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Rachel (Minerd) Mayle



Rachel and John Mayle

Rachel (Minerd) Mayle was born in 1865 in or near Philippi, Barbour County, WV, the daughter of William and Margaret (Mayle) Minerd. She and her husband John, a storekeeper in West Virginia and Ohio, are seen here.

When Rachel was age 13, in about 1878, her parents separated and soonafter divorced. At the age of 15, Rachel and her siblings were placed into different households to be raised to adulthood. 

Rachel thus moved into the home of an elderly cousin, 76-year-old Timothy Newman, a farmer in the Philippi area. In 1880, the year the census was taken, several others resided in the Newman home: 26-year-old Granville Male, his wife Manervy and their children; 28-year-old Timothy Newman, and 12-year-old cousin Franklin Miner (relationship unknown). 

On Dec. 16, 1884, when Rachel was age 19, she gave birth to a son, whom she named Clarence Allman Mayle. She raised him until he reached the age of five, and then placed him on a train bound for either Grafton, WV or Canton, OH, where relatives are known to have been living. Clarence apparently remained away for several years, until he eventually was taken into the Maryland home of Rachel's married sister and brother in law, Minerva and Ellsworth O. Mayle, and they adopted him as their own. 

When Rachel was age 23, she married 23-year-old John Ellsworth Mayle (1865-1930), the son of William R. and Alice (Wilt) Mayle. One of the informants for their marriage license was James F. Male, connection unknown. The wedding took place on the premises of Mary Duckworth's home on July 8, 1888, by the hand of Rev. Isaac Ball.



Left: Rachel, date unknown. Right: tall, lanky John, from Gallery Studio in Grafton, WV.


(The Minerd and Mayle families were close -- Rachel's sister Minerva Minerd married Ellsworth O. Mayle, son of Isaac and Sarah Male, and Rachel's brother Dewitt Minard married Rebecca Mayle, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Male. More than 50 marriages between the two clans are known from the late 1800s and early 1900s.)


John Mayle with 2 unidentified children

They had nine children -- William "Clifford" Mayle, Alonzo C. Mayle, James "Wilford" Mayle, Newton R. Mayle, Sherley E. Mayle, Millie P. Nichols, Jeddie G. Mayle, Calvin Bliss "Kelly" Mayle and Carrie M. Hosenfeld. 

John is seen here, with a horse and wagon, and two children who are not yet identified, but presumably who are his and Rachel's offspring.

The Mayles first lived in the small community of Claude, WV. Their son James "Wilford" was born in Maryland in 1891, but the rest were born in West Virginia.

Tragically, the Mayles' eldest son William "Clifford" Mayle died in 1907, at the age of 20, said to have been killed in a railroad accident. See below for more.

Circa 1909, when John wrote his will, the family was residing in the Cove District of Barbour County. The 1910 census shows the Mayles living in the Cove District near Philippi, just a few houses away from Rachel's widowed aunt, Martha (Mayle) Minerd and cousins Peter, Jacob "Tug," Vernie and Steve Miner

John apparently operated a store near Philippi or Grafton, but eventually abandoned it for better prospects.


Two views of John (with mustache) in his store, earlier (above) and later, years unknown, most likely in Brilliant, Ohio.



John's obituary, 1930

In about 1912, the Mayles moved to the town of Brilliant, south of Steubenville, Jefferson County, OH, where they purchased adjacent town lots in Green's Second Subdivision. At this new location, said the Steubenville (OH) Herald Star, John "set up a grocery store, which he conducted up until the time of his death. He was prominent in the vicinity and was an active member of the Oliver M.E. church." During this time, John also worked occasionally as a railroader. His grandchildren remembered him as stern, not allowing them to play in his store.


Rachel's obituary, 1949

John passed away at home at the age of 65, on Nov. 16, 1930, caused by "a brief attack of pneumonia." He was laid to rest at the Hopewell Cemetery in Warren Township, near Brilliant. At the time of his passing, he and Rachel had produced 27 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Rachel survived John by 19 years, and was bedfast for much of that time. She may have lost her ability to walk due to "sporadic paraplegia," a rare, inherited disorder which interferes with the brain's instructions to the leg and hip muscles, impacting movement. (A great-granddaughter also has this ailment.) Rachel also was very religious, and was a member of the Brilliant Methodist Church, passing on her base of Christian faith to her children and grandchildren. 

She also suffered from chronic nephritis and endocarditis in her final years, and moved into the home of her married daughter Carrie Hosenfeld. 

