Merle & Mabel Mayes

Merle Mayes

Headstone of Merle and Mabel Mayes

The Daily Telegram., January 11, 1907, page five

The funeral of little Merril Mayes, the seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Mayes, of Adamston, who died Tuesday evening of the membranous croup, took place Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Services were held at the parents’ home by the Rev. J. E. Scott, of the M. E. Church of Adamston, and the burial was in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery.

Mabel Mayes


The Daily Telegram., March 21, 1907

Little Mabel Mayse at Adamston and Several Others Are Terribly Burned.

Mabel, the ten-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mayse, of Adamston, was fearfully burned at their home at 8 o’clock Thursday morning, and her great grandmother, grandmother and mother were also painfully burned in extinguishing the blaze and rescuing the child from burning to death.

The little girl arose from her bed at that hour and in passing the grate fire her nightgown ignited from the fire in the grate. Her screams brought her great grandmother, Mrs. Kidd, her grandmother, Mrs. J. E. Boyles, and her mother to her aid. They tore the burning garment off of her but in doing so their hands were burned to a crisp. The child was burned from feet to her elbows and her hair was badly burned, too, but the blaze did not strike her face. Her body was horribly burned.

Map image of Adamston where the Mayes Family lived

A physician was summoned from Clarksburg and medical attention was given to all those who received burns. Her condition is critical.


The Daily Telegram., March 25, 1907, page 4

Mabel Mayse, aged 10 years, daughter of Michael Mayse, of Adamston, died Saturday morning from burns received Thursday. The funeral was held at 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon with interment at the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery.

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