John Harrison and Maggie Burgess Draper had the following children:
1. Zena Clide Draper (b. 15 Jul 1878; d. ).
2. Annie May (b. 7 Jul 1880; d. 27 (29) Jul 1880)
3. Luelen (b. 19 Aug 1881; d. 10 Apr 1882)
4. Emma Ethel (b. 24 Feb 1884; d. 29 Jun 1908)
5. Ollie Florence (b. 21 Dec 1886; d. 6 Oct 1969)
6. Vergie Belle (b. 27 Oct 1888; d. 29 Nov 1927)
7. George Harvey (b. 16 Oct 1890, Griffithsville, Lincoln County, West Virginia; d. 7 Dec.
8. Frazier Dean (b. 19 Feb 1893, Lincoln County, West Virginia; d. 31 Jan 1960)
9. Walter William (b. 5 Jan 1895, Lincoln County, West Virginia; d. 5 Jan 1984)
10. Charles Albert (b. 3 Mar 1897; d. 18 Mar 1943) Lost in action during WWII at age 46
11. Homer Franklin (b. 10 Jan 1899, West Virginia; d. 8 Jan 1953) Buried on his birthday
12. Garland Emeory (b. 1 Oct 1900, West Virginia; d. )
13. Grace Darling (b. 30 Oct 1903, West Virginia; d. )
14. Orris Boyd (b. 14 Mar 1905, West Virginia; d. )
Four of John’s sons are known to have registered for the draft, three on the same day - June 5, 1917. There were Harvey, Frazier, William abd Homer. Harvey, the oldest at 25, registered in Charleston, and claimed to live in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia, but marked through it. At the time, he was single and a brakeman on the C&O Railroad in Charleston. He was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and light hair. Frazier and Walter signed up in Putnam County, West Virginia. Frazier, 24, was married and a painter with Paint Creek Coal County in Gallagher. He was medium height and build, with brown eyes and hair. Walter, 22, was single and living in Hurricane, West Virginia, where their father had moved. Already, Walter was a bookeeper for the Putnam County Bank in Hurricane. He was of medium height and was slender, with brown eyes and hair. The following year on 12 Sep, 1918, Homer, 19, signed up in Putnam County, and listed himself as a farmer in Hurricane working for “my father” who he listed as nearest relative. The registration cards changed since his brothers signed up, and included a contact. The short teenager skipped the height and build boxes, but indicated he had brown eyes and light hair.
None of the other brothers seem to have registered for the Great War draft. To date, only Harvey’s service record has been identified, but Walter is listed as a Veteran in a later Charleston directory of veterans. Harvey Draper entered service 1 Jun 1918, and was a Corporal (serial no. 31115-429) in the 56th County Railway Transportation Corps, and served in the American Expedition Force in France between 1918 and 1919. He was stationed in Issoudon, France, when the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, and was discharged on July 15, 1919 from Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio.
1. Zena Clide
Zena was born 15 Jul 1878 in West Virginia, but the date of her death is not known. Zena married Joseph W. Harless on on 18 Jun 1895, lived in Huntington, and had two sons.
1. Roy Clarence Harless (b. 24 Apr 1897, Griffithsville, Lincoln County, WV; d. )
2. Joseph Don Harless (b. 19 Aug 1900, Lincoln County, WV; d. )
Roy, 21, registered for WWI service on 5 Jun 1918, and Joe, 18, registered on 12 Sep 1918. Both lived in Huntington in Cabell County, but the names of their employers are indistinguishable. Joe was single, and a truck driver. Roy appeared to be married to Rhoda. He had blue eyes and red hair, while Joe had blue eyes and light brown hair.
2. Annie May
Annie was born 7 Jul 1880, but died twenty days later on 27 (or 29) Jul 1880. It appears she was born while John and Maggie were living in Red Willow County, Nebraska.
A year later Luelen was born on 19 Aug 1881 while the family lived in Nebraska, but she only lived a little more the seven months, and died on 10 Apr 1882. It is not known why John moved to Nebraska, or why he returned to West Virginia, but soon after their second daughter died, John and Maggie returned to West Virginia.
4. Emma Ethel
It isn’t clear whether Emma was born in Nebraska or West Virginia, but she arrived on 24 Feb 1884. Emma died at the age of 24 on 29 June 1908. “Emma was a bright young lady loved by all who knew her,” read her obituary. “She was always pleasant and had a kind word for all.” It went on to say that Emma had given “her heart to God” the previous year, and the funeral was one of the nicest ever witnessed in Teays Valley.
5. Ollie Florence
Ollie was born on 21 Dec 1886, and married Robert Franklin Harbour on 8 Jul 1914. By 1939, Ollie was living in Huntington, West Virginia. She died on 6 Oct 1969.
1. Helen E. Harbour (b. 1916, West Virginia)
2. Richard Franklin Harbour (b. 1920, West Virginia)
Robert Franklin Harbour registered for service 5 June 1817. He was married (to Ollie) with a 2 year old child (probably Helen). He was unemployed, but asked for an exemption since he was the sole provider for his family. Robert was born in Hurricane, Putnam County, West Virginia. He was tall and slender, with brown eyes and dark hair.
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