Rachel did not see her firstborn son Clarence for decades, until they were unexpectedly reunited in 1939, at the funeral of her brother Dewitt Minard in Deer Park, MD. They are said to have visited in Dewitt's kitchen for about an hour or so, and then never saw or talked to each other again.


Hopewell Cemetery, Brilliant

Rachel died in the Hosenfeld residence at the age of 84, on July 19, 1949. She was buried beside her husband. Eventually, sons Jed, Newton and Sherley Mayle and daughters Carrie Hosenfeld and Millie Nichols also would join her in eternal repose at Hopewell. Daughter Carrie was the informant on her death certificate.

Spelling her last name "Maley," a local newspaper reported that "The octogenarian, who died of the infirmities of old age, is survived by 95 descendants, representing four generations."


Pritchard Cemetery

~ Son William "Clifford" Mayle ~

Son William "Clifford" Mayle (1887-1907) was born on Jan. 18, 1887, the eldest of the nine children of John Ellsworth and Rachel (Minard) Mayle. 

He died at the age of 20 on Feb. 16, 1907. He is said to have been killed in a railroad accident of some type, although this needs to be confirmed.

He was laid to rest in the rural Pritchard Cemetery near Philippi, Barbour County. 

His grave marker, seen here, was standing upright and very legible when photographed in May 2007.


~ Son Alonzo Claude "Lon" Mayle ~

Son Alonzo Claude Mayle (1889- ? ) was born on Feb. 20 1889 at Cecil, Taylor County, WV. As a boy, he migrated to Ohio with his parents and siblings, settling in Jefferson County. 


Alonzo Mayle

He married Lucy (1889- ? ) and had at least five children -- Gilbert Mayle, Lily Mayle, Claude Mayle, Mabel M. Mayle and Arthur E. Mayle.

When he registered for the military draft during World War I, Lon was living in Wellsville, OH at 513 18th Street, and employed as a brakeman for the Pennsylvania Railroad at Wellsville. At the time, he was married and had four children. 

He resided in Brilliant circa 1920-30, where he was a laborer in a railroad yard. 


~ Son James "Wilford" or "Whip" Mayle ~

Son James "Wilford" Mayle (1891- ? ), nicknamed "Whip," was born on April 11, 1891 in Oakland, Garrett County, MD.  He was the only one of his siblings to be born in Maryland. As a boy, he migrated with his parents and siblings to Ohio, settling in Brilliant, near Steubenville, OH.


James W. Mayle

During World War I, Whip registered for the military draft. At the time, according to his card, he was employed as a teamster for a coal company in Rush Run, Jefferson County. He was married, and had a baby at home.

He relocated to Clinton, Vermillion County, IN, making his home there in 1930 on South Fifth Street. In Clinton, he found employment as a coal miner in a strip mine. 

He married Pearl Bellville (1901- ? ) and they had two children -- Jeddie Clifford Mayle and Harry E. Mayle Sr. Sadly, son Jeddie -- named after an uncle -- died in infancy. 

The fates of Wilford and Pearl are unknown. 

Son Harry E. Mayle Sr. (1917-2005) was born in Rush Run, Jefferson County. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1936 and married Genevieve Tucker on Sept. 3, 1944. Following his father's occupation, he "was employed at Amax Coal as a dragline operator until his retirement," said the Brazil (IN) Times. Harry also was a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge 541, Elks Lodge 2471, Eastern Star 238, Galilee White Shrine 7 and several other fraternal organizations. "Harry was an avid golfer and enjoyed woodworking," said the Times. Harry and Genevieve had five children -- Jonevieve Fletcher, Harriet Williams, Esther Acree, Harry E. Mayle Jr. and James Mayle. Sadly, Genevieve died on July 13, 1990. Harry outlived her by 15 years, making his home in Harmony, IN. He passed away at the age of 87 on Jan. 22, 2005, at Cloverleaf Healthcare in Knightsville, IN. He was laid to rest at Harmony Cemetery following a funeral led by Pastor Bob Kumpf. At the time of Harry's death in 2005, the offspring he and Genevieve had produced numbered 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.


Rachel and John Ellsworth Mayle and many of their adult  children rest in this country graveyard near Brilliant, OH.


~ Son Newton Royce Mayle ~


Newton R. Mayle

Son Newton Royce Mayle Sr. (1893-1979) was born on Aug. 5, 1893 in Grafton, Taylor County, WV. As a boy, he moved with his parents and siblings to Brilliant, Jefferson County, OH.

He married Elizabeth "Betty" Liston (1907-1985), of Martins Ferry, OH, and the daughter of Beatrice Liston. 

