Generation Six – Hannah Mintern

47 Generations of Family History
Generation Six
Hannah Mintern
(1774 – 1806)

Introduction

I decided to put these posts together to showcase my family’s journey through time, I will include as many sources as I can and in some cases explain how I found the records and what records are available. In most cases I will be looking at the facts rather than writing a detailed biography on each person.
A full list for each generation can be found on my new Generations page, and this page will be added too as I move through my family history.
My journey begins in Essex, England in 1930 with the birth of my Grandmother – Rosie May Janes and I begin by following her maternal line to the County of Dorset and then onto a new family line, different county’s and eventually different countries.
I hope to showcase how you can research your family history beyond the Parish Records and how a family line can alter as we move further back in time.

Facts

Name: Hannah Mintern
Birth: abt October 1774
Place of Birth: Hook, Dorset, England
Parents:
Father: Henry Mintern
Mother: Mary

Spouse: Robert Best
Marriage: 1792
Place of Marriage: St Giles, Hooke, Dorset, England

Children: They had 6 children.

i.Jane Best (1792 – 1870)
ii. Samuel Best (1799 – )
iii. Abel Best (1800 – 1801)
iv. Abel Best (1802 – )
v. Henry Best (1804 – )
vi. Martha Best (1805 – 1853)

Death: September 1806
Place of Death: Powerstock, Dorset, England.
Cause of Death: Possibly as a result of illness following Childbirth

Burial: 21 September 1806
Place of Burial: St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England.

Heraldry: Minterne Coat of Arms – Az. two bars arg. betw. three lions pass, in pale or. Minterin or Minterne, Batcombe, co. Dorset ; and Thorpe, Surrey.

Relationship to me: 5 x Great Grandmother.

My Grandmother’s maternal descent from Hannah Mintern

Mother hugs baby

Hannah MINTERN (1774 – 1806)
is my 5th great grandmother

Jane BEST (1793 – 1870)
daughter of Hannah MINTERN and my 4th great grandmother

Emma GALE (1829 – 1871)
daughter of Jane BEST and my 3rd great grandmother

Charlotte Anna DISKETT (1866 – 1935)
daughter of Emma GALE and my 2nd great grandmother

Hannah Maud Mabel BARRITT (1890 – 1957)
daughter of Charlotte Anna DISKETT and my great grandmother

Rosie May JANES (1930 – 1997)
daughter of Hannah Maud Mabel BARRITT and my grandmother

The above relationship showcases my grandmother’s descent from Hannah Mintern, Hannah was born in 1774 and as I work backwards through my tree and reach her, my family status in society suddenly changes. Hannah’s descendants were pretty much Labourers of one kind or another and many of them struggled through life simply to survive. Many ended up living in poverty and as a result many infants died young. Her daughter Jane Best (my 4th great grandmother) began life very connected to the Mintern family, in birth and in person; she would have known her grandfather Henry Mintern and would have been aware of her uncle’s inheritance.

The Mintern family were connected to some very prominent families, they married well and as we move further into the past their wealth, status and connections increase dramatically.

We find connections with the English Civil War, The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, Pocanhontas, Lady’s in Waiting, Mistresses, Royal Favourites, Wealth and Property that would amount to millions in today’s money.

A far cry from the pauper burial that that Hannah’s daughter Jane succumbed too.

The Mintern (or Minterne) family were granted arms in the 1581, and below is an illustration of this.

A patent of arms granted to John Mynterne of Newlands, Batcombe in 1581

A patent of arms granted to John Mynterne of Newlands, Batcombe in 1581. This Coat of Arms has been digitally drawn by my self, if you wish to use it. Please attribute the image to my blog.

A Brief Biography

Born about October/November 1774 in Hooke, Dorset, England and dying at the age of just 31 years Hannah sadly lived a very short life, she was the middle child of a wealthy land owning family with historical links to the Royal Courts of Tudor England and a family associated with some of Dorset’s darkest folk tales.
Hannah was the daughter of Henry and Mary Mintern, she was one of nine children and had three sisters, five brothers, and she was baptized in the parish church of St Giles, Hooke, Dorset on the 13th November 1774.

