Enoch Miner Sr. was born on Sept. 8 or 26, 1849 near Humbert, Somerset County, PA, the son of Henry A. and Matilda (Rose) Miner. He worked in the bituminous coal and coke industry in Fayette County, PA for many years as it helped shape our nation's burgeoning steel empire of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.
Enoch's first wife was Matilda Lyons ( ? -1892). Their seven children were Ella Moon, Matilda Elizabeth Grim Lancaster, Roseann Miner, Mary E. "Bessie" Miner, Noah Miner Sr., Martha Miner and John L. Miner.
The Miners lived in Fayette County, including at Dawson circa 1882 and at Moyer circa 1890. Enoch was said to have been tall, strong-willed and controlling -- he "ruled the roost."
Enoch labored for many years as a coal miner, stone mason and coke drawer at beehive ovens of the H.C. Frick Coke Company works near Connellsville, PA. He likely would have lifted heavy shovels as seen in the rare postcard image here -- loading and unloading tons upon tons of coke from the hot, gassy ovens in preparation for their shipment to the Carnegie Steel mills in Pittsburgh.
He retired from Frick and was an early pensioner of the company. He also was a member of the Church of God.
One of the Miners' teenage daughters was killed in a freak accident that made terrible news on Feb. 1, 1889 while the family lived at Moyer. The Connellsville Keystone Courier reported that she was "seriously burned on last Monday. While her parents were absent her clothes caught fire in some manner from a grate and she was soon enveloped in flames. A lady living some distance away hearing the screams of the child rushed to her assistance, but before she could get the flames extinguished the child was so badly burned about the limbs and body that her recovery is doubtful."
During the summer of 1892, while on her deathbed, Matilda had a dream that her grandfather or possibly and uncle uncle Emanuel Sleasman had buried three crocks containing $8,000 or $10,000 in his farm field some 25 years earlier, the farm now owned by Elias Christner. Upon waking the next day, July 2 (or Aug. 15), 1892, she told her husband about the strange dream, and later that day she expired.
Later that year, on or about Nov. 30, 1892, one of their sons died "of scarlet fever," reported the Courier in its "Moyer" section. "The interment took place Wednesday at Johnston's." A year later, in 1893, the grieving Enoch sold his home at Moyer and moved next door to his parents on North Avenue in Connellsville.
Perhaps carrying the old German beliefs in superstitions, Enoch believed that his dying wife's fateful dream had merit. Every Sunday night for many months, he went to the Christner farm to dig for the gold. Local newspapers reported the story in their issues of September. He apparently never found the treasure.
~ A Second Marriage, to Sarah Phillippi ~
Six years after the death of his first wife, on Aug. 16, 1898, the 48-year-old Enoch married his second bride, 45-year-old Sarah Phillippi (1853- ? ), daughter of Philip and Eliza (Bluebaugh) Phillippi of Fort Hill, Somerset County. On their marriage license, Enoch marked his occupation as "coke drawer" and Sarah as "farmer."
Sarah's family is documented in the 1912 book, Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler, published in 1912 by the Brethren Publishing House of Elgin, IL.
They lived together in Connellsville for just a little over a year. Then, on Nov. 11, 1899, Sarah sold her cow to raise cash, loaded a wagon and took the train back to her parents' home in Ursina, Somerset County. Enoch soon after filed for divorce, with the papers on file today in the Fayette County Courthouse in Uniontown. In the legal proceeding, Enoch's father testified that:
I was in their house quite frequently. He provided well for her. Everything she needed. Plenty to eat + to wear.
Enoch's mother Matilda testified that "I was backward and forward to their home two or three times a week...." Sister in law Rachel (Pritchard) Miner and brother in law John W. Stevenson also gave depositions in the case.
Following the divorce, evidence suggests that Sarah married again to John H. Freet, son of Jacob and Mary Freet of Lower Turkeyfoot Township. This marriage took place on March 23, 1902, when John was age 35 and Sarah 49, although she fibbed and marked her age as "38" on the marriage license application. She also stated in that document that her previous marriage had ended in divorce and that it had occurred "about one year ago in Fayette County." The nuptials ceremony was held at the home of justice of the peace A.S. Levy in Ursina.
~ Enoch's Third Wife, Fannie B. Dublin ~
On March 30, 1902, Enoch married his third wife, Fannie B. Dublin (1887-1923), daughter of Charles W. and Rachel (Pritchard) Dublin, and the step-daughter of his brother Silas. At age 21, Fannie was more than three decades younger than her husband.
