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John W. Minard


Lutheran Cemetery, New Rumley

John W. Minard was born on Aug. 7, 1855 near New Rumley, Harrison County, OH, believed to have been the son of Jacob and Mary Ann (Kimmel) Minerd. Very little is known of his life.

Circa 1875, when he would have been about 20 years of age, John was joined in the bonds of holy wedlock with 20-year-old Rebecca E. Galbaugh (Aug. 1855-1935), the daughter of John and Susanna (Knouff) Gelbaugh and a native of Wisconsin. Thus Rebecca would have been a cousin to John's great-aunt, Rebecca (Knouff) Minard.

The Minards produced at least three children -- Cora Alice Cowen, Laura L. Jamison and Charles Milton Minard.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the Minards dwelled on a farm in Allen Township, Darke County, OH.

But by 1900, the family had moved back to New Rumley. The 1900 United States Census shows John earning a living as a farmer, and his 16-year-old nephew Emmet Manbeck -- son of his sister Martha Jane (Minard) Manbeck -- in the household.

In 1902, a Cadiz Republican article reported that they entertained their son in law "Mr. George Jamison of Dennison [who] was in Cadiz last Friday on business. He and Mrs. Jamison have been visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Minard, near Jewett."

John passed away on March 6, 1904, at the age of 59. He is buried in the Brethren Church in New Rumley, and has a prominent, large headstone.

Rebecca married again, to Scott Lacey ( ? - ? ). Nothing more is known about Scott, and his fate is lost to history.


Jewett's unpaved Main Street, looking west



Canton Repository

In later years, after being widowed a second time, Rebecca made her home with her children in Scio. She moved to Canton, Stark County, OH (at 625 Exeter Avenue Southwest) in October 1934 to reside with her son Charles.

At the age of 78, Rebecca slipped and fell in the bathroom of Charles' home in Canton, fracturing her neck. As she convalesced, pneumonia set in, and she failed quickly.

She died on Jan. 11, 1935, at Mercy Hospital in Canton. Her remains were returned to New Rumley for burial beside her first husband. An obituary was published in the Canton Repository. Her hometown newspaper, the Cadiz Republican, stated in a brief news item that her remains had been "brought here Sunday afternoon from Canton for interment, the funeral services being conducted in the United Brethren Church by Rev. J.J. Wagner." The same column in the Republican also reported that John's cousin John W. Miner of Canton visited in town on the day of the funeral, spending time with the family of M.O. Manbeck, and possibly attended the funeral.

In 1921, when the History of Carroll and Harrison Counties, Ohio was published, John and Rebecca were mentioned by name in a chapter about their son in law George Jamison.


~ Daughter Laura L. (Minard) Jamison ~


Lutheran Cemetery, New Rumley

Daughter Laura L. Minard (1875-1965) was born in September 1875.

She spent part of her growing-up years on a farm in Allen Township, Darke County, OH.

At the age of 19, Laura married 24-year-old married George Jamison (1870-1954), the son of William Jamison. The wedding took place in Harrison County on Feb. 18, 1895, by the hand of justice of the peace David Lucas. Because Laura was legally underage, her father signed his name to the marriage license. Her surname of "Miner" and the father's of "Minard" appear on the same marriage document. 

They had at least one son, Gernard Graham Jamison. 

In 1900, the Jamisons lived in Dennison, Tuscarawas County, OH when the federal census was taken. George worked that year as a railroad brakeman.

When the federal census was taken in 1910, they resided on a farm near Scio. By that time, George had left the employ of the railroad, and labored as a farmer. 

Their nest now empty, Laura and George were in the Scio area in 1920, in a home along the Scio and Hanover County Road. George's occupation remained as a farmer. 


Chapter about George and Laura in the
1921 History of Carroll and Harrison Counties

George and Laura were featured in a chapter of the book History of Carroll and Harrison Counties, Ohio, published in 1921. Of George, the entry said that he:

...now numbered among the substantial representatives of farm industry in North Township.... When about twenty years of age he began working by the month as a farm employe, and after his marriage, in 1895, he was for four and one-half years employed as a workman on the line of the Panhandle Railroad. Since that time he has marked his course by progressive independent enterprise as an agriculturalist and stock-grower in his native county, his operations having continued on rented land until March, 1910, when he purchased a farm of 125 acres in North Township, to which he has since added until now has a valuable farm property of 153 acres. This homestead is the stage of his vigorous activities as an agriculturalist and stock grower, and as a loyal citizen he takes lively interest in all things touching the communal welfare and the advancement of the civic and material prosperity of his native county. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, and his wife holds membership in the Presbyterian Church at Scio. 

