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Emily Jane 'Minnie'
(Minerd) Mayle

(1871- ? )


Emily Jane "Minnie" (Minerd) Mayle was born on Dec. 26, 1870 in Barbour County, WV, the daughter of William and Margaret (Mayle) Minerd. She also was known as "Emma" or "Emeline" and may have had the additional nickname of "Minnie."

When Emily was a young girl, her parents separated and then divorced. She and her siblings were divided among relatives, and she and her sister Cyrene went to live with their maternal grandparents, Reese and Delilah Mayle, near Grafton, Taylor County, WV. The girls are shown in the Mayle household in the 1880 census, when Emily was age nine, and Cyrene age four.

At the tender age of 14, she entered into marriage with 22-year-old Charles Luther "Little Charlie" Mayle (1864-1958) on July 1, 1886. It's possible that Charles' parents were George "Washington" and Margarette (Pritchard) Mayle, but this is not yet proven with precision. Emma and Charles were both residing in Barbour County at the time of marriage, but the wedding took place at the home of "Washington" Male in Tygart Valley in nearby Taylor County. "William Miner" -- Emily Jane's father? -- was one of the informants providing information for the marriage license. Rev. Thomas Wells officiated. 


Moatsville's covered bridge over the Tygart Valley River


They resided over the years in Moatsville, Barbour County, and are known to have had at least seven children -- Susan "Blanche" Kennedy, Ulysses "Scott" Mayle, Alva Dallas Mayle, Elzie "Burley" Mayle, Dicy S. Mayle, Cora Belle Kennedy and Leona Gale (Mayle) Mayle. 

The Mayles made their home circa 1889 in Oakland, Garrett County, MD, when son Alva was born. In 1900, the federal census shows them living in Barbour County, where Charles was a farmer.

Emily died sometime before 1910. 

When the federal census was taken in 1910, Charles was shown to be a widower, and working as a farmer in the Pleasant District of Barbour County. 

It's possible that Charles died of a stroke at the age of 67 at Clemtown, Barbour County, on April 13, 1929. His death certificate marks him as "widowed."


~ Daughter Susan "Blanche" (Mayle) Kennedy ~


Grafton Sentinel, 1949

Daughter Susan "Blanche" Mayle (1887-1949) was born in 1887.

As a young woman, worked as a servant for a private family prior to her marriage, as shown on the 1910 census. 

At the age of 24 or 25, she married 22-year-old Henry Floyd Kennedy (1890- ? ) on July 29, 1912. Rev. W.B. Pimm performed the ceremony, held in Philippi. Blanche was three years older than her husband.

Henry was a coal miner and carpenter, and she a housewife. They lived in Moatsville, Route 3, in rural Barbour County. 

The Kennedys had at least three children -- Gillespie Kennedy, Wilmoth Kennedy and Wannetta (Juanita?) Kennedy.

The census of 1920 shows the family in Barbour County, living with Blanche's widowed father. In the 1940s, the Kennedys made their residence on Route 1, Moatsville.

Blanche died at home of a heart attack at the age of 62 on Nov. 14, 1949, with burial at Mt. View Cemetery. In her obituary in the Grafton Sentinel, the headline erroneously read "Bertha" Kennedy rather than "Blanche" Kennedy. 

Henry outlived her by a dozen years. He died in 1961, at the age of 70. They rest together for eternity at Mt. View.


Blanche and Henry Kennedy's grave at Mt. View Cemetery


Son Gillespie Kennedy made his home on Route 3, Moatsville, in 1949.

Daughter Regina Kennedy married (?) Mayle and lived in the late 1940s in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA.


Alva and son David

~ Son Alva Dallas Mayle ~

Son Alva Dallas Mayle (1889-1964) was born on March 15, 1889 in Oakland, Garrett County, MD.

He stood 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 115 lbs., with black eyes and black hair. He was a veteran of World War I.

At the age of 32, Alva married 19-year-old Lillie Belle Mayle (Oct. 3, 1900-1970), the daughter of Charles Ross Maxwell Mayle and Eleby Jane (Pritchard) Mayle. The marriage took place on Aug. 23, 1919, at Philippi, officiated by William Coleman. On their Barbour County marriage license, the information provider was named as "Mr. Charles R. Male, Order of Scott Mayle & A.D. Mayle."

Together, the couple produced a large brood of 10 children -- Laco Verl Mayle, Erma Lee Mayle, Imogene/Emmajean Mayle, Zeldine Mayle, Ernestine "Tina" Sheme, Arlene B. Faulkiner, Alva "David" Mayle, Johnathan "Douglas" Mayle, Maxine (Mayle) Mayle and Sheila June Smith.


Obituary, 1964

Alva was a longtime coal mine laborer, and circa 1918 worked for the Sterling Coal Company in Cecil, Barbour County.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, the Mayles were in the Pleasant District of Barbour County, with Alva earning a living as a sawmill laborer. The family dwelled in Moatsville in 1930-1942 and at Grafton Route 1 (considered the Prichard community of Moatsville) in 1956.

The federal census of 1940 suggests that Alva suffered from a medical ailment and, as a military veteran, was treated in the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Chillicothe, OH. He is listed on the census-roster of patients of the institution, while Lillie was shown as the sole head of the household in Barbour County with seven young mouths to feed that year.

Alva died on Feb. 22, 1964, in Philippi, at the age of 74.  His funeral was led by Rev. Murray Mayle. At the time, said the Grafton Sentinel, he was survived by 26 grandchildren and three stepchildren.

Lillie Belle survived her husband by six years. She succumbed in Moatsville on April 2, 1970. The couple sleep side-by-side for all time in Pritchard Cemetery.

Son Laco Verl Mayle (1921-1990) was born on July 13, 1921 in Moatsville, Barbour County, WV. As a boy he completed eight years of elementary education. He was unmarried and lived at home at the age of 18 in 1940, working as a farm laborer. He relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH, where he labored as a construction worker. His residence in the mid-1950s was Alliance Road in Canton. When he was 34 years of age, on Sept. 24, 1955, he was united in holy matrimony with 37-year-old Mildred Elizabeth Maley (July 19, 1918- ? ), daughter of Charles and Eleva Maley of Wendel, Taylor County, WV. The wedding was held at the Taylor County residence of the officiating minister, Rev. Fred DeCost, of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. At the age of 69, Laco entered the realm of the eternal on Dec. 6, 1990. Mildred lived in widowhood for another 11 years. She died at the age of 83 on Nov. 28, 2001. They repose in Evergreen Memorial Gardnes in Louisville, Stark County.

Daughter Maxine Mayle (1923-2001) was born on May 22, 1923. She married Donald Woodrow Mayle (May 31, 1912-1992), reputedly the son of Harvey Levi and Carrie Gay (Male) Mayle. She was 11 years younger than her husband. Initially they lived in Moatsville, Barbour County, WV circa 1942 but by 1954 had relocated across the state line to Waynesburg, Greene County, PA. Their known children were Norma Whitlatch, Carolyn Sue Shoemaker, Arthur "Woody" Mayle, Donna Mayhle, Cindy Crayne, Janice VanDruff, Olga Emerson and Gary Mayle. Donald died in 1992, with burial in Waynesburg's Green Mount Cemetery. Maxine survived him by nine years. She was swept away by the Grim Reaper on July 21, 2001.

