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The Munson Record 



(A Pioneer of Hartford and New Haven) 






Volume I. 




O, call back yesterday, bid time return. — Shakspere. 
Gather up the fragments that remain. — Jesus of Nazareth. 

For out of the old fieldes, as men saithe, 

Cometh all this new corne fro yere to yere. 

— Chaucer. 

Quickened are they that touch the Prophet's bones. — Longfellow. 

He cometh unto you with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old 
men from the chimney corner. — Sir Philip Sidney, 

Copyright 1896 



W. p. Allen, Gardner, Mass., engraver and printer of the gelatia-plate pictures (which are 
reproductions of photographs supplied). 



On the evening of April 5, 1854, the writer's grandfather, DanieP Munson, 
was induced to relate what he knew of our ancestors and their collaterals ; seven 
and one-half pages of memoranda were made on blue note-paper, and these 
memoranda were carefully laid away. My grandfather's reminiscences, as 
related on that April evening, may be regarded as the germ of this work. 

In 1880, an inquiry relative to Obadiah* Munson, sent to Harvey S.' Munson, 
was referred to Richard H. Greene, Esq., who under date of Dec. 27th made 
brief mention of the first four generations of Munsons in New Haven. 

In the end of September, 1882, the brothers and sister of the writer put one 
hundred dollars into his hand and desired him to make a search for our ancestry. 
He began investigating in western Connecticut October 3d, within two weeks 
traced his lineage pretty confidently to the New Haven pioneer, four generations 
farther than the knowledge of his grandfather extended, and the pursuits into 
which he thus adventured have been continued — with three or four brief inter- 
missions — to this day : the garnered result appears in the following pages. 

Research. — The account of the earlier generations is derived mainly from 
manuscript records. The author spent about a year upon the records of New 
Haven alone. Three weeks were devoted to a study of the records of Walling- 
ford. I have visited and consulted the public records in the following towns : 


New Hampshire. 

New Haven, 
St. Albans. 







































New York. 
New York City, 

Lebanon Springs. 

Neiv Jersey. 



iv Prefatory. 

To interview families, consult church-records, etc., I have visited the follow- 
ing places : Bethlehem, Trumbull, Bethany, Northford, Bethel, Canaan, Wood- 
bury, Tariffville, Guilford, and So. Norwalk, in Conn.; Pittsfield, Southampton, 
and Huntington, in Mass.; Colchester, in Vt.; East-Bloomfield, Geneva, Her- 
kimer, Weedsport, Utica, Claverack, Whitestone, Salem, Savannah, Tyre, and 
Sennett, in N. V. ; Hanover, Paterson, Franklin Furnace, Whippany, and 
Jersey-City, in N. J. ; Great Bend, Scranton, Williamsport, and Pittsburgh, in 
Penn.; Cleveland, Granville, Muskingum, and Toledo, iri 0.; and Detroit, in 

Nearly two years and a half ago, I had already 3,614 pages of notes from 
records, interviews, etc.; and I had also 661 blank-forms filled with family- 
registers, 2,129 genealogical and biographical letters, and 392 postals. 

Indexing Material. — To index the material so that it would be usable, occupied 
about thirty-three weeks of my own time, and I had usually the assistance of 
one or two scribes.* 

Preparing Manuscript. — The formal writing of the body of this History was 
begun July 6th, 1891, and occupied 116 weeks ; the author was assisted eighty- 
one weeks by an excellent scribe. 

Converting Manuscript into Printed Books. — A considerable number of types, 
especially those representing antique contractions, had to be manufactured 
expressly for this work. The first finished "form" came from the press into 
my hands April 22, 1895, and 1,120 pages had been completed June 28th. The 
delays and hindrances connected with the illustrations, particularly the portraits, 
are consuming much time, and the production of the indexes is an extensive 
task ; yet it is still hoped the volumes may be issued December 15th. 

Acknowledgments. — It is impracticable to specify here the innumerable persons 
who have contributed information for this History. Hundreds of them receive 
credit in connection with their contributions. If any should be here named for 
distinction, perhaps they should be Mrs. Grace Munson Wheeler and her 
daughter Mrs. Glenney, C. C. Bronson, and Mrs. Loveland Munson ; we might 
add Dr. P. H. Clark, Mrs. Mary F. Lampman, T. V. Munson, C. H. Munson, 
and many others. 

The eighth and ninth days of my early explorations were devoted to a study 
of the manuscript collections of that admirable antiquarian, the late Gad 
Andrews, of Southington, — to which the most liberal access was granted by his 
son. The hint which had been afforded by Mr. Greene's letter was amplified, 
enriched, fortified, and I left Andrews' archives with a grateful heart, enlight- 
ened and inspired. 

The manuscript collections of three menf who have labored unweariedly in 
collecting and arranging the genealogies of their own towns, were freely open 
to me, namely, the completed and priceless work of Dea. L. M. Norton, of 
Goshen, Ct., and the very valuable and helpful collections of Dea. Charles 
Foote, of Northford, Ct., and J. M. Crafts, of Whately, Ms. 

* The reader may be interested, perhaps amazed, to learn that the construction of the first mail- 
ing list, 1886-87, cost the Historian five months of labor, besides much clerical aid ; and the recon- 
struction of the list, in the autumn of 1893, consumed thirty-seven days. 

t Dr. Talcott's completed genealogies of Guilford, Ct., were also at my command, but are 
mostly irrelevant. 

Prefatory. v 

The Nash MS., comprising the recollections of Mrs. Sarah' (Munson) Nash as 
written down by Mrs. M. M. Nash, has been of indispensable value in preparing 
the account of a populous branch. 

While I have consulted a large number of genealogies, local histories, etc., 
usually by index, I am much less indebted to printed books and periodicals than 
I should prefer to be. My main reliance has been upon original sources of 
information. Elihu Yale's genealogies of Wallingford, in the History of that 
town, and George F.'' Tuttle's* Tuttle Fa??iily,\ are the most useful genealogical 
works which I have consulted. 

Credit is due to Nettie C. Smith for the cordial interest and enlightened ability 
with which she rendered aid in the preparation of manuscript. Also to the 
advisory publishing board, R. H. Greene, Librarian of the N. Y. Gen. and Biog. 
Soc, chairman, Jared H. Munson, secretary, whose intelligent and patient exer- 
tions are deserving of especial mention, Attorne3's John A. Amundson and C. 
La Rue Munson, and Dr. Titus Munson Coan, director of the New York Bureau 
of Literary Revision. Also to the librarians of Yale University for useful 
courtesies. Also to our leading artist, W. P. Allen, who has enabled us to have 
high-class work by accepting a low price for it. Also to the genial, obliging, 
and highly qualified head of our printing-house, George H. Tuttle. Also to 
those who have been foremost and constant in affording general encouragement 
of a practical and expensive sort, easily first among whom is Samuel L. Munson, 
with Edward G. Munson a close second, and C. La Rue Munson and George 
Munson Curtis completing a quartet upon whose loyalty the servant of the Family 
may securely rely. Nay, there are more than four, there are many times four 
who say with the " squyar of Northombarlonde " in Chevy-Chase : 

" I wyll never se my captayne f)'ght on a fylde. 
And stande my-selffe, and looke on." 

* Born 28 Oct. 1823 ; civil engineer (railroad) ; his Munson lineage : Uri« Tuttle b. 1765, Ephraim^ 
Tuttle b. 1739, Hannah* (Pangborn) Tuttle b. 1714, Joanna' (Tuttle) Pangborn b. 1675, Hannah^ 
(Munson) Tuttle b. 1648, Capt. Thomasi Munson. 

t In preparing the first foot-note on page 83, I inadvertently neglected to specify pages 466-507 
as presenting Hannah^ Munson's descendants. (Also, 555-558.) By the same oversight, several 
of Hannah's noteworthy descendants failed of mention, such as the Clark brothers, all Doctors of 
Divinity, William A.' b. 1786, Orrin' 1788, and John A.'' 1801 ; and especially Hannah's most dis- 
tinguished descendant, the artist John Frederick^ Kensett b. in Cheshire, Ct., 22 March 1816, — his 
lineage : Elizabeth' (Daggett) Kensett b. 1791, Eunice* (Tuttle) Daggett 1769 (m. a son of Prest. 
N. Daggett, Y. C), Ebenezer^ Tuttle 1739, Hannah* (Pangborn) Tuttle 1714, Joanna' (Tuttle) 
Pangborn 1675, Hannah^ (Munson) Tuttle 1648, Capt. Thomas^ Munson. I quote from a minute 
of the Century Club : " As an artist his ranis was of the highest. He had that rare assemblage of 
qualities which combine to make a great painter ; an enthusiastic love of beauty, a marvelous eye 
for color, a clear perception of form, a passion for his art, sustained by a calm, persistent patience 
in its pursuit and a hand obedient to his trained eye, a hand which expressed his thought with won- 
drous spirit and felicity." Thirty-eight of Kensett's paintings have been purchased for the N. Y. 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, and called the " Kensett Memorial." A sale of his pictures realized 
$i37i7i5- Sixty artists were present at his funeral. 

While writing this note, the author has realized for the first time that he is descended from 
the pioneer William Tuttle : his great-great-grandfather Obadiah^ Munson married Rachel 
Tyler b. 1736, dau. of Rachel Tuttle 1706, dau. of Timothy 1682, son of Simon 1647, son of William, 
who migrated on the " Planter" to Boston in 1635, was in New Haven in 1639, dwelt seventeen 
years on the acre and a quarter upon which Yale College was established, and was the progenitor 
of three of its presidents (two Dwights and Woolsey), as well as of the first Jonathan Edwards, 
president of Princeton ; the latter was pronounced by Robert Hall " the greatest of the sons of 
men," and in the opinion of Daniel Webster his Freedom 0/ the Will " is the greatest achievement 
of the human intellect." 



Yet more than to any other is credit due to Mrs. Jessie Dewey Munson— for aid 
in indexing the material of the History, and in preparing the indexes of the 
printed work, but preeminently for the cheerful patience with which she has 
accepted the many and various privations occasioned by the engrossing and 
impoverishing employments of the Historian. 

A Clerical Fund (to defray the expense of scribes), amounting to some $700, 
was thoughtfully and generously provided by the Association, and a few mem- 
bers of the Family, as follows: H. Willard Munson, $50 ; Mrs. Cleora F. (Mun- 
son) Judd, $50 ; Edgar and La Rue Munson, $50 ; Mrs. B. C. Bowman, $50 ; 
Loveland Munson, $50; C. J. Monson, Sr., $10; Jos. G. Story, $10; Mrs. 
Harriet (Munson) McFadden, $20 ; George Munson Curtis, $60 ; Edward B. 
Munson, $10 ; George A. Munson, $15. 

Twenty-seven persons became responsible, to the extent of $100 each, for the 
expense of publishing The Munson Record, should the subscriptions be inad- 
equate. The roll of honor follows : 


Samuel Lyman Munson, 
Edward Garry Munson, 
Horace Willard Munson, 
Cleora F. M. Judd, 
George Stephen Munson, 
Cyrus La Rue Munson, 
Edgar Munson, 
George Munson Curtis, 
Maria W. W. Proctor, 
Rachel M. W. Proctor, 
Walter David Munson, 
Frederick Woodbury Munson 
Cora Elida Munson, . 
Loveland Munson, 
John Howd Munson, . 
George Albert Munson, 
Munson Brothers, 
George Munson, 
Henry W. McFadden, 
Edward Benjamin Munson, 
Albert Leroy Munson, 
Harvey Sperry Munson, 
Henry Theodore Munson, 
Lorenzo Terbal Munson, 
Selden Ira Munson, . 
Charles Edward Munson, 
Gilbert Dwight Munson, 

Albany, New York. 

Cohoes, New York. 

Huntington, Massachusetts. 

Holyoke, Massachusetts. 

Albany, New York. 

Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

Meriden, Connecticut. 

Utica, New York. 

Utica, New York. 

New York, New York. 

Chicago, Illinois. 

Chicago, Illinois. 

Manchester, Vermont. 

Smyrna, New York. 

Smyrna, New York. 

Utica, New York. 

Brooklyn, New York. 

Havana, Illinois. 
/New Haven, Connecticut. 

New York, New York. 
■'New Haven, Connecticut. 

New York, New York. 

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. 

Leavenworth, Kansas. 

Columbus, Ohio. 

Zanesville, Ohio. 

Prefatory. vii 


Ainer Munson, Ouleout, Delaware Co., N. Y. 

Albert Munson, Hon., Medina, Ohio. 

Albert L. Munsoi), 122 Centre St., New York City. 

Allen A. Munson, La Grange, Cass Co., Michigan. 

Alven Munson, Carthage, Hancock Co., Illinois. 

Augustus W. Munson, Dr., 303 East Columbus St., Kenton, Hardin Co., O. 

Bushrod W. Monson, Clinton, DeWitt Co., Illinois. 

Byron W. Munson, Dr., Sharon, Litchfield Co., Conn. 

Carlos W. Munson, 80 Wall St., New York City. 

Caroline A. Munson, Miss, 1221 Grand Ave., Toledo, O. 

Celestia Munson, Miss, Patch Grove, Grant Co., Wisconsin. 

Charles E. Munson, 450 East Broad St., Columbus, Ohio. 

Charles J. Monson, 252 Greenwich Ave., New Haven, Conn. 

Charles W. Munson, 1276 Washington Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois. 

Clinton Munson, Dr., 1006 Yakima Ave., North, Tacoma, Wash. 

Cora E. Munson, Miss, 1276 Washington Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois. 

Corydon W. Munson, 722 Oakwood Ave., Toledo, Ohio. 

Curtiss J. Monson, Sen., 156 Whalley Ave., New Haven, Conn. 

Cyrus D. Munson, Hudson, Massachusetts. 

C. La Rue Munson, 747 W. 4th St., Williamsport, Penn. (5) 

Daniel Munson, 417 Irving St., Syracuse, N. Y. 

David I. Munson, Cortland, Cortland Co., New York. 

Edgar Munson, 810 West 4th St., Williamsport, Penn. (2) 

Edward Munson, Dr., Medina, Orleans Co., New York. 

Edward A. Munson, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Edward G. Munson, Waterford, Saratoga Co., New York. 

Emma M. Monson, Miss, Bennettsville, Marlboro Co., South Carolina. 

Emery Munson, P. O. Box 82, Mendota, Illinois. 

Emily C. Munson, Miss, 51 Howe St., New Haven, Conn. 

Ferdinand W. Munson, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan. 

Frances Ann Munson, Miss, Medina, Orleans Co., New York. 

Frederick Munson, Rev., 15 St. Mark's Place, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Frederick T. Munson, 789 Orange St., New Haven, Conn. 

Frederick W. Munson, 458 Fulton St., Chicago, Illinois. (3) 

George Munson, 407 Grand Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. (3) 

George A. Munson, Smyrna, Chenango Co., N. Y. (3) 

George E. Munson, Seneca Falls, New York. 

George H. Munson, Cortland, New York. 

George S. Munson, Dr., 30 Eagle St., Albany, N. Y. 

Gilbert D, Munson, Col., Zanesville, Ohio. 

Grant L. Munson, Cortland, New York. 

Henry C. Munson, Greenfield, Massachusetts. 

Henry T. Munson, (800 Temple Court) 7 Beekman St., New York City. 

Horace D. Munson, Sen., Prof., 83 Main St., Zanesville, Ohio. 

Horace D. Munson, Jr., 88 Main St., Zanesville, Ohio. 

Horace H. Munson, 319 Walnut St., Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Horatio N. Munson, Mentor, Lake Co., Ohio. 

* Figures in parentheses denote number of copies. 

viii Prefatory. 

Ira Munson, Ringoes, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey. 

Isaac E. Munson, Wallingford, Rutland Co., Vermont. 

Ithial L. Munson, Ovid, Clinton Co., Michigan. 

J. Frederick Munson, Capt., 142 Ontario St., Cleveland, Ohio. 

Jared Howes Munson, 263 Sackett St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Joel A. Munson, Lisbon, Kendall Co., Illinois. 

John A. Munson, Savannah, Wayne Co., New York. 

John A. Munson, 421 Shetland Ave., East End, Pittsburgh, Penn. 

John C. Munson, Van Deusenville, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. 

Joseph Marshall Munson, Watertown, Connecticut. 

Joseph O. Munson, Rev., 94 Howe St., New Haven, Conn. 

Kneeland J. Munson, Millerton, Dutchess Co., N. Y. 

Loveland Munson, Hon., Manchester, Bennington Co., Vermont. 

Lucy Emily Munson, Mrs., 6 Cedar St., Clinton, Worcester Co., Mass. 

Luzerne I. Munson, Ho7i., Waterbury, Connecticut. (3) 

Lydia Munson, Miss, 112 W. First St., Elmira, Chenango Co., N. Y. 

Maria G. Munson, Mrs., 22 Genesee St., Geneva, Ontario Co., N. Y. 

Mary F. Munson, Miss, Guilford, Connecticut. 

Miles C. Munson, 6th Auditor's Office, P. O. Dept., Washington, D. C. 

Mordello S. Munson, Co/., Oyster Creek, Brazoria Co., Texas. 

Noble O. Munson, Earlville, La Salle Co., Illinois. 

Norman C. Munson, Needham, Massachusetts. 

Ralph W. E. Munson, J?ev., Singapore, Straits Settlements. 

Reginald Munson, Dr., 3101 P. St., N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Reuben D. Munson, 10 Pike's Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Robert H. Munson, Bay Mills, Chippewa Co., Michigan. 

Salmon Munson, Sutton Creek P. O., Franklin Tp., Luzerne Co., Penn. 

Samuel L. Munson, Albany, New York. 

Samuel M. Munson, 168 Blatchley Ave., New Haven, Conn. 

Selden I. Munson, 409 Chocktaw St., Leavenworth, Kansas (2) 

Sheldon Munson, Elm St., Tariffville, Connecticut. 

Spencer Munson, 210 N. Compton Ave., St. Louis, Missouri. 

Summer F. Munson, Cazenovia, New York. 

Sylvanus I. Munson, 414 Osage St., Leavenworth, Kansas. 

Thaddeus W. Munson, Dr., McDade, Bastrop Co., Texas. 

Thomas V. Munson, Denison, Grayson Co., Texas. 

Walter Munson, Port Washington, Queens Co., N. Y. 

Warner E. Munson, Wolverine, Chebo)'gan Co., Michigan. 

Welton M. Munson, Prof., Maine State College, Orono, Maine. 

William A. Munson, 258 No. Main St., Providence, R. I. 

William H. Munson, Sec. Nelden-Judson Drug Co., Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Willis W. Munson, Dr., Otisco, Onondaga Co., N. Y. 

Alden, Lyman P., Rose Upham Home, Terre Haute, Indiana. 

Alderman, F. H., Sharon, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania. 

Arnot, Ann E. H., Mrs., 254 West Clinton St., Elmira, N. Y. (2) 

Atwater, Cortentia (Munson), Mrs., Franklin, Johnson Co., Indiana. 

Bacheller, Justin, Mrs., Wallingford, Vermont. 

Bacon, Sarah Munson, Mrs., Albany, New York. 

Baker, Harvey, 35 Main St., Oneonta, Otsego Co., N. Y. 

Prefatory. ix 

Baldwin, William D., 38 Park Row, New York City. 

Barbour, Erwin L., Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont. 

Barbour, Marcus V., 422 Madison St., Toledo, Ohio. 

Barney, H. B., 135 E. 45th St., New York City. 

Bartholomew, Jennie A., Mrs., Willoughby, Lake Co., Ohio. 

Bassett, Dickerman Munson, 149 Elizabeth St., Derby, Conn. 

Blakeslee, Erastus, Church St., Mexico, Oswego Co., N. Y. 

Bowman, B. C, Mrs., 528 West 4th St., Williamsport, Penn. (2) 

Bradley, Clifford R., Mrs., 954 No. Main St., Waterbury, Conn. 

Bruckner, Josephine (Munson), Mrs., 516 Hudson St., Hoboken, N. J. 

Buck, Julius S., 584 College Avenue, Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Bushnell, Clarence Munson, 645 Ferry St., West, Buffalo, N. Y. 

Campbell, William R., Rev., 72 Allegheny St., Roxbury, Mass. 

Church, Philetus Munson, Portage St., Sault St. Marie, Michigan. 

Coan, Titus Munson, Dr., 70 5th Avenue, New York City. 

Couch, Harriet C, Mrs., Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

Dean, John Moriarty, 336 Main St., Cambridgeport, Mass. 

Dean, Marvin A., 1138 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Illinois. 

Dimock, Warren S., Mrs., Muscoda, Grant Co., Wisconsin. 

Doolittle, Tilton E., Mrs., 367 Orange St., New Haven, Conn. 

Dusenberry, Edwin B., Huntington, Suffolk Co., N. Y. 

Dyer, Harry Cheney, Del Norte, Rio Grande Co., Colorado, 

Featherb}', Charles G., Au Sable, Michigan. 

Featherby, W. Munson, Au Sable, Iosco Co., Michigan. 

Field, George G., Mrs., 9 Chauncey St., Cambridge, Mass. 

Freeman, J. A., Mrs., Millington, Kendall Co., Illinois. 

French, John J., Beaumont, Jefferson Co., Texas. 

Fripp, William J., Mrs., Bluffton, Beaufort Co., South Carolina. 

Fuller, Clinton, Elmira, Stark Co., Illinois. 

Gay, Fisher, Mrs., Eighth St., Wyoming, Luzerne Co., Penn. 

Goldthwaite, C. C, Mrs., 55 Fayette St., Utica, N. Y. (2) 

Greene, Richard Henry, 235 Central Park, West, New York City. (2) 

Griffith, Absalom Monson, Rev., Sabina, Clinton Co., Ohio. 

Hadley, Brittan, Mrs., Cambridge, Henry Co., Illinois. 

Hartley, Joseph W., 34 Gramercy Park, New York City. 

Hartley, Reuben M., Amsterdam, New York. 

Henderson, Mary E., 2344 Monroe St., Toledo, Ohio. 

Holcomb, Charles B., Mrs., Tunxis Hill, Tariffville, Conn. 

Hotchkiss, Frank E., Yale Univ., New Haven, Conn. 

Hubbell, Clarence W., Mrs., 26 Pratt Place, Waterbury, Conn. 

Jenkins, Helen (Hartley), Mrs., 164 South St., Morristown, New Jersey. 

Jones, Nelson, Mrs., Neponset, Bureau Co., Illinois. 

Judd, John K., Mrs., 58 Pleasant St., Holyoke, Mass. (5) 

Lacey, Rowland B., 444 Main St., Bridgeport, Conn, 

Leonard, Andrew S., Mrs., Deeth, Nevada. 

Leonard, Ezra, Mrs., Chatham Centre, Medina Co., Ohio. 

Lewis, Stanley H., Mrs., Fairfield, Clay Co., Nebraska. 

Loveland, Bradford C, Dr., Clifton Springs, New York. 

McFadden, H. W., Mrs., Havana, Mason Co., Illinois. 

Mansfield, A., Mrs., Mt. Holly Springs, Cumberland Co., Penn. 

X Prefatory. 

Martin, S. Munson, Chamberlin, Waukesha Co., Wisconsin. 

Meaker, W. H., Mrs., 14 Nelson St., Auburn, N. Y. 

Merriman, Hiram A., Park Hotel, Park St., Williamsport, Penn. 

Meyer, Albert J., Lake View, Erie Co., N. Y. 

Meyer, Helen W., Miss, \bii I St., Washington, D. C. 

Miller, N. E. and J., P. O. Box 48, Burlington, Vermont. 

Miller, Olive M., Mrs., Hopkins Station, Allegan Co., Michigan. 

Morton, Howard, Col., 65 Eisner Building, Pittsburgh, Penn. 

Murray, William P., 720 Genesee St., Cleveland, Ohio. 

Nash, Charles A., 507 William St., East Orange, N. J. 

Nettleton, Lucius D., Medina, Ohio. 

Parker, Joseph C, Mrs., Queechee, Windsor Co., Vermont. 

Peck, Henry S. , 1209 Chapel St., New Haven, Conn. 

Peirce, George C, Mrs., i-l(^ Madison Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Piatt, Henry C, Mrs., Huntington, Suffolk Co., N. Y. 

Pratt, M. M., 819 Gaudy St., Denison, Texas. 

Schoonmaker, Sarah J., Mrs., 204 Biddle St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Searing, Martin V. B., Mrs., Morris St., Dover, New Jersey. 

Sellew, Mary A., Mrs., Forest and Washington Aves., Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Sharp, Jacob, Mrs., 417 North Washington St., Rome, N. Y. (2) 

Sherwood, Isabella (Hartley), Mrs., Bridgewater P. O., Bucks Co., Penn. 

Smith, Elizabeth Munson, North Franklin, Delaware Co., N. Y. 

Smith, Eva (Munson), Airs., Springfield, Illinois. 

Smith, Henry E. , Stillwater, Minnesota. 

Smith, J. Gibb, 2 Academy St., New Haven, Conn. 

Spencer, Ery M., Mrs., 119 West Arch St., Marquette, Michigan. 

Stackhouse, James H., 501 Casperj' St., Tyler, Texas. 

Stokes, James, Mrs., 49 Cedar St., New York City. 

Story, Joseph G., Col., 21 Herkimer St., Brooklyn, N. Y. (3) 

Ten-Broeck, Rensselaer, 287 Broadway, New York City. 

Thatcher, Jane D., Mrs., Del Norte, Rio Grande Co., Colorado. 

Thompson, Evangeline (Munson), Mrs., Cor. Market and Montgomery Sts., San 

Francisco, Cal. 
Todd, Louis M., 122 Centre St., New York City. 
Tracy, Charles L. , loi York Avenue, Towanda, Penn. 
Valentine, Wells, Mrs., Pleasant St., Bennington, Vermont. 
Watson, George H., Mrs., 9 York Chambers, Toronto, Canada. 
White, George A., Mrs., Cheney St., Roxbury, Mass'. 
Wightman, Abbie H., Mrs., 68 East 131st St., New York City. 
Wilson, George H., 44 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. 
Winslow, Francis A., 326 West 55th St., New York City. 
Winslow, Mary Gertrude, Mrs., 326 W. 55th St., New York City. 

Scope. — This work is occupied with an account of Capt. Thomas Munson and 
his descendants, or rather a part of them. It attempts to present all of Munson 
blood and name, but usually contents itself with presenting the children and 
grandchildren of Munson daughters. To present all of Munson lineage who 
have passed into other names would be desirable ; but it cannot be done. Let 
us do a little figuring. 

Prefatory. xi 

In his analysis of the descendants of Joseph Loomis, Professor Loomis found 
that the average number of children in each family of the several generations 
was as follovi^s : The first generation had 8 ; second, 11.6 ; third, 7.1 ; fourth, 6 ; 
fifth, 6 ; sixth, 6.5 ; seventh, 4.8 ; eighth, 3.6. Let us adopt the supposition that 
each Munson family has two sons and two daughters, and that all marry; we 
shall see the following results : 

Males of 

Females Born with 

Males and Females 


Munson Name. 

Munson Natne. 

Born -with Other Names. 














16+ 32= 48 




32+ 192= 224 




64+ 896= 960 




128+ 3,840= 3,968 




256 + 15,872 = 16,128 




512 + 64,512=65,024 

510 510 86,360 

In these eight generations, we have (by the supposition) 87,380 descendants of 
Thomas Munson : 510 bear the Munson name permanently, 510 pass from the 
Munson name into other names, and 86,360 are born with other names ; that is, 
while one person is born with the Munson name, 842^ are born with other 
names ; and while one bears the Munson name permanently, 170^ inherit or 
acquire other names. 

Observe the significance of this computation. If I profess — as some genealo- 
gists do — to investigate the female branches of a family as extensively and as 
thoroughly as the male branches, I shall require about eighty-five volumes such 
as would suffice for persons born into the Munson name. There is a family 
history on my table which professes, I believe, to give as much attention to 
female lines as to male ; more than one-third of the book is devoted to the 
family name ; less than two-thirds to other names ; whereas to fulfil its pro- 
fessed scope, there would be required, not two-thirds of a volume, but forty- 
two times that allowance. Professor Loomis enumerates fewer than 28,000 
descendants of Joseph Loomis, of whom more than 10,000 bear the Loomis 
name ; he recognizes that these 28,000 are " a small fraction of the whole 

Though it should be conceded that the best blood of a family courses through 
the daughters ; though a recent dictum be accepted, that " strongly marked men 
derive from their mothers that which makes them notable" ; though Douglass 
Jerrold be applauded when he says — " She that rocks the cradle rules the 
world," — we are prevented from giving the daughters their full due through 
sheer inability, as explained above. Their record must be completed in the 
family histories of the Carvers, Winthrops, Davenports, Knickerbockers, etc., 
whose names they have acquired. 

The scope of this work does not include adopted children ; nor persons of 
Portsmouth stock, who have some notice in Adde^ida ; nor Scandinavians and 
others who have immigrated within the past half century ; nor Munsells who 
have appropriated the Munson name (vide Addenda). We treat of the descend- 

xii Prefatory. 

ants of Thomas Munson, usually however pursuing the branches of daughters 
only as far as their grandchildren. 

Method. — The writer's attitude has been that of a witness rather than that of an 
advocate. He has deemed it his dut}^ to tell what people were willing to be, 
rather than what we might wish they had been. Luther advised every historian to 
get the heart of a lion. If we would be historical, we must portray what we find. 
An esteemed friend prepared a book whose purport was similar to that of our 
Record. In one of his families was a son who killed his wife, and another who 
killed his sister ; at least there were occurrences equivalent to these. My friend 
did not regard these great facts as proper material for a family history, and there 
is not the slightest allusion to them. Such a suppression of cardinal events 
is of course unhistorical, and a treatise made in that prudent way is untrust- 

As to the general plan of this work, the arrangement of material relating to the 
first three generations is primarily chronological, while in treating of the Clans, 
the logical element is dominant. Our account of Thomas Munson, his children 
and grandchildren, is in the form of annals, and it is made up very largely of 
verbatim et literatifji quotations from antique records ; and in a considerable 
number of instances, quotations have been confirmed and embellished with fac- 
similes of the original writings. The heads of Clans are great-grandsons of Capt. 
Thomas Munson, and are the ancestors of great branches of the Family. 

We have used quotation-marks innumerable ; but we are very often quoting 
silently, in part at least, when there is no indication of it except in the antique 
spelling or mode of expression. We have not only indulged the antique scribes 
in their peculiarities, but have granted similar indulgence to others, as, e. g., in 
respect to the spelling of names. If one wishes to spell his surname Monson, 
though five generations of his ancestors spelled it Munson, we aim to employ o 
in the first syllable of his name, though we may not always succeed. If one 
whose name might have been Basil, chose to write Baszel, we so spell his name ; 
and if his grandson wishes his name spelled Bazel, we comply. If a sister writes 
a man's name Frederick and his wife writes it Frederic, we try to please them 

Note. — We have indicated, on the title-page, that this history purports to cover 
two hundred and fifty years, 1637-1887. But a great portion of it extends to this 
year of publication, some of it to the very day of printing. 

Nota Bene. — That injustice to some of the earlier members of the Family may 
be avoided, it should be remembered in reading that one made his mark instead 
of writing his name, how different the customs then were in respect to education, 
and how scant the facilities, especially for girls ; and in reading of such a use of 
ardent spirits as would now be disreputable and immoral, it should be remem- 
bered that the best customs of the olden time justified such use. Let it be 
observed also that when the report of remarks made in public by our ancestors 
appears uncultivated and uncouth, it may probably be attributed to the hurrying 
scribe rather than the orator ; and that any rudeness in the language of wills, con- 
veyances, and other instruments, is usually to be credited to some uncultivated 
official who was employed to write them. Another caution : Keep in mind that 
only two of the numerous autographs presented,* those on pages 522 and 948, 
were written for engraving ; not one of the writers of the others knew that his 
signature was to appear in these pages. It would be unfair to look upon these 

* Mrs. Grace Munson Wheeler's was however made by special request. 



samples of script as having been made for exhibition. Most of them were signed 
to ordinary letters, and others to conveyances, wills, and the like. If this 
admonitory paragraph might be postscripted, it should be to observe that no 
intelligent reader will look for inerrancy in a book of this class. There is not 
much infallibility in the author, and there is less in his scribes and his print- 
ers ; but there is least of all in some of his sources of information. We have 
expended much pains upon the correction of errors which have been sent to us. 
At Salem, more than two centuries ago, Nicholas Noyes wrote this homely yet 
sensible quatrain : 

" They who write histories 
Write many things they see with others' eyes ; 
'Tis fair, where nought is feigned, nor undigested, 
Nor ought but what is credibly attested." 

Anniversary. — Thirteen years ago this morning, the writer began the researches 
whose fruitage appears in this Munson Book. If he has deeply repented the 
undertaking, he has also experienced great enjoyment in it. He designed to 
make a better book than he had seen, of this kind ; whether he has succeeded or 
not, he has not made so good a book as he wished to. It is such as could be 
produced under existing conditions. That which was to be, is. 

" And be the day short or never so long 
At length it ringeth to even-song." 

M. A. M. 

New Haven, Oct. 3, 1895. 


The head of each numbered family is a Munson in blood and name ; the names 
of males are in bold-faced type, and the names of females are in Small Capi- 
tals while the surnames of those whom they marry are in heavy-faced type that 
the surnames of their children may be easily recognized. 

The index-figure indicates one's generation, Capt. Thomas Munson being 
reckoned as the first. 

Within the parentheses following the name of the Munson who constitutes the 
subject of a family-section, is his lineage as far as the head of his clan — who is 
always of the fourth generation ; his earlier lineage appears on Chart I. 

A careful attention to punctuation, especially in statistical matter, is indispen- 
sable to correct understanding. The lack of marks in quoted passages is often 
unsupplied, and sometimes it has been supplied where the meaning was obscure 
or would be misapprehended. 

We will not waste the reader's time in elucidating the ordinary abbreviations, 
nor hundreds of uncommon ones whose meaning is made plain by the context. 
Below are a few of the more important or less intelligible 





G. C. 









N. Y. C 



N. Y. S 





or adm'' administration or admin- 



T. M. 


child, children, church, chain. 


c. or 

c. circum, about. 




* * * * 


Division (of land). 


d. g. 


General Court. 


. New York City. 
, New York State. 

record or recorded. 

in the time of. 



signifies a deferential omission. 

signifies a special semicolon. 


ac° action, 
ag* against. 

hs his. 
J Jurisdiction. 
L"* L^ L: Lieutenant. 
m indicates double m 


m" month, 
double n. 





one on. 
P per- etc. 
p'l paid, 
psell parcel. 

pi* plaintifT. 

pt part. 

qr. qrt. q' quarter. 

S' Sergeant. 

u for V often. 

V for u. 

w'=h w";'' which. 

wd ward. 

w*her whether. 

w% w"* with. 

ye y« the. 

y'' their. 

y* that. 

: after abbreviation, as Sen': 



Letters following are initials used for "marks;" four other " marks" used for 

the starred names. 

Stephen Goodyeare. 
Thomas Gregson. 
Thomas Nash. 
William Jeanes. 
Jn" Evance. 
Thomas Munson. 
John Liuermore. 
Jeremy Whetnell. 
Luke Atkinson. 
Thomas Morris. 
William Russill. 
Beniamin Willmott. 
Thomas Powell. 
James Russell. 
Peter Browne. 
John Tompson. J 

Abraham Bell. B 
John Vincent. V 
Tho : Mitchell.* 
John Walker.* 
Beniamin Pawle. 
William Gibbins. W 
John Hall. 
Richard Newman. 
Edward Chipperfield.* 
Steuen Metcalfe, 
William Gibbard. 
Ralph Dayghton. 
William Peekke. 
Anthony Tompson. 
Christ". Todd. T 
John Gibbes. 

[Partly legible with lent.] 

John Nash. 
Adam Nicholls. A 
Tho : Beamont. B 
Josua Atwater. 
Thomas Osborne. 
John Wakeman. 
William Davis. W 
ffrancis Browne.* 
Robert Pigg. 
Nath Merriman. 
Roger Alling. 
Henry Peck. H 
Marke Pierce. 
Theophilus Higginson. 
Dauid Atwater. 
Mathew Camfeld. 

The following sixty-three persons were present at the adoption of the Agreement, 

consented thereto, and had their names entered on the record by the 

secretary ; the first fifteen had the prefix M^ : 

Theoph Eaton. 

John Davenport. 

Sam : Eaton. 

Rob'. Newman. 

Math: Gilbert. 

Nath Turner. 

Rich: Malbon. 



William Touttle. 




ffran : Newman. 

Tho: Yale. 

Tho: ffugill. 

William Andrewes. 

Richard Beckley. 

John Cooper. 

Jarvis Boykin. 

John Chapman. 

Tho : Kimberley. 
John Benham. 
M'. Wilkes. 
Tho : Jeflfreyes. 
Rob'. Seely. 
Nicholas Elsey. 
John Budd. 
Rich: Hull. 
William Preston. 
John Brockett. 
Jer. Dixon. 
Rob'. Hill. 
Andrew Low. 
William Thorpe. 
John Ponderson. 
John Johnson. 
Edward Wiggleworih. 
John Clarke. 
Sam : Whitehead. 
John Potter. 
Arther Halbidge. 

Edward Banister. 
William Potter. 
John Mosse. 
John Charles. 
Richard Beach. 
Tymothy fforde. 
John Reader. 
John Cogswell. 
Mathew Hitchcock, 
ffrancis Hall. 
Richard Osborne. 
James Clarke. 
Andrew Hull. 
Edward Patterson. 
William Eues (Ives). 
Geo : Smith. 
John Peacock. 
Mathew Moulthrop. 
Andr. Messenger. 
Geo : Warde. 
Lawrence Warde. 






91 : 











21 Insert parenthesis after "Milford." 

II Insert quotation-mark after " Win- 

24 Insert quotation-marli before " Y« 
I Insert quotation-mark before "Agreed." 

20 Insert quotation-mark after " Walling- 

53 " Elizabeth' " should be Elizabeth^. 

56 "AnnS" should bev4««'. 
3 After "now Litchfield," read C/., his 
son Richard^ I'JS4 served Ij6 days in 
the Rev. Army, then reenlisted, (4) 
Noah*, unm. 

36 Change colon after " 1710" to semicolon. 

: 46 Erase quotation-mark before " Sam- 

: 19 Insert quotation-mark after " King." 

: 34 Erase quotation-mark after "Tuttle." 

: I Insert quotation-mark before " a cer- 

; 19 " Sarah* " should read Sarah*. 

; II Change "former" io latter. 

: 21 Change semicolon after " Ch." to 

: 19 For Ebenezer', read Ebenezer^. 

: 5 " LewisS Munson" should be Lewis 

: 2 "09." should be 0». 

: 19 " S. C. has resided," etc., should be 
paragraph in the larger size type. 

: 27 Change colon after " Hurley " to semi- 

: 5 Insert after " 1799 " / m. 

: II Change colon after "1788" to semi- 

: 24 Change semicolon after "a son" to 

285: 39 Change semicolon after " Chidsey " to 

305 : 27 Erase comma after " Rep." 
306: 13 " May" " should be May^o. 
312:27 Change semicolon after "1873" to 

339 : I After " shingles," insert used. 
367 : 36 After "asst.," insert supt. 
446: 6 Omit " Moore." 
458: 2 Change "rods" to/eet. 
Sii: 24 " Wimemac" should be Winnemac. 
570: 18 Change "Loyd" Xa Lloyd. 
598: I "William*" should be William'^. 
626:41 Insert quotation-mark after "Road." 
632 : 42 Insert quotation-mark after "40 o." 
658:27 Change "(6)" before "Henrietta" to 

700 : 40 Insert quotation-mark after " road." 
768: 43 Insert quotation-mark before "All." 
803: 17 Change semicolon after "unm." to 

832 : 34 " Walter Guy» " should be Walter 

862: I " Jacob^ " should be y^aroi5«. 
871:21 Apply 10 to "Edwine" instead of 

" Bushnell." 
897 : 21 Insert quotation-mark before " adjoin- 
907 : 3 Insert quotation-mark before " was an." 
927 : 36 " Warren' " should be Ephraim^ . 
1031:29 Change semicolon after "in P." to 

1045:25 Change semicolon after "Dem." to 

1072 : 19 Insert quotation-mark after " 1885." 
1075:41 Change colon after " N. Y. C." to 




Prefatory, ...... 


Research, . . . . . 


Acknowledgments, . . . . 


Guaranty Fund, . . . . 


Advance Subscribers, 


Scope, . •. 


Other-name Munsons, 


Method, . . . . . 


Nota Bene, . . . . . 


Explanations, .... 


Table of Contents, . . . . 


Illustrations, . . . . . 


Introductory — English Monsons, . 


History, with Genealogies, . . . . 


Annals of First Three Generations — 

Thomas' Munson, 


Elisabeth'' Cooper and Higinbothom, 


SamueP Munson, 


Hannah' Tuttle, 


Martha^ Elcock, 


SamueP Munson, 


Thomas* Munson, 


John^ Munson, 


Theophilus* Munson, . 


Joseph^ Munson, 


Stephen^ Munson, 


Caleb^ Munson, 


Joshua^ Munson, 


Clan Histories — 

Clan Solomon'*, 


Clan William*, .... 


Clan Waitstill,* 


Clan Obadiah^ 


Clan Ebenezer'*, 


Clan John^ .... 


Clan Joel*, .... 




Clan Histories — 

Clan Israel^, 

Clan Daniel*, . 

