1800 Samuel Minor

1544. Samuel Minor (Isaac , Samuel , Stephen , William , Clement ) was born on 23 Dec 1800 in, Fayette, Pennsylvania. He died on 18 Dec 1878 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He was buried in Old Baptist Cem, Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania.  Samuel married (MRIN:31628) Louisa Bella Keller in 1825 in Uniontown, Fayette, Penn. Louisa was born on 3 Aug 1806 in , Fayette, Pennsylvania. She died on 9 Nov 1848 in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania.

(The following numbering system is taken from the Thomas Minor Society page at: http://tmsociety.org/thomas/clement/aqwg53.htm#81868 – why reinvent the wheel! They have done an excellent job identifying and numbering Minor descendants). Information I have added is in parentheses and in “red”.
The Home Page is: http://tmsociety.org/.

PARENTS: 

512.  Isaac Minor 1769-1836 (Samuel , Stephen , William , Clement)   – father of Samuel Minor.  Isaac married Rachel Hammell 1770-1849, Samuel’s mother.  (Samuel Minor’s parents and ancestors can be found at the Thomas Minor Society pages here:  http://tmsociety.org/thomas/clement/aqwg53.htm#81868 ).

CHILDREN: 

Eliza Douglas Minor 1826–1902
Louisa Minor 1827–1879
Daniel Keller Minor 1829–
Isaac Minor 1830–1915
Sarah Ann Minor 1833–1856
Samuel Minor 1835–1863
Rachel Minor 1839–1870
David Wilson Minor 1839–1920
William Hazlett Minor Sr 1843–1893
Theodore Henry Minor 1845–1932

+ 3874 F i Eliza Douglas Minor was born on 2 Mar 1826. She died on 13 Sep 1902.  Married Henry Hedden b. 1822-1904.  They had 6 children.
3875 F ii Louisa Minor was born about 1827.  No evidence of any children.
3877 M iv Daniel Keller Minor was born on 9 Dec 1829. (Note: This is actually Daniel K. Minor – the “K” was an initial for Keller, his middle name.  Daniel R. Minor and Keller Minor are the same person and should be consolidated).  3880 M vii Keller Minor was born in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania. He was buried on 10 Dec 1995.  Keller married (MRIN:31635) Margaret McEwen b. 1835.   They had 8 children.
+ 3878 M v Isaac Minor was born on 3 Apr 1830. He died on 11 Dec 1916.  He married Hannah Caroline Nixon 1838-1907.  They had 6 children.
+ 3881 F viii Sarah Ann Minor was born in 1833. She died in Oct 1856. She  married William Sembower b. 1830 – they had two children
3882 M ix Samuel Minor was born on 9 Jun 1835 in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania. He died on 3 Aug 1863, killed by Indians in Humboldt, California. (Note: Not married, died before any children).
+ 3883 F x Rachel Minor was born in 1837.  She married Jacob Clement b. 1826 – d. 1879.  They had 5 children.
3884 M xi David W. Minor was born on 23 Oct 1839 in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on 7 May 1920 in Arcata, Humboldt, California, United States. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Humboldt, California, United States. David married (MRIN:31637) Esther A. Jefferis (Jeffries) on 29 Nov 1866 in, Pennsylvania. Esther was born on 20 Feb 1846 in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States. She died on 19 Mar 1926 in Arcata, Humboldt, California, United States. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Arcata, Humboldt, California.
(Note: Never had any of their own children. Unofficially adopted a daughter – Mildred Jeffries).
+ 3885 M xii William Hazlett Minor was born on 19 Apr 1843. He died on 6 Jul 1893.
He married Harriet E. Hedden b. 1848.   They had 6 children.
+ 3886 M xiii Theodore Henry Minor was born on 22 Mar 1845. He died on 12 May 1932.   Theodore married 3 times. His wives were:

Mary Jane Hunter 1847-1889:  they had 6 children.
Carrie Gaff 1879-1914: they had  4 children
Elizabeth H. Hammon 1892-1936: they had 3 children)

