What I have is a collection of fragments which may or may not connect to one contiguous family line.My investigation has including looking for patterns between the Leycester, Courtauld,Crofts, Champion, and Minton families who appear in Co Cork in the 18th C.
Henrietta, dau of Christopher Leycester, b. 1753/54 Co Cork,m. Stephen Minton of Cork and North America, April 1789, at Cork as listed in the Hibernian Magazine, Diocese of Cork and Ross in other sources.Their children: Avis, John, Mary W., Stephen, and Harriet Leycester, were all b. in New York State, Claverack, Columbia and now Montgomery Co.- Herriot Laycester , dau of Stephen and “Herriot”(s/b Henrietta) Minton at the Reformed Church, Claverack, Columbia Co b. 6 Oct 1801, christened 11 Jul 1802.Family migrated to Washington, Wilkes Co, and Darien, McIntosh Co, GA within the next decade.
Avis Leycester (no father referenced) m. 1772 to George Hudson, Diocese of Cork and Ross.Spelling is Lester in Hibernian Magazine listing, Leicester in other sources.
The only Christopher Leycester I find for this location and time frameis of the line of Peter Leycester of Nether Tabley b 1588 d 1647 + Elizabeth Mainwaring b 1587 d 1641, to son Adam Leycester b 1625 migrated to Ireland, to son William Leycester b 1685 d 1745 + Mary, dau of George Crofts of Velvetstown, to son Christopher d 1759.I have only been able to identify one line of descent from this Christopher, thru son William b 1747 + Elizabeth, dau of Joseph Caughlan.
The following represents some very weak theoretical connections, which I hope that you don’t find far tootedious to untangle:
Stephen Minton of Springville, Kantnrk m. 1st 1749 Elizabeth Bowen, issue unknown
m. 2nd1755 Elizabeth Williamson, issue
2.John Minton m. 1789 at Cork, Martha, dau of Thomas Campion of Leitrim and Martha Harte
3.Ruth Minton b Co Cork4 Oct 1761 d Bocking, Essex 24 Nov 1853, m.10 Jul 1789, George Courtauld b London, 19 Sep 1761 d. Pittsburg, PA 14 Aug 1823, Silk Manufacturer.
In his travels through America, George Courtauld met Stephen Minton, a fellow explorer.Courtauld accepted Minton’s invitation to travel to Ireland, where he met his future wife, Minton’s daughter Ruth.Again returning to America, the marriage took place at the home of Mr Cornelius Cuyler on the Mohawk River in the State of New York.This Mr Cuyler lived quite near Stephen and Henrietta Leycester Minton at Claverick.
#2, John Minton of Springville, elected JP for Co Cork 17 Feb, 1789, believed to have then returned to England.Eldest daughter, Marie b 1780 m. 2 Oct 1834, Robert-George Maunsell Esq of Limerick as a 2nd wife.Maunsell’s 1st wife is Mabella, 2nd dau of Honorable Standish O’Grady.
#3 Ruth Minton Courtauldreturns to Courtauld family home in Essex following the death of her husband, and through correspondence we know that she socializes with the Champions, the Honorable Standish O’Grady, and possibly the same Freeman line with a marriage connection thru Wills Crofts.
Other Mintons include John Minton, Esq of Peafield House, Springvale, Ballinadee Parish;John Minton, Vintner, JP of Cork, 1777; John Minton of Cork, 1756, John of Cork, 1678; Thomas Minton of Ballyvodiena, Cloyne, Will probated 1766, and John Minton of Velvetstown.
To Henry Hastings, descended from the family of Hastings of Leicestershire, a dau m. to _____Minton, Esq, ancestor of the family of Springvale, Co Cork, and Co Limerick.(from Burke).
I recognize that there is little here to connect my Henrietta and Avis Leycester to the Leycester line of Cork and Nether Tabley.I have included the other family lines in the hope that there might be some significance attached to the families with which the Minton line intermarried.Please feel free to be brutal regarding any glaring errors which I may have presented here.Is this an impossible quest?Thank you, Sue