Inez Gertrude (Hayes) Crippen was born on Feb. 27, 1890 in Rome Township, Athens County, OH, the daughter of Susanna Minerd and -- reputedly -- Mahlon Hayes. Because of her mother's biracial heritage (Pennsylvania German and Native American), she and her children faced lifetimes of racial discrimination.
Family lore states that the girl's father was Mahlon Hayes (1852-1924), the son of Bartlett and Lucinda (Butts) Hayes. Mahlon -- who was white and married -- was a farmer who employed Susanna and her brother Jacob. Hayes was married to Ida M. (Crippen) Hayes and had a family of eight children.
Two other sources -- official documents of their adult children -- give Inez's maiden name as a form of "Mayle."
Thus Inez's half brothers and sisters were Carl Hayes, Kenneth Hayes, Thomas Hayes, Riley B. Hayes, Emmett T. Hayes, Winifred A. Hayes, Everett R. Hayes and Guy Hayes.
When Inez was age one, her mother married former slave Fleming Woody (1855-1915). He may have adopted the young Inez unofficially as his own. Inez may also have taken on his surname -- "Woody" -- as she was listed in the 1900 federal census.
Inez grew up in the same community as her father and half-siblings, but it is unknown whether she had any relationship with them.
At the age of 18, in about 1908, Inez married Zenas Lafayette "Zean" Crippen (1886-1965). He was a farmer, and the son of Lorenzo Dow and Almeda (Wyers) Crippen of Champaign County, OH. This must have been somewhat awkward as Inez's birth father was married to a Crippen, who in turn was the daughter of James R. Crippen (1819- ? ).
Inez and Zean went on to have nine children, among them Walter Walter Crippen, Mamie Louise Bond, Harry Lorenzo Crippen, Lena Leota "Lennie" Barnhart, Erma Gertrude Crippen, Winifred Frances Crippen, Carrie Irene Barker, Nellie M. Haffner and Zeanas Albert Crippen.
The photograph seen here shows Zean and Inez, at upper left with some of their family. Clockwise, from top: daughter and son in law Nellie and Daniel Haffner, daughter Carrie Barker and son Zeanas Crippen.
Zean apparently could not write, as he signed his name with an "X" on a daughter's marriage license application.
When the federal census enumeration was taken in 1910, Zean and Inez and two-year-old son Walter made their home along Hocking River Road, with Zean employed as a farm laborer. That year, they lived just two doors away from James D. Kyle (who later married Inez's cousin, Edna Minerd).
The 1920 census shows the Crippens living in Rome Township, Athens County, with Zean continuing his occupation as a farmer. When the census again was taken in 1930, the Crippens were in Rome Township, with eight children and granddaughter Norma L. Deininger in their home.
The photograph seen here shows Inez with her daughter Carrie Barker.
On Feb. 3, 1924, Inez's father Mahlon Hayes died at the age of 72, caused by uremic poisoning and chronic swollen kidneys. He was laid to rest in the Bean Cemetery.
Interestingly, the 1930 census taker marked Zean as "white," while Inez and their children all were listed as "negro."
Inez suffered from chronic congestive heart failure, and died from its effects at the age of 59 on June 19, 1949. On her official Ohio death certificate, her mother was listed as "Susan Minard" and her father as "unknown." She is buried in Wyer's Cemetery near Stewart, Athens County.
Zean outlived his wife by 16 years. He passed away on Oct. 20, 1965, at the age of 79.
~ Son William Walter Crippen ~
Son William Walter Crippen (1908-1974) was born in 1908.
He married a first cousin on his father's side, Goldie Marie Crippen (July 25, 1915-1977), a native of Luwig, OH, and the daughter of Harry W. and Goldie G. (Brooks) Crippen.
Together, they produced a brood of three children -- Helen Marie Crippen, William Charles Crippen and Walter Marvin Crippen.
The family made a home in Stewart, OH and belonged to the Pilgrim Holiness Church. In an interesting twist, Goldie's sister Lucille Doris Crippen was married to Hayward C. Younkin, son of Carl Cyrus and Dorothy Leah (Yahn) Younkin of the family of "Squire" John and Anna Margaret (Trout) Younkin.
William died in 1974, a the age of 66.
Goldie outlived her husband by three years. When her health failed, she was admitted to Selby General Hospital in Marietta. There, she died at the age of 61 on May 11, 1977. An obituary was printed in the Times Recorder. Her survivors included seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the family church, with burial following in Wyer Cemetery near Stewart.
Daughter Helen Marie Crippen ( ? -1988) was born in (?). She appears to have been twice-wed. Her first husband was (?) Newton ( ? - ? ). Their brood of children included Tammy Caplinger, Lee Newton, John Newton, Rodney Newton, Stanley Newton, Scott Newton and Jeff Newton. Later, she entered into marriage with Harry Gheen ( ? -1981). The Gheens resided in Malta, OH in 1977-1988. Helen earned a living with Malta Manufacturing, part of Phillips Industries of Malta. Sadly, Walter died in 1981. Helen outlived him by seven years. After suffering a heart attack at age 54, Helen was admitted to Bethesda Hospital where she surrendered to death on Oct. 20, 1988. Evangelist Heil Gilliland led the funeral service, with the remains then cremated. Her obituary appeared in the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Son William "Charles" Crippen (1936-2007) was born on Oct. 18, 1936 in Athens County. He is known to have served in the U.S. Army and worked for years as a laborer at Malta Manufacturing Company. Charles He dwelled in 1977 in McConnelsville, OH -- in 1988 in Malta, OH -- and in 2007 at 133˝ South Seventh Street in McConnellsville. He belonged to Rose Farm Church of Christ, volunteering his time as a deacon. When his health plummeted, he was admitted to Genesis Health and Rehab Center, where he surrendered to the angel of death at age 71 on Dec. 18, 2007. The remains were cremated. The Zanesville Times-Recorder printed an obituary.
