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Sarepta (Kennedy) Mayle
(1873-1963)

 

Sarepta Mayle

Sarepta "Thrippy" (Kennedy) Mayle was born in 1873 in the Webster community of Taylor County, WV, the daughter of Josiah and Ruth Ann (Minerd) Kennedy Sr.

She married Lewis A. Mayle (1858-1918). The ceremony took place in Barbour County on July 13, 1893. At the time of their wedding, Lewis was age 35, and Sarepta was 20. 

Lewis had been married once before, to Mariah "Elizabeth" Dalton ( ? - ? ), and brought several children to his marriage with Sarepta -- among them Ollie Frances Bell Newman (age 16), Isaac Tillison Mayle (age 14), William "Esker" Mayle (age 10) and Cleophus "Clee" Mayle (age six). In fact, Sarepta was barely older than some of her step-children. 

Sarepta and Lewis went on to have four known children of their own -- Lora Belle "Lorie" Mayle, Leona "Lena" (Mayle) Mayhle, Louise Croston and Clifford Lee Mayle. She also had a presumed step-granddaughter, or otherwise close cousin, Ethel (Mayle) Komindo. 

Pritchard Cemetery

 

When the federal census was taken in 1900, Lewis and Sarepta made their home in the Pleasant District of Barbour County, where Lewis earned a living as a farmer. 

The 1910 census shows Lewis and Sarepta living as farmers in the Knottsville District of Taylor County, WV, and living next door to stepson Isaac Mayle and brother John H. Kennedy. By that time, she had borne four children. 

 

Lewis died in 1918, at the age of 69, but of causes not yet known, and at an undisclosed date. He was buried beside his grandson Dowdin Mayle in the Pritchard Cemetery. 

The 1920 and 1930 censuses show Sarepta as a widow, making her home with married daughter Leona Mayle. She was a longtime member of the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church. 

Sarepta is said to have wed a second husband, Arthur Mayle ( ? - ? ), but this is not confirmed. His connection to the Mayle-Male family is being researched.

Sarepta died at the age of 90, in 1963, at the home of Ethel Komindo of Webster, near Grafton. She was laid to rest in the West Hill Cemetery in Webster, Taylor County. An obituary was printed in the local newspaper.

 

   

Sarepta's grave at the well-manicured West Hill Cemetery

 

~ Daughter Lora Belle (Mayle) Mayle ~

Daughter Lora Belle "Lori" Mayle (1894-1975) was born in 1894 in Berrysburg. 

At the age of 20, Lora Belle married 23-year-old Milton A. (or "Melton") Mayle (1891-1976) on May 30, 1914. 

They lived in Webster community near Grafton, where Melton was a school teacher and farmer. 

The Mayleses had nine known children -- Vernon Layne Mayle, Opal (Mayle) Mayle, Quentin Mayle, Annabelle Vaughn, Virginia "Loretta" Mayle, Rosetta Lee, Eleanor (Mayle) Mayle, Herbert Mayl and Wilbert "Web" Mayle. 

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, the Mayles made their home in the Court House District of Taylor County, near Grafton, where Melton earned a living as a farmer. Among their next door neighbors that year were 73-year-old Reese Mayle and his 71-year-old wife Harriet; 24-year-old Joe Mayle and his 21-year-old wife Grace; and 38-year-old Freeland Mayles and his wife Irene, age 31.

 

Book naming Lora & Melton

They are mentioned in the 1986 book, A History of Taylor County, West Virginia, published by the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. The book entry states that in 1966, the Mayles deeded 9.1 acres containing the West Hill cemetery (founded in 1911) to the Wesleyan Methodist Church, led by trustees Dorsey Maley, Vernon Mayle and Oscar Frum. 

According to the book, members of the church "may not watch television, dance, use tobacco, alcohol, go to movies or marry again until their spouses are dead. Members must also keep their arms covered. Women are not allowed to cut their hair or wear short dresses."

Lora passed away on April 19, 1975, and was survived by 25 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and two step great-great grandchildren. 

Now widowed, Melton moved to Canton, Stark County, OH, to be near several of his adult children. He died suddenly in Canton at the age of 84 on June 2, 1976, just a year after his wife's passing. His remains were returned to Grafton for burial with his wife at the West Hill Cemetery.

Daughter Opal B. Mayle (1917-2002) was born on June 1, 1916 in Grafton. On New Year's Eve 1936, when she was age 20, Opal married 20-year-old Alfred "Bertsell" Mayle (1916-1993), son of Freddie and Irene Mayle of Taylor County. (They both fibbed on their marriage license that they actually were 21, so they could bypass the requirement for needing parental consent.) His name also has been spelled as "Burtsel." Rev. R.O. Phillips, of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated. The Mayles' known offspring were Parma Collins, Linda Lou Young and Carol Sue Lyons. Although most of Opal's siblings eventually migrated to Detroit, she and Bertsell relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH. While in Canton, Opal was involved in the founding of the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church. Alfred passed from this earth on June 11, 1993 at the age of 77. Opal survived another nine years. She spent her final years living with or near her married daughter Linda Lou Young in Springfield, TN. She passed away in Springfield on Sept. 18, 2002, at the age of 86. Her remains were returned to Ohio to be placed at rest in the Mapleton Cemetery following funeral services at the Crystal Park church, with Pastor Earl Fields officiating. A newspaper obituary said there were nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Parma Mayle married Rolla Collins and resided in East Canton.
  • Granddaughter Linda Lou Mayle wed John Young and made their home in Springfield, TN.
  • Granddaughter Carl Sue Mayle was united in marriage with Walter Lyons and lived in Portland, TN.

