Philip O. Harless

Philip O. Harless

Death 1849 (aged 88–89)
Burial Peytona, Boone County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 33194705 · View Source
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Military service:
Revolutionary War,
At age 16 enlisted,
Applied for pension age 74,
Claim #4613,
Indian Spy 1777-1781
Under Capt. Lucas

Philip applied for his pension at the age of 74.

Philip and several of his grown children moved to what is now Boone County, near Peytona, where Philip met with a tragic death.

In 1849 he was on his way to the mill at Toney's Branch, traveling the roadway along the river, when he was struck by a log that killed him and his horse. Some men were logging the steep hillside just below Racine, sliding logs down the Mountainside toward Big Coal River. When they were ready to slide a log, the men shouted a warning and receiving no response, they, would turn the log loose. On this particular day, Philip Harless, then nearly 90 years old and almost totally deaf, was on the roadway and did not hear the warning.

Philip Harless is buried in the Drawdy Creek Cemetery which is about one fourth of a mile above the Falls.

In 1984 the DAR placed a new tombstone at his grave, replacing a bronze marker that had been mutilated by vandals.

Burial: Between Drawdy Falls and Cannelton Coal Co., Peytona, WV, Boone County, DAR Tombstone.


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