Minerva B. "Nervie" (Minerd) Mayle was born in March 1874 in Barbour County, WV, the daughter of William and Margaret (Male) Minerd.
When Minerva was age five, her parents separated and then divorced. The following year, at age six, as shown in the 1880 census, she lived with an uncle and aunt, Charles and Rachel Croston, in the Pleasant District of Barbour County. Her sisters Cyrena and Emily resided with their maternal grandparents, Reese and Delilah Mayle, near Grafton, Taylor County, WV.
Minerva may have been married to Granville Male circa 1880, as is shown in an old marriage license on file today in the Barbour County Courthouse. But this is highly unlikely, and is not confirmed, as Minerva would have only been six years of age. But there is no one else by that name alive at that time in Barbour County.
At the age of 17, Minerva married Ellsworth O. Mayle (1865-1952) on Sept. 14, 1891 at Deer Park. He was the son of Isaac and Sarah Male, and their marriage license noted that they were "second cousins." The Minerd/Minard and Mayle families were close, and Minerva's brother Dewitt Minard married Ellsworth's sister Rebecca J. Mayle.
The Mayleses are believed to have had seven children -- Ernest H. Mayle, Dorothy Gertrude Shaffer, George "Dewey" Mayle, Henry Russell Mayle, Grace Sines, Helen Selina Mayle and Tina Mabel "Tiny" Madden. They also raised a brother in law, Clarence A. Mayle, who was like a son.
A newspaper once noted that Ellsworth "lived on a farm at Swallow Falls for about 60 years. He was a member of the Methodist church."
In 1899, Ellsworth's mother died, and the following year, in October 1900, having inherited 10 acres of land from Ellsworth's widowed father, Ellsworth and Minerva attempted to sell the tract. It was part of the Western end of Military Lot #1700 in Garrett County, and they conveyed it to Hester J. Garrett. However, the deed was defectively prepared, and in July 1903, after Hester's death, they prepared another deed to convey the property fully and legally to her widower John J. Garrett and children Resley M. Garrett, Revin C. Garrett, Granville V. Garrett, Lorenzo J. Garrett, George F. Garrett, Lillie M. Hoge (wife of Isaac R. Hoge) and Mary E. Brant (wife of Albert Brant). Also in July 1903, the Males sold the coal and mineral rights of a 40-acre parcel to Edward G. Bucher of Blair County, PA, for $800. In a third transaction dated July 1903, Minerva purchased a 50-acre tract in Garrett County, known as Military Lot #1700, from relatives Isaac Male, Hugh Male, Rebecca and DeWitt Minard (all of Garrett County), and Idella and Upton Croston (of Marion County, WV).
Minerva passed away on Oct. 9 1909, at the age of 35, and was buried the following day at the Bray School Cemetery in Garrett County. In an obituary, a local newspaper reported that "She leaves a husband and seven children, four girls and three boys. The cause of her death was spinal disease."
Ellsworth outlived Minerva by a remarkable 43 years.
The 1930 census shows him living with his son Henry and laboring as a general farmer.
Ellsworth died on March 31, 1952, at the age of 87, at the home of his married daughter Grace Sines on old Deer Park Road in Oakland. The funeral was held at the Pine Grove Church at Swallow Falls, officiated by Rev. H.O. Teagarden of Oakland and Rev. Jonas W. Sines. He was buried beside Minerva. At the time of his death, he and Minerva had produced 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
~ Son Henry Russell Mayle ~
Son Henry Russell Mayle (1907-1950) was just two years of age when his mother died. He was a member of the Methodist Church at Bray, near Swallow Falls.
Heartache rocked the family when he became sick in December 1950, and was admitted to the Garrett County Memorial Hospital. He did not recover, and died there on Christmas Day 1950, at the age of 43.
The funeral was held in the Pine Grove Church of the Brethren at Swallow Falls. Pallbearers were Theodore Sines, William Ream, William Lee, Thomas Winters, Kermit Helms and Clayton Markley. Others attending the funeral, said a local newspaper, were Ernest Mayle and daughter Viola, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Mayle, of Shinnston, WV; Mr. and Mrs. Emory Shaffer and two children of Terra Alta, WV; John F. Rose and May Rose of Piedmont, WV; and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Durham and two daughters of Westernport, MD. In a published "card of thanks" in a local newspaper, Ellsworth and family wrote:
We desire to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all our friends and neighbors for their kindness and helpfulness during the illness and following the death of our son and brother, the late Henry Russell Mayle. We also want to thank all who gave flowers and contributed the use of their automobiles for the funeral service. ELLSWORTH MAYLE and FAMILY
~ Son Clarence Allman Mayle ~
Adopted son Clarence Allman Mayle (1884-1970) was born on Dec. 16, 1884, said to have been the son of Ellsworth Mayle and Minerva's sister Rachel Minerd.
