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Alphus Steven Mayle


Mayle grave, Wolverton Cemetery

Alphus Steven Mayle -- also spelled "Alphas" and "Alpheus" -- was born in 1870 in either Avon, Doddridge County, WV or near Philippi, Barbour County, WV, the son of Richard Z. and Mary (Minard) Mayle.

As a boy, in about 1884, he and his parents and siblings migrated and settled for good in Doddridge County. 

Alph was united in the bonds of matrimony with Maggie Commesa Cummings (1880-1961), a native of Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, and the daughter of Alex and Nancy (Gross) Cummings. At the time of marriage, she was a resident of Doddridge County. 

Alph was a longtime laborer for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. They lived for many years in Avon, Doddridge County, and in 1905 resided in nearby Harrison County in 1905, but later moved back to Long Run. In Doddridge County, unlike Barbour County, the Mayles were considered "white." Unable to read or write, Alph signed his name with an "X."

The Mayles together produced a brood of a baker's dozen of children -- Harley Anderson Mayle, Jacob L. Mayle, Walter Clarence Okey Mayle, Mamie Audra Pratt, Virgil G. Mayle), Ona Gilbert Mayle, Clifford Elmer Mayle, Wallace Delmas Mayle, Volen Mayle, Millard Mayle, Jetta "Jettie" Scott and W. Leon Mayles. The oldest and the youngest were 25 years apart in age.


West Union Herald

Sadly, son Leon died at the age of two in 1925.

They belonged to the Hurst Chapel Evangelical United Brethren Church on Upper Long Run. 

At the birth of their son Walter Clarence Okey in 1900, Alph disclosed to a county clerk that he was a "retired trackman" with the B&O Railroad. Again in 1910, at age 39, when his son Millard was born, he advised a county registrar that his occupation was B&O Railroad trackman, "now retired." Why he was not working at the time is a mystery, although it conceivably could have been due to a debilitating illness or injury.

Alph suffered from an "extended illness" of hardening of the arteries and heart disease, and passed away at age 85 in Doddridge County on Oct. 2, 1958. He was buried at Wolverton Cemetery on Buckeye, and his obituary published in the West Union Herald. At the time of his death, he and Maggie had produced 41 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. 

After suffering from hardening of the arteries for a decade, Maggie passed away on Nov. 11, 1961, in Industrial.



Harley and Florida - courtesy Howard L. Mayle

~ Son Harley Anderson Mayle ~

Son Harley Anderson Mayle (1896-1943) was born on Feb. 13, 1896 in Avon, Doddridge County, WV.

At the age of 32, on Sept. 1, 1928, he wed 24-year-old Florida Mary Maze (1904-1994), a native of Coal Center, PA and a resident at the time of Worthington, Marion County, WV. Rev. C.W. Scragg performed the wedding ceremony at Enterprise, Harrison County, WV.

The couple went on to produce these seven children: Richard Allen Mayle, Charles Marvin Mayle, Frank Harley Mayle, Norma Ellen Basden, Janet Marie Maxwell, Howard Layne Mayle and Retha Mae Mayle. 

Sadly, daughter Retha did not survive infancy.


Stanley Cemetery, Doddridge Co.

At the beginning of their marriage they lived in Flemington, WV. Harley served in the U.S. Army Engineers during World War I in Europe, where he helped build railroads all over France. 

After the war, he was employed for many years by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad as a lead section foreman in Taylor County, WV, making their home in the community of Rosemont, near Grafton.

Stricken with stomach cancer which had spread internally, Harley was admitted on June 25, 1943 to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh. Unable to recover, he died a little more than a month later on Aug. 4, 1943. 

His remains were returned for burial to the Stanley Cemetery in Buckeye, Doddridge County. (On his Pennsylvania death certificate, his father's name was misspelled "Alfius."

Florida survived her husband by a remarkable half century.


B&O Railroad shops in Grafton, courtesy Library of Congress



Florida's grave, Baileytown

She passed away on April 28, 1994 -- at the age of 90 -- in the Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont, Marion County, WV. 

Her remains were laid to rest at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Baileytown, WV. 

Son Richard A. Mayle (1929-1981) was born on Nov. 6, 1929 in Flemington, Taylor County. He died in Rosemont, WV on Christmas Eve 1981, at the age of 52, and is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Baileytown.


Flemington IOOF Cemetery

Son Charles Marvin Mayle (1931-1991) was born on July 21, 1931 in Flemington, Taylor County. He died in the Grafton Hospital, Taylor County on Sept. 16, 1991 and is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Baileytown. He was 60 years of age at death.

Son Franklin Harley "Frank" Mayle (1933-2015) was born on April 19, 1933 in Flemington near Grafton, Taylor County, WV. He never married. As an adult, Frank resided Parkersburg, Wood County, WV. Reported the Grafton Mountain Statesman, "Frank enjoyed being in the nature and taking walks. He could look at a tree or flower and tell you what kind it was and about it. He also enjoyed watching television especially 'Gunsmoke' reruns or any old western shows. Frank often liked being by himself." Toward the end of his life, his brother in San Diego called him every day to check in. Frank passed away at Camden Clark Medical Center on June 14, 2015. As per his wishes, no public funeral was held, and his remains were placed into rest in the Flemington IOOF Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Mountain Statesman, and his brother arranged for a flat memorial marker to be placed at the gravesite.



