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Elsworth 'Elza' Mayle


Elsworth "Elzie" (or "Elza") Mayle was born on April 21, 1876, in Barbour County, WV, the son of Hiram "Poke" and Margaret (Minerd) Mayle.

Elsworth stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair. 

He married Sarah E. Kennedy (1880-1956), in Barbour County on Oct. 10, 1897. He was 21, and she 17, at the time. She was the daughter of Andrew and Alice (Male) Kennedy. 

They bore nine children -- Alva Mayle, Vernis "Verna" Minard, Hazel Croston, Oscar Mayle, Icie E. Newman Parsons, Gladys (Mayle) Mayle, Jacob Mayle, Alvenia Croston and Geneva Mae Croston.


Philippi, as seen from the south, early 1900s


Grafton Sentinel, 1956

When the federal census was taken in 1900, they lived as farmers near Elzie's parents in rural Philippi. The 1910 census shows the family living in Barbour County, having produced seven children, but with only four living. That year, they lived only a few doors away from Elzie's parents. 

They resided at Moatsville and Meriden, Barbour County circa 1918. In 1918, he and his sons registered for the military draft during World War I. On the registration card, the draft board officer listed the 41-year-old Elzie as "Negro" and added, "Claims to be white but generally called colored." Elzie was unable to write his signature, and signed his name with an "X." 

 When the federal census was taken in 1920, the Mayles lived along Olive Hill Road near Philippi, in close proximity to the dwelling of Elzie's cousin George Riley and Sarah (Croston) Minard and their adult children.

The 1930 census shows the family in rural Philippi, living next to their son Alva and his young family. Elza's nephew, 19-year-old Andrew Newman, boarded in their home that year. The census taker marked the entire household as of the "Negro" race.


Mayle family church on Chestnut Ridge

In about 1946, after World War II ended, the Mayles moved to rural Webster near Grafton, Taylor County. There they remained for the next decade, and retired from farming.

Sarah passed away of uremic poisoning on June 27, 1956, at the age of 76, in Taylor County. She is buried in Welch Cemetery near Philippi.

After suffering from "a long illness," reported the Grafton Sentinel, Elzie passed away at the age of 89 on Jan. 10, 1966, at Broaddus Hospital in Philippi. Following a funeral held at the Chestnut Ridge Peoples Methodist Church, led by Rev Franklin Peoples, Rev. Johnny Simpson and Rev. Isaac Kennedy, he was laid to rest in the Welch Cemetery. At the time of his death, said the Sentinel, he was survived by three sons, three daughters, 30 grandchildren and 69 great-grandchildren, for a grand total of 105 living offspring.


~ Son Alva Mayle ~

Son Alva Mayle (1898-1989) was born on July 18, 1898. As a young adult, he worked as a farmer and was of medium height and build, and brown eyes and dark hair. 

Alva married Loretta "Lory" Croston (1904-1970), daughter of John Wesleyan and Sabina "Bonnie" (Male) Croston. 

During World War I, Alva was a laborer on the farm of his father's cousin, George Riley Minard, who was the son of Sarah (Minerd) Wright. In 1918, he registered for the military draft, and gave his race as "Negro." 

Their known children were Virginia B. Mayle, Ralph E. Mayle, Vondie Mayle and Opal V. Mayle. 


Barbour Democrat, 1989

In 1930, they lived next to Alva's parents in rural Philippi. Evidence shows that the Mayles moved to Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH. Said the Barbour Democrat, Alva "was a retired farmer and attended the Assembly of God Church in Hubbard." Loretta was a member of the Pentecostal Church in Youngstown. 

She died in a Youngstown hospital on Jan. 14, 1970, at the age of 66. 

