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John Minter

Male Bef 1829 - 1907  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name John Minter 
    Born Bef 20 Nov 1829  Swingfield, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 20 Nov 1829  Folkestone, SS Mary & Eanswyth, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 315 
    _UID 1A177E48AC14497CBC62B9DF0259F3DD5DBC 
    Died 16 Jun 1907  Sandwich, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Appeared in the Directory of Kent, Melville & Co, 1858 as Mr John Minter, solicitor, Dover Street, Folkestone.

      1861 census (indexed under WINTER): at Belle Vue House, Boyle Street, Folkestone, John (30, solicitor), Emeline (25, born Leadenhall St, London), Alfred Thomas (3), Robert (1) and Thomasina L GRIFFIN (23, wife's sister, fundholder, born Leadenhall St, London), plus 2 servants.

      Appeared in the 1862 Post Office Directory of Kent (1) as a private resident as John Minter Esq., 46 St James Street, Dover and Folkestone and (2) as a commercial entry, John Minter, solicitor of 46 James Street, Dover and Folkestone.

      Appeared in the Maidstone, Dover and Tunbridge Wells Directory and Court Guide, 1865 - 1866 (1) (Trade section) as John Minter, solicitor, Grace Hill, Folkestone and (2) (Clergy, Gentry etc) as Minter, solicitor, 50 James Street, Dover. Possibly also listed in the Canterbury Clergy, Gentry, etc, section as Minter, Old Dover Road, Canterbury.

      Appeared in F G Harrod & Co's Postal and Commercial Directory of Kent, 1867 (1) under Public Officers as coroner, John Minter Esq., Grace Hill, Folkestone (2) as a private resident, John Minter, Grace Hill, and (3) under Professions as John Minter, solicitor, etc, etc.

      1871 census (indexed under MENTER): at 6 Grace Hill, Folkestone, John (40, attorney and solicitor), Emmeline (34, born St Mary Axe, London) and Leonard (1). Also shown is Hilda, said to be a daughter, born Folkestone but age shown as 32 - most probably an enumerator's error. Thomasina GRIFFIN was still living with them. Alfred (13) was at school at Abington House School, Abington Street, Northampton. Robert (11) was a pupil at Grove House, Folkestone. Frank (9) was a pupil at Grove End House, Folkestone. There is no sign of Frank, Alfred or Robert in later censuses**.

      ** An Alfred Minter, aged 27, a lawyer, arrived in New York on 12 February 1883 on the 'Grecian Monarch'. There seems a good chance that this was John and Emmeline's son Alfred Thomas.

      Appeared in the Post Office Directory of the Six Home Counties - 1874 Vol 2 Kent (Court Directory) as John Minter, Guildhall Street, Folkestone.

      Appeared in the Post Office Directory for Kent, 1878 (1) as John Minter, 9 Guildhall Terrace, Folkestone (2) John Minter, solicitor and commissioner for affidavits and coroner, 9 Guildhall Street, Folkestone.

      1881 census: at 9 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, John (51, solicitor), Emmeline (44), Hilda (16), Stella (9), Florence (8), Herbert (6), Nellie (5), Emmeline's sister Thomasina (42) plus 3 servants. Leonard was at school at 36-42 Royal Road, Ramsgate.

      Appeared in Kelly's Directory of Kent, 1882 as John Minter, solicitor, 9 Guildhall Terrace, Folkestone

      Appeared in Russell's Folkestone Guide & Directory, 1885 as J Minter, 6 West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone and at 9 Guildhall Street, Folkestone.

      Appeared in Kelly's Directory of Kent, 1887 as John Minter, 2 Langford Terrace, Folkestone and as John Minter, solicitor, 6 West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone. There was also an entry for Misses Minter, 6 West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone.

      Appeared in Pikes Folkestone Hythe & Sandgate Blue Book, 1887, 1889 - 90 and 1890 - 91 as J Minter Esq., solicitor, 6 West Cliff Gdns & 2 Longford Terrace, Folkestone.

      1891 census: at 2 Longford Terrace, Folkestone, John (61, solicitor), Emmeline (50), Hilda (25), Stella (19), Thomasina GRIFFIN (48, living on own means) and a servant. Daughter Nellie was a pupil at a school in Belsize Park, London. Herbert was a boarder at The Gables, a school in Eastbourne. Florence was a visitor at 31 Sunny Bank, Croydon, Surrey with Edward Constance, a pharmacist, and his wife and daughters.

      Appeared in Kelly's Directory for Kent, 1895 as John Minter, 6 Westcliffe Gardens, Folkestone.

      Appeared in Pikes Folkestone Hythe & Sandgate Blue Book, 1897 - 98 and 1998 - 99 as J Minter Esq., solicitor & Borough Coroner, 6 West Cliff Gdns, Folkestone.

