, Filer, Idaho; and Miss Eleanora Harris, at home; two brothers, Sherwood and Samuel Harris of Marshall county, and seven grandchildren.

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

His body was interred on 5 May 1933 in Mt. Rose Cemetery, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.6

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1860Marshall County, VirginiaPardon S. Harris, male, age 7, born in Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)1
1870Marshall County, West VirginiaPardon S. Harris, male, age 16, born in West Virga, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)7

Deceased Children of Pardon Smith Harris and Sarah Hanen:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=7 Sep 2013


  1. [S1110] Uriah Harris household, 1860 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Glen Easton Post Office, page 177, National Archives micropublication M653_1360.
  2. [S1049] Pardon Smith Harris obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  3. [S1054] West Virginia Marriage Records, 1863-1900, online (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc.), Pardon S. Harris and Sarah Hanen data.
  4. [S23] Marshall County Historical Society, compiler, History of Marshall County West Virginia, 1984, page 152, submitted by Malcolm Harris.
  5. [S655] Pardon S. Harris household, 1930 U.S. Census, Ohio County, West Virginia, Clay District (Wheeling city), Enumeration District 35-5, sheet 1B, National Archives micropublication T626_2549.
  6. [S1050] Pardon Smith Harris, Certificate of Death, Ohio County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file _00414.jpg.
  7. [S1179] Uriah Harris household, 1870 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Township, Glen Easton Post Office, pages 23 (417 stamped) and 24, National Archives micropublication M593_1693.