Sarepta "Thrippy" (Kennedy) Mayle was born in 1873 in the Webster community of the outskirts of Grafton, Taylor County, WV, the daughter of Josiah and Ruth Ann (Minerd) Kennedy Sr.
On July 13, 1893, when she was 20 years of age, she was joined in the bonds of holy wedlock with 35-year-old Lewis A. Mayle (1858-1918). The ceremony took place in the Baptist Church parsonage of Rev. Joshua Simmons Corder in Barbour County. The preacher had officiated at Lewis' first marriage, and as a point of interest is widely credited with helping to save Philippi's famed covered bridge -- during the Civil War's famed Jones-Imboden raids -- when he persuaded Confederate officers not to set it afire after they had filled it with flammable straw.
Lewis had been married once before, on Dec. 27, 1876, at the age of 21, to 20-year-old Mariah "Elizabeth" Dalton ( ? - ? ). He thus brought several children to his marriage with Sarepta -- among them Ollie Frances Bell Newman (age 16), Isaac Tillison Mayle (age 14), William "Esker" Mayle (age 10) and Cleophus "Clee" Mayle (age six).
In fact, Sarepta was barely older than some of her step-children.
Sarepta and Lewis went on to produce four known children of their own -- Lora Belle "Lorie" Mayle, Leona "Lena" (Mayle) Mayhle, Louise Croston and Clifford Lee Mayle. She also had a presumed step-granddaughter, or otherwise close cousin, Ethel (Mayle) Komindo.
When the federal census was taken in 1900, Lewis and Sarepta made their home in the Pleasant District of Barbour County, where Lewis earned a living as a farmer.
The 1910 census enumeration shows Lewis and Sarepta continuing their labors as farmers in the Knottsville District of Taylor County, WV, and residing next door to stepson Isaac Mayle and brother John H. Kennedy. By that time, she had borne four children.
Lewis died in 1918, at the age of 69, but of causes not yet known, and at an undisclosed date. Interment of his mortal remains was in the Pritchard Cemetery in Clemtown, near Philippi, to be joined there eight years later by his grandson Dowdin Mayle.
The 1920 and 1930 censuses show Sarepta as a widow, making her home with married daughter Leona Mayle. She was a longtime member of the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Sarepta is said to have wed a second husband, Arthur Mayle ( ? - ? ), but this is not confirmed. His connection to the Mayle-Male family is being researched.
When the federal census enumeration again was made in 1940, Sarepta lived alone in the Knottsville District of Taylor County, with the census-taker spelling her first name "Saretta." Her next-door and near neighbors at that time included her stepson William "Esker" and Laura Agnes (Kennedy) Mayle, brother Howard and Roxie Armenthea (Mayle) Kennedy, as well as her cousins Herbert and Hazel Josephine (Mayle) Mayle and Robert and Luvada Mayle.
Sarepta died at the age of 90, in 1963, at the home of Ethel Komindo of Webster, near Grafton. She was laid to rest in the West Hill Cemetery in Webster, Taylor County. An obituary was printed in the local newspaper.
~ Daughter Lora Belle (Mayle) Mayle ~
Daughter Lora Belle "Lori" Mayle (1894-1975) was born in 1894 in Berrysburg.
At the age of 20, Lora Belle married 23-year-old Milton Ashford (or "Melton") Mayle (1891-1976) on May 30, 1914.
They lived in Webster community near Grafton, where Milton was a school teacher and farmer.
The Mayleses had nine known children -- Wilbert "Web" Mayle, Vernon Layne Mayle, Opal (Mayle) Mayle, Quentin Mayle, Annabelle Vaughn, Virginia "Loretta" Mayle, Rosetta Lee, Eleanor (Mayle) Mayle, Herbert Mayl.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, the Mayles made their home in the Court House District of Taylor County, near Grafton, where Milton earned a living as a farmer. Among their next door neighbors that year were 73-year-old Reese Mayle and his 71-year-old wife Harriet; 24-year-old Joe Mayle and his 21-year-old wife Grace; and 38-year-old Freeland Mayles and his wife Irene, age 31.
They are mentioned in the 1986 book, A History of Taylor County, West Virginia, published by the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. The book entry states that in 1966, the Mayles deeded 9.1 acres containing the West Hill cemetery (founded in 1911) to the Wesleyan Methodist Church, led by trustees Dorsey Maley, Vernon Mayle and Oscar Frum.
According to the book, members of the church "may not watch television, dance, use tobacco, alcohol, go to movies or marry again until their spouses are dead. Members must also keep their arms covered. Women are not allowed to cut their hair or wear short dresses."
Lora passed away on April 19, 1975, and was survived by 25 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and two step great-great grandchildren.
Now widowed, Milton moved to Canton, Stark County, OH, to be near several of his adult children. He died suddenly in Canton at the age of 84 on June 2, 1976, just a year after his wife's passing. His remains were returned to Grafton for burial with his wife at the West Hill Cemetery.
Son Wilbert E. "Web" Mayle (1911-1963) was born in 1911. In 1929, when he was 18 years of age, he wedded 16-year-old Amanda Catherine Mayle (1913-1967), daughter of Clinton Sylvester and Florence L. (Nesselrode) Mayle. The couple bore one known son, Wilbert Ashford Mayle.