Clan Benjamin'*, 

Clan Theophilus*, 

Clan Abel^ 

Clan Ephraim*, 

Clan Jabez*, 

Clan Caleb*, 

Clan Joshua*, 

Clan Moses*, 
Chart I, 

Charts II-XVIII, at Beginning of Clans 
Contemporary Events, 
Addenda — 

The Portsmouth Race of Munsons, 

Unlocated Munsons, . 

Recent Discoveries, 

Spurious Munsons (Munsells), 

Munson Inventors and Patentees, 

The Y&xiy Path, 

Errata^ . . . . 

Indexes — 

I. Descendants of Thomas Munson Bearing or Born with the 

Surname Munson, ...... 

II. Descendants Born with Other Surnames, 

III. Persons who Married Descendants, .... 

IV. Prominent Places of Munson Residence, 

V. Persons Outside of Thomas Munson's Family who are Men- 

tioned, ....... 

VI. Historical and General, ...... 

Illustrations, ........ 






61, 82, 122, 458, 466, 477, '492, 522 










Maps — 

Thomas Munson's Hartford, . 
Drawn by W. S. Porter. 

Thomas Munson's New Haven,* 
Drawn by E. E. Atwater. 

Samuel Munson's Wallingford, 

On the basis of Elihu Yale's MS.t 

Samuel Munson's House-Lot, Wallingford, 

Obadiah-Munson Places in Cheshire, 

The Ferry Path, and its Vicinity, New Haven, 

The Soldiers' Field, Hartford, t 
From drawing of F. H. Parker. 

Diagram of Munson Migrations, . 

Fac-similes of — 


Foundamentall Agreem' (June 4, 1639), 
Disagreement between Malbon and Mouleno'', 
Thomas^ Munson Admitted Freeman, 
Wrangles about Fences, . 
Acquittal of Sergt. Thomas^ Munson, 
Sergt. Munson Cannot Be Spared, 
Munson Offered the Site of City Hall, 
Requested to Treat with the Indians, 
SamueP Munson's Salary as Drummer, 
Committee to Determine Rank of Inhabitants, 
Public Worship in the Ensign's House, 
Joseph Munson's Birth, . 
Treaty about a Drum, 
Ensign Munson's Bill for Drumming, 
Paid for Services as Schoolmaster, 
Recompensed with Pipe-Staves for Drumming, 
Ensign Munson's Ear-mark, 
Munson to Compile the Laws, 


Lord Monson, 

Sir Edmund Monson, 

Documents . 

Major William's Losses at Retreat from Quebec, 

Dr. Eneas's Losses by British Invasion, 

Dr. Walter's Communication to British Commissary, 






















* Credit to Munsell & Co. t Loaned by Mr. Munroe. % By favor of Mr. Parker. 



Fac-similes of — 

Autographic Signatures. 

Two of Capt. Thomas' Munson, .... 

Two of Ensign SamueP Munson, . . 

Thirty-eight of Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Generations, 

One hundred and sixty-four isolated Munson Signatures, 

Signature of Lord Monson, .... 

Signature of Sir Edmund Monson, 

Signatures to Foundamentall Agreem', . 

Signatures of Wallingford Pioneers, 

Signatures of Momaugin, Mantowese, and other Indians, 
Music — Woodland Warblings, .... 

Arms of the English Monsons, .... 

Grave- Stones. 

Capt. Thomas' Munson, ..... 

Joanna Munson, ...... 

Town-Clerk SamueP Munson,* .... 

Husbandman Thomas^ Munson, f ... 

Locksmith Theophilus^ Munson,* 

Mrs. Theophilus^ Munson,* . . . . 

Miller Obadiah* Munson,* .... 

Views of — 

Pequot Fortress and Battle, by Capt. Underbill, 

First Meeting-House (Munson as Contractor), 

Site of Thomas Munson Residence, 1662-1685 — Temple Street 

between Wall and Grove, .... 

Timothy Munson's Inn, Pownal, Vt., 
Old Munson House at Queen Street, Southington,:]: . 
Dr. Eneas Munson's Residence, Cor. of York and Chapel Streets 

New Haven, ...... 

Treasures from the Ancestral Garret, 

Cottage in which this Book was Written,! ... 
Portraits — 

Half-tone Engravings .** 


I, 56, 60 



xxiv, XXV 


60, xiv" 



1 106 











1 140 

Charles Monson, .... 


Charles Munson, .... 


Daniel Munson, .... 


Emma Harriet Munson, . 


Franklin A. Munson, 


Garry Munson, .... 


** Engraved by Crosscup and "West (except Lord Monson's). *tt Photographed, graiis- 
by Stephen W.^ Glenney, t by William H.^ Allen, % by Mary Caroline Ives. 



Portraits — 

Half-tone Engravings, p^gg 

George S. Munson, ...... 870 

Gilbert D. Munson, 


Horace D. Munson, 


James E. Munson, 


Norman C. Munson, 


Stephen Munson, . 


Welton M. Munson, 


William Munson, . 


Miss Munson, 


Lord Monson, 


Clarence Munson Bushnell, 


Jessie Dewey Chidsey, 


William Crosvvell, 


Oliver Ellsworth Daggett, 


Wm. D. and Frances C. Dean, 


John Frederick Kensett, . 


Eva Munson Smith, 

1 106 

Grace Munson Wheeler, . 


Gelatin-plate Engravings.* 

Albert Leroy Munson, 


Alfred Munson, 


Charles Munson, . 


Cyrus La Rue Munson, 


Daniel Munson, 


Edgar Munson, 


Edmund Munson, 


Edward Benjamin Munson, 


Edward Garry Munson, 


Edwin Beach Munson, 


Eneas Munson, f . 

Frontispiece, Vol. I 

Frederick Woodbury Munson, 


Garry Munson, 


Harvey Benjamin Munson, 


Harvey Sperry Munson, . 


Henry Theodore Munson, 


Israel Munson, 1766-1844, 


Jesse Munson, 


* Engraved and printed by W. P. Allen, Gardner, Mass., from photographs and other copy 
supplied to him. 

t Contributed by Capt. Frank A. Monson. 



Portraits — 

Gelatin-plate Engravings. 

Melvin Henry Munson, 

Myron A. Munson, 

Presented by Artist Allen. 

Norman Munson, 

Samuel L. Munson and Family, . 

Selden Ira Munson, 

Stephen Thorne Munson and Family, 

Walter D. Munson, 

Carrie Monson Amundson, 

William Delavan Baldwin, 

Josephine M. Bruckner and Family, 

George Munson Curtis, 

Mary Gertrude Greene and Family, 

Absalom Monson Griffith, 

Jennie Dusenberry Piatt, 

Helen E. (Munson) Williams, 

Daniel Munson, 
Eliphalet Munson, 
Thomas V. Munson, 
William Munson, . 
Mordello S. Munson, 

Frontispiece, Vol. W 





Our labor upon the American history of the Munsons has been 
so engrossing as to preclude effectual inquiry into their trans- 
atlantic connection and history. 

The English Monsons be- 
longing to the peerage have a 
recognized history extending 
through five centuries. Accord- 
ing to Burke's Peerage and 
Baronetage of the British Empire* 
John Monson was " living in 
1378, [/^;«/. Richard II, Chaucer 
and Wycliffe,] and denominated 
of East or Market-Rasen, co. 
Lincoln ; from him lineally 
sprang William Monson, Esq.," who died in 1558, the year in which 
Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. We present William's pos- 
terity in the line of high titles : — 

William', Esq., d. 1558 ; was of So. Carlton, Lincolnshire. 

John^, of So. Carlton. 

Robert'^, bro. of John'^, d. 24 Sept. 1583. Began study 
at Cambridge Jan. 1545-6. In parliament, he "distin- 
guished himself by boldness of speech, particularly in 
the autumn of 1566, when he offended the queen by the 
persistence with which he pressed for a direct answer 
to a petition of both houses praying her to marry and 
nominate her successor in the event of her death with- 
out issue." He is said by Burke to have been an 
eminent lawyer and one of the judges of the Common 
Pleas, temp. Elizabeth. He was buried in Lincoln 
Cathedral. His epitaph, quoted in The Judges of Eng- 
land., is curious and interesting : 

Quern tegit hoc marmor si forte requiris, Amice, 

Lunam cum Phoebo jungite, nomen habes. 
Luce Patrum clarus, proprio sed lumine major ; 

De gemina merito nomina luce capit. 
Largus, doctus, amans, aluit, coluit, recreavit 

Musas, jus, vinctos, sumptibus, arte, dome. 
Tempora laeta Deus, post tempora nubila misit ; 

Laeta dedit sancte, nubila ferre pie, 
Et tulit, vicit ; superat sua lumina virtus ; 

Fulget apud superos, Stella beata facit. 

Sir John', Knt., manor at So. Carlton, d. in 1593. 

Sir Thomas*, Knt., 1564-1641. He was at Oxford, but left 
without a degree. He was created M.A. 30 Aug. 1605, when 
he accompanied James I on a visit to Oxford. He was 
knighted the year of the Armada (1588). He became a 
favorite of James I, who made him his master-falconer early 

* The information in this sketch is derived mainly from Burke, from Cokayne's Complete 
Peerage., and from the Dictionary of National Biography , Vol. xxxviii. 

xxii Introductory. 

in his reign, "such a falconer," says Weldon, "as no prince 
in Christendom ever had." In June 1611, he was appointed 
master of the armory at the Tower. June 29, 161 1, he was 
created First Baronet* 

Sir William^, Knt., 1569-1643, bro. of Sir Thomas. 
He was of So. Carlton, "where his family had been 
settled for many generations." He was in Oxford at 
14, but off to sea at 16, without the knowledge of his 
parents. In 1588 he was lieutenant of the Charles, one 
of the fleet which opposed the Armada. In 1594 he 
took the degree of M.A. at Oxford. He was vice- 
admiral in 1602. In July 1604 he was appointed admiral 
of the narrow seas, a position which he occupied twelve 
years. His distinguished naval career, 1588-1635, im- 
parted lustre to the reigns of Elizabeth, James I, and 
Charles I. He was knighted. He retired to his seat at 
Kinnersley in Surrey where he occupied himself with 
preparing his famous Naval Tracts. 
Sir John^, 1600-1683, K.B., M.P. for co. Lincoln, m. Ursula 
dau. of Sir Robert Oxenbridge, was Second Baronet. 

He drained the low-lying lands along the river Ancholme 
in Lincolnshire, and was rewarded with 5827 acres of the 
reclaimed region. His legal acumen had been noticed by 
the King, and he offered Charles much useful advice during 
his disagreements with the parliament (1640-42). He was 
not a University man, but was made D.C.L. by Oxford in 
1642. His estate was sequestered by the Commonwealth in 
1648, but the sequestration was removed in 165 1, and in 
Dec. 1652 he signed the engagement to the Commonwealth. 
He built and endowed a free school in South Carlton, and a 
hospital in Burton. 

Sir William^, bro. of the preceding, d. 1672 unc. 
Charles I raised him to the peerage of Ireland as 
Viscount MgunsonI of Castlemaine, co. Kerry, in Aug. 
1628, and he was knighted in Aug. 1633. Though con- 
cerned as late as 1646 on behalf of the King at Oxford, 
soon after in the House of Commons he took the side 
of the rebels; he was a "committee man" for the 
county of Surrey ; he was nominated one of the King's 
judges, and attended on the 20, 22 and 23 Jan. 1649, 
though he did not sign the death-warrant. 

The Long Parliament, in May 1659, was obliged, in 
order to form a quorum, to send for Mounson from the 
Fleet prison, where he was confined for debt. At the 
Restoration, he was excepted out of the bill of pardon 
as to pains and penalties, and upon surrendering him- 
self on 21 June 1660 was recommitted to the Fleet. 
July I, 1661 he was degraded of all his honours and 

* This honor was hereditary, while that of knight was personal. Both baronets and knights 
were entitled Sir. The baronets ranked next below the peers. 

t That Mounson was the recognized orthography at that period, is apparent from the title of 
a contemporary publication, to wit: "The Traytor's Pilgrimage from the Tower to Tyburn, 
being a true relation of the drawing of William Lord Mounson, Sir Henry Mildmay," etc. 

Introductory. xxiii 

titles, and deprived of his property. He was also sen- 
tenced to be drawn from the Tower through the city of 
London to Tyburn, and so back again, with a halter 
about his neck, and to be imprisoned for life. In peti- 
tioning the House of Lords on 25 July 1661 to remit 
what was most ignominious in his sentence, Mounson 
declared that his design in sitting at the King's trial 
was, if possible, to prevent "that horrid murder." The 
ignominious part of the sentence was duly carried out 
each year on the anniversary of the King's sentence. 
Pepys, in his Diary, under date of Monday, 27 Jan. 
1661-2, wrote : " This morning . . . called on sev- 
eral ships, to give orders. Going to take water upon 
Tower-hill, we met with three sleddes standing there 
to carry my Lord Mounson and Sir H. Mildmay and 
another, to the gallows and back again, with ropes 
about their necks." 

Viscount Castlemaine had the same arms and crest 
as those which have been used by the line of Monson 
barons. His widow was restored to her title of Vis- 
countess of Castlemaine. 
[John^, d. 1674 ; son of the 2nd baronet and father of the 3d 

and 4th baronets.] 
Sir Henry', d. 6 April 17 18, was Third Baronet. 

Sir William^, d. 1727, was Fourth Baronet. 

[George', brother of 3d and 4th baronets and father of the fifth.] 
Sir John*, b. about 1693, ^.18 July 1748, was Fifth Baronet. 

In the first year of George II, 28 May 1728, he was elevated 
to the peerage as First Baron.* 

Lord Monson was appointed, in June 1737, first commis- 
sioner of trade and plantations. The town of Monson, 
Mass., incorporated in 1760, was named in his honor.f He 
was made a privy councellor 31 July 1737. 

Henry", bro. of the first baron, ^. in 1757 ; he was a 

graduate of Oxford, regius professor of civil law, 

and LL.D. 

John°, b. 23 July 1727, d. 23 July 1774, was Second Baron. 

He was made LL.D. of Cambridge in 1749. He was offered 

an earldom on a condition which he declined. 

Lewis', bro. of the second baron Monson, was created 
Baron Sondes, co. Kent, 1760 ; his latest successor was 
advanced to an earldom 4 May 1880. Sondes has not 
the Monson Arms. (Motto — Esto quo esse videris.) 

George", bro. of the two preceding, was an Indian 
officer, an opponent of Warren Hastings, and Lieut. - 
General 1775 or '76. 
John'", b. 25 May 1753, d. 20 May 1806, was Third Baron. 

William", Col., 1 760-1807, bro. of the preceding, was 
an Indian officer, and was M.P. for Lincoln ; was father 
of the sixth baron. 

* Above the barons, in order, are viscounts, earls, marquises and dukes. t Probably. 



Fourth Baron. 
Fifth Baron. 

John-George", b. i L^j. 1785, d. 14 Nov. 1809, 

Graduate of Oxford. 
Frederick- John", b. 3 Feb. 1809, d. 7 Oct. 1841, 

Graduate of Oxford, and D.C.L. 
William-John", son of Col. William and grandson of the second 
baron, b. 14 May 1796, d. 17 Dec. 1862, Sixth Baron. 

Graduate of Oxford. 
William-John'^, b. 18 Feb. 1829, was Seventh Baron. 

Graduate of Oxford, Treasurer of 
the Royal Household 1874, Capt. 
of the Yeomen of the Guard (St. 
James Palace) 1880-1885, one of 
the Speakers of the House of 
Lords 1882, created Viscount Ox- 
enbridge of Burton 13 Aug. 1886, 
Master of the Horse to the Queen 
1892 ; he retains the Monson Arms. 
(Motto — Prest pour mon pays.) 
The family estates in 1883 com- 
prised 8,100 acres in Lincolnshire, 
and 2,034 in co. Surrey ; gross an- 
nual value, ^7,247. Seat, Burton 
Hall (near Lincoln), co. Lincoln. 
(Town Residence, 29 Belgrave 
Square, S. W., London.) 

Sir Edmund-John"', bro. of 
the preceding, b. 6 Oct. 1834, 
graduate of Oxford, minister 
to Uruguay 1879-84, Envoy 
Extraordinary and Minister 
Plenipotentiary to the Argen- 
tine Republic, etc., 1884, 5, at Copenhagen 1885-8, and 
at Athens 1888. 

We have outlined the successive generations of this illustrious 
English family because of the rational presumption that our 
pioneer-ancestor, Capt. Thomas, sprang from it. His generation 
would have been that of the second baronet, the son of Sir 

Dating at the British Legation, Copenhagen, 10 March 1888, 
Sir Edmund Monson wrote: "To your Trans-Atlantic relatives 
in the Old World, the multiplication of the posterity of your 
famous ancestor is a very curious circumstance, when we look 
around us and see how the English branch of the family is limited 
to very few members indeed." This distinguished gentleman had 
written under date of 24 July 1886: "When I was appointed 
Attache to the British Legation at Washington in 1858, my Father, 
Lord Monson, . . . was very anxious to know the subsequent 
career of that branch of the Monsons which had emigrated to 
America in the Seventeenth Century." 

Lord Monson, writing from Burton Hall, Lincoln, 10 July 1886, 
said : " My Father passed a great portion of his life in genealogical 




researches and has bequeathed 
to me most valuable M.S.S. on 
our family history. It was a 
matter of great disappointment 
to him that he was never able to 
collect information respecting 
the Monsons or Munsons of the 
United States or connect that 
branch upon any authentic data 
with his Lordship's Ancestors 
in the Mother Country." 

As his Lordship expresses his 
"best wishes for the welfare of 
my Transatlantic Cousins," so 
the Honorable Sir Edmund ex- 
tends his congratulations to " all 
my American Cousins of the 
Clan Munson " on the brilliant 
success of their Reunion in 

The latter writer expresses 
the opinion that our common 
ancestor was a Dane. That por- 

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tion of England where the 
Family was dwelling at 
the date of our earliest 
knowledge, in the four- 
teenth century, he reminds 
us, had been overrun by 
the Danes. " Many names 
of families and places in 
that locality are clearly 
Danish. The name of 
Monsen is very common 
to this day in Denmark." 

Writing from Massachu- 
setts Bay in September, 
1629, Higginson said: 
" Many families are ex- 
pected here the next spring 
out of Lincolnshire."! The 
principal town of the coun- 
ty of Lincoln was Boston. 
According to the Memorial 

* Five hundred members of the family convened in New Haven Oct. 17th, listened to 
addresses, etc., in the First Church, dined together in Lincoln Rink, enjoyed toasts and after- 
dinner speeches, with music, and spent the evening in social festivity. (See pamphlet of 
" Proceedings.") 

t Mr. Samuel Whiting, a native of Lincolnshire who had also " exercised his ministry" in 
that county, reached this hemisphere in May 1636. " When he came ashore," says Mather, " his 
friends at the New-English Boston, with many of whom he had been acquainted in Lincoln-shire, 
let him know how glad they were to see him." 

XX vi Introductory. 

History of Boston, Mass., "When the Boston [Eng.] men joined 
the Massachusetts Company, . . their superior wealth and 
standing gave them the ascendancy in its councils," and thus a 
name precious with Lincolnshire associations was applied to the 
Tri-Mountain settlement. 

Increase Mather (1639-1723), President of Harvard College, 
wrote of the Rev. John Cotton, who for twenty years was minister 
in Boston, England, and for nineteen years minister in Boston, 
Massachusetts : "Both Bostons have reason to honor his memory ; 
and New-England Boston most of all, which oweth its name and 
being to him, more than to any one person in the world." In the 
same ship with Cotton came Hooker, celebrated as a minister and 
as the founder of Hartford ; and through Cotton's influence (in 
England), Davenport, celebrated as a minister and as associate- 
founder of New Haven,* became a non-conformist, and so an 
exile to the New World. But we need not press the item of 
locality, though it have significance ; for Cotton Mather (1663- 
1728) wrote : "The ministers and Christians by whom New-Eng- 
land was first planted, were . . . picked out of, perhaps, all 
the counties of England, and this by no human contrivance, but 
by a strange work of God upon the spirits of men that were, no 
ways, acquainted with one another, inspiring them, as one man, 
to secede into a wilderness." 

" It was for a matter of twelve years together, that persons of 
all ranks, well-affected unto church-reformation, kept sometimes 
dropping, and sometimes flocking," says the Magnalia, "into 
New-England, though some that were coming into New-England 
were not suffered to do so." Among those who were restrained 
were Oliver Cromwell and John Hampden !f " However," says 
Mather, " the number of those who did actually arrive at New- 
England before the year 1640, have been computed about 4000 ; 
since which time" — he was writing about half a century after- 
ward — " far more have gone out of the country than have come 
into it." 

The silenced, non-conformist ministers were at the head of this 
sublime migration. They had been "deprived not only of their 
livings, but also of their liberty to exercise their ministry, which 
was dearer to them than their livings." When the Bay-Colony 
was forty years old, it was computed that ninety-four ministers 
had come thither from England, chiefly in the first ten years : 
" thirty-one were then alive ; thirty-six had retired unto heaven ; 
twenty-seven had returned back to Europe." " Most, if not all, 
of the ministers who then visited these regions, were either 
attended or followed, with a number of pious people, who had 
lived within the reach of their ministry in England. These were 
now also become generally non-conformists." 

* "There were then two famous churches gathered at New-Haven: gathered in two days, 
one following upon the other ; Mr. Davenport's and Mr. Prudden's : and this with one singular 
circumstance, that a mighty barn was the place wherein that solemnity was attended." Thus the 
Magnalia. The New Haven and Milford churches were organized Aug. 21 and 22, 1639. In 
that barn, on the 4th of June previously, the "Fundamental Agreement" of the colony was 
enacted. Now this " mighty barn" stood on Elder Robert Newman's home-lot, and Newman's 
place became Thomas Munson's residence in 1662. t March 30, 1638. 

Introductory. xxvii 

Does one inquire for a definite answer to the question — What 
banished scores of the ablest, most devoted, most spiritual min- 
isters, with 4,000 of their fellow-Christians, into a wilderness 
peopled with savages? Hear then the answer: A conscientious 
refusal to practice certain ceremonies of human invention which 
had been added to the worship of God — unscriptural, unwarrant- 
able, profane, as they believed ; they could not conform to the 
requirements of the bishops and their courts in respect to these 
human inventions. That the silenced ministers might preach the 
Gospel, and that they and their fellow-Christians might have 
liberty to worship according to conscience, and that they might 
propagate Christianity among the aborigines, such were their 
primary motives in crossing the Atlantic. 

Our Thomas Munson — the supposition is credible and unavoid- 
able — was among those Four Thousand exiled servants of God. 
He may have voyaged hither with Higginson in 1629, with Cotton 
and Hooker in 1633, or with other brave and spirited colonists, 
loyal to God and to conscience. Whence he came, when he came, 
with whom he came, may some day appear. 

We may justly feel interested in the story of Constantine, 
Columbus, Luther, Shakspere, Cromwell, Lincoln ; but there 
are tens of thousands who have occasion to feel a livelier interest 
in the story of Thomas Munson ; for without him they had not 
been. Add that he was a man of signal ability and high worth, 
that he lived in a stirring, formative period, and that his career 
was eventful, beneficent, distinguished, and we may appreciate 
how conspicuous in our esteem should be the portraiture of our 
Pioneer's life. 

O God, beneath thy guiding hand, 

Our exiled fathers crossed the sea ; 

And when they trod the wintry strand. 

With prayer and psalm they worshipped thee. 

Thou heard'st, well-pleased, the song, the prayer; 
Thy blessing came ; and still its power 
Shall onward through all ages bear 
The memory of that holy hour. 

Laws, freedom, truth, and faith in God 
Came with those exiles o'er the waves ; 
And where their pilgrim feet have trod. 
The God they trusted guards their graves. 

Hymn written by Leonard Bacon for the two-hundredth anniversary of the settlement of 
New Haven, celebrated April 25, 1838. 

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Ml' i 



f Elisabet 


Thomas' c. 1612-168S 

New Haven, Ct. 



I m. Josep 

New Ha 

I {now Ea. 




lomas c. 1 612-1685 

A'ew Haven^ Ct, 


M. Richard Higinbothem 
Stamford, Ct. 


SAMUEU c. 1643-1693 

Walling/ord, Ct. 

Hannah' c. 1648- ttgs 

m. Joseph Tuttlt 
Ntv} Havtn 
y(iuyut East Haven), 

Martha' 1667- ? 

m. Thomas Elcock 
Ntvi Haven, Ct. 


SAMUEL' 1668-1741 

Walling/ord, Ct. 

THOMAS' 1671-1746 

New Haven,, Ct. 

JOHN' 1673- ? 

New Haven. 

{ THEOPHILUS^ 1673-1747 

New Haven. 

JOSEPH' 1677-1725 


STEPHEN' /679-/76<y 

New Haven. 

CALEB' 1682-1765 


Joshua' 1684-1711 


Israel i686-{d. y.) 

I Ne^v Haven 


f SOLOMON' 1689-C. 1773 

Morristinvn, N. y. 

WILLIAM* /<5pj-/77j 

Cheshire^ Ct. 

WAITSTILL' 1697-1789 


\ (Nine other ch.) 

OBADIAH* 1703-1773 

Cheshire, Ct. 

\ EBENEZER* 77/7- ? 

I Danbury^ Ct. 

L (Seven other ch.) 

JOHN* 1693-C. 1745 

New Haven. 

\ JOEL* 1702- ? 

Hamden, Ct. 

(Six Other ch.) 

f ISRAEL* 1701-1754 

Nezv Ha-i en. 

DANIEL' 1709-1746 

Stratford, Ct. 

■ BENJAMIN' 1711- ? 

New Haven, 

THEOPHILUS' 1713-1793 

New Haven. 
. (Seven other ch.) 

fABEL' 1701-1779 

j Watlingford. 

\ EPHRAIM' 1714-1770 

j Granville, Ms. 

\ (Seven other ch.) 

f JABEZ* 1728-C. 1778 

\ Hantden, Ct. 

I (Seven other ch.) 
CALEB' 1709-1747 

Walling ford. 

JOSHUA' 1712-1772 


MOSES* (w. 1739) "'^ c- 1750 


(Three other ch.) 


Thomas' b. abt. 1612 ; m. Joanna* app'y, b. abt. i6io ; she d. 
13 Dec. 1678, (B. 68 ; he a'. 7 May 1685, ce. 73. Carpenter, civic 
office, military service ; Cong.; res. Hartford, New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

2. i. Elisabeth^. 

3. ii. SamueP bp. 7 Aug. 1643 : " Samuell Munson y" Sonn of Thomas 

Munson was Baptised y° 7"" 6'"° 4j." Record of First Church, 
New Haven. 

4. iii. Hannah^ bp. 11 June 1648: "Hannah Munson 11. 4™- 48." Rec. 

First Ch. 

• Annals of Thomas', the Originator. 

163'/. (Aged 25.) Thomas first be- xT^ 

comes known to us as a resident of Aj \ ^ 

Hartford who performed XCX/ p-v^^U*" fyiH/w^h-v\^ 
Pequot War. .,.^ . . ^, (J ^ / 

^ military service m the ' 

Pequot War.f Forty-two of the ninety men composing Mason's 

renowned army were of Hartford. At daybreak on the 5th of June 

occurred the historic battle, eight miles northeast of New London. 

* In Hotten's Lists of Emigrants, page 279, appear " the names and ages of all the Passengers 
which tooke shipping In the Elizabeth of Ipswich, M'"' Willia Andrews, bound for new Eng Land 
the last of Aprill 1634;" one of them is "Susan Munson, aged 25." This Susan, three years 
older than Thomas^, may have been his wife. Hannah^ Munson Tuttle named her second 
daughter Susannah. It is impossible to doubt that Joanna Munson, who was two years older than 
Thomas', who died seven years before him, and whose gravestone is a twin to that of Thomas, 
was his wife, though possibly by a second marriage. Hannah^ Munson Tuttle named her first 
daughter Joanna', a name which is somewhat rare. At the seating of the meeting-house, in 1647, 
" Sister Munson " was located in the " 2d seat " on the side (as distinguished from " the middle "); 
in 1656, " Goodw. Munson " and four others were " Permitted to sit in the alley (upon their desire) 
for convenience of hearmg," — a little deaf, it would seem ; and in 1662, " Sister Munson " and four 
others were assigned a place " Before Mrs. Goodyears seat " — in front of the pulpit. 

I should not be surprised to learn that Munson was related by marriage or otherwise to Samuel 
Whitehead. They two were the only Hartford settlers who removed to New Haven ; in 1647 they 
occupied the same seat in the meeting-house, and their wives sat side by side ; in 1656, the two 
men were seated side by side ; and Thomas named his only son Samuel. Munson and Whitehead 
were withal the first and second sergeants of the force raised in 1653 to aid a war which had been 
declared against New Netherlands (Dutch). Munson lived in George St., and Whitehead at the 
corner of George and Meadow. 

t May ist, 1637, the Gen''all Corte att Harteford " ordered that there shalbe an ofifensiue warr ag' 
the Pequoitt, and that there shalbe 90 men levied out of the 3 Plantacons, Harteford, Weathers- 
feild & Windsor ;" Harteford was to furnish 42. Wednesday, May 10 th, the Connecticut army, 
composed of 90 Colonists and 70 Mohegan Indians, sailed from Hartford, and occupied five days 
in descending the Connecticut River, — sixty miles. Only two members of the expedition were 
killed, and sixteen wounded ; while according to Capt. Mason six or seven hundred of the Pequots 
perished. Sassacus was sachem of the Pequots ; Uncas was leader of the Mohegans. (Consult 
Palfrey's Hist. N. Eng., I. 462-470, where is a list of original authorities.) 

TJie Miinson Record. 

■^ ^-^ ..iihK-v^v, ^m\4 ^/,;>iiiAn#„ 

" Harteford. Generall Cort, Tuesday Nov: 14*'', 1637. . . It 
is ordered that every common souldier that went in the late designe 
against o'' enemies the Pequoites shall have is. 2)d. p'' day for theire 
service at sixe dayes to the weeke ; . . . and that the saide 
payment shalbe for a moneth although in strictnes there was but 
three weekes and 3 dayes due. ... It is ordered that the 
pay in the second designe [the pursuit of the fugitives to Fairfield 
swamp] shalbe the same with the former, and the tyme a month." 

Thomas^ Miinson in the Peqiiot War. 3 

On the northern margin of the present city of Hartford was a 
cleared and fertile tract of 28 acres, which the grateful town 
allotted to the returning heroes ; it has been known 
as the Soldiers' Field. In a paper on " The 
Soldiers' Field and Its Original Proprietors," which was read 
before the Conn. Historical Society, and printed in the Coitrant of 
June 18, 1887, F. H. Parker stated that eight acres of this Field 
early became the property of Zachariah Field ; his tract " con- 
tained thirteen allotments, the most southern of which was that 
of Thomas Hale, adjoining the Spencer lot ; then came in order 
the lots of Samuel Hale, William Phillips, Thomas Barnes, and 
Thomas Munson." It is Lawyer Parker's judgment that the grant 
of one hundred acres,* which was confirmed by the General Court 
unto L"' Munson 13 May 1673, was in recognition of his service 
as a Pequot soldier. This view is doubtless correct. 

Soldier Munson's house-lot, comprising two and one-half acres, 
was on the east side of the present High Street, opposite the head 
of Walnut : f our High Street was then known as "the 
highway leading from the Cow-pasture to Mr Allen's 
land." There was a house on this ground in February, 1641, 
which was probably built by Munson the Carpenter. Previously 
to this date, he had sold the place to Nath. Kellogge. Note 
this record : 

" Febr : Anno dom : 1640 
Severall parcells of Land in Hertford upon the River of Conecti- 
cott belonging to Nath : Kellogge & to his heires forever •-^ ^ 
viz : one parcell on which his dwellingge now standeth Contayn- 
ing by estimation two acres & two roods (more or lesse) w'^h he 
bought of Thomas Munson Abutting upon the Cow pasture on 
the North & on Thomas Hales land on the South & on Willm 
Phillups land on the East & on the highway leading from the 
Cowpasture to Mr Aliens land on the west."| 

* Assembly, May 1723.—" Upon the motion of Capt. Joseph Whiting of New Haven as attoumey 
to the heirs of Franciss Girdler of Marblehead, deceas'd, shewing to this Assembly that a grant 
of a hundred acres of land granted to L' Thomas Munson, May 8 [May 13], 1673 and ordered to 
be laid out by Mr. John Moss and Mr. Brackett, and afterwards, viz. Feb'ry 26, 1686/7, by Samuel 
Munson, only son and heir of Thomas Munson aforesaid, sold to said Franciss Girdley, and said 
in said deed to lye at or near Caughinchaug Swamp, is, notwithstanding lost, by reason the 
return of said Moss & Brackett laying out the same cannot be found, and praying this 
Assembly that said hundred acres may now be laid out in some of the ungranted lands in this 
Colony ; This Assembly do accordingly give liberty that said land may be, by some county 
surveyour, laid out to said heirs in the ungranted lands as aforesaid." 

Quite likely the original grant was made in May (or Oct.) 1671 ; it " slipt the recording," and 
was renewed May 13, 1673 ; Moss and Brackett were ordered in Oct. 1673 to lay out the grant ; 
their return was lost ; the property was sold in 1687 to Girdler ; etc. 

t About two blocks N. E. of Union R. R. Station. 

X Hartford Land Records, Vol. I. p. 340. 

The Munson Record. 

In other significant records, Thomas' is presented as selling his 
allotment in the Soldiers' Field, and as forfeiting lands on the 
east and west sides of the Connecticut River by removal : 

" Febr= Anno dom : 1639 
Severall parcells of land in Hertford upon the river of Conecticott 
belonging to Zach : Ffeild, &c. . . One psell lying . . in 
the Souldiers feilld .... he bought sum partt of it of 
william Pratt & one pt of Richard Codman & another pt of John 

Thomas' Munsoii a Pioneer of New-Haven. 


preihes & one pt of Thomas munson & one pt of Thomas barnes & 
one pt of William Philipes [and 5 others] Contain"^ by estima^ 
eaight acres." 

" Febr : Anno Dom : 1639 
Severall parcells of land in Hertford upon the River of Conecti- 
cott pt whereof did belong to John Stone & now by him given to 
Samuel Stone .... 

" One parcell lying on the East Side of the Great River, which 
sometime Belonged to Thomas Munson & was forfeited unto 
the Towne .... Containing by estimation two acres (more 
or less) Abutting upon the Great River on the west. 

" One percell lyinge in the North meadow w'^h sometime Be- 
longed to Thomas Munson &was forfeited unto the Towne & is 
now settled by the inhabitants of the Towne on John Marsh Con- 
taining by Estimation three acres (more or lesse) Abutting on the 
great River on the East." 

i6jg. Previously to the date of these records, February, 1640, 

Thomas Munson had quit the Hartford plantation and cast in his 

lot with the settlers at Ouinnipiac. Such experiments 

Alio'rates f^ . 

■^ ' were numerous. The Historical Catalogue of the First 
Church, Hartford, gives the names of 147 early members ;* seventy- 
four of them, including Thomas Munson, are said to have removed 
to other settlements.! The men who had a sight of Quinnipiac 
while engaged in the Pequot War, were enthusiastic over the place. 

In April, 1638, Davenport and his fellow-adventurers sailed into 
the West Creek. On that as a base, a town-square comprising 
nine squares, was laid out. The following year (1639), on the 4th 
of June, a Fundamental Agreeme?tt was enacted in Mr. Newman's 
barn : its main point was that church-members only should be 
free' burgesses, and have the elective franchise. Sixty-three "free 
planters " — persons who had invested in the common property of 
the plantation — assented to the " Agreement," and their names 
were appended to the instrument by Thomas Fugill, secretary. 
It was ordered that whoever should hereafter " be admitted here 
as planters," should subscribe their names to the " Agreement " : 
the fine signature of Thomas Munson is sixth in a list of forty- 
eight. | Accordingly, as the Hartford people were already regard- 
ing him as an alien in the following February, there is no reason 

* As early as 1639, I believe. 

t To Hadley 15, Farmington 11, Saybrook 9, Norvvalk 7, Northampton 6, Wethersfield 5, 
Middletown 4, Boston 2, Windsor 2, New London 2, Fairfield 2, New Haven 2 (viz., Thomas' 
Munson & Samuel Whitehead), Killingworth i, Springfield i, Stonington i, Southampton i, 
England i, Guilford i. 

X Thirteen signed by their mark. 



Tlie Munson Record. 





to doubt that he became a New-Havener as early as 1639 ; he may 
have joined the settlement during its first year. 

1640. The first definite date touching Thomas Munson's history 
as a New-Havener is that of a " Court " held April 3d, 1640 : 

"Itt is ordered thatt brother Andrewes and brother Mounson shall 
veiw the grounds of difference betwixt M"" Malbon and Thomas 
Mouleno'' the elder " — with the intent of promoting its adjustment. 

At a "General Court," June nth, Thomas Mounson, ffrancis 
Newman and four others " was made freemen and admitted mem- 
bers of the Court." A list of 70 names, comprising " all 
the freemen of the Courte of New Haven," in the hand- 
writing of Thomas Fugill (whose term of office expired 16 March 
1646), has Thomas Mounson as No. 25. 

Thirty-two " planters " who had no share in the common pur- 
chase,* were " freely " granted " small lotts on y*^ banke side and 




* The formal conveyance, by Sachem' Momaugin and others, of their title "to all the land, 
rivers, ponds, and trees . . . in Quinnipiac to the utmost of their bounds " (save a reservation 
on the east side of the Quinnipiac river) was dated Nov. 24, 1638 ; it was signed by the Sachem , 
his council, and his sister Shaumpishuh, — and their marks were as follows : 


On the nth of December, following, Mantowese (of another tribe) conveyed a tract northward 
of the former, extending ten miles from south to north, eight miles east of the Quinnipiac and 
five miles west (save a reservation near the village now named Montowese) ; the conveyance 
bears the marks of the Sachem and his companion : 


.fh^xjn. hr^ -^y 


These purchases comprised all the lands within ancient New Haven, Branford, and Walling- 
ford, including nearly all of the present towns of East Haven, Woodbridge, Cheshire, Hamden, 
and North Haven. 

Thomas' Miinson Acquires a Hotise-lot. 7 

by y® west creeke :" Thomas Munson and twenty-four others had 
such lots between George Street and West Creek : the 

Jv£St ds fZC€ 

date of the assignment is not recorded : a record dated 
Oct. 23, 1640, treats of it as history. There, subsequently, Thomas 
lived eleven years. At the date just mentioned, the General Court 
showed non-proprietors further favor : 

" Itt is ordered thatt all the small lotts about the towne shall 

have 4 acres of planting ground to every Lott, and an acre to 

every head, layd out beyond the East River betwixt c/l 

pastors farme and the Indians wiggwams." This was at the 

2nd Division of out-lands in Oct. 1640 ; the "small lots" had no 

share in the ist Division, Jan. 1640. 

The Historical Catalogue of the First Church, New Haven, finds 
satisfactory evidence that Thomas Munson was a member as early 
as 1640. 

1641. "17'^ i*^ mon: [March] . . It is agreed that the Small 
Lotts shall begin att the Great Rock on the farre side of Mill river, 
and so come downe towards the sea ; and then begin att the Lower 
end of the farre side of the ILand in the East River and so come 
down to the hither side." 

However, at a G. C, Feb. 23, 1646, "It was ordered that those 
who are admitted freely as planters into howse-lots shall have 
planting land — sixe acres for a single person, eight acres for a 
man and his wife, & one acre added for each child at present, — and 
shall pay 2^ an acre from October last for all their lands in the 
playnes ['at the further end of the great playnes'], & beyond the 
east river." 

This is on record : " Thom. Munson 4^ ac'' in y^ 2d devisio 
w'hin y^ 2 mile next Mr. Malbons." 

At a court in Hartford Sept. 2, 1641, — the court being composed 

of John Haynes, Esqr, Gouerf , George Willis, Esq', Deputy, four 

others, and the jury, — a suit against John Hall of Hart- 

ford had this result: "Tho: Munson ag"^ John Hall 

defend*^, in an ac" of defamation. The Jury find for the pP 

damages 20 s. Costs, vij s.'' 

G. C, 29 Nov. 1641 : Vacant lots belonging to absentees are to 
be fenced at the town's charge (reimbursement shall be made) — 
"and bro: Andrewes and bro: Mounson are to see that the fences 
be done well." 

1642. (Aged 30.) "AGen'^'^ Court the 25''' of 12"^ Mon: 1641 
[Feb., 1642]. 

" Itt is ordered thatt Mr Rob* Newman, Mr Francis Newma, 
Thomas Mounson, and Adam Nicholls, shall veiw the como way 


TJie Munson Record. 

Thomas' Munson a Military Officer. 


to the Plaines, and afterward itt is to be ordered so as may be 

most commodious for the publique good." 

G. C, " 6'h of 6 moneth " (Aug.) : " Rob' Ceely chosen leiveten* 

of the Trayned Band, & Fran : Newma Ancient. Bro Andrewes, 

bro : Mounson, bro : Clarke, and Goodman Jeffrayes was chosen 
Sergeants." " Itt is ordered that the Gen'l Trayning 
dayes shall be observed once every mon'!"." (Mounson 

bore the title of Sergeant nineteen years.) 



1644* Mounson's name is 25th in a list of 182 inhabitants who 
took the "oath of ffidelity" from Gov. Eaton at G. C, July ist. 
(Twenty-eight names were added Aug. 5th.) 

A committee of four, including Thomas Mounson, and John 
Tompson, Naylo'', was appointed by Court Aug. 7th to view and 
determine concerning damage done Thomas Nash by hoggs. 

