Martha Ellen (Mayle) Mayle was born on May 2, 1875 on Laurel Creek near Philippi, Barbour County, WV, the daughter of Hiram "Poke" and Margaret (Minerd) Mayle. She is one of but a few cousins known to have lived beyond the age of 100.
When Martha was age 18, she married 28-year-old Lewis Mayle (1865-1927), the son of George William and Nancy (Dalton or Croston) Mayle. The wedding took place in Barbour County, WV on May 15, 1893.
The Mayleses went on to have 11 children -- Effie Szabellone, Elizabeth Collins Minard, Raymond Male, Reason ("Rezin") Mayle Sr., Ernest Mayle, Freeman Mayle, Haymond Mayle, Carcin "Carsey" Mayle, Clifford Mayle, Mabel Mayle and Gertie Mayle. One of their sons was also known as "Jake."
In 1900, Martha and Lewis and daughters Effie and Elizabeth lived near Philippi. The 1910 census shows the family in the Philippi area, living along the county road, with Lewis marked as a farmer.
When the federal census was enumerated in 1920, they resided in the west district of Philippi, where Lewis was a 56-year-old coal miner.
Lewis passed away of stomach cancer, just three days before his 62nd birthday, on April 7, 1927. Burial was in the Norris Cemetery.
Martha outlived her husband by an extraordinary 53 years, and remained his widow the entire span of that time. Before her own death at the age of 105, she buried nine of her children.
In the 1930 census, Martha is shown making her home along Route 69 with her sons Reason, Haymond, Freeman and Clifford along with cousin Darlena Johnson.
Circa 1966-1967, when she would have been age 96-97, Martha resided in Canton, Stark County, OH. During those two years, she suffered the death of her 89-year-old brother Elza and 72-year-old daughter Mary Elizabeth Minard. Martha was mentioned in their respective obituaries in the Grafton Sentinel and the Barbour Democrat.
In late April 1975, having reached the age of 100, she was residing on Route 2 in Grafton, and endured the passing of her 59-year-old son Clifford.
Martha died at the age of 105 in June 8, 1980, in or around Grafton, Route 2. The Barbour Democrat published her age as 112, and her birth year as 1868, but that number is not correct based on our research. The Democrat added that she "was a homemaker and was a Wesleyan Methodist for most of her life." At her death, she was survived by three grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 12 step great-grandchildren and 28 step-great-great grandchildren. With Rev. Winfield and Rev. David Maley officiating, she was laid to rest in the Old Poke Cemetery on Laurel Creek.
Their son Haymond provided genealogical information for a 1979 thesis report by Dorothy J. Cox of Marshall University, entitled A Marginal Group in West Virginia: An Historical and Cultural Study.
~ Daughter Mary Elizabeth (Mayle) Collins Minard ~
She twice married. Her first husband was Clayton "Dode" Collins (1888- ? ), son of Noah and Rosanna Collins. On Nov. 23, 1912, when she was age 18 and he 22, they were wed in Philippi by the hand of Rev. J.F. Chenoweth, minister of the Universalist Church.
Seven years later, after an apparent divorce, she married a cousin, Tillison Forest Minard (1894-1973), the son of William and Elvira (Male) Minerd. She was age 23 at the time, and he 25. They were wed on June 2, 1919, with Rev. M.C. Harris officiating. Their marriage lasted for 48 years, until the separation of death.
She had no children.
She died on March 16, 1967, in Philippi's Broaddus Hospital, at the age of 72. She was laid to rest in the Mayle Cemetery, with her funeral led by Rev. J. Franklin "Frank" Peoples.
~ Daughter Effie (Mayle) Szabellone ~
Daughter Effie Mayle (1894-1981) was born on March 25, 1893 near Philippi.
Effie married (?) Szabellone (or "Sgabellone ").
They lived in Philippi.
She died in 1981, the year after her mother, and is buried at Old Poke Cemetery.
~ Son Reason Mayle Sr. ~
Son Reason Mayle Sr. (1904-1965?) was born in 1904.
At the age of 23, he married a cousin, 18-year-old Edna Miner (1909-1928), on July 18, 1927. She may have been married once before to a Norris, though given her very young age, this is in question. She was the daughter of Charles William and Effie (Curry) Minard Sr. and the granddaughter of Sarah (Minerd) Wright.
They resided in Grafton, Taylor County.
Tragically, as she neared her 16th birthday, Edna and their infant son Reason Mayle Jr. died in childbirth, he on Leap Day (Feb. 29) and she on March 2, 1928. Edna was laid to rest in Pitman Cemetery south of Philippi, and the infant in Bluemont Cemetery in Grafton.
The 1930 census shows the widowed Reason making his home with his mother.
He may have eventually moved to Canton. Adding further tragedy, he may be the same "Reson Mayle," age 62, who went missing on Dec. 19, 1965 and whose body was found a week later, beside a road southeast of Canton, reported the Coshocton Tribune. "He apparently was the victim of a hit-run driver, officials said. The body was discovered by a passerby, who noticed a shoe in the road, looked around and found Mayle half hidden in weeds."
The details of his death need to be confirmed. A search has been made for an obituary in the Barbour Democrat newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but none was found.
~ Son Haymond Mayle ~
Son Haymond Mayle (1906-1997) was born on Aug. 2, 1906.