Son Quentin Mayle (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920. His name has been misspelled as "Clinton." He married Louise and made their home in Berkley, Oakland County, MI circa 2002.

Daughter Annabelle Mayle (1922-2013) was born in about 1922 near Grafton, Taylor County. At the age of 18, in about 1940, she wed Frederick T. Vaughn (1916-2005), beginning a journey of 65 years of married life together. They had four children -- T. Lee Vaughn, Lynn Vaughn, Sherrie Passmore and Mark Vaughn. In 1953, the couple relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH. They endured the deaths of their sons Lee and Lynn and son in law Paul Passmore, grandson Dennis Lichtenwalter and great-grandson Andrew Lichtenwalter. Frederick passed away on Aug. 13, 2005 at age 89. Annabelle survived for another eight years, and spent her final time at the Aultman Compassionate Care Center in Canton. She died there at age 91 on March 10, 2013. She was laid to eternal repose in North Lawn Cemetery, following a funeral led by her grandson Erin Vaughn. An obituary was published in the Canton Repository.

Son Vernon Layne Mayle Sr. (1923-1984) was born on July 23, 1923. He married Avilda Hope "Scoot" Croston (1924-2012), a native of Galloway, Barbour County, and the daughter of Ellsworth and Olethy "Ollie" (Kennedy) Croston. [Note -- Scoot's uncle Henry Croston married Matilda (Minerd) Starrett Myers Mayle, and her aunt Lucy Jane Croston married Jefferson Davis Mayle.] Vernon and Scoot had five children -- Patricia S. (Mayle) Mayle, Vernon Layne Mayle Jr., Edmund L. Mayle, Joseph D. Mayle and Ruth Mayle. The Maylses attended the Prichard Wesleyan Methodist Church and later were members of the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church. Said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, Scoot "enjoyed her family, growing flowers, watching humming birds, reading and ... church camps." Sadly, Vernon passed away on Jan. 16, 1984. Scoot outlived her husband by 28 years, making her home in the Webster section of Grafton, and faced the tragedy of seeing four of her children pass away during her lifetime. She died at the age of 87 on June 29, 2012, at the home of her daughter Patricia. Following a funeral at the church, led by Rev. Paul Mullen, she was laid to rest in the church cemetery.

Daughter Virginia "Loretta" Mayle (1926-2012) was born in 1926. She wed John Mayle ( ? -2011). They lived in Berkley, Oakland County, MI, a suburb of Detroit. The Mayleses had four children -- Deborah Mayle, Leroy Mayle, Violet Hurchanik and Dan Mayle. John passed away on Sept. 3, 2011. Loretta followed him to the grave just a little less than five months later. She died on Jan. 22, 2012, with her obituary published in the Grafton Mountain Statesman. Her remains were returned to Taylor County for interment in West Hill Cemetery. She left behind five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

Daughter Rosetta Mayle married (?) Lee. In 2002, her home was in Bowling Green, KY and circa 2013, she lived in Michigan.

Daughter Eleanor Mayle wed James Mayle. They resided in 2002 in Royal Oak, MI.

 

West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church, on or near land donated to the church by Melton and Lora Belle Mayle

 

~ Son Clifford Lee Mayle ~

Son Clifford Lee Mayle (1897-1936) was born in 1897. He married a cousin, Leona Gale Mayle (1896-1942), the daughter of Charles Luther "Little Charlie" and Emily Jane "Emma" (Minerd) Mayle, and the granddaughter of Civil War veteran William Minerd. They had nine children -- Hazel Josephine (Mayle) Mayle, Emma Louvenia Mayle, Vonda Lea Budd, Freeda Earlstine Newman, Mable Victoria Mayle, Roseline Margaret Dalton, Roscoe Glenn Mayle, Melvin Maxwell "Mack" Mayle and Thomas Edward Mayle. See Leona's family bio for more.

~ Daughter Leona (Mayle) Mayhle ~

Daughter Salena ("Leona" or "Lena") Mayle (1900-1991) was born on New Year's Day or on Jan. 7, 1900. She lived in Cecil, WV as a young woman.

At the age of 21, on Valentine's Day 1920, Lena married 21-year-old Rev. Casto McArthur "Arthur" Mayhle (June 10, 1899-1963), the son of Caleb Cecil and Mary Olive (Mayle) Mayhle of Cecil and the maternal grandson of Simon Peter and Amanda Catherine (Dalton) Mayhle of near Clemtown, Barbour County, WV. Rev. C.D. Payne officiated.

Arthur was a longtime pastor of the Free Methodist Church.

The couple had three known children -- Gertrude DeVince, Calvin "Birdie" Mayhle and Donald Mayhle.

The Mayhles first resided in West Virginia and then in about 1922-1924 crossed the state line into Pennsylvania. Circa 1928, they dwelled in Maxwell, Fayette County. They moved to Shoaf, Fayette County, PA by 1934 and by 1939 were in the coal mining patch town of Uledi, Georges Township, Fayette County, where Arthur labored as a coal miner. During those years, Arthur conducted revivals in Free Methodist churches throughout the region hard-hit by the Great Depression and a center of coal mine labor unrest.