Mayle siblings, L-R: Richard, Charles, Frank and Norma


Daughter Norma E. Mayle (1936-living) was born on Jan. 23, 1936 in Flemington, WV. She joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Flemington High School in 1955. There, she met her husband Marlin Douglas Basden  (1934-2014) and they were married in Fairfield, CA on Nov 28, 1957, when she was age 21 and he 23. They produced three children -- Marlene Diane Basden, Marlin Douglas Basden and Debbie Jane Basden. Marlin was from Oklahoma and moved back to reside in Choctaw, OK after retiring from the Air Force as a tech. sergeant in June 1976. He spent 22 years in the Air Force where he worked as a load master and parachute rigger. He and his son operated a trucking business for more than 20 plus years after his military retirement. He passed away in 2014 and is buried in Choctaw, OK. Norma and Marlin have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Marlene Diane Basden was born on Aug. 22, 1958.
  • Grandson Marlin Douglas Basden was born on Feb. 7, 1960. 
  • Granddaughter Debbie Jane Basden was born on July 11, 1962.


Janet Maxwell

Daughter Janet M. Mayle (1939-living) was born on Jan. 15, 1939 in Rosemont, WV. At the age of 28, she was united in marriage with Solomon "Jill" Maxwell (1946-2001). Their wedding ceremony was held on July 22, 1967 in Flemington, Taylor County, WV. They had two children -- Joel Eric Maxwell and Melissa Ann "Missy" Irwin. They moved to Bloomsburg, Columbia County, PA where they lived until Jillís death at the age of 54 on Aug 21, 2001. He is buried at the Rosemont Cemetery in Bloomsburg. She now lives with her daughter Melissa and her husband David Irwin in Berwick, PA. She has two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

  • Grandson Joel Eric Maxwell was born on Sept. 13, 1967.
  • Granddaughter Melissa Ann "Missy" Maxwell was born on June 19, 1972. She wed David Irwin.


Howard L. Mayle in the armed forces

Son Howard L. Mayle (1941-living) was born on March 1, 1941 in Rosemont, near Grafton, Taylor County, WV. He joined the U.S. Army in 1958 at the age of 17, following high school, and he spent eight years as a member of the Combat Engineers during the early period of the Vietnam War. Howard then joined the U.S. Navy (SEABEES) in 1968 and served there until he retired from the military in December 1979 with the title of equipment operator chief petty officer. He received a degree from Southwestern College. At the age of 39, Howard married Hilda I. Bruce on Dec 8, 1980. He then went to work for the City of National City in San Diego, CA and was employed there from 1980 until retirement in 2005.  They reside in San Diego. Minerd.com extends its deep appreciation to Howard for his graciousness and generosity in furnishing historical information and photograph imagery for this biography.

Daughter Retha Mae Mayle (-1943-) was born on Oct. 12, 1943 in Grafton City Hospital in Grafton. Sadly, while she was taken home to the family's Rosemont residence, she did not live beyond infancy. Stricken with a type of colitis, she died on Dec. 4, 1943 at the age of one month, 22 days. Her tender remains were placed into repose beside her father at the Stanley Cemetery in Buckeye, Doddridge County.



Graves of Mayle brothers Richard (1981) and Charles (1991), right.


~ Son Walter Clarence "Okey" Mayle ~


Walter and Johanna Mayle - courtesy Sheryl Acebal

Son Walter Clarence "Okey" Mayle (1900-2002) was born on Oct. 15, 1900 in Avon, Doddridge County, WV.

He is known to have had a sixth grade education.

At the age of 21, on Christmas Eve 1921, he was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with 21-year-old Johanna (or "Joeanna") Bates (1900- ? ), a native of Pennsylvania but a resident at the time of Monongalia County, WV. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. D.W. Cunningham in the parsonage of the United Brethren Church of Salem, Doddridge County.

The couple together produced six known children -- Irene Johnson, Lawrence Lee Mayle, Maggie Shaffer, Waveleen J. "Wave" Newberry, Betty June Peck and Elizabeth Catherine "Kaye" Wedge.

Walter was employed for half a century by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, spending those years as a track foreman. He belonged to the unions Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way in Akron and the Woodcutters of America.


Walter and Johanna - courtesy Sheryl Acebal

Circa 1930, the Mayleses migrated from Doddridge County to Ohio. The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows the family in Warren, Trumbull County, on Hall Street Northwest, with Walter working as a railroad track foreman. Living under their roof that year were brother-in-law Isaac Davis and his wife Sarah and their daughter Dorothy.

Then sometime before 1935, with the nation continuing to be in the grip of the Great Depression, the family relocated to Geauga County, OH and remained for the balance of their long lives. Walter continued his work for the B&O, often logging 48-hour workweeks.

When the federal census count again was taken in 1940, the family address was on Center Street in a house they owned in Chardon.

Evidence hints that Walter may also have spent part of the 1964 year in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV.

The family held a membership in the Hambden Congregational Church in Hambden Township, Geauga County.

Joanna passed away in 1981, at the age of 79. Burial was in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chesterland, Geauga County.

Walter outlived his bride by 21 years. As a patient in Chardon Healthcare Center, he succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 102 in Chardon on Nov. 1, 2002. An obituary in the Willoughby (OH) News-Herald noted that he was survived by "many grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren." Following a funeral service led by Pastor Dove, of the family church, the remains were lowered into eternal sleep beside his wife's.

