Emily Jane "Minnie" (Minerd) Mayle was born on Dec. 26, 1870 in Barbour County, WV, the daughter of William and Margaret (Mayle) Minerd. She also was known as "Emma" or "Emeline" and had the additional nickname of "Minnie."
When Emily was a young girl, her parents separated and then divorced. She and her siblings were divided among relatives, and she and her sister Cyrene went to live with their maternal grandparents, Reese and Delilah Mayle, near Grafton, Taylor County, WV. The girls are shown in the Mayle household in the 1880 census, when Emily was age nine, and Cyrene age four.
At the tender age of 14, she married 22-year-old Charles Luther "Little Charlie" Male (1864-1958) on July 1, 1886. It's possible that Charles' parents were George "Washington" and Margarette (Pritchard) Mayle, but this is not yet proven with precision. Emma and Charles were both residing in Barbour County at the time of marriage, but the wedding took place at the home of "Washington" Male in Tygart Valley in nearby Taylor County. "William Miner" was one of the informants providing information for the marriage license. Rev. Thomas Wells officiated.
They resided over the years in Moatsville, Barbour County, and are known to have had at least seven children -- Susan "Blanche" Kennedy, Ulysses "Scott" Mayle, Alva Dallas Mayle, Elzie "Burley" Mayle, Dicy S. Mayle, Cora Belle Kennedy and Leona Gale (Mayle) Mayle.
The Mayles made their home circa 1889 in Oakland, Garrett County, MD, when son Alva was born. In 1900, the federal census shows them living in Barbour County, where Charles was a farmer.
Emily died sometime before 1910.
When the federal census was taken in 1910, Charles was shown to be a widower, and working as a farmer in the Pleasant District of Barbour County.
It's possible that Charles died of a stroke at the age of 67 at Clemtown, Barbour County, on April 13, 1929. His death certificate marks him as "widowed."
~ Daughter Susan "Blanche" (Mayle) Kennedy ~
Daughter Susan "Blanche" Mayle (1887-1949) was born in 1887. As a young woman, worked as a servant for a private family prior to her marriage, as shown on the 1910 census.
At the age of 24 or 25, she married 22-year-old Henry Floyd Kennedy (1890- ? ) on July 29, 1912. Rev. W.B. Pimm performed the ceremony, held in Philippi. Blanche was three years older than her husband.
Henry was a coal miner and carpenter, and she a housewife. They lived in Moatsville, Route 3, in rural Barbour County.
The Kennedys had at least three children -- Gillespie Kennedy, Wilmoth Kennedy and Wannetta (Juanita?) Kennedy.
The census of 1920 shows the family in Barbour County, living with Blanche's widowed father. In the 1940s, the Kennedys made their residence on Route 1, Moatsville.
Blanche died at home of a heart attack at the age of 62 on Nov. 14, 1949, with burial at Mt. View Cemetery. In her obituary in the Grafton Sentinel, the headline erroneously read "Bertha" Kennedy rather than "Blanche" Kennedy.
Henry outlived her by a dozen years. He died in 1961, at the age of 70. They rest together for eternity at Mt. View.
Son Gillespie Kennedy made his home on Route 3, Moatsville, in 1949.
Daughter Regina Kennedy married (?) Mayle and lived in the late 1940s in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA.
~ Son Alva Dallas Mayle ~
Son Alva Dallas Mayle (1889-1964) was born on March 15, 1889 in Oakland, Garrett County, MD. He was short and slender, with black eyes and black hair. He was a veteran of World War I.
At the age of 32, Alva married 19-year-old Lillie Belle Mayle (1900-1970), believed to have been the daughter of Charles Ross Maxwell Mayle and Eleby Jane (Pritchard) Mayle. The marriage took place on Aug. 23, 1919, at Philippi, officiated by William Coleman. On their Barbour County marriage license, the information provider was named as "Mr. Charles R. Male, Order of Scott Mayle & A.D. Mayle."
They produced 10 children -- Laco Mayle, Alva "David" Mayle, Douglas Mayle, Maxine (Mayle) Mayle, Emmajean (or "Imogene") Mayle, Zeldine Mayle, Ernestine "Tina" Sheme, Arlene B. Faulkiner, Erma Lee Mayle and Sheila June Smith.