Son Walter "Marvin" Crippen (1942-2011) was born on Aug. 2, 1942 in Stewart, OH. In young manhood he pursued boxing and lived for a time in Chicago. He apparently was married twice. His first bride was (?). Their brood of children were Michele Kirkbride and Amber Hill. Then circa 1981, at the age of 39, he wed Linda K. Whitehouse ( ? - ? ). He was in Chesterhill, OH in 1977 -- Deavertown, OH in 1988 -- and Crooksville, OH in 2011. Marvin was employed for many years by Malta Manufacturing. He was a member of the Crooksville lodge of the Eagles and belonged to the Rose Farm Church of Christ. He died at the age of 68, at home, on Feb. 9, 2011. His obituary was printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Pastor Larry Taylor officiated the funeral service, at the family church, followed by cremation.
~ Daughter Mamie Louise (Crippen) Bond ~
Daughter Mamie Louise Crippen (1909-1997) was born on Aug. 29, 1909 in Stewart, Athens County.
On Feb. 4, 1931, when she was 21 years of age, Mamie married 31-year-old farmer Howard A. Bond (1899-1968), son of Thomas and Allie (Buff) Bond of Coolville, OH. The bride was 11 years younger than the groom. Their nuptials were conducted in Athens County, by the hand of justice of the peace C.H. Porter.
Howard was divorced from Edith Marie Cole (1903-1952) and brought a stepson to the marriage with Mamie -- Garrett Bond.
The Bonds went on to have 10 more children -- Norma Nelson, Hazel Pinnell, Charles Bond, Clyde Bond, Ronald Bond, William Harry "Bill" Bond, Garner Bond, Judith Brunty, Clarice Gonzales and Jimmy Ray Bond.
Circa the 1920s-1930s, the Bonds dwelled in Coolville, OH.
Sadly, their soldier-son Clyde was badly burned in a firing range explosion at Fort Sill, OK in 1954 and succumbed to his injuries after seven weeks of suffering.
Howard died in 1968.
Mamie outlived him by nearly three decdes. She passed into eternity in 1997, at the age of 87. They sleep side by side for eternity in Wyers Cemetery, Guysville.
Stepson Garrett Bond (1921-1997) was born on May 18, 1921 in Pomeroy, OH. In young manhood he found a job with an optical company. Garrett was thrice-wed. On June 6, 1942, at the age of 23, he was united in matrimony with his first wife, fellow optical worker Mary Josephine Bean (1912-1994). She was the daughter of Newton and Clara (Beatty) Bean. Rev. F.P. Reynolds officiated. Mary claimed to have only been three years older than her husband but in fact it may have been nine years in actuality. His second spouse was Marie Eileen ( ? - ? ). In tme he was joined in wedlock with Patricia ( ? - ? ). In all, he was the father of Gary R. Bond, William M. Bond, Catherine Brooks, Christine Ogden and Tricia McCann. Evidence suggests that their home was in Columbus, OH. He was a member of the Columbus lodge of the Moose and the African Violet Society. Their last years together were spent in Cape Coral, FL. There, he died at the age of 75 on June 27, 1997. An obituary appeared in the Columbus Dispatch and a notice of his passing was printed in the Fort Myers News-Press. The body was returned to Ohio. Fr. Charles Cotton led the funeral service, and the remains were lowered under the sod of St. Joseph Cemetery.
Daughter Norma Bond (1929-2010) was born on Nov. 7, 1929 in Frost, Athens County. She was joined in holy wedlock with Thor Nelson (June 2, 1919-1985) and lived over the years in Coolville and Guysville, OH. Together, the pair produced a brood of 11 offspring -- Sharon Butler, Delores Calvert, Rebecca "Becky" Stine, Wanda Cline, Lisa Nelson, Billy Nelson, Mark Nelson, Michael Nelson, Robert Nelson, Clyde Franklin Nelson and Ruth Boggs. Sadness cascaded over the Nelsons when Thor died on Oct. 29, 1985. The family endured the heartbreak of the deaths of sons Robert and Clyde and daughter Ruth. As a widow, Norma made her residence in Guysville. She passed away at the age of 80 on Jan. 21, 2010. Leading her funeral service was Pastor George Horner, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery. The Athens Messenger printed an obituary.
Daughter Hazel Leota Bond (1931-1997) was born on Aug. 5, 1931 in Frost, Athens County. She entered into marriage with (?) Pinnell ( ? - ?). As of 1996-1997, she was living in Grafton, WV. Death enveloped her at the age of 66 on Nov. 5, 1997. Her remains are said to be interred in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Preston County, WV.
Son Charles Bond put down roots in Guysville, OH.
Son Clyde Elwin Bond (1933-1954) was born on Jan. 2, 1933. As a young man, he dwelled in Frost, Athens County. He joined the U.S. Army and in 1954 was stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK in Battery C of the 967th Field Artillery. Tragically, while at the Fort Sill firing range on July 27, 1954, a shell exploded, igniting gunpowder and burning him and several other fellow soldiers. The burns covered the upper and lower extremities, face, neck and chest. Reported the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "A round of high explosive anti-tank ammunition exploded in the barrel of a 105 mm self-propelled howitzer,... burning six crew members and two rescuers, three of them seriously. Quick thinking by two soldier spectators, themselves burned about the hands and face, was credited with saving the lives of two crewmen who ran from the scene, their clothes ablaze... The shell burst in the gun, shattering the breecn block from which flames shot out among the crew and set off a smoke shell in the turret." He was treated in Brooke Army Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, TX, remaining there for seven weeks. During that time, he contracted staph and yeast infections as well as hepatitis and bronchial pneumonia. Death mercifully carried him away at the age of 21 on Sept. 15, 1954. The body was transported back to his native Athens County for burial in Wyers Cemetery, Guysville.
