1863 - 1939 (76 years)
||Joseph Alfred Minter |
||17 Jan 1863
||Ballycotton, Cork, Ireland 
||16 Jun 1939
||Buntingford, Priest Walk, Tankerton, Kent [2, 3]
- No record of birth or baptism has been found which would prove that Joseph was Henry Minter's son. But the fact that Joseph was born in Ballycotton when Henry was stationed there points to their being father and son.
Joseph's Navy service record shows that he joined the Navy on 13 July 1878 and served on a number of ships up to July 1896 when he was promoted to boatswain for signal duties.
Joseph's first appearance in a UK census was in 1881, when he was single, 18, a signalman 3rd class in the Royal Navy in Sheerness, Kent. He was probably counted twice in 1891, once on his ship in Dorset (aged 28, married, a yeoman of signals) and again at his home at 2 Jubilee Villas, Wyke Regis, Dorset (aged 28, Petty Officer, RN) with his wife Mary Ann (22, born Gosport, Hants or Alverstoke if the 1881 census is correct), mother-in-law Julia Foster (widow, aged 60, born in Liverpool according to the 1881 census) and brother-in-law John Foster (18, salesman, born Gosport, Hants or Alverstoke if the 1881 census is correct).
In 1901 Joseph (age 36, signal.....,RN) and Mary Ann (30) lived at 72 Cressy Road, Portsmouth.
A shipping record at Ancestry.com shows that Joseph Alfred (40, mariner) and his wife Mary Ann (32) left Southampton on the SS New York on 2 May 1908 for New York. They gave their UK address as 'friend' Mr John Foster, 16 Woodland Street, Portsmouth. Both said they were English and had been living in Southsea.
The London Gazette of 31 December 1918 announced that on 1 January 1919 Joseph became an Officer of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
The 1911 census has Mary Ann, 40, married 22 years, no children, born Gosport, Hants, living at 27 Chetwynd Road, Southsea, Hants with her mother Julia Foster, 77, married 47 years, 5 children, 3 still living, born Galway, Ireland. Mary Ann isn't shown as a widow so presumably her husband was at sea.
Joseph A Minter, as a member of the crew, and a Signal Boatswain, wrote The Cruise of HMS Drake. It sets out 'A record of an eventful Commission with the Second Cruiser Squadron' from January 1905 to May 1907.
Joseph retired from the RN as a Lieutenat Commander.
The National Probate Calendar (at Ancestry.co.uk) shows that Joseph, of 23 Wontner Road *, London SW17, died at Buntingford, Priest Walk, Tankerton, Kent on 16 June 1939. Administration (with Will) was granted to his widow Mary Ann Minter; his effects were £627 6s 1d.
* Joseph's widow was living at 23 Wontner Road when the 1939 Register was prepared.
||26 May 2016 |
||Mary Ann FOSTER, b. 6 Sep 1868, Alverstoke, Hants , d. 19 Feb 1958, Nunnery Fields Hospital, Canterbury, Kent (Age 89 years) |
||3 Dec 1888
||Register Office, Portsea, Hants [5, 6]
- Joseph Alfred Minter, 25 years, bachelor, signalman RN of 25 Gloucester Street, Portsea, father Henry Minter, pensioner RN. Mary Ann Foster, 20, spinster of 38 Charles Street, Langport, father John Foster, pensioner RN. Witnesses George Thomas Warrener and Jane Caroline Smith.
||25 Apr 2011 14:46:00 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S160] Royal Navy service record, Feb 2011.
- [S162] National Probate Calendar (at Ancestry.co.uk), Q2 1939 Blean 2a/1375. (Reliability: 3).
- [S167] Death certificate (copy).
- [S3] BMD index, Q2 1840 Battle 7/317. (Reliability: 3).
- [S3] BMD index, Q4 1888 Portsea 2b/1037. (Reliability: 3).
- [S29] Marriage certificate (copy).