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Ervin Melville Minard


Ervin Melville Minard was born on the Fourth of July 1857 in Scio, Harrison County, OH, the son of Daniel and Rebecca (Knouff) Minard


He inherited the farm of his pioneer grandfather, and a local newspaper once said that he gave out "good council to all those about him in time of need." His life is profiled at length in the History of Carroll and Harrison Counties, Ohio


Chapter about Ervin in the 1921 History 
of Carroll and Harrison Counties

The month after his birth, Ervin was baptized at the Zion Lutheran Church in Germano, German Township, Harrison County.

On Nov. 22, 1883, when he was about 26 years of age, Ervin married 32-year-old Margaret "Maggie" Buxton (1851-1935), a native of Washington County, PA. She was the daughter of Haddon and Julia (McCrea) Buxton of Stock Township, Harrison County. Their vows were solemnized by the hand of Rev. T.W. Anderson. Ervin was six years younger than his bride.

The Minards produced three children -- Pearl McClain, Julia R. Law and Grace Minard. 

Said the History of Carroll and Harrison:


Main Street in Scio, 1910

For four years after his marriage Mr. Minard was engaged in farming in Stock Township, and he then, in 1892, assumed ownership of his present attractive homestead farm in North Township, where he is the owner of a valuable and well improved estate of 240 acres, besides which  he retains one-fourth interest in his father's old home farm of 200 acres. It is thus to be readily understood that he stands as one of the representative exponents of farm industry in his native county, where his loyalty has been shown in his ready support of measures and projects advanced for the civic and material good of the community.

The next-closest town to the Minard homeplace was Scio. Their farm was less than a mile from the famed factory of Scio China. 

Over the years, they are known to have enjoyed attending the Carrollton Fair in nearby Carroll County, OH. Ervin once traveled to Burgettstown, Washington County, PA to visit relatives. Then, a newspaper said, he planned to "go on east, expecting to buy live stock before returning."

The History of Carroll and Harrison said he had "found ample opportunity for successful achievement as an agriculturist and stock-grower, with which important lines of industrial activity the family name has been associated in North Township since the pioneer period in the history of the county."


Oilwells sprouting up all around Scio, circa 1899. Courtesy Library of Congress.



The famed Scio Pottery, a mile 
from the old Minard farm

Oil later was discovered on the family farm. An 1899 Cadiz Republican article said "The Minard heirs have a nice production of oil on the Daniel Minard farm a mile west of town, in which E.M. holds a good interest."

In 1923, plagued by an enlarged prostate, leading to uremic poisoning, Ervin went to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. There, said a Cadiz newspaper, he "suffered intensely more than tongue can tell or mind conceive and all with patience and without murmur to those near and dear to him. He had said to those about him on Sunday evening previous to leaving 'that he would get all right, and if I don't it will be all right'."


Obituary, 1935

He died from the disease at the hospital on April 12, 1923, and was buried at Grandview Cemetery at Scio. Lloyd E. McClain of Scio was the informant for his Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Margaret outlived him by 13 years. She suffered from heart disease and hardening of the arteries. She died of their effects at the age of 83 on April 8, 1935. 

See the full-text version of the History of Carroll and Harrison Counties on Google Books.


Cousin Eugene Podraza (circled) in Fairview Cemetery near Jewett, seeking Minard family graves, on a research trip in 2001 with the founder of this website.


~ Daughter Julia R. (Minard) Law ~


The Laws' grave, Scio, circa 2001

Daughter Julia R. Minard (1889-1963) was born on March 11, 1889 in Scio, Harrison County.

At the age of 23, she married 21-year-old Berlin Donaldson Law (1890-1982), son of William B. and Florence (Donaldson) Law and a native of Conotton, Harrison County. Rev. F.S. Montgomery, pastor of the Scio Presbyterian Church, performed the nuptials, held on April 2, 1912. 

Berlin was of medium height and slender build, with grey eyes and brown hair. In June 1917, as the nation entered World War I, he filled out paperwork to register for the military draft. At the time, he was age 26 and a self-employed farmer, and provided support for his father, wife and son.

