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Virgie Minard (1900-1977) and
Artennis Mayle (1888-1990)


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

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

Artennis had been married once before, in January 1911, to Tensy Mayle (1895- ? ), daughter of farmers Frank H. and Belle (Dalton) Mayle, and granddaughter of Elijah and Mary Ellen Mayle. The couple in 1914 produced a son, John Mayle. After the marriage ended, the boy John went to live with his mother's parents near Grafton, Taylor County, WV..

Virgie and Artennis together bore a brood of nine children: Violet Kennedy, Robert Edward Mayle, Madeline Newman, Audrey Kennedy, Therman (or "Thurman") Mayle, Norman 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, Artennis 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 Artennis 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, Artennis 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 Artennis earning a living as quarry foreman for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome unemployment and is widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings.

Then 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 and into the 1950s, for eight years, the family residence was on Pinkerton Lane near Maysville High School near Zanesville. In 1960 they dwelled along Darlington Road.

Artennis was mentioned 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 died in Canton on April 22, 1977, at the age of 77. Her remains were laid to rest in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens in North Canton.

Artennis survived his wife by a baker's dozen years. He marked his 101st birthday in December 1989 with a celebration at the Kampgrounds of America facility on South Pleasant Grove Road. When a reporter from the Zanesville Times Recorder asked for the secret of his longevity, he replyed that "I couldn't help it. I used to do some drinking but I found out that it was controlling me more than I was controlling it, so I quit. I used to smoke but it made me short of breath so I stopped."

He passed into eternity 10 months later in Canton on Oct. 22, 1990.


~ Stepson John Mayle ~

Stepson John Mayle (1914- ? ) was born in 1914.

As a young boy, when his parents' marriage ended, he was sent to live with his grandparents Frank H. and Belle Dalton) Mayle near Grafton in the Court House District of Taylor County, WV.

He received a terrible shock when his grandfather died of a broken back on Sept. 24, 1929, after a fall from a porch.

The federal census of 1930 shows John at age 17 continuing to dwell with his widowed grandmother, uncles and aunt near Grafton. That year, John had no occupation.

Circa 1977, his home was in West Virginia.

John was deceased by 2007.


~ Daughter Violet (Mayle) Kennedy ~

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

On Oct. 15, 1936, when she was 18 years of age, she was joined in the bonds of wedlock with 20-year-old Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Kennedy Sr. (Feb. 2, 1916-1998), a native of Philippi and the son of Alonzo F. and Julia Ann (Norris) Kennedy of Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH. Their union endured for an extraordinary 61-plus years.

Benjamin's father, a coal mine carpenter, had migrated from Philippi to Zanesville in 1939 and obtained carpentry work from local building contractors.

Violet and Benjamin dwelled in South Zanesville and were Methodists.

The couple produced a large brood of 10 children -- Donald Eugene Kennedy, Gerald Lee Kennedy, Jeffrey Lynn Kennedy, Benjamin Franklin Kennedy Jr., JoAnn Gill, Delores Jean Garrett, Velma Miller, Frederick Wayne "Fred" Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy and Timothy Kennedy.

Sadly, the family lost three sons in infancy. Donald Eugene died at age two and a half months on July 8, 1940 -- Gerald Lee at age three months on Sept. 2, 1942 -- and Jeffrey Lynn at age three weeks in Nov. 1949. 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 crossing the tracks near his home.

Benjamin worked for 19 years at the Jones Coal Mine. He then went to work as a concrete finisher for C.W. Taylor Construction, a position from which he retired.

Violet was a Methodist in her faith.

Benjamin Sr. passed away on May 31, 1998, at the age of 82. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder said that Rev. John Kennedy officiated the funeral service, with burial following in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Sadly, Violet not only outlived her husband by 11 years, and four sons, but also her adult son Benjamin Franklin and 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 in the Times Recorder reported that her survivors included 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren -- or 76 in all.


