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Emily Jane 'Minnie'
(Minerd) Mayle

(1871- ? )

 

Emily Jane "Minnie" (Minerd) Mayle was born on Dec. 26, 1870 in Barbour County, WV, the daughter of William and Margaret (Mayle) Minerd. She also was known as "Emma" or "Emeline" and had the additional nickname of "Minnie."

When Emily was a young girl, her parents separated and then divorced. She and her siblings were divided among relatives, and she and her sister Cyrene went to live with their maternal grandparents, Reese and Delilah Mayle, near Grafton, Taylor County, WV. The girls are shown in the Mayle household in the 1880 census, when Emily was age nine, and Cyrene age four.

At the tender age of 14, she married 22-year-old Charles Luther "Little Charlie" Male (1864-1958) on July 1, 1886. It's possible that Charles' parents were George "Washington" and Margarette (Pritchard) Mayle, but this is not yet proven with precision. Emma and Charles were both residing in Barbour County at the time of marriage, but the wedding took place at the home of "Washington" Male in Tygart Valley in nearby Taylor County. "William Miner" was one of the informants providing information for the marriage license. Rev. Thomas Wells officiated. 

 

Moatsville, with a covered bridge over the Tygart Valley River

 

They resided over the years in Moatsville, Barbour County, and are known to have had at least seven children -- Susan "Blanche" Kennedy, Ulysses "Scott" Mayle, Alva Dallas Mayle, Elzie "Burley" Mayle, Dicy S. Mayle, Cora Belle Kennedy and Leona Gale (Mayle) Mayle. 

The Mayles made their home circa 1889 in Oakland, Garrett County, MD, when son Alva was born. In 1900, the federal census shows them living in Barbour County, where Charles was a farmer.

Emily died sometime before 1910. 

When the federal census was taken in 1910, Charles was shown to be a widower, and working as a farmer in the Pleasant District of Barbour County. 

It's possible that Charles died of a stroke at the age of 67 at Clemtown, Barbour County, on April 13, 1929. His death certificate marks him as "widowed."

~ Daughter Susan "Blanche" (Mayle) Kennedy ~

Daughter Susan "Blanche" Mayle (1887-1949) was born in 1887. As a young woman, worked as a servant for a private family prior to her marriage, as shown on the 1910 census. 

At the age of 24 or 25, she married 22-year-old Henry Floyd Kennedy (1890- ? ) on July 29, 1912. Rev. W.B. Pimm performed the ceremony, held in Philippi. Blanche was three years older than her husband.

 

Grafton Sentinel, 1949

Henry was a coal miner and carpenter, and she a housewife. They lived in Moatsville, Route 3, in rural Barbour County. 

The Kennedys had at least three children -- Gillespie Kennedy, Wilmoth Kennedy and Wannetta (Juanita?) Kennedy.

The census of 1920 shows the family in Barbour County, living with Blanche's widowed father. In the 1940s, the Kennedys made their residence on Route 1, Moatsville.

Blanche died at home of a heart attack at the age of 62 on Nov. 14, 1949, with burial at Mt. View Cemetery. In her obituary in the Grafton Sentinel, the headline erroneously read "Bertha" Kennedy rather than "Blanche" Kennedy. 

Henry outlived her by a dozen years. He died in 1961, at the age of 70. They rest together for eternity at Mt. View.

 

Blanche and Henry Kennedy's grave at Mt. View Cemetery

 

Son Gillespie Kennedy made his home on Route 3, Moatsville, in 1949.

Daughter Regina Kennedy married (?) Mayle and lived in the late 1940s in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA.

~ Son Alva Dallas Mayle ~

Son Alva Dallas Mayle (1889-1964) was born on March 15, 1889 in Oakland, Garrett County, MD. He was short and slender, with black eyes and black hair. He was a veteran of World War I.

