Friday, September 11, 2009

Rachel Stover and Augustus Harless

Rachel Stover, daughter of Jubel Stover and Mary J. Doughty, was born 18 Jul 1852 in Saundersville,OH and died 17 Feb 1905 in Lincoln Co., WV. She married 4 September 1870 Gallia Co., OH Augustus Harless. He was born 28 August 1845 in Marion, Lawrence Co., OH and died 9 March 1925 in Lincoln Co. WV. He was the son of Jacob and Elsy Emmons Harless.

I have a copy of Gallia County Marriages volume 3325 and it lists marriage date as 9-4-1871. Jubal Stovers will lists Rachel Stover as daughter and Augustus Harless as son in law in application for probate.

Augustus Harless; Rank- Pri.; Unit- Co. f, 33 Reg. OH Inf., Enl.- February 14, 1864; Dis.- July 12, 1865; L/S.-1 y. 5 m. 2 d.; Add. -Crown City, OH; Dis. Inc. - None; Rem.- None; M.C. C./Page - Guyan Twp. 4.(From 1890 Census Abstract Gallia

From Gallia Co Ohio Soldier Discharge Book Vol 1
Agustus Harlus; Rank-Private; Unit-Company F, 33rd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry;
Enrolled-February 15, 1864; Discharged-July 12, 1865 Louisville, KY;
Born-Lawrence Co., OH; Age 18 years;
Physical Description; Height-5'11", Complexion-Fair, Eyes-Blue, Hair-Black;
Occupation when enrolled-Farmer.

1880 census of Gallia Co.,OH lists Rachel , wife, Mary, Jubal, Elzina, Viola, Lewis, and one other I can't read.
After Rachel's death, Augustus married Margaret Jane Hayes Hesson. She was widowed also. They married 9-30- 1905. There are Ohio land deeds for several tracts of land in Gallia Co that Augustus and Rachel owned and they owned land in Mason County, Wv around 16 Mile Creek, between Winfield and Pt. Pleasant, WV.

They moved to Lincoln Co., WV just after 1900. Their property there was at Kings Creek, Donnaly Hollow. Augustus reportedly had a grocery store and a post office that he ran for several years. Their daughter Ruby and her husband Harrison Turley moved back from Putnam County to take care of Augusutus in his old age. Ruby and Harrison bought the farm and later sold it to her brother Lewis. He sold it to a family named Statford. I did not find evidence that Augustus was a post master but I did find that his son Wilbert was apponted Post Master at Caldona, Lincoln Co, 4-9-1915.

Augustus was the first I could find in our family to be a Church of Christ minister. He wrote poetry and hymns and was reportedly published several times, but I haven't been able to find where yet.

Augustus died of Tuberculosis. Buried
in the Harless Cemetery at King's Creek (There is no longer a
place called King's Creek in Lincoln Co., but there is a
cemetery in Lincoln Co. where many Harlesses are buried. It is
in the town called Griffithsville on a country road called
Sugartree. The Church of Christ is also located there, but
information has not yet been received to verify that this was
the Harless cemetery where Augustus was buried)

Nickname "Bud"

Rachel is listed as a child of Jubal Stover and Mary in 1870 Gallia Co., OH census.
Nickname "Bettie".

After Rachel died, Augustus remarried 30 Sep 1905 to Margaret Jane Hayes. She was the widow of Samuel Hesson.

Augustus and Rachel Stover Harless had the following children:

1.Mary Isadora Harless born 14 Jun 1871 Saundersville, Gallia Co., OH died 10 Jun 1892
2.Elzina Jane Haless born 24 Nov 1872 Saundersville, Gallia Co., OH died 23 April 1961
3.Jubel Mcpherson Harless 11 May 1874 Saundersville, Gallia Co., OH died Sep 1949 died Ohio Valle Hospital, Newell, WV
4.Jacob Harless born 11 May 1874 Saundersville, Gallia Co., OH died 11 May 1874 Saundersville, OH
5.Elsie Elcy Viola Harless born 11 May 1876 Crewzit, OH died 4 Jan 1901
6. William Hamilton Harless 8 Jan 1878 Miller, OH died 2 May 1960 Lawrence Co., OH
7. Lewis Curtis Harless 10 Oct 1879 Crewzit, OH died 12 Aug 1975 Sharpes, Brevard, FL
8. Charlotte May Harless 3 May 1881 Crewzit, OH 22 Feb 1905 Probably Lincoln Co., WV
9. Sarah M. Harless 10 Oct 1882 Crewzit, Gallia Co., OH died 18 Jul 1902 Lincoln or Mason Co.
10. James Elmor Harless 8 Aug 1884 Crewzit, OH died 10 Oct 1906 Lincoln Co., WV
11. Wilbert Herman Harless 30 Oct 1887 Crewzit, OH 2 Feb 1968 Kanawha Co., WV
12. Nalta Augustus Harless 29 Sep 1889 Crown City, OH died 7 May 1970 Franklin Co., OH
13. Carrie Elizabeth Harless 21 Jun 1890 Hickory, Mason Co., WV 30 Jan 1907 Lincoln Co., WV
14. Alpha Floyd Harless 18 Feb 1893 Hickory, Mason Co., WV died 1984 Foster, Boone Co., WV
15. Ruby Ellen Harless 25 Mar 1895 Hickory, Mason Co., WV 12 Jul 1970 Probably Kanawha Co.

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