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Lucy Myrtle Randolph

Female 1897 - 1976  (79 years)


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  • Name Lucy Myrtle Randolph 
    Born 29 May 1897  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 7 Jun 1976  [3
    Buried Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • LUCY MYRTLE HARRIS was born 29 May 1897 in Jackson County, West Virginia. She was the youngest daughter of WILLIAM RILEY RANDOLPH and SARAH ELIZABETH GREEN. On 17 Nov 1912, at the age of 15, Lucy married JESSIE LYLBRON HARRIS, who was five years her senior. Their first son, EARL B., was born 10 Apr 1913. Their other children were: CARL O., 19 Apr 1915; FREDA E., 1917; MARIE V., 1922; JESSIE LUCILLE, 1924; and JAMES C., 1927.
      In 1954, Jesse deserted the family...he went to work one day, and never came home. Lucy obtained a divorce from Jesse on 8 Sep 1955, and somewhere between 1964 and 1967, she married Lee Thomas. Lucy and Lee had been school mates, and were an "item" during school. Lee joined the service, got married, retired, and returned to Kanawha Co, where he and Lucy rekindled their flame. They were married until Lee Thomas died sometime in the 1970's.
      In 1968, the entire Lawrence Withrow family, (which consisted of: Lawrence and Lucille Harris Withrow; their eldest son, Wayne Columbus and his wife, Frances Baull Withrow; and their youngest son, Glen Howard , his wife, Janice Carol Baull Withrow, and the first grandchild of Larry and Lucille, Robin Carol Withrow) made a trip to West Virginia to "meet the family".
      My first impression of "Grandma Harris" was that of a grandmotherly looking person, who was just as welcoming and sweet as she could be. Her hair was white, and pulled back in a knot on the nape of her neck. She, along with her husband, Tom, and her son J.C., lived in an old farmhouse which was sparsely furnished. I was accustomed to that since it reminded me very much of my own Grandmother (Isdell) and other Eastern Shore houses. Then Grandma Harris did something that shocked me to my bones...she popped open a can of beer and started drinking it!!! I think my eyes couldn't believe what they saw. Never in my life had I seen a GRANDMOTHER drink beer, or for that matter spirits of any kind!!! She also carried a can around with her for the residue of her snuff dipping. I wasn't too appalled about the snuff, after all, she was a mountain woman, and every woman I knew from the mountains dipped snuff...but to drink BEER?!? That was an entirely different matter. The entire family, except for sons and daughters in law of Larry and Lucille, soon joined the party, which became pretty raucous. As the afternoon came, we all moved on to find the homes of different relatives with which we would stay. That was my one and only meeting with Lucy Randolph Harris.
      Later, I found from Wayne that Grandma Harris was as "sweet as she could be", and she loved "us two boys to death". He also vividly remembered her always wanting a big hug and kiss, which, since she had a big brown stain from the snuff on the corner of her mouth, and followed the habit of not bathing frequently, he would reluctantly give her...kiss on the cheek and hold his breath while hugging.
    Person ID I421  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2017 

    Father William Riley RANDOLPH, Jr,   b. 8 Mar 1852, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1934, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Sarah Elizabeth GREEN,   b. 6 Jul 1856, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1925, Parkersburg, Wood, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 9 Jun 1872  Roane County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 

    • Marriage Certificate, Roane County, WVa
      Wm R Randolph, age 20, and Sarah E Green, age 18, married by John Greenlief at Roane Co on the 9th day of June, 1872. Both were born in Jackson Co, residents of Roane Co and single, groom's occupation was farmer. Groom's parents were Wm R and M.A., bride's were Spencer D and J.

      1880 Fayette Co, WV
      William R. Randolph, age 28, Laboring, born in WV as was his Father, his
      Mother was born in VA
      Sarah E., age 24, Wife, Keeping House, born in WV as were her parents
      Children: All born in WV
      ______ A., age 6, Daughter
      ______ D., age 4, Son
      Minerva J., age 1
      They were living in Sewell Mountain District, Fayette County in the 1880
      census
      Note: The entries for the children are written as found. Perhaps the
      transcribers could not read the first names.

