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Augustus Harman "Gus" Minter

Male 1861 - 1929  (67 years)


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  • Name Augustus Harman "Gus" Minter 
    Nickname Gus 
    Born 27 Nov 1861  Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 9CDD899EBF8347CB9BA624CAAF88357C0B1B 
    Died 1 Mar 1929  Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Pine Forest Cemetery, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • "Gus" MINTER was the youngest one of the children of the "Pappy" MINTER family,
      and the only one of them who was native born Texan. When a young man, he
      traveled to Red River Parish, Louisiana, to live at the home of his Uncle Olive
      Hunter MINTER. He worked there as a farm hand. He came back to Pine Forest,
      Hopkins County, Texas, and bought part of the farm which had belonged to his
      parents during their years. He was a successful farmer. He was twice married,
      and raised a total of nine children.

      "Uncle" Gus, in his retirement years, spent a lot of time at the village stores
      of Pine Forest. There were three general stores, an ice house, a grist mill an
      a blacksmith shop. Gus had a vivid imagination, and was a master story teller.
      The stories were always of things he had experienced. A couple of examples are
      as follow:

      At Gus' family home there was a spring of wonderfully cold, soft water located
      about 100 yards east of the house, and Gus' second wife, Aunt Becky, got Gus to
      haul water from the spring to the house for her to use in laundering their
      clothes, Gus had a sled with a wooden stave barrel fastened down on top of it
      for the purpose of hauling the water. He would fill the barrel with the spring
      water, then hitch a mule to the sled, and the mule would pull the sled to the
      house. The sparkplug of the story was the fact that Gus had recently had a
      horsehide tanned, and he had fashioned some rawhide harness for his team. The
      first occasion he had had to use the new harness was to put it on the mule and
      haul up some water on wash day. So he harnessed the mule and hooked up to the
      sled. He said upon inspection, everything seemed to be in order. He started
      the mule forward and drove him/her to the house, but when they got there, and
      Gus looked, the sled was still sitting at the spring, and that new rawhide
      harness had stretched all of the way to the house!

      Another one of his tales was the one about the muskmelons. It seems that
      someone of Gus' acquaintance, who dwelt in Dallas, Texas, sent Gus some
      muskmelon seed. Nobody at Pine Forest had ever seen or heard of any farm
      product of that nature before, other than regular cantalopes. Gus was told by
      his benefactor that when the muskmelons ripened they wouldn't turn yellow like
      cantalopes, but they remained green color, and that the only way one could be
      sure that they were ripened would be to smell them. If they were ripe, the
      aroma would be heavenly, unmistakable. "Uncle" Gus prepared a plot of land
      north of the house and just east of the main road to/from Pickton, and planted
      his new kind of melons. They thrived, and Gus cared for them faithfully. By
      and by, when the melons got full sized, he wanted to find out of any one of the
      had got ripe, so he went up to the patch and got down on his knees to smell of
      them. People going up and down on the Pickton road saw him down on his knees in
      the melon patch, and they believed that a miracle had happened. "Uncle" Gus
      must have been converted and out there on his knees crying out to the All
      Mighty. The preacher was informed. He got a delegation together, and they
      called upon "Uncle" Gus, to pray and praise the Lord with him.

      Next year Gus went back to planting cantalopes.

      1900 United States Federal Census: in Justice Precinct 2, Hopkins, Texas (all MINTER, all born Texas except Sallie), A H (head, born Nov 1861, 38, farmer), Sallie (wife, born Oct 1862, 37, born Arkansas), Maude (daughter, born Jul 1883, 16), Rena (daughter, born Mar 1885, 15), Dallie (daughter, born Jul 1888, 11), Desa (daughter, born Sep 1893, 6) and Dessie (daughter, born Dec 1890, 9). Also 2 hired hands.

      1910 United States Federal Census: in Justice Precinct 2, Hopkins, Texas (all MINTER, all born Texas except Rebecca), Harman (head, 48, farmer), Rebecca (wife, 31, married 7 years, 3 children 2 living, born Louisiana), Dessa (daughter, 17), Gussie (daughter, 6) and Abbie L (daughter, 3 months). Also Alvin TERRILL (nephew, 13, born Louisiana).

      1920 United States Federal Census: in Justice Precinct 2, Hopkins, Texas (all MINTER, all born Texas except Rebecca), Augustus H (head, 58, farmer), Rebecca M (wife, 41, born Louisiana), Gussie (daughter, 16), Abbie Lee (daughter, 10) and Virginia (daughter, 6).

      1930 census: not found.

      1940 United States Federal Census: in Other Places, Hopkins, Texas (all born Texas), Homer J POOL (head, 33, dairy attendant), Abbie Lee POOL (wife, 30) and Martha J POOL (daughter, 13). Also Rebecca MINTER (mother in law, 61, widow).
      Previous entry is for Abbie's sister Virginia & her husband.
    Person ID I2151  America
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2015 

    Father Joseph Thomas "Pappy" Minter,   b. 28 Nov 1818, Putnam County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1888, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Sarah Ann CARTER,   b. 31 Mar 1820, Putnam County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1900, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 16 Dec 1835  Putnam County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F816  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Zelena RENEAU,   b. 28 Nov 1862, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1901, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1882  Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Maude Minter,   b. 6 Jul 1883, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1948, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. Rena Minter,   b. 31 Mar 1885, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1981, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     3. Doll Minter,   b. 27 Jul 1888, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1975, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Jessie "Jess" Minter,   b. 6 Sep 1890, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1978, Franklin County Hospital, Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. Dessa Minter,   b. 7 Dec 1892, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1949, Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F1017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha Rebecca "Rebecca" ADKINS,   b. 27 Nov 1878, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1946, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Children 
     1. Gussie E Minter,   b. 1903, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1991, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Abbie Lee Minter,   b. 1 Jan 1910, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1983, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Virginia Minter,   b. 24 Feb 1914, Pine Forest, Hopkins County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F1016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] findagrave.com, November 2014 and later.

    2. [S231] "Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977," index, FamilySearch , March 2015.