They together bore one known son, Clifford M. Law.


Entry about Berlin in the 1921 History 
of Carroll and Harrison Counties

Berlin was a longtime farmer. He, his father in law and brother in law Everett Othello McClain all are profiled in the History of Carroll and Harrison Counties. The book said that Berlin was "one of the progressive farmers of the younger generation in North Township, where he maintains his residence upon his excellent farm of 120 acres and is vigorously directing his attention to diversified agriculture and stock-growing."

Julia died at the age of 74 on March 30, 1963. She was laid to rest in Scio. 

Berlin outlived his wife by almost two decades. He passed away on May 8, 1982. 

Son Clifford M. Law (1913- ? ) was born on Nov. 25, 1913. Nothing more about him is known.


~ Daughter Pearl (Minard) McClain ~


Fairview Cemetery near Jewett

Daughter Pearl Minard (1886-1973) was born on May 3, 1886. 

At the age of 20, in 1886, she married 23-year-old Everett Othello McClain (1883-1956), son of Harrison Township farmer Charles S. McClain. Everett was of medium height and build, and had light blue eyes and brown hair.

The McClains together produced a brood of four children -- Elbert Haddon McClain, Margaret C. Walter, Charles Minard McClain and Harry E. McClain.

Everett was "a student of the literary department of Scio College" circa 1903, said the Cadiz Republican. From 1906 to 1912, he was employed in the construction of oil and gas tanks throughout the region, and also assisted in bridge construction for the Pennsylvania Railroad. But ultimately he became a farmer, operating and expanding the family owned farm.


1921 History  of Carroll and Harrison Counties

Everett was required to register for the military draft during World War I, in September 1918. He reported that Scio was his home, his occupation as self-employed farmer, his age as 35 and that his Pearl was his next of kin.

As were his father in law and brother in law, Everett was profiled in the 1921 book, History of Carroll and Harrison Counties. The profile said this about him: 

...with experience gained in connection with the operations of the old home farm, [he] has gone forward with confidence and resourcefulness in his independent activities as an agriculturist and stock-grower, and his well improved farm of 138 acres in North Township ... is but a short distance on which his parents still reside.... [He] merits classification as one of the progressive and popular farmers of the younger generation in North Township.... In 1912 he established himself upon a farm of sixty acres, which was a part of the old homestead where he remained until the fall of 1920, when he bought his present farm, which is known to the present generation as the Whittaker farm.

Active in the life of the community, the Scio Herald reported that Everett was a member of the Scio Presbyterian church for 60 years and served as an elder. He was a seventh degree member of Grange and master of the Mt. Hope Grange for years."

Everett succumbed in 1956.

Pearl died in Bowerston, Harrison County in November 1973, when she was 87 years of age.


Bird's-eye view of the famed Scio Pottery


Son Elbert Haddon McClain (1908-2003) was born on July 25, 1908 in Scio. He wedded Emma "Marie" Foutz (July 28, 1916-2004), daughter of George W. and A. Bessie Foutz. Their three known children were Sharon Kay Copeland, Robert B. McClain and Edward E. McClain. Elbert died at the age of 94 on May 10, 2003 in Harrison County. Marie survived another one-and-a-half years and passed on Nov. 1, 2004. They rest side by side in Conotton Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Sharon Kay McClain (1948-2006) was born on March 27, 1948 in Dennison, OH. On Sept. 11, 1970, she married Leonard "Lenny" Copeland ( ? - ? ). They produced three offspring -- Am McLeod, Timothy Copeland and Tyler Copeland. Sadly, she passed away at the untimely age of 59 on July 14, 2006. Interment was in Conotton Cemetery. An obituary in the Dover (OH) Times Reporter noted that her survivors included seven grandchildren.
  • Grandson Robert B. McClain (1939-2020) was born on April 3, 1939 in Conotton, Harrison County. He wedded Eileen McLandsborough ( ? -living) on June 16, 1961, when he was age 22. The couple produced two children -- Lee Ann Buckey and Michael Robert McClain. For many years, the McClains lived in Bowerston, Harrison County, OH, where Robert owned and operated Bob's Service Station. For more than three decades, he drove a school bus for Conotton Valley Schools. In 1996, at the age of 57, he was elected a trustee of Orange Township. Sadly, Robert died on July 19, 2020. Interment of the remains was in Longview Cemetery in Bowerston, with the funeral service preached by Rev. Jerralyn Myers.