 

Obituary, 1964

At the age of 32, Alva married 19-year-old Lillie Belle Mayle (1900-1970), believed to have been the daughter of Charles Ross Maxwell Mayle and Eleby Jane (Pritchard) Mayle. The marriage took place on Aug. 23, 1919, at Philippi, officiated by William Coleman. On their Barbour County marriage license, the information provider was named as "Mr. Charles R. Male, Order of Scott Mayle & A.D. Mayle."

They produced 10 children -- Laco Mayle, David Mayle, Douglas Mayle, Maxine (Mayle) Mayle, Emmajean (or "Imogene") Mayle, Zeldine Mayle, Ernestine Sheme, Arlene B. Faulkiner, Erma Lee Mayle and Sheila June Smith.

The Mayles lived at Moatsville in 1930 and at Grafton Route 1 (considered the Prichard community of Moatsville) in 1956. Alva was a longtime coal mine laborer, and circa 1918 worked for the Sterling Coal Company in Cecil, Barbour County.

Alva died on Feb. 22, 1964, in Philippi, at the age of 74.  His funeral was led by Rev. Murray Mayle. At the time, said the Grafton Sentinel, he was survived by 26 grandchildren and three stepchildren.

Lillie Belle survived her husband by six years. She died in Moatsville on April 2, 1970.

Son Laco Mayle lived in Canton, OH.

Son David Mayle wed Connie (?). They lived in Newton Falls, OH and in 2010 in Canton, OH.

Son Douglas Mayle married Janet (?). They made their home in Newton Falls, OH and later in Gray Court, SC.

Daughter Maxine Mayle married Donald Mayle and lived in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA in 1964. 

Daughter Emmajean Mayle married Michael Mayle and lived on Route 1 in Grafton. 

Daughter Zeldine Mayle married (?) Soufis. She moved to Zanesville, Muskingum County, where she lived in 1964.

 

William Sheme's final resting place

No. 9 book

Daughter Ernestine R. Mayle (1933- ? ) was born in 1933. On Nov. 25, 1958, at the age of 25, she married 20-year-old William Donald Sheme (1938-1968), son of William and Dalena (Dalton) Sheme. They had four children over the span of their 10 years of marriage. The Shemes were members of the Pritchard Wesleyan Church in Clemtown near Philippi. In 1964, they resided in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. By 1966, they had relocated back to West Virginia, where William obtained employment as a shuttle car operator with Consolidation Coal Company as a miner at its Farmington No. 9 Mine in Farmington, Marion County. His wife's cousin Hartsel Lee Mayle, son of Charles Elihu and Nancy Catherine (Kennedy) Mayle, also worked with him at the No. 9 mine. Another of their ill-fated co-workers was Wayne Ralph Minor Sr. (1919-1968), of the unrelated English family of John and Rella Ann (Myers) Minor of Wetzel County, WV. Tragedy swept across both families on the fateful day of Nov. 20, 1968. The mine exploded violently, and the miners were trapped inside, sealing their doom. Local newspapers largely ignored the tragedy, while national news media flocked to provide coverage. Time magazine, Life magazine and the Associated Press all came to the scene report the story to national and international readers. Click to see NBC-TV's coverage at the time. Days, weeks and months of gnawing anxiety passed without the families knowing with certainty that their loved ones were dead. William's body was not recovered for five-and-a-half years, until March 13, 1974. His remains were placed at rest in the Prichard Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery. Ernestine survived him by decades, making her residence in Knottsville. In November 2011, William's tragic story was revisited with the publication of Bonnie E. Stewart's book, No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster, produced by the West Virginia University Press. He is named on pages 194 and 221.

Daughter Arlene B. Mayle (1936-2008) was born on Nov. 10, 1936. She wed Carvel V. Faulkiner and called Moatsville home. She passed away in Philippi on Nov. 4, 2008.