At the age of five, the boy's mother placed him on a train bound for either Grafton, WV or Canton, OH, where relatives are known to have been living. He apparently remained away for several years, until he eventually was taken into Minerva and Ellsworth's home in Maryland, raised to adulthood and adopted as their own.
Clarence did not see his birth mother again for decades. In about 1912, she and her husband John Ellsworth Mayle moved from the Philippi area to Ohio, settling in Brilliant, near Steubenville, Jefferson County, OH.
Clarence married Eleanor "Mae" Trout (1898-1985). They had eight children, among them Clarence W. Mayle Sr., Guy Forrest Mayle, Harold Ellsworth Mayle, Alva Ray Mayle, Nellie Beatrice DeWitt and Pauline Sophronia Skipper.
He enjoyed visiting with his extended family, especially his cousins. In 1913, while residing in Ottaway, MD, he is known to have sent a short note on a penny postcard to his cousin Maud Minard, letting her know he would come by soon, and give her one of his photograph portraits.
Clarence was unexpectedly reunited with his mother in 1939, at the funeral of his uncle (and her brother) Dewitt Minard in Deer Park, MD. They are said to have visited in Dewitt's kitchen for about an hour or so, and then never saw or talked to each other again.
In July 1963, a vintage photograph of Clarence among a sawmill crew was printed in the Oakland (MD) Republican. Clarence was mentioned in the accompanying story, saying "the group was engaged in sawmill work at the time near Bowden, W.Va. Most of those shown were from Garrett county, and the job was only a temporary one." Others pictured in the image, dated 1907,, were Henry Ellis, Lydia Kisner, John Selby, Pat Kisner, William Yutzy, Arthur Cross, Icie Maust, Grant King, Belle Kisner, Joe Kisner, William King, Edward Yutzy, Frank Kisner and George Garrett. Clarence would have been age 24 at the time the photograph was taken.
The Mayle family lived in Swallow Falls near Oakland in 1952.
Clarence passed away in May 1970, and was buried at the Taylor/Sines Cemetery in Garrett County.
Mae outlived him by 15 years, and died in 1985. Inscribed on their grave marker is this verse from Scripture: "Let not your heart be troubled."
Son Clarence W. "Bud" Mayle Sr. (1922-1977) was born in 1922. He married Mary Virginia Hensley, the daughter of Thomas and Hazel (Werdebaugh) Hensley. Rev. R. Russell performed the ceremony in Hancock, MD, at the Hancock United Methodist Church, on the day after Christmas 1951. They resided on Bray School Road had six children -- Ray Mayle, Carolyn Mellott, Barbara Ann Dintaman Skeweris, Mary Kathryn Mayle, Mark Mayle and Clarence W. Mayle Jr. The girls Carolyn and Barbara were raised by their grandparents, Clarence A. and Eleanor Mayle. On Dec. 26, 1976, Clarence and Mary celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with an open house in their home, and were pictured with an article in a local newspaper. At the time, said the newspaper, they had eight grandchildren. Little else is known about Bud, except that he died on Nov. 18, 1977, at the age of 55. After the funeral, held at Stewart Funeral Home, he was buried at Taylor-Sines Cemetery. Clarence's grave marker, seen here, was photographed by the founder of this website.
~ Son Ernest Harold Mayle ~
Son Ernest Harold Mayle (1891-1970?) was born in 1891 in Garrett County.
He married Nettie Beryl Miller (1902-1943), the daughter of Joseph Nathan and Alice Belle (Metz) Miller. He was age 33, and she 22, at the time of their wedding, which took place in Wyatt, Harrison County, WV on April 2, 1924.
They had five children -- Dennis Wright, Carma Mayle, La Esta Belle Mayle, Viola Mayle and Donna Jean Mayle. Circa 1952, they lived in Peora, near Shinnston, Harrison County, WV.
Sadly, Nettie suffered from an incurable case of pulmonary tuberculosis, and at about age 40 went to live in the Hopemont Sanatorium, where she remained for 11 months. As she neared death, she was taken home by ambulance so she could pass away there. Death came a day later, on Sept. 7, 1943, when she was only age 41. She was laid to rest at the Masonic cemetery in Shinnston, following a funeral at the United Brethren Church in Peoria. At the time, her son Dennis and two young grandchildren lived in Baltimore. Said a newspaper, "Out-of-town people attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mayle and three sons, Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Sines and grandsons, of Oakland; Mr. and Mrs. Emory Shaffer and five children of Terra Alta; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Madden, of Grafton, W.Va.; Miss Helen Mayle, Piedmont, W.Va."
