Generation Eight – Samuel Mintern the Younger of Hooke

47 Generations of Family History
Generation Eight
Samuel Mintern the Younger of Hooke
(1713 – after 1741)

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.

Descendants of Samuel Mintern

Descendants of Samuel Mintern the elder & Hannah Draper of Chedington and Hooke, Dorset and Haselbury Plucknet, Somerset

Facts

Name: Samuel Mintern the Younger of Hooke
Birth: 1713
Place of Birth: Hook, Dorset, England
Parents:
Father: Samuel Mintern
Mother: Hannah Draper

Spouse: Betty Williams
Marriage: 23 April 1740
Place of Marriage: Rampisham, Dorset, England

Children: They had 1 known child.

i. Henry Mintern (1740 – 1812

Death: after 1741
Place of Death: Possibly Hooke, Dorset, England.
Cause of Death: Unknown
Burial: Unknown
Place of Burial: Unknown
.
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.

A patent of arms granted to John Mynterne of Newlands, Batcombe in 1581 (if copied and used else where, please attribute this image to my blog)

A patent of arms granted to John Mynterne of Newlands, Batcombe in 1581 (if copied and used else where, please attribute this image to my blog)

Relationship to me: 7th great-grandfather

A brief Biography

Samuel ‘the younger of Hooke’ MINTERN is the son of Samuel MINTERN and Hannah
DRAPER[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. He was born shortly after 1713 in Hooke, Dorset, England. (Parish records have not survived for Hooke, Dorset).

To understand more about the life of Samuel Mintern we need to step a little further into the past as we have no Parish records to work with, this at first was a brick wall (for both myself and another researcher). That was until we understood more about the family.

Samuel Mintern the Younger held Hooke Manor, this property has been passed down through the family since it was originally held by Henry ‘the Farmer of Hooke Manor’ MINTERNE (1560 – 1651), this Henry is my 11th great-grandfather. The family also held the Royalty / Advowson of Cheddington, Dorset a title which has again been passed down through the generations since it was first held by William Minterne of Cheddington (b. 1550), William is my 1st cousin, 13x removed. This right eventually passed into my own line after their line died out.
We know that Samuel Mintern is the father of Henry Mintern (1740 – 1812), (Henry is my 6th great-grandfather), because his baptism tells us so, we also know that Henry Mintern was in possession of Hooke Manor, because his Will tells us that too.
So from this information we were able to identify which family he came from, all we needed to do was to find his parentage.

Then six more records were found;

  • i. The Inventory of Samuel Mintern of Hooke, dated 18 October 1746
  • ii. The Administration of Samuel Mintern of Hooke, dated 27th October 1746
  • iii. The Last Will and Testament of Henry Minterne, Rector of Chedington, dated 1723
  • iv. Manor of Hooke, Admission of Samuel Mintern, dated 4 June 1741
  • v. Marriage of Samuel Mintern and Hannah Draper, dated 22nd September 1713
  • vi Mortgage by assignment of lease 10M52/3/8 Hampshire Record Office, dated 30th October 1710

Overview of the above records

i. The Inventory of Samuel Mintern of Hooke, dated 18 October 1746, (This Samuel is the father of Samuel Mintern the younger). This inventory tells us that he lived in Hooke, Dorset and that his administratrix was his wife Hannah Mintern, it also tells us he died before 1746.

ii. The Administration of Samuel Mintern of Hooke, dated 27th October 1746 (This record also relates to Samuel the father of Samuel the Younger), this Administration tells us that his wife was Hannah Mintern.

iii. The Last Will and Testament of Henry Minterne, Rector of Chedington, dated 1723 (This Henry is the grandfather to Samuel Mintern the younger) In this will he records the following important information;

I give and devise all my lands and tenements which are situate lyeing and being within the said parish of Cheddington aforesaid Unto my son Samuel Minterne so have and to hold the said lands with their and every of their appurtenances unto my said son Samuel his heirs and assigns forever ‘Hen’.