Daughter Sheila "June" Mayle (1945-2009) was born on July 7, 1945 in Moatsville. She wed Terry "Shotgun" Smith ( ? - ? ). They settled in Newburg, Preston County, WV and had two children -- Brent L. Smith and Tamara J. "Tammy" Sigley. June passed away at home in Newburg at the age of 64 on Dec. 29, 2009. Interment was in the Prichard Cemetery, in a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. An obituary was published in the Preston County Journal.

 

Landmark covered bridge over the Cheat River, built in 1835, east of Grafton

 

~ Son Ulysses "Scott" Mayle ~

Son Ulysses "Scott" Mayle (1892-1956) was born on April 25, 1891 (or 1892), in Barbour County or Taylor County. (Records differ.)

As a young adult, he was of medium height and slender build, and had black hair and eyes. In 1917, he worked for the Humphrey Coal Company of Philippi. That year, at age 25, he registered for the military draft, and the draft officer listed his race as "colored." 

 

Philippi Republican, 1956

Scott wed Bertha Croston (1887-1973), daughter of John W. and Sabina (Mayle) Croston,  on July 15, 1918. He was age 27, and she 29, at the time. Rev. G.H. Snyder officiated. Both groom and bride were labeled as "colored" in the official county record of their marriage.

They resided at Berryburg, Barbour County in 1930 and later in North Philippi, where Scott labored for many years in local coal mines. He suffered from emphysema and bronchitis, perhaps brought on by his years of inhaling coal dust. The couple did not reproduce.

Scott died at the age of 63 on March 2, 1956, at the Philippi Hospital. Following the funeral at Olive Hill Methodist Church, burial was in the Welch Cemetery near Philippi. An obituary in the Philippi Republican said his death occurred "following a long illness."

Bertha outlived her husband by 17 years, and passed away in 1973.

~ Daughter Leona Gayle (Mayle) Mayle ~

Daughter Leona Gale Mayle (1896-1942) was bon in 1896. 

She was married to cousin Clifford Lee Mayle (1897-1936), the son of Lewis and Sarepta "Thrippy" (Kennedy) Mayle. They were farmers who resided in Cecil near Grafton, Route 5 and were members of the Wesley Methodist Church. 

 

     
Obituaries, six years apart

They had 10 children -- Hazel Mayle and Louvenia Mayle of Canton, OH; Mabel Mayle of Moatsville; and Rosaline Dalton, Maxwell "Mack" Mayle, Glenn Mayle, Vonda Bud, Fredda Newman, Thomas Edward Mayle and Clifford Esperin Mayle. 

Tragically, while in his 30s, Cliff suffered for two years from nephritis, and died at the age of 39 two days after Christmas 1936. Funeral services were led by Rev. Fred DeCost of the Mt. View Church, with burial at the Mt. View Cemetery. 

Adding to the heartbreak, Leona was expecting when her husband died, and the little child, named Clifford Espirin Mayle, only lived less than a year, and died of pneumonia in on Dec. 7, 1937.

Leona only outlived her husband by six years. She contracted tuberculosis, an illness she battled for six years, and succumbed at the age of 45 on April 9, 1942. As with her husband, the funeral was held at Mt. View Church, with services led by Rev. Gerald Rogers, with interment at the church cemetery. The Grafton Sentinel published obituaries for both Leona and Clifford. Their son Maxwell of Grafton was the informant on her death certificate.

Daughter Roseline Margaret Mayle (1916-1974) was born on Dec. 3, 1916 in West Virginia. She married Coy Calvin Dalton ( ? - ? ). They resided in West Virginia and later moved to Canton. They had nine children. Roseline died on March 19, 1974, at the age of 58, at Canton's Molly Stark Hospital.

Daughter Hazel Josephine Mayle (1918-1991) was born on May 26, 1918 in Cecil, Barbour County. She married a cousin, Herbert W. Mayle (1913-1996), son of Jefferson Davis and Lucy Jane (Croston) Mayle. View their bio for more.

