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Edward Miner


Edward Miner

Edward Miner was born on March 12, 1904, in Mill Run, Fayette County, PA, the son of William Henry "Squire" and Sara Jane (Basinger) Minerd.

On June 29, 1928, when he was age 24, Edward married 18-year-old Gertrude Emma Bowers (1910-1990), the daughter of William H. and Susan (Klink) Bowers Sr.

The Miners had six children – Winifred "Darlene" Hiltabidel, Ellen Gertrude Porterfield Lawver, Charles Lawrence Miner, Kenneth Edward Miner, Evelyn Marie Johnson Balsley and Bessie "Marcine" Karpowich.

Edward was a coal miner. Circa February 1930, he and the family lived at Grimes Mine but returned to Mill Run for visits on weekends. His brother Clyde and family also dwelled at Grimes Mine in 1930. At one time, Edward was employed by “Catty” Evans of Connellsville, Fayette County. When the federal census was enumerated in 1940, the family dwelled next door to Gertrude's parents in Mill Run, with Edward earning a living as a laborer in public works. Circa 1953, he lived and worked in the nearby Fairchance area. 


Connellsville Daily Courier, 1961

Edward was a heavy drinker, and the marriage was troubled. Gertrude sued for divorce in Fayette County Court in September 1956, and they lived apart after that. His address circa 1958 was 321 West Fayette Street in Connellsville. Later in the 1950s, he got into trouble with the law for moving vehicle violations while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tragedy struck on Dec. 3, 1961, when Edward lost his life in a house fire in Connellsville, Fayette County. He was living alone at the time along Reidmore Road. The Connellsville Daily Courier said that the blaze “originated from a cast iron space heater within the building. Borough firemen were called to the scene after neighbors discovered the flames and attempted to save Miner.” The news was carried in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times, where Edward's last name was spelled "Minerd."


Normalville Cemetery

His remains were laid to rest in the Normalville Cemetery.

Gertrude outlived Edward by nearly 30 years. During this time, she also lost her son Charles (died Jan. 1, 1987), daughter Bessie (died Sept. 5, 1984) and son in law Louis W. Balsley (died Jan. 25, 1987).

In her later years, Gertrude resided in Scottdale, Westmoreland County, PA, where she was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Gertrude passed away on March 31, 1990. She also is buried in the Normalville Cemetery.


~ Daughter Winifred "Darlene" (Miner) Hiltabidel ~

Daughter Winifred " Darlene" Miner (1927-2009) was born on April 25, 1927 in Mill Run. 

At the age of 23, she eloped to marry 33-year-old laborer Irvin Milton Hiltabidel (1913-1998). The couple traveled to marry in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, with the ceremony held on June 18, 1947, by the hand of Rev. C.H. Wakeman of the Church of the Brethren.

They dwelled in Connellsville and had three children -- Kevin Hiltabidel, Robert Hiltabidel and Luanne McCargo. 

Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, Darlene "was a loving homemaker for many years."

Irvin died on May 12, 1998. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery.

Darleen passed away at the age of 82, on Oct. 1, 2009, in the Uniontown Hospital. She was laid to rest in the Normalville Cemetery, with the funeral preached by Pastor Mark Sholtis. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Kevin Hiltabidel lived in Melcroft, PA in 2009.

Son Robert Hiltabidel married Toni and dwelled in Florida.

Daughter Luanna Hiltabidel was wedded to (?) McCargo and made her home in 2009 in Uniontown.


~ Daughter Ellen Gertrude (Miner) Porterfield Lawver ~

Daughter Ellen Gertude Miner (1929-2017) was born on Jan. 10, 1929 in Mill Run.

At the age of 21, on July 21, 1950, Ellen eloped to marry 22-year-old coal miner Ellsworth Franklin Porterfield (1927-1983). The marriage was held in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

Their two sons were Eugene Porterfield and Daniel Porterfield. Circa 1961, they lived in Connellsville, R.D. 1. 

The couple divorced. Ellsworth died in 1983 with burial in Normalville Cemetery.

Later, in about 1976, Ellen was wedded to a distant cousin, John A. Lawver (1918-1999), son of Alvie J. and Anne E. (Rose) Lawver of the family of Ulysses "Grant" and Maggie (Trout) Rose.

Sadly, John died in 1999 at the age of 81. Interment was in Normalville Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Ellen lived in Connellsville for many years. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, she "formerly worked in Connellsville at the Crawford Tea Room and also for Maricondi's. She had also worked as an aide at the former Connellsville State General Hospital."