I give and devise to my son Henry Minterne and his heirs for ever all the right and title which I have in and to the Royalty of Cheddington aforesaid with the privileges annuities liberties ———— and casualties to the same belonging or in wife appertaining ‘Hen’.

From the above information we now know he had a son called Samuel Mintern and a son called Henry Mintern who became rector of Chedington, this information is important because it relates to another document.

vi. Manor of Hooke, Admission of Samuel Mintern, dated 4 June 1741, this record relates to Henry Mintern, Rector of Chedington (son of Henry who died in 1723). After his death he leaves Samuel Mintern Junior the reversion of a customary tenement and 1 cottage (10a) and 8a of the demsne lands and a toft and 2 cottages (3a and 21a) for 2 loves, known as MANOR OF HOOKE,

Also recorded in this document is the guardianship of his young son another Henry Mintern, this guardianship was given to his nephew Samuel Mintern junior of Hooke.

vii Marriage of Samuel Mintern and Hannah Draper, dated 22nd September 1713, this record relates to the marriage of Samuel the younger’s parents, Hannah is listed as being born in Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset this record also relates to a much older record, a pedigree published in 1623 showcasing another marriage between Mintern of Batcombe and Draper of Haselbury (the Batcombe Minterns are the ancestors of the Hooke Minterns)

viii Mortgage by assignment of lease 10M52/3/8 Hampshire Record Office, dated 30th October 1710, this record records the following; Mortgage lease for 800 years to secure £42 on messuage & 3 closes called Buckhill, Cheddington (5 acres) (i) Mary Roberts, wid & John Roberts, woolcomber of Cheddington (ii) Henry Minterne of Cheddington, clerk (iii) Samuel Minterne of Hooke, clothier.

From this record we now know that Samuel Mintern the elder was a clothier and that he lived in Hooke, Dorset and he was connected to Henry Mintern of Chedington, Clerk.

Researching the ancestors of Samuel the younger was very, very difficult. It was a joint project with a distant cousin in America ‘Trudy Norbury’, so I don’t want to take any credit for that research unless I mention her, because I couldn’t have completed it without Trudy’s team work and help.

We used very few parish records in the research of the Mintern line (very few exist) and we still successfully managed to research right back to about 1450. The records we used were Inventories, Probate Records, Adminstrations, Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714, CCEd Clergy of Church of England Database, Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886, Heraldry, Political Sermons, Dorset Hearth Tax Assessment, 1662-4, Monumental Inscriptions, Archaeological collections, Visitations of Surrey and Dorset, Surveys of London, Cromwell Ballard’s, Church Donation records, Historical hunting records, Original Letters – Illustrative of English History. Third Series Volume 2, Letters and Papers – Foreign and Domestic of Henry VIII – Volume 16: 1540-1541, and historical parish reference books and last but not least Thomas Hardy’s – Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

A brick wall in my family was broken down by simply looking further into the past and understanding more about the family name, line, where they lived, what property they held and how they relate to one another and by doing so we found Samuel the younger hidden among a few records.

We don’t know when Samuel the younger died, we are not even sure if he was a clothier like his father or a farmer like his son, but we know he married on the 23rd April 1740 in Rampisham, Dorset, England.

Betty WILLIAMS is the daughter of John ‘alias Baker’ WILLIAMS and Mary [2, 3, 8]. She was
born Abt. 1720 in Hooke, Dorset, England.

Samuel ‘the younger of Hooke’ MINTERN and Betty WILLIAMS. Their marriage on 23 Apr
1740 in Rampisham, Dorset, England (Dorset OPC Samuel Mintern &Betty Williams of Hook
were married 23 Apr 1740 from Rampisham Transcribed from Dorset Parish Registers Volume
6, published by W. P. W. Phillimore &; E. Nevill in 1912 by Emma Squires) [2, 3]. They had 1
child.

