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John F. Minor
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Birth: 1833
Death: Dec. 12, 1867
New South Wales, Australia

John F. Minor was born in 1833 in Virginia, but Virginia law did not require the recording of birth and death records until 1853; making acquiring a copy of his birth certificate nigh on impossible.

In 1860 records reveal John was living in Huntington, Suffolk County, New York with his wife, Ann, and a son; working as a boatman. John was serving aboard a whaler, prior to the Civil War, in the Pacific Ocean, during the capture of the Charles Hill, and the Nora, on March 25, 1863, and by the Confederate States cruiser, the CSS Alabama. By Sunday, June 21, 1863, Minor was appointed to the position of master’s mate, and given the position of third officer aboard the Confederate tender, the CSS Tuscaloosa. Charles John F. Minor had been appointed from Virginia, into the Confederate States Navy, as Acting Master’s Mate, October 8, 1864, and served aboard the CSS Shenandoah as Master’s Mate; being aboard her when she surrendered in Liverpool, England. The highest rank achieved by John F. Minor was that of Lieutenant.John Minor migrated to New South Wales, Australia, leaving England in January 1866; arriving in Australia the end of May, 1866. In December 1866 he was living in Eden, New South Wales. There he became a fisherman and it was during one of his fishing trips that he, along with David & George Kilgour, William Jonathan Shaw and another individual left in a whale boat named “Ellen”; belonging to the Kilgour brothers, for a fishing trip to Montague Island, an 83 hectares island, nine miles off the New South Wales coast from Narooma. Apparently the fishing party never made it to Montague Island. On the evening of December 27th a boat crew, accompanied by a police officer Sub-Inspector Creagh, proceeded to ‘Leonard’s Island’ about seven miles from Twofold Bay and Eden where they picked up a gunwhale and other parts of a destroyed whale boat, that coincided was similar in every respect to the print and general description of the Kilgour boat. The parts recovered were positively identified as having come from the ‘Ellen’.It was therefore determined that the entire party aboard her had drowned and had been lost at sea. Their bodies were never recovered. 
 
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Body lost at sea
Specifically: He, along with David & George Kilgour, William Jonathan Shaw and another individual left in a whale boat named “Ellen”; It was determined that the entire party aboard her had drowned and had been lost at sea. Their bodies were never recove
 
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Record added: Aug 14, 2014
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