Senseless tragedy shook the family on July 12, 1934, when Arthur's vehicle was "plowed into" by one driven by 22-year-old John Kozyak of Revere, near Uniontown, at the intersection of Kensinton Avenue and Evergreen Street in Uniontown. "Kozyak's car turned over twice" reported the Uniontown Evening Standard. "The driver was rushed to the hospital where he died of a fractured skull and internal injuries."

On New Year's Day 1939, Lena and their daughter Gertrude celebrated their 39th and 17th birhtdays, respectively, with a surprise party for 67 guests. "The evening was enjoyed by games and music," reported the Uniontown (PA) Morning Herald. "A late lunch was served to the guests."

Lena and Arthur separated and divorced sometime in the 1940s or '50s.

Arthur married again to Ollie Thompson (1911-1996), daughter of John and Ocie Thompson. He left southwestern Pennsylvania and found work as a ship yard laborer in Baltimore, MD, where his son Calvin had moved also. Toward the end of his life, in about 1963, Arthur relocated from Baltimore to Long Branch near Beckley, Fayette County, WV. Suffering from diabetes and hardeling of the arteries, he died of a heart attack in Long Branch at the age of 64 on Oct. 3, 1963. Following a funeral service held at the Pax Church of Christ, led by Freddie Dinkler, interment was in the cemetery in Willis Branch, WV. An obituary in the Beckley Post-Herald said that in addition to his adult children and six grandchildren, he was survived by brothers Boyd Mayhle of Seattle and Edward Mayhle of Pittsburgh as well as sisters Mary Whitt, Sarah Fields and Ruth Toy, all of Natrona near Pittsburgh. Ollie died in 1996 and rests beside Arthur.

Lena survived as a single woman for the remaining decades of her life. In 1987, she was named in the Baltimore Sun obituary of her son Donald. At the age of 91, she was gathered in by the Grim Reaper on Jan. 11, 1991. She was placed into repose beside her son Donald in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Uninotown.

Daughter Gertrude Madelyn "Gert" Mayhe (1922-2017) was born in about 1922 in West Virginia. At the age of six, in June 24, 1928, she "fell from a cherry tree at the home of her parents" in Maxwell, Fayette County, PA and "suffered a fractured left arm," reported the Uniontown (PA) Morning Herald. Gertrude was wedded to Louis DeVince (Jan. 6, 1918-2005), son of Dominec DeVince of Uniontown. They made their home for many years in Footedale, Fayette County. During World War II, Louis served as a sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps. One of their children was Sandra Ellen "Sandy" Clawson. Gertrude was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Footedale Volunteer Fire Department. Louis entered eternity at age 82 on Dec. 19, 2005. She spent her final years in Virginia. On March 13, 2017, at the age of 95, Gertrude died in Stephens City, VA.

  • Granddaughter Sandra Ellen "Sandy" DeVince ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She graduated from what today is Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh and in 1965 was employed as a stenographer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, DC. On May 22, 1965, she was joined in marriage with U.S. Navy veteran James S. Clawson ( ? - ? ), son of Walter and Nellie Clawson of Dixonville, Indiana County, PA. Rev. Nicholas J. Thomas presided over the nuptials, held at St. Therese's Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown. Sandy's wedding portrait was published in the Indiana Gazette. At the time of marriage, James was a junior accountant with the firm of Morrison-Johnson Inc. in Silver Spring, MD. Circa 1965-1974, they made their home in Alexandria, VA. The couple's children were Bryan Clawson, Scott Clawson, Mark Andrew Clawson and Kevin Patrick Clawson.

Son Calvin "Birdie" Mayhle (1924-1972) was born in about 1924 in Pennsylvania. He married Doris Kathleen McCormick (Oct. 1, 1925-2012), and they relocated soonafter marriage to Baltimore, MD. The couple produced these five known offspring -- David Mayhle, William "Duane" Mayhle, Dale "Arthur" Mayhle, Donald Mayhle and Kathleen Fellows. Tragically, their son David died at a young age in 1950. Sadly, Calvin died on New Year's Day 1972 at the age of 48. A death notice was published in the Baltimore Sun. [Find-a-Grave] Doris survived him by four decades and remained in Baltimore. Reported the Sun, she "was a member of Gary Memorial Methodist Church in Daniels, where she loved singing in the church choir and was active there until she moved to Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in June 2009. She continued to attend church services and weekly Bible studies at Augsburg until her death." She succumbed after a short illness at the age of 86 on Aug. 1, 2012. An obituary in the Sun said she was survived by eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Burial was with her spouse in Loudon Park Cemetery.

  • Grandson William "Duane" Mayhle ( ? -2012) was born in (?). He married Nancy (?). Their children were Brian Mayhle, Travis Mayhle and Joseph "Joey" Mayhle. The family resided in or near Ellicott City, MD. In 1982, they endured the early death of their son Joey. Duane died on May 4, 2012, leaving behind his wife, two sons and three grandchildren. A death notice in the Baltimore Sun said that burial would be in the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Ellicott City.
  • Grandson Dale "Arthur" Mayhle married Cindy.
  • Grandson Donald Mayhle was joined in wedlock with Dee.
  • Granddaughter Kathleen Mayhle was united in matrimony with Carl Fellows.