Son Ronald M. "Ronnie" Bond (1936-2017) was born three days after Christmas 1936 in Frost, Athens County, OH. Circa July 2959, he tied the knot with Sarah E. Barnhouse (July 28, 1941-2012), daughter of Hunter and Geraldine (Farnsworth) Barnhouse of Cadiz, OH. They became the parents of six -- Larry Bond, Andrew Bond, Pamela Bond, Kim Bond and Sandra Erwin in addition to a son who died in infancy. Ronald and Sarah were local legends at a dirt racing track near Marietta known as Skyline Raceway. He was known locally as "Ronnie" and competed in a "No. 10" Buick racecar later driven by a grandson. When the track's finances fell on hard times, the Bonds stepped in and operated the facility for several years, during which time it was renamed "Bond Raceway." Ronald is said to have had a "laid back demeanor" but competitive drive on the track which made him popular among fans. He is said to have maintained racing Buicks in an era when Chevrolet small-block engines had become preferred among the racing set. He also promoted spring car races. Sarah earned a living as a longtime school bus driver for Federal Hocking Local School District. One source has called her "an avid dirt track race mome to all. Everyone called her Momma Bond." Sarah succumbed to the spectre of death on July 20, 2012 as a patient in O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens. In tribute, a race was named in her honor -- Sarah Bond Memorial -- taking place in August. As a widower, Ronald is known to have been in Coolville, OH circa 1996-2017. Sadly, he died at home at the age of 80 on April 30, 2017. The remains were cremated. An obituary in the Athens Messenger noted the headcount of his survivors as 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. On their grave marker were inscribed the images of two checkered flags, a race car and a school bus.
Son William Harry "Bill" Bond (1928-2008) was born on Nov. 25, 1938 in Coolville, OH. In young manhood he liked to race Ford automobiles at Bond Speedway, later named Skyline Speedway. William appears to have spent his life in Coolville. He entered into marriage with Mary Ann ( ? - ? ). Their four offspring were Laura Bond, Sherry Bond, Susan Bond and Glen Emrick. The couple eventually divorced but remained on good terms. Sadly, William surrendered to the angel of death on Dec. 18, 2008. Rev. George Horner led a graveside service at Coolville's Fairview Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Athens Messenger.
Son Garner Bond has lived in Coolville, OH. Circa 1970, his wife served as secretary of Coolville's Grace Brethren Church.
Daughter Judith "Judy" Bond ( ? - ? ) wed (?) Brunty ( ? - ? ). She made her home in 1996 in Coolville, OH.
Daughter Clarice Bond ( ? - ? ) married (?) Gonzales ( ? - ? ). She relocated to Illinois and in 1996 was in Aurora, IL.
Son Jimmy Ray Bond Sr. (1948-2009) was born four days before Christmas 1948, the youngest child in the family. He resided for years in Coolville, OH, with an address of Brinstone Road in 2009. Jim was wed to Candace Clay ( ? - ? ), daughter of Sharon Stark, and to Denise ( ? - ? ). Three children in this family were Josie Bond, Jerry Bond and Jimmy Ray Bond Jr., as well as two stepchildren, Kenny and Kelly. Jimmy and his son Jimmy Jr. enjoyed working together on automobiles, especially Ford Mustangs. The family was plunged into mourning when Jimmy Sr. died at the age of 60 on Jan. 31, 2009. Said an obituary, "He was always smiling and happy." Funeral services were conducted at Coolville's Fairview Church. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery. Former wife Candace married again to Steven Clay and resided in 2020 in Athens, OH.
~ Son Harry Lorenzo Crippen ~
Son Harry Lorenzo Crippen (1912-1970) was born on Aug. 5, 1912 in Stewart, Athens County.
He had a grammar school education. In adulthod he stood 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighed 165 lbs., with blue eyes and red hair.
There is conflicting information about his marriage(s).
Federal census enumeration records for 1940 show Harry at age 27 cohabitating with his 20-year-old "wife" Bertha. At that time, they lived in Alexander Township, Athens County, with him earning a living through employment with the Works Progress Administration. The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome unemployment during the Great Depression. It's widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings.
When required to register for the military draft in October 1940, Harry disclosed that he was living near Athens, was self employed and that his wife was "Bertha Miltia Crippen."
Then on April 1, 1943, when he was about age 30, he married 30-year-old practical nurse Bertha Marie Matthews (May 22, 1912-2000), a native of Ames Township, Athens County, and the daughter of John and Bessie (Everett) Matthews. The wedding was held in or near Chillicothe, Ross County, OH, by the hand of Rev. G.W. Whyman of the Walnut Street Church. At the time of their marriage, both lived in Chillicothe, he at 180 East Main Street and she at 174 West Main Street. On their marriage license, both groom and bride marked that they had not been previously married. News of their marriage license was published in the Chillicothe Gazette.
The very next day after the marriage, on April 2, 1943, Harry went to Clarksburg, WV to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served as a corporal with the 356th Sta Hospital, for a term of more than two years.
After hismilitary service ended, Harry returned home. Over the ensuing years of their marriage, the pair did not reproduce.
The 1950 U.S. Census lists Harry and Bertha residing on a farm in Columbia, Meigs County, OH.
Their home together in 1970 was in Albany, Athens County, at the address of 51 Clinton. He held a membership in the Albany post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Harry's final employment was for two decades with Tennessee Gas & Transmission Company in line maintenance.
