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Marybelle (Minerd) Riley



Marybelle and John Scott Riley

Marybelle (Minerd) Riley was born on Dec. 9, 1886 in Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Rev. David E. and Catherine (Williams) Minerd. She was named after a favorite aunt, Marybelle (Minerd) Beggs Walls.

On Dec. 27, 1905, at her parents' home, 19-year-old Marybelle married 33-year-old John Scott Riley (Oct. 21, 1872-1948). He was the son of Cyrus P. and Druscilla Catherine (Baer) Riley of Menden, Westmoreland County, PA. J.W. Perkins performed the ceremony. There was a 14-year age difference between the bride and groom.

The Rileys went on to produce six children -- Ewing Halfred "Markle" (or "'Mike") Riley, Catherine "Casey" Driscoll, Virginia Rae "Ginsy" Snyder, Arminta Imogene "Minnie" Keough, Mary Louise "Lou" Lloyd and Joann "Jo" Long. 


With Mary Louise & Markle

Seen here are Marybelle and John circa 1912 with their eldest two children, Markle (right) and Mary Louise.

They lived in "a large roomy frame house" at 23 South Third Street in Youngwood, Westmoreland County, PA, said to an article in the Greensburg (PA) Tribune-Review.

Marybelle and John were members of the Youngwood Evangelical United Brethren Church, where he belonged to the Men's Bible Class.

John was a longtime conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad and a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.  He is mentioned in the book, Way Back When:  Youngwood, The Railroad Town.

Mary Belle and her brothers and sisters annually organized a reunion at the old Minerd family homestead in Dunbar. It was always held on their father's birthday each July.


Highway between Youngwood and Greensburg featuring an Amoco gasoline filling station and advertising for Sterling Gasoline.


Four generations

Seen here is a four-generation photo, from left to right: Marybelle, Mary Carol Driscoll, Catherine Driscoll and Rev. Minerd.


With granddaughter Judy

John and Marybelle are seen at right in an undated family photograph, holding granddaughter Judy Snyder Campbell circa 1942.

Marybelle endured a cerebral hemorrhage in late July 1947. She lingered for two days and died on July 28, 1947, at the age of 60. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Youngwood Cemetery.

John only outlived her by less than six months. Suffering from a lesion on his heart valve for two and a half years, he was stricken with a heart attack and succumbed at the age of 75 on Jan. 20, 1948. He rests beside his wife at Youngwood Cemetery.

The Riley children and grandchildren held a family reunion in 1980 at Youngwood Area Park and Pool. It was the last reunion where all the Riley children were living, as Virginia sadly passed away later that year. The reunion generated newspaper coverage in the "Love Lines" column by Ruth Love.  The column said that "Back in an era before electric washers and driers, multiple clotheslines in the Riley backyard on Mondays attested to the painstaking needlework that produced the homemade blouses for the one son and the colorful percale and gingham dresses and pinafores that kept five daughters 'neat as a pin'."

The Riley children as adults, 1980, at the Youngwood Park  and Pool. L-R: Jo, Minnie, Gince, Casey, Lou and Mike


Youngwood Cemetery

~ Son Ewing Halfred "Markle" Riley ~

Son Ewing Halfred "Markle" (or "'Mike") Riley.


~ Daughter Mary Louise "Lou" (Riley) Lloyd ~

Daughter Mary Louise "Lou" Riley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

She graduated from Youngwood High School and studied at Boyd's Business College in Pittsburgh. As a young woman, she was employed at the Walworth Company in Greensburg where she met her future husband.

On May 11, 1932, in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, she wed David James Lloyd Sr. (Oct. 28, 1908-2004), the son of David and Margaret (Vogel) Lloyd of Latrobe, Westmoreland County. In reporting on the wedding, the Connellsville Daily Courier said that "only immediate members of the two families were present at the ceremony. The bride was becomingly attired in an ensemble of cadet blue and carried a bouquet of ochre roses.' Lou's sister Catherine served as bridesmaid, and David's brother Arthur as bridegroom.

They resided for many years in Huntingdon, PA and had eight children -- John Riley Lloyd, Margaret Hennessey, David J. Lloyd Jr., J. Alan Lloyd, Sara C. Lloyd, Rebecca A. Cole, Elizabeth J. "Liz" Hinchee and Eleanor J. Lloyd.

From 1945 to 1947, David served with the Pennsylvania National Guard, Company D, in Indiantown Gap, PA.

Said the Huntingdon Daily News, he "was an assistant manager of Sears Roebuck in Altoona until he acquired Lloyd's Hardware in Huntingdon. He sold the hardware business and went into sales with C.H. Miller Hardware and later with D.W. Miller, which took him on the road statewide." He also was a grand knight of the Knights of columbus and a member of the Lions Club.

After retirement, when David was age 72, he and Lou retired to North Fort Myers, FL. After Lou's passing, he spent his final years with his son David in Mesa, AZ.

On May 25, 2004, at the age of 95, David passed away in Mesa. In an obituary, the Daily News said he was survived by 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. His remains were returned to Huntingdon for interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, with Rev. Leo Arnone officiating at the funeral.