During World War I, when he registered for the military draft, Newton was working for his father as a farmer at Rush Run, Jefferson County. The Mayle address that year was Rayland, OH. He is believed to have served in the American Expeditionary Force during the war.

In 1930, he lived in Angola, near Buffalo, NY, but also is shown on that year's census as making his home with his wife and widowed mother in law on Railroad Street in Brilliant. That year, Newton earned a living as a railroad fireman.


Hopewell Church Cemetery at Brilliant 

Newton was employed by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation. He was a veteran of World War I, and was a member of the American Legion Post of Mingo Junction, and of the Brilliant Methodist Church.

The Mayles had seven children -- Newton Royce "Sonny" Mayle Jr., Bonnivere "Bonnie" Weldon, Perry "Keith" Mayle, Sherley A. "Sam" Mayle, Nancy C. Blankenship and Brenda Board.

They suffered the death of their 15-year-old son Sonny on July 30, 1944, when he slipped while trying to hop onto a moving train, and his foot got caught in the wheels. Death was due to a "skull fracture [and] traumatic amputation of lower right leg," wrote the physician who attended him.


Herald-Star, 1979

In their later years, Newton and Elizabeth lived in Morgan Trailer Court.

Newton died at the age of 86 on Dec. 11, 1978. At the time, he had 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Hopewell, with the funeral conducted by Rev. James Thomas. His obituary was published in the Steubenville Herald-Star.

Betty outlived him by seven years.

She died in 1985. They rest together with son "Sonny" at Hopewell.

Daughter Bonnivere "Bonnie" Mayle (1927?- ? ) was born in late 1927 or early 1928 in Jefferson County.

Son Perry "Keith" (or "P.K.") Mayle (1930-2007) was born on Sept. 25, 1930. He passed away at the age of 77, on Jan. 22, 2007. He is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery.

Son Sherley A. "Sam" Mayle (1934-living) was born in (?). In about 1958, he was joined in holy wedlock with Angelina T. "Angie" Pergi (1938-2017), daughter of Peter and Maria (Roletti) Pergi of Steubenville. They remained together for 58 years. They made their residence in Mingo Junction and produced seven children -- Debbie Riccardo, Scott Mayle, Craig Mayle, Trent Mayle, Mark "Doug" Mayle, Michelle Trikones and Sherry Tongate. Angelina was a longtime registered nurse and nursing supervisor at Dixon Health Care Center. She also belonged to the St. Agnes Catholic Church. At the age of 78, Angelina died on Jan. 3, 2017 at Triniity Medical Center West of Steubenville. Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Steubenville following a funeral mass at the family church celebrated by Ref. Fr. James M. Dunfee. An obituary in the Steubenville Star said she was survived by 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Debbie Mayle married Peter Douglas Riccardo (1958?-2016), son of John and Thelma Riccardo. They resided in Mingo Junction and later relocated to Clarkston, MI. The Riccardos had two children -- Peter Riccardo and Leigha Riccardo. Peter served as executive director of Mother and Unborn Baby Care Pregnancy Center, dedicated to preventing abortions by helping mothers continue their pregnancies through Christ-centered peer counseling. Active with the Knights of Columbus, he served at one time as district deputy. Sadly, Peter passed away at the age of 57, in Clarkston, on April 28, 2016. A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Waterford, MI, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, MI. An obituary appeared in the Oakland Press.
  • Grandson Scott Mayle wedded Patricia (?) and lives in Wellsville, OH.
  • Grandson Craig Mayle was joined in marriage with Brenda and make their home in Minto Junction.
  • Grandson Trent Mayle was united in wedlock with Wendy and they dwell in Mingo Junction.
  • Grandson Mark “Doug” Mayle married Cheryl (?) and reside in Mingo Junction.
  • Granddaughter Michelle Mayle wedded David Trikones. Their home in is Mingo Junction.
  • Granddaughter Sherry Mayle was joined in wedlock wth Lee Tongate. They dwell in Mingo Junction.

Daughter Nancy C. Mayle (1938- ? ) was born in 1938 in Jefferson County. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Blankenship ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Brenda Mayle (1940- ? ) was born in about March 1940 in Wells Township, Jefferson County. She was united in matrimony with (?) Board.


Coal mining operation in nearby Martins Ferry, OH


~ Son Sherley E. Mayle ~


Sherley Mayle

Son Sherley E. Mayle (1895-1978) was born on April 26, 1895 in West Virginia. As a boy, he came with his parents and siblings to Brilliant, Jefferson County, OH.

He was married twice. His first wife was Nellie Kirkpatrick (1898- ? ), and they were wed on June 28, 1916. At the time of the first marriage, Sherley was age 21 and a coal miner, while Nellie was age 18. 