  • Granddaughter Norma Jean Mayle (1942-2012) was born on March 5, 1942 in Moatsville, Barbour County. At the age of 24, on Aug. 3, 1966, she was joined in holy wedlock with Henry Abner "Pee Wee" Whitlatch ( ? -2012), son of Charles Ambrose and Grace Ardella (Parson) Whitlatch Sr. of Richhill Township. Their children were John Whitlatch, Grace Whitlatch, Steven Whitlatch and Charles "Huck" Whitlatch. As well, they raised Josh Whitlatch. Upon their marriage, they established their home in Wind Ridge, Richhill Township, where they operated a dairy farm.They were members of Bristoria Baptist Church. Said the Greene County Messenger, she "enjoyed working the chores of the family farm, as long as her health permitted. She also enjoyed flower gardening, listening to hymns and was a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates." The Whitlatches retired from farming in about 1997. Sadness blanketed the family when Henry died on Jan. 27, 2012. Norma Jean only lived for another seven months and joined him in death on Aug. 31, 2012. Her obituary in the Messenger noted that she was survived by six grandchildren. Son John was deceased by July 2012.
  • Granddaughter Carolyn Sue Mayle (1946-2012) was born on April 4, 1946 in Grafton, Taylor County, WV. She grew up in Waynesburg and was a graduate of Waynesburg High School. Carolyn appears to have been married twice, first to (?) Davidson. Their two children were Thomas Davidson and Shaundra Bissett. Later, she was wedded to Perry Shoemaker ( ? - ? ). The Shoemakers dwelled in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV, where Carolyn was employed as a licensed practical nurse with Monongalia General Hospital. In about 1985, she was diagnosed with cancer, and endured the illness for a remarkable 27 years. She died at home at the age of 66 on July 16, 2012. Son Thomas married Rose, and daughter Shaundra wedded Richard Bissett.
  • Grandson Arthur "Woody" Mayle (1954-2017) was born on March 14, 1954 in Waynesburg. He had a son, Kyle Mayle. During his working career, Arthur was employed as a laborer by several companies in Washington and Greene Counties. Circa 2017, he made his home in Washington, Washington County.Following what the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter noted as a "brief illness," he died in UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, at the age of 63, on Nov. 26, 2017. His son Kyle makes his home in Richeyville, PA.
  • Granddaughter Donna Mayle ( ? - ? ) married Ray Mayhle ( ? - ? ). She resides in Waynesburg.
  • Granddaughter Cindy Mayle ( ? - ? ) married William "Bill" Crayne ( ? - ? ). She dwells in Waynesburg.
  • Granddaughter Janice Mayle ( ? - ? ) married Roger VanDruff ( ? - ? ), also spelled "Vandruff." She makes her residence in Waynesburg.
  • Granddaughter Olga Mayle ( ? - ? ) married (?) Emerson ( ? - ? ). She lives in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Grandson Gary P. "Buck" Mayle (1950-2018) was born on June 13, 1950 in Waynesburg. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and Susan Cole of Waynesburg (daughter of Lloyd E. Cole) produced a daughter, Lori Jo Bedilion. Gary made his home in Waynesburg in 2000, Ohio in 2012 and back in Waynesburg in 2017-2018, where he was employed by Cumberland Coal Company as a coal miner. The Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter noted that he "was an avid hunter, fisherman, baseball and softball player. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, the American Legion Post #330, Waynesburg, and the Anawanna Club in Amity." He endured the untimely deaths of his daughter Lori Bedilion, son-in-law Donald Lester Bedilion and newborn granddaughter Susan Grace Bedilion. Later, by 2000, he was married to or a companion of Lexie (?). Sadly, at the age of 67, Gary died in St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh. Burial arrangements were private, with an obituary published in the Observer-Reporter. He was survived by grandchildren Sydney Mayle and Donald Woodrow Bedilion.

Great-granddaughter Lori Jo Mayle ( ? -2009) was born in (?). She bore a daughter, Sydney Darlene Mayle Bedilion. On May 3, 2000, she was joined in marriage with Donald Lester Bedilion (Jan. 3, 1968-2003), son of Donald William and Barbara Lou (Ingram) Bedilion Jr. of Graysville, Greene County. They resided in Rogersville and Graysville and are believed to have produced two more children -- Donald William Bedilion and Susan Grace Bedilion, the latter of whom died at birth on July 15, 2000, with burial in Greene Mount Cemetery. Said the Washington Observer-Reporter, Donald "resided in the Nineveh, Rogersville and Graysville areas all his life. He was baptized in the Christian church and was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Waynesburg." For six years, from 1987 to 1993, he was a corporal with the National Guard in Waynesburg. He worked for West Penn Wire for five years and as a buffalo herd manager for a dozen years for Buck and Jean Shumaker in Rogersville, Greene County. In January 2002, he accepted a new position with Stahura Conveyor Products Inc. as a service technician. Tragically, while at home on March 19, 2003, Donald died at the age of 35. An obituary was printed in the Observer-Reporter. Lori lived for six years as a widow and succumbed in 2009. An obituary was clipped and filed in the Cornerstone Genealogy Society in Waynesburg.

Daughter Erma Lee Mayle (1925-2003) was born on Sept. 10, 1925 in Moatsville. She may have remained single all her life. She died at the age of 77 on March 18, 2003. She sleeps for eternity in Pritchard Cemetery in Clemtown.

Daughter Imogene Mayle (1928-1988) -- alternatively spelled "Emmajean" -- was born on Jan. 14, 1928 in Moatsville, Barbour County. She was joined in the bonds of marriage with Mitchell Mayle (Oct. 23, 1925-1987), son of Lafayette and Alice Louise (Dalton) Mayle. An interesting twist is that Mitchell's brother Carel Douglas Mayle wedded Imogene's step-cousin Collena Mayle of the family of Francis "Frank" Mayle and Sarah (Mayle) Kennedy. The couple bore at least one son, Eddie Mayle. Mitchell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served as a gunner's mate. The pair lived along Route 1 in Grafton. Mitchell died in April 1987 at the age of 21. Sadly, Imogene only outlived her husband by a year. At the age of 60, she was swept away by the angels in Grafton on July 10, 1988. Burial of the remains was in Pritchard Cemetery in Clemtown.

  • Grandson Eddie Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He first married Carolyn Louise Ward (May 10, 1951-2019), born in Canton and the daughter of Cecil and Velma (Mayle) Ward. They lived in or around Fairmont, WV in the mid-1970s. Three children born to the couple were Kimberly Nina "Kimmy" Mayle, Alan Mayle and Stacey Blackhurst. Carolyn was employed as a nurse at Rosewood Nursing Center. Said the Grafton Mountain Statesman, "When she would walk in a patientís room, they knew she cared about them and always had a smile on her face." The couple divorced, with Carolyn maintaining a home in Grafton. Eddie later wed Sharon ( ? - ? ). Former wife Carolyn died in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV on Nov. 5, 2019, with Pastor David Bess leading her funeral service.. 

    Great-grandson Alan Mayle married Andrea. They put down roots in Grafton.

    Great-granddaughter Stacey Mayle entered into wedlock with Jeremy Blackhurst. They made Grafton their home. 

