Claude Thomas ("Cloddie" or "Tod" or "C.T.") Minerd (1890-1966) was born on June 12, 1890 in Amesville, Athens County, OH, the son of Jacob and Martha "Bessie" (Buck) Minerd Jr. He was of medium height and build, and had blue eyes and dark brown hair. As a boy, the highest grade he completed was eighth grade.
Circa 1918, he resided at Guysville and was employed as a farmer by Mrs. Amy Cornell. He was a veteran of World War I, having served as a corporal in the 308 Motor Battallion. On his military draft registration card, he noted that his race was "African" and that his right foot was disabled, "caused by broken ankle."
Todd married Ethel (Frey) Grubb (1896-1983), the daughter of Lee and Maud (Perrin) Frey of Guysville. He was age 27, and she 21, at the time. Rev. W.H. Arthur performed the nuptials in Chauncey, Athens County, on Oct. 15, 1917. Ethel had been married once before, to Leonard Grubb, and they were divorced.
They were members of the Stewart Wesleyan Church.
The Minerds resided for many years in Guysville, Athens County but are known to have been in Springfield, Clark County in 1920-1922, when two of their daughters were born there.
They had 12 children -- Claude Watson Minerd, Bessie Beatrice Brown, Margaret Rittinger, Roberta Dailey, Mina Mae Boyer, Hazel "Cre" Yeater, Olive "Okema" Dunfee, Beverly Humphrey Thompson, Eudora Area Barnhart VanKeuren, Robert Thomas "Bob" Minerd, Harvey William "Bill" Minerd and Roy M. Minerd. At least five of the daughters were married at the age of 16, and one at 17.
In December 1927, Ethel and several of her children attended a birthday party for M. Coon in Guysville, and the news was published in the Sunday Messenger newspaper. When the federal census was enumerated in 1930, the family made their home in Rome Township, Athens County, with Todd employed as a truck driver for "public roads." That year, the census-taker marked the Minerd's race as "black."
In mid-May 1932, the Athens Messenger reported that "Tod Minerd and family have moved to the property of E.W. Cunningham at the corner of Main and Mill Streets" in Guysville.
When again counted in the 1940 census, the Minerds lived in a rented dwelling in Stewart, Rome Township, and Todd's occupation was as a road laborer with the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
Todd passed away on March 14, 1966. He was age 75.
Ethel died on Feb. 12, 1983, having outlived her husband by 17 years. She was laid to rest in the Stewart Cemetery. Her obituary in the Athens newspaper said she was survived by 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
~ Daughter Bessie Beatrice (Minerd) Brown ~
Daughter Bessie Beatrice Minerd (1914-1967) was born on Nov. 14, 1914 in Rome Township and grew up in her parents' home in Guysville.
At the age of 16, on April 26, 1931, she was joined in matrimony with 19-year-old Robert L. Brown (1911-1976). He was the son of Leslie H. and Florence (Founds) Brown of Athens County. Rev. B.H. Pugh officiated at the ceremony held in Athens. At the time of their marriage, Robert was a farmer and lived in the rural outskirts of Athens, Athens County.
They resided in Guysville and had three children -- Jim Brown, Eldon Brown and Donna Tanthorey.
Said the Daily Sentinel newspaper, Robert "attended the Pilgrim Holiness Church at Stewart and was a 33-year retired employee of the B&O Railroad. A resident of Guysville for the past 45 years, he retired from the food service department at Ohio University on Nov. 8 ."
Bessie passed away in or near Parkersburg, Wood County, WV on Oct. 5, 1967.
Robert survived Bessie by nine years. He died on Nov. 14, 1976, at the age of 65.
Son Jim Brown lived in Cannonville, OH in 1976.
Son Eldon Brown made his home circa 1976 in New England, OH.
Daughter Donna Brown married Thad Tanthorey. They resided in Coolville, Athens County.
~ Son Claude "Watson" Minerd ~Son Claude "Watson" Minerd (1918-2000) was born in 1918. He apparently was not living at home at the age of 12 when the family was enumerated by the federal census taker.
At the age of 18, in 1936, Claude wed Eulah Louise Christy (1917- ? ) in Pleasants, WV. They divorced in Athens County in May 1946, after a decade of marriage. They produced one known daughter -- Rita Rae West.
Federal census records for 1940 show the family residing in Rome Township, Athens County, with Claude employed as a road laborer with the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a job which his father also held at that time. In 1940, Claude's brother William lived under their roof.
Claude married his second wife, Mabel "Doll" (Jenne) Carnahan (1926-2012), on Oct. 22, 1949, in Washington County, OH. She was the daughter of Charles Everett and Ruth Myrta (Miller) Jenne of Little Hocking, Washington County. He was age 31 and she 23 at the time.
The couple went on to have these children and step-children -- Mark Minerd, Marion "Bud" Carnahan, Kimberly Johnson and Steve Jenne.
Claude served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. "He retired from Union Carbide following 30 years of service," said a newspaper, and resided in Guysville, Athens County. Mabel was employed for 29 years by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. They lived in Little Hocking and attended the Little Hocking United Methodist Church.
