Jefferson Davis Mayle was born in 1871 in Barbour County, WV, the son of Richard Z. and Mary (Minard) Mayle. As an early teenager, in about 1884, he and his parents and siblings settled in Doddridge County.
Jefferson married Lucy Jane Croston (1884-1969), the daughter of William and Lydia (Kennedy) Croston. He was 13 years older than his bride.
The Mayles went on to produce a family of nine children -- Sherman Mayle, Uley Leo Mayle, David "Laco" Mayle, Richard Mayle, Oney Alfred Mayle, Herbert W. Mayle, Wilbert "Wib" Mayle, Mary Magdalene "Jettie" Cox and Melvin Mayle.
Jefferson was a longtime farmer and a carpenter. Whether or not he worked in local coal mines is not yet known.
They resided in the West Hills section south of Grafton, Taylor County, WV in 1905, and in Barbour County in the 1920s, where they were members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows the family living in Knottsville, Taylor County, with Uley laboring as a farmer, assisted by his eldest sons Sherman, Uley and Richard. That year, they lived next door to Jefferson and Lucy's double cousins, Clifford and Leona (Mayle) Mayle, of the families of Lewis and Sarepta (Kennedy) Mayle and Charles Luther "Little Charlie" and Emily Jane (Minerd) Mayle. In another twist, Clifford and Leona also were the future in-laws of Jefferson and Lucy Jane's son Herbert.
He passed away on Dec. 8, 1935, at the age of 64, and was laid to rest in the West Hill Cemetery adjacent to the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Lucy outlived him by 34 years, making her home in the Woodford Addition of Grafton.
She died at the age of 84 on May 25, 1969, at the City Hospital in Grafton. Her obituary was published in the Grafton Daily Sentinel. She rests for eternity beside her husband. Among many others, one of the Minerd cousins buried in the West Hill Cemetery is Sarepta (Kennedy) Mayle, daughter of Ruth Ann (Minerd) Kennedy.
~ Son Sherman Mayle ~
Son Sherman Mayle (1907- ? ) was born in about 1907.
At the age of 22, he was unmarried and lived on his parents' farm near Knottsville, Taylor County, working as a laborer. More will be added here when learned.
~ Son Uley Leo Mayle ~
Son Uley Leo Mayle (1908-1989) was born on Nov. 2, 1908 in Barbour County.
He married a cousin, Bytha Ernestine Mayle (1912-1984), the daughter of Deskin and Lacy Ann (Parsons) Mayle. The wedding took place on June 1, 1930, by the hand of Rev. Fred Decost, when Uley was age 22, and Bytha 18.
Demonstrating the closeness of the Mayle family branches, Uley's brother Oney married Bytha's sister Florinda, and Bytha's sister, Roxie was married to Uley's cousin, Howard Lee Kennedy Sr., son of Ruth Ann (Minerd) Kennedy. Many of the Mayle offspring moved to Michigan. [See more on the extensive intermarriages between the Minerd and Mayle clans.]
Uley and Bytha set up "housekeeping" in Cecil and later resided in the West Hill section of Grafton. At the time of marriage, Uley's principal occupation was as a farm later. Later, he was employed as "a coal miner with the Galloway Mines for 14 years," said the Grafton Mountain Statesman. "He also worked for the Department of Natural Resources and retired from the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown."
Uley is known to have labored with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the construction of the Tygart Lake Dam near Grafton. A distant cousin from Pennsylvania, Charles Bentley Jenkins, of the family of John "Homer" Wetzel, also worked on the dam in the early 1930s, installing electrical systems.
The Mayleses had 11 children -- Clarice E. Martin, Mayola Keller, Gretta Jones, Casetta Dalton, Wilford Jefferson "Bill" Mayle, Lanford L. Mayle, Cletis Mike Mayle, Quentin Mayle, Almos Mayle, Ernie L. Mayle and Evaline "Nelly" Mayle, who died at a premature birth on July 5, 1931.
