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Irene (Miner) Welsh


Irene Welsh

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 (1886-1966). Her father, a justice of the peace, performed the ceremony. James was the son of John and Ellen (Nickla) Welsh of Mill Run.

The Welshes had 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, their home was next door to Irene's parents, with James working in a local coal mine. When the federal census 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 made its home in Greensburg, Westmoreland County.


Normalville Cemetery

In about 1943, the Welshes moved to Connellsville, Fayette County, where James secured a job with Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation.

Sadly, the Shadow of Death visited the family in 1966. James died on June 3, 1966 in Connellsville, at the age of 80. He was laid to rest at the Normalville Cemetery. That same year, married daughter Cathryn Stillwagon also passed away.

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 in 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 in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, for 35 years. 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.

Son Kenneth Daniel "Chug" Stillwagon made his home in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, circa 1965.


Landmark World War I doughboy statue in Mount Pleasant's Main Street


Daughter Mildred I. "Mert" Stillwagon (1931-2005) was born on Feb. 11, 1931 in Greensburg. She married Charles J. Echard (Aug. 28, 1929- ? ) on Jan. 26, 1952, when she would have been age 20 and he 22. The Echards lived in Connellsville and had seven children -- Charles Lewis "Buck" Echard, Barbara Jean Wilson, Betty Ann 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.

  • Grandson Charles Lewis "Buck" Echard.
  • Granddaughter Barbara Jean Echard married (?) Wilson.
  • Granddaughter Betty Ann Echard was wedded to (?) Loose.
  • Granddaughter Martha Rae Echard was joined in matrimony with (?) Powley.
  • Granddaughter Sharon Marie Echard was united in wedlock with (?) Echard.

Son Kenneth Earl Stillwagon (1932- ? ) was born on June 8, 1932. On Dec. 11, 1952, 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. He died during the winter of 1997-1998.

  • Granddaughter Cathryn Ruth Stillwagon
  • Granddaughter Linda Sue Stillwagon
  • Grandson Charles Lewis Stillwagon
  • Granddaughter Helen Marie Stillwagon
  • Granddaughter Mary Ann Stillwagon

Son Daniel Lee Stillwagon (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.

  • Step-grandson Kevin Robert Butler
  • Step-granddaughter Deborah Ann Butler
  • Step-grandson Neil Ray Butler
  • Grandson Daniel Lee Stillwagon Jr.
  • Granddaughter Carolyn Sue Stillwagon

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 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.

  • Granddaughter Sandra Lee Hall (1960- ? ) was born on Aug. 20, 1960.

Daughter Helen "Marie" Stillwagon (1945- ? ) was born on June 29, 1945. She married John Ross ( ? - ? ) and lived in Connellsville.

Son William C. "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 (Welsh) Miller ~

Daughter Margaret Welsh (1912- ? ) was born in 1912. 

She married Charles L. "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 died on Sept. 22, 1944 at the tender age of four-and-a-half months, and son John passed at birth on Aug. 6, 1946.

The family made its home in Normalville, where the Connellsville Daily Courier said that Chick was 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 several years. Circa 1973, she made her home in Indiana, Indiana County, PA. Her final fate will be added once learned.

Son Charles Lewis "Skip" Miller Jr. (1934-1979) was born on June 12, 1934 in Mill Run. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 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, WV and had these children -- Kenneth Wayne Miller, Lori Jean Winkler Mills, Susan Norene Clawges and Charlene Hope Miller. Tragically, Charles lost his life in an automobile accident on April 28, 1979.

  • Grandson Kenneth Wayne Miller was born in Baltimore, MD. He married Sandra Kay Shade of Martinsburg, WV.
  • Granddaughter Lori Jean Miller was born in Baltimore, MD. She has been twice married. Her first husband in 1977 was Michael Winkler of Martinsburg, WV. Later, on Feb. 28, 1982, she wed Dewayne Mills of Martinsburg. Her three children are Milissa Sue Winkler, Tyler Dewayn Mills and Brandon Ross Mills.
  • Granddaughter Susan Norene Miller was born in Martinsburg, WV. On Nov. 24, 1984, she was joined in wedlock with Louis Clawges of Winchester, VA.
  • Granddaughter Charlene Hope Miller was born in Martinsburg, 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.

  • Grandson James Brian Russell married Donna Bittle on Oct. 6, 1990.
  • Grandson Douglas Roland Russell was born in East Liverpool. He wedded Tracey Ceneviva on July 26, 1986.
  • Granddaughter Amy Marie Russell wed Mitch McGregor on April 6, 1990.

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.

  • Grandson James Howard Miller Jr. was born in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Grandson Robert Wesley Miller was born in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Denny Miller

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.

