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Edward Minter

Male Bef 1765 - 1853  (~ 88 years)


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  • Name Edward Minter 
    Born Bef 29 Sep 1765  Great Horkesley, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 29 Sep 1765  Great Horkesley, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 4E98E5786B744F25B828165D8ADAC798ACD2 
    Died 26 Dec 1853  Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 2 Jan 1854  Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • There is a Boyd's Marriage Index entry for Edward Minter marrying Mary Johnson at Boxted in 1787.

      As of December 2003, it is assumed that Edward Minter moved to Boxted at some point, perhaps when he married Mary Johnson, and is the ancestor of the 'Boxted Minters'. Note however that even without this probable link, the two groups eventually became linked when Blanche Minter of Boxted married Charles Ernest Minter of Great Horkesley in 1925.

      The 1830 Essex Poll Book, Lexden and Witham, has an entry for Edward Minter, of Boxted, owner/occupier of house and land in Boxted. (Source Ancestry.com, UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers, 1538-1893).

      August 2011: Found in the National Archives:
      Copy order of Colchester petty sessions for Edward Minter farmer to pay 9s. 6d. weekly for the upkeep of his daughter Hannah Taylor and 4 children (31 March) [see Q/SBb 509/65] Boxted.

      Darren Bedingfield has kindly sent me the following transcripts relative to Edward Minter's dispute over support of his daughter Hannah:

      «b»Edward Minter v Hannah Taylor

      1. Court Order of 31 March 1832
      «/b»County of Essex
      The order of Sir George Henry Smyth, Baronet and The Reverend William Milton Thurlock, two of His Majestys Justices of the Peace acting in and for the said County one whereof is the quorum made at a Petty Sessions held at Colchester Castle in the said County the thirty first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two upon an application to us the Justices aforesaid at the said Petty Sessions by the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of the parish of Boxtead in the county of Essex to have an order made on Edward Minter of Boxtead aforesaid, Farmer, for him to maintain his daughter Hannah Taylor, widow, and her four children, namely James, Robert, William, and John Taylor and who is poor and unable to work so as to maintain and support herself and her said four children and chargeable to the said parish of Boxtead he the said Edward Minter being a person of sufficient ability to maintain and provide for his daughter and said four children. And the said Edward Minter having been summoned to appear before us the Justices aforesaid at the Petty Sessions held at Colchester Castle on the 3«sup»rd«/sup» day of March now instant to the end and in order that we might examine the cause and circumstances of the Premises but when and where he the said Edward Minter did not shew any sufficient cause why such order should not be made and we having heard the parties so complaining and duly considered the circumstances of the said complaints as well as the want of any adequate defence of the part of the said Edward Minter do adjudge and determine that the said Hannah Taylor is poor and unable to work so as to maintain and support herself and her said four children and is actually chargeable to the said parish of Boxtead. And we do further adjudge that the said Edward Minter is a person of sufficient ability to maintain and provide for his said daughter and her said four children. We therefore do Order that the said Edward Minter shall and do forthwith upon notice of this our order pay or cause to be paid to the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of the said parish of Boxtead for the time being or to some or one of them weekly and every week from this present time the sum of nine shillings and six pence for and toward the sustentation relief maintenance and support of the said Hannah taylor and her said four children for and during so long time as the said Hannah Taylor and her said four children shall be chargeable to the said parish of Boxtead or until the said Edward Minter shall be locally directed to the contrary. Given under our hands and seals at Colchester Castle aforeasaid the day and year first above written.
      G.H. Smyth
      W.M. Thurlock
      «b»
      2. Newspaper reports
      «/b» 1. Essex Standard 24 March 1832 p3
      A man of the name of Minter, of the parish of Boxted, in Essex, who summoned to show cause why he suffered his daughter and her family to become chargeable to the parish. It had been arranged on a former hearing, that a party should be mutually appointed to visit Mr Minter's farm and property, and report upon its value: and that report was now read, showing that the farm extended to 18 acres, worth £30 a year rent; and the value of the premises & co was at least £900. This report, however, was not permitted to be put in as evidence, and the case occasioned a great deal of discussion - Mr Smithies contending that before the magistrates could make any order on Minter, it was incumbent on them to prove, that after Minter had duly provided for the maintenance of his own family and establishment, there was an overplus to support the family of another. The chairman drew a strong parallel between the case of Minter, worth £900 and that of a man possessed of a donkey, the latter of whom could not be relieved by the parish, while he had the donkey or anything else that he could call his own. If the premise of Mr Smithies was correct, then were the decisions of the bench ... in error for the last twenty years? The chairman added that it was a perversion - a shameful perversion - of the poor laws, to maintain that a man possessed of so much property, or any property, could come upon the parish for relief. Mr Smithies in reply, stated that this was not the case of a man refusing to maintain his own family but the family of another, for the support of whom special provisions had been made - it was quite a different branch of the law: besides which, it was impossible for the parish to show that Minter derived a greater income from the produce of his farm than was barely sufficient for the maintenance of his own establishment. In short, the bench could not make any order on Minter. Several parishioners who were present stated that the expense already incurred by this family amounted to £60 and a current allowance was paid out of the poor's rate of 9s a week. They were quite happy to meet Minter half way in the support of his daughter and four grandchildren, but they thought that for a man possessed of so much property, it was too much to take away from the portion so allotted for the poor by law. The bench unanimously directed an order for 9s 9d a week to be made on Minter for the maintenance of his daughter and her family, and if the legality of their decisions were doubted, an appeal lay at the sessions.
      2. Essex Standard 10 Nov 1832 p2
      Mr Smithies and Mr Serjeant were then heard on the merits of the case between the parishioners of Boxted and Minter. It will be recollected that this long standing difference consisted in the refusal of Minter to sustain his grandchildren, who became a serious burden upon the parish; and that upon an appeal, the court of Chelmsford decided it had no jurisdiction. It was agreed this day, that the amount of allowance to be in future paid by Minter should be left to the arbitration of two well qualified persons, to be appointed by the parties-an arrangement which came from Mr Smithies, and seemed to give great satisfaction.
      3. Chelmsford Chronicle, 1 February 1833
      At the castle, on Saturday night, the case of Minter, of Boxted, was disposed of. Minter has considerable property, and refused to repay a sum of between £60 and £70, expended by the parish for the maintenance of one of his family. Persons had been appointed to value Minter's property, and decide upon what weekly allowance he ought to pay. They this day reported that in addition to 1s a week, formerly paid by Minter, he ought to pay 4s more. At last it was agreed that he should in future pay 5s a week, but that all retrospective claims should be given up. It was stated that Minter has 42 children and grandchildren. His property was valued at about £800.