I descend from the Mintern family through my late grandmother Rosie May Janes who is a maternal descendant of Hannah’s; both my grandmother and father carry her mtDNA.
Hannah married in 1792 at the age of 18 to Robert Best in the parish church of St Giles, Hooke. He was born April 1766 in Powerstock, Dorset and was the only son of John Best and Jane Darby. His father died when he was only a year old and his mother Jane now a widow probably re-married because she’s one of those mysterious ancestors that seem to just disappear from the records.
Robert and Hannah had six children between the dates 1792 and 1805, their eldest was Jane Best (my 4th great grandmother) who was born about January 1793, and baptized on the 29th of that month in St Giles. She married Richard Gale an Agricultural labourer on the 20th August 1817 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock and had nine children, the name Gale spelt ‘Galle’ can be found in the visitations of Dorset.
Robert and Hannah moved from Hooke sometime between 1793 and early 1799 to Powerstock the parish of Robert’s birth. Their second child Samuel was born here in March 1799 and baptized on the 31st of that month in the parish church of St Mary the Virgin.
Four more children followed including Abel baptized on Christmas Day 1800, he died when he was about three – four weeks old and his burial is recorded on the 18th January 1801. They named their fourth child also Abel, baptized on 31 January 1802, then there was Henry baptized on the 16th December 1804 and lastly Martha baptized on the 26th January 1806. Martha and Jane Best are the only children of Robert and Hannah’s that I know anything about.
Martha married Robert Vallens an agricultural labourer on the 21st June 1824 in the Parish of Longbredy, Dorset, between them they had seven children and Martha’s death is recorded in 1853.

Burial of Hannah Mintern - 21st September 1806 - Powerstock, Dorset, England. Source Citation: Dorset History Centre; Dorset Parish Registers; Reference: PE/POW:RE1/5. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Dorset Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.

Burial of Hannah Mintern – 21st September 1806 – Powerstock, Dorset, England.
Source Citation: Dorset History Centre; Dorset Parish Registers; Reference: PE/POW:RE1/5.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Dorset Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.

Hannah Best (nee; Mintern) died very young she was only 31 years old and her burial is recorded on the 21st September 1806 in the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock. Often premature deaths for women are associated with child birth, I am not sure if this is the case for Hannah because her last child was born nine months previously, unless sickly and weak she was able to hold on for many months afterwards.
Hannah died before all her siblings who outlived her by a good 40 – 60 years, her father Henry Mintern died on 16th July 1812 and her mother 7th July 1831.
Hannah’s husband Robert is mentioned in her father’s will dated 24 August 1813 “First I bequeth unto my son-in-law Robert Best, the sum of one shilling”.

Robert BEST is the son of John BEST and Jane DARBY [1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14,
15]. Baptism on 17 Mar 1766 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England [1, 4]. He was
born Abt. Apr 1766 in Powerstock with West Milton, Dorset, England [11, 14]. Residence 1792 in
Hooke, Dorset, England [13]. The last will and testament of Mr Henry Mintern of Hook, Dorset
on 24 Aug 1813 in Hooke, Dorset, England (First I and bequeth unto my son-in-law Robert
Best, the sum of one shilling,) [12]. He died Abt. 1832 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [11]. Burial
on 29 Aug 1832 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England [11].

Robert BEST and Hannah MINTERN. Their marriage 1792 in St Giles, Hooke, Dorset,
England ((sourced from IGI)) [ 2, 3, 6, 7]. They had 6 children.