The Crippens took a driving vacation to Oklahoma in the spring of 1970. While on the way home, on June 5, 1970, in Carthage, Jasper County, MO, Harry became stricken. He was taken to McCune Brooks Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. The cause of death was pronounced "presumed natural causes." Bertha provided details for the official Missouri death certificate, giving the maiden name of Harry's mother as "Inis Mayles."
His remains were shipped back to Ohio to sleep for all eternity in Athens County Memory Gardens. Rev. James Grooms led the funeral service, and an obituary was publishedin the Athens Messenger.
Bertha survived her husband by three decades. Death swept her away in Columbus, OH at the age of 88 on Oct. 16, 2000.
~ Daughter Lena Leota "Lennie" (Crippen) Barnhart ~
Daughter Lena Leota "Lennie" Crippen (1914-1993) was born on Aug. 17, 1914 in Frost, Athens County.
In nuptials held in Athens County on Feb. 1, 1934, when Lennie was age 19, she married 19-year-old farmer Roy Monroe Barnhart (Aug. 14, 1914-2000). He was a native of Coolville, Athens County and the son of Lod and Argosia (Cole) Barnhart. Because both bride and groom were underage, their parents had to sign legal consents.
Roy was 5 feet, 11 inches in height and 160 lbs. in weight.
They bore three children together -- Clyde "Eugene" Barnhart Sr., Patricia Barnhart and Phyliss Barnhart.
Roy was required to register for the military draft in 1940. He revealed that, at age 26, he lived in Coolville and that he generated income as a farm laborer and in direct government relief. He also stated that Isaac Barnhart of the Guysville exchange was his telephone connection.
The federal census enumeration of 1950 shows the family living in Rome Township, Athens County. That year, Roy earned a living as a railroad laborer for a construction company while Lennie was postmistress of the community.
The couple eventually divorced.
Lennie died in Athens at the age of 79 on Sept. 18, 1993. The remains were lowered under the sod of Wyers Cemetery in Guysville, Athens County. Her official Ohio death record lists her mother's maiden name as "Hayes."
Roy dwelled in Athens during his final years. The angel of death carried him away in Athens on Sept. 29, 2000.
Son Clyde "Eugene" Barnhart Sr. (1934-1991) was born in on Jan. 3, 1934 in Frost near Stewart, Athens County. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, enlisting on April 30, 1952. Evidence suggests that he entered into marriage with Creszentia "Susie" Wiesmair (Nov. 11, 1931-2016), a native of Vienna, Austria and the daughter of Maria Weismeyer. They became the parents of Johnny H. Barnhart, Roy M. Barnhart, Darlene Faye Barnhart, Clyde Eugene Barnhart Jr., Michael Barnhart and Debbie Dailey. Clyde Sr. spent two decades in military service and circa 1953 was posted in Austria. Then in 1956-1957 he was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. Later in 1957, he was transferred to Germany, with the entire family moving in November and making a home in Mannheim-Kaefertal. Grief swept over the Barnharts when nine-month-old son Clyde Jr., stricken with acute infection of the larynx, died in McKee Barracks in Crailsheim, Germany on June 6, 1958. His tender remains were shipped back to Ohio for burial in Guysville, with proper reports filed with the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Clyde received his Army discharge on June 30, 1972, and the family returned to Athens County. They were plunged into mourning in mid-summer 1979 when their son Johnny drowned while boating in the Ohio River near Parkersburg, WV. Sadly, he died on Sept. 8, 1991, in Parkersburg, WV. An obituary was published in the Marietta (OH) Times. The widowed Susie outlived Clyde by a quarter of a century and resided in Guysville. As a patient in O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, she surrendered to the angel of death at age 84 on April 17, 2016. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Guysville's Carthage Cemetery. Her obituary appeared in the Athens Messenger and the Gallipolis (OH) Daily Tribune.
Daughter Patricia Barnhart ( ? - ? )
Daughter Phyliss Barnhart ( ? - ? )
~ Daughter Erma Gertrude (Crippen) Mayle ~
Daughter Erma Gertrude Crippen (1916-2003) was born on June 10, 1916.
Circa 1933, she married widower Luther Elsworth "Lute" Mayle (1883-1952). Luther was 35 years older than his bride, and the son of John and Sarah (Dalton) Mayle of nearby Wesley Township, Washington County, OH.
Luther's first wife Chaney (also known as "Jennie" or "Janey") (Parsons) Mayle (1894-1924) had died of organic heart disease on April 23, 1924, and he brought these children to the marriage with Erma -- Forest A. Mayle, Sarah "Faye" (Mayle) Mayle, Daniel Mayle, Okey Roscoe Mayle, Al Gershen Mayle and Harley Mayle.
Erma and Luther resided in Chesterhill, Morgan County, where he was a coal mine laborer.
They produced 10 children of their own -- Russell Mayle, Delores Mayle, Robert G. "Bob" Mayle, Shirley Carnes, James Mayle, John Mayle, David Lee Mayle, Marion Mayle, Karen Mayle and Sharon Mayle. (Click to see the summary of all the known marriages between Minerd- Minard- Miner- Minor and Mayle-Male families over the years.)
Luther passed away at the age of 69 on March 27, 1952, of colon cancer. In his obituary, the Zanesville Times-Recorder said he had "dug coal more than 50 years in the mines around Sharpsburg." Burial was in the old "miner" section of Mount Hermon Cemetery.
So significantly younger than her husband, Erma outlived Luther by more than half a century. She remained in her home four miles south of Chesterhill during part or all of that time and generated income through her work as a practical nurse. Her world was filled with sadness when enduring the untimely deaths of a number of her children and grandchildren.
