George Riley Minard was born in 1863 in Barbour County, WV, the son of Sarah Minerd and Thomas Mayle, who were not married. He was given his mother's last name of "Minard," a version of the original "Minerd." His mother later married Charles Wright.
George was married twice. His first wife was Sarah Ann "Sally" Croston (1867-1939), whom he married on Oct. 30, 1887. Sally was the daughter of Thomas H. and Nancy (Mayle) Croston. George was age 19 at the time of marriage, and Sally was 15. The wedding took place at the home of Edgar Trimble in Barbour County, presided over by Rev. Israel Moats of the United Brethren Church in Christ.
George and Sally produced a large family of 10 known children -- Grover James Minard, Cansetta Collins, Blanche Ann Collins, Samuel Miner, Willie "Babe" Miner, Marion Francis "Frank" Miner, Conter Miner, Camden Minard, May "Alta" Croston and Mildred Newman.
George was a farmer and coal miner, and the Minards lived in the Philippi area when the federal censuses were taken circa 1900-1910. In 1920, when the federal census was taken, they resided in the south district of Philippi, along Olive Hill Road. Later, they lived at Ford Run. The census of 1930 shows George and Sarah Ann making their home near Philippi, with their sons Willie, Grover and Samuel living nearby as neighbors.
Sally died at age 72 of dysentery, caused by "exhaustion," on Oct. 26, 1939, at home. The Philippi Republican published an obituary, which said that funeral services "were held at 1 o'clock ... at the Minard school with the Rev. Harris, in charge." She was laid to rest in the Welch Cemetery. At the time, they had seven surviving children.
Little is known about the Minard School, or what it's connection may have been to the family. Circa 1927, the school was named in the West Virginia Educational Directory, taught by Mack Bingo (or "Wingo"). [In an interesting twist, Wingo spent most of his adult life as a coal miner, and in 1976 filed a legal claim against David Mathews, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, for black lung benefits in West Virginia that he felt he was owed.] In 1959, named in the Educational Directory, the school was listed as accommodating grades one through eight, with Ernestine Mayle as the teacher.
Later, George married widow Debbie (Mayle) Stevens (1888-1967), the daughter of Reese and Martha (Collins) Mayle. She had been married twice before, to Jake Dalton and Beverly "Jack" Nash Stevens, and brought two children to the marriage, Elsie Fagons and Denzil L. "Dink" Stevens. They resided together in 1940 when the federal census taker collected data.
George began suffering from heart disease in about 1944, and after one year of the illness, he passed away at age 76 on Sept. 18, 1945. He was buried at Chestnut Ridge.
Debbie outlived George by more than two decades. "After a long illness," said the Barbour Democrat, she died at the age of 79 in Broaddus Hospital, on July 31, 1967. Following a funeral led by Rev. Franklin Peoples at the Chestnut Ridge Church, she was laid to eternal rest in the Norris Cemetery.
~ Son Grover James Minard ~
Son Grover James Minard (1888-1977) was born on April 17, 1888, in Barbour County. He was tall and of medium build, with blue eyes and light hair.
He was twice married. His first wife was Virdie Newman (1894- ? ), whom he married on July 21, 1912, when he was age 24 and she 18.
Three years later, when he was age 27, he married his 15-year-old cousin Vernis Jane "Vernie" Mayle (1900-1988). The nuptials took place on Oct. 10, 1915 (or 1916). She was the daughter of Elsworth and Sara E. (Kennedy) Male and the granddaughter of Margaret (Minerd) Mayle.
The couple produced at least six children: Dorsey Miner, Thomas Cleveland Minard Sr., Pansy Jane Mayle, Sarah Elizabeth Mayle, Eugene Calvin Minard and Lovada Newman.
Circa 1918, as with many of his cousins, Grover was employed by the Humphreys Coal Company in Philippi. That year, he registered for the military draft, with the draft board marking his race as "colored." Grover served in World War I, and was a coal miner and worked for Republic Steel in Canton, OH, as well as the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown, near Grafton, Taylor County, WV. Seen here is a rare old photographic postcard showing the school's administration building, also known as the "Reform School for Boys."
The 1930 census shows Grover and Vernis living near his parents with their six children, and working as a general farmer. That year, Mack R. Wingo, a 26-year-old school teacher from Ohio, and labeled as "negro," boarded in their home and likely taught at the Minard School.
Circa July 1943, the Philippi Republican listed Grover and his brother Frank among local residents who had not paid taxes. Interestingly, in the county tax list, and as reported in the newspaper, Grover's name was spelled "Minard," and Frank's was spelled "Miner," showing how the spelling had evolved, even among brothers.
Disabled at some point in his life, Grover passed away in 1977. Vernis outlived him by 11 years, and died in 1988. Grover and Vernis are buried in the Welch Cemetery near Philippi.
Son Dorsey "Dorcie" Minard (1916-1932) was born in 1916, but his life was cut short. Afflicted with pneumonia, he died at the age of 16 years, two months and 15 days on Sept. 14, 1932, in Philippi. He was buried the following day in Welch Cemetery. The family name on the death certificate was spelled "Minard."
Son Thomas Cleveland Minard Sr. (1917-1963) was born in 1917. He married Geraldine Collins (1922-1985). They had five known children, among them Thomas Cleveland Minard Jr., Lennie Lee Minard Sr., James A. "Jimmy" Minard, Mona Jo Minard and Sheila Jane Talkington. Thomas was a laborer, and sometime prior to 1961 relocated the family to Canton, Stark County, OH. Their address in 1961 was 627 Young Avenue. The family grieved at the senseless drowning death of their daughter Mona Jo at age 14 in May 1961. Then, two years later, Grim Reaper of death cut the 46-year-old Thomas away from a heart attack ("coronary occlusion") while he was at Hopemont, Preston County, WV on June 2, 1963. Geraldine later married David "Laco" Mayle (1926-1982), son of Jefferson Davis and Lucy Jane (Croston) Mayle and had more children together, among them Sharon Sue Eddy (1961-1993). Geraldine passed away in September 1985 at the age of 63, with burial in Welch Cemetery.
Daughter Pansy Minard/Miner (1919-1990) was born on June 16, 1919. On March 12, 1938, when Pansy was age 18, she wed 21-year-old Denzil Mayle (1917-1997) of Philippi, the son of Granville and Laura (Croston) Mayle. The marriage was performed by Rev. James C. Mayles at Flatwoods, WV. The couple bore six offspring -- Juanita Mayle, Linda J. Newman, Alfred Mayle, Wilford Lee Mayle, Julius L. "Slim" Mayle and Michael Mayle. Another son, William Harless, was involved with the family. Tragically, their 11-month-old son Wilford died on Dec. 6, 1942. Pansy later provided genealogical information for Dorothy J. Cox's 1979 master's thesis from Marshall University, entitled A Marginal Group in West Virginia: An Historical and Cultural Study. They resided in Canton, Stark County, OH. She died there, in Aultman Hospital, at the age of 70 on June 3, 1990. Denzil survived his wife by seven years. He passed away on Aug. 3, 1997, at the age of 80.
Son Eugene Calvin Minard (also known as "Miner") (1923-2000) was born on Sept. 23, 1923 in Philippi. He resided in Philippi as a young man. At the age of 23, he married 17-year-old Meriden resident Virginia Mayle (1928-2000) , the daughter of Clyde and Jessie Mayle, and the step-daughter of his uncle Marion Francis "Frank" Minard. The nuptials took place on June 6, 1946 at Philippi, by the hand of Rev. M.C. Harris, of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Eugene's surname as written on their Barbour County marriage license application was spelled "Miner." Because Virginia was underage, her father and her mother had to provide their consent in court. The Minards had two known daughters, Beverly J. Hess and a baby who died at the tender age of four days, on Feb. 4, 1948. The family apparently resided in Grafton's Webster community. Sadly, Virginia died on March 20, 2000, ending their marriage of 53 years. She was placed into rest in the Welch Cemetery near Philippi. Heartache compounded when Eugene passed away just five months later, on Aug. 27, 2000, at the age of 77. His mortal remains were lowered into the earth to join his wife in eternal repose. On their grave marker -- photographed circa 2005 -- is carved a sketch of praying hands as well as this inscription:"When we all get to heaven."