Daughter Opal Bernesia Mayle (1917-2002) was born on June 1, 1916 in Grafton. On New Year's Eve 1936, when she was age 20, Opal married 20-year-old Alfred "Bertsell" Mayle (1916-1993), son of Freddie and Irene Mayle of Taylor County. (They both fibbed on their marriage license that they actually were 21, so they could bypass the requirement for needing parental consent.) His name also has been spelled as "Burtsel." Rev. R.O. Phillips, of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated. The Mayles' known offspring were Parma Collins, Linda Lou Young and Carol Sue Lyons. Although most of Opal's siblings eventually migrated to Detroit, she and Bertsell relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH. While in Canton, Opal was involved in the founding of the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church. Alfred passed from this earth on June 11, 1993 at the age of 77. Opal survived another nine years. She spent her final years living with or near her married daughter Linda Lou Young in Springfield, TN. She passed away in Springfield on Sept. 18, 2002, at the age of 86. Her remains were returned to Ohio to be placed at rest in the Mapleton Cemetery following funeral services at the Crystal Park church, with Pastor Earl Fields officiating. A newspaper obituary said there were nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Son Quentin E. Mayle (1919-2016) was born on June 3, 1919 in Grafton. His name has been misspelled at times as "Clinton." He lived as a young man in Simpson, Taylor County. On Aug. 5, 1941, when he was age 22, Quentin married 15-year-old Louise Ida Mayle (1926-2019), also of Simpson and the daughter of William Lemuel and Mary Helen (Mayle) Mayle. The wedding was held in Grafton, with Rev. Frank J. Tufvander officiating. Their union endured for an extraordinary 75 years until cleaved apart by death. They were the parents of Allen Mayle, Keith Mayle and Kenneth Mayle. Quentin served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Circa the mid-1960s, the Mayleses relocated to Berkley, Oakland County, MI where he had secured employment with Chrysler Corporation. They remained in Berkley for more than half a century, and he worked at Chrysler for more than 30 of those years. Grief blanketed the family when they endured the untimely deaths of their sons Keith and Kenneth. Quentin passed into eternity at the age of 96 on May 14, 2016. His remains were transported back to Grafton to rest in West Hill Cemetery. Louise outlived him by three years. She was carried away by the Grim Reaper of Death at the age of 93 on Nov. 27, 2019. She rests with her husband at West Hill, with Rev. Paul Mullen preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary appeared in the Grafton Mountain Statesman.
Daughter Annabelle Mayle (1922-2013) was born in about 1922 near Grafton, Taylor County. At the age of 18, in about 1940, she wed Frederick T. Vaughn (1916-2005), beginning a journey of 65 years of married life together. They had four children -- T. Lee Vaughn, Lynn Vaughn, Sherrie Passmore and Mark Vaughn. In 1953, the couple relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH. They endured the deaths of their sons Lee and Lynn and son in law Paul Passmore, grandson Dennis Lichtenwalter and great-grandson Andrew Lichtenwalter. Frederick passed away on Aug. 13, 2005 at age 89. Annabelle survived for another eight years, and spent her final time at the Aultman Compassionate Care Center in Canton. She died there at age 91 on March 10, 2013. She was laid to eternal repose in North Lawn Cemetery, following a funeral led by her grandson Erin Vaughn. An obituary was published in the Canton Repository.
Son Vernon Layne Mayle Sr. (1923-1984) was born on July 23, 1923. He married Avilda Hope "Scoot" Croston (1924-2012), a native of Galloway, Barbour County, and the daughter of Ellsworth and Olethy "Ollie" (Kennedy) Croston. [Note -- Scoot's uncle Henry Croston married Matilda (Minerd) Starrett Myers Mayle, and her aunt Lucy Jane Croston married Jefferson Davis Mayle.] Vernon and Scoot had five children -- Patricia S. (Mayle) Mayle, Vernon Layne Mayle Jr., Edmund L. Mayle, Joseph D. Mayle and Ruth Mayle. The Maylses attended the Prichard Wesleyan Methodist Church and later were members of the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church. Said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, Scoot "enjoyed her family, growing flowers, watching humming birds, reading and ... church camps." Sadly, Vernon passed away on Jan. 16, 1984. Scoot outlived her husband by 28 years, making her home in the Webster section of Grafton, and faced the tragedy of seeing four of her children pass away during her lifetime. She died at the age of 87 on June 29, 2012, at the home of her daughter Patricia. Following a funeral at the church, led by Rev. Paul Mullen, she was laid to rest in the church cemetery.
Daughter Virginia "Loretta" Mayle (1926-2012) was born in 1926. She wed John Mayle ( ? -2011). They lived in Berkley, Oakland County, MI, a suburb of Detroit. The Mayleses had four children -- Deborah Mayle, Leroy Mayle, Violet Hurchanik and Dan Mayle. John passed away on Sept. 3, 2011. Loretta followed him to the grave just a little less than five months later. She died on Jan. 22, 2012, with her obituary published in the Grafton Mountain Statesman. Her remains were returned to Taylor County for interment in West Hill Cemetery. She left behind five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Daughter Rosetta Mayle married (?) Lee. In 2002, her home was in Bowling Green, KY and circa 2013, she lived in Michigan.
Daughter Eleanor Mayle wed James Mayle. They resided in 2002 in Royal Oak, MI.
~ Son Clifford Lee Mayle ~
Son Clifford Lee Mayle (1897-1936) was born in 1897. He married a cousin, Leona Gale Mayle (1896-1942), the daughter of Charles Luther "Little Charlie" and Emily Jane "Emma" (Minerd) Mayle, and the granddaughter of Civil War veteran William Minerd. They had nine children -- Hazel Josephine (Mayle) Mayle, Emma Louvenia Mayle, Vonda Lea Budd, Freeda Earlstine Newman, Mable Victoria Mayle, Roseline Margaret Dalton, Roscoe Glenn Mayle, Melvin Maxwell "Mack" Mayle and Thomas Edward Mayle. See Leona's family bio for more.
~ Daughter Leona (Mayle) Mayhle ~
Daughter Salena ("Leona" or "Lena") Mayle (1900-1991) was born on New Year's Day or on Jan. 7, 1900. She lived in Cecil, WV as a young woman.
At the age of 21, on Valentine's Day 1920, Lena married 21-year-old Rev. Casto McArthur "Arthur" Mayhle (June 10, 1899-1963), the son of Caleb Cecil and Mary Olive (Mayle) Mayhle of Cecil and the maternal grandson of Simon Peter and Amanda Catherine (Dalton) Mayhle of near Clemtown, Barbour County, WV. Rev. C.D. Payne officiated.