She died on May 29, 2003 as a patient at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, OH, at the age of 86. Her remains were interred in Mount Hermon Church Cemetery, with Rev. Delbert Bennett officiating. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that she was survived by 24 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Her grave marker was colorfully decorated with orange, purple, pink and yellow flowers when photographed by the founder of this website in September 2015.
Step-daughter Ethel May Mayle (-1910-) was born on Feb. 11, 1910 in Bern Township, Athens County. Sadly, the baby girl died of typhoid fever at the age of seven months on Sept. 6, 1910. The infant's tender remains were placed into eternal rest in Chesterhill Cemetery. Ed Mathew of Sharpsburg signed the Ohio death certificate.
Stepdaughter Sarah "Faye" Mayle (1911-1997) was born on Feb. 3, 1911 in Lathrop, Athens County. She married William L. Mayle (1912-1999). They resided in Utley, Athens County in 1946, Sharpsburg in 1952 and London, OH in 1968. Their nine children were Arlis A. Mayle, William "Luther" Mayle, Roger D. Mayle, Patricia Miller, Julius E. "Judy" Mayle, Anthony "Wayne" Mayle Sr., Richard Mayle, Chaney Fischer and Daisy Mayle. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, the couple dwelled in Bern Township, Athens County. That year, the census-taker recorded the family as "negro," and William was employed by the federal government's Works Progress Administration as a laborer on a road construction project. They belonged to the Lathrop Mission Church. In 1995, they dwelled in Marietta, Washington County, OH. Faye died two days before Christmas 1997. Rev. Henry Mayle and Pastor Lael Barkman co-officiated at the funeral service. In an obituary, a Zanesville newspaper noted that she was survived by 34 grandchildren and 67 great-grandchildren. William only survived her by a little more than a month, and joined her in eternity on Jan. 30, 1999. They rest side by side in Mount Hermon Cemetery near Amesville. Their grave marker was highly decorated with white crosses, flowers, statues and plantings when photographed by the founder of this website in May 2016.
Great-grandson Luther Nelson Mayle (1951-2020) was born on Dec. 9, 1951 in Columbus, Franklin Couinty, OH. At the age of about 26, circa 1977, he was united in the bonds of matrimony with Joyce "Peeper" Male ( ? -living). Their union endured for 43 years. The children born to this couple were Luther Nelson Mayle Jr., Brian Mayle, Shane Stacy, Teresa Mayle, Carrie Tabler, Heather Hill and William Mayle. In 2020, the family resided in Athens, Athens County, OH. Luther died at home at the age of 68 on Oct. 29, 2020. An obituary said that he was survived by 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Great-grandson Lawrence M. "Barney" Mayle ( ? -living) dwelled in Amesville in 2020.
Step-great-grandson James Kennedy has resided in Columbus.
Step-great-grandson Jason Mayle lives in Columbus.
Step-great-granddaughter Yolanda Shaw was deceased by 2020.
Great-granddaughter Jo Ann Mayle has made a home in Amesville.
Great-granddaughter Loretta Stacy was deceased by 2020.
Great-granddaughter Elizabeth Mays established her residence in Columbus.
Stepdaughter Sarah Mayle (1912- ? )
Stepson Daniel Mayle (1913-1932) was born on Feb. 3, 1913. He labored during his teenage years as a farmer. Tragically, on the fateful day of Sept. 15, 1932, he was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 19 when his vehicle failed to navigate a turn in Bern Township, Athens County. Authorities said that the vehicle had been going too fast to navigate the curve. Burial was at Mount Hermon Cemetery.
Stepson Forest A. Mayle (1915-1946) was born on Sept. 12, 1915 in Athens County. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II as a corporal and member of the 715th Medical Sanitary Company. Forest never married. He was employed as a coal miner with Black Diamond Coal in Athens County and made his residence in rural Sharpsburg, Athens County. Heartache struck the family when, on June 14, 1946, the 30-year-old Forest was shot and killed by a .22 cal. rifle wielded by Willard Edwin "Eddie" Norris in Bern Township. The interment of the remains took place in Mount Hermon. "No reason was ever given for the shooting," said the Athens Messenger. "Norris and Mayle, with other companions, had spent the evening together in the Tick Ridge area of eastern Athens County. Norris stopped at a friend's house to borrow a gun on the pretext of going ground hog hunting, then returned to the car and shot Mayle who was standing beside the vehicle." (The 5 a.m. incident is believed to have occurred at the home of cousins Jesse and Ivy [Minerd] Fischer.) "Throughout his trial Norris declined to give a reason for his action." Norris was found guilty of murder and spent more than two decades in prison before his sentence was commuted by Ohio Gov. James Rhodes.
Stepson Okey Roscoe Mayle (1917-1983) was born on Feb. 12. 1917 in the coal mining community of Lathrop, Athens County. He married Dorothy (Beckwith) Williams (1916-2013), a Chicago native and the daughter of George and Jennie Beckwith. In all, he had 18 children -- including Carole Ann Lucas, Juanita Miller, Denise Marie Mayle, Lisa Renee Mayle, Robert Mae Williams, Nora Jeanne Gandy, Cynthia Diana Coombs, Thomas Williams Jr., Richard H. Williams, John Henry Mayle, Okey Michael Mayle, Byron Edward Mayle, James R. Mayle, Forrest Woody Mayle, George Leslie Mayle, Theodore Allen Mayle, Sandra Mayle and Dorothy Mayle. Okey served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II. They lived in Detroit in the 1940s and '50s, but by 1968 had returned to Athens, Athens County. He died on Nov. 4, 1983, at the age of 66, "as a result of injuries received while working on his automobile," said a local newspaper. He is buried at Mount Hermon, with the funeral services led by Rev. Frank Peoples of Philippi, Barbour County, WV. Dorothy survived her husband by three decades. Reported the Athens Messenger, "After graduation of high school in Chicago, she completed two years at Ohio University. She was employed at River Valley Community School as a caregiver, and was active in her church, the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses." At the age of 97, having outlived seven of her children and one son-in-law, she joined Okey in eternal life on Sept. 29, 2013, and is buried beside him in Mount Hermon.