(Note:  The following are removed as children of Samuel Minor – no documentation of them being his children in probate or any other documents that I have seen): 

3876 F iii (Note: uncertain this was a daughter of Samuel.  I’ve seen no documentation for this person): Ellen Miner was born in 1828 in . She died. She was buried on 10 Dec 1995. Ellen married (MRIN:60265) William Sembower about 1858 in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania. William was born about 1835 in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania. He died. He was buried on 10 Dec 1995.
(Note: Census reports show the name of the daughter that married William Sembower as Sarah Ann Minor. I have not seen anything showing Ellen Miner was a daughter of Samuel Minor)

3879 M vi Thomas Minor was born in 1843 in Pennsylvania, United States. He died.
(Note: I have found no documentation that this Thomas Minor is a child of Samuel Minor)

SIBLINGS:  (This info from the Thomas Minor Society:  I have not confirmed documentation for the siblings, but assume the information is correct unless I receive information to the contrary). 

+ 1543 M i John Minor was born on 9 Jun 1796. He died in 1870.
+ 1544 M ii Samuel Minor was born on 23 Dec 1800. He died on 18 Dec 1878.
+ 1545 M iii Isaac Par Minor was born on 7 Apr 1807. He died on 24 May 1877.
+ 1546 M iv Hammel Minor was born about 1814. He died after 1860.
+ 1547 M v Wilson Minor was born on 19 Jul 1812. He died on 2 Sep 1873.
1548 F vi Sarah Minor was born about 1816 in Fayette Co., Pa.. She was buried on 9 Dec 1895.
1549 F vii Eliza Ann Minor was born on 2 Jun 1789 in Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA. She died on 18 Jan 1878 in Earlville, LaSalle, Illinois, USA. She was buried on 9 Dec 1995.
+ 1550 F viii Rebecca Minor was born on 31 Jul 1794.  http://tmsociety.org/thomas/clement/aqwg20.htm#81858

FACTS and EVIDENCE:

Ancestry.com page for Samuel Minor b. 1800: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/69705632/person/34215530590/facts

US Census reports:

1830 US Census:  Name: Samuel Minor
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons – Males – Under 5: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29: 1
Slaves – Males – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 3
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 1
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 6  http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8058&h=566551&ssrc=pt&tid=69705632&pid=34215530590&usePUB=true

1840 US Census:  Name: Saml Minor
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons – Males – Under 5: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 30 thru 39: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 7
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 9

1850 US Census:  Name: Samuel Minor.  Age: 49  Birth Year: abt 1801
Birthplace: Pennsylvania.  Home in 1850: Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA
Gender: Male.  Family Number: 185
Household Members:   Name Age
Samuel Minor 49
Louisa Minor 23
Daniel K Minor 22
Isaac Minor 19
Sarah Ann Minor 17
Samuel Minor 15
Rachel Minor 13
David W Minor 11
William H Minor 6
T H Minor 4   http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8054&h=197022&ssrc=pt&tid=69705632&pid=34215530590&usePUB=true  Samuel Minor’s wife, Louisa Keller, died in 1848, so is not listed on 1850 US Census.

1860 US Census:  Name: Saml Minor. Age: 59 Birth Year: abt 1801
Gender: Male. Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania
Post Office: Uniontown. Family Number: 410
Household Members:   Name Age
Saml Minor 59
Wm Minor 17
Theodore Minor 14
(Note: Unknown what relation the following people were listed at Samuel’s home – they may have been boarders, or Sarah Lutz may have been teaching Theodore and the other children listed):
Sarah Lutz 45
Jno O Todd 12
Caroline Cropp 7
Jacob Smith 5
Emily Smith 4
Robt Smith 1  http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7667&h=3680085&ssrc=pt&tid=69705632&pid=34215530590&usePUB=true

Samuel Minor shows up in 1870 in Arcata, California at the residence of his son, Isaac Minor. Isaac had become a very successful lumberman running a large business that made him wealthy for his time. He also owned a granite quarry business, a theater, and a ranch/farm.

