Lawrence Jay Harris1

ID#389, b. 3 October 1916, d. 9 July 1990
Father: James Alfred "Jim" Harris
Mother: Bessie Jane Pierce

Birth date: 3 October 1916
Birth place: Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Glen Harris told me that he once asked Lawrence about his middle name as he had only known him to use the initial "J". When asked what his middle was, Lawrence replied "Jay," but Glen thought he was simply saying the initial "J." Glen asked him again, "But what is your middle name" and Lawrence once again responded "Jay." After a few rounds back and forth, Lawrence finally spelled it out, "J-a-y." The exchange is reminiscent of the old "who's on first" vaudeville routine by Abbott and Costello!3

Lawrence married Viletta May "Vi" Marshall, daughter of Spencer Lee Marshall and Alice C. Miner, on 21 September 1938 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Vernon C. Cutright, a minister of the M. E. Church, certified that he united them in marriage.2

Lawrence died at age 73 on 9 July 1990 at Belmont Community Hospital, Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio.4

A memorial service for Lawrence was conducted on 11 July 1990 at Kirby-Vance Funeral Home, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.5 Lawrence's body was interred on 11 July 1990 in the Halcyon Hills Memorial Park, Rt. 88, Sherrard, Ohio County, West Virginia.5

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1930Marshall County, West VirginiaLawrence J. Harris, male, age 13, nephew, single, born in West Virginia, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)6
Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=2 May 2014


  1. [S1043] Interview with LIVING Harris, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 October 2010.
  2. [S870] Marriage License for Lawrence J. Harris and Viletta Mae Marshall, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4130846_00105.jpg.
  3. [S1045] Interview with LIVING Harris, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 26 October 2010.
  4. [S316] Ohio Deaths, 1958-2000,, online (Provo, Utah:, Lawrence J. Harris data.
  5. [S764] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Kirby-Vance Funeral Home), Lawrence J. Harris, 11 July 1990, Lawrence J. Harris service.
  6. [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.