      1841 census: in Boxted, Edward (75, farmer) and Mary (75).

      1851 census: Edward, 86 a widower, was a farmer of 18 acres employing one man, in Boxted. He lived alone apart from a general servant, Elizabeth SEBBORN, 27, born Ardleigh, Essex. The next entry on the census page is for John Minter, 56, Edward's son.

      Kelly's Post Office Directory Home Counties 1852, lists E Minter, farmer, Boxted, Colchester.

      Buried aged 88. Daren Bedingfield kindly supplied a transcription of Edward's Will:
      This is the will of Edward Minter this day proved before me on the oaths of Thomas Whitaker and Isaac Page the executors who were sworn duly to administer and that the goods chattels of the deceased are under the value of two hundred pounds, before me the 21st January 1854
      Samuel Carr
      Testator died at Boxted, Essex 26th December 1853
      This is the last will and testament of me Edward Minter of Boxted in the county of Essex, farmer. First I nominate, constitute and appoint Thomas Whitaker of Boxted, aforesaid, farmer and Isaac Page of West Bergholt in the said county, farmer, executors of this my will.
      I give and devise unto my son John Minter all that allotment or parcel of land containing two acres and a half more or less situated in Boxted and formerly parcel of Boxted Heath and now in my own occupation. To hold to my said son John Minter his heirs and assigns for ever. Also I give and devise unto the said Thomas Whitaker and Isaac Page and their heirs all and every the freehold messuages lands tenements and hereditaments of which I shall die seized or entitle to upon trust that they or the survivors of them his heirs, executors and administrators that they do and shall as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and at such time or times as they in their discretion shall deem most desirable absolutely sell and dispose of the same either together or in parcels and by public auction or private contract for the best price that can reasonably be obtained for the same with full liberty to buy in the said lands and hereditaments at any public sale or to cancel any contract and to resell the lot or lots without being liable for any deficiency arising thereby also I direct the said Thomas Whitaker and Isaac Page or the survivor of them, his heirs executors or administrations in like manner to sell and dispose of all and every the copyright or customary lands tenements and hereditiments of which I shall be seized or entitled to and I declare that the receipt or receipts of the said Thomas Whitaker and Isaac Page or the survivors of them, his heirs, executors or administrators shall be a good and sufficient discharge or a good and sufficient discharges to the purchaser or purchasers of my said freehold and copyright lands, tenements and hereditiments who shall not after their payment of their respective purchase monies and taking such receipt or receipts or obliged to see the application thereof nor be answerable to the misapplication or non application of the same or any part thereof. Also I direct my said executors at such time as they think most desirable to sell and dispose of all my household furniture, farming live and dead stock, goods, chattels and effects and as to the monies arising from the sales of my aforesaid real and personal estate, and from all the rest of the residue of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever after payment thereout of my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses I dispose thereof as follows:
      - I give and bequeath to my son William Minter the sum of ten pounds and to his daughter Maria Minter the sum of thirty pounds.
      - I give and bequeath to my said son John Minter the sum of nineteen pounds and nineteen shillings.
      - I give and bequeath unto each of the four children of my late daughter Susan Webb living at my decease the sum of ten pounds.
      - I give and bequeath unto my daughter in law formerly the wife and afterwards the widow of my son Thomas Minter the sum of ten pounds. And I give and bequeath unto each of the four children of my said son Thomas Minter who shall be living at my decease ten pounds all which legacies I direct shall be paid as soon as conveniently after my decease.
      And as to the residue of the said monies I direct the same shall be divided into four equal parts and be disposed of as follows namely -
      - To my daughter Sarah Elmer I give and bequeath one fourth part for her own use and benefit absolutely
      - To my daughter Elizabeth Seaborn I give and bequeath another fourth part thereof for her own use and benefit absolutely.
      - To my daughter Mary White I give and bequeath another fourth part thereof for her own use and benefit absolutely.
