Patrick Harless, Last Will and Testament

Patrick Harless

The State of Ohio, Darke County ss.

Be it remembered that on the twenty ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty three, before the Probate Court of said county a writing was produced purporting to be the last will and testament of Patrick Harless late of said County dec’d and Riley Gard and Seth Gard the subscribing witnesses to said will appeared in open court and on oath testified to the due execution and attestation of said will, and said testimony reduced to writing and by said witnesses subscribed is annexed to and filed with said will. And it appearing to the court that said will was duly attested and executed, and at the time of the execution thereof the said testator was of full age, of sound mind and memory, and not under any restraint, the court admit said will to probate, and order the same together with the said testimony to be recorded, and the same is in the words and figures following to wit

I, Patrick Harless, of the County of Darke in the State of Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form following that is to say:-

First, it is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

Second, it is my will after all is settled up for my wife Catharine Harless to have all that is left, that is now in my possession, and is now owned by me.

And lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Catharine Harless, and Samuel Deniston to be the executors for this my last will and testament, and satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of April 1853.

Patrick x Harless
his mark

Signed published and declared by the above named Patrick Harless for his last will and testament in presence of us, at his request have signed as witnesses to the same.

Riley Gard
Seth Gard

The State of Ohio, Darke County ss.

In Probate Court, August 29th AD 1853, Personally came into open court, Riley Gard & Seth Gard subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament of Patrick Harless late of said county deceased who being duly sworn depose and say that they were present at the execution of the will – that they saw the testator sign, and heard him acknowledge the same as his last will and testament, and that at the time of the execution thereof the said testator was of full age, of sound mind and memory and not under any apparent restraint.

Riley Gard
Seth Gard

Sworn to and subscribed in open court the day and year first above written.

John Wharry
Probate Judge

And afterwards on the fifth day of October in the year aforesaid, before the court aforesaid came Catharine Harless widow of the said testator, and the court having explained to her the provisions of said will, and her rights under it, and also her rights by law in the event of her refusing to take under said will, whereupon she made her election in open court to take the provision made for her in the said last will and testament.

And now at this day to wit on the day and year last aforesaid before the court aforesaid came Catharine Harless one of the Executors named in said will and renounced said trust, and Samuel Deniston the remaining executor named therein accepted said trust and gave bond in the sum of ten hundred dollars with Benjamin Wilson and London Arnold his sureties conditioned according to law which is accepted and approved by the Court, whereupon it is ordered that letters testamentary on the said last will and testament issue to the said Samuel Deniston as the Executor thereof.

John Wharry
Probate Judge

Patrick Harless

Born: circa 1818.
Died: before 29 August 1853.
Parents: Paul Harless.
Spouse: Catharine Deniston.
Known Children: Belinda Harless, David Harless, Nancy Ann Harless, Powell Harless, Almira Harless, Mary M. Harless, Catharine Harless, Chrissey E. Harless, Lovina Harless.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 2nd great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Ferdinand Harless.
  4. Paul Harless.
  5. Patrick Harless.

Military Monday – Killed at Camp Perry

Charles Horneff [sic], Jr., of Wadsworth, a private in Company G, Eight Regiment, Ohio National Guard, was struck in the abdomen by a bullet from a rifle accidentally fired by an unknown member of Company F, Eighth Regiment, of Akron, at Camp Perry last Friday evening and almost instantly killed.

Later it was learned that the shot was from a rifle in the hands of Okey Harless who had borrowed the gun and thought it to be unloaded. The bullet went through five haversacks, a tent pole and heavy supply chest before striking the victim, 30 feet distant. Harless was exonerated by verdicts of the coroner and a military court of inquiry. This was the first fatal accident at Camp Perry since the camp was established.

Okey Harless killed Charles Horneff

Killed at Camp Perry, The News-Herald, Hillsboro, Ohio, 5 August 1909, page 4, column 1.

The dead man, Charles Hornoff, Jr., was just 23 years old, the same age as Okey Harless. Charles was born on 13 May 1886 in Guilford, Medina County, Ohio, to Charles Hornoff, Sr. and Emma M. Hartman.

Charles Hornoff death certificate

Charles Hornoff, Certificate of Death number 37351 (30 July 1909), Bureau of Vital Statistics, Ohio.

Okey Harless was the son of William Henry Harless and Frances Fernelia Keffer. He was born on 11 June 1886 in Iola, Roane County, West Virginia. Okey died on 7 March 1957 in Vienna, Wood County, West Virginia.

Okey Blaine Harless

Born: 11 June 1886.
Died: 7 March 1957.
Parents: William Henry Harless and Frances Fernelia Keffer.
Spouse: Alice Virginia Newell.
Known Children: none known.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 3rd great-grandson and 4th great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Philip Harless.
  4. James Howard Harless.
  5. William Henry Harless.
  6. Okey Blaine Harless.
  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Philip Harless.
  3. Leroy Harless.
  4. Delilah Harless.
  5. Frances Fernelia Keffer.
  6. Okey Blaine Harless.