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Elizabeth (Minerd) Wilson


Elizabeth (Minerd) Wilson was born on Dec. 11, 1888 at Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of James Valentine and Nancy (Warman) Fuller Minerd.

On Aug. 31, 1910, when she was 21 years of age, Elizabeth wed 25-year-old Ira Wilson (1885- ? ), a coal miner of Percy, near Uniontown, Fayette County. He was the son of John and Mary E. Wilson. Rev. Francis C. Veile officiated the ceremony.

The couple produced a family of eight children -- Mary E. Wilson, Helen Velma Roberts, John A. Wilson, James R. Wilson, Ira W. Wilson, Clara V. Wilson, Raymond Wilson and an unnamed infant.

In 1920, when the federal census was taken, the Wilsons and their four eldest children resided in Uniontown, Fayette County, where Ira worked as a foreman in the local coal mines. 

By 1930, the family had expanded to seven children. They made their home in Centerville, Washington County, PA, where Ira continued his labors as a coal miner.

Heartache shook the Wilsons on Dec. 3, 1931, when their newborn baby son died after living for about nine hours. His tender remains were buried in Percy Cemetery near Uniontown.


Cambridge Springs' landmark Riverside Hotel


Elizabeth resided circa 1939 in New Geneva, Fayette County. Among the local landmarks in New Geneva is Friendship Hill, the home of Albert Gallatin, who served as Secretary of the Treasury of the United States during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson.


Centennial booklet

In the 1953-1957 era, she lived at Cambridge Springs, Crawford County, PA. In July 1954, she is known to have brought her daughters Clara and Velma to Dunbar for a visit with her sister, Alice Doughty, of First Street, Speers Hill. 

One of Elizabeth's distant cousins, Albert Sheppard and Ethel (Buchanan) Minerd, also resided in Cambridge Springs. In August 1954, the Minerds retired and moved there, and bought a 113-acre farm. Whether Elizabeth knew them, or was aware of the family connection, is not known.

Cambridge Springs celebrated its centennial anniversary during the week of July 11, 1966. Among the highlights was a "historical spectacle" performance of the play, "Spirit of the Springs," performed each night at the Cambridge Springs High School Field.

Elizabeth was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in about 1965 and suffered for two years. At the age of 78, she passed away in Meadville's City Hospital on Sept. 18, 1967. The funeral was held in Cambridge Cemetery. Her nieces Olive Quairiere and Mary Robbins, and Mr. and Mrs. John Maddas, traveled to there for the funeral. 

Ira's fate will be reported here when learned.


~ Daughter Mary E. Wilson  ~

Daughter Mary E. Wilson (1912- ? ) was born in about 1912.


~ Daughter Helen Velma (Wilson) Roberts  ~

Daughter Helen Velma Wilson (1914-1955) was born on Nov. 27, 1914 at Percy near Uniontown, Fayette County. 

She married (?) Roberts and resided in Cambridge Springs. The couple divorced.

Stricken with cancer of the cervix, lungs, kidneys, esophagus and lymph nodes, Helen underwent surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh and was treated with radiation. The procedures were unsuccessful, and she succumbed at the age of 40 on Nov. 22, 1955. Her remains were returned to Cambridge Springs for interment. Her brother Ira served as executor of the estate.


~ Son John A. Wilson  ~

Son John A. Wilson (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917.


~ Son James R. Wilson  ~

Son James R. Wilson (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920.


~ Son Ira W. Wilson  ~

Son Ira W. Wilson (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923


~ Daughter Clara V. Wilson  ~

Daughter Clara V. Wilson (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925.


~ Son Raymond Wilson  ~

Son Raymond Wilson (1928- ? ) was born in about 1928.


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