Son Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Kennedy Jr. (1938-2008) was born in 1938 in Zanesville, Muskingum County. He joined the U.S. Army during the 1950s and completed a three-year tour of duty in Europe. At the age of 23, on July 8, 1961, he married 22-year-old Sue Ann Paynter (1939-2005), the daughter of Raymond E. and Juanita (Archer) Paynter. Their wedding was held at the Assembly of God Church. At the time, Sue Ann worked for Citizens National Bank as a teller in its north office. The Kennedys went on to bear five children -- Benjamin Franklin Kennedy III, Ann Elizabeth Alexander 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. The couple were pictured in the local newspaper when their son Benjamin III earned his Eagle Scout Award. Their home in the 1960s was at 1084½ Greenwood Avenue and in the mid-1980s along Shaw Road in Trinway, OH. The couple marked their 25th wedding anniversary in July 1986, with a news story appearing in the Zanesville Times Recorder. 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 and pictured in an obituary in the Times Recorder.

  • Grandson Benjamin "Ben" Kennedy III ( ? - ? ) was a Boy Scout in his youth and earned the Eagle Scout Award in 1980. He was president of the Tri-Valley High School student council and played offensive guard on the school's football team. After graduation, he made a living with Shelley and Sands. On June 6, 1981, when he was 19 years of age, he married 17-year-old Martha Jean Davis ( ? - ? ), daughter of Robert and Mary Davis. The nuptials were officiated by Rev. James Lineman and held in the First Church of God in Zanesville. The wedding was announced in the Zanesville Times Recorder, which said that the bride "wore a white rosepoint lace dress in Victorian style with drape sleeves and rosepoint train. She wore a lace veil... [She] is a member of the church..." The Kennedys have lived in Zanesville.
  • Granddaughter Ann Elizabeth Kennedy (1963- ? ) was born in 1963. News of her birth was announced in the Zanesville Times Recorder. As a teenager she was elected to the homecoming court of Dresden High School in 1981. She was twice-wed. She first was united in wedlock with Randy Alexander ( ? - ? ), son of Gary Alexander of Dresden, OH. They bore two known daughters, Jennifer Lynn Alexander and Elizabeth Ann Alexander. Later, she married Al Freniere ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in Dresden , OH.
  • Grandson Matthew P. "Matt" Kennedy ( ? - ? ) obtained a degree at West Liberty State College and then accepted employment in Washington, DC. On Nov. 7, 1987, he wedded Sonya Kalene Clarke ( ? - ? ), daughter of Duane Clarke of Moundsville, Marshall County, WV. The wedding ceremony was held in Moundsville. At the time of marriage, Sonya was an alumna of the School of Nursing at Ohio Valley General Hospital and employed as a registered nurse at Charleston Area (WV) Medical Center. News of their engagement and a photo of the couple were printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder. The pair has resided in Gahanna, OH.
  • Grandson Andrew D. "Andy" Kennedy ( ? - ? ) was joined in matrimony with Vickie ( ? - ? ). They make their home in Zanesville.
  • Granddaughter Jayna R. Kennedy (1976- ? ) was born in about 1976. She resides in Akron.