  • i. Henry MINTERN [9, 9, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16]. He was born Bet. 1737–1740 in Hook, Dorset, England [14].
    Baptism on 27 Jun 1740 in St Giles, Hooke, Dorset, England [15]. He married
    Mary. They were married Abt. 1765 in Dorset, England. Residence 1798 in
    Hook and Witherston, Dorset, England [12]. Monumental Inscription 1812 in
    Hooke, Dorset, England [14]. Occupation Bef. 1812 in Hook, Dorset, England
    (Farmer). Will on 27 Jun 1812 in Hook, Dorset, England (Name: Henry
    Mintern Will written and sealed: 27 June 1812 Probate Date: 24 August 1813
    Residence Place: Hook, Dorset Event Type: Will Probate Court: Bristol
    Consistitory Reference Number: Bc/W/1813 Event Record Number: 28) [10]. He
    died on 16 Jul 1812 in Hook, Dorset, England. Burial on 18 Jul 1812 in St
    Giles, Hooke, Dorset, England [14]. Probate on 24 Aug 1813 in Hook, Dorset,
    England (Name: Henry Mintern Will written and sealed: 27 June 1812 Probate
    Date: 24 August 1813 Residence Place: Hook, Dorset Event Type: Will
    Probate Court: Bristol Consistitory Reference Number: Bc/W/1813 Event
    Record Number: 28) [10]. Minterne Coat of Arms in Batcombe, Dorset, England
    (Az. two bars arg. betw. three lions pass, in pale or. MiNTERiN or Minterne,
    Batcombe, co. Dorsetand Thorpe, Surrey.) [6, 7].

Sources

[1] Ancestry.com, Dorset, England, Extracted Parish Records (Online publication – Provo, UT,
USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001.Original data – Electronic databases created from
various publications of parish and probate records.Original data: Electronic databases created
from various publications of parish and).

[2] Ancestry.com, Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 (Online
publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data – Dorset
Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.Original data: Dorset Parish
Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.), Dorset History Centre; Dorset Parish
Registers; Reference: PE/RAM:RE1/3.

[3] W.P.W PHILLIMORE, M.A., B.C.L.’ AND EDMUND NEVILL, B.A., F.S.A, Dorset Parish
Registers. Marriages – Vol. VI (London), Marriage of Samuel Mintern and Betty Williams – 23
April 1740 – Rampisham, Dorset – page 104.

[4] Ancestry.com, Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 (Online
publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data – Dorset
Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.Original data: Dorset Parish
Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.), Dorset History Centre; Dorset Parish
Registers; Reference: PE/BDW:RE 1/3.

[5] Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data:
Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Tree.
http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4632607&pid=6130.

[6] G. H. Gater and F. R. Hiorns (editor), Survey of London: volume 20: St Martin-in-the-Fields, pt
III: Trafalgar Square & Neighbourhood (English Heritage), Minterne Coat of Arms.

[7] : Papworth, John W. (John Woody), 1820-1870; Morant, Alfred William Whitehead, 1828-1881,
An alphabetical dictionary of Coats of Arms belonging to families of Great Britain and Ireland
(T. Richards), Mintern Coat of Arms – page 29. Az. two bars arg. betw. three lions pass, in pale
or. MiNTERiN or Minterne, Batcombe, co. Dorset ; and Thorpe, Surrey.

[8] Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data:
Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Tree.
http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4632607&pid=6129.

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6 thoughts on “Generation Eight – Samuel Mintern the Younger of Hooke

  1. OK, I have to ask—How did Tess of the D’Urbervilles help you figure this out!? I am amazed by your research and the types of documents you can find to trace your ancestors. Great work!

    • Thomas Hardy used real people and real places in history, but changed them slightly and fictionalised them. He turned the village of Batcombe (Home of my ancestors) into the village of Owlcombe and made a specific reference to a very old Dorşet folk tale. The story of the Dark Conjuror of Batcombe ‘John Mynterne the Mystic’. (one of my ancestors) it’s only a secondary source, but it works with the Cromwell Ballard’s as he is also a mentioned in this too. Plus we have the Oral history of his existence. It doesn’t prove anything of cause, only gives us a little tantalising view of how the origins of this story began. The Cromwell Ballard is the best source I have off his existence.

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