George Luther Harris1

ID#279, b. 30 December 1868, d. 15 October 1928
Father: Uriah Harris
Mother: Mary Ann Lydick

Birth date: 30 December 1868.2 It has also been reported that George was born on 31 December 1866.3
Birth place: West Virginia.2

George married Ella Margaret Wilson, daughter of Josiah Wilson and Mary Bonar, on 9 October 1892 at Rosby's Rock, Marshall County, West Virginia. According to one of their grandsons, the wedding was at Ella's home. The minister's name appears to be S. F. (or T.) Carlton on the marriage license, but the grandson says it was Rev. S. P. Carlton who performed the ceremony. Attendees included the bride's parents, Mary and Josiah Wilson; the groom's parents, Mary Ann and Uriah Harris; and Eva Harris and Nancy Terrill.1,4

On 15 October 1928 at age 59, George died at home (607 N. Front Street, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia) from arteriosclerosis. A left cerebral hemorrhage contributed to his death.2

An obituary was published on 19 October 1928 Moundsville Echo.5 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

     George L. Harris, former Marshall County resident died Monday October 5, at 12:30 at his home 607 North Front street, Wheeling Island. He was born on Fork ridge 59 years ago, the son of the late Uriah and Mary Ann Harris. He and his wife, formerly Miss Ella Wilson, lived on Fork ridge for several years but then moved to Center street this city and finally moved to Wheeling 15 years ago.
     Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mable and one son Clarence, both at home and the following brothers: Pardon Harris of Elm Grove, Sherd and Samuel Harris of Fork ridge, John Harris of Loudenville, and Wes Harris of Kansas.
     The body was removed to the Lutes mortuary and was taken to the late home Tuesday evening. Funeral services will be held at the home in Wheeling Thursday at 12:00 o'clock followed by services at the Fork ridge Universalist church at 2:00 o'clock in charge of Rev. Price of Columbus and interment will be made in that cemetery"

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

George's body was interred on 18 October 1928 in the Fork Ridge Universalist Church Cemetery, Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "George L. Harris."2

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1870Marshall County, West VirginiaGeo. S. R. Harris, male, age 3, born in West Virga
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)7
1900Marshall County, West VirginiaGeo. L. Harris, male, age 31, head, married 8 years, born Dec 1868 in Virginia, a farmer with no months unemployed
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)8

Deceased Children of George Luther Harris and Ella Margaret Wilson:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=30 Jun 2015


  1. [S1337] Marriage License for George Luther Harris and Ella Margaret Wilson, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4130830_00074.jpg.
  2. [S1336] George L. Harris, Certificate of Death, Ohio County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 1953440_0001464.jpg.
  3. [S32] Family of Uriah and Mary A. (Lydick) Harris, handwritten record of birthdates, undated, in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  4. [S1454] LIVING Harris, "RE: Harris/Wilson Ancestry," e-mail to Jo Ellen Dalton, 03 April 2012.
  5. [S667] Marshall County Obituaries, presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, George L. Harris Obituary, online
  6. [S362] Digital photograph of George L. Harris gravestone in Fork Ridge Universalist Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 03 June 2004.
  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.
  8. [S975] George L. Harris household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Enumeration District 67, sheet 10A, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.