He passed away on Aug. 23, 2000, at the age of 82, and is buried in Rockland Cemetery in Belpre. At his death, he was survived by 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mabel survived her husband by a dozen years. Her final time was spent at The Arbors in Marietta, OH. She died there at the age of 86 on May 7, 2012.
Daughter Rita Rae Minerd (1940- ? ) was born in about January 1940. She wed Gary Lee West, son of Charles G. and Marjorie (Burton) West, on Nov. 16, 1957, in Franklin County, IN.
Son Mark Minerd wed Kathy and lived in Cutler, OH.
~ Daughter Margaret J. (Minerd) Makin Rittinger ~
Daughter Margaret J. Minerd (1920-1992) was born in 1920 in Springfield, Clark County, OH.
She married twice, first to (?) Makin.
On April 20, 1962, at the age of 42, she married again, to 45-year-old Leonard R. Rittinger (1917-1991). The Rittingers made their home in Chillicothe.
Leonard passed away on Aug. 26, 1991.
Margaret followed him to the grave less than a year later, and died in Chillicothe at the age of 72 on May 7, 1992.
~ Daughter Roberta "Bertha" (Minerd) Dailey ~
Daughter Roberta "Bertha" Minerd (1922-2010) was born on Dec. 1, 1922, in Springfield, Clark County, OH.
She married Howard Dailey (1917- ? ) on Jan. 14, 1939, a ceremony held in Meigs County, OH. Roberta was age 17, and Howard 22, at the time of their nuptials. Rev. Ralph Kuether officiated. She fibbed on her marriage license application, stating her age as 21 rather than 16, possibly to avoid having to obtain her parents' consent as she legally was underage.
Howard was the son of Hollie and Fernie (Bails) Dailey of Athens. The year they were married, she resided in Pomeroy, Meigs County as a housekeeper and he lived in Stewart, Athens County and earned income as a laborer.
They made their residence in Guysville and had one daughter, Saundra Martin.
Bertha was a longtime cook for Ohio University in Athens.
She passed away at the age of 87 on Sept. 11, 2010, at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, with burial in Stewart Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Athens Messenger.
Daughter Saundra Dailey married Robert Martin.
~ Son Robert Thomas Minerd ~
Son Robert Thomas "Bob" Minerd (1925-2007) was born in 1925.
He was married twice. With his first wife, he had two children -- Marlaine Herbert and Mark G. Minerd.
Later, at the age of 34, he married Barbara Louise Books ( ? - ? ) on Sept. 5, 1959, at Little Hocking. They had one daughter.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, on the USS Houston in the Asian-Pacific Theatre, Bob returned home to Guysville. He "went to work in the logging business with a team of horses," said the North Platte (NE) Telegraph. "He later moved to Ashtabula, Ohio, and started trucking over the road. He went to work for Consolidated Freight in 1965, and retired from there in 1985." In 1971, they moved to Nebraska, settling in the community of Hershey. There, Bob was a member of the local Shrine, Elks and American Legion.
Bob passed away at the age of 81 on Jan. 7, 2007, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, NE. He was laid to rest at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
~ Son Harvey William "Bill" Minerd ~
Son Harvey William "Bill" Minerd (1926- ? ) was born in about 1926.
When he was age 13, in 1940, he lived in the home of his married older brother and wife, Claude W. and Louise Minerd in Rome Township, Athens County.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces, joining in April 1945.
He married Mary Troillet ( ? - ? ), daughter of Tony and Clara (Worm) Troillet. They lived in Guysville.
~ Son Roy M. Minerd ~
Son Roy M. Minerd (1928-2012) was born in about 1928 in Athens County.
He resided in Athens.
Roy died in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Franklin County, OH at the age of 83 on March 3, 2012. His remains were returned to Stewart for interment in Stewart Cemetery. A short obituary was published in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
~ Daughter Mina Mae (Minerd) Boyer ~
Daughter Mina Mae Minerd (1929-2001) was born on July 23, 1929 in Guysville, Athens County. In her teen years she lived in Coolville.
At the age of 16, on Feb. 6, 1946, she married 40-year-old Jennings Thomas Boyer (1906- ? ). He was the son of William Andrew and Angeline (Miller) Boyer and was a native of Seaman, WV. Justice of the peace J.W. Bailey solemnized the nuptials in Athens. Wife and husband were almost a quarter century apart in age.
At the time the couple was married, Jennings made a living as a "common laborer" and lived in Stewart, Athens County.
The couple went on to reside in Columbus and had two foster daughters, Linda and Nita.
Jennings' fate is unknown.
Mina died at the age of 72 on Sept. 2, 2001, at Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus.
~ Daughter Hazel "Cre" (Minerd) Yeater ~
Daughter Hazel "Cre" Minerd (1931- ? ) was born on March 14, 1931.
On March 19, 1947, when she was age 16, Cre married 21-year-old Ted Yeater (1926-2010). Rev. Robert L. Hagenaner officiated in the ceremony held in Pomeroy, OH. Their marital union lasted for 63 years until separated by death.
