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Virgie (Minard) Mayle


Virginia "Virgie" (Minard) Mayle was born in 1900 in Barbour County, WV, the daughter of William and Elvira (Male) Minerd

On Dec. 5, 1917, Virgie married her sister Hulda Mayle's widowed stepson, Artemis Mayle (1888-1990), the son of Isaiah and Sarah Catherine (Newman) Mayle of Philippi. (His name also has been spelled "Artemis.") At age 17 at the time of marriage, she was a dozen years younger than her 29-year-old husband. He had been married once before, in January 1911, to Tensy Mayle ( ? - ? ). Artemis bore a dark complexion, stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 120 lbs., and had a third-grade education.

The Mayles had 10 children: Violet Kennedy, Robert Edward Mayle, Madeline Newman, Audrey Kennedy, Therman (or "Thurman") Mayle, Norman Mayle, John Mayle, James "Jimmie" Mayle, Ema Jean Abbott and Juanita Eudy.


Color-tinted view of Philippi -- with the Chestnut Ridge looming in the distance


Within a year of marriage, with the United States entering World War I, Artemis enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from Aug. 5, 1918 to Jan. 25, 1919.

The 1920 census records show the couple living near Philippi, where Artemus was a coal miner. In their home that year lived Artemis' brothers Clyde Mayle and Edgar Mayle, who also were coal mine laborers. 

By 1930, Artemis was working as a farmer, and they lived next to her sister and his brother (married to each other), Mary and Henry "Edgar" Maylee.

Federal census records for 1940 show the Mayles in Philippi, with seven children in the household, and Artemis earning a living as quarry foreman for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In 1942, when he registered for the military draft during World War II, he disclosed that he was still working for the WPA in charge of K.R. Manley of Philippi. He also is thought to have been employed as a machine operator in a coal mine.

The Mayles relocated to Ohio in the 1940s and dwelled in Dresden, near Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH. They are mentioned in several Zanesville Signal articles where they are named as grandparents in the births or deaths of offspring Jeffrey Lynn Kennedy (died 1944), Cynthia Jean Gill (born 1956) and Gene Irvin Gill III (born 1957).

Circa 1949, the family residence was on Pinkerton Road near Zanesville and in 1960 along Darlington Road.

Artemis is mentioned as alive in the October 1964 newspaper obituary of his brother, Henry "Edgar" Maylee, of Clarksburg, WV.

Like her sister Hulda, Virgie resided in Canton circa 1974. She is believed to have died in Canton in April 1977, at the age of 77.

Evidence suggests that Artemis lived to the age of 101 and passed into eternity in Canton on Oct. 23, 1990.

~ Daughter Violet (Mayle) Kennedy ~

Daughter Violet Mayle (1918-2009) was born on June 18, 1918 in Philippi.

She married Benjamin Franklin Kennedy Sr. (1916-1998), son of Alonzo F. and Julia Ann Kennedy of Zanesville. Benjamin's father, a coal mine carpenter, had migrated from Philippi to Zanesville in 1939 and obtained carpentry work for local building contractors.

Violet and Benjamin lived in South Zanesville and were Methodists.

The couple produced 10 children -- Donald Eugene Kennedy, Gerald Lee Kennedy, Jeffrey Lynn Kennedy, Benjamin Franklin Kennedy Jr., JoAnn Gill, Delores Jean Garrett, Velma Miller, Fred Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy and Timothy Kennedy. Sadly, son Donald Eugene died in infancy on July 8, 1940 and son Gerald Lee passed at age three months on Sept. 2, 1942. The babies' tender remains were placed into eternal rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The Kennedys received shocking news on May 27, 1945 that Benjamin's 64-year-old father had been struck and killed by a Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad switch train as he was crossign the tracks near his home.

Benjamin Sr. passed away on May 31, 1998, at the age of 82.

