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James Edward MINTON

Male 1896 - 1962  (65 years)


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  • Name James Edward MINTON 
    Born 24 Aug 1896  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID D7F5B6C629E146DE893258EA2952A626BA42 
    Died 4 Aug 1962  General Hospital, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • James's ancestry is uncertain. When he married Gladys Dorothy NEWELL in January 1916 he did so as James MINTON. The only definite clues to his ancestry is that he gave his age as 20 and his deceased father's name as John MINTON.

      No James MINTER was registered in 1895/96 that has not been accounted for in another Minter family. So it must be assumed that James really was named MINTON. If so, a possible family for him has been identified:
      The birth of a James Henry S MINTON was registered in Q1 1896 at Wolstanton, Staffordshire. He appears in the 1901 census:
      at 11 Knappers Buildings, Kidsgrove (part of Wolstanton), John MINTON (43, below ground coal miner, born Hanley, Staffs), Sarah E (wife, 42), Caleb (24, above ground colliery worker), Esther (19), Samuel (17, butcher's assistant), Annie (14), Sarah E (12), Nellie (7), James H (5) and John T (1). The birthplace of John's wife and all the children is given as Kidsgrove, Staffs.
      The family appears in the 1911 census in the Wolstanton district (these details are taken only from the index): John (54), Sarah Ellen (51), 'Cabel' (34), Esther (30), Sarah Ellen (21), Nellie (18), John Thomas (11) and Daisy (8). The 1911 census also has James Henry Smallwood MINTON (15) living in Wolstanton but not apparently with the family.

      This James Henry Smallwood MINTON is the right age to have been the James MINTON who married Gladys Newell in 1916 but it seems unlikely, especially since on the 1916 birth certificate of Ronald James Minter, James's Christian names are shown as James Edward.

      A James MINTON, private no. 210888 of the Staffordshire Regiment was awarded the 1914 -18 Victory Medal. If however the statement on the 1916 birth certificate of Ronald James Minter was correct, ie that James was in the Royal Engineers, then this medal was probably awarded to a different person, possibly the James Henry Smallwood Minton referred to above.

      The final mystery is why all James and Gladys's children were registered as MINTER.

      1939 Register: at 60 Waddon Way, Croydon C.B., Surrey
      Minter, James E born 24 Aug 1896, married, house painter & decorator
      Minter, Gladys D born 22 Nov 1895, married, unpaid domestic duties
      --- 2 closed records ---
      Minter, Kenneth J born 8 Apr 1927, single, at school

      When James re-married in 1941 he did so as MINTER.

      From England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 at Ancestry.com:
      Minter James Edward of 60 Waddon Way Croydon Sureey died 4 August 1962 at The General Hospital Croydon Administration London 10 October to Ethel Irene Minter wodow. Effects £752 13s.
    Person ID I1  Croydon, Surrey
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2018 

    Family 1 Gladys Dorothy NEWELL,   b. 22 Nov 1895, Wandsworth RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1940, Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1916  Parish Church Hall, Woodside, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Married by banns. James Minton, 20, bachelor, soldier of 25 Watcombe Road, father John Minton deceased. Gladys Dorothy Newell, 20, spinster of 25 Watcombe Road, father William Newell, goods guard. Witnesses W Newell and A S S Groves.
    Children 
     1. Ronald James Minter,   b. 5 Dec 1916, 15c Theatre Street, Battersea, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1989, SE Hants RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Irene G Minter,   b. Mar 1918, Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1936, Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 18 years)
     3. Dennis Albert Minter,   b. 5 Mar 1922, Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 2007, Redcar/Cleveland RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     4. Kenneth John Minter,   b. 8 Apr 1927, Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 2000, Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. Maureen Jessie Minter
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ethel Irene COWLARD,   b. 17 Nov 1911, Lambeth RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1991, Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married Sep 1941  Croydon RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] 1939 Register at findmypast.co.uk.

    2. [S2] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      aged 64, Q3 1962 Croydon 5g/103.

    3. [S3] Marriage certificate (copy) (Reliability: 3).
      Q1 1916 Croydon 2a/529.

    4. [S2] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q3 1941 Croydon 2a/2114.