As she aged and her health declined, Ellen was admitted to Hempfield Manor in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. There, on May 29, 2017, she died at the age of 88. Rev. Matthew P. Goldsberry officiated her funeral service, followed by burial in Normalville Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Daily Courier, which counted nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Son Eugene Porterfield married Cindy and resides in Greensburg.

Son Daniel Porterfield has made his home in Connellsville.


~ Son Charles Lawrence Miner ~

Son Charles Lawrence Miner (1931-1987) was born on Jan. 31, 1931 in Mill Run. As a young man, he earned a living in Connellsville as a laborer.

On Aug. 30, 1954, at the age of 23, he eloped with 25-year-old Gertrude Dull Hough (1929- ? ) of Dawson, Fayette County. They traveled to Cumberland, Allegany County, MD to tie the knot.

They lived in the Mill Run and Normalville areas of Springfield Township and later in Everson at 208 Graft Street.

Their eight children were Michael L. Miner, Jeffrey L. Miner, Shawn E. Miner, Gregory E. Miner, Julia Ann Fasulkey, Rebecca Dawn Miner and Kimberly Povlik.

Charles was a social member of the American Legion in Connellsville. 

At the age of 55, on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 1987, Charles passed away in Frick Community Health Center in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County.

Son Michael L. Miner

Son Jeffrey L. Miner

Son Shawn E. Miner

Son Gregory E. Miner

Daughter Julia Ann Miner married Kevin Fasulkey.

Daughter Rebecca Dawn Miner 

Daughter Kimberly Miner was wedded to James Povlik and lived in Scottdale.


~ Son Kenneth Edward Miner ~

Son Kenneth Edward Miner (1933-2016) was born on Feb. 3, 1933 in Mill Run. 

He married Lorraine M. Stark (April 8, 1940-2018, daughter of Richard and Thelma (Miller) Stark of Ohiopyle, Fayette County.

The Miners produced two children, Linda Exton and Brian Edward "Tank" Miner.

Kenneth earned a living for several decades as an employee of United States Steel Corporation, working at its National Tube division in McKeesport.

He was pictured in a 1992 article in the Greensburg (PA) Tribune-Review for his efforts to obtain a high quantity and quality of potable water in his neighborhood in Connellsville. 

Over the years, Kenneth and Lorraine attended many of our national Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunions over the years.

Sadly, Kenneth passed away at the age of 82, in the South Connellsville Personal Care Home, on Jan. 15, 2016. He was survived by eight grandchildren.

Lorraine survived her husband by two-and-a-half years. On July 2, 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer. She remained at home where she passed away on Sept. 12, 2018. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Daughter Linda Miner married Thomas Exton and resided in Connellsville.

Son Brian Edwart "Tank" Miner is married and resides in Uniontown.


~ Daughter Evelyn Marie (Miner) Johnson Balsley ~

Daughter Evelyn Marie Miner (1935-living) was born in about 1935.

On Jan. 4, 1950, when she was 14 years old, Evelyn married her first husband, 21-year-old Darrel Van Johnson (1928-2000). He was a distant cousin and the son of Gilbert Van and Elvarene (Rose) Johnson of the family of Charles H. Rose. Darrel's parents are reputed to have a professed warlock and witch couple and, according to family lore, curses were placed on their newborn babies.

The Johnsons produced two children -- Christine Elaine Franks and Darrel Stephen "Steve" Johnson. 

Shortly after the birth of their son, Evelyn and Darrel separated. Darrel moved to Rogers Mills, Fayette County. Evelyn sued for and was granted a divorce.

Later, by 1970, she wed Louis W. Balsley (1920-1987) and made their home at 11 Gibson Terrace. 

Said the Daily Courier, Louis was a "material handler for Swan’s G.E. Appliance Store. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during W.W. II" as a member of the 110th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, where he trained in baking as part of the food service school at Fort Meade, MD.

Louis died on Jan. 25, 1987, at the age of 67.

Former husband Darrel succumbed on Nov. 21, 2000, with burial in Normalville Cemetery. 

Daughter Christine Elaine Johnson (1950-living) was born on July 22, 1950. She wedded (?) Franks.

Son Darrel Stephen "Steve" Johnson (1952-living) was born on July 25, 1952. He and his wife attended both the Minerd-Miner and Younkin family reunions in 2017.


~ Daughter Bessie "Marcine" (Miner) Karpowich ~

Daughter Bessie "Marcine" Miner (1937-1984) was born on July 24, 1937. As a child she was afflicted with rheumatic fever and thereafter was considered frail.

She married Edward Karpowich ( ? - ? ).

They produced an only son, Robert Edward "Eddie" Karpowich.

Marcine died on Sept. 5, 1984, at about the age of 47. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery. A small metal plaque marks her grave today. [Find-a-Grave]


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