Sadly, Violet not only outlived her husband by 11 years, and four sons, but also her grandson Kevin Miller. She maintained her home in South Zanesville.

Violet passed away at the age of 90 on March 19, 2009. She was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Zanesville. An obituary reported that her survivors included 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren -- or 76 in all.

Her husband's fate is not yet known.


Son Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Kennedy Jr. (1938-2008) was born in 1938 in Zanesville. At the age of 23, on July 8, 1961, he married 22-year-old Sue Ann Paynter (1939-2005), the daughter of Ray E. and Juanita (Archer) Paynter. The Kennedys went on to have five children -- Benjamin Franklin Kennedy III, Ann Freniere, Matthew Kennedy, Andrew Kennedy and Jayne Kennedy. Said a Zanesville newspaper, Frank "was a graduate of South Zanesville High School class of 1957 and a U.S. Army veteran. He retired as an electrician for Shelly & Sands, had worked for C.W. Taylor as a concrete finisher and owned and operated Kennedy Construction. He was a member of the First Christian Church and was a member and past president of Eagles Lodge 302." Sue Ann was employed in the human resource department of The Longaberger Company, and in her free time was a member of Eagle Auxiliary Lodge 302, Dresden Branch of the CCL and a Boy Scout den mother. Benjamin and Sue loved vacationing in Florida every winter and spending time with their children and families. Sadly, Sue Ann passed away on June 27, 2005 at the age of 66. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Zanesville Memorial Park with Pastor Steve Neville leading the funeral service. Frank outlived her by three years. He died at the age of 70 on Nov. 25, 2008, at Genesis Hospice, Zanesville. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Zanesville with full military rites. He was survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Benjamin Kennedy III married Martha and lives in Zanesville.
  • Grandson Matthew P. Kennedy wedded Sonya and resides in Gahanna, OH.
  • Grandson Andrew D. Kennedy was joined in matrimony with Vickie. They make their home in Zanesville.
  • Granddaughter Ann E. Kennedy was united in wedlock with Al Freniere. They live in Dresden , OH.
  • Granddaughter Jayna R. Kennedy resides in Akron.


Joann Gill

Daughter JoAnn Kennedy (1936-2014) was born on Aug. 16, 1936 in Philippi. On June 25, 1955, at the age of 19, he was united in holy matrimony with Gene Irvin Gill Sr. ( ? - ? ), son of Vernon Gill of Marietta, OH and later of the Greenlawn Trailer Park in Zanesville. They lived in South Zanesville and had a family of four children -- Cynthia Jean Sheets, Kimberly "Kim" Butler, Kristy Harman and Gene Irvin Gill Jr. She endured the death of her grandson Gene I. "George" Gill III in 2011 at the age of 33. Sadly, Joann passed into eternity at the age of 78 on Dec. 16, 2014 at the Genesis Good Samaritan Critical Care Unit. Following funeral services led by evangelist Keith Kress, she was interred in Zanesville's Woodlawn Cemetery. In an obituary, the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that she was survived by 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Great-grandson Gene Irvin "George" Gill III (1977-2011) was born on Nov. 13, 1977 in Zanesville, the son of Gene I. and Laura (Coleman) Gill. Following graduation from high school, he attended Ohio Valley Christian College. Said the Zanesville Times Recorder, he "was a member of the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, NC and was serving his internship to be a Pastor at churches in Marion and Sandusky, Ohio. George was an avid Browns Backer and has been on several missionary trip to Mexico." Tragically, he died at the untimely age of 33 at home in Huron, OH on July 27, 2011. Burial was in Duncan Falls Cemetery, with Pastor Jeff Walling preaching the funeral service.

Daughter Delores Jean Kennedy ( ? - ? ) married Terry Garrett ( ? - ? ). Their residence was in Duncan Falls, OH.

