Irene (Miner) Welsh was born on Sept. 21, 1889 in or near Mill Run, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of William Henry "Squire" and Sara Jane (Basinger) Minerd.
On Jan. 22, 1909, when she was age 19, Irene married 23-year-old James Franklin Welsh (Feb. 27, 1886-1966), the son of John and Ellen (Nicklow) Welsh of Mill Run. Her father, a justice of the peace, performed the wedding ceremony.
The Welshes were the parents of seven children – Cathryn Marie Stillwagon, Margaret Helen Miller, Thelma Ream, John Henry Welsh, Gertrude Williams, James Clyde Welsh and Daniel Leslie Welsh.
They resided in Mill Run for many years. In 1920, federal census enumeration records show that their home was next door to Irene's parents, with James working in a local coal mine. When the U.S. Census again was taken in 1930, they resided in Mill Run, with James employed as a laborer for Georges Construction. Living just a few doors away were Irene's brothers and sisters in law, Frank and Ida (Grimm) Miner and Clyde and Jane (Hiles) Miner.
In 1931, their daughter Mildred was born when the family temporarily made its home in Greensburg, Westmoreland County.
With the nation in the grip of the Great Depression in the 1930s, work would have been difficult for James to find. Sometime in the late '30s, however, he found a job as a laborer with 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.
The census of 1940 lists the Welshes in Springfield Township, with James laboring for the WPA and son John as a loader in a local coal mine.
In about 1943, the family relocated to Connellsville, Fayette County, where James secured a job with Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Their address was 1929 Springfield Pike. He appears to have finished his working career with the company.
Sadly, the Shadow of Death cleaved apart the family in 1966. In May, married daughter Cathryn Stillwagon passed away at the untimely age of 56 from the effects of coronary heart disease.
Just under a month later, having suffered from hardening of the arteries, James contracted bronchial pneumonia and died on June 3, 1966 in Connellsville State Hospital, at the age of 80. His remains were laid to rest at the Normalville Cemetery.
Irene outlived her husband by only little more than a year. She passed away on Sept. 30, 1967. She is buried beside her husband in the Normalville Cemetery.
~ Daughter Cathryn (Welsh) Stillwagon ~
Daughter Cathryn Welsh (1909-1966) was born on Sept. 5, 1909.
She married Lewis J. Stillwagon (1905-1965), the son of John H. and Margaret Elizabeth (Swink) Stillwagon of Bullskin Township.
They had seven children -- Mildred I. "Mert" Echard, Lois "Sis" Hall, Georgetta Woods, Kenneth Daniel "Chug" Stillwagon, Elmer David "Wink" Stillwagon, William C. Stillwagon and Helen Marie Ross.
They resided for 35 years in Bullskin Township, Fayette County. Lewis worked for the Scottdale Wood Products Company.
Lewis suffered a heart attack and passed away at the age of 60 on May 11, 1965. He was interred in Mount Olive Cemetery near Pennsville.
Cathryn followed him to the grave a year later. She was burdened with coronary heart disease and was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital, where she succumbed to death on May 7, 1966.
Son Kenneth Daniel "Chug" Stillwagon made his home in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, circa 1965.
Daughter Mildred Irene "Mert" Stillwagon (1931-2005) was born on Feb. 11, 1931 in Greensburg. She married Charles J. Echard (July 28, 1935-2012) on Jan. 26, 1952, when she would have been age 20 and he 17. He was the son of Russell W. and Anna Mae (Shaffer) Echard. Their union endured the ups and downs of 53 years. The Echards lived in Connellsville and had seven children -- Charles Lewis "Buck" Echard, Barbara Jean Wilson, Betty Ann Fleetwood Loose, Martha Rae Powley, Sharon Marie Echard and twin sons John Echard and Russell Echard. Sadly the twins died in infancy. Mille spent 29 years as an employee of Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation in South Connellsville, where she worked as a selector. She also was a machine operator for nine years with Williamshouse Corporation. Among her hobbies were baking, cooking, sewing and gardening. Mildred passed away at age 74 on March 25, 2005. She was laid to rest in Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Normalville, following a funeral led by Pastor Joseph Wingrove. She was survived by 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Charles oulived her in Bullskin Township by seven years. Death claimed him in Connellsville at the age of 76 on Feb. 10, 2012. Rev. Wingrove again presided at the funeral.