In 1930, Laura's widowed mother, age 72, lived under their roof near Scio. 

George passed away in 1954, at the age of 84. He was laid to rest next to Laura's parents in the United Brethren Church Cemetery. 

Laura survived her husband by 11 years. At the age of 90, she died in 1965, and rests for eternity beside her husband.

Grandson Gernard Graham Jamison (1895- ? ) was born on April 18, 1895. As a young man, he worked in agriculture as did his father. Bernard married local teacher Margaret W. Grissinger (1895- ? ) on May 17, 1918, by the hand of Rev. A.R. Elliott of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Scio. She was a native of Scio, and the daughter of John and Cora (Herron) Grissinger. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I, training at Camp Sherman in Ohio and Camp Taylor in Kentucky, but remained stateside and was discharged when the war ended. Circa 1921, when mentioned in his father's chapter in the History of Carroll and Harrison Counties, they lived at Steubenville, Jefferson County, OH.


~ Son Charles Milton Minard ~

Son Charles Milton Minard (1877- ? ) was born on Aug. 9, 1877 near New Rumley.

Some of his childhood years were spent on a farm in Allen Township, Darke County, OH.

Charles was a longtime farmer and as a young man lived in Jewett, Harrison County. He was of medium build and height, with auburn hair and blue eyes.

At the age of 22, he married 19-year-old Myrtle Vernie Markley (1880- ? ) on Aug. 13, 1899. Rev. W.B. Leggett performed the ceremony. Myrtle was the daughter of Rice (?) and Sarah (Shambaugh) Markley. 

They did not reproduce.

The Minards first made their home in New Rumley, Harrison County, where Charles was a farmer. 

Sometime in the early 1900s, they relocated to Canton, Stark County, where Charles found work as a post office foreman and letter carrier, employed by the United States government circa 1910-1930. During World War I, in September 1918, Charles registered for the military draft. He disclosed his occupation as mail carrier for the post office located in the Federal Building in Canton, and that Myrtle was his next of kin.

Circa 1935, his address was 625 Exeter Avenue SW. 

In February and March 1939, Charles and Myrtle spent six weeks on vacation in the southern United States. One of their stops was Alexandria, LA, where they visited with Myrtle's uncle Andrew Shambaugh. Upon their return, they spent a weekend with C.W. Markley and Martha Markley, debriefing them on their travels. The news was duly noted in the Bowerston column of the Cadiz Republican.


~ Daughter Cora Alice ( Minard) Cowen ~

Daughter Cora Alice Minard (1882- ? ) was born in 1882 near New Rumley. Her birth year also has been stated in government records as 1886.

At the age of 18, she married farmer Edson Garfield Cowen (1882- ? ), son of William D. and Sarah E. (Markley) Cowen. Edson was born in Darke County but at the time of marriage lived near New Rumley. While the couple anticipated that Rev. Lilly would conduct the nuptials, Rev. Joshua H. Conkle actually oversaw the ceremony, held on New Year's Day 1901. 

Edson was of medium height and build, with grey eyes and brown hair.

The couple did not reproduce, but helped raise a foster daughter, Ruby M. Jones.

In 1910, Cora and Edson resided in Springfield township, Jefferson County, OH, where he labored as a coal miner. Boarding under their roof in 1910 were John Nenban (age 28) and Homer Nenban (17), both of whom also worked in local coal mines. 

By 1918, when Edson registered for the military draft during World War I, he and Cora had moved to Michigan, settling in as farmers in Brethren, Manistee County.

The federal censuses of 1920 and 1930 show the childless couple making their home on a farm near Dickson, Manistee County. The 1910 and 1920 census records list a live-in servant or "companion" for Cora, Ruby M. Jones of Ohio, who also has been known as their foster daughter.

Circa 1935, the Cowens lived in Brethren.

By 1940, the federal census enumeration lists the Cowens in Dickson. Edson earned a living as a maintenance supervisor for a county road. At that time, 47-year-old foster daughter Ruby was living under their roof.

Sadly, Cora died in 1966.

Edson survived her by five years. He passed away in 1971. Burial was in the Brethren Cemetery in Brethren.

Foster daughter Ruby M. Jones (1893- ? ) was born in about 1893 in Ohio. At what point in time she was taken in by the Cowens is not known, but it was sometime before 1910. In 1940, at the age of 47, she was a resident in their household in Dickson, Manistee County, MI.


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