They went on to have five children -- Samuel Miner, Harry C. Minor, Henry Raymond "Curnel" Minor, Grace Viola Miner and Enoch "Peen" Minor Jr.
The Miners moved frequently, to Swaugertown Road, Continental No. 1 and Dunlap in Fayette County. Seen here is a rare old postcard photograph showing the buildings and coal tipple at Continental No. 1 near Uniontown, owned by the H.C. Frick Coke Co.
Heartache rocked the family on June 15, 1908 when nine-month-old daughter Grace died of marasmus, otherwise known as malnutrition. She was laid to rest in Hill Grove Cemetery.
In April 1912, after a rocky decade of marriage, Enoch and Fannie separated. On the day she left, Enoch said that "I went out to draw coke in the morning and when I came home in the evening she had locked up the house and given the key to one of the boys to give to me." Enoch later moved to Broadford, a small community built to house coke oven laborers, where he resided in a Frick company house and filed for divorce.
Fannie moved to Pittsburgh, where she married her husband's nephew, Elmer Ellsworth Miner, son of John Ross Miner. They resided at 510 Sandusky Street in the city's North Side, and changed the family name from "Miner" to "Moody."
Tragically, Fannie was stricken with chronic pulmonary tuberculosis. After suffering for two years, she was admitted to the Tuberculosis Hospital in the 12th Ward. There, she died at age 42 on Feb. 17, 1923, about 11 years after she left Enoch. Her remains were buried at Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Her grave marker is inscribed "Moody," and not "Miner."
Enoch was a member of the Church of God. During World War I, and to the end of his life, he lived at Coalbrook in Bullskin Township, Fayette County. He began suffering from cancer of the maxillary bone in the right cheek area forming the boundary of the nasal and mouth cavity.
The Grim Reaper again visited Enoch's world on May 12, 1926, when his married daughter Matilda Lancaster died at the age of 46, leaving behind a husband and family.
Just a week later, on May 19, 1926, having "been ill for some time," Enoch succumbed at age 76 in the early morning hours. His death made front-page news in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Rev. A.J. Mead of the South Connellsville Evangelical Church preached the funeral service at Enoch's home, with burial at Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Son Noah signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
~ Daughter Matilda Elizabeth (Miner) Grim Lancaster ~
Daughter Matilda Elizabeth Miner (1879-1926) was born on Nov. 24, 1879, in Moyer near Connellsville.
She first married Frank Grim (1876- ? ), the son of William and Bell Grim. They were wed on Oct. 17, 1899, by Rev. J.W. Stevenson in a ceremony at the Connellsville home of her grandparents, Henry A. and Matilda (Rose) Miner. Frank was a 23-year-old laborer at the time, and Matilda a 19-year-old housekeeper. The marriage lasted for nine years, and the couple divorced on Sept. 26, 1908.
After seven years alone, Matilda married her second husband, railroad brakeman Samuel B. Lancaster Jr. (1885-1953), on Dec. 28, 1914. She was age 35, and he 29, at the time. Samuel was the son of Samuel B. and Margaret (Craig) Lancaster Sr., and was born in Smithton, Westmoreland County, PA, but at the time of marriage lived in Jacobs Creek, PA. The couple resided at 219 East South Street in Connellsville, and announced their marriage some nine months after it occurred. The story appeared in the Sept. 24, 1915 edition of the Courier.
The Lancasters had one daughter, Margaret Rose. They made their home circa 1926 at 212 North Prospect Street. Matilda was a member of the United Brethren Church and of the Protected Home Circle, a type of fraternal insurance benefits organization.
Sadly, afflicted with septicemia (widespread infection), added to pneumonia and erysipelas (bacterial infection in the skin), Matilda died at home at the age of 46, after a three months' illness, on May 12, 1926. The Courier reported that her demise was due to a "complication of diseases." She was laid to rest in Hill Grove Cemetery.
Later that same year, heartache again rocked the family when Samuel was involved in an automobile accident in December 1926, claiming the lives of two citizens of Connellsville. He was charged with murder, but was found not guilty by a grand jury in June 1927.
In September 1928, young daughter Margaret came down with the first case of infantile paralysis that year in Connellsville, and the family home was quarantined. Margaret fortunately recovered.
After some time as a widower, Samuel married again, to Ossie Forsythe and moved to West Newton, Westmoreland County, PA.
He died of a heart attack at the age of 67 on on May 26, 1953. Burial was in West Newton Cemetery.