Daughter Sarah Elizabeth Minard (1925-2000) was born on Nov. 25, 1925. She married Virgil Scott Mayle Sr. (1920-2013), son of Dowell "Dow" and Etta "Ettie" (Norris) Mayle, with the ceremony held at Meriden near Philippi on May 20, 1944. She was age 19, and he 24, at the time of marriage. Later that year, Sarah and Virgil's infant son, Virgil Scott Mayle Jr., died on Nov. 27, 1944. Sometime after 1951, the Mayles relocated to East Canton, Stark County, OH, and went on to have seven more children -- Kyle E. Mayle, Patricia J. Mayle, Vernice R. Mayle, Alisa F. Mayle, Carla K. Collins, Allen L. Mayle and Cornelius Mayle. They were members of the Rock Baptist Church of Canton. Sarah died in Aultman Hospital at the age of 75 on New Year's Eve 2000. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. At her death, said the Canton Repository, she was survived by 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and "a large number of extended relatives and friends." Virgil outlived his wife by almost 13 years. Said the Repository, he "loved to visit nursing homes," playing his guitar and singing for patients. He also "enjoyed sharing his stories of childhood days with all who would listen" and attended Living Hope Christian Missionary Alliance Church in East Canton. He died at Aultman Hospital on Jan. 21, 2013, at the age of 92, and joined his wife in eternal repose at Evergreen. By the time of his death, the number of his and Sarah's offspring had swelled to 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Daughter Lovada Minard (1929-1987) was born on Sept. 23, 1929. She wed Dennis E. Newman (April 24, 1921?-2005). They lived in Grafton circa 1948 before relocating to Canton. The couple bore these children -- Dennis Newman, Diane Mayle, John Newman, Deborah Kennedy and Maureen Meek. Sadly, they endured the death of son John in infancy. Lovada died in Canton on Feb. 1, 1987. Dennis survived his wife by more than 18 years and remained in Canton. He passed into eternity on Sept. 17, 2005, at the age of 84.
~ Daughter Cansetta (Minard) Collins ~
Cansetta Minard (1890-1937), also known as "Conzella," "Canszady" and "Knetta," was born in 1890.
She married Thomas Collins (1892-1946) on Sept. 5, 1914. She was age 24 at the time of marriage, and her husband, two years younger, was 22. Thomas was the son of Noah and Rose (Newman) Collins.
They resided in Philippi, where Thomas was a farmer.
The Collinses had at least seven children -- Rosetta Mayle, Shirley Collins, Ersel Collins, Beatrice Dalton, Geraldine Collins, Genevieve Mayle and Denzil Collins.
Cansetta suffered from liver cancer for at least six months, and died from its effects at the age of 47 on March 14, 1937. In a brief obituary, the Philippi Republican said that "Interment was to be made in Norris Cemetery."
Tom outlived her by nine years. He died of "chronic nephritis" at the age of 56 on Nov. 23, 1946, and was buried at Norris as well.
Daughter Rosetta "Rosie" Collins (1915- ? ) was born in 1915. She married Isaac Mayle (1904- ? ) in 1939 -- she was age 24, and he was 35, at the time. They are believed to have resided in rural Simpson, Taylor County. They had three known children -- Florina Gay Mayle, Boaz Verl Mayle, Vera Miller, Clara Rabb and Hazel Romania Holtz. Sadly, their daughter Florina died at the age of four months, two days on May 10, 1942, with burial in West Hill Cemetery. Evidence suggests that they moved to Canton, Stark County, OH in the late 1950s or early '60s.
Daughter Beatrice Collins (1918- ? ) was born in October 1918. At age 17, she wed 29-year-old Lee Oran "Laco" Dalton (1907- ? ), son of Walter and Elizabeth Dalton of Taylor County. She was age 17, and he 29, at the time of marriage, held on April 11, 1936. Rev. C.C. Hedrick, of the Baptist Church, officiated.
Son Ersel Collins (1923-1927) was born on Jan. 2, 1923 near Philippi. Sadly, died at the age of four from tuberculosis, on May 5, 1927. He was buried the following day in the Norris Cemetery in Philippi.
Daughter Genevieve Collins (1924- ? ) was born on Sept. 12, 1924 in Philippi. In 1946, when she was age 20, she was united in marriage with 33-year-old widower John Henry Mayle (1913-1994), son of Taz and Millie (Kennedy) Mayle. Rev. M.C. Harris of the African Methodist Episcopal Church officiated at Philippi. John was 13 years older than his bride and had been married once before, to Genevieve's distant cousin Gladys Mayle (of the family of Elza Mayle), and was widowed in September 1994 when she died of cancer of the uterus. Genevieve and John lived on Olive Hill Road in Philippi. He died at the age of 81 in 1994 in United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.
Son Shirley Collins (1917-1944) was born on Dec. 17, 1917. He was united in holy matrimon with Ruby Croston (1920-1978). The couple produced thee known children -- Fred "Freddie" Collins, Dottie Lou Miner and Sherwood Collins. They were farmers at Hanging Rock, Barbour County. Sadness enveloped the family in early January 1944, when the 26-year-old Shirley was at work butchering. He was stricken with a heart attack and died instantly. A top headline article in the Philippi Republican stated that just prior to his death, he may have been involved with an arson fire "which destroyed a barn on the outskirts of Philippi." He had been "seen leaving the scene of the fire, which was near his home, as the first of the volunteer firemen reached the scene..." Added the Republican, "The fire completely destroyed a barn owned by W. Alba Upton of this city, located about one mile south of the city limits on the Belington road. The flames killed three horses and two milch cows, besides an estimated 400 bushels of corn, a quantity of hay and various other items of farm equipment and machinery." Shirley's remains were placed at rest in the Norris Cemetery near Philippi, and the graveis marked today with a simple metal plaque that has stood the test of time and harsh weather. Ruby survived her husband by more than three decades. She may have married again to Elie Collins and bore at least one more son, Dellett Elihu Collins, born in 1946. In 1977, she endured the untimely death of her 37-year-old son Sherwood. She passed away in 1978 at the age of about 58 and rests beside her son in Welch Cemetery. Inscribed on their grave marker is the prayer, "Nearer My God to Thee." Ruby's son Dellett wedded Louella Mayle. He passed away on Feb. 20, 1998 with burial in Welch Cemetery.
Great-grandson David Lee Collins (1963-2014) was born on Sept. 14, 1963 in Philippi. He married Sallie Ann Cook ( ? -living). They had the following children -- Tracy McCartney, Sonya Mikolajski, Teresa Smith, Shirley Dawn Collins, Richard Mayle, Boyd Cletus Mayle and David Daniel Collins. David also had a stepson, Nathan Mayle. David was a construction laborer and timber cutter, and migrated to Canton. He was a member of the Laborers Local 1015 in Canton and the Olive Hill Apostolic Church. Later, they returned to Philippi. Sadly, at the age of 51, he died in Broaddus Hospital on New Year's Eve 2014. He was laid to rest in the Philippi Masonic Cemetery following funeral services led by Rev. Troy McCartney and Rev. Dolly Smith. In an obituary, a newspaper noted that he was survived by 24 grandchildren and three great-grandchildre6.
Great-grandson Freddie Lee Collins (1965-2016) was born on Aug. 8, 1965 in Philippi. On his 22nd birthday, on Aug. 8, 1987, he married Karen Sue Dalton ( ? -living). They produced three children -- Dustin Lee Collins, Caden Collins and Danelle Collins. Freddie earned a living as a construction worker and belonged to Laborer's Local No. 1015. They attended the Olive Hill Apostolic Church on Chestnut Ridge Road. They endured the sadness of the death of their son Dustin. Freddie succumbed to a long illness at the age of 50 on June 24, 2016. His remains rest in the Collins-Dalton Family Cemetery in Philippi. His funeral was officiated by Pastors Dolly Smith and Troy McCartney.
Great-grandson Michael Wayne Collins was united in marital union with Misty. They have lived in Moatsville, Barbour County.
Great-granddaughter Stephanie Collins was joined in wedlock with Wilbert Phillips. Their home has been in Philippi.
~ Daughter Blanche Ann (Minard) Collins ~
Daughter Blanche Ann Minard (1893-1980) was born in 1893. She also spelled her maiden name "Miner."
She married Luther "Lewis" Collins (1884-1959), son of Noah and Rosa (Newman) Collins. They resided in Philippi in the 1930s.
The Collinses had at least seven children: Anna Bell Collins, Alfred Everett Collins, Elie Collins, Hartford Collins, Russell Chester Collins, Everett Collins and Hayward Collins.
Sadly, two of their offspring died young. Son Alfred passed away at the age of two months of chicken pox on Dec. 22, 1922, and daughter Anna Bell died at the age of one month on Sept. 11, 1931, caused by "marasmus." The babies were buried in the Welch Cemetery.
When the federal census was taken in 1920, the Collinses lived near Philippi, with Lewis laboring as a coal miner. The census taker first listed them as "colored" but then crossed it out and marked them as "black." Later, the family were farmers.
Luther died at the age of 75 on June 25, 1959, at home in Philippi Route 2. An obituary in the Barbour Democrat reported that his death had occurred "following a lengthy illness." The funeral was held at the Chestnut Ridge Church followed by interment in the Welch Cemetery. Among his survivors named in the Democrat were four brothers, including Dade Collins, James Collins, John Collins and Elza Collins.
