David R. Minerd was born on Nov. 15, 1864 at Rogers Mills, Fayette County, PA, the son of Joel and Catherine (Seneff) Minerd. He was a farmer and seems to have spent his entire 39 years of life in the area. He never married.
In 1895, David is known to have "lost a valuable horse." An 1895 issue of the Connellsville Courier boasted that "David Minerd wants the news and is therefore a subscriber for the Courier." Later that year, the Courier said he was "suffering from lung trouble," and the following spring said he "is worse again."
Active in church, David was elected librarian in 1900 of the Hillview Church Sunday School near Normalville.
On Dec. 6, 1903, David died at his parents' home. The Courier eulogized that he "had been ill for a number of years, suffering from consumption. His last illness, however, was of only a few weeks' duration. The funeral was held Tuesday and services were conducted by Rev. E.E. DeHaven and the remains interred in the old Seneff graveyard, near the deceased's late home."
His grave is unmarked.
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