Son Donald L. Mayhle (1930-1987) was born in about 1930 in Pennsylvania. Circa 1963, he resided in Baltimore, MD. Donald had one known son, Kenneth Mayhle. Donald passed into eternity at the age of 57 on May 2, 1987. A death notice in the Baltimore Sun noted that his funeral services were held in the DeCarlo Funeral Home in New Salem near Uniontown, PA. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Uniontown.

  • Grandson Kenneth Mayhle had a daughter but nothing more is known.

 

Grafton's Main Street, looking west

 

~ Daughter Louisa (Mayle) Croston ~

Daughter Louisa Mayle (1903-1972?) was born in 1903. 

She married Elmer F. Croston (1902-1970?). The wedding took place on Sept. 6, 1932, when she was age 28 and he 29. At the time, Elmer was living in Detroit. They apparently did not reproduce, but raised a foster daughter, Marie Croston, born in 1924.

Louisa made her home in Cecil, WV in 1936. By 1940, they were living on Thomas Street in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Oakland County, where Elmer was employed as a machinist in a machine shop. They remained in Oakland County through the early 1970s.

Elmer's fate is not yet known yet with precision. He may have died in Grafton in January 1970.

Louisa is believed to have died in Southfield in February 1972.

Foster daughter Marie Croston (1924- ? ) was born in 1924.

 

Mt. View Cemetery

~ Stepson Isaac Tillison Mayle ~

Stepson Isaac Tillison Mayle (1879-1948) was born in 1879 and considered himself white.

He was a teacher for 50 years in Barbour and Taylor Counties. 

In about 1899, when he was 20 years of age, he married 21-year-old Margaret Mayle (1878-1939), the daughter of Simon P. and Amanda (Dalton) Mayle. 

Circa 1917, Isaac earned additional income as a coal miner for the Sterling Coal Company in Cecil. 

Isaac and Margaret had seven children -- Bessie Leah (Mayle) Mayle, Gorman Mayle, Dowdin Mayle, William "Troy" Mayle, Lulu Catherine Mayle, Hallen Mayle and Richard Mayle -- and at least 16 grandchildren. 

Margaret died on April 5, 1939. She was 61 years of age.

Isaac passed away on March 2, 1948, with burial beside his wife at Mt. View Cemetery in Barbour County. Isaac's obituary was covered by the Grafton Sentinel, and his and Margaret's grave marker, partially obscured by a fully blossomed rhododendron bush, is seen here.

 

Delmas Mayle (#4), Margaret Mayle (#8) holding baby Amos Nathaniel; Carla Mayle (#6), Gregg Mayle (#13), Judy Mayle (#14) Aaron Mayle (#22)  and Vernon Mayle (#29) at the at the Prichard Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1978.

 

Daughter Bessie Leah Mayle (1898-1959) was born on Sept. 14, 1898 in Barbour County. On Sept. 27, 1919, at the age of 20, she married 21-year-old George "Herman" Mayle (1898-1986), son of George Sylvester and Julia Ann Mayle. The county clerk recorded that they were "colored." C.D. Payne officiated at the wedding. They resided along the Grafton Webster Road and had these children -- Vivaenna J. "Viva" Hosey, Vance Percy Mayle, Victor Mayle, Veldine L. Mayle, Vesta Lowe and Vera Aldridge. Herman was a longtime coal miner and suffered from black lung disease. He also was a singer. She was afflicted with a cerebral hemorrhage and died 36 hours later at the age of 60 on Jan. 5, 1959. Burial was in West Hill Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Vivaenna J. "Viva" Mayle (1937-2007) was born on Feb. 5, 1937 in Grafton. On Aug. 9, 1960, she wed Clyde J. Hosey. They did not reproduce and lived along the Webster Pike in Grafton. Viva played piano, and was a member of the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church. Viva died at age 70 on Oct. 30, 2007 in Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. Officiating at her funeral were Rev. Winfield Mayle and Rev. Terry Zimmerman, followed by burial in West Hill Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Grafton Mountain Statesman, which said she was the "last surviving member of her immediate family."

Sadly, son Dowdin Mayle (1904-1926) died a the age of 22 of pulmonary tuberculosis on June 28, 1926, with burial beside his grandfather Lewis Mayle at Pritchard Cemetery.

Son Richard Mayle was married and had a son, Delmas Mayle.

Son William "Troy" Mayle (1904-1963) was born on Nov. 27, 1904 in Cecil, Taylor County. Circa 1929, he lived and worked in Detroit. On April 6, 1929, at the age of 24, he married 19-year-old Hattie G. Mayle (1910 - ? ) in a ceremony held in West Virginia, by the hand of Rev. E.L. Arnold. Because she was underage, the legal consent of her father was needed. Troy eventually returned to Grafton, where he was employed as an automobile mechanic. They are believed to have had one known daughter, Margaret (Mayle) Mayle. He died on Nov. 25, 1963 -- just three days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy -- of heart disease and hardening of the arteries. Hattie G. Mayle was the informant for his West Virginia death record.

  • Granddaughter Margaret Mayle wed Ervin Mayle. They had two known children, Carla Scharef and Amos Nathaniel Mayle.

~ Stepson William "Esker" Mayle ~

Stepson William "Esker" Mayle (1884-1960) was born on Jan. 26, 1884 at Switzer, Barbour County. As an adult, he made his home near Grafton, Taylor County.