When the federal census was taken in 1920, Sherley and Nellie made their home together in Jefferson County on Rush Run Road. They kept two boarders in the home -- Walter Ellsworth and George Dillsworth. Sherley's occupation that year was "carpenter- coal mine." Living just a few doors away was his future brother in law, Paul Hosenfeld.


Herald-Star, 1978

His second wife was Cora Z. Buzard (1905-1985), and their marriage took place on May 10, 1927. He was age 32 and she 22 at the time of their wedding. They had one daughter, Evelyn M. Paulman (1922- ? ).

The Mayles resided in Brilliant, where Sherley was a conductor with the Penn Central Railroad. 

He also was a member of the Brilliant Methodist Church, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Mingo Junction Eagles Club, and served as a policeman for a time in Brilliant.

Sherley passed away at the age of 83 on Nov. 27, 1978, at Ohio Valley Hospital in Steubenville. Burial was at Hopewell. 

Cora joined him in death seven years later, on April 22, 1985.


Sherley Mayle (left) and his sister Carrie Hosenfeld (right), circa September 196, with David Leroy and Margaret (Edwards) Mayle and their children David John and Jodie Lynn.


~ Daughter Millie Pearl (Mayle) Nichols ~


Millie and Charles "Roy" Nichols

Daughter Millie Pearl Mayle (1897-1966) was born in 1897 in West Virginia. As a girl, she moved with her parents to Brilliant, Jefferson County, OH.

She married Charles "Roy" Nichols (1893-1960) in about 1916, when she was age 19, and he 22. He was a native of Ohio.

They resided in Jefferson County and had at least six children -- Newton R. Nichols Sr., Donald E. Nichols, Evelyn R. Smith, Hester M. Bevan, Ruth Gegas and Dona J. Riley. 

Charles was employed in 1920 as a "check weighman" in local coal mines, and in 1930 as a railroad brakeman. That year, he and Millie and their children were enumerated together on the federal census of the Brilliant community. 

Little else is known about their adult lives. Millie passed away in 1966, at the age of 69. Roy outlived her by two years, and died in 1968.


Hopewell Church Cemetery at Brilliant 

They rest for eternity at Hopewell Cemetery.

Daughter Evelyn R. Nichols (1917-2011) was born on Nov. 9, 1917 in Jefferson County. She married Howard Smith ( ? -1994) and resided for many years in Santee, CA, near San Diego. Rumor had it that Howard's father or grandfather was Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in Brilliant. The Smiths had four children -- James Smith Sr., Sandra Bikerstaff, Judith Jones and Michelle "Mikki" Smith. Evelyn passed away on Sept. 11, 2011, at the age of 93.


  • Granddaughter Mikki Smith ( ? -2001) had no children. Suffering from a lung infection, she passed away in September 2001.


  • Granddaughter Judith (Smith) Jones had two sons, Bruce and Buck Jones. Sadly, she died of cancer in 2003 or 2004. 


  • Grandson James Smith Sr. had three children -- Christopher, James Jr. and Dawn. James Sr. died of a heart attack on Oct. 22, 2002. 


  • Granddaughter Sandra Smith wed (?) Bikerstaff. Their only son was John Bikerstaff.


Hester Bevan and her husband Charles with a special cake on their mutual birthday of June 9.


Daughter Hester Nichols (1920-1999) was born on June 9, 1920, as was her future husband, Charles William Bevan Sr. Their birthdays over the years were highly celebrated in the family.  The Bevans had three children -- Charles W. Bevan Jr., Ronald Bevan and Nila Bevan Gilcrest Wiley. Their home for many years was in Ravenna, Portage County, OH. Perhaps suffering from a similar ailment as her grandmother Rachel Minerd Mayle, Hester Hester suffered from a rare medical disorder in her legs known as multiple systems atrophy, also referred to "Shy Drager Syndrome." Hester passed away at the age of 78 in Ravenna on Jan. 8, 1999. She was placed into eternal rest at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.


Nila Wiley with music superstar Bruno Mars

  • Granddaughter Nila (Nichols) Gilcrest Bevan studied at Kent State University in journalism and English, and after marriage and a move to St. Louis, received a degree with honors from Washington University. She and her husband Dr. Gilcrest had two sons. Nila taught school for many years in St. Louis and in Fairfax County, VA. Then, after a move to Las Vegas, she received a master's of counseling degree and was employed as a school counselor with Elbert Edwards Elementary School. During the 1970s, she wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column known as "Skirting the Pro Football Scene," and attended a number of Super Bowls as a member of the news media. She later married Mr. Wiley.
  • One of Nila's sons owns a small home business in Las Vegas, and the other, Jonathan Gilcrest, is a vocalist and instrumentalist in Yellow Brick Road, a classic rock band in action since 1997 which has been voted "Best of Las Vegas" by the Las Vegas Review Journal for three years. The band is "dedicated to the live recreation of legendary music from the 70s-80s era. In June 2011, Jonathan performed with Toby Keith in Oklahoma for Keith's favorite charity.