Daughter Emma Louvenia "Beanie" Mayle (1920-2004) was born in 1920. She married Roscoe "Jack" Mayle (1916-1970), son of William Esker and Laura Agnes (Kennedy) Mayle. The Mayleses lived in Canton and had six known children -- Barton W. Mayle, Larry Leo Mayle, Hubert Mayle, Vietta "Coog" (Mayle) Mayle, Diana Newman, Bonnie Newman and Donnie Mayle, Evelyn Mayle and Everett Mayle. At the age of about 53, Jack died in Canton on Jan. 18, 1970, of causes not yet known. Emma outlived her husband by almost 35 years. She "lived in Canton most of her adult life," said the Canton Repository, and was a "member of the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church of Canton." In her later years, she made her home with her single sister Vonda Budd. Sadly, she endured the deaths of their children Evelyn and Everett. Emma died in Canton at age 83 on March 1, 2004.  Her remains were returned to Grafton for burial at Pritchard Cemetery, where generations of the family rest for eternity. At her death, she and Jack had produced 27 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and "many loving great-great grandchildren," too numerous to count.

 

  • Grandson Barton W. Mayle (1938-2004) was born on July 16, 1938. He married Sue ( ? -living). He died in Louisville, Stark County, OH on Aug. 24, 2004.
  • Grandson Larry Leo Mayle (1951-2016) was born in about 1951. He married Brenda (?) and resided in Warren, MI and later in Canton. His children were Jack Mayle, Joe Mayle and Jason Mayle. Larry died at the age of 65 on March 25, 2016. Funeral services were led by Pastor Kenny Bulgrin, followed by burial in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in nearby Louisville, OH.
  • Grandson Hubert Mayle ( ? - ? ) may have been married twice. He and his first spouse produced these known offspring -- Tom Mayle, Kim Mayle, Shannon Mayle, Virginia Mayle and Chris Mayle. Later, he was wedded to Ellen Endsley (April 11, 1938-2017), daughter of Lloyd and Ada Endsley. Hubert and Ellen had at least two sons of their own, John David Mayle and Wayne Mayle, and these other children were involved -- Cynthia Harbin, Peggy Arellano and Audrey Van Horne. They made their residence in Canton.  Ellen "was a woman of faith and was a life-long member of Bethel Baptist Church," noted the Canton (OH) Repository. "She enjoyed music and the outdoors. Her greatest enjoyment and love was being with her family." Sadly, Ellen passed away in Canton at the age of 78 on Feb. 18, 2017. Pastor Jack Mayle officiated at her funeral service followed by interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
  • Granddaughter Vietta "Coog" Mayle ( ? -living) married Floyd Mayle (1939-1983). They produced these known offspring -- Gregory Lewis Mayle, Sandra Johns and Evelyn Hukill. The Mayles made their home in Louisville, Stark County. Floyd died in December 1983 at the age of 44. Circa 2004, Vietta resided in Navarre, OH.

    Great-granddaughter Sandra Mayle married William S. Johns (1957-2017), son of Raymond and Alice (Passwaters) Johns. They resided in Canton and in about 2013 relocated to Beach City, OH. Their four sons were Brandon Johns, Sean Johns, William R. "Billy" Johns and Nick Johns. William was employed as a retail manager for many years. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 60 on March 5, 2017. Pastor Kevin Northrup performed the funeral service, follwed by interment in South Lawn Cemetery in Beach City.

    Great-grandson Gregory Lewis Mayle (1961-2012) was born on April 1, 1961 in Canton. In 1988, he was joined in wedlock with Kimberly Bulgrin ( ? - ? ). His five children were Dustin Lane Mayle, Danielle Sikon, Tara Earley, Jaime Butzer and Kristi Jackson. They resided in Navarre, OH and were members of the New Life Tabernacle of Massillon. Reported the Canton Repository, Gregory "was a cowboy at heart and loved his horse, Shiloh. He loved riding with his son. He was known best by his church family and friends for hosting great bonfires at his home. Greg had many special friends but one close to his heart, Newt. Greg lived life to the fullest and knew how to put a smile on your face. Greg always put family first and loved each and every one of his children." Gregory passed into eternity at the age of 51 on Nov. 18, 2012. Pastor Keith Blaylock officiated at the service at the family tabernacle, followed by burial in Sunset Hills Burial Park.