At same Court : 

" Will Andrewes having undertaken to build and finish the 
meeting house, did lett out some part of the worke to Thomas 

* I quote an original record at Springfield, Mass.: "Abraham Munden joyned in marriage to 
Anne Munson 3 men : 16 day 1644." (Nothing more is known of Anne.) 

lo The Mimson Record. 

Mounson and Jervas Boykin, who put itt off to Thomas Saule and 
Will Gibbons w% the said Will Andrewes Consent and 
approbatio, provided they did itt well ; butt in the Issue 
itt was defectively done by the said Thomas Saule and Will 
Gibbons ; and Thomas Mounson and Jarvas Boykin conceive they 
are discharged of their Bargaine : but Will Andrewes alleadged 
thatt he never discharged them of their covenants whereby they 
were bound to do itt well and substantially, butt w'h condition 
thatt they should see the said Thomas Saule and Will Gibbons 
pform their bargaine, w'^h was to make the roofe of the Tower and 
Turrett Thite to keep out wett : butt because there was a defect of 
testimony on all sides, the Court advised them to consult together 
and doe itt amongst them, so as the meeting house may be kept 
dry w'hout delay." 

[[^^ The records of the Jurisdiction from April 1644 to May 
1653 are lost. 

164^. G. C, Feb. 24th. — " A comitte . . chosen in every 
Quarter to veiw the comon ffences and ffences belonging to every 
Quarter, some one day in the first weeke in every moneth :" 
Thomas Mounson and Rob* Pigge for the Oystershell field. 
(A " quarter " was one of the house-lot squares ; each was enclosed 
by a common fence. Later, the out-lands belonging to a quarter 
also bore the name of that quarter, as Mr. Davenport's Quarter, 
Cooper's Quarter, the Yorkshire Quarter. There was a Suburbs 
Quarter. Oystershell Field was not then inhabited ; it lay east- 
ward of East Creek. There were viewers for " the farmes " and 
"the plaines.") 

G. C, "Last of March." — The "Artillary Company" is organ- 
ized : Thomas Mounson was chosen sergeant, — though retaining 
his office in the Trayned Band. Ordered — " Thatt every 

Artillery. r -, • , • r^ ^w 

one 01 this company purposely coming to any Gen'^" or 
perticular Court, or to the ordinances att any publique meeting, 
whether on the Lords dayes, lecture dayes, dayes of solleme 
fasting or thanksgiving, shall carry and weare his sword by his 
side, under penalty of 6'' for every such omission." 

" Itt was ordered thatt a chist shall be made* forth w*h to putt 
the pikes in, to keepe them from warping,f w'^h Thomas' Mounson 
and the rest of the officers undertooke to see done." 

" Itt was ordered that the markett place [The Green] shall be 
cleared forthw*h, and the wood to be carried to the watch house, 

* " In some convenient place in the meeting howse." 
t " Or otlier hurt or decayes." 

Sergeant Thomas^ in Civil Service. 



there to be piled ; and that the business may be effected, the care 
of it is committed to the 4 sergants." 

G. C, June i6th. — Sergeant Mounson was one of four chosen 
to "consider where the dyers and Tanners may Gett their 
barke . . w'h the least damage to the publique :" and they 
have power to regulate. 

Court, Dec. 3d. — " To put an end to the wrangles about the 
fences Belonging to the vacant Lotts, It was Ordered that Brother 
Andrewes And Brother Munson* shall veiw them all And Allow 
those that made them soe much as they were worth when they 
were sett upp." 

G. C, Dec. 8th. — The Governo"", magistrates, deputies, elder, 
deacons, Mr Cheevers, three others, and bro. Munson, are a com- 
mittee "to consider and digest" the case of inhabitants who have 
been enjoying public benefits, but " have hitherto borne noe part 
of the publique chardges." 

Seawan was beads made of cylindrical bits of shells about one- 
fourth of an inch in diameter, strung on a thread, and used by 
North American Indians as money. White seawan was 
distinguished as wampum (meaning white), and dark 
purple as suckanhock. But the term " wampum " was employed 
by the planters for seawan of either color. Each white bead, in 
transactions with the natives, passed as the equivalent of a farthing, 
and the black or purple were valued as two farthings. For a 
dozen years or more wampum was currency in the transactions of . 
the settlers with each other. Thus in 1645 the rates might be paid 
in money, beaver, wampom, or corne. Wampom was to be cur- 
rent pay under 20/s, if half be black and half white. It was 
ordained that " Indian wompom shall passe, the white at 6 a 
penny and the blacke at 3 a penny." But in April 1650, much of 
it had become "bad" by being passed "too & fro," so that it was 
not a welcome currency, " and some refuse to take it." In May 
it was recorded that " much of the wompom that is brought is so 
faulty that y^ officers can hardly or not at all pass it away." It 
was reckoned in July 1651 at "6* : 3'' per fathom." In Nov. 1651, 
it was ordered that all payments into the church-treasury be " in 
silver or bills." And in Dec. 1656, it was voted by General Court 
that " seeing wampom is now a drugg," Harriman, keeper of 
the ordinary, might refuse it. 

1646. G. C, Feb. 23d. — "Ordered that Bro: Atwater the Treas- 
urer, Bro: Andrewes, & Brother Munson, shall prize the frame 
that was provided for an Inne & . . dispose of it." 



Fugill, the first Secretary, spelled Mounson. 

12 The Munson Record. 

"Bro: Andrewes, brother Munson," and three others, "are 
appoynted to view " " the east river in the way to Connecticott," 
and consider where and how a bridge should be built. 

G. C, March i6th. — The viewers "have fownd a conveynient 
place" for a bridge "over New Haven River going to Connec- 
ticott," about a mile & a halfe above " the old pas- 
sadge." Bro. Andrewes & bro. Munson require "V lo^ 
for the carpenters worke & carriadge, & they thought 20^ might 
serve to fit the banks for passadge." Ordered done. 

[Court, April 7th. — ]" Serjeant Munson being complayned of 
for Taking away 3 hands from Traynings to goe fetch hay, — 
he Alleadging A promise to have had it don while he 
' was gonn to Moheigin,* & after he Came home, — but 
being putt of, & in hazard, whether he should gett Canowes or the 
like, to doe it, — and if he had not imbraced that oppertunity, he 
Could not have had hands to helpe him, — & Considering it was don 
on a shewing day after they had shewed their Armes, — he was 
fyned 2/8 each Person." 

164'/. (Aged 35.) "The perticular court," "the ruling elder," 

and "the 2 deacons," were directed by G. C, Jan. 4th, to "place 

people in the seats in the meeting-howse ; " result 

Seat in Church. ■, ^n -, , ,1 r^-, ^ -^n ,, / 1 

announced March loth. " Tho™ Munson (at the 
head) and five others had the 5th of "the Crosse seats at the 
end" (on the men's side), t corner-seat. " Sister Munson " sat on 
the opposite side of the house with three other " sisters " in the 
2nd seat "on the side" (as distinguished from "the middle" tier). 
The same committee had been " desired to place men in the meet- 
ing howse " a year previously, Feb. 23, 1646 ; but the assignment 
is not on record. 

G. C, March 10th. — "Brother Andrewes, Bro. Munson, & 
Goodman Basset, were desired to view the Posts of the meeting 
howse, & to see if the gists fly not out, & to doe whats necessary 
for the preservation of the whole, lest insensibly they should 

G. C, May 17th.— "Serj' Munson did testifie in court" that 
Serjeant Jefferies "earnestly desired" release from his office, 
because he was "abroad much by reason of hs occassions at sea." 

July 9th. — ThoT Munson a witness of Wm. Preston's Will. 

Court, Nov. 2nd. — " Mr. Pery passeth ouer to Thomas Munson 
16 : ac""^ of vpland w°h is on halfe of the second devission of land 

* On the Thames, in New London Co., app'y. 
t The right-hand side, from the pulpit. 

Sergeant Thomas^ Accused. 13 

w'^h belonged to that lott w'^h was old mrs eattons lying on the 
other side of the west river behind the yorkshir quarter." 

1648. Court, March 7th. 

" William Paine was Called to make goode the Charg w'^h he 
laide vpon Seriant Munson last Courte : w'^h was The he presented 
some for Comeing Late on the Lords day w^ their armes, 
but not others, Thoughe They offended equaly Alike. 
William Paine saide he was Loath to doe it, but yett presented 
sundry names he had in A papr, w'^h came Late The last saboth 
in maye, 1647, And the last saboth in June: some of them came 
Late And some brought not their Armes. seriant Munson saide 
he dissiered willm Paine might prove, first that the men came late ; 
2'^^y that he did not present them. William Paine said hee hade 
not his proofe in Courte. He was Tould if there was indeede A 
fayling, he should first have Tould his seriant of it in A private 
waye : and if it had bine reformed, well : if not, then he might 
have Complained : for every souldier should strive in all lawful 
wayes to vphold the honour of their officers, ffurther, seriant 
Munson saith That he had. the names of sundry in A note to give 
the marshall that they might be warned to the Courte, but he lost 
it out of his pockett, he knowes not how. The seriant was 
Advised, And w'h him the other seriants. That they would Care- 
fully attend The Dischargeing of that Trust w*^!! is Committed to 
them ; for they maye see that the eyes of many are upon them." 

G. C, March 8th. — Each of the 4 sergents in turn (on every 
4th night), is to go to the watchhouse, set the watch, and give 
them their charge : 2 of the 4 watchmen are to walk the rounds 
one part of the night, and the other 2 the remainder ; the 2 who 
are not walking, are to " keepe sentinell." 

G. C, March 23d. — Andrewes had proposed to give up keeping 
the ordinarie : finally proposed to sell his house to the town, and 
take a lease of it, that he might have money with which to buy 
provisions advantageously: committee to "consider with bro. 
Andrewes of this matter" — Richard Myles, Henry Lendalle, 
Thomas Munson, Jervic Boykin, Francis Newman, and John 

Courte, Maye 2nd. 

"William Paine was Called to make proofe of the Charge he 

made against seriant munson. Hee saide it was not his Intent to 

Charge seriant munson w'h partialletie. The governer 

told Hime he Charged it so as it must be partialletie or 

grose negligenc. He produced william gibbins : whoe saith that 

he Tooke notice That some came Late, as Henry Lindalle, Allen 

14 The Miinson Record. 

balle, goodman Lampson, william Blayden: but it is long sine, 
And he Cannot tell wheither they were Complained of, Or no. 
John Halle saith he sawe Goodman Lampson And Henry Lin- 
dalle Come late ; but wheither they payde for it, or no, he cannot 
tell. William paine saith That Thomas moris Came w*hout Armes, 
And Edward Campe : William holt saith so Allso. 

" seriant Munson saith he Tooke not notice that they came 
w*hout Armes ; And wheither it was not upon some day that he 
was Absent, — for he was 2 or 3 dayes Justly Hindered last Summer. 
And for Henry Lindall And Allen Balle, They were not in his 
Squadron : 

" William payne was Tould he had not Carried it well : for he 
should Have Told the Seriant of it before, And not lett it passe 
till he was Complained of himselfe, — and then in his distemper to 
declare it, it did not savour well. But he said he was sorry for it. 
Seriant Munson was told y' The Court Judged hime faithfull in 
his Trust ; yett it had the Appearance of negligenc. But 
cqui a . ^YiQj hoped this would be A warning. And so passed 
it by." 

Mention that Mrs. Wilkes's house, N. W. corner of State and 
George sts., was prized by William Andrewes and Thomas 

G. C, July 3d. — " William Andrewes and Thomas Munson were 
desired to view the pillars of y^ Meeting house, that any decaye in 
them maye bee timely discovered and p''vented." 

Committee on petition of Jonathan Marsh for " libbertie to sett 
up a shop to worke in, on his trade, under the bankeside, next 
the watter, before his house": Leivtenant Seely, Jasper Crane, 
Thomas Munson, and Francis Newman — "to report to the 

Court, July 4th. — " James Clerke was complained of for absenc 
upon a trayning day when they showed armes. He said sariant 
Munson tooke him away, and he thought he would have bine at 
Court to have cleared him. But it was respited, and the Marshall 
ordered to warn seriant Munson to the next Court." 

Court, Dec. 5th. — " Sarient Munson Informed the Court that he 

was about 3 or 4 moneths sine accused In this Court 

by Captaine malbon, — that he had upon A Trayning day 

Come to the Company & taken Away some men, & said he would 

Answer it. But the thing was not True. But the thing was this : 

m'' Davenports* sellar was to be stoned, & the massons had 

* Pastor. 

Sergeant TJiomas^ Acquitted. 


Appointed to Come to worke on the second day from guilford, 
w°h was trayning day hear, m'' Davenport spake to him to gitt 
helpe, & Come & undersett the house, & prepare it so that the men 
might goe to worke when they Came. He told m'' Davenport it 
was trayning day, — therefore would have done it upon the last 
day before. But m'' Davenport was not willing to have his house 
lye open upon the Saboth day, but said — lett him gett men and 
he would freely paye the fine if the towne required it. So he 
spake to two or three before, whoe helped him in the worke ; but 
he came not at the Company that morning. 

" Mr Malbon Answered that he Cannot name the particular 
person that told him ; but he was sure he was told so ; & when the 
Company Came To his house for the Cullars, their was much stirr 
in the Company about it, and they was offended at it, in so much 
as some said, if this was put up tliey would trayne no more. That 
there was A great stirr in the Company about it, Leivtenant Seely, 
Ensigne Newman, & the Clarke, & others, do witnes ; but that Sar- 
iant munson was at the Company that morning, they cannot saye. 

" The Court told Sariant Munson that it seemed their was some 
mistake in the buisenes ; but had he Caried it so highly 
cqui a . g^g |.Q j-g^i^^g men away And saye he would Answer it, they 
should have bine much offended at it." 

164^. G. C, Jan. 3d. — Report on Meeting-house — pillars, 
groundsills, siding, &c. ; "the workmen " to consider again — viz., 
W™ Andrewes, Thomas Munson, Jervic Boykin, Jn° Bassett, 
Robert Bassett, George Laremore, Jonathan Marsh & Thomas 
Moris. — Thomas Munson (agreeing with Andrewes) had said 
"that he durst not give counsell to deffer the repairing of it." 

" The governer Informed the Court that A while sine the partic- 
ular Court was Informed of A miscariage of Sariant munson, — 
that hee came to the Company & tooke awaye some men 
upon A trayning day morning to goe to work to mr 
Davenports, & said he would answer it. But he saith the thing 
was not so. Therfore if any in the towne can Charge it upon him, 
they are desired to speake ; if not, that then he may be Cleared, & 
men be more wary how they expresse themselves. But 

^ ■ none spake to Charge him, but rather To Cleare him, & 
so it was past by." 

G. C, Jan. 31st. — "Thomas munson, Jn° basset, Robert basset, 
william peck, Thomas mitchell, desired they might have some 
meddow granted them, out of A pec w'h lyes by Livtenant Seelyes 
near y* blacke Rocke :" Seely and Brocket are to view "these 



PTs T ^ So "^ r 
^V 35 o\ *^ S f 

1 6 The Munson Record. 

several peels of meddow," and report. The Black Rock was at 
the northern extremity of Solitary Cove (now Morris Cove). 

Court, Mch. 6th. — " William Andrewes was desired to joyne w*h 
Thom : Munson & Jervice Boykine to prise the house and lott of 
Robert Preston." 

"The Inventorie [of estate John Hunter, dec'?] amounting to 
\0\ 04' 08?, prised by Thomas Munson & Thom: Kimberly upon 
oath for ye vallew of ye goods." 

Munson was one of sixteen " Tennants of oystershell field 
beginning 1648, M'"ch 10 ;" he had 2 acres (of 43) ; 

Oystershell Field. ^ j ^ n r ,, 

■^ rented, at 3 s. an acre, lor 7 yeeres. 

Court, April 3d. — " Jn° Cooper Informed the Court that ther is 
sundry Catle have bine pounded w°h is To be paid by divers men 
whoe owned the f enc was then downe : A presented 3 notes wherin 
it Appeared that ther was 12 Cowes & 5 horses to be paid by m'' 
Leach, m'' Malbon, & Thom: Kimberly, & the quarter gate ; & 29 
Cowes upon Thom: munson, m'' gilbert, & Jeremiah How ; & 25 
Cowes upon m"" Malbon, m'' Leach, & y® qrt. gate. The Court 
ordered that the poundage be p*^ by these men." 

Court, May ist. — " Mr Pell* . . showed the award or arbi- 
tration betwixt John Budd and himselfe, under the hand of Mr 
William Wells and Thomas Munson, whereby it appeared," &c. 

G. C, Maye 14th. f — " Sariant Munson Informed The Court that 
James Russell, being A watchman, pleads to be Excused, because 
by reason of some Lameness in one of his hands, he Cannot Dis- 
charge his gunn." (Must provide a substitute.) 

G. C, June 25th. — "John Cooper desired that ther might be A 
man Appointed in each quarter, to know what quantity of Corne 
every man hath sowen or planted this yeere. That he is To be p*^ 
for: And Jn° Cooper propounded: And the Court Appoynted 
ffrancis Newman for m'" Batons quarter; mr Ling for mr New- 
mans quarter ; [nine more ; and] Thom: Munson for oystershell- 
feild, those that live by the east Creeke, & on the Bankeside."J 
This inquiry concerns "any feild w'hin the Two Mile." 

Court, Sept. 4th. — Estate of James Haywood prised by William 
Andrewes, Thomas Munson, Thomas Kimberly, and Thomas 
Wheeler, Junf; it included ";^59: 0:0 in y® ship Fellowship." 

" Thomas Munson tooke oath that y® apprism' he made of 
Robert Prestons goods or estate was justly done according to y® 
best of his light." 

* Physician. 

+ F. Newman, Clerlt. 

t Along the Harbor, E. of Chestnut St. 

The Sergea7it Cannot be Spared. 


G. C, Sept. loth. — Rumors concerning the Indians — "ther pride 
and insolencie" — announced by the Governor : "the whole order- 
ing of these matters" referred "to y^ pticular Court and y^ 
sarjants joyned w4i them." 

" The Gouerner further Informed the Court that Sarjant Munson 
is aboute goeing To Connecticote, to staye their this winter. 
Therfore the Court maye Consider whether it be safe for y^ towne 
to lett him goe, — seeing Sarjant Andrewes is not at home. The 
Court thought it not fitt that he should now goe ; 
e spare . ^^^^ desired the Gouerner to Informe them at Con- 
necticote, whom it Concernes, that it is not his neglect, — but the 
Towne hinders him for publique respects." 

G. C, Sept. 24th. — " It is ordered that upon y^ dayes of publique 
meeting, a sentinell should stand upon the meeting house, to dis- 
cover any danger that may be ; and that, every night, on of the 
watchmen be sent up ther two or three times to looke aboute and 
make discovery of any danger by fire, or Indians, or other danger 
that may be espied. And Thomas Munson & Jervice Boykin were 
desired to mend y^ ladder that they goe up upon ; and y*" floure, 
both goeing to it and landing from it." 

Court, Oct. 2nd. — "Sarjant Munson was Complained of for 
neglecting to give out the bills of y^ watches in his 
omj> ain . gq^g^^jj-Q,^ ^j^ season, whereby the watch Could not be 
full one night. And he, seeing and Confessing it was his mistake, 
told y* master of y® watch he would Come downe, & see y® watch 
made up, — but did not, nor can tell any reason w'^h might Justly 
hinder his Coming. The Court Considered of his miscarriage 
herein, and ordered that he paye as a fine to y® towne 6' 8^." 

G. C, Oct. 15th. — "Two men out of each quarter" — twenty in 
all — appointed a committee "to consider and draw up y^ severall 
rates w'^h they thinke every man should paye :" it included Mr. 
Tuttill, Francis Newman, Mr. Gilbert, Samuel Whitehead and 
Thomas Munson. 

G. C, Nov. 29th. — Nathaniel Meriman* and William Russell* 
chosen members of rating committee "in y'^ roome of Thomas 
Munson & ffrancis Browne ;* because the one is not at home, and 
the other Cannot attend it because of the fferry." 

16^0. Court, March 5th. — "A fine of Serjant Munsons laid 
October 2"" 1649, of 6' 8*1, was remitted." 

1651. G. C, March loth. — " The Court granted to Robert Pigg 
a piece of Land of aboute 4 acres formerly granted to Thomas 

^jic*- "■'"'ft 


* All " Bank-side " men. 

1 8 The Munson Record. 

Munson, oiit of Mr Roes Lott, but now by him resigned to Robert 
Pigg if the towne give consent." 

Abraham Smith had left a lott in the hands of W™ Bradley, 
which he desires to '' resign into ye townes hands," namely, " a 
home Lott neare Thorn Munsons," &c. 

Court, April ist. — "Thomas Munson hath sould to Robert Pigg 
his dwelling house, and house lott, and all the hous- 
a e oj ome. .^^ thereupon— as barne and Shop & Henhouse, — 
garden & Trees ; and all his meddow on the other side the 
Harbour, betwixt the Meddow of John Vinson and Goodman 
Hitchcocke ; and 3 acres of Land Lying in the new field by the 
Millway, betwixt the Land of Jn° Moss and Ephraim Pennington." 
Where he dwelt the next five years does not appear. 

It seems not unlikely that the Sergeant sold out with a design 
of migrating to Delaware Bay. Three months and a half pre- 
viously, Dec. 17, "At a Town Meeting " — " The Governer Informed 
y^ Court that y^ Cause of this meeting is because divers of ye 
towne have bine with him and expressed a sense of difficulty in 
Carrying on ther family occasions with Comfort in this place, 
ther being more in y* towne [say, 500 !*] then can well subsist 
together ; and therefore they thinke ther is a necessitie that some 
should remove ; also that Delaware Bay hath bine propounded as 
a place fitt to receive plantations which may be for y*^ good of 
posteritie." . . Names were called; each spoke his mind. " Y^ 
major part by farr did see a Necessitie that some part of y® towne 
should remove." Delaware Bay was approved of. 

"At a Meeting of the Townesmen, Dec. 3, 165 1, Jervice Boykin 
was desired to Call John Basset & Thomas Munson & 
1^ ge- view y*^ Neck bridge : M"" Atwater & ffrancis Newman 
were desired to go with them." 

16^2. (Aged 40.) G. C, Feb. 9th. — "Thomas Munson desired 
the Towne to give him a parte of Mrs. Eldreds home lott 
^"P -f • i^north of The Green ; included Temple St.], to build 
and live upon : and propounded his purpose of setting aboute 
makeing of wheeles ; which some what inclined the Towne To 
hearken to his motion, and left it to the Townesmen to doe as They 
see cause." 

"At a meeting of the Townsmen February 21'^'^ . . It is pro- 
pounded to the Towne concerning M" Roes home Lott [east of 
The Green, site of City Hall] that Mr Davenport might have that 
third part next his owne lott which M"" Crane has, or so much 

* In 1700, pop. " very little, if at all, exceeded five hundred." — Kingley's Hist. Disc. 

Munson Declines the Overture. 



Cross the lott against his owne as lie desires it : And that M"^ 
Gilbert might have that third part he hath next his owne : 

JjP/' LI yiPn 

and that Thomas Munson should have the other third 
part — upon condition that he doe presently after possession of it, 
build a suitable house upon it, and follow the Trade of makeing 
wheeles, for the good of the Towne, and plowes and other things 
for the furtheranc of husbandry, as he can." 

Court, May 4th. — ("Alienation — ) John Vinton passeth over to 
Isack Beecher 6 acres of Land at the plaines, lying betwixt the 
land of John Sackit and y' which was Thom Munsons." 

1633. (The case of Mrs. Elisabeth Godman, suspected of witch- 
craft, was investigated by the courts in May and August.) 

Court, Nov. ist. — Thomas Munson one of three appraisers of 
John Basset's estate, Jan. 3d. 

i6§4. G. C, June 14th. — " Some complaints were made, aboute 
the Indians planting in y® quarter on Mr Goodyeares 
ground ; and of killing of hoggs, and stealing pease, and 
that their Corne planted, is like to be spoyled, except fenced. The 
court appointed Serjant Munson, Serjant Jeffery [and two others] 
to treat with them and endeavor to convince them." 

G. C. for the Jurisdiction, June 23d. — It was announced in 
G. C. for the J., June 9th, that commissioners from 
" his Highness, Oliuer, Lord Protector of England, 
Scotland and Ireland," had come to the four colonies for the pur- 
pose of uniting them in hostile demonstrations against "the Dutch 
on Hudsons River and at the Manhatoes." The quota of New 
Haven was 133 men ;* of whom at the present G. C, Lieut. Seely 
was made captain, and " Serjant Munson, Serjant Whitehead, 
Serja: Tibballs of Milford, & serja: Bartlet of Guilford, serjants." 
It is a curious fact that the news reached Boston June 20 that 
peace had been concluded between England and the United Prov- 
inces on the 5th of April, two months before Cromwell's request 
for co-operation was received at New Haven ! 

G. C, Oct. 3d. — Thomas Munson was chosen to arbitrate in the 
case of an action for slander, and to adjust all differences in 
respect to a bargain for a boat. 

" In the autumn of 1638, the year of the allotment of our colony, 
a company of the colonists — the most important of 
whom was George Lamberton — voyaged to Delaware 
Bay."f The party took with them a Pequot Indian to act as inter- 
preter. All the lands along the New Jersey side of Delaware Bay 




Dutch War. 

^ r F--, 


Delaware Bay. 

*Conn., 200; Mass., 300. 

t N. H. Hist. Soc. Papers, lii. 93. 

20 TJie Munson Record. 

(some eighty miles) were purchased of the Indians for ^60. 
Lands were also acquired on the Delaware side of the Bay.* 
Factories for trade with the Indian trappers were established. 
"There was a purchase," says the New Haven record, "made by 
some pticular psons, of sundry plantatio'* in Delaware Bay, att 
their owne charge, for the advancem*^ of publique good, as in a 
way of trade so allso for the settling of churches and plantations 
in those pts, in combinatio w'h this." 

" Itt Avas propounded to the Gen'" Court," Aug. 30, 1641, " w4ier 
plantations shovild be settled in Deleware Bay, in combinatio w'h 
this towne." Decided in the affirmative, and Capt. Turner was 
released from public duty at New Haven that he might " goe to 
Delaware Bay for his owne advantage, and the publique good in 
settling the affayres thereof." That same year, Capt. Lamberton, 
the owner of the Cock., "which was the first vessel recorded as 
owned in New Haven," sailed in that vessel for the Bay, "carry- 
ing with him as adventurers about twenty New Haven colonists." 
An historianf says that " nearly fifty families " removed. They 
began their settlement at a place now known as Salem, in New 
Jersey. But the Swedes, who claimed the lands on the Delaware 
side of the Bay, imprisoned Lamberton, and fined him, and preju- 
diced the Indians against the colonists. Trading-posts were estab- 
lished, however, by Turner, and prospects were opening favorably. 
Then, in 1643, the Dutch authorities at Manhattan, who claimed 
the lands on both sides of the Bay, sent two armed vessels against 
the New Haven settlers, whose storehouses were burned, while 
they were allowed to take their movable goods with them back to 
New Haven. It is believed that there were some of the New- 
Haveners who were living elsewhere than at Salem, who were not 
expelled. And the adventurers did not relinquish their claim to 
the territory which they had purchased. In 1644, only a year or 
two after the expulsion of the colonists, a vessel was sent with a 
second colony ; but incautiously entering the port of New York 
to complete their outfit, they were compelled by the Dutch to 
return, with considerable loss of property. Capt. Lamberton, 
however, and others persisted in making voyages to the Delaware. 

See above, 165 1. 

G. C. for the town, Nov. 2nd. — 

" The Governor acquainted the Towne that understanding from 
some that they expected some Information aboute Delaware Bay : 
Whereupon he read to them a Letter he wrott to the Sweeds 

* Not later than 1641. 
t Barber. 

The Attempt to Found a Nezv Commontvealth. 21 

Governor by order of the Generall Court in July last, and an 
answer thereunto [in Latin] received from the Sweeds Governor, 
and a Letter written by the Commissioners in Answer to that : 
also that when he was at Hartford at the Commission, severall 
spake to him there about Their goeing theither, if it might be 
planted : and therefore y^ Towne may now Consider, which way 
it may be carried on. Bvxt after much debate aboute it, and 
scarce any manifesting their willingness to goe at present, a 
Comittee were Chosen, viz., Robert Seely, William Davis, Thomas 

Munson, and Thomas Jeffery, to whom any that are 

Committee. -it^ -i-u^i ^- t j 

Willing to goe may repaire to be taken notice 01 ; and 

that, if there be cause, they treat wnth those of Newhaven, who 

have purchased those Lands, to know what consideration they 

expect for them." 

Nov. 27th, the Committee reported that they had spoken with 
sundry persons in the towne ; but that not answering expectation, 
they got a meeting of the brethren and neighbors, and for 
^ • |-]^g most part they were willing to help forward the work, 
some in person, others in estate, so the work might be carried on 
and foundation laid according to God ; and at that meeting they 
desired that the governor and one of the magistrates, with one or 
both the elders, might by their persons, help forward that work ; 
whereupon they had a church-meeting, and propounded their 
desire. The elders declared they were willing to further the work 
and glad it was in hand ; but Mr. Davenport said, in reference to 
his health he sees not his way clear to engage in it in person ; 
nor Mr. Hooke, because his wife is gone for England, and he 
knows not how God will dispose of her. The Governor gave no 
positive answer, but said it was worthy of consideration. 

They further informed that some from other plantations see a 
need of the work and are willing to engage in it. . . They also 
declared that they had treated with the proprietors about the 
purchase of the land, and understood they are out about six 
hundred pounds, but are willing to take three hundred pounds, 
to be paid in four years. 

It was propounded to Mr. Samuel Eaton and Mr. Francis New- 
man to go with the company, who took the matter into considera- 
tion, and on the nth of December, signified their conditional assent. 

16^^. Thomas Munson becomes leader in the movement to found a new 
commonwealth at Delaware Bay. 

Generall Court for the Jurisdiction, Jan. 30th. — 

"A petition was p''sented by Thomas Munson and Coopr of 
Newhauen on behalfe of a company of persons intending to 

22 The Munson Record. 

remoue to Delaware Bay, wherein they propound that for the 
inlargment of the kingdome of Christ, the spreading of 


the gospell, and the good of posteritie therein . . they 
would afford some incourragment to help forward so publique a 
work. I. That two magistrats, M' Samuel Eaton and Mr. Francis 
Newman, may haue libertie from this court to goe in person at 
first. . . . 2. In case that there be an undertaking, they that 
goe may at first goe under the protection of this jurisdiction, and 
that in case of any affront the jurisdiction will engage to assist, 
till by the blessing of God they may be able of themselves to set 
up a Comon wealth according to the fundamentalls for goverm*^ 
laid at Newhaven. 3. That seeing our numbers are yet small, 
aboute or betwixt 50 and sixty, wee desire the court to consider 
what number they thinke may be a competent number, that wee 
may serve Gods pvidence and yet not let the worke fall for want 
of too great a number." They also request the grant of "two 
great gunns," relief from taxation, and " a some of money Av'^h 
may be imployed, either to buy a small vessell that may attend 
the service, or otherwise, as shall be thought meete." The petition 
was signed by John Cooper and Thomas Munson, " in y^ behalfe 
of the rest." 

" To w'^h the Court returned, 
" That hauing read and considered a papr of some propositions 
presented by Thomas Munson and John Cooper of Newhauen, 
in the name and behalfe of sundrie psons of this juris- 


diction, and elsewhere, appearing as undertakr for the 
first planting of Delaware . . do return in answer as followeth. 
I. That they are willing . . to grant libertie to one or both of 
those magistrats mentioned to goe along w'^h them, who " — with 
" other fitt persons," — " may be impowered for managing of all 
matters of civill gouernment there." 2. " They [the court] pur- 
pose when God shall so inlarge the English plantations in Dela- 
ware as that they shall grow the greater part of the jurisdiction, 
that then due consideration shall be taken for the ease and con- 
veniency of both parts, as that the gouernor may be one yeare in 
one part and the next yeare in another, and the dept. gouernor to 
be in that part where the gouernor is not, and that gen'll courts 
for makeing lawes may be ordinarily but once a yeare, and where 
the gouernor resids ; and if God much increase plantations in 
Delaware and deminish them in these parts, then possibly they 
may see cause that the gouernor may be constantly there and the 
deputie gouernor here." . . 3. The request for material aid 
was commended "to the seuerall pticular plantations." 

The Splendid Attempt Discontinued. 23 

G. C. for N. H., March 16. — The town was informed that the 
occasion of this meeting is to let them understand how things are 
at present concerning Delaware, now John Cooper is returned ; 
he finds little encouragement in the Bay [Mass.], few being willing 
to engage in it at present ; and therefore they may consider 
whether to carry it on themselves or to let it fall. Mr. Goodyear 
said, notwithstanding the discouragements from the Bay, if a 
considerable company appear that will go, he will adventure his 
person and estate to go with them in that design ; but a report of 
three ships being come to the Sweeds, seems to make the business 
more difficult. After much debate about it, it was voted 
ijjicu y. ^^ ^j^^ town in this case, that they will be at twenty or 
thirty pound charge ; that Mr. Goodyear, Serjeant Jeffery, and 
such other as they think fit to take with them, may go to Dela- 
ware and carry the commissioners letter and treat with the Sweeds 
about a peaceable settlement of the English upon their own right ; 
and then after harvest, if things be cleared, company may resort 
thither for the planting [settlement] of it. 

April 9th. — The town was informed that there were several who 
have purposes to go, but they conceive that they want number of 
men and estate to carry it on ; now if any be willing to 
further it, in person or estate, they may do well to 
declare it. . . They may go free and not engaged to be a part 
of this jurisdiction, yet they and all such as come after must 
engage upon the same foundations of government as were at first 
laid at New Haven. . . 

Furthermore, two guns would be loaned them, property which 
should lie unimproved should be free from taxation a year and a 
half, and the emigrants should not be at the charge of hiring 

After the English made a conquest of the Dutch possessions, a 
letter to Col. NicoUs, one of the royal commissioners, dated 20 
Dec. 1664, said : " We had purchased a great tract of land on y* 
one and y® other side of y* Bay or River, and a plantacon 
begun by sundry persons, & a trading house set up, w'^h y* Dutch 
pillaged and burnt, and so wholly destroid y^ designe at y' tyme. 
Two or 3 yeares Afterwards, a new attempt was made and a vessell 
sent, w°^ was then alsoe stopt at the Manhatoes, and sundry of y^ 
principall persons imprisoned by the Dutch governo'', so y* noth- 
ing y"^ way hath ever bin attempted since, although y® 

Discontinuance. -, .. r i i ■,■,-,■, -n 

Indians 01 whome we purchased y'^ land doe still owne 
our right & much desire y*^ coming of the English." They humbly 
desire that their "just claim to ye premises . . may be admitted." 

24 TJie Munson Record. 

G. C, March 12th. — A committee of nine, including Thomas 
Munson, was appointed to clear " the Necke " (the tract between 
Mill River and the Quinnipiac). 

G. C, Aug. 8th. — Swine are spoiling Indian corn that is 
planted: T. M. is one of seven owners of swine which have 
haunted the quarters where Indian corn is planted. 

16^6. The project of founding a commonwealth at Delaware Bay 
having been relinquished after five years of vigorous endeavor, 
Serg. Munson again invests in real-estate at New Haven. 

Court, Jan. ist. — "Thomas Wheeler Senior passeth over to 

Thomas Munson that house lot he bought of Mr Augar* lying 

next y*^ lot of Christopher Todd ; six acres of Land or 

Res idcncc 

there abouts in M' Davenports qrt, lying betwixt 
Joseph Nash and Ffrancis Browne ; and as much among the Lotts 
towards the Mill, betwixt the Lands of Edward Watson & John 
Vinson ; and about 6 : acres in y'^ new feild toward y^ mill, betwixt 
the Land of Tho: Kimberly and Tho: Morris ; and the meddow 
which lyes at the end of it, which is about three acres ; and about 
2 acres & a halfe of Land in y*^ Neck ; and y*^ comonadg which 
belongeth to the said accomodations." This "house-lot," on the 
S. E. corner of Church and Elm streets, fronting westward on The 
Green, was given to Nicholas Auger "by the Towne, out of a lott 
formerly called an Elders Lott ; " he passed it over to Wheeler, 
Dec. 6, 1653 ; the record describes it as "lying betwixt Christopher 
Todd and the markit place." Munson seems to have resided on 
that corner about six years : he and Mr. Gilbert were of the same 
"quarter" in Feb. 1656. 

G. C, Feb. nth. — The "West bridge" grows old & rotten. 
The towne " left it to y" townsmen to call workmen, viz', William 
Andrews, Thom : Munson, Jervic Boykin, and Geo: Smith, to view 
it," & advise. This historic bridge spanned West River, at the 
foot of West Lane (now Davenport St.). 

Demmon of Fairfield had a ship burned, with a loss of ;2{^2oo : 
practical sympathy was proposed, and several were " appointed to 
speake with theire neighbours in the severall quarters . . viz', 
M'' Gilbert, Thomas Munson, for his [their] owne and y® next 
quarter ; " etc. 

By a seating of the Meeting-house announced at a G. C, Feb. 

nth, Thomas Munson had a place at the head of the 6th of "the 

long seats in y^ midle for men ; " one of his six seat- 

^' mates was Christopher Todd, the miller, ancestor of 

Rev. Dr. John Todd ; in the first of these seats were the Governor 

* Physician. 

Thomas^ Miinson First Chosen Townsman, 25 

and the Deputie Governor. " Permitted to sitt in y^ Alley (upon 
their desire) for convenience of Hearing — Goodwife Beecher y® 
elder, Goodw : Munson," and 3 others. 

About May ist canne a proposal from Cromwell "to the people 
of New Haven, who have thoughts of removing to Delaware 
Bay," that they should remove to Jamaica,* exchanging "that 
desert and barren wilderness " for "a land of plenty." Alluring 
inducements were oifered, and the proposal was favorably enter- 
tained at first ; but an early decision was against removing. The 
Lord Protector had attempted five years previously to draw them 
away to Ireland ; they were to have " a small distinct province by 
themselves," at the city of Galway. 

G. C, May 19th. — Thomas Munson was chosen one of the 

seven Townsmen (now selectmen). " Townes-men " were first 

chosen Dec. 3, 165 1, that the town-meetings (general 

Townsman. , \ n nv, i i i • 

courts), "w°" spends the towne much time, may not 
be so often." 

G. C, 4* of y^ lo'!" M° [Dec] — Towne to provide six horses, 
"with furniture," "towards the Raising of a small Troope for the 
publique service." (Serj. M. had been sent by the Townsmen to 
view furniture for four horses, at Milford. Mvinson was one of 
six citizens who signified a willingness " to keepe a horse for this 

1657. (Aged 45.) Court, 3^ if W. [March]. — " Widdow 
Wheeler was Called before the Court, and asked if the business 
Betwixt Serjant Munson and she, about y® wood, is Issued. She 
said, no ; whereupon she was told That if matters be not ended 
before the next Court, she must answer it then." 

G. C, iS'!* 2i\ m° [May]. — Thomas Munson chosen one of the 
seven townsmen. 

Court of Elections at New Haven for the Jurisdiction, y® 27*'' of 
ye ^d M". — The "rate" (tax) to be paid — " half e of it in money, or 
beauour at currant price, or in good merchantable corn — w'^h is to 
be wheat and pease (or a third wheat, a third rie, and a third 
pease), at five shillings p bushel wheat, and foure shillings p 
bushel pease and rie ; and the other halfe in corne or flesh, as 
ordered last yeare [/. ^., beefe at two pence halfe penny a pound, 
and porke at three pence halfe penny], — or other paye as may 
satisfye the treasurer and answer the jurisdictions occasions." 

G. C, S^*^ 4^" M? [June].— " Jervic Boykin & Thorn: Munson are 
to search this [the incompetent Neck Bridge, which Wm. Andrewes 
is to rebuild quickly after harvest], that what danger there is may 

* The Protector had taken the island from the Spaniards. 

26 The Munson Record. 

be discovered and prevented as much as may be." This most his- 
toric bridge, spanning Mill River near the foot of East Rock 
(State St.), was the one under which Whalley and Goffe were con- 
cealed when their pursuers rode over it into New Haven. 

16^8. 2:1: [March].* — "Thomas Johnson had order to take y® 
timber that he attached of Thom: the Indians, and let it be Justly 
prised by Thomas Munson and Richard Hull ; and likewise a pare 
of old bootes, to be prised by Abraham Dowlitle." 

G. C, 8: i: M° [March]. — Chose Thomas Munson, Jervice 

boykin, William Russell and Jn° Cooper, to consider whether "y'' 

beavour pond brooke can be brought to the 
Beaver-Pond Brook. ^^ ,, ,, -n • 1 1 1 >, 

1 owne, that the mill might be s'et up here, — to 

report to a committee consisting of the Townsmen, " the deputies 

of y*^ Court, and Jno Cooper" — who will be plenipotentiary to 

call on every family for two days work to build " y^ damm."f 

Court, 6: 2 M". — Inventorie of the estate of John Peaken . . 
dated the first of february 1657, — prised by Thomas Munson and 
William Russell. 

22: 2 M°. — Order: " Serjant Boykins squadron is to goe first," 
then Serjant Whitheads, then Serjant Jeffery, then Serjant Mun- 

G. C, 17: 3 M° [May]. — Thomas Munson chosen one of seven 

Court of Elections for the Jurisdiction, May 26th. — Francis 
Newman made Governor in place of Theo. Eaton who had died 
Jan. 7th. 