Herald-Star, 1987

Son Newton Roy Nichols Sr. (1924-1987) was born on Oct. 31, 1923 in Brilliant, and was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was married twice. He and his first bride, Lillian Falls ( ? - ? ), produced two children -- Newton Roy Nichols Jr. and Linda Pearce. Lillian, from Bimidji, MN, enjoyed entertaining her husband's nephews and nieces with stories about Paul Bunyan. Later, Newton wed widow Grace (Hoppel) Kakascik (1923-1996), the daughter of Harry and Pearl (Barnett) Hoppel of Archer Fork, OH. Newton was employed by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. and was a member of the Lovers Lane Church of Christ and the Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department. Said the Steubenville Herald-Star, Grace "was an employee of the Prime-Time Department of Ohio Valley Hospital in Steubenville, a retired secretary for the former Tri-State Electric Co. of Steubenville, a graduate of Bliss Business College in Columbus, a member of the Lovers Lane Church of Christ in Steubenville, and the American Association of Retired Persons, Jefferson County Chapter." Newton passed away on July 11, 1987, at age 63. He was buried in the New Alexandria Cemetery, following a funeral led by Rev. Daniel Goddard. Making her home on 813 Labelle Street in Brilliant, Grace outlived him by nine years. She died at the age of 72 on Jan. 5, 1996, at St. John Medical Center in Steubenville. She was laid to rest in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Steubenville.


Jonathan Gilcrest with his award-winning band, Yellow Brick Road


Son Donald E. Nichols Sr. (1916-2007) was born in 1916. He lived in Baytown, TX circa 1987-1999. He married Naomi ( ? -2000) and had two children -- Donald E. Nichols Jr. and Susan Nichols. In 2007, Donald Sr. lost his life in an automobile accident.

  • Grandson Donald E. Nichols Jr. was a railroad engineer. Tragically, he was killed in a train accident in January 2002, one of far too many of our cousins to lose their lives in railroad or streetcar accidents.


  • Granddaughter Susan Nichols died of cancer in 2000.


Abandoned, dilapidated Hopewell Church at Brilliant -- April 2007


Daughter Evelyn Nichols ( ? - ? ) married Howard Smith. They had at least one daughter, Judy Jones. In 1987, the Smiths lived in Santee, CA. Daughter Judy Smith married (?) Jones, and raised her grandchildren as her own. Judy's granddaughter Winter Jones Knickerbocker, a graduate of a private Christian university, is a chef for the world-renowned rock band U2.

Daughter Ruth Nichols married Thomas Gegas. They lived in Baytown, TX in the late 1980s.

Daughter Dona J. Nichols (1930-2001) wed William Riley. Their residence in 1987 was in Baytown. By 1999, Dona was living in Ohio. She died of lung cancer in 2001.


September 1959: Rachel and John's adult children. Front, L-R: Sherley, Calvin, Newton, Wilford "Whip," Alonzo "Lon" and Jeddie "Jed." Standing, L-R: Carrie Hosenfeld, Charles Roy Nichols, Betty Mayle, Peg Mayle, Hester Mayle, Isabelle Mayle, Millie Nichols, Lucy and Pearl Mayle



Jeddie Mayle

~ Son Jeddie Gilmore Mayle ~

Son Jeddie Gilmore Mayle (1899-1975) was born on April 6, 1899. 

During World War I, when he registered for the military draft, Newton was working for his father as a farmer at Rush Run, Jefferson County. The Mayle residence that year was Rayland, OH.


Hopewell Church Cemetery at Brilliant 

He married Hester "Esther" I. Lewis (1903-1967) on Feb. 2, 1920, when he was age 21, and she 17. They resided at Rush Run near Brilliant.

Jed and Esther had two daughters, Betty Rose Mayle (1922-1957) and Jessie I. Balfantz (1926-2005). 

Circa 1920, Jed was a coal miner. Later, he was a longtime employee of the Yorkville plant of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation. 

In 1930, the federal census shows that Jed was a machinist for a railroad. 