    Great-granddaughter Kimberly Nina "Kimmy" Mayle (1976-2022) was born on Dec. 30, 1976 in Fairmont, WV. She never married. Said the Clarksburg Exponent, Kimmy "was enjoyable to be around and didnít know a stranger. She had a smile that didnít go unnoticed and would light up a room. She loved being around family and friends and out and about where she could watch the world go by. Those who knew her well, knew she loved to go, go, go and in anything that moved whether a vehicle, 4-wheeler or a side by side." For the last 15 years of her life, she was cared for by Patty Morris. Sadly, at the age of 45, Kimmy passed away on Sept. 7, 2022.

Daughter Zeldine Mayle (1930-2014) was born on July 7, 1930 in Moatsville, Barbour County. She married Thomas J. Soufis (Oct. 30, 1926-2003). During the Korean War, Thomas served as a corporal in the U.S. Army. She moved to Zanesville, Muskingum County, where she lived in 1964. Later, they made their home in Canton. The couple had one daughter, Melanie Thomas. Thomas was cut away by the Grim Reaper on Oct. 15, 2003. Zeldine survived as a widow for 11 years. She is believed to have contracted cancer and died at the age of 83 on April 2, 2014. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

  • Granddaughter Melanie Soufis was wedded to Robert Thomas. Their only son was Brandon Thomas. Circa 2014, the Thomases made their residence in North Canton.


Above: William Donald and Tina Sheme (center) with Tina's sister Zeldine Soufis (left) and William's sister Jean Sheme. Below: William, Tina and son Kirk and daughter Pam when they resided in Cleveland, OH. Courtesy Lori Ann (Mayle) Deitz



William Sheme's final resting place

No. 9 book

Daughter Ernestine R. "Tina" Mayle (1933-living) was born in 1933. On Nov. 25, 1958, at the age of 25, Tina married 20-year-old William Donald "Donnie" Sheme (1938-1968), son of William and Dalena (Dalton) Sheme. They had four children over the span of their 10 years of marriage -- among them Kirk Sheme, Pamela Sheme and Amy Sheme. The family were members of the Pritchard Wesleyan Church in Clemtown near Philippi. In 1964, they resided in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. By 1966, they had relocated back to West Virginia, where William obtained employment as a shuttle car operator with Consolidation Coal Company as a miner at its Farmington No. 9 Mine in Farmington, Marion County. His wife's cousin Hartsel Lee Mayle, son of Charles Elihu and Nancy Catherine (Kennedy) Mayle, also worked with him at the No. 9 mine. Another of their ill-fated co-workers was Wayne Ralph Minor Sr. (1919-1968), of the unrelated English family of John and Rella Ann (Myers) Minor of Wetzel County, WV. Tragedy swept across both families on the fateful day of Nov. 20, 1968. The mine exploded violently, and the miners were trapped inside, sealing their doom. Local newspapers largely ignored the tragedy, while national news media flocked to provide coverage. Time magazine, Life magazine and the Associated Press all came to the scene report the story to national and international readers. Click to see NBC-TV's coverage at the time. Days, weeks and months of gnawing anxiety passed without the families knowing with certainty that their loved ones were dead. William's body was not recovered for five-and-a-half years, until March 13, 1974. His remains were placed at rest in the Prichard Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery. Ernestine survived him by decades, making her residence in Knottsville. In November 2011, William's tragic story was revisited with the publication of Bonnie E. Stewart's book, No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster, produced by the West Virginia University Press. He is named on pages 194 and 221.

Daughter Arlene B. Mayle (1936-2008) was born on Nov. 10, 1936. She wed Carvel V. "Cobb" Faulkiner ( ? -living) and called Moatsville their home. In an interesting twist, Carvel's brother Hayward James Faulkiner married Arlene's double cousin Jarvine Kennedy of the families of Henry "Edgar" and Mary Louisa (Minard) Maylee. Arlene passed away in Philippi on Nov. 4, 2008. Cobb continued to reside in Philippi circa 2017.

Son Alva "David" Mayle (1938-2017) was born on Aug. 27, 1938 in Moatsville, Barbour County. In about 1964, at the age of 26, he was joined in wedlock with Connie  Best ( ? -living). Their marriage lasted for 53 years until the separation of death. The Mayles lived in Newton Falls, OH and by 2010 were in Canton. They were the parents of Lori Deitz, Lisa Berger, Diana Kettlewell, Susan Heskett, David Mayle, Douglas Mayle and a daughter who died in infancy. He served in the U.S. Army and was employed for many years by the Laborer’s Local 1015, a position from which he retired. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and a member of Crystal Park Wesleyan Church in Canton, where he was "well-loved" as a Sunday School teacher, executive board member, visitation pastor, confidant and friend. Sadly, David and Connie endured the deaths of their married daughters Susan Heskett and Lisa Jane Berger and an infant daughter. Toward the end of his life, he began teaching a Spiritual Development class to the men at New Destiny Treatment Center. On the fateful day of May 27, 2017, while at the family's cabin in West Virginia, David died suddenly at the age of 78. His remains were returned to Canton for services at the family church, followed by interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. An obituary noted that his survivors numbered 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Lori Mayle married Mark Deitz. Their home is in Paris, OH. Lori has graciously shared information and photographs for this biography.
  • Granddaughter Lisa Jane Mayle (1965-2017) was born on Aug. 24, 1965 in Canton, Stark County, OH. She was wedded to Donald Berger ( ? - ? ). They resided in East Canton and were the parents of two sons -- Drew Berger and Joel Berger. Lisa earned a living as an administrative assistant for New Destiny Treatment Center of Clinton. They belonged to Canton's Crystal Park Wesleyan Church. The family was plunged into grief when Lisa Jane succumbed to death at the age of 52 on Oct. 5, 2017. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Her funeral jointly was led by Pastor Charles McKenzie and Rev. Larry Foster.
  • Granddaughter Diana Mayle was joined in matrimony with Mike Kettlewell. They live in Louisville, OH.
  • Daughter Susan K. Mayle (1973-2012) was born on Sept. 24, 1973 in Canton, Stark County, OH. She graduated from Kent State University in 1996 and was a registered nurse, employed at Mercy Medical Center in Canton and Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, OH. In May 2010, she received a Clinical Excellence Award by Mayor William J. healy II "for devotion to her patients," said the Canton Repository. Susan was united in wedlock with Rev. Scott Heskett. The couple produced three children -- Kaitlyn Heskett, Jonathon Heskett and Laurel Abigail Heskett. They dwelled in Logan, OH, where she played piano for her husband's Logan Holiness Church. She was "a devoted and loving wife, mother, and Christian," said the Repository. "She cared deeply about others around her and was loved by all." Sadly, she was stricken with breast cancer and, at the age of 39, passed away on Nov. 26, 2012 at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Her funeral services were held first in Crystal Park Wesleyan Church in Canton, with Pastors R.W. Bolois and Jason Fisher officiating, and then in the Logan church, with Rev. Buddy Perry and Rev. Mark Dodrill in charge. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Oak Grove Cemetery in Logan, with an obituary appearing in the Repository.
  • Grandson David Mayle married Rachel. They make their home in Massillon, OH.
  • Grandson Douglas Mayle resides in Canton.

Son Johnathan "Douglas" Mayle (1942-2017) -- nicknamed "Yank" -- was born in about 1942. He was united in marriage with Janet P. (Batson) Brookshire ( ? -2017), daughter of Gaines and Mattie Batson. She had been married previously to Marvin Brookshire ( ? - ? ) and brought two sons to the union, Marvin Dean Brookshire and Robin David "Robbie" Brookshire. He made his home in Newton Falls, OH and later relocated to South Carolina, dwelling in Fountain Inn and Gray Court, SC. Douglas loved to hunt and to be out-of-doors. Sadly, he succumbed to death in Gray Court on Jan. 8, 2017. The family was plunged into mourning again just 10 months later at Janet's passing at the age of 86 on Oct. 11, 2017. Funeral services for both were held in Greenville, SC.