Great-granddaugter Lauren Echard ( ? - ? ) is the mother of Willow Ritenour.
Daughter Lois "Sis" Stillwagon ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Hall ( ? - ? ).
Daughter Georgetta Stillwagon ( ? - ? ) married (?) Woods ( ? - ? ).
Son Kenneth Daniel "Chug" Stillwagon (1932-1997) was born on June 8, 1932 (or 1933). On Dec. 11, 1952, at the age of 19 or 20, he was married to Ruth Ann Moon (Sept. 16, 1934-1964), daughter of Charles and Ruth (Hyatt) Moon of Confluence, Somerset County. The couple went on to produce five children -- Cathryn Ruth Stillwagon, Linda Sue Stillwagon, Charles Lewis Stillwagon, Helen Marie Stillwagon and Mary Ann Stillwagon. Their home in the early 1960s was at 59 Gibson Terrace in Connellsville. Tragically, at the age of 29, Ruth Ann developed a virus infection and pneumonia and was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital. There, on Feb. 25, 1964, she succumbed. Her remains were brought to Ursina for burial in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. Kenneth survived his wife by more than three decades and remained in Connellsville. He died on Dec. 15, 1997.
Son Daniel Lee Stillwagon Sr. (1936-1999) was born on June 7, 1936. He lived in Connellsville and married Eleanor R. (Eicher) Butler (Feb. 4, 1936- ? ) on March 16, 1957. Eleanor had been married previously and brought three children to the marriage -- Kevin Robert Butler, Deborah Ann Butler and Neil Ray Butler. The couple went on to produce two more children -- Daniel Lee Stillwagon Jr. and Carolyn Sue Stillwagon. Daniel passed away in Connellsville at the age of 63 on May 20, 1999. His remains were lowered into repose in the Mount Olive Cemetery in Bullskin Township.
Son Elmer David "Wink" Stillwagon (1939-1985) was born on Aug. 19, 1939 in Fayette County. He is believed to have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. On May 15, 1963, Elmer was joined in matrimony with Martha J. Shaffer (1944- ? ). They did not reproduce. On the fateful day Sept. 14, 1985, at the age of 45, Elmer stopped to assist someone in an automobile accident, and suffered a heart attack with death following soonafter. Burial was in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
Daughter Lois May Stillwagon (1942- ? ) was born on June 25, 1942. At the age of 17, on Feb. 13, 1960, she was wedded to 17-year-old James R. Hall (Sept. 5, 1942- ? ). They were the parents of Sandra Lee Hall and one other. In 1965 they resided in Connellsville. Heartache blanketed the family when daughter Sandra, the mother of two young children, died an untimely death.
Daughter Helen "Marie" Stillwagon (1945- ? ) was born on June 29, 1945. She married John Ross ( ? - ? ) and lived in Bullskin Township north of Connellsville.
Son William Clyde "Bill" Stillwagon (1949-2014) was born on Jan. 26, 1949. He married Wanda ( ? - ? ). They did not reproduce. Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was employed in Connellsville for Penn Live Service and Commercial Stone Quarry. He eventually relocated to Johnson City, TN, where he spent 26 years working for the City of Johnson City City. Upon retiring, he worked at Thomas Construction, a lawn and tree service. In his spare time, he raced stock cars and took part in demolition derbies, and hunting in Pennsylvania. He passed away at age 65, in Johnson City, on Feb. 24, 2014, with an obituary published in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.
~ Daughter Margaret Helen (Welsh) Miller ~
Daughter Margaret Helen Welsh (1911-1997) was born on July 25, 1911 (or 1912).
On June 9, 1934, when she was 22 years of age, she married Charles Lewis "Chick" Miller (July 23, 1906-1971), son of Abraham and Blanche (McCoy) Miller of Normalville.
Their 10 children were Charles Lewis "Skip" Miller Jr., Helen Marie Russell, James Howard Miller, Marion "Eileen" Dienes, Vincent Ray Miller, William Clyde Miller Sr., John Daniel Miller, Patricia Ann Porterfield, Joan Marlene St. Meyers and Frank Wesley Miller.
