Gertrude A. (Minerd) Thomas was born in 1882 in Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Charles B. and Ada (Tressler) Minerd.
Gertrude is seen here with her daughter Dorothy.
Gertrude married Harry J. Thomas (1873-1949). They had eight known children -- Thurman H. Thomas, Mary Elizabeth Lewis, Maud Thomas, Harry Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Dorothy Mae Wilson, Ray Thomas and Ephraim F. Thomas.
The Thomases lived in the Masontown, Fayette County area, including at the Provance Works, where Harry presumably was a laborer. Circa 1917, they resided in Hopwood, near Uniontown.
The Grim Reaper visited the young family thrice during the decade of the 1910s. On Nov. 10, 1910 when four-month-old daughter Maud died of exhaustion caused by lack of nutrition. Then, on April 16, 1917 when son Ray, age 15 days, died instantly of heart failure. On July 5, 1918, one-month-old son Ephraim expired following a case of croup and pneumonia. Burial for all three was in Hopwood.
Circa 1930, Gertrude worked as a dishwasher in a Uniontown-area hotel.
Harry died in 1949, at the age of 76.
Gertrude outlived him by 21 years. She passed away on July 31, 1970. Her funeral arrangements were handled by the Minerd Funeral Home of Uniontown, PA. She and Harry are buried in the Greendale Cemetery, Masontown. At the time of her death, she had 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
~ Daughter Dorothy (Thomas) Wilson ~
Daughter Dorothy Thomas married Lindsay (or "Lenzy") Wilson, a laborer in a coal and coke yard circa 1930.
~ Son Thurman Thomas ~
Son Thurman Thomas, a World War II veteran, married Betty Hixon.
They resided in Uniontown and had five children -- Ray Franklin Thomas, Thurman "Skip" Thomas, William Thomas, Sharon Henegar and Ann Forsythe.
Thurman died on Feb. 10, 1970.
Grandson Ray Franklin Thomas (1947-2010) married Catherine Bellish and had two children. A computer programmer by training, he was the owner/operator of Laurel Computer on Fayette Street in Uniontown. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and was a member of VFW Post 47 and American Legion Post 51. He died at the age of 62, in Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital, on April 13, 2010.
Copyright © 2000, 2002, 2010, 2014 Mark A. Miner