Barbara Elizabeth "Barbary" Harris

ID#273, b. 26 February 1858, d. 21 December 1871
Barbary Elizabeth "Bessie" Harris
Father: Uriah Harris
Mother: Mary Ann Lydick

Birth date: 26 February 1858
Birth place: (West) Virginia.1,2

Known as Bessie based on the song written by her brother, Alfred, after her death at a young age3 and as Barbary per the inscription on her gravestone.4

Handpainted portrait of Barbary. Date painted: probably around 1870. Location: unknown. 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

Barbary died at age 13 from fever on 21 December 1871 at Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia.6 Barbara's body was interred in the Bethel Cemetery, Bowman Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia.7 B. has also been reported to have died on 22 December 1872; Found in a second death register that appears on the WV Vital Research Records site.

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1860Marshall County, VirginiaBarbara E. Harris, male, age 2, born in Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)2
1870Marshall County, West VirginiaBarbra Harris, female, age 12, born in West Virga, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)8
Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=13 Aug 2014


  1. [S32] Family of Uriah and Mary A. (Lydick) Harris, handwritten record of birthdates, undated, in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  2. [S1110] Uriah Harris household, 1860 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Glen Easton Post Office, page 177, National Archives micropublication M653_1360.
  3. [S1402] Alfred Harris, Mother do not Weep for Bessie, viewed online on 25 May 2011, part of the Music for the Nation, American Sheet Music collection,, The Library of Congress, Music Division.
  4. [S1401] Photograph of gravestone, New Bethel Cemetery, taken by Glen Richmond Harris, date unknown.
  5. [S1490] Handpainted portrait of Barbara Elizabeth "Barbary" Harris, in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  6. [S425] Barbery E. Harris, Marshall County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4132553_00039.jpg.
  7. [S1401] Photograph of Barbary E. Harris gravestone, New Bethel Cemetery, taken by Glen Richmond Harris, date unknown.
  8. [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.