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Monday, May 22, 2017

Leo Wilson Harris

Leo Wilson Harris was born 12/23/1917 in Union County, SC to Edward Boyd Harris (DOB 5/23/1877 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/1/1930 in Union County, SC) and Ida Mae Shaw (DOB 8/24/1882 in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC; DOD 6/10/1955 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC). He was one of 6 children, 5 boys and 1 girl. Leo Wilson Harris is the brother of Stan's direct ancestor, Clyde Harris, his grandfather.

1920 U.S. Census of Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T625_1713; Page:  7B; Enumeration District: 144; Image: 931, Lines 62-70, "Boyd Harris"
Boyd Harris, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 41 yrs old (DOB 1879), Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Stationary Engineer
Ida Harris, Wife, F, W, 37 yrs old (DOB 1883), Married, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC (1910 Census says Ida was born in NC, Father born in England and Mother born in Maryland)
Minna Harris (sic, should be James Minor Harris and looks like Minor but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Minna Harris), Daughter (sic.?), F (sic, ?), W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1906), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Mill Laborer
Walter Harris, Son, M, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Clyde Harris, Son, M, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1910), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Bernice L. Harris, Daughter, F, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1913), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Dee C. Harris (sic, should be Gene Carrol "G.C." Harris but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Dee C. Harris), Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1915), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Leo Harris, Son, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1917), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Lizzie Shaw, Boarder, F, W, 41 yrs old (DOB 1879), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC


1930 U.S. Census of Railroad Ave, Glenn Springs, Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: 2215; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 23; Image: 338.0, Lines 6-18, "Boyd Harris"
Boyd Harris, Rents house at $9/months, Owned radio set, M(ale), W(hite), 52 yrs old (DOB 1878), Married at age 26 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Police for cotton mill
Ida May Harris (sic), Wife, F, W, 46 yrs old (DOB 1884), Can read and write, Born in NC, Father born in England, Mother born in Maryland, Weaver at cotton mill
Clyde Harris, Son, M, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1910), Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Weaver at cotton mill
Burnice Harris (sic), Daughter, F, W, 17 yrs old (DOB 1913), Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Weaver at cotton mill
G. Boyd Harris (sic, should be Gene Carroll "G.C." Harris), Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Run drawings at cotton mill
Leo Harris, Son, M, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1917), Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
James M. Harris, Son, M, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1906), Married at age 19 yrs old (DOM 1925), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Moulder at iron foundary
Feri Harris (sic), Daughter-in-law, F, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married at age 22 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in England, Mother born in SC, Housekeeper for private family
James B. Harris, Grandson, M, W, 1 yrs old (DOB 1929), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Walter Harris, Son, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1908), Married at age 20 yrs old (DOM 1928), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Weaver at cotton mill
Madge Harris, Daughter-in-law, 20 yrs old (DOB 1910), Married at age 17 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Drawing in at cotton mill
Hellen Harris (sic), Granddaughter, 1 yr 7/12 mos old (DOB 1928), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Lizzie Shaw, Sister-in-law, F, W, 59 yrs old (DOB 1871), Born in NC, Father born in England, Mother born in Maryland, Spooler at cotton mill
Railroad St, Union, SC near Monarch Mill (cotton mill). There is no house of that house number any more.

Part of the Harris family. Edward Boyd Harris is the white haired gentleman in the back, center. His wife, Ida Mae Shaw is the lady 2nd from the right wearing glasses. Their daughter, Bernice, is the woman between them wearing the black stockings like her mother. Edward Boyd Harris' mother, Sarah Brakefield Harris, wife of Gamewell Calhoun Harris, is the white haired old lady to the left of Boyd. Ida Mae Shaw, Charity Elizabeth "Lizzie" Sibley Shaw, is the short little old lady in front.

Leo's father, Boyd Harris, died when Leo was just 12 yrs old in 1930.

1940 U.S. Census of Railroad Avenue, Buffalo, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T627_3843; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 44-24, Lines 65-60, "Ida M. Harris"
Ida M. Harris, Head, Rents home for $6, F(emale), W(hite), 57 yrs old (DOB 1883), Widowed, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935
G.C. Boyd Harris (sic), Son, M, W, 25 yrs old (DOB 1915), Married, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935, Spare hand in cotton mill
Bernice L. Harris, Daughter-in-law (sic, should be daughter), F, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1914), Married, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935, Battey Filler (sic) in cotton mill
Leo W. Harris, Son, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1918), Single, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935, Cabler in cotton mill
Jessie M. Warren, Granddaughter, F, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1937), Born in SC

World War II was raging in the world. America had not joined the war with Germany in Europe or with Japan in the Pacific yet. But Leo Harris joined the U.S. Army on 9/3/1940, a year early. He served throughout the War getting out 8/21/1945.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Leo W Harris
Birth Year: 1917
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: South Carolina
State of Residence: South Carolina
County or City: Union
Enlistment Date: 3 Sep 1940
Enlistment State: North Carolina
Enlistment City: Charlotte
Branch: Field Artillery
Branch Code: Field Artillery
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Three year enlistment
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 71
Weight: 155.