1870 US Census:  Name: Samuel Minor. Age in 1870: 70. Birth Year: abt 1800
Birthplace: Pennsylvania. Home in 1870: Arcata, Humboldt, California
Race: White. Gender: Male. Post Office: Arcata
Household Members:
Name Age
Isaac Minor 40
Hannah C Minor 31
Theodore Minor 14
Isaac W Minor 12
Mary Minor 9
Bertha Minor 1
Wm Henry 23
Samuel Minor 70 (Samuel Minor appears to have accompanied his son William H. Minor in his move to Humboldt, Calif)
William Minor 27 (Isaac’s younger brother William Hazlett Minor has moved to Humboldt, Calif)  http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7163&h=33935280&ssrc=pt&tid=69705632&pid=34215530590&usePUB=true

The 1870 US Census shows Samuel Minor’s youngest son, Theodore Henry Minor b. 1845, has moved to Henry County/DesMoines County, Iowa, as has Samuel’s oldest daughter, Eliza Douglas Hedden (Minor).  Samuel Minor’s probate papers in 1878-1879 indicate he had returned to live alternately with his daughter Eliza Douglas Hedden’s family and his son Theodore Henry Minor’s family in the Henry County, Iowa area in the final years of his life.

Probate:

1878/79: Samuel Minor’s probate papers found in DesMoines, Iowa, show he had returned back east in his final years of his life. According to the probate papers, he alternated living with his daughter Elizabeth Douglas Hedden (Minor)’s family, and his youngest son Theodore Henry Minor’s family.

Probate paperwork confirms 8 of Samuel Minor’s children as heirs at the time he died (either the child was alive, or if the child had predeceased Samuel Minor, they had living grandchildren of Samuel Minor’s).  The children listed in Samuel Minor’s probate papers (both ones living at that time, and ones who had prececeased him but had left grandchildren as heirs) were:

1) Eliza Douglas Hedden m. to Henry Hedden of Henry Co, Iowa – age 53

2) D K Minor of Bowling Green, Kentucky – age 52

3) Isaac Minor of Arcota, California – age 50

4) Rachel Clements died leaving the following children:

a) Newel Clements of age of Uniontown, PA
b) William Clements a minor of Uniontown, PA
c) David Clements a minor of Uniontown, PA

5) Sarah Ann Sembowers died leaving the following children:

a) Isaac Sembower of age
b) Sarah Ann Sembower married
One in Kansas and one in Washington Territory

6) D W Minor in Arcota, California – age 41

7) William H Minor in Arcota, California – age 38

8) Theodore H Minor in Des Moines County, Iowas – age 36

Two of Samuel Minor’s known children are not listed in his probate, they are:

9) Samuel Minor Jr – who had been killed by Indians in 1863 in California – he had no known children at the time of his death.  (Note:  Since Samuel Minor Jr. was dead in 1863 without leaving any heirs, the court would not list him as an heir – and why he is not listed on the probate paperwork).  

10) Louisa Minor b. 1827 – (Note: Documents do not confirm what happened to Louisa. We can assume that she was dead at the time of probate in 1879 since she was not listed, and that she never had any children.  The only document that lists this particular Louisa Minor b. 1827 is the 1850 US Census. It appears she died some time between 1850-1879 without any children. It is unknown if she ever married).  https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/9064/007594699_00317/484714?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/69705632/person/34215530590/facts/citation/323893506112/edit/record#?imageId=007594699_00319

1878 Dec 18 – Death:  Samuel Minor died December 18, 1878 while living at his son Theodore Henry Minor’s home in Henry County, Iowa according to pleadings in probate papers.  See:  https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/9064/007594699_00317/484714?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/69705632/person/34215530590/facts/citation/323893506112/edit/record#?imageId=007594699_00318

Some additional info on Samuel Minor’s descendants through Theodore Henry Minor:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/minor-family-of-canada/

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