Joann Gill

Daughter JoAnn Kennedy (1936-2014) was born on Aug. 16, 1936 in Philippi, Barbour County, WV. As a girl she relocated with her parents and family to Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH. When she was engaged to be married, as a senior in high school, a surprise bridal shower was held in her honor by Myra Thomas of South Zanesville. Both JoAnn and her friend Myra were pictured in a related article in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Then on June 25, 1955, at the age of 19, she was united in holy matrimony with a Maysville Supermarket co-worker, Gene Irvin Gill Sr. (Sept. 8, 1936-2019), a native of Roseville, Muskingum County and the son of Vernon and Iva (Armstrong) Gill of Marietta, OH. The Gills remained together for an extraordinary 64 years until cleaved apart by death. The couple resideded in South Zanesville and together produced a family of four children -- Cynthia Jean Sheets, Kimberly "Kim" Bollinger Butler, Kristy Brock Harman and Gene Irvin Gill Jr. Gene earned a living as a truck driver with Gould Battery, Putnam Transfer and Alvan Trucking Company. He was a member of the Teamster's Union and later of its retirees' club. Circa 1968, JoAnn is believed to have completed a 50-mile swim, between Dec. 22, 1967 and May 3, 1968 at the local YMCA swimming pool, and earned a water safety certificate from the American Red Cross. 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. Gene outlived his bride by five years. Toward the end, he was admitted to Ohio State University's Wexner Center in Columbus, and succumbed to death there at the age of 83 on Nov. 7, 2019. In an obituary, which included his photograph, the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that he was survived by 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Cynthia Jean Gill (1955- ? ) was born in about 1955. She joined the South Zanesville Church of the Nazarene. After high school, she graduated from Bethesda Hospital's School of Laboratory Technology and was employed as a laboratory technologist. On Aug. 21, 1976, when she was about 21 years of age, she was united in matrimony with Barry Sheets ( ? - ? ), son of Lester and Evelyn Sheets of Zanesville. Their wedding ceremony, led by Rev. James L. Honoker, was held in the Northside Church of the Nazarene. Reported the Zanesville Times Recorder, in a story which included her wedding portrait, she "wore a jersey dress with empire waist, U-neckling, and wide lace trim. The fingertip veil was held with a Camelot cap. She carried a colonial bouquet of yellow roses and white daisies." Barry was employed as a salesman for Moeller Music Center at the time of their wedding.
  • Grandson Gene Irvin Gill Jr. (1957- ? ) was born in Oct. 1957 in Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville. His birth was announced in the Zanesville Times Recorder. He joined the Northside Church of the Nazarene. When he was 19 years of age, on Dec. 11, 1976, he wedded Ballas Eggs co-worker Laura Coleman ( ? - ? ), daughter of William and Elaine Coleman of Zanesville. The nuptials were held in North Terrace Church of Christ, led by Rev. Tony Maple. The couple divorced in Sept. 1997. In 2014, he is believed to have married Tina M. Williams ( ? - ? ) of Duncan Falls, OH. They were the parents of Gene Irvin Gill III.

Great-grandson Gene Irvin "George" Gill III (1977-2011) was born on Nov. 13, 1977 in Zanesville. 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.

  • Granddaughter Kimberly Sue "Kim" Gill ( ? - ? ) as a young woman graduated from Muskingum Area Joint Vocational School and worked for Kroger Company on Market Street in Zanesville. She was twice-wed. On Aug. 26, 1976, in a ceremony held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, she was joined in wedlock with William E. Bollinger Jr. ( ? - ? ), son of William E. and Eileen Bollinger Sr. In reporting on the event, the Zanesville Times Recorder printed her photo and said that her dress was comprised of "a white silk gown with beaded peau d'ange lace empire bodice, Sabrina neckline, Dresden sleeves, and bouffant lace and pleated organza skirt with a chapel-length train. Lace edged her chapel-length mantilla." William at that time was an alumnus of MAJVS and earned a living with Muskingum Iron and Metal Company followed by Howard Johnson's hotel. In time, she married again to Robert "Bob" Butler ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Kristy Gill ( ? - ? ) has been married twice. She earned income in young womanhood through employment at Kroger Company. On June 20, 1981, she entered into marital union with Jeffrey Lynn Brock ( ? - ? ), son of Clarence Brock Jr. of Maysville Pike. The couple tied the knot in Rolling Plains United Methodist Church in a ceremony led by Rev. Joe Miller. Kristy was pictured in a Zanesville Times Recorder story about the wedding, which said that she "wore a Chantilly lace gown designed with a fitted bodice with pearl-and sequined-trimmed sweetheart neckline. She wore a chapel-length veil caught to a lace headdress and carried silk flowers on a fan." At the time of their marriage, Jeffrey was employed by his father. Later, she wedded Geoffrey Harman ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Delores "Jean" Kennedy (1941-2019) was born on Feb. 17, 1941 in Zanesville. She married Terry Lee Garrett Sr. (Aug. 24, 1939-2011), son of Roy and Beulah (Sidwell) Garrett. The four children produced by this marriage were Terry Lee Garrett Jr., Richard "Rick" Garrett, Debra Smith and Penny LeRoy. Terry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He made a living by working for Autozone, while Jean was employed with Riesbeck's Food Markets. Their residence in 2009 was in Duncan Falls, OH. At the age of 71, Terry was swept away by the angels on May 10, 2011. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder said he was survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The remains were interred in Zanesville Memorial Park. Jean survived her husband by eight years and endured the heartbreak of the untimely death of her son Terry Jr. She died at the age of 78 on July 29, 2019. Leading her funeral service was Rev. Dr. Steven Dupler.