Heartache blanketed the family twice in a span of two years when son Vincent Ray died on Sept. 22, 1944 at the tender age of four-and-a-half months, and son John Daniel passed at birth on Aug. 6, 1946.
The family made its home for years in Normalville, where Chick labored as a miner for the White Bridge Coal Company.
On Feb. 18, 1971, Chick died at the age of 64 in Connellsville State General Hospital. An obituary in the Courier noted that he was survived by 18 grandchildren.
Margaret survived her husband by more than a quarter of a century. Circa 1973, she made her home in Indiana, Indiana County, PA. Then in 1996, her residence was in Normalville, Fayette County. She passed into eternity in Normalville on June 1, 1997. Her remains were lowered into repose beside her husband's in Normalville Cemetery.
Son Charles Lewis "Skip" Miller Jr. (1934-1979) was born on June 12, 1934 in Mill Run, Fayette County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having enlisted in Uniontown at the age of 21 on July 5, 1955, and going on to serve on the U.S.S. Neptune based in Norfolk, VA. He returned home on leave in October 1955 and was pictured in uniform in the Connellsville Daily Courier. On May 14, 1958, when he was 23 years of age, he married Shirley Louise Seeders (Dec. 13, 1937- ? ), a native of Falling Waters, WV. The Millers resided in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, WV and bore these children -- Kenneth Wayne Miller, Lori Jean Winkler Mills, Susan Norene Clawges and Charlene Hope Miller. Charles remained in the Navy for a number of years. He was honorably discharged in July 1959 but appears to have re-enlisted. As of 1959, Shirley dwelled in Baltimore. Holding the rank of machinist's mate third class, he is known to have been posted aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock on a tour of the Mediterranean in 1963. Tragically, Charles lost his life in an automobile accident on April 28, 1979. His remains were lowered into eternal rest in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV.
Daughter Helen Marie Miller (1936- ? ) was born on Nov. 5, 1936 in Mill Run. On Nov. 23, 1957, she was united in matrimony with school teacher Jerry R. Russell, a native of East Liverpool, OH. The Russells made their residence in St. Clairsville, OH. They are the parents of James Brian Russell, Douglas Roland Russell and Amy Marie McGregor.
Son James Howard Miller (1939- ? ) was born on Sept. 30, 1939 in Connellsville. He was twice married. His first bride circa 1962 was Irene Ann Colflesh ( ? - ? ). They produced three sons -- James Howard Miller Jr., Robert Wesley Miller and Denny Miller. They resided in 1971 in Connellsville. On the Fourth of July 1977, James wedded his second spouse, Betty Bryner.
Daughter Marion "Eileen" Miller (1942- ? ) was born on Oct. 1, 1942 in Normalville, Fayette County. She has been married twice. She first was joined in matrimony with William Richard Dienes (1940- ? ), a native of Winchester, IN. Their wedding took place on May 20, 1961 in Accident, MD. The couple went on to produce two sons, Richard Allen Dienes and David Scott Dienes. Their home in 1971 was in Union City, IN. Eileen's second husband was Melvin Leroy Cox (1945- ? ), also a native of Winchester, IN, with the nuptials held on Sept. 9, 1989 in Union City, IN.
Son William Clyde Miller Sr. (1945-1989) was born on June 12, 1945 in Normalville. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1967, he married Alverta Colflesh (1948- ? ) and had two sons, John Russell Miller and William Clyde Miller Jr. The Millers dwelled in Connellsville in 1971. Sadly, William died on Jan. 24, 1989 at the age of 43. Details of his untimely passing are not known.
Daughter Patricia Ann Miller (1947- ? ) was born in 1947. On Sept. 23, 1966, she was united in wedlock with Roger Porterfield (1947- ? ). Their two children were Sherry Lynn Widener Chearney and Scott Dwayne Porterfield. They dwelled in Indian Head, Fayette County in the early 1970s.
