Leroy Harless

Leroy Harless

Peytona, Boone County, West Virginia, USA
Death 5 Oct 1911 (aged 69)
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Brounland, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
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WV 7th Cavalry, Co B
Q.M. Sergeant
enlisted 2 Sep 1861 Peytona, Boone Co. - discharged 1 Aug 1865

JUDGE LEROY HARLESS, was superintendent of the Kanawha County Infirmary, located eight miles west of Charleston, W. Va. He was born in what is now Boone County, West Virginia on August 23, 1842, and is a son of James H. and Spicey (Barker) Harless.
Leroy Harless was scarcely through school before he joined a volunteer military company, becoming a member of Co. B, 8th Va. Vol. Inf., recruited for the Union Army. After the termination of his first period of enlistment, he reenlisted in the 7th W. Va. Cavalry, with which he remained connected until the close of the war. He saw much hard fighting and bravely faced danger on a hundred occasions or more, but fortunately escaped all serious injury and when the war ended gladly resumed a life of peace. He came back to Kanawha County and for a number of years was engaged in a mercantile business on Coal River, near Fort Peytona. After this he went into the lumber and timber business which he continued until 1892, when he was elected deputy sheriff on the Republican ticket. He served in this capacity for four years under Sheriff Silman, and four years under Sheriff Copenhaver, and two more years under Sheriff John Jarrett. He was then elected a county commissioner in Kanawha County, and after serving six years returned to private life for two years, when he was appointed to his present responsible office, in 1910.
Mr. Harless was married first on February 25, 1869, to Miss Lethia Keeney, a daughter of Foster and Eliza Keeney, of this County. She died February 7, 1907, and her burial was on Alum Creek in Kanawha County. (Leroy and Letha had five children: Elmer E., Cora Ollie, Carrie 0., Gertrude and Wesley.) Mr. Harless was married second, December 24, 1909, to Mrs. Rufina (Foster) Hanna
McLane, a daughter of James Foster, of Kanawha County.
He attended Bowman Methodist Episcopal church. Leroy belonged to Blundon Post, G. A. R.*, at Charleston, and also to the Odd Fellows.
(Index: US - WV - Kanawha - Leroy Harless
US Biographies Project
Biographies of Kanawha County, WV
*G.A.R. Grand Army of the Republic Union Veterans of the Civil War

The correct name for this cemetery is HARLESS. Childress cemetery is located on Childress Road. This location is the old Route 7 at ALUM CREEK; now called Brounland Road.
I am linking the memorial for James Howard that I feel is the correct one. The other memorial #65768890 along with the memorial for Spicy has "Burial Unknown". I believe the memorials are incorrect as well as not having an actual burial place, they do not have correct dates of death. There are some on find a grave that want the "numbers" and create memorials without actual proof of burial or cremation, etc. I wish everyone was considerate and obeyed the rules, but then, that would be a perfect world. I feel James Howard died prior to 1882 as he was not in the 1880 census and Spicy was living with a daughter and her family. The memorial I have linked for James Howard states in died in 1877. Also, Spicy's date of death cannot be proven.... some just make up information. I prefer the documentation and further research is needed to discover actual deaths for both.

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  • Maintained by: Anjlyn Gillispie
  • Originally Created by: Bonnie Schermer
  • Added: 26 Oct 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 137814882
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leroy Harless (23 Aug 1842–5 Oct 1911), Find a Grave Memorial no. 137814882, citing Childress Cemetery, Brounland, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Anjlyn Gillispie (contributor 48730243) .