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James William Dean
(1888-1962)

James William Dean born on Nov. 19, 1888 (or 1889) in Hopwood, Fayette County, PA, the son of Isaac N. and Mary "Belle" (Minerd) Dean. As an adult, he was of medium height and slender build, with blue eyes and dark brown hair.

On Christmas Day 1911, James married Jennie P. Youler (1893- ? ), daughter of Erving and Edith L. Youler of the town of Percy near Uniontown. He was age 23 and the time, and she 18. Rev. R. Ivan Wilson performed the ceremony at Percy.

They had five known children -- Velma Wallace, Marjorie Kelley, George Dean, James W. Dean Jr. and Edgar N. Dean. 

Coke ovens at Lemont, early 1900s

James worked as a longtime laborer in local coal mines. He was a driver in 1911 and by 1917 was a fire boss with the H.C. Frick Coke Company's Lemont No. 2 plant. He was a member of Local No. 6326 of the United Mine Workers of America. 

In the early 1960s, the family lived in Lemont Furnace near Uninotown.

At the age of 73, James suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away in Uniontown Hospital, on Sept. 3, 1962. Interment was in Percy Cemetery, with Rev. Albert Allen Bryon preaching the funeral service. At the time of death, said the Connellsville Courier, James was survived by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

~ Daughter Velma Dean ~

Daughter Velma Dean married Raymond Wallace. They lived in Lemont Furnace.

~ Daughter Marjorie Dean ~

Daughter Marjorie Dean wed William Kelley. In 1962, their home was in Cleveland.

~ Son George Dean ~

Son George Dean made his residence in Lemont Furnace.

~ Son James W. Dean Jr. ~

Son James W. Dean Jr. lived in Bedford, OH in 1962.

~ Son Edgar N. Dean ~

Son Edgar N. Dean dwelled in 1962 in Cleveland.

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