Arthur was a longtime pastor of the Free Methodist Church.
The couple had three known children -- Gertrude DeVince, Calvin "Birdie" Mayhle and Donald Mayhle.
The Mayhles first resided in West Virginia and then in about 1922-1924 crossed the state line into Pennsylvania. Circa 1928, they dwelled in Maxwell, Fayette County. They moved to Shoaf, Fayette County, PA by 1934 and by 1939 were in the coal mining patch town of Uledi, Georges Township, Fayette County, where Arthur labored as a coal miner. During those years, Arthur conducted revivals in Free Methodist churches throughout the region hard-hit by the Great Depression and a center of coal mine labor unrest.
Senseless tragedy shook the family on July 12, 1934, when Arthur's vehicle was "plowed into" by one driven by 22-year-old John Kozyak of Revere, near Uniontown, at the intersection of Kensinton Avenue and Evergreen Street in Uniontown. "Kozyak's car turned over twice" reported the Uniontown Evening Standard. "The driver was rushed to the hospital where he died of a fractured skull and internal injuries."
On New Year's Day 1939, Lena and their daughter Gertrude celebrated their 39th and 17th birhtdays, respectively, with a surprise party for 67 guests. "The evening was enjoyed by games and music," reported the Uniontown (PA) Morning Herald. "A late lunch was served to the guests."
Lena and Arthur separated and divorced sometime in the 1940s or '50s.
Arthur married again to Ollie Thompson (1911-1996), daughter of John and Ocie Thompson. He left southwestern Pennsylvania and found work as a ship yard laborer in Baltimore, MD, where his son Calvin had moved also. Toward the end of his life, in about 1963, Arthur relocated from Baltimore to Long Branch near Beckley, Fayette County, WV. Suffering from diabetes and hardeling of the arteries, he died of a heart attack in Long Branch at the age of 64 on Oct. 3, 1963. Following a funeral service held at the Pax Church of Christ, led by Freddie Dinkler, interment was in the cemetery in Willis Branch, WV. An obituary in the Beckley Post-Herald said that in addition to his adult children and six grandchildren, he was survived by brothers Boyd Mayhle of Seattle and Edward Mayhle of Pittsburgh as well as sisters Mary Whitt, Sarah Fields and Ruth Toy, all of Natrona near Pittsburgh. Ollie died in 1996 and rests beside Arthur.
Lena survived as a single woman for the remaining decades of her life. In 1987, she was named in the Baltimore Sun obituary of her son Donald. At the age of 91, she was gathered in by the Grim Reaper on Jan. 11, 1991. She was placed into repose beside her son Donald in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Uninotown.
Daughter Gertrude Madelyn "Gert" Mayhe (1922-2017) was born in about 1922 in West Virginia. At the age of six, in June 24, 1928, she "fell from a cherry tree at the home of her parents" in Maxwell, Fayette County, PA and "suffered a fractured left arm," reported the Uniontown (PA) Morning Herald. Gertrude was wedded to Louis DeVince (Jan. 6, 1918-2005), son of Dominec DeVince of Uniontown. They made their home for many years in Footedale, Fayette County. During World War II, Louis served as a sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps. One of their children was Sandra Ellen "Sandy" Clawson. Gertrude was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Footedale Volunteer Fire Department. Louis entered eternity at age 82 on Dec. 19, 2005. She spent her final years in Virginia. On March 13, 2017, at the age of 95, Gertrude died in Stephens City, VA.
Son Calvin "Birdie" Mayhle (1924-1972) was born in about 1924 in Pennsylvania. He married Doris Kathleen McCormick (Oct. 1, 1925-2012), and they relocated soonafter marriage to Baltimore, MD. The couple produced these five known offspring -- David Mayhle, William "Duane" Mayhle, Dale "Arthur" Mayhle, Donald Mayhle and Kathleen Fellows. Tragically, their son David died at a young age in 1950. Sadly, Calvin died on New Year's Day 1972 at the age of 48. A death notice was published in the Baltimore Sun. [Find-a-Grave] Doris survived him by four decades and remained in Baltimore. Reported the Sun, she "was a member of Gary Memorial Methodist Church in Daniels, where she loved singing in the church choir and was active there until she moved to Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in June 2009. She continued to attend church services and weekly Bible studies at Augsburg until her death." She succumbed after a short illness at the age of 86 on Aug. 1, 2012. An obituary in the Sun said she was survived by eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Burial was with her spouse in Loudon Park Cemetery.
Son Donald L. Mayhle (1930-1987) was born in about 1930 in Pennsylvania. Circa 1963, he resided in Baltimore, MD. Donald had one known son, Kenneth Mayhle. Donald passed into eternity at the age of 57 on May 2, 1987. A death notice in the Baltimore Sun noted that his funeral services were held in the DeCarlo Funeral Home in New Salem near Uniontown, PA. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Uniontown.
~ Daughter Louisa (Mayle) Croston ~
Daughter Louisa Mayle (1903-1972?) was born in 1903.
She married Elmer F. Croston (1902-1970?). The wedding took place on Sept. 6, 1932, when she was age 28 and he 29. At the time, Elmer was living in Detroit. They apparently did not reproduce, but raised a foster daughter, Marie Croston, born in 1924.
Louisa made her home in Cecil, WV in 1936. By 1940, they were living on Thomas Street in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Oakland County, where Elmer was employed as a machinist in a machine shop. They remained in Oakland County through the early 1970s.
Elmer's fate is not yet known yet with precision. He may have died in Grafton in January 1970.
Louisa is believed to have died in Southfield in February 1972.
Foster daughter Marie Croston (1924- ? ) was born in 1924.
~ Stepson Isaac Tillison Mayle ~
Stepson Isaac Tillison Mayle (1879-1948) was born in 1879 and considered himself white.
He was a teacher for 50 years in Barbour and Taylor Counties.
In about 1899, when he was 20 years of age, he married 21-year-old Margaret Mayle (1878-1939), the daughter of Simon P. and Amanda (Dalton) Mayle.