  • i. Jane BEST [1, 2, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24]. She was
    born Abt. Dec 1792 in Hook, Dorset, England [17, 18, 19, 20, 21]. Baptism on 29 Jan
    1793 in St Giles, Hooke, Dorset, England [1, 1, 1]. She married Richard GALE.
    They were married on 20 Aug 1817 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock,
    Powerstock with West Milton, Dorset, England [2, 2, 2, 22, 25]. Occupation Abt.
    1841 in Compton Vallence, Dorset, England (Agricultural Labourer (It looks as
    tough the entire family was responsible from working and helping out with
    farm-life)). Residence 1851 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England ((No
    address listed)) [18]. Witness to Marriage on 28 Sep 1852 in St Thomas a
    Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England (witnessed the marriage of her
    daughter’ Emma Gale and Joseph Diskett). Cause of Death on 16 Jan 1870
    in Compton Valence, Dorset, England, (Natural Decay). She died on 16 Jan
    1870 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England [16, 20]. Burial on 21 Jan 1870 in St
    Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England [16].
  • ii. Samuel BEST [1, 26]. He was born Abt. Mar 1799 in Powerstock, Dorset,
    England. Baptism on 31 Mar 1799 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset,
    England [1, 26]. Residence in England [26].
  • iii. Abel BEST [1, 4, 4, 26]. He was born Abt. Dec 1800 in Powerstock, Dorset,
    England. Baptism on 25 Dec 1800 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset,
    England [1, 4, 26]. He died Abt. Jan 1801 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [4].
    Burial on 18 Jan 1801 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [4]. Residence in
    England [26].
  • iv. Abel BEST [1, 4, 26, 27]. He was born Abt. Jan 1802 in Powerstock, Dorset,
    England. Baptism on 31 Jan 1802 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset,
    England [1, 4, 26]. Residence in England [26].
  • v. Henry BEST [1, 4, 28, 29]. He was born Abt. Dec 1804 in Powerstock, Dorset,
    England. Baptism on 16 Dec 1804 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset,
    England [1, 4, 28]. Residence in England [28].
  • vi. Martha BEST [1, 30, 2, 4, 28, 31, 32, 32, 33, 34, 35]. She was born Abt. Dec 1805 in
    Powerstock, Dorset, England [31, 34]. Baptism on 26 Jan 1806 in St Mary the
    Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England [1, 1, 1, 4, 28]. She married Robert VALLENS.
    They were married on 21 Jun 1824 in Longbredy, Dorset, England [2, 2, 2, 32].
    Residence 1851 in Long Bredy, Dorset, England (Relation to Head of House:
    Mother-in-law) [34]. She died Oct 1853 in Dorchester, Dorset, England [30].

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Henry MinterneGoods chattels and credits under two hundred pounds
—————————————————————————————â
€”———————Page Two of Document.On the 24th Day of August 1813 tthe within
written will of Henry Mintern late of Hook in the County of Dorset and Diocese of Bristol was
proved by the oath of Mary Mintern his wife & sole executrix in his will named she being first
duly sworn unto the Holy Evangelists will and faithfully to perform the same to make a true
&perfect inventory of the goods chattels and Credits of the deceased & to exhibit the same
unto the Registry of the court of the Lord Bishop of Bristol & to have a just account thereon
when there to lawfully reqired and further + the Goods & Chattels of the Deceased do not
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3 thoughts on “Generation Six – Hannah Mintern

  1. I wonder if your Best family might be related to mine. I have a record that Thomas Durnford married Mary Best on 2/20/1821. They are the parents of my 3rd great grandmother, Charlotte Durnford (born in England in 1822) who married William Towell Penny, born 1825 in Devonshire. They lived their lives together in Nova Scotia. Thomas died at 35. I have photos of them. Thanks for sharing any information possible.
    ellen.ruggles@unh.edu

    • Hi Ellen,
      Thank you very much for your message. I have had a look on my tree to see which dates I have for Mary Best’s. I have two currently in my tree, 1st born: 1728 and the 2nd born: 1754, so these dates are to early. I think to find a connection, you may need to go a little further into the past. Its certainly possible that a connection between the Bests of Devon and Dorset exist.
      The name Best appears in the visitations, so their ancestors were important enough to record their pedigree’.

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