Daughter Margaret Lancaster (1917-1954) was born in 1917. She married Charles J. Rose (1909-1989), the son of Charles H. and Alcestia (Ritenour) Rose of Normalville, Fayette County. See the Rose biography link for more.
~ Daughter Ella (Miner) Moon ~
Daughter Ella Miner (1882-1947) was born in 1882 near Humbert, Somerset County, with her birthplace also given as Dawson, Fayette County. She moved to Connellsville, Fayette County as a girl, with her parents and siblings, but later returned to Humbert.
On Sept. 20, 1900, in Somerset County, PA, at the age of 19, she married her first husband, 21-year-old Elmer E. Moon (1882-1902), the son of William and Lydia Ann (Berkey) Moon of Confluence, Somerset County. Because she was underage, her father signed his consent to the union.
At the age of 20, Elmer worked as a railroad laborer in Somerset County. Tragedy rocked the family when, in a grisly accident on Aug. 19, 1902, he was "ground to death" in a railroad collision at Rockwood, Somerset County.
Elmer's mangled remains were laid to rest at the Jersey Church Cemetery near Ursina, Somerset County, under a tall pylon bearing his name and dates of birth and death (seen here).
After four years as a widow, Ella married again, to her first husband's cousin, John Bruce Moon (1882-1980), the son of Franklin P. and Margaret (Hyatt) Moon. The ceremony was held in Ursina, Somerset County, on July 17, 1906.
They had seven children -- Charles R. Moon, Arnetta Mae Campbell, Clarence E. Moon, Iva Pearl Boyd, Mary Devan, John H. Moon and James E. Moon.
The Moons resided at Lemont Furnace mining town in 1910, when the federal census was taken. The family was saddened on June 5, 1911 when son Charles, age nine months, died of diphtheria. The child was interred at Hill Grove Cemetery.
Later, he obtained work at the Meadowbrook Mine, Fayette County, where they moved. They lived at Vanderbilt circa 1918, where one of their sons is known to have been born.
Ella suffered with hardening of the arteries and was felled by a stroke in mid-August 1946. She lingered for five months, and passed away at age 65 on Jan. 27, 1947. Burial was at Hill Grove Cemetery.
John outlived her by 33 years. He died on May 29, 1980, at Little Brownfield.
Daughter Arnetta Mae Moon wed Albert Campbell. In 1939- 1947, they lived in Orient, Fayette County. By 1953, they were in Little Brownfield.
Son Clarence E. Moon (1905-1939) was born in 1905. He married Esther Morgan ( ? - ? ), but they did not reproduce. Circa 1939, their home was along East National Pike near Uniontown. After suffering from "a lingering illness," reported the Uniontown Morning Herald, he died at home at the age of 34 on Nov. 7, 1939. Funeral services were conducted in his parents' home, with arrangements handled by the Edward E. Minerd Funeral Home. He is buried in the Moon family plot at Hill Grove Cemetery.
Son James E. Moon served in the U.S. Army in 1947. By 1953, he made his home at Lemon Wood Acres in Uniontown.
Daughter Iva Pearl Moon wed John W. Boyd. They resided in Uniontown circa 1947 and in Little Brownfield in 1953.
Son John H. Moon (1918-1953) was born in 1918 in Vanderbilt, Fayette County. As an adult, he lived in Meadowbrook circa 1947 and at Little Brownfield in 1953. Tragedy struck in the earning morning of Aug. 29, 1953, when John was killed when an automobile in which he was riding collided with a truck on Route 119 near Gaddis Crossroads. His funeral was held at the home of his brother James E. Moon in Uniontown. Burial followed at Sylvan Heights Cemetery.
Daughter Mary Miner Moon married Edward Clark Devan. Circa 1939, she lived in Tampa, FL. In 1947-1953, the Devans made their home in Baltimore, MD. Often, Mary's widowed father came to Baltimore to spend the Christmas holidays with the Devans. One of their sons was Edward B. Devan (1942-2011) who lived in Sykesville, Carroll County, MD, and who passed away on Feb. 7, 2011.
The late Olive Duff deeply researched the Moon family history, and published a booklet, Moon Genealogy, which is preserved in the Minerd- Minard- Miner- Minor Archives.
~ Son John L. Miner ~
Son John L. Miner (1883-1968) was born on Oct. 26, 1883 in Fayette County.
