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Elizabeth (Minard) Minor

Elizabeth (Minard) Minor was born in June 1883 in Mount Independence, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of William H. and Olive (Stull) Minerd. She was but the tender age of one year when her father tragically was killed in a coal mine explosion in 1884. 

At the age of 16, in 1899, Elizabeth married 17-year-old Albert Miner (or "Minor") (1882-1948). He was the son of Daniel Zane and Lucinda (McClain) Miner, and grandson of Washington and Margaret (Nicely) Provance, also known as "Minor." These Miners originated in Ohio and are not yet known to be related to our group. (See their entry on our "Do They Fit?" page.) 

Elizabeth and Albert had no children. The 1900 census shows the newlyweds making their home in North Union Township, Fayette County. Albert's occupation that year was as a fireman.

When the census was enumerated in 1910, Albert, Elizabeth and widowed mother in law Ollie Zebley were listed in the same home. Also residing there that year were Elizabeth's 11-year-old half sister, Alice Zebley, and Albert's 15-year-old sister Mada Miner.

Dunbar's landmark Semet Solvay ovens

The federal census of 1920 shows Elizabeth, Albert and mother Ollie living under one roof in Dunbar. That year, Albert was employed as a hotel clerk, and the census-taker spelled his name as "Minerd." 

They were longtime members of the Dunbar Methodist Church.

In 1930, the census shows that Albert was a laborer in an enameling plant in Dunbar, Fayette County.

Mother Ollie died in the Minor home on May 31, 1939. 

Albert passed away at the age of 67 on Aug. 23, 1948. He was laid to rest at Hopwood Cemetery. The Daily Courier reported that he was survived by his widow and three sisters -- Caroline Eli ("Ealy") of Renova; Daisy Varndell of Hopwood; and Mrs. Harry Milliron of Buffalo, NY.

Elizabeth spent her final years in Dunbar. Suffering from colon cancer, she passed away at the age of 68 at Connellsville State Hospital on Nov. 12, 1950. She was laid to rest in either Sylvan Heights Cemetery or Hopwood Cemetery, following a funeral led by Rev. William A. Linaberger, Jr. of Franklin Memorial Methodist Church. The Daily Courier said in her obituary that she was survived by her half sister Alice McPeak of Pittsburgh and brother George of Uniontown.

Copyright 2006, 2009-2010 Mark A. Miner

Photograph of Semet Solvay Ovens courtesy of Donna Myers