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Emma Catherine Biars Runyon
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Birth: Jul. 20, 1878
Gallia County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1967
Fayette County
West Virginia, USA

Emma Catherine Biars was born 20 July 1878 in Harrison Township, Gallia County, Ohio, to immigrants Gustava "Gus" Biars (1850/1916) and his wife Catharine "Kate" Krause (1848/1932).

She had five brothers: John Phillip A. Biars, Christopher William Biars, Augustus Biars, Frederick Biars and Henry Biars. Henry drowned in the Ohio River as a youth.

Emma Biars' first husband was Charlie Thompson, according to family members. They did not have children. The couple divorced.

Emma married George Washington Smith Jr. of Abraham, Raleigh County, W.Va., on 05 Aug 1908. He was a son of George Washington Smith Sr. and wife Catherine Bennett.

George was a widower with nine children. His wife Emily Alice Vandall Smith had died in 1905. Their children: Bertha Jane Smith Surbaugh, Bessie Smith Arthur, Glenville E. Smith, Wayne Smith, Arthur Jackson Smith, Ada Smith Martin, Ola Ernest "Oley" Smith, Charles Ota (C.O., "Smitty") Smith Sr., and Emily Mae Smith Hutchinson.

George and Emma had seven children: Kay Golda Smith Fox, Pearl Lora Smith Gwinn, Eda Flora "Edie" Smith Ellison, Earl George Smith, Everett Abraham Smith, Carl Eugene Smith and Ernest Sidney Smith.

Mrs. Fox, George's last surviving child, died at age 99 in 2009.

After George's death in 1940, Emma married Harrison Maynard. According to family members, it was not a happy marriage. I don't know if Mr. Maynard died or the marriage ended in divorce.

In the March 1946 obituary of her grandson Bobby Earl Smith, she was listed as Mrs. Emma Maynard. At some point after that, Emma married the Rev. Andrew W. "Andy" Runyon. He died 02 Jul 1960 at their home in Abraham, Raleigh County, W.Va.

Emma died 02 Jul 1960 in a Fayetteville, W.Va., nursing home. She was buried next to Rev. Runyon in the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Abraham.

Photos and more information on the Smith and Biars families are online at

Family links: 
  Gustava Biars (1850 - 1916)
  Catharine Kraus Biars (1848 - 1932)
  Andrew W Runyon (1872 - 1960)
  George Washington Smith (1860 - 1940)*
  Katherine Golda Smith Fox (1909 - 2009)*
  Pearl Lora Smith Gwinn (1910 - 1962)*
  Eda Flora Smith Ellison (1912 - 2003)*
  Earl George Smith (1914 - 1986)*
  Carl Eugene Smith (1916 - 1995)*
  Everett Abraham Smith (1918 - 2003)*
  Ernest Sidney Smith (1919 - 1978)*
  John Phillip A. Biars (1875 - 1918)*
  Henry Biars (1877 - ____)*
  Emma Catherine Biars Runyon (1878 - 1967)
  Christopher Biars (1880 - 1973)*
  Augustus Biars (1883 - 1971)*
  Frederick Biars (1884 - 1979)*
*Calculated relationship
New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery
Raleigh County
West Virginia, USA
Maintained by: E.M. Smith
Originally Created by: Barb
Record added: Sep 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21382815
Emma Catherine <i>Biars</i> Runyon
Added by: E.M. Smith
Emma Catherine <i>Biars</i> Runyon
Added by: E.M. Smith
Emma Catherine <i>Biars</i> Runyon
Added by: Barb
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- Sherri Johnson
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- E.M. Smith
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