Daughter Irene R. Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On June 10, 1939, she wedded 21-year-old Nelson Johnson (April 9, 1918-2006), son of Frank S. and Alta Ireta (Robinson) Johnson. Six children were born to this marriage -- among them Ellen Cline, Thelma Acebal Jozwiak, Walter Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Terry Johnson and Jeffrey Johnson. During World War II, Nelson served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, with deployment to the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. The Johnsons relocated to Texas and in the 1980s and 1990s were in the Victoria Palms Resort in Donna, TX. During that time, Irene and Nelson managed the resort's post office. In his spare time, Nelson enjoyed reading novels of the romance and western genres. He also liked to work in the woods and repair "anything" as well as constructing his own homes. Sadly, Irene died on Aug. 15, 1998, bringing to a close their marriage which had endured for 59 years. Nelson lived for another seven years as a widower. He surrendered to death on Oct. 20, 2006. His survivors included 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. His remains were lowered under the sod in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens.


Irene (Mayle) Johnson with husband Nelson - courtesy Sheryl Acebal


  • Granddaughter Ellen Johnson wedded David Cline. Their home in 2006 was in Austinburg, OH.
  • Granddaughter Thelma Johnson ( ? - ? ) was twice married. Her first spouse was (?) Acebal ( ? - ? ). They bore one known daughter, Sheryl Acebal. Later, Thelma was joined in wedlock with Paul Jozwiak ( ? - ? ). The couple was in Streetsboro, OH in 2006. Daughter Sheryl graciously has shared images and information for this biography.
  • Grandson Walter Johnson was joined in wedlock with Joan. They have dwelled in Ashtabula, OH.
  • Grandson Jerry Johnson was united in matrimony with Kathy. In 2006, they resided in Chardon, OH.
  • Grandson Terry Johnson entered into marriage with Anne. The pair has lived in Chardon.
  • Grandson Jeffrey Johnson married Marcia. Their home in 2006 was in Lakewood, OH.

Daughter Lawrence Lee Mayle (1925-2003) was born on Jan. 4, 1925 in West Virginia. He was joined in the bonds of holy matrimony with Alice Cecilia Zoller (Oct. 28, 1929-2011), daughter of Edward L. and Avis M. (Ernst) Zoller. One daughter was born to this union, Cecilia Serdio. Their home was in Painesville, OH. Over time, Alice worked as a receptionist in the medical offices of Dr. Gordon Bell of Willoughby and Dr. Byrne of Mentor. She sang in the choir of St. Mary Angels and Saints and the Bilingual Spanish Choir of St. Mary Church. She held a membership in the St. Mary Holy Name Society and was active with church functions. She liked to spend time out of doors, especially in her garden, listen to music and travel. Sadly, Lawrence died on Jan. 18, 2003 as a patient in Lake County Memorial Hospital East. Alice outlived him by eight years and remained in Painesville. She passed into eternity at the age of 81 in March 2011. Her mass of Christian burial was sung at her church. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Painesville, and an obituary appeared in the News-Herald.

  • Granddaughter Cecilia Mayle was joined in marriage with Michael Serdio. They lived in Painesville and were the parents of Gina Marie Serdio.

Daughter Maggie Mayle (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927. She wedded (?) Shaffer ( ? - ? ). She was deceased by 2002.

Daughter Waveleen J. "Wave" Mayle (1928-2003) was born on Nov. 1, 1928 in Long Run, Doddridge County. She moved to Ohio in girlhood with her parents and grew up in Chardon, Geauga County. On Sept. 29, 1950, at the age of 21, she was joined in wedlock with 27-year-old Robert A. Newberry (Nov. 19, 1923-2003), son of Edward L. and Della (Warriner) Newberry. The couple bore two daughters -- Cynthis "Cindy" Cummings and Paula Mergl. Robert was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II in the European Theatre. For years, the Newberrys dwelled in Munson in Geauga County. Robert was employed as a supervisor for Snap Out Forms in Chardon, working there for 29 years. He then spent a decade with the Whitey Company of Highland Heights and retired in 1989. A talented woodworker and painter, he is known to have fashioned furniture, toy chests and a table which was placed at their church. He also painted signs for homes, businesses and churches. He belonged to the Masons lodge in Chardon. At one time, Waveleen was a member of the choir at Chardon Baptist Church. The family belonged to the Claridon Congregational Church, where Robert served as a deacon and choir member. Waveleen had a special love for cooking for her family. She earned a living through her work for Roto Hoe in Newbury Township and then with Chanel Products in Chesterland, retiring in about 1990. Waveleen died as a patient in Geauga Regional Hospital at the age of 75 on Nov. 2, 2003. Her remains were laid to eternal sleep in Maple Hill Cemetery in Munson Township, following funeral services led by Mary Ellen Hoffman of the family church. Sadly, Robert only outlived his wife by eight days. Death swept him away on Nov. 10, 2003 at the age of 79.

  • Granddaughter Cynthis "Cindy" Newberry wedded Ralph Cummings. They have dwelled in Willoughby Hills, OH.
  • Granddaughter Paula Newberry married Joseph "Joe" Mergl. Their residence in 2003 was in Eastlake, OH.

