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Leonard Clarence Minter

Male 1898 - 1967  (69 years)


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  • Name Leonard Clarence Minter 
    Born 16 Aug 1898  Plaistow, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 675321C7C4F64907A84A7F0531D1E8BDC92E 
    Died Sep 1967  West Ham RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • 1939 Register: at 61 Chesterton Road, West Ham C.B., Essex
      MINTTER, Leonard C born 16 Aug 1898, married, established messenger, HM Custons & Excise
      MINTTER, Rosa born 15 Feb 1902, married, wardmaid, maternity hospital

      June 2007. Contact with David Farrar via Genes Reunited revealed that Leonard married and had a daughter, using the surname MINTTER (as his father sometimes did). Leonard appears to have clung to that spelling: his death was registered under it, as was his wife's. David is descended from Leonard and Rosa ODELL.

      December 2007: David has sent a copy of Leonard's army discharge certificate. It shows his name as Leonard MINTTER, that he served in the Hampshire Regiment from 14 September 1914 until 24 April 1919, served overseas and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, one Wound Stripe and one Blue Chevron. David has the original envelope it came in. It aquired scorch marks when his family's house was bombed in the blitz.

      2016: David Farrar writes:
      "Looking at what I know about my mother (Vera Rose Farrar nee Mintter) and her parents (Leonard Clarence Mintter and Rosa Mintter nee Odell), I have come across something that I consider quite odd. I think there may have been some sort of family falling out. I cannot date this or give a reason.

      During my lifetime (from 1950) Leonard Clarence Mintter, apart from a short period of contact with Alice Maud Marlow in 1961, was not in contact with his family at all. There was not even an exchange of Christmas cards. I can find no evidence of contact with his family after 1941. He never spoke about his family to his grandchildren, and we did not know he came from such a large family until I started looking at family history. None of his family attended his funeral in 1967, just his widow, daughter and grandchildren. There was not even flowers or sympathy cards from his family. Did they not know he had died or were they just not interested?

      During my lifetime Rosa Mintter nee Odell was not in contact with her family, and told her grandchildren nothing about her family. Again we did not know of the existence of her brothers and sisters until I started looking at family history. I now know that at least two of her brothers died in the early 1960's. Rosa Mintter did not attend their funerals. Did she know of their deaths? When I started looking at family history in the 1980's I approached Rosa Mintter to ask if she could tell me anything about her and her husband's families. I was told in no uncertain terms that she would not talk to me and it was none of my business. Again at her funeral there was just her grand children and their spouses. We could not invite her family because at the time we did not know of their existence.

      Lastly my mother Vera Rose Farrar nee Mintter. She had 20+ uncles and aunts and about the same number of cousins. She never spoke about any of these relatives to her children and was not in contact with them. Again we did not know of them until I started looking at family history. I have identified everyone in Vera Rose Farrar's wedding photographs. There were no Mintters of Odells at the ceremony except her parents.Given the size of her family I would have expected up to 20 Mintters and Odells to have been there.

      I hope the above gives you a bit of background about our branch of the family."
    Person ID I240  Fritton, Norfolk
    Last Modified 18 Jul 2016 

    Father Edward Minter,   b. Abt 1850, Salhouse, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1920, Plaistow, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Rosina RIX,   b. 3 Oct 1853, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1941, Brookside Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 5 Aug 1872  St Clement, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Married by banns. Edward Mintter, 22, bachelor labourer of St Clements, father William Mintter, labourer. Rosina Rix, 19, spinster of St Clements, father Stephen Rix, labourer. Witnesses Eliza Smith (mark), William H Rix.
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosa ODELL,   b. 15 Feb 1902, Plaistow, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1986, Tower Hamlets RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Jun 1925  West Ham RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Vera Rose Minter,   b. 3 May 1926, West Ham RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1974, Westminster RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F122  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Photos
    Leonard Clarence Mintter
    Leonard Clarence Mintter
    born 16 August 1898, Plaistow, London. It's not known when this picture was taken. Leonard is on the left; the identity of the other person isn't known.

  • Sources 
    1. [S21] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q3 1898 West Ham 4a/108 as MINTTER. Date from David Farrar, June 2007. Copy of birth certificate received from David Farrar, December 2007.

    2. [S21] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      as MINTTER, aged 69 Q3 1967 West Ham 5e/666.

    3. [S9] Marriage certificate (copy) (Reliability: 3).
      Q3 1872 Norwich 4b/186.

    4. [S21] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q2 1925 West Ham 4a/287.