In 1980, Uley and Bytha celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Bytha died at the age of 72 on June 1, 1984 in Grafton City Hospital. Her funeral was conducted by Rev. Winfield Mayle at the West Hill Methodist Church. In an obituary, the Grafton Mountain Statesman reported that she was survived by 27 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Uley followed her to the grave five years later, on March 23, 1989, at the age of 80. Rev. Mark Miller preached the funeral service. He was laid to rest beside Bytha at the beautifully manicured West Hill Cemetery south of Grafton, near Webster, Taylor County. WV.
Son Quentin Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He was married and circa 1989 lived in Ferndale and Madison Heights, MI. They had three children -- Mike Mayle, Michaelle Wirks and Matt Mayle. He is not to be confused with Quentin E. Mayle (1919-2016) who married Louise Mayle and resided in Berkley, MI.
Son Lanford L. Mayle (1935-1992) was born in 1935. He was married and a worked as a truck driver in Massillon, Stark County, OH. He died in Cleveland Clinic Hospital on May 18, 1992, at the age of 57.
Son Cletis "Mike" Mayle (1941-1992) was born on Nov. 23, 1941. His name also has been spelled "Cletus." He married a cousin, Sheila Jane Minard, daughter of Thomas Cleveland and Glenna (Propst) Minard and granddaughter of Grover and Vernis Minard. Mike lived in Canton, OH in adulthood, where he was employed at Chevrolet Gear and Axle at Hamtramck, MI. Mike died at his residence at the age of 50 on Aug. 1, 1992, just a few months after the death of his brother Lanford. His obituary was published in the Grafton Mountain Statesman.
Son Wilford Jefferson "Bill" Mayle ( ? - ? ) made his home in Algonac, MI in 1992.
Son Almos Mayle ( ? - ? ) resided in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV.
Son Ernie L. Mayle ( ? - ? ) lived in Grafton circa 1989-1992.
Daughter Clarice E. Mayle ( ? - ? ) was wed twice. Her first spouse was (?) Mayle. They had two sons -- Dennis Mayle and Uley Mayle. Then on Nov. 14, 1977, Clarice married again, to Emmett D. Martin (1925-2008). A native of Taylor County, Emmet was the son of Marion F. and Sarah Jane (Haddix) Martin. They lived in Grafton in 1989-1992 and had no children of their own. Said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, Emmet "had taken care of the elderly for many years and was a Protestant by faith." Emmet passed away at home in Grafton on April 9, 2008, at the age of 82. Rev. David Maley officiated at the funeral, followed by burial in West Hill Cemetery.
Daughter Gretta Mayle ( ? - ? ) married Willard Jones ( ? - ? ) and in 1989-1992 lived in Grafton.
Daughter Mayola Mayle was married to William Keller and called Grafton home in 1989-1992. She attended the Prichard Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Daughter Cosetta Mayle wed (?) Dalton. Her name also has been spelled "Casetta." In 1992, they resided in Louisville, OH.
~ Son Richard A. Mayle ~
Son Richard A. Mayle (1910-1994) was born in 1910.
He married Ruth Alma Decost (1915-1986) on July 11, 1931, when he was age 21, and she 16. Rev. Fred Decost performed the ceremony.
The Mayles had nine children -- Troy Mayle, Franklin R. Mayle, Walter L. Mayle, Ercel M. Mayle, Dorothy R. Kennedy, Luetta Mayle, Jacalene Parker, Kathleen Mayle and Joeann Mayle. Sadly, son Troy died at birth on Sept. 2, 1943.
They resided in Grafton, where Richard "was retired from the B&O Railroad, Grafton, with more than 30 years of service," reported a local newspaper. "He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II [and] a member of Wesleyan Methodist Church."
Ruth passed away in 1986.
Richard died at the age of 83 on June 2, 1994, and was laid to rest at the West Hill Cemetery following a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle and Rev. Harold Will.
