Marriage Certificate, Ohio, 1946

Marriage Certificate

This is to certify that
Mr. James F. Wykle, Jr.
of Akron, Ohio
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
of Akron, Ohio
were by me
United in Marriage
according to the Ordinance of God, and the Laws of the
State of Ohio, at Akron Ohio
on the 15th day of July A.D. 1946.

What, therefore, God hath joined
together, let not man put asunder. Rev. W.E. Henry, Officiating
Matt. 19-6
Mrs. Carl B. Carter [signature]
Carl B. Carter [signature] Witnesses
Probate Court
Summit County, Ohio
Marriage License
No. ____ [blank]

Source: Original document in possession of author.

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Marriage License, Ohio, 1946

Marriage License
NOT VALID After Sixty Days from Date

The State of Ohio, Summit County
To Any Person Legally Authorized to Solemnize Marriages in the State of Ohio:

I, the undersigned, Dean F. May, [pre-printed on form]

Judge of the Probate Court within and for the County and State aforesaid, have Licensed, and do hereby License and Authorize

Mr. James F. Wykle, Jr. and
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
to be joined in Marriage

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court, at Akron, Ohio, this 11th day of July A.D. 1946
Dean F. May
Judge of the Probate Court
by Garnet Johnson [signature]
Deputy Clerk

The above marriage was solemnized by me this 15th day of July 1946
Rev. W.E. Henry [signature]

Source: Original document in possession of author.

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Obituary, Ohio, 2011

James French Wykle, Jr, 89, passed away February 28, 2011 in Collins, MS.

He was born December 29, 1921 in Sanger, W. Va., the son of James Wykle and Winona Cantley.

He is survived by his daughter, Debora Kerr, of Midlothian, Va.; and his sister, Dorothy Hearn, of Collins, Ms.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkin-son’s Research.

An interment service will be held for members of the family at Hillside Memorial Park.

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Source: Akron Beacon Journal, 13 March 2011, online at

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Three Postcards, Texas, 1942 & 1944

Color postcard folder. “Greetings From Mineral Wells and Camp Wolters Texas”

Addressed to:
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
201 N. Broad St.
Middletown, Delaware

Camp Wolters, Texas
Oct 6

Color postcard folder. “Souvenir Folder of Texas, The Lone Star State”

Addressed to:
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
309 N. Broad St.
Middletown, Delaware

Pvt. Bernard R. Pietkoski, U.S. Army
COD 55th Btn. 4th Plt.
Camp Wolters, Texas

Camp Wolters, Texas
Nov 24

Color postcard folder. “Views of Cadet Life at S.A.A.C.C.”

Addressed to:
Miss RosaLee Pietkaski
Singerly Village
Elkton, Maryland

A/C Robinson H.D. 33721681
GR.T, Sqdn. 276, Class[? – maybe 45-D]
San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas
Sep 6

Source: Property of Rosa Lee Pietkoski in possession of author.

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USMC Separation Report, Maryland, 1945

U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation

1. Wykle (JR) James French
2. Rank: Sgt
3. Pay Grade: 4th
4. Serial Number: 425374
5. Permanent Address for Mailing Purposes: Minden, Fayette Co, W. Va.
6. Race: W
7. Sex: M
8. Citizen: X [yes]
9. Date of Birth: 29Dec21
10. Address From Which Person Will Seek Employment: Same as #5
11. Married: X [no]
12. No. of Dep: None
13. Place of Birth: Sanger, W. Va.

Record of Marine Corps Service

14. Registered [selective service]: X [no]
15. Address at Time of Entry into Service: Same as #5
16. Sel. Ser. Bd. No. : Unk
17. County & State: Unk
18. Means of Entry: Enlisted – 1
19. Place of Entry into Active Service: DHS, Charleston, W. Va.
20. Date of Entry: 3Aug42
21. Component: Res. 111b
22. Pension Claim Filed: No
23. Place of Separation from Active Service: MB, Bainbridge, Md.
24. Date of Separation: 20Nov45
25. Org at Separation: Sep Co.
26. Type of Discharge Cert. : Honorable
27. Length of Foreign and/or Sea Service: Years – 1, Mos – 9, Days – 18
28. Military Specialties: Demolition Spl. 533; Const Crew Chief 796
29. Service Schools Attended: None, Courses – None, Weeks – None
30. Principle Military Duty: Const. Crew Chief. 796

Employment and Non-Service Educational Data

31. Civilian Occupation – Title: Blaster, D.O.T. Number – 5-74, No. Yrs. – 2, Last Employed – Jun42. Job Summary – Was blaster for construction company and shot fire man in coal mine. Place and tamped charges of explosives. Fired them by electricity.
32. Secondary Occupation – Title: Machine Oper., D.O.T. Number – [blank], No. Yrs. – 1, Last Employed – [blank]
33. Last Employer Before Entry into Service: New River Co., Summerlee, W. Va. Date Left – Jun42
34. Job Aid Desired? X [yes]
35. Education in Years: Grammar – 8, High School – 2, College – [blank], Degree – [blank]
36. Major Courses: Academic
37. Trade Courses: None
38. Courses of Greatest Interest: None
39. Last School Attended: Oakhill High Sch., ” ” [ditto marks for Oakhill] W.Va. ’37


40. Preference for Additional Training: Apprenticeship training.
41. Job Preference: Undecided, Reason [blank]
42. Locality Preference: Will go where job demands., Reason [blank]
43. Signature of C.O. or Pers. O.: R.A. Nedwidek; Type in Name of Off. Rank – 2nd Lt. USMCR; Signature of Dischargee – James F. Wykle Jr.

Source: U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation, original document in possession of author.

