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Jacob Charles 'Jake' Mayle


Jacob and Emma Mayle
Courtesy Tonia Griffin

Jacob Charles "Jake" Mayle was born on April 18 (or 19), 1878 (or 1879) in Avon, Doddridge County, WV, the son of Richard Z. and Mary (Minard) Mayle.

Jacob considered himself white despite his mixed race heritage.

When he was 29 years of age, he married 20-year-old Emma Rowe (1887-1963) on Sept. 18, 1907. She was a native of Upshur County, WV. 

Circa September 1918, at the age of 39, Jacob labored as a carpenter for the Robinson Coal Company's mine in Flemington, Taylor County, WV. 

That year, he registered for the federal military draft during World War I. He was of medium height and build, and had black eyes and dark brown hair.

The Mayles produced a dozen children, born during the sweep between 1909 and 1928 -- Dorrie A. Mayle, Mary Magdalena Lawson, Damie Warner, Agnes Holt, Thelma G. Morrison, Geraldine J. Goots, Stanley Mayle, Edward Mayle, Paul Lewis Mayle, Charles "Junior" Mayle and Clara B. Wetzel.


Flemington, WV, where the Mayles resided circa 1917



Jacob Mayle

In 1910, when the federal census was taken, the Mayles lived near the old farm on Long Run, and employed a 16-year-old servant, Fanny (no last name given). 

Jacob and Emma Mayle

They later moved to Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV, where Jacob labored in local coal mines.

The federal census enumeration of 1920 shows the family making their home in the Grant District of Doddridge County, with Jacob earning a living as a house carpenter. Six children were under their roof that year ranging in age from 1 to 11. That year, Jacob's married brother Alpheus and his wife and family lived next door in one house, and their widowed mother and unmarried siblings were next door neighbors on the other side.

In 1930, listed in the census as "Mayles," the family dwelled along Long Run Road, with Jacob back in the coal mines as a carpenter. Their family had grown to 12 children by that time, although only the youngest seven were in the household.

The family has yet to be located on the United States Census of 1940.

Their home address in the early 1960s was in Clarksburg at 315 North Park Avenue.

Jacob died at the age of 82, of pancreatic cancer, on March 14, 1961, at St. Marys Hospital in Clarksburg. He was buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Clarksburg. 

At the age of 76, Emma died in 1963, two years after her husband.


Clarksburg coal mine power plant and tipple No. 6, Monongah Mine


~ Daughter Dorrie A. Mayle ~

Daughter Dorrie A. Mayle (1909- ? ) was born in about 1909.

Nothing more about her is known. 


~ Son Edward A. Mayle ~

Son Edward A. Mayle (1910-1991) was born on Oct. 1, 1910. 

At the age of 19, he lived at home and obtained work as a track man for the railroad. He married Barbara H. Morgan (1914-2000), a native of Doddridge County and the daughter of Lloyd Waitman and Icy Belle (Mayfield) Morgan. There is no evidence that the couple had any children.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Later in life, the Mayles made their home in Nutter Fort, Harrison County. 

Edward died at the age of 81 on Oct. 18, 1991. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Clarksburg. 

Barbara survived her husband by almost nine years. She passed in Nutter Fort on May 11, 2000. 


~ Daughter Mary Magdalena (Mayle) Lawson ~


Daughter Mary Magdalena Mayle (1912- ? ) was born on Dec. 7, 1912 at Long Run, Doddridge County. 


At age 21, she married Royce Burk Lawson ( ? - ? ), a native of Gilmer County, WV, and the son of W.G. and Bertha Lawson. The wedding was held at Berlin, Lewis County, WV on Feb. 6, 1932, led by Rev. F.E. Smith of the Methodist Protestant Church.


~ Daughter Thelma Gertrude (Mayle) Reynolds ~


Daughter Thelma Gertrude Mayle (1915- ? ) was born in 1915 in Doddridge County. 1923. 


She married Reynolds Masco Morrison (1913- ? ) on Jan. 29, 1934, when she was age 19 and he was 21 and living in Lewis County, WV. Rev. Thomas S. Liken, of the Methodist Protestant Church, officiated at his parsonage. Reynolds was the son of C.W. and Rosie (Reynolds) Morrison. 


