Looking for records of Joseph Minter prior to his arrival in Prince William/Fauquier Co., VA. Would like to find who his parents were.
He was born abt 1700-1710 and died 25 June 1774 in Fauquier Co., VA. His will was dated 12 Dec 1772 and proven on 27 Jun 1774. (Fauquier Co., VA Will Bk.1, pp.253-254).
Joseph Minter came to Prince William/Fauquier Co. from Spotsylvania Co., VA in 1734: --On 16 July 1734 Joseph Minter of Spotsylvania Co. purchased 213 acres on south run of Broad Run, part of a greater tract of 774 acres, from William Duff. (Prince William Co., VA Deed Bk.B., pp.288-291). George Neavill and Zachary Taylor were witnesses to the deed. Note: William Duff had received a grant for this 774 acres on south run of Broad Run of Occoquan, and at the foot of the Broken Hills on 12 May 1725. (Northern Neck Grants Bk.A, p.149).
So far, the earliest record found of Joseph is from 17 Mar 1733 when he was a witness to the will of George Twyman of Spotsylvania Co.,VA. Zachary Taylor, the grandfather of President Zachary Taylor, was the other witness. (Spotsylvania Co., VA Will Bk.A, p.210).
From Joseph's will we know his wife was named Mary. There is a lot of confusion concerning the maiden name of Mary. Databases on RootsWeb and other genealogical websites show the wife of Joseph Minter variously as Mary Bohannan/Bohanon etc., Mary Buchanan and Mary Trabue. Some list Mary Trabue as his mother and the wife of Joseph Minter Sr. None of these databases cite any credible sources for their information. However, there were Bohannans and Buchanans living in Spotsylvania Co., VA during the time Joseph Minter was living there.
Joseph and Mary Minter's daughter Elizabeth "Betty" Minter was born abt 1730 and married George Rogers abt 1750, probably in Prince William Co. George Rogers and Elizabeth Minter were my 5th gr.grandparents. I am their descendant through their son Edward Rogers who married Elizabeth Hathaway.