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Peter Minor

Male 1754 - 1793  (38 years)


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  • Name Peter Minor 
    Born 16 Aug 1754  Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1793  [1
    Person ID I1884  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 27 Oct 2016 

    Father John Minor,   b. 29 Jun 1707, Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1755, Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Mother Sarah Carr,   b. 14 Nov 1714,   d. 28 Sep 1772  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 14 Nov 1732  [2
    Family ID F366  Group Sheet

    Family Hannah Jones 
    Married 18 Oct 1786  Brunswick County Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F1290  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Peter Minor was born to John and Sarah (Carr) Minor August 16, 1754, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. His father died in the next year and left Peter the family home farm after his mother’s death.
      Peter served in the Revolutionary War from September, 1776 to September,1778 as a lieutenant and captain. He probably spent his early postwar years taking legal training, since he was given the title of “esquire” in a later personal property tax listing. From 1782 through 1785, he was listed in the Dinwiddie County personal property tax rolls, the last two years as a partner of John Brown and Erasmus Gill. He never farmed on his inherited land in Spotsylvania County and sold 400 acres to John Partloe for £300 in 1785, keeping 130 acres that he loaned to his brother Thomas.
      He married Hannah Jones October 18, 1786, in neighboring Brunswick County and had a daughter, Dionysia, named for Hannah’s mother. He was listed in the Brunswick personal property tax rolls from 1787 to 1789 when he died, aged 35. His early death suggests that he may have had residual health problems from his two years of military service. Before his death, he made a deed conveying his eight slaves to Dionysia with the proviso that her mother would have full use of them until her death. He probably did this in lieu of a will to avoid the expenses and delay of probate. Erasmus Gill, who was a partner with Peter in the Dinwiddie personal property tax list in 1785 was appointed administrator of Peter’s estate in September, 1789. He applied to the War Department for a bounty land award for Peter’s war service and received a warrant for 300 acres, which he later sold to Thomas D. Harris of Henrico County for Hannah’s benefit.
      After Peter’s death, Hannah continued to be listed in the Brunswick personal property tax list through 1794. She remarried in 1794/95 to Robert Turnbull Sr., a very prosperous importer and immigrant from Scotland living in Prince George County. Turnbull was first married to Mary Cole in 1770, second to Sarah (Lee) Buchanan, whom he divorcedin 1792 through the Virginia legislature on the grounds that she refused sexual relations. Before marrying Turnbull, Hannah obtained a prenuptial marriage contract from Robert, probably to protect the property that she and Dionysia inherited from Peter. The contract was not recorded in the county clerk’s office until 1799. Dionysia died before January, 1796, when Robert and Hannah Turnbull sold 141 acres in Spotsylvania County for £105, probably the rest of the farm Peter Minor inherited under his father’s will.
      Robert Turnbull was a vestryman in Bristol Parish from 1784 through 1788. He was listed in the Prince George personal property tax lists from 1783 through 1797 with 6-34 slaves and 4-12 horses. In the land tax lists, he was charged with 6 lots in the town of Blandford from 1784 through 1786, then 452-685 acres through 1797. He also owned a large farm in neighboring Dinwiddie County, which he operated with several resident associates from 1783 until 1792, after which it was recorded as Robert Turnbull’s estate, indicating his death in 1792/93. His land in Prince George County continued to be listed with his name through 1797, then disappeared. His son with Mary Cole, Robert Turnbull Jr., was clerk of Brunswick County from 1816 to 1839. [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1638]

    2. [S169] p. 143..

    3. [S1817]

    4. [S1833]

    5. [S1814]

    6. [S1812]

    7. [S1290]