I'm afraid I still consider my CULMER link a little speculative. As I don't have easy access to English records - with limits caused by finances and time - I don't think I have found enough evidence to support the line going back from what is fairly definite about my husband's ancestry to the point where George MINTER married Jane CULMER. I have a Martin MINTER:
6. Martin MINTER
b. 20 January 1799
bpt. 3 March 1799 St. Peters Thanet, Kent, England
Martin, a bachelor, was married by banns on 13 May 1822, at St. John Thanet. His wife was Fanny MORPHEW, daughter of William Morphew and Frances (nee Smith).
That is positive, as we have certificates relating to a son which name his parents.
Martin was the son of Henry and Sarah Minter. Martin's siblings were baptised at St John Thanet, which leads to the belief that this is the Henry MINTER who married Sarah PHILPOTT at St Johns in 1790.
A will of George MINTER of Sandwich names his brother Henry and now wife, Sarah, which gives a link to George, son of George and Hannah Minter of St John, as George said he wanted to be buried with his parents at St John, Margate.
George Minter married Hannah Stroud 8 February 1767, by banns at St John Thanet.
George signed and Hannah made her mark. They were both of the parish, and the witnesses were M Trapp, parish clerk, and Matts Mummery.In 1777, George was living in one of three houses at Puddledock, Margate at the time of their sale. He was owner occupier of a house at Margate in 1790. He was possibly a witness at the marriage of his son Henry in 1790. George died 11 February 1797, aged 49, and was buried at St John Thanet on the 18 February. Administration of his estate was granted to his son Henry in 1812, after the death of Hannah on 16 June 1811. Hannah, aged 64, was also buried at St John Thanet, on 22 June 1811.
After this, things become a bit "iffy". NO baptism has been found for Henry, and there is no George born in St John to tie in with the George who married Hannah.
This is a feasible scenario, but, because of the gaps in the records, I feel more proof is required - research was done by someone else:
George MINTER married Jane CULMER at Elmstone, Kent on 14 October 1669. Jane appears to have died. George was married by licence as a yeoman of St Mary Bredin, Canterbury, at St Mary Bredin, on 1 January 1694. His second wife was Elizabeth DODD, a spinster of St Margaret, Canterbury. In 1705, he was living at Ash, a victualler (Fleur de Lis), with 14 acres of land. George was baptised as an adult, on 24 April 1715, at Stourmouth. George was buried at Stourmouth, Kent 6 June 1717. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow Elizabeth on 8 June 1717. Henry Minter, probably Georgeís son from his first marriage, of Ash and George Culmer of Preston gave bond. Elizabeth was buried 23 March 1726, at St Mary Bredin, Canterbury.
George and Jane had nine children. George and Elizabeth had six children. A child of George and Jane ----
2. Henry MINTER
bpt. 2 June 1673 Staple Kent
m. 13 October 1698 Ash, Kent sp. Mary BAILEY
bur. 5 November 1721 Ash
Henry was married by banns as of the Little Lady in the City of Canterbury. Mary was of Ash. Henry was also baptised as an adult, at Ash, aged 32, on 1 January 1706/7. In 1705, he was living at Ash, a husbandman with a wife and three children, and six servants. He was possibly a churchwarden at Ash in 1712. Henry had been admitted as a freeman of Canterbury in 1694, as a victualler, by redemption. Henry probably gave bond in 1717 at the administration of his fatherís estate to his stepmother Elizabeth. He was a yeoman of Ash in 1720. Henryís will was proved at Canterbury Consistory Court 13 January 1721/2. His wife Mary was mentioned in this will. She was buried at Ash 5 February 1760.
1. George MINTER
bpt. 18 April 1704/5 Ash, Kent
m. 14 October 1744 Ash, Kent sp. Mary STURGESS
bur. August 1763 Ash, Kent
In 1705, George was living with his parents at Ash. He was mentioned in his fatherís will of 1720. There is no conclusive evidence that he was the George who married Mary Sturgess by banns in 1744. George was possibly a yeoman of Staple in 1760. He appears to have been buried at Ash on 26 August 1763, aged 59, from Staple. Administration of his estate was granted on 5 December 1763, to Mary the relict together with John Wale, husbandman of Ash, and Thomas Pepper of Canterbury, victualler. The amount was £220. Mary was married by banns, as a widow of Ash, on 16 February 1764 at Ash, to John Whales, a bachelor of Ash.
1. George MINTER
bpt. 29 May 1748 Ash, Kent
This is possibly the George who married Hannah Stroud at St John Thanet, Kent in 1767.
Very longwinded, but someone may see something that I haven't been able to!!!
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