Elizabeth (Booth) Minor, wife of John Minor, the couple who moved from Stratford CT to become some of the founding pioneers of Woodbury, CT must have lived into the 90’s, and this gene was possibly from her (Booth) side of the family.Some list that Elizabeth (Booth) Minor lived to be 98, and died in 1739, but other posts state she died on Oct 24, 1732 at Woodbury.That latter is the date of death found within the vital records of Woodbury in transcribed print form. Whether the script of the records would still be around to verify the accuracy of the transcription to be 1732 as the year or whether this was misread from 1739 I do not know. If she died in 1732 she was at least 91 years old. Their son Col. Joseph Minor lived to be over 100. Does anyone know where Elizabeth (Booth) Minor lived after her husband John Minor died?
My ancestress, Esther Prentice, was a great granddaughter of Elizabeth (Booth) Minor and John Minor, and she lived to be 100 years of age. Her great-uncle, the above Col. Joseph Minor, was the one who performed her marriage. I feel that this shows that there was some old age gene which Esther inherited from her mother’s mother, the Minor side of the family, since both these two lived to be centenarians.
The family history as written by latter historians, and as posted in many places on the internet, has become much confused.The History of Ancient Woodbury lists as the wife of Deacon Zechariah Walker one “Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Bull.”This has been the source of many of these incorrect family tree posts, that claim his wife to have been Elizabeth Bull.Many other though (correctly) post his wife as “Elizabeth Minor”, daughter of the above John and Elizabeth (Booth ) Minor.However, none of these provided any sources for this correct genealogy.(one posts even lists both wives without any recognition of the difference in the surnames of Minor and Bull, perhaps thinking one was a middle name.) One post was made over a decade ago questioning why there were two different surnames for Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah Walker, to which there were no apparent responses.
I decided to so some research of my own on this, and located a transcribed will of John Minor online, which listed a daughter, “Elizabeth Walker”, though that didn’t confirm her husband’s first name as Zechariah.But it was a good piece of documentation to begin with.I then located a copy online of the 1739 will of Zachariah Walker, the second, which listed land that “brother Bull” improves.This was an interesting bequest of sorts, because it showed the Bull name was connected in some way.After thinking about this it appears to me that apparently the foregoing bequest statement led the compiler of the Ancient History of Woodbury to conclude that the “Brother Bull” referred to in the Z. Walker will was the brother of his wife Elizabeth, when instead Samuel Bull was married firstly to Zechariah Walker II’s sister named Elizabeth. Zechariah Walker II’s sister Elizabeth Walker was the one who married Samuel Bull. The home of Samuel and Elizabeth (Walker) Bull was said to be still standing in one post, and is one of the oldest surviving homes in Woodbury if it is still there. It was sold outside the Bull family in 1994.
So the real name of the wife of Zechariah Walker must have been Elizabeth Minor, not Elizabeth Bull, and this helps explain how Esther Prentice, daughter of Abigail (Walker) Prentice likely inherited an old age gene from her maternal grandmother. My Esther Prentice removed to Cornwall, CT, where she died. Esther Prentice had a second cousin once removed, Esther (Minor) Judson b. 1773 who died in 1868 at the age of 95, and lived in her old age in the same Cornwall, CT with her daughter. Esther (Minor) Judson had two sons who lived to be 96, one daughter who also lived to be 95 like herself, one daughter who was 93, 1 son 92, and one daughter 89. In other words, there were six children who were very old.
Does anyone else know of any of the descendants of John and Elizabeth (Booth) Minor who lived to a good old age?