George W. Harris1

ID#569, b. 14 October 1840, d. 11 January 1918
Father: Benjamin Harris
Mother: Nancy Agnes Campbell

Birth date: 14 October 1840
Birth place: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, Virginia.2

George married Elzina Terrill, daughter of Amos Terrill and Matilda Lewis, on 17 August 1862 in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Samuel Vanetta, Justice of Peace, reportedly performed the ceremony.3,4

George died at age 77 on 11 January 1918 in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.

An obituary was published on 18 January 1918 the Moundsville Weekly Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

     G. W. Harris, aged 77 years, died at his home, 1416 (or 1116) Second street this city at 6:45 o'clock, Friday.
     Mr. Harris was born October 14, 1840, on Fork Ridge where he spent the greater part of his life. In 1897 he moved to a farm near Freeport, Ohio. After having resided there six years he came to Moundsville having a resident of this city for five years.
     Mr. Harris was a veteran of the Civil war, having served four years in Co. C of the 12th W. Va. Infantry.
     He leaves a wife and seven children. One child preceded him to the grave. The children are: Lora, Della and Frank at home; Clara and Mrs. Letha Allen of Glen Easton; and Mrs. H. W. Harris of this city. The children were all at his bedside when death called him.
     He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. M. C. Lydick of Wheeling and Mrs. Thomas Terrill; and a brother, David Harris of this city.
     Mr. Harris's charitable disposition won for him a wide circle of friends, he was highly-regarded for his neighborly kindness.
     A short funeral service will be held at his home Monday morning at 9:20 o'clock,after which his body will be conveyed to the Fork Ridge Universalist church, where it will be interred"

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

George's body was interred on 21 January 1918 in the Fork Ridge Universalist Church Cemetery, Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "George W. Harris."2

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1850Marshall County, VirginiaGeorge Harris, male, age 10, born in Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)6
1860Marshall County, VirginiaGeorge W. Harris, male, age 19, born in Va, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)1
1890Marshall County, West VirginiaCivil War Veteran: George W. Harris, Private, Company "C", 12th WV Infantry. Enlisted 8/17/1862; discharged 6/1865. Address: Glen Easton, WV. Disability Incurred: Injured in left hand by gun shot. Remarks: Could not give dates
1890 Special Schedule (Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows, etc.)7

Deceased Children of George W. Harris and Elzina Terrill:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=1 Feb 2016


  1. [S1095] Benjamin Harris household, 1860 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Moundsville Post Office, page 121, National Archives micropublication M653_1360.
  2. [S656] Marshall County Civil War Soldiers' Obituaries, presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, George W. Harris Obituary, online
  3. [S477] Early Greene County, Pa. Marriages - Part 1 (transcribed from Docket A), online… Our Family Histories), George W. Harris and Elzana Terrill data.
  4. [S1560] "12th West Virginia Infantry, Company "C", George W. Harris, Sgt.," selected transcriptions from Civil War Pension File submitted by Rhonda Harris Fageol, presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, online
  5. [S362] Digital photograph of G. W. and Elzina Harris gravestone in Fork Ridge Universalist Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 03 June 2004.
  6. [S1075] Benjamin Harris household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, 33rd District, pages 328 stamped (655 handwritten) and 328B, National Archives micropublication M432_959.
  7. [S413] "Special Schedule of the Eleventh Census of the United States, 1890," presented by Linda Cunningham Fluharty, online Information pertaining to Cameron District.
  8. [S1703] Clara Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 2074162_0001069.jpg.
  9. [S814] Frank Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 1984518_0001769.jpg.