  • Grandson Terry Lee Garrett Jr. (1959-2015) was born on Oct. 6, 1959 in Zanesville. He appears not to have reproduced. He enjoyed collecting cars and spending time with family and friends. At the age of 55, he passed into the realm of eternity on March 30, 2015. His remains were cremated, and an obituary was printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder.
  • Grandson Richard "Rick" Garrett entered into wedlock with Cindy.
  • Granddaughter Debra Garrett married Donald "Don" Smith.
  • Granddaughter Penny Garrett was joined in the bonds of matrimony with Bernard LeRoy.

Daughter Velma Kennedy (1945-2021) was born on March 4, 1945 in Zanesville. As a young woman, she obtained a job at the Maysville Supermarket. On April 17, 1964, she was joined in wedlock with John H. Miller (Jan. 16, 1936-1997), son of David Lawrence and Frances (Wetz) Miller of Zanesville. The ceremony was held in the South Zanesville Church of the Nazarene, presided over by Rev. James L. Honaker. Her photo portrait was printed in a Zanesville Times Recorder story about the wedding. At the time of marriage, John was employed by Ross's Sohio Service Station. The four sons born to this union included Kevin Patrick Miller, John Allen Miller, Bryan Keith Miller and Adam Troy Miller. John went on to a 30-year career as a truck driver for Borden Dairy. For six years, he was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. On Aug. 27, 1997, John was rushed to the Bethesda Hospital emergency room where he died that day at the age of 61. Rev. Larry Kudart officiated the funeral service, with burial following in Greenwood Cemetery, and an obituary published in the Times Recorder. Velma lived as a widow in Zanesville for 24 years. She owned a Candy Corner business and finished her working career with employment at Big Lots. The angel of death swept her away at home at the age of 76 on April 27, 2021. She was survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial of the remains was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Zanesville, with Chaplain Tim Patton preaching the funeral sermon.

  • Grandson Kevin Patrick Miller (1972-2002) was born on Sept. 12, 1972. He dwelled in Zanesville in adulthood and actively followed the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals professional sports teams. He was technically minded and had a passion for working with computers. Sadly, at the age of 30, on Dec. 16, 2002, he died in the emergency room of Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville. Funeral services were led by Rev. Skip Colvin, with interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. He was pictured in an obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder, in which the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
  • Grandson John Allen Miller ( ? -living) married Michele ( ? -living). He was posted to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas circa 1997. They resided in 2002 in Duncan Falls, OH.
  • Grandson Bryan Keith Miller ( ? -living) was joined in wedded union with Leigh Ann ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Dresden, Muskingum County. In time, he wedded again to Julie ( ? -living).
  • Grandson Adam Troy Miller ( ? -living) relocated to Minneapolis, MN and was there in 1997. He was joined in wedlock with Kelly ( ? -living). They migrated to St. Charles, MO.