  • Grandson Marvin Dean Brookshire ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On April 9, 1982, he was joined in the bonds of matrimony with Sharon Elaine Cobb ( ? - ? ), daughter of James Earl Cobb Jr. of Greenville, SC. The nuptials were held in the home of Sharon's parents. At the time, Marvin was employed at United McGill Corporation in Fountain Inn, while Sharon earned a living at Quincy's Steak House ni Mauldin, SC. He was deceased by 2017.
  • Grandson Robin David "Robbie" Brookshire (1962-2018) was born in about 1962. He wedded Teresa Simpson ( ? - ? ). Together, they bore one daughter, Tristen Brookshire. The couple divorced. Robin remained in Gray Court, SC until his death at the age of 56 on Dec. 27, 2018. An obituary said that Robin "never met a stranger, he was someone you were always able to count on for anything. Robbie will always be remembered for his kind heart." The family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Daughter Sheila "June" Mayle (1945-2009) was born on July 7, 1945 in Moatsville. She wed Terry "Shotgun" Smith ( ? - ? ). They settled in Newburg, Preston County, WV and had two children -- Brent L. Smith and Tamara J. "Tammy" Sigley. June passed away at home in Newburg at the age of 64 on Dec. 29, 2009. Interment was in the Prichard Cemetery, in a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. An obituary was published in the Preston County Journal.

  • Grandson Brent L. Smith
  • Granddaughter Tamara J. "Tammy" Smith married (?) Sigley.


Landmark covered bridge over the Cheat River, built in 1835, east of Grafton


~ Son Ulysses "Scott" Mayle ~

Son Ulysses "Scott" Mayle (1892-1956) was born on April 25, 1891 (or 1892), in Barbour County or Taylor County. (Records differ.)

As a young adult, he was of medium height and slender build, and had black hair and eyes. In 1917, he worked for the Humphrey Coal Company of Philippi. That year, at age 25, he registered for the military draft, and the draft officer listed his race as "colored." 


Philippi Republican, 1956

Scott wedded Bertha Croston (1887-1973), daughter of John W. and Sabina (Mayle) Croston,  on July 15, 1918. He was age 27, and she 29, at the time. Rev. G.H. Snyder officiated. Both groom and bride were labeled as "colored" in the official county record of their marriage.

The couple did not reproduce.

They resided at Berryburg, Barbour County in 1930 and later in North Philippi, where Scott labored for many years in local coal mines. He suffered from emphysema and bronchitis, perhaps brought on by his years of inhaling coal dust. 

Scott died at the age of 63 on March 2, 1956, at the Philippi Hospital. Following the funeral at Olive Hill Methodist Church, burial was in the Welch Cemetery near Philippi. An obituary in the Philippi Republican said his death occurred "following a long illness."

Bertha outlived her husband by 17 years, and passed away in 1973.


~ Daughter Leona Gayle (Mayle) Mayle ~

Daughter Leona Gale Mayle (1896-1942) was bon in 1896. 

She was married to cousin Clifford Lee Mayle (1897-1936), the son of Lewis and Sarepta "Thrippy" (Kennedy) Mayle. They were farmers who resided in Cecil near Grafton, Route 5 and were members of the Wesley Methodist Church. 


Obituaries, six years apart

They produced a total of 10 children -- Hazel Mayle, Louvenia "Beanie" Mayle, Mabel Victoria (Mayle) Mayle, Rosaline Dalton, Maxwell "Mack" Mayle, Glenn Mayle, Vonda Budd, Freda Earlstine Newman, Thomas Edward Mayle and Clifford Esperin Mayle. 

Tragically, while in his 30s, Cliff suffered for two years from nephritis, and died at the age of 39 two days after Christmas 1936. Funeral services were led by Rev. Fred DeCost of the Mt. View Church, with burial at the Mt. View Cemetery. 

Adding to the heartbreak, Leona was expecting when her husband died, and the little child, named Clifford Espirin Mayle, only lived less than a year, and died of pneumonia in on Dec. 7, 1937.

Leona only outlived her husband by six years. She contracted tuberculosis, an illness she battled for six years, and succumbed at the age of 45 on April 9, 1942. As with her husband, the funeral was held at Mt. View Church, with services led by Rev. Gerald Rogers, with interment at the church cemetery. The Grafton Sentinel published obituaries for both Leona and Clifford. Their son Maxwell of Grafton was the informant on her death certificate.

Daughter Rosaline Margaret Mayle (1916-1974) was born on Jan. 3 or Dec. 3, 1916 in Barbour County. She grew up in Moatsville. On April 19, 1937, at the age of 21, Rosaline married 24-year-old Coy Calvin "Pat" Dalton (Feb. 13 or 25, 1913-1962), the son of T.H. "Floyd" and Esther (Mayle) Dalton of Galloway, Barbour County. Rev. Durward Belmont Brown of Philippi officiated at their nuptials. (In an interesting side note, Coy's brother Troy Berkley Dalton married Rosaline's distant cousin, Neva Mayle, daughter of Isaiah and Hulda (Minard) Mayle.) The Daltons initially resided near Grafton. During World War II, Coy served as a corporal with the 499th Base Unit of the Army Air Force. After the war, the Daltons moved to Uniontown and Canton, OH. Together, they produced a brood of nine children, among them Audrey Alice "Wannie" Mayle, Mrs. Melvin Hallobaush, Phyllis Spalding, Wayne Dalton, Lloyd Keith Dalton, Allen D. Dalton, Jerrold Clark Dalton and Robert Dalton. Circa 1961, he worked in a mill and resided along Green Garden Road in Aliquippa, Beaver County, PA. Tragically, while driving under the influence of alcohol, Coy was driving a vehicle which struck another at the intersection of Routes 18 and 51 in Center Township near Monaca, killing the other driver. After a trial, publicized in newspapers in Pittsburgh and East Liverpool, OH, he was found not guilty. Coy was stricken with cancer of his lungs and bronchial passages. He was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he died at the age of 49 on Nov. 14, 1962. His remains were placed into repose in Prichard Cemetery in Clemtown near Philippi or in West Hill Cemetery in Grafton. Rosaline survived her husband by a number of years and made her home with her married daughter Audrey in Canton. Sadly, she endured the tragic death of her son Lloyd Keith in a cruel accident in 1971. She died on March 19, 1974, at the age of 58, at Canton's Molly Stark Hospital. Her body was brought back to Clemtown to rest beside her husband's.

  • Granddaughter Audrey Alice "Wannie" Dalton (1953-2013) was born on July 7, 1953 in Barbour County. She was a graduate of beauty school. She wedded Charles Mayle ( ? - ? ). They produced two children -- Chris Mayle and John Mayle. Their home in 1971 was on 421 Hazlett Avenue Northwest in Canton. That year, Audrey's mother lived under their roof. The marriage eventually ended, and Audrey took back her maiden name. She became a companion of Ted Brady, and they were together for 25 years, making a home in East Canton. She died at age 60 on Sept. 9, 2013 in Canton's Mercy Hospital. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Louisville, Stark County.

