James Alfred "Jim" Harris

ID#293, b. 3 September 1881, d. 27 December 1947
James Alfred "Jim" Harris
Father: Samuel Harris
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Richmond

Birth date: 3 September 1881
Birth place: Marshall County, West Virginia.1

Photograph of Jim. 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

James married Bessie Jane Pierce, daughter of John Pierce and Amelia C. Talbott, on 13 November 1915 at Cameron, Marshall County, West Virginia. W. E. Pierce certified that he united them in marriage.3

Jim died at age 66 from pneumonia on 27 December 1947 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia. He had been in the hospital for a month after an operation for a ruptured appendix, complicated by pneumonia and liver abcess.4

An obituary was published on 27 December 1947 per an unidentified newspaper clipping.5 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Jas. A. Harris, 67, Prominent Farmer of Fork Ridge Dies
     James Alfred Harris, prominent farmer of Fork ridge, died at 6:20 o'clock this morning at Glendale hospital, where he had been a surgical patient since November 28. Death was attributed to pneumonia.
     He was born Sept. 3, 1881, in Marshall county, a son of the late Samuel and Mary Richmond Harris. He was a member of Fork Ridge Christian church. A farmer most of his life, he was a former teacher in county schools.
     Surviving are a son, Lawrence J. Harris, Moundsville; two grandchildren, James Lee and Roberta Jean Harris; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Stewart, Moundsville; and three brothers, John R. and Oscar Harris, both of Fork ridge and Isaac Harris of Bowman ridge.
     The body is at the Riggs funeral home."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

James was reportedly buried in an unmarked grave on 29 December 1947 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia. Jim was buried beside his wife, Bessie (Pierce) Harris per neice, Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn.4,6

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Brushy Ridge Road, Marshall County, West VirginiaJames A. Harris, male, age 28, son, single, born in West Virginia, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)7
1930Marshall County, West VirginiaJames A. Harris, male, age 48, brother, widowed, born in West Virginia, a farmer, not a veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)8

Deceased Child of James Alfred "Jim" Harris and Bessie Jane Pierce:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=27 Jun 2015


  1. [S863] U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), James Alfered Harris data.
  2. [S548] Photograph of James Alfred 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.
  3. [S769] Marriage License for James A. Harris and Bessie J. Pierce, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130837_00494.jpg.
  4. [S676] James Alfred Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1983944_0001042.jpg.
  5. [S1044] James A. Harris obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  6. [S39] Interview with Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  7. [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.
  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.