Alva survived her by almost two decades. He made his home at 228 East Liberty Street in Hubbard, Trumbull County, OH. At the age of 91, Alva died in Youngstown at the Northside Medical Center on Sept. 22, 1989. His obituary was published in the Barbour Democrat. Their remains were returned to Philippi to rest together in Welch Cemetery. At the time of Alva's death, he and Loretta had produced 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Son Ralph E. Mayle (1923-2000) was born on Dec. 3, 1923 in Philippi. On Sept. 13, 1943, when he was age 20, Ralph wed Naomi Mayle ( ? - ? ), daughter of (?) Mayle. Their three children were Bobby L. Mayle, Clynie Mayle and Regina Blythe. The family lived in Canfield, OH circa 1970-1989, where he was employed for 27 years with the Masury plant of General American Transportation Corporation (GATX). He enjoyed camping, hunting and travel. In 2000, their home was at 4736 South Turner Road in Hubbard, Trumbull County, OH. Afflicted with cancer, he died at home in Hubbard on July 8, 2000, at the age of 76. Burial was in the Jackson Cemetery in Coitsville, OH, with an obituary published in the Sharon (PA) Herald.

Son Alva Mayle Jr. (1935-2008) was born on Aug. 11, 1935 in Philippi. In about 1953, when he was 18 years of age, he wed Phoebe Ashman. They had five children -- Terry Mayle, Larry Mayle, Darlene Juillerat, Donna Kropinak and Marilyn Veach. They resided in 1970-2008 in Hubbard, Trumbull County, OH, and the Youngstown Vindicator said he had "lived most of his life" there. Sadly, their two sons died young. Alva died in Hubbard at the age of 73 on Sept. 30, 2008. 

Son David Allen Mayle ( ? - ? ) made his home in Hubbard circa 1970-1989. 

Son Gary (or "Jerry") D. Mayle ( ? - ? ) married Phyllis. They lived in 1970 in Youngstown and in 1989 in Hubbard. 

Daughter Virginia Mayle (1921-2004) was born on Nov. 16, 1921 in Philippi. Virginia served in the U.S. Navy. On Dec. 19, 1952, when she was age 31, she wed Adolph J. Wargacki ( ? -1989). They resided in Youngstown and later in Mineral Ridge, OH. They produced two daughters -- Joyce Waller and Jan Fye. Said a newspaper, she enjoyed flower gardening and helping others. Sadly, Adolph died on May 11, 1989, ending their marriage of 37 years. She survived him by 15 years and died in her Mineral Ridge residence at the age of 82 on March 10, 2004. 

Daughter Vonda Mayle ( ? - ? ) married Robert Justice Jr. They made their home in 1970 in Hubbard. Vonda died sometime prior to 1989. 

Daughter Alvenia (or "Alvina") Mayle ( ? - ? ) wed Calvin Croston and resided in Youngstown. She died between 1970 and 1989, details are not yet known.


~ Daughter Vernis Jane (Mayle) Minard ~

Daughter Vernis Jane Mayle (1900-1988) was born in 1900. She married a cousin, Grover James Minard (1890-1977). A veteran of World War I, he was the son of George Riley and Sally (Croston) Minard, and the grandson of Sarah (Minerd) Wright. The Minards were wed on Oct. 12, 1916. Click on their bio link for more.


~ Son Oscar Mayle ~

Son Oscar Mayle (1909-1981) was born in 1909. 

He married Murlenis "Sissy" Mayle (1914-2004), daughter of Bulger and Angeline May (Mayle) Mayle. Rev. W.H. Albert officiated, with the ceremony taking place on June 7, 1931 at Nestorville. Oscar was age 21, and Murlenis 16.

They relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH and had four children -- Ronnie Mayle, Hartsel Mayle, Bartsel Mayle and Annie Lantz. 

Sadly, their son Hartsel (or "Hartzell") Mayle died in Barbour County at the tender age of three months, caused by bronchial pneumonia, on Aug. 16, 1932. 

Oscar died at Aultman Hospital in Canton on Nov. 1 or 9, 1981. His remains were returned to Philippi for interment at Welch Cemetery. 

Murlenis outlived him by 23 years, and outlived all of her children. During that time, said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, she was a "nurses aide and attended the Canton Free Will Baptist Church." She passed away on March 3, 2004, at the age of 89. Her funeral was held at the Pentecostal Church of Ford Run, after which time her remains were placed at rest at Welch Cemetery.


