Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: Charlie and Addilee Harris, BEF 1959

When I went to the Shelton Family Reunion in Louisiana this past June, I finally got to see some pictures of my great-grandmother Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris' (1890-1977) third husband, Charles Burroughs Harris (1887-1959).  Here is what I have been able to learn about him:

Charles Burroughs Harris was born on May 14, 1887, in Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas to Martha "Mattie" B. Spoor (born September 1854 in Louisiana), and James Johnson Harris (born January 1846 in Arkansas).  He was the fifth of their eight children.

Charles worked on the family farm in Matagorda County through at least 1910.  On November 13, 1913, he married a Mrs. Laura Rolan in the county.  When he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, in the county, he was living in Palacios, listed himself as married, and stated that he was an oil field worker for Mike Mitchell in Goose Creek.  He served in the Army as a cook in the 165th Depot Brigade, 9th Battalion, 34th Company, at Camp Travis in San Antonio, from June 24 to November 25, 1918.

I was unable to locate Charles in the 1920 Census, nor any information about what happened to his first wife Laura (death? divorce?).  On January 7, 1922, Charles married my great-grandmother at 1309 Prairie St. in Houston, Texas.

Charles and Addilee are listed in the 1926 Morrison & Fourmy Houston City Directory on page 914 as living in Pasadena, Texas.  They are on South Shaver street in that city in the 1930 Census, with Addilee's youngest daughter Neva Marie Wolfe and youngest sister Jewell Bernice Shelton, both 17.

By 1935, though, Charles and Addilee had moved to a farm in Verda, Grant Parish, Louisiana.  On the 1940 Census, they are on Harlan Street in Montgomery in that parish.  When Charles registered for the draft for World War II on April 27, 1942, their address was RFD Box 122A in Montgomery.

Charles died January 30, 1959, in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.  If I ever met him, I don't remember, as I had not yet turned age two when he died.  He is buried in the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in Sardis, Winn Parish, Louisiana.  Addilee called him the love of her life.

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