Ernest is thought to have returned to Garrett County, where he passed away at the age of 79 in May 1970.
~ Daughter Grace (Mayle) Sines ~
Daughter Grace Mayle (1893-1985) was born in 1893.
She married Jonas W. Sines (1892-1969), the son of Henry and Harriet J. Sines of Garrett County, MD. Their wedding took place in about 1917, when they were both of the age of 25.
They had four children -- Faye G. Coulter, Emma V. Sorge, Mary G. Lewis and Chester Sines. The Sineses lived in Preston County, WV circa 1930, where Jonas worked as a coal miner and teamster; and later on old Deer Park Road in Oakland, Garrett County.
Jonas passed away in 1969, at the age of 77.
Grace outlived him by 16 years. She died at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD on Nov. 15, 1985, at the age of 92. Following funeral services at Stewart Funeral Home in Oakland, Grace was laid to rest at the Garrett County Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Arlie W. Sigley. At the time of her death, Grace (and Jonas) had produced 14 grandchildren, two step- grandchildren, 20 great- grandchildren, eight step- grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. In Grace's obituary in the Grafton Mountain Statesman, daughter Faye Coulter was listed as living in Arlington, VA; daughter Emma Sorge in Grafton; and daughter Mary G. Lewis in Oakland.
[Note -- Jonas is not to be confused with one of his cousins, Jonas Sines, the son of William T. and Alice (Mellott) Sines. This other Jonas was a Church of the Brethren preacher and helped with the funeral of our Ellsworth Mayle in the Pine Grove Church in Swallow Falls in 1952. He and his wife Pearl (Beeghly) Sines are pictured in the 1936 book, History of the Church of the Brethren in Maryland, authored by Jerry Maurice Henry.]
~ Daughter Dorothy Gertrude (Mayle) Shaffer ~
Daughter Dorothy Gertrude Mayle (1901-1978) was born in 1901.
She married Emra Campbell Shaffer (1900-1975). They resided over the years in Sines, Garrett County, MD and in the 1928-1931 era relocated to Terra Alta, Preston County, WV, where they remained for good.
They had nine children -- Homer Emra "Shaf" Shaffer, Ross Shaffer, Hester June Bohon, James Donald Shaffer, Harlan Bernard Shaffer, Arlene Metheny, Twila Jane Canipe, Galen Ray Shaffer and Dorothy Ann Johnson Taylor. Sadly, son Ross, born suffering from a lack of oxygen (then called a "blue baby") died in infancy, sometime before the age of three months.
Circa 1940, as the Great Depression was slowly ending, census records show Emra and their eldest son Homer both earning a living as laborers on road projects with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). During the 1930s, with the nation in the iron grip of the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the federal government tried to fight unemployment by forming the WPA, widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings. Many of these structures still exist today and continue to benefit society.
Emra passed away in 1975, at the age of 75.
Dorothy outlived him by three years, and died in 1978, at the age of 77. Gertrude and Emra are buried in Terra Alta Cemetery and are named in Janice Cale Sisler's book, In Remembrance: Tombstone Readings of Preston County, West Virginia (Volume II).
Son Homer Emra "Shaf" Shaffer (1920-2012) was born on Oct. 22, 1920 in a log cabin in Sines, Garrett County. He married Helen Jo Robinson ( ? - ? ), and they had three children -- Timothy H. Shaffer, Lori McCune and Todd Shaffer. Homer obtained a bachelor and master's degree from West Virginia University. Said the Washington Observer-Reporter, "He served as the scoreboard operator and spotter for radio broadcasts for 278 consecutive games at WVU. [He] worked as a high school teacher and coach in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. His teams won several championships in football, basketball and baseball. He retired from Central Greene School District, where he taught driver's education for many years. He continued teaching driving privately until the age of 88." He spent his final years in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA and in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. He died at the age of 91, in a retirement village in Kingwood, Preston County, WV, on Sept. 3, 2012.
Daughter Hester June Shaffer (1924-1979) was born on June 2, 1924. She married (?) Bohon. Sadly, Hester died in Terra Alta in June 1979 at the age of 55.
Son James Donald Shaffer (1928-1967) was born in about 1928. He was united in wedlock with Lola Yonkers ( ? - ? ). In an interesting twist, James' brother Harlan married Lola's sister Mary. They were the parents of Linda Shaffer, Bonnie Shaffer, James Shaffer and Betsy Shaffer. Sadness enveloped the family when son James died in 1967 at about the age of 39. Details will be added here once learned.