Daughter Velma Kennedy ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). As a young woman, she obtained a job at the Maysville Supermarket. On April 17, 1964, she was joined in wedlock with John Miller ( ? - ? ), son of David Lawrence and Frances Miller of Zanesville. The ceremony was held in the South Zanesville Church of the Nazarene. At the time of marriage, John was employed by Ross's Sohio Service Station. She made her home in Zanesville in 2009.

Son Fred Kennedy married Roz (?) and lived in Zanesville.

Son Daniel Kennedy wed Janet (?) and resided in Zanesville.

Son Timothy L. Kennedy ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). As a young man, he was employed by Dresden Concrete, Inc. On Oct. 19, 1974, he was united in marriage with Amy Virginia Everett ( ? - ? ), daughter of James M. Everett of Route 5, Zanesville. The ceremony was held at their home church, Rolling Plains United Methodist Church, with Rev. Richard Storment officiating. At the time of her marriage, Amy worked at First National Bank. Their home was in Zanesville.

Son Jeffrey Lynn Kennedy (1949- ? ) was born in November 1949 in Zanesville.


Zanesville as seen from Putnam Hill Park


~ Son Robert Edward Mayle ~

Son Robert Edward Mayle (1921-2007) was born on April 3, 1921 in Philippi. 

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army for two years, from 1943 to 1945. After the war's end, in 1950, he became employed by Republic Steel Corporation and worked there for 36 years, retiring in 1986

At the age of 34, on June 25, 1955, Robert married Ida B. "Mickey" Green (1918-2014). A native of Baltimore, MD and graduate of McKinley High School, she was the daughter of George and Lucy Green. They remained wed for 52 years.

The Mayleses moved to Canton in about 1952, and remained there for the rest of their lives. 

Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and spent 36 years working for Republic Steel Corporation. Said the Canton (OH) Repository, "He was a 52 year member of the Canton Baptist Temple , accepting the Lord as his Savior in 1957." 

They had two children -- Robert L. Ressler and Joanna Thompson. Reported a newspaper, Mickey worked as:

...a bookkeeper for Downtown Motors for many years and later retired from J.C. Penney's after 17 years with them. Mickey accepted the Lord Jesus as her Saviour in 1957 and was a faithful member of Canton Baptist Temple ever since. She was a member of the church choir for many years and a Sunday School teacher in the Junior Department for 35 years. Her favorite Bible verse was John 10:9 where Jesus said, " I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved."

Robert passed away at age 86 in Canton on June 5, 2007, with burial at Sunset Hills Burial Park. At the time of his death, he and Mickey had produced eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. 

Mickey outlived her husband by seven years. She entered into eternity on June 13, 2014. Her funeral service was officiated by Rev. Michael Thompson at the Chapel of Canton Baptist Temple. Interment was in Sunset Hills with her husband.

Son Robert L. Ressler married Connie and resided in Girard, OH. 

Daughter JoAnne Mayle was united in wedlock with Rev. Robert "Mike" Thompson. In 2014, their home was in Clover, SC.

~ Daughter Audrey (Mayle) Kennedy ~

Daughter Audrey Mayle (1924-1994) was born on March 4, 1924, in West Virginia.

She married (?) Kennedy ( ? - ? ). 

She lived in  Louisville, Stark County, OH.

At the age of 70, Audrey died in a long-term care facility on May 7, 1994.

~ Son Therman Mayle ~

Son Thurman Mayle (1926-2004) was born on Dec. 1, 1926 in Philippi.

He moved to Canton, Stark County, OH. 

In about 1958, at the age of 32, he wed 29-year-old Martha Leyda (1929-2000), the daughter of Roy V. and Lilly (Richards) Leyda. They were married for 46 years and were members of the Canton Baptist Temple. 

The Mayles had three daughters -- Sherry Aldridge, Marci David and Gloria Smith. 

With only a sixth-grade education, Thurman obtained employment in Canton with Portec Inc., and retired from the company after serving there for 31 years. Said the Canton Repository, he "enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outside. He also had a great love of music." 