Great-grandson William Scott Porterfield (1990-2018) was born on April 5, 1990 in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. He grew up in Melcroft and in November 2017 married Jenna Povlik ( ? -living). His children included Levi Hunter Porterfield, Alekai Xavier Porterfield, Eden Zane Savage, McKenzi Belle Porterfield and Peyton Noel Miller, in addition to one on the way at the time of his untimely death. He is said to have loved hunting and tree climbing and riding his motorcycle for "wind therapy." Circa 2018, he resided in Connellsville, Fayette County, where he was employed as a foreman for Jaflo Tree Service. On the fateful wee hours of Jan. 28, 2018, he and three friends were lured into an ambush at a self-serve car wash in Melcroft, where they were gunned down in cold blood. The tragedy was national news. Pastor Ron Dougan officiated at the funeral service.
Daughter Joan Marlene Miller (1949-? ) was born in 1949 in Connellsville. At the age of 21, on Oct. 31, 1970, she was joined in holy matrimony with Gregory Alan St. Myers (1948- ? ), a native of Union City, IN. In 1971, they lived in Indian Head. Their two sons are Michael Alan St. Myers and Kevin Eugene St. Myers.
Son Frank Wesley Miller (1953- ? ) was born in 1953 in Connellsville. He lived at home with his parents in 1971.
~ Daughter Thelma (Welsh) Ream ~
~ Son John Henry Welsh ~
Son John Henry Welsh (1916-1973) was born on June 2, 1916 in Mill Run.
He was wedded to Margaret Sloat ( ? - ? ).
The couple produced an only son, Thomas Welsh.
The Welshes relocated to Ousian, OH.
Sadly, John Henry died at the age of 56 on May 28, 1973. The Connellsville Daily Courier published an obituary, reporting that funeral services and burial took place in Buffington, OH.
Son Thomas Welsh (1962- ? ) was born in about 1962.
~ Daughter Gertrude R. (Welsh) Williams ~
Daughter Gertrude R. Welsh (1920-1996) was born on April 20, 1920 (or 1919).
On Feb. 3, 1939, when she was 18 years of age, Gertrude married 19-year-old Harry Ernest Williams (Feb. 19, 1919-2002), one of 18 children of George and Mary Ellen (Miller) Williams..
They resided in Connellsville and were married for a total of 58 years.
They were the parents of three offspring -- Donna Jean Wingrove, Ernest Junior Williams and Kathleen Elaine Walters.
For a number of years, the family dwelled along the Springfield Pike in Connellsville. Harry was a longtime coal miner for H.C. Frick Coke Company and its parent, United States Steel Corporation. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
In poor health, Gertrude died at home at the age of 77 on Sept. 22, in 1996. An obituary reported that she was survived by seven grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.
Harry outlived his wife by a half-dozen years. He was admitted to Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant, where he was carried away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 82 on Feb. 6, 2002. Rev. Robert Patton presided at the funeral service. The remains were lowered into repose to rest beside Gertrude in Green Ridge Memorial Park north of Connellsville.
Daughter Donna Jean Williams (1939- ? ) was born on Aug. 4, 1939. She was joined in wedlock with Theodore L. Wingrove ( ? - ? ). They produced six children -- Roger L. Wingrove, Robert Allen Wingrove Sr., Steven Wingrove, Lorrie Wingrove, Thomas Wingrove Sr. and Sherry Greenawalt. Donna Jean resided in the outskirts of Connellsville in 1996.
Son Ernest Junior "Bud" Williams (1942- ? ) was born on Jan. 23, 1942. He did not marry. In 1996, he dwelled in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA and in 2002 in Connellsville..
Daughter Kathleen Elaine Williams (1951-1992) was born on Sept. 28, 1951. She wedded (?) Walters ( ? - ? ). Sadly, she died in October 1992 at the age of 41. The cause of her untimely death is not yet known.
~ Son James "Clyde" Welsh ~
Son James "Clyde" Welsh (1925-1993) was born on April 17, 1925.
Clyde joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II and received his basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Sampson, NY. After a period of time in the service, he was pictured in the Connellsville Daily Courier after he wrote a letter home saying he was "well and happy" and sent his "best wishes" to his family and friends.
In all, he spent three years in the Navy and 20 months in the South Pacific before receiving his honorable discharge in February 1946 with the rank of seaman first class. Upon his return home, he secured a job at the Mount Pleasant Implement Store.
When he was about 31 years of age, on June 2, 1956, Clyde married 22-year-old Annette Theresa Habina (July 3, 1934-2014), daughter of John K. and Angela (Kozerak) Habina of Morrell, near Connellsville. News of their engagement was published in the Daily Courier. At the time, she worked for Royal Bakery Shop located on West Crawford Avenue.
