Phineas MUNTER was christened 1 on 23 Feb 1566/1567 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He died about Sep 1620 in Buckland, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He was buried in Buckland, Kent, England, United Kingdom. Phineas married Katherine in England, United Kingdom.
PHINEAS MUNTER of Dover, Kent, England, is the first of the name found in the records of Kent. The name is probably Dutch and means minter or coin maker. It eventually became Anglicized and was spelled as Mynter or Minter, especially in later generations. He was probably the son or grandson of Dutch immigrants to Dover. A John Mynter, "from the domain of the emperor ‘,i.e., the Franco-German empire, was naturalized 16 September 1549 (Patent Rolls). This might have been the father of Phineas. Where in England John lived is not stated. This is the earliest instance of the name so far found in England. Or possibly this was the John Mynter of Saint Saviour's in Southwark, Surrey, who died in May or June 1585 leaving a wife Margery, but no children mentioned in his will.
Phineas was baptized 23 February 1566/7 in the church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Dover, his parents not named.
Also in the records of this church is the marriage of Elizabeth Munter to Edward Powell on 6 October 1584. Six children were born to them between 1585 and 1595. Perhaps she was an elder sister to Phineas. The Henry Munter who married Sarah Baker on 10 January 1582/3 at nearby Folkestone, was perhaps his brother. Katherine, wife of Phineas Munter, was buried 13 April 1605 at Saint Mary's in Dover. Exactly two weeks later, on 27 April, he remarried to the widow Elizabeth Johnson, also of Dover. Then a month later, on 27 May, their marriage was recorded again at Saint Paul s in Canterbury. In this last record he is listed as a blacksmith.
In 1615 the Munters were living in Faversham which is 8 miles west of Canterbury, for: 16 May 1615 Elizabeth Munter wife of Phineas Munter, lately of Dover now of Faversham, Plaintiff vs. Christian Barnacle wife of Henry Barnacle of Dover, defendant defamation. (Cathedral & Archives Library J/J 19/135)
From Faversham Phineas moved to Buckland which is less than two miles northwest of Dover. Here he died and was buried 9 September 1620. On 15 November following letters of administration were issued to his widow. His inventory follows.
A true Inventory of the goods of Finnis Munter, blacksmith, of the parish of Buckland, lately deceased.
In prixnis - his purse, his girdle and his gloves -
all his wearing apparel
a pair of andirons
a featherbed, two coverlets and a blanket, two bolsters and a piilow
a chest and a court cupboard
two hammers and three pair of tongs, and other working tools
a pair 0f bellows and a anvil and a beakhorn which he sold some two months before he deceased and left to receive of the money. - -
six pieces of pewter, three platters and three pewter dishes
3 pair of sheets and a table cloth and 4 napkins two pewter candlesticks and a pewter pot, two salts and a porringer
a brass kettle, a stew pan and a warming pan -
a frying pan and a gridiron
all other lumber
Sum is £5. 13s. 8d.
The appraisers: Robert Hatten, John Hatcher This same inventory of the goods was made and exhibited by Elizabeth, relict of the aforesaid deceased. Bond with same and John Ray of Canterbury, Carpenter, - £10.