Son Frederick Wayne "Fred" Kennedy (1943-2021) was born on Aug. 14, 1943 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH. During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army. On Oct. 26, 1968, he entered into wedlock with his first bride, Connie Lee Rambo ( ? - ? ), daughter of Mrs. F.P. Guy of Roseville, OH. The wedding was held at South Zanesville United Methodist Church, led by Rev. Frank Crofoot and announced in the Zanesville Times Recorder. At the time, Connie worked for the Snelling and Snelling employment agency. The pair made a home in Crooksville and are believed to have produced a family of four -- Joey Kennedy, Julie Miller, Kim Houston and Christy Land. Early in his working career, circa 1968, he was employed by Gould-National Batteries. In time he switched jobs, and for three decades earned a living with Stewart-Glapat Corporation, a Zanesville-based manufacturer of extendable conveyors used to improve material handling productivity. In his free time, he liked to fish and work with wood. On April 16, 1988, when he was 45 years of age, he entered into marriage with Rosalind K. Darst ( ? -living). They remained together for 32 years and made their home in Zanesville. They were members of Rolling Plains United Methodist Church. Sadly, at the age of 77, Frederick passed away on Feb. 25, 2021 as a patient in Zanesville's Genesis Hospital. Funeral services were held in the family church, led by Pastor John Alice. Burial with full military honors followed in Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery. An obituary in the Times Recorder said he was survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Joey Kennedy ( ? -living)
  • Granddaughter Julie Kennedy ( ? -living) married Jamie Miller ( ? -living).
  • Granddaughter Kim Kennedy ( ? -living) wedded Brad Houston ( ? -living).
  • Granddaughter Christy Kennedy ( ? -living) was united in wedlock with Scott Land ( ? -living).

Son Daniel Allen "Dan" Kennedy (1948-living) was born in 1948. His birth was announced on the pages of the Zanesville Times Recorder. Daniel joined the First Church of the Nazarene in his early years. He received a degree in drafting from Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago and then was hired by Line Material Industries. On Oct. 22, 1966, he wedded Janet Kay Swope ( ? -living), daughter of Robert Swope of Maysville Avenue in South Connellsville. Their nuptials were held in St. Thomas Catholic Church, with Rev. Camillus A. Musselman officiating. The wedding was publicized in the Times Recorder, including Janet's bridal photograph portrait. The article said that Janet "wore a gown of Chantilly lace, styled with five-tier bouffant skirt. The long sleeves ended in points over the hands and the Sabrina neckline and the skirt, which extended into a chapel train, were tirmmed with sequins. She carried a cascade bouquet of white roses and ivy foliage centered with a white orchid." Janet earned a living at the time through her work for the Bellows-Valvair Division of Hydro-Kinetics. They resided in Zanesville in 1998-2021.

Son Timothy L. Kennedy ( ? -living) was born in (?). As a young man, he graduated from Muskingum Area Joint Vocational School and became employed by Dresden Concrete, Inc. On Oct. 19, 1974, he was united in marriage with Amy Virginia Everett ( ? -living), 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. The news was announced in the Zanesville Times Recorder, which obsereved that her "wedding gown of polyester was designed with standup collar with cotton rosebud trim. The fitted bodice and long sleeves were of patterned polyester. The full skirt was fashioned of alternating planels of patterned and plain polyester and the bride's shoulder length veil was worn from a band covered with same material as her dress, trimmed with the rosebud lace." At the time of her marriage, Amy worked at First National Bank. Their home circa 1998-2021 was in Zanesville, and they are known to have attended Rolling Plains Church..

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) -- also spelled "Audra" -- was born on March 4, 1924, in Philippi, Barbour County.

She married (?) Kennedy ( ? - ? ). 

She lived in Canton, Stark County, OH in 1977 and later 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.


~ Son Norman Mayle ~

Son Norman Mayle (1929-1977) was born on May 25, 1929 in Philippi, Barbour County

He relocated to Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH.

Norman wedded Julia A. "Dee Dee" Kennedy (Sept. 30, 1937-2015), daughter of Raymond and Pauline (Kennedy) Kennedy of Zanesville.

During their life together, the Mayleses are believed to have borne a family of four daughters -- Cheryl Ullom, Carol Knowlden, Paula Guss and Stacy Barnett.


Aerial view of Zanesville, the Muskingum River and Y-shaped bridge


Norman earned a living working for C.W. Taylor Construction Company. His brother-in-law Benjamin Franklin Kennedy Sr. and nephew Benjamin F. Kennedy Jr. also worked for the company.

The family residence in the mid-1970s was at 2882 McFarland Drive, South Zanesville.

