Minnie Jane Blake

22 October 1885–9 April 1968 (Age 82)
Kanawha Magisterial District, Braxton, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Minnie Jane

When Minnie Jane Blake was born on 22 October 1885, in Kanawha Magisterial District, Braxton, West Virginia, United States, her father, James Marcellus Blake, was 22 and her mother, Mary Jane Blake, was 30. She married Arch Alonzo Riffle on 31 December 1909, in Braxton, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Braxton, West Virginia, United States in 1935 and Collins Settlement Magisterial District, Lewis, West Virginia, United States in 1940. She died on 9 April 1968, in Williamstown, Wood, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Lewis, West Virginia, United States.

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Arch Alonzo Riffle
Minnie Jane Blake
Marriage: 31 December 1909
Charlotte Mae Riffle
Mary Matilda Riffle
Sylvia Jane Riffle
Nellie May Riffle
Hubert Alonzo Riffle
Leo T. Riffle
Addie Inez Riffle
Dorothy Loreen Riffle
Junior Alfred Riffle

Spouse and Children

31 December 1909
Braxton, West Virginia, United States


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Marcellus Blake





    Belle Blake



    Hattie M. Blake


    John M. Blake


    Landy Blake


+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 1

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1886 · Giving Working Men a Union

Age 1

The largest union group in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. It still exists today but merged with The Congress of Industrial Organization.
1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 22

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant of Black 1, meaning ‘swarthy’ or ‘dark-haired’, from a byform of the Old English adjective blæc, blac ‘black’, with change of vowel length.2 English: nickname from Old English blāc ‘wan’, ‘pale’, ‘white’, ‘fair’. In Middle English the two words blac and blāc, with opposite meanings, fell together as Middle English blake. In the absence of independent evidence as to whether the person referred to was dark or fair, it is now impossible to tell which sense was originally meant.3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bláthmhaic ‘descendant of Bláthmhac’, a personal name from bláth ‘flower’, ‘blossom’, ‘fame’, ‘prosperity’ + mac ‘son’. In some instances, however, the Irish name is derived from Old English blæc ‘dark’, ‘swarthy’, as in 1 above. Many bearers are descended from Richard Caddell, nicknamed le blac, sheriff of Connacht in the early 14th century. The English name has been Gaelicized de Bláca.

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Minnie J Riffle in household of James M Blake, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Minnie J Riffer in household of Arch A Riffer, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Minnie Riffle in household of A L Riffle, "United States Census, 1920"

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