Circa 1917, Isaac earned additional income as a coal miner for the Sterling Coal Company in Cecil.
Isaac and Margaret had seven children -- Bessie Leah (Mayle) Mayle, Gorman Mayle, Dowdin Mayle, William "Troy" Mayle, Lulu Catherine Mayle, Hallen Mayle and Richard Mayle -- and at least 16 grandchildren.
Margaret died on April 5, 1939. She was 61 years of age.
Isaac passed away on March 2, 1948, with burial beside his wife at Mt. View Cemetery in Barbour County. Isaac's obituary was covered by the Grafton Sentinel.
Daughter Bessie Leah Mayle (1898-1959) was born on Sept. 14, 1898 in Barbour County. On Sept. 27, 1919, at the age of 20, she married 21-year-old George "Herman" Mayle (1898-1986), son of George Sylvester and Julia Ann Mayle. The county clerk recorded that they were "colored." C.D. Payne officiated at the wedding. They resided along the Grafton Webster Road and had these children -- Vivaenna J. "Viva" Hosey, Vance Percy Mayle, Victor Mayle, Veldine L. Mayle, Vesta Lowe and Vera Aldridge. Herman was a longtime coal miner and suffered from black lung disease. He also was a singer. She was afflicted with a cerebral hemorrhage and died 36 hours later at the age of 60 on Jan. 5, 1959. Burial was in West Hill Cemetery.
Sadly, son Dowdin Mayle (1904-1926) died a the age of 22 of pulmonary tuberculosis on June 28, 1926, with burial beside his grandfather Lewis Mayle at Pritchard Cemetery.
Son Richard Mayle was married and had a son, Delmas Mayle.
Son William "Troy" Mayle (1904-1963) was born on Nov. 27, 1904 in Cecil, Taylor County. Circa 1929, he lived and worked in Detroit. On April 6, 1929, at the age of 24, he married 19-year-old Hattie G. Mayle (1910 - ? ) in a ceremony held in West Virginia, by the hand of Rev. E.L. Arnold. Because she was underage, the legal consent of her father was needed. Troy eventually returned to Grafton, where he was employed as an automobile mechanic. They are believed to have had one known daughter, Margaret (Mayle) Mayle. He died on Nov. 25, 1963 -- just three days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy -- of heart disease and hardening of the arteries. Hattie G. Mayle was the informant for his West Virginia death record.
~ Stepson William "Esker" Mayle ~
Stepson William "Esker" Mayle (1884-1960) was born on Jan. 26, 1884 at Switzer, Barbour County. As an adult, he made his home near Grafton, Taylor County.
At the age of 20, Esker married 21-year-old Ida Belle Mayle (1882-1971), thought to have been the daughter of Simon Mayle. The marriage took place on Oct. 22, 1903, at the residence of Rev. Samuel A. Cleavenger. They had two known children -- William "Lemuel" Mayle and Roxie Wallo.
The marriage ended sometime after 1910. Ida's fate is unknown.
On June 13, 1913, the 30-year-old Esker married again, to 26-year-old Laura Agnes "Lorie" Kennedy (1887- ? ), daughter of Elijah and Miranda Kennedy of Cecil, Taylor County. Dell Dalton and Esker's brother Clee Mayle were witnesses.
Esker and Laura had nine more children of their own -- among them William "Harlan" Mayle, Josephine Kennedy, Arlene Mayle, Zelma Jean Mayle, Robert Mayle, Roscoe L. "Jack" Mayle, Dallas "Leo" Mayle, Carroll Boaz "Jimmy" Mayle, and Cozetta "Kate" Collins. They also helped raise a niece, Edna L. Mayle (born 1902).
When the federal census was taken in 1910, Esker and Ida, children Lemuel and Roxie, and niece Edna were counted as living in the Pleasant District of Barbour County. Esker's occupation was marked as a coal miner.
Esker and Laura lived in Berryburg circa 1914. The 1920 census shows the couple, with six children under their roof. That year, Esker was employed operating a mining machine. In 1928, at the birth of son Dallas, they lived in the Mt. Airy section of Taylor County.
When the federal census count again was made in 1940, they lived in Knottsville, Taylor County, with Esker working as a farmer and son Harlan as a coal miner. Their next door neighbors were his step-uncle and aunt, Howard and Roxie (Mayle) Kennedy.
Said the Grafton Sentinel, Esker "was a coal miner and was employed for 25 years by the Simpson Creek Collieries Company, Galloway. He retired in 1948."
He died at the age of 75 on Jan. 14, 1960. The Grafton Sentinel reported that he "had been ill for one month, seriously ill since Tuesday." His funeral was held at the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Murray Maley, followed by interment at Pritchard Cemetery. Pallbearers included Ronald Mayle, Lemuel Mayle Jr., Lowell Mayle, Bob Mayle, Charles Mayle and Delmas Kennedy. Mourners gathered afterward at the home of son Lemuel in Simpson, Route 1.
Laura survived her husband by 11 years. She died in Canton, Stark County, OH on Dec. 16, 1971, at the age of 89. Her remains were returned to Philippi for interment in the Prichard Cemetery in Clemtown.
Son William "Lemuel" Mayle (1906-1987) was born on May 1, 1906 in Barbour County, WV. He married Mary "Helen" Mayle ( ? - ? ), daughter of Thomas Sylvester and Susan Frances (Kennedy) Mayle. They resided in Grafton in the early 1930s. The couple produced six known children -- Ronald P. Mayle, Ida Louise (Mayle) Mayle, Susan Smithmyer, Lemuel Mayle Jr., Lovell Mayle and Manley Mayle. Lemuel was gathered in by the Grim Reaper of Death at the age of 80 on Feb. 21, 1987. Burial was in West Hill Cemetery in Taylor County.
Daughter Roxie Mayle (1908- ? ) married (?) Wallo. She was deceased before 1960.