Court, Aug. 3d. — " Sargeant Boykin informed, that Sargeant 

Munson & himself had lately had a treaty with Sarjeant Fowler, 

concerning: his part of the Mill." They succeeded neither 
The Mill . . . . . 

in buying nor hiring. There is mention of "The owners 

of the Mill," June i, 1642. John Wakefield is mentioned as "the 

Miller" Aug. 5th following. This mill was on Mill River, at Mill 

Rock, New Haven. It was one of the refuges of Whalley and 

Goffe. (Fowler built a mill at Milford in 1640.) 

Court, Oct. 5th. — Stephen Peirson complained of his master 

Thomas Mulliner, to whom he was bound in England, for seven 

years, according to the indenture, — he was to be taught the trade 

of a house-carpenter ; but in four years he has made scarcely any 

progress, — he " knows not how to hew a piece of timber." " Mr. 

Mulliner answered y' when he had worked at his trade, he was set 

* Mr. Gibbard wrote his servant's mother in England " last year and doubts not but he shall 
have an answer this next Summer ! " 

t Six years before, at a G. C, Feb. 9, 1652, it was " propounded that the beaver pond brook 
might be brought to the towne to sett a mill upon." 

Thomas^ as a Teacher of Carpentry. 27 

about it, & y' he had already entered him in y! trade so far y' 
there was a roofe of a barne which lie hewed, & a gate which he 
made himself : he also said y' he had spoken to Sargeant Munson 
to perfect him in his trade. To which Sargeant Munson now 
answered that Mr Mulliner did speake to him, but he could not 
undertake to fulfil that Indenture. But if it might be thought to 
be for the good of y^ boy, he would doe what he could. 
Some Carpenters, being present, were desired to express, whether 
in the time remaining he might learne y' trade: to w'''^'' Sargeant 
Munson answered y' there was no hope, that he should be taught 
according to y' Indenture ; but that he might learne it, according 
to the usuall way of this Country, something might be said." 

An " apprizment " of the estate of Deputy-Governor Goodyeare 
was made Oct. 15th by Nash, Davis, Lindon and Munson. His 
property included "a part in y' iron worke" and "some debts at 
y° Barbadoes." 

Court, Dec. 7th. — Estate of Daniel Bradley owed Tho: 
Munson 3^^. 

id^g. G. C, Jan. 13th. — " Sergeant Mun'son certified y' Towne, 
y*^ he had lately received a letter from Mr T Pell " — requesting 
the delivery of what was gathered for Deamon of Fairfield. 

G. C, Feb. 28th. 

Committee on Mill report through Sargeant Munson the advice 

of Goodman Bushnell. "Sargeant Munson exprest as foUoweth : 

That Goodman Bushnell being at the desire of the 
New Mill 

Comittee come to the Towne, they appointed 3 or 4 of 

themselves to goe alonge with him to shew him the worke in 

hand ; who, going first to the great dam, after they had viewed it, 

he declared that he judged y' dam good — only advised to doe 

something more for the perfecting of it ; afterwards, cominge to y! 

great trench, it being not deep enough. It was propounded to him 

whether the pond should not be lowered, that the trench might be 

digged deeper, w".'' he inclined not to, but advised to lower the 

trench by some other meanes, & to place a pen stocke there ; they 

comeing through the quarter, & observing y! water course, & y" 

Creeke, as also the ground through w'.'' the water must run for an 

overshott Mill, — to that he advised not, but haveing tried y^ 

Creeke by y' levell, he advised to make a dam over y' Creeke, 

about Mathew Rowes house, & there to sett up a brest Mill, w''.\ 

w'."" the help of the brooke at John Sackitts (which he was 

informed of), he judged would be sufficient to serve y* Towne ; 

only this inconvenience he spake of, that y! miller must oft goe 

to the penstocke, to stopp & let goe the water, w'.'' by his experi- 


The Mimson Record. 




ence* what quantity of water will serve the mill, with y? help of 
the pond at the Towne, he said might be prevented in part that he 
need not daily goe to it. 

" Sergeant Munson further declared that they had desired him 
to build the mill, w""!' he refused to doe ; but had left directions 
(w'.'' were taken from him in writeing) how y? worke should be 
done, & withall had promised, that when y! worke is prepared, 
that he would be here a fortnight, to see to y? setting of her 
downe, for the preventing of any error in y' matter." 

Thereupon " the whole town declared their desire was y! y' 
worke shall be carried on with y! first conveniency." 

Court, May nth. — Abigail Hitchcock chose Sergeant Munson 
as her guardian. 

1660. G. C, Jan. 19th. — "Will Andrews declared that Thomas 
Munson, Tho Morris, Jervice Boykin, & himself, had taken a view 
of the Meetinghouse " (with reference to repairs). 

Court, Feb. 7th. — Sam' Marsh complained of for taking a bag 
of corn from the mill [hopper], and striking Nath' Holt & kick- 
ing him part way down stairs. " He [Marsh] further said, that 
Brother Munson did at y' time, wish him to consider of what he 
had done, — To whom he answered that the Boy did him wrong, 
w* he related in the particulers ; after w"."" he remembers not that 
Bro: Munson sd any more. So that he thought he was pretty well 
satisfied. . . After this he was at the mill, but neither y! milner 
nor Brother Munson who'^ he saw there . . spake anything to 
him of it. But almost a fortnight after, Bro: Munson sent, & by 
writeing informed him that the matter was publique, & advised 
him to speake w'l' Goodman Holt about it, w'.'' he thought to doe 
[but was too late]. The Governor declared, that he was glad that 
he hath taken the matter into Consideration further then formerly 
he seemed to doe, w"'' was his duty to have done at first, when 
Sargeant Munson had left it with him to consider off, — who had 
waited about a fortnight to see the fruit of it." 

Feb. 20th. — " The Gouernor desired that it might be considered 

whether a village might not be settled neare the black Rock, and 

something thought off there for our defence ; for y? 

furtherance of w''.'' businesse. Brother Andrewes & Bro: 

Munson were desired to Treat w'l" the Indians about exchange 

of some Land, — who are to make their returne to the 

Gouernor, who with y' rest of the Court are desired how 

it may be carryed on, in y' best way to y. end propounded."! 


* An illegible word or sign. 
+ Gibbard is Sec. 

Colony School and Hopkins Grammar-School. 29 

Court, Mch. 6th. — The Commissioners on Mr Goodyear's estate 
"did Alienate for ever unto Tho: Munson, Francis Browne, W°' 
Russell, Tho Morris, & John Hall, y' whole Accomodations w".' 
Comonage, w".'' remaines unsould, belonging to the lott called 
mr Hickcox." 

G. C, March 21st. — "Viewers of fences . . y! Gouernors 
quarter, Tho: Munson, Tho: meakes [Mix]." 

G. C, June 21st. — "Mr Bower declared that he conceives, half 
of M" Eldreds lott was granted unto him. To w".'' Sargeant 
Munson said," etc. 
G. C, June 21st. 

The Jurisdiction court* provided in 1659 "for y! Settling of a 

Colony Schoole (for teaching of lattine, Greeke, & Hebrew)" — 

the schools in the several plantations proving inade- 

ony coo. ^^^^^.^ ^^^ jj-^g "first Tender" is made to New 

Haven. The Jurisdiction offers ;^ioo stock "for the providing 
a house for the master to live in, & a Schoolhouse," and £^\o per 
annum ; the residue needful for the school, is to be supplied by 
the town accepting the tender. New Haven accepted : " To which 
end, Mr Gilbert, Leaftenn' Nash, Sargeant Munson, & John 
Cowper, were appointed a Committee, to provide a house for the 
schoolemaster & a Schoolehouse." Jer. Peck of Guilford, the 
first and only teacher, began service in Oct. 1660, with a salary of 
^50 and a dwelling ; but the General Court 5 Nov. 1662 voted 
to discontinue the school at the end of the month, on account of 
insufficient patronage. New Haven itself was sending only five 
or six pupils. 

G. C, July 25th. — Schoolmaster Peck is to fit pupils for "the 
college ;" Munson one of four to provide a house for his use next 
winter. (Samuel" Munson was seventeen years old.) 

On the 4th of June previously, an institution had been founded, 
under the encouragement of Gov. Hopkins, which was designed 
for a college J but amidst the disturbance and depression 
* ■ which characterized the last two or three years of the New 
Haven republic, the Colony Grammar-School, of which Peck was 
master, languished and expired, and the College, having no func- 
tion, declined to a preparatory grade, becoming the Hopkins 
Grammar-School. When the settlement at New 

op ins Haven was only ten years old, March 2X, 1648, a 

Grammar-School. •' •' , >4 /~> 

committee was empowered by Generall Courte to 

consider and reserve what lott they shall see meete & most com- 
modious for a colledg, w'^h they dissire may bee sett vp so soon as 

* General Court of New Haven Colony, 

30 The Munson Record. 

their abillitie will reach therevnto." In 1654 the College project 
was "revived," and New Haven's subscription to the enterprise 
was "above ^300," while the other towns of the jurisdiction 
raised ^240. 

1661. G. C, Feb. 25th. — " Complaint was made of unruly doggs 
w* bite horses as they passe in the streets to the endangering of 
their Riders. Sargeant Munsons dogg & Tho Johnsons dogg was 
spoken off : w* was also left till the next Meeting." 

G. C, March 7th. — " Sargeant Munson being desired, declared 
that the way [of enlarging the schoolhouse] thought of, was, to 
sett up a crosse building, at the end of the old house, of the same 
height, breadth, and length (or within a foot) as the house that 
now is ; and that so much of the length of the new building, as 
answers the Breadth of the old, to be an enlargm* of the como 
schoolehouse ; the other part, a partition being made, and it fur- 
nished with a table, shelves to lay bookes 6, etc., to be for a private 
Roome for the m! or such as he sees meet, to make use of, as 
occasion is." 

G. C, March 7th. — "Sargeant Munson was chosen Ensigne. 

But he not accepting the place, the vote was declared Null : who 

was desired, as a sargent, for some time to supply the place 

nsign. ^j ^^ Ensigne, that he might have Triall of his Abillityes, 

in the work and exercise of that Office, w''.'' he promised to do." 

The " Ensigne " was an officer who carried the ensign or flag. 

G. C, Aprill 29th. — " Sarjeant Munson, who was formerly 
Nominated for Ensigne to the Millitary Company, Now accepted 
that Trust." 

Court of Election for the Jurisdiction, May 29th. — Wm. Leete 
chosen governor in place of Newman who died 18 Nov. 1660. 

1662. (Aged 50.) Court, Jan. 7th. — Thomas Munson and J. H. 
appraisers of estate of John Benham. 

G. C, Feb. loth. — "John Cooper in the Name of the Committee 
appointed Jan: 20: 61 declared that they had sould the Townes 
house w".** was lately Ml' Kitchells, with all the accommodations 
thereunto belonging, unto Tho: Munson at the price of 
105 '!", of w'.'' 50 'l* is to be presently paid, 10 'I* sometime 
within y^ yeare 1662, the other 45 'I" sometime within the yeare 
1663." This was Elder Robert Newman's place, now divided by 
Temple St.,* and extending from Grove to Wall. On it stood the 
" mighty barn " in which the constitution of the colony was 
enacted 4 June 1639. Samuel' and Caleb^ in Dec. 1726 quitclaimed 

* Temple Street was laid out 22 Sept., 1784. His lot was mainly W. of the street,— extending only 
a few yards eastward. 























Ensign Miinsons Seat in Church. 31 

to Theophilus^ ** a part of that home lot that was our Honoured 
Grand ffathers m"^ Thomas Munsons," and they bounded it — 
" North by highway, west wd by that lot that was Mr Dixwels 
[the regicide], southward by Pirepont and Mixes, east by sd Mun- 
sons land." 

G. C, Feb. loth. — By the seating in the Meeting house, Ensign 

Munson, Mr. Auger, and others, were to occupy No. 2 of "the 

short Seates in the upper end ;" while Sister Munson 

ee mg. ^^^ ^^ ^.^ "before M? Goodyears seat," — M" Goodyear 

and M? Gilbert being assigned to one of "the long Seates for 

weomen," the first appropriated to that sex. 

Court, April ist. — Thomas Munson & J. H. requested to attend 
to some business pertaining to the estate of John Benham, dec"!, 
viz.^ to induce creditors to make some abatement of claims for the 
benefit of the widow. 

G. C, April 28th. — Will: Andrews, Tho: Munson, and 5 others, 
elected Townsmen. 

G. C, April 28th. — Will Andrewes, Tho: Munson, & Thomas 
Morris, having lately viewed the meeting house, report by request 
that one of the Pillars, & one of the long girts, is very rotten. 
Their remedy adopted. 

Court, May 6th. — Thomas Munson & J. H. report that 12 creditors 
of Benham's estate offer to abate 25 per ct., & one, Wm. Gibbard, all. 

G. C, May 23d. — John Cowper & James Bishop were chosen 
deputies to the next Generall Court of the Jurisdiction or 
eptiy. QqIq^j : "Tho. Munson the third in choice." 

G. C, June 16. — Deputies for the towne Court,* Mr Davenport 
Jun., Leiftenn*^ John Nash, Ensigne Thomas Munson, & James 
Bishop. This "towne court" was the "court," or "par- 
•^ ^'^' ticular court," or "monthly court," or "plantation! court." 
A magistrate or magistrates, assisted by two, three or four depiities, 
might "try any Civill cause . . in valew not exceeding twenty 
Pounds, and any Criminall cause, when the punishment by Scrip- 
ture I-ight, exceeds not stocking, and whipping, and if the fine be 

* To relieve confusion in respect to the various kinds of courts, distinguish, ist, the "general 
court for the jurisdiction," the legislature of the Colony, — which was at the same time judicial as a 
supreme court of appeals ; 2nd, the " general court" for the town or plantation, which was town- 
meeting ; 3d, the " court of magistrates," a " jurisdiction" or Colony court, regularly semi-annual, 
for the trial of superior causes, and to serve as an mferior court of appeals ; and 4th, " court," 
" town court," " plantation court," "particular court," " monthly court," a judicial body for the 
trial of ordinary causes. This 4th kind is usually indicated in these Annals by "Court;" the 
general court for the town is indicated by " G. C." We may add that the " court of election " 
was the May session of the " general court for the jurisdiction," at which the Colony officers were 

t A " plantation " was a community where there were " a Church duely gathered, and Freemen 
orderly admitted." 

32 The Munson Record. 

pecuniary, when the fine exceeds not five Pounds." (This court 
might become competent to try the greatest causes, not capital, by 
calling in the aid of two neighboring magistrates.) 

In 1662, the custody of 4 " Indian Coats, for souldiers " (there 
were 20 such coats), " one sadle, i bridle and one Case of pistoUs", 
was given to Serjant Munson. 

G. C, Aug. nth. — " Roger Ailing [treasurer] informed y* towne 
that y*^ sixty pound to be received from Bro: Munson would not 
discharge all behind by thirty pound." 

W'' Andrewes, Ensigne Munson, & Laurence Ward, viewed the 
Meeting-house "by desire of y*^ Majestrate," & reported how they 
found it & what was deemed needful. Voted that the Townsmen 
see it done. (T. M. was one.) 

i66j. Court, Jan. 6th. — Estate of Richard Hull apprised by 
Thomas Munson & Roger Ailing. 

Court, March 3d. — Thomas Munson and John Cooper had 
apprised estate of Wm. Judson. 

G. C, April 27th. — Thomas Munson elected first of the 

Townsman. . rr. 

SIX iownsmen. 
G. C, May i8th. — Deputies for Jurisdiction court : agreed to 
choose them for the whole year. John Nash & James Bishop 
chosen "Deputies for y® jurisdiction, & Thomas Munson 
epu y. ^^ third man, if need require." 

"Mr John Davenport, junior, Leftenn* John Nash, ensigne 
Thomas Munson, & James Bishop, was chosen 

Pai-ticular Court. , t^- t e*. r^ ,, t e •., 

deputies for y^ towne Courte for y'' yeare ensuing. 

" Ensigne Thomas Munson declared unto y® towne that when 
he was chosen ensigne, he objected against it as not being able to 
doe y'^ worke, but did take it upon triall ; & hauing tried, he finds 
himselfe not able to doe it (especially in windy weather), neither 
to the honor of y^ Company nor for his own credit ; therefore 
desired they would thinke of some other." . . Left to further 

General Court for the Jurisdiction, May 27th. — Present: Gov- 
ernor, Dep. Gov., four magistrates, and nine deputies ; the deputies 
for New Haven were Thomas Munson and James 
egisau7e. gigj^Qp^ showing that Munson acted as substitute for 
Lieut. Nash. This was his first service as a member of the Colony 

Court, Sept. ist. — Ensign Thomas Munson & Christopher Todd 
apprisers of the estate of Hill. 

"Then the court came to consider how to dispose of Ebenezer 
Hill which was with ensigne munson ; & haveing speech with 

Member of Plantation and Jurisdiction Courts. 33 

ensigne munson about him, though he aprehended himself at 
liberty from any ingagem' to Rob' Hill his father about him, yet 
upon desire of the Court he did ingage to keepe him untill the first 
of May 1666, & provide for him meate, drinke & apparell, — the 
Court alloweing (to y*^ which he had already received of Rob' 
Hill) out of y® estate, as much white cotten to make him a sute, 
alsoe a payre of shoes, & two pounds ten shillings, w'h the use of 
his portion untill the michaellmas next after the time beforemen- 
tioned is expired." 

Court, Dec. ist. — Joseph and Eleazer, sons of Henry Peck, chose 
Ensigne Munson guardian for theyr estate. He was approved by 
court, and accepted — but would run no venture in respect to the 

1664. Court, Feb. 2nd. — Ensigne Thomas Mxinson & Thomas 
Kimberly, senior, apprisers of the estate of Hodgkis. 

Court, Aprill 5th. — " Ensigne Tho: Munson doth Alienate for 

ever to Robert ffoote, his house, homelott, & all buildings & fences 

thereupon, lieing next Christopher Todd ; with two 

Sale of Home. o i i r • i • t i ^ 

acres & a halie in the quarter against John Coopers, 
lieing betwixt Mr Gilbert & W™ Bradley ; alsoe six acres wanting 
some few rods, lieing in the milquarter, between Tho: Kemberly 
senior & Tho: Morris, — with a piece of meadow lieing at the end 
of it, the breadth of the Land, to the quantity of three acres." 
This place of residence, S. E. corner Church and Elm, he had 
owned eight years. (He had bought the Robert Newman place 
in 1662 ; there he spent the last twenty-three years of his life.) 

G. C, April 28th. — " Mr Gilbert againe renewed his motion 
about exchange of M'' Tenches 2^ devision lieing on the west side, 
for soe much above the shepherds pen lieing neare y^ Mill River 
. & sd he had got ensigne Munson to view it ; who declared 
that he saw noe inconveniency it would be to y*^ towne soe to doe ; 
& soe by vote it was granted him." 

G. C, May 9th. — " Ensigne Thomas Munson & John Moss 

■ were chosen deputies for the jurisdiction Gen^ courte for 

the yeare ensueinge. Mr. John Davenport, junior, L: John Nash, 

Ens" Thomas Munson, & Tames Bishop, were chosen 

Part'. Court, t^ • . , r . ,, 

Deputies lor the towne court tor y^ yeare ensumge. 
" Lieutenant Nash informed the court That the military com- 
pany was much unsatisfyed to day that they had not the coulors, 
& y' some sd they would not trayne if they had not the coulors. 
Ensigne munson answered. That he finds, upon tryall, y' he is not 
able to doe it, & therefore spoke to the towne the Last yeare that 
they would provide another. But he was told that he should not 
have deserted y^ company till another had been chosen. 

34 The Mimson Record. 

" Ensigne Munson was chosen Lieutenant for the company." 

(All the sergeants were unwilling to take the position 
Lieutenant. ^ • \ 

oi ensign.) 

G. C. for the Jurisdiction, May 25th. — Deputies for New Haven 

plantation (or town), L! Tho: Munson and Jn" Mosse. 

G. C. for the J., Aug. nth. — Thomas Munson and John 

Mosse present as deputies. The great controversy with Connecticut 

Colony in regard to an absorption of New Haven 

As to Union. ^ , i i 1 • , r^ 

Colony, under the king s recent patent to Connecti- 
cut, (" publiquely read" at Hartford, Oct. 9, 1662,)* was not 
yet ended. This extra session of the New Haven Colony legisla- 
ture, was in view of news from Massachusetts that "the king's 
comission'^^ were come over," and in view of the tender and 
anxious counsel of friends in the Bay Colony, urging an amicable 
union of New Haven with Connecticut, lest mischief come upon 
all the New England colonies. To messengers from Connecticut, 
the magistrates had signified " That if Cofiecticutt would come & 
assert their claime to us in y* king's authority," and engage to 
secure to New Haven the privileges which had been offered, they 
would "call y'' gen'^ court together that they may consider of it." 
The court being now assembled, the Governor desired the mem- 
bers to consider what answer should be given, if agents from 
Connecticut should come. The problem was a bitter one. 
" Much debate there was upon it." Vote : " If they of Cofiecti- 
cutt come & make a clayme upon us in his majesties name & by 
vertue of their charter, then wee shall submitt to y"", untill the 
comissioners of y^ colonies doe meete." At the meeting of the 
Commissioners in September, Connecticut said : " We doe hereby 
declare that we shall haue a tender respect to o"^ honoured 
freinds and bretheren of New Haven." And the Commissioners 
heartily and affectionately commended such a compliance between 
them that the sad consequences which would inevitably follow 
upon their further contentions, might be prevented. 

G. C. for the J., Sept. 14th. f — The proceedings at the meeting 
of the Commissioners, laid before the body. The Governor 
deemed it a season to advise together " in what state is best for us 
to appeare when the comissioners from England come to visitt 
us." " There was much debate, and divers spake that to stand as 
God hath kept us hithertoo, is our best way." 

* Dated April 23, 1662. The General Assembly at Hartford May 14, 1663, " Voted, That they 
would not send the Patent nor a coppy thereof to be read at New Haven." 

t Names of members participating, not recorded. Thomas Munson had been elected deputy 
for New Haven. 

Lieut. Munson Deputy to General Assembly. 35 

Oct. 13th, the General Assembly of Conn, appointed Samuel 
Shearman and Secretary Allyn to go to New Haven, &c., and in 
his Majesty's name require all the inhabitants of New Haven, 
Milford, Branford, Guilford and Stamford, to submit to the gov- 
ernment established in Connecticut by his Majesty's gracious grant. 

Nov. 19th, Shearman and Allen appeared before a meeting of 
the town in New Haven, presented their business, and "urged to 
have the matter put to vote." The conclusion of the meeting, 
"onely one dissenting," is not on record. 

" Att a Gen" Court held at New Haven for the Jurisdiccon, 
December 13'^'^, 1664,* together with the Freemen of N. Haven, 
Guilford, Branford, & part of Milford, & as many of y^ Inhabi- 
tants as was pleased to come." — " Promise of further answer" had 
been made to the " Conecticutt gent" " who made the demand for 
submission to the government existing by regal authority ; and 
"after some debate," an answer was now "concluded with univer- 
sal! consent : " " If it shall appeare to our cofnittee that we are by 
his maj"^* authority now put under Conecticutt Pattentt, we shall 
submitt . . . but with a salvo jure.'' Moreover, they must not 
be understood by this vote " to justify Conecticutts former act- 
ings." " The comittee appointed was y® p'"sent members of this 
gen" court" (Lieut. Munson was doubtless one), and several 
others. They write the Connecticut officials Jan. 5th : " Have- 
ing seene y^ coppye of his maj"^^ comission^^ determination 
wee doe declare submission thereunto." Signed — " Yo'' very love- 
ing friends & neighbo'^, the Comittee appointed by y® freemen & 
inhabitants of N. Haven Colony." 

166^. After the union of New Haven Colony with Connecticut Colony. 
(John Winthrop is Governor.) 

G. C, March loth. — Notice received from Conn, that there is to 

be a Gen^ Assembly the 15th of this month ; invited to send 

deputies. " After much debate, it was thought best to 

^ ^' send." Capt" John Nash was chosen, but as he 'declared 
his inability to go, L' Thomas Munson was chosen "to supply in 
his roome ;" John Cooper was elected second deputy. 

G. C, April 18. — That meeting was " put by." Summons for 
another, " 20'^'^ of this moneth." Most were for sending. " The 
former deputies declareing themselves not willing to goe," the 
next day John Cooper & James Bishop were chosen. 

General Assembly (at Hartford), July 6th. — " This Court doth 
confirme these as officers to y*^ Traine Band at N: Hauen, as 
follow : John Nash Cap', Thomas Munson Lf," etc. 

* Names of members participating, not recorded. Thomas Munson had been elected deputy 
for New Haven. 

36 TJie Munson Record. 

G. C, Aug. 14th. — " The Townesmen were appointed to speake 
to L*^ Tho: Munson, W" Andrewes, & Thomas Morris, to view 
what is necessary to be done to the meeting house, both floore & 
roofe, & make report to the towne." 

" At a Court held at New Haven, C^tob: 3^ 1665. The jury— L'' 

Tho: Munson, M"" Henry Rotherford, John Gibbs, John Cooper, 

senior, W™ Andrewes, Henry Glover. L* Tho: Mun- 

irs jury. ^^^ apointed foremen of the jury." This was the first 

trial by jury at New Haven. 

G. C, Oct. 9th. — Deputies for Gen. Assembly at H., "12 this 

month : " W™ Andrews & John Cooper appeared to be chosen ; 

there not being satisfaction, the freemen met again at 

evening & chose John Cooper & James Bishop, " & L' 

Tho: Munson y* 3-'' man." 

1666. Court, Jan. 2nd. — Jury : L' Tho: Munson, Jn": Cooper, 
senior, Jn": Herriman, Jn° Mosse, Roger Ailing, Nath: Merriman. 
This was the third jury-court at New Haven. 

G. C, Jan. 15th. — " It was propounded for some to goe about, 
to see w* men would give to the lords Treasury :" Tho: Munson 
& Jn° Cooper for two quarters, 8 others for " y^ farmers on y*^ 
side," 2 for " y® east side," i for ''y*' farmes on y^ west side & at y® 

Court, Feb. 6th. — Jury : L* Tho: Munson, Jn°: Cooper, senior, 
Roger Ailing, Joseph Alsup, Tho: Trowbridge, Abra: Dowlitle. 
(Fourth jury-court.) 

Next Jury-Court, March 6th. — Jury : John Cooper, senior, L*^ 
Tho: Munson, Rotherford, T. Trowbridge, Alsop, A. Dowlitle. 

Court, March 6th. — "Thomas Munson doth Alienate to Thomas 
Jn°son the 5*^^ p* of y" 2^ division of M^ Hickocks Lott, lieing on 
y^ west side, being about 8 acres & a halfe, and lieing next to 
Henry Line his farme." (Another ^th was alienated by Henry 
Glover, same time.) 

G. C, April 30th.— "L'^ Thomas Munson & James Bishop chosen 
deputies for the Gen*? Assembly to be held at Hartford 
Deputy. ^^^ ^^t,, Qf jyi^y ^ext, & Capt Jn° Nash the 3'' man." 

" L* Tho'" Munsson & W" Andrewes voted to be nominated for 

commissioners, to be added to y^ rest (if need be), M"" Gilbert being 

gone to Delaware." The county courts were held the 

Commissioner. 1 t^i j • t j j t-i j • a.t 

2nd Ihursday in June, and 3d ihursday in Nov.: 
" w*^^ Courts shal consist of not less than two Assistants w"' two 
or more Com''^, to y^ number of five judges at least, for y® triall of 
all cases excepting life, limb and banishment." Mr. Gilbert 
returned in time for the court held June nth. 

The Lieutenant Chosen Commissioner . 37 

Court of Election (Legislature) held at Hartford May 10. " Mr. 
Mvinson " recorded as deputy. 

G. C, May 8th. — Shearman came " to tender y® freemmens oath 
to our present freemen " and others. Only nine took the oath ! 

Court, Dec. 4th.— Jury : W" Andrewes, L' Tho : Munson, &c. 
(Seventh jury-court.) 

1667. (Aged 55.) Towne Meeting, Aprill 29th. — "Thomas Mun- 
son & Thomas Kemberlye, senior, for m'' Lings Quarter ;" etc. 

1668. Town Meeting, Jan. 13th. — " L*^ Thomas Munson acknowl- 
edged the love of the Towne in his being in the military office soe 
many years ; but he desired now that the towne would free him 
from y® place of a Lievetenant here, findeing not himselfe free to 
continue in it ; but nothing was done in it at this time." 

T. M., Feb. 7th. — W"' Andrews, L^ Thomas Munson, and Thomas 
Morris, are to " view the meeting house," and with others to report 
" what is meete to be done about it." 

Seating of Meeting-house reported: In the ist seat "in the 

Gallery" are 13 persons, including John Cooper, senior, Tho: 

Trowbridge, and L*^ Tho : Munson. In the 2nd do. are 

eei-ig. ^^^ including Moses Mansfield, Sam"'^ Munson, Tho. 

Yale and Jn" Cooper. " There being noe gallery for women, they 

was not new seated." 

T. M., ffeb. 12th. — " M'' Jones acquainted the towne, that y* 
Comittee appointed . . about y*^ meeting house, . . . doe 
apprehend it capable to be repayred. Wm. Andrewes explained 
"how it should be done," and estimated the cost of repairs and 
" makeing two more galleryes " at ^200. " Soe after some 
debate," the former committee was requested "to agree w^h y® 
workmen about it." 

" But after sometime of debate about other things, M"" John 
Davenport, junior, comeing in from y® schoolehouse, informed 
y* towne y*^ he understood from L' Munson, that for fifty pounds 
more then the repaireing of this old meetinghouse would Cost, he 
would build a new house ;" after " some debate, y*^ Towne came to 
another vote, whereby they referred unto y* s** Comittee to take 
into consideration about building a new meeting house, & to agree 
with any y* shall appeare to doe it, as the Comittee shall see cause." 

Court, April 7th. — L* Thomas Munson at the head of the jury. 

(Eighth jury-court.) 

T. M., April 29th. — L'^ Thomas Munson elected one 
Townsman. ^ „ 

of seven lownsmen. 

Court, July 17th. — Appointed L* Thomas Munson . . to con- 
sider the rent & repair of a house belonging to the Watson estate. 

38 The Munson Record. 

"Also appointed L*^ Thomas Munson, Samuell Whitehead & 

James Bishop to settle the estate of the children of Robert Hill." 

T. M., Sept. 7th. — J. Mosse & Abraham Dowlittell chosen 

deputies, "& L' Tho : Munson the 3'' man in case any of 

Substitute. ^, ^, ^ j- 1 >> 

the other two fayle. 
Nat" Andrewes is to build a new meeting-house for ;^3oo and 
the old edifice. 

T. M., Nov. 9th. — The question about "settling the fiferry* att 
the Red Rocke " was entrusted to the Townsmen. The 
removal had been effected before Jan. i8th. 
i66p. Jan. ist. — T. M. owns land in " y*^ Governors Quarter" 
bounded on Thomas Morris and Eben Browne. 

T. M., April 26th. — " L* Thomas Munson & John Mosse were 
chosen deputies for the Gen^' Assembly in May next, & 
Deputy. ^ Dowlittell as 3" man." 

T. M., May 3d. — "James Bishop, L' Thomas Munson, W" 
Andrewes, John Cooper, Sen"", & John Moss, were apointed & 
impowered a Comittee to state & issue y® bounds betwixt Brand- 
ford and us, with such as Brandford shall apoint & impower to 
treate & issue with y""." 

Court of Election, May 13th. — L"*^ Thomas Munson recorded as 

* "After the people on the East side returned to their former connection with New-Haven 
Society," according to Dodd, " Dea. John Chidsey, John Potter, and John Austin, obtained liberty 
of New-Haven, to buy one quarter of an acre of the Indians at the Ferry place, to build housing 
for their horses, when they went to New-Haven. They obtained a deed for the land, 4th March, 
1686, which was signed by Narranshott, George Sagamore, Maug, and Kehow. They paid six 
shillings for it. And it was afterwards called Stable point." It was ordained in December of the 
same year that the high way should be continued four rods wide " from ye old ferry point at y' 
place called y= Stables." Stable Point is some sixty rods north of the east end of Tomlinson 
Bridge. The landing on the west side appears to have been on the cape from which Tomlinson 
Bridge was built ; a record made about 1750 mentions the " Tract . . at the ferry point. Called 
Oyster Shell field." In 1744 David Wooster and others obtained liberty to build a wharf at " the 
fferry point." Francis Browne, the first ferryman, is to be credited with having proposed the 
establishment of a ferry in 1645 (it was opened in June), and with having suggested in 1663 its 
removal to Red Rock. 

In 1668 the ferry which had crossed the Harbor from Oyster-shell Field to Stable Point, was 
transferred up the Quinnipiac to " the Red Rocke," — which rock is at the east end of the Ferry St. 
or Quinnipiac Bridge. George Pardee appears as ferryman. The Pardees (Benj. and Noah) 
were still conducting the ferry in 1752. Dodd mentions this as " Pardee's Ferry," but generally as 
" the Old Ferry," thus distinguishing it from " the lower Ferry," or Leavenworth's. 

After a discontinuance of no years, the first ferry was revived, though with a new landing-place 
on the east side: Jan. 4, 1779, New Haven appointed a committee "to procure . . the advan- 
tages of a ferry at East Haven River at the ferry point so Called,"—/. ^., from the old Ferry Point 
in Oyster-shell Field to the east side of the Harbor ; Dodd mentions this as " the New Ferry " ; it 
was generally known as " Leavenworth's Ferry." Miss Eva Hughes states that her great-grand- 
father Hughes was ferry-master. Tomlinson Bridge marks the site of this ferry. 

1^" As to the allusion in the beginning of this note : Conditions were appointed and provisions 
made for a village on the East Side g Feb. 1679 [i68o] ; it is recorded under 14 Feb. 1686 [1687] — 
"y^ East Side inhabitants . . having now laid down y« village designe and being returned to 
their former station." 

Lieut. Tho: Miinson Treasurer. 39 

T. M., July 5th.— "L' Munson & W"^ Bradley said they had 
viewed certain land desired by," &c. 

" L' Thomas Munson propounded that some course might be 
taken to settle y^ bounds betwixt Brandford & us. It was left to 
y* Cofhittee apointed y*^ last towne meeting, with y® same power." 
T. M., Sept. 13th. — Lt Thomas Munson & John Mosse 
were chosen deputies for G. A. in Oct. next. 
" Mr Benjamin Ling being sicke, L' Thomas Munson was 
chosen Treasurer for y® towne in his stead untill the 
election of towne officers in Aprill or May next." 
Gen. Assembly, Oct. 14th. — L°* Thomas Munson recorded as 

The name of L*^ Thomas Munson stands eleventh in a list of 91 
freemen at New Haven whose names were returned by "the con- 
stobels " in October. 

idyo. " This writeing wittnesseth, That wee whose names are 
under written (being impowered by y^ towne), have sold, & by 
these presents doe make over, on y^ behalfe of the s'' towne, unto 
M"" Sam** Streete, a certaine parcell of the beavor meadow, contain- 
ing by estimation 12 acres be it more or less, lieing on the east 
side of the Creek, bounded on y*^ North by samuell Munson his 
meadow, & Thomas Morris on y^ South. In testimony whereof 
wee have hereunto sett our hands this : 14'!" day of Merch 166^^ 

Abraham Dowlittle 
Thomas Munson" 
T. M., May 2nd. — L^ Thomas Munson & Tohn Moss 


deputies to G. C. in May ; A. Dowlittell ^^ man. 
Court of Election, May 12th. — L"*^ Thom : Munson present. 
T. M., Aug. 8th. — " L' Thomas Munson propounded about 
severall that went to help at Guilford when they were sicke, whoe 
stopt their rates upon that acco'." 

T. M., Oct. 3d. — L' Thomas Munson & John Moss, Deps. 

Deputy. ,r>i».^^oTT^ r^ A 

to G. A. m Oct., & John Cooper, Sen'', 2) man. 

"A Generall Court, holden at Hartford, Oct. 13'V': L"' Tho: 
Munson present. 

"This Court doth nominate Mr Wadsworth, Ens. Steele, L"' 
Munson, [& 5 others,] a committee whoe are desired to take into 
their consideration the land belonging to their seuerall plantations, 
and consider and set such apprizement upon the land as may as 
near as maybe just and equal, and present it to the Court." 

T. M., Oct. 31st. — " Lt Thomas Munson propounded to the 
towne about a highway through the playne field into a swamp y' 
is of use to the towne for timber." Referred. 


40 The Munson Record. 

Court, Dec. 6th. — L' Thomas Munson, & five, including Cooper, 
Sen., constitute the jury (the ninth). 

i6ji. T. M., Jan. 9th. — Townsmen reported in favor of "y 
high way through y^ playnes to y® swamp for timber," as proposed 
by Mvxnson (Oct. 31). 

T. M., Aprill 25th. — "L* Thomas Munson & Jn° Cooper, senior, 
were chosen deputies for y* Gen** Assembly in May next ;" 
Nash, 3'' man. 

Court of Elec, May 12th. — L"*^ Tho : Munson present. 

" This Court appoynts L"' Thomas Munson to runn the depth 
of the bownds of Brandford and Guilford to the northwards, 
according to their grant." 

T. M., Sept. nth. — "The towne was informed that y' indyans 

desire liberty for admitting some of their friends & relations to 

sitt downe with them upon their owne ground : upon 

which The towne by vote desired & appointed The Deputy 

Governor, & Magistrates, with the Towns-men, & L' Thomas 

Munson, a Comittee in reference to the indyans proposition about 

admitting of other indyans to them upon their owne ground, or 

any other thing respecting the articles betwixt the towne &them." 

U Thomas Munson & Jn° Cooper, senior, chosen depu- 

ties for the G. A. in Oct. next ; Nash, 3'! man. 

Gen. Court, Oct. 12th. — L"*^ Tho : Munson present. 

T. M., Dec. 15th.— "The Magestrates & townes-men, M'^ W™ 
Tuttell, M' W™ Rosewell, and L^ Thomas Munson, were by vote 
appointed a Comittee & impowered to treate further with Christo- 
pher Tod upon y^ afore^" undertaking & provisoes," viz.: Nov. 27th, 
" Christopher Tod propounded unto y^ towne that they would be 
at some charge for y*^ removeall of y^ mills on this side nearer y' 
rocke & soe to make y"" breast mills." 

i6'j2. (Aged 60.) T. M., April 30th.— Mr Thomas Yale, 
senior, & L' Thomas Munson chosen deputies ; Cooper, 
3'' man. 

" L* Thomas Munson & James 'Bishop is desired & appointed to 
issue (with such whom Branford shall appoint) respecting y^ 
running of the line between them & us." 

Court of Elec, May 9th. — L"' Tho: Munson present. 

Gen. Court (at Hartford), June 26th. — L°* Tho: Munson present. 
The occasion of this special session was the arrival of King 
Charles's declaration of war against the States General, with 
counsel to the New England colonies that they make speedy 
provision for defence against the Dutch. 

A Member of The Grand Committee. 41 

T. M., Sept. 9th. — " L'' Thomas Munson & Jeremiah Osborne 
were chosen deputies for y^ General Assembly in October 

Deputy. „ r^ ,\ 

next ; Cooper, y man. 
Gen. Court, Hartford, Oct. loth. — L"' Tho: Munson present, 
/d/j. T. M., March 10. — "Y^ proposition of Southend men for 
a highway through y^ indyans Land," referred to the committee 
of Sept. II, '71. 

Meeting of the freemen & inhabitants held at Newhaven 
Aprill 29^'' 1673. — L* Thomas Munson & Jeremiah Osborne 
chosen deputies for General Assembly ; Cooper, 3**. 

Instruct deputies "to obtain a settlement of our Reave bounds." 
(Reeve=officer ; shire-reeve= sheriff.) 

Court of Elec, May 8th. — L"' Tho: Munson present. 
May 13th. — " This Court hauing formerly granted a grant of 
land to L"' Thomas Munson and Sarg* Wm. Parker which hath 
slipt the recording, doe now confirm and arrant unto 

Pequot War 

them the sayd L"' Munson and Sarg"^ Wm. Parker one 
hundred acres of land apiece, prouided they take it up where it 
may not prejudice any former grant to any perticular person or 
plantation." The records mention about twenty-eight grants of 
land in 167 1 to veterans (and their heirs), each receiving 50, 60, 80, 
100, or 120 acres, "upon the acco* of his seruice at the Pequit 
warre." Most likely the bounty was voted to Munson and Parker 
in Oct. of that year. 

" At a Session of the Generall Court held at Hartford, by the 
Gouerno" speciall order, August 7." L"*^ Tho: Munson deputy. 

" Whereas there is at present a great appearance of danger 
towards this Colony by the approach of the Dutch, for our own 
safety and defence till the Gen'^ Court in October next, it is now 
ordered by this Court, that the Committee hereafter named, viz : 
the Gouerno'', Dep.-Gouerno'', and Assistants, [five others, and] 
L"' Tho: Munson, are hereby impowered to act as the Grand 
Committee of this Colony in establishing and com- 

Grand Committee. .. . ^ ... ^ . . - 

missionatmg of military officers, m pressing 01 
men, horses, ships, barques or other vessells, arms, ammuni- 
tion, provision, carriages, or whatever they judg needfull for o"" 
defence, and to manage, order and disspose of the Militiae of the 
Colony in the best way and maner they can, for o'' defence and 

* This was the first appointment, by the General Assembly, of a Grand Committee, or as it was 
afterwards termed, a Council of War, to whom, during the intervals between sessions of the 
Assembly, were delegated nearly all the powers and authority usually vested in that body. 