Son John Riley Lloyd (1934-2008) was born in 1934. In 1955, he was a corporal in the U.S. Army, and appeared with his comrades on the Ed Sullivan Show as guest artists under the name of  "The Rifle Airs."  A story in the Daily News said they presented "their now-famous rifle demonstration and drill, with twirlings, twistings and tossings just about as fast as the eye can follow." John also served on the guard of honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. John resided in Yellow Springs, PA. He passed away at the age of 74, in Lancaster, PA, on Feb. 6, 2008.

Daughter Margaret Lloyd married (?) Hennessey and has lived in Norristown.

Son David James Lloyd Jr. ( ? - ? ) has made his home in Mesa, AZ.

Son J. Alan Lloyd made his home in Naples, FL.

Daughter Sara C. Lloyd has dwelled in Bradenton, FL.

Daughter Rebecca A. Lloyd wedded (?) Cole. They have resided in Los Gatos, CA.

Daughter Elizabeth J. "Liz" Loyd was joined in wedlock with (?) Hinchee. They live in Tyrone, PA.

Eleanor J. Lloyd has lived in Arlington, VA.


~ Daughter Catherine Mae "Casey" (Riley) Driscoll ~

Daughter Catherine Mae "Casey" Riley (1912-2001) was born on May 27, 1912 in Youngwood.

At the age of 23, on Oct. 4, 1935, she eloped to marry Charles Robert Driscoll Sr. ( ? - ? ), son of James J. and Cora (Payne) Driscoll. The ceremony was held in Harrisonburg, VA at a Presbyterian church, with Rev. Parke W. Wilson officiating. Serving as her matron of honor was Mrs. Earl D. Eisenhower of Charleroi, PA. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "The bride was attired in a brown crepe dress with harmonizing accessories. Her corsage was of yellow tea roses.... The wedding, one of the most interesting of the early autumn, came as a surprise to the many friends of the bride and bridegroom... [She] is popularl socially at Youngwood and is also well known among Connellsville's younger set having at one time been assistatn in the dental offices of her uncle, Mayor H.D. Minerd.... Mr. Driscoll, who is one of the most widely known young men of Connellsville, is classified manager for The Courier." On their honeymoon, the Driscolls accompanied by the Eisenhowers made a driving trip to Norfolk and Staunton, VA.

The couple resided at 1001 Sycamore Street in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA.

They had two children, Charles Robert Driscoll Jr. and Mary D. Naylor. Sadly, son Charles died at birth in Connellsville State Hospital on April 10, 1942 from a prolapsed umbilical cord. The infant's remains were placed into rest in Hill Grove Cemetery.

Tragedy cut short the Driscolls' married lives. On the fateful day of Aug. 16, 1948, while swimming near Pier 5 of the Youghiogheny Dam, Charles mysteriously drowned. He was only 45 years of age. Interment was in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

Now widowed, Catherine was employed for many years with Robertshaw Controls, New Stanton, from where she retired. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Youngwood. Her final years were spent in Latrobe, Westmoreland County.

In 1992, Catherine received a surprise party at the Knights Inn hotel in New Stanton in honor of her 80th birthday. The founder of this website was privileged to attend and meet more of the family. Catherine also attended at least one Minerd-Miner Reunion circa 1994, held at Kingwood, Somerset County, PA.

Catherine passed away at home at the age of 89 on Dec. 3, 2001. A memorial service was held at her family church, led by Rev. Dr. Merritt Edner. An obituary was printed in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

Daughter Mary Driscoll married William Naylor. They have three children and have resided for many years in New Stanton.


Virginia Riley, far right

~ Daughter Virginia Rae "Ginsy" (Riley) Snyder ~

Daughter Virginia Rae "Ginsy" Riley was born in (?).

She wedded Snyder ( ? - ? ).

Virginia was an early nursing school graduate, and a pioneering flight attendant for TWA Airlines.  She is seen here, at far right, with her fellow trainees, circa 1939. 

A rare image of Virginia with national celebrity and airline passenger Jack Benny was our "Photo of the Month" for December 2000.

Daughter Jean Snyder married Michael Pacelli Jr. Michael has been a longtime member of Youngwood Borough Council.  He also has served on a Youngwood Diamond Jubilee Committee and as an officer of the Youngwood Fire Department.  He is pictured in Our Town in Picture and Story:  Youngwood, Pennsylvania 1899-1974.

Daughter Judy Snyder wedded John J. "Jack" Campbell. Jack has served as Pennsylvania Commissioner for the Clan Campbell Society, North America and as Deputy Commissioner of the Clan's Region 2, covering Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.


~ Daughter Araminta Imogene "Minnie" (Riley) Keough ~

Daughter Arminta Imogene "Minnie" Riley was joined in matrimony with Keough.


~ Daughter Joann "Jo" (Riley) Long ~

Daughter Joann D. "Jo" Riley married J. Hubert "Nubie" Long.

Their residence for decades has been in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

~ More ~

Anyone with information about the lineage of John Scott Riley, or of Cyrus and Drucilla Riley, is urged to contact Jayne Campbell as, she writes, "We are at a standstill trying to find out anything about him."

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