Blanche survived her husband by more than two decades. During that time, she also suffered through the death of at least one adult child, Everett. In her later years, Blanche made her home in Moatsville, near Philippi. Blanche died in Grafton at the age of 87 on March 3, 1980.
Son Elie Collins (1914-1983) was born on June 19, 1914 (or 1915). As a young man, he lived in Ford Run, Barbour County. On July 27, 1935, at the age of 21, he married 16-year-old Louise Virginia Mayle (1918-1964), daughter of Sell and Essie May (Croston) Mayle of Meriden near Philippi. Rev. M.C. Harris officiated. They had four known children -- Norma Lee Martin, Marline Exline, Arlis (or "Arless") Collins and Larry Allen Collins. Elie also had a son, Dellett Elihu Collins. Heartache shook the family on Sept. 28, 1939 when son Arlis, age two and a half, died of acute kidney disease combined with a case of scarlet fever. The toddler's remains were buried at Welch Cemetery in Philippi. When the federal census was enumerated in 1940, they lived near Philippi, with Elie employed as a road worker with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Elie was a protestant by faith. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Army and underwent training at Fort Thomas, KY. Evidence suggests that the couple separated, with Louise dwelling in Moatsville, Barbour County in the 1960s. She was afflicted with a cerebral aneurysm and died on April 10, 1964, in Barbour County. She was laid to rest in Welch Cemetery, with an obituary in the Fairmont Times noting that her Moatsville home was of "the Chestnut Ridge community." The obituary also noticeably did not mention her husband's name but rather her survivors including siblings Carney Mayle, Glenn Mayle, Don Mayle, Wilbur Mayle and Vieta Mayle. As a widower, Elie moved in with his married daughter Norma Lee Martin in Fairmont, Marion County, WV, at the address of 608 Market Street. Having outlived Louise by almost two decades, he passed away in Fairmont on March 24, 1983. His remains were transported back to Philippi for interment beside his wife in the Welch Cemetery.
Son Hartford "Hart" Collins (1917-1994) was born on Feb. 22, 1917. On July 23, 1937, when he was 21 years of age, Hartford was united in marriage with 17-year-old Thelma Croston (1920 ? ). Rev. Oliver Cunningham officiated at the wedding held in Philippi. Thelma was the daughter of Francis and Mary Croston of Barbour County, with the mother providing consent to the union as Thelma was underage. The Collinses resided on Route 5, Philippi. Two of their sons, Milford Collins and Alford Collins, lived to adulthood, while sadly, two others (Hartsel Collins and Wilmoth Collins) died in infancy. Later, they migrated to Ohio and made their home in East Sparta, near Canton, Stark County, OH circa 1959-1983. Hartford passed away at the age of 77 on April 3, 1994.
Son Russell Chester Collins (1924-1966) was born on Feb. 10, 1924. In adulthood, he earned a living as a laborer. Circa 1959, he lived at home with his mother and father and brothers. He died in Philippi on July 3, 1966, at the age of 42, with interment in Welch Cemetery in Philippi. The cause of death was ruled "natural cause." More will be added when learned.
Son Everett Collins (1926-1965) was born on Nov. 30, 1926 near Philippi. He was a coal miner in the Philippi region. Circa 1959, he resided in his parents' home. Sadly, he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died on March 30, 1965, at age 39, in Philippi's Broaddus Hospital. Burial was in Welch Cemetery, following a funeral service preached by Rev. Winfield Mayle in the Olive Hill Wesleyan Church. An obituary was printed in the Barbour Democrat newspaper.
Son Howard Hayward Collins (1929-1975) was born on April 27, 1929 in Philippi. At the age of 24, he married 18-year-old Philippi resident Mary Edna Croston (1936- ? ) on Nov. 27, 1953, officiated by Rev. M.C. Harris of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was the daughter of Joseph and Maybell (Newman) Croston, who gave their consent to the union, as Edna legally was underage. They lived near Philippi, where Howard was a longtime coal miner. They had these known children -- Jeffrey Collins, Terry Lee Collins, Gertrude Marie "Reann" Mayle, Shelia Rose Collins, Genevieve Irene Bhaskarla and Lora Jane Mayle, and one who died at a young age. Circa 1959, he made his home with his parents in Philippi Route 2. Howard died at the age of 46 on July 3, 1975, in Broaddus Hospital in Philippi. Following a funeral led by Rev. Frank Peoples, he was laid to rest in Welch Cemetery. Mary Edna survived her husband by nearly three decades. During that time, she remained in her home along Hanging Rock Road near Philippi. She enjoyed gardening and attending the Church of God, Saints of Christ. She passed away on Oct. 17, 2004, at home. Elder James Hurt officiated at her funeral.
~ Son Samuel Miner ~
Son Samuel Miner (1895-1989) was born in 1895.
As a young adult he was of medium height and slender build, with blue eyes and brown hair.
Samuel was married twice, first when he was the age of 21. His bride was 20-year-old Anna M. (also known as "Amelia" and "Molly") Norris (1896-1917) on April 1, 1916. Pastor Alexander Mason oversaw the marriage service, held in Meriden near Philippi.
Tragically, Anna died the following year, on June 9, 1917, but the details are not known. She was laid to rest in the Welch Cemetery in Philippi, and a legible marker still stands today. On the base is this inscription: "Gone but not forgotten."
Thirteen months later, on July 6, 1918, Samuel married again, to Mary Virgie Newman (1895-1969), the daughter of Richard and Maranda (Croston) Newman. Their ceremony was held in Parkersburg, Wood County, WV, by the hand of William T. Robinson. Both were age 23 at the time of their nuptials. The two families were close, as Samuel's cousin Icie Mayle -- daughter of Elza Mayle -- married Mary's brother Wince.
Samuel and Mary had six sons, Virgil Miner, James Miner (1920- ? ), Bradford Miner, Stanley Miner; Herbert Miner and Clifford Miner.
As with several of his brothers, Samuel was a World War I veteran and a coal miner and farmer, residing in the Moatsville and Hacker Creek sections of Philippi. In 1918, he registered for the military draft, and listed his occupation as a miner for the Morrall Coal Company and his race as "colored."
When the federal census was enumerated in the 1920, the Miners lived along Olive Hill Road in Philippi among a cluster of family residences. These other households included Samuel's parents, brother Grover Miner, brother Frank Miner and brother William Miner, as well as cousin Elza Mayle. That year, Samuel and his brothers all were engaged in the coal mining occupation.
The 1930 census shows the family living near Philippi with their five eldest sons, with Samuel working as a farmer and the name spelled "Miner."
In 1940, the federal census-taker spelled the name "Minard," with Samuel earning a living as a farmer. Living next door was his father, with the name spelled "Miner."
Mary attended the Pentecostal Church.
She died at home at the age of 74 on June 28, 1969, with her obituary published in the Grafton Daily Sentinel.
Samuel lived a long life, surviving his wife by two decades.
He passed away at the age of 94 on Christmas Day 1989 in Broaddus Hospital. He was laid to rest in the Welch Cemetery, following a funeral service led by Rev. Kermit Maley and Rev. Paul Davis. The Barbour Democrat reported that Samuel was survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Son Virgil Miner (1919-2005) was born in 1919. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning home, he moved to Canton, Stark County, OH in 1951, where he obtained employment with Republic Steel Corporation and retired in 1985 after a 30 year career. He married Gertrude J. Curry ( ? - ? ) in about 1952, and they were married for a total of 53 years. The Miners had one daughter, Mary Ann Hughes. Virgil passed away at the age of 85 in Mercy Medical Center "following a brief illness," said the Canton Repository. He rests for eternity in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.
Son Bradford Miner (1920-1984) was born on Dec. 28, 1920 in Barbour County. On Dec 6, 1941 -- the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked -- he married Priscilla Mayle (1925-1992), the daughter of Stephen Angelo and Fannie (Collins) Mayle. Bradford was age 21, and Priscilla 17, at the time. The nuptials were performed by Rev. M.C. Harris at Philippi. They spent their married life together in Canton, Stark County, OH. It is not yet known whether they reproduced. Bradford died in Aultman Hospital in Canton on June 22, 1984, at the age of 64. Priscilla outlived him by eight years. She too passed away in Aultman Hospital on Sept. 28, 1992, at age 67.
