Oscar Leslie "Bones" Harris

ID#283, b. 13 September 1870, d. 31 May 1959
Oscar Leslie "Bones" Harris
Father: Samuel Harris
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Richmond

Birth date: 13 September 1870.1 Interestingly, the family seems to have believed that his birth date was the 11th rather than the 13th as evidenced by two documents: (1) a handwritten family document given to me by my grandmother, Dessie (Aston) Harris, and (2) the death certificate for which the informant was Mrs. Leona Dobbs, Oscar's third daughter.2

Birth place: near Easton (now Glen Easton), Marshall County, West Virginia.1

He was commonly known as Bones ... I never knew the background behind that nickname until one of his great-granddaughters filled me in that it was due to his size and bone structure. Specifically:
As a young child he was very tall and skinny and the other kids called him "Bones" or "Boney."
As an adult, he was about 6 foot 3 or 4 inches tall and was very thin.
As for his facial features, his bone structure was well-defined by protruding cheek bones.
The bones in his big hands and arms were visible.
So the nickname that began in his youth stayed with him throughout his adult years as well.3

Photograph of Oscar. Date taken: unknown. Location: exact location unknown, but probably in Marshall County, West Virginia. 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.4

Oscar married Mary Bane Cummins, daughter of Joseph W. Cummins and Mary (unknown), on 12 August 1893 at.5

Bones died at age 88 from pneumonia on 31 May 1959 at New Martinsville, Wetzel County, West Virginia. The death certificate states that he died in the Wetzel County Hospital, but I remember my mother, Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, saying that he was in a nursing home in New Martinsville when he reportedly fell down the steps and died. According to Mom, the family suspected that he had been pushed down the stairs ... but Mom didn't seem to know why the family believed that.2,6 Oscar's body was interred on 3 June 1959 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "O. L. Harris."2

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.7

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1930Marshall County, West VirginiaOscar L. Harris, male, age 59, brother, widowed, born in West Virginia, a laborer doing odd jobs, not a veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)8

Deceased Children of Oscar Leslie "Bones" Harris and Mary Bane Cummins:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=26 Jun 2015


  1. [S950] Lesley Harris, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file _00303.jpg.
  2. [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.
  3. [S1171] LIVING Fallihee, "Re: Vietnam & Family," e-mail to Jo Ellen Dalton, 30 April 2011.
  4. [S548] Photograph of Oscar Leslie 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. [S37] Samuel Harris family, handwritten records copied in 1971 by Dessie (Aston) Harris for Barbara (Newell) Suarez, 1971, in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  6. [S687] Oscar L. Harris, Wetzel County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 00381.jpg.
  7. [S315] Digital photograph of O. L. and Mary B. Harris gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  8. [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.