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Land Grant, Giles County, 1811

Mitchel Clay, Jr
100 acres
Giles County

George Wm Smith, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting: Know ye, That by virtue of Land Office Treasury warrant, number 3954, issued the 2nd day of June, 1804; there is granted by the said Commonwealth, unto Mitchel Clay, junior, a certain Tract or parcel of Land, containing One hundred acres by survey bearing date, the 14th day of November 1809, lying in the County of Giles, on the east side of New river, and bounded as followeth, to wit: Beginning at a pine on a ridge, and running thence, north fifty eight degrees east, fifty two poles to a hickory and two black oaks on a hill side: north fifty two degrees west, eighty eight poles to two pines on the top of a ridge: north seventy five degrees west, one hundred and one poles to a black oak on the top of a high ridge: south one degree west, twenty poles to a double pine on the same ridge: south sixty eight degrees west, fifty eight poles to three red oaks on the bench[?] of a hill: north forty five degrees west, seventy eight poles to two pines on the point of a ridge: north twenty five degrees east, twenty three poles to three little hickories on the top of a hill: north forty seven degrees west, fourteen poles to a pine: south thirty seven degrees west, twenty six poles to two pines: south twenty degrees east, sixty poles to three small red oaks about ten poles to Reuben Roberts corner on three white oaks: thence with, or nearly with said line, south sixty degrees east, eighty poles to a black oak and poplar: and thence south seventy eight degrees east, one hundred and sixty four poles to the beginning. To have and to to [word repeated] hold the said Tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances, to the said Mitchel Clay junior, and his heirs for ever. In witness whereof the said George Wm Smith, Esquire Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his hand, and caused the lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond, on the sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eleven, and of the Commonwealth the thirty-fifth.

Geo: Wm Smith

Source: Land Office Grants and Patents, Giles County, Virginia, 1810 – 1811, p. 495 – 496, LVA microfilm reel 61, Library of Virginia

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Obituary, Raleigh County, 1895

      Mrs. Awry [Ora] Clay was born in Giles Co., Va., Jan. 30,
1812, and departed this life July 17, 1895, aged 83 years,
5 months and 19 days. She was the youngest child of a
family of 24 children and daughter of Ralph and Polly Stew-
art. She has only one brother surviving her, Hon. Chas.
Stewart, Sr., of Wyoming Co. She united with the Methodist
Episcopal Church in 1825 and lived not only a consistent,
but a warm, zealous, practical christian life for 70 years.
“Praise the Lord!” Christianity is no failure with Mother
Clay, it was a practical pay down system.
      She was united in marriage with Charles L. Clay in 1828,
he passed away in full triumph of faith some six years ago.
      She was the mother of 15 children, ten sons and five
daughters, nine of whom are still living, six have preceded
her to the great beyond.
      Farewell, Mother Clay. She lived right and died well.
Let the bells toll, let the curtain fall. Aunt Awry has passed
away from Earth gone beyond the clouds and dwells in that far
away home of the soul. “That land of pure delight where saints
immortal reign.” She’s an angel now, a child of god, a daugh-
ter of resurrection.
      Children and Grandchildren of Mother Clay, weep not and
sorrow no more. We can look through a glass (by faith) and
see dimly glimpses of Heavenly glory, and know in part. But
she is seeing face to face, and knowing even as she is also
known. Upon her grave I would drop a tear, and place emblems
of love, purity, and affection symbolizing the pure life she
lived. Awry Clay was a noble woman. Peace to her ashes.

William Turner
Matville, W.Va

Source: Typed transcript found in DAR files, with other notations about the Stewart family written on it.

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Letter, Fayette County, 1928

Summerlee, W. Va.
June 12, 1928

United States Veterans bureau
Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir,
           Year 1918 When I was
in the American Army I got the second
citizen papers. When [sic] was about to
go to France our papers were send [sic]
to Washington, D.C. When the war
was over we came back from the
army. But they didn’t send me the
citizen papers. I don’t have the
second citizen papers because they
didn’t send them to me. If you
find the citizen papers please send
them to me. But if you can’t find
them please let me know what to
do about them. My discharge No. is
Certificate No. is 1432704.

Peter Pieckowski

Source: C-File of Peter Pieckowski, No. C1058795, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Genealogy Program.

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Obituary, Martha Pietkoski, 2001

Martha Pietkoski

OAK HILL – Martha Pietkoski, 95, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 at Hilltop nursing home following a long illness.

Born July 29, 1906, in Sand Lick, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Eliza Etta Daniels Atha.

Mrs. Pietkoski attended Pilgrim Holiness Church, Fayetteville, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bernard Ray Pietkoski; a daughter, Rosalee Pietkoski Wykle; and three brothers, Edward, Wilmer and Theodore Atha.

Survivors include two sons, Fred Crouse of Oak Hill and Wayne Crouse of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; a sister, Maude Stover of Quinwood; and grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Bill Menefee officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour before service Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

Source: Register Herald, 2 November 2001

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Obituary, Wilmer Atha, 2000

July 5, 2000
Wilmer Atha

Oak Hilll – Wilmer Atha, 89, of Oak Hill died July 3, 2000, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness.

He was a member of UMW and the Faith Assembly, Glen Fork.

Surviving: sons, Wilmer Dean Atha of Flat Top, Roy Atha of Rocky Gap, Va., Michael Atha of Fayette County, Bobby Ray Atha of Beckley; sisters, Maude Stover of Quinwood, Martha [surname not printed] of Fayette County; five grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Propsperity, with Pastor Sammy Francis officiating.

Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Source: The Charleston Gazette Online, at this link on 10 March 2001:

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