April 23, 1608|
Chew Magna, Somerset, England
October 23, 1690 (aged 82)|
|Known for||Founder of New London and Stonington, Connecticut|
Early life and marriage
Minor was born in Chew Magna, in Somerset, England, on April 23, 1608. In 1629, he emigrated to Salem, Massachusetts, aboard the Lyon's Whelp. He quickly moved to Watertown, and then on to Charlestown, after Typhus Fever broke out in Salem.
John Minor (1635-1719)
Clement Minor (1639-1700)
Thomas Miner (1640-1662)
Ephraim Miner (1642-1724)
Joseph Miner (1644-1712)
Manassah Minor (1647-1728)
Ann Minor (1648-?)
Marie Minor (1651-1660)
Samuel Minor (1652-1682)
Hannah Minor (1655-1721)
In 1636, the Minors moved to Hingham.
In about 1653, Minor bought land west of Stonington, across Quiambaug Cove near present-day Mystic, and built a house for his family. Around this time he began one of the few diaries to survive 17th-century New England. It covers the years 1653 to 1684 and was published in book form in 1899.
Minor was active in public affairs in both New London and Stonington. He was commissioned as the captain of the Stonington militia company in 1665. Both he and his sons served during King Philip's War. His son, Lieutenant Thomas Minor, appears on the list of Connecticut men who volunteered for service in King Philip's War who were the original proprietors of Voluntown, Connecticut. 
Between 1683 and 1684, Minor contracted with an individual in England to investigate his genealogical line and determine how his surname was historically spelled (Minor versus Miner). The response he received is a classic example of fraudulent genealogy. The pedigree and family coat of arms sent back to Minor were proven to be mostly falsified in a 1984 study published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Notable descendants include:
- Ulysses S. Grant
- William T. Minor
- Thomas T. Minor
- William Chester Minor
- Michael D. Miner
- John D. Rockefeller
- Lydia M. Miner
- Wheeler, Richard A. "The First Organized Church in New London: An Historical Study". New London County Historical Society. Read before the New London County Historical Society, at its Annual Meeting, November 26, 1877. . Accessed 14 July 2007.
- "Thomas Miner and his Descendants". . Accessed 31 July 2007. Note that some accounts have him arriving on the ship Arabella during the Great Migration, arriving in Salem Harbor on June 14, 1630.
- "The Miner Branch of the Hubbards". . Accessed 14 July 2007.
- "Biography of Walter Palmer". Walter Palmer Society. http://www.walterpalmer.com/Walter_Palmer_Bio.htm. Accessed 31 July 2007.
- Miner, John A. and Miner, Robert F. "The Curious Pedigree of Lt. Thomas Minor". New England Historical and Genealogical Register. New England Historic Genealogical Society. July 1984, pg 182-185. See online version at . Accessed 14 July 2007.
- "The History Of Road Church". www.roadchurch.org. . Accessed 14 July 2007.
- From Cary Latham
- Soldiers in King Philips War. George Madison Bodge. 1896. pg. 468.
- Soldiers in King Philips War. George Madison Bodge. 1896. pg. 443.
- "An Herauldical Essay Upon the Surname of Miner". In possession of the Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford, Connecticut.
- Ancestors of American Presidents: First Definitive Edition by Gary Boyd Roberts and Julie Helen Otto. 1995. ISBN 978-0-936124-19-3