The Mayles lived at Moatsville in 1930 and at Grafton Route 1 (considered the Prichard community of Moatsville) in 1956. Alva was a longtime coal mine laborer, and circa 1918 worked for the Sterling Coal Company in Cecil, Barbour County.
Alva died on Feb. 22, 1964, in Philippi, at the age of 74. His funeral was led by Rev. Murray Mayle. At the time, said the Grafton Sentinel, he was survived by 26 grandchildren and three stepchildren.
Lillie Belle survived her husband by six years. She died in Moatsville on April 2, 1970.
Son Laco Mayle lived in Canton, OH. He was deceased by 2017.
Son Douglas Mayle married Janet (?). They made their home in Newton Falls, OH and later in Gray Court, SC. He was deceased by 2017.
Daughter Maxine Mayle married Donald Mayle and lived in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA in 1964.
Daughter Emmajean Mayle married Michael Mayle and lived on Route 1 in Grafton.
Daughter Zeldine Mayle married (?) Soufis. She moved to Zanesville, Muskingum County, where she lived in 1964.
Daughter Ernestine R. "Tina" Mayle (1933-living) was born in 1933. On Nov. 25, 1958, at the age of 25, Tina married 20-year-old William Donald "Donnie" Sheme (1938-1968), son of William and Dalena (Dalton) Sheme. They had four children over the span of their 10 years of marriage -- among them Kirk Sheme, Pamela Sheme and Amy Sheme. The family were members of the Pritchard Wesleyan Church in Clemtown near Philippi. In 1964, they resided in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. By 1966, they had relocated back to West Virginia, where William obtained employment as a shuttle car operator with Consolidation Coal Company as a miner at its Farmington No. 9 Mine in Farmington, Marion County. His wife's cousin Hartsel Lee Mayle, son of Charles Elihu and Nancy Catherine (Kennedy) Mayle, also worked with him at the No. 9 mine. Another of their ill-fated co-workers was Wayne Ralph Minor Sr. (1919-1968), of the unrelated English family of John and Rella Ann (Myers) Minor of Wetzel County, WV. Tragedy swept across both families on the fateful day of Nov. 20, 1968. The mine exploded violently, and the miners were trapped inside, sealing their doom. Local newspapers largely ignored the tragedy, while national news media flocked to provide coverage. Time magazine, Life magazine and the Associated Press all came to the scene report the story to national and international readers. Click to see NBC-TV's coverage at the time. Days, weeks and months of gnawing anxiety passed without the families knowing with certainty that their loved ones were dead. William's body was not recovered for five-and-a-half years, until March 13, 1974. His remains were placed at rest in the Prichard Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery. Ernestine survived him by decades, making her residence in Knottsville. In November 2011, William's tragic story was revisited with the publication of Bonnie E. Stewart's book, No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster, produced by the West Virginia University Press. He is named on pages 194 and 221.
Daughter Arlene B. Mayle (1936-2008) was born on Nov. 10, 1936. She wed Carvel V. "Cobb" Faulkiner ( ? -living) and called Moatsville home. She passed away in Philippi on Nov. 4, 2008. Cobb continued to reside in Philippi circa 2017.
Son Alva "David" Mayle (1938-2017) was born on Aug. 27, 1938 in Moatsville, Barbour County. In about 1964, at the age of 26, he was joined in wedlock with Connie Best ( ? -living). Their marriage lasted for 53 years until the separation of death. The Mayles lived in Newton Falls, OH and by 2010 were in Canton. They were the parents of Lori Deitz, Lisa Berger, Diana Kettlewell, Susan Heskett, David Mayle, Douglas Mayle and a daughter who died in infancy. He served in the U.S. Army and was employed for many years by the Laborer’s Local 1015, a position from which he retired. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and a member of Crystal Park Wesleyan Church in Canton, where he was "well-loved" as a Sunday School teacher, executive board member, visitation pastor, confidant and friend. Sadly, David and Connie endured the death of their married daughter Susan Heskett and an infant daughter. Toward the end of his life, he began teaching a Spiritual Development class to the men at New Destiny Treatment Center. On the fateful day of May 27, 2017, while at the family's cabin in West Virginia, David died suddenly at the age of 78. His remains were returned to Canton for services at the family church, followed by interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. An obituary noted that his survivors numbered 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Daughter Sheila "June" Mayle (1945-2009) was born on July 7, 1945 in Moatsville. She wed Terry "Shotgun" Smith ( ? - ? ). They settled in Newburg, Preston County, WV and had two children -- Brent L. Smith and Tamara J. "Tammy" Sigley. June passed away at home in Newburg at the age of 64 on Dec. 29, 2009. Interment was in the Prichard Cemetery, in a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. An obituary was published in the Preston County Journal.
