Generation Twelve – Elinor Minterne (1600 – before 1631)

47 Generations of Family History
Generation Twelve
Elinor Minterne
(1600 – before 1631)

Facts
Name: Elinor Minterne
Birth: 1600
Place of Birth: Batcombe, Dorset, England
Parents:
Father: John ‘of Batcombe’ MINTERNE
Mother: Frances MAYE

Spouse: Richard ‘of Haselbury & Crewkerne’ DRAPER
Marriage: before 1620
Place of Marriage: Somerset or Dorset

Children: They had 2 known child.
i. John ‘alias Galliver’ DRAPER
ii. Elizabeth DRAPER

Death: before 1631
Place of Death: Possibly; Haselbury Plucknett, Dorset, England.
Cause of Death: Unknown
Burial: Unknown
Place of Burial: Possibly; St Michael, Haselbury Plucknett, Dorset, England

Heraldry: 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: 11th Great Grandmother

Short Biography

Elinor MINTERNE is the daughter of John ‘of Batcombe’ MINTERNE and Frances MAYE [1, 2,
3]. She was born about 1600 in Batcombe, Dorset, England [1].
Elinor is the youngest of five children and alongside herself, two of her siblings also married very well, her brother John ‘of Batcombe & Yetminster’ Minterne (1594 – 1661) married into the Browne family of Frampton and her brother Henry Minterne (born c.1596) married Bridgett Kyme (born c. 1590) daughter of John ‘of Sunbury-on-Thames’ Kyme (1560 – 1616) who once owned huge parts of Trafalgar Square and St Martin-in-the-fields. Bridgett was the granddaughter of Richard ‘of Sunbury-on-Thames’ NIGHTINGALE who was Master of the Robes to Queen Elizabeth I.

Elinor’s family married into the some very important Elizabethan families and was well-known in the Royal courts, her family also has connections to Pocahontas, Elizabeth More (Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth I) and many more.

Elinor and her marriage to Richard Draper (1598 – 1658) are recorded in the Visitations of Dorsetshire 1623. This pedigree was originally sourced from Henry Minterne and John Minterne in 1623 when the visitation was made. So the information provided by them was a primary source, the pedigree itself published in 1885 is a secondary source.

Mintern Pedigree - Dorset Source: The visitation of the county of Dorset, taken in the year 1623

Mintern Pedigree – Dorset
Source: The visitation of the county of Dorset, taken in the year 1623

Little is known about Elinor’s life, but we can only imagine that it was an extraordinary one. She probably met Royalty was probably at court once or twice, her circle of friends would have included Knights, Lady’s and many of the wealthiest citizens of Dorset & Somerset. But sadly her life was very short, Elinor died before 1631 and perhaps even as early as 1623/5. Elinor was aged no older than her late twenty’s when she died which makes me think she might have died in childbirth or perhaps even during The Plague of 1625-26. [2].

Elinor was not mentioned in her father ‘John Minterne’ Last Will and Testament written on the 06 Jul 1631 in Batcombe, Dorset, England [2]. Her two children are mentioned.

Richard DRAPER is the son of John DRAPER Gent [1, 4, 5]. He was born Abt. Jan 1598 in
Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset, England [4]. The Last Will and Testament of John Draper, Gent
of Haselbury on 26 Jun 1615 in Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset, England (The residue of all
my Goodes and Chattells (not for= 17. merlye given) I doe give and bequeathe unto my sonne
Richard Draper whome I 18. doe make my sole executor of this my last Will and Testament) [4].
Minterne Pedigree – Visitations of Dorset 1623 in Dorset, England (Page 71 of the Visitation of
Dorsetshire 1623, showing the Minterne pedigree) [1]. Cases before the Committee, May 1647,
01 May 1647-31 May 1647 May 1647 in Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset, England (from
sequestration, for being in arms against Parliament. No order. 94 218 Richd. Draper, and
John, his Son, Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset. 15 May 1647. Vol. G No. or p. Certificate from
the County Committee about Rich. Draper’s delinquency,) [5]. He died in Somerset, England.

Richard DRAPER and Elinor MINTERNE. They had 2 children.

  • i. John ‘alias Galliver’ DRAPER [6, 7]. He was born Abt. 1620 in Haselbury
    Plucknett, Somerset, England. The Last Will and Testament of John Minterne
    on 06 Jul 1631 in Batcombe, Dorset, England (I give and bequeath unto
    Elizabeth Draper and John Drap[er] her brother fower pound equally to bee
    devided betweene) [6]. He married Elizabeth COLLINS. They were married on
    04 Feb 1644 in Exton, Somerset, England. Cases before the Committee, May
    1647, 01 May 1647-31 May 1647 May 1647 in Haselbury Plucknett,
    Somerset, England (from sequestration, for being in arms against Parliament.
    No order. 94 218 Richd. Draper, and John, his Son, Haselbury Plucknett,
    Somerset. 15 May 1647. Vol. G No. or p. Certificate from the County
    Committee about Rich. Draper’s delinquency,) [7].
  • ii. Elizabeth DRAPER [8]. She was born Abt. 1622 in Haselbury Plucknett,
    Somerset, England. The Last Will and Testament of John Minterne on 06 Jul
    1631 in Batcombe, Dorset, England (I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth
    Draper and John Drap[er] her brother fower pound equally to bee devided
    betweene) [8].

Elinor Minterne Pedigree

Elinor Minterne Pedigree. Elinor's ancestors can be researched back further then the conquest of England of 1066. Robert Maye is a descendant of King Edward I and Hugh Malet is a descendant of King Henry I. which means that Elinor Minterne is a descendant of William the Conqueror no less then  twelve times.