Stepson Al Gershen Mayle (1919-1991) was born on July 1, 1919 in Lathrop, Athens County. He was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Rose Spats ( ? - ? ). He is known to have been the father of four -- Al Kaylen Mayle, George B. Mayle, Jesse E. Mayle and Sophia Davis. When he was age 27, circa 1946, Al lived in Sharpsburg, Athens County. He relocated to Akron, Summit County, OH and was there in 1952. He earned a living for many years as a construction worker. In matters of faith, he belonged to the Baptist church. In 1968, he made his residence in Columbus, Franklin County, OH and in 1991 in Millfield, OH. Sadly, at the age of 72, he passed away in Athens' O'Bleness Hospital on Dec. 11, 1991. His funeral services were conducted in Mount Hermon Community Church near Amesville, by the hand of Brother Steve Heskett. Interment of the remains was in the sacred soil of the adjoining church cemetery. An obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Inscribed at the top of his grave marker, photographed by the founder of this website in September 2015, is the single word "Father." The marker was highly decorated with flowers, a cross and other colorful objects.
Stepson Harley Andrew Mayle (1921-1998) was born on April 5, 1923 in Amesville, Athens County, OH. In 1949, at the age of about 24, he was joined in wedlock with 17-year-old Clara Marie Kennedy (1932-1978). The couple produced a family of these known children -- John Andrew Mayle, Alberta May Norris, twins Conny Mayle and Johnnie Mayle Sr., Tony Andrew Mayle, Rhonda Mayle, Sheila Matheny, Delores Marie Mayle, Janet Sue Kennedy and Gloria Jean "Jeannie" Reynolds. Harley made his home in Sharpsburg in the 1940s and '50s and was the informant on his father's death certificate in 1952. The family lived for a time in Detroit and Saginaw, MI and also in Columbus, Franklin County, OH. Sadly, Clara succumbed to death in 1978. Burial was in Pritchard Cemetery in Clemtown near Philippi. Harley lived for another two decades after his wife's passing. Circa 1983-1997, he resided in Philippi, Barbour County, WV. He was named in the 1997 Zanesville, OH obituary of his sister Faye Mayle. Harley died in Philippi on Jan. 15, 1998. The remains were interred in the Pritchard Cemetery in Clemtown near Philippi.
Daughter Karen Mayle ( ? - ? ) lived at home in 1968. She was united in matrimony with (?) Robinson ( ? - ? ). Her home in 1991 was in Vincent, OH and in 2003 was in Zanesville. By 2023, she had relocated to Veto, OH.
Daughter Sharon Mayle ( ? - ? ) resided at home in 1968. She wedded (?) Evans ( ? - ? ). She was in Baltimore, MD in 1991 and in Pittsburgh's Sewickley community in 1997-2005.
Son Russell Benny Mayle (1934-2005) was born on May 27, 1934 in Stewart, Athens County. When he was 18 years of age, on May 7, 1953, he was joined in wedlock with 19-year-old M. Melzena Mayle (Oct. 21, 1933-2013), a native of Cutler, Washington County, OH and the daughter of Harry and Gertrude Mayle. At the time of marriage, Russell earned a living as a laborer, and Melzena lived in Athens County, OH. The Mayles bore three sons -- Timothy Mayle, Terry Mayle and Richard "Rick" Mayle. Russell worked for many years for Central Ohio Coal Company as a driller an doiler. He belonged to the United Mine Workers of America local 1604. The family were members of the Chesterhill Church of Christ, and Russell enjoyed hunting and sports. They were in Pennsville, OH in 1997 and in Stockport, OH in 2003. Russell died in Pennsville, Morgan County, OH at the age of 70 on March 3, 2005. Interment was in Mount Hermon Cemetery, with Rev. Delbert Bennett preaching the funeral sermon. Melzena survived her spouse by eight years. She passed away as a patient in Genesis Health Center of Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH on Aug. 5, 2013. Evangelist Rich Lemal officiated at the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the Morgan County Herald.
Daughter Delores Mayle ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2003.
Son Daniel "Dan" Mayle ( ? - ? ) lived in Guysville in 1991 and in Chesterhill in 1997. He was deceased by 2020.
Son Robert G. "Bob" Mayle (1940-2020) was born on April 3, 1940 in Amesville, Athens County. When he was 21 years of age, on April 26, 1961, he was united in holy matrimony with Gloria Lee Croston ( ? - ? ). Their marital union endured for 58 years. The couple dwelled in Stockport and Chesterhill, Morgan County, OH. They produced a family of four children -- Barbara Mayle, Tonya Mayle, Rex Mayle and Ginger Mayle. For half a century, from about 1947 to retirement in 1997, Robert worked for Laborers Local No. 639 in Marietta. In his spare time, he liked to coach softball and baseball, pitch horseshoes, hunt deer and tend his garden. He also liked to cut grass, said his family, "probably while singing 'Running Bear'." He also is said to have "never met a stranger and helped anyone, friends and family alike." Sadly, at the age of 80, he was gathered in by the angels on April 3, 2020. Interment of the remains was in Chesterhill Cemetery.