The couple produced these four children -- Anjela "Anjie" Hamilton, James Clyde "Beaver" Welsh Jr., Carlotta Ann "Carrie" Welsh and Lon David "Duffy" Welsh.
They resided in Dunbar, Fayette County, and were longtime members of the St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church.
Annette was pictured in the Daily Courier on May 13, 1975 when she received the 1975 "Mother of the Year" award as nominated by her nephew John Habina. As bestowed by the WCVI, she was given a host of gifts valued at $700. These ranged from an all-expense paid weekend at the Marriott Hotel in Pittsburgh, a portable television set and a $200 gilded five-shelf curio to 15 gallons of gasoline, a family ring, cosmetics, hair styling and more.
Sadly, Clyde passed away on April 2, 1993 at the age of 69.
Annette survived her husband by more than two decades. During that time, she endured the untimely death of her married daughter Anjie Hamilton.
Annette was carried away by the Angel of Death on Nov. 21, 2014, in her home, at the age of 80. A funeral mass was held in the family church, led by Rev. Micah Kozoil.
Daughter Anjela "Anjie" Welsh (1958-2011) was born on May 30, 1958. On April 12, 1982, she was united in matrimony with Mark Hamilton (1959- ? ), and they made their residence in Dunbar, Fayette County. Their only daughter was Rosalie Snyder. Anjie was in early contact with the founder of this website, and in 2002, their band "New Inspirations," with Mark on guitar, performed at the national Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunion held at Kingwood, Somerset County, PA. The band volunteered their services, saying they "love to play where there are good people having fun." Anjie worked over the years at Pechin's Deli in Dunbar and at Ames at Laurel Mall. They were members of the Buchanan Church of God. Sadly, Anjie died at home at the age of 53 on July 25, 2011. Following funeral services led by Rev. Tim Beatty and Rev. Ewing Marietta, her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Bowman-Flatwoods Cemetery.
Son James Clyde "Beaver" Welsh Jr. (1959- ? ) was born in 1959. On Dec. 11, 1982, he was joined in holy matrimony with Kathryn Cameron (1962- ? ). The offspring born to this union were Fiona Amanda Welsh and David Lewis Welsh. Later, he wedded Dianne ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in 2014 in Venetia, PA.
Daughter Carlotta Ann "Carrie" Welsh (1963- ? ) was born in 1963. She made her home in Hawaii in 2014.
Son Lon David "Duffy" Welsh (1971- ? ) was born in 1971. He wedded Donna and made their home in 2014 in Dunbar. Their offspring are Brandy Welsh and Kayla Welsh.
~ Son Daniel Leslie Welsh ~
Son Daniel Leslie Welsh (1927-1976) was born on July 24, 1927 in Mill Run.
He married Janet Marlene Martin (July 20, 1938- ? ) on May 24, 1958. They were 11 years apart in age.
They lived in Scottdale and were the parents of Daniel L. Welsh Jr. and Mary Beth Welsh.
Daniel Sr. "was a lifelong resident of Bullskin Township and had been employed by R.E. Uptegraft Manufacturing Co., Scottdale," said the Daily Courier.
Sadly, at the age of 48, Daniel Sr. died in Latrobe Area Hospital on July 19, 1976. In an obituary, the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that following funeral services led by Rev. Boyd Scott, burial was in Green Ridge Memorial Park, with military rites performed at the gravesite. In an irony, Rev. Scott was a distant cousin in the Minerd-Miner family, of the branch of Alphus Steven and Maggie (Cummings) Mayle of Doddridge County, WV.
Janet's fate is not yet known.
Son Daniel L. Welsh Jr. (1958- ? ) was born in 1958. He married Cindy Gallagher ( ? - ? ). Their known children are Erin Marlene Welsh and Daniel Patrick Welsh.
Daughter Mary Beth Welsh (1959- ? ) was born in 1959. She wedded Larry Hart ( ? - ? ) on Aug. 16, 1985. Their offspring are Leslie Ann Hart and Sean Edward Hart.
Copyright © 2004, 2006-2007, 2014, 2017-2018, 2020 Mark A. Miner