Elinor Minterne Pedigree.
Elinor’s ancestors can be researched back further than the conquest of England of 1066. Robert Maye is a descendant of King Edward I and Hugh Malet is a descendant of King Henry I.
which means that Elinor Minterne is a descendant of William the Conqueror no less than twelve times.

Sources

[1] Henry St. George and Sampson Lennard, The visitation of the county of Dorset, taken in the
year 1623 (The Harleian Society), Minterne Pedigree – page 71. see image for more
information.

[2] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858
(Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), The last Will and testament of John Mynterne of Batcombe.
Elinor is not mentioned in her father’s Will (she probably died before 1631) her children are
mention; I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Draper and John Drap[er] her brother fower pound
equally to bee devided betweene them.
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=30177.
[3] England: Canterbury – Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1605-1619, The
Last Will and Testament of John Draper of Haselbury – 1615. [folio] 532 [folio] 532
T[estamentum] Joh[ann]is Draper 1. In the name of God Amen : I John 2. Draper of
Hasselbeare Plucknett [Haselbury Plucknett] in the Countye of Somers[ett] gent[leman] beinge
3. sicke of body but of perfect mynde and memorie thanck[es] be unto Allmightie 4. God doe
make this my last Will and Testament in Wrightinge the xvijth [17th] 5. daye of August anno
D[omi]ni 1613 in manner and forme followinge Firste above 6. all Earthelie thing[es] I
com[m]ende my Soule into the handes of the Allmighty 7. God my Maker and Creator and my
Body to the Earthe from whence it came 8. Next I doe hereby utterlie revoke all former and
other Wills by me made 9. before this tyme Item I doe give and bequeathe to the Churche of
Hasselbeare 10. Plucknett aforesayd to be buryed w[ith]in the sayd Churche Six shilling[es]
eighte 11. pence1 Item I give and bequeathe unto my daughter Johane Bragge one Silver 12.
Spoone or Six shilling[es] eighte pence in monye. Item I give and bequeathe unto 13. my
daughter Margerit Hodges one silver Spoone or Six shilling[es] eighte 14. pence in monye.
Item I give unto the Poore people of Hasselbeare Plucknett 15. aforesayd Tenn shilling[es]
Item I give and bequeathe unto my Daughter Alice 16. Draper Twenty shilling[es]. The residue
of all my Goodes and Chattells (not for= 17. merlye given) I doe give and bequeathe unto my
sonne Richard Draper whome I 18. doe make my sole executor of this my last Will and
Testament In Wittnes 19. whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the daye and yeare
above= 20. sayd, John Draper . Signed sealed and deliv[er]ed in the p[rese]nce of us per me
[signed] 21. Jo[hn] Downton Cler[k] : William Willis the m[ar]ke of John Perry Mary Wiseman
22. Probatum fuit Testamentum suprascruptu[m] apud 23. London coram M[agist]ro Thoma[e]
Edwards Legu[m] D[o]c[t]ore surrogato ven[er]abilis 24. viri D[omi]ni Johannis Benett Militis
Legu[m] etiam D[o]c[t]oris Curi[a]e Prerogative Cant[uariensis] 25. Mag[ist]ri Custodis sive
Com[m]issarij l[egi]time constituti vicesimo sexto die mensis Junij 26. anno D[omi]ni Mill[es]imo
sexcentesimo decimo quinto [26 June 1615] Juramento Richardi Draper filij d[i]c[t]i 27. defuncti
et executoris in huiu[sm]o[d]i testamento no[m]i[n]ati Cui com[m]issa fuit administratio
1MARK: A measure of account accepted throughout western Europe as equivalent to 8 oz. of
silver (no coins known as Marks ever circulated in England). In England a mark was two-thirds
of a pound or 13s. 4d. ½ a mark = 6s. 8d. 28. omniu[m] et singuloru[m] bonoru[m] Juriu[m] et
creditoru[m] euisdem defuncti de bene et fideli[ite]r ad[minist]rand[o] 29. eadem ad sancta dei
Evangelia in debita Juris forma iurat ././ Ex[aminatur] [examined].

[4] Mary Anne Everett Green (editor), Calendar, Committee for Compounding: Part 3 (Institute of
Historical Research), Richd. Draper, and John, his Son, Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset.see
image for more dsetails.

[5] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858
(Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), The last Will and testament of John Mynterne of Batcombe. I
give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Draper and John Drap[er] her brother fower pound equally to
bee devided betweene.

[6] Richd. Draper, and John, his Son, Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset.see 7 image for more details.
Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858
(Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), The last Will and testament of John Mynterne of Batcombe. I
give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Draper and John Drap[er] her brother fower pound equally to
bee devided betweene them.

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2 thoughts on “Generation Twelve – Elinor Minterne (1600 – before 1631)

  1. Just amazing to me that you can trace so far back (I know I say this all the time—but I am still amazed!) I guess it helps when your family has been in one country for centuries. It’s also remarkable how your family has gone from one end of the economic spectrum to another.

    • I find that very strange too, and I find it extremely difficult to relate to these very distant ancestors.
      Although the story of riches to rags (excuse me terminology) is a story played out again and again. There is a famous link regarding King Edward III, his grandson was nothing more then a common Shoemaker. Wealth and status is usually only passed to the eldest male child, so if a family had 12 children the remaining siblings had to make there own way in life and all their descendants become far removed from this once prosperous position.
      It is believed that king Henry I has more then 100 thousand direct male descendants alive today, this doesn’t include female or even the criss crossing of family lines. His descendants could easily be in the millions. That could easily include yourself because the Royal houses of Europe are all connected by blood and marriage.

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