      Appeared in Kelly's Directory for Kent, 1899 as John Minter, solicitor & insurance agent, 6 Westcliffe Gardens, Folkestone.

      Appeared in Pikes Folkestone Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Blue Book, 1899 - 1900 (Folkestone Court Directory) as John Minter Esq., 6 West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone and in the General Directory as J Minter Esq., solicitor & Borough Coroner, 6 West Cliff Gdns.

      Appeared in Pikes Folkestone Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Blue Book, 1900 - 01 and 1901 - 02 as J Minter Esq., solicitor & Borough Coroner, 6 West Cliff Gardens.

      1901 census: at 6 Westcliff Gardens, John (71, solicitor), Emmeline (63), Thomasina GRIFFIN (62, living on own means) and Harry M (35, living on own means) and Nellie (24) WILLIAMS (John's daughter and her husband) plus 2 servants. Stella married (as Stella Georgina C.) in 1896 and in 1901 lived at Wharncliffe, Swanscombe, Kent with her husband, a physician and surgeon. Florence married in 1896 also (both in Kensington in the same quarter - a double wedding?) and in 1901 lived with her husband, a marine and insurance broker at 'Elmbrook', Cedars Rd, Hampton Wick, Middlesex. No sign of Hilda or Herbert.

      Appeared in Pikes Folkestone Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Blue Book, 1902 - 03 and 1903 - 04 as J Minter Esq., solicitor, 6 West Cliff Gardens.

      Appeared in Kelly's Directory for Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton, 1903 - 04 as John Minter, 6 Westcliffe Gardens, Folkestone.

      Appeared in Pikes Folkestone Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Blue Book, 1904 - 05, 1906 - 06, 1906 - 07 and 1907 - 08 as J Minter Esq., solicitor, 6 West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone.

      Cliff Minter quotes the following extract concerning John's death:
      "1907 22 June. Tragic death of Mr John Minter, well known Folkestone solicitor - one of the keenest practitioners in the country - depressed by physical infirmities (cataracts, deafness) committed suicide by shooting himself at Sandwich Hotel - practised for 57 years - age 77 - borough coroner - refused other public offices - a fine advocate - a man of wonderful memories."

      Jan Pedersen has provided copies of several newspaper reports containing details of the inquest into John Minter's death, and tributes to him. These are not reproduced here but are contained in a separate document.

      Buried in Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone, with a large memorial gravestone.

      England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941 (at Ancestry.co.uk, Nov 2010):
      MINTER John of 6 West Cliff-gardens Folkestone died 16 June 1907 at the "Bell" hotel Sandwich Kent Probate London 2 July 1907 to George Warden Haines solicitor. Effects £150 10s.
    Person ID I315  Folkestone, Kent
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2014 

    Father Bartholomew Minter,   b. Bef 13 Jan 1802, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1852, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Sandford JEFFERY,   b. Abt 1806, Cheriton, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1881, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 15 Aug 1827  Cheriton, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Original Cheriton Parish Register seen by Cliff Minter in February 2006: Bartholomew Minter of Swingfield bachelor and Elizabeth Sandford Jeffery of this parish spinster by license. Both signed. Witnesses James Jeffery and Rebecca Jeffery both signed.
    Family ID F64  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emmeline GRIFFIN,   b. Abt 1836, Leadenhall St, St Mary Axe, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1910, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1856  Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Alfred Thomas Minter,   b. Bef 30 Aug 1858, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Robert John Minter,   b. 6 Apr 1859, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Frank Minter,   b. Bef 8 Mar 1862, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     4. Hilda Louise Alice Minter,   b. Dec 1864, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1943, Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     5. Leonard John Minter,   b. 13 Jul 1869, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1950, Hove, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Stella Georgina Caroline Minter,   b. 1 May 1871, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Florence Minnie Minter,   b. Bef 8 Oct 1872, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1963, Eastbourne RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years)
     8. Herbert John Minter,   b. 10 Aug 1874, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1954, The General Hospital, Bedford Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     9. Nellie Lillian Minter,   b. Dec 1875, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 20:03:00 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 20 Nov 1829 - Folkestone, SS Mary & Eanswyth, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jul 1856 - Folkestone, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jun 1907 - Sandwich, Kent Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    John Minter of Folkestone 1829 - 1907
    John Minter of Folkestone 1829 - 1907
    Newspaper reports following John Minter's death

    Headstones
    John Minter, 1829 - 1907
    John Minter, 1829 - 1907
    Grave in Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q2 1907 Eastry 2a/612.

    2. [S187] Jan Pedersen, June 2013.

    3. [S15] IGI.

    4. [S36] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q3 1856 Elham 2a/100 or 1000. Date from Cliff Minter.