John Augustus Miner, 84, of Barter's Island, Boothbay, died peacefully at home on Friday, July 9, 2004.

Born in Salem, N.H. on October 18, 1919, he was the son of Charles Augustus and Marion Emily Miner. On August 24, 1948, he married Evelyn Payne with whom he had a son, David, and a daughter, Candice. Evelyn died on November 1, 1970.

On April 30, 1977 he married Peggy Luke Wells.

Mr. Miner was a graduate of Boston University School of Education. He taught school in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Jackson, N.H. and Weston, Conn. This was followed by a 32-year career as an executive with the National Association of Manufacturers, ending his career in charge of the western section of this country.

After his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Miner moved to Barter's Island, Boothbay, where he pursued his love of writing and researching his family genealogy.

In 1979 they took a tour group of family members who were descended from his English ancestor, Thomas Minor, back to the hometown of Chew Magna in southwestern England. During this visit the Thomas Minor Society was formed.

Over the years this society has gone back to Chew Magna several times and is a thriving group of relatives. Over his lifetime, Mr. Miner published five books of interest to the descendants of Thomas: "The Minor Family Northfield Branch,'' "The Lyon's Whelps,'' "The Minor Diaries,'' "The Descendants of Thomas Minor,'' and "The Ancestral Heritage of Descendants of Thomas Minor.''

Besides his wife, he is survived by two brothers, George of Franklin, N.C. and Richard of New Haven, Conn.; one sister, Barbara Wright of Agawam, Mass.; one son, David and his wife Laurie and their children, Emily and Andrew; one daughter, Candace, her husband Mark and their children Hannah, Nathaniel, John and Timothy; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory can be made if desired to St. Andrews Home Health, P.O. Box 417, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, or Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant Street, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are entrusted to Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home in Boothbay.

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