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Minett Family of Berkeley

THE MINETT FAMILY OF BERKELEY

 


 

Joseph Minett (1703c-1772) and Margaret Cousins (-1768)

Yeoman of Baynham Farm, Alkington, Berkeley

 

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Margaret Minett (1740-) and Charles Brown

Farmer of Gearing Frith, Yate

 

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Catherine Brown and John Isaac

Farmer of Hall End Farm, Yate

 

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Mary Isaac and James Shield

Farmer of Barber’s Land, Tytherington

 

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Ann Shield and James Eley IV

Farmer of Lower Morton, Kingswood and Tortworth

 

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Ernest Edward Eley and Emily Yarnold

Farmer of Kingswood, Berkeley, North Nibley etc.

 

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Grace Margaret Eley and William Edward Terrett

 

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JOSEPH MINETT, Great VI Grandfather of Richard Barton

 

Husband of Margaret Cousins

Father of Margaret Brown

 

Also Father of Joseph, Mary, John, Richard, Sarah Underwood and Mary Merrett

 

Joseph Minett was born in about 1703. He was possibly the son of a John Minett who lived in Breadstone and Hengaston and whose other children were baptised at Berkeley parish church between 1698 and 1705.

 

We know that Joseph Minett married Margaret Cousins at Berkeley on 12th May 1730. They had at least six children baptised at Berkeley between 1732 and 1756 and when Mary was christened in 1738 her parents were living at Wanswell. Joseph was described in his will as a Farmer of Baynham Farm, Alkington, Berkeley.

David Tandy has discovered the following reference:

From ‘And Did Those Feet…’ (Edge of Page missing – check!):

 

‘I found a notice of sale of Baynham Farm. It was in a Gloucester Journal dated 10 November 1761. It read, “A freehold estate, consisting of a good farm house, barn, stable, and convenient outhouses in good repair. Of about 140 acres lying about the house and well watered. Within three miles of Dursley and Wotton-under-Edge two good Market Towns. Farmer Minette at Baynham farm, will shewe the Premises”.

Later I found a memorial stone in the floor, to the rear of Berkeley church, which stated, Joseph Minette Yeoman, Baynham Farm aged 69, 22 February 1772. Margaret his wife October 30 1768. So the use of the name Rugbagge died before the first census of 1841, and Baynham survived.

Margaret Minett died on 30th October 1768, aged sixty-nine years and was buried at Berkeley on 2nd November. Her husband, Joseph Minett, now a widower, made his will on 11th February 1772. He died on 22nd February 1772, aged sixty-nine years and was buried at Berkeley on 25th February.

The memorial inscription is inside St Mary’s Church, Berkeley, directly in front of the west door: A flat stone:-

 “In Memory of Joseph Minett of Baynham Farm in this parish Yeoman who departed this life 22nd February, 1772, in the 69th year of his age. Also of Margaret his wife who died October 30th, 1768, aged 69 years. John Minett of Wickwar yeoman son of Joseph and Margaret Minett died August 16th, 1800 aged 65 years. Ann Minett, widow of John Minett, died October 8th, 1827, aged 71 years.”

Bigland: ‘a flat stone at the west end of the church under the gallery’

The Will of Joseph Minett:

 

‘In the name of God, Amen. I Joseph Minett of Baynham Farm in the Parish of Berkeley in the County of Gloucester Yeoman being of sound and disposing mind and memory (Blessed be Almighty God) Considering my latter end and the uncertainty of the time thereof Do make and ordain this my last will and testament in a manner following. (that is to say) First I Give and devise unto my two sons Joseph Minett and John Minett All that my moiety or half part undivided or other part or share of and in all that messuage or tenement closes lands herediaments and premises with the appurtenances thereto belonging situate lying and being in the parish of Charfield in the County of Gloucester aforesaid To hold to them the said Joseph Minett and John Minett my said two sons their heirs and assigns for ever not as joint tenants but as tenants in common equally to be divided between them subject to the payment of three hundred pounds and interest charged thereon by may of mortgage and payable to Mrs Mary Jones. Also I give and bequeath unto my said son John Minett the sum of twenty five pounds upon trust nevertheless to pay the sum of five pounds apiece to my five grandchildren Samuel, Joseph, John, William and Catherine Underwood the sons and daughter of my son in law Samuel Underwood as and when they shall severally attain their respective age of twenty one years or be married which shall first happen and in case any or either of my said five grandchildren shall happen to die before his hers or their legacy or legacies shall become payable then  I will and direct that the legacy or legacies of him her or them so dying shall sink into the residuum of my personal estate for the benefit of my executors hereinafter named Also I give and bequeath unto my said son Joseph Minett the sum of twenty pounds to be paid to him by my executors hereinafter named within twelve months next after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my said son John Minett all my horses mares goldings wagons carts harrow ploughs and implements in husbandry which shall be in my possession at my decease to and for his own use and benefit. All the rest and residue of my goods cattle stock and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever (my debts, the said mortgage and interest excepted, legacies and funeral expenses being first paid and discharged) I give and bequeath into and amongst my said son John Minett and my two daughters Mary the wife of Joseph Merrett and Margarett Minett equally between them and I make my said son John Minett and my said two daughters Mary Merrett and Margaret Minett joint executors of this my last will and testament and lastly revoking all other wills I declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper to the first thereof subscribed my name and to this last subscribed my name and set my seal this eleventh day of February In the twelfth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth, and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Two. Joseph Minett

Signed, sealed published and declared by the testator … In the presence of … subscribed our names as witnesses thereto In the sight… presence of the said testator and of each other Nichs Cornock, John Cornock Conway Whithorne

12th day of June 1772 The abovenamed John Minett one of the executors was duly sworn before us Tho Gregory Surro.’


