Friday, June 19, 2015 Mary Inez Muir (1922-2002)

Mary Inez Muir was born on 8 November 1922 in Raven, Virginia, or in Buchanan County, Virginia. She was Henry "Jack" Muir's first child and only known child with his first wife, Mary Frances (Canterbury) Muir. Henry and Mary Frances were no longer together when the 1930 census was enumerated. He had remarried earlier in the year and lived in Louisiana. Mary Frances was also in a new relationship with Lee Andrew Collins. She and Lee had two daughters of their own in 1926 and 1930. The blended Collins family lived in Bradshaw, West Virginia, an unincorporated place in McDowell County. Lee worked as a brakeman in a coal mine.

Mary Inez Muir went by Inez most of her life. On 20 December 1938 she and George R. Bruster or Brewster applied for a marriage license in McDowell County, West Virginia. They both lived in Bradshaw, West Virginia, and had not been married before. They received their marriage license on 23 December but the portion of the form the minister fills out after the wedding had not been completed. This leads me to believe George Bruster or Brewster and Mary Inez Muir never actually married.

I have been unable to find Mary Inez Muir in the 1940 census. By 1941 she had her first child with Miles Henry Blankenship. Three more sons would follow between 1943 and 1946.

Home of Miles H. and Mary I. (Muir) Blankenship, likely in McDowell County, West
Virginia; photograph courtesy of Linda Blankenship

In 1947 Mary Inez Muir applied for social security. At the time she filled out the application form, she lived in Raven, Virginia. She was unemployed and using her maiden name. So she had divorced Miles Blankenship by this time and was using her maiden name, something very rare for the time; or she and Miles never married.

According to the Social Security Applications and Claims Index, Mary Inez changed her surname in July 1966 to Stacy and again in May 1967 to Carlisle. This name changes typically indicate marriages. To date, I have found no information about who the men could be.

At some point after her youngest son was born in 1946, Mary left Miles. She took their two oldest boys, left the third son with her mother, and the youngest boy with Miles. That son ended up being raised by his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Millie Ann (Blankenship) Blankenship and an aunt. Mary married Hubert C. Lemaster, about which we know nothing, sometime before 1971. She divorced him on 16 August 1971 in Franklin County, Ohio. The grounds for the divorce were gross neglect of duty.

The next year she married Eugene "Gene" or "Jearl" Guy Gribble on 1 July 1972 in Franklin County. Both were residents of that county at the time of their marriage and had each been married twice before. They were together until Gene's death in 1993 and had lived for some period of time at 176 Frebis Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.

When her oldest son, Miles David Blankenship, married for the second time in 1977, he listed his mother's maiden name as Mary Inez Collins. Collins was actually the name of her step-father.

In 1994 Mary Inez Gribble lived in Newhall, West Virginia. She married Coy Franklin Hicks on 26 January 1994 in Tazewell County, Virginia, but they were divorced by 1997. I have been unable in a brief search to find any other additional information about Hicks.

On 24 October 1997 Mary married William T. Moore in Franklin County, Ohio. They were both residents of that county. Mary had been married four times previously, and William two times. He was 17 years her junior.

Mary Inez (Muir) Moore died on 22 August 2002 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. She was interred at Franklin Hills Memory Gardens in Canal Winchester, Ohio, beside Eugene Gribble.

At some point she must have reconnected with her father because his name, and Inez's mother's maiden name were listed on her death certificate. According, to her granddaughter, she lived in Louisiana for some period of time.

Her granddaughter said she had a hard life but was a good grandmother and her granddaughter loved her very much. Her granddaughter also believed she had been married nine times. I must admit after searching for several months, the number of marriages and her name at the time of each marriage dovetail with the five known marriages.

'Home of Miles H. and Mary Inez Blankenship,' courtesy of Linda Blankenship
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Sandy River, McDowell, West Virginia; Roll: 2543; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0048; Image: 1012.0; FHL microfilm: 2342277.
Alice (Muir) Jennings' Genealogy Notebook, page 9
Global, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, 2002 Gribble, Mary I
US, Ohio, Divorce Index, 1962-1963, 1967-1971-1873-2007, 1971 Hubert C Lemaster - Lemaster, Mary I
US, Ohio, Marriage Index, 1970, 1972-2007, 1972 Gribble, Eugene G - Lemaster, Mary I
US, Ohio, Marriage Index, 1970, 1972-2007, 1997 Moore, William T - Hicks, Mary I
US, Public Records Index, Volume 1, 1994 Newhall, West Virginia (Gribble, Mary I)
US, Social Security Application, 1935-2014, Number: 235-34-1978
US, Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, 225-34-1978
US, Social Security Death Index 1935-2014, Number: 235-34-1978; Issue State: Virginia
US, Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014, 1994 Hicks, Coy Franklin - Gribble, Mary Inez
US, West Virginia, Marriages Index, 1785-1971, 1938 Bruster, George R - Muir, Mary I
US, West Virginia, Marriage Application/License, 1865-1969, 1938 Bruster, George R. - Muir, Mary I

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