Daughter Betty June Mayle (1930-2020) was born on June 10, 1930 in Warren, Trumbull County, OH and grew up in Chardon. After graduation from high school in 1948, she earned a living through her work in the office of George Rimes Trucking. She was united in matrimony with Dean Peck ( ? -2015). The couple's marriage endured for an extraordinary 65 years. They put down roots in Chardon Township, Geauga County and were the parents of Darlene Arnett, Donna Berninger, Dean Peck Jr. and Nancy Jevnikar. Betty June also was employed later as a nursing assistant with Geauga Hospital and then, with Dean, as a secretary at the Claridon Center Garage. In their free time, the couple liked to spend vacation time at Houston Lake Camp in Shining Tree, Ontario, Canada. They also ar eknown to have traveled to Hawaii and Alaska as well as to Jamaica, Haiti and Mexico. Many winters in retirement were spent visiting with her married sister Irene Johnson in Texas. Betty June had a love for hosting family dinners on Sundays and for playing canasta, dominos and marbles. She taught Sunday School in the First Congregational Church of Chardon and was active with its Women's Fellowship and yearly Harvest Dinner. Sadly, Dean succumbed to death on Oct. 6, 2015. Betty June survived him by five-plus years. At the age of 90, Betty June passed into the arms of the angels on Dec. 16, 2020 as a patient at LakeMed Care and Rehab in Painesville. Interment of the remains was at Claridon Center Cemetery. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial gifts be made to the family church.

  • Granddaughter Darlene Peck married Moet Arnett. Their home in 2020 was in Painesville, OH.
  • Granddaughter Donna Peck wedded Joseph Berninger. They have resided in Montville, OH.
  • Grandson Dean Peck Jr. was joined in matrimony with Carolyn. They dwell in Huntsburg, OH.
  • Granddaughter Nancy Peck was united in wedlock with Rick Jevnikar. The couple has lived in Chardon.

Daughter Elizabeth Catherine "Kaye" Mayle (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936 in Warren, Trumbull County, OH. At the age of about 17, on Oct. 3, 1953, she entered into marriage with Calvin "Ted" Wedge (Sept. 20, 1935-2007), the son of Merritt and Mae (Carver) Wedge and a native of Chester Township near Chardon, Geauga County, OH. Their wedding ceremony was held in Chardon Methodist Church. Two offspring were born to their union, Tracey Eggleston and Joel Wedge. They resided in Chardon, where Ted was owner of a building contracting company, Wedge Construction. At one time they belonged to Hambden Congregational Church. Later, they joined Fowlers Mill Church, where Ted served in the roles of deacon, trustee and elder. An obituary once said that "He loved the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his mind and he lived his life accordingly and he entrusted those beliefs to his children and his friends." Ted spend his vacations going to Canada to fish. Sadly, Ted died at home at the age of 71 on Aug. 31, 2007. His funeral service was officiated by Rev. Roy Williams, followed by burial in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens.

  • Granddaughter Tracey Wedge married Greg Eggleston. They were in Chardon in 2007 and are believed to be the parents of Ben Eggleston, Molly Hannen, Katie Eggleston and Duane Eggleston.
  • Grandson Joel Wedge wedded Sheri. They also have resided in Chardon. Offspring in this family are Hallie Wedge and Zachary Wedge.


~ Son Jacob Mayle ~

Son Jacob Mayle (1902- ? ) was born in 1902.


~ Daughter Mamie Audra (Mayle) Pratt ~

Daughter Mamie Audra Mayle (1904-1971) was born on April 29, 1904 in Cobern Fork or Deweytown, Doddridge County. Her birth information initially was not recorded by the county, and it was not until the mid-1960s that she obtained a delayed birth certificate.

At the age of 22, Mamie married 21-year-old James Monroe Pratt Jr. (1905-1986) on Jan. 24, 1926, in Salem, Harrison County. He was the son of James Monroe and Mary Elizabeth (Breeding) Pratt Sr. of Long Run. James Sr. owned a number of local businesses including a general store, fur company and several farms near Long Run, while Mary was the first superintendent of the Hurt Chapel Church Sunday School.

Mamie and James Jr. had four children -- James Ira Pratt, Leland Ray Pratt, Marlene Pratt and Carl Edison Pratt.


Clarksburg Exponent, 1971

James' family is profiled in the 1979 book, The History of Doddridge County. The Pratts "settled on Long Run," said the history, where they were members of the Hurst Chapel Evangelical United Brethren Church. James was a trustee of the church circa 1979. Mamie belonged to the Sunshine Temple Pythian Sisters, a women's auxiliary to the Knights of Pythias lodge. The church was built in 1907 following revival services by Rev. George McCune.

They also resided in Industrial, WV at one time. 

In 1965, to prove her birth, Mamie relied on her West Virginia marriage record, an Equitable Life Insurance policy dated 1938 and the testimony of her 74-year-old uncle Hiram Mayle.

Mamie died in Harrison County on March 7, 1971. The Clarksburg Exponent noted that her death occurred "following an extended illness." She was laid to rest in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Salem, near Clarksburg. Among her survivors were 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

James lived for another 15 years. He passed away in 1986 and reposes for eternity beside his wife.

Son Leland Ray Pratt made his home in 1971 in Clarksville, TN.

Daughter Marlene Pratt was deceased by 1971.

Son Carl Edison Pratt lived in Washington, DC in the early 1970s.

Son James Ira Pratt married Mamie A. Mayle. They resided in Clarksburg (Wolf Summit) and had two sons -- James J. Pratt and Mark Allen Pratt.

  • Grandson Mark Allen Pratt (1962-2011) was a 1980 graduate of Liberty High School. He was employed circa 2011 as a tax driver. Sadly, he died at home in Buckhannon at age 48 on July 18, 2010. Graveside services were held at Mt. Zion Cemetery at Vegan, WV.


~ Son Virgil G. Mayle ~

Son Virgil G. Mayle (1906- ? ) was born in 1906.