Son Stanley Miner (1923-1984) was born on Feb. 19, 1923, in or near Philippi, Barbour County. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Armed Forces. At the age of 25, on Nov. 25, 1948, Stanley was united in holy matrimony with 18-year-old Lena Belle Croston (1930- ? ), the daughter of Lawrence and Carrie (Croston) Croston. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Fred DeCost at his residence at nearby Simpson, Taylor County. The Miners' marital union endured for 35 years until cleaved apart by the Angel of Death. The couple produced a family of three sons -- Larry Duance Miner, Daniel Lee Miner and Carl Edwin Miner. They made their home in the Lower Hackers Creek section of the Philippi community, and Stanley earned a living for many years laboring as a local coal miner. His last employer was C&W Coal Company. At some point he became disabled, causing him to stop working for good. Reported the Barbour Democrat, Stanley was a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and attended the Southern Baptist Church. As his health failed, Stanley was admitted for treatment to Broaddus Hospital in Philippi. He died there at the age of 61 on June 25, 1984. His funeral services was jointly led by Rev. Jon Caudle and Rev. Paul Davis, with interment made among legions of relatives in Welch Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Democrat. He was survived by a half-dozen grandchildren. Lena Belle survived her husband by several decades.
Son Herbert Miner (1925-2004) was born on Oct. 5, 1925 in Philippi. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Dessie Luvenia Mayle (1929-2005), a native of the Penn Ridge community in Moatsville and the daughter of Granville and Mahalia (Croston) Mayle. The wedding took place on Aug. 24, 1957, when he was age 32 and she 28. They are seen here and had three children -- Kittie Diane Miner, Penny Tobitha Mayle and Robbie Dycel Miner, and made their home on a farm near Philippi. Herbert was an employee of Badger Coal Company and a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the Laurel Mt. Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Belington. Herbert died on April 18, 2004 at the age of 78. Rev. Winfield Mayle and William Berdine officiated at the funeral service. Dessie followed him in death a little more than a year later, on June 20, 2005, "following a sudden and unexpected illness," reported the Elkins (WV) Inter-Mountain. They are buried together at Welch Cemetery.
Son Clifford Miner (1929- ? ) lived in Philippi circa 2005.
~ Son Willie "Will" or "Babe" Miner ~
Son Willie "Will" or "Babe" Miner (1897-1973) was born in 1897 near Philippi.
He had blue eyes and light brown hair. During World War I, he registered for the military draft, and stated that he was employed as a miner by his father, George Miner. The draft board gave his race as "Negro." He went on to serve in World War I.
At the age of 22, Willie married 18-year-old Mary "Eveline" or "Emeline" Croston (1901- ? ) on Sept. 23, 1919.
They had five children -- Beatrice Mayle, Theodore Minard, Leroy Junior Miner, Elsie Croston and Magdalene Mayle.
Circa 1920, the Miners resided near his parents' home in the south district of Philippi. The 1930 census shows Willie and Emaline living next to his parents near Philippi, with Willie laboring as a farmer. Willie also was a longtime coal miner, a field of employment from which he retired.
When the federal census was taken in 1940, they lived near Willie's father and brothers in Philippi, with Willie's occupation marked as "laborer." His name in that record was spelled "Minard."
At the age of 76, in 1973, Willie passed away at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV. Rev. Frank Peoples officiated at his funeral in the Chestnut Ridge Church, followed by burial in the Welch Cemetery. Willie's obituary was published in the Barbour Democrat, which reported that he was survived by "14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren." Adult children Magdalene, Theodore and Leroy all resided in Canton, Stark County, OH circa 1973.
Daughter Beatrice Miner (1917-1947) was born on July 6, 1917. On Oct. 20, 1934, when she was age 17, she married 21-year-old Elijah "Lige" Mayle (1913-1949), the son of Charles (or "James") and Mary Ellen Mayle. They had at least six children, born between 1934 and 1947 -- Thelma Norris, Frederick Mayle, Dottie Lou Croston, Barbara Jane Mayle, Fronnie Mayle and Elijah Mayle Jr. When the federal census was taken in 1940, the Mayles lived in Philippi, with Elijah earning a living as a roadwork laborer with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Tragically, Beatrice was inflicted with painful peritonitis while giving birth in 1947, and died from its effects at the age of 29, on April 24, 1947. Burial was at Chestnut Ridge. Now widowed, Elijah worked as a coal miner. He died just two years after his wife, of "acute alcoholism," on Nov. 20, 1949, at the age of 35. James Mayle was the informant on Elijah's death certificate. What became of the orphaned children, and who raised them, is not known. A search has been made for Elijah's obituary in the Philippi Republican newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but none was found.
Daughter Elsie Miner (1923-1992) was born on July 23, 1923 in Barbour County. She married a step-cousin, Jethroe Croston (March 1, 1924-2006), the son of Earl "Roe" and Laura "Fez" (Mayle) Croston, and grandson of Frank Mayle, on May 31, 1944. Elsie was age 21, and Jethroe 20, at the time of their nuptials. Rev. M.C. Harris, minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated at the wedding ceremony. Jethroe served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning home, he and Elsie made their home on 212 Chestnut Street in Philippi. They were the parents of two children -- Marty Croston and Veldean Mayle. For many years, Jethroe supported the family through his work as a coal miner. In his free time, he liked to hunt and work in his garden. Elsie, said the Barbour Democrat, "was a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Sadly, at the age of 69, Elsie died on Aug. 26, 1992, at Grafton City Hospital, "following an extended illness," reported the Democrat. She was laid to rest in the Welch Cemetery, following a funeral led by Rev. Marvin Brown. She was survived by six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Jethro survived Elsie by about 14 years. At some point he moved into the Baughman Tower Apartments in Philippi. Then as his health failed, he became a resident of Mansfield Place, a skilled nursing unit within Broaddus Hospital. At the age of 82, Jethroe passed away in Philippi on May 30, 2006. Following funeral services led by Rev. Bryan Headley, Jethroe's remains were placed into eternal rest beside his wife's in Welch Cemetery.
Daughter Magdalene Miner (1925-1993) was born on Dec. 19, 1925 in Barbour County. At the age of 19, she was united in holy matrimony with 23-year-old Bradford Mayle (Dec. 27, 1921-1986), the son of Joseph and Missouri (Croston) Mayle. The nuptials were held on April 16, 1944. The couple relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH. Evidence suggests that they produced two children, Jessie James Mayle and Jackie Mayle. Bradford passed away in Canton on Oct. 7, 1986, at the age of about 65. Magdalene lived as a widow for another seven years. She died at home in Canton on May 1, 1993, at the age of 68.
Son Theodore Minard (1928- ? ) was born in about 1928. He is believed to have married Doris Mayle (Sept. 17, 1928- ? ), daughter of Earl and Lyda Mayle of Galloway, Barbour County. They produced one known daughter, Suzetta Mayle, born in October 1950 in or near Canton in Stark County, OH. Sadly, Theodore and Doris' relationship ended in the early 1950s shortly after the birth of their daughter. On March 24, 1952, at the age of 23, Doris married 22-year-old Thurman Mayle (Jan. 13, 1930- ? ), son of Joseph and Missouri Mayle of Moatsville, Barbour County. The ceremony was held at Philippi by Rev. Roy McCoy of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Doris and Thurman went on to have these additional 10 children of their own -- Nancy Mayle, Barbara Mayle, Debra Cox, Marsha McCauley, Louetta Tabler, Brenda Greenwald, Cynthis Mayle, Lori Ittner, Dale Mayle and Todd Mayle. Theodore lived in California circa 1992. His fate is not yet known.
Son Leroy Junior Miner (1933-1982) was born on March 7, 1933. At the age of 20, he married 17-year-old Myrtle May Collins (1936- ? ), the daughter of William and Fannie E. Collins of Philippi. The wedding, which occurred on Sept. 24, 1953, was officiated by Rev. M.C. Harris of the AME Church in Philippi. Leroy died in Canton, Stark County, OH on Sept. 10, 1982, at the age of 49. Myrtle was deceased by 2005.
~ Son Marion Francis "Frank" Miner ~
Son Marion Francis "Frank" Miner (1900-1986), also spelled "Minard," was born in 1900.
Frank was married twice -- his first wife was Masalona "Lona" Croston (1905-1975), whom he married on Oct. 21, 1918, when she was but the tender age of 13 and he 18. She was the daughter of Dan and Alberta (Kennedy) Croston.
Frank and Lona resided in R.D. #5 in the south district of Philippi in 1920, where he labored in coal mines, and from which he retired. They belonged to the Ford Run Pentecostal Church.
The Miners had 11 children -- Hoyt "Hoy" Miner, Maxine Miner, Helen Mayle Croston, Rev. Winfield Scott "Buddy" Miner, Irene Croston, Frances Jeannette Croston Newman, Rosalee Newman, Lillian Dalton, Edward Border Miner and one son who is not yet identified. Sadly, young Maxine passed away of the measles at age nine months in April 1935.
In the 1920s or 1930s, when the Democratic Executive Committee of West Virginia took an informal census of voters in Barbour County, Frank was registered as a Republican, and was residing at Switzer, WV at the time.
