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William James Minter
born 1862, Barnsley, Yorkshire

William James Minter married Violet Bramley in 1894 in St Mary Magdalene Church, Outwood, Wakefield, Yorkshire. They had eleven children: the pictures below of Violet Bramley and some of the children were all kindly donated by John J Minter. John also provided much of the information that goes with the photos.
The first picture is of Violet Bramley's mother, Mary Ann Bramley, nee Wood who lived from about 1846 until 1908. The picture also shows Violet's sisters.

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Mary Ann Bramley, nee Wood
born about 1846 in Methley, Yorkshire


Mary Ann Wood married Amos Bramley in 1861. They had 14 children. In the centre of this photo is Mary Ann; around her are her seven daughters. Standing (from the left) are Amy (1886), Emma Charlotte (1879), Violet (1872), Mary Jane (known as Polly) (1884) and Lily Maude (1869). Seated are (left) Alice (1863) and (right) Sophia (1866).

Violet Bramley
born 1872, near Wakefield, Yorkshire


Violet was well-liked resourceful woman who ensured that her children grew up well. She has that shock of black curly hair shared by many of her sons.

Ivy Eleanor Minter
born 1894, Wakefield, Yorkshire


Ivy with her husband Wilfred Walker (born 1896) Wilfred did heavy work repairing railway wagons - Ivy worked in a mill.

Ivy married Wilfred Walker celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1973: this picture shows, from left to right, Violet (sister), John (brother), Ivy, Charles (brother), Alice (sister) and Dick (brother).

Charles Minter
born 1898, Wakefield, Yorkshire


Charles married Annie Jackson (born 1902) in 1926. This photograph was probably taken on a day out in Blackpool.

James Henry Redvers Minter
born 1900, Wakefield, Yorkshire


Redvers, as he was known, married Myra Hauber in 1925. This photo is thought to have been taken on the occasion of the marriage. Redvers was a miner who became a mine deputy; his wife Myra was desecended from Francis Hauber, originally a musician who arrived in England from Germany probably in the 1850s.

Alice Minter
born 1902, Wakefield, Yorkshire


Alice married Briercliffe Wilson in 1932. This photo includes, on the right, Alice's father Wiliiam James Minter and, on the right wearing glasses, her sister Violet Minter.

Richard Ellison Minter
born 1906, Wakefield, Yorkshire


Richard married Winifred Nellie "Winnie" Grove in Colchester in 1936. The couple were affectionately known to John J Minter as Uncle Dick and Auntie Winnie. Richard was trained in accountancy and in 1939 had a variety of jobs in the gasworks office.

Rodney Ellison Minter
born 1938, Colchester, Essex


Rodney and Ginette Taylor were married in Bilston, Staffordshire in 1963. In this photo are (from the left) Rodney's parents Richard and Winnie, the best man (name not known), Rodney, Ginette, and Ginette's parents.

Rodney and Ginette cutting their wedding cake.

John Minter
born 1908, Wakefield, Yorkshire


John married Edie Heylings, born 1909, in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1935.

John in the army about 1941 showing his first unit badge for the 15th Scots.

John Minter at Hardcastle Crags in the 1930s with his dog Tess, who was a lovely dog, but tended to kill chickens and bring them home! Notice John's usual shock of black, curly hair.

John and Edie Minter in about 1935 with John's horse Bob, who pulled a flat cart from Hebden Bridge to Hardcastle Crags on a regular trip for supplies. (Much quieter roads then.) Bob's stable is believed now to be the toilet block at the modern Eco-Friendly Hardcastle Crags complex! John shows his mother's hair again. Edie has a nice perm.

Robert Minter
born 1856, Huntingfield, Suffolk

(Pictures from Mike Minter and Cheryl Savage, Canada)

Huntingfield Post Office in 1910

Another picture of Huntingfield Post Office, perhaps a bit earlier than the one above

The same building in 2005

Probably taken about 1910, showing Robert Minter outside his shop. The two children might be Percival and Hilda, Robert's youngest children.


Robert and his wife Elizabeth (Everett)


Robert & Elizabeth's son Sidney. Sidney ran the Post Office in Sweffling, Saxmundham, Suffolk, pictured below.


Robert & Elizabeth's daughter Mabel


Robert & Elizabeth's son Leonard


Robert & Elizabeth's daughter May


Robert & Elizabeth's son Arthur


Robert & Elizabeth's son Reginald


Robert & Elizabeth's daughter Lillian


Robert & Elizabeth's son Rufus Everett


Two photos of Robert& Elizabeth's son Francis Robert, who served in the Royal Artillery

Robert & Elizabeth's son Francis Robert with his wife Flora May (Hadingham) on their wedding day, 27 March 1935 at Mendham, Suffolk


Frances Evelyn and Margaret, daughters of Francis Robert & Flora May Minter, married on the same day, 7 October 1960. This photo shows, from the left, Lyle Henry Savage, Frances Evelyn, Margaret and John Paul Jones.

Robert & Elizabeth's son Percival Claude

Robert & Elizabeth's daughter Hilda Ivy

Blanche Roberts
born 1883, Nottingham

(Roy Minter)

Blanche married Benjamin Minter (born 1883 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire). This picture was taken in the mid-1980s. Blanche lived until the age of 105.

Edward Minter
born 1914, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

(Roy Minter)

Edward was the son of Benjamin Minter and Blanche (Roberts) above. This photo was taken in 1994. Edward lived until 24 March 1999.

Rosetta Emma Minter
born 31 March 1881, Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia

(Annette Fullman)

Rosetta was the daughter of John and Emma Minter; she married Daniel William Corr in 1899. This photo was taken on 5 October 1951, the occasion of the marriage of her granddaughter Clarice Coleman nee Corr. The picture was provided by Clarice's daughter Annette Fullman.