MARGARET MINETT, Great VI Grandmother of Richard Barton

 

Wife of Joseph Minett

Mother of Margaret Brown

 

Also Mother of Joseph, Mary, John, Richard, Sarah Underwood and Mary Merrett

 

Margaret Cousins married Joseph Minett at Berkeley on 12th May 1730. They had at least six children who were baptised at Berkeley between 1732/3 and 1756 and when Mary was christened in 1738 her parents were living at Wanswell.

Margaret Minett died on 30th October 1768, aged sixty-nine years and was buried at Berkeley on 2nd November. Her husband, Joseph Minett, now a widower, made his will on 11th February 1772. He died on 22nd February 1772, aged sixty-nine years and was buried at Berkeley on 25th February.

The memorial inscription is inside St Mary’s Church, Berkeley, directly in front of the west door: A flat stone:-

 “In Memory of Joseph Minett of Baynham Farm in this parish Yeoman who departed this life 22nd February, 1772, in the 69th year of his age. Also of Margaret his wife who died October 30th, 1768, aged 69 years. John Minett of Wickwar yeoman son of Joseph and Margaret Minett died August 16th, 1800 aged 65 years. Ann Minett, widow of John Minett, died October 8th, 1827, aged 71 years.”

Bigland: ‘a flat stone at the west end of the church under the gallery’


The children of Joseph and Margaret Minett were Great VI Aunts and Uncles:

 

JOSEPH MINNETT, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Joseph Minett was baptised on 2nd February 1732/3. On 10th July 1764 he married Betty Gabb at Berkeley and the witnesses were Mary Minett and John Gabb. She was born in 1740. Joseph and Betty had at least two children and when their daughter Betty was baptised in September 1767 Joseph was described as ‘of Ham’.


JOHN MINETT, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton

 

John Minett was baptised on 18th September 1732 with his sister, Mary, at Berkeley. He became a Yeoman of Wickwar and married Ann Hopkins. He died on 16th August 1800, aged sixty-five years. There is a monumental inscription in Berkeley Church where he was buried on 20th August. His widow, Ann, died on 8th October 1827, aged seventy-one years. He was probably Churchwarden at Wickwar in 1775, 1786 and 1787.


 

MARY MERRETT, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Mary Merrett was baptised on 19th April 1738. She married Joseph Merritt at Berkeley on 10th October/November 1771. The witnesses were Joseph Minett and Wm Turner. She is mentioned in her father’s will.

RICHARD MINETT, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Richard Minett was baptised on 12th March 1735 at Berkeley. He died before the will of his father was drawn up in 1772.


SARAH UNDERWOOD, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Sarah Minett of Berkeley was born in about 1732. She married Samuel Underwood at Berkeley on 30th November 1756. The witnesses were Daniel Niblett and Mary Minett.  The family lived at Newport and Samuel worked as a Farrier. They had children and Sarah probably died before her father’s will of 1772.

Sarah was buried on 10th January 1771 at Berkeley.

Samuel Underwood, Farrier of Newport, was buried on 11th December 1781 and was buried at Berkeley. He was probably the Samuel, son of Joseph, who was baptised at Stone on 2nd August 1701.

Gravestone at Berkeley:

Samuel Underwood of Newport, Blacksmith, died 22nd August 1782 aged 81 years and Sarah his second wife died 9th January 1771 aged thirty-nine-years.

 


MARGARET BROWN, Great V Grandmother of Richard Barton

 

Daughter of Joseph Minett and Margaret (nee Cousins)

Wife of Charles Brown II

Mother of Catherine Isaac

 

Also Mother of William, Catherine Bennett, Joseph, Margaret Daniell and Betty

 

Margaret Minett was baptised on 10th November 1740 at Berkeley. She was the seventh child of Joseph and Margaret Minett of Baynham Farm, Berkeley. Margaret married Charles Brown II on 4th August 1772 at Wickwar. They settled at Gearing Frith, Yate where Charles was a tenant farmer. Charles was Churchwarden of Wickwar from 1797-1799. Charles and Margaret had at least six children the eldest, Catherine was baptised at Wotton-under-Edge on 25th January 1774. The five younger children were all baptised at Wickwar between 1775 and 1782. The youngest, Betty, died aged four years.

Charles Brown II made his will on 24th August 1798 and died on 15th January 1799, aged fifty-four-years. His burial took place at Wickwar on 18th January where a table tomb was erected. Charles Brown’s will was proved at Gloucester on 20th June 1801 and the estate was valued at less than £1,000.

The monumental inscription to Charles Brown is now illegible but Bigland gives it as in memory of Charles and his daughter Betty, also to Margaret, his wife, who died in 1816. Their son, Charles, was buried with them in 1828.

Margaret Brown, widow of Charles Brown II, died on 21st March 1816, aged seventy-seven years and was buried on 29th March when she was described in the Wickwar Register as “of Yate”.


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