~ Daughter Agnes Mildred (Mayle) Holt ~


Daughter Agnes Mildred Mayle (1919- ? ) was born on July 22, 1919 in Doddridge County. 


When she was age 17, Agnes wed 21-year-old Earl Wilbert Holt (1915- ? ), the son of Tilford Jackson and Ella (Smith) Holt. The ceremony was held on Nov. 18, 1936, at Clarksburg, led by Rev. Samuel B. Cunningham of the Methodist Episcopal Church. (She fibbed about her age on her marriage license application, giving it as 21.)

At the time of marriage, Earl made his home in Broad Oaks near Clarksburg, while Agnes lived in Wolf Summit, Harrison County.


~ Son Paul Lewis Mayle ~


Paul Lewis Mayle

Son Paul Lewis Mayle (1921-2004) was born on May 10, 1921 in Long Run. 

He married Katherine Virginia Short (1924-1994), a native of Weston, Lewis County, WV. They had five known children -- David Paul Ernest Mayle, Stanley Gale Mayle, Edward Mayle, John Allen Mayle and Nora Ellen Atma.

During World War II, Paul served in the 32nd Infantry, Medical Detachment of the U.S. Army in 1942-1943. After the war's end, the family settled in Oroville, Butte County, CA. Said a newspaper, he "loved watching baseball and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. He enjoyed watching all western movies."

Sadly, Katherine died on June 23, 1994 at the age of 70 in Oroville.

Paul survived his wife by a decade. He passed into eternity on April 24, 2004 in Oroville. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Oroville. He was survived by a dozen grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Son David Paul Ernest Mayle (1943-living) was born in 1943. He married Rilda Sue Ancell. Their four daughters are Sue Ellen Mariano, Lucinda Lee "Cindy" Devine, Katherine Jeanette Gordan and April Danielle Blankenship.


~ Son Charles "Junior" Mayle  ~

Son Charles "Junior" Mayle (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924 in Doddridge County.


~ Daughter Clara B. (Mayle) Wetzel ~


Daughter Clara B. Mayle (1925-2005) was born on Dec. 20, 1925, at Long Run, Doddridge County. 


On March 9, 1944, the 18-year-old Clara wed 26-year-old Leon Osborn Wetzel (1918-1974), the son of David Floyd "Bee" and Nina Ethel (Dotson) Wetzel and a native of Bristol, Harrison County, WV. The ceremony was held at Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV, performed by Rev. W. Sproule Boyd of the Methodist Church. 

At the time of marriage, Leon resided in Nutter Fork, WV while Clara lived in Clarksburg.

Clarksburg Exponent, 1974


They resided in Clarksburg, and had three sons -- Thomas D. Wetzel, Gary B. Wetzel and Leon Osburn Wetzel Jr. 

Leon was employed as a department sales manager with Workingman's Store in the Clarksburg area and attended the Congregational Missionary Church. Clara, said the Clarksburg Exponent, "was Baptist by faith, an avid rollerskater, a homemaker, a member of the Poet's Society, and she dearly loved her cats." They resided at 229 Worley Avenue in Clarksburg.

Leon passed away on April 9, 1974, at the age of 56, in the West Virginia University Medical Center. An obituary in the Exponent said that he had succumbed "following an extended illness."

Clara outlived him by more than three decades. She died at the age of 79 on Oct. 11, 2005. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery on Cherry Camp Run in Salem, Harrison County.

Son Thomas D. Wetzel resided in Clarksburg in 1974.

Son Gary B. Wetzel made his home with his parents in the 1970s.

Son Leon Osburn Wetzel Jr. relocated to Kentucky, living in 1974 in Lexington.


~ Daughter Geraldine (Mayle) Goots ~

Daughter Geraldine J. Mayle (1928- ? ) was born in about 1928 in Doddridge County. 

She married (?) Goots. Nothing more is known.


Copyright 2005-2008, 2010, 2014-2015 Mark A. Miner

Wetzel obituary courtesy West Virginia University