Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Ollie Minnie Laymire Rogers

Ollie Minnie Laymire was born 12 January 1887 to John Henry and Louisa Virginia Nose Laymire at Scotch Hill, Newburg, Preston County, West Virginia. She was the third eldest of twelve children. Although I never met Ollie, I have heard many stories about her from various family members. She had a tough life and was interesting.
When Ollie was 31 years old she gave birth to her first son, Rex Posten Laymire in July 1918. To this day we do not know who the father is. In January of 1920, Ollie married John Robert Rogers. They changed Rex's middle and last name to Rex Rudolph Rogers. They went on to have two boys and two girls together. Things were not going well for the expanded family and they separated. John taking the boys to New York and Ollie staying in West Virginia with the girls. At times the children were living with different families. John and Ollie were divorced in 1942. Each of them remarried again. Ollie died 12 August 1952 and is buried where she was born, just down the road in Hunt Cemetery, not far from her parents. As I am writing this, I notice that Ollie's tombstone is wrong, just because it is written in stone doesn't make it true!


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