Hester passed away in 1967, at the age of 64. She was laid to rest in the Hopewell Cemetery. The cause of her death is not yet known.

Jed survived her by eight years.


The Wheeling-Pitt blast furnace in Martins Ferry



Hopewell Cemetery, Brilliant

He died at the age of 76, at Martins Ferry Hospital, on Aug. 5, 1975, and joined her in eternal repose at Hopewell. 

Daughter Jessie I. Mayle (1926-1994) was born on April 22, 1926. She married Leonard Balfantz (1921-1994). Little is known of their lives. Leonard was a veteran of World War I, and a member of the Masons. Leonard died at the age of 73 on Jan. 25, 1994. Jessie outlived him by more than 11 years. She passed away on April 16, 2005. They are buried together at Hopewell. 


Hopewell Cemetery

Daughter Betty Rose Mayle (1922-1957) was born in 1922. She apparently never married during her three-plus decades of life. Little is known of her existence. She died in 1957, at the age of 35, with the details not yet known. She was laid to rest near her parents and grandparents in the Hopewell Cemetery, under the surname of "Mayle." Inscribed on her prominent grave marker is a verse of scripture from John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."


~ Son Calvin Bliss "Kelly" Mayle ~

Son Calvin Bliss "Kelly" Mayle (1903-1973) was born on July 12, 1903, in Grafton. 

He loved to play baseball and was a member of the Brilliant Merchants team. The Merchants are said to have played practice or barnstorming games against the famed Homestead Greys of the Negro Leagues, once facing the great hall of fame pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige. 

Calvin attended school through the eighth grade. He later married Anna Mae Bateman (1907-1957), a native of Turkey Hill in Jefferson County, OH.

They lived at Rush Run and Brilliant and had 10 children, several of whom were named after Major League Baseball stars of the era -- Rogers Hornsby Mayle, Rachel Ann Hanson Davis, Calvin Wilford "Whip" Mayle, Robert Feller "Fuzzy" Mayle, Lloyd Waner Mayle, David Leroy Mayle, Charles Ellsworth Mayle, Carrie "Skeets" Merritt, Eleanor Mathis and Geri Reed.


Calvin Mayle

Calvin Mayle

Calvin is seen here, in his baseball uniform, perhaps of the Brilliant Merchants squad. He was employed for many years by the Penn Central Railroad.

Heartache rocked this family when son Rogers -- named after future hall of famer and star batting champion Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals -- died in Brilliant at the tender age of three days, on May 11, 1935. The cause of the boy's untimely death was bronchio pneumonia. 

Calvin and Anna Mae divorced in the 1940s. He married again, to Isabel (Farrell) Maffit. Isabel had been married before, and had eight children of her own.

Suffering from Hodgkin's Disease, Anna Mae passed away in Brilliant at the age of 50, on Sept. 26, 1957. She was laid to rest in the New Alexandria Cemetery.

Calvin outlived her by 16 years, and made his home in Jewett. Battling emphysema, Calvin died on April 23, 1973 in Martins Ferry Hospital. An obituary was printed in the Dover (OH) Daily Reporter. At his death, he was survived by 46 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He reposes for eternity in Bethel Cemetery in Jewett. 

Son Calvin Wilford "Whip" Mayle (1925-2018) was born on Feb. 24, 1925 in Brilliant, Jefferson County. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He is believed to have been married twice. With his first wife, they produced these offspring -- Sherry Samson, Terry Mayle, Diane Bachtel, Calvin Wilford Mayle Jr. and Tina Heald. Later, he married Elizabeth Frances "Betty" D'Andrea (Sept. 16, 1933-1993), the daughter of Alessandro and Ann (LaMolinaro) D'Andrea. They were wed on Sept. 21, 1957, when Whip was age 32 and Elizabeth 24. She had been married before and brought two children to the second marriage, whom Calvin adopted -- John Joseph "J.J." Mayle and Ann Louise "Annie" Gaughenbaugh. The Mayleses lived at Mingo Junction and had these children of their own -- Patrick Mayle and Maureen "Misty" Search. During his working career, Calvin was employed by the Boilermakers Union Local 154 and served as business agent for Laborers Union No. 809. He also was a charter member of the Brilliant American Legion Post and belonged to the Riddles Run House of Prayer, Steubenville lodge of the Masons and the Mingo Sportsman Club. He also loved to fish and hunt. Elizabeth was a secretary with Mattey-Oklok Insurance Agency in Steubenville, and she single-handedly managed the Wintersville branch office of Vance Insurance. She also was self-employed as an antiques dealer. Sadly, stricken with lung cancer, she died at the age of 59 on Feb. 5, 1993, at Ohio Valley Hospital. She was buried in New Alexandria Cemetery. After 15 years as a widower, Calvin married again, on Nov. 24, 2008, to Dorothy "Dottie" (Hayes) Felton McGee. Dottie brought several children of her own to the marriage -- Theresa L. "Terri" Roscoe (1958-2012), Brenda Burge and Robert Felton. The Mayleses resided in Riddles Run. At the age of 93, Calvin passed away at home on Nov. 29, 2018. Funeral services were led by Rev. Jack Jackson, with military rites provided by the Brilliant American Legion and the Masonic lodge. Burial was in the New Alexandria Cemetery. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