J. Hammond Trumbull. 

42 The Munson Record. 

" In case any forces should be sent out of the county of New 
Haven for the releife of another county, this Court appoints Mr 
Rob* Treat Capt",Tho: Munson Liutenant,Sam^' Newton Ensigne." 

The Grand Committee . . mett in Hartford August nth. 
Gov. Winthrop, Dep.-Gov. Leete, six others, and L"' Tho: Munson, 
present. '' Dragoones for New Haven County, under the conduct 
of Major Rob* Treat, Thomas Munson L°*," 120, of which New 
Haven's proportion is 51, Wallingford's 8. Each dragoone is to 
be provided with sword and belt, muskett or kirbine, shott-powch, 
one pownd of powder made into cartiridges, three pownd of 
bullets, a halfe-picke, and a horss to expedite his march. 

T. M., Sept. 22nd. — "L* Thomas Munson & Jere: Osborne 
were chosen deputies for General Assembly in October." 

Gen" Court, Oct. 9th. — L"* Tho: Munson present. 

Oct. i6th. — "This Court appoynts Mr John Moss and Mr 
Bracket to lay out to Leiutenant Thomas Munson the grant of 
land granted to him by this Court." 

At a session of the Generall Courte, by speciall order from the 
Gouerno'', Nou"" 26th. — L"* Tho: Munson present. 

" The Dutch nation at New Yorke " are " open and profest 
enemies" and are " doeing acts of hostility" — "seizing our 
vessells and shedding English blood :" there is necessity of send- 
ing forth forces, by land and sea, against " such a dangerous 
enemie." That the business may be managed advantageously, 

" It is ordered by this Court and the Authority thereof, that 

there shall be a standing Councell of Warr in the Colony for the 

management of this aifayre, consisting of the Gou- 

Council of War. _ -r-^ t /-. , i a • , rr 

erno"^ or Dep* Gouerno"^, and Assistants, [tour 
others,] and L°* Tho: Munson, which sayd Councell vpon special 
order . . from the Gouerno'^ or Dept. Gouerno"^ or Secretary, 
. . shall be called to conveen at the time and place they shall 
appoynt : who, being assembled, or the major part of them, they 
or any fiue or seuen of them concurring, the Gouerno"' or Dept. 
Gouerno'' being alwayes one, shall have full power to act as a 
Councill of Warr in establishing or commissionateing of millitary 
officers, in makeing of martiall lawes, in pressing of men, horses, 
ships, barques or other vessells, armes, ammunition, prouissions, 
carriages or whateuer they may judg to be needfull for this 
present expedition ; and all their actings in this concern to be 
valid as if don by the Generall Court of this Colony." 

There was a warlike scrimmage on the east end of Long Island ; 
but at the next session of the Assembly, it was announced that 
peace had been concluded between England and Holland. 

Assists Dixwell, The Regicide. 43 

i6j4. Feb. 19. — Thomas Munson was a witness to the follow- 
ing : " Received then of James Davids of Newhaven five pounds, 
the which was given me by my Uncle M"" Benjamin Ling 
as a legacie by his last Will and Testament. Received 
then alsoe, of the said James Davids, ffower barrells of Porke, 
the which my Aunt Davids, deceased, desired him to give unto 
me ;" etc. Dixwell, the regicide, alias Davids, married the widow 
of Ling, and was Munson's neighbor next westerly. 

" Meeting of y* ffreemen for ye choice of deputies & y* proxies, 
and alsoe a towne-meeting afterwards, April 28." L* 

^ ^' Thomas Mvinson & Jeremiah Osborne chosen deputies for 
General Assembly in May. 

Court of Elec, May 14th. — L"'' Tho: Munson present. 

May 22. — "Whereas there hath been a difference between the 
inhabitants of New Haven and the inhabitants of Brandford about 
the diuideing bownds between each plantation, and the inhabitants 
of N. Haven afoarsayd haueing chosen and impowered James 
Bishop, L"* Munson," and three others, to co-operate with a 
Brandford committee — *' to issue the sayd difference," it is now 
announced that the attempt has been successful. 

T. M., June 29th. — " Appointed Leau' Thomas Munson, M'' W" 
Roswell, & Jn° Cooper, sen., to state out a highway from the stony 
river farms to y^ ferry at George Pardees " (Red Rock). 

Meeting of freemen, Sept. 23d. — Leautenant Thomas Munson, 
& Jn? Cooper, senior, chosen for General Assembly in 
^^-^"'-^- October. 

Gen. Courte, Oct. 8th. — L"'' Tho: Munson present. 

Moss and Bracket re-instructed "to lay out to L"' Tho: Munson 
his grant of land." 

i6yj. T. M., March 8th. — " Leautenant Thomas Munson desyred 
to speake to y^ towne something in respect to himselfe, and that 
hee had thought to have spoken of it y*^ last yeare ; but it being a 
time of some trouble, and hee being appointed to som particular 
service, if need should bee, did then forbeare. He had been an 
officer to y^ company Long, & in y® place and office of a Leau- 
tenant unto y^ company, & had willingly served to y'' best of his 
abylyty ; but he finds such decays in himselfe, & therby unfitt to 
serve in y*^ place & office any longer & to manage it to his satis- 
faction ; And therfore now did Leave y® place to y^ Towne wher 
he did receave it, and that they may provide another to supply his 
place. The Towne answered : They would desyr him to continue 
in y® place & service untill som further considderation." 

44 . T^Ji^ Munson Record. 

Deputy. ^ r^.^^^^^ .d 

Meeting of freemen and town-meeting, April 27th. — Leau- 
tenant Thomas Munson and John Cooper, sen'', deputies ; 
J. Osborne, 3' 

" L* Thomas Munson acquainted y® Towne that y* order about 
ringing of Hogs was neglected, and if it bee not remedyed, it 
would bee complained of unto y*^ County court." 

Leau' Thomas Munson chosen Townsman, one of 



Court of Elec, May 13th. — L"^ Tho: Munson present. 

Court appoynted Capt° John Nash, Capt" Wm. Curtice, and 

L"*^ Tho: Munson, "to see to the setlement of both the bownds 

and distribution of lands " granted for a new plantation 

at Pawgasuck. And the Court names the plantation 

Derby. (The report of the committee is dated Feb. 28, 1677.) 

May 18. — The same committee "are by this Court desired and 
appoynted to lay out the highway from Woodbury to Pawgasuck — 
to the most convenient place for a ferry, and allso to lay out a 
convenient parcell of land for a ferry-place." I quote their report 
(same date as the above) : " Concerning the ferry, they order and 
appoynt it to be at the lower end of the old Indian feild. . . . 
For the encouragement of a ferryman, they appoynt eight acres 
of land out of the sayd old feild. . . . Allso they doe appoynt 
a highway of foure rod wide from the s'^' ferry by the riuer side 
upward towards Woodbury, vnto the upper end of the afoars'' old 
feild, and then up to the Hallow at the vpper end of the sayd feild 
unto the highway that is now vsed towards Woodbury." 

Doubtless the committee was hindered by King Philip's War 
from executing their trust more seasonably. 

Lieut. Munson was obviously on a military expedition into 
southeastern Connecticut July 9th, when there was a special 
session of the Assembly ; and was as obviously on another 
military expedition into Massachusetts when the autumnal elec- 
tion of a deputy occurred, Oct. 4th. 

Town Meeting, July 2nd. 

" The occasion of calling the meeting soe suddenly was con- 
cerning y® rising & outrage of y^ Indians in Plimoth Colony at 
seacunck and swansy." The Governor had a 

King Philips s War. , ,, „ ^r . i tvt . r^ . >> ^ ^• 

letter from "the Narroganset Countrey, testi- 
fying to "y^ great mischeefs y^ Indians had done upon y® English 
in those parts." " M'' Joens further informed that Phillip y^ 
Indian was a bloody man, and hath been ready formerly to break 
out against y*^ English, but had hitherto been restrained ; but now 
warr was broke forth & begun and it is likely must bee prosecuted, 
and our danger may be great by y" scattering of thos Indians. 

An Officer of King Philip's War. 45 

" Allsoe y^ Towne was informed that y® magistrates had had 
speech with our Indians, and they denyed any knowledg of 
Phillips motions, neyther did like them ; And allsoe sayd they 
had noe men gone that way, and that they would keep at home, 
and would give us any intelligence they meet with ; and that if 
any Strang Indians come unto them, they will inform us, and not 
harbor them." (It was determined to have the Quinnipiac Indians 
numbered, and the whereabout of each ascertained.) 

The Governor and Assistants, July ist, ordered forces to Stone- 
ington and New London "to ayd and secure the good people of 
those towns against the Indians " ; the Deputy-Governor and 
Assistants " of the sea side " dispatched forces " from the sea 
side to Saybrooke "—perhaps on the same day ; Lieut. Munson 
was probably in command of these. Capt. Bull was ordered to 
Saybrooke July 7th. But on July 8th, news came that the detest- 
able Andross — taking advantage of the weakened and 

/J 'ij (] 'y (1 (" f 

embarrassed situation arising from the conspiracy of the 
savages — had come in two or three vessels to Saybrook, falsely 
pretending a desire " to lend ayd if there be any need against the 
Indians." (A memorandum of his, found in the Secretary's Office 
fourteen years later, acknowledged that he went to the mouth of 
the Connecticut to take possession by surprise, "but was pre- 
vented by the opposition of two companies of men then lodged 
there ready to go out against the Indians.") Capt. Bull was 
instructed to inform Andross that Connecticut was prepared to 
defend her plantations against the barbarians : if he should please 
"to despatch his forces towards Seacunck," it might be accept- 
able ; " for there is the seat of warr." Bull was further instructed 
— " If so be those forces on board should endeauour to land at 
Say brooke, you are in his Ma'''^* name to forbid their landing. 
. . You are to keep the Kings Collours standing there, under 
his Ma"®^ L"\ the Gouerno^' of Conecticutt ; and if any other 
colloures be set up there, you are not to suffer them to stand. 
And in generall, whatsoeuer shall be done or attempted in oppo- 
sition to the Gouernment here established by his Ma''®, you are to 
declare against, oppose and undoe the same, viz., if they make any 
proclamation, you are to protest against them ; if they command 
the people to yeild obedience to them, you are to forbid it . . ; 
if they should endeauoure to set up anything, you may pull it 
down ; . . if they dig up any trenches, you are to fill them up ; 
if they say they take possession, you are to say you keep posses- 
sion for his Ma"*." "With a considerable number of men and 
armes," Andross "attempted to land" on the 8th of July, but 

46 The Munson Record. 

was prevented from obtaining possession. After lingering five or 
six days, the hypocrite set sail. 

Meeting of the Councill, July i6th. "The Councell drew up a 
letter to Capt. Bull, aduising him to Leaue Lnt. Munson to com- 
and at Saybrooke w*'^ some forces for the security of 
that place, and that he march to New London or Nor- 
wich " with as many forces as can be spared, to secure the borders 
should any trouble arise by the Narragan setts. July 19th, a treaty 
having been concluded with the Narragan setts, Bull was instructed 
"to disband those forces at Saybrooke, all but 16 or 20 men." 
Aug. 2nd — "Ordered that those forces who have been continued 
at Saybrook which com from the sea side, be disbanded." 

T. M., Sept. 6th. — Intelligence has come . . of "further mis- 
chief done by y*" Indians about Pocomptucke,"* and that "y^ rest 
of y*^ souldiers were sent for," etc. 

Meeting of the Councill, Sept. 9th. — " Major Rob*^ Treat . . . 
is hereby impowered to command all those forces that are all 
ready in garrison at Springfeild, Westfeild, Northampton, and 
Hatfeild, w"' those that goe vp now with him or follow after, both 
English and Indians." These were dark and dreadful times. f 

Meeting of the Councill, Sept' 19th. — It was ordered that 
Munson should conduct the dragoones of New Haven County 
to the "head quarters at or neer Suckquackheeg " (Northfield) ; 
he was " commissioned as followeth :" — 

" To Thomas Munson, L"^ 

"These are in his Ma''^^ Name to will and require you to take 
under your conduct the forces that now com from the County of 
New Haven ; and them you are forthwith to lead up 
to Norwottock,J and from thence up the River to our 
army, w*^^ whom you are to joyne in the defence of those planta- 
tions up the River ; and you are to kill and destroy all such 
Indian enemies as shall assault you or the sayd plantations, (as 
will not submit to the mercy of the English, and continue in 
hostility against them). And you are to command all your 
inferior officers and souldiers to obey you as their L"'' for his 
Ma"*^ seruice : and you are to obey and obserue all such com- 
ands and directions as you shall receiue from Major Rob' Treat 
or your other superiour officers, or from the Councill or other 
Authority of this Colony. And this you are to obserue dureing 
this expedition. Hereof fayle not." 

* Deerfield, Ms. 

t President Dwight, in his Travels, II, 20, characterizes Philip's War as "far the most dis- 
tressing which was ever experienced by the inhabitants of this country." 
X Hadley, Ms. 

A 71 Officer of King Philip's War. 47 

T. M., Sept. 24th. — "The Towne by voet did desyer & appoint 
M^ Wi^ Joens, M-- James Bishop, Cap' Will Roswell, L' Tho: 
Trowbridge, L' Tho Munson, Jeremiah Osborne, & 
0^ uy- Hgnry Glover, (allsoe they dsyred Jn? Nash,) to bee a 
comittee to considder of and erect som fortification at the meeting 
house, as had been spoken off, or allsoe in any other place or 
places about the Towne." 

Oct. 4th, "the Agawams, under Sachem Wequogan, hitherto 
friendly, received two hundred and seventy of Philip's Indians, 
designing the next day to burn Springfield. Toto, a 
pringjie . -yy^j^^gQj. Indian, discovered their secret, and during the 
night the news was sent by a swift horseman to Springfield and 
thence to Westfield and Hadley. The inhabitants of the doomed 
town betook themselves to the garrisons, and the six hundred war- 
riors burned thirty-three houses and twenty-five barns and the mill. 
Treat's army, of which Munson's command formed a part, was at 
Westfield when Toto's disclosure was brought to that point, and 
it immediately marched for Springfield. Hubbard, in his Indian 
Wars, observes : ' No doubt the whole town had been totally 
destroyed, but that a Report of the Plot being carried about over 
night, Major Treat came from Westfield time enough in a Manner 
for the Rescue, but wanting Boats to transport his Men, could 
not do so much Good as he desired.' * He arrived there,' how- 
ever, says an eminent student of colonial history,* * in time to 
save the lives of the inhabitants, and a part of the town from 
the flames."'t 

" Att a meeting of y^ dwellers in y^ Towne — the farms not 
being warned — y® 13 October 1675, . . y"^ sad Tidings that was 
com unto us of y® burning of Springfeild;]; and som persons 
slaine by y*^ Indians." The committee appointed Sept. 24th sug- 
gested whether it " might be useful to mak som fortification at 
each street, and at y*^ angles of y^ Towne, and fortifying som 
houses, and allsoe there had been speech of fortifying about y*" 
Square of y® Towne w'h a line of pallisadoes." " Ordered, that 
at y* ends of y® streets \ . . . 1 — at y® four angles thos 

Fortifying \. i J & 

four fortifications or places of shelter against y^ shott 
of an enemy should be set up as y* Comittee shall appoint." 
" Ordered, that all small wood, brush, & underwood, in y* quarters, 
to halfe a mile distant from the square of y^ Towne, bee by y* 
proprietors forthwith cutt down & cleared away, soe as it may not 

* J. Hammond Trumbull. 

+ Historical Address at the Munson Reunion of 1887. 

% Oct. sth. 

48 TJie Munson Record. 

bee a shelter to Indians to creep in a sculking manner neare y^ 

T. M., Oct. 1 8th. — "Intelligence . . that ther is a strong con- 
federacy amongst y*^ Indians in these parts against y*" English, 
and that our pretended freinds are in y*^ plott ; and that this light 
moone they did intend to attack Hartford and som other places 
as far as Greenwich. . . Narragansets are in great preparation 
for warr. . . . Y*^ voet was to Garrison som houses first ; and 
then . . it was ordered that ther should bee a line of fortifica- 
tion made about y" Towne, as had been spoken of from y^ comittee 
in a former meeting." Fortifying of houses is to be done by the 
owners. Each inhabitant is to build four rods of the fortification 
about the town. 

Oct. 19th, Gov. Leete wrote Andross — " O' God hath made vs 
to be as a bush burneing yet not consumed." Nov. 2nd, there 
was a formal declaration of war by the Colonies against the 
Narragansett Indians. Dec. 19th, in "the first Narrogancett 
fight — at the Forte," there were nearly 1000 Indians killed and 

T. M., Dec. 20th. — " Leautenant Thomas Munson was chosen 
Comissary in this Towne." This office has not 

First Commissary. ^ r -, • ^ ^ .^ -k-t tt i 

before been recognized by the New Haven records. 

" Leautenant Munson told y^ Towne that he had y* last year 
spoken to y*" Towne to lay downe y® office of a L' ; and he being 
loth to see soldyers goe forth and officers stay at home (especially 
in this Towne which hath y'' greatest number in y*^ countrye), his 
spirit would not bear it, and therefore desyred som other may bee 
chosen that may bee fitt to goe forth, and may bee judged soe by 
others ; and he gaue this warning to y^ Towne that they would 
not look on him for that place." 

" Leautenant Munson, one of y'= Townsmen, on y^ behalfe of y* 
Townsmen, informed that they . . doe see a need of a penny 
rate to be granted at this time, — which they hope may serve at y^ 
present, though they doe not think it will cleare all debts," &c. 
The rate was voted. 

i6y6. " At a meeting of the Councill, Feb. 25. — 

Thomas Munson appoynted Captain of N. Haven County 
Captain. , ,. . . , t n >> 

souldiers ; . . commissioned accordingly. 

T. M., March 6th. — "Ther are reports of 21 hundred Indians in 

a body up in y® country ; and it is said they intend to set out 

about this time, or the middle of this month, & fall upon the 

Towns on y^ River, and soe com downe and along y® Coast as far 

as Newyorke. . . . Ordered, that every Teame in the Towne 

Thomas^ Miinson Captain of the Standing Army. 49 

and farms [except E. of East River] doe each of them bring to 
y* worke on Load of sutable wood to y^ worke ; and 
or ifymg. ^j^^g ^^i^^ have no Teams, to help to cutt it. Ordered, 
y' no Indian bee suffered to com into y® Towne to see the forti- 
fications, or take notis of any of our actings and motions. . . 
Ordered, that noe person shall plant any Indian corne within two 
rod of the stockaded line." The existing committee are '* to 
regulate y^ ditching and breastwork." 

" Meeting of freemen for y*^ choice of deputies and for y® 

proxies," and after, T. M., Aprill 25th. — " Cap* Thomas 

^P^y- Munson & Will Bradley wer chosen deputies for General 

Court; Leau*^ Moses Mansfield y*^ 3^* man." "Cap' Tho: Munson, 

Will Bradley, Henry Glover, Abraham Dickerman, Jn° 

Cooper, sen"", Jn° Winslow, and Moses Mansfield, were 

chosen townsmen." 

Court of Elec, May nth. — L"*^ Tho: Munson present. 

May 15th. "This Court . . . judg it necessary that there 

be forthwith raysed three hundred and fifty men in the Colony to 

be a standing army." New Haven County is to 

mg rmy. -f^j-j^^gj-^ ^g^ u Major John Tailcott is appoynted 

comander in chiefe of this army. . . . Capt" Tho: Munson 
was chosen Capt" for N. Haven County." 

May 19th occurred the great "Falls Fight," in which over 200 
Indians were killed. 

Meeting of the Councill, May 24th. — " Vpon the acco* from New 
Haven of the difficulty of improving those officers that the Gen'^ 
Court pitcht upon in that County, the Councill did order and 
appoynt that L"' Moses Mansfeild shall be Captain of those new- 
raysed forces in that County, for the present service," etc. 

July 12th King Philip was "shot downe " by an Indian in R. I. 
Meeting of freemen, Sept. 18. — Cap' Thomas Munson 
^^ ^' and Cap' Moses Mansfeild were chosen deputies. 
Gen" Court, Oct. 12th. — Capt" Tho: Munson present. 
idjT. (Aged 65.) T. M., March 13th. — The Townsmen announced 
"who should burne y^ woods this year." 

Meeting of freemen and T. M., April 24th. — Cap' Thomas 

Munson & Leavitenant Moses Mansfeild were chosen dep- 

uties ; John Chidsye, 3" man. 

Mr William Joens, Cap' Thomas Munson, Leau' Moses Mansfeld, 

John Cooper, senior, Henry Glover, William Bradley, 

X^O TJUftSffZ Q, ft 

and Abraham Dickerman, were chosen Townsmen. 
" Cap' Munson informed y* Towne, that himselfe. Cap' Roswell 
& John Cooper, senior, who wer appointed by y^ Towne, had 

50 The Munson Record. 

now stated out and setled a highway from y® ferry unto y® farms 
at y* iron works."* This is the East-Haven thoroughfare. 

Court of Elec, May loth. — Capt" Tho: Munson present. 

T. M., July 31st. — "M' Joens acquainted y® Towne with y* Law 
about Schools, that it is ordered that this Towne must keep a Latin 
schoole." , 

" Then Cap' Thomas Munson, one of y® ToAvnsmen, sd It was 

well known that y^ Towne had put y^ buysynes of such a Schoole 

into y^ hand of y*^ comittee for y^ schoole ; but 

op ms ^^^ e La^- requires it of y*^ Towne ; & hee did 

Grammar School. "^ 

suppose y^ Towne would, to encourage such a 
schoole, allow a part of y^ sallery, unto about Twenty pounds per 

Jones reminded the town that the Hopkins bequest Avas first 
appropriated to the Colony, for the Colonic Schoole founded in 
1660, which began in October of that year and continued through 
November 1662; the Colony undertaking then "fell," and that grant 
became " null and void," as was expressly declared in 1668. He 
reminded citizens that the bequest was subsequently conveyed 
to New Haven, for the maintenance of "a Latin schoole for this 
Towne ;" date, Apr. 28, 1664. The institution was conducted as a 
Latin school "till Mr [Samuel] Street removed," about 1673; 
"and now," continued the speaker, " for about three years, there 
hath been only a English schoole." . . . " Y® sd comitee for y® 
schoole, and y*^ Townsmen," had conferred together about y* 
schoole, and " theyer thought had been, y* y*^ Towne would allow 
20^ pr Anm, and ye Comittee for y*^ schoole 20-'^ pr annum and 
y® rent or profitt of the oistershell feild and Mrs Eldreds Lott." 

" Ordered as followeth : That according to y*^ order of y*^ 
Generall court, there shall bee a gramer schoole forthwith set up, 
and that they will allowe y*^ sum of Twenty pounds per Annum to 
be payd out of y® Towne Treasury, for y*^ encouragment & towards 
y® maintenance of y*^ schoollmaster ; & did leave it w'^'^ y'^ Comittee 
for y® schoole, to provide a sufficient schoole-m!, who shall not 
only teach y*^ Gramer and y* Languages, but allsoe to perfect y'' 
youth in reading English — they being entred in y*^ primmer, & to 
teach to write a legible hand." 

" The Towne by voet appointed y® Magistrats, Deacon, and 
Townsmen, to order y^ Seating of persons in y® Meeting house." 
T. M., Sept. i8th. — Cap*^ Thomas Munson & Leau* Moses 
epuy. ]y[a^j^5gg}(j (jgp^j-jgg . Chidsey, 3? . 

* Bloomery and forge at the outlet of Saltonstall Lake, about 1665 ; ore brought from North 
Haven, partly by cart, and partly by boats down the Quinnipiac and up Stony River. 

Seating the Meeting-house Found Difficult. 51 

G. C, Oct. nth. — Capt° Tho : Munson present. 
i6j8. T. M., Jan. 21st. — "Mr Joens acquainted them that y*^ 
Comittee* they had appointed to seat persons in y® Meeting house 

had had severall meetings, and had finished that 

Seatinz Meetins[-house. ^ . .• p jiju p 

* * part of seating y® men, and had begun y'^ seating 

of women but found some dificulty in that matter, — and one 
reason was they found a want of Roome for about 40 young 
women ; and therefore did lay it by, & leave it for y'^ Towns con- 
sideration, for enlarging to make more seats if it can bee. . . . 
The seating of y° men was ready & if they pleased it might be 
read, and y® order of y^ Comittee was read for seating of men. 
Divers that spoke desyred that y*^ women allsoe might be seated as 
farr as seats would reach : M"" Joens told them that y® Comittee 
had som reasons that were not meet to mention at this time, and 
therfor had left it." 

T. M., April ist. — "Appointed y® Magistrats and y*^ Townsmen 
to be theyer Comittee* to consider the report made by a former 

Comittee on a third division, and to prepare some 
Third Dimsio7t. -ji^- r^iT^ • j^i- 

considderations for the iowne m order to laying 

out y*^ sayd Division of land, — and allsoe to endever to purchase 

of y* Indians more lands as are yet unpurchased." 

Y*^ Towne did desyer that y*^ magistrats and Townsmen* would 

considder whether y^ Town should grant some land to "y® sould- 

yers that wer out in the laet warr." 

Meeting of freemen and T. M., April 30th. — Cap*^ Thomas 

^P'^y- Munson & Moses Mansfeild chosen deputies, and J. Chid- 

sey, 3d. 

Cap* Thomas Munson, Leau*^ Moses Mansfield, Will: Bradley, 

Henry Glover, Jn° Cooper, se^, Abraham Dickerman, 

To tVflStTtClft 

and John Nash, were chosen Townsmen ; James Bishop 
substitute for Nash. The Townsmen were chosen Listers. 

Court of Elec, May 9th. — Capt Tho: Munson present. 

T. M., Sept. 9th. — " Cap* Munson, one of y*^ Townsmen, informed 
that y^ Townsmen had considdered y*^ Towns occasions, and found 
ther was need of a raet to be layd, and thought one penny raet 
[on a ;^] might serve at y® present ; and allsoe that y'' inhabitants 
would bring in theyer bills of estate unto y^ Listers." Rate was 

December 13th, Capt. Munson was bereaved of his wife. 

T. M., Dec. i6th. — Christopher Tod again requests "a piece of 
Land on y** East side of y^ Mill river between y*^ river & y° Rocke," 
The Townsmen are to view and consider. 

* Capt. Munson was a member as Townsman. 


The Munson Record. 

idyg. T. M., March 19th. — Y*^ Townsmen to " appoint what boys 
shall sit about y® pulpitt or Alleys, and what boys shall sit in y* 

" Cap* Thomas Munson and Will Bradley, two of y® present 
Townsmen, [were] appointed to signe bills of saell to the pur- 
chasers of y® fresh meddow at stony river,* in y® behalfe of y® 
Towne ; and allsoe unto any others that have bought Land of y® 
Towne, and yet have not had assurence : and allsoe they appointed 
L* Moses Mansfield and Abraham Dickerman, Two of y® present 




: ^.^r^a 4 

Townsmen, to give assurence unto Cap* Thomas Munson and Will 
Bradley for what Land they had bought of y*^ Towne, if they shall 
desyer it." 

April, 29th. — Captaine Thomas Munson & William Bradlye, as 
agents for the town, convey to Ellis Mew, & four others, " a Certain 
parcell of meadow Comonly called y*^ fresh Meddow Lying on y® 
North side of y® highway as goeth to N. hauen Iron workes." 

Town has had more than ordinary disbursements "for building 
a New meeting house ;" lands have been disposed of (particularly 
"at oister river "f), to which lawful title has not been given: 
Thomas Munson & W'" Bradlye are appointed to give deeds. 

* Into which Lake Saltonstall is discharged ; at its mouth, it was the boundary between New 
Haven and Branford. 

t Was the boundary between New Haven and Milford ; now in Orange. 

Capt. Munson Assists in the Third Division. 53 

Meeting of freemen, Sept. 22nd. — Cap* Thomas Munson & Cap* 
Moses Mansfield wer chosen deputies for General Court ; 
^'^"'y- Chidsey, 3^ 

Gen. Court, Oct. 9th. — Capt. Tho: Munson present. 

1680. T. M., Feb. 9th. — " The Town did appoint m'' W™ Jones, 

Tho: Munson, & Jn° Cooper, senior, theyer comittee 

to state out y*^ Indians Land on y® East side " [for 

convenience of dwellers on the East side of the Harbor and the 


T. M., Dec. 20th. — Revised method of laying out the Third 
Division. (Within a year, the lands above " y*^ round hills" have 
been purchased of the Indians.) The First Division of common 
land, in 1640, was "of upland, within two Miles of the towne ;" 
and the Second Division, in 1640, was "of upland without & be- 
yond the two miles from the Towne." Atwater and Levermore 
erroneously represent this Two-Mile bound as one mile from the 
town, and always speak of the territory included as the Two-Mile 

Square. This error is very surprising. The Third 
Til I vd Dx Tjzszofz 

Division, for which Capt. Munson and his associates 

made plans which were reported in Dec. 1680, may be briefly out- 
lined thus : " Y*^ Westerne part of y® Towne " begin "at m'' Malbons 
Cove and so along by y*^ Sea to oister river and thence upward by 
Milford Line untill they com at Least halfe a mile above y^ round 
hills .... and thenc to turn eastward and lay out unto y^ 

Mill River," etc. " Y^ Eastern part of y® Towne to 

have theyer Lots between y*^ East & Mill rivers and on y^ East Side 

of y® East river to goe on by y*^ Mill River . . to 

y® blew hills," and, again, to "goe upward by Brandford Line" 
as far as Wharton's Brooke. Lots are to be "laid out Eight score 
Rod in Length," etc. Munson was one of the 112 Eastern-side 
participants, and his allotment No. 62. Heads in his family, one 
(his wife had died two years previously, and his children had 
formed new families); estate, ;^5oo; entitled in the division to 
114 acres. His estate — in a list of more than 200 — was 
exceeded by only six, those of two men and four widows. 
Five citizens had the same as he. Moses Mansfield had ;^333, 
Chris. Tod ;^ 240, James Bishop ;i^ 266,* Tho: Trobridg ^394, 
James Davids (regicide) ^{^320. 

In later Divisions, there were trivial allotments to the name of 
Capt. Thomas Munson, as in the Sixth, 1727 4-, 2^ acres; the 
Seventh, 1738-43, i^ A. 9 rods; the Eighth, 1753,! i/i ^- 9 rods; 

* This name and one or two others repeated in a manner to cause uncertamty. 
t " About 2350 " acres. 

54 The Munson Record. 

the Ninth (and last), 1760, a ^o .. 10 .. 6 right in lands valued at 


1681. Meeting of freemen, and T. M., April 26th. — Cap* 
Dei) ti tv 1 V 

Thomas Munson & Cap* Moses Mansfield chosen deputies. 

H. Glover, J. Cooper, sen., J. Winston, Tho: Trowbridg, 

J. Chidsey, Tho: Munson, & Moses Mansfield, chosen 

Townsman. „ a i i i t 

lownsmen. Also elected listers. 

" There being a bell brought in a vessell into y® harbor, it was 
spoken of and generally it was desyred it might be procured for 
y® Towne ; And at present it was desyred that M'' Tho: Trowbridg 
would, if he can, prevaile with M"^ Hodg, y® Owner of it, to leave 
it with him untill y® Towne hath had som further considderation 
about it, & how it may serve y*^ Towns occasions ; and desyred y* 
Townsmen to veiw y® Terrett, — and considder how it may suit our 
occasions, and make returne to y® Towne of theyer apprehensions 
in y'' matter." 

Court of Elec, May 12th. — Capt. Thomas Munson present. 

T. M., Aug. 22nd. — "Cap* Thomas Munson, on of y^ townsmen, 

declared y'^ occasion of this meeting was, to Considder y*^ buysines 

of y*^ bell for y® Townes use, w'^h was spoken of the last 
First Bell. . . . . 

Towne meeting (which meeting was in Aprill Last), — 

at which y*^ Townsmen were desyred to Considder y** matter how 
y® bell might suit y® Townes occasions, and to veiw y*^ Terrett of 
y® meeting house, & to make returne to y^ Towne of theyer appre- 
hensions in y'' Case. Now they had veiwed y'^ sd Terrett, and doe 
judg y*^ place may bee fitted to hang it in for y^ use of y* Towne. 
Allsoe, . . . y® owner of y® bell had sent to have it brought to 
y*^ Bay in Joseph Allsups vessell ; . . y® sayd Joseph had under- 
taken that y*^ Bell should yet Stay untill another returne ; and — it 
having Lyen soe long — it would not be hansom for y*^ Towne to 
put it of, and therefore it wer necessary that now y^ Towne would 
Considder whether they will have it or not, and how to raise y® 
pay for it, which will bee fourteen pound in money. 

" Upon this information, ther was a free and large debate of y* 
matter, and generally desyred that y® Bell might be procured ; and 
it was said that ther wer diuers would freely contribute thereunto. 

" The Towne by vote ordered that y^ bell bee purchased for y^ 
Towne ; And allsoe desyred y*^ Townsmen to take y® trouble to 
see what of y*^ pay may bee raised in a voluntary way, — and what 
shall bee wanting, to bee made up out of y^ Town tresury, — and 
those that had contributed freely, to be allowed in y*^ rate. And 
y^ Townsmen were desyred & appointed to gett it hanged and 
fitted for y'^ use of y*^ Towne." 

The Captain Desires Cotton Mather as Minister. 55 

Meeting of freemen, Oct. 3d. — Cap' Thomas Munson & L' Moses 
Mansfield chosen deputies. 

ep^^y- Gen" Court, Octob' 13th. — Capt. Tho. Munson present. 

1682. (Aged 70.) April 2nd. — During ten years after the death 
of Rev. Nicholas Street {1674), the First Church was pastorless. 
There were temporary supplies by candidates. One 
of these, Joseph Taylor, seems to have been the occa- 
sion of much difficulty and contention. The Church was relieved 
"by a signall hand of God," when he died on Long Island in 
April 1682. An effort was made once and again to secure the 
ministrations of that very celebrated and truly extraordinary man, 
Cotton Mather. Among the " Mather Papers " in the Boston 
Public Library is a letter from Dea. Peck, Capt. Munson, and 
others, to Cotton's father. Rev'!" Mr. Increase Mather, and " the 
Second Church of Christ att Boston." I quote :* 

"17'!' 2? 1682. . . . Having formerly made our Address to 
the Rev'f M"^ Cotton Mather, a worthy member of your Society, 
and (for a tyme, limited as we understood, in min- 
istry) among you as an Adjuvant to his hono'^'^ father, 
your Revf Pastor, — hoping at the end of that tyme to have attained 
him for the supply of our gr' & pressing necessity. Instead there- 
of, . . we found dissappointmt. Now, although by renewing 
our mocon to yourselves about that worthy & p'"cious Instrument, 
. . we have little or noe hopes to p'vaile, as to him, — yet not 
knowing what God may doe, nor how far the sence of our inex- 
pressibly sorrowfull condicon may affect your harts with a com- 
passionat simpathy with vs therein, and incline you to deny your- 
selves (being soe richly supplyed as you are) to helpe a poore 
church of Christ in eminent daunger of vtter ruin & desolacon for 
want of able Ml7 & leading, — we are bold to make this applicacon 
to your selves. What this Church hath bin, when formerly organ- 
ized with eminent Instructors, is not now our busines to mencon, 
lest we should seem to glory. That is well knowne to yourselves. 

Wee have bin sorely rent & torne with divisions 

about one Instrument for above 7 yeares past 

Although by a signall hand of God we are set at full liberty (at 
present) from him who hath bin the occasion of our trobles, and 
the church generally well agreed to look out for other supply, yet 
a delay in that may prove daungerous. . . . 

" Thus we have made bold to give you some hints of our p'"sent 

circumstances, hoping it may put you on serious 

thoughts what to doe for vs . . . , if not by a resignacon of 

* H. Mansfield, from Mass. Hist. Coll., VIII 

56 The Miinson Record. 

that choice & p^'cious servant of Christ among you, yet by your 
earnest pray''^ to God in a solemne & speciall manner on our 
behalf e, and by the joint endeavo" of your Rev"^" Pastor with your- 
selves & other Elders for our Supply. Soe we committ you to God 
& to the Word of His Grace, and rest 
Yours in Christ Jesus. 

" Subscribed by the Comittee apointed by the Church of X* 
at N. Haven, William Feck, 

Thomas Munson*, Moses Mans- ■ ■ - ^ ^^ js, ^ a/%. m^ ^- K*» *f 
field, John Cooper, John Win- / 


Meeting of freemen April 25th. — Captaine Thomas Munson & 

Moses Mansfield were chosen deputies for y® next 


T. M., April 25th. — M' Thomas Trowbridge, Cap' Thomas Mun- 
son, Leau* Moses Mansfeild, Chidsey, Cooper, sen'', 

Townsman. ,^^. , i t^- 1 ^ t^ 

Winston, and Dickerman, were chosen iownsmen. 

"The Bell . . . being now hanged in y'^ Terrett . . . 
It was ordered . . that y*^ Townsmen would . . . draw up 
y® issue of theyer thoughts about . . what times & in what 
manner it shall be used," etc., etc. 

" Y*^ Indians speake of going up to y^ genera" court to Com- 
plaine about theyre Land on y® East side [reservation on the E. 
side of the Harbor]. . . . The Towne . . ordered . . y* 
Townsmen to make or procure a list or accovmt how many y*^ 
Quinepeag Indians are, both old & young ; . . . and allsoe to 
procure such a veiw of y® Land . . layd out . . that y*^ quantity 
of acres may be Knowne. And, further, desyred our deputies to 
mannage the buysines at y*^ Court if y° Indians make any Com- 
plaint against us." 

Court of Elec, May nth. — Capt. Tho. Munson present. 

" Whereas there is a difference between the town of Derby and 
Mr Joseph Hawley, which formerly hath been heard by Capt" 
Nash, Capt" Munson, and Capt Curtice, This Court doth desire 
and impower the sayd committee to meet at Derby as soone as 
they may, and fully to issue the sayd case," etc. 

Gen. Court, Oct. i2.f — Capt" Tho. Munson and Capt" 

^pu y- Moses Mansfeild present as deputies. 

* Fac-simile, a copy of one ordered by H. M. 

t " A rate of a penny half e penny upon the pound . . . to be pay d . . . one third in wheat, 

winter wheat at fewer shillings sixpence p bush., sumer wheat at fower shillings p bushell, and 

one 3d in pease or rye, the pease at three shillings p bush, and rye at three and sixpence p bush., 

and one third in Indian corn or porck, Indian corne at two shillings sixpence p bushell, and porck 
at three pownds five shillings p barell." 

Munson Treats with the Indians. 57 

T. M., Nov. 27th. — The Townsmen state that Kimberly has been 
bell-ringer pro tefn. Pardee has been engaged to ring it " on y® 
Sabbaths and other meetings, as it was wont to bee by y*^ Drum, 
and allsoe to ring y'^ bell at nine of y*^ Clock every night." 

T. M., Dec. 25th. — " Cap* Thomas Munson & John Chidsey were 
Chosen Constables : but they refused to serve in y® office." 

East-Side people desire the Towne to " state y*^ line between 
them & y® Indians." 

" The Towne again desyred y° Comittee formerly appointed, 

which were M"" Jones, Cap' Tho: Munson, & Jn° Cooper, senior, to 

state out y*^ Line for y® Indians Land ; and upon theyer 


Desyer for som others to be added to them, they having 
been at y*^ worke & found some difficulty with y*^ Indians, . . 
y® Towne desyred and appointed, besides those three above men- 
tioned, M"" James Bishop, Jn° Nash, & L'^ Moses Mansfeild, to be a 
comittee to state out y'^ line of y® Indians Land." 

" Ordered, that a penny rate bee payd for y® incouragement of 
y"^ present ministry [Wilson] if he stay halfe a yeare : And the 
Towne chose Cap Tho: Munson & Jn? Cooper, Senior, Collectors 
of y® s'^ rate to be payd at merchants price." 

i68j. T. M., Jan. 15th. — Munson & Cooper were excused 
("freed") from the office of collecting, — "having much other 
publike buysines on them." 

Y" Towne Chose m'' W"^ Jones, M'' James Bishop, Jn? Nash, 
Jn° Cooper, seneor. Cap* Thomas Munson, & Jn° Winston, to bee 
a Comittee to make agreements, and bargaine with any person 
or persons that shall appeare to hyer y® sequesterd Land." 

T. M., April 24th. — Captt Thomas Munson, Leau* Moses Mans- 
feild*. m'' Tho: Trowbridge, and four others, chosen 

I ownsman. „ 

The Townsmen a Comittee — " to state out highwaies through y° 
Third division, wher there may bee occasion." 

Townesmen's Records, 1683-93. "The Townesmen Agreed to 

goe to all the Inhabitance [of the] Towne, and farmes, to see how 

the children are educate in reading the word of God : 


Lievtenant Munson and J[n''] Chidsey for the Square of 
the Towne ; Jn° Cooper, se'^, Lievtent Moses Mansfield, all the 
west side of the east River and so downe to Goodm Dormans ; 
Serg' Winston a [nd] Serg* Dickerman for the Subberds and the 
west side of the west River." Munson's title indicates that this 
record should bear an earlier date than 1683. From 1676 he was 
entitled Capt. 

* " Moses Mansfeild is confirmed . . to be Captain of N. Haven Traine band,"— Oct. 1683. 


The Miinson Record. 

