Mary Elizabeth Richmond1

ID#29, b. 9 November 1849, d. 11 June 1926
Mary Elizabeth (Richmond) Harris
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.2

Photograph of Mary and Samuel Harris. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown.. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.2

Father: Isaac Richmond
Mother: Sarah Elizabeth Irey

Birth date: 9 November 1849
Birth place: Moundsville, Marshall County, Virginia.1,3,4

Mary married Samuel Harris, son of Uriah Harris and Mary Ann Lydick, 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

A newspaper article about Samuel and Mary's 50th wedding anniversary was published in an unidentified newspaper, possibly the Moundsville Echo.6 The following is a transcription of that news article:

     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

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Mary died at age 76 on 11 June 1926 in Marshall County, West Virginia. Cause of death was general debility with influenza as a contributing factor.4,3

An obituary was published per an unidentified, undated newspaper clipping. It is interesting to note that the obituary appears with her maiden name rather than her married name.1 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

     On Friday morning June 11, 1926, Death -- the messenger whose summons we all must inevitably heed, entered the home of Samuel Harris on Fork Ridge and claimed for its victim the beloved wife and mother, Mary Elizabeth Richmond, she was born November the 9th 1849 she was a daughter of Isaac and Sarah Richmond.
     On November the fourth 1869 she was united in marriage to Samuel Harris. To this union eight children were born, six sons and two daughters, one son William died March 5th 1925. Those living are Oscar, Isaac, John, James and Charles, Mrs. Charles Stewart and Mrs. O. H. Stewart all living in Marshall county. Also twenty six grand children and fifteen great grnad children.
     Early in life she united with the Christian church, and to that trust she has been faithful. For many years a Sunday school teacher and church worker. She tried always to be of service to her master and to the community in which she lived.
     Mrs. Harris was well and favorably known throughout this section of the country. She had a lovable dispositon that made her many friends. She was a true companion and a devoted mother.
     Mrs. Harris had been in poor health for several years and for the past six months had been confined to her room due to complicatoin of diseases. She was tenderely cared for by her husband and children until God in his infinte wisdom saw fit to call her from this world of pain and sorrow to that heavenly home above where there is no death nor parting, but where all is peace and love.
     She was laid to rest in the Christian church cemetery on Fork Ridge to await the Resurrection morn"

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Mary's body was interred on 13 June 1926 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Mary E. Harris." The inscription reads, "Samuel Harris and Mary E. his wife."4,7

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1850Marshall County, VirginiaMary E. Richmond, female, age 10 months, born in Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)9
1870Marshall County, West VirginiaMary Harris, female, age 19, born in Pennsylvania, keeping house
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)10
1910Brushy Ridge Road, Marshall County, West VirginiaMary E. Harris, female, age 59, wife, married 40 years, born in West Virginia, 8 of 8 children still living
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)11

Deceased Children of Mary Elizabeth Richmond and Samuel Harris:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=28 Aug 2015


  1. [S783] Mary Elizabeth Richmond obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  2. [S2122] Photograph. Digital copy of photograph received from Bruce Stewart.
  3. [S787] Mary Elizabeth Harris, Marshall County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4132553_00228.jpg.
  4. [S786] Mary Elizabeth Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 1953325_0002575.jpg.
  5. [S1304] Marriage License for Samuel Harris and Mary E Richmond, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4130825_00261.jpg.
  6. [S800] "Golden Wedding," undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  7. [S71] Samuel and Mary E. Harris gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  8. [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.
  9. [S1010] Isaac Richmond household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, 33rd District, page 253B, National Archives micropublication M432_959.
  10. [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.
  11. [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.
  12. [S686] Oscar L. Harris, Certificate of Death, Wetzel County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 2074150_0002495.jpg.