Great-grandson Chris Mayle married Kendra and dwell in Waynesburg, OH.

Great-grandson John Mayle was wedded to Dennie and make their home in Canton.

  • Granddaughter Lois Evagene "Jean" Dalton (1942-2023) was born on May 26, 1942 in Grafton. She was thrice married. Her first spouse was Melvin Merle Hollabaugh (Aug. 27, 1936-2016). They dwelled in Canton in 1971 and in Utah in 1972. Their children were Teresa Arlene Finney, April Carla Conley, Phyllis Kalil, Gina Streb, Barney Keith Hollabaugh and Robert Hollabaugh. He is believed to have been involved in an assault in Aliquippa, PA in March 1968 and to have moved to Wyoming. Then just before Christmas 1969, now living in Gillette, WY, Melvin drove to Chicago to visit relatives and was stopped by police on a traffic violation. When discovered that he was wanted in Pennsylvania on a charge of intent to murder, he was arrested, and the story widely distributed by the Associated Press. By 1971, Melvin dwelled in Utah and made a living performing demolition work. Melvin filed for divorce in December 1972 as reported in the Roosevelt (UT) Uintah Basin Standard. Her second spouse is believed to have been (?) Lucci. Two assumed stepsons brought into this union were David Timothy Lucci and Cory Allen Lucci. Lois also was the mother of Patrick Mayle. Later, she married James Myers ( ? - ? ) and made a home in Paris and Canton South, OH. James brought two presumed stepchildren into the union, Jayme Rhodes and Daniel Myers. As a widow, Lois made her residence in Canton. She passed into the arms of the angels at the age of 81 on June 5, 2023. Interment of the remains was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The headcount of her survivors was 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Former husband Melvin succumbed to the spectre of death in Yuma, AZ on April 13, 2016.

Great-granddaughter Teresa Arlene Hollabaugh ( ? -living) married (?) Finney ( ? - ? ). Her home in 2023 was in Canton.

Great-granddaughter April Carla Hollabaugh ( ? -living) was joined in wedlock with Douglas Conley ( ? - ? ). They were in Canton as of 2023.

Great-granddaughter Phyllis ( ? -living) entered into marriage with Charles Kalil ( ? -living). The pair relocated to Orlando, FL.

Great-granddaughter Gina ( ? -living) wed Travis Streb ( ? -living). Circa 2023, they dwelled in Canton. 

Great-grandson Barney Keith Hollabaugh was united in matrimony with Gail Morrison ( ? -living), daughter of William "Bill" and Madelin (Hopkins) Morrison. The couple migrated to Georgia and in 2019-2023 were in Toccoa Falls, GA.

Great-grandson Robert Hollabaugh ( ? -living) married Nancy. They have resided in Malvern, OH.

Great-grandson Patrick Mayle ( ? -living) entered into the rite of marriage with Mary Ruth ( ? -living). The Mayles lived in Webster near Grafton, WV in 2023.

  • Granddaughter Carolyn "Phyllis" Dalton was joined in marriage with Robert Spalding ( ? - ? ). The couple made their residence for years in South Canton.
  • Grandson Okey "Wayne" Dalton (1951- ? ) was born on Feb. 8, 1951. He served in the U.S. Army in 1971 and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. As of 2023, he resided in Waco [TX?].
  • Grandson Kenneth Alvin "Bud" Dalton (1938-2018) was born on Oct. 12, 1938 in Galloway, Barbour County. He was married and the father of David Mayle, Kimberly Bryne, Renee Torres and Rick Holley. He served as an airman second class in the U.S. Air Force. In 1971, he resided in Aliquippa, Beaver County, PA. Eventually he migrated into Ohio in Canton, Stark County. His later years were spent with a companion, Zeldine Dalton. They endured the untimely passing of son David. Sadly, at the age of 79 on Aug. 24, 2018, Kenneth died as a resident of Green Meadows Nursing Home. Bishop Marvin "Jack" Mayle led the funeral service. He was survived by eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Great-grandson David Mayle ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2018.

Great-granddaughter Kimberly Mayle ( ? - ? ) wedded Ken Bryne. Their home is in Madison Heights, MI.

Great-granddaughter Renee Mayle ( ? - ? ) married Manuel Torres. They have dwelled in Rio Rancho, NM.

Great-grandson Rick Holley ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with Barb. The couple put down roots in Monaca, Beaver County, PA.

  • Grandson Jerrold Clark "Jerry" Dalton (1946-1998) was born on Sept. 8, 1946. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, achieving the rank He made his home in 1971 in Canton. He passed into the realm of the eternal at the age of 51, in Alliance, Stark County, on June 20, 1998. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens..
  • Grandson Robert Henry "Bob" Dalton (1947-2011) was born on New Year's Eve 1947. He married Catherine Louise Richards (April 10, 1956-2015), a native of Canton and the daughter of Donald and Ruby Richards. The Daltons dwelled in Canton for many years. They were the parents of at least one child, Kimberly Dalton. Robert was employed by Republic Steel and retired from the company. At the age of 63, he passed into eternity on Aug. 8, 2011. Burial was in Melscheimer Cemetery in Canton. Catherine survived her husband by four years and was stricken with lung cancer which spread to her brain. She joined him in death at age 59 on June 10, 2015.

Great-granddaughter Kimberly Dalton has been active in sharing family photographs on Find-a-Grave.

  • Grandson Lloyd "Keith" Dalton (1949-1971) was born in on May 6, 1949 in Philippi. He graduated from McKinley High School in Canton and attended Akron University. He also worked at Winters Foundry in Canton and was a member of Crystal Park Wesleyan Methodist Church. During the Vietnam War, in March 1969, Keith enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Alabama and California and then became a non-commissioned officer instructor with the 3rd Marine Air Wing at Yuma (AZ) Air Station. Tragically, he was badly injured in a freak vehicle accident and died in a Yuma hospital at the age of 22 in June 1971. The Massillon (OH) Evening Independent reported that he had been riding in a bus and was pushed out the back door by a fellow Marine and was then struck by a trailing automobile. "The driver of the auto said he was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting Dalton," said the Evening Independent. The remains were returned to Philippi to rest in Prichard Cemetery, while charges of murder were brought against the 18-year-old Marine who allegedly had done the pushing.
  • Grandson Allen Douglas Dalton ( ? -2021) was born in Grafton, WV. He wedded Janet K. Houser ( ? - ? ). Their marriage endured the ups and downs of an extraordinary 63 years. They initially made their home in Canton. For 25 years, he was employed as a press operator by Chrysler Corporation. After retirement, by 2013, they had relocated to Midland, Beaver County, PA and in 2018 were in nearby Monaca. They were the parents of Richard Allen Dalton, Marty Jo Myatt, Kathy Lucci, Donna Fulgenti, Diane Dahlberg and Mark Douglas Dalton. Allen died at the age of 84 on Oct. 10, 2021. An obituary was published in the Beaver County Times, and interment of the remains was in Beaver Cemetery.

Great-grandson Richard Allen Dalton ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2021.

Great-granddaughter Marty Jo Dalton ( ? -2018) - She married William A. Myatt and resided in Industry, Beaver County, PA. Sadly, Marty Jo passed away on May 13, 2018. Her cousin Rev. Donnie Ray Mayle officiated at her funeral.

Great-granddaughter Kathy Dalton wed David Lucci.

