The original spelling of the name is Menestrier. The Menestrier was a group of noble romantic singer-poets in France in the Middle Ages who codified Courtly Love. The Menestrier family were French hugueots (Protestants) who fled the country in the early 17th Century. David Menestrier fled first to Switzerland, then to Germany, finally settling in England where he changed the spelling of his name to Minetree. He came to the American Colony in 1700 as an architect where he designed and built Carters Grove, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Look it up.