Daughter Dorothy Mayle (1933-2013) was born on March 13, 1933 in Grafton. On Dec. 30, 1949, at the age of 16, she married 20-year-old Thurwood "Woody" Kennedy (1929-2009). Thurwood was the son of Hayward and Vivian (Mayle) Kennedy of Philippi but was raised by Howard and Sarah Kennedy. They relocated to Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH and had four children -- Rosemary Davis, Starlet Folsom, Sandra Sokol and Frederick Kennedy. The Youngstown (OH) Vindicator said that Dorothy "worked for several years at Volunteers of American, Paisley House. She was a member of the first Free Methodist Church in Youngstown. She enjoyed her flower gardens and crocheting." Thurwood was employed at Youngstown Steel Door for 35 years as a press operator, and he retired in 1992. They were members of the First Free Methodist Church of Canfield, OH. Thurwood died on Feb. 6, 2009, at the age of 79, at Claire Bridge Cottage. Dorothy survived him by four years. She passed away at the age of 80 on April 28, 2013. Burial was with her husband in Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
~ Son Herbert W. Mayle ~
Son Herbert W. Mayle (1913-1996) was born in 1913.
On Oct. 16, 1934, when he was age 21 and she 16, Herbert married a triple cousin, Hazel Josephine Mayle (1917-1991). She was the daughter of Clifford Lee and Leona Gayle (Mayle) Mayle -- her father the son of Lewis and Sarepta (Kennedy) Mayle and her mother the daughter of Charles Luther "Little Charlie" and Emily Jane (Minerd) Mayle.
The Mayles had 11 children -- Frederick "Freddy" Mayle, Willard Mayle, Stanley Mayle, Dallas G. "Big D" Mayle Sr., Terry O. Mayle, Lometa Marguerite (Mayle) Mayle, Janice Newman, Dale Ross Mayle and two other sons who died in infancy.
They resided in Cecil and Flemington, Barbour County. Herbert "was retired having been an employee of the J&L Steel Company in Aliquippa, Pa.," said a local newspaper. "He was a member of the Grafton Wesleyan Holiness Church."
Said the Barbour Democrat, Hazel "was a housewife and a member of Wesleyan Holiness Church of Grafton."
Sadly, Hazel outlived four of her sons: Freddy, Willard, Stanley and Dale. She died at Grafton City Hospital at the age of 73 on Dec. 23, 1991. The Democrat reported that she was survived by 23 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Herbert outlived her by a little more than five years. He died at the age of 82 at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, WV, on Jan. 6, 1996. He was buried at West Hill Cemetery. At the time of his passing, he and Hazel had produced 24 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
Daughter Lometa Marguerite Mayle (1935-2009) was born in Cecil, Barbour County. At age 20, on May 13, 1955, she married Franklin Marcus Mayle (1928-2011). Franklin was the son of Oled and Naomi (Pritchard) Mayle of Moatsville, Barbour County. They had three children -- Carla Snyder, Timothy Mayle Sr. and Franklin Kevin Mayle. The family resided in Bolivar, near Canton, OH, where Franklin was employed as a flux operator for 39 years by LTV Steel. They attended the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church in Canton. Lometa passed away at the age of 74 on Sept. 12, 2009. Her funeral was led by Rev. Winfield Mayle and Scott Heskett, followed by burial at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Louisville. Her obituary was carried in the Canton Repository.
Son Dallas G. "Big D" Mayle Sr. (1939-2016) was born on Christmas Eve 1939 in Barbour County. He wed Shirley Woolonich ( ? - ? ), daughter of John and Kathryn (Balkovich) Woolonich of Aliquippa, Beaver County, PA. They lived in Louisville, Stark County, OH. The Mayles' offspring were David "Bubby" Mayle, Sandy Brougher, Kaitlynn Blackwell, Kim Bryne, Brenda Scott, Deborah Mayle-Dalton, Richard Holly, Robert John Lower and Dallas Mayle Jr. They also raised two granddaughters, Adrienne Mayle and Jennifer Hudak. Dallas was employed with the credit union of Sugardale Foods for 21 years and worked for Local #1015's retiree committee for 15 years. Dallas also was a member of the Harrison Hill's Association and worked there as a security guard. In his spare time, he enjoyed the out of doors. Sadly, they endured the death of their son David "Bubby" Mayle at some point. Dallas passed away at the age of 76, in Aultman Hospital in nearby Canton, on Dec. 3, 2016. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens following funeral services at Crystal Park Wesleyan Church, officiated by Pastor Ron Mayle. A newspaper obituary noted that his survivors included 16 grandchildren and "numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews."
