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Thomas Minor (1608-1690) was born in England and came to New England about 1630.
Minor was a farmer, and he also had a number of public responsibilities.
These included town treasurer, leader of the militia, selectman, and brander of horses.
He also participated in church and in town meetings.
Thomas Minor left a terse record of the second half of his life in the form of a diary. This diary is a journey into the world of the colonial years leading up to and immediately following King Philip's War (1675-1676). Although it rarely gives details, it does give us a glimpse into his daily life and community activities. Thomas records many births, marriages, and deaths among his neighbors. It served as a calendar and a record of planting, harvesting, and of unusual weather conditions. It is truly his farmers almanac.
He began the year in March, as people in England and New England did until the mid-eighteenth century. While his spelling is idiosyncratic and therefore difficult to read, the journal is a valuable record of how written English looked at that time and probably also of how Minor pronounced his words.
The Minor family cared for the diary until ... it was finally published in book form in 1899.
|Sample Entries from the Diary|
In this age the year began with March as "The first month".|
Year of 1653/4
Year of 1657
Year of 1662
Year of 1668/9
Year of 1676
Year of 1682/3
|The entire diary is currently on-line at Google Books.|
|Minor Family Birth, Marriage and Death records from the Diary|
|3||Clement||22 Sep 1662 Clement + ffrancis willie was made|
|3||Clement||p 55: 26 Nov 1662 Clement & Ffrancis wer married|
|23||Mary||29 Jan 1663/4 Clements Daughter was Borne|
|5||Ephraim||20 Jun 1666 our Ephraim was married|
p55: The Last of Nov 1672 Ann was borne|
p209: delivered 30 Nov 1672, daughter of Clement
|12iii||child||p174: 2 Oct 1682 Thomas Avery's daughter was born|
|12v||child||p184: 12 Aug 1684 child of Thomas Avery [William?] buried|
p56: 6 Dec 1672 ffrancis Departed this life|
p209: departed 6 Dec 1672 [Frances Burcham]
|50||Christopher||p181: 3rd son of Joseph born 28 Dec 1683|
|37||Deborah||p150: 19 Sep 1678 Deborah was dead|
|35||Elizabeth||P122: 30 Apr 1674, Ephraim's daughter was born|
|35||Elizabeth||p208: baptised 15 Nov 1674, daughter of Ephraim|
|12||Hannah||P144: Tho. Avery and Hannah Minor was married 22 Oct1677|
|44||Joseph||p208: baptised 18 Apr 1675, child of Joseph|
|11||Marah||p175: Marah (Lord) was published 26 Dec 1682|
|11||Marah||p177: widow Marah (Lord) Minor and Joseph Pemberton were married 19 Mar 1683|
|?||Marie||p55: 19 Jan 1663 being Tusday Clements Daughter Marie as Borne at nayantick|
|45||Marie||p208: baptised 18 Apr 1675, child of Joseph|
|46||Mercie||p208: baptised 18 Apr 1675, child of Joseph|
|33||Rebekah||p208: baptised 15 Nov 1674, daughter of Ephraim|
|12ii||Samuel Avery||p173: 15 Nov 1680 Hannah's second son born|
|36||Samuel||p133: 9 Dec 1676 Ephraim's third son was born|
|39||Samuel||p161: 28 Aug 1680 Ephraim's fourth son was born|
|11||Samuel||p169: 15 Dec 1682 Samuel and Marie Lord where married at Mr Noyse's house|
|11||Samuel||p173: 22 Jul 1682 the 14th day of Sam's sickness [apparently died before 9 Aug]|
|12i||Thomas Avery||p154: 20 Apr 1679 Hannah's son was born|
|p43: Dec 1660||Christmas Day I received a letter from my cousin in England|
|p51: 2 Jun 1662||2 letters from cousin Wm|
|p68: 16 Jul 1665||I received my Cosin and mr Blindmans leters|
|p75: 16 Aug 1666||letter from cousin|
|p84: 4 Jun 1668||I received 3 letters from Bristoll|
|p 86: 30 Aug 1668||I writ letters to Bristoll|
|p105: 24 Sep 1671||letter from cousin|
|p132: 22 Oct 1675||I Received 5 letters from bristoll|
|p146: 22 Dec 1677||wrote to Cousin William Minor|
|p153: 17 Mar 1678/9||I wrote to England|
|p177: 16 Apr 1683||I was at our daughter Pemberton's with my letter|
Updated 15 December 2016.