Sadly, at the age of 48, he was found dead at home in Muskingum on Oct. 1, 1977. The Zanesville Times Recorder said that he was the "victim of an apparent heart attack." His mortal remains rest for all eternity in Woodlawn Cemetery in Zanesville.

After a year as a widow, Julia entered into marriage again on July 6, 1978 with Lyle R. Evans ( ? - ? ).

She received a certification as a nurse's aide and in about 1982 became employed by Adams Lane Care Center. She remained there for 15 years until retirement. In her free time, she like to listen to country music.

Julia passed away at the age of 77 on Feb. 18, 2015 as a resident of The Oaks at Bethesda in Zanesville. Her survivors were counted as a dozen grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Rev. Terry D. Newman led the funeral service, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Daughter Cheryl Mayle married Don Ullom. Circa 1977, the Ulloms lived in Waterford, OH.

Daughter Carol Mayle wedded Jeffrey Knowlden. They made a home in Zanesville on Pine Crest Drive.

Daughter Paula Mayle was joined in wedlock with (?) Hill. In 1977, the Hills dwelled in Zanesville. Later, she entered into marriage with Kenneth Guss.

Daughter Stacy Mayle was united in matrimony with Timothy Barnett.


~ Daughter Madeline (Mayle) Newman ~

Daughter Madeline Mayle (1932-1996) was born on April 21, 1932 in Philippi, Barbour County.

She migrated to Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH and as a young woman resided at 1525 Putnam Avenue.

On March 26, 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.

The couple's address in 1977 was on North River Road in Zanesville.

Madeline died in Zanesville's Muskingum County Home on April 2, 1996 at the age of 63. Rev. Jeffrey L. Conrad presided over the funeral service, held in the Rolling Plains United Methodist Church. Burial was in Duncan Falls Cemetery. Her obituary appeared in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Alston survived his wife by 16 years. He passed into eternity at the age of 78 on Sept. 17, 2012. An obituary in the 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. Karen was in Zanesville in 1996.

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. Carla dwelled in the mid-1990s in Zanesville.

Daughter Patricia Newman ( ? - ? ) was joined in marriage with Daniel D. Kincheloe, son of Richard Kincheloe of 6245 Tanglewood Drive in Zanesville. The couple bore a son, Chad Alston Kincheloe. They dwelled in Nashport, OH in 1981-1996.

  • Grandson Chad Alston Kincheloe (1981- ? ) was born in 1981. His birth was announced in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Daughter Marsha Newman ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock with (?) Richards. Circa 1996, she was in Nashport, OH.


~ Daughter Emma Jean (Mayle) Abbott ~

Daughter Emma Jean Mayle (1934-2020) -- also spelled "Imogene" -- was born on Nov. 1, 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 Junior "Delaney" Abbott Sr. (1934-2013). He was the son of Herbert William and Ferma J. (Conner) Abbott, also of Zanesville, and had survived a childhood snake bite. Their marriage endured for 61-plus years.

The couple produced a number of children, among them Delaine Junior Abbott Jr., Wendy Hoover, Billie Mominey, Susan Scott and Pamela Jane Mangus.

Delaine owned and operated Y-City Locksmith. He was quoted in an October 2004 edition of the Zanesville Times Recorder about the demolition of a rate-infested local house on Linden Avenue.

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

Delaine died on Valentine's Day 2013.

Emma Jean succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 85 in New Concord, Muskingum County on Oct. 16, 2020. Her remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Woodlawn Cemetery in Zanesville.

Son Delaine Junior Abbott Jr. married Janette. The couple divorced in 1989. The following year, he wedded Carol S. Blaney. Together they bore a son, Delaine Junior Abbott III. They divorced in about 2008. He appears to have married again to Ireyn P. They divorced in 2012.

  • Grandson Delaine Junior Abbott III married Heather Longwell, daughter of Kevin and Pamela (Walton) Longwell. They are believed to be the parents of Delaine Junior Abbott IV, Alannah Abbott, Ava Abbott and Armani Abbott. The family settled in Circleville, Pickaway County, OH. Grief cascaded over the family at the death in infancy of their five-month-old son Delaine IV on April 20, 2019. An obituary said that the baby "loved to smile, cuddle, play, talk, get kisses; he always was happy and laughing."

