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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Family Time Line

Arch Alonzo Riffle
1887–1970
Minnie Jane Blake
1885–1968
Marriage: 31 December 1909
Charlotte Mae Riffle
1910–1977
Mary Matilda Riffle
1912–2002
Sylvia Jane Riffle
1914–1981
Nellie May Riffle
1917–1918
Hubert Alonzo Riffle
1920–1924
Leo T. Riffle
1922–2007
Addie Inez Riffle
1924–2014
Dorothy Loreen Riffle
1925–2010
Junior Alfred Riffle
1928–2011

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
31 December 1909
Braxton, West Virginia, United States
children

(9)

+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Marcellus Blake

    Male1863–1925Male

    Female1855–1934Female

siblings

(6)

    Belle Blake

    Female1884–1910Female

    Female1885–1968Female

    Hattie M. Blake

    Female1889–1909Female

    John M. Blake

    Male1892–Male

    Landy Blake

    Female1893–1914Female

+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1886

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.

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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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