~ Son Ona Gilbert Mayle ~

Son Ona Gilbert Mayle (1907-2005) was born on Sept. 30, 1907 in Long Run, Doddridge County. 

Ona graduated from Salem College Academy in 1926, and went on to secure employment as a signal inspector and later supervisor with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He was a 50-year member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen. During World War II, Ona served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. 

On Dec. 28, 1940, when he was 33 years of age, he wed Katherine Lucille McCartney ( ? - ? ), and they enjoyed 64 years of married life. 

They resided for many years in Clarksburg, Harrison County and had two children -- David K. Mayle and Diana Walker. 

They were active in the Clarksburg Baptist Church, where Ona served as a Sunday School teacher and longtime deacon. Their home was at 1539 Country Club Road, former King Street, in Fairmont, Marion County. 

Ona died at the age of 97 on May 17, 2005, in Fairmont General Hospital. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, following funeral services led by Rev. David L. Hulme and a ceremony by the Clarksburg Veterans Color Guard and Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars. His death terminated a marriage that had lasted for 64 years.

Son David K. Mayle wed Lauren Kennedy and resided in Glen Allen, VA. Their two children were Katherine Mayle and Stephanie Mayle.

Daughter Diana Mayle married Michael S. Walker. They had two sons -- Jonas Walker and Andrew Walker. In 2005, their home was in Kokomo, IN. 


Wolverton Cemetery

~ Son Clifford Elmer Mayle ~

Son Clifford Elmer Mayle (1909-1973) was born on Feb. 1, 1909 at Long Run, Doddridge County. 

On Christmas Eve 1928, at the age of 22, Clifford wed 17-year-old Jettie L. Martin (1911- ? ), daughter of James and Dollie (Thompson) Martin. They resided in Industrial, Harrison County and were members of the Hurst Chapel at Upper Long Run.

They are known to have borne these children -- Jennings E. Mayle, Elmer Clifford Mayle, Walter G. "Gib" Mayle, Ina Lee Elder and Ona Lee Mayle.

Sadly little Ona Lee died of pneumonia at the tender age of 10 months on Jan. 30, 1940, in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV. 


Clarksburg Exponent, 1973

Clifford relocated to Alexandria, VA, where he was employed by the Atlas Machine and Iron Works. Their address was 118 East Clifford Avenue.

Circa 1973, when he obtained a delayed birth certificate from the County of Doddridge, Clifford resided in Alexandria, VA, at 118 East Clifford Avenue. To prove the facts of his birth, he used his Social Security application information from February 1938 and a Doddridge County voter's registration card from 1956 as well as an affidavit from his 82-year-old uncle Hiram Mayle. 

Clifford died on Oct. 5, 1973, "following a two-month illness," said the Clarksburg Exponent. His remains were brought back to West Virginia for burial in Wolverton Cemetery in Doddridge County. Inscribed at the top of his grave marker are the words, "Beloved how we miss you."

Jettie lived as his widow for more than a quarter of a century. She died on June 7, 2000, with burial beside her husband in the north section of Wolverton Cemetery.

Son Jennings E. Mayle resided in Falls Church, VA in 1973.


Elmer's grave, Wolverton

Daughter Ina Lee Mayle (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936. She migrated to Weirton, Ohio County, WV, making her home at 939 Byron Street. At the age of 19, on Nov. 7, 1955, she wed Cecil Gene Elder (1934- ? ). He was a native of St. Mary's, WV and a resident of Colliers, WV at the time of marriage. Capt. Jasper Harper of the Salvation Army officiated. Because Ina Lee legally was underage, her parents both gave their consent to the marital union. By 1973, she lived in Alexandria, VA.

Son Elmer Clifford Mayle (1929-2007) was born on Sept. 27, 1929 in Long Run, Doddridge County. He served in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was twice married. Elmer was united in matrimony with his first wife, Betty Ilene Lattes (July 31, 1935- ? ). The couple produced four children -- Louise Wallace, Dwayne Mayle, Timothy "Gregg" Mayle and Christina Mayle. The Mayleses eventually divorced, and Betty married again to (?) Adams. Later, he was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Ruby (Lewis) Rheinhardt (Feb. 22, 1937-2011), a native of Bear Track, WV and the daughter of Clarence Odis and Ethel Jean (Murphy) Lewis. Their union endured for 35-plus years. Ruby brought five grown children from an earlier marriage to Keith Rheinhardt -- Keith Rheinhardt, Randall Rheinhardt, David Rheinhardt, Tami Dawn Rheinhardt and Vickie Jane (Rheinhardt) Mayle. Ruby earned a living through her work for Salem and Louie (Princess Glass). In her free time, she liked to work in her garden and raise beautiful flowers. Circa 1973, Elmer made his home in Bristol, VA. Elmer died at the age of 68 on Jan. 19, 2007, and is interred in Wolverton Cemetery. Ruby spent her final years in Salem, outliving her daughter Darlene and stepdaughter Louise Wallace. After a long illness, she died in Salem at the age of 74 on Nov. 19, 2011, with her remains cremated.

  • Granddaughter Louise Mayle was joined in marriage with Allen Wallace. Louise was deceased by 2011.
  • Grandson Dwayne Mayle wedded Linda. They have made a home in Salem and Clarksburg, WV.
  • Wolverton Cemetery

    Grandson Timothy "Gregg" Mayle married Vickie Jane Rheinhardt (March 24, 1967-2014). The couple were the parents of Anthony Mayle and Clifford Brandon Mayle. In an interesting twist, Gregg's father later married Vickie's mother. After a divorce, Gregg relocated to Sebastian, FL, while Vickie remained in Salem, WV. Sadly, at the age of 46, Vickie died on March 12, 2014 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. Her remains were cremated.

