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GEORGE W. HARRIS, Sgt., Company "C"

Ancestors of George W. Harris

Descendants of George W. Harris

Submitted by Rhonda Harris Fageol, Great Granddaughter.

     George W. Harris, born 14 Oct 1840, was the son of Benjamin and Nancy "Agnes" (Campbell) Harris.

1860 Census, Marshall County, W.Va.
HARRIS (836)
John A...22-wm...farmer...VA
George W...19-wm...VA

     On 17 Aug 1862, George W. Harris married Elzina Terrell, daughter of Amos and Matilda (Lewis) Terrill.

1880 Marshall County, W.Va. Census
Elvina...40-wf...keeping house...WV...WV
Delora...12-wf...at school...WV

1900 Marshall County Census
HARRIS, 167-168
George W...head...Oct 1840...59...M37yrs...WV...WV...Ire...farmer
Elzina...wife...Feb 1839...61...M37 yrs...7/6...WV...WV...OH
Lora...dau...May 1868...32...S...WV...WV...WV
Clara...dau...Mar 1870...30...S...WV...WV...WV
Eva...dau...Sep 1872...27...S...WV...WV...WV
Della...dau...Dec 1874...25...S...WV...WV...WV
Frank...son...Aug 1877...22...S...WV...WV...WV...farm laborer
Letha...dau...Jan 1879...20...S...WV...WV...WV

Moundsville Weekly Echo, Jaunuary 18, 1918


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.

Submitted by Joseph D. Parriott; typed by Linda Fluharty.

Sword of George W. Harris
Owned by Rhonda Harris Fageol.

Tombstone of George W. & Elzina Harris
Fork Ridge Universalist Church Cemetery
Marshall County, W.Va.


George W. Harris
Mustered in: 23 Aug 1862 at Wheeling, W.Va., Co. C of 12th W.Va Reg't
Disability Incurred: Third finger, left hand g.s.w, Lynchburg, VA, June 18, 1864.
Mustered out; Richmond, Va., 16 Jun 1865 - Sergeant.
Company Descriptive Book: Height: 5 ft. 6 in., Complexion: Dark, Eyes: Dark, Hair: Dark
Date and Place of birth: 14 Oct 1840, Marshall County, W.Va.
Occupation: Farmer

Dept of Interior Questionaire
Certificate No. 179527
Name, George W. Harris
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington D.C., January 15, 1898

In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.
Very Respectfully
H Clay Evans

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife’s full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Yes. Elzina Harris, Elzina Terrell

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. Aug 17, 1862 by Samuel Vanetta, Justice of Peace, Green Co Pa.

Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. At County Seat of Green Co Pa. Have a certificate in my possession.

Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer. No. Have been married once only.

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.

William E. Harris, born April 22, 1866 -- Deceased March 13,1872
Delora Harris, May 4, 1868
Clara Harris, March 29, 1870
Eva L. Harris, Sep 27, 1873
Della Harris, Dec 24, 1875
Francis A. Harris, Aug 4, 1877
Letha Harris, Jan 3, 1880

G.W. Harris

Certificate No. 179527
"A" Declaration of Original Invalid Pension. "A"
State of West Virginia
County of Marshall

On this 14th day of January A.D., one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine personally appeared before me, Arthur O. Baker, Clerk; the same being a Court of Record of the county and State aforesaid, Geo. W. Harris, a resident of _____ , County of Marshall, State of W. Va. who being by me duly sworn according to law, on his solemn oath, deposes as follows to wit: "I am the identical Geo. W. Harris who was enrolled on the 23 day of Aug 1862 in Company C of the 12 Reg't of W.Va. Vol's, commanded by Captain E.G. Bartlett and I was honorably discharged at Richmond, Va. on the 16 day of June 1865 and my age is now 38 years. While in the service aforesaid, and in the line of my duty I received the following disability, to wit: third finger, left hand shot off in action at Lynchburg, VA, June 18, 1864. Now hand stiff and unable to work 1/2 time.

I have never been emplyed in the Military or Naval Service of the United States otherwise than set for above. Since leaving the Service, i have resided at W.Va. and my occupation has been farmer before my entry into the Service aforesaid. I was of good, sound physical health, being at enrollment a farmer and I am now so much disabled from obtaining my subsistency by manuyal labor by reason of my disabilities above stated, received in the service of the United States, and I make this Declaration for the purpose of being placed on the Invalid Pension Roll of the United States. I hereaby appoint and empower, with full power of substitution, NATHAN W. FITZGERALD, OF WASHINGTON CITY, D.C. my true and lawful Attorney to prosecute my claim. My Post Office address is Glen Easton, County of Marshall, State of W.Va.

G.W. Harris
(Claimant's Signature)
Attest: Two Witnesses: O.H. P. Lydick, T.S. Terrill

Transcriber's Notes:
Certificate No. 179527.
Increase in pension, dated Nov. 9, 1891 by reason of third finger left hand amputated at distal arliculatron of first phalangral bone from gun shot wound, disease of lungs, catarrh, rheumatism and double inguinal hernia. (sic)

Pension started at $2/mo and increased over the years, eventually to $30/mo (age 75).

There is a 2-inch stack of Invalid Pension Papers over the years. Pension Papers show they lived first in Moundsville, W.Va., then Guernsey County, Ohio from 1907-1912, then returned to Moundsville.

Death Certificate in Pension Records states cause of death: Burns, age 77.
Died 11 Jan 1918, Moundsville, Marshall County, W.Va.
Widow's Pension certificate number 851053, increased to $50/mo. Terminated at her death, 24 Feb 1933 (age 94).