Son David Lee Mayle (1949-1968) was born on May 12, 1949 in Athens County. Tragically, the 18-year-old David and 19-year-old Mayle cousin Larry Vernon Hill died of carbon monoxide poisoning on April 6, 1968 while sleeping in an automobile near Amesville, Athens County. The Zanesville Times Recorder speculated that the two men "had apparently pulled off Ohio 329 about two miles south of Amesville to sleep sometime early Satruday. A resident in the area noticed the car and notified the poatrol." Hill was the son of Hobart and Martha Marie (Mayle) Hill of Zanesville, and at the time of the tragedy had been employed at Burnham Boiler Corporation. Bishop Vinton Smith presided at the funeral service held at the Mount Hermon Evangelical United Brethren Church. David's remains were lowered into repose in Mount Hermon Cemetery near Amesville.
Daughter Shirley Mayle (1941?- ? ) was born in about 1941. Evidence suggests that she has been married twice. Her first spouse was Everett DeCosta ( ? - ? ), son of Harold Thompson of Chesterhill and grandson of Clara DeCosta of Grafton, Taylor County, WV. They were the parents of a son, Everett Eugene DeCosta. The marriage collapsed when Everett was convicted and jailed for non-support and issuing bad checks, reported the Zanesville Times Recorder. He was imprisoned in Columbus, and Shirley and the baby moved back into her mother's home four miles south of Chesterhill. Grief shattered the family when her 10-month-old son Everett suffocated in his sleep on March 31, 1966. Local sheriff told the Times Recorder that "the infant pulled a blanket over his mouth and nose during the night" and that the death was "accidental." Shirley and Everett divorced. By 1968, she had married again to (?) Carnes ( ? - ? ). In 1968-2023, they dwelled in Chesterhill.
Son James "Jim Bill" Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He lived in Chesterhill in 1997-2023.
Son John "Jock" Mayle (1946-2023) was born on Dec. 10, 1946 in Sharpsburg. He grew up in Chesterhill. Jock was the father of seven -- Nelson Mayle, Brian Mayle, John Mayle, Teresa Mayle, Lisa Mayle, Julie Stevens and William Mayle. Jock dwelled in Amesville, OH in 1997, Bartlett, OH in 2003 and Chesterhill in 2023. He earned a living as a construction worker affiliated by Union Local 423 of Columbus. He surrendered to the angel of death at home on July 6, 2023. An obituary was published in the Morgan County Herald. in which the count of his survivors was given as a dozen grandchildren and baker's dozen great-grandchildren. Funeral rites were held at the Mount Hermon Church, with burial following in the adjacent cemetery.
Son Henry Mayle ( ? - ? ) grew up in Chesterhill.
Son Marion E. Mayle (1951-1997) was born on June 7, 1951 in Amesville, Athens County. He grew up in Chesterhill, Morgan County. He married Juanita (Mayle) Miller ( ? - ? ). She brought two offspring into the union, Kevin Lee Miller and Christa Mayle. The couple went on to bear two more daughters of their own, Shelly Nichols and Renee Miller. For many years, he was employed by Complete General as a construction laborer in Columbus. He belonged to the Laborers Union Local 639 of Marietta. Having become ill, he was forced to retire in 1991 at the age of only 40. His final years were spent in Athens. Sadly, he died at the age of 45, at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, on Jan. 7, 1997. His obituary was printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Interment of the remains was in Mount Hermon Community Church Cemetery. The widowed Juanita relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC and was there in 2003.
~ Daughter Winifred Frances "Winnie" (Crippen) Boyer McGill ~
Daughter Winifred Frances "Winnie" Crippen (1918-2001) born on Oct. 22, 1918 and was married twice.
Her first husband was Howard Clinton Boyer (1896- ? ), a farmer and a West Virginia native. They tied the knot together in Aug. 1933 in a ceremony in Wood County, WV. The groom was 22 years older than the bride.
Evidence suggests that Howard had been married once before and brought two stepsons into the union with Winifred -- Orville Boyer and Phillip Boyer. He moved his family to Ohio sometime before 1935.
The couple bore four children of their own -- Eugene Boyer, Barbara "June" Boyer, Donald Boyer and Nellie Boyer.
The 1940 United States Census lists the Boyers in Rome Township, Athens County, OH, residing next door to Winifred's parents.
Their marriage was troubled, and Howard sued for divorce in Clark County, OH, on the "grounds of gross neglect of duty," reported the Springfield News-Sun. "The plaintiff charged that his wife refused to live with him." The divorce was granted in November 1948.
Winifred's second husband was farmer Leonard LeRoy McGill (June 9, 1920-1990).
They also produced four children -- Leonard Mickey McGill, Robert Gary McGill, Debra McGill and William Wayne McGill
Circa 1950, the federal census enumeration shows the family living on a farm in Waterloo Township, Athens County.
Leonard is believed to have passed away in Athens on March 14, 1990.
Winifred died on April 20, 2001 at the age of 83.
Stepson Orville Boyer (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923. When he was age 17, in 1940, he lived with his father and stepmother in Rome Township. At that time, Orville worked for the National Youth Administration (NYA), within the Works Progress Administration (WPA), President Franklin D. Roosevelt's sweeping plan to get America moving during the Great Depression.
Stepson Phillip Boyer (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 in West Virginia.
Son Eugene Boyer (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934 in Ohio.
Daughter Barbara "June" Boyer (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936 in Ohio.
Son Donald Boyer (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 in Ohio.
Daughter Nellie Boyer (1942- ? ) was born in about 1942.
Son Leonard Mickey McGill (1950-1998) was born on March 27, 1950 in Guysville, Athens County. He was the father of three -- Lance McGill, Ben McGill and Marc McGill. At some point he relocated to Idaho. Sadly, the 48-year-old Leonard died on April 23, 1998. The remains were interred in family plot in Wyers Cemetery in Guysville, Athens County. The Lewiston (ID) Tribune printed an obituary.