At the age of 20, Esker married 21-year-old Ida Belle Mayle (1882-1971), thought to have been the daughter of Simon Mayle. The marriage took place on Oct. 22, 1903, at the residence of Rev. Samuel A. Cleavenger. They had two known children -- William "Lemuel" Mayle and Roxie Wallo. 

The marriage ended sometime after 1910. Ida's fate is unknown.

On June 13, 1913, the 30-year-old Esker married again, to 26-year-old Laura Agnes "Lorie" Kennedy (1887- ? ), daughter of Elijah and Miranda Kennedy of Cecil, Taylor County. Dell Dalton and Esker's brother Clee Mayle were witnesses.

 

Grafton Sentinel

Esker and Laura had nine more children of their own -- among them William "Harlan" Mayle, Josephine Kennedy, Arlene Mayle, Zelma Jean Mayle, Robert Mayle, Roscoe L. "Jack" Mayle, Dallas "Leo" Mayle, Carroll Boaz "Jimmy" Mayle, and Cozetta "Kate" Collins. They also helped raise a niece, Edna L. Mayle (born 1902).

When the federal census was taken in 1910, Esker and Ida, children Lemuel and Roxie, and niece Edna were counted as living in the Pleasant District of Barbour County. Esker's occupation was marked as a coal miner.

Esker and Laura lived in Berryburg circa 1914. The 1920 census shows the couple, with six children under their roof. That year, Esker was employed operating a mining machine. In 1928, at the birth of son Dallas, they lived in the Mt. Airy section of Taylor County.

When the federal census count again was made in 1940, they lived in Knottsville, Taylor County, with Esker working as a farmer and son Harlan as a coal miner. Their next door neighbors were his step-uncle and aunt, Howard and Roxie (Mayle) Kennedy.

Said the Grafton Sentinel, Esker "was a coal miner and was employed for 25 years by the Simpson Creek Collieries Company, Galloway. He retired in 1948."

He died at the age of 75 on Jan. 14, 1960. The Grafton Sentinel reported that he "had been ill for one month, seriously ill since Tuesday." His funeral was held at the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Murray Maley, followed by interment at Pritchard Cemetery. Pallbearers included Ronald Mayle, Lemuel Mayle Jr., Lowell Mayle, Bob Mayle, Charles Mayle and Delmas Kennedy. Mourners gathered afterward at the home of son Lemuel in Simpson, Route 1.

Laura survived her husband by 11 years. She died in Canton, Stark County, OH on Dec. 16, 1971, at the age of 89. Her remains were returned to Philippi for interment in the Prichard Cemetery in Clemtown.

Son William "Lemuel" Mayle ( ? - ? ) married Mary "Helen" Mayle ( ? - ? ). They resided in Grafton in the early 1930s. The couple produced six known children -- Ronald P. Mayle, Louise Mayle, Susan Smithmyer, Lemuel Mayle Jr., Lovell Mayle and Manley Mayle. Nothing more is known of them. 

  • Grandson Ronald P. Mayle (1933-2015) was born on Aug. 5, 1933 in Grafton. He married Doretta Lou Mayle ( ? - ? ). He obtained employment in state of Delaware with Chrysler Corporation, where he labored as a mechanic for many years. They made their home in Newark, DE and had three sons -- Lawrence Mayle, Kevin T. Mayle and Ricky P. Mayle. Ronald was a member of the Masonic and Shrine orders in Newark and a member of the Newark Wesleyan Methodist Church. He passed away at the age of 82 at Christiana Hospital on Sept. 14, 2015. His remains were returned to Grafton for interment in West Hill Cemetery, with Rev. Winfield Mayle officiating at the funeral. An obituary was printed in the Grafton Mountain Statesman.
  • Grandson Lemuel Mayle Jr. resided in Bruceton Mills, Preston County, WV.
  • Grandson Lovell Mayle lived in Bruceton Mills, WV.
  • Grandson Manley Mayle made his home in Grafton.
  • Granddaughter Louise Mayle resided in Michigan.
  • Granddaughter Susan Mayle married (?) Smithmyer. Their home was in Grafton.

Daughter Roxie Mayle (1908- ? ) married (?) Wallo. She was deceased before 1960.

Son Robert Mayle (1911- ? ) lived in Canton, Stark County, OH in 1960.

Son William "Harlan" Mayle (1914-2009) was born in 1914. Unmarried at the age of 25, in 1940, he lived at home and earned income as a coal miner. At the age of 30, he married Evelyn Victoria Mayle ( ? - ? ) in 1945. They had seven children and lived in the Knottsville community near Grafton. William, said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, "was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II from 1942-1946. He was employed by the WV Dept. of Highways, Taylor County Court House and Builders' Service & Supply." He died at the age of 95 on Sept. 20, 2009, with burial at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton.

Son Roscoe L. Mayle (1916-1970) was born on Feb. 5, 1916. He resided in Canton, Stark County, OH.He died in Canton in January 1970, at the age of 54.

Daughter Cozetta "Kate" Mayle (1918-1999) was born on June 4, 1918. She married (?) Collins and lived in Flemington, Barbour County and Grafton, Taylor County. She entered eternity on March 1, 1999.