~ Son Ulysses "Scott" Mayle ~
Son Ulysses "Scott" Mayle (1892-1956) was born on April 25, 1891 (or 1892), in Barbour County or Taylor County. (Records differ.)
As a young adult, he was of medium height and slender build, and had black hair and eyes. In 1917, he worked for the Humphrey Coal Company of Philippi. That year, at age 25, he registered for the military draft, and the draft officer listed his race as "colored."
Scott wed Bertha Croston (1887-1973), daughter of John W. and Sabina (Mayle) Croston, on July 15, 1918. He was age 27, and she 29, at the time. Rev. G.H. Snyder officiated. Both groom and bride were labeled as "colored" in the official county record of their marriage.
They resided at Berryburg, Barbour County in 1930 and later in North Philippi, where Scott labored for many years in local coal mines. He suffered from emphysema and bronchitis, perhaps brought on by his years of inhaling coal dust. The couple did not reproduce.
Scott died at the age of 63 on March 2, 1956, at the Philippi Hospital. Following the funeral at Olive Hill Methodist Church, burial was in the Welch Cemetery near Philippi. An obituary in the Philippi Republican said his death occurred "following a long illness."
Bertha outlived her husband by 17 years, and passed away in 1973.
~ Daughter Leona Gayle (Mayle) Mayle ~
Daughter Leona Gale Mayle (1896-1942) was bon in 1896.
She was married to cousin Clifford Lee Mayle (1897-1936), the son of Lewis and Sarepta "Thrippy" (Kennedy) Mayle. They were farmers who resided in Cecil near Grafton, Route 5 and were members of the Wesley Methodist Church.
They had 10 children -- Hazel Mayle and Louvenia Mayle of Canton, OH; Mabel Mayle of Moatsville; and Rosaline Dalton, Maxwell "Mack" Mayle, Glenn Mayle, Vonda Bud, Fredda Newman, Thomas Edward Mayle and Clifford Esperin Mayle.
Tragically, while in his 30s, Cliff suffered for two years from nephritis, and died at the age of 39 two days after Christmas 1936. Funeral services were led by Rev. Fred DeCost of the Mt. View Church, with burial at the Mt. View Cemetery.
Adding to the heartbreak, Leona was expecting when her husband died, and the little child, named Clifford Espirin Mayle, only lived less than a year, and died of pneumonia in on Dec. 7, 1937.
Leona only outlived her husband by six years. She contracted tuberculosis, an illness she battled for six years, and succumbed at the age of 45 on April 9, 1942. As with her husband, the funeral was held at Mt. View Church, with services led by Rev. Gerald Rogers, with interment at the church cemetery. The Grafton Sentinel published obituaries for both Leona and Clifford. Their son Maxwell of Grafton was the informant on her death certificate.
Daughter Roseline Margaret Mayle (1916-1974) was born on Dec. 3, 1916 in West Virginia. She married Coy Calvin Dalton ( ? - ? ). They resided in West Virginia and later moved to Canton. They had nine children. Roseline died on March 19, 1974, at the age of 58, at Canton's Molly Stark Hospital.
Daughter Hazel Josephine Mayle (1918-1991) was born on May 26, 1918 in Cecil, Barbour County. She married a cousin, Herbert W. Mayle (1913-1996), son of Jefferson Davis and Lucy Jane (Croston) Mayle. View their bio for more.
