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Minier Family Genealogy

Welcome to the Minier Family


Johann George


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Welcome to the Minier Family Website. Our mission is to share, exchange, and provide information to anyone searching for their Minier roots. This includes the many spellings of the name, including Minnir, Minier, Minnier, Minegar, Minear, Minniear, Manier, Menear, Mynhier…just to name a few.

            To give a little background on whom “We” are… Simply put, we are Minier (all spellings, thank you very much) family researchers. In 1998, when internet genealogy was in its infancy, several of us connected and began exchanging information. The Minier and Minear surname mailing lists were born. Individuals who have done years and years of research have willingly shared all to help others find their Minier roots. I was one of the lucky recipients of some of that information back in 1998. Finding out who you are and where you came from is truly a gift. Being able to compile that information and share it with others is one way of giving that gift. We share that gift and ask only for it to be used respectfully, with the intent in which it is given.

On this website we endeavor to trace the descendants of Wilhelm Minnir, who was born about 1650. It is not clear whether he was born in France or in Germany but is it is known that he was a blacksmith and Master Armorer for the Count of Hohenlohe, Ernstbach, Germany. He was married to Eva Susanne Ehl and together they had 5 children.  We pursue the progeny of his grandchildren, children of his son Christian b. 1675 and his wife Anna Rosina Grengelbach b. 1672.


Wilhelm Minnir b. 1650 d. abt 1705   m. Susanne Ehl b. abt 1654

Their children:


*Christian Minnir b. 2-9-1675/76 Michelstadt,Germany

    d. bef 1719    Hohensachsen, Mannheim, Germany

            Johann George Minnir (twin) 2-9-1675 d. May 1739

            Johann Crafft Minnir 12-9-1683 d. 10-1-1751

            Wilhelm Minnir b. 1691

            Johann Phillip Minnir b. 1693



*Christian Minnir born Feb 9-1675 d. bef 1719 Married Feb 27, 1702 to Anna Rosina Grengelbach b. Sept 1, 1672, daughter of Johann Grengelbach. Their children are:

Christiannus Minnir/ Minier b. Feb 2, 1703 in Michelfeld, Germany. He died about 1786 in Sussex County (now Warren) New Jersey. He married Maria Catherina Rudi Jan. 13, 1727/28 in Michefeld, Germany. Born near Heidelberg in 1704 (see German records listed for father, Christian Minnir). In 1732 he immigrated to America on the ship Mary from Rotterdam, arriving 26 September in Philadelphia. Listed as Christian Minier on importations and as Christan Mineer, age 28, on list of persons taking
the Oath of Allegiance ("Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance
to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, With the Foreign
Arrivals, 1786-1808," edited by William Henry Egle, Harrisburg: 1892,
p. 66, 68). American records are in Moravian Church Archives, Lancaster
Co., PA. Listed in "Eighteenth Century Emigrants: The Northern Kraichgau," published by the Pennsylvania German Society (sent by Ted M. Minier, 7168 Herrick Park
Drive, Hudson, OH 44236, January 1993). Records gives marriage to Maria Catharina Rudi and birth of one son ... Johann Heinrich, 5 February 1729.

Johannes George Minnir/Minier b. May 12, 1705 in Michefeld, Germany. He died Dec 14, 1779 in Hamilton Twp, Northampton, PA. He married 1st Maria Catharina Meyer Nov 23, 1728 in Germany. He married 2nd Marie Elizabeth Strunk, in America. He immigrated to America in 1732, aboard the ship MARY, with his brother Christiannus’ family, bringing his first wife and their first son Johannes (also known as John).

Sabina Katharine Minnir/Minier b. Sept 1, 1707 In Michelfeld, Germany. She married Peter Schmidt/Smith. Sabina immigrated to America in 1732, aboard the ship MARY, with her brothers. *Note: Baptisms Book 2, pages 54, 55, 59, 66 “Sabina Katharina, born 1 Sep. 1707, baptized 4 Sep. 1707; Father-Christian Minnir, citizen of Lutzelsachsen; Mother-Ann Rosina, maiden name Gengelbach; Sponson: Anna Catharina, daughter of Johann Peter Seebolds; village mayor of Lutzelsachsen.”

David Minnir b. Jan 1, 1712/13, in Michelfeld, Germany. He married March 25, 1732 in Michelfedl Lutheran Church, Michelfeld, Germany to Anna Maria Zeigler. Anna Maria Ziegler: !Daughter of the late Joh. Georg Ziegler from Weyler, Venningischen Herrschaft ("Eighteenth Century Emigrants: The Northern Kraichgau," published by the PA German Society, p. 260) Baptisms Book 2, pages 54, 55, 59, 66- “David Minnir, born 22 Jan. 1713; baptized 29 Jan. 1713; Father-Christian Minnir, citizen of Lutzelsachsen; Mother- Anna Rosina, his wife, maiden name Gengelbach; Sponsor- David Heulatsler, son of Hans Michael Heumlatsler, former citizen of Lutzelsachsen.” They immigrated to America in October 1732, aboard the ship PLEASANT. Many believe David died upon his arrival in America, because he was listed “sick” on the ships passenger list. However, I believe David lived to take the Oath of Allegiance about a month later, where his name was spelled David Menner. It is possible that someday we will find proof of his descendants.