Elizabeth Springer

HUSBANDJames N. Harris
Birth25 Dec 1822, Pine Grove, Tyler County, VA/WV
Death2 Mar 1903, Wetzel County, WV
Burial4 Mar 1903
FatherAnthony Harris
MotherLydia Stansberry
Other wives(2) Esther Lewis, (3) Catherine Hardin, (4) Anna M. Springer
WIFEElizabeth Springer
Birth4 Dec 1820, Pennsylvania
Death9 Oct 1857, Shenango Run, Wetzel County, WV
FatherUriah Springer
MotherLydia McDaniel
Other husbandsNone
CHILDREN (with Elizabeth)
John W.1843, Wetzel County, VA/WV 18 May 1862, Elna,
Greenbrier County, VA/WV
Uriah10 Aug 1845, Wetzel County, VA/WV17 Jun 1917, Ross, Wetzel County, WV(1) 26 Jan 1865, Sarah Malisia Richards
(2) 19 Sept 1869, Rebecca V. Rider
(3) 27 Dec 1876, Rachel Shreve
(4) 31 May 1902, Mary J. Cunningham
Samuel K.30 Aug 1847, Pine Grove, Wetzel County, VA/WV30 Jul 1916, Elizabeth, Wirt County, WV18 Nov 1880, Elizabeth Jane Jacobs
Anthony M.18 Sept 1850, Wetzel County, VA/WV21 Nov 192730 Sept 1875, Mary Jane Crane
William1853, Wetzel County, VA/WV  
(Directly) Caroline15 Jul 1855, Wetzel County, VA/WV25 Jan 1874, Newark, Wirt County, WV15 Jun 1873, Robert A. Whiteman

Sources for the information on this Family Record:

  • United States Census Records for Wetzel, Randolph, Wirt Counties, West Virginia
  • County Court Records (Marriage & Death) for Wetzel, Wirt, Harrison, Doddridge & Wood Counties, West Virginia
  • Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen by H. H. Hardesty, biography of James Harris, published in the Wetzel County Genealogical Newsletter, Nov 1991
  • Genealogical Research of Robert Harris, descendant of James & Elizabeth Springer Harris, who obtained some of his information from various other researchers of this family.
  • Pomroy Funeral Home records, Elizabeth, WV
  • Civil War records

    Elizabeth Springer Harris' death in Wetzel County, WV, age 36-10-0, was reported by her brother-in-law, William Myers, according to research by Robert Harris. The Wetzel County Death Records book, published by the Genealogical Society, lists Uriah and Lydia Springer as her parents and James Harris as her husband.

    James Harris was the subject of a biographical sketch in Presidents, Soldiers, Statesman by H. H. Hardesty, 1898:

    "JAMES HARRIS was born Dec. 25, 1822, in Tyler County, W.Va., of parents, Anthony and Littie (Stansberry) Harris, deceased. Jan. 22, 1889, he was married in Wetzel County, W.Va. to Anna M. Springer, who was born in Wetzel County, W.Va., July 1, 1857. Her father, Samuel Springer, is living, but her mother, Elizabeth (Fluharty) is deceased. One child was the issue of this marriage, Thomas M. He (James Harris) was subsequently married three times, first to Elizabeth Springer, who died in 1857, leaving these children: John, deceased, Uriah, Samuel K., Anthony, William and Caroline. His second wife, Esther Louis, who died August, 1863, bore him three children: George W., James M. and Davis M. The maiden name of his third wife, who died September, 1868, was Catherine Hardin. One child was the issue of this union, Minerva. Comrade Harris served in the war of the Rebellion with distinction and honor. He had been engaged in farming when he enrolled August, 1862, in Co. E, 11th W.Va. V.I, In 1864 he was confined in hospital five months, suffering with chronic diarrhea. In May, 1865 he was furloughed for thirty days and reported for duty at end of time. In the winter of 1862-3 he was detailed at Parkersburg, W.Va., as a nurse and served in this capacity until released from duty at the close of the war. He took part in several skirmishes and was honorably discharged June, 1865, at Wheeling, W.Va. His son John served in the late war and fell for the glorious cause he had upheld, being shot at the battle of Pocataligo, Greenbrier County, W.Va.; his first wife's brothers, Samuel and David, served in the late war, as did his second wife's brother Louis. Comrade Harris is a member of Steele Post, No. 61; he is a farmer with address at Reader, W.Va."

    In the military discharge of James Harris, recorded in the Wirt County, WV Courthouse, James is described as "5'8" tall, dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair."

    The middle intial "M" for James was gleaned from the Pomroy Funeral Home record for Samuel following his death.

    James' third marriage, to Catherine Hardin, is recorded in Wood County, WV. His fourth marriage, to Anna Marie Springer, niece of his first wife, Elizabeth Springer, is recorded in Wetzel County. More about the family of James and Anna Marie can be found in the Samuel C. Springer section of this publication. Samuel was Anna Marie's father.

    Jason Hart and J. N. Harris were the administrators for the estate of James Harris, Sept 19, 1905. Information given in his death by W. S. Howard (Who was he?).

    Robert Elmo Harris, contributor of this genealogy, is the g-g-grandson of Uriah & Lydia Springer, the g-grandson of James and Elizabeth Springer Harris, and the grandson of Samuel K. Harris. Robert's parents were Robert Warren and Ora Marcella Cline Harris. Robert Warren Harris was born 24 Feb 1885, Wirt County, WV & died 18 June 1948, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV. Ora, born 2 Oct 1890, Morristown, Wirt County, WV, died 9 Mar 1946, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV, was the daughter of Edmond Johnson and Virginia Sophia Ballard Cline. Robert Warren and Ora Harris are buried in K of P Cemetery, Wirt County, WV.