Ted was the son of Brant and Stella Belle (Becker) Yeater of Coolville. He was a railroad laborer and lived in Frost, OH at the time of marriage.
The Yeaters made their home in Stewart, OH. Their children were Michael Yeater, Eva Mae Doak and Carol Carpenter.
Teddy served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Laborers Union No. 83 and the Athens American Legion.
Teddy passed away on Dec. 10, 2010, at the age of 84. He was laid to rest in a military funeral at Stewart Cemetery, led by Okey Ahart. The Athens Messenger said that he was survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Son Michael Yeater married Judy.
Daughter Eva Mae Yeater wed Donald Doak.Daughter Carol Yeater was united in married with Paul Carpenter.
~ Daughter Olive Okema (Minerd) Dunfee ~
Daughter Olive "Okema" Minerd (1934-2017) was born in about 1934.
She married Paul R. Dunfee (April 11, 1928-2007), son of Silas B. Dunfee and Mabel Bean Misner of Guysville.
They were the parents of Sherry Dunfee, Benton Thomas Dunfee and David Dunfee.
The Dunfees lived in Guysville, Athens County. Okema attended the Stewart Wesleyan Church in nearby Stewart. The Athens (OH) Messenger noted that she "spent her life taking care of her family and loved ones."
Paul was admitted to Hickory Creek Nursing Center where he succumbed at the age of 78 on Jan. 20, 2007. An obituary was published in the Messenger.
Okema lived for another decade as a widow. She passed away at home at the age of 83 on Jan. 25, 2017. Denny Bolin preached the funeral sermon, with burial in Wyers Cemetery in or around Coolville.
Daughter Sherry Dunfee wedded Richard Byrd. In 2007, they lived in Columbus, Franklin County, OH and in 2011 she resided in Guysville.
Son Benton Thomas Dunfee (1950-2011) was born in about 1951. He married Rebecca "Becky" (?). Their children were Rodney Dunfee and Rhonda Knopp. They dwelled in Maryville, TN in 2007, where he belonged to the Masons. Benton died at the age of 60, on Nov. 1, 2011, at the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in nearby Knoxville, TN. Rev. Roger McCoy officiated at memorial services held at the Stewart Wesleyan Church. In an obituary in the Athens (OH) Messenger, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Son David R. Dunfee (1955-2014) was born on June 27, 1955 in Athens. He and Bonnie Kessel produced a daughter, Michele Dunfee. Later, he was joined in matrimoy with Donna Starkey ( ? -living). They lived in Guysville in 2007 and in Athens in 2014. In 2011, they endured the heartbreak of the death of their daughter. David died at home at the age of 58 on Feb. 7, 2014. Rev. Roger McCoy led the funeral service. Bonnie Kessel later married Alan Hodge.
~ Daughter Beverly (Minerd) Williams Thompson ~
Daughter Beverly Minerd (1936-2008) was born on Sept. 1, 1936 in Stewart, Athens County. She attended Rome-Canaan High School and was a member of the Stewart Wesleyan Church.
On Oct. 7, 1952, at the age of 16, Beverly married 22-year-old farmer Carl E. Williams (1930- ? ), son of Ray and Pearl (Atherson) Williams. At the time, he lived in his hometown of Guysville, Athens County.
Later, she wed Clarence Thompson (1929-1981), the son of Louis and Margaret (Moore) Thompson of Pomeroy, OH. Clarence had been married once before, and brought four children to the marriage -- Janine Thompson, Debby Thompson, Mike Thompson and Steve Thompson.
Beverly and Clarence had at least one son of their own, Brian Thompson, and resided in Stewart, Athens County. Several other children were involved in some way -- Nancy Lanning, John Williams and Kelly Davis.
Clarence was employed from 1974 to 1981 as a mechanic at Bill Edwards Pontiac in Athens. He passed away at the age of 52 on May 16, 1981, "following an extended illness," reported the Daily Sentinel. Interment was in the Stewart Cemetery.
Beverly survived her husband by more than a quarter of a century. She kept company for most of that time with her companion, James "Jim" Howell. She died on Dec. 18, 2008, at the age of 72,in Marietta Memorial Hospital. The Athens Messenger published her obituary with a photograph, noting that she was survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her remains were placed into rest in Stewart Cemetery.
~ Daughter Eudora Area (Minerd) Barnhart VanKeuren ~
Daughter Eudora Area Minerd (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 in Athens, OH.
She first was wedded to (?) Barnhart.
They were the parents of three sons -- Randy Barnhart, Thomas Barnhart and William Jay Barnhart.
Later, Eudora was united in marriage with (?) VanKeuren and lived in Kissimmee and Eustis, FL.
Eudora earned a living as a certified nursing assistant in Florida nursing homes. She was a member of the Paisley United Methodist Church in Paisley, FL.
Eudora passed into eternity at the age of 79 on Dec. 28, 2017.
Son Randy Barnhart married Beth and they make their home in Barnhart, FL.
Son Thomas Barnhart lives in Deland, FL.
Son William Jay Barnhart was wedded to Stacey. They reside in Paisley, FL.
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