  • Granddaughter Sherry Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married (?) Samson. She was deceased by 2018.
  • Grandson Terry Mayle ( ? -living) wedded Linda. Their home in 2018 was in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Granddaughter Diane Mayle ( ? -living) was joined in wedlock with (?) Bachtel. She resided in Chester, OH in 2018.
  • Grandson Calvin Wilford Mayle Jr. ( ? -living) lived in 2018 in Chester, OH.
  • Granddaughter Tina Mayle ( ? -living) was united in matrimony with Mark Heald. Circa 2018, they dwelled in Pomeroy, OH.
  • Grandson Patrick "Pat" Mayle ( ? -living) married Jill and made a home in Brilliant.
  • Granddaughter Maureen "Misty" Mayle was wed to Brian Search. Their residence in 2018 was in Wintersville.
  • Adopted step-grandson John Joseph "J.J." Mayle ( ? -living)
  • Adopted step-granddaughter Annie Mayle (1954-2010) was born on Sept. 7, 1954 in Steubenville. She married Joe Gaughenbaugh ( ? - ? ), and they resided across the Ohio River in Mingo Junction and Weirton, Hancock County, WV. Said the Steubenville Herald-Star, "Annie was a retired nurse, Catholic by faith and a supporter of PETA. She was a member of the national 'Friends of Animals' organization." She died in 2010.


Lloyd Waner Mayle's son Robert "Joe" Mayle at a railroad construction site



Lloyd Waner Mayle

Son Lloyd Waner "Fickle" Mayle (1933- ? ) was born in 1933, and was named after the Pittsburgh Pirates' hall of fame outfielder and star hitter who had batted .333 the year before. On Aug. 24, 1952, when he was 19 years of age, Lloyd was united in holy matrimony with 16-year-old Teresa E. "Patty" Fields (1936-2016), daughter of Rufus Dayton and Elsie Viola (Ming) Fields of Rush Run. They went on to have a family of children -- Robert W. "Joe" Mayle, Richard L. "Duke" Mayle and Teresa "Teri" Mayle. They were Methodists and resided in Shinnston, Harrison County, WV. In the 1970s, Patty was employed by McCrory's Store in Middletown Mall. She also enjoyed crocheting and plastic canvas crafts. Sadly, burdened with emphysema and dementia, Patty passed away at the age of 79 in United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Funeral services were held in a Shinnston funeral home, followed by burial in the Wyatt Odd Fellows Cemetery, with Rev. Jerry Lewis preaching the funeral sermon.

  • In 2012, granddaughter Terri Mayle published a comprehensive e-book about the history of this branch of the family, entitled The Mayle's of Brilliant, Ohio: The Lost Family. In the work, Terri cites Minerd.com and its biographies as sources.


Terri Mayle's book

Son Robert Feller "Fuzzy" Mayle Sr. (1940-2017) was born on July 6, 1940. He was named for the hall-of-fame pitcher for the Cleveland Indians who was at the height of his popularity and en route to a 27-11 season that year. Robert made his home in Mingo Junction. In about 1960, he married 19-year-old Dorothy Virginia "Dot" Helfer (July 20, 1941-2013), daughter of Norma and Charles Helfer of Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. An article in the Steubenville Herald-Star once said that Dot "was raised in Mooseheart Children's Home in Chicago ... for 13 years." They had two children -- Renee Mayle and Robert "Bub" Mayle Jr. The family attended Rush Run Community Chapel. Dot belonged to a New Alexandria card club and enjoyed reading. Sadly, Dot died at the age of 71 on May 11, 2013, at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville. She was laid to rest in the New Alexandria following a funeral led by Rev. Jim Monogioudis. Robert outlived his wife by four years. At the age of 57, on Aug. 14, 2017, he died in Steubenville.

Son Charles Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army circa 1973. He married JoAnn ( ? - ? ). They reside in Hopewell, VA.