A First-Church record, without date, may be entered here : 
" Jn° Ailing his case was spoken of. And y^ Bi'ethren said they 
thought it might doe well if y® Deacon, and Brother Munson,* and 
Bro: Glouer, would speak with him, and see how hee is now 

1684. "At a Meting of Towns men March s^i^ 1683:" "The 
Townsmen desireded Cpt Munson and [Serg* Dickerman] to 
mack and sett up a sing post, according to la [w], som where in 
the Market place nere the Meting House, and doe it with spead." 

.:THOMA>:>- "U- 

THE:7:0r:l? : 




Meeting of freemen, Sept. 29th. — Captaine Moses Mansfeild and 
Leautenant Abraham Dickerman were chosen deputies, " & Cap*^ 
Thomas Munson the third man." 

* In February, 1887, the following petition was presented to the Society's Committee of the 
First Church of Christ in New Haven : 

"Captain Thomas Munson assisted in the spiritual beginnings of the First Church in New Haven, 
and remained in its fellowship and active service forty-five years ; he was one of the builders who 
contracted to erect its first meeting-house, and was often employed by the General Court to inspect 
and report upon its condition ; his descendants in all generations have been connected with the 
institution, — the imperfect records mentionmg the membership of over forty bearing the Munson 
name, and the baptism of over one hundred bearing the Munson name, implying probably the 
connection by these sacraments of more persons bearing the blood of Thomas Munson than there 
are members of the Church at present. 

" Now, therefore, we, a Committee of Thomas Munson's descendants, appointed to arrange for 
a Reunion of the race, do respectfully petition the Society's Committee of the First Church of 
Christ in New Haven, for permission to occupy the House of Worship of said Society for about 
two hours, on Wednesday, the seventeenth day of August next, during the delivery of an Histor- 
ical Address, and a few associated exercises." 

Captain Thomas Munsons Decease. 59 

1683. Capt. Munson, an able, useful and eminent citizen, 
departed this life May 7th, and was buried on The Green ; his 
monument, a slab of sandstone, may now be seen in the Grove 
Street Burial-ground, at No. 9, Linden Ave. 

I quote below the records pertaining to his estate : — 

" Capt" Munson 

"An Inventory of the estate of Thomas' Munson, late 
Inventory. r tvt i i j 

of Newhaven — deceased. 

" Imp7 Halfe a house, that is : 3 : roomes, \ a barne, ^ 

Land & meadow, & Corne upon y® ground — 189 : 10 : 00 

B) s 

"In Cattle 14. 14. / In bedsteads, & bedding & 
curtaines 032 : 07 : 04 

S) s B) s 

" In weareing clothes & hatt. 9. 14. In Linnen 6. 1 1. 
In armes & amunition 2* 9? 018 : 14 : 00 

"In Tooles 10* 8? In Scales and weights, i* 
In brasse, iron & pewter 12^ 19? 4<? 024 : 07 : 04 

"A cubbard, Tables, chayrs & formes 2^!' lof 
In earthen ware & wooden ware. 2^ 16? 005 : 06 : 00 

"A chest & trunke & boxes ji? 3? 6*? 
In boots & shoos, i* 6? A grindston 8^ 002 : 17 : 06 

"A bridle, saddle & other furniture, i^ 3?/ 
\ a mill 2^ 10^ 003 : 13 : 00 

"A plow & horse geers 10? In other small things 
jft 19S — 002 : 09 : 00 

s d 

The estate — C^ 04 : 18 : 00 279 : 04 : 02 

The estate — D"" 32 : 07 : 06 

"This above written Inventory : ) Moses Mansfield / . ,, 

was taken by us the 21=^ 3'^ m° 85/ \ John Winston \ Apprisors. 

"June 12'!" 1685 : 

"An agreement about the distribution of the estate, our father 

Left us : made by us whose names are underwritten, — Vid : To his 

grandson Thomas' Munson, his tools, his armes & 

Dzstf'to'ittxoft' • • 

amunition, the bed and bedstead & bedding that is in 
the chamber, his clothes, excepting the 3 great coats that he dis- 
posed of to his 3 sons, 6 acres of land in the quarter comonly 
called the Governo" quarter, & y' parcell of meadow lyeing att 
the red banke, & the effects of a calfe, which is now sheep, & the 
Colt.-^ '~ 

6o The Munson Record. 

"Alsoe To his son Sam^^ Munson, the house & homelott, & all 
the rest of the land & meadow, & mare, excepting 2 acres in y^ 
neck given to Richard Higginbothom./ 

"Alsoe the improvem* of the 6 acres of land & of halfe y® 
meadow given to Thomas^, until he cometh of age to receive it, 
provided he pay the debts that are due from the estate, & alsoe 
allow Joseph Tuttell the part of the orchard as they have agreed, 
for his use & benefitt for 7 years, from the last of March before the 
date hereof, & then the orchard to return to y*^ possession of 
Sam'? Munson oure brother ; alsoe Joseph Tuttell to have the 
improvem* of halfe of the meadow, given to Thomas^, until he 
comes of age to receive it, and then it is to be returned to him./ — 

"Alsoe the 3 cowes to be divided to each of us one. ~~ 

" Alsoe, the bed & bedstead that stands below, with all y® furniture 
thereto belonging, to be unto sister^ Tuttell, & all the rest of y® 
moveables, to be divided equally between Elisabeth^ Higinbothom 
& Hanah'^ Tuttell, excepting the great brasse Ketcle given to 
SamuelP, & a pewter bason & spoone given to Thomas'./~ 

" This agreem*^ exhibited in Court Sam9 Munson 

& approved for y*^ settlem*^ of y*^ sd estate Richard Higinbothom 

As attests James Bishop Cler : Joseph Tuttle" 

CONTEMPORARY EVENTS.— When Thomas^ Munson was 4 years 
old, Shakspere died ; when 5 yrs. of age, Lord Bacon became chancellor 
of England ; at 6, Sir Walter Raleigh beheaded, — Thirty Years War 
(between Romish and Protestant princes of Germany) began ; at 7, circula- 
tion of the blood discovered by Harvey ; at 8, the Pilgrims landed from the 
Mayflower upon Plymouth Rock; at 11, the settlement of Manhattan Island, 
now the City of New- York, was begun; at 13, Charles I. became king 
of England; at 18, the settlement of Boston was commenced; at 20, 
Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden defeated Wallenstein and was killed at 
Liitzen ; at 23, Hartford began existence ; at 25, the Pequot War occurred ; 
at 26, the settlers of New-Haven spent their first Sabbath, Apr. 15, worship- 
ping under an oak which stood at the northeast corner of George and College 
streets, — and Harvard College was founded ; at 27, the New-Haven Colony 
adopted a constitution, which T. M. signed ; at 28, the Flemish painter 
Rubens died ; at 30, the Italian philosopher Galileo died ; at 31, Louis XIV. 
succeeded his father as king of France ; at 34, the Apostle Eliot began his 
labors among the Indians; at 37, Charles I. beheaded; at 41, Cromwell 
became Lord Protector of England ; at 45, the Half-way Covenant appeared 
in New-England churches ; at 48, Charles II. crowned; at 49, Whalley and 
Goffe arrived in New-Haven ; at 50, New-Haven Colony refused to be united 
by royal charter with Connecticut Colony; at 53, N. H. C. was united with 
C. C. (in May) ; at 55, Sir Isaac Newton conceived the theory of gravitation, 
and Jeremy Taylor died ; at 63, King Philip's War broke out ; at 64, Milton 
and the Dutch painter Rembrandt died ; at 73, the Spanish painter Murillo 
died, and James II. was crowned. 



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AT NEW HAVEN, JUNE 4, 1639. 

ElisabetJ^ Cooper Dwells in Springfield. 6 1 


Elisabeth'' (Thomas'), m. 19 Oct. 1664 Timothy son of Lieut. 
Thomas Cooper* of Springfield, Mass., b. 26 April 1644 :f orig. rec. 
— " Tymothy Cooper joyned in Marriage with Elizabeth Munson 
the 19'^'^ of October 1664"; he d. before 30 Sept. 1679 ;J m. (2nd) 
Richard Higinbothom, a tailor; "Mrs. higumbothum dyed y! 18 
of Dec. at evening of [unc] 1706 ", — § Stamford Rec; he was living 
6 May 17 13. Res. 1689 New Haven, 1691 Elizabeth Town, N. J., 
1696, 1708 Stamford, Ct.,|| 1713 Greenwich, Ct. 

Children : 

i. John^: "I, John Cooper, of Newark," N. J., "son & heir to 
Timothy Cooper Sometymes of Springfeild," accept of £ ^o from 
Samuel Cooper of Springfeild as discharging all the claims of 
"the children of my deceased ffather" upon the estates of their 
grandfather Thomas Cooper and their uncle John Cooper. Dated 
i8Jan. 1698, i. e., 1699. 
ii. Rebekah^ b. 12 Oct. 1682 in New Haven ; tn. 10 Dec. 1701 Joseph 
Weed (rec. Stamford) ; he d. t8 Dec. 171 1 ; res. Stamford ; 4 ch., 
rec. Stam. — (i) Elisabeth"' b. 28 Sept. 1702, (2) Rebecka* b. 10 Dec. 
1704, (3) Jemima"*, d. 31 March 1707, (4) posthumous ch., d. i Feb. 
1712. David Webstur, Feb. 6, 1699/700, sould Joseph Weed of 
Stann ford "a sartain home lott situate in Stanford, containing 
two acres and a roode, & bounded by y" lott of David Waterbery 
south, and by y" lott of John Slasons north, by y* street east, & 
David Waterbery & Jonas Seely west." Joseph and his brother 
Isaac, 21 Feb. 1707, acquired ii|4f acres, and 10 acres; in Sep- 
tember, from their brother John "of Darby," y^ twentieth lot of 
fresh meadow, " lying west of Norroton riuer ;" and in November, 
23 acres laid out " in John Cressy's pich." 

* The Hist, of Springfield states that Lieut. Cooper was a practicing attorney before the County- 
Court, a practical carpenter and farmer, a bone-setter and a surveyor, a deputy at the General 
Court, and townsman, and an invaluable agent in dealing with the Indians, — " a pillar of the town." 
It was remarked in the County Court, March 1675, that the Lieutenant was " putt to goe " often 
for "settmg of Broken Bones." His home was "on the hill over agawome." He lost his life, 
dramatically, at the burning of Springfield in Oct. 1675. An instrument by which Amoakussen 
disclaimed all right to certain Worronoco lands in possession of Cooper, dated 20 Oct. 1664, was 
witnessed by Elizur Holyoke, Thomas^ Munson (the day after his daughter's marriage to Timothy), 
and John Holyoke. 

+ " Tymothy Coop y<^ sone of Thomas Cooper borne 2 mon : 26 day 1644 about 9 of y« clock in 
y' forenoon & baptised y" 28 day." Spring. Rec. 

t When Thomas Cooper was " y« only sirviving Son of his ffather Leef Thomas Cooper." 
Timothy was living 29 March 1676. 

§ Richard Higinbothum m. (2nd) 11 Dec. 1707 Youne Waterbury of Stamford— " by y« Rev- 
erend M"" John Davenport."— "Unice Higginbothom died late wife to Richard Higginbothom 
deceased in May 25, 1710." 

1 Hist. Stam. says R. H. was, by vote, "accepted an inhabitant," Jan. 31, 1709. 

62 The Mimson Record. 

iii. Richard^, Jun^, "planter;" res. Stamford (e. g., 1709, 1719). "I 
Richard Higinbothom of Stamford . . Tailor send Greeting in 
our Lord God everlasting : Know y" y* I . , . in consideration 
of the Fatherly Love . . I do bare towards my loving son 
Richard Higinbothom . . Planter . . convey 38^ acres " on 
the west of the Mill River, opposite against Thomas Newmans 
farm which Lyeth east of s'' River of Mianus," — reserving the use 
of one-half of it " Dureing my naturall Life;" also conveyed 
"one mare & i bed & bedding & my plow & tackling." Richard, 
Jun', 16 Oct. 1711, sold Jos. Holly a house & lot in S., bounded 
west by the street; price, ;^40. In 1713 he bought 20 acres 
" Lying on Sh . . . . n Plain " and bounded "west by a brook ;" in 
1718 he bought 5^ acres "in y^ Eastfield in y<^ hors pasture so 
called;" and May 20, 1719 he paid John Green, Jun., ;^io4 for 
" my home Lott &hous thereon wherein I now Dwell," and some 
pieces of land; the "home lot" contained one acre and a half. 
Joel Munson, b. 1702, conve)'ed 23 March 1736, to Sam" Cook of 
New Cheshier in Wallingford, "a certaine farm or tract of land 
on the property of Richard higingbothom, & conveyed from him 
y* sd Richard hickingbothom joyntly to him y« sd Sam" Cook & 
me the sd joel Munson." Probably a son of Richard^ was that 
Richard* Higginbotham who is said* to have ;«. 6 Feb. 1731 Mary 
dau. of David Tuttle,f b. 24 Nov. 1704, and to have had 4 ch., of 
whom were Richard^ and Mary^. 

iv. Hannah"; "John Goold & hanah higinnbothem of Stanford was 
married in Stanford April 3, 1707 ;" "John Gold had a child dyed" 
(dateless); John Gold, Jun'', d. 27 March I720.:j: 

Timothy Cooper was a witness of conveyances 29 Jan. 1661, /. e., 
1662, and 10 June 1663. In the winter of 1663, "Tim: Cooper" — 
with Saml Holyoke and five others — was assigned a seat in the 
meeting-house "Below y® Pillars on y® North side." A record 
touching the settlement of Lieut. Thomas Cooper's estate, 29 March 
1676, says — "The other Children, Especially Timothy & Thomas, 
. . haveing had from their ffather in his life time a Competency, 
are not here mentioned." I quote two Springfield records of much 
significance, dated "June 23^^: An2. Dom 1680": — 

" Whereas Timothy Cooper, late of Springfeild, in the Colony 
of Massachusets, deceased, hath Received from Major Jn° Pynchon 
of Springfeild . . a very considerable Estate, & hath fallen 
short of Returning the Principal by some hundred of pounds, I, 
therefore, Elizabeth Cooper, Relict of the said Timothy Cooper, 
haveing Received benefite by the s"* estate, to make compensation 
for so great loss & to obtain full acquittance ... I have . , 

* Tuttle Fam., p. 80. 

+ B. 1668, son of John b. 1631 in Eng., son of William, a pioneer of New Haven. 

X John Gold, Sen', d. 14 July 1712. 

ElisabetJi^ Higinbothom Dwells in Stamford. 63 

sold . . al my Right of Dowry or Interest of Thirds of the 
housing & Land that did Pertaine to my said deceased husband, in 
Springfeild aforesaid, fro the time of his Death during the terme 
of my Natural Life, as also al my Right & Interest to my said 
Husbands Debts & produce of that Estate belonging to him either 
in New Jersey or Fort Albany, as also al his Debts or other estate 
in Springfeild afores**, that doth now or shal hereafter appeare to 
be belonging to my said Husband for ever." Signed by Elizabeth 
Cooper, in the presence of John Holyoke and Samuel" Munson 
(her brother). 

" Whereas, I, John Pynchon, Esqr . . . have delivered some 
hundreds of pounds to Timothy Cooper late of Springfeild . . 
deceased, and have yet payable to me some hundreds of the prin- 
cipal of that Estate, I doe now . . . acquitte his Relict Eliza- 
beth Cooper in Consideration of her Relinquishing & Resigning 
her Right of Dowre, or Thirds in the Lands & housing of the 
foresaid deceased at Springfeild during the terme of her Natural 
life, & of her Right & Interest in or to all his Debts & the produce 
of the said be trusted Estate at New Jersey, & Fort Albany, as also 
of her Right to her said Husbands debts or other Estate at Spring- 
feild ", and will save her and her heirs harmless from all debts. 

(Timothy's indebtedness had already been considered in court, 
and 30 Sept. 1679 a jury awarded Pynchon jQ 138 . 18.) 

Elisabeth^, in the division of her father's estate, June 1685, 
received " 2 acres in y*^ Neck," and one cow ; " the rest of y^ 
moveables," with two or three exceptions, were " divided equally" 
between Elisabeth and her sister. 

Simon Tuttle sold " Richard Higginbothum, of New hauen, a 
house, Barne & homlott " in N. H., — "on halfe an acre & halfe a 
quarter," bounded W. "by y'^ street," E. by homelott of Nathan 
Andrews (who built the second meeting-house), S. by homelott of 
Edward Preston, and N. by homelott of Wm. Johnson, — "with all 
y® fences & fruit trees & appurtenances ;" acknowledged 29 March 

" Richard Higginbotham, tailor, of Newhaven, & Elizabeth my 
wife," sell, "twenty & fourth of Octo^'' " 1689, 2 acres of " arrable 
land," situate in " the Neck," at New Haven, to M'^ James Peir- 
pont. Pastor, — it being bounded E. by "y*^ Stated Neck High- 
way " and W. by " the Rhode now by pmission used." E. signed by 
" her mark; " her ack. dated June, 1692. 

" Richard Higinbothom, Tailor, of Elizabeth Town in y^ prov- 
ince of east Jersey " 16 June 1691 alienates to Samuel Ailing, 
senior, for ;^5o, "my dwelling house and Homlott," — the same 

64 The Munson Record. 

bought of Tuttle in 1683. One witness is "John Munson, 
Junior," b. 1673 — junior as "under age." 

"I Daniell Westcot of Stanford . . haue sould," "this: 
14'^ of Desember anno: 1696," "unto m'' Richard higumbothum 
of y* same place afore^'^ : a sertain swomp lying on y*^ back side of 
Ulesom or west of y* North field, as it was granted to me by y*^ 
town & and to be laid out by two men apointed by the town." 
Dec. 26, 1699 "Clement Paxton & ben green " were appointed "to 
lay out m'' higumbothm swomp" — "that swomp by slod gate." 

Elisha Holly of Stanford sold 9 Dec. 1708 M"- R. H. of s* Stan- 
ford three acres to be laid out. "Laid out to M'' Richard Higin- 
botham three acres," bounded E. by R. H., N. by Jno. Smith, W. 
by Jos. Garnsey & marked trees, S. by marked trees. 

" I Richard Higinbotham, formerly of n Hauen, . . now of 
greenwich, . . . for & in consideration of 20 shillings . . . 

Received of y*^ Reuern'* John Davenport of Stamford 

confirme unto y'^ s'^* Davenport all my righte & Interest in any & 
all y'^ devisions of N. Hauen afores'' y*^ are due or ever have been 
due unto me . . by virtue of my Rate Charged on my name in 
s" New hauen in y*^ year 1683. In witness where of I have set to 
my hand & seal in Stamford this sixth day of May in y^ twelfth 
year of his majesties Reign anno que Dom 17 13." (Includes 
rights in Sequesterd, ^ Div., 4th Div., 5th Div., 6th Div. & any 
further Divisions.) 

A real-estate purchase at Stamford whose date is earlier than 
any of the above except the first, has been postponed : Eben 
Bishop "of Stanford" 18 Feb. 1689 sould R. H. "of y* same 
town " fiue acres "in y*^ open Rock neck." The anachronism which 
locates R. H. in Stamford apparently arose from the fact that this 
deed was written later than the date of purchase and after H had 
settled in Stamford, an explanation which is suggested by the date 
of the acknowledgment, viz., 27 March 1702. 

There were laid out for him 11 Feb. 1707 two tracts, previously 
purchased, 35^ acres in all: One piece — "from y® north end to 
y® little pond, one hundred seuenty-nine Rods, & thirty Rods 
wide, — bounded west by y** hills, east by Mianus Riuer, & north 
by stoned trees ; also, a joining south ward," a piece 20 Rods by 
16, bounded E. & W. "by y® two great hills or clefts of Rocks," 
and S. " by y® great hill with a stoned tree." (In these transac- 
tions he is " Higumbotham " and " Higumbothem.") In 1710 
Richard acquired 2 acres and 5 acres at Stamford. 

Mr. Higgingbothum's estate in 1701 was listed at ;^3o. The 
portions allotted to his name in several divisions of common land 

SatnueP Munsons Family Register. 65 

at New Haven were as follows : 5th Div. — Higinbotham 3! A. 36 
R.; First Div. of Sequestered — Higinbothom % A. 19 R.; 2nd do. 
(in 1713) — I A. 19 R.; 3d do. — Hickingbottom f A. 19 R.; 6th 
Div. (in 1727) — Higgenbothum i^ A. 38 R.; 7th Div. — Hicon- 
bothom 3 qr. 39 R.; 8th Div. — Hickingbotom (also Hickinbottom) 
3 qr. 39 R.; 9th Div. — Hickingbothom ^o.. 8.. o. 

You may count in this sketch as many as sixteen different spell- 
ings of the venerable Richard's surname ! 


Samuer (Thomas') bp. 7 Aug. 1643, — " Samuell Munson y^ 
Sonn of Thomas Munson was Baptised y^ 7*'^ 6-"° 43 "—First Ch. 
Rec. ; m. 26 Oct. 1665 Martha dau. of William and Alice (Pritch- 
ard) Bradley, — " Samuell Munson & Martha Bradly were Mar- 
ried by M'' Gilbert octob : 26"^ 65 " — Town Rec. ; he d. in 1693, — 
between Jan. 10 and March 2, 1693. Shoemaker (and tanner); 
Cong. ; res. New Haven, Wallingford, New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

5. i. "Borne Martha', daughter of Samuell Munson, May 6, 67" — New 

Haven Town Rec. 

6. ii. " Samuelle', Sonne of Samuell Munson, ffe* 28, 1668," i. e., 1669 — 

N. H. T. Rec. 

7. iii. "Thomas', Sonne of Samuell Munson, was borne the 12"' of March 

167^," i. e., 1671— N. H. T. Rec. 

8. iv. " John^, sonne of Samuell Munson, was borne y^ 28*'' of January 

1672," i. e., 1673— N. H. T. Rec. 

9. V. " Theophilus', son of Samuell Munson, was borne y* i of Septem- 

ber 1675"— N. H. T. Rec. 

10. vi. "Joseph' Munson son of Sam" & Martha Munson, borne i No- 

vemb'' 1677" — Wallingford Town Rec. 

11. vii. "Stephen^ Munson son of Sam" & Martha Munson borne 5 

Decemb'- 1679"— Wall. T. Rec. 

12. viii. "Caleb', son of Sarhuell Munson, borne y° 19*'' of Novemb' 

1682"— New Haven T. Rec. 

13. ix. "Joshua', son of Sam** Munson, was borne y" 7"' Febr: 1684" — 

N. H. T. Rec. 
X. "Israeli', son of Samuell Munson, was borne y« 6*'' day of March 
1686," i. e., 1687— N. H. T. Rec; bp. at First Ch. 17 April 1687 ; 
never mentioned again; he had </. before 18 June 1697, at which 
date Joshua' was said to be " the youngest" son of Samuel**. 

()6 The Munson Record. 

Annals of Samuel". 

166"/. Court of Elec, at Hartford, ^_^ y» 

May 9th.—" These are to stand vpon SowrutwM^ CAlvt/t^^ 

tryall for freeman, from New Haven " : 

John Herryman, Sam" Street, John Cooper Jun"", Sam" 
Freeman. ,-■ , ., 

Munson, and 21 others. 

1668. (Aged 25.) Feb. 7th, there was a seating of the Meet- 
ing-house : thirteen men were assigned places in the first seat in 
the gallery, among whom were L' Tho : Munson, Tho : Trow- 
bridge and John Cooper, Sen.; in the second seat were located 
fourteen, including Moses Mansfield, Jn° Herrima, 
^^ ^!^ , iun'', Sam" Munson, Tho. Yale, Tn" Cooper, and Ton- 

Meehng-house. ■''^,, ' '-* ^' -* 

athan iuttell. 
i66g. In a list of 91 New Haven freemen, returned by "the 
constobels " in October, the name of Sam" Munson is No. 65. 

i6'/o. New Haven took decisive action 31 Nov. 1669* relative 
to a new settlement in the wilderness twelve miles north-north- 
eastward. A committee prescribed some rules of 
New Plantation. .. -, ^ \ \ . i £ ^^ 

proceeding 31 Jan. 1670. An Agreementf of those 

proposing to become Planters was signed originally, it is proba- 
ble, by 28 men, and during the same year by 7 more, and the year 
following by 4 others ; Samuel Street, John Mosse, John Brockett, 
Nathaniel Merriman, and Abraham Dowlittell, were the first fivej 
of these 39 names, and Samuell Munson was the 19th. 

" 14* day of March i66yV" A. Dowlittle and Thomas Munson, 
as agents of the town of New Haven, convey " unto M'' Sam" 
Streete a certaine parcell of the beavor meadow, containing by 
estimation 12 acres be it more or less, lieing on the east side of 
the Creek, — bounded on y^ North by Samuell Munson his 
meadow, & Thomas Morris on y® South." 

Court of Elec. (at Hartford), May 12th. — "This Court having 

bine moved to state the Bounds of the new Village that is setling 

upon the plaine as you goe to Newhaben, doe grant " 

"^^ ■ etc.%. The settlement has been called " New Haven 

* The General Court in 1669 had granted New Haven " liberty to make a village on the east 
River, if " etc. 

t " Wee whose names are underwritten being accepted by the Committee of Newhaven ffor y« 
intended Village as plantters, And desiring" i-^f.. A photographic y"«c j/;k//<? of the first 28 sig- 
natures is given ; the others, which had been appended to the leaf by sewing, had disappeared 
when the photograph was made in March, 1894. These signatures are reproduced from a tracing 
made by me in Jan., 1883. (J. Beech's name is not autographic. The date after " Jehiell Pres- 
ton " is meant for 1671.) 

\ Street was the clergyman, the other four were of the first generation of New-Haveners, 
while Munson was of the second. 

§ Wall. Rec. 

SamueP a Founder of Wallingford. 


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H16>AV<4y (UM^St.) 

Mr. S omu' Jtrtet 

Verit/ ^ A4tr»»OT» 

^■l)^*.Ao^ 2)t,v>fli'ttlf: 

South Elid. 

fUs„y...d ^ u T-tf^^ 7'* ^"^ 

JoA'wMo 5.r.3'-Cri. 
Jo Ah Svoe/rtft, J'en. 

XaeK Houje- lot-, sir «•«>■«■» 

village;" it is now "ordered that the plantation on the playne 
. . be called Wallingford." The site chosen for the village was 
matchless, — an admirably shaped elevation extending from south 
to north a mile or two, and situate about a mile eastward of the 
Quinnipiac ; a record describes it as " citiuated upon the hill on 

68 The Munson Record. 

the East side of y*^ great plaine comonly caled New haven 

A principal highway six rods wide was laid out along the 
backbone of the elevation, with cross-streets at suitable intervals 
passing over the hill from "the old colony road" to (or towards) 
Wharton's Brook. On each side of the main street, house-lots 
containing six acres were laid out. In the first block on the west 
side of Main Street, between the first cross highway (now Ward 
St.) and the second (now Centre St.), there were five lots : the first 
was assigned to N. Merriman, Sen., the second to N. Merriman, 
Jun., the third to Sainuel Munson, the fourth unappropriated, and 
the fifth was appropriated to the Ministry, — on the east end of it 
stands the Congregational Church. 

The length of this block* was 1600 ft. Its front was occupied 
in 1883 as follows : Church and Bank 185.5 ! Geo. W. Whittlesey 
80+162 = 242; Dennis Morris 100; Prince St. 42 ; Mrs. Ives 94 
Elisha Whittlesey 81.2 ; Morton Judd 99.9 ; Mrs. Beadle 120 
Augustus Hall 140.3 ; Franklin Johnson 116.2 ; Ed. Judd 69.8 
Schoolhouse 102.2 ; Dennis Morris 206.9. 

Samuel Munson's house-lot had a frontage on the " Long High- 
way " (Main St.) of 320 feet. It occupied the southern 23.5 feet 
of Mrs. Ives's lot, the 81.2 feet of the Elisha Whittlesey 
place, the 99.9 ft. of the Morton Judd place, and the 
northern 115.4 ft. of Mrs. Beadle's lot. 

Thirty-seven meadow or river lots were assigned to as many 

different names ; 13 had twelve acres each, and 24, including 

Munson, had 8 acres. These little farms, " on the river 


called New Haven east river," were "to begin at the end 
of the hill called Blew Hill where it comes to the river, and so to 
run upward the river as farr as there is any such suitable land on 
the east side of y^ said river below the pines : the said lots are to 
run across y® river taking in y*^ land on both sides." S. M.'s name 
was 14th in "order of place." 

Dr. Davis, in his History of Wallingford, observes that for ten 
years the inhabitants met for worship on the Sab- 

Public Worship. , , . , , j- t • t^t -ht • i 

bath m the houses of Lieut. N. Merriman and 
Ensign Munson. 

i6yi. April 6th. — First town-meeting : It was ordered that if a 
minister should appear, the 12-acre people should contribute 30 
shillings, and the 8-acre people 20 sh., for " incouragement." 

Town Meeting at New Haven, Nov. 27th. — " Upon Samuell 
Munson his reneweing his motion to the towne, that they would 

* Bounded westerly by the Burying-Ground. The lots must have been 8i6^ ft. deep. 

Where SafnueP Munson Resided. 


give him a drum Rim y* was in y'' townes hand : It was Left to y® 
townes-men to doe therein as they shall see cause." 

i6'/2. May 27th. — The Committee* appointed by New Haven 
to direct the beginnings — resigned " theyr trust during y® time 
of our infantsey, into y® hands of y^ inhabitants." 


Wara St. 




t4. Merriyndn^J-t. 


Mrf. S^^adU Its.'/- 
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C-ewlT« gt 


The Planters, twenty-five in number,f renew and re-subscribe 
their former Agreement, viz.: John Mosse, John Brockitt, Nath'^ 
Merriman, Sen., Abraham Dowlittell, Sen., Richard B[eachJ, 
John Hall, Jun., Tho^ Yale, Samuell Munson, Thomas 
Curtis, Isaack Roice, Nathaniel How, Samuell [Andrews ?], 
Zacha. How, Thomas Hall, Samuel Peck, Abraham Dowletll, Jun., 
Nath^' Merriman, Jun., John Moss, Jun., William Ebernathe, 
William Houlte, John Hall, Jun., Joseph Benham, Nathan (?) 
[Andrews ?], John Eives, Jhon Peck. These names are in the 
order of signature. 

*Of Planters. 

t Some of the former subscribers did not remove to Wallingford. 

70 The Munson Record. 

T. M., July 29th. — " The towne apoynted a comitee " of 9 persons, 

viz. — Moss, Sen., Brockett, Sen., Merriman, Sen., Dowlittle, Sen., 

Samuell Andrews, Nathan Andrews, J. Hall, Jun., Sam- 

JH lit) tfTZ PTl. t 

uell Munson, & Thos Yale, " for the Distribution of 
Lands, Respecting quantity to every planter." 

T. M., Dec. 24th. — " Samuell Andrews, Samuell Monsone, Nath^ 
Roice, Thomas Curtice, Benjamin Lewes, are to take a view of a 
convenient place for a Bridg on the River as wee go to New 
hauen, and to undertake the worke upon the Towne charges — 
provided itt exceed not about Ten pound charge." Dr. Davis 
conceives that the bridge was located at "The Pines," directly 
west of North Haven village. 

167J. (Aged 30.) The July committee "had several Debates & 
^ "^ Serious Considerations ;" a conclusion was reached Jan. 3d. "There 
^ will be 3 sorts of divisions according to the proportions of 2. 3. '^-^^^ 


0<^ 0/ 

(^ I 4 ; that is to say — the loest Ranke of alotments shall have halfe so ^ 

3<ig^ much as the highest, the midle Ranke . . three quarters so ^ |^ 

<i I, much." Then they assign " every planter now in being " to one ? L**^ 

^ v* of the three "ranks," viz., six to the " highest," 26 (of whom was V^ 

Munson) to the "middle," and 10 to the "loest."* '^^^i 

T. M., April 29th. — Samuel Munson was chosen select- 
Selectman. ^i ^1 • j r a 

man, the third of five. 

T. M., June 2nd. — "Voted — That there shall be alowed for the 

first division of Lands to each planter, taking in house lotts, 

pasturs, River lotts, & all sorts of land, — to the loest 

Rank 40 acres — to the midle Ranke 60 acres — and to 

the hiest Rank 80 acres." In this record occurs " Good^Mon- 


Samuel Street has a River lott of 12 acres — from "the pines" 

downward. Eleven persons are to have "the Remainder of theyr 

first devision " next to Mr. Street — each 20 rods wide ; Munson is 

fifth of the eleven. 

June 17th. — " Sam'll Monson shall be alowed \os. for 

maintaining and beating the Drum in good order for the 

yeare ensuing." 

* As this important list includes every man recognized as a " Planter " at its date, I quote it : 
"John Moss: Sen', John Brockett: Sen', Nath" Merriman: Sen', John Beach, Abraham Dow- 
litle : Sen', M' Samuell streett, — to the highest rank ; Samewll Roice, Nehemia Roice, Thomas Hall, 
Samewll Thorpe, John Hall, Sen', Jeremiah How, Joseph Elves, Samewell Potter, John Hall, Ju', 
Sameull Hall, Abraham Dowlitell, Jun', Eliasaph Preston, Nathaniell Merriman, Jun', Samuell 
Moonson, Ephraim How, John Moss, Jun', Nathan Andrews, Samuel Andrews, William 
Holtt, John Peck, John Eives, Thomas Curtice, Thomas Yale, Nathaniel Roice, Benjamin 
Lewes, George Pardey, Sen', — to the middle rank ; Richard Beach, Elieazur Holtt, Daniell Hop- 
per, Zacharias How, Nathaniel How, Eliazur Peck, Joseph Benham, Samuell Cooke, Isaack 
Roice, William Ebernatha,— to the lowest rank. 

SamueP Chosen Townsman and Appointed Ensign. 71 

i6'/4. T. M., April 6th. — " Granted to Samli Monson 2 acres of 
land att ye loer end of his lott next to the plaine." 

T. M., April 28th. — Sam'*'' Moonson was chosen one 

Towjtsr?ian. /• ^i jz n -t^ >> 

of the nve iownesmen. 

i6ys. " 12. 12'*?° 1674," /. e., Feb. 12th. — Granted to Samuel Mun- 
son and eight others " that they may make up what they want of 
theyr first division, if the place will afford them conveniency to 
theyr satisfaction, upon or about that hill which lieth on the south 
side of y** south branch of whartons brooke and against the ponds 
that are belonging to New haven Bounds." 

April ist. — " Granted to Jonathan Fowller the house lott next to 
Goodman Monson on the north side." 

T. M., Aug. 27th. — "In Respect of y® present danger of y* 

Indians," S. Street's and Le*^ Merriman's houses are to be fortified 

by all the people of the town. Provision is 

King Philip's War. , ^ ^ x ^ ■ . • i , i 

made tor a guard. And it is ordered that every 
man bring his arms and ammunition on the Sabbath. 

Oct. 15th. — The people at the lower end of the town, Moss, 
Brockett, Dowlittle, etc., are authorized to fortify one of their 
houses, at public expense. 

General Court at Hartford, Oct. 19th. — "This Court 
confirms Samuel Munson, Ensigne of Wallingford Traine 

" At a meeting of the Councill, Nou"" 25." — " Those appoynted to 

signe bills are, — for N. Haven, M'' Bishop and Capt. 

oony gent, -jyj^gj^ . _ , _ for Wallingford, Mr. Jn° Moss, 

Ens: Sam" Munson;"*?/^. (King Philip's War.) 

T. M., Dec. 4th. — " Ensign Munson chosen to looke to y® gath- 
ering in of M'' Streets salerey & to see y' he be duely & truly payd 
according to the towns engagement to him." 

i6y6. Jan 2nd. — Samuell and Martha Munson were witnesses 
of a deed from Wm. Holte to Nathaniel and John Holt. 

At a meeting of the Councill, at Hartford, March 3''. — " Upon 
the receipt of a letter from L"*" Merriman and Ens: Munson of 
Wallingford, concerning their garrison houses and watches 
and wards, [the Councill] did recommend," etc. 

T. M., Dec. 27. — " Ensign Moonson and S^ Andrews apoynted 

to audiat the accoumpt with Nathan Andrews the former 
A uditor. r^^ , , 

1 reasurer. 

Measures for building a meeting-house adopted ; yet in 1681 it 

was voted to " go on and finish the house." Davis says the structure 

was built of logs, had a pyramidal roof, and was 

furnished with a turret. The windows were small 

and without glass, but provided with shutters. 


72 T/te Munso7i Record. 

\ 16'jy. Feb. 12th. — Joseph Tomson is permitted "to buy the 

J house lott & other accommodations y*- was Jonathan Fowlers." 

^ . Ensigne Munson was chosen one of the three " lissters " 

V* Listcv 

^ ■ for the year ensuing. 

•^ "Ordered that Nath** Royce, Eii Munson, S' Andrews, & Cor- 

tporall Hall, to make som such seatts to sitt on att the meeting- 
.. place as may be convenient for the present condition, and some 
**;i^ convenienc for the minister standing." 
Vil d ^ Sept. loth. — Under this date, Dr. Davis quotes: "Voted that 

ensign Munson shall have fourty shilliners allowed 

Public Worship . . J b 

him for meeting in his house this yeare." 
All planters are to have some of the " choyse land upon the > ^ 
River" — "hopp land," "beginning at pilgrim harbor," — 4, 3, or 2 ^?? 
acres, according to rank. West Meriden, then a swampy, tangled S^ 
wilderness, was Pilgrim's Harbor. The hoop-growing ground ^^V 
was highly valued. Hoops and staves were much exported to the <Js<X 
West Indies. 1 4.^' 

U ^ 


i6'/8. (Aged 35.) T. M., Feb. 26. — "The Town also desired Cl"- ?i^ 

Ensigne Munson & S' Sam** Andrewes to treate with Jo Cullver j |«s 

of New hauen about a Drum, and to mak Report to y® town in ^ \ 

I order to theyr buying it for y® townes use." ??^ 

*' " Where as Ensigne Munson declared that y*^ towne was indeted ^^ 

7J to him y*^ sum of on pound eighteen shillings, for maintaining ^'^ 

e and beating drums, — and whereas allso y® say'^ en" Munson is '^y 

Q charged detter to y*^ towne by Nathan Andrews, sometime treas- 5 % 

^ urer for the towne, — y*^ towne doth hearby discount y*^ say*^ on |. ? 

s ^ pound sixteen shillings 3'', and he is to loose the Rest for his ^-, 


'-> \ defect in not seasonably makeing his acount." «i"^ 

^ ^ T. M., April II. — Ensigne Munson was chosen i %. 

%^x T ,' , one of three listers. He was also chosen one of the 

5 3 Leather-sealer. 

g^ two sealers of leather. 

i May 22nd. — The Town desired En. Munson & 2 others, (his name 

"^i first,) to consider where a highway over the river can be located. 

u <t 

C3f "^ The Ensign was appointed to collect certain debts for the town. 

I ^ Sept. 30th. — Isaac Bradley is allowed to succeed Nath'^ Merri- 
ck 't' man, Junf. N. M. "was slaine at the fort fight" 19 Dec. 1675. 
^^ En Munson exchanges river land. 

^^ En Munson is made a member of the committee on fencing. 

3 J T. M., Nov. 27. — Earliest mention of schools: The town left 

\^ the matter of schoole with the selectmen, to promote the same 

^■| according to law. 

Ens. SamueP as Schoolmaster and Musician. 73 

Dec. 24. — Voted to allow ;^io for a schoolmaster, and 3^ per 
weeke each scholar while attending. 

i6yg. T. M., March 11. — "The town made choyce of Ensigne 

Sam** Munson to Keepe the Legger Booke & to Record 

all y^ inhabitants houses & Lands in itt, according to law." 

The town gave liberty that M'' Sam^ Streett might pull downe 

so much of y*^ fortte as was ofifencive to him. (In Nov. '67, "y^ 

timber logs lying before his house y' weare formerly layd there 

for defenc against the Indians," were given to Mr. Street.) 

T. M., April 1 2th. — Samuel Munson was chosen to 

Schoolmaster. ■, c- o i i 

serve as the first Schoolmaster. 
En Munson one of a committee of five "to dispose of y® plaine 
lands left over & above every mans proport" allowed him for 



T. M., April 29th. — En Munson chosen one of three 

T. M., May 19th. — "The Town agreed to be att y*^ Charges to 
send up too men Humbly to inquire the Reason why they are 
denied the priviledg they weare formerly alowed, namly, to have 
some amongs themselves to administer justice amongs them." 

"The Towne allso made Choyce of En Sam** Munson & 
Eliasaph Preston to goe up to y^ Hon*"® Gourner about y® Buissnes 
aforementioned, namely, to inquire y^ Reason why they 
are deprived of Comission Maiestraycy among them." 

Sept. 8th. — " Pumkins " mentioned. 

T. M., Nov. 17. — "Granted En Samull Munson . . 3 acrs 
at the foote of the Redd Rock." 

Ens. Munson granted 2 acres, somewhere, for deficiency in the 
measure of his river-lot. 

Plan of "a house to meete in on ye Saboth " modified: will 
build 28x24, with 10 ft. stud. 

T. M., Nov. 24th. — Appointed Ens. Munson one of a committee 
of four " to treate with workmen to build y^ Bridge over att y® 

74 The Munson Record. 

1680. T. M., Jan. 19th. — The Towne chose Efi Munson one of 
three "to audit the towne accounts with y® tressurer." 

T. M., April 27th. — "The Town Chose L*^ Merriman, 
En Munson, S* Dowlitle, S' Andrewes, & Corprall Hall, 
select men for y® yeare ensuing." 

T. M., May 31st. — The Towne chose En Munson Treasurer for 

^ y'' meeting-house Rate, — to Receave & pay all dets 

Treasurer. , , 

theare about. 