On Oct. 7, 1908, when he was age 26, he wed 20-year-old Pearl Pawnee Herrington (1889- ? ), daughter of Alpheus and Alice Josephine (Blackburn) Herrington of Everson, Fayette County. The ceremony was held in Uniontown. At the time, he was a coal miner living in Connellsville, while she resided at Valley Mines near Everson, Fayette County.
They had no children.
John was a longtime coal mine laborer, and a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 5758. When the federal census was taken in 1910, they lived at the Mt. Sterling Coke Works in German Township, Fayette County, where John was employed as a track layer in the mines. By 1920, they had moved to near Balsinger's Crossing in Menallen Township, Fayette County, with his work continuing as a coal mine laborer. Residing just a few doors away was John's distant cousin, Alice (Minerd) Rockwell and her husband John, an old Civil War veteran.
In 1927, at the time Pearl's mother died, the Miners made their residence in Balsinger, west of Uledi in Fayette County. By 1930, the census again shows the couple making their residence in Menallen Township.
In late August 1929, John and Pearl are known to have attended a large reunion of the Herrington clan. They were mentioned in lengthy articles about the event in the Connellsville and Uniontown newspapers, and at the time their address was Uniontown.
At some point the Miners retired and moved to Pleasant Unity, Westmoreland County, PA. They were members of the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Unity. In 1947, John and his brother Noah are known to have lived in Pleasant Unity and were named in the Courier obituary of their sister, Ella Moon.
John died at the age of 84, at the Latrobe Area Hospital, on Aug. 26, 1968. Following funeral services at the James P. Gant Funeral Home, led by Rev. Alvin K. Smith, he was laid to rest in the Scottdale Cemetery. A short obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. A day later, the Courier ran another short notice, "Miner Survivors," which named John's sister Martha and half brothers Harry and Colonel of Pittsburgh.
Pearl's fate is unknown.
~ Son Henry "Colonel" Minor ~
Son Henry Raymond "Colonel" Minor (1902-1978) was born on Jan. 2, 1902, in Connellsville. He carried the nicknames of "Colonel" and "Sy" -- said his daughter in law, "He went by whatever you wanted to call him."
He was age 10 when his parents separated, and when his mother eloped with his first cousin, Elmer Ellsworth Miner. About that time, he went to work in local coal mines and coke ovens to earn a wage.
In 1920, when Henry was age 18, he lived in Pittsburgh with his mother and cousin/stepfather Elmer Miner.
Henry married Fanny Care (1903-1956). She was a native of England.
They had two known children -- John Henry Minor and Carolyn Beal.
Henry was a house painter, but after suffering a major injury in a fall, changed jobs and later worked as a crane operator in a steel mill. They resided on Lilac Street in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.
While on vacation in Birmingham, AL in mid-April 1956, the Minors were caught in a freak tornado at their motel. Tragically, Fanny was among many people who were killed. The Pittsburgh Press printed a United Press report, saying that "Rescue squads combed the tangled wreckage of more than 150 homes today for more victims of a tornado-like windstorm that killed at least 22 persons and injured more than 100, four of them critically." Henry was listed in critical condition in a hospital in Hamilton, AL, but recovered.
Henry outlived Fanny by more than two decades.
He passed away on July 23, 1978, in Pittsburgh, at the age of 76. They are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Pittsburgh.
Son John Henry Minor (1925-1972) was born on Oct. 16, 1925. At the age of 22, he married 20-year-old Doris Milligan (1928- ? ), daughter of Milton E. and Ida (Elk) Milligan. The ceremony was held on Oct. 1, 1948. At the time of marriage, he lived at 409 North Craig Street in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. They resided in Pittsburgh and had one daughter, Marie Elizabeth Minor. John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and later was a police officer. At one point, he endured a motor vehicle accident in which both of his legs were broken. He and his father both learned how to fly, and would fly their own airplane to Florida. Later, John worked in the real estate business. At his death, in September 1972, he was buried in the Minor family plot in Greenwood Cemetery.
Daughter Carolyn Minor (1926-1994) was born on Sept. 9, 1926. She wed (?) Beal. They had three sons -- Frank"Buzz" Beal, David Beal and Gregory Beal. Carolyn resided in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH and died on April 9, 1994.
~ Son Noah Miner ~
Son Noah Miner (1890-1963) was born on July 7, 1890 at Moyer, Fayette County. He was age two when his mother died, and then grew up with two step-mothers who later left and divorced the father. His name was pronounced "Noy" by the family.
Noah apparently was married twice, first to Laura (?).