Daughter Josephine Mayle (1922-2014) was born on April 8, 1922. She married Ellwood Kennedy (1921-1979) and they initially resided in Webster, Taylor County. They had one known daughter, Sharon Gray. The Kennedys resided in Detroit in 1960.Sadly, Elwood passed away in Sept. 26, 1979, at the age of 58. Josephine outlived her husband by a remarkable 35 years. During that time, she made her home in Taylor, Wayne County, MI and endured the death of her daughter Sharon Gray in August 2000. Her sister Arlene "Sis" Mayle and granddaughters, Debra Miller and Josh Pridemore, were nearby in Michigan. At the age of 92, Josephine died at home in Taylor on Sept. 6, 2014. Her remains were returned to West Virginia for interment in the Pritchard Cemetery. Rev. Winfield Mayle officiated at her funeral.

  • Granddaughter Sharon Kennedy (1944-2000) was born on May 10, 144. She wed (?) Gray. They resided in Taylor, Wayne County, MI. Sadly, she died on Aug. 17, 2000.

 

Obituary, 1942

Son Carrol Boaz "Jimmy" Mayle (1925-1999) was born on May 12, 1925 in West Virginia. During World War II, on Sept. 29, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a private. He made his home in Canton, Stark County, OH. He died in Louisville, Stark County, OH on Jan. 30, 1999, at the age of 73.

Son Dallas Leo Mayle (1928 -1942) was born in 1928. In 1941, he was stricken at age 14 with appendicitis. He underwent surgery in December 1941, just a week after our nation was plunged into World War II after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. After complications set in, he remained critically ill, and was treated at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, Randolph County, WV. Tragically, he did not recover, and died on Feb. 23, 1942. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery.

Daughter Arlene "Sis" Mayle (1932- ? ) was born on Sept. 13, 1932. She married Lincoln Mayle ( ? - ? ). They lived in Detroit and in Warren, MI.

Daughter Zelma "Jean" Mayle (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937. She married (?) Mayle. In 1960, she resided in Wilmington, DE. Later she relocated to Ohio.

~ Stepson Cleophus "Clee" Mayle ~

Stepson Cleophus "Clee" Mayle (1887-1966) was born on June 6, 1887. 

Clee married Nettie M. Kennedy (1887-1977), the daughter of Isaac Kennedy.

The Mayles had seven children -- Ervil Mayle, Marcellous "Marce" Mayle, Coy Mayle, Homer Mayle, Alma Mayle, John Harvey Mayle and Dennis Mayle. 

They were members of the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church, and lived at Simpson, Barbour County.

Clee passed away in July 1966, possibly in Ohio. Details are not known.

 

Grafton Mountain Statesman

Nettie spent her final years under the roof of her married daughter Alma Mayle at 3108 Long Avenue in Canton, Stark County, OH. She died in Canton's Timken Mercy Hospital on Dec. 30, 1977, at the age of 90. At her death, reported the Grafton Mountain Statesman, she had produced 45 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Son John Harvey Mayle (1916-1953) was born in 1916. A coal miner for Poole Coal Company, he was married to Velca (?). Tragically, John was was killed in an automobile accident in Elkins, WV at the age of 37 on April 25, 1953. Said the Grafton Sentinel, John and a companion "were enroute home from a day in the mountains ... [and] were crushed to death beneath their pickup truck which skidded on a wet Elkins street and overturned."

Daughter Alma Mayle (1919-2009) was born on May 19, 1919, in Simpson. She married John Mayle (1915-2003) and lived in Canton. They had at least two children, Patricka Rowh and James Mayle. They may also have had a son Gary Lee Mayle Sr. John died on Jan. 27, 2003. Alma passed away on July 5, 2009, at the Louisville Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Home near Canton. Rev. Martin "Jack" Mayle oversaw her funeral, followed by interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

Daughter Ervil Mayle ( ? - ? ) died before 2009.

Son Homer Mayle made his home circa 1977 in Galloway, Barbour County. 

Son Coy Mayle (1922-2006) was born on Jan. 17, 1922. He married Roberta Croston ( ? -1981). They had six children -- Roger Lee Mayle, Robert Lee Mayle, John Junior Mayle, James Arthur Mayle, Catherine Mayle and Violet Mayle. They resided in Galloway, Barbour County. Said a newspaper, Coy was a "coal miner with 34 years service. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and had played on several area baseball teams." Roberta died on Nov. 4, 1981. Coy survived her by 27 years. He passed away at the age of 84 on May 12, 2006, "following an extended illness." He was laid to rest in the Tim Mayle Cemetery. He was survived by 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Roger Lee Mayle (1948-2017) was born on March 10, 1948 at Simpson, Taylor County. He was wedded to Lisa Kay Kennedy (May 20, 1964-2008). They made their home in Ohio and Philippi and produced three sons -- Robert Lee Mayle, Michael Mayle and Daniel Joseph Mayle. Roger was employed by several manufacturing plants in Ohio before returning to Galloway and working as a caretaker at Adaland Mansion. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Grafton Wesleyan Holiness Church. Sadly, they endured the early death of son Daniel. Lisa Kay died on March 25, 2008. Roger survived her by nearly nine years. His health declining, he was admitted to the hospice wing of Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV, where he succumbed at the age of 68 on Feb. 24, 2017. Pastor David "D.J." Maley officiated at the funeral service, followed by burial in the Tim Mayle Cemetery near Point Pleasant Church.
  • Grandson Robert Lee Mayle was deceased by 2017.
  • Grandson John Junior Mayle resides in Canton.
  • Grandson James Arthur Mayle lives in Grafton.
  • Granddaughter Catherine Mayle dwells in Galloway, Barbour County, WV.
  • Granddaughter Violet Mayle makes her residence in Brownton, Barbour County, WV.