Great-granddaughter Lee Ann McClain ( ? -living) was born in (?). She was united in the bonds of matrimony with Ronald Buckey. They dwelled in Bowerston, Harrison County circa 2020. Their offspring are believed to be Tara Evans and Jamie Rutledge.

Great-grandson Michael Robert McClain (1964-2020) was born on May 18, 1964 in Dennison, Tuscarawas County, OH. As a young man he obtained an associate's degree in engineering from Kent State University. He made a residence in Bowerston, OH and was the father of two -- Kaitlyn Marie Green and Zachary Thomas McClain. Over the years, Michael worked for Volvo Heavy Trucks in Orrville, OH and then for his father in the operations of Bob's Service in Bowerston. Michael belonged to Trinity United Methodist Church and the Bowerston Volunteer Fire Department. His passions included Pink Floyd rock music and phiotography. In about 1994, at the age of 30, he was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer known as glioglastoma. He managed to endure the insidious disease for 26 years. Sadly, less than a month after the death of his father, Michael entered eternity at the age of 56, on Aug. 16, 2020, in New Philadelphia's Community Hospice Truman House. Rev. Jerralyn Myers led the funeral service, with cremation following with interment in Longview Cemetery, Bowerston.

  • Grandson Edward E. McClain (1937-2020) was born on Jan. 20, 1937 in Conotton, Harrison County. After graduation from high school, he served in the U.S. Army.Later, he was employed by PCC Airfoils in Minerva, OH, and in time retired from the company. He was married and the father of Lisa Sanford and E. Bradley McClain. The family resided at one point in Carrollton, OH. In his free time, Edward liked to watch NASCAR racing and attend auctions, car shows and flea markets. He was a member of the Oak Grove Village Park Association. Edward in retirement moved to Florida, where in 2006 he made his residence in Trenton, FL. He passed away on Nov. 2, 2020. His remains were cremated, and his obituary appeared in the Free Press Standard.

Great-granddaughter Lisa McClain ( ? -living) married Eric Sanford ( ? -living). They are the parents of Eric Sanford II and Rachel Sanford.

Great-grandson E. Bradley McClain ( ? -living)


Ohio Valley Hospital, where 
Margaret Walter was a nurse.

Daughter Margaret "Mac" McClain (1910-2008) was born on Oct. 8, 1910 in Harrison County. She was married to Dr. Robert Daniel Walter (1909-1994) for 58 years. He was the son of Albert Henry and Emma Elizabeth (Wichterman) Walter. They resided in or near Wheeling, WV in the 1930s and later moved to Calhoun, Gordon County, GA. The couple produced three children -- Larry Edwin Walter, Lynn Walter and Louise Baxley. Said a newspaper, "She was a member of the Calhoun First Presbyterian Church and was an Elder serving in other activities, Sunday School, kindergarten, the Idabelle Hillhouse Circle Bible Class and Adult Sunday School Class. She was active in the Ladies Medical Auxiliary and seventh district medical group serving as president. She gave immunizations to school children. She was a Voluntary Action Service member for 33 years, did hospital work by teaching LPNs and organizing the Candy Stripers and serving as a Pink Lady. She organized the Sequoyah Garden Club and was the first president. She was active in the PTA and other school activities and was an R.N. graduating from Ohio Valley Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia." Margaret passed away on July 16, 2008, at the age of 97, in Gordon Hospital in Calhoun. Burial was in Fain Cemetery in Calhoun.