Son Robert Gary McGill ( ? - ? )
Daughter Debra McGill ( ? - ? )
Son William Wayne McGill ( ? - ? )
~ Daughter Carrie Irene (Crippen) Barker ~
Daughter Carrie Irene Crippen (1920-2000) was born on Nov. 17, 1920 in Stewart, Athens County.
She left home at the age of 20 and moved to Springfield, Clark County, OH, where she found employment. While in Springfield, she met her future husband, James Clarence Barker (1922-1957), a native of Green, KY, and the son of Everett and Lucy (Musick) Barker. They were wed in Kentucky in August 1946.
The Barkers had five children -- Clarence Barker, Patricia "Patty" Darnell, Thomas Barker, Virginia Barker and Betty Dill.
They made their home in Springfield for 10 years, where all of their children were born. In 1956, they moved back to Stewart and Coolville, Athens County.
Tragically, on Feb. 12, 1957, James was killed while driving a trailer truck on the West Virginia Turnpike near Princeton, WV, when the brakes failed and the vehicle careened off a concrete bridge abutment into a small stream.
Widowed at the age of 37, Carrie made her home with her children on Bethany Ridge until 1965, conveniently located just two miles from the home of her widowed father. When her father died in 1965, Carried relocated several times in and around Albany, Athens County, and finally settled in Stewart ("The Plains") toward the end of her life.
She passed away on Nov. 11, 2000, at the age of 79. Maudie Perry presided over the funeral service. She was laid to rest in Wyer's Cemetery with her parents and many siblings.
Son Clarence Barker married Lois. They lived in Gallipolis, OH in 2000.
Daughter Patricia "Patty" Barker ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Darnell. Her home in 2000 was Tuppers Plains, OH.
Son Thomas Barker ( ? - ? ) resided in Ravenswood, WV.
Daughter Virginia "Ginny" Barker ( ? - ? ) was in The Plains circa 2000.
Daughter Betty Jean Barker ( ? - ? ) was born in (?) She was joined in matrimony with Paul Frederick Dill (Dec. 2, 1954-2010), the son of Carl Frederick and Sara Rose (Curtis) Dill. They put down roots in Paul's hometown of Pomeroy, OH. The offspring produced or raised by this marriage were Valerie McClintock and Zean Wilson. Paul served with the U.S. Air Force following his graduation from Meigs (OH) High School. Then for 35 years, he was employed by the Meigs County Highway Department. They joined the Shepherds Chapel in about 2005. Paul became seriously ill and was admitted to Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, WV. He died there at the age of 55 on Oct. 18, 2010. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Wyers Cemetery. His obituary appeared in the Athens Messenger.
~ Daughter Nellie Marie (Crippen) Haffner ~
Daughter Nellie Marie Crippen (1923-2009) was born on Feb. 11, 1923 in Stewart, Athens County, OH.
On Dec. 19, 1943, when she was 20 years of age, Nellie married Daniel John Robert Haffner (Jan. 10, 1912-2001). Their union endured for a remarkable 56 years.
They produced six children -- Paul Haffner, Peggy Craig, Marjorie "Margie" Wright, John Haffner, Robert Haffner and Susan "Sue" Stevens.
During World War II, Daniel served as a private in the U.S. Army. Sadly, he succumbed to death on July 9, 2001.
Nellie is known to have resided circa 2003-2009 in South Charleston, WV.
She passed into the arms of glory on Feb. 13, 2009 as a patient in Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Clark County, OH. Her obituary was published in the Springfield News-Sun, which counted among her survivors 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Interment of the remains was in South Vienna Cemetery in Clark County, OH.
Son Paul Haffner ( ? - ? ) married Beverly Sue Edwards ( ? - ? ), daughter of John and Goldie (Evilsizor) Edwards. One known son borne by this couple was Paul A. Haffner. They were in Mechanicsburg, OH in 2009.
Daughter Peggy Haffner ( ? - ? ) wedded Louis Craig ( ? - ? ). They established a home in Urbana, Champaign County, OH.
Daughter Marjorie "Margie" Haffner ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with (?) Wright ( ? - ? ). She dwelled in South Charleston, WV in the late 2000s.
Son John Haffner ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with Cindy ( ? - ? ). They lived in 2009 in Langsville, OH.
Son Robert Haffner ( ? - ? ) relocated to Montana.
Daughter Susan "Sue" Haffner ( ? - ? ) was married to Douglas Stevens ( ? - ? ). They have resided in Springfield, OH.
~ Son Zeanas Albert Crippen Jr. ~
Son Zeanas Albert Crippen Jr. (1929-1999) was born on Valentine's Day 1929 near Stewart, OH.
He was united in holy matrimony with Mary E. Hayes (March 16, 1935-2001). Their marital union endured for 46 years.
They lived in Guysville, Athens County and in Clark County, OH.
The couple produced five children -- David Crippen, Allen Crippen and Roger Lee Crippen plus a son and daughter who died in infancy.
Zeamas earned a living with the Carpenters Local 104 located in Dayton, OH.
Zeanas died at home on July 15, 1999, at the age of 70. His obituary appeared in the Springfield (OH) News-Sun. He was survived by several grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mary only survived as a widow for about two years. She entered eternity in or around Guysville on Feb. 4, 2001. They rest for all time in Wyers Cemetery in Guysville.
Son David Crippen lived in Guysville, OH in 1999-2016.
Son Allen Crippen ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Jackie ( ? - ? ). He relocated to Kiowa, CO and was there circa 1999-2016. Evidence suggests that he was a certified welder and owned ACC Enterprises, a company providing services for tree trimming and removal as well as steel building erection.
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