Son Robert Mayle (1911- ? ) lived in Canton, Stark County, OH in 1960.
Son William "Harlan" Mayle (1914-2009) was born on Jan. 17, 1914 in Berryburg, WV. Unmarried at the age of 25, in 1940, he lived at home and earned income as a coal miner. At the age of 30, on June 9, 1945, he married Evelyn Victoria Mayle ( ? - ? ). Their marital union endured for 64 years until death cleaved them apart. The couple lived in the Knottsville community near Grafton and produced seven children -- William Keith Mayle, Jackie Leo Mayle, Larry Michael Mayle, Jo Etta Rhea Mayle, Agnes Marlene Nash Cobbs, Lisa Grace Stewart and Kevin Lee Mayle. Grief blanketed the family at the death of their son Kevin in infancy. William, said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, "was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II from 1942-1946. He was employed by the WV Dept. of Highways, Taylor County Court House and Builders' Service & Supply." As his health failed at the end, he was admitted to the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Clarksburg. He died there at the age of 95 on Sept. 20, 2009, with burial at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton. Three pastors co-officiated at his funeral service -- Rev. Mark Miller, Rev. Paul Mullins and Rev. Winfield Mayle.
Son Roscoe L. "Jack" Mayle (1916-1970) was born on Feb. 5, 1916. He married a cousin, Emma Louvenia "Beanie" Mayle (1920-2004), daughter of Clifford Lee and Leona Gale (Mayle) Mayle of the family of Emily Jane (Minerd) Mayle. See their biography for more.
Daughter Cozetta "Kate" Mayle (1918-1999) was born on June 4, 1918. She married Richard T. Collins (1951-1997), son of Moses and Fannie (Mayle) Collins. They lived in Flemington, Barbour County and Grafton, Taylor County. The couple's five children were Mary L. Collins, Betty Collins, Richard "Dick" Collins, Gerald D. Collins and Rhonda Collins. Richard was a veteran of World War II. He earned a living over the years in building services for the Taylor County Board of Education. At the age of 75, Richard died on Aug. 24, 1990. Kate outlived him by almost nine years. While in Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA, she entered eternity on March 1, 1999. Interment was in Knottsville Cemetery in Taylor County.
Daughter Josephine Mayle (1922-2014) was born on April 8, 1922. When she was 17 years of age, on Dec. 14, 1939, she was united in marriage with 18-year-old Elwood Stanley Kennedy (July 7, 1921-1979), son of Henry Edward "Ed" and Bessie Isabel (Decost) Kennedy and stepson of Haymond Mayle of the family of Lewis and Martha Ellen (Mayle) Mayle. The Kennedys initially resided in Webster, Taylor County and bore one known daughter, Sharon Gray. The Kennedys relocated to Michigan and were in Detroit in 1960. Sadly, Elwood passed away in Sept. 26, 1979, at the age of 58. Josephine outlived her husband by a remarkable 35 years. During that time, she made her home in Taylor near Detroit, Wayne County, MI and endured the death of her daughter Sharon Gray in August 2000. Her sister Arlene "Sis" Mayle and granddaughters, Debra Miller and Josh Pridemore, resided nearby in Michigan. At the age of 92, Josephine died at home in Taylor on Sept. 6, 2014. Her remains were returned to West Virginia for interment in the Pritchard Cemetery. Rev. Winfield Mayle officiated at her funeral.
Son Carrol Boaz "Jimmy" Mayle (1925-1999) was born on May 12, 1925 in Philippi. During World War II, on Sept. 29, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a private. He received a wound and was awarded the Purple Heart. He made his home in Canton, Stark County, OH, where he labored as a janitor. He died in Louisville, Stark County, OH on Jan. 30, 1999, at the age of 73. Burial was in Mount View Cemetery in Clemtown, Barbour County.
Son Dallas Leo Mayle (1928 -1942) was born in 1928. He attended grade school at Mt. Airy. In 1941, he was stricken at age 14 with appendicitis. He underwent surgery in December 1941, just a week after our nation was plunged into World War II after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. After complications set in, he remained critically ill, and was treated at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, Randolph County, WV. Tragically, he did not recover, and died on Feb. 23, 1942. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery.
Daughter Arlene "Sis" Mayle (1932- ? ) was born on Sept. 13, 1932. She married Lincoln Mayle ( ? - ? ). They lived in Detroit and in Warren, MI.
Daughter Zelma "Jean" Mayle (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937. She married (?) Mayle. In 1960, she resided in Wilmington, DE. Later she relocated to Ohio and in 2009 was in Louisville, OH.
~ Stepson Cleophus "Clee" Mayle ~
Stepson Cleophus "Clee" Mayle (1887-1966) was born on June 6, 1887 in Barbour County.
Circa 1905, when he would have been about 17 or 18 years of age, Clee married Nettie M. Kennedy (1887-1977), the daughter of Isaac Kennedy.
The Mayles produced seven children -- Dennis D. Mayle, Marcellous "Marce" Mayle, Coy Mayle, Homer Mayle, Alma Mayle, John Harvey Mayle and Ervil Mayle.
They were members of the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church, and lived at Simpson, Barbour County.
The 1940 Census of the United States shows the Mayleses residing in the Court House District of Taylor County. Clee earned a living that year by operating coal cutting machinery in a local coal mine.
Clee passed away in Simpson, WV on July 17, 1966. His remains were lowered under the sod in Tim Mayle Cemetery in Barbour County.
Nettie outlived her spouse by nine years. She spent her final years under the roof of her married daughter Alma Mayle at 3108 Long Avenue in Canton, Stark County, OH.
She died in Canton's Timken Mercy Hospital on Dec. 30, 1977, at the age of 90. At her death, reported the Grafton Mountain Statesman, she had produced 45 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Her remains were transported back to her native West Virginia to rest beside her husband's.