  • Grandson Larry Edwin Walter (1937-2024) was born on Feb. 3, 1937. He was a 1959 graduate of Davidson College. Larry was united in wedlock with Rebecca "Becky" ( ? -living). Their union held firm over the ebbs and flows of an extraordinary six decades together. Larry was employied for 20 years as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy. Among his assignments was on the admiral's staff on the USS Forrestal and the USS Kitty Hawk in the Bay of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. In time he was posted to Germany for three years and Puerto Rico for about 18 months. Upon retirement from the military, Larry began a second career as a truck driver. He attended truck driving school at the Tidewater Community College and then launched his work as a big rig driver. He worked for Givens and Operation Blessing in Tidewater and then for nearly 22 years with Penske Rentals. Said an obituary, "Larry was an avid cyclist, riding with Becky and friends along rural roads in Chuckatuck, Pungo, and on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. For many years he raised money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society by participating in the MS150. For over forty years he was an active member of Providence Presbyterian Church [and] served as chair of the property committee, president of the Men of the Church, and as an elder." Circa 2014, their home was in Virginia Beach, VA. Tragedy shook the family to its core on the fateful day of July 1, 2024. While riding a passenger in a sport utility vehicle, Larry was killed when the SUV sideswiped a van and collided with a Dominion Power truck after crossing the center and turn lanes on Route 158 near Shortcut Road in Carrituck County, VA. The story was covered in the Outer Banks Voice. A celebration of life was held at Providence Presbyterian Church.
  • Grandson Lynn Walter ( ? - ? ) was born in Calhoun, GA. He entered into marriage with Linda. They live in Calhoun, GA.
  • Granddaughter Louise Walter (1942-2014) was born on June 24, 1942 in Calhoun, Gordon County, GA. She wedded Wilson Baxley ( ? -living). They made their home in Calhoun, GA. The couple produced three offspring -- Walter Baxley, Kim Harvey and Pam Gentry. The Baxleys were members of the Calhoun First Baptist Church. Louise was employed over the years as a secretary with the Cahloun City School System. Sadly, Louise passed away at home in Calhoun at the age of 72 on Nov. 24, 2014. Funeral services were officiated by Dr. John Barber at the family church. Her grandsons served as pallbearers -- Robbie Gentry, Ryan Gentry, Van Harvey, McClain Baxley, Jack Brown and J.B. Rickett. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Harris Radiation Therapy Center at Gordon Hospital. Their son Walter was joined in wedlock with Charlene and dwell in Cumming; GA; daughter Kim married Ashley Harvey and live in Goose Creek, SC; and daughter Pam wedded Kevin Gentry and reside in Lakeland, FL.

Son Charles Minard McClain (1913-1990) was born on March 21, 1913. In 1933, at the age of 20, he was united in holy wedlock with Bernice Avis Crabtree (May 17, 1912-1995), a native of Nebraska. She was the daughter of Edmond M. and Grace (Simpson) Crabtree. They bore two sons -- Charles Bernard "Pete" McClain and Darryl Gene McClain. The family resided in Scio in the 1930s. Charles passed into eternityin Dover, Tuscarawas County, OH on March 12, 1990, just eight days shy of his 77th birthday. Bernice survived her spouse by a little under five years. She joined him in death on Jan. 13, 1995 in Canton, Stark County, OH. Burial was in Conotton Cemetery in Harrison County.

  • Grandson Charles Bernard "Pete" or "C.B." McClain (1936-2017) was born on Leap Day 1936 in Scio, Harrison County. He served in the U.S. Army during the early years of the Vietnam War from 1958 to 1961. On June 2, 1961, he was joined in matrimony with Margaret A. "Peggy" McCreary ( ? -living). They were the parents of David McClain and Denise Pedersen. The McClains resided in Leesville, OH. Charles spent three decades as an inspector with the Ohio Department of Transportation and retired in 1996. At the age of 81, as a patient at Community Hosice Truman House in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, he died on the Fourth of July 2017. His remains were cremated, and no grave is known. Son David dwelled in Sherodsville, OH in 2017, and daughter Denise, married to Jeffrey Pedersen, resided in Dennison, OH.

Great-grandson David McClain is the father of Erica L. McClain. Tragedy struck the family in the foggy morning hours of Oct. 20, 2020, when 32-year-old Erica's body was found deceased near the intersection of Route 250 and County Road 22 at Tappan Lake. An Ohio State Highway Patrol officer said that her fatal injuries could have been caused by being ejected from a moving vehicle, or having been struck by a vehicle.

