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Uriah Miner

  • Birth 5 Feb 1828
  • Death 7 Mar 1922
  • Burial Carson City, Montcalm County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 77509784

Uriah Minerd

Uriah Minerd was born on Feb. 5, 1828 near Scio, Harrison County, OH, the son of John and Barbara (Shaeffer) Minerd Jr. He was a pioneer settler of Western Ohio and Central Michigan, and having served in the Civil War, lived to a ripe old age.

When Uriah was 25, in September 1853, he married Matilda Josephine Bodle (1839-1934), a native of Licking County, OH, and the daughter of John S. and Sarah (Smith) Bodle (or "Bodel") of Van Wert. They were 11 years apart in age. The Minerds had five children -- Sarah Caroline Ayars, Dr. James Weston Minerd, Nancy Miner, Marion W. Miner and John Perry Miner. Daughter Nancy (born in 1857 in Van Wert) is thought to have died young.

The Civil War broke out in April 1861. Uriah was drafted to serve in the 20th OH Infantry, and was assigned to Company G. The regiment may later have become the 201st OH Volunteer Infantry, with Uriah in Company B. He served for 10 months and was discharged. After the war, in 1890, he became eligible to receive a federal pension for his wartime service, and he began receiving monthly payments.

In the 1870s, Uriah and Matilda were converted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church after their sons Weston and Perry started attending services, having heard local elder Ezra Brackett preach at their school-house.

The 1920 census shows 91-year-old Uriah and 84-year-old Matilda making their home on West Walnut Street in Carson City. Widowed daughter Caroline Ayars, age 65, lived under their roof that year. At some point of their retirement years, they also resided on Center Street.

Uriah died of an intestinal obstruction on March 7, 1922, at the age of 94. He was buried in the Carson City Cemetery, in Lot 185.

A short obituary appeared the following month in the Review and Herald. Penned by H.H. Hicks, it simply read:
Miner.--Uriah Miner was born in Harrison County, Ohio. In 1853 he married Josephine Bodle, and five children were born to them. He fell asleep March 7, 1922. His aged companion, three sons, and one daughter mourn.

Matilda outlived her husband by a dozen years. In 1930, at the age of 91, she made her home with her widowed daughter Carrie Ayars (age 75) and twice-divorced son Weston (age 73) on Maple Street in Carson City, Montcalm County.

She died in 1934 in Carson City, at the age of 95. She too was interred at Carson City Cemetery, but in Lot 169, separate from her husband. Their graves are not marked today. Likewise, no obituaries have been found in old copies of the Crystal Mail newspaper which served Carson City, Bloomer Township and other nearby villages.


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  • Created by: Bev
  • Added: 2 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77509784
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Uriah Miner (5 Feb 1828–7 Mar 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77509784, citing Carson City Cemetery, Carson City, Montcalm County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Bev (contributor 47588577) .