In this article I discussed research into a document found amongst my father's papers.
A little more research has found this 1891 census record:
FHJ Ref: 019
Census: England and Wales Census 1891
Place: Decoy Farm, Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
Household: King Taylor
|SURNAME||FIRST NAME(S)||REL||STATUS||SEX||AGE||OCCUPATION||WHERE BORN||REMARKS|
|Taylor||King||Head||Married||Male||53||Farmer (Em'er)||Branston, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Betsy A||Wife||Married||Female||47||Boston, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Alice||Daughter||S||Female||23||Farmers Daughter(Em'ee)||Boston, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Minnie||Daughter||S||Female||19||Schoolmistress (Em'ee)||Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Arthur||Son||S||Male||16||Clerk In Office (Em'ee)||Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Frederick||Son||S||Male||13||Farmers Son (Em'ee)||Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Frank H||Son||S||Male||9||Scholar||Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Ada M||Daughter||S||Female||4||Scholar||Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Rebecca||Visitor||S||Female||27||Farmers Daughter (Em'ee)||Bracebridge, Lincolnshire|
|Taylor||Annie M||Visitor||S||Female||20||Farmers Daughter (Em'ee)||Coleby, Lincolnshire|
|Wilson||Thomas||Servant||S||Male||18||Farm Servant (Em'ee)||Wellingore, Lincolnshire|
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This census information seems to suggest I have the correct Minnie TAYLOR though according to the England and Wales Census 1891 she is still living at the family home in Skellingthorpe and not at Misterton where I located the Reverend H.R. Dunlop.
The 1901 British Census records Minnie Taylor as a visitor to the family home at Skellingthorpe and her occupation is given as a 'retired school mistress' so this is not a great deal of help in locating the school.
If at the age of 29 Minnie TAYLOR is described as a 'retired school mistress' I did wonder if she was ill and died an early death but I have yet to find her date of death or a record of marriage.
Perhaps I now need a little more research of the Reverend H.R. Dunlop.
Meanwhile a search on the 1891 Census address of Decoy Farm revealed some very interesting information regarding 'duck decoys' and some specific information about the 'duck decoy' nearby Decoy Farm, Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire:
"To the east of the village lies a decoy farm one of about 40 that existed in the Fens during the 18th century. Pipes were laid, down which wild duck were led by tame decoy ducks and driven into nets by terriers. Skellingthorpe duck is reputed to have been a delicacy. Consideration is given to this important historical site which is listed as the Duck Decoy ancient monument." - Skellingthorpe Parish Council
2012-02-03 I decided to try a few searches. Only a few marriages were available. Since Minnie TAYLOR is shown as 'single' in the 1901 census and knowing her possible date of birth and place of birth I started to cross check possible surnames against the 1911 England and Wales Census record. As luck would have it the first surname I tried 'Turner' returned a direct hit on the submitted credentials.
This would seem to point to Minnie TAYLOR marrying Frederick TURNER in 1902.
As yet I still cannot see any connection to our family.