The Miners must have been close with the family of Dellett and Bessie Croston, as at least four marriages took place between their respective children -- Edward Miner to Minerva Croston; Frances Jeannette Miner to Harter Harwood Croston; Helen Miner to Sherman Croston; and Irene Miner to Burl Croston.
Lona passed away at the age of 72, in Broaddus Hospital, on April 6, 1975. Following funeral services at the Ford Run church, led by Rev. Donald Parsons, she was placed into eternal rest at Welch Cemetery. The Barbour Democrat obituary noted that she was survived by three half sisters -- Jessie Mayle, Maybell Croston and Phyliss Mayle, all of Philippi; half brother George Newman of Philippi; and half brother Homer Newman of Beaver Falls, PA.
Later, Frank married Jessie L. Mayle ( ? - ? ), who had been married once before to Clyde Mayle, and brought a daughter to the marriage, Virginia (Mayle) Minard. She also is believed to have been the mother of Marvin Jack Mayle, Sue Mayle, Dixie Mayle, Patsy Muncie, Darcus Collins and Frank Renzo Mayle.
At the age of 85, Frank died in Broaddus Hospital, on June 23, 1986. The Barbour Democrat noted that he was survived by an astounding "36 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren." Frank is buried beside Lona in the Welch Cemetery.
Jessie's fate is not yet known.
Daughter Helen Miner (1919-2010) was born on March 25, 1921, in Barbour County. She was twice married. At the age of 16, she married her first spouse, 18-year-old Dewey Mayle (1917-1980?), the son of Bulger and Angelina Mayle, on Oct. 9, 1935. Sadly, they lost an unnamed son -- their only child -- in childbirth on Feb. 4, 1937, with the infant laid to rest in the Chestnut Ridge Cemetery. They apparently moved to Canton, Stark County, OH. Helen married for a second time, to Sherman Croston (1922-1976), the son of Dellett and Bessie Croston. The nuptials were officiated by Rev. George W. Burdette of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Crostons lived in Canton. First husband Dewey is thought to have died in March 1980, while second spouse Sherman passed away in 1976. Said the Elkins (WV) Inter-Mountain, Helen "was a homemaker, she enjoyed working in her flowers, gardening and cooking. She was a member of the Olive Hill Apostolic Church." As a widow, Helen maintained her residence for more than three decades on Route 2 in Philippi. She died on Feb. 4, 2010, in United Hospital Center in Clarksburg. Her remains were returned to Philippi for burial in Welch Cemetery, with Rev. Dolly Smith and Rev. Charles Morgan leading the funeral services.
Son Hoyt "Hoy" Miner (1920-1981) was born on March 16, 1920 (or 1923) in Philippi. He married Levonia Croston (1925-2001), the daughter of Leroy and Dora Bell (Dalton) Croston, and granddaughter of Mary E. (Mayle) Croston Hunter. They were wed on July 18, 1941, when Hoy was age 21, and Levonia 16. They had nine known children -- Edward Leroy Miner, Larry Junior Miner, Ruth Ann Jackson, Laura Lee Clay, Paulette Taylor, Troy Miner, Michael Miner, Marion Miner and Peter Miner Sr. In about 1951, the family relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH. Hoy died in Canton's Aultman Hospital at the age of 58 (or 61) on Nov. 30, 1981. Levonia outlived her husband by two decades. She suffered the death of their son Edward Miner in 1990, and of grandsons Blaine Leslie Calhoun III in June 1987 and Marion Daniel Miner in April 2000. Levonia died in Aultman Hospital at age 74 on June 22, 2001, "after a long illness," said the Canton Repository. She was laid to rest in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, following a funeral service led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. The newspaper noted that she was survived by 30 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.
Daughter Lillian Miner (1925-1970) was born on Feb. 22 (or 27), 1925 in Barbour County. As a young woman in early 1944, when she had just turned 19 years of age, she gave birth to a son, whom she named Jethro D. Miner. On July 11, 1957, at the age of 32, she married 43-year-old World War II veteran Horace Delbert Dalton Sr. (1914-1996), the son of Delbert and Grace Dalton. The wedding took place on July 11, 1957, led by Rev. M.C. Harris of the African Methodist Church. Lillian was 11 years younger than her husband. The couple went on to produce these children -- Patricia Dalton, Blanche Dalton, Lona Grace Dalton, Pamela Rose Dalton, Horace Delbert Dalton Jr. and Edward Lee Dalton. During the war, Horace served with the U.S. Army and was awarded a Purple Heart. They resided in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV, and were members of the Morgantown Pentecostal Church. Sadly, Lillian suffered for several years from cancer of the bladder and cervix and died at the age of 45 in Broaddus Hospital in Philippi on Aug. 11, 1970. Her remains were placed into eternal rest in Knottsville Cemetery in rural Grafton, Taylor County, WV, following a funeral at the Knottsville United Methodist Church led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. At her death, reported the Morgantown Post, she was survived by 10 grandchildren. Horace outlived Lillian by more than a quarter century. He passed away on March 25, 1996, with burial in Knottsville. A search has been made for Horace's obituary in the Barbour Democrat newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but none was found.
Son Edward Border Miner (1927-1974) was born on Aug. 11, 1927. On Jan. 20, 1949, when he was 21 years of age, Edward married 20-year-old Minerva Virginia "Tudy" Croston (June 18, 1928-2017), daughter of Dellett and Bessie (Newman) Croston. As with many weddings in the extended family, Rev. M.C. Harris of the African Methodist Church performed the nuptials. The two families were close, as Edward's sister Irene married Minerva's brother Elihu "Burl" Croston. The couple had seven known children -- Murlenis Newman Westfall, Bobby Lee Miner, Rose Marie Norris, Billy Miner, Edwin "Butch" Miner, Davey Allen Miner, Frankie Allen Miner and Lester Miner. They resided along Ford Run Road in Philippi and were there in 1970. Edward died in 1974 at the age of 47. He was interred in the Welch Cemetery. Minerva survived her husband by more than four decades and wed a second time to Robert Lee Robinson ( ? -living). Over the years, she attended several local churches. At the age of 89, she passed away at home following a long illness. Burial was in Welch Cemetery, with Rev. Ezik Norris officiating.
Great-grandson Jamie Scott Norris ( ? -living) was born in (?). He was united in marriage with April Lynn Duncan ( ? -living), daughter of Lewis Eugene and Roberta Duncan. The couple bore three children, Ethan Scott Norris, Jaydin Ryan Norris and Trai Michael Norris. Their son Trai is known to have been born in Elkins. The family resided in Philippi. After a divorce, April Lynn married again to David Brice Utt of Philippi. They were members of the Pentecostal Church of Ford Run, where son Trai played drums. Unspeakable grief cascaded over the family when 15-year-old son Trai was horribly injured in an off-road vehicle accident and died on Aug. 31, 2019. In an obituary, the family asked that "Let's not forget his amazing smile that lit up as soon as he walked into a room." Burial was in Welch Cemetery, with Rev. Ezik Norris leading the funeral service.
Daughter Irene Miner (1928-2001) was born on Feb. 22, 1928 (or 1932). At the age of 17, on April 29, 1947, she wed Elihue "Burl" Croston (1924-1970), age 22, son of Dellett and Bessie (Newman) Croston of Barbour County. Rev. M.C. Harris of the African Methodist Church led the wedding ceremony. The two clans were close, as Irene's brother Edward Border Miner wed Burl's sister Minerva. The couple lived in Philippi, Route 2, and had two daughters -- Arlina McCartney and Sharlot Ann Croston. Burl was a longtime farmer and carpenter, and they were protestants. Burl died on Aug. 9, 1970, in Philippi's Broaddus Hospital, after 23 years of marriage. His funeral was conducted by Rev. Winfield Mayle in the Olive Hill Wesleyan United Methodist Church, with burial in the Welch Cemetery. Irene survived him by more than three decades, residing in Philippi. She died on June 26, 2001, at 69 years of age, in Philippi.
Daughter Rosa Lee (or "Rosalee") Miner (1929-1985) was born on Dec. 3, 1929 in Philippi. She was joined in holy matrimony with Burtis Newman (1927-1984), son of Marcellus and Zetta Cansoura (Kennedy) Newman, on Dec. 12, 1947. She was age 18, and he 20, at the time of marriage. Rev. M.C. Harris, of the African Methodist Church, officiated. Whether or not the couple reproduced is not known. They relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH, and were there in 1970. Burtis is reputed to have died in Canton in November 1984. Rosalee only survived her husband by a little more than a year. She joined him death in December 1985.