    Great-granddaughter Sandra Mayle was joined in wedlock with Jay Hukill.
  • Granddaughter Diana Mayle married Robert Carl Newman. Their home in 2004 was in Canton. Robert Carl was deceased by 2016.

 

The sprawling Timken plant in Canton. Below, typical Timken products -- roll neck bearings, removal rock bits, tapered roller bearings, alloy steel bars and seamless steel tubing and railway journal bearings.

 

  • Granddaughter Bonnie Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1975, she was united in matrimony with 24-year-old Larry E. Newman (March 10, 1951-2017), son of Marcellius and Nellie Neweman. They dwelled in Canton, where Larry was employed for 31 years with The Timken Company, a position from which he retired. Larry also "enjoyed working in his yard and spending quality time with his granddaughter," said an obituary. The couple's three children were Larry Michael Newman, Ted Newman and Sabrina Spencer. Sadly, at the age of 66, Larry passed away in Canton on April 8, 2017. Funeral services were held in a local funeral home followed by burial in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Kenneth Bulgrin leading the services.
  • Grandson Donnie Mayle wed Becky. In 2004, their residence was in Canton.

 

Daughter Mabel Victoria Mayle (1922-2007) was born on Sept. 20, 1922. She lived for many years in Shinnston, Harrison County, WV. She died on March 15, 2007. 

Son Melvin Maxwell "Mack" Mayle (1925-1985) was born in 1925. He died at the age of 60 in 1985.

 

Roscoe Mayle family graves, Canton
Courtesy Glenn Schumacher

Son Roscoe Glenn Mayle (1927-1978) was born on March 27, 1927 in Barbour County. He married Dorothy E. Budd (1930-2010), a native of Smoketown, OH and the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Buckius) Budd. They resided in Canton and had these these nine known children -- Clifford A. Mayle, Ronald L. "Ronnie" Mayle, Glenda Mayle, Tracy Lee Mayle, Gail Mayle, Vonda Salmi, Evelyn Mayle, Barbara Schumacher Mitchell McAnnally and Lawrence Mayle. Roscoe passed away in January 1978, at the age of 50. Dorothy is believed to have remained in Canton as a widow, and survived her husband by more than three decades. She died on June 26, 2010 in Canton's Mercy Medical Center. Her remains were cremated and placed into repose in the cluster of family graves in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Canton. Among her survivors, reported the Canton Repository, were 23 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. It was the second of three deaths in the immediate family in 2010, among the others their daughter Glenda Lou Parsons and son Ronald L. Mayle.

 