      And as to the remaining fourth part or share I direct my said executors to place the same out of interest in their names upon government on good security and to pay the interest and dividends into the proper hands of my daughter Hannah Smith for and during her natural life whose receipt alone shall be sufficient in discharge for the same and the said interest and dividends shall not be liable to the debts, control or engagements of her present or any future husband. And upon the decease of my said daughter I give and bequeath the principal money unto and equally between her children share and share alike. Providing nevertheless that if at any time my said daughter Hannah should be in affliction or want and my said executors or the survivor of them his executors or administrations should deem it desirable to pay her any sum or sums of money out of the said fourth part they shall have full power from time to time to do such payments not to exceed altogether the sum of thirty pounds. And I authorise and empower my executors for the time being when any legacy under this my will has vested in any infant to please the same out at interest upon government or good security and to pay or apply the interest and dividends for the benefit of such infant notwithstanding minority with full liberty also for my said executors in their discretion to advance all or any part of the principal money for the support, education or advancement in life of any such infant notwithstanding minority.
      And hereby revoking all former wills I declare this to be my last will and testament.
      In witness whereof I the said Edward Minter, the testator, have hereunto set my hand this twenty third day of July one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.

      X The mark of Edward Minter
    Person ID I582  Great Horkesley, Essex
    Last Modified 31 Aug 2014 

    Father Edward Minter,   b. Bef 17 Jun 1739, West Bergholt, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 9 Oct 1803, Great Horkesley, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Susanna HAWKINS,   b. Bef 7 Nov 1736, Great Horkesley, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Jan 1802, Great Horkesley, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 12 Nov 1761  Great Horkesley, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Edward Minter & Susanna Hawkins both of this parish, by banns. Both marked. Witnesses David Harper, John Mason both signed.
    Family ID F97  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary JOHNSON,   b. Bef 4 May 1766, Great Horkesley, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 9 Aug 1841, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 13 Nov 1787  Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Edward MINTER of this parish and Mary JOHNSON of this parish, by banns. Both marked. Witnesses James MINTER, Wm. Cole
    Children 
     1. Mary Minter,   b. Bef 28 Sep 1788, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1860, Colchester, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
     2. Sarah Minter,   b. 3 Jul 1790, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 26 Jan 1868, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     3. William Minter,   b. 1792, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1865, Colchester Provident Asylum, Colchester, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     4. John Minter,   b. Bef 26 Oct 1794, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1864, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     5. Hannah Minter,   b. Bef 12 Mar 1797, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Susannah Minter,   b. Bef 19 May 1799, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. James Minter,   b. Bef 16 Aug 1801, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 26 Jan 1813, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 11 years)
     8. Thomas Minter,   b. Bef 15 Nov 1806, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1845, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years)
     9. Elizabeth Minter,   b. 22 Aug 1807, Boxted, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1892, Great Bromley, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 2 May 2014 
    Family ID F134  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 29 Sep 1765 - Great Horkesley, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 29 Sep 1765 - Great Horkesley, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Nov 1787 - Boxted, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Dec 1853 - Boxted, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Jan 1854 - Boxted, Essex Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S33] Parish Register.

    2. [S178] BMD index, Q4 1853 Lexden 4a/167. Aged 88. (Reliability: 3).
      Q4 1853 Lexden 4a/167.

    3. [S303] Boxted Parish Registers at SEAX, October 2013 and later.

    4. [S290] Great Horkesley PR at SEAX, February 2013.