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In about 1683, Thomas received an essay purported to trace Thomas's ancestry back to the 14th Century. It also states that Thomas had 12 children: John, Thomas, Clement, Manasseh, Ephraim and Judah Miner and two daughters Marie and Elizabeth. (The two additional children are Judah and Elizabeth.)
Although the "Essay" was accepted as fact for 300 years, recent research has called its veracity into question. In a 1984 article, John A. Miner and Robert F. Miner disputed the ancestry claimed in the "Essay." The authors found that the earliest provable relative of Thomas was his great-grandfather William Mynard, who, in 1554 took a grant of a house and land in Chew Magna for the lives of himself, his son Thomas, and Thomas's wife Joan. The descent from William Mynard goes through son Thomas, a tailor who died between the date he made his will on October 20, 1573 and the date his will was proved, September 15, 1574. Clement Miner was the eldest son of Thomas. He had eight children, the last being Thomas, the subject of this profile. The name of Thomas' mother is unknown, according to Robert Charles Anderson and according to John A. and Robert F. Miner, in the most recent published sources.
Thomas (1608 - 1690) was baptised 29 Apr 1608 Chew Magna, Somersetshire, England, the youngest son of Clement Miner and his wife (name not recorded).
His name was variously spelled Minor, Miner and Myner. Many of those surnamed Minor or Miner living in the United States are descendants of this Thomas of Chew Magna, England. 
He emigrated in 1632, from Chew Magna, England to New England where he became the progenitor of many descendants.
The authors of an article about the early political climate in Charlestown show, in a chart, that Goodman Thomas Minor was in Salem in 1629 and that he became a church member in 1630. They included no sources for this information.
Thomas was admitted to the church in Charlestown as a founding member in November 1632, and there is no record of him in America earlier. Coupling that with the fact that there does not appear to be any solid evidence that he was aboard the "Lyon's Whelp" leads to the conclusion that he did not arrive until 1632, as shown by Anderson. That something is oft repeated does not make it true.
He was appointed chief military officer of the Mystic Train band in July 1665. During King Philip's war he served as a Lieut. He was referred to by that title in Feb and Apr 1676. In August 1676 he was called Captain, but is usually mentioned in later years as Lieutenant.
Thomas kept a diary for the years 1653-1684. Although some of it is in cypher and contains many cryptic records of the lives of the Minor family members, you can read a transcript of the diary.
Thomas died on October 23, 1690, and is buried in Wequetequock Burial Ground, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, under a large wolf stone from his house, on which is cut:
General and President Ulysses S. Grant is a lineal descendant through Thomas' son, John Miner.
Additional children may have included (per Savage): Judah, Elizabeth and Eunice. But this interpretation may have come about due to the difficulty in deciphering Minor's diary.
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On 2 Aug 2016 at 06:27 GMT William LeGro wrote:
Thomas Minor Society http://tmsociety.org/
Worcester Polytechnic Institute http://alum.wpi.edu/~p_miner/Miner.html This site has a photo of Thomas Minor's gravestone pictured above and is also cited as a reference on this page. That reference is from the Sixth Generation, but the site includes previous generations, based on town, church and cemetery records and on Thomas Minor, Descendants, 1608 - 19812 published in 1981 by John Augustus Miner (1919-2004).
They have detailed and differing lineages - argh! The WPI comports with what I have (which is what a cousin gave me).
It also seems that the Minors spelled their name with an "-or" rather than "-er" - as shown on the gravestone above and the ones I've seen in Lebanon, Maine.
On 11 Feb 2016 at 01:16 GMT Mona (Minor) Combra wrote:
On 11 Feb 2016 at 00:00 GMT Mona (Minor) Combra wrote:
On 3 Jan 2015 at 16:40 GMT Timothy Wilder wrote:
On 2 Dec 2012 at 14:05 GMT Karen Leigh (Johnson) Grady wrote:
On 7 Sep 2012 at 22:27 GMT Alan Butchino wrote:
From the Pigrims Ships List. Thomas sailed, with the Higginson Fleet of 6 six ships, from Gravesend, England on 5 Apr 1629 bound for the Massachusetts Bay/Charles River. He is on the passenger list for the ship Lyon's Welp arriving in Salem Harbor June 1639. Thomas was baptised 29 Apr 1608 Chew Magna, Somersetshire, England.
Thomas is listed as a Founder of New London and also Stonington.
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