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. 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 Leora Bond, Harry Lorenzo Crippen, Lennie Leota 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.
When the federal census 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 ( ? - ? ).
They had three children -- Helen Marie Crippen, William Charles Crippen and Walter Marvin Crippen.
William died in 1974, a the age of 66.
~ Daughter Mamie Leora (Crippen) Bond ~
Daughter Mamie Leora Crippen (1910-1997) was born in 1910.
She married Howard Bond ( ? -1973). He brought a son to the marriage from an earlier marriage -- Garrett Bond.
The Bonds went on to have 10 more children -- Norma Bond, Hazel Bond, Charles Bond, Clyde Bond, Ronald Bond, William Bond, Garner Bond, Judith Bond, Clarice Bond and James "Jimmy" Bond.
Sadly, son Clyde was killed in the U.S. Armed Forces while serving our nation -- details are being researched.
Howard died in 1973.
Mamie outlived him by almost a quarter of a century. She passed into eternity in 1997, at the age of 87.
~ Son Harry Lorenzo Crippen ~
Son Harry Lorenzo Crippen (1912-1970) was born in 1912.
He married Bertha Matthews ( ? - ? ) . They had no children.
Harry entered eternity in 1970.
~ Daughter Lennie Leota (Crippen) Barnhart ~
Daughter Lennie Leota Crippen (1914-1993) was born in 1914.
She married Roy Barnhart ( ? - ? ).
They had three children -- Clyde Barnhart, Patricia Barnhart and Phyliss Barnhart.
Lennie died in 1993.
~ 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 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.
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 Athens County. When he was age 27, Al lived in Sharpsburg in 1946. He relocated to Akron, Summit County, OH and was there in 1952. In 1968, he made his residence in Columbus, Franklin County, OH. Sadly, at the age of 72, he passed away on Dec. 11, 1991. His remains were placed into eternal repose in Mount Hermon Cemetery. 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, Athels County, OH. In 1949, at the age of about 24, he was joined in wedlock with Clara Marie Kennedy (1932-1978). They produced these known children -- John 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 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 2003 was in Zanesville.
Daughter Sharon Mayle ( ? - ? ) resided at home in 1968. She wedded (?) Evans ( ? - ? ). She was 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 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 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 1968-1997, they dwelled in Chesterhill.
Son James Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He lived in Chesterhill in 1997-2003. He was deceased by 2020.
Son John "Jock" Mayle ( ? - ? ) grew up in Chesterhill. He dwelled in Amesville, OH in 1997 and in Bartlett, OH in 2003. He was deceased by 2020.
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 in 1918 and was married twice.
Her first husband was Howard Boyer ( ? - ? ).
They bore four children -- Eugene Boyer, Barbara June Boyer, Donald Boyer and Nellie Boyer.
Winifred's second husband was LeRoy McGill ( ? - ? ).
They also produced four children -- Mickey McGill, Robert Gary McGill, Debra McGill and William Wayne McGill.
Winifred died on April 20, 2001 at the age of 83.
~ 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 (Crippen) Haffner ~
Daughter Nellie 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. 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 Dougls Stevens. They resided in Springfield, OH.
~ Son Albert "Zeanas" Crippen Jr. ~
Son Albert "Zeanas" Crippen Jr. (1929-1999) was born on Valentine's Day 1929.
He married Mary E. Hayes (March 16, 1935-2001).
They lived in Guysville, Athens County and in Clark County, OH.
The couple produced three sons -- David Crippen, Allen Crippen and Roger Lee Crippen.
Zeanas died on July 15, 1999, at the age of 70.
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
Son Allen Crippen
Son Roger Lee Crippen (1960- ? ) was born on June 20, 1960 in Clark County, OH. On Jan. 21, 1984, when he was about 23 years of age, he married 21-year-old Tammy Denice Betton (1962- ? ). He died in Clark County on Feb. 7, 2016, at the age of 55. Interment of his remains took place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in New Moorefield, Clark County. Inscribed on the base of his grave marker are the words "Love you to the moon and back."
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