Son Dennis D. Mayle (1909-1969) was born on July 10, 1909 in Berryburg, Barbour County. In adulthood, he was considered small and light. When he was 23 years of age, on Feb. 16, 1933, he was joined in the bonds of holy wedlock with 15-year-old Letha Croston (June 25, 1917-2005), daughter of John Wesley and Susie Jane (Mayle) Croston. Because Letha was underage, her parents had to provide their consent. The nuptials were performed in Flemington, Taylor County, with Ira W. Wilfong officiating. On their marriage license, she fibbed that her age was 18, and their race was registered as colored. In an interesting twist, two of Dennis' brothers married two of Letha's sisters. The couple went on to produce a family of four offspring between 1936 and 1941 -- Christine Mayle, Wanda L. Mayle, Denzil Lee Mayle, Ervil Mayle and Norma Jean Mayle. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, Dennis earned a living as a coal loader in a local mine, and in addition to Letha and the children, cousin Rummy Mayle dwelled under their roof in Simpson in the Big Four Hills area. Trouble brewed in the family in the early weeks of the new year in 1959. Dennis went so far as to post a "peace bond" -- signing an official document promising to be on good behavior -- after a relative swore out a warrant for his arrest. Whatever peace the family may have had left was shattered on Jan. 21, 1959 when he overheard his sister Ervil and son Denzil plotting his murder. After an argument in their house, the 47-year-old Dennis pulled out his 16-gauge shotgun and fired, killing their son and badly wounded the sister. Law enforcement officials suspected that after he fled the scene, heading toward Philippi, he might have sought shelter in one of the area's many old abandoned coal mine. Reported the United Press International, "A 15-man posse searched the Simpson area, in southern Taylor County, all night. It was quite cold but there was not enough snow yet on the ground to make possible any tracking.... Mayle apparerently went berserk in the climax of growing trouble in his family and chased his son, sister and a nephew out of the house." After a three-day manhunt, during which time he hid in a coal mine near Glades Fork, he was apprehended in Flemington. He admitted his crime and said he was starved and had wanted to surrender but was afraid he would be shot. He was sentenced to incarceration in the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, Marshall County, WV. He suffered a heart attack and died within minutes at the age of 59 on Jan. 10, 1969. Interment of the remains was in the prison's Whitegate Cemetery in Tom's Run in Moundsville. His grave plaque was pictured in a Wheeling (WV) Intelligencer story published on May 2, 1992, and headlined "Mysteries Buried at Prison Cemetery." Letha lived for another 26 years as a widow and made her residence in Grafton. She passed into the realm of eternity at the age of 87 on April 4, 2005. She rests in West Hill Cemetery, and although Dennis' name is inscribed on the grave marker, he actually is believed to be interred in Moundsville.
Great-grandson David Allen Mayle (1957-2017) was born on May 14, 1957 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH. At the age of 22, on Feb. 9, 1980, he was united in matrimony with Teresa Mayle ( ? - ? ), daughter of Carl and Dorothy Collins. They stayed together for 28 years. Two children were born to this union -- Kimberley Jo Mayle and David Lloyd Mayle. The family dwelled in Grafton, where he was employed by the city government fo r28 years. He liked to play cards, dance, travel and listen to music, and had a special love for hunting ginseng. An obituary said he never met a stranger and touched the lives of many people "by just being himself." He died at the age of 60 on Dec. 29, 2017, in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. The body was tranported to Taylor County for burial in West Hill Cemetery.
Great-grandson Richard Mayle lived in Grafton in 2017.
Great-granddaughter Stephanie Mayle married Stephen Hott. They have resided in Grafton.
Son John Harvey Mayle (1916-1953) was born in 1916. A coal miner for Poole Coal Company, he was married to Velca (?). Tragically, John was was killed in an automobile accident in Elkins, WV at the age of 37 on April 25, 1953. Said the Grafton Sentinel, John and a companion "were enroute home from a day in the mountains ... [and] were crushed to death beneath their pickup truck which skidded on a wet Elkins street and overturned."
Daughter Alma Mayle (1919-2009) was born on May 19, 1919, in Simpson, Barbour County. She married John Mayle (1915-2003) and relocated to Canton. They had at least two children, Patricia Rowh and James Mayle. They may also have had a son Gary Lee Mayle Sr., but this is not yet confirmed. John died on Jan. 27, 2003. Alma outlived him by more than six years. She passed away on July 5, 2009, at the Louisville Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Home near Canton. Rev. Martin "Jack" Mayle oversaw her funeral, followed by interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Son Homer Mayle (1906-1990) was born in 1906. He earned a living as a coal miner near Grafton, WV. Circa 1940, at the age of 33, he dwelled with his brother John in the Court House District of Taylor County. Also in the household that year was 24-year-old housekeeper Bertha (Croston) Whitehair (1914- ? ), the daughter of daughter of John Wesley and Susie Jane (Mayle) Croston. She was married at the time to Baltimore and Ohio Railroad employee Columbus Whitehair (Sept. 20, 1881-1955), son of Jane Whitehair of Flemington, Taylor County. (In an interesting twist, Homer's brother Coy wedded Bertha's sister Roberta.) In time, possibly after Columbus' death in 1955, Homer and Bertha were married. The children of the combined families included Willard Whitehair, Junior Croston, Bobby Croston, Freddie Croston, Tommie Croston, Charles Croston, Paul Croston, Brenda Mayle, Norita Queen, Juanita Mayle, Nora Mayle, Linda Kennedy and Betty Stolis. Two other children died in infancy -- Robert Lee Whitehair (in 1935) and Helen Mayle (1945). Homer and Bertha made a home circa 1977 in Galloway, Barbour County. Sadly, Homer succumbed to death in July 1990. His remains sleep eternally in Tim Mayle Cemetery, sometimes known as Simpson Cemetery. Bertha's fate is not yet known.