Son Terry O. Mayle wed Karen (?) and made their home in Malvern, OH.
Daughter Janice Mayle married (?) Newman. In 2009-2016, her home was in Canton.
Son Dale Ross Mayle (1942?-1988?) is believed to have been born in 1942. If so, he married Willa Jane Carpenter. Circa 1965, they made their home in Chicago. Later, they moved to Warren, MI. They had four children -- Rodney W. Mayle, Lisa Curtis, Terri Lynn Chadwick and Timothy Mayle. Dale is thought to have died at the age of 45, in Warren, on Jan. 28, 1988.
~ Son Ona Alfred "Oney" Mayle ~
Son Ona Alfred "Oney" Mayle (1920-1989) was born in 1920.
He married Florinda Mayle ( ? - ? ), daughter of Deskin and Lacey (Parsons) Mayle, and former wife of Isaac Dalton. She brought two daughters to the marriage -- Zeldine Dalton and Marcia Louellen Mayle.
They resided in the Webster community near Grafton circa 1945 and had five children of their own -- Shirley J. Gainer, Karen Kennedy, Alfred Mayle, Kenneth Mayle and Timothy Mayle.
Oney was "retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways with over 11 years of service," reported the Grafton Mountain Statesman. "He was Methodist by faith." Oney died at the age of 69 at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, Harrison County on Nov. 9, 1989. At the time, he and Florinda had produced 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Son Alfred Mayle married Wilma (?). They lived in Louisville, OH in 1989-2002.
Son Kenneth Mayle wed Carolyn (?). He made his home in Grafton and later in Canton.
Son Timothy Mayle married Tena (?). He resided in Grafton in 1989-2010.
Daughter Karen Mayle wed Paul Kennedy and lived in Louisville, OH.
Step-daughter Zeldine Dalton made her home in Canton in 2010.
Daughter Shirley Mayle (1945-2002) was born on Dec. 18, 1945 in Grafton. On Dec. 10, 1978, at the age of 33, she married Bradford Gainer Jr. ( ? - ? ). She had six children -- Lisa Adkins, Shelley Gainer, Sandy Miller, Jennifer Freeze, Bradley Gainer and Jeff Mayle. They resided in Wellsville, OH circa 1989 and were Methodists. She later lived in Canton, OH, where she passed away on June 25, 2002. Interment was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Step-daughter Marcia Louellen "Luddy" Dalton (1936-2010) was born on Jan. 14, 1936. She married Raymond Lee Mayle ( ? -2002). They had four children -- Debbie Price, Linda Dupree, Ricky Mayle and Kevin Mayle. They lived in Newark, OH in 1989-2002 and were members of the Church of God. Sadly, Luddy passed away on Sept. 28, 2002. Marcia survived him by more than seven years in Newark. She died at home at the age of 74 on Feb. 2, 2010. Interment was in Zanesville's Woodlawn Cemetery.
~ Son Wilbert "Wib" Mayle ~
Son Wilbert "Wib" Mayle (1923-2001) was born on March 16, 1923, in Taylor County.
He married Lillian Parsons ( ? -1977).
They lived on Shumaker Ridge in Thornton, WV. Said a local newspaper, "He retired in 1986 from the B&O Railroad [and] was a trackman with more than 39 years of service. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was Methodist. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran."
The Mayles had 11 children -- Delford Mayle, Judy White, Julia Mayle, Durley Mayle, Dennis Mayle, Eleby Taylor, Jefferson Davis Mayle, Elda Harold, Zendell Mayle, Erma (Mayle) Mayle and Emma Taylor.
Sadly, Lillian died in August 1977.