Son Dennis Mayle ( ? - ? ) needs to be researched.

Son Marcellous "Marce" Mayle (1925-2011) was born on Sept. 3, 1925 in Simpson, Taylor County. He was married and had eight children -- Cellous "Bob" Mayle, Danny Mayle, Marce Lee Mayle, Mickey Mayle, Brenda Mayle, Stevie Mayle and Judy Mayle. As an adult, he lived in Flemington, Barbour County. Said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, he "worked for the B&O Railroad for many years and later retired from the WV Department of Highways. He was an avid sportsman, who enjoyed hunting in his free time." He died atthe age of 86, in the Grafton City Hospital, on Nov. 19, 2011. Following a funeral led by Rev. David Maley, he was laid to rest in the Point Pleasant Cemetery in Barbour County.

~ Stepdaughter Ollie Frances Bell (Mayle) Newman ~

Stepdaughter Ollie Frances Bell Mayle (1877-1922) was born on Oct. 5, 1877. 

She wed David Mansfield "Mose" Newman (1868-1942).

They were married in about 1901 and moved to Moatsville, Barbour County, in about 1908. David was a farmer.

The Newmans had at least four children -- Hallie P. Bolner, Opal A. Newman, Beuford Carl Newman, Delphia V. Fisher and John E. Newman. When the federal censuses of 1910-1920 were taken, the family resided in the Cove District (Moatsville). Tragically, son John died at age eight of spinal meningitis -- see more below.

At the age of 45, suffering from membranous cysts in her lungs, Ollie passed away on Nov. 10, 1922. David M. Newman signed her official West Virginia certificate of death. She was laid to rest at Valley Center.A search has been made for her obituary in the Philippi Republican newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but none was found.

Widowed, David remained on the family farm near Moatsville. The 1930 census shows him making his residence with 23-year-old son Benford (farm helper) and 20-year-old daughter Delphia.

Tragically, David died just nine hours after he was struck by a moving automobile on June 23, 1942, of a severe brain concussion and broken ribs and arms. He was age 75. He was buried in the "Old Dutch Cemetery" near Kasson, Barbour County. Daughter Opal was the informant on his death certificate. A search has been made for his obituary in the Philippi newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but none was on file for the 1942 year.

Daughter Hallie Newman (1902-1988) was born on Aug. 14, 1902. She is believed to have married Floyd Bolner (1898- ? ) in Barbour County on Oct. 11, 1922. If so, she was age 19 at the time, and Floyd 24. He was a farmer. Tragically, he may be the same Floyd Bolner of Philippi who in 1931 began to demonstrate what doctors called "general paralysis of the insane." In early November 1933, he was admitted to the West Virginia State Hospital for the Insane in Weston, where he underwent clinical and laboratory testing. He died there 11 months and 27 days later, on Oct. 31, 1934, at the age of 36. His remains were returned to Barbour County for interment in Pleasant Creek Cemetery. Hallie survived her husband by more than a half century, with her home in Grafton and Moatsville (circa 1971). She died in September 1988 at the age of 86.

 

Barbour Democrat, 1971

Daughter Opal A. Newman (1904-1971) was born on Oct. 22, 1904 in Barbour County. She married Chenowith "Jay" Mitchell (1914-1985), son of Jesse and Corinda Belle Mitchell, on Feb. 15, 1946. Age 41 at the time of marriage, Opal was a decade older than her 31-year-old husband. They resided for decades in Moatsville and did not have any children. They were members of the Shiloh Church of the Brethren. Opal died at home in Moatsville on Sept. 4, 1971 when she was 66 years of age. An obituary in the Barbour Democrat noted that she was laid to rest in the Old Dutch Cemetery at Kasson (Nestorville), Barbour County, following funeral rites officiated by Rev. H.O. Poling. Jay survived for another 14 years. He passed into eternity in 1985 and rests with his wife in Old Dutch Cemetery.

Son Beuford Carl Newman (1906-1965) was born three days before Christmas 1906 in Kasson, Barbour County. During World War II, he served as a private first class in the 1375 Base Unit of the AAF. After the war, he returned home. On April 10, 1953, at the age of 46, he married 23-year-old Doris Jane (Workman) Garcia (1930- ? ). The daughter of Emmett and Pearl Workman of Moatsville, the bride was exactly half her husband's age. Rev. Elmer E. Suite, a Methodist minister, performed the marriage ceremony in Grafton, Taylor County. Doris had been married once before at the age of 18 to Ruben Severo Garcia of Newkirk, NM. Beuford died in West Virginia on May 27, 1965, at the age of 58, with burial in the Old Dutch Cemetery in Nestorville, Barbour County.

Daughter Delphia V. (or "Delpha") Newman (1910- ? )was born in 1910. She married Morris Fisher ( ? - ? ). Circa 1971, the Fishers made their home in Baltimore, MD. Nothing more is known.

Son John E. Newman (1913-1921)was born on Oct. 28, 1913. He did not survive childhood, and contracted a fatal case of spinal meningitis. He died on Dec. 28, 1921, at age eight, in Kasson, Barbour County. Burial was in the Center Cemetery or Old Dutch Cemetery.

