History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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ELLWOOD WILLIAMSON MINSTER, postmaster of the borough of Bristol , the duties of which responsible position he has discharged with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of all concerned since his first election to the office in March, 1899, is a native of Bristol township, born August 3, 1856 .       

  The Progenitor of the family in America was Nicholas MINSTER, who came from Germany , settling in Chester county, Pennsylvania .  His son, John MINSTER, a resident of Bristol township, married a Miss BURTON, and they reared a family of four children, namely: John, Anthony, Mary and William.  Anthony Burton MINSTER, second son, was born in Bristol township, December 14, 1794 .  He was educated in the private schools of that vicinity, and his active career was devoted to agricultural pursuits.  He served as supervisor of his township several years.  He enlisted in the war of 1812, serving with credit and distinction.  On April 1, 1824, he married Ann STARKEY, who was born in Solesbury, (sic) Bucks county, August 14, 1802, and nine children were the issue of this union: Margaret and Martha (twins), born December 3, 1825; William S., born July 10, 1827; Anthony D., born March 3, 1829; Sarah Ann, born April 9, 1830; Eliza B., born November 1, 1832; Pemberton, born January 13, 1835; Mary Jane, born May 26, 1837; and Edward, born July 8, 1840.  The parents of these children died respectively June 16, 1874 , and April 30, 1874 .

  William S. MINSTER, eldest son of Anthony Burton and Ann (STARKEY) MINSTER, was born July 10, 1827 .  He attended the schools of Bucks county and by close application to his studies became thoroughly proficient and well qualified to accept the position of teacher in which capacity he served for many years.  He received an appointment in the Custom House in Philadelphia, served faithfully and efficiently for an extended period of time, and was the incumbent of the office at his decease, in 1881.  He was a Presbyterian in religious faith, and a Republican in politics.  His wife, Clarissa (PARSONS) MINSTER, born in Bucks county and educated in public schools thereof, bore him seven children, as follows; B. Frank, Ellwood Williamson, Ann Starkey, Kate, Harry, Maria Louisa, who died in infancy, and Sarah Boyd.

  Ellwood Williamson MINSTER, second son of William s. and Clarissa (PARSONS) MINSTER, obtained a practical education in the public schools of Falls township and Pierce’s boarding school in Bristol township.  He then engaged in the milk business, which he followed for ten years with more or less success, and in 1886 was elected prothonotary for Bucks county, serving three years.  Later he received the appointment of Factory inspector and after four years of faithful service in that capacity, in March, 1800, was appointed postmaster for the borough of Bristol , was reappointed in April, 1903, and is still serving his term thus far extending over a period of almost six years.  Mr. MINSTER has been prominent in the political affairs of the Republican party, both state and national, and particularly active in those of Bristol borough and the towns of Bucks county, he always being found in the front ranks of those who are strenuous in the service of his party.  He is connected with the Presbyterian church of Bristol borough, contributing freely to the support of the same.  He is also actively connected with many of the business enterprises of Bristol, and is president of the Bristol Company; organized for the manufacture of ice from distilled water, their plant for the purpose being one of the finest in that vicinity.  Mr. MINSTER is a member of Lodge No. 25, Ancient York, F. & A. M. of Bristol ; Mohegan Tribe of Red Men; and Ancient Order of Mystic Chain, Beneficial Society.  He is a great lover of horseflesh, and at various times has been the proud owner of many fine specimens of the same. 

  Mr. MINSTER married, October 20, 1892, Olivia Goslin HIGHLAND, of Bristol, Bucks county, daughter of Eugene and Louisa (GOSLIN) HIGHLAND, and their children are: Ellwood Gilkeson, born August 11, 1893; and Clarissa Highland MINSTER, born March 22, 1901; Eugene Highland, father of Mrs. MINSTER, was a butcher by trade.  He served as clerk of quarter sessions court of Bucks county, for many years.  He was very popular in politics, also in social life, and was respected and esteemed by all with whom he was brought in contact.  In 1861 he enlisted in Captain Betty’s company and served until the close of the war.  At the end of his service he was presented with a Henry Rifle by the government for his valiant and courageous conduct as a soldier.  This token of esteem is retained and highly prized by his widow.  His death occurred May 24, 1894.

Text taken from page 362 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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