Great-granddaughter Donna Dalton was joined in wedlock with Michael Fulgenti.

Great-granddaughter Diane entered into marriage with Steve Dahlberg.

Great-grandson Mark Douglas Dalton

Daughter Hazel Josephine Mayle (1918-1991) was born on May 26, 1918 in Cecil, Barbour County. She married a cousin, Herbert W. Mayle (1913-1996), son of Jefferson Davis and Lucy Jane (Croston) Mayle. View their bio for more.

Daughter Emma Louvenia "Beanie" Mayle (1920-2004) was born on June 3, 1920 in Taylor County. She married a cousin, Roscoe "Jack" Mayle (Feb. 5, 1916-1970), son of William Esker and Laura Agnes (Kennedy) Mayle of the family of Sarepta (Kennedy) Mayle. The Mayleses lived in Canton and had nine known children -- Barton W. Mayle, Larry Leo Mayle, Hubert Mayle, Vietta "Coog" (Mayle) Mayle, Diana Newman, Bonnie Newman and Donnie Mayle, Evelyn Mayle and Everett Mayle. The family grieved when, on New Year's Day 1942, their nine-month-old son Everett passed away after being stricken with bronchial pneumonia. The infant's tender remains were placed into rest in Mount View Cemetery. They relocated at some poit to Canton, Stark County, OH. At the age of about 53, Jack died in Canton on Jan. 18, 1970, of causes not yet known. Emma outlived her husband by almost 35 years. She "lived in Canton most of her adult life," said the Canton Repository, and was a "member of the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church of Canton." In her later years, she made her home with her single sister Vonda Budd. Sadly, she endured the additional death of their daughter Evelyn. Emma died in Canton at age 83 on either Feb. 29, 2004 (Leap Day) or on March 1, 2004.  Her remains were returned to Grafton for burial at Pritchard Cemetery, where generations of the family rest for eternity. At her death, she and Jack had produced 27 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and "many loving great-great grandchildren," too numerous to count.


  • Grandson Barton W. Mayle (1938-2004) was born on July 16, 1938. He married Sue ( ? -living). He died in Louisville, Stark County, OH on Aug. 24, 2004.
  • Grandson Larry Leo Mayle (1951-2016) was born in about 1951. He married Brenda (?) and resided in Warren, MI and later in Canton. His children were Jack Mayle, Joe Mayle and Jason Mayle. Larry died at the age of 65 on March 25, 2016. Funeral services were led by Pastor Kenny Bulgrin, followed by burial in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in nearby Louisville, OH.
  • Grandson Hubert Mayle ( ? - ? ) may have been married twice. He and his first spouse produced these known offspring -- Tom Mayle, Kim Mayle, Shannon Mayle, Virginia Mayle and Chris Mayle. Later, he was wedded to Ellen Endsley (April 11, 1938-2017), daughter of Lloyd and Ada Endsley. Hubert and Ellen had at least two sons of their own, John David Mayle and Wayne Mayle, and these other children were involved -- Cynthia Harbin, Peggy Arellano and Audrey Van Horne. They made their residence in Canton.  Ellen "was a woman of faith and was a life-long member of Bethel Baptist Church," noted the Canton (OH) Repository. "She enjoyed music and the outdoors. Her greatest enjoyment and love was being with her family." Sadly, Ellen passed away in Canton at the age of 78 on Feb. 18, 2017. Pastor Jack Mayle officiated at her funeral service followed by interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Hubert has spent his widowed years in Canton.
  • Granddaughter Vietta "Coog" Mayle ( ? -living) was born in (?). She married Floyd Mayle (1939-1983). They produced these known offspring -- Sandra Johns, Gregory Lewis Mayle and Evelyn Hukill. The Mayles made their home in Louisville, Stark County. Floyd died in December 1983 at the age of 44. Circa 2004, Vietta resided in Navarre, OH and in 2021 was in Massillon, OH..

Great-granddaughter Sandra Mayle married William S. Johns (1957-2017), son of Raymond and Alice (Passwaters) Johns. They resided in Canton and in about 2013 relocated to Beach City, OH. Their four sons were Brandon Johns, Sean Johns, William R. "Billy" Johns and Nick Johns. William was employed as a retail manager for many years. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 60 on March 5, 2017. Pastor Kevin Northrup performed the funeral service, follwed by interment in South Lawn Cemetery in Beach City.

Great-grandson Gregory Lewis Mayle (1961-2012) was born on April 1, 1961 in Canton. In 1988, he was joined in wedlock with Kimberly Bulgrin ( ? - ? ). His five children were Dustin Lane Mayle, Danielle Sikon, Tara Earley, Jaime Butzer and Kristi Jackson. They resided in Navarre, OH and were members of the New Life Tabernacle of Massillon. Reported the Canton Repository, Gregory "was a cowboy at heart and loved his horse, Shiloh. He loved riding with his son. He was known best by his church family and friends for hosting great bonfires at his home. Greg had many special friends but one close to his heart, Newt. Greg lived life to the fullest and knew how to put a smile on your face. Greg always put family first and loved each and every one of his children." Gregory passed into eternity at the age of 51 on Nov. 18, 2012. Pastor Keith Blaylock officiated at the service at the family tabernacle, followed by burial in Sunset Hills Burial Park.

Great-granddaughter Sandra Mayle was joined in wedlock with Jay Hukill.

  • Granddaughter Diana Mayle ( ? -living) was born in (?). In about 1969, she was joined in marriage with Robert Carl Newman (1949-2011), son of Hubert and Isabella (Croston) Newman of Philippi. The couple remained together for 42 years, and they maintained a home in Canton. Robert was employed by LTV Steel, a position from which he retired. Four known children were born to this union -- Robert Kevin Newman, Darrin Newman, Angie Northup and Brad Newman. The family was plunged into grief at the untimely death of their son Robert. Sadly, Robert Carl passed away at the age of 62 on July 9, 2011. An obituary was printed in the Canton Repository. Diana has spent her widowed years ni Canton.

Great-grandson Robert Kevin Newman ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2011.

Great-grandson Darrin Newman (1968-2020) was born on July 7, 1968 in Canton. He received a degree from Kent State University, and was employed in sales by Deufol Inc. In about 1994, he wedded Valerie Oster, daughter of Marlene Oster. The marriage endured for 26 years. They were the parents of Nicole Newman, Logan Newman and Samantha Newman. The family belonged to Christ the Servant Parish, and Darrin coached youth basketball. He was said to have "zest for life, laughter, and joy" and to have been "a kindhearted person and a friend to all. He loved to have fun and always put others before himself; Darrin would do anything for anyone and had more friends than most people know." Sadly, at the age of 52, Darrin succumbed to death on Nov. 25, 2020. A mass of Christian burial was held in the parish of the family church, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery.

Great-granddaughter Angela Newman ( ? - ? ) married Kevin Northup. They have lived in Perry Township, OH and are the parents of Courtney Northup and Chase Northup.

Great-grandson Brad Newman ( ? - ? ) resides in Canton


Larry Newman's workplace, the sprawling Timken plant in Canton. Below, typical Timken products -- roll neck bearings, removal rock bits, tapered roller bearings, alloy steel bars and seamless steel tubing and railway journal bearings.