Wib lived for another 23-plus years after the death of his wife. He passed away at the age of 78 on March 28, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in nearby Morgantown, WV. Burial was in West Hill Cemetery following a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. His newspaper obituary noted that he was survived by 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Seen here are the B&O Railroad machine shops in Grafton, which Richard and Wib Mayle would have known well, an image from the Library of Congress American Memory Project.
Son Delford L. Mayle (1943-2017) was born on July 19, 1943 in Grafton. During the Vietnam War, Delford served in the U.S. Army with the rank of SPC 4. In about 1978, when he would have been age 35, he was united in holy matrimony with Viola Sue (?). Their marriage lasted for 43 years until the separation of death. The couple were the parents of Timothy Lee Mayle, Lorietta Mayle, Denise Balmer, Druford Mayle and Wesley Mayle. The Mayleses lived in Canton, where Delford operated heavy equipment for Gregory Galvanizing, and from where he retired in 2005 after 40 years. Sadly, after a long illness, Delford passed away in Canton's Aultman Hospital at the age of 74 on Sept. 9, 2017. Pastor Marvin "Jack" Mayle preached the funeral sermon.
Daughter Judy Mayle wed Terry White. Their residence was in Lawrenceville, GA.
Daughter Julia Mayle made her home in Canton.
Son Durley Mayle resided with his parents in Shumaker Ridge, Thornton. In 2017, his home was in Grafton.
Son Dennis Mayle lived in Canton and then in 2017 in Grafton.
Daughter Eleby Mayle wed (?) Taylor. Her home was in Canton.
Son Jefferson Davis Mayle II resided in Canton.
Daughter Elda Mayle married Roger Harold and lived in Hot Springs, VA.
Grandchild Zendell Mayle lived in Shumaker Ridge, Thornton and in Grafton.
Daughter Erma Mayle was a twin with her sister Emma. Erma married Dennis Mayle and called Grafton home.
Daughter Emma Mayle was a twin with her sister Erma. She married Tani Taylor and lived in Canton.
~ Son David "Laco" Mayle ~
Son David "Laco" Mayle (1926-1982) was born in 1926.
He appears to have been twice married. His first bride was Betty Ann "Big Betty" Millhoff (March 22, 1929-2007), daughter of Roy and Edith (Hendricks) Millhoff Sr. of Barberton, OH.
The family dwelled in Canton, Stark County, OH in the 1940s.
After a divorce, David wed his second spouse, married Geraldine (Collins) Minard (1922-1985), widow of Thomas Cleveland Minard (1917-1963). She is believed to have brought these children to the union -- Thomas Minard Jr., Lennie L. Minard Sr., James Allen "Jimmy" Minard and Sheila Jane Talkington.
David fathered the following children and had other step-children, among them David Levi Mayle, Sherman Mayle, Sharon Sue Mayle, Marion Mayle and Debra "Debbie" Mayle. These other children were involved in the family -- Karen Floyd and Lorie Mandeville-Sparks. Who belongs to whom is not yet sorted out.
Laco was "a disabled shearman and laborer for Luntz Corporation and attended the Ford Run Pentecostal Church," said a newspaper. He passed away at age 56 on Nov. 1, 1982, and was buried in Welch Cemetery.
Geraldine is believed to have lived for three more years, and died in 1985.
Former wife Betty married a second time to (?) Rowlands ( ? - ? ). That union, too, is thought to have ended in divorce. She "enjoyed wrestling and family," noted the Canton Repository. She died on Oct. 30, 2007, with the Canton Repository publishing an obituary. She was survived by 10 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren in addition to her brother Allen Hendrick of Massillon and sister Flora Toland of Canton.