Great-granddaughter Denise McClain wedded (?) Pedersen.

  • Grandson Darryl Gene McClain ( ? - ? )


Piedmont Dam, which Harry helped build

Son Harry E. McClain (1915-2007) was born on March 10, 1915 in North Township near Conotton, Harrison County. As a young man, he was employed at Scio Pottery. In 1938, at the age of 23, he was united in matrimony with Mabel Virginia Adams (1915-1994), whom he had met while working at the pottery. She was the daughter of Charles W. and Bertha Viola (Birney) Adams. The couple's marriage endured for a remarkable 56 years. Their four children were Carol Johnson, Roy E. McClain, Ruth Ann Lowmiller and Doris Westphal. Over the years, he labored for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) helping to inspect cement construction at the Tappan and Piedmont Dams. For a quarter of a century, he was a fire warden and trustee for Archer Township. Said the New Philadelphia Times Reporter:

He was a dedicated dairy farmer for over 40 years. After retiring he sold Palco Farm Equipment where he was honored as a salesman of the year. For several years he worked at the Scio Auction weighing livestock. He was also active in the Harrison, Jefferson and Carroll County 4-H livestock sales. For 14 years he was a Stitch and Hitch 4-H adviser, and for 20 years he was a member of the Harrison County Fair Board, serving as president for four years. He served on the Jewett High School Board of Education and Harrison County Republican Central Committee where he served as chairman. Harry was also a member of the Jewett Ruritan Club for many years and served as a chairman. He was a member of the Ridge Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder for over 20 years. He was a current member of the Jewett Presbyterian Church, also serving as an elder.

He spent his final years living with or near his married daughter Doris Westphal in Brick, Ocean County, NJ. At the age of 91, he succumbed in Brick on Feb. 2, 2007. His remains were returned to Scio for interment in Ridgeview Cemetery, with Rev. David Lee officiating at the funeral service. An obituary was published in the Times Reporter.

  • Granddaughter Carol McClain (1942-2022) was born on March 1, 1942 in Cadiz. She was an alumna of Jewett High School and then graduated from Columbus College. Carol appears to have been twice-wed. Her first spouse was (?) Vanscoy. The pair is believed to have produced three children -- Kris Keeter, Kurt Vanscoy and Marc Vanscoy. Later, she entered into marriage with Lawrence W. "Larry" Johnson ( ? -living). He brought two stepsons into the union, Barry Johnson and Keith Johnson. The couple migrated to North Carolina where they settled in the town of Snow Camp. Carol was employed as a grant writer by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Later, she went to work for Chatham Hospital in Siler City, NC. The pair attended Center United Methodist Church. Reported the Burlington (NC) Times-News, Carol "loved to bring people together: creating sock monkeys for her grandchildren, baking cakes for weddings and birthdays, attending bluegrass festivals, and surf-fishing on Ocracoke Island." She was widely known for her compassion, generosity and humor. The family was plunged into grief when Carol died at home at age 79 on Jan. 27, 2022. Her remains were lowered under the sod of Centeer United Methodist Church Cemetery.

    Great-granddaughter Kris Vanscoy (?) was joined in wedlock with (?) Keeter. Her residence in 2022 was in Burlington, NC.

    Great-grandson Kurt Vanscoy married Maureen. Circa 2022, they were in Wilmington, NC.

    Great-grandson Marc Vanscoy dwelled in Knightdale, NC in 2022. 

  • Grandson Roy E. McClain married Joyce Evans. Their residence in 2007 was in Jewett, OH. By 2022, they had relocated to New Orleans.
  • Granddaughter Ruth Ann McClain was joined in matrimony with Donald Lowmiller. They lived in Sagamore Hills, OH in 2007 and in Cleveland circa 2022.
  • Granddaughter Doris McClain was united in wedlock with Arthur "Art" Westphal. They dwelled in 2007-2022 in Brick, Ocean County, NJ.


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