Daughter Wendy Abbott (1960- ? ) was born in about 1960. At the age of 15, she was pictured in the Sept. 2, 1975 edition of the Zanesville Times Recorder when pausing in sunshine in anticipation of the new high school year. In young womanhood she was employed by the Automotive Group of United Technologies. She married Jeffrey W. Hoover ( ? - ? ), son of Stewart and Joy Hoover Jr. They appear to have divorced in February 1991. But two years later, they wedded again on or about Sept. 3, 1993. News of their second engagement and a photo of the couple were printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder. The ceremony was held at Lookout Point in Dillon State Park. Jeffrey at the time of marriage worked for Economy Line and Towel Service Inc. Two known children were born to this couple -- Jill Blankenship and Jeffrey Hoover Jr. The couple divorced in Muskingum County court on April 22, 2011.

  • Granddaughter Jill Hoover ( ? - ? ) - As a senior in high school in Zanesville, she worked at the Wendy's fast food restaurant. On April 6, 1996, she exchanged vows of marriage with Daniel "Danny" Blankenship. The wedding was led by Jerry Blankenship at the Trinity Full Gospel Church. The couple was pictured in a wedding story in the Zanesville Times Recorder, which reported that "The bride chose a white gown for the ceremony." Daniel was an alumnus of Muskingum-Perry Career Center and earned a living at the time with the Brick Yard.
  • Grandson Jeffrey Hoover Jr. ( ? - ? )

Daughter Billie Jo Abbott ( ? - ? ) - Circa 1996, she wedded Salvatore S. Mominey.

Daughter Susan Abbott entered into the bonds of marriage with (?) Scott ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Pamela Jane Abbott (1953-2019) was born on Nov. 23, 1953. She married Larry Mangus ( ? - ? ). Offspring born to this union were Patricia Staffey, Penny Kramer, Angela Barnhart, Leann Maynard, Lori Mangus and Jamie Mangus. They worshipped at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The family was plunged into grieving when their 34-year-old daughter Patricia, mother of five, died in November 2010. Sadness further enveloped the family when Pamela died on Aug. 9, 2019. An obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder, which reported that she was survived by 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Mangus family burial grounds in Stockport, OH.

  • Granddaughter Patricia Jane Mangus (1975-2010) was born on Nov. 28, 1975 in Zanesville. She grew up in and joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Circa 1994, at the age of about 18, she was joined in wedlock with Alfred Staffey ( ? - ? ). They made a home at 538 Downing Road in Stockport, OH. The pair's five offspring were Elizabeth Staffey, McKayla Staffey, Hannah Staffey, Aaron Staffey and Austin Staffey. The family endured unspeakable sadness when, at the age of 34, on Nov. 23, 2010, Patricia died in Zanesville's Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital. Gene Brown led the funeral. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder said that interment was in the family's farm cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Penny Mangus ( ? - ? ) wedded Michael Kramer ( ? - ? ). Their home in 2010 was in Stockport, OH.
  • Granddaughter Angela Mangus ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with Nicholas "Nick" Barnhart ( ? - ? ). They put down roots in Chillicothe, OH.
  • Granddaughter Leann Mangus ( ? - ? ) married Robert "Bobby" Maynard ( ? - ? ). She has dwelled in Stockport, OH.
  • Granddaughter Lori Mangus ( ? - ? ) has resided in Bellville, OH.
  • Grandson Jamie D. Mangus ( ? - ? ) moved to the Pacific Northwest, settling in Portland, OR.


~ Daughter Juanita (Mayle) Eudy ~

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

She married (?) Eudy.

She dwelled in 1977-2009 in Canton, Stark County, OH.


~ Son James "Jimmie" Mayle ~

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

He married Sandy ( ? - ? ).

James made his residence in 1977 in Canton, Stark County, OH. They are known to have resided in 2009 in North Canton.


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