Son David Levi Mayle (1948-2016) was born on Sept. 15, 1948 in Canton. He never married. David made his home in Canton. In 1995, he and a disabled, unemployed cousin Joseph Newman, of the family of Mary (Mayle) Croston Hunter, began sharing an apartment. The arrangement only lasted for two weeks, and during that time, complaints were made that David was taking his tenant's money and making homosexual advances. In late October 1995, David was observed removing Joseph's effects from the apartment, and Joseph was never seen again. A year later, in October 1996, Joseph's driver's license, photos and personal items were found in David's possession, and a missing persons report was filed. The effort led to David's arrest and a conviction of murder and mail fraud for forging and cashing the deceased's Social Security checks. To this day, the Postal Inspection Service promotes the case for the forensic work done to prove the forgery. David also was convicted in the murders of Harry Hazzard and Brett Woehlk and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. When sentenced in 2001, the judge said, "You've gotten along, not by earning a living, but by finding and leeching off vulnerable victims," [See details in David's appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit at FindLaw.com.] David spent the final 16 years of his life in a federal prison in Ayer, MA. He died there at the age of 69 on Sept. 19, 2016.
Daughter Sharon Sue Mayle (1961-1993?) is believed to have passed away on Aug. 28, 1993. She rests at Welch Cemetery.
Daughter Sis Mayle ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2016.
Son Sherman Mayle ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2016.
Daughter Debbie Mayle lived in Canton.
Daughter Marion Mayle dwelled in Minnesota in 2007 and later in Canton.
Daughter (?) Karen Mayle wed Newman Floyd and resided in Canton.
Daughter (?) Lori Mayle was joined in matrimony with Doug Mandeville-Sparks. They have made their home in Sherrodsville and New Philadelphia, OH.
~ Daughter Mary Magdalene "Jetty" (Mayle) Cox ~
Daughter Mary Magdalene "Jetty" Mayle (1930-2017) was born on Aug. 14, 1930 in Grafton.
She married Edman Lee "Bud" Cox (1922-1989) on Oct. 12, 1946, in Taylor County, WV. Mary was age 16, and Edman 24, at the time, and Mary's mother had to provide consent for her underage daughter to wed. Rev. W.J. Richardson performed the nuptials.
Bud was a veteran of World War II, and served with the 106th Cavalry of the U.S. Army. Sometime after 1947, they left Grafton and relocated to Monaca, Beaver County, PA, where Bud was a laborer at the Jones & Laughlin Steel plant in Aliquippa (as was his brother in law Herbert W. Mayle).
They had seven children -- Arnold Brenton "Arnie" Cox, Lonnie E. Cox, Nelda L. Cox, Alice C. Grantham, Glenda N. Sommerfield, Lorita E. McPherson and Crystal A. Milligan.
At some point prior to 1989, they returned to Grafton. Bud passed away at the age of 66 at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV, on Feb. 22, 1989. He was survived by 15 grandchildren at the time of his death. Burial was in Woodsvale Memorial Park.
After Bud's death, Mary relocated to Columbus, GA. She remained there until death came on June 14, 2017. Her remains were placed into rest beside her husband following funeral services led by Rev. Miller at the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church. An obituary was published in the Beaver County Times, which stated that her survivors included 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Son Arnold Brenton "Arnie" Cox (1947-2016) was born on July 2, 1947 in Grafton. After graduation from Freedom Area High School in 1966, he spent six years in the U.S. Air Force and then went on to a banking career spanning three decades. In 1991, he was wedded to Vicki ( ? - ? ) and they remained together for 25 years until the separation of death. Their home was in Baden. Arnie had two sons -- Arron Cox and Frank Cox. Reported the Beaver County Times, "Once he retired, he started his own prosperous remodeling business. Arnie thoroughly enjoyed his work and the friendships he made along the way. When Arnie was not working, he also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking and most of all talking to people." He died at age 68 on June 10, 2016. An obituary and Arnie's photo were printed in the Times.
Son Lonnie Cox resides in Aliquippa, Beaver County.
Daughter Nelda Cox was wedded to Robert Ward and lives in Columbus, GA.
Daughter Alice Cox was united in marriage with Lawton Grantham. They make their home in Columbus, GA.
Daughter Crystal Cox married Frank Sears and reside in Columbus, GA.
Daughter Glenda Cox was joined in wedlock with George Sommerfield. They make their residence in Columbus, GA.
Daughter Lorita Cox was wedded to William Schlegel. Their home is in Reva, VA.
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