U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: Leo Harris
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 23 Dec 1917
Death Date: 27 Nov 1973
SSN: 24710****
Branch 1: ARMY
Enlistment Date 1: 3 Sep 1940
Release Date 1: 21 Aug 1945

My husband remembers his great uncle Leo coming to stay with them when he was "passing thru". This would have been in the 1950's-1960's so it was after WWII. Leo was a severe alcoholic who wandered around a lot and whose work was sporadic. But when he was in Spartanburg, he would ask to stay with his nephew, Billy Harris. So Stan and Kenny would end up in the top bunk while Uncle Leo slept on the bottom bunk. Stan said he would mumble and talk all night long in his sleep and it was always to do with the War. He would say things like, "No, Sir!", "Yes, Captain!" and so forth. It would scare them. So I assume Leo was suffering from PTSD or what was known back then as shell shock, battle fatigue or combat stress reaction. Stan thinks Leo was in the Pacific fighting the Japanese. I would love to find out more about his WWII service.

Leo Wilson Harris married Frances Sibbie Bowman on 3/6/1948 in Union, Union County, SC. She was born 1/30/1930 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC to Pearlie G. Bowman and Rose B. Chandler. They had no children that I'm aware of. They divorced and she married then Harry Larue Jeffords (DOB 2/7/1922 in Lynchburg, Lee County, SC; DOD 5/28/1996 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC). She may have also been married to a Bell, but I don't know anything more than the last name.

Leo's brother, Walt Harris, died in 1951 when Leo was 33 yrs old. Next his mother, Ida Mae Shaw Harris, died in 1955 when Leo was 37 yrs old. The very next year, he lost his brother Clyde Harris in a car accident in 1956. In 1963, he lost his brother Gene Carroll Harris.

My husband remembered one time he rode with his father, Billy Harris, to go get Leo Harris from the hospital. He had had a heat stroke. His temperature was higher than the thermometer could register. He survived it! He always carried a card with Billy's address and phone number just in case something happened to him, they would know who to call. When he died, that was how they notified the family. The hospital called Billy.

Leo, himself, died 11/27/1973 in High Point, Guilford County, NC at the age of 55 yrs old of a myocardial infarction (basically a heart attack).

NC Death Certificate #41344, Registration District #41-96, Leo W. Harris, DOD 11/27/1973 in 111 Oakwood Court, High Point, Guilford County, NC (at home)
Male, White, Never Married (sic), DOB 12/23/1917 in SC, 55 yrs old
Occupation: Carpenter, Furniture Making
SS# 247-10-6***
Father: Boyd Harris, Mother: Ida Shaw, Informant: Bernice H. Warren, Spartanburg, SC
DOD 11/27/1973 at 9:30am
Cause of death: Myocardial infarction, natural death
Buried 11/30/1973 at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, Union County, SC

NC Death Collection, 1908-2004
Name: Leo Harris
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Never Married (Single)
Age: 55
Date of Birth: 1918
Residence City: High Point
Residence County: Guilford
Date of Death: 27 Nov 1973
Death City: High Point (P)
Death County: Guilford
Death State: North Carolina
Autopsy: No
Institution: Home
Attendant: Medical Examiner
Recorded Date: 1963
Source Vendor: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1970-74
Certificate: 41A344

U. S. Social Security Death Index
Name: Leo Harris
SSN: 247-10-****
Born: 23 Dec 1916
Died: Nov 1973
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)


Obituary of Leo Wilson Harris, Spartanburg Herold Journal, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Union-Leo Wilson Harris, 54, of Oakwood Court, High Point, N.C., died Tuesday.
Born in Union County, son of the late Boyd and Ida Shaw Harris, he was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Bernice H. Warren of Spartanburg; and a brother, James Minor Harris of Oakland, Calif.
Funeral services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel, with burial in Wesley Chapel Methodist Church cemetery with military rites.
The family is at the home of Mrs. Harold Dean Davis, 411 Seigler Road, Union.
Mrs. Harold Dean Davis was his niece, Alice Faye Harris Davis, daughter of his brother, Gene Carroll Harris.

His death certificate and obituary indicates he was living at this house in High Point, NC. Probably was a rooming house.

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