~ Daughter Icie (Mayle) Newman Parsons ~

Daughter Icie E. Mayle (1910-1992) was born on Feb. 7, 1910 in Moatsville, Barbour County. 

She was married twice. Her first husband was Wince Newman (1906-1954), son of Richard and Minerva (or "Maranda") (Croston) Newman. The ceremony took place in Barbour County on Dec. 2, 1927, when Icy was age 17, and Wince 22. Rev. Fred Decost performed the nuptials at his home in Grafton Route 6. The two families were close, as Icie's cousin Samuel Miner -- son of George Riley Minard -- married Wince's sister Mary Virgie Newman.


Philippi Republican, 1954

They resided in rural Philippi and were farmers, and had six known children -- Richard Newman, Cleophas Newman, Elizabeth Mayle, Bernice Mayle and Luwanda Newman.

Wince suffered a massive heart attack at home and died on Oct. 22, 1954, leaving Icy a widow at the age of 44. His death was ruled to have been due to "natural causes." Interment was in Welch Cemetery.

Later, she wed Donald Parsons ( ? - ? ). They lived in Philippi circa 1989, when she was named in the Barbour Democrat obituary of her brother Alva. 

Donald Parsons' fate is unknown. 

Icie passed away in 1992. She and Wince rest together in Welch Cemetery.

Son Richard Newman (1929- ? ) was born on Nov. 29, 1929. He was joined in wedlock with a cousin, Freda Earlstine Mayle (1932-1998), daughter of Clifford and Leona (Mayle) Mayle of the family of Emily Jane (Minerd) Mayle. Click the link for more.

Daughter Luwanda Jane Newman (1949- ? ) was born in 1949. She married a cousin, Jeffrey Wayne Kennedy, of the family of Osa Bell "Ocie" (Minard) Kennedy. Click the link for more.

Daughter Bernice Newman ( ? -2000) was born on (?). On Aug. 11, 1956, she married Donnie Mayle (1937-2011), son of Sell and Essie (Croston) Mayle. They lived in Cleveland circa 1958, where their son Donnie was born. Later, they returned to Philippi before migrating again to Canton. They had three children -- Donnie Curtis Mayle, Anthony W. Mayle and Aundrea Stutler. His passion in life was restoring houses, and he was a member of the Ohio Laborer's Local 1015 for more than three decades. "Donnie was a man of great character and a friend to everyone he met," wrote a relative. "He was the most selfless of people, always putting others' welfare before his own. He helped people whenever he could, not wanting any recognition for his efforts." Sadly, Bernice died on July 6, 2000, ending a marital union of 45 years. Donnie wed again on April 8, 2006 to Edith (McCray) Henline. After a long battle with lung cancer, he died at the age of 73 on Sept. 4, 2011. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

  • Grandson Donnie Curtis Mayle (1958-2013) was born on Feb. 7, 1958 in Cleveland. He married Nancy Jo Mayle (1959-2006) and had two children -- Eric Mayle and Christopher Mayle. Donnie Curtis lived in Canton and worked for CDG and Acro Rubber, and was a member of the Laborers Local Union 1015. Nancy Jo passed on Nov. 20, 2006. Donnie Curtis survived her by seven years. He died at age 55 on Aug. 28, 2013, after enduring a lingering illness. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Canton.
  • Grandson Anthony W. Mayle (1962-2007) was born on Aug. 9, 1962 in Philippi. He wed Dena (?) and was employed with the shipping department at Akro Rubber in Canton. He also enjoyed fishing. Following what the Canton Repository called a "lengthy illness," he died on May 10, 2007 at Canton's Aultman Hospital at the age of 44.


~ Daughter Gladys (Mayle) Mayle ~

Daughter Gladys Mayle (1914-1944) was born in 1914. 

At the age of 19, she married 21-year-old John "Henry" Mayle (1912-1994) on March 20, 1933, at Philippi. He was the son of Taze and Mollie (or "Millie") E. (Kennedy) Mayle. The wedding was performed by Rev. M.C. Harris, a minister of the gospel in Philippi. The couple did not reproduce.

