Elizabeth (Betsy) Minter
- Born: Abt 1772
- Marriage: Luther Obediah Dupuy
from: http://webpages.charter.net/chamberlayne/minter/mnotes.htm Minters of Henry County by Donald W. Chamberlayne : email@example.com
Elizabeth "Betsy" (Minter) Dupuy
The first child of John and Susannah Minter, according to virtually all known listings, was Elizabeth "Betsy" Minter, of whom it has been said that she was born "about 1772." No original source is known, however, and the implication in the will of Susannah's father, John Williams, that his daughter had not yet married by 1772 (Note 3C above), suggests that Susannah's first child might have arrived a bit later, probably between 1773 and 1775.
Betsy Minter married Luther Obediah Dupuy, who was born about 1775, almost surely a member of some branch of the extensive Dupuy family descended from Huguenot immigrant Bartholomew Dupuy, outlined in Brock's survey of the Huguenot settlement at Manakin-Town. This was the second marriage of a Minter woman to a Dupuy. As per Note 3B, Betsy's aunt of the same name, John Minter's sister, Elizabeth "Betsy" Minter , married the Reverend John Dupuy and moved to Kentucky. It must be noted, however, that Brock's genealogy of the Dupuys lists children of John and Elizabeth (Minter) Dupuy and the name Luther Obediah is not among them.
Luther and Betsy Dupuy had a son in 1795, to whom they gave the name William Obediah Dupuy. Luther died that same year, of unknown cause, said to have been "in the service of his country." Soon thereafter, the child went to live on the farm with his grandparents, John and Susannah Minter, and his surname was changed to Minter. An interesting explanation was provided by a Dorothy Ann Minter of Charleston, West Virginia, in a letter written in 1956 to "A. T.," published in the Minter Genealogical Bulletin:
... a Minter gal married a Dupays [sic] man and when he died young, she was forced to return to her father's farm. Her father, Mr. Minter required her to give the Minter name to the son to enable him to inherit the property, now these names can be in reverse. His name has been listed in a wide variety of ways, with agreement only on the name Obediah. He has been called William Obediah Minter, by Jane Duffy; William Obediah (Watson Minter) Dupuy, by Ken Storm; and Obediah Dupuy Watson/Minter, by Walter M. Minter. The 1850 census listed him simply as Obediah Minter (age 55). We will call him Obediah (Dupuy) Minter, which retains his original surname parenthetically and the one given name that appears to be most firmly established.
Jane Duffy, a descendant of Obediah, is the person to contact <sources.htm> regarding this line, and, as in the case of many other such contacts, other facets of the larger Minter tree as well. According to her and others, Obediah married Frances "Fannie" Walker Covington and they had seven children (known). From them has followed a substantial descendancy, of which Storm provides a good overview.
Ironically, the Minter surname traces to Obediah's mother's side of the family and not the male side; he was, in terms of male bloodlines, a Dupuy, not a Minter. Thus, if his surname had not been legally changed by his grandparents, the name Dupuy would replace Minter throughout his descendancy.
One of the children of Odediah and Fannie was Daniel Leftwich Minter , born in 1834 (age 16 in the 1850 census), who died in 1862 of wounds sustained at the battle of Cedar Run, according to a note found in the family Bible of his granddaughter (who was also Jane Duffy's grandmother) [Duffy, email of Oct-15-2006]. Some listings show Daniel's middle name as Leftridge, rather than Leftwich. Daniel married Hester Ann Jefferson, and in 1857 they had a son, John James Minter , who would marry Maralda Jane Davis in the mid-1870s. A daughter of this couple, Nannie Jane Minter , married Hamilton Roundtree Adkins around the turn of the century and they had four children, of whom one was John Nathaniel Adkins, Jane Duffy's father. A photograph of the family <mn2ph02.htm>, taken about 1910, according to Jane, who made it available to us, shows her father John Nathaniel and his sister, Faturia Mae, as children, their brother Cecil not having been born yet.
A brother of Nannie Jane Minter was James Leftridge (or Leftwich?) Minter, known as "Leffie." In a letter written in 1939, addressed to a "Miss Odom," recounted in the Minter Genealogical Bulletin, Leffie Minter's wife described the line as she knew it:
My husband is: James Leffie Minter; His father is: John Jim Minter and will be 82 this July (born 1857). My husband's grandfather was Obediah Leftrich Minter, called Leff who was killed in the Confederate War. His father and namesake was: Obediah Leftrich Minter, he being the great grandfather of my husband. [Bulletin p.160] The Obediah Leftrich Minter identified as her husband's grandfather is usually cited as Daniel Leftwich  (or Leftridge) Minter, and he was listed as Daniel L. in the 1850 census. The writer's use of the name Leftrich adds a third variation to the mix, but we know of no other such spelling. She also identified her husband's great-grandfather as Obediah Leftrich Minter , as noted earlier, and this, too, appears to be a one-of-a-kind reference.
Another child of Obediah (Dupuy) and Fannie (Covington) Minter was James Fontaine Minter , born in 1829, who married America Delaware Jefferson, of Pittsylvania County, born in 1834. Their son Isaiah Thompson Minter , born in 1854, married, first, Alice Wingfield, and after her death, Josephine Umberger, about the mid-1890s. Isaiah was listed in the census of 1920 as age 65, a grocer with his own business in Roanoke. He and Josephine had three children, the youngest of whom was a daughter born in 1901/02, named Josephine Katherine Minter . In 1925, Josephine married James Lindsay Almond, Jr., who served as Attorney General of Virginia, 1948-57, as Governor of Virginia, 1958-62, and later as Judge of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, appointed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, until his death in 1986.
Elizabeth married Luther Obediah Dupuy. (Luther Obediah Dupuy was born circa 1774 and died circa 1795.)