“English (mainly West Midlands): occupational name for a peddler or hawker, especially one equipped with a horse and cart, Middle English traunter, traventer (Late Latin travetarius, of uncertain origin, possibly derived from Latin transvehere ‘to convey’).” Ancestry.co.uk
The Tranter surname is relatively common but it is also unique enough to make researching them easier than that of my Evans and Williams ancestors. It helps that there is online access to a number of Monmouthshire parish transcripts.
The first Tranter I’ve found from my direct line married and died in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Looking at various distribution maps for the surname during the 19th century I would imagine that my Tranters did originally come from the West Midlands.
The period covering 1881-1901 the highest frequency of Tranters was found in Staffordshire (1:1,558), compared to Monmouthshire (1:10,091). Forebears.co.uk
Thomas Tranter 1768-1844
- Thomas was born around 1768.
- He married Sarah Jones on 11th June 1797 in St Mary’s, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.
- Thomas and Sarah had at least 6 children: Thomas, Charlotte, Mary, David, John and Robert.
- Thomas died in June 1844 and was buried in Abergavenny on 10 June.
David Tranter 1810-1898
- David was baptised on 12th September 1810 at St Mary’s, Abergavenny.
- He married Mary Watkins on 22nd February 1835 in Llanover, Monmouthshire
- David and Mary had at least 2 children: William and Matilda.
- David died on 25th April 1898 and was buried in Abergavenny on 1st May 1898.
William Tranter 1835-1913
- William was baptised on 29th October 1835 at St Mary’s Abergavenny.
- He married Jane Worth during the 3rd quarter of 1859 in Abergavenny Registration District.
- William and Jane had at least 8 children: William Thomas, David, Mary Ann, Emma Jane, Henry James, Albert John, Edgar Samuel and Ada Sophia.
- William was buried on 13th September 1913 in Abergavenny.
Edgar Samuel Tranter 1875-1910
- Edgar was born on 10th April 1875 and baptised on 5th May 1875 in Abergavenny.
- He married Margaret Williams during the 2nd quarter of 1898 in Abergavenny Registration District.
- Edgar and Margaret had 6 children: Beatrice May, Ethel Emily, Gladys Maud, Percy Howard, Hilda Jane and Edgar William Charles.
- Edgar died on 8th April 1910 at Marine Colliery, Cwm after a roof collapse at the No. 2 colliery.
If you would like to find out more about the Tranter’s in my line, feel free to visit my Tranter family tree.