1862 - 1931 (69 years)
||Harry Thomas Minter |
||23 Apr 1862
||Chobham Road, Stratford, Essex 
||27 Dec 1862
||Hockerill, Herts 
||10 Jul 1931
||Rockcliffe, Ottawa, 
- 1901 census: in Melton Street, Ivy Cottage, Melton, Suffolk: Harry Tho. (38, ........ organist & choirmaster & attendant), Margaret (36), Dorothy M (7) and Ella Susie G (4).
The family emigrated to Canada (according to Graham Minter on the 'Lake Erie' from Liverpool, arriving in Montreal on 11 August 1906): a Harry Minter was organist at St Bartholomew's Church in Ottawa, Ontario between 1911 and 1931.
The family is included in the Reading Family tree at Ancestry.co.uk, from which some details have been taken.
The 1911 Canadian census shows the family living at 79 McKay Street, Ottawa, Russell, Ontario.
1921 census of Canada: at 101 Creighton, Russell, Ontario (all MINTER), Harry (head, 59, born England, immigrated 1906, clerk), Margaret (wife, 57, born Scotland, immigrated 1906), Ella (daughter, 25, born England, immigrated 1906), Harry (son, 19, born England, immigrated 1906), Mildred (daughter, 15, born England, immigrated 1906) and George (son, 9, born Ontario).
November 2008: new information from Ancestry.com.au - UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 :
On 8 July 1957 Ella S Minter born 11 April 1896, a librarian, and Mildred G Minter born 29 December 1905, a teacher, arrived at Liverpool on the 'Empress of Britain' from Montreal. They gave their adress as 41 Sandringham Rd, Waterloo, L'pool. They were clearly just visiting since both gave their citizenship as Canadian and planned to stay 2 months.
Mildred may have visited England long before this:
On 3 July 1933 a Mildred Minter, clerk, 26 arrived at Liverpool from Montreal on the 'Calgaric'. She indicated that she'd be returning to Canada and gave her address in England as 44 Grange Road, Sale, Ashton on Mersey.
The registration of a Mildred Georgina M Minter took place in Q1 1906 at Woodbridge so it seems highly likely that she was Harry Thomas Minter's daughter.
February 2010: email contact from Penny Minter in Ottawa, who is married to Harry's grandson Robert George Minter. Penny has provided more information about the family including the following obituary notices:
Ottawa Journal, July 11, 1931, p. 26
MINTER--Suddenly, at a local hospital on Friday, July 10, 1931. Harry Thomas Minter, dearly beloved husband of Margaret Ferguson, in his 70th year. Funeral from his late residence, 550 Minto Place. Rockcliffe, on Monday, July 13, to St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church for service at 2.30 p.m.
Interment at Beechwood Cemetery.
Ottawa Journal, July 14, 1931, p. 11
Many in Tribute to H.T. Minter
Funeral of Well Known Ottawa Organist Largely Attended
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from his residence 550 Minto Place, Rockcliffe of Henry Thomas Minter well-known organist of St. Bartholomew's Anglican church for the past 30 years, and former conductor of choirs and orchestras in both England and Canada. Although Mr. Minter had been in ill-health for some time, he was only taken seriously ill two days before his death on Friday. Rev. J.M. Dixon performed the service, while Dr. J.W. Bearder, director of music of the Ottawa Collegiate, played the organ.
Mr. Minter was born at Forest Gate, London, England and at the age of 18 he first embarked on his lengthy and distinguished musical career. Among the many posts held by him in England were included the post of organist and choirmaster of Greendisburg Parish Church St. Mary's, Playford. Ipswich and Culpo Church. and choirmaster of St. Andrew's, Mellon, Suffolk.
Coming to Canada in 1906, he first acted as assistant organist at the Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, Ont., and later came to Ottawa, where he occupied various posts until his appointment to St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church. He was a member of the Canadian College of Organists. Mr. Minter was also prominent in orchestral circles, and played double bass for the former Ottawa Symphony orchestra.
Left to mourn his death is his wife, formerly Margaret Ferguson, three daughters, Mrs. A.J. Gates, and the Misses Ella and Mildred Minter, of Ottawa; two sons, Harry J.B. Minter and George F. Minter, Montreal; two grandchildren, Ronald and Dorothy Gates, Ottawa, and two sisters, the Misses Georgina and Alice Minter, both in England, Walter J. Minter, a brother, predeceased him a few months ago.
The very lengthy cortege and numerous beautiful floral offerings testified to the high esteem in which Mr. Minter was held by his many friends in the Capital. Among the latter were pieces from Their Excellencies the Governor General and Lady Bessborough, St. Bartholomew's church choir, congregation and men's club. Contracts Branch, Department of National Defence, the Ottawa Centre. Canadian College of Organists; staff of the Public Library, staff of the Agricultural Library. Lieut. Col. A.R. Sprenger and officers of the 4th Division Engineers, the Northern Electric Co., Department 137, Montreal; 14th Company of Brownies, Girl Guides and Rangers, teachers of Crichton street school. Lily Patrol of the 14th Company of Girl Guides, Ottawa Guiders and Guides. First Rockcliffe Guides and Brownies, and the Guiders and Guides at Breckenridge camp.
Interment was in Beechwood cemetery.
Ottawa Journal, July 11, 1931, p. 9
Church Organist Dies
Photo with the following caption
HARRY THOMAS MINTER, for the past 20 years oganist at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, whose death occurred yesterday at the age of 70 years.
||23 May 2014 |
||John Minter, b. Bef 6 May 1832, Eyke, Suffolk , d. 26 Jan 1888, 161 Romford Road, Stratford, London (Age ~ 55 years) |
||Susan Elizabeth BUSH, b. 11 Sep 1832, Bishops Stortford, Herts , d. 6 Apr 1903, 33 Hamfrith Road, Stratford, London (Age 70 years) |
||29 May 1858
||All Saints, Hockerill, Hertfordshire 
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Margaret FERGUSON, b. Abt 1865, Scotland , d. 10 May 1950, Ontario, Canada (Age ~ 85 years) |
||16 Dec 1891
||Leyton Parish Church, London [2, 5]
| ||1. Dorothy Marguerite Minter, b. Mar 1894, Southend on Sea, Essex , d. 26 Feb 1957, London, Ontario, Canada (Age ~ 62 years)|
| ||2. Ella Susie G Minter, b. 11 Apr 1896, Stratford, Essex , d. 1 Mar 1976, Ontario, Canada (Age 79 years)|
| ||3. Harry John Duncan Minter, b. Sep 1901, Woodbridge RD , d. 3 Dec 1956, Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada (Age ~ 55 years)|
| ||4. Mildred Georgina M Minter, b. 29 Dec 1905, Woodbridge RD , d. 1 Dec 1990, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Age 84 years)|
| ||5. George Fergus Minter, b. 21 Sep 1911, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada , d. 14 Jul 1983, Bridport, Dorset (Age 71 years)|
||5 Jul 2012 20:12:00 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Harry Thomas Minter
born 23 April 1862, Stratford, Essex, died 10 July 1931, Rockcliffe, Ottawa, Canada
- [S22] Graham Minter, Genes Reunited tree, August 2009 (Reliability: 3).
Q2 1862 West Ham 4a/13.
- [S61] Graham Minter's Minter Story, June 2012.
- [S32] Penny Minter, February 2010.
- [S7] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
Q2 1858 Bishops Stortford 3a/205. Date from Vital Records Index. Place from Stella Herbert April 2009, church from Graham Minter, GR tree, August 2009.
- [S7] BMD index, Q4 1891 West Ham 4a/93. (Reliability: 3).