Sadly, Gladys was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus, and died after a year of suffering at the age of 31, on Sept. 19, 1944. She was laid to eternal rest in Welch Cemetery. 

John Henry married again, to one of his first wife's cousins, Genevieve Collins (1924-1987), daughter of Thomas and Cansetta (Minard) Collins of the family of George Riley Minard. See the Minard bio for more.


~ Son Jacob Mayle ~

Son Jacob Mayle Sr. (1915- ? ) was born in 1915. 

At the age of 21, Jacob married 19-year-old Permelia Jones (or "Permeila") (1917- ? ) on Feb. 10, 1936, in Philippi. She was the daughter of John W. and Fannie (Newman) Jones. The wedding was performed by C.C. Hedrick, a minister of the gospel. 

They had two known children -- Jacob Mayle Jr. and Richard "Rick" Mayle.


Jacob lived in Grafton circa 1947 before relocating to Canton, Stark County, OH, where they were in 1966-1989. In 1989, Jacob was mentioned in the newspaper obituary of his brother Alva.


Nothing more about him or Permelia is known.

Son Jacob Mayle Jr. (1947-2010) was born on Oct. 29, 1947 in Grafton. He moved to Canton in his youth and graduated from McKinley Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Navy. Later, he wed Cynthia (?) and they had five children -- Rodney Mayle, Brandon Mayle, Theresa Davis, Paula Mayle and Amy Mayle. Jacob was employed as a longtime operator of construction equipment. He was afflicted with cancer and died at home in Canton at the age of 62 on May 20, 2010.


~ Daughter Geneva (Mayle) Croston ~

Daughter Geneva Mae Mayle (1923-1996) was born on Jan. 19, 1923.

On May 17, 1942, at the Chestnut Ridge Church, she wed Ralph Elbert Croston (1922- ? ), son of Claudis and Cansora Croston. She was age 19, and he 20, at the time. The ceremony was led by Rev. Fred Decost. Because they legally were underage, Geneva's parents, and Ralph's mother, had to give their consent to the union. 

The Crostons had five children -- Lavana Maenetta Croston, William Croston, Gerald Dewayne Croston and Pearl Ann Clark. Sadly, daughter Lavana became ill of bronchial pneumonia and died in infancy, at the age of nine months, 29 days, on Oct. 8, 1943, with burial in West Hill Cemetery.

At some point, Geneva is believed to have wedded or been in a relationship with Cecil Norris ( ? - ? ). They may have borne a son known as Cecil Lee "Tex" Norris.

Circa 1966, Geneva made her home in Cleveland, and by 1989, she had moved back to Grafton. Her residence in the late 1980s was in the home of her son William at 238 West Main Street in Grafton. 


Grafton Mountain Statesman, 1996

She died at the age of 73 on Dec. 9, 1996 at Grafton City Hospital, "following an extended illness," reported the Grafton Mountain Statesman. She was survived by 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was laid to rest in the Welch Cemetery, following a funeral led by a cousin, Brother Isaac Kennedy, of the Pentecostal Church of Ford Run. 


Son Cecil Lee "Tex" Norris ( ? - ? ) died sometime before December 1989. 

Son William Ellsworth "Billy" Croston (1947-2019) was born on April 8, 1947 in Grafton. He resided in the community for decades. William is believed to have married Violet ( :? - ? ). They produced a family of children -- Beth Ann McKinney, Billy Croston and Lukie Croston. Among his interests were motorcycle riding, playing cornhole and collection Native American jewelry. The couple eventually separated. Sadly, William died in the River Oaks Nursing Home in Clarksburg at the age of 72 on Aug. 20, 2019.

  • Granddaughter Beth Ann Croston was joined in marriage with Duke McKinney. They have lived in Shinnston, WV.
  • Grandson William "Billy" Croston makes a home in Grafton.

Son Gerald Dewayne Croston resided in Lima, OH. Did he also go by the name "Gary," marry Carol Ann and live in Canton in 2019?

Daughter Pearl Ann Croston wed George Clark. She lived circa 1989-2019 in Jacksonville, FL.


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