Great-grandson Clifford Brandon Mayle (1982-2015) was born on July 20, 1982 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV. He was the father of Jadia Mayle. Over the years he made a living working for Ashcraft Brothers Inc. in the construction of cell towers, and more recently providing masonry services. He resided on Main Street in Salem, WV in 2015, and in his free time enjoyed motocross racing. Grief blanketed the family when Clifford died at the age of 33 on Sept. 22, 2015.

Great-grandson Anthony Mayle dwelled in Clarksburg, WV in 2015.

  • Granddaughter Christina Mayle has resided in Salem, WV. Her daughter Natasha Trent graciously has provided valuable information for this biography.

Son Walter Gilbert "Gib" Mayle (1940-1997) was born on Nov. 1, 1940. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. In 1973, he resided in Alexandria, VA as his parents had migrated there some years earlier. He appears to have returned to West Union later in life. He passed away on Jan. 22, 1997, at the age of 56. Burial was in the Wolverton Cemetery in Doddridge County. At the top of his grave stone is inscribed the phrase "Loving Son."


Unpaved, hilly Main Street looking west in West Union


~ Son Millard Stephen Mayle ~


Obituary, 1964

Son Millard Stephen Mayle (1910-1964) was born on Sept. 1, 1910 (or 1912) at Long Run, Doddridge County. 

At the age of 23, on March 17, 1934, he married 20-year-old Virginia Lucille Davis (1912-2007), the daughter of Harry and Gay (Bonnell) Davis. 

They resided at Long Run and Wolf Summit, Doddridge County, and had two children -- Linova "Elaine" Nicholson and an infant son who died in childbirth on Nov. 20, 1938. 

Millard "was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad until illness forced his retirement," said the Herald

Millard and Virginia apparently divorced. He wed again to Anita Louise Leasure (1938- ? ), daughter of Zelma Shields of Doddridge County. (When asked to state her father's name on the marriage license application, she did not know it.) Rev. H. Herschel Harmon, pastor of the First Christian Church of West Union, presided over the nuptials on April 5, 1963. Millard was age 53 at the time, and Anita 24, and there was a 28-year difference in their ages.

Tragically, he died 18 months after the marriage, on Oct. 10, 1964, at the age of 52, and was buried at Wolverton Cemetery on Waldo Run west of Salem, WV. 

Anita Louise's fate after that is not known. Overwhelmed with responsibilities as a single mother, she decided to give up her sons and dropped them off at a welfare office. They grew up in foster families in Sardis, WV, northwest of Clarksburg.

Forme wife Virginia survived for more than four decades, residing on Terrace Avenue in Salem. Said the Clarksburg Exponent, "Virginia was a member of the Blacklick Baptist Church and was a caregiver and housekeeper for many. She enjoyed reading and was an avid domino player." She passed away at the age of 93 on April 12, 2006, and was laid to rest beside her former husband.

Daughter Linova "Elaine" Mayle (1936-2011) was born on Aug. 11 or 18, 1936 in Long Run. On Dec. 27, 1952, at the age of 16, she wed 18-year-old Charles Lewis Nicholson Sr. (1934- ? ). The ceremony was held at Industrial, led by Rev. J.H. Jenkins. He was the son of L.C. and Rosie Nicholson of Miletus, WV. The Nicholsons had six children -- Stephanie Nicholson, Charlotte McVay, Kimberly LeBlanc, Kelly Stark, Charles Nicholson Jr. and an infant daughter At some point, Elaine and Charles divorced. Evidence suggests that following her divorce, Elaine took back her maiden name. She spent her final years in Mt. Carmel, TN and died there on Nov. 26, 2011, at the age of 75. Her remains were returned to Doddridge County for interment in the Wolverton Cemetery. Her obituary was printed in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Son Millard Stephen Mayle Jr. (1960-living) was born on Feb. 25, 1960. He was wedded to Valerie Wolfe.

Son Keith Alan Mayle (1961-living) was born on July 21, 1961. 


The old mill in West Union



Wolverton Cemetery

~ Son Wallace Delmas Mayle ~

Son Wallace Delmas Mayle (1913-1972) was born on Oct. 8, 1913 (or 1914) in Ritchie County, WV.

At the age of 21, Wallace married 22-year-old Audra Genevieve (Mayle) Starkey (1912-1980) on Oct. 15, 1934. She was the daughter of Columbus "Lum" Mayle and Myrtle "Ivie" Kennedy, of Doddridge County, and may have been married once before. Rev. S.R. Cutright, of the United Brethren Church in Salem, Doddridge County, officiated at the church parsonage.

Wallace worked as a railroad foreman, and they resided at Salem and Industrial, along the Long Run Grade, in Doddridge County. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a seaman first class.


Wolverton Cemetery

They were the parents of a dozen children, including three sets of twins -- Corlene Sutton, Kenneth Paul Mayle, Carol Eugene Mayle, Darrell Edward Mayle, twins Dorthalee and Donald Lee Mayle, twins Delmas "Ray" Mayle and Velma Gay Patton, Carolyn Regina Bonnell Richards, twins Larry and Gary Mayle, and Wilbur "Wib" Mayle. 

