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Thomas Minter

Male Abt 1845 - 1916  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name Thomas Minter 
    Born Abt 1845  Winstone, Gloucestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 644FD6A3F2D54B2A89678F01CD655F30A98C 
    Died Mar 1916  Woolwich RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Censuses consistently give Thomas's birthplace as the Gloucestershire village of Winstone. Unfortunately hardly anything is known about his ancestors. Thomas's 1865 marriage certificate gives his father's name as William Minter, a farmer but this hasn't helped. A faint possibility is that Thomas started life as Midwinter - there were a few families of that name in Winstone in the 1850s and 60s - and for some reason changed his surname to Minter.

      May 2009: from an email from Mel Willis, husband of the granddaughter of Amelia Jane Minter:
      "As regards Thomas Minter he has been very consistent about his age and where he was born Winston, Gloucester but I can shed no light as to his exact date of birth. He joined the army 28/2/1863 at 6 o'clock P.M that he enlisted for the bounty of 1 pound with kit and I quote. Age last birthday:- 19 years
      Occupation:-Laborer
      Height:-65 inches
      Circumference of chest :- 34 inches
      Weight:- 137 lbs
      Pulse:- 72 beats
      Temperament:- good
      Eyes:-Gray
      Hair:- Brown
      Complexion:- Fresh
      He was considered fit but had one right molar decayed. His regimental No is 6363. Royal Artillery as a Driver, he signed on for 12 years but re-engaged to complete a total of 21 years. He is interred at Plumstead Cemetery, grave ref:-B1570 He died at 3, Lyford Street, Woolwich on 11/2/1916"

      1851 census: not found. All of Winstone searched unsuccessfully. One of the Winstone Midwinter families, headed by William Midwinter, an agricultural labourer, includes a Thomas KEYLOCK, age given as 8, described as 'wife's son, born Cirencester'. This may have been the 'Male' KEYLOCK registered in Q1 1843 at Cirencester 11/244. William MIDWINTER married Anne KEYLOCK in Q4 1843, Cirencester 11/349. It's just possible that this was the boy who became Thomas Minter but there is no evidence to support this idea.

      1861 census: aged 16, Thomas was a servant at Waddon Farm, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

      Apr 2010:John J Minter has found a record at findmypast.com's Chelsea Pensioner collection which appears to refer to Thomas:
      THOMAS MINTER born c1844, Winston, Cirencester, Gloucestershire,
      Attested aged 19 on the 28th of February, 1863, The Royal Artillery.
      WO97/3475/153

      1871 and 1881 censuses: not found - Thomas and family were almost certainly in India when the censuses were taken. Thomas was in the Royal Artillery from (at least) 1865 through to (at least) 1882.

      October 1884: labourer of 19 Morris Street, Woolwich.

      June 1888: a labourer of 5 Lee Terrace, Kidd Street, Woolwich.

      1891 census: at 5 Lyford Street, Woolwich, London, Thomas (46, general laborer), Ann (49, born Steeple Ashton, Wilts), Arthur F (9, scholar), Charles J (7, scholar) and William (3).

      1901 census: at 5 Lyford Street, Woolwich, London, Thos (56, general labourer, HM Dockyard), Anne (55, born Devises (sic), Wilts), Arthur (18, skilled lab, Arsenal W), Chas (16, gen lab Arsenal W), Wm (12, attending school) and daughter Alice C or E GARNER (widow, 33, needle work).

      1911 census: at 5 Lyford Street, Kidd Street, Woolwich, London (1 or 4 rooms), Thomas (head, 64, married, army(?) pensioner, labourer, born Winstone in Glostershire) and Ann (wife, 65, married 46 years, 11 children, 8 living 3 died, born Westbury in Wiltshire).
      Form signed Thomas Minter.

      This family appears in the LDS Pedigree Resource File.

      The family also appears in the tree at http://www.ply.me.uk/genealogy/index.html and in several public trees on Ancestry but none has any more information than is recorded above. One tree has Thomas as Thomas Henry but doesn't explain why.
    Person ID I3  Woolwich, London
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 

    Family Ann TOGWELL,   b. 31 Aug 1845, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1932, Edmonton RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1865  Parish Church, Woolwich Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Married by banns. Thomas Minter, of age, bachelor, driver Royal Artillery, of Artillery Barracks, father William Minter, farmer. Ann Togwell, minor, spinster of Artillery Place, father William Togwell, waterman. Thomas signed, Ann marked. Witnesses James Wakefield and Hannah Sparrow both signed.
      Thomas's army service record also notes his marriage details as taking place on 9 October 1865 at Woolwich, Kent. However, the witnesses' names are shown as Pte. William Minter and Pte William Togwell. The latter was probably Ann's brother, who would have been about 22 at the time of the marriage. Pte. William Minter's identity has yet to be established: it's unlikely to have been Thomas's father but if was Thomas's brother it may be a clue to Thomas's ancestry.
    Children 
     1. Alice Hester Minter,   b. 29 Mar 1866, Woolwich, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth Ann Minter,   b. Jun 1868, Tamil Nadu, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Henry Thomas William Minter,   b. 8 Jun 1869, St Thomas Mount, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1935, Woolwich, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     4. Adelaide Sobine Minter,   b. 19 Sep 1871, Trichinopoly, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1958, Greenwich RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. Sarah Ann Minter,   b. 29 Mar 1874, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1875  (Age 0 years)
     6. Florenda Maud Minter,   b. 18 Jan 1876, Bellary, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1927, Woolwich RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     7. Amelia Jane Minter,   b. 27 Sep 1878, Bellary, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1960, Woolwich RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     8. Albert James Minter,   b. 4 Feb 1881, Allahabad, West Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1881, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Arthur Frederick William Minter,   b. 6 Sep 1882, Murree, West Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1934, Paddington, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     10. Charles Edward Minter,   b. 27 Jul 1884, Woolwich, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1969, Vancouver, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     11. William James Minter,   b. 16 Apr 1888, Woolwich, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1940, Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2011 20:53:00 
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3] BMD index.
      aged 71, Q1 1916 Woolwich 1d/1397.

    2. [S7] Marriage certificate (copy).
      Q4 1865 Greenwich 1d/1253.