The branch of the Minor family from which I spring left New Jersey in the late 1790s and settled along Big Whitely Creek, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Abia and Margaret (Pearson) did not homestead in isolation, and may well have lived within the fortified structures that uncles John and William Minor had built in the area. By 1803, Abia and Margaret aspired to their own farm along the waters of Big Whitely, and on 2 February Uncle William Minor and his wife, Hannah, conveyed title to 150 acres of “Race Ground”, for the sum of $1,700 “of lawful money of the United States”. The oak studded hills had been conveyed or patented to William from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1789. In 1803 the creek-side land became the childhood home of my patriarch–John Pearson (Pierson) Minor.
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Trolling through the records of Greene County, Pennsylvania, I came across a transcription of the Goshen (John Corbly) Baptist Church minutes, 1773-1857, in which appear the names of several Minor ancestors.
Abia Minor and his wife, Margaret Pearson, became members shortly after bringing their young family to the wilds of southwestern Pennsylvania.
Met at Thomas Wrights and after singing and prayer proceeded to business. When Abia and Margaret Minor were received by a letter of dismission from Highestown, New Jersey.
John Pearson Minor (1791-1874), their eldest son, remained in the vicinity of Big Whiteley Creek and, as noted by local historian, William Hanna, in the 1888 History of Greene County, was among the prominent members of this congregation, “fervent in spirit” and”diligent in business, being extensively engaged in droving, and one of the active participants in the affairs of the Farmers and Drovers Bank of Waynesburg.”
This religiosity and business acumen would account for the inclusion of this handcut and bound booklet among the documents of the Minor Satchel.
We the undersigned do agree to pay the sum assigned to our names. To John Long, Corbly Garard, jonathan Garard, JP Minor, Vinson Long, Jeremiah Stewart and Abner Morris. A building committee for the benevolent purpose of building a meeting-house for the regular baptist church on big Whiteley, called Goshen. To be built of brick 43 feet by 55 feet, one story 14 feet high. To be built at or near the place where the old house now stands. The money subscribed to be paid, one half when the house is covered, and the balance when the house is completed. For the faithful performance of the above we here unto set our names and sum. This 12 day of December 1842.