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Monday, May 22, 2017

Walter "Walt" Edward Harris

Walter Edward Harris about 1907 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 the second eldest of 6 children, 5 boys and 1 girl. Walter "Walt" Edward Harris is the brother of Stan's direct ancestor, Clyde Harris, his grandfather.

1910 U.S. Census of Union,  Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T624_1474; Page:  2A; Enumeration District:  123; Image:  1061, Lines 12-18, "Boyd E. Harris"
Boyd E. Harris, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 30 yrs old (DOB 1880), First marriage, Married 5 yrs (DOM 1905), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write, Engineer in cotton mill, Rents home
Ida M. Harris, Wife, F, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1883), First marriage, Married 5 yrs, Born in NC, Father born in England, Mother born in Maryland, Can read and write
James M. Harris, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Walter E. Harris, Son, M, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Clyde Harris, Son, M, W, 11/12 mos old (DOB 1909), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Bennie Harris (sic, looks like Bernice Harris which is correct but Ancestry.com has her indexed as Bennie
Harris), Sister, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Spooler at cotton mill
Bessie Harris, Sister, F, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC

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.

Walt Harris married Madge Wood about 1927 in Union County, SC. Madge Wood Harris was born about 1908 in SC to Booth and Mattie Wood. They had one child that I'm aware of:

1) Helen Harris (DOB Abt 1928 in Union County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ?

1940 U.S. Census of 87 Walker Street, Ottaray-Monarch, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T627_3843; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 44-24, Lines 19-21, "Walter E. Harris"
Walter E. Harris, Head, Rents home for $4, M(ale), W(hite), 32 yrs old (DOB 1908), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935, Weaver at cotton mill
Madge E. Harris, Wife, F, W, 30 yrs old (DOB 1910), Married, Attended high school 3 yrs, Lived in same place in 1935, Draw Em Hand at cotton mill
Helen E. Harris, Daughter, F, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1929), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935

There is no 87 Walker St, Union, SC any more. But here is Walker Street from Google satellite. It's basically across the street from Monarch Mill where he worked.


Walt Harris owned a motel court on the eastside of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC. It had a house that was a bar and pool room and one room cabins behind it. It was on East Main Street past Hillcrest Mall. It was on the old SC Highway 29. Back then it was on the original Hwy 29. Parts of it are still there but renamed Old Charlotte Rd. The old road bed, across from the current Walmart, can still be seen but maybe not for much longer as they are building a new Spartanburg High School and campus there.






Currently the house that had the bar and pool room is still there along with the round drive to the cabins behind it. It's on the new East Main Street, SC Highway 29 across from the eastside Walmart. The cabins are gone. I don't know how much longer the house will be there as it has burned and they are building the new Spartanburg High School and campus there. But here are the photos we got late last year.










I don't know if Walt and Madge divorced. His death certificate and obituary indicates they were still married but I don't think they were still living together. ?  Walt Harris died 5/20/1951 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC of "cardiac decompensation". Cardiac Decompensation is the inability of the heart to maintain adequate circulation. Characterized by difficulty breathing, leg/feet swelling, fatigue. The condition is caused by severe congestion of multiple organs by fluid that is inadequately circulated by the failing heart.

Madge Harris then married Henry Lee Lackey (DOB 3/29/1898 in Bryson City, Swain County, NC; DOD 6/12/1964 in Union, Union County, SC).


SC Death Certificate #51 009331, Registration District #40-A, Registrar's #385-590, Walter E. Harris, DOD 5/20/1951 in Spartanburg General Hospital, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Usual residence: Route 1, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Male, White, Married to Madge Wood Harris, DOB 5/6/1907 in Union County, SC, 44 yrs old
Occupation: Tavern operator
Father: Edward Boyd Harris, Mother: Ida Mae Shaw, Informant: (blank)
DOD 5/20/1951 at 3:00pm
Cause of death: Cardiac decompensation due to esuntial (sic) hypertension
Buried: 5/22/1951 in Wesley's Chapel United Methodist Church, Union County, SC

South Carolina Death Index, 1950-1952
Name: Walter E Harris
Death Date: 20 May 1951
Age: 44
County: Spartanburg
Gender: Male
Race: White
Death Certificate: 009331

Obituary of Walter Edward Harris, The Greenville News, Greenville, Greenville County, SC, 5/22/1951, Pg 6, "Walter E. Harris"
Union, May 21-Walter E. Harris, 44, died Sunday at 3 a.m. at the Spartanburg General Hospital after a two month's illness.
Mr. Harris was born in Union County May 6, 1907, where he spend most of his life, but for the past several years has operated a business on the Charlotte Highway in Spartanburg.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Maude Harris (sic); one daughter, Miss Helen Harris, both of Union; his mother, Mrs. E. Boyd Harris of Monarch; four brothers, J. Minor of Greenville, Clyde and G. E. (sic) of Spartanburg and Leo W. Harris of Union; and a sister, Mrs. Bernice Warren of Union.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Bethel Methodist Church at Monarch by the Rev. B.H. Tucker and the Rev. Glenn Sumner. Interment will follow in Wesley's Chapel Church Cemetery.
Cousins will be pallbearers.
The body will remain at the home, 206 North Herndon Street until 3 p.m. Tuesday, at which time it will be placed in the church.

U. S. Social Security Death Index
Name: Walter Harris
SSN: 404-03-****
Born: 23 Jul 1904
Died: Nov 1957
State (Year) SSN issued: Kentucky (Before 1951)

Findagrave.com
Walter Edward Harris
Birth: 1907
Death: 1951
Burial: Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Frank & Lillian
Record added: Apr 28, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8695585




Madge Woods Harris Lackey died 8/4/1995 in Richmond County, GA.

Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
Name: Madge Lackey
Death Date: 4 Aug 1995
County of Death: Richmond
Gender: F (Female)
Race: White
Age: 85 Years
County of Residence: Richmond
Certificate: 034619
Date Filed: 10 Aug 1995

Findagrave.com
Madge Wood/Harris Lackey
Birth: 1910, USA
Death: 1995, Union County, South Carolina, USA
Family links: Spouse: Henry Lee Lackey (1898 - 1964)
Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: patricia parker-brown
Record added: Jun 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91780240

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