The Minor Family

Oliver Porter MINOR was born 9 April 1830 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to William MINOR and Maria WEBB. From three years of age until sixteen he lived in Monroe County, New York. In 1846 he settled in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, where he was married on 3 March 1850 to Helen DENT. William MINOR was born in New York 11 September 1793 and died in Wisconsin 23 JAN 1850. Maria WEBB MINOR was born 21 August 1803 in New York City and died 11 October 1888 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Helen DENT was born 18 October 1833 in Hornellsville, New York to Richard DENT and Jane McGIBBON who were married in 1822. Richard DENT was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1800, came with his family to America in 1804, grew to manhood in Oxford, Chenango county, New York, moved to Wisconsin in 1842, and died there on 11 May 1850. Jane McGIBBON DENT was born in Scotland in 1799, came to America with her father's family when she was four years old, grew up in Delaware County, New York, moved to Wisconsin with her husband in 1842, and died there on 24 December 1878.

After his marriage in March 1850, Oliver MINOR farmed in Waukesha county, Wisconsin for four years; he improved a new timbered farm. About 1854 Oliver and Helen MINOR settled in Green Lake County, Wisconsin. In 1871 Oliver MINOR was traveling to Dakota from Green Lake county, Wisconsin, but decided to make his home in Cherokee county, Iowa. He initially bought a tract of 200 acres and began to improve it. He soon added to it until he owned a "beautiful body of 320 acres, lying in the fertile Maple Valley."

In addition to farming, Oliver P. MINOR was involved with the community. He was treasurer of the township on several occasions. Soon, however, his health began to fail, and after an illness (Bright’s disease - some type of inflammation of the kidneys) extending over a period of two years he passed away 8 October 1887, at the age of 57 and was buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pitcher Township, Cherokee County, Iowa. Cemetery records in the Cherokee Public Library indicate that the grave includes a G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic - Civil War) marker. The State of Iowa Armed Forces Graves Registration Record also indicates membership in the G.A.R. and notes that they supplied a headstone and a G.A.R. marker. However, they do not have any record of his service dates, rank, branch, organization, etc. All efforts to verify service have so far failed.

Helen MINOR remained in Diamond Township, Cherokee county, Iowa and is listed in the 1895 Iowa state census along with her children Irvin D., Mary S., William R. and his children Lorenzo R. (age 10), Lelia L. (age 9), Howard H. (age 6), Hazle D. (age 4), and Daisy B. (age 4). In the 1915 Iowa state census of Diamond township, Cherokee county, Helen MINOR is listed as living with her children Irwin D. and Frank A. Helen MINOR died on 13 October 1918, just a few days short of her 85th birthday.

Helen and Oliver are both buried in the Aurelia cemetery south of Aurelia, Iowa.

Please check out my family tree and see if we are related. I have provided two views for you to peruse. The first is presented as a "Dynamic Family Tree". The other is in a linked sequence of Family Group Sheets.


William Minor


Maria Webb Minor


The set of linked family group sheets and the name index were created with a program written by Rob Jacob and called GedPage.

The dynamic family tree is created by a program written by Michael Horey and called DFTCom (Dynamic Family Tree Compiler)

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