Daughter Emma Louvenia "Beanie" Mayle (1920-2004) was born in 1920. She married Roscoe "Jack" Mayle (1916-1970), son of William Esker and Laura Agnes (Kennedy) Mayle. The Mayleses lived in Canton and had six known children -- Barton W. Mayle, Larry Leo Mayle, Hubert Mayle, Vietta "Coog" (Mayle) Mayle, Diana Newman, Bonnie Newman and Donnie Mayle, Evelyn Mayle and Everett Mayle. At the age of about 53, Jack died in Canton on Jan. 18, 1970, of causes not yet known. Emma outlived her husband by almost 35 years. She "lived in Canton most of her adult life," said the Canton Repository, and was a "member of the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church of Canton." In her later years, she made her home with her single sister Vonda Budd. Sadly, she endured the deaths of their children Evelyn and Everett. Emma died in Canton at age 83 on March 1, 2004. Her remains were returned to Grafton for burial at Pritchard Cemetery, where generations of the family rest for eternity. At her death, she and Jack had produced 27 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and "many loving great-great grandchildren," too numerous to count.
Daughter Mabel Victoria Mayle (1922-2007) was born on Sept. 20, 1922. She lived for many years in Shinnston, Harrison County, WV. She died on March 15, 2007.
Son Melvin Maxwell "Mack" Mayle (1925-1985) was born in 1925. He died at the age of 60 in 1985.
Son Roscoe Glenn Mayle (1927-1978) was born on March 27, 1927 in Barbour County. He married Dorothy E. Budd (1930-2010), a native of Smoketown, OH and the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Buckius) Budd. They resided in Canton and had these these nine known children -- Clifford A. Mayle, Ronald L. "Ronnie" Mayle, Glenda Mayle, Tracy Lee Mayle, Gail Mayle, Vonda Salmi, Evelyn Mayle, Barbara Schumacher Mitchell McAnnally and Lawrence Mayle. Roscoe passed away in January 1978, at the age of 50. Dorothy is believed to have remained in Canton as a widow, and survived her husband by more than three decades. She died on June 26, 2010 in Canton's Mercy Medical Center. Her remains were cremated and placed into repose in the cluster of family graves in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Canton. Among her survivors, reported the Canton Repository, were 23 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. It was the second of three deaths in the immediate family in 2010, among the others their daughter Glenda Lou Parsons and son Ronald L. Mayle.
Daughter Vonda Lea Mayle (1930-2003) was married to (?) Budd but had no children. She lived in Canton, Stark County, OH, where she "was a member of Crystal Park Wesleyan Church of Canton," said the Canton Repository. She had "many nieces and nephews, which she was a grandmother or mother to them." She died on Dec. 19, 2003 at the age of 73 in Canton's Aultman Hospital "following a sudden illness," said the Repository. She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery following a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle.
Daughter Freeda Earlstine Mayle (1932-1998) was born in 1932. She married (?) Newman and lived in Canton in the early 1990s. She passed away at the age of 66 in 1998.
Son Thomas Edward "Ed" Mayle (1934- ? ) was born in 1934. He resided in Aiken, SC in 1991-2004.
~ Son Elzie Burley Mayle ~
Son Elzie "Burley" Mayle (1903-1930) was born in 1903. He was a coal miner who lived in Moatsville, R.F.D. 3, near Grafton, Taylor County.
Unmarried at age 27, he was struck and killed by a train on Sept. 21, 1930, dying of a fractured skull.
In reporting the accident, the Grafton Sentinel said that he was "sleeping across the track on the opposite side from the locomotive engineers" and that "physicians believed him to be under the influence of intoxicants at the time he fell asleep on the railroad track." He was rushed to the Grafton City Hospital, where he died a few hours later.
Said the Sentinel: "The Rev. Fred Decoste will officiate at the funeral services at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning in the home of Ray Kennedy at Cecil, and burial will be made in Mt. View Cemetery, near there."
~ Daughter Cora Belle (Mayle) Kennedy ~
Daughter Cora Belle Mayle (1898-1976) was born in 1898 and married to a cousin, Ressie "Ray" Kennedy (1894-1990), the son of Ruth Ann (Minerd) Kennedy. They had 10 children. See Ray Kennedy's bio for more details.
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