Daughter Frances Jeannette Miner (1937-2002) was born on Sept. 9, 1937, in Barbour County. She was married twice. Her first husband was Alston G. "Junior" Newman (1936-2012), son of Alston G. and Alberta (Kennedy) Newman Sr. They were wed on April 25, 1953, by the hand of Rev. M.C. Harris of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was age 17, and he 18, at the time of marriage. (Alston's brother, Fred Newman, married Frances' cousin Loretta "Rettie" Croston, daughter of Earl "Roe" and Laura "Fez" [Mayle] Croston, and granddaughter of Frank Mayle.) The marriage ended quickly. Alston went on to reside in Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH, where he was employed by Burnham Boiler for 29½ years, and he married again, to Frances' cousin Madeline Mayle (1932-1996), daughter of Artennis and Virgie (Minard) Mayle. Frances also wed a second time to Harter Harwood Croston (1931-1989), son of Dellett and Bessie (Newman) Croston. Their wedding took place at Flemington, Taylor County, WV on Sept. 16, 1958, by the hand of Rev. Clyde Bush of the Baptist Church. The Crostons went on to have four children -- Bessie Rebecca "Robin" Croston, Susanne Sikorski, Harter Lee Croston and Wendell Scott Croston. Frances was a homemaker in their residence on Route 2 in Philippi. Harter died on May 22, 1989. She died at the age of 65, at home, on Nov. 27, 2002. The funeral was conducted by her brother, Rev. Winfield Scott Miner, and by Pastor Troy McCartney. She was interred at Welch Cemetery.
Son Rev. Winfield Scott "Buddy" Miner (1940-2017) was born on July 13, 1940 in Philippi and was named for the famous United States Army and Civil War General Winfield Scott. Our Winfield married a cousin, Dottie Lou Collins (Oct. 4, 1941-2018), the daughter of Shirley and Ruby (Croston) Collins and granddaughter of Thomas and Cansetta (Minard) Collins. They were wed on May 12, 1963, by the hand of Rev. J. Franklin Peoples of the Methodist Church on Chestnut Ridge. She brought a son to the marriage, Isaac Junior Collins. The couple also produced a daughter of their own, Delores Dalton. Their home was along West Spall Lick Road. Winfield earned a living over the years in and around Philippi as a coal miner and eventually as a truck driver for Keeley Brothers of Clarksburg, Joe Benson Trucking and the West Virginia Department of Highways. He also served as a minister for the Apostolic Missions of Jesus Christ Church in Philippi, and among hundreds of funerals over the years, he is known to have officiated at the one of his sister Frances Newman in 2002. Dottie enjoyed gardening. Sadly, they endured the death of their son Isaac at some point in time. God called Winfield home in death at the age of 76 on Feb. 12, 1017 at home. Rev. Menelus Mayle and Speaker Bill Berdine officiated at the funeral service, followed by interment in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery. An obituary noted that in addition to his daughter and son in law, Winfield was survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and also that he was "the last surviving member of his immediate family." Dottie outlived her husband by a year-and-a-half. She passed into eternity in United Hospital Center just 19 days after her 77th birthday. Rev. Menelus Mayle and Speaker Bill Berdine again led the funeral service.
Stepdaughter Virginia Mayle married Eugene C. Minard, a step-cousin and the son of Grover James Minard. See their entry elsewhere on this page.
~ Son Conter Miner ~
Son Conter Miner (1902-1926) was born on June 4, 1902.
He was a farmer. He was married, but his wife's name is not yet known.
Sadly, he died of tuberculosis at age 24 years, three months and 29 days, on Oct. 3, 1926. The remains were buried in the Welch Cemetery. This grave is not marked.
A search has been made for his obituary in the Philippi Republican newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but none was found.
~ Son Camden Minard ~
Son Camden Minard (1904- ? ) was born in 1904.
At the age of 18, on Feb. 11, 1923, he married 17-year-old Mildred Mayle (1905-1931?), daughter of Jennie Mahle. Because Mildred was underage, her mother had to sign official consent. The ceremony was held in Cecil, WV, by the hand of Rev. James F. Merrifield of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Wolf Summit, WV.
They resided in Philippi circa 1924 and had three known children -- Merrill Laco Minard, Leona Williamson and Bessie Croston Thrasher.
The marriage ended sometime by 1927. Camden has yet to be located on the U.S. Census of 1930, and his fate is not yet known.
On Aug. 13, 1927, Mildred married widower Alexander "Alex" Rhoden (1883-1936), the son of Martin and Sarah Rhoden, and a native of Harrison County. Rev. Rev.W.K. Doutt, of Philippi, officiated. She was age 22, and he 44, double hers', at the time of marriage. Their marriage license application gives her name as "Miss Mildred Minor."
The Philippi Republican reported in 1936 that he had come to Barbour County "from somewhere in the state of Pennsylvania several years ago." Alex was considered to be "colored" according to several sources.
The Rhodens went on to have four more children -- William Edward Rhoden, Ella Brown, Rose Cosgrave and Eugene "Gene" Rhoden.
When the 1930 census was taken, Alex's name was spelled "Elia Rodan," and they lived in the Pleasant District of Barbour County. Under their roof that year were son William Edward Rhoden (1927- ? ), Mildred's children Bessie Minard and Merrill L. Minard, and 75-year-old Erwin Mayle. Sadly, the Rhodens' son William died at age four, on March 20, 1932,of pneumonia, with burial at Pritchard Cemetery.
Tragedy befell Alex in early 1936 when, at age 65, he was struck and killed by a passenger railroad train. The accident occurred "about half way between Philippi and Meriden, about a half mile below Philippi, at the old brick yard," reported the Philippi Republican.
Rhoden, who was very hard of hearing was walking on the track. The men gave warming but he did not hear until it was on to him and before he could get off it struck him on the shoulder and knocked him off the track over the bank breaking a number of ribs, crushing his shoulder and injuring him about the head. The train men stopped and picked him up and backed into Philippi where he was taken to the Myers hospital. He died about 5 p.m. His wife died about four years ago. He is survived by several children, who are all married and most all of them live in other communities.
Alex was laid to rest in the Welch Cemetery, beside his first wife, Mary (1873-1915).
As a widow, Mildred headed a farm household of children near Grafton. When the federal census was taken in 1940, she was age 33, and the occupants of her home included her Minard children Merrill, Bessie and Leona, her son Eugene Rhoden, infant Calvin "Minor" and 45-year-old Forest Mayle.
Many years later, in 2002, Mildred's surname was printed in a newspaper as "Reed." Did she marry again after Rhoden?
Daughter Bessie Minard (1923-2002) was born on Dec. 30, 1923 in Moatsville, Barbour County. She was twice married. Her first husband was Berkley A. Croston ( ? - ? ). They produced two children, Ronald Calvin Croston and Darl Croston. Later, she wed (?) Thrasher ( ? - ? ). Bessie was a longtime worker at the Ambassador Hotel in Canton. Circa 1959, Berkley and their son Ronald lived together in Rochester, Beaver County, PA at 255 Pinney Street. Tragedy struck the family in the early summer of 1959 when son Ronald, a student residing in Rochester, began to decline in health due to kidney disease. He was admitted to Beaver Valley General Hospital in New Brighton, where he died 11 days later on June 24, 1959. His remains were returned to Taylor County, WV for burial in the West Hill Methodist Cemetery. At the age of 78, Bessie died in Canton's Mercy Medical Center on Feb. 17, 2002. Burial was in West Lawn Cemetery, with the funeral service officiated by her half brother Rev. Eugene Rhoden of Elkins, WV. At her death, she was survived by three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Son Merrill Laco Minard (1924-2007) was born on Feb. 2, 1924 in Philippi. He was married twice. His first wife, Mildred Mayle ( ? - ? ), was a native of Cutler, OH. They resided in Canton, Stark County, OH during World War II. Their 10-month old daughter, Dianna Sue Minard, died of cerebral meningitis on May 31, 1943. She was laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery. On the infant's death certificate, the family name was spelled "Minnard." The Minards divorced. On Jan. 19, 1948, Merrill wed again, to Opal Calina Croston (1928-2005), the daughter of Claudus and Cansora Croston of Grafton. At the time of marriage, he lived in Grafton, and she in Simpson, Taylor County. They relocated to Kensington, OH and had four children -- Audrey Ossler, Camella Plott, Floyd Minard and Merrell Minard. Merrill "worked in construction all his life," said the Canton (OH) Repository, while Opal "was a nurses aide for Miller's Nursing Home near Louisville [OH] for over 30 years." Circa 1971, their home was in Kensington. Opal died at the age of 77 on Nov. 9, 2005, with burial in Heritage Memorial Gardens, following a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. Her death ended a marital union of 58 years. Merrill passed away 15 months after his wife, in a hospice, on Feb. 22, 2007, at the age of 83. He was laid to rest beside his wife. At the time of Merrill's passing, he and Opal had produced 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Great-grandson Edward Lee Minard ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He and Brooke Moreland ( ? - ? ), daughter of Jon E. and Carol Ann Moreland, were a couple. They have resided in Dellroy, OH and produced two children, Jonathan Edward Minard and Alexis Star Minard. Their son Jonathan, a student at Bell-Herron Middle School in Carrollton, OH, was a farm laborer who fed, milked and cared for cattle and performed other dairy work. He loved to fish, work on cars and ride his bicycle in the village of Dellroy and to help others whenever he could. Grief beyond imagination blanketed this family on April 19, 2019, when the body of their 14-year-old son Jonathan (2004-2019), missing for five days, was found in a shallow grave on a farm in Washington Township, Carroll County, OH. The news was published and broadcast coast-to-coast, and police announced a criminal investigation was underway. Funeral services were conducted in the Dellroy Church of the Nazarene, co-officiated by Rev. Damon Spurgeon, Rev. Kenneth Ogg and Rev. Scott Welch.
