The incessant march of time continues to take a huge toll on our extended family of tens of thousands of cousins. On average, we lose a cousin or spouse every 1.89 days.
Sadly, in the years that have elapsed since July 1, 2000, when we started counting with precision, an alarming number of Minerd- Minard- Miner- Minor cousins and spouses has passed away, all of them descendants of southwestern Pennsylvania pioneers Jacob and Maria (Nein) Minerd Sr. We extend our deepest sympathy to their loved ones.
The data suggest that, on average, we may lose a cousin or their spouse as frequently as every 2.00 days. No epidemic illness is at work. Rather, it's the normal cycle of life, reflecting the family's enormous headcount and the aging of the baby boom generation.
It's a staggering toll, but certainly is not comprehensive, as we have no true way of knowing the status of every single branch of the clan. The lists of past years' data will be backfilled as we learn more.
Only a miniscule fraction of the total names at death was some form of M-M-M-M -- less than one percent. Not surprisingly, everyone else carried some other, different name -- more than 99 percent of the headcount. This is because, as the family has grown to an immense population, the proportion of cousins who descend from females doubles with each succeeding generation, and with that the number of other names.
Jan. 1, 2022 to Present (2):
Dr. Gordon Richard Kern - Findlay, OH - Jan. 3, 2022
Family of Dorothy Lena (Stoner) Sheldon
Donald Eugene Carson - New Athens, OH - Jan. 2, 2022
Family of Henry "Franklin" Minard