^.^^^^ T. M., "Agust " 25th.—" En Munson, Corp** Hall, & Tho~ 

Yale, Chose listers for y^ year ensuin." 

^ T. M., Nov. 8th. — "The towne chose Ens. Munson 

^^.^ ■ treasurer for the year ensuing." 

*vl^^ ^ ^' ^■' -^'^^- ^^^^- — "The towne granted Ens. Munson fourteen 

'^I'tl acres of land to make up his first devision, this land to begin in 
fC ^"1^ the line of y* rear of the twentie acre lotts that butt against the 
1 ^q"^ lower end of the long hill, & to runn Southward & down eastward 
^i^'l by the southward flank of Rogar Tilar his lott, towards Whartons 
J '^'^•>»^ brook, till he have fourteen acres." 

^4 •< " ' Having no schoollhouse" 

-,o^.^> ^, 1681. April 6th. Ensi~ Munson was chosen one 

^sJ ^'^ Selectman. ^ r- , 

id^3 the live selectmen. 

I^^l Lister. Also one of the three listers. 

w>^-v"* "The towne chose Sam" Munson Recorder for y*^ yeare 

^ 3 J Recorder . 

^i\.\\ ensuing, & promise to pay him twenty shilling for his 

'C'^, ^"^ panes." 

.-i A i! 5 

^i: Ivi. J^o82. T. M., May 29th. — Ens. Munson is appointed to compile 

.| J>S i " the court Laws." 

During this year, apparently, SamueF returned to New Haven, 

perhaps to make a home for his widowed father, 

perhaps to become master of the Hopkins Grammar 

School, perhaps both. He did not dispose of his property in 


1683. (Aged 40.) T. M. at New Haven, April 24th. — " Samuell 
Munson & Joseph Tuttle were chosen searchers and seal- 
ers of Leather for y*^ yeare ensuing." Joseph was 

Samuel's brother-in-law. 

Samuel's " Rate " in New Haven this year is 23 ; his father's 46. 

1684. The earliest record-book of the Hopkins Grammar- 
School begins with 1684. The first record of the Committee's 

Ens. Munson Rector of Hopkins Grammar-School. 75 

doings is dated Jan. 4th. — Agreed that Ensign Munson go on 
Rector of Hopkins with the Grammar School at New Haven to make 
Grammar-School. up his year current and his allowance to be j[^\o, 
pr. ann. as formerly. Also that trial be made of the sufficiency of 
the said Ensign Munson, and if he be found sufficient to instruct 
or fit hopeful youth for the College "... that he have ;^5o 
for the ensuing year. Three months later, he " laid down his 
charge," and was succeeded by a graduate of Harvard College. It 
is uncertain whether Ens. SamueP was Rector one, two, or three 

March 24th. — Granted to Samuel Munson and five others 20 acres 
(in Wallingford) on the east side of Wharton's Brook, which lotts 
are to be 20 rods in breadth north and south & 160 rods east & 

Granted to Munson and six others 5^ acres apiece as part of 
their first division, " for a planting feild, lyeing on the north of Mr 
Moss his land, across the hill that the town lyes on, and between 
part of Mr Moss home lott and seriant dowlittles proper home 
lott." (A Wallingford grant.) 

T. M. at New Haven, April 29th. — " Samuell Munson & 
Joseph Tuttle were chosen Searchers & sealers of Lether." 

i68s. T. M., April 28th.—" Sam'* Munson & Joseph Tuttle were 
chosen searchers & sealers of Lether." 

June 1 2th. — In the division of his father's estate, 
Samuel' received "the house & homelott,* & all the restf of the land 
& meadow, & mare, excepting 2 acres in y® neck given 
to Richard Higginbothom : Alsoe the improvem' of the 
6 acres of land & of halfe y^ meadow given to Thomas', untill he 
Cometh of age to receive it, provided he pay the debts that are 
due from the estate, & alsoe allow Joseph Tuttell the part of 
the orchard as they have agreed for his use & benefitt for 7 years, 
from the last of March before the date hereof, & then the orch- 
ard to returne to y* possession of Sam" Munson oure brother : 
Alsoe" one cow, and "the great brasse Kettle." 

1686. T. M., April 27th. — "Ensigne Sam" Munson & Joseph 
Tuttle were chosen Leather Sealers." 

Jeremiah How & Sam^ Munson chosen fenc veiwers of 
Coopers quarter. 

1687. (Aged 44.) April 5th. — Agreement of Simon Tuttle with 
C. Todd (concerning an exchange of property) witnessed by 
Samuel and Martha Munson. 

* Grove St. cor. of Temple. 

t After the appropriation to Thomas.' 

'J^ The Munson Record. 

T. M., April 26th. — Sam" Munson & Joseph Tuttle chosen 
Leather Sealers. 

C -f T 

June 29th. — Samuell Monson of New hauen, for ;^5, 
sells John Merriman of W. a " sartain parsel of Land " — abt. ^ 
acre, — "being part of my hous Lott " in Wallingford, adjoining 
"the North eand of sd John Meariman his sd home lott, and so 
Runneth fore Rods northward and twenty Rods east and weast." 

Dec. 27th. — The plan for the Second Division at Wallingford 
was agreed upon in Jan. 1685: "That part that is layd out ac- 
cording to Rank shall be 40 acres to the upper Ranke, 30 acres to 
the middle Ranke, and 20 acres to the lower Ranke ; and that part 
that is upon Ratable estate shall be two acres to the pound ; and 
that part that is upon heades shall be ten acres for the males and 

five for the females ; only, servants and apprentices are 

Second Div. ^ i j- ,1 t -i ■ ., t 1 1 r 

exempted from the distribution. In the order of 

choice, Ensign Munson is the sixth of 63 names ; the number of 

acres which fell to him was 051. 

i6go. Feb. 19th. — Falls Plain has been laid out and platted for 
a village. At the present "towne meetin " in Wallingford, " the 
towne voted y' falls plaine shall be cast lots for : " Sam" Mun- 
son was one of the 65 proprietors of common land who partici- 
pated, and he drew lot No. 41. Then the village project slept for 
142 years. Falls Plain, or "the head of the plains," was at the 
northern limit of that level land which stretches from New 
Haven through North Haven and Wallingford, along the Quinni- 
piac ; it became Hanover in 1832, & is now South Meriden. 

The Ensign's portion of fencing "in ye common feild," is 
described by a record* as on both sides of the river. 

"Twenty sixt day of ffebreuary in y® yeare of our Lord one 
thousand six hundred eighty nine ninety, & in y*^ second yeare of 
y^ Reigne of our soverain Lord, William y*^ third." — " Know ye y' 
I, Sam**^ Monson of New hauen in y® Territory & Dominion of 
New England, Shoemaker, for & in Consideration of y'' naturall 

affection . . which I . . bare unto my 
well-beloved son, SamueP Munson, of Walling- 
ford, . . Planter, as Allso for other good Causes & Considera- 
tions me thare-unto especially moveing, Doe . . grant . . . 
unto said . . Sam** Munson, my Dwelling house & Barne & 
half my Accommodations Situate Lying & being within y® 
Bounds of y* Town of wallingford : To . . possess . . & 
enjoy y® said house & barne & half y® Accommodations, — with all 

* Wallingford. 

Ens. Munson Chosen Lister at New-Haven. yy 

y^ Libertyes Priuelidges wayes of ingress and egress fruit Trees 

woods under-woods grass herbage proffits Advantages & appur- 

tainances to y® said house & Barne & Lands belonging." 

" Know all whome it may Concerne y' we, Sam" Monson & 

Martha Munson, doe agree & order y' our son, Sam**^ Munson, 

shall haue y*^ half of y'^ home Lott situated att wallingford, y"^ is 

to say, y*^ uper end of it — down so lo as John Merrimas Cross 

fence, & so a parralell line Cross s" Lott ; onely we Reserve y* 

half of ye orchard trees & Land next to Leut. Merriman to be at 

our own dispose, & our above s'' son to have y*^ first refusall of it 

if we see Cause to sell it. In witness whear of we haue sett to 

our hands 

Sam" Munson sen'' 

Martha Munson sen"" " 

j6g2. Town Meeting at New Haven, May 2nd. — " Ensigne 

Munson, John Morris, & Serg*^ Cooper, chosen Listers for 
Lister. „ • ,, 

y*^ yeare ensuing. 

" A view graunted to Ensigne Munson for 8 or 10 acres of land 
neere Daighton Hill, for his Improvem' only for a tyme to be 
limited ; any 2 of y^ townsmen to view y^ land & place & make 
return of their opinion for further consideration : to be don at 
his charge." 

Dec. 26th (New Haven). — "Ensigne Sam" Munson & Caleb 
Mix were Chosen Constables for y® yeare ensuing, & 
accordingly Sworne ; And W"^ Luddington was Chosen 
Constable for y*^ East Side or Iron works." 

i6gj. Jan. loth. — Lotts were cast in Wallingford "for Peaked 
plain ;" that of Ens. Sam** Munson was number 28th. 

" The Town granted to y*^ sons of Ens. Sam** Munson sixty 

acres of Land in y^ bounds of y*^ second division, as A free gift." 

Between Jan. loth and March 2nd, the Ensign departed 
Decease. ^, . ,.j. 
this life. 

"A Court March 169! 

"Ens: Munson. — An Inventory of y® estate of Ensigne SamuelP 

Munson, late of Newhaven, Deceased, taken by us whose 

names are underwritten this 2'^ of March 169I. 

" Impr. his wearing Apparell 


It* trundle bed & Covering 2'."' 2! a bed & pillows 4 i' 

It Coverlid & Curtaines 2'.'' a little table & sheeps wooll 

In Physick & pills 11? a watch 2'.'' lo' 


























78 The Munson Record. 

A great Chest & a box 18? Pillow beers & towells i'.'' 9' 

In sheets 3'!' 14' rasors & Cane & books 2'?' 6' 

One table & forme & Cubboard one forme & Leather 

Chair 01. 17. 00 

Chaires warming pan frying pan one bras skillet oth'' 

things 03. 02. 00 

Iron pals tramell & pothooks in pewter 3'!' 16' trenchers 

2' 6 

Wooden ware, Linnen yarne & other things 

Woollen yarne, a linnen wheele & oth'' things 

hopps* 7 Bushell of Rye i"" 4' 6*^ . 3 bushells of Ind 

Corne 7! 6"* 
Old tubs barrells & meat & other things 
Cart & Irons belonging to it, a yoak 
plow & Irons i'? a tub w*" Iron hoops 10' 
A sled horse traces hors plow & oth"" things 
One Ax 4I Swine 3'? 10? 2 Oxen 10"' 2 steers 9"" 
The rest of y*^ home Cattle 
3 sheep i'!" 10' a horse & a mare 5'!" 15' 
Land & meadow 
Rye upon y® Ground 
more Ry upon y^ Ground 
the homesteed & buildings on it 
Books & oth'' things 
a smale tymber Chaine 

An addition of Lands Entred at Large 
in 2^ book page 213 Amo' to 035. 11. 00 " 

" Wallingford March b\ 1693 
"An Apprizall of y® Estate of Sam'^ 
Munson of Newhaven deced 

halfe an acre of Orchard 05. 00. 00 

two acres of land pt of y*^ homelot & i acre adjoining 05. 00. 00 
halfe a River lot 6'!' Seaven acres of land on whartons 

brook 3.10 09. 10. 00 

An acre & halfe of land Called hopsf land lying at y*^ 

red bankj • 00. 15. 00 
























































* Hoops (hoop-poles). 

t Hoops (hoop-poles). 

X "The red bank by the east river, so called" is identified by Davis as "the little spur or 
projection around which the railroad sweeps, just before it passes the high stone viaduct or cul 
vert over the turnpike." 

SamueP Munsons Estate. 79 

One acre upon y® plaine Koldbrook 
One acre & halfe of land on y*^ west 

side of Red Rock 
five acres of land at y® head of whartons brook 
the halfe of a five acre graunt layd out 
twelve acres & 3 quarters of 2^ division land 
One acre & halfe & 30 rods of land upon y* plaine 






















25. 03. 00 

Apprized by us 
Sam" Munson y'' son ) Sam^' Andrews Sen'' ) Sworne 

V V in 

sworne to y'^ p'^sentm* ^ John Merriman ^ Court 

Probatt of both In^^^ 350'." o' 2? 

both In'^^'^ agree w'' y** 
Originalls test W™ Jones Cler^ Cur^" 
" Know ye that wee, Martha Munson, weadow, the realict of 
SamuelP Monson Late of New heauen, In the collony of connetucut 
in New england, deceased. Intestate, and SamuelP Monson, eldest 
son of the deceased. Have . . sold . . unto John Merriman, 
. . three acres of land situate in the town plat of Wallingford 
. . thurteen pounds ; . . tow acres of said land is home Lott 
and one acre of pasture land, bounded one the east eand by 
SamuelP Monson his land, . . one the weast by town commons, 
one the North part by Joseph Thompson and part by towns com- 
mons ; it is twenty eight Rods in length east and weast, and twenty 
Rods broad North and South. 

16 Nov. 1693 " 
Martha makes " her mark " ; Samuel subscribes his name. 

16^4. " Whereas at a County Court held at Newhaven ye 2*^ 

Monday in June Anno Dm.^ 1694, Ad'f'ton of y^ 

Estate of y*^ late M'' SamuelP Munson of Newhaven, 

Deced, intestat, was Committed unto Martha Munson, widdow, 

Relict of y^ s'' M"" Sam" Munson, And John Munson her son 

[aged 21] Joined w*"^ her in s^ Ad'ftraton : the Court . . then 

. . adviseing . . , that y*^ s'^ Ad'ftrators shold agree w"^ 

the Children of y*^ s^ m"" Sam" Munson Referring to y® same : in 

Pursuance whereof this p''sent Writing Wittnesseth — 


That y*^ s*^ Martha Munson ais Preston & John^ Munson 
1607. [^^gsd 24], Ad'ftrators on theire part, Sam"^ Munson [aged 
28] on his part, & Thomas' Munson [aged 26] on his part, 
have Covenanted, agreed & concluded as followeth : 

" Imprimis, the s'^ Martha Munson als Preston & John Munson, 
as Ad'ftrators, afores'^, have & by these p'^sents Doe agree & Cove- 

8o The Munson Record. 

nant to & w'^'' the above named Sam'^ Munson, that he may & shall 
have & hold y*^ halfe acre or small part of land Reserved by y® s*^ 
M'^ Sam'' Munson, Deced — as appeares by his Deed graunted to 
his son y® s'' Samuell — In the orchard at Wallingford, & w*^'" in y^ 
s^ Deed y*^ offer and Ref useall of y® same is promised to y*' s*^ Sam", — 
that now y® said parcell of land, & Appurtences thereof, shall be 
to him the s'' Sam" for ever, paying for y® same only the sum of 
five pounds, as it is Apprized. 

" 2'"5', The s'' Adftrators Doe by these p""sents Covenant & Agree 
to & w**^ the above named Thomas^ Munson, That for & in Con- 
sideracon of y^ sum of fforty pounds already paid, And alsoe y® 
sum of fifteene pound to be paid . . ., and in full of his part 
of his above mencioned fathers estate, — that he y® s'' Thomas Mun- 
son may & shall have & hold all y* part of y® Dwelling house in 
Newhaven (the Kitchin only Excepted) w'^'' did belong to His s" 
father, together w"" y® Barne, and halfe y'^ Orchard ; And soe much 
land as lyeth betweene y® said house & the street. And Alsoe as 
shall be Contained w**^ in a Line Run Square or paralell from y^ 
end of y'^ house as far as the Westward end of y*^ Malt house — 
Deducting y'' s'' Quantity with soe much as y^ s" house standeth 
on from y*^ halfe of y^ Orchard aforemenconed ; As alsoe one acre 
of land in y** feild Called Coopers quarte [r] w'^'' was his s^ ffathers, 
Abbutting at one end upon y'^ towne street, and on y® side, next 
to Majol; Mansfeildes land ; — All y® s'' houseing & land w**" y^ 
Appurtceiies thereof to be to him his Heires & assignes for ever. 

"3'^'y, And y'^ s"^ Sam" Munson Doth . . . quit Claime for 
ever to all & every part of y*^ Estate of his s'' Deced father, — ex- 
cepting only his Interest and part in a Division of lands graunted 
to him & his Brethren by the towne of Wallingford on account of 
his fathers propriety there. 

"4'?' And y*^ s'^' Thomas Munson on his p'rt . . . Doth . . 
promise to . . y^ s'' Ad'ftrators, to pay or Cause to be paid unto 
them y*^ s'' Ad'ftrators, or by theire Order unto Joshua the youngest 
son of y^ s'' Sam" Munson, Deecd, y^ full & Just Sum of ffifteene 
pounds before menconed, at or before the Expiracon of Eight 
yeares . . . And Doth . . . quit Claime to all & every p't 
of y^ Estate of his s'' Deecd father. . . ." Dated "this 
Eighteenth day of June Ano Dm 1697. Annoq''^ RR Gulielmi 
tertij nunc Angliae &c Nono." 

Martha, widow of Samuel Munson, marries, between Nov. 16, 
1693 and the 2nd Monday in June 1694, Preston, probably Eliasaph, 
b. 1643, d. 1707, schoolmaster, 2nd town-clerk of Wal- 
lingford, and deacon. Martha's son SamueP married 

SaimieP Munson : Post-Mortem Events. 8i 

Eliasaph's dau. Mary ; Oct. lo, 1704, Martha Preston, and Lydia 
Preston b. 1686, dau. of Eliasaph, witnessed at Wallingford an 
agreement between SamueP Munson and his brother Caleb\ — 
April 12, 1700 : " Martha Preston of Wallingford, formerly Martha 
Munson of . . New Haven, Administratrix," conveys real 

Martha Munson-Preston in. (3d) Matthew Sherman. (There 
was a M. S. who had brothers born 1641+, whose father Samuel 
settled in Wethersfield but removed to Stamford.) When John', 
Feb. 19, 1722, sold Theophilus^ the ancestral dwelling-house in 
Grove St., the site was bounded " South and West by Land in the 
occupation of my honoured Mother, Mrs. Matthew Sherman." 

Below are other memoranda touching real estate with 
which the Ensign's name was associated : — 

"Laid out to Inf Sam^^^ Munson, lat of Wallingford, deceased, 
three acres of land . . . at a place called the Read Rock ; it 
is twenty Rods North and South, and twenty fore Rods east and 
Weast ;" bounded E. and W. by town land, N. by " hiway," S. 
partly by Joseph Thomsons and partly by town land. 

Eliazer Peeck, 
Apr. 13. 1694. surveyor. 

Concerning the "free gieft " of 60 acres in Jan. 1693, one 
certifies — "I have this 16 day of feabury 1710, upon the desire of 
seauen of the sons of the aboue sd In^ Sam"" Munson 
measured the bonds of the aboue sd sixty acres of land — , 
bounded all round by hiways and town commons." (In March 
1722, Stephen' sold Caleb' 15 acres of this tract for ;^i5.) 

" Layed out for ens: Sam'^'^ Munson teen acers of swamp land 
that was granted by y® town at y® head of Whorttens brook* also 
thirty acers of second diuition. (This land was layed out about 
20 yrs ago by me. Bounds all renewed about middle of April 
1706.) Thomas Hall surveyer. Enttred Aprill y® 19, 1712 

by me Sam''' Munson town clerk " 

Nov. 2, 1 7 21 : Layed out for Caleb Munson — at Wallingford — 
3 acres "on the right of his father, Sam^ Munson, Deasd." 

Nov. 21, 1722, there is mention of 11 acres — "the eighth part of 
a ninty acre lot layed out to y*' heirs of ensign Sam''' Munson 
late of New Haven . . . lying on y*^ west s'd y*^ west rock." 

March 30, 1734, Stephen' sold his nephew, Obadiah^, f of 90 
acres in Wallingford, on the right of Mr Sam" Munson of New 
Haven, — "lying west of y*^ west rocks ;" price, £,^2. 

* Elsewhere — " Layed out in y= upor end of Whorttens brook swamp." 

82 The Munson Record. 

" Wallingford Febuary y^ 21 : 1732 Layed out for y« heirs of 
ensH Sam** Munson Decsd seventy five acres of secondivision land 
at y® lower end of our bounds next to y® line betwen Newhauen 
& Wallingford on y*^ east side y^ west rocks its a hundred & sixty 
rods on y'^ south side & a hundred & forty rods on y*^ North side 
& sixty rods wide at y*" west end & ninty four rods at y'^ east end 
bounded on the south by New haven line or a two rod high way 
west on y^ mountaine east by Moses Merriman land north on John 
cook & the widow hows heirs land thomas Curtis serveyer." In 
1753, these 75 acres — "on the North End of High Rock," and 
" bounded South on New Haven Line," had six owners, including 
Stephen^, Israel* and Joer. 

A paper-covered book* which has Deeds entered by the Pro- 
prietors' clerk, the Laying-out of Lands, etc.^ under date of April 
8, 1738: "There is laid out to the Heirs of SamueP Munson 
Eleven Acres and a Quarter of 7"' Division Land, and it is the 
ip'"^ Lot in Number." 

April 30, 1 741, Theophilus' & Stephen', for £,A,\, conveyed to 
J. S. about 3 acres — " two Eight Parts of a certain right of land 
in the town of Wallingford, it being " Seventh Division Land 
Unlaid out — to be laid on the Right of our Honoured Mr Samuel 
Munson, late of . . New Haven, Deceased." 

CONTEMPORARY EVENTS.— The year SamueP was born,f the West- 
minster Assembly met ("Shorter Catechism"), and Louis XIV. became king of 
France ; when he was two years old, the settlement of Farmington, Ct., was 
begun ; when he was five years of age, the Thirty Years' War ended ; at 6, 
Charles I. was executed; at 10, Cromwell turned out the members of the 
Long Parliament, locked the door and put the key in his pocket ; at 17, 
Charles IL was crowned king of Eng. ; at 18, Whalley and Goffe arrived in 
New Haven ; at 22, a plague in London carried off 100,000 persons within 6 
mos., and forthwith a conflagration destroyed 89 churches and 13,200 dwell- 
ings ; at 29, Charleston, S. C, was founded ; at 31, Milton died ; at 32, King 
Philip's War ; at 39, Penn. founded by Wm. Penn ; at 44, the Charter of 
Conn, was secreted in the hollow trunk of the Charter Oak ; at 45, John 
Bunyan died, and the same year the English Revolution occurred and 
Protestantism triumphed, William of Orange landing in England and suc- 
ceeding James IL ; at 46, Dixwell the Regicide died ; at 47, the Battle of 
the Boyne ; at 49, the witchcraft delusion was at its height, the population 
of New England was 200,000, and the churches no, of which 26 were in 

* Wallingford. 

t The year previous, there were 50 towns in New England, 21,000 inhabitants, 39 or 40 
churches, of which 8 were in Conn. 

Hannah^ Tuttles Family Register. 83 


Hannah'* (Thomas') bp. 11 June 1648— "11. 4r 48, "—First 
Ch. Rec; ;«. 2 May 1667 Joseph son of William Tuttle,t bp. 22 
Nov. 1640J — "Joseph Tuttle & Hannah Munson were married 
by M"" W" Jones May 2" 1667,"— New Haven Town Rec; he d. 
Sept. 1690; she/;?. (2nd) 21 Aug. 1694 Nathan Bradley of Guilford, 
and she there d. 30 Nov. 1695. Res. New Haven, that part which 
became East Haven, Ct. 

A complaint against Joseph and another was made in Aug. 1666 
for " tumultuous carriage and speaking against the infliction of 
punishment upon two delinquents ; " fine, 20s. In the month of 
April 1684, 1685, 1686, and 1687, his brother-in-law SamueP Mun- 
son and himself "were chosen Searchers & Sealers of Lether;" 
there is no record in regard to any election of leather-sealers the 
next three years, but in May 1691 — "Voted y* y^ . , leather 
sealers . . be y*' same persons as were Chosen last yeare." By 
the division of Capt. Thomas Munson's estate in June 1685, 
Martha's husband was to have "the part of the orchard as they 
have agreed, for his use and benefitt for 7 years," and " the 
improvem* of halfe of the meadow given to Thomas', untill he 
comes of age to receive it ; " also one cow ; and " sister' Tuttell " 
is to have " the bed & bedstead that stood below, with all y® furni- 
ture thereto belonging," and one-half of " all the rest of y® move- 
ables." He was excused from watching in 1685, "being an 
impotent man, having lost the use of one of his feet, and now 
having two sons in the public service." The same year he was 
appointed constable, but declined on account of lameness. 
Estate appraised at ;^2ii. 

Children, rec. in New Haven : 

i. Joseph^ b. 18 March 1667, i. e., 1668 ; fn. in Milford by Gov. Treat 
10 Nov. 1691 Elizabeth dau. of Thomas Sanford, b. 1671 ; his son 
was still " Jun' " in Dec. 1746; cordwainer ; res. East Haven, 
Ct. By Will Joseph^ received a double portion of his father's 
estate. In Dec. 1696, eight men of whom were Joseph^ Tuttell 
and John^ Munson " propounded for Liberty to take in a field of 

* " The Tuttle Family," by Geo. F. Tuttle, devotes some 60 pages (278-337) to Hannah^'s 
descendants. While the account in this book includes valuable matter obtained from the original 
sources, we are indebted for much the greater part to Turtle's remarkable thesaurus. 

t Dodd, East-Haven Register^ says — " William Tuttle had five sons, all of whom sold their 
patrimony and removed, except Joseph." 

% The First Ch. Rec. note 14 baptisms in 1640, among which was — " Joseph Tuttell the sonne of 
Elizabeth Tuttell, the 22th of the 9 monnth." 

84 The Munson Record. 

y^ towns Land on y"* east side y' fresh meadow near y* Littell 
plain to Rais Corn." Liberty granted to fence in about 40 acres, 
for seven years, "with y^ wood y' groweth upon it." Joseph^ 
and others objected in March 1699 to " y' Selling or giving away 
any of y" towns Comons." In Sept. 1701 Joseph' and four others 
requested " Libert)' to Retail Drink:" granted " Dureing y* ses- 
sions of y" Court of assistants & generall Court in October next 
and no Longer without further order." At the time of the Half- 
Division, April 1704, Joseph^ "desired a Lot to be drawn for his 
grandfather M'' William Tutle." In that Division, Joseph had f of 
the right his father had in 1683 and Samuel^ had \ of the same. 
In March 1706 "Joseph Tuttle of New Haven, Cordwainer," 
conveyed 14 acres bounded W. by Mill River, and 5 acres of 
sequestered land (undivided). In April 1707 he sold his cousin 
Stephen* Munson ^\ acres "in y' field called y* Lettill neck," 
and i^ acres partly " in y' same field " and partly "in y' field 
called yo neck," bounded W. by "y« bank next y^ Mill River." 


There is mention 4 ffebruar)' 1731 of "Twenty acres f 36J of 
Land lying in the old Indian fferry field, on the North side the 
highway," which M'' Joseph Tuttle Sen' : and his son Joseph* 
"formerly purchased of the Indians and quitted by the pro- 
Committee." We read in March 1734 of " the highway that Lead- 
eth from Joseph* Tuttle to the Pond Rock." Joseph* had 5 ch. — 

(i) Joseph'^ b. 10 Nov. 1692, m. Mercy dau. of John Thompson 3. 21 Feb. 1696, 10 ch., 
d. Jan. 1761, res. East Haven, Derby, Ct. He was Capt. of the train-band in 
E. H., was chosen selectman of New Haven 1728, 1739, 1746, obtained with 
others in 1732 permission to dispose of their interest "in the Publick stoclc of 
money called Indian money" thai they might apply it to the building of "a 
wharff at the place called the old fferry point," was one of a committee in 1737 
to consider "the motion of M' James Pirepont Respecting y'' Building of a 
Bridge over the fferry River ;" inventory ^2.722; Will mentions the house at 
Derby, the house, shop and negro rooms at East Haven (he owned 8 slaves), 
the Fort Hill lot, 25 acres, the Indian Field Hill, 31 acres, Tuttle's Hill, 38 acres, 
land and meadow at the ferry, etc. His son Joel^ 1718 had Rebecca' 1756 who 
tn. Jos. Brocket, son Pierponf 1787 was Ensign in War 1812, became Bapt. 
minister, Chapl. Conn. State Prison, m. Sarah Sage, had Linas P.^ who has been 
on the editorial staff of seven cyclopedias and has written wholly or in part 58 
vols., ten relating to the war of '61. Joel^ had also Christopher ' 1759 whose 
son Smith^ 1795 was merchant in Fair Haven, imported the first cargo of oysters 
from Va., owned several vessels and was largely engaged in trade with the West 
Indies and South America. Capt. Joseph'^'s dau. Mary^ 1720 m. John Heuiiig- 
way 1738, had Amy' 1743, m. Abraham Bradley, whose dau. Nancy' 1778 m. 
Hervey Mulford, whose dau. Eliza Ann^ 1798 vi. Wm. K. Townsend, whose son 
James M.'' has been senator, declined nomination for Lieut. Gov., during the 
war raised and equipped the " Townsend Rifles," organized the first petroleum 
company in the U. S., whose members deserting he prosecuted the attempt until 
the boring had reached a depth of about 64 ft. when he became discouraged, 
and sent $500 to pay final bills, but on the very day the money was received, the 
drill suddenly dropped four inches and up came the oil, the first petroleum raised 
in the U. S. — and Wm. K.'s son Charles H.' 1833 has been Capt. of packet-ships 
and ocean steamers (" Fulton," "Ontario"), originated improvements of New 
Haven Harbor (" the breakwater "), engaged in genealogical research (Town- 
send) and published historical articles — and Wm. K.'s son Timothy B.' 1835 
grad. Yale Med. Sch., appointed by State to visit (with Dr. R.) Conn, troops 
after the battle of Fredericksburg, in 1868 selected by a council of physicians to 
perform the caesarian operation (successful), and declined the professorship of 

Hannah"^ Tut tie's Descendants. 85 

surgery in Yale Coll. Nancy^ Mulford also had Abraham B.* 1806, who com- 
manded the packet-ship " Havre," served War '61 in navy as second officer of 
frigate " Brandywine," and commanded the steamship " Ben Morgan,"' was in 
Hampton Roads when the "Merrimac" sunk the "Congress" and " Cumber- 
land " and fought the "Monitor," and afterwards superintended the works for 
raising the " Merrimac." Mary* had also Mary' 1755, in. Ezekiel Hayes (whose 
brother Rutherford was grandfather of President Hayes), whose dau. Harriet' 
1789 m. 1806 Henry Trowbridge (the most extensive West India merchant in the 
U. S.), whose son Thomas Rutherford^ b. 1810 was one of the founders of the 
N. H. Hist. Soc, wrote a history of Long Wharf, bore the expense of a Trow- 
bridge family history, and was Prest. of the Chamber of Commerce, whose son 
Thomas R.," jr., b. 1839 has been prominent in the N. H. Hist. Soc, wrote " Old 
Houses in Conn.," 2 vols., and paved and lighted the crypt under Centre Church 
and made it accessible to the public, whose son Francis B.i" is a zealous genealo- 
gist (Champion, Hoadley). Capt. Joseph*'s dau. Mercy* 1730 m. 1746 Abraham 
Hemingway, had Enos' 1755 who represented East Haven in Legislature 21 ses- 
sions, had Willis' 1791, justice of peace, who had Willis^ 181S, dry-goods, 
deacon ist ch. Fair Haven, who had Georgiana" who 30 June 1877 in. the mas- 
terly thinker and eloquent lecturer Joseph Cook of Boston. Capt. Joseph^'s 
son Joseph* settled in Oxford, Ct., his son Joseph^ in Rutland, Vt. 

(2) Noah^ b. 12 Oct. 1694, m. i Dec. 1720 Rachel Hoadley, 8 ch. Joined Branford Ch. 

1726. Noah^, Timothy* & H. F. Hughes plaintiffs 1753 against David Wooster 
(Gen. in Rev.) recovering judgment for ^^524. Noah's dau. Lydia* 1722 m. 
Henry Freeman Huglies of East Haven, had Daniel' 1759, who had Aaron A', 
who had Sarah Eva**, principal of public school New Haven. Noah^ had Capt. 
Timothy* 1724 who devised land on Indian Hill, d. 1778 ; all his moveables 
were taken away or destroyed by the British in July 1779. Noah's son Joseph* 
1734 res. on part of the ancestral estate, now known as " Raynham " (Townsend 
place), witnessed July 5, 1779 the burning of his property by the British, and 
the killing of Joseph Thorp close by Noah's house, and removed 1799 to Dur- 
ham, Ct. — his son Joseph' 1769 bought father's place in E. H., and enlisted in 
War of 1812, — while the latter's brother Rev. Timothy' 1781, grad. Y. C. 1808, 
was pastor at Groton, Ct. 53 years. 

(3) Katharine^ b. 25 Nov. 1699, m. 14 Feb. 1724 George Mix, res. North Haven, dau. 

Esther* inherited 26 acres, son Stephen* 60, grandson Samuel' 26 — all on Beacon 

(4) Elizabeth'^ b. 27 July 1705, m. 25 Sept. 1740 (as 2nd wife) Capt. Samuel Barnes, 4 ch., 

and she d. 27 Sept. 1751. 

(5) Thankful^ b. 3 Sept. 1709. 

ii. SamueP b. 15 July 1670 ; tn. 11 Dec. 1695 Sarah Hart ; a mason by 
trade ; seems to have d. before Dec. i, 1709. In 1695 his mother 
Hannah Bradley deeded to him the dwelling-house where he was 
then living ; deed witnessed by Wm. Jones and wife Hannah 
(dau. of Gov. Eaton). Had 6 ch. — 

(i) Samuel'^ b. 9 Jan. 1697, d. before Dec. 1729, res. " New Haven." 

(2) Sarah^ b. 8 Sept. 1699, m. 10 Jan. 1722 Benjamin son of Benjamin Dornian, b. 1699. 

Her dau. Phebe* 1731 m. 1749 Joseph Dorman who was killed by the British in 
N. Haven July 5, 1779, whose dau. Elizabeth' b. 6 April 1751 tn. David' 
Munson, jr., b. 1746. 

(3) Anna* b. 23 Dec. 1700. 

(4) Stephen^ b. 5 Sept. 1703, m. Sarah . 

(5) fonah'^ b. 20 Nov. 1705, called, it is said, Jonas of Farmington, in 1726. 

(6) Amos* ^ 30 May 1708, m. Sarah dau. of Japhet Mansfield, b. 8 April 1706, 6 ch., 

seems to have lived in Cooper's Quarter, New Haven, but in Wallingford when 
in 1732 he conveyed dwelling-house, shop, barn and one acre in N. H. to Capt. 
Theoph.3 Munson. 

ill. Stephen^ d. 20 May 1673 ; m. 12 Sept. 1695 Ruth Fitz Randolph of 
Woodbridge, N. J.; he d. 1709; res. Woodbridge, N. J., where 
he was grantee of 6 acres in April 1695 ; had 4 ch. — 

86 The Munson Record. 

(i) Timothy'^ h. i6 Oct. 1696, tn. Cecelia Moore, 7 ch., he d. 31 Dec. 1754, she bur. 1768, 
ce. 68, res. Newark, N. J. where he was chosen assessor in 1732, and Hanover, 
N. J. abt. 1733. His son Daniel^ 1725 with five of his sons was in the Revolu- 
tionary Army. Daniels's son Joseph' 1754, a blacksmith, had William' 1781. 
res. Newark, editor many years of Sentinel 0/ Freedom, and elder In ist Presb. 
Ch., whose memoir was written by Prest. Tuttle, and of whom Hon. Theodore 
Frelinghuysen said — " I honor his memory ; his life shone as that of a humble, 
consistent, heavenly minded Christian." Joseph' had also Rev. Jacob' 1786, 
minister West Milford Presb. Ch., N. J. 11 years, after which he planted 
churches in Ohio ; his son Samuel L.8 1815 was educated at Princeton Coll. and 
Auburn Theo. Sem., pastor of Presb. churches at Caldwell and Madison, N. J., 
agent of Am. Bible Soc; his brother Joseph Yfi 1818 grad. Marietta Coll. 1841 
and Lane Theo. Sem. 1844, pastor Presb. churches in Delaware, C, and Rock- 
away, N. J'., and in 1862 became President of Wabash College, Crawfordsville, 
Ind. Daniels's son William' 1760 from the age of 16 served through the Revo- 
lutionary War. After enlisting, he went home to obtain his father's consent. 
Stepping to the door, the father said to his oldest son in a peremptory tone — 
" Here, Tim., Bill has listed, and I want you to list also to take care of him !" 
He became a member of the Cincinnati. 

(2) Joseph^ b. 2 Sept. 1698, ni. 27 Nov. 1720 Abigail dau. of Capt. David Ogden, b. 1702 

who d. 1740, m. (2nd) Abigail sister of Rev. John Nutman, m. 3 more, d. 3 Nov. 
1789, ce. 91, blacksmith, res. Hanover, N. J. In 1734 bought at Hanover Neck 
1250 acres. The altar-stone over his grave at Whippany has an inscription by 
Rev. Dr. Green : 

" In church and state he virtuous honor gained, 
And all his offices with truth sustained ; 
As Deacon, Elder, Colonel, Judge, he shone. 
While Heaven was his hope, his rest, his home." 

Of his 12 ch., Joseph^ 1728 had Samuel' 1766, who had Stephen' 1798, grad. West 
Point Mil. Acad. 1820 at the head of his class. I quote West Point Register : 
" First class rank, engineers ; appointed cadet June 30, promoted brevet 2d 
Lieut. July i, 1820; 2d Lieut. Aug. 29, 1825; acting Assistant Professor of 
natural and experimental philosophy, Mil. Acad, at W. Pt., from July i, 1820 to 
July I, 1821 ; ist Lieut. May 24, 1828; d. at St. Augustine, Fla. Joseph^'s 
son James^ 1742 grad. Princeton Coll. 1764, pastor Rockaway and Parsippany 
churches, d. 1770. 

(3) Stephen'^ returned from N. J. to Conn., and lived with Theoph.^ Munson, after- 

wards lived in Farmington, Ct., m. 23 Jan. 1735 Sarah dau. of Nath. Stanley of 
F., was killed by lightning while standing under a tree on Farmington Meadows 
23 June 1735. He had Stephen^ 1735, who ni. Lydia Lyman, own cousin to 
Esther, mother of Dr. Lyman Beecher, and had Stephen' 1772, who had Harriet' 
1804, who m. 1823 Hon. John Arnot of Elmira, N. Y., and had Mary Ann^ who 
187s m. William B. Ogden b. 1805, d. 1877 ; in 1835 he went to Chicago where his 
operations in real-estate became immense — he constructed more than 100 miles 
of streets at his own cost, was the first mayor of Chicago, declined Dem. nomi- 
nation for Congress in 1852, was the first president of the Union Pacific R. R., 
name urged in i860 for the presidency of the U. S., did "more than any other 
one man for the development of the North-West," lost one million by the 
Chicago Fire 1871, a million and a half at Peshtigo immediately after, had a 
place near High Bridge in N. Y. C. with frontage of half a mile on East River, 
an inventory of about five millions. Mary A.*'s bro. Stephen T.^ 1830, presi- 
dent of Bank of Elmira, mayor, " one of the wealthiest men in Central N. Y." 
Their bro. John^ b. 11 March 1831, d. 20 Nov. 1886, tn. Elizabeth^ dau. of 
Charles Hulett, president of a bank, " a man of great wealth," celebrated for 
his generosity, at the time of death had entered on his second term as Repre- 
sentative in Congress. (Elizabeth Hulett's mother was Ann* dau. of Isaac' 
Munson of Wallingford, Vt.) 

(4) Samuel^., prob. d. y. 

iv. Johanna' ^.30 Dec. 1675 ; m. Richard Pangborn ; rem. to Wood- 
bridge, N. J.; she adm. to Ch. there 1709; he, 1710 ; 4 ch. — 

HannaJ-^ Tuttles Descendants. 87 

(i) Joseph*, m. 1736, res. Stamford, Ct., petitioner for a society at Darien, (2) Hannah* 
b. 1714, m. 16 June 1734 Ephraim Tuttle, (3) Timothy'', m. 15 Oct. 1742 Debora 
Youngs in Kent, Ct., res. Stamford (now Litchfield), Ct. His son Richard^ 
1754 served 156 days in the Rev. Army, then re-enlisted. 

V. Timothy^ b. 30 Sept. 1678 ; d. 21 Nov. 1678 ; his death and Samuel 
Miles's the only ones in New Haven that year, according to 
Stiles's Hist, of the Judges. 
vi. Susanna^ b. 20 Feb. 1679, i- ^-i 1680 ; m. 16 Sept. 1698 Samuel son of 
Samuel Todd, b. i July 1672 ; she d. 10 Oct. 1737 ; he d. 1741 
app'y ; removed to Waterbury, Ct., — was deacon there; 9 ch. — 

(i) Lydia* b. 28 July 1699, m. 14 Oct. 1717 Rev. Benj. Doolittle b. 10 July 1695, grad. 
Y. C. 1716, minister at Northfield, Ct., 1718 till d. 9 Jan. 1749, she d. 16 Jan. 
1790, ce. 90. 

(2) Caleb* b. 2 Feb. 1700, m. 23 Dec. 1725 Mary dau. of Lemuel Ives, b. 5 Dec. 1706. 

(3) Stephen* b. 4 Dec. 1702, m. 26 May 1726 Lydia Ives, he d. 1772 in Wallingford. 