Noah and Laura had two known children -- Margaret E. Miner (born 1925) and Noah Emery Minor (1926). Sadly, daughter Margaret died at the age of two months on April 28, 1925, with burial at Hill Grove Cemetery.
Noah had a violent temper which landed him in many fights over the years, some leading to news headlines and even jail time. In November 1913, when he was age 23 and living in Elm Grove, Noah and several black companions were removed from a streetcar at Leisenring, Fayette County after one of the youths was beaten unconscious during the ride. As Noah and his friends fumed, venting their frustrations using strong profanity, a white passerby remarked: "Don't talk like that. You wouldn't want your mother or sister to hear you say such things." Noah turned and punched the speaker, knocking him to the ground, and then kicked him "viciously in the shins," reported the Daily Courier. Noah then fled and was arrested by police at gunpoint only after he was "located crawling across the trolley trestle." Following a hearing before Squire Frank McLaughlin, Noah was found guilty, and committed to a reformatory in Huntingdon, PA.
By February 1918, Noah was residing in Uledi, west of Uniontown, Fayette County. That month, he passed a physical examination and was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War I. Enlisting on Feb. 12, 1918, he underwent basic training at Camp Lee, VA, and then was attached to Company F of the 319th Regiment. He was wounded in action, but specifics are not known. He remained in the Army at least until June 1919. He is pictured in the book, Uniontown's Part in the World War.
Noah's second bride was Olive (Harrison) Farris (1906-1974), the daughter of William and Cora (Richter) Harrison of Donora, Washington County, PA. Olive brought a daughter to the marriage, Joy Ann "Joyanne" Farris Costabile.
Noah was an "employee of the Auburn Rubber Co. at Connellsville," said the Daily Courier. They were members of Central Methodist church. In 1926, at the death of his father, he resided in Fairbank, near Uniontown. He was employed with a rubber plant.
Noah is known to have been was a pall bearer at the funeral of his uncle John Ross Miner in 1935.
Tragically, in 1940, while walking with his aunt Martha Miner, 14-year-old son Noah Jr. was killed at Coalbrook when "struck by a car as he stepped from behind a truck into the road near his home... the force of the collision knocking him about 10 feet." The driver rushed Noah to the hospital, but the lad died just 15 minutes after being admitted. Noah's distant cousin, Rev. David Ewing Minerd, preached at the funeral. With burial at Hill Grove Cemetery, pallbearers included some of Noah's Poplar Grove School playmates -- Ernest DeWitt, Thomas Showman, Lewis Showman, William Showman, Jack Showman and John Cirilli. In the obituary, published in the Daily Courier, the family name was spelled "Minerd" rather than "Miner" or "Minor."
Noah and his brother John are known to have lived in Pleasant Unity, Westmoreland County, PA in 1947. They are named in the Courier obituary of their sister, Ella Moon.
In February 1948, Noah again was named in a news story when he was living in Coalbrook, Fayette County. One morning, as he sat with his back to an open stove in his home, his clothes ignited, causing first and second degree burns on both hands and left elbow. He was treated at a hospital and released.
Around Christmas 1956, when residing in North Manor in Connellsville, Noah was hospitalized with a split lip after a fight with his son in law, John Francis.
Afflicted with a gastric ulcer, Noah died at the age of 73 on July 9, 1963, in Connellsville State General Hospital. Following a funeral led by Rev. H. Morris shields, military rites were observed at the graveside by the Milton L. Bishop Post of the American Legion and the Walter E. Brown Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was laid to rest in the Normalville Cemetery, where his great-grandparents John and Sarah (Ansell) Minerd, and scores of uncles, aunts and cousins, also repose for eternity. His grave marker is seen here circa 1987.
Olive remained in Connellsville for many years, where she was a member of the Christian Missionary and Alliance Church, the Auxiliary Post 21 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 493 City of Hope, and Dames of Malta.
In 1973, a decade after Noah's death, his wife and daughter published a photo of Noah in the Courier, accompanied by this poem:
Olive passed away at age 68 on Oct. 15, 1974, at the Connellsville State General Hospital. She was survived by four grandchildren.