  • Grandson Clifford A. Mayle (1947-1979) was born on March 18, 1947. During the Vietnam War, he served as a corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Donna J. (?). Sadly, he died on April 21, 1979 at the age of 32. He rests in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Canton.
  • Grandson Tracy Lee Mayle (1961-2015) was born on Aug. 23, 1961 in Canton. He married Canton native Maririta D. (Hunt) Vore (1961-2014), daughter of Harold and Patricia Hunt. Tracy was a longtime employee of Canton Aluminum where he was a foreman. Their five children were Michelle Mayle, Monica Mayle, Michael Vore, Matthew Mayle and Marcus Mayle. Maririta died on March 5, 2014, at age 52, in the Legends Care Center of Massillon. Tracy survived his wife by a little more than a year. He died at home at the age of 53 on May 27, 2015. An obituary in the Canton Repository said he was survived by 11 grandchildren.
  • Grandson Ronald L. "Ronnie" Mayle (1951-2010) was born on Oct. 20, 1951 in Canton. He produced a son, Jason R. Mayle. Ronald made his home in East Canton for many years. Among the special people in his life, said the Canton Repository, were Beverly Davis, Carol Miner and Torrin McNab. Sadly, at the home of his son, he died on Nov. 17, 2010, "while in the company of family members," reported the Repository. He was only age 59. Rev. Donnie Ray Mayle officiated at the funeral service. On his bronze grave marker plaque are etched the words "Beloved Brother Dad Grandpa" and a figure of a man fishing.
  • Granddaughter Glenda Lou Mayle (1959-2010) was born on June 22, 1959. She was united in holy wedlock with Rick Parsons. He had been married once before and brought three children to the marriage. Glenda Lou had two children of her own -- Dawn and Darlene. They dwelled in Bolivar, OH. Heartache rocked the family on April 18, 2010 when Glenda Lou died unexpectedly at home at the age of 50. An obituary in the Canton Repository noted that she had left behind 11 grandchildren.
  • Granddaughter Gail Mayle wed (?) Parsons.
  • Granddaughter Vonda H. Mayle (1956- ? ) was born in about 1956. She married (?) Salmi.
  • Granddaughter Barbara Mayle (1948-2016) was born on April 4, 1948 in Canton. She apparently was thrice married. Her husbands are believed to have included (?) Schumacher -- Richard Mitchell ( ? - ? ) -- and (?) McAnnally. She seems to have resided for a time in Warren, MI and had these children -- Sheila Higgins, Tracy Pittman, Jennifer Morrow and Glenn Schumacher. For some years she worked as a cashier at Rite-Aid in Canton, and retired in 2008 at the age of 60. She and her family underwent unspeakable torment in the summer of 2015 when her daughter Sheila was stabbed to death by her husband Emmanuel Higgins who took his life with a gunshot a little later. Barbara died at the age of 67 on Feb. 12, 2016, in Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted in the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church. An obituary was printed in the Canton Repository, which numbered her survivors as 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

Daughter Vonda Lea Mayle (1930-2003) was married to (?) Budd but had no children. She lived in Canton, Stark County, OH, where she "was a member of Crystal Park Wesleyan Church of Canton," said the Canton Repository. She had "many nieces and nephews, which she was a grandmother or mother to them." She died on Dec. 19, 2003 at the age of 73 in Canton's Aultman Hospital "following a sudden illness," said the Repository. She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery following a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. 

Daughter Freeda Earlstine Mayle (1932-1998) was born in 1932. She married (?) Newman and lived in Canton in the early 1990s. She passed away at the age of 66 in 1998.

Son Thomas Edward "Ed" Mayle (1934- ? ) was born in 1934. He resided in Aiken, SC in 1991-2004.

 

Grafton Sentinel, 1930

~ Son Elzie Burley Mayle ~

Son Elzie "Burley" Mayle (1903-1930) was born in 1903. He was a coal miner who lived in Moatsville, R.F.D. 3, near Grafton, Taylor County. 

Unmarried at age 27, he was struck and killed by a train on Sept. 21, 1930, dying of a fractured skull. 

In reporting the accident, the Grafton Sentinel said that he was "sleeping across the track on the opposite side from the locomotive engineers" and that "physicians believed him to be under the influence of intoxicants at the time he fell asleep on the railroad track." He was rushed to the Grafton City Hospital, where he died a few hours later. 

Said the Sentinel: "The Rev. Fred Decoste will officiate at the funeral services at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning in the home of Ray Kennedy at Cecil, and burial will be made in Mt. View Cemetery, near there."

~ Daughter Cora Belle (Mayle) Kennedy ~

Daughter Cora Belle Mayle (1898-1976) was born in 1898 and married to a cousin, Ressie "Ray" Kennedy (1894-1990), the son of Ruth Ann (Minerd) Kennedy. They had 10 children. See Ray Kennedy's bio for more details.

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