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William Minter

Male 1845 - 1918  (72 years)


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  • Name William Minter 
    Born 13 Aug 1845  Worth, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 14 Sep 1845  Worth, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 66 
    _UID 7D0E5C8F171B4E808B9CA357F7242FD2B34F 
    Buried Feb 1918  Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 16 Feb 1918  Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • 1861 census: aged 16, William a servant (carter) on a farm in Staple, Kent

      1871 census: William aged 25, a gardener, living with wife Jane (27) and sons Albert (4), Arthur (2 months) in Durlock, Ash, Kent and a visitor, Ellen E LAWRENCE (13, scholar, born Sandwich, Kent). Their daughter Edith (2, born Durlock Ash) was staying with her grandparents Daniel (64, ag. lab.) and Sarah (53) LAWRENCE at Cottage Osier Gardens, Worth.
      The identity of Ellen E LAWRENCE hasn't been established, possibly a relative of William's wife.

      William emigrated to Canada and went to the USA about 1872 where he was a market gardener. William's grandson Lloyd Minter added more detail in a letter written to Margaret Young in the 1980s:
      ".. grandfather Minter was a gardener on big estates for rich people. He once went into farming vegetables (a 'market gardener' as he was called in England) in Charleston, South Carlina, with partners, to raise fresh vegs in the winter to ship north by iced box cars (a new invention!) but was wiped out by a tidal wave which wiped out the operation on St Johns Island."

      William was naturalised in Philadelphia. US censuses provide the following information about William in America:
      1880: in Cheltenham, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, William (34, born England, farm laborer), Fannie E (sic) (25, born New Jersey, keeping house), Charles (3, born Pennsylvania), Flora (2, born Pennsylvania) and William (10 months, born Pennsylvania).

      1900: in Rockledge borough, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, William (43, garden laborer), Fannie (wife, 44, married 26 years, 9 children, 8 living, born New Jersey), Charles (son, born Aug 1875, age 24, born Pennsylvania, garden laborer), William (son, born Oct 1879, age 20, born Pennsylvania, laborer dry goods store), Albert (son, born Jan 1881, age 19, born Pennsylvania, apprentice stock worker(?)), George (son, born Jun 1883, age 16, born Maryland, driver tea(?) wagon), Martha (daughter, born Jun 1886, age 13, born Pennsylvania, at school), Mayble (sic), daughter, born sep 1888, age 11, born Pennsylvania, at school), and Evaline (daughter, born Nov 1893, age 7, born South Carolina, at school).

      1910: Martha (22, bookkeeper, coal office), Mabel (20, dressmaker) and Evelyn (17, office work) were staying with their married sister Flora M HAMMER in District 1104, Philadelphia Ward 43, PA.

      Meanwhile, in England:

      1881 census: Jane, aged 36, married, acting as housekeeper to John HOOKER, 86, widower, market gardener at Durlock Cottages, Ash. Sons Albert H. 14 and Arthur W. 10 with her. Daughter Edith (11, scholar) was staying with her uncle and aunt Thomas and Charlotte LAWRENCE in West Side, St Mary, Deal.
      William's grandson Alfred Minter, in a letter written to Cliff Minter in 1977, said that "after 1871 William went to USA and married his cousin SPRATT (did they elope?!) but she died in childbirth in upper New York state. He married Frances COX in 1876 and the American family stems from this marriage." Cliff Minter, writing in 2005 adds "It would not surprise me to learn that William (1845-1918) never made a civil registration of his marriage to Jane Lawrence. Hence the reasoning that he was free to leave her for another."
      William's grandson Lloyd Minter, in a letter to Margaret Young in the 1980s, said 'My grandfather was William Minter and by all accounts a wominiser'.

      1891 census: Jane, head of household, 47, married, a market gardener at Church Lane, Sholden. Children Albert H., 24 bricklayer, Edith E, 22, and Arthur W., farm labourer, still with her.

      1901 census: no trace of Jane. Albert and Edith married in the 1890s but no trace of them, or of Arthur, in 1901.

      1911 census: in Station Road, Sturry, Canterbury, Kent (6 rooms), Jane (head, 70, widow, 3 children all living, 'at one time farmer but not now', born Sholden near Deal, Kent) and Arthur William (son, 37, single, farmer, born Ash near Sandwich, Kent).
      Form signed Arthur W Minter.

    Person ID I66  Ash, Kent
    Last Modified 12 Mar 2013 

    Father Henry Minter,   b. 19 Oct 1817, Worth, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1890, Eastry RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Maria SPRATT,   b. Mar 1819, Ash, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1898, Ash, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 15 Oct 1844  Ash, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Henry a bachelor of Worth; Sarah a spinster of Ash.
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jane LAWRANCE,   b. Dec 1840, Sholden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1920, Islington, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Married Abt 1864 
    Type: Unknown 
    Children 
     1. Albert Henry Minter,   b. 7 Dec 1866, Preston, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1948, Middlesex Hospital, St Marylebone, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. Edith Eleanor Minter,   b. Dec 1869, Ash, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1953, Ealing, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     3. Arthur William Minter,   b. 25 Jan 1871, Ash, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1952, Upper Deal, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F26  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah SPRATT 
    Children 
     1. Nellie Minter
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F27  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Frances Ann COX,   b. 16 Aug 1854, Stockton, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1907, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 14 May 1874  St Pauls, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Dora Elizabeth Minter,   b. 9 Feb 1875, Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1876, Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     2. Charles Henry Minter,   b. 9 Aug 1876, Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1950, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Flora Maria Minter,   b. 3 Sep 1878, Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1943, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. William Minter,   b. 2 Oct 1879, Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1930, Brockton, PA USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     5. Albert Edward Minter,   b. 5 Jan 1881, Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1970, Sarasota, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     6. George Robert Minter,   b. 9 Jun 1884, Garrettford, PA USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1919, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     7. Martha Parker Minter,   b. 23 Jun 1887, Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1981, Wyncote, PA USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     8. Mabel Edith Minter,   b. 2 Sep 1889, Cheltenham, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1918  (Age 29 years)
     9. Evelyn Gertrude Minter,   b. 12 Nov 1892, St Johns Island, Charleston, South Caroline, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1958, Norristown. PA USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Aug 1845 - Worth, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 14 Sep 1845 - Worth, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Feb 1918 - Philadelphia, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
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    William Minter
    William Minter
    born 1845, Worth, Kent

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q1 1845 Eastry 5/143.

    2. [S11] Cliff Minter.

    3. [S5] Margaret Young.

    4. [S3] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q4 1844 Eastry 5/219. Date from Cliff Minter.

    5. [S11] Cliff Minter (Reliability: 3).
      Letter of 22 Aug 2005.