  • Grandson Richard Allen Dienes was born in Connellsville. He married twice, first to Donna Kline in 1980. Their two children are Nathaniel Allen Dienes and Reanen Alissa Dienes. Richard's second bride was Kim Marten on May 8, 1987, she a native of Columbus, Franklin County, OH.
  • Grandson David Scott Dienes was born in Connellsville. He married Shelly Ravenhorse and they have two children, Jacklyn Nicholle Dienes and David Dienes, both born in Winston-Salem, NC.

Son William Clyde Miller Sr. (1945-1989) was born on June 12, 1945. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. 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.

  • Grandson John Russell Miller
  • Grandson William Clyde Miller Jr. married Saundra Schug and has at least one son.

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.

  • Granddaughter Sherry Lynn Porterfield married Michael Widener on Aug. 4, 1985. They have one known daughter. Later, she was joined in wedlock with David Chearney.
  • Grandson Scott Dwayne Porterfield ( ? -living) was born in (?). On May 5, 1989, he was wedded to Rhonda Russell ( ? -living), daughter of Ronald and Pamela Russell. They resided in Melcroft, Fayette County. They are the parents of William Scott Porterfield and Randy Porterfield.

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.

  • Grandson Michael Alan St. Myers was born in Union City, IN.
  • Grandson Kevin Eugene St. Myers was born in Union City, IN.

Son Frank Wesley Miller (1953- ? ) was born in 1953 in Connellsville. he lived at home with his parents in 1971.


~ Daughter Thelma (Welsh) Ream ~

Daughter Thelma Welsh (1914-1997) was born in 1914. She married George Washington Ream, the son of Joseph and Sadie (Harbaugh) Ream. See their biography for more.


~ 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 ( ? - ? ). They 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 (Welsh) Williams ~

Daughter Gertrude Welsh (1920-1996) was born on April 20, 1920. 

On Feb. 3, 1939, when she was 18 years of age, Gertrude married 19-year-old Harry Ernest Williams (Feb. 19, 1919- ? ).

They resided in Connellsville and were married for a total of 57 years. They were the parents of three offspring -- Donna Jean Wingrove, Ernest Junior Williams and Kathleen Elaine Williams.

Gertrude died in 1996.

Daughter Donna Jean Williams (1939- ? ) was born on Aug. 4, 1939. She was joined in wedlock with Theodore Wingrove ( ? - ? ). They produced six children -- Roger L. Wingrove, Robert Wingrove, Steven Wingrove, Lorrie Wingrove, Thomas Wingrove Sr. and Sherry Wingrove.

  • Grandson Roger L. Wingrove wedded Jacqueline Mitchell and had two children, Amanda Lee Wingrove and Matthew Cody Wingrove.
  • Grandson Robert Wingrove
  • Grandson Steven Wingrove
  • Granddaughter Lorrie Wingrove
  • Grandson Thomas Wingrove Sr. married Leslie DeWitt. Their three children are Sheena Wingrove, Christopher Wingrove and Thomas Wingrove Jr.
  • Granddaughter Sherry Wingrove

Son Ernest Junior Williams (1942- ? ) was born in about 1942. He did not marry.

Daughter Kathleen Elaine Williams (1952- ? ) was born in about 1952.


~ Son James "Clyde" Welsh ~

Son James "Clyde" Welsh (1925-1993) was born on April 17, 1925. 

He married Annette Theresa Habina (July 3, 1934-2014), daughter of John K. and Angela (Kozerak) Habina of Morrell, near Connellsville.

They resided in Dunbar, Fayette County, and were members of the St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church. 

The couple had these children -- Anjela "Anjie" Hamilton, James Clyde "Beaver" Welsh Jr., Carlotta Ann "Carrie" Welsh and Lon David "Duffy" Welsh. 

Sadly, James 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 passed away on Nov. 21, 2014 at home at the age of 80. A funeral mass was held in the family church, led by Rev. Micah Kozoil.


The New Inspirations at our 2002 reunion, with Mark Hamilton (left) on guitar.


Daughter Anjela "Anjie" Welsh (1958- ? ) 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.

  • Granddaughter Rosalie Hamilton married Ross Snyder and they live in Scottdale, PA with their daughter.

Son James Clyde "Beaver" Welsh Jr. married Dianne and dwelled in 2014 in Venetia, PA. His children are Fiona Welsh and David Welsh.

Daughter Carlotta Ann "Carrie" Welsh made her home in Hawaii in 2014.

Son Lon David "Duffy" Welsh wedded Donna and made their home in 2014 in Dunbar. Their offspring are Brandy Welsh and Kayla Welsh.


~ Son Daniel 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.

Son Daniel L. Welsh Jr. married Cindy Gallagher. Their known children are Erin Marlene Welsh and Daniel Patrick Welsh.

  • Granddaughter Erin Marlene Welsh
  • Grandson Daniel Patrick Welsh

Daughter Mary Beth Welsh wedded Larry Hart on Aug. 16, 1985. Their offspring are Leslie Ann Hart and Sean Edward Hart.

  • Granddaughter Leslie Ann Hart
  • Grandson Sean Edward Hart


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