He married Bessie (Decost) Kennedy (1904-1986), the daughter of Doddridge "Tug" and Rosa May (Male) Decost, and the niece of Rev. Frederick Albert Decost, said to be the "best funeral preacher around." The wedding took place on Oct. 28, 1936, when he was age 30 and she 32. Rev. M.C. Harris officiated.
The Mayleses had three children -- Vivian Crabtree, Myrtle (Mayle) Maley and Winfred Franklin Mayle. They also suffered the still birth of a baby on Oct. 10, 1940 in Philippi.
Bessie had been married before to Ed Kennedy, in 1931, and brought two children to the second marriage, Agnes Mayle and Elwood Kennedy.
They lived in Canton circa 1967. Said a local newspaper, Haymond "was a retired shear machine operator in a salvage yard and a member of the Church of God." On Oct. 28, 1986, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and their photograph was published in the Barbour Democrat.
A little less than two months after their anniversary, Bessie died on Dec. 21, 1986, at the age of 82.
Haymond outlived her by 11 years. He died at the age of 93, in Grafton City Hospital, on Dec. 28, 1997. Rev. David Maley and Rev. Kermit Maley officiated at his funeral. Haymond and Bessie and their descendants are buried in the Old Poke Cemetery near Philippi.
Son Winfred Franklin Mayle (1934-1998) was born on Aug. 7, 1934. He resided in Webster, Taylor County. On Aug. 5, 1953, at the age of 19, Winfred married a cousin, 18-year-old Christina Rosetta "Tean" Kennedy (1931-2014), daughter of Ressie Ray and Cora Belle (Mayle) Kennedy Sr. They resided in the Webster community near Grafton and had six children -- Joseph Haymond Mayle, David Mayle, Randall Mayle, Donald Mayle, Robert Mayle and Patty Mayle. They resided in Canton, OH circa 1968 and in Grafton in 1990-2011. Reported the Grafton (WV) Mountain Statesman, Christina "was a homemaker and also worked outside the home for ten years as a nurse’s aide in various nursing care facilities in Canton, OH and also as an in home personal care giver. She was a member of Grafton Wesleyan Holiness Church." He died on June 25, 1998 (or 1999), in Grafton, at the age of 64. Christina outlived her husband by 16 years. She died in the Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facility in Cecil, Taylor County on Christmas Eve 2014. At her death, said the Mountain Statesman, she was survived by 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. She was placed into eternal repose in the Mt. View Cemetery, with Rev. David Maley officiating.
Daughter Myrtle Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1956, she was united in matrimony with Albert Lee "Ab" Maley (1934-2010), son of Dorsey and Leota Maley of Grafton, Taylor County, WV. They lived in North Canton, OH, where Albert was employed with Cement Masons Local No. 109. They also were members of the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church. As volunteers, they helped develop the Clinton Camp of Clinton, PA, and Albert was president of the organization for 11 years, from 1998 to 2009. Their three children were Rev. Lee Maley, Dr. Michael W. Maley and Brian Maley. Said the Canton Repository, "Ab touched many lives during his 76 years on this earth, he was a friend to all he met." He passed away at the age of 76 on Dec. 5, 2010. Rev. Robert Bolois officiated at the funeral service, held in the family church. His remains were placed into eternal repose in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Ab's obituary in the Repository named his surviving siblings as Kathleen Maley of Bruceton Mills, WV; Mary Maley of Flemington, WV; and David Maley of Grafton, WV; and his deceased siblings as Bernetta, Kermit and Ted. He also left behind nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Step-daughter Agnes Kennedy (1924-2012) was born on Jan. 16, 1924 in Philippi. She wed Goldie E. Mayle Sr. ( -1999). They had a remarkable 13 children, among them Johnnie Mayle, Keith Mayle, Goldie E. Mayle Jr., Randall Mayle, Diana Mayle, Shela Mayle, Cathy Mayle, Debbie Mayle, Gary Mayle, Frank Mayle, Charles Mayle, Roger Mayle and Oscar Mayle. They relocated to Canton and were members of the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church of Canton. Goldie Sr. passed away on Feb. 27, 1999. Agnes survived him by 13 years, maintaining her home in Canton. She outlived four of her sons -- Johnnie, Keith, Goldie Jr. and Randall. She died at home at the age of 88 on March 28, 2012. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
~ Son Carcin Mayle ~
Son Carcin "Carsey" Mayle (1909-1923) was born in 1909.
He died of tuberculosis at the age of 14, on March 4, 1923, when the family was living near Philippi.
Burial was "on Laurel Creek," likely in the Old Poke Cemetery.
~ Son Ernest Mayle ~
Son Ernest Mayle (1910- ? ) is lost to history. He may also have been known as "Jake."
~ Son Freeman Mayle ~
Son Freeman Mayle (1915-1962) was born in 1915 in Philippi.
He never married but spent his life in Philippi, where he worked as a laborer.
He died at the age of 48 on Aug. 12, 1962. Cause of death was ruled as "natural causes." Burial was in Mayle Cemetery. A search has been made for an obituary in the Barbour Democrat newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but the issue for the date in question was not on the film.
~ Son Clifford Mayle ~
Son Clifford Mayle (1916-1975) was born on April 15, 1916 in Philippi.
He lived in Philippi in 1967. He later moved to Canton, Stark County, OH.
Clifford died in a Canton hospital at the age of 59 on April 28, 1975.
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