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Mary Louisa Minard
(1906-1954) and

Henry 'Edgar' Maylee (1902-1964)


Mary Louisa (Minard) Maylee was born in 1906 in Barbour County, WV, the daughter of William and Elvira (Male) Minerd

As a teenager, Mary Louisa resided with her married brother William in 1920 in the south district of Philippi. 

On Jan. 23, 1926, at the age of 22, Mary Louisa married her sister Hulda Mayle's stepson Henry "Edgar" Maylee (1902-1964), age 24. Edgar was the son of Isaiah and Catharine Mayle of Barbour County.

The marriage certificate reads "Mary A. Miner," not "Mary Louise," and the informant for the document was Riley Collins. Edgar and Mary's last name generally was spelled " Maylee" during their adult married years.


Old coal mine in Clarksburg



Edgar and Mary produced a family of nine known children -- Nina Lee (Maylee) Maylee, Edna "Maxine" Kennedy, Ruth Gjerpen, Paul Maylee, Connie Maylee, Waldo Scott Mayle, Matilda Parriman and David Maylee.

In 1930, Edgar and Mary are shown on the federal census of Philippi, living near his brother Commodore Mayle. They later moved to near Clarksburg, Harrison County, where Edgar was a longtime coal miner, and "a Methodist by faith," said the Clarksburg (WV) Exponent.

The United States Census enumeration of 1940 shows the family still living in Philippi, with the census-taker recording their race as negro. That year, with the Great Depression having wrought its economic damage in the region, Edgar was unemployed.

Mary Louise died in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV at the age of 50 on Oct. 16, 1954, at St. Mary's Hospital. The cause of death was uremia and chronic nephritis. She was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. 


Obituary, 1964

Edgar outlived his wife by a decade.

He died under most unusual circumstances at Industrial near Clarksburg on Oct. 23, 1964, at the age of 62. He was "found dead in a ditch off route 50," reported the Clarksburg Exponent. He "was not shot... Maylee was found in the ditch in hunting clothes and lying on his gun. Shotgun shells were found in his pocket and papers and his hunting license indicated his identity. Sheriff L.L. Crawford's office investigated." The informant on his death certificate was daughter Nina Maley.

Edgar was buried with his wife in Holy Cross Cemetery in Clarksburg.


~ Daughter Nina (Maylee) Maylee ~

Daughter Nina Lee Maylee (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925 in Philippi.

She wedded (?) Maylee ( ? - ? ).

The family lived in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH in 1964. 


~ Daughter Edna Maxine (Maylee) Kennedy ~

Daughter Edna "Maxine" Maylee (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 in Philippi.

Maxine married (?) Kennedy ( ? - ? ).

The couple dwelled in Detroit circa 1964. 


~ Daughter Ruth A. (Maylee) Gjerpen ~

Daughter Ruth A. Maylee (1929-2002) was born on June 27, 1929. 

She married Lawrence (?) Gjerpen (1925-1987), believed to have been the son of Otto and Inga (Larsen) Gjerpen.

Circa 1964, they made a home in Bethesda, MD. 

Lawrence died in May 1987 in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, MD.

Ruth outlived her husband by 15 years. She passed away in Gaithersburg on April 6, 2002.


~ Son Paul Maylee ~

Son Paul Maylee (1933- ? ) was born in about 1933 in Philippi.

He lived in 1964 in Chicago. 


~ Daughter Connie (Maylee) Parriman ~

Daughter Connie Maylee (1935- ? ) was born in about 1935 in Philippi.

She was united in holy matrimony with (?) Parriman ( ? - ? ).

The couple dwelled in Miamisburg, OH. 


~ Son Waldo Scott Mayle ~

Son Waldo Scott Mayle (1938-1988) was born on Aug. 20, 1938. 

In the 1950s, he joined the U.S. Navy and relocated to California. He resided in 1964 in Gardena, Los Angeles County, CA.

He died in the Los Angeles area on Aug. 10, 1988.


~ Daughter Matilda (Maylee) Parriman ~

Daughter Matilda Maylee ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

She married (?) Parriman ( ? - ? ).

They resided in Miamisburg, OH. 


~ Son David Maylee ~

Son David Maylee ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

He served in France with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.


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