She was named after a beloved aunt, Adaline (Stephens) McKnight, the wife of James Hart McKnight.
At the age of 16, Adeline married 29-year-old William Charles Radcliffe (1888-1966), the son of James and Sarah (Cady) Radcliffe. They were a dozen years apart in age. The ceremony was held in Wellsburg, Brooke County, WV, on Jan. 20, 1917, by the hand of Rev. W.J. Holmes.
They had one son, William Curtis Radcliffe Jr.
William spent his entire working career in coal mining. From 1924 to 1929, he was a coal cutter for the Pittsburgh & Erie Coal Company at Braznell (Grindstone). In 1929-1931, he worked as a coal cutter and loader at the Fort Collieries at Curtisville, PA.
Then, in 1931, he joined the W.J. Rainey Company's Clarksville mine as a cutter and loader, and joined the United Mine Workers of America Local 688.
During World War II, William enlisted in the United States Army, serving from June 1942 to February 1946. He received an honorable discharge at Camp Atterbury, IN.
During the years 1946 through 1952, William held higher-level mining positions such as fire boss and assistant mine foreman. He worked for the Hillman Coal Company's Tylerdale Mine in Washington, at Republic Steel Corporation's Clyde No. 3 mine in Fredericktown, PA, and for Valley Camp Coal Company's Triadelphia Mine near Wheeling, WV. The tasks grew increasingly dangerous, as he learned how to use dynamite as a "shot firer" and working around complex loading equipment.
Over the decades, he labored with his
wife's relatives John Bush and Gregory Blanock. (A distant cousin, Arthur
"Earskin" White, was killed at the Clyde Mine in 1935.)
Suffering from cancer, William died in Orangeville at the age of 78 on June 6, 1966. Among the pallbearers at the funeral were Wilbert "Bic" Horstman, James Soules, William Booth, Charles Griffith and Woodrow Leininger. His remains were laid to rest in the Hartford Cemetery.
Adeline outlived him by 14 years. She passed away in Orangeville, OH on Sept. 18, 1980, at the age of 80, and joined William in eternal rest in the Hartford Cemetery.
~ Son William Curtis Radcliffe ~
Son William Curtis Radcliffe married a cousin, Laura McKnight, the daughter of James Henry and Nora (Victor) McKnight. Click to view a more expansive biography.
Granddaughter Beth Radcliffe actively has researching this branch, and helped to organize McKnight Reunions in 1999-2004. Beth has provided a remarkable trove of knowledge and material for this website, and we cannot extend enough appreciation for her gracious spirit of sharing.
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