Charles Edward Menefee was born in 1863 near Newburg, Preston County, WV, the son of John and Ruhama (Hanshaw) Menefee.
At the age of 15, Charles was married, but his wife's name is unknown. He was a coal miner that year. Tragically, he died on Aug. 25, 1877, of causes unknown.
Charles was laid to rest at the United Methodist Church Cemetery in Evansville, Preston County. The year of his death, inscribed on his grave marker, is off by 10 years. It reads "1867" rather than the correct "1877."
He rests beside his young brother Guy H.B. Menefee who died the year before at the tender age of one year.
Their grave marker (seen here) stands tall and legible today, and was photographed in August 2004.
Thanks to the Menefee family association for sharing their information with us that has led to further discoveries about Charles.
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