Tragically, daughter Dorthalee died at the tender age of five months, on March 5, 1945, of "sudden death in night," according to the family physician.

In 1972, Wallace began suffering from a brain tumor, and after battling for three months, died at age 57 on July 17, 1972. He was buried at Wolverton Cemetery with or near his infant daughter Dorthalee. 

Genevieve suffered from lung cancer, and passed away in June 1980. She was laid to rest next to her husband. 


Delmas Ray's grave, Wolverton Cemetery

Son Delmas "Ray" Mayle (1947-1989) was born on July 29, 1947. He wed Brenda Sue Davis (1958- ? ) on Oct. 20, 1975 when he was age 28 and she 17. He was employed by Apollon Painting Company Inc., of Canton, OH, which specialized in painting electrical towers, substations and transformers for utility companies. Tragically, at the age of 42 on July 31, 1989, he was killed in a work-related accident, despite having 20 years under his belt and being considered the most experienced member of his crew. While cleaning and paint high-tension towers, in Bellefontaine, OH, he slipped and began to fall. Despite the best efforts to hold on by his brother Wilbur "Wib" Mayle, Ray fell 100 feet to his death. He was laid to rest in the Wolverton Cemetery, with a marker placed at the grave with a double-heart design and inscribed "Together Forever." Brenda filed a worker's compensation claim against her husband's employer, stating that it had violated specific safety requirements involving belts, nets and safety lines which should have protected her husband's life.

Daughter Carolyn Regina Mayle (1946-2012) was born on Sept. 18, 1945 in Long Run. She was married twice, first to Randy Eugene Bonnell (1947- ? ), son of Aaron Eugene and Ruby (Jones) Bonnell of Salem. The ceremony was held on Sept. 29, 1967 at Salem, officiated by Rev. Hartzel Bodkin of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. At the time of marriage, Carolyn was age 21 and Randy 20. They had two known daughters, Melinda R. Chipps and Brenda L. Wyckoff. Later, she was wed to (?) Richards. She was employed by Salem Glass Company, Salem College and Miles Manufacturing in the communities of West Union and Pennsboro. She attended the Church of God in Salem and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Salem. She passed her spare time with quilting and puzzles. Later in life, she was a companion to Robert William Carder and resided on Jockey Camp Road in West Union. She died in United Hospital Center at age 66 on New Year's Eve 2012. An obituary said she "was a loving companion, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends." Pastor Denver Burnside officiated at her funeral service, followed by burial in Wolverton Cemetery.

Son Kenneth Paul Mayle (1941- ? ) was born on Aug. 9, 1941 in Doddridge County. At age 22, on Dec. 7, 1963, he married 21-year-old Betty Louise Fox (1942- ? ). She was the daughter of James M. and Vina C. Fox of Salem. Officiating at their marriage was Kenneth's uncle, Rev. Leonard W. Mayle of the Baptist Church in Salem.

Son Carol Eugene Mayle (1942- ? ) was born on Feb. 5, 1942 in Long Run. As an adult, he moved to Salem, Doddridge County. At the age of 21, he married Marjorie Ann Knotts (1944- ? ), daughter of Arthur Lloyd and Genevieve Joy (West) Knotts of Clendenin, Kanawha County, WV. Their wedding was held on Jan. 22, 1964, in Salem, officiated by Carol's uncle Rev. Leonard W. Mayle.

Great-grandson David Mayle at one time served as City Manager of Salem, Harrison County, WV. He was active in cleanup efforts in 2008 following extensive flooding in the community, assisting citizens and business owners to recover. Later, he left the position and in 2012, at age 31, was found guilty in Harrison County Circuit Court for theft of nearly $44,000 in public funds. The case was appealed to the State Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled in Salem's favor.


~ Son Volen Mayle ~

Son Volen Mayle (1917- ? ) was born in 1917 (or 1915). 

He married Edna Elaine Smith (1917- ? ) on Jan. 13, 1940, when both were 23 years of age. Rev. V.F. Williams, of the United Brethren Church, officiated at the ceremony held in Salem. Born in Ritchie County, Edna was the daughter of Ray R. and Oma Smith of Long Run. 

Circa 1964-1973, they lived in Salem, Doddridge County. Nothing more is known.


~ Jetta Marie (Mayle) Scott ~

Daughter Jetta Marie Mayle (1919-2008) was born on Jan. 31, 1919 in Long Run, Doddridge County.

She married Rev. Boyd W. Scott Sr. (1916- ? ), also of Long Run, but a native of Ritchie County. She was age 19, and he 22, at the time of their wedding ceremony, held July 9, 1938 by the hand of Rev. H.L. Koontz of the United Brethren Church.

They had four children -- Lawrence Allen Scott, Marie Wingard, Helen Jo Peters and Boyd W. Scott Jr. 

Transferred from church to church, Boyd served congregations of the United Brethren, Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) and United Methodist churches in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. They lived in Mason County, WV in 1943; Wolf Summit, Harrison County, WV in 1947; Sidman, Cambria County, PA in the early 1960s; the Mt. Zion EUB Church in Acme, Fayette County, PA (1965); Davistown UEB and Methodist Church (1967-1970); Indian Head EUB Church (1968) and the Indian Creek EUB (United Methodist) Church in Fayette County, PA (1968-1977). Singing was an important part of his ministry.

After retirement Boyd and Jetta settled in Salix, Cambria County, on Forest Hills Drive. He is believed to have died there in April 1994.