Daughter Joyanne L. Farris ( ? -living) was born in (?). In the late 1950s or 1960, she was joined in marriage with Dominec Joseph Costabile (1936-2017). He was a native of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA and the son of Joseph and Angeline (Caletri) Costabile. He had been married before and brought one known daughter to the marriage, Bambi Lyn Mathews. Joyanne and Dominec went on to produced these known children -- John Costabile, Delores Ferrer, Donna Martin, Taffie Palmiter and William Mark Costabile Sr. Dominec was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. The family resided in Connellsville, where Dominec was an independent concessionaire for Costabile Concessions. He also belonged to the Pennsylvania State Showmen's Association, and the family were members of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church. Sadly, they suffered the untimely deaths of their daughter Bambi Matthew, son William and grandsons Anthony Matthew and Patrick Matthew. Dominec entered eternity at home at the age of 80 on Feb. 7, 2017. An obituary noted that his survivors included 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A funeral mass was held at the family church, with Rev. Fr. Robert Lubic officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery, with the local posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars providig military rites.
~ Daughter Martha Miner ~
Daughter Martha Miner (1891-1984) never married.
When the federal census of 1930 was taken, she lived in Connellsville, and employed as a maid in a private home. Living just two doors away was her cousin, Bruce Miner Sr. (son of Silas Miner).
She resided in Brownfield, Fayette County circa 1968-1984, where she was a member of the Free Methodist Church. Toward the end of her life she became blind with cataracts.
She died in 1984.
~ Son Samuel Miner ~
Son Samuel Miner (1898- ? ) was born in 1898. When the federal census was taken in 1910, the 12-year-old boy resided with his parents.
Circa 1923, he lived in Poplar Grove, PA.
In May 1926, the month his sister Matilda and father died within a week of each other, Samuel was in Pittsburgh. Nothing more about him is known.
~ Son Harry Minor ~
Son Harry Minor (1903 -1969) was born in 1903 in Connellsville.
He was age nine when his parents separated, and when his mother scandalously eloped with her husband's nephew Elmer Ellsworth Miner. The federal census of 1920 shows Harry, age 16, living with his mother, cousin/stepfather and brothers Henry and Enoch in Pittsburgh.
Harry married Hazel (?). They had one son, James Minor.
They resided on Pittsburgh's North Side, where Harry worked as a barber circa 1922. Heartache rocked the young family when Hazel died young, of an untimely death. The details are not known. Not wanting to raise his son, Harry saw to it that he was taken into the home of his cousin John N. and Carrie (Eicher) Rose of Connellsville. To the Roses, young James was a "foster son."
Harry passed away on Sept. 15, 1969, and his obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Press.
Son James Minor married Phyllis. They resided in Lorain, OH, and spoke by telephone with the founder of this website in May 1995.
~ Son Enoch F. "Peen" Minor Jr. ~
Son Enoch F. "Peen" Minor Jr. (1905-1963) was born on Oct. 23, 1905 in Connellsville. He was age seven when his parents separated.
By 1920, he moved into the home of his mother and cousin/stepfather in Pittsburgh, along with his older brothers Henry and Enoch.
As a 21-year-old, in May 1926, Enoch resided in Cedartown, GA and at St. Louis, MO. By the following year, he had returned to Pittsburgh, and was working as a brakeman on the railroad.
On Oct. 24, 1927, at age 23, Enoch married 17-year-old Bessie Dewese (1910- ? ), a native of Roanoke, VA.
They were listed in the 1930 Pittsburgh City Directory as residing at 35 Lacock, at which time he was laboring as a painter, possibly with his brother Henry. Yet he and Henry did not always get along, and, said a niece, "they didn't loaf together."
Circa 1943, Enoch made his home at 411 North Craig Street in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, and was employed in a local steel works. He later served in World War II, as a private in Company L of the 338th Infantry.
Later, in June 1943, at the age of 28, he married Alberta (Oberdacker) Smith (1910- ? ), of Pittsburgh, the daughter of Rudolph and Christine (Mistelbauer) Oberdacker. Alberta's father was an immigrant from Austria, while her mother was a native of Fayette County. Alberta had been married once before, and is said to have brought several children to the marriage. Their home was on Butler Street in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where Enoch was employed as a roughter in a steel mill. Later, in the 1960s, their residence was at 1514 East Street in Pittsburgh.
In all, Enoch's five children were James Minor, Jo Ann Czolba, Mary Minor, Christine Leacock and Corrine Nelson.
The Minors' address in the early 1960s was 1514 East Street in Pittsburgh, with Enoch employed as a "roughter" in a local steel mill.
Having endured hardening of the arteries for two years, Enoch passed away of an acute heart attack on March 28, 1963, at the age of 59, dead on arrival at Allegheny General Hospital. His obituary was published in the Pittsburgh Press. He was laid to rest in the veterans' section of Highwood Cemetery near Pittsburgh's North Side.
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