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Grace (Pattee) Minter
Posted by: Richard Johnston (ID *****9299) Date: October 23, 2005 at 11:49:39
In Reply to: Re: "Patty Brook" by stephen pattee of 479

My grandmother Grace married the slightly younger Pendleton Greenwood Minter, of an old Virginia family living on Court Street in Portsmouth, in I think 1906, having arrived in Norfolk in 1903 via Washington, about which sojourn I know nothing. My grandmother did tell me something about having cared for members of her family in a yellow fever epidemic that I think was in Washington, and maybe her father Charles had died in that; I don’t remember.

“Pen” Minter was son of Miles W. (veteran of the Portsmouth Greys in the Civil War) and Mary Ruth (Pendleton) Minter and was general agent for the “Washington Boat” that ran on the bay between Washington and Norfolk. Their children were Ruth 1909-2000 (as I recall) and my mother Grace Virginia 1913-1995.

Ruth married in 1947 but was childless. My sister Ruth Pendleton (Johnston) Griffith b. 1936 and I b. 1945 are Virginia’s children. I have never married but Penny did and has 4 children. Pen Minter died in October 1940 of a lingering heart condition that had come on in February and that I know doctors would have no trouble treating these days. Grace thereby became one of the first to collect Social Security and lived in the house with daughter Ruth (Minter) Poliquin (her husband was a French Canadian war veteran), and died in as I recall 1968, before turning 90. She was an austere, crusty New Englander with some hints of southern charm.


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