  • Granddaughter Bonnie Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1975, she was united in matrimony with 24-year-old Larry E. Newman (March 10, 1951-2017), son of Marcellius and Nellie Neweman. They dwelled in Canton, where Larry was employed for 31 years with The Timken Company, a position from which he retired. Larry also "enjoyed working in his yard and spending quality time with his granddaughter," said an obituary. The couple's three children were Larry Michael Newman, Ted Newman and Sabrina Spencer. Sadly, at the age of 66, Larry passed away in Canton on April 8, 2017. Funeral services were held in a local funeral home followed by burial in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Kenneth Bulgrin leading the services. The widowed Bonnie has remained in Canton.
  • Grandson Donnie Lynn Mayle (1949-2021) was born on Aug. 3, 1949 in Canton. He wed Rebecca Lou "Becky" Post (Feb. 25, 1951-2021), daughter of William Jack and Noreen (Croston) Post. Together they produced three sons -- Donnie Ray Mayle, Mick Spencer and Jeffrey Mayle. For years, their residence was in Canton. They helped raise a grandson, Aaron. Sadly, the spirit of death carried both away within a month's time. Rebecca passed away first, on July 15, 2021. Donnie followed her on Aug. 17, 2021. Funeral services for both were held in the Canton Freewill Baptist Church, led by Pastor Anthony Mayle. Their remains were transported to Philippi, WV to sleep for all time in the Norris Cemetery.

Great-grandson Donnie Ray Mayle married Nicole. They established a residence in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Great-grandson Mick Spencer wedded Joanna. They have made a home in Canton.

Great-grandson Jeffrey Mayle has resided in Canton.

Daughter Mabel Victoria Mayle (1922-2007) was born on Sept. 20, 1922. At the age of 16, on Oct. 15, 1938, she was joined in wedlock with Wilburn Milo Mayle (Dec. 7, 1921-2008), son of Harvey Levi and Carrie Gay (Mayle) Mayle. The couple produced four known offspring -- Emma Lou Maley, Roger Lee Mayle, Cathy Cummings and Hugh Mayle. They lived for many years in Moatsville and Grafton and then relocated to Shinnston, Harrison County, WV. Mabel died on March 15, 2007, with burial in Mount View Cemetery near Philippi. Wilburn survived her by a little more than a year and suffered the death of his grandson Michael. He joined his wife in death on Aug. 15, 2008.

  • Granddaughter Emma Lou Mayle ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She wedded (?) Maley ( ? - ? ). They lived in or around Shinnston, WV. They produced three known offspring, Michael Allen Maley, Bonnie Hutton and Debbie Price. Emma was deceased by 2021.

Great-granddaughter Michael Allen Maley (1959-2008) was born on March 22, 1959 in Fairmont. He married Debra (?). Their two daughters were Mariah Keefover and Megan Maley. Michael served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was employed as a sheet metal laborer and was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers of America Local No. 33. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and cooking. The couple separated, with Michael remaining in Shinnston and Debra in Fairmont. On Feb. 13, 2008, while at home, Michael died at the age of 48. Burial was at Mount View Cemetery at Pleasants Creek following funeral services officiated by Rev. Winfield Mayle, with an obituary published in the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram.

Great-granddaughter Bonnie Maley married Eric Hutton and dwelled in Parkersburg, Wood County, WV. They had a daughter, Erica Hutton.

Great-granddaughter Debbie Maley wedded Richard "Rick" Price. In 2008, they resided in Shinnston. They are the parents of Brandon Price.


  • Grandson Roger Lee Mayle (1943-2021) was born on Sept. 23, 1943 in Grafton, Taylor County, OH. He was twice married. Circa 1963, his first bride was Dottie Mayle (Jan. 25, 1943-2006), a native of Moatsville and the daughter of John and Famy (Barnes) Mayle. The couple's marriage endured for 43 years. Their four children were Cheryl Foster, Craig Mayle, Chad Mayle and Christopher Mayle. The family relocated in about 1969 to Canton, Stark County, OH and remained for good. They joined Crystal Park Wesleyan Church. Sadness cascaded over the family when Dottie, who had endured a serious illness for 13 years, died in Cleveland Clinic at the age of 63 on Nov. 22, 2006. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Evergreen Memorial Park, with an obituary appearing in the Canton Repository. After a period of grieving, Roger was joined in wedlock with Roxanne Goodwin ( ? -living). She brought three of her own daughters to the second marriage -- Emily Trivette, Sarah Holm and Rachel Rawson. Sadly, Roger died in Canton at the age of 77 on Jan. 21, 2021. Funeral services were led by Pastor Robert Loper at Crystal Park Church. An obituary noted that Roger's survivors included 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Great-granddaughter Cheryl Mayle married Larry Foster. The couple relocated to Indiana and resided in Lebanon and Indianapolis.

Great-grandson Craig Mayle wedded Patricia and put down roots in Canton.

Great-grandson Chad Mayle was joined in wedlock with Jennifer. Circa 2006, they were in Canton but by 2021 had migrated to Philippi.

Great-grandson Christopher Mayle was united in matrimony with Bonnie. The family is in Louisville, OH.

  • Granddaughter Cathy Mayle married (?) Cummings. She dwelled in 2021 in Louisville, OH.
  • Granddaughter Hugh Mayle wedded Libby. Their residence was in Newton Falls, OH circa 2021.

Son Melvin Maxwell "Mack" Mayle (1925-1985) was born in 1925. He died at the age of 60 in 1985.


Roscoe Mayle family graves, Canton
Courtesy Glenn Schumacher

Son Roscoe Glenn Mayle (1927-1978) was born on March 27, 1927 in Barbour County. He married Dorothy Elizabeth Budd (1930-2010), a native of Smoketown, OH and the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Buckius) Budd. They resided in Canton and had these these nine known children -- Clifford A. Mayle, Ronald L. "Ronnie" Mayle, Glenda Mayle, Tracy Lee Mayle, Gail Mayle, Vonda Salmi, Evelyn Irene Mayle, Barbara Schumacher Mitchell McAnnally and Lawrence Mayle. Roscoe passed away in January 1978, at the age of 50. Dorothy is believed to have remained in Canton as a widow, and survived her husband by more than three decades. She died on June 26, 2010 in Canton's Mercy Medical Center. Her remains were cremated and placed into repose in the cluster of family graves in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Canton. Among her survivors, reported the Canton Repository, were 23 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. It was the second of three deaths in the immediate family in 2010, among the others their daughter Glenda Lou Parsons and son Ronald L. Mayle.


