Samuel Harris1

ID#28, b. 18 February 1846, d. 2 January 1936
Samuel Harris
Father: Uriah Harris
Mother: Mary Ann Lydick

Birth date: 18 February 1846
Birth place: (West) Virginia.1

His name usually appears as Samuel Harris, but it has also been found with the initial "U" appearing both before and after Samuel. It's possible that the "U" could stand for Uriah, his father's name.2

Photograph of Samuel and Mary. Date taken: unknown. 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.3

Photograph of Samuel and Mary E. Harris. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown.. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.3

Photograph of Samuel. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Samuel married Mary Elizabeth Richmond, daughter of Isaac Richmond and Sarah Elizabeth Irey, on 4 November 1869 in Marshall County, West Virginia. Mary Elizabeth Richmond was reportedly raised by Joseph Richmond, who gave his consent for her to marry Samuel Harris as she was only 20 years of age. David Anguish certified that he united them in marriage at the residence of Mr. Joseph Richmond. (Relationship between Joseph and Isaac, Mary's father, is unknown.)5

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A newspaper article about Samuel and Mary's 50th wedding anniversary was published in an unidentified newspaper, possibly the Moundsville Echo.7 The following is a transcription of that news article:

"GOLDEN WEDDING
     A pleasant surprise occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harris on Fork ridge Saturday, Nov. 8, when a number of their relatives and friends gathered to help them celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. All their children were present, a number of grand children and close friends. Mr. and Mrs. Harris have eight children, all living tweny two grand children and three great grand children.
     They received many beautiful and useful presents and at noon a sumptuous dinner was served and a very enjoyable day was spent in conversation, music and ball games. Those present were:
     Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. John Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. John Fish
     Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stewart
     Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Stewart
     Mrs. M. E. Stewart
     Mrs. Chalmer Hill
     Miss Marjorie Fish
"

[clipping was cut off at this point]
[original spelling and punctuation retained]


A clipping from an unidentified newspaper is poignant in that it describes the last birthday Samuel celebrated.8 The following is a transcription of that news article:

"Samuel Harris, Civil War Veteran Celebrates 89th Birthday Today --
     Samuel Harris, prominent retired Marshall county farmer and a Civil War Veteran, celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday today and in his honor a family dinner party was given by Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stewart of Fork Ridge.
     Mr. Harris, a life long resident of the county, was a member of the 12th West Virginia regiment and took part in a hand to hand fight at Fort Gregg. For many years he was a prosperous Marshall county farmer.
     Among the guests were J. T. McCombs and Eli Huggins, also Civil War veterans. All of Mr. Harris' children were guests at the dinner. They are: Mrs. Homer Stewart, Mrs. Charles Stewart, J. R. Harris, O. L. Harris, Isaac Harris and James Harris
."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]


Samuel died at age 89 from lobar pneumonia on 2 January 1936 in Marshall County, West Virginia.1,9 Based on his being the last surviving member of the 12th W. Va. Infantry, several obituary notices were published. One clipping from an unidentified newspaper could have been published on the 3rd, 4th, or 5th of January 1936.10 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"SAMUEL HARRIS
     SAMUEL HARRIS, RETIRED COUNTY FARMER AND CIVIL WAR VETERAN, DEAD.
     Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon for Samuel Harris, one of Marshall County's Civil War veterans, who died Thursday evening at his home on Fork Ridge at the age of 89.
     Brief services will be conducted at the late home at 1:30 o'clock Monday, followed by additional services at the Fork Ridge Christian Church at 2 o'clock.
     Rev. R.J. McCoy, and Rev. O.J. Howearth will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Earl Francis Post No. 3 American Legion, will conduct ritualistic services at the grave.
     Mr. Harris, prominent retired farmer and member of one of the county's oldest families, died following a brief illness of pneumonia.
     It is believed he was the last surviving member of the gallant 12th West Virginia infantry. He enlisted in Company C., 12th Infantry, in 1862 and served to the end of the war. He participated in the battles of Fort Gregg, Gettysburg and Cedar Creek.
     Mr. Harris was the son of the late Uriah and Mary Ann Lydick Harris. He had, with the exception of the years spent in the army, lived his entire life on Fork Ridge. He was a member of the Fork Ridge Christian Church and of Caldwell post of the G.A.R.
     He is survived by four sons, Oscar L., Isaac E., John R., and James A. Harris, all of Fork Ridge, and a brother, Sheridan Harris, of this city. Twenty-five grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren also survive"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Samuel's body was interred on 6 January 1936 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Samuel Harris." The inscription reads, "Co. C 12.W.Va.."1,11

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1850Marshall County, VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 5, born in Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)13
For years 1860 and 1870:  Real estate = land and buildings.
Personal estate = non-land property such as household goods, furnishings, and livestock.
1860Marshall County, VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 14, born in Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)14
1870Marshall County, West VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 24, born in West Virga, a farmer, no real estate value, personal estate value $450
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)15
1910Brushy Ridge Road, Marshall County, West VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 64, head, married 40 years, born in West Virginia, a self-employed farmer (general farm), a Civil War veteran (Union Army)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)16
1930Marshall County, West VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 84, father, widowed, born in West Virginia, a Civil War veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)17

Deceased Children of Samuel Harris and Mary Elizabeth Richmond:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=26 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S683] Samuel Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953909_0002570.jpg.
  2. [S1125] "Thirteen Veterans of Civil War Survive in Marshall County", presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/civil-13.htm. Shows name as U. S. Harris underneath photo, and as U. Samuel Harris in article.
  3. [S2122] Photograph. Digital copy of photograph received from Bruce Stewart.
  4. [S548] Photograph of Samuel Harris. From collection owned by Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, and inherited by her daughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, in 2005. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton.
  5. [S1304] Marriage License for Samuel Harris and Mary E Richmond, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130825_00261.jpg.
  6. [S547] Civil War Pensions, Organization Index to Pension Files, electronic image electronic image by NARA, online http://www.footnote.com/image/22725836/
  7. [S800] "Golden Wedding," undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  8. [S702] "Samuel Harris, Civil War Veteran Celebrates 89th Birthday Today," submitted by Naomi Hupp Lowe, presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/wvcw/12wvi/12-sharris.htm
  9. [S684] Samuel Harris, Marshall County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4130823_00091.jpg.
  10. [S1144] Samuel Harris obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  11. [S71] Samuel and Mary E. Harris gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  12. [S1165] Digital photograph of Samuel and Mary E. Harris gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 12 September 2010.
  13. [S1273] Uriah Harris household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, 33rd District, page 282B, National Archives micropublication M432_959.
  14. [S1110] Uriah Harris household, 1860 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Glen Easton Post Office, page 177, National Archives micropublication M653_1360.
  15. [S1178] Samuel Harris household, 1870 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Township, Glen Easton Post Office, page 24, National Archives micropublication M593_1693.
  16. [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.
  17. [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.
  18. [S686] Oscar L. Harris, Certificate of Death, Wetzel County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 2074150_0002495.jpg.