Son Coy Mayle (1922-2006) was born on Jan. 17, 1922. In 1944, when he was 22 years of age, he married 18-year-old Roberta Croston (1926-1981), daughter of John Wesley and Susie Jane (Mayle) Croston. In an interesting twist, Coy's brother Homer wedded Roberta's sister Bertha. They produced a family of six children -- Roger Lee Mayle, Robert Lee Mayle, Johnny Junior Mayle, James Arthur Mayle, Catherine Mayle and Violet Mayle. The Mayleses resided in Galloway, Barbour County. Said a newspaper, Coy labored as a "coal miner with 34 years service. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and had played on several area baseball teams." Sadly, Roberta died on Nov. 4, 1981. The cause of her passing is unknown. Coy survived her by 27 years. He succumbed to the Angel of Death at the age of 84 on May 12, 2006, following a lengthy illness. His mortal remains were laid to rest in the Tim Mayle Cemetery, also known as Old Point Pleasant Cemetery. He was survived by 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Daughter Ervil Mayle (1923-1975) was born on March 21, 1923. (Other sources estimate her birth year as 1934.) In young womanhood she resided in Simpson, Taylor County, WV. At the age of 33, on April 14, 1956, she married 32-year-old Junior Dycle Mayle ( ? - ? ), also a Simpson resident. Church of God pastor Rev. John F. Brand presided. They were the parents of a daughter, Patty Ann Mayle, who died at the age of five months on Jan. 12, 1954. Interment was in Point Pleasant Cemetery, also known as Tim Mayle Cemetry. In January 1959, after a family argument in her parents' home, Ervil fled the house but was brought down by a shotgun blast at a distance of 150 feet at the hands of her father. She rolled down a hill near a creek and was in shock when found. Although seriously wounded, she survived. She passed away in Morgantown, Monongalia County at the age of 52 on Dec. 15, 1975. Her remains were lowered under the sod in Tim Mayle Cemetery.
Son Marcellous "Marce" Mayle (1925-2011) was born on Sept. 3, 1925 in Simpson, Taylor County. He was married and had eight children -- Cellous "Bob" Mayle, Danny Mayle, Marce Lee Mayle, Mickey Mayle, Brenda Mayle, Stevie Mayle and Judy Mayle. As an adult, he lived in Flemington, Barbour County. Said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, he "worked for the B&O Railroad for many years and later retired from the WV Department of Highways. He was an avid sportsman, who enjoyed hunting in his free time." He died at the age of 86, in the Grafton City Hospital, on Nov. 19, 2011. Following a funeral led by Rev. David Maley, he was laid to rest in the Point Pleasant (Tim Mayle) Cemetery in Barbour County.
~ Stepdaughter Ollie Frances Bell (Mayle) Newman ~
Stepdaughter Ollie Frances Bell Mayle (1877-1922) was born on Oct. 5, 1877.
She wed David Mansfield "Mose" Newman (1868-1942).
They were married in about 1901 and moved to Moatsville, Barbour County, in about 1908. David was a farmer.
The Newmans had at least four children -- Hallie P. Bolner, Opal A. Newman, Beuford Carl Newman, Delphia V. Fisher and John E. Newman. When the federal censuses of 1910-1920 were taken, the family resided in the Cove District (Moatsville). Tragically, son John died at age eight of spinal meningitis -- see more below.
At the age of 45, suffering from membranous cysts in her lungs, Ollie passed away on Nov. 10, 1922. David M. Newman signed her official West Virginia certificate of death. She was laid to rest at Valley Center. A search has been made for her obituary in the Philippi Republican newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but none was found.
Widowed, David remained on the family farm near Moatsville. The 1930 census shows him making his residence with 23-year-old son Benford (farm helper) and 20-year-old daughter Delphia.
Tragically, David died just nine hours after he was struck by a moving automobile on June 23, 1942, of a severe brain concussion and broken ribs and arms. He was age 75. He was buried in the "Old Dutch Cemetery" near Kasson, Barbour County. Daughter Opal was the informant on his death certificate. A search has been made for his obituary in the Philippi newspaper microfilm collection at West Virginia University, but none was on file for the 1942 year.
Daughter Hallie Newman (1902-1988) was born on Aug. 14, 1902. She is believed to have married Floyd Bolner (1898- ? ) in Barbour County on Oct. 11, 1922. If so, she was age 19 at the time, and Floyd 24. He was a farmer. Tragically, he may be the same Floyd Bolner of Philippi who in 1931 began to demonstrate what doctors called "general paralysis of the insane." In early November 1933, he was admitted to the West Virginia State Hospital for the Insane in Weston, where he underwent clinical and laboratory testing. He died there 11 months and 27 days later, on Oct. 31, 1934, at the age of 36. His remains were returned to Barbour County for interment in Pleasant Creek Cemetery. Hallie survived her husband by more than a half century, with her home in Grafton and Moatsville (circa 1971). She died in September 1988 at the age of 86.
Daughter Opal A. Newman (1904-1971) was born on Oct. 22, 1904 in Barbour County. She married Chenowith "Jay" Mitchell (1914-1985), son of Jesse and Corinda Belle Mitchell, on Feb. 15, 1946. Age 41 at the time of marriage, Opal was a decade older than her 31-year-old husband. They resided for decades in Moatsville and did not have any children. They were members of the Shiloh Church of the Brethren. Opal died at home in Moatsville on Sept. 4, 1971 when she was 66 years of age. An obituary in the Barbour Democrat noted that she was laid to rest in the Old Dutch Cemetery at Kasson (Nestorville), Barbour County, following funeral rites officiated by Rev. H.O. Poling. Jay survived for another 14 years. He passed into eternity in 1985 and rests with his wife in Old Dutch Cemetery.
Son Beuford Carl Newman (1906-1965) was born three days before Christmas 1906 in Kasson, Barbour County. During World War II, he served as a private first class in the 1375 Base Unit of the AAF. After the war, he returned home. On April 10, 1953, at the age of 46, he married 23-year-old Doris Jane (Workman) Garcia (1930- ? ). The daughter of Emmett and Pearl Workman of Moatsville, the bride was exactly half her husband's age. Rev. Elmer E. Suite, a Methodist minister, performed the marriage ceremony in Grafton, Taylor County. Doris had been married once before at the age of 18 to Ruben Severo Garcia of Newkirk, NM. Beuford died in West Virginia on May 27, 1965, at the age of 58, with burial in the Old Dutch Cemetery in Nestorville, Barbour County.