Daughter Leona Minard (1926-1992) was born on March 11, 1926 in West Virginia. She married (?) Williamson. Leona died in Canton's Aultman Hospital on Aug. 9, 1992, at the age of 66.
~ Daughter May "Alta" (Miner) Croston ~
Daughter May "Alta" (Miner) Croston (1906-1987) was born on Oct. 15, 1906 near Philippi. When the federal census was taken in 1920, she was an unmarried 14-year-old living with her brother Willie in the South District of Philippi.
She married Blaine Croston (1903-1967) on July 7, 1923, when she was 17 and he 20. Blaine was the son of Elisha and Hattie (Mayle) Croston of Flemington, Barbour County.
They had 10 children, all daughters but one -- Lucille Kennedy, Agnes Mayle, Virginia Mayle, Harley Samuel Croston, Maxine Norris Mayle, Alma Croston, Evelyn McCartney, Dolly Croston, Shirley Collins and Lula Mayle.
Blaine was a coal miner and attended the Pentecostal Church.
Circa 1967, the Crostons lived in Moatsville near Philippi.
Sadly, Blaine died of a heart attack on Jan. 20, 1967, at the age of 63, at home in Moatsville. He was laid to eternal rest in Welch Cemetery in Philippi following the funeral at the Chestnut Ridge Church led by Rev. Frank Peoples. At the time of Blaine's death, he and Alta were survived by 28 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Alta outlived Blaine by two decades, and also three daughters and one son who died during her lifetime. In her final years, she resided in the Olive Hill community of Philippi. She died on Sept. 6, 1987, at the age of 79, at Broaddus Hospital. The Barbour Democrat reported that she had been "a homemaker, and attended the Apostic Church," with burial at Welch Cemetery. The Democrat also said she was survived by 38 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
Daughter Maxine Croston (1934-2005) was born on Sept. 19, 1934 in Philippi. She relocated to East Canton, Stark County in about 1959, when she was 25 years of age. She married twice -- first to Washington "Irvin" Norris ( ? -1959) and second to Carney Mayle ( ? -1994). (In an interesting twist, Ervin's sister Devon Norris married Maxine's cousin William Kennedy, son of Benjamin Harrison and Elsina [Mayle] Kennedy.) She had one son, Daniel Norris. Maxine was a "member of the First Apostolic Church of Canton," reported the Canton Repository. Sadly, Maxine outlived both of her husbands -- Irvin dying in 1959, and Carney in 1994. She passed away at the age of 70 on March 19, 2005, in Mercy Medical Center, "following a nine month illness." Her remains were returned to Philippi for burial in Welch Cemetery.
Son Harley Samuel Croston (1927-1977) was born on Jan. 11, 1927 in Meriden near Philippi. At the age of 19, on April 29, 1946, he wed Violet Marie Mayle (1928-1970), daughter of Clyde and Zona Mayle of Philippi. Because the groom and bride were underage, Harley's parents and Violet's father gave their consent to the union. Their wedding ceremony was held at the home of Rev. E.D. Banks, who performed the ceremony. The Crostons lived in the 1950s and '60s in Canton, Stark County, OH. They had six known children -- Sarah Ann Newman, Zonia Newman, Roger Croston, Camden "Cam" Croston, Blaine Junior Croston and Samuel Croston. Sadly, Violet is believed to have passed away on Jan. 5, 1970, just five days into the new year, at age 42. Burial was in Philippi's Welch Cemetery. Harley outlived her by seven years. He died in Philippi on Sept. 16, 1977, at the age of 50.
Daughter Lucille Croston (1923-1981) was born in May 1923 in Philippi. (She apparently did not know the precise date.) At the age of 16, on May 11, 1939, Lucille married 22-year-old Ernest Kennedy (Dec. 3, 1918- ? ), son of Enoch and Cora Kennedy. The wedding ceremony was conducted by Rev. M.C. Harris. Because she was too young to marry, Lucille's parents had to provide legal consent. They lived in Philippi circa 1940, where Ernest was a road work laborer, and their residence was next door to Ernest's parents. Later, they relocated to Canton, OH. They produced three children, Priscilla Mayle, Arlina Kennedy (who died of bronchial pneumonia at age seven months on Oct. 17, 1940) and a stillborn baby (1941). The young children's remains were interred in Welch Cemetery. Lucille passed away in 1981. Nothing more is known.
Daughter Evelyn Croston (1925-2005) -- also spelled "Eveline" -- was born on May 23, 1925 in Barbour County. In the years prior to her marriage, she bore a son, to whom she gave the name Charles Croston. On Nov. 13, 1949, when Evelyn was age 24, she was united in holy matrimony with 25-year-old Lawrence Waitman McCartney (1924-2006). He was an Army veteran of World War II and the son of Waitman and Mary Elizabeth"Betz" (Newman) McCartney of Thornton, Taylor County. Rev. M.C. Harris, of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated. The McCartneys produced a dozen children. The seven daughters were Eva Lynn McCartney, Emma Jean Mayle, Carolyn J. Newman, Wanda Swiger, Alta Croston Reed, Mary McCartney and Dana Hawkins. The four sons were Troy McCartney, Waitman McCartney Jr., Alex McCartney and one other. Sadly, they endured the untimely death of their daughter Eva Lynn on Feb. 19, 1979, when she was but 14 years of age. The cause is not yet known. Lawrence "was a coal miner and worked at Republic Steel Co.," said a newspaper. Evelyn was a homemaker, said the Elkins (WV) Inter-Mountain, and a member of the Olive Hill Apostolic Church. They made their residence in the 1950s in Philippi and in 1967 in Canton. By 1987, the family had relocated back to Philippi, with their home located home on Route 2. Evelyn died at the age of 80 at home in Philippi on Oct. 4, 2005. Her remains were lowered into eternal rest in Welch Cemetery in Philippi, following a funeral service preached by Rev. Jay Mayle. Lawrence outlived his wife by less than a year. He was admitted to the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center and died there, at the age of 82, on Sept. 8, 2006. He was survived by 22 grandchildren and "several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren," said a newspaper. Rev. Jay Mayle preached at his funeral, with the American Legion Post conducting military rites.
Great-grandson Alex Junior McCartney (1971-2016) was born on July 19, 1971 in Philippi. He relocated to Canton with his mother and was employed by North Star Asphalt of North Canton. He was a member of the Laborer's Union #1015. On Sept. 24, 1999, he was wedded to Lisa Burns ( ? -living). Their children were Anthony McCartney Sr., Amber McCartney, Alex "A.J." McCartney Jr., Victoria McGary and Jeffrey Smith. They made a home in Minerva, OH. Sadly, Alex died at the age of 44 in Mercy Medical Center on April 26, 2016. Interment was in Bethlehem Cemetery, with Pastor Ronnie Mayle preaching the funeral sermon.
Daughter Twila married Philip Collins. In 2019, their home was in Minerva, OH.
Great-grandson Arnold McCartney wedded Crystal. They lived in East Canton in 2019.
Great-grandson Joseph Wayne McCartney (1976-2017) was born on May 18, 1976 in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. He resided in Canton and then relocated to Philippi. He and Tracey L. Ross produced a daughter, Kaitlyn McCartney (June 14, 2008-March 15, 2012). The parents suffered heartache when daughter Kaitlyn, age three, died in University Hospital in Cleveland on March 15, 2012. As an adult, he worked as a cashier at Shop and Save in Philippi. Sadly, at the age of 41, he died at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, on Sept. 11, 2017. Interment was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Canton, with Pastor Ron Mayle preaching the funeral sermon.
Great-granddaughter Regina A. Croston married Preston Smith. In 2017, their home was in Philippi.
Great-grandson Timothy L. Croston wedded Bethany and lived in Philippi.