      1880 Mountain Cove, Fayette, West Virginia Page 69D
      William R. RANDOLF Self M M W 28 WV
      Occ: Laboring Fa: WV Mo: VA
      Sarah E. RANDOLF Wife F M W 24 WV
      Occ: Keeping House Fa: WV Mo: WV
      A. RANDOLF Dau F S W 6 WV
      D. RANDOLF Son M S W 4 WV
      Minerva Y. RANDOLF Dau F S W 1 WV

      1900 Roane Co, Harper Dist, sheet 1, line 17:
      4-4, Randolph, William R, March 1852, 48, 28, WV, VW, KY, Farmer, owns farm free #4
      Sarah, wife, May 1856. 44, 28, 10-9, WV, VA, VA
      Jasper, son, Mar 1884, 16 , can read/write
      Jerusha, dau, Feb 1891, 9, can read/write
      Cordelia, dau, Sept 1895, 4
      Lucy, dau, May 1897, 3
      Ella, 11/1889, l/w Mary in Roane Co

      1910 Harper, Roane, WV #33-33
      Randolph, William R head male white 58 m1 38yrs WV VA VA
      Sarah E wife f w 53 m1 38yrs 10-9 children WV WV VA
      Ransom D son m w 34 m1 13yrs WV WV WV
      Lucy M daughter f w 12 WV WV WV
      William J grand/son m w 10 WV WV WV
      Nella grand/dau f w 6 WV WV WV
      Alexander grand/son m w 3 WV WV WV
      Sarah M dau/inlaw f w 34 m1 13yrs 6-3 children WV WV WV

      1920 Parkersburg Ward 1, Wood, WV
      Lowe, Earl H 25
      Ruth E 31
      Athol M son 6
      Randolph, William R fil 67
      Sarah E mil 63
      Fore, Roscoe L boarder 33 s
      Otis F boarder 18 s
      Boyd, Smith lodger 62 s
      Denson, Esther lodger 28 wd immigrated 1915 alien

      1930 Poca, Kanawha, WV
      Dixon, Webster 41 m age 20 WVWVOH
      Anne 39 m age 18 WVWVWV
      Ruth da 20 WVWVWV
      Luther son 15 WVWVWV
      Virginia da 11 WVWVWV
      Randolph, William R fil 78 wd WV VA VA
    Family ID F109  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Jesse Lylbron Harris,   b. 15 Sep 1893, Roane County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1954, Huntingon, Cabell, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 17 Nov 1912  Roane County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Notes 

    • Marriage Record
      Date: 11/17/1912
      Place: Roane, West Virginia, United States
      J L Harris, 21, res Boyd, WV
      Lucy M Randolph, 16, res Boyd, WV
      Informant: JL Harris by letter giving written consent of WR & SE Randolph

      1920 Dist 84, Magazine, Kanawha, WV #69-71
      Club House Run 28 to 95 14 Jan 1920
      Harris, J L 26 WVWVWV farmer dairy?
      Lucy M wife 23 WVWVWV
      Earl son 6 WVWVWV
      Carl son 4.9
      Fredie da 2.2 WVWVWV

      1930 Dist 72, Vandalia, Loudon, Kanawha, WV Apr 8, 1930
      Harris, Jessie L 36 m age 20 meter reader for gas company
      Lucy M 32 m age 15
      Earl B son 16
      Carl O son 14
      Freda E da 12
      Marie V da 8
      Jessie L da 6
      James C son 3

      1940 Charleston, Kanawha, WV
      living with Frank Miller
      JL Harris lodger 47 mar WV 1935: lived same place meter reader United Fuel
    Children 
     1. Earl Basil Harris,   b. 10 Apr 1913, Ryan, Roane County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1977, Gallia County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Carl Otis Harris,   b. 19 Apr 1915, Fayette County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1985, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Freda Elizabeth Harris,   b. 4 Oct 1917, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 2005, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Violet Marie Harris,   b. 9 Aug 1922, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1946, Huntingon, Cabell, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     5. Jessie Lucille Harris,   b. 8 May 1923, Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 2004, Northampton County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. James Clarence Harris,   b. 17 Aug 1926, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1988, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Family ID F222  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Lee Thomas,   b. CA 1895, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 6 Mar 1963  Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 

    • Kanawha Co Marriage Record
      3/6/1963 at S Charleston
      Lee Thomas, 68, Wid. Kanawha Co, South Charleston
      Lucy R Harris, 66, wid, Jackson Co, South Charleston
    Family ID F26692  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Nov 1912 - Roane County, West Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Mar 1963 - Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Randolph, Lucy
    Randolph, Lucy
    Lucy Randolph Harris
    Harris, Jesse & Randolph, Lucy Family
    Harris, Jesse & Randolph, Lucy Family
    Family of Jesse & Lucy Randolph Harris
    Harris, Jessie Lucille Wedding picture
    Harris, Jessie Lucille Wedding picture
    Randolph, Wedding picture of Lucille Harris

  • Sources 
    1. [S1205] Census.

    2. [S3] Birth Records, Jackson Co, WV.

    3. [S920] Frances Withrow.

    4. [S15] Marriage Records, Roane Co, WV.

    5. [S26] Elsie Cook.

    6. [S654] Marriage Records, West Virginia Division of Culture and History.