Minchinton family page
This family has been present in Jersey since the start of the 19th century. A branch was established in Gaspe, Canada, in the 1870s
May Minchinton at Gaspé, Canada. This picture, which is part of the collection of the Musee de la Gaspesie, has a caption indicating that it was taken in about 1882 and that her family was of Jersey origin. However, our main Minchinton family tree shows that Francis Samuel Minchinton arrived in Gaspe in 1870 and there were no female children born to him and his wife Susanna Jane Russell early enough to be May. Their first daughter, Mary Jane, was born in 1883, so it is possible that she was May and that the picture was taken later than indicated. The property in the background is said to belong to George Langlois and both Mary Jane and her brother Alfred married into the Langloig family. It is also suggested that the May in the photograph may be Mildred May Minchinton, the illegitimate daughter of Mary Jane and Alfred's sister Maud Mary, who died at the age of 20, four months after the birth of her daughter.
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Origins of surname
This name comes from the old English mynecen, meaning 'nun'. Nuns from Caen managed a nunnery in Minchinghampton
The name starts appearing in Jersey baptism registers at the beginning of the 19th century, with the baptism of 11 children of William Minchinton and Ann Brown in St Helier over 20 years from 1807.
The two spellings can often be found in records for the same family group
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Minchinton family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Jane Minchington of Mont Durant, St Peter Port, Guernsey, now of Rosemount, St Saviour, spinster - 4 December 1875, D/Y/A/38
- Mary Minchinton of 1 St Mark's Road, St Helier, widow of Alfred Miller - 7 April 1896, D/Y/A/55
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