  • Grandson Clifford A. Mayle (1947-1979) was born on March 18, 1947. During the Vietnam War, he served as a corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Donna J. (?). Sadly, he died on April 21, 1979 at the age of 32. He rests in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Canton.
  • Grandson Tracy Lee Mayle (1961-2015) was born on Aug. 23, 1961 in Canton. He was joined in wedlock with Canton native Maririta D. (Hunt) Vore (1961-2014), daughter of Harold and Patricia Hunt. Tracy was a longtime employee of Canton Aluminum where he was a foreman. Their five children were Michelle Mayle, Monica Mayle, Michael Vore, Matthew Mayle and Marcus Mayle. Maririta died on March 5, 2014, at age 52, in the Legends Care Center of Massillon. Tracy survived his wife by a little more than a year. He died at home at the age of 53 on May 27, 2015. An obituary in the Canton Repository said he was survived by 11 grandchildren.
  • Grandson Ronald L. "Ronnie" Mayle (1951-2010) was born on Oct. 20, 1951 in Canton. He produced a son, Jason R. Mayle. Ronald made his home in East Canton for many years. Among the special people in his life, said the Canton Repository, were Beverly Davis, Carol Miner and Torrin McNab. Sadly, at the home of his son, he died on Nov. 17, 2010, "while in the company of family members," reported the Repository. He was only age 59. Rev. Donnie Ray Mayle officiated at the funeral service. On his bronze grave marker plaque are etched the words "Beloved Brother Dad Grandpa" and a figure of a man fishing.
  • Granddaughter Glenda Lou Mayle (1959-2010) was born on June 22, 1959. She was united in holy wedlock with Rick Parsons. He had been married once before and brought three children to the marriage. Glenda Lou had two children of her own -- Dawn and Darlene. They dwelled in Bolivar, OH. Heartache rocked the family on April 18, 2010 when Glenda Lou died unexpectedly at home at the age of 50. An obituary in the Canton Repository noted that she had left behind 11 grandchildren.
  • Granddaughter Gail A. Mayle (1954-2022) was born on Aug. 9, 1954 in Canton. She was the mother of Scott Mayle. Circa 1978, she and Ray Starkey bore a son, Brian Michael Starkey. Then in about 1996 she wed Roger Lee Parsons (Jan. 10, 1954-2010), a native of Amma, WV and the son of Wilbert and Dormal Parsons. Their union endured for a quarter of a century. Three other children were involved with this mixed family -- Angela Parsons, Roger Parsons Jr. and Rachel Parsons. The Parsonses dwelled in Canton while Ray Starkey lived Sherrodsville, OH. Sadly, Roger died at home at the age of 56 on April 8, 2010. His remains were laid to rest in the sacred soil of Evergreen Memorial Gardens, and an obituary appeared in the Canton Repository. Gail survived her husband by 11-plus years. Tragedy shook the family on Oct. 3, 2020 when son Brian died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Gail's final years were spent in East Sparta near Canton. Death swept her away into eternity at age 67 on Jan. 19, 2022. She was survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Great-grandson Scott Mayle was united in matrimony with Marsha. They have dwelled in East Sparta, OH.

Great-grandson Brian Michael Starkey (1978-2020) was born on March 23, 1978 in Canton. He was the father of three -- Dylan Starkey, Cole Starkey and Shelby Starkey. Brian earned a living working for KHB Lonestar, a provider of industrial and oilfield services. He and his girlfriend made a home in 2010-2020 in Carrollton, OH. Sadly, Brian lost his life at the age of 42 in a motorcycle accident, passing away on Oct. 3, 2020. His remains were lowered into eternal sleep at Eastlawn Cemetery in Minerva, OH.

  • Granddaughter Vonda H. Mayle (1956- ? ) was born in about 1956. She married (?) Salmi ( ? - ? ). She is known to have dwelled in Texas in 2022.
  • Granddaughter Evelyn Irene Mayle (1958-2022) was born on Jan. 16, 1958 in Canton. Her three children were Elizabeth Mayle, David Myers and Tina Goodgame. Sadness blanketed the family at the death of daughter Elizabeth in infancy. Evelyn put down roots in Canton. For the last 11 years of her life, she was a companion of Junior Brown. She was an avid follower of the Cleveland Browns football team. As her health failed, she was admitted to Aultman Compassionate Care Center in Canton. There, she surrendered to death at the age of 64 on March 29, 2022. An obituary was published in the Canton Repository. Evelyn was survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  
  • Granddaughter Barbara Mayle (1948-2016) was born on April 4, 1948 in Canton. She apparently was thrice married. Her husbands are believed to have included (?) Schumacher -- Richard Mitchell ( ? - ? ) -- and (?) McAnnally. She seems to have resided for a time in Warren, MI and had these children -- Sheila Higgins, Tracy Pittman, Jennifer Morrow and Glenn Schumacher. For some years she worked as a cashier at Rite-Aid in Canton, and retired in 2008 at the age of 60. She and her family underwent unspeakable torment in the summer of 2015 when her daughter Sheila was stabbed to death by her husband Emmanuel Higgins who took his life with a gunshot a little later. Barbara only lived for less than a year after her tragedy. She died at the age of 67 on Feb. 12, 2016, in Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted in the Crystal Park Wesleyan Church. An obituary was printed in the Canton Repository, which numbered her survivors as 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
  • Grandson Lawrence Mayle entered into marriage with Judy. They have resided in Canton.

Daughter Vonda Lea Mayle (1930-2003) was born in 1930. She was married to (?) Budd but had no children. She lived in Canton, Stark County, OH, where she "was a member of Crystal Park Wesleyan Church of Canton," said the Canton Repository. She had "many nieces and nephews, which she was a grandmother or mother to them." She died on Dec. 19, 2003 at the age of 73 in Canton's Aultman Hospital "following a sudden illness," said the Repository. She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery following a funeral led by Rev. Winfield Mayle. After her passing, it became known that her estate received a payout following a federal lawsuit against the maker of the painkiller Vioxx, which she had been using. Her estate received nearly $282,000 in cash, but because she died without having a will, all of her nephews and nieces and their offspring, which as of April 2011 totaled 64 known people. A story about the complex matter was published in the Canton Repository.


Daughter Freda Earlstine Mayle (1932-1998) was born on March 21, 1932 in rural Grafton. Her middle name also has been spelled "Erlastein." On Jan. 21, 1951, at the age of 17, she was united in matrimony with her 21-year-old cousin, Richard Newman (Nov. 29, 1929- ? ), son of Wince and Icie (Mayle) Newman of Philippi of the family of Elsworth "Elza" Mayle. Rev. M.C. Harris, of the AME Church, officiated at the nuptials held in Philippi. Freda fibbed on her marriage license that she was age 19, and because the bride was so young, her grandmother Sarepta (Kennedy) Mayle had to sign her consent to the union. They lived in Canton in the early 1990s. Freda passed away at the age of 66 in 1998.

Son Thomas Edward "Ed" Mayle (1934- ? ) was born in 1934. He may have wedded Mary Frances "Jimmie" Day ( ? - ? ), daughter of Sgt. William Edward "Bill" and Norma Jean (Crisco) Day of Aiken, SC. They resided in Aiken in 1991-2011.


Grafton Sentinel, 1930

~ Son Elzie Burley Mayle ~

Son Elzie "Burley" Mayle (1903-1930) was born in 1903.

He was a coal miner who lived in Moatsville, R.F.D. 3, near Grafton, Taylor County. 

Unmarried at age 27, he was struck and killed by a train on Sept. 21, 1930, dying of a fractured skull. 

In reporting the accident, the Grafton Sentinel said that he was "sleeping across the track on the opposite side from the locomotive engineers" and that "physicians believed him to be under the influence of intoxicants at the time he fell asleep on the railroad track." He was rushed to the Grafton City Hospital, where he died a few hours later. 

Said the Sentinel: "The Rev. Fred Decoste will officiate at the funeral services at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning in the home of Ray Kennedy at Cecil, and burial will be made in Mt. View Cemetery, near there."


~ Daughter Cora Belle (Mayle) Kennedy ~

Daughter Cora Belle Mayle (1898-1976) was born in 1898 and married to a cousin, Ressie "Ray" Kennedy (1894-1990), the son of Ruth Ann (Minerd) Kennedy. They had 10 children. See Ray Kennedy's bio for more details.


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