Great-grandson Troy Lee McCartney Jr. (1970-2018) was born on June 1, 1970 in Philippi. At the age of 24, in July 1994, he was united in matrimony with Tracy Mayle ( ? -living). They were the parents of Dominica McCartney, Estellena McCartney, Raven McCartney, Nevin McCartney, Aaron Fagons and Selena Fagons. The McCartneys made their home on Alder Lane in Philippi and were members of the Apostolic Olive Hill Church. Troy earned a living over the years as a truck driver employed by State Electric. In his free time, he loved to camp, farm, hunt, ride four-wheelers and work at carpentry. Sadly, Troy died in Broaddus Hospital in Philippi on Oct. 19, 2018 at the age of 48. An obituary noted that among his survivors was a pet monkey, Mason. Rev. Dolly Smith and Rev. Menelus Mayle co-officiated at the funeral service, followed by burial in the Croston-McCartney Cemetery.
Great-grandson Randall McCartney married Heather. They dwell in Philippi and are the parents of Cadence McCartney.
Daughter Alma Croston (1938-2017) was born on July 12, 1938 in Philippi. In about 1955, when she was about age 18, Alma was united in holy wedlock with 25-year-old Kenneth Croston Sr. (1930-2009), the son of Freeman and Mary Croston. The bride was eight years younger than the groom. During the Korean War, Kenneth had served in the U.S. Army. They resided in Canton for years, where Kenneth worked for Republic Steel for 42 years, retiring in 1992. The couple produced these children -- Elaine B. Croston, Mary Lou Searls, Sharon Croston, Sabrina Gifford, April Maxhimer and Kenneth Croston Jr. Sadly, daughter Elaine (1957-1993) passed away on April 7, 1993 at the age of 35. After a brief illness, with hospitalization in the Cleveland Clinic, Kenneth died at the age of 79 on Sept. 11, 2009. His death ended a marriage that had lasted for 54 years. Alma survived her husband by eight years. She joined him in eternity on Feb. 22, 2017 at the age of 78, dying at home in Canton. Pastor Durwin Burtz -- who had officiated at Kenneth's funeral service -- also performed Alma's, followed by interment in Melscheimer Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Canton Repository.
Daughter Agnes Croston ( ? - ? ) married (?) Mayle and lived in Moatsville.
Daughter Shirley Jean Croston ( ? - ? ) wed a cousin, Fred "Freddie" Collins ( ? - ? ), son of Shirley and Ruby (Croston) Collins and grandson of Thomas and Cansetta (Minard) Collins. See their biography on this page for more.
Daughter Lula Mae Croston ( ? - ? ) was married twice. Her first spouse was (?) Newman and they resided in Moatsville circa 1967. Later, she married (?) Mayle and made their home in Philippi.
Daughter Virginia Croston (1935-1986) was born on July 12, 1935. She wed Glenn Mayle ( ? - ? ). They lived in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. They had five children -- Glenn Allen Mayle, Rosemary Harris, Janet Mayle and Alicia Miner. Virginia passed away on Dec. 3, 1986, at the age of 50. Her remains were laid to rest in Welch Cemetery in Philippi. Glenn later remarried to Kathleen, and they lived at Philippi Route 2.
Daughter Dolly (or "Dollie") Croston (1933-2009) was born on April 13, 1933 in Philippi. She never married but kept company with Freddie Adams. She spent her life in Philippi as a homemaker and "enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and cross stitch," said a newspaper. She attended the Olive Hill Apostolic Church. In her later years she made her home with her married sister and brother in law, Shirley and Fred Collins. After "an extended illness," she died at home at the age of 75 on March 4, 2009. Burial was in Welch Cemetery.
~ Daughter Mildred (Minard) Newman ~
Daughter Mildred Minard (1910-1980) -- also spelled "Miner" -- was born in 1910.
She married John Newman (1899-1981) in February 1924, when she was age 14 and he 25.
The Newmans resided in Philippi Route 1, and had 14 children -- Rosabell Croston, Stephen Newman, Wanda Lott, Josephine Summerfield, Barbara Ellen Dalton, Leona Mayle, Eloise Dalton, Ernestine Mayle, Emma Jean "Emagene" Mayle, Neles Newman and four who died prior to 1980, and whose identities are not yet known. Of those who survived into adulthood, all were daughters except for one.
Said the Barbour Democrat newspaper, "Mrs. Newman was a homemaker and a Methodist by faith."
The federal census enumeration of 1940 shows the family in Philippi, with John working as a laborer on road construction projects.
Mildred passed away at the age of 71, in Broaddus Hospital, on Feb. 10, 1980. At her death, she was survived by her husband, nine children, 43 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Following the funeral, led by Rev. Frank Peoples of the Peoples Chapel Church of Chestnut Ridge, she was laid to rest in the Welch Cemetery.
One unknown child died before 1910.
Daughter Rosabell Newman (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931 in Philippi. She was joined in marital union with (?) Croston. She was deceased by 2018.
Daughter Leona Newman (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936 in Philippi. She married (?) Mayle. She lived in Canton, later returning to Philippi by 2018.
Daughter Eloise Newman (1938-2019) was born on Aug. 14, 1938 in Philippi. In about 1955, when she was 17, she was united in holy wedlock with 32-year-old Bernard Dalton (April 14, 1923-2008), son of William and Elizabeth Dalton of Grafton. Their marriage endured for 52 years. Bernard brought two daughters to the union -- Connie Frazier and Theresa Dalton. The family made a home in Canton. Eloise and Bernard went on to produce more children, among them James Dalton, Anita Tucker, Carolyn Blankenship, Sandra Fronsman, Audra Guy, Daniel Dalton and Dale Dalton. Sadly, they endured the loss of their son James as well as granddaughter Melissa Dalton, grandson James and great-granddaughter Lia. For 31 years, Bernard was employed as a machinist with Winters Foundry, retiring in 1986. He liked to fish, hunt and pick on his guitar. The couple were members of the Canton Freewill Baptist Church. Sadly, as his health failed, Bernard was admitted to Select Specialty Hospital. There, he died at the age of 84 on March 5, 2008. Rev. Jack Mayle led funeral services at the family church, with interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Eloise survived her spouse by more than 11 years. She succumbed to death in Canton on Aug. 10, 2019, at the age of 80.
Son Stephen "Stevie" Newman (1940-2014) was born on Aug. 17, 1940 in Philippi. He relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH and there was employed by Canton Water Works as a pipefitter. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, McKinley Eagles and Canton Baptist Temple. In his spare time, Stephen enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, hunting and gardening. In about 1963, when he was age 23, he married Loleda Mayle ( ? - ? ), and they had 10 children -- Bruce Kelly Newman, Brian Keith Newman, Lisa Ann Jenkins, Stephen J. Newman III, Rodney Lee Newman, Eric Scott Newman, Paul Michael Newman, Jamie Lee Newman, Jennifer Lynn Newman and Pamela Sue Jones. In 2012, the Newmans celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Stephen died in Cleveland Clinic at the age of 73 on Feb. 2, 2014. At his death, said the Canton Repository, he was survived by 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was laid to rest in Evergreen Memorial Gardens following a funeral at the Canton Freewill Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Jack Mayle.
Daughter Ernestine Newman (1942-2018) was born on Aug. 5, 1942 in Philippi. In about 1961, when she was 19 years of age, she was united in holy matrimony with Wilford Mayle Sr. (1937- ? ), son of Shirley and Angeline Mayle. Wilford had been married previously to Ernestine's relative Bonniadean "Bonnie" Newman (1938-1975), daughter of Raymond J. and Nellie (Mayle) Newman of the family of Mary (Mayle) Croston Hunter. Thus he brought several children to the second marriage. The couple resided in Canton and was together for 57 years until the separation of death. All told, she was the mother or stepmother of Earl Mayle, Wilford Lee Mayle, Erina Layton, Rose Mayle, Wilda Serna, Lee Mayle, Angel Hunt, Wilford Newman Jr. and Ronnie Lee Newman. She outlived her sons Lee and Earl. Sadly, at the age of 75, Ernestine passed away on April 5, 2018. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Canton's Evergreen Memorial Gardens, with Bishop Marvin "Jack" Mayle officiating at the funeral services.
Daughter Wanda Newman (1945-2016) was born on June 8, 1945 in Philippi. She was wedded to Edward Virgil Lott ( ? -1981). The couple produced two children -- Bartara Lott and Robert Lee Lott. They were members of the Peoples Chapel Church on Chestnut Ridge. Sadly, Edward passed away in 1981. Wanda survived him by 35 years and made her home during that time along Hanging Rock Road in Philippi. She passed away in United Hospital Center at the age of 71 on Aug. 29, 2016. Interment was in the Lott Family Cemetery following funeral services led by Pastor Ruston Seaman.
Daughter Barbara Newman ( ? - ? ) married Jack Dalton. They have lived in Philippi and Canton.
Daughter Josephine Newman was wedded to (?) Summerfield (at times misspelled "Springfield") and dwelled in Philippi.
Daughter Emma Gene Newman wedded (?) Mayle. She was deceased by 2018.
Daughter Neles Newman ( ? - ? ).