Abia Minor was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania in about 1815, the son of stock drover John Pierson Minor and his first wife, Hannah McClelland. As a young man Abia (a-bye-ya) followed his family's tradition, bought and farmed land near the town of Bridgeville in what was then western Virginia. But he had aspirations that … Continue reading Transcription: A Letter Home-Abia Minor
When I first became curator of the Minor Family Album, I moved swiftly to identify this man, the first face to appear in the album. I was soooo certain of my clues and my analysis. This whiskered gent is the first photograph displayed in a Minor Family album created in the latter part of the 19th … Continue reading The Minor Family Album: Mr. Chin Whiskers
It all started, this tree climbing, with my grandmother's handwritten family history and my father's stories of growing up on the family farm in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. I scrambled up the lowest branches, then higher and higher into the tree; deeper and deeper into my past, discovering dreams and disappointments among the families' leaves. Blogging … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip: Don’t Climb Trees With Your Glasses On!
ABIA MINOR was a resident of Moultrie County, Illinois when he wrote this letter to his father, my great-great-grandfather, JOHN PEARSON MINOR of Greene County, Pennsylvania. It is an undated description of the winter weather--I have yet 160 rods along my fence that was 30 feet wide and was between four and five feet deep(with … Continue reading An 1860s letter from Abia Minor to his father, John P. Minor: Amanuensis Monday