Daughter Delphia V. (or "Delpha") Newman (1910- ? ) was born in 1910. She married Morris Fisher ( ? - ? ). Circa 1971, the Fishers made their home in Baltimore, MD. Nothing more is known.
Son John E. Newman (1913-1921) was born on Oct. 28, 1913. He did not survive childhood, and contracted a fatal case of spinal meningitis. He died on Dec. 28, 1921, at age eight, in Kasson, Barbour County. Burial was in the Center Cemetery or Old Dutch Cemetery.
~ Lingering Questions: Ethel Komindo? ~
We are researching the connection between Sarepta and Ethel (Mayle) Komindo, in whose home Sarepta died in 1963.
Ethel was the daughter of Morgan (1874-1942) and Sophronia (Mayle) Mayle (1877-1964). In turn, Morgan was the son of Jonathan and Matilda (Varner) Mayle, and the grandson of Reese and Delilah Male, while Sophronia was the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Mayle.
Ethel's maternal grandfather, Richard Mayle, is interesting because of his leadership role in the family and community. At his death, the Barbour County Democrat stated that he was:
...a patriarch among his people, a farmer emancipator and loyal citizen... A representative of West Virginia's very best citizenry, the deceased was so considered by those who knew him. Following the furrows on the hillsides or in the meadows he honestly earned his income by "the sweat of the brow," his friends explained today. In his honest endeavor to do the right he was said to have had a mighty throng of followers among his people in the Cecil section. He was today reported to have been a patriarch among his "kith and kin", nor did the reflection from a worthwhile life stop there, his honest and true hearted citizenship kept peace and contentedness when disorder prevailed. At times when hopes were dimmed, when a "war threat" almost brewed within the Cecil section this true Patriarch was said to have sought his friends' confidence and ask them ever to do the right. In reviewing the tragedies and happenings where white and colored generations were envolved [sic], he was said to have demanded for peace and order, and always told his people to stay within the law. With a calm head and steady hand his commanded his people to go their various ways, to obey the law. Now, where law violators run amuck, he was instrumental in bringing quiet and happiness. He thought for his people, explaining to them that "law is law" and they should obey it. Questions of serious importance to his race were so often considered that it was said to today, he was often asked to weigh them and his people would always take the advice so generously offered them. During the time that the race question was a problem for the state he was said to have pleased for the just and right and upheld principles that will follow him thruout the life of his and other generations.
Ethel was one of 12 children -- among the others Harold Bliss Mayle, Holly Mayle, Frederick C. Mayle, Harley Brooks Mayle, Victor Mayle, Mazella (Mayle) Mayle, Forrest C. Mayle, Jonathan Richard Mayle, Wilmer A. Mayle, Ruby Mayle and Grace Newman. Her father Morgan was a self-employed farmer, and they resided at Moatsville. During World War I, at the age of 44, Morgan registered for the federal military draft, and gave his race as white.
He was found dead in bed at the age of 69 on Dec. 11, 1942, with burial at Mt. View Cemetery.
Sophronia outlived her husband by more than two decades. She passed into eternity in 1964.
Son Harold Bliss Mayle (1897-1977) was born in 1897. He was "employed by the coal mines for 15 years, and was a schoolteacher for over 30 years in the Preston and Taylor County Schools," said a newspaper. Circa 1971, he lived in Webster near Grafton. He died in 1977.
Daughter Grace Mayle (1899-1971) was born in 1899. She married Alston Gordon Newman ( ? - ? ) and resided at Philo, OH. They had four children -- Eunice Dalton, Meredith Newman, Robert Newman and Juaneta Newman. She was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church. As her health declined, Grace spent time at the Rosemont Hospital. She passed away at the Spencer State Hospital on Oct. 1, 1971. Her remains were returned to Philippi for burial at Welch Cemetery. Her obituary was published in the Morgantown (WV) Dominion Post.
Daughter Ethel M. Mayle (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901. At the age of 22, she married 27-year-old Serbian immigrant Emil Komindo (1896-1962) on June 30, 1923. Emil was the son of John and Helen Komindo. Rev. F.S. Bishop led the nuptials. Emil was a longtime coal miner. He died in an automobile accident at the age of 66 on Sept. 2, 1962. Ethel lived in Webster in the early 1970s. They had at least one known son, Carroll Bliss Komindo (1924-2007), who married Hazel (?) and lived in Detroit, MI and in Satsuma, FL.
Son Holly M. Mayle (1903- ? ) was born in 1903. Holly lived in Dalton, GA in 1971.
Daughter Ruby B. Mayle (1905-1929) was born in 1905.
Daughter Zella Mayle (1908- ? ) was born in 1908.
Son Jonathan Richard Mayle (1910-1940) was born on Jan. 4, 1910 in Barbour County. He was a farmer and resided in Moatsville, never marrying. He was stricken with pulmonary tuberculosis and died at the age of 30 on Oct. 9, 1940. Interment was in Mt. View Cemetery.
Son Wilmer A. Mayle (1911-1939) was born in 1911. He never married. As an adult, he was employed by Ford Motor Co. He was afflicted with pulmonary tuberculosis and died at age 27 on Sept. 29, 1939. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery.
Son Frederick C. Mayle (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914. He grew up in Taylor County and resided in Miami, FL in 1971.
Son Harley "Brooks" Mayle (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916. He lived in 1971 in Detroit.
Son Forrest C. Mayle made his residence in 1971 in Canton, OH.
Daughter Mazella Mayle married (?) Mayle. In the early 1970s, they lived in Simpson, WV.
Son Victor H. Mayle (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923. At age 17, in 1940, he resided with his parents near Grafton. He made his home in Detroit in 1971.
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