Minetta Lavinia Rosabella Coleman

ID # 3892, (1874-1970)
Father(--?--) Duncan
MotherGomer Coleman (1853-1913)
BirthMinetta Lavinia Rosabella Coleman was born on 11 June 1874 at Beverly Township. 
MarriageShe married Alexander Nixon on 12 July 1893 at Lynden, Ontario.
Mrge reg. 013146-93 Beverly Twp., Wentworth County
Alexander Nixon, 28, bachelor, carpenter, Methodist. Born West Flamboro Township, residing City of Hamilton. Parents John and Sarah Nixon.
Minetta Coleman, 19, spinster, Methodist. Born and residing Beverly. Parents Gomer Coleman (father not named.)
Witnesses John Nixon Jr., Strabane, and Mabel Cornell, Lynden.
On 12 July, 1893, at Lynden by Rev. B. L. Cohoe.

In the space for remarks below, registrar Wallace McDonald has written to the effect that Minetta was sometimes known as Minetta Mount, but also as Minetta Duncan. McDonald goes on to say that 'Duncan' was the reported father (though no birth registration has been found as being 'reported'.)

Minetta's maiden name is reported as Duncan on the birth registrations of her children Wilfred and Vera Nixon.

The birthdates for Alexander and Minetta and the names and dates for the children are from the 1901 census taken at East Flamborough.
MarriageShe married William James Horsley on 2 May 1910 at Hamilton, Ontario.
Mrge reg. 023623-10 Hamilton, Wentworth County
William Horsley, 35 bachelor, trade illegible. Residence Hamilton. Church of England. Parents Robert Horsley and Anna.
Minetta Nixon, 35, widow, residence Hamilton, Methodist. Parents Leonard and....Coleman.
Witnesses illeg. Philpott and G.M. Philpott, both of Hamilton.
On 2 May, 1910, at Hamilton, Wentworth.
DeathShe died on 22 July 1970 at age 96. 
BurialShe was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sec. L, Range 1, Grave 2, Welland. 
NoteNo birth registration for Minnetta has been found. She is in the James H. Coleman household in Beverly Township at the time of the 1881 census and she is shown as six years old with the surname Coleman. On January 1, 1884, Gomer married Leonard Mount and and the 1891 census taken at West Flamboro shows Minnetta as Minetta Mount. Her age is given as 16.

In 1893, Minnetta Coleman married Alexander Nixon at Lynden in Beverly Township. The township clerk, Wallace McDonald, wrote a note at the bottom of the marriage registration with regard to her maiden names, or names, and how she was known. He states that, as well as Coleman, she sometimes gave her name as Mount and sometimes as Duncan. Certainly, her maiden name is shown as Duncan on the birth registrations of her children, Wilfred and Vera. Also, one registration shows her middle name as Rosabel. (Her full name, Minetta Lavinia Rosabella Coleman, was provided by a granddaughter.)

The birth registration of daughter Edith Horsley has yet to be examined.

Minetta married William Horsley at Hamilton in 1910. Her marriage registration, a typed form, is odd. It shows her father as Leonard, but with no surname. It shows her mother with the surname Colman, but no given name.

In the 1911 census, William and Minetta are in Welland with Wilfred and Vera Nixon.

Minetta's birth place is given as Beverly Twp. on her marriage to Alexander Nixon. This makes some sense, however, on a border crossing into the U.S. in 1943 she gives Sarnia as her place of birth.

Her grandaughter tells that Minnetta had an excellent relationship with her step father, Leonard Mount, and her sister Ethel. She also enjoyed regular visits with her Aunt Boadicea who lived in St. Catharines. 

Children of Minetta Lavinia Rosabella Coleman and Alexander Nixon

Child of Minetta Lavinia Rosabella Coleman and William James Horsley

Last Edited18 Aug 2019