Sadly, Martha died on Jan. 12, 2000, at age 70, in Union Hospital in Dover, OH. She was laid to rest in Bethlehem Cemetery in Malvern, OH. 

After several years as a widower, Therman remarried again in about 2002 to Sue (Peters) Schleig. She brought three of her own children to the marriage -- Gary Schleig, Gail Schleig and Roger Dale Peters.

Thurman died just 18 months after his marriage to Sue, at age 77, on July 5, 2004, at the Pines Nursing Facility. In addition to three grandchildren and one great-grandson, he was survived by 21 step-grandchildren.

Daughter Sherry Mayle married Larry Aldridge and lived in North Canton. 

Daughter Marci Mayle wed John David and their home was in Massillon, OH. 

Daughter Gloria Mayle was united in marriage with Bill Smith and dwelled in Perry Township, OH.

~ Daughter Madeline (Mayle) Newman ~

Daughter Madeline Mayle (1932-1996) was born on April 21, 1932 in Philippi. She migrated to Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH and as a young woman resided at 1525 Putnam Avenue.

In March 1955, when she was 22 years of age, Madeline married 20-year-old Alston G. "Junior" Newman Jr. (1936-2012), son of Alston G. and Alberta (Kennedy) Newman, and the former husband of Madeline's cousin Frances Jeanette Miner of the family of George Riley Minard. At the time, Alston Jr. dwelled at 528 Helser Avenue.

They dwelled in Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH. Their offspring were Karen Kay Pyatt, Carla Samson, Patricia Kincheloe and Marsha Richards.

Alston was employed for 29½ years by Burnham Boiler in or around Zanesville and retired in 1996.

Madeline died in Zanesville on April 2, 1996 at the age of 64.

Alston survived his wife by 16 years. He passed into eternity at the age of 78 on Sept. 17, 2012. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that his survivors included five brothers, five sistes, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Rev. Terry D. Newman officiated at the funeral service, followed by interment in Duncan Falls Cemetery.

Daughter Karen Kay Newman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). As a young woman, she was employed by Essex International Inc. In May 1972, she became engaged to her future husband, James R. Pyatt, son of Donald German of Zanesville. At the time, he earned a living as a truck driver.

Daughter Carla Newman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She wedded Roger L. Samson ( ? - ? ), son of Oscar Samson Jr. of Zanesville. In 1974, he served as a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, NC.

~ Daughter Emma Jean (Mayle) Abbott ~

Daughter Emma Jean Mayle (1934-living) was born in about 1934 in West Virginia.

As a young girl, she moved with her parents and family to near Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH.

At the age of 16, on May 26, 1951, Emma Jean was united in wedlock with 17-year-old laborer Delaine Juno "Delaney" Abbott Sr. (1934-living). He was the son of Herbert W. and Ferma (Comer) Abbott, also of Zanesville, and had survived a childhood snake bite.

The couple produced a number of children, among them Delaine Abbott Jr. and Wendy Abbott.

Their home was in Zanesville, and in 1970 their address was 1055 Charles Street. By 1975, she had moved to 2437 Maple Avenue, and in 2016 was on Leonard Avenue.

Daughter Wendy Abbott was pictured in the Sept. 2, 1975 edition of the Zanesville Times Recorder for pausing in sunshine in anticipation of the new high school year.

~ Daughter Juanita (Mayle) Eudy ~

Daughter Juanita Mayle (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937 in Philippi.

She married (?) Eudy

She dwelled in 2009 in Canton, Stark County, OH.

~ Son John Mayle ~

Son John Mayle ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2007.

~ Son Norman Mayle ~

Son Norman Mayle ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2007.

~ Son James "Jimmie" Mayle ~

Son James "Jimmie" Mayle ( ? - ? ) --

He married Sandy and resided in 2009 in North Canton.

Copyright 2004-2009, 2014, 2017 Mark A. Miner