Daughter Rachel "Anna" Mayle (1927- ? ) was born in 1927 in or near Brilliant, Jefferson County. She married William Davis ( ? - ? ) and they made their home in Steubenville. She was deceased by 2018.

Daughter Carrie Mayle (1928-2000) was born in 1928 in or near Brilliant, Jefferson County. She wed Arthur Harkins ( ? - ? ), and they lived in Brilliant. Later, she married (?) Merritt ( ? - ? ). She died in Steubenville on March 10, 2000, at the age of 72.

Daughter Geraldine "Jerri" Mayle (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931 in or near Brilliant, Jefferson County. She married Charles Hockenberry ( ? - ? ), and in 1973 their home was in Mingo Junction. Circa 2018, they dwelled in Steubenville.

Daughter Eleanor Mayle (1937- ? ) was born in 1937. She married Robert Mathias ( ? - ? ). Their residence was in East Liverpool, OH. Later, in 2018, she lived in Wintersville, OH.


Herald-Star, 1992

Son David Leroy Mayle (1945-1992) was born on March 8, 1945 in Steubenville. He was joined in holy wedlock with Margaret Edwards (1944-2017), daughter of Seymour and Frances L. (Fore) Edwards of Steubenville. They produced three children -- David J. Mayle, Jodie Maple and Carrie Miller. He was "an Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict, a member of the Steubenville Moose Lodge and Religious Science Church of Desert and was a self-employed landscaper," said the Steubenville Herald-Star. Later in life, David lived in Palm Desert, CA. He died in Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA on Jan. 25, 1992. His remains were returned to Ohio for burial in the New Alexandria Cemetery. After more than a decade as a widow, Margaret married again on May 23, 2003 to Michael Poe ( ? - ? ). She was employed as a unit clerk for three decades at St. Johns Hospital. At some point they moved to Dennison, OH. At the age of 72, on Jan. 9, 2017, Margaret passed away at home. Following a funeral service led by Rev. Marco Houpe, her remains were placed into repose in New Alexandria Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Herald-Star newspaper.

  • Grandson David Mayle married Laura and lives in Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Jodie Mayle wed Douglas Maple and resides in Steubenville.
  • Granddaughter Carrie Mayle was joined in matrimony with Joseph Miller. They make their home in Bloomingdale, OH.


Carrie Hosenfeld

~ Daughter Carrie (Mayle) Hosenfeld ~

Daughter Carrie M. Mayle (1905-1992) was born on July 22, 1905 in Grafton. 

At the age of 16, in about 1922, she married her first husband, James H. Gallagher. They had one known daughter, Geraldine Tarr. Tragically, James died in November 1922, leaving Carrie as a single mother at the age of 17.

At the age of 18, in about 1924, Carrie married her second husband, 22-year-old Paul F. Hosenfeld (1901-1972). 

They had at least three children, Alma Jeane Hosenfeld (1925-1945), John L. Hosenfeld and William P. Hosenfeld. 

When the federal census of 1930 was enumerated, the Hosenfelds made their home as next-door neighbors to Carrie's parents on Market Street in Brilliant. Living in their home that year were offspring Geraldine Gallagher, Alma Jean Hosenfeld and William P. Hosenfeld. Paul was employed as a brakeman on the railroad.


Hopewell Cemetery

Tragedy struck the family a few months after the end of World War II. Daughter Alma Jeane became deathly ill in childbirth at the age of 20. She gave birth to a baby boy on Oct. 22, 1945, but because of lethal toxicity issues caused by kidney problems, both she and the baby died in childbirth. The baby apparently was never named. Alma Jeane's remains were laid to rest at the Hopewell Cemetery near Brilliant. Apparently there was no obituary in the local newspaper, the Steubenville Herald-Star.


Hopewell Cemetery

Paul died in 1972 at the age of 71, and was buried at Hopewell. 

Circa 1979, Carrie made her home in Toronto, Jefferson County, a small town near Steubenville along the Ohio River. She was a member of Finley United Methodist Church.

She spent her final years at Trinity East Medical Center, and passed away at Ohio Valley Hospital on Jan. 2, 1992. At her death, said the Steubenville Herald-Star, she was survived by nine grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. She was laid to rest in the Hopewell Cemetery.

Daughter Geraldine Gallagher married Jack Tarr. They resided in R.D. 1 Toronto. 

Son William Hosenfeld died in 1984. 

Son John L. Hosenfeld made his home at R.D. 1, Mingo Junction.


Rachel and John's adult children -- back row, l-r: Newton, Sherley, Calvin, Carrie; front, l-r: Alonzo "Lon," Jed and James Wilford "Whip" Mayle.


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