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Harry Thomas Minter

Male 1862 - 1931  (69 years)


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  • Name Harry Thomas Minter 
    Born 23 Apr 1862  Chobham Road, Stratford, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 27 Dec 1862  Hockerill, Herts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    _UID 9D0540263BA440BCB9D2857737099D2D74CA 
    Died 10 Jul 1931  Rockcliffe, Ottawa, Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • 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.
    Person ID I88  Eyke, Suffolk
    Last Modified 23 May 2014 

    Father John Minter,   b. Bef 6 May 1832, Eyke, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1888, 161 Romford Road, Stratford, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Mother Susan Elizabeth BUSH,   b. 11 Sep 1832, Bishops Stortford, Herts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1903, 33 Hamfrith Road, Stratford, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 29 May 1858  All Saints, Hockerill, Hertfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret FERGUSON,   b. Abt 1865, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1950, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 16 Dec 1891  Leyton Parish Church, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Children 
     1. Dorothy Marguerite Minter,   b. Mar 1894, Southend on Sea, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1957, London, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     2. Ella Susie G Minter,   b. 11 Apr 1896, Stratford, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1976, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Harry John Duncan Minter,   b. Sep 1901, Woodbridge RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1956, Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     4. Mildred Georgina M Minter,   b. 29 Dec 1905, Woodbridge RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1990, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     5. George Fergus Minter,   b. 21 Sep 1911, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1983, Bridport, Dorset Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2012 20:12:00 
    Family ID F39  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Apr 1862 - Chobham Road, Stratford, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Jul 1931 - Rockcliffe, Ottawa, Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Harry Thomas  Minter
    Harry Thomas Minter
    born 23 April 1862, Stratford, Essex, died 10 July 1931, Rockcliffe, Ottawa, Canada

    Headstones
    Minter headstone in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Canada
    Minter headstone in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Canada

  • Sources 
    1. [S22] Graham Minter, Genes Reunited tree, August 2009 (Reliability: 3).
      Q2 1862 West Ham 4a/13.

    2. [S61] Graham Minter's Minter Story, June 2012.

    3. [S32] Penny Minter, February 2010.

    4. [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.

    5. [S7] BMD index, Q4 1891 West Ham 4a/93. (Reliability: 3).