Son Harlan Bernard Shaffer (1931-living) was born in 1931. He married Mary Yonkers ( ? -1975). She passed away in 1975.
Daughter Arlene Shaffer (1933-living) was born in 1933. She wedded Frederick J. Metheny (July 13, 1929-2000). They resided in around Frederick, MD and had at least one daughter, Kaye Valentine. Sadly, Frederick passed away on Oct. 28, 2000.
Daughter Twila J. Shaffer (1935-2012) was born in 1935. She married (?) Canipe. She died at the age of 77 on March 28, 2012.
Son Galen Ray Shaffer ( ? -2017) was born in (?). He moved to Baltimore, MD. There, he married Betty Jo (Oct. 13, 1939-2015), a native of Hendricks, WV. The couple produced two daughters, Carol Lovell and Jodi Ward. "Betty was an avid seamstress and quilter," said her obituary. The Shaffers relocated in 1977 to Arlington, TX. After a divorce, Betty moved to North Carolina to be nearer to one of their daughters and then in 2015 to Middleburg, FL to reside near to her sisters and brothers. On Dec. 2, 2015, at the age of 76, she died with her daughters at her bedside. Galen passed away on Feb. 19, 2017.
Daughter Dorothy Ann Shaffer (1942-living) was born in 1942. Her first husband was Charles Johnson ( ? - ? ). After a divorce, she then wedded Donald Taylor ( ? - ? ).
~ Son George "Dewey" Mayle ~
Son George "Dewey" Mayle (1898-1971) was born in 1898.
He made his residence in Shinnston, Harrison County, WV circa 1952-1971, where he labored as a coal miner.
He married Audra Nay ( ? - ? ) and had five children -- George Herbert Mayle (1933-1991), Emma "Jean" Dunlap, Clara Annalee McCoy, Betty Lou Oldaker and Vada Ruth Mayle.
The family belonged to the United Methodist church at Peora.
Dewey passed away at his home at Peora, Route 1 in Shinnston in 1971, following an illness of a decade's duration. Said a local newspaper, "Relatives attending the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. Mayle and two sons, Mrs. Paul Mellott, Richard Gerlach and Mrs. Jonas Sines, of Oakland; Mrs. Milton S. DeWitt and daughter, of San Run; Ray Mable, of Waldorf; Miss Helen Mayle, of Piedmont; and Emory Shaffer and Mr. Turley, of Terra Alta." He was laid to rest in the IOOF Cemetery in Wyatt, WV. Surviving his passing were 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Audra's fate is not yet known.
Daughter Emma Jean Mayle married William "Bill" Dunlap.
~ Daughter Helen S. Mayle ~
Daughter Helen S. Mayle (1895-1986) was born in 1895. She never married.
As a girl, Helen attended a one-room school in Swallow Falls, taught by Miss Iva Friend. Other students in the class had names familiar of pioneer families in the region -- Reams, Kimmell, Beeghley and Sines.
Helen lived for decades in Piedmont, Mineral County, WV. The Keyser (WV) News-Tribune said she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for 69 years.
Said a niece, "She was a quilter and a wonderful cook. Although she had no children or grandchildren of her own, she touched many lives. I loved her like a Grandma."
In May 1961, a vintage school photograph showing Helen and her one-room school classmates was reprinted in the Oakland Republican, under the headline "Students of a Bygone Era." The owner of the image, Nelson A. Lewis, had furnished the school and knew most of the names of the children. Said the Republican, "Mr. Lewis was unable to determine the reason for the gathering, but judging by the equipment held by some of the boys a baseball game must have been planned."
Helen died at the age of 91, at Potomac Valley Hospital, on Nov. 24, 1986. Services were initially held in Piedmont at the Fredlock Funeral Home, led by Revs. Curtis Saville and S.D. Sawyers. Her remains then were returned to Oakland for the funeral at the Stewart Funeral Home led by Rev. Jonas Sines, with burial at Garrett County Memorial Park. Her obituary was published in the Keyser News-Tribune.
~ Daughter Tina Mabel (Mayle) Madden ~
Daughter Tina Mabel Mayle (1903-2005) was born in 1903.
She married Thomas "Clarence" Madden ( ? -1976). They made their home in Grafton, Taylor County, WV.
She was a "waitress at many restaurants in Grafton and a former elevator operator at the B&O Hotel in Grafton," said the Grafton Mountain Statesman. "She was a member of the Grafton Baptist Church."
Clarence died in December 1976.
Tina outlived him by more than a quarter of a century. She passed away at the age of 101 on May 13, 2005.
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