~ Lingering Questions: Ethel Komindo? ~

We are researching the connection between Sarepta and Ethel (Mayle) Komindo, in whose home Sarepta died in 1963.

Ethel was the daughter of Morgan (1874-1942) and Sophronia (Mayle) Mayle (1877-1964). In turn, Morgan was the son of Jonathan and Matilda (Varner) Mayle, and the grandson of Reese and Delilah Male, while Sophronia was the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Mayle. 

Ethel's maternal grandfather, Richard Mayle, is interesting because of his leadership role in the family and community. At his death, the Barbour County Democrat stated that he was:

 

Obituary of Ethel Komindo's grandfather, Barbour County Democrat, 1929

...a patriarch among his people, a farmer emancipator and loyal citizen... A representative of West Virginia's very best citizenry, the deceased was so considered by those who knew him. Following the furrows on the hillsides or in the meadows he honestly earned his income by "the sweat of the brow," his friends explained today. In his honest endeavor to do the right he was said to have had a mighty throng of followers among his people in the Cecil section. He was today reported to have been a patriarch among his "kith and kin", nor did the reflection from a worthwhile life stop there, his honest and true hearted citizenship kept peace and contentedness when disorder prevailed. At times when hopes were dimmed, when a "war threat" almost brewed within the Cecil section this true Patriarch was said to have sought his friends' confidence and ask them ever to do the right. In reviewing the tragedies and happenings where white and colored generations were envolved [sic], he was said to have demanded for peace and order, and always told his people to stay within the law. With a calm head and steady hand his commanded his people to go their various ways, to obey the law. Now, where law violators run amuck, he was instrumental in bringing quiet and happiness. He thought for his people, explaining to them that "law is law" and they should obey it. Questions of serious importance to his race were so often considered that it was said to today, he was often asked to weigh them and his people would always take the advice so generously offered them. During the time that the race question was a problem for the state he was said to have pleased for the just and right and upheld principles that will follow him thruout the life of his and other generations.

Ethel was one of 12 children -- among the others Harold Bliss Mayle, Holly Mayle, Frederick C. Mayle, Harley Brooks Mayle, Victor Mayle, Mazella (Mayle) Mayle, Forrest C. Mayle, Jonathan Richard Mayle, Wilmer A. Mayle, Ruby Mayle and Grace Newman. Her father Morgan was a self-employed farmer, and they resided at Moatsville. During World War I, at the age of 44, Morgan registered for the federal military draft, and gave his race as white. 

 

Grafton newspaper

He was found dead in bed at the age of 69 on Dec. 11, 1942, with burial at Mt. View Cemetery. 

Sophronia outlived her husband by more than two decades. She passed into eternity in 1964.

Son Harold Bliss Mayle (1897-1977) was born in 1897. He was "employed by the coal mines for 15 years, and was a schoolteacher for over 30 years in the Preston and Taylor County Schools," said a newspaper. Circa 1971, he lived in Webster near Grafton. He died in 1977.

Daughter Grace Mayle (1899-1971) was born in 1899. She married Alston Gordon Newman ( ? - ? ) and resided at Philo, OH. They had four children -- Eunice Dalton, Meredith Newman, Robert Newman and Juaneta Newman. She was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church. As her health declined, Grace spent time at the Rosemont Hospital. She passed away at the Spencer State Hospital on Oct. 1, 1971. Her remains were returned to Philippi for burial at Welch Cemetery. Her obituary was published in the Morgantown (WV) Dominion Post.

Daughter Ethel M. Mayle (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901. At the age of 22, she married 27-year-old Serbian immigrant Emil Komindo (1896-1962) on June 30, 1923. Emil was the son of John and Helen Komindo. Rev. F.S. Bishop led the nuptials. Emil was a longtime coal miner. He died in an automobile accident at the age of 66 on Sept. 2, 1962. Ethel lived in Webster in the early 1970s. They had at least one known son, Carroll Bliss Komindo (1924-2007), who married Hazel (?) and lived in Detroit, MI and in Satsuma, FL.

Son Holly M. Mayle (1903- ? ) was born in 1903. Holly lived in Dalton, GA in 1971.

Daughter Ruby B. Mayle (1905-1929) was born in 1905.

Daughter Zella Mayle (1908- ? ) was born in 1908.

Son Jonathan Richard Mayle (1910-1940) was born on Jan. 4, 1910 in Barbour County. He was a farmer and resided in Moatsville, never marrying. He was stricken with pulmonary tuberculosis and died at the age of 30 on Oct. 9, 1940. Interment was in Mt. View Cemetery. 

Son Wilmer A. Mayle (1911-1939) was born in 1911. He never married. As an adult, he was employed by Ford Motor Co. He was afflicted with pulmonary tuberculosis and died at age 27 on Sept. 29, 1939. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery.

Son Frederick C. Mayle (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914. He grew up in Taylor County and resided in Miami, FL in 1971. 

Son Harley "Brooks" Mayle (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916. He lived in 1971 in Detroit.

Son Forrest C. Mayle made his residence in 1971 in Canton, OH.

Daughter Mazella Mayle married (?) Mayle. In the early 1970s, they lived in Simpson, WV.

Son Victor H. Mayle (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923. At age 17, in 1940, he resided with his parents near Grafton. He made his home in Detroit in 1971.

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