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Sarah Margaret (Minard) Kyle


Sarah Margaret (Minard) Kyle was born on Feb. 22, 1852 (or in March 1862) near New Rumley, Harrison County, OH, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Ann (Kimmel) Minerd.

Sarah married Thomas Allen Kyle (1859-1934), the son of David Kyle, an immigrant from Ireland. 

The couple had one known daughter, Nellie J. Bell.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1900, the family made its home near Scio in North Township, Harrison County. Teenage daughter Nellie, and seven-year-old nephew Harry M. Kyle, lived under their roof that year. The census-taker recorded that Thomas made his living as a gardener.

In about 1910, they moved to a new home in Saybrook, Ashtabula County, OH. The federal census shows them in a dwelling with Thomas' widowed father and married daughter, husband and young son.

Thomas was a wholesale grocer, employed by Richard Bros. Their residence in 1931 was on North Ridge West Street in Saybrook.

Sarah passed away at the age of 69 on April 23, 1931. The cause of her death was "probable coronary thrombosis," wrote her physician. Her remains were returned to New Rumley for burial in the Methodist Cemetery.

Thomas only outlived his wife by three years. He suffered from uremia and prostate issues, and died from their effects on Aug. 9, 1934, at the age of 75. He rests beside his wife in New Rumley.


~ Daughter Nellie J. (Kyle) Bell ~

Daughter Nellie J. Kyle (1883- ? ) was born in 1883 in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas County, OH.

As a girl, she moved back to Scio, Harrison County with her parents.

She married John "William" Bell (1874- ? ) on April 5, 1901, when she was 18 and he 25. Rev. Silas W. Lilley performed the wedding in Harrison County. He was the son of Fryer and Mary (Kimmel) Bell.

At the time of marriage, William was employed as a "rig builder" in the oil fields of Scio.

They together bore one son, Thomas Emery Bell.

William made a living as a house carpenter in Saybrook, Ashtabula County, OH. When the census was made in 1910, the Bells made their home with Nellie's parents. 

By 1920, William was head of the household that included Nellie's parents. Nellie was proprietor of a grocery store, and William and their son Thomas worked in the business. Her parents also helped with the grocery enterprise. 

The Bells gave up the store during the decade of the 1920s. They became farmers, living in Saybrook. The census of 1930 shows them together as a family, with 28-year-old unmarried son Thomas living under their roof. William's cousin Maxine Sloe, age 13, also lived with the family.

During the decade of the 1930s and into 1940, they continued to farm in Saybrook.

Nellie died in 1957 at the age of about 73. Her remains were lowered under the sod of New Rumley Methodist Cemetery.

William outlived his bride by six years. He passed away in 1963.

Son Thomas Emery Bell (1902-1968) was born on Feb. 19, 1902 in Ohio. A bachelor at the age of 37, in 1940, he dwelled with his parents and earned a living as a helper on his father's farm. He joined the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and was a private with the 306th Base Headquarters. He died on Sept. 12, 1968. His remains lie in repose in New Rumley Methodist Cemetery.


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