Jetta survived as a widow for 14 years, and outlived her sons Boyd Jr. and Lawrence Allen. She spent her final years in Salix, Cambria County, where she was a member of the Salix Bethel United Methodist Church. She died on July 29, 2008, at the age of 89, in the Golden Living Center in Richland. Her obituary was published in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, which said that she "touched the lives of everyone who knew here. She will be sadly missed and never forgotten." Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Son Boyd W. Scott Jr. married Shirley (?). After Boyd Jr.'s death, his widow resided in Albertville, AL.

Son Lawrence Allen Scott (1947-2007) was born on July 6, 1947 in Wolf Summit, WV. As a youth, he moved with his parents to different communities, and graduated from high school in 1967 in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA. On Dec. 8, 1967, at the age of 20, he married Shirley R. Showman ( ? - ? ). They resided in Girard, OH in 1972 and later in Connellsville. Their two children were Daniel Scott and Vickie McPherson. Lawrence was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed by Babcock Lumber in Champion, Fayette County. They were members of the Davistown United Methodist Church and later the Calvary United Methodist Church in Acme. At the age of 60, Lawrence died at home on Nov. 29, 2007. His obituary was printed in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

Daughter Marie Scott married Jay Wingard.

Daughter Helen Jo Scott ( ? - ? ) was wed twice. Her first husband was Norman S. Kinley, son of Fred S. Kinley of Coral Gables, FL. Their marriage ceremony was officiated on June 30, 1972, in the Davistown United Methodist Church, by her father. At the time, she was employed as an executive secretary with the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) in Washington, DC, and her husband as a military police officer at Fort Belvoir, VA. Later, she married Eugene Peters and lived in Tampa, FL.


~ Son Rev. Leonard W. Mayle ~

Son Rev. Leonard W. Mayle (1921-1980) was born on Feb. 17, 1921 in Doddridge County.

He was a longtime clergyman in West Virginia and was married twice.


Rev. Leonard and Mamie Mayle are named in a 1979 history book of Doddridge County

His first wife, Betty Pratt ( ? - ? ), was the daughter of Arthur and Mava (Davis) Pratt.

They resided in Doddridge County and produced these children -- Willis "Woogie" Mayle, Rhea Faye Cork, Crystal Shahan and Joy Mayle. Sadly, daughter Joy died at a young age.

Leonard was affiliated with the Baptist Church and initially served as pastor of the Hurst Chapel Evangelical United Brethren Church on Upper Long Run. Betty "served as pianist" at the church, said the 1979 book, The History of Doddridge County, taking over a responsibility her mother had begun at age 15. 

Later, Leonard accepted positions with Baptist congregations in Harrison, Preston and Marion Counties, WV. His final charge, reported the Clarksburg Exponent, was St. Paul Baptist Church in Fairview, WV, from which he retired in September 1979. 


Clarksburg Exponent, 1980

After Betty's death, Leonard wed again to widow Mary Catherine (Lee) Phillips (1924-2012). She was a native of Rowlesburg, Preston County, WV, and the daughter of Cal Ervin and Mae Florence (Moore) Lee. Mary, who lost her first husband Evert Lawrence Phillips to death in 1970, brought two daughters to the marriage, Edith Mullins and Carolyn Turner. 

Leonard and Mary made their home in retirement in her hometown region of Kingwood, where her married daughter Carolyn lived.

Leonard died at Kingwood at the age of 59 on Feb. 20, 1980. An obituary was printed in the Exponent.

Mary survived her husband by an astounding 35 years. She made her home in Kingwood, where she "frequently baked for may classes at Kingwood Elementary where her raisin-filled cookies were highly prized," said a newspaper. 

At the age of 88, Mary passed away on Oct. 14, 2012. Her newspaper obituary said that surviving her were six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Mt. Olivet Cemetery near Rowlesburg.

Son Willis "Woogie" Mayle (1939-2008) was born on Aug. 23, 1939 in Doddridge County. At the age of 20, on Christmas Day 1959, he married Glaydene George ( ? - ? ). They resided in the Sawyers Run section of Salem, Harrison County, near Clarksburg. Their children were Willis "Buddy" Mayle, Tammy Thompson, Patricia King and Beverly Faris. Willis was employed as a glass worker with Tiffany Glass Company and enjoyed hunting and out-of-doors activity. The family belonged to the Hurst Chapel United Methodist Church. Willis passed away at home at the age of 69 on Dec. 29, 2008, just four days after his and Glaydene's 49th wedding anniversary. Burial was in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery, with Rev. Kevin Bender officiating at the funeral.

Daughter Rhea Faye Mayle (1941- ? ) was born on July 24, 1941. On May 18, 1962, at the age of 20, she wed 24-year-old Denver "Jack" Cork (1938- ? ), son of George and Macie Cork of Doddridge County. Rev. Roscoe Mace of the Salem Baptist Church officiated. At the time of marriage, Jack lived on Water Street in Salem, and Rhea in Industrial. Circa 1980, the Corks lived in Industrial.

Daughter Crystal Mayle ( ? - ? ) married John Shahan. Their home in 1980 was in Industrial.

Step-daughter Edith Phillips ( ? - ? ) married Wayne Mullens. They made their residence in 2012 in Beckley. 

Step-daughter Carolyn Phillips ( ? - ? ) wedded Larry Turner. They dwelled in Kingwood.


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Grave marker photographs courtesy Howard L. Mayle. Additional content provided by Sheryl Acebal and Natasha Trent.