His son Jonah^ 1731 had Charles* 1752, who had Albert^ 1783, who had Ambrose* 
1816, res. Fair Haven, who had Emily C 21 Sept. 1850, who m. Hendrick H.* 
Munson of New Haven. Jonah^ had also Thaddeus" 1757, a blacksmith, No. 
Haven, who — a Rev. soldier — assisted in forging the great chain which was 
stretched across the Hudson below West Point. Jonah^ had also Ambrose' 
1764, Y. C. 1786, rector of Episc. ch. at Simsbury, Granby, and Huntington, Ct., 
had Ambrose S.'' 1798, m. Elizabeth dau. of Gen. Andrew Hull, and sister to 
Eudocia wife of Gov. Samuel Foote, S.T.D. Columbia Coll. 1844, rector at 
Stamford nearly 40 years. Jonah" had also Ely* 1772, who had Lovisa'' 1797, 
who had Lovisa J.*, who m. 1838 Bazel^ Munson of Hamden. Stephens's son 
Caleb^ 1733 had Caleb^ 1765, who had Caleb'' 1805, who had George B.s 1834, 
surgeon U. S. Navy, d. 1874 at Pensacola, Fla. Stephens's son Stephen" 1735 
had Jehiel' 1761, who had Ira' 1783, who had Albert* 1813, Y. C. 1836, professor 
of jurisprudence Washington Un., res. St. Louis, Mo. Jehiel' also had Caleb' 
1785, who had John D.* 1814, who had Edward A.^ 1840, physician in Chicago. 
Jehiel* also had AsaheF 1787, physician at Pultneyville, N. Y. Stephen* had 
Lydia" b. 21 Nov. 1744, who m. John" Munson, res. Goshen, Ct. 

(4) Mehitable* b. 29 Jan. 1704, tn. 23 May 1726 Elihu Yale b. 1696 (nephew of Gov. 

Elihu Yale, for whom Y. C. was named), res. New Haven, estate ;C8i89. 
(s) Christopher* b. 2 May 1707, d. 12 May 1712. 

(6) Elizabeth* m. 11 Dec. 1728 Dea. Samuel Sackett, had Mehitable" 1732, m. Asa 

Goodyear, Dea. of Ch. in Hamden, had Mary«, who m. Capt. Stephen" Munson 
of No. Haven, Ct. Elizabeth* also had Samuel", whose dau. Abigail m. James' 
Munson of No. Haven, Ct. 

(7) Christopher* b. 27 April 1713, m. Hannah Tuttle. 

(8) Samuel* b. 6 March 1717, m. Mercy dau. of Rev. Peter Evans of Northfield, grad. 

Y. C. 1734, pastor of the church in North Parish of Waterbury, d. 1789, had a 
son Eliel", a Lieut, in the Rev. War, physician in north part of Pawlet, Vt., 
d. 1793. 

(9) Susanna* b. 8 Dec. 1718, m. Caleb Humiston. 

vii. Elisebeth^ b. 12 July 1683. 
viii. Hannah^ b. 14 May 1685. 
ix. Hannah^ b, 26 Feb. 1686. 

88 The Munson Record. 


Martha' (SamueP, Thomas^) b. 6 May 1667 ; m. Thomas son of 
Anthony* Elcock, b. 19 July 1666, a cordwainer ; she d. 24. April 
1728. Res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Martha* b. July 1693 ; m. 5 May 1714 Daniel Perkins ;f he d. 1761 ; 
shea^. unc. 1767; Cong. ; res. New Haven, Ct.;ch. — Mercy^^. 30 Jan. 
1730, vt. 16 Nov. 1758 Obadiah Hotchkiss, she^. 14 Feb. 1797 (had 
Obadiah* b. 4 Sept. 1762, ni. 7 Feb. 1782 Hannah Lewis of Strat- 
ford, she d. 11 Nov. i83i,he d. 28 Jan. 1832, physician, grad. Yale 
Coll. 1778, also Silas^ b. 16 March 1765, d. 24 Sept. 1765 and 
Justus^ bp. 6 Dec. 1772, w. 15 Feb. 1794 Betsey dau. of Jonah 
Hotchkiss, who d. 15 April 1796, w. (2nd) 27 April 1800 Susan 
sist. of Betsey.) 

ii. Sarai'* b. 24 Feb. 1695 ; m. 25 Aug. 17 15 Benjamin:]: son of Anthony 
Ford of New Haven, b. 1691 . " Benjamin ford " and Thomas^ 
Munson were chosen Dec. 1716 " viewars " for the Suburbs 
Quarter, New Haven. 

iii. Mar)^§, d. 2 Oct. 1702. 

iv. Lidiah'' b. 17 Dec. 1700; in. 15 Dec 1720 Benjamin Brockett|| of 
Wallingford ; 10 ch.Tf— (i) Martha^ b. 2 Oct. 1721, (2) Zilla^ b. 17 
June 1723, d. 20 March 1731, (3) Alice^ b. 12 Feb. 1725, (4) Heze- 
kiah' b. 31 Dec. 1727, (5) Lydia^^. 14 March 1729, d. 17 Nov. 1729, 
(6) Lydia^ d. 7 March 1731, (7) Benjamin' b. 2 May 1733, of No. 
Haven, Will proved abt. 1800 names wife Alethia (and ch. — 
David*, Benjamin* b. abt. 1763, SibyP, m. Blakeslee, Susanna*, 
m. Pierpont, Abigail* and Lois*), (8) Zeruiah^ d. 21 March 1737, 
(9) L)'dia' b. 20 March 1737, (10) Sarah'. 
V. John* b. 12 Aug. 1703 ; m. 12 May 1725 Sarah Loof of Stratfield 
(now Bridgeport), Ct. ; he d. before 7 April 1740 ; res. New 
Haven, Ct. ; 3 ch. — (1) Timothy' b. 14 Nov. 1725, at the age of 
14 made choice April 7, 1740, of Capt. John^ Munson for 
guardian, and 3 Jan. 1743 chose Wm. Moss of Derby as guardian, 
(2) Thomas' b. lo Sept. 1727, (3) Jabez' b. 17 Aug. 1730. 

As many as twenty-seven times (probably more) Thomas Elcock 
was chosen searcher and sealer of leather: April 1701, 1702, 
Joseph Chidsee and Thomas Elcock were chosen ; Dec. 1702, 1703, 

* Was in New Haven June 1654, when he was appointed drummer in the army raised to make 
war against the Dutch ; Will proved Sept. 1672. 

t Edward of New Haven had 1656 David, and others. David Pirkins in 1715 was associated 
with Thomas Elcock as leather-sealer. 

X Twin to Ebenezer ; their father m. 12 Jan. 1675 Mary dau. of John Brooks. 

§ Nothing known concerning date of birth. 

II Prob. son of Benj. b. 1648, d. 1679, son of John the Surveyor. 

t Yale and Tuttle. 

Martha^ Elcock's Record. 89 

Ens. John^ Munson and Thomas Elcock ; Dec. 1704, 1705, 1706, 
Lieut. John Munson and Thomas Elcock; 1707, Thomas Elcock 
and Richard Miles ; 1708, 1709, 1710, 1711, 1712, Richard Miles 
and Thomas Elcock ; 17 13, 17 14, Capt. John Munson and Thomas 
Elcock; 1715, Thomas Elcock and David Pirkins ; 1717, 1718, 
1719, 1720, 1721, 1722, 1723, 1724, 1725, 1726, 1727, Miles and 
Elcock were chosen. 

Dec. 24, 1705, Abram Dickerman and Thomas Elcock were 
chosen Constables. 

Thomas Elcock is one of 107 '' Propriators of y® sequestred 
Land belonging To y*^ town plott," who 7 Jan. 1705 "give liberty 
. . for a fulling mill upon y' Stream on which Deacon Brad- 
lys Mill Stands." 

Thomas Elcock of New Haven, cordwainer, "together w*^*^ & in 
y^ Right of Martha Elcock my present wife," 9 April 17 14, xiii of 
Anne, in consideration of £,'].'i.%, quitclaims to "our Bretheren," 
Sam", Joseph & Caleb, of Wallingford, and Thom^, John, Theoph- 
ilus, and Stephen, of New Haven, "all right to y® estate, both 
personall & Reall, of our honoured father Sam'^ Munson of s'^ 
New Hauen, Dec''', & also to y® estate, both personall and Reall, 
of our Louing Brother Joshua Munson, Late of Wallingford." 
They reserve such right as shall accrue from their honoured 
mother's dower in their father's estate, and any which may accrue 
in future to the heirs of their deceased father. 

There follow some allotments — in several Divisions of common 
land — to the name of Thomas Elcock : — " In the first Division of 
sequestered Land in New Haven : Town plott Beginning Next 
the Yorkshire quarter — " " a little piece at the west end of 5 Tier 
of 60" — 4I acres, 13 rods. In the Half-Division, 1704, a triangle 
of 7^ acres, and " By muddy river " 3 acres ; Wm. Jones had 
land adjacent. In the Fifth Div. — the lots " Beginning south of 
the grate stone In Blaytons Brook Next Milford Line," running 
Northerly — 22f acres 20 rods, 80x46.* In the 6th Div., 1727, ii^ 
acres 30 rods (tenth tier). In 7th Div., 1738, 5 acres 2 qr. 35 

rods. In 8th Div., 5 a. 2 qr. 35r. In 9th Div., value ^2.. 5.. 9 ; 

2 a. I qr. 6 r. on the Blue Hills. 

* There was an allotment of 7 acres 26 rods to The' Allcock, another man. 

90 The Munson Record. 


Samuel' (SamueP, Thomas') b. 28 Feb. 1668, /. e.^ 1669 ; m. Martha 
8 ch.; she <f. 7 Jan. 1707;* vi. (2nd) 10 March 1708 Mary 

wid. of Caleb Merrimanf (who d. 9 July 1703) and dau. of Dea. 
Eliasaph Preston, b. 25 April 1674; 5 ch.; she d. 28 Nov. 1755 ; he 
d. 23 Nov. 1741, ce. 73. Town-Clerk ; res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children, rec. Wall.: 

134. i. Solomon"* b. " ffebruary 18, 1689," i. e., 1690. 

ii. Samuell'* b. " August 25, 1691 " ; d. abt. 1710, — " Sam'" son to Sam" 
& Martha Munson died at port royal in y" twentyeth yeare of his 
age." He doubtless lost his life in Queen Anne's War (England 
against France). A Colonial army aided by a fleet from England, 
took Port Royal in Nova Scotia (then Acadia) from the French 
in 1710 ; the demand for surrender was read Oct. 12, and after a 
brief resistance the garrison capitulated (Oct. 13). Thus Acadia 
was permanentl}'^ annexed to the British crown, and Port Royal 
became Annapolis (Anne-city), 
iii. Mario"* b. " Feb. 15, 169!," i. e., 1694; m. 21 Nov. 1712 John son of 
John Hitchcock of Wallingford, b. 18 Oct. 1685, — " john Hitchcock 
married Mario Munson by justiss Hall y« 21 of November 1712 ;" 
her father's Will — " And as to my Daughter Mario, what shee has 
had of my estate shall be her part or porcion ;" she d. i July 1739; 
9 ch.:f — (i) Peter^ b. 14 Oct. 1713, m. 18 June 1737, six ch., among 
whom Valentine®§ 1741 had Hon. Peter'' and Rev. Roger'' (pastor 
at Cheshire Sept. 1820, d. Jan. 1823), (2) Martha^ b. i April 1715, 
(3) John^ b. II May 1717, m, 29 Nov. 1739 Elizabeth Chatterton, 
four ch., (4) Eliakim^ b. 7 Sept. 1719, d. 5 April 1723, (5) Jotham' 

b. 4 Feb. 1722, m. Mary , five ch., (6) Dan^ b. 14 March 1724, 

m. 17 Aug. 1743 Esther Miles of Cheshire, thirteen ch. , of whom 
AsaheP 1743 res. in village of Cheshire and Dan* 1752 was a black- 
smith, (7) Eliakim^ b. 13 June 1726, ?n. Esther , he d. 19 June 

1788, three ch., of whom Rufus" 1760 — 1832 was judge of probate, 
town-clerk, etc., (8) Titus^i^. 31 Jan. 1729, m. 20 July 1759 Hannah* 
dau. of Wm.^ Munson of Cheshire, (9) Catharine^ b. 10 July 1731. 

* Wall. Rec, I. 49. 

+ Moses b. 1691, son of Caleb and Mary Merriman and step-son of Samuel^ Munson, conveys 
9 acres in Dec. 1716 to " my father in law Sam" Munson of Wallingford." Mary w. Caleb 9 July 
1690 ; he rf. 9 July 1703 ; estate, £ 439. 

X E. Yale. 

§ Valentine, b. 1741, d. 1809, lived a little way west of the old clock-shop, now Grange Hall, in 
Cheshire, Ct. I am indebted to my friend E. R. Brown for knowledge concerning four sons. 
Roger' was a mason by trade, but in middle life became a minister, was called to the Cong, pastor- 
ate in his native town, was ordained in 1820, and died in Jan. 1823, aged 55. Reuben' was pastor in 
Sunbury, Ga., and was five years principal of an academy in that place. Henry' was a physician ; 
he died in 1812, aged 34. Peter' graduated at Y. C. 1801, studied law at Litchfield, was admitted to 
the bar in 1804, began practice in Cheshire, and removed to Burton, C, in 1806— the journey by 
ox-team requiring 40 days. Member of the Legislature 1810, Member of Congress 1812-1816, Chief 
Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio 1826-1852 ; he also wore the title of General. He was honored 
with the degree of LL.D. by Marietta Coll. 1845 and by Western Reserve 1849. 

SanmeP MuHsons Family Register. 91 

120. iv. William'* b. "Octo' 13, 1695." 

276. V. Waitstill* I). "Dec. 12, 1697." 

vi. Eunice* (" Uniss ") b. " September 13, 1700 ;" " Stephen* Hart son 
of Thomas, and Vnice Munson were Joyned together In Marryaje 
the 29'^ day of Decemb.'' An° Dom 1720," — Farm. Rec. ; he d. ce. 
80 ; she d. at Nod or Northington Nov. 29, 1793, ce. 92 ; res. oppo- 
site the female seminaryf in Farmington, Ct. ; from Will of 
Eunice's father — " ittm. j giue to my Daughter Eunice* ten pounds 
shee haveing received three pounds ten shillings all ready the 
remainder j oblidge my executor to pay at the end of one year 
after my Death ;" 6 ch. — (i) SamueP b. 2 Dec. unc. 1721, (2) Mary^ 
b. 5 Jan. 1724, m. 31 May 1744 Ebenezer Dickinson, m. (2nd) 
Hotchkiss, (3) Stephen^ b. 21 July 1725, (4) David^ b. 28 June 1734, 

(5) Eunice^ b. 1738, w. Joseph Woodford as 2nd wife abt. 1760, 

(6) Lois^ m. 31 Oct. 1765 Bethuel Norton of Burlington. 

vii. Obedience* b. " Oct. 13, 1702 ;" "And as to my Daughter Obedience*, 
shee haveing received a feather bed & other things, which shall 
be y" whole of her portion of my estat ;" at the date of the fore- 
going (11 July 1741) she was 38 years of age. 
viii. Catharine* (" Keithrene ") b. "June 3, 1704;" "John michel 
[Mitchell] married Chathiere Munson by Capt. Yall October 27, 
1720;" " I give to my Daughter Chathrine four pound, she haveing 
received by agreement six pounds, which shall be y'' whole of her 
portion of my estate. . . . Also I obledge my executor to 
pay unto the heirs of John Michel three pounds mony & a gun 
Caled Michess gun." At the date of the above, Catharine was 
aged 37. 

ix. Tamar* (" Tamer ") (^. "Dec. 5, 1707 ;";%. 23 July 1728 James son 
of Samuel Hotchkiss, b. 8 Dec. 1684 in East Haven, — "Jeames 
Hotchkik married Tamer Munson by Mr. Hall July 23, 1728 ;" 
"ittn j giue to my Daughter tamor* ten pounds;" 7ch. — 
(i) Benjamine" b. 3 March " 1730," (2) Asa^ b. 24 Nov. 1731, 
(3) Robert^ b. 17 June 1733, (4) Eunice^ (Funis) b. 28 March 1734, 
d. 16 Jan. 1737, (5) Tamar^ b. 24 Aug. 1736, (6) Reuben* b. 5 Feb. 
1743, (7) Lydia^ b. 11 Aug. 1745. 
X. Lemuel* b. " Feb. 5. 1709," i. e., 1710 : d. "July i in 32 year of age, 
1741 ;" recorded as witness to transactions in Wallingford, 1725, 
1726, 1739; was chosen the first of six "hewards" in 1736. 
"Aug. 1733 Lemuel Munson exchanged a dark bay mare for a 
bay horse." "Nov. 15, 1734 Lemuel Munson exchanged with 
Meriman Munson, both of Wallingford, a bay hors five yers old." 

xi. Merriman* b. " Nov. the last, 1710 ;" m. (by Mr. Whittelsey) 24 Jan. 
1733 Esther dau. of John:): Johnson, b. 4 May 1712 ; 4 ch. ; she d. 
5 Aprilg 1757 ; ?ti. (2nd) 23 Jan. 1758 Wid. Thankful Peck ; i ch. ; 
she d. 23 May 1790, ce. 74 ; he d. q Sept. 1782 ; his gravestone may 
be seen at Northford ; Cong.; res. Wallingford, Ct. He was one 

* B. 30 July 1693 at F. 

t " Sergt. Thomas Hart had the west half of his father's house lot, opposite the female seminary, 
which he gave to his son Stephen in 1727." — Hart Fam. 
X Lineage, John, Robert (the New Haven settler). 
§ Ch. Rec; Town Rec. April 6. 


92 The Munson Record. 

of the 18 male members* who organized the church at Northford, 

13 June 1750, and was chosen the first deacon. 

At Dr. Trumbull's ordination in North Haven Dec. 23, 1760, among the 
"Messengers" present was "Deacon Merriman Munson from Northford 
Church." His wife Esther was 
received from another church 
July 1750, and Thankful was re- 
ceived from the church in Wal- 
lingford. Merriman was chosen 

grand-juror, highway surveyor, etc. In May 1748 he joined Stephen Todd in 
memorializing the Assembly. " March the 31 1747 Then was branded for Marrman* 
Munson a black horse coulte coming one Year old with Yon y« Left shoulder." 
From his father's estate, he had not only lands, but (by Will) " my cloathing & 
my augers & chissels handsaw & turning tools & what is needful in that affare 
&c I give to my son merriman Munson." His father gave him about six months 
after marriage — " all that right that I have in a ninety acre lot on y« west rocks," 

14 acres " at y« bays plaine," 6 acres " in y^ common feild," about 8 acres " at the 
parsonage," and a piece " on the plaine." In 1734 he sold his father £j worth of 
land " in Wallingford great feild, so called, nere Mr Street's Cart way ;" in 1735 
he sold his right in the 90-acre lot, which had been laid out to his grandfather 
Samuel^; in 1742 he sold, for ;Ciooo, 80 acres in the South East part of Walling- 
ford at a place sometimes called Beach's Rock on the east side of Muddy River, 
and for £s°° he sold three pieces, one of them bounded S. by highway and W. 
by Muddy River — "being my Messuage & Tenement containing a Dwelling 
House barn orchard fences fruit Trees thereon ;" and the same day he paid ^£500 
for 50 acres "at the upper end of New Cheshire near the West Rocks on the 
West side of Ten Mile river, bounded Northwardly with Farmington line ;" 
this he sold at the same price in May 1745. 

Dea. Merriman^ had 5 ch. — 
(i) Saralr> b. 16 Dec. 1734 ; d. (doubtless) before 7 Oct. 1758. 

(2) Esther^ b. 25 March 1740; m. 30 June 1768 Isaac Linsley 
of Branford (2nd w.); she was admitted to the Ch. at Northford 
four days previously ; she had d. before 6 Jan. 1795 ; he d. July 
1818 ; they had three children — Dea. Munson* b. in B. 20 April 
1769 and^. 13 June 1845 
(father of the lateAlfred' 
Lindsleyf of 

ven), Isaac* (5. in B. 4 *^ ' "^ y'T^ 

Oct. 1771, and Lydia* ^/ 

b. in B. 28 Jan. 1779. 

(3) Samuel^ (known as " jun"""!) b. 8 Dec. 1741 ; ;«. Rhoda§ dau. of 
Dea. Isaac Johnson ; she d. 4 July 1772, a. 31 ; m. (2nd) 7 Oct. 
1772 Keziah^ b. 28 March 1748, dau. of Jedediah Frizbie and 
Elizabeth* dau. of Caleb* Munson ; she d. (as wife of Uriah Col- 
lins) 31 Jan. 1821, cE. 72; he d. 18 Aug. 1891 ; || Cong.; res. Wal- 
lingford. Samuel and Rhoda were admitted to full communion 
by the Northford Ch. 5 Oct. 1766. He took Titus Munson's ear- 
mark in Dec. 1777. He was made highway-surveyor 1782, grand- 
juror 1778, 1786, lister 1770, 1773, 1780, and I March 1780 was 

iteAlfred' /y r^ / 

No. ^^- ^^y^'Qj^ykJ.^m ^l^^n^/wf 

* Or 20. 

t His son Edward L.,** lawyer, is Asst. Clerk of the City Court, New Haven. 
X Rarely as " y'' 3"*," and " 2nd." 

§ Sister of Lois 1738 wife of Lud^ Munson, and Esther 1735 wife of Caleb Todd, Rachel 1740 
wife of Stephen Todd, (both sons of Stephen,) and Rebecca wife of Daniel Doolittle. 
II Gravestone ; Dea. C. Foote has Sept. 18. 

Samuel^ Miinson s Family Register. 93 

chosen 7th of 71 " Inspectors of Provisions," agreeably to Act of 
General Assembly. No ch. appear. 

(4) Manire^ b. I2 Aug. 1745 ; d. 17 Sept. 1745. 

(5) Sarah^ b. 7 Oct. 1758 ; m. 20 Feb. 1782 Isaac" son of Lud Munson, 
b. 9 Dec. 1760; a dau. Welthy b. 6 Oct. 1782, rec. Wall. Sarah 
mentioned in her father's Will as "youngest daughter Sarah;" 
in Thankful's as " Sarrah Munson;" in SamueP's — " Also ;[^3 to 
my half-sister Sarah Munson." 

xii. Mamre* 3. "Dec. 16, 1712"; "Joseph ives married Mamre Mun- 
son by Mr. Hall June 13, 1733," — 2nd wife; no ch. ;he^. 18 
March 1755, a. 81 ; res. S. W. part of Wallingford. Dea. Ives 
(son of John) was b. 14 Oct. 1674, and was the father of 10 ch., of 
whom Phineas 1711 m. 26 Jan. 1738 Margery dau. of Joseph* 
Munson, b. 10 Oct. 1717. Mamre'* received from her father " a 
heiffer in valew 4'!'," and by Will ;^io. 

xiii. Lent^ b. " Nov. 16, 1714" ; "married Mary Cooly* by Mr. Ellis Oct. 
29, i74o;"he^. 19 Nov. 1771 ; she a^. 21 Oct. 1777 in her 62nd 
year ; res. Wallingford, but removed to Southington between 7 
Dec. 1756 and 25 April 1757. 

Held various offices — chosen constable 1748, 1749, 1750, 1751, 1753, tything- 
man 1746, lister 1741, 1748, member of Society Committee Dec. 1755, 1756 (Com. 
said to have supplied the pulpit the former year), etc. His father gave him by 
Will one-half of his lands in Wallingford and New Haven with all rights apper- 
taining, and " my Cart & plows Chains & all husbandry utentials" ; he is also 
residuary legatee. His Wallingford transactions in real-estate, which I have 
noted, number twenty-three ; some of the property is "on the East side of the 
River near the Bridge called Parkers Bridge", some on the W. side of the 
River "a little southward of Parkers Bridge", much of it is on the W. side of 
the River, some is at Shingle Hill, at Long Hill, at Broad Swamp. 

Lent* had 4 ch. — 
(l) Manire^ b. 9 Dec. 1749, d. 31 Aug. 1751. 
{i) Johtv' b. 26 Aug. 1754, was "of Farmington " 13 Aug. 1776 

when he sold Samuel Church of F. 14 of " a Sabbath day house" 

in the Parish of Southington for ;^, and had died before 27 

April 1778. 

(3) Mary^ b. 29 Sept. 1756 ; m. 17 Aprilf 1780 Samuel son of Samuel 
Hitchcock of Southington, b. Feb. 1757 ; she d. 23 Oct. 1826 ; he 
d. 20 Oct. 1841. Mary Munson "of Farmington" 27 April 1778 
sold Samuel Church land in the Society of Southington, "sec- 
ond Teer of Lotts," bounded E. on highway, S. on " land belong- 
ing to Heirs of John= Munson deceasd." Had five ch.,:j: Mun- 
son*', m. Newhall, Franklin" b. 1785, Samuel" b. 25 July 1787, 
Sophronia" b. 1782, Polly" b. 1796, d. 3 Jan. 1799. 

(4) Child, d. April 1772. 

* Lent was appointed adm'' on the estate of Mary Cooley of Wallingford, and guardian to Asail 
minor son of Asail Cooley of Wallingford, Feb. 3, 1745/6. 
t Elsewhere, Sept. 11. 
% Hist. South. 

94 The Munson Record. 

Annals of Samuer, Town-Clerk. 

i6go. SamueP, when 22 years of age, n /u a 

26 Feb. 1689/90, being "of Wallingford," ^O^rTL^ cOtiJi^nMrn ^ 

received from his father a deed of his 

dwelling-house, barn, and one-half of his "accommodations" in 
Wallingford. At the same date, the town chose him fence- 
viewer. He engaged June 21st to maintain a certain gate. 

i6g2. March 15 — "The Town gave Samuell Monson thirty 
acres of Land gratis." Dec. 3 — Jos. Benham, Sr., sold " Samuell 
Munson of Wallingford, Planter," 2 acres, "on y® south side of y® 
Town highway." Dec. 22 — Sam^' Merriman, Planter, for "one 
horse" conveyed to Samuell Munson Planter of Wallingford," 6 
acres "neare A place Called y'" Round hill," bounded " on y® South 
by a Brook." 

idgj. Jan. 10 — Sam" Andrews Juneor & Sam'^ Munson are 
chosen fence veiwers for "y*^ loer end of y'' feild." "The Town 
gave Sam^ Munson liberty to exchaing one acre of Land at y® 
loer end of his home lot & to take up too acres at or near y^ loer 
gate." In the Spring of this year, apparently, SamueP sold Thos. 
Trowbridge, Sr., of New Haven, several pieces of land ; price, 
;,^22. Nov. 16 — He joined his mother in conveying to John Merri- 
man 3 acres "in the town plat of Wallingford." 

i6g4. (Aged 25.) Jan. 19 — Chosen one of three listers. March 
19 — Chosen one of the "Haywards." 

i6g^. Jan. 22 — Chosen one of the listers. May 16 — John Par- 
ker, for "a gun," conveyed to "Samuell Munson of Wallingford, 
Planter," 3 acres bounded " on y*^ East end of y^ personage Land." 

i6g6. Jan. 14 — S.' M. is one of five to whom is given liberty of 
building a sawmill, &c., at Personage Plain, &c., &c., with lands & 

i"dp7. Feb. 17 — SamueP sells "two acrees & a hundred rodds of 
land" in W., situate "at y* falls plain, " 80 rods long. June i8 — 
S. M. receives from his mother and John,^ administrators, for ;^5 
and a certain quit-claim, "y® halfe acre . . In the orchard," 
formerly reserved by his father. Dec. 28 — SamueP chosen to 
" make search after seach estat as is left out of the contries list 
contrary to law." 

i6g8. April 4 — " this Land Recorded to Samuell monson his 
hares and a sines foreuer. Laid out for Samuell Monson that tow 
acers o Land that was granted as an addishon to his fathers Reuer 
Lot it Lieth one the west side of the common field in the cattail 

SamueP is Chosen Treasurer and Lister. 95 

swomp bounded one the north east corner by a whit wood bush 

and at the north weast corner by a maple tree . . . lieth for 

tow a kers 

Thomas Yall, Seruaer." 

April 26 — S/ M. is one of a school-committee of three whose 

duty is to secure " some sutable parson to teach scoole." 

Treasurer, ggpj- 20 — SamueP was chosen treasurer by the town. 

. ,., Dec. 27 — He was chosen "to oddiate the town accounts 

Auditor. ' 

with treasurere Street," to serve as one of the four 
"howards " of "the town-fieald," and to act as one of the two col- 
lectors of Rev. Mr. Street's "rate." 

i6pp. (Aged 30.) Feb. 15 — Was elected one of a committee of 
three "to see to the procuring of a scoole dame in the town for 
the teaching of childring." 

lyoo. April 30 — Elected member of the school-committee. 

lyoi. April 28 — Was chosen the first of three listers. (At the 
same time it was voted "to seat the meetinghouse.") 
June 17 — Was granted 2 acres of land. Nov. 8 — Layed 
out for Sam'^ Munson 1 1^ acres, " where of five acres is regulation 
land, & six acrees & a quarter . . is of the thirty acrees the twon 
gave him ; it is layd out on y® east side of y*^ highway to Cooks 
rock," . . bounded west by that highway. 

IJ02. April 28 — Sam" Street and Sam" Munson were chosen 
"Sheepmasters." Dec. 29 — Samuel Munson was chosen the first 
of seven " Howards for the common fieald." 

1704. (Aged 35.) March 9 — Samuel Monson sells 6 acres 
"granted per ac/ of sawmill." May 2 — Ebenezer Lewes sells 
"Samuell Munson of Wallingford, yeoman," the sixth part of a 
sawmill and six acres of Land thereunto belonging — from the 
estate of J. Benham, deceased. May 11 — S. M. sold 10 acres "in 
y^ subbarbs quarter," New Haven, bounded E. "by y** Harbour," 
W. " by y^ River," S. by four owners. Sept. 19 — " The town chose 
Samuell Monson to look aftor the yong people at the lore eand 
of the meting hous one the sabath." 

" Wallingfrd October y*^ lo'** 1704. 

" Know them whom it may consern that wee, Sam**^ and Caleb' 
Munson, have agreed about our lands that is between us, and it is 
thus : Samll is to have all the land at y*^ head of Whortens brook, 
& all at y^ red rock, & all y^ five acres upon y® long hill ; & Caleb, 
for his part, is to have the brushe plaine lot, twenty acres over 
Mudy river, & seven acres where he lives ; & Sam^ is to have 
all y^ river lott, & Caleb is to have all y® brook lott." Witnesses, 
Martha Preston and lidea Preston. (Martha was doubtless his 

96 The Munson Record. 

mother, and she was probably step-mother to his 2nd wife, while 

she was his step-sister, and Lydia her half-sister.) Dec. 26 — 

Samuel Monson one of two " fence vewers for perticulier Inclosers 

one the east sid of the rever." SamuelP Monson, Joseph' 

Monson, and James Weastwood, are chosen listers. 

7705. April 24 — S.' M. chosen one of two howards for the 

corn-field. Dec. 25 — Samuel' Munson & Joseph' Munson, & James 

Weastwood, chosen listers. 

iyo6. Jan. 9 — "The town lett the parsonag at an out cry to 
Samu"' Monson for seaven years for five pounds five shillings par 
yeare," &c. Feb. 6 — S. M. sells 3 acres. " The 18 of July 1706 Sold 
Danil Messinger of Wallingford to SamuelP Munson of the same 
Town, a Chasnut Culered mare a bout ten year old — a Stroock 
Croos y® left Shoulder, a boold face, 2 hal panys one y® Back side 
the Left Ear: Sold for fifty shillings as cash. And now, This 22 
of y® same instant, branddid Y below y* Cros." Dec. 31 — S. M. 
chosen one of the howards. His allotment of fence at "Falls 
plain fieald " was 4 rods 8 ft. 3 in. 

iyo8. Dec. 28 — Was chosen fence viewer for "the lore eand of 
the town fieald." 

lyocf. (Aged 40.) Dec. 27 — Capt. Meriman, Sam*' 

Munson, & 3 others, are chosen townsmen. 

lyio. Jan. 10 — Third Division was laid out upon the List of 

1 701. This list of estates gives Sam**' Munson jQ6g. May 11 — 

Acquires 6 acres on the E. side of the town. Dec. 26 — 

ergean . ggj-gj gamuel Munson and S. H. chosen collectors "to 

gather Mr Streets rate." (Rev. Whittlesey has come.) Chosen 

one of a committee of three "to treat with y* Scool Master" in 

regard to " settling in the work of teaching." 

1711. Dec. 25 — Samuel' Munson was chosen town-clerk (an 

office which he filled continuously 29 years). He made entries 

passim in Vol. ii ; after which, in Vol. iii, iv, v, vi, vii, 

and viii, his writing fills 3,882 pages. Date of his 

first entry, 8 Jan. 1712 ; last, 23 Dec. 1740. He was also chosen 

"recorder" (of conveyances). 

i'/i2. March 24 — Buys 6 acres " lying on y® west side of y* 
riuer." Prob. June 10 — "Samuel Monson (In Right of His wife 
Mary) Administ' of y® estate of Caleb Merriman :" inventory, 
p^439, reduced by losses and charges to ;^4o5 : " Y* Court orders 
to y^ widdow one 3*^ of y* Reall Estate During Life, and one 3*^ of 
y* personal for Ever." October — The Trainband of Wallingford 
divided by General Assembly : " Mr Samuel' Munson to 
nsign. ^^ Ensign of the west company or train band ; . . 

^"^^*^ "iy ■^^<^^ ^^ito^o'- 


'fO^Ui_ ^ 







SaimieP Chosen Townsman and Clerk. 97 

Mr Joseph' Munson to be Ensign of the east company or train- 
band." Dec. 10 — Buys one piece " upon y® old plain," and 
a second piece " on y® Brush plaine," — each, 2 acres. Dec. 30 — 
S.VM. chosen recorder (with which the office of town- 
er. ^,jgj,]^ jg consolidated). Also chosen a sheep-master. 

1713. Dec. 29 — SamueP and Joseph^ are elected two 
of the five townsmen, and Samuel is elected recorder. 
1714. (Aged 45.) Jan. 27 — S. M. conveys to Solomon" his son 
6 acres on the W. side of Misery Road ; and 40 acres on the East 
side, "att ye head of Whortens Brook, & his forty acrees is to be 
mesered off from my farme, where " etc. Jan. 28 — Made a pur- 
chase " att the head of Whorttons brook," in the 12th year of " our 
soueraigne lady ann of England." Feb. 3 — Sold 6 acres in same 
region. Feb. 17 — One of a Com. of three on lands. — June 16 — 
" There was a proprietors meeting. . . The proprietors chose 
Sam'^ Munson their clerk." Aug. 2 — Paid ^9 for 
roprie ors er . g ^q^qs " in y*^ great feild ; its part of a reuer lot." 
Nov. 5 — Buys 2 acres " in y*^ clear plaine." Nov. 6 — Also 3 acres 
"in y® old plaine." Nov. 20 — Also 4 A. in Broad Swamp, on the 
east side of the town. Same day sold 2 A. " in y® great feild on 
y*' west side of y® rever near to or upon Dry brook." 
Dec. 28 — S. M. chosen selectman, and clerk. 
171s- Dec. 20 — Chosen selectman, and clerk. 
ijid. April 6 — Sold if A. on the E. side of Muddy riuer. Dec. 
II — Moses Merriman, wheelwright, for 5 A. and £^^ conveys to 
" my father in law Sam'' Munson" 9 A. "att a place called y® 
Broad Swamp." Dec. 18 — S. M. chosen selectman, and "clerk or 

17 17. March 10 — Layed out for S. M. i^ acres "on y® east 
side Muddy reuer." March 22 — Layed out for ensigne Sam'^ 
Munson 5 acres of land "on y® east side of long hill." Dec. 24 — 
S. M. chosen clerk. 

17 18. — Chosen clerk, and one of two fence-viewers for the town- 
field, and also first of a committee of six to protect timber. 

1719. (Aged 50.) Dec. 22 — Chosen clerk ; also head of a com- 
mittee to determine in regard to the distribution of school-privi- 
leges, — have had only one school, will now try three in different 

1720. Chosen clerk. 

1721. March 28 — Buys land adjacent to " where the sawmill 
was on the west side of y*^ river on y*^ parsonage brook at y® par- 
sonage plaine." — S. M. chosen clerk. 

1722. S. M. chosen clerk. 


98 The Munson Record. 

1723. Jan. 14 — " A Society meeting of y* Eastward Society :" 

Sam" Munson chosen clerk for the year. "The 22 of 
January 172^^ Sould by Joseph gailor to In^ Samuel 
Munson A bay hors coming 5 year old, A Starr In the forhed, 
branded N one the Left shoulder. Sould for fourteen pounds In 
mony." " 18 Mch. 1722 Insign Samuel Munson sells A bay mair 
A bought 21 year old — 55 money." Dec. 3 — S. M. chosen clerk, 
and the first of four listers. 

1724. (Aged 55.) Chosen clerk. May 9 — " Layd out for Sam^ 
Munson six acres & a halfe of sixth Division land, on his fathers 
right. Bounded North by a brook called Dry brook." 

172^. Jan. 27 — Sam^i' sells Caleb' land " on y* mill plaine south 
wd of sd town." April 12 — Sam'^ & Mary sell 50 A. "formerly 
butted & bounded to our honord father eliasaph preston." April — 
Samuel was moderator of a Proprietors' meeting. Dec. 28 — Con- 
veyed to son WaitstilP six, 19 and 16 acres. 

1726. Oct. 18 — S. M. was chosen "brander." Dec. 17 — Was 
chosen clerk. 

1727. Chosen clerk. 

1728. Jan. 24 app'y — " Voted that Sam" Munson may build a 
pound in some convenient place near where he dwells, & maintaine 
it for the just fees ; and if a weary of so doing, then he, y® sd 
Munson, shall give notis to the town thereof six month before 
hand." Dec. 17 — S. M. chosen clerk. 

I72g. (Aged 60.) June 14 — Conveys to his son William* 38 A, 
" in Cheshire . . . upon Wallnut hill by tunssus valey." — 
Chosen clerk, 

1730. Dec. — Chosen clerk. " The 30*'^ of Desembar exchanged 
by William hendrick to Ins Samuel Munson A Dirty black hors, 
coming 9 year old, A brown nose, Marked A slit In the Right ear, 
branded M one the left shoulder : for a Rone horse, coming ten 
year old, A white down the face, the left foot behind white, 
branded Q^ o^^g the left sholdr, Q9 one the left buttock. S"^ Munson 
gives 20 money to boot." 

1731. S. M. chosen clerk. 

1732. Dec. 19 — Chosen clerk. 

1733. Aug. II — Conveys to son Merriman* five pieces of land — . 
"on y® west rocks", "at y*^ bays plaine", "in y^ common feild", 
"at the parsonage", and "on the plaine." Chosen clerk. 

1734. (Aged 65.) Chosen clerk. 

1735. J. B. sells Sam" Munson of W. land "in the great feild", 
bounded E. by sd Munson, south on "the sixteen rod highway, or 
the town lot so called." Chosen town-clerk. 

SanmeP Mmtsoiis Inventory. 






Chosen town-clerk. 

Chosen clerk. 

Chosen clerk. 

(Aged 70.) Chosen clerk. 

Served as clerk until Dec. 23. 

Samuel Munson's monument is near the west end of the 

burying-ground in Wallingford ; it is a small slab of sandstone : 

Here l]e,t h 
/'■fiody of 
Ensfne Samuel 
riounwn. he 
died nou yV 
i7fi in/^ n 
year of his 



His Will, written with his own hand, is dated 11 July 1741. 
Most of its provisions have already been quoted piecemeal. To 
each of his sons Solomon"*, William^ Waitstill", and Merriman*, 
he had conveyed a full portion of land. Lent* inherits the larger 
part of the estate, and is executor. Witnesses — Moses Merriman 
(step-son), Jehiel Tuttle, and Mary Merriman (aged 15, dau. of 

Inventory of Ens. Samuel' Munson's Estate exhibited by Lent, 
Ex. Statement dated Wlfd Feb. 8, 1742. Prised by Daniel Tuttle 
& Jn" Miles. 

" First of all a great brass Kettle 07 .. 00 ., o 

. . . a large tramel 18/ a tramel & a hook &c . . a pair of 
tongs 6/ & peal 9/ . . a roast meat hook 2/ . . a pair bellows 
14/ . . a pair of sheep sheers 5/ an old flesh fork /p . . two 
puter platers 10/ . . 3 feather beds — 5 woolen Coverlids — i tow 
do — 3 rag — I pr wooling Sheets ^3. therteen sheets ^Qit, Six sheets 
12/ each, five p' pillow bears ^i : 10 , . . five barrels of Syder 
jQ/^. ... a barrel of beaf jQ'j a barrel of Pork ;£iz- • • 

100 The Munson Record. 

" A testament i/6 a psalm book i/6 a primer i/6 Bunians holy 
war 2/ Umcharts Chatechism 3/ a Secretary Guide 2/ a Clark 
Guide 1/6 an act of parliament 7/ a vade mecum 6/ a Constable 
pocket book 1/ Earl upon y® Sacrament 1/6 Ben Wadsworth & a 
Culper 2/ a book of Baxters 7/ 

" A Cain ^2. & a gun ^2. a warming pan ^i : 8 Seven pounds 
Bullets 1 1/3 a leaden Standish 3/ . . an our glass 2/6 a looking 
glass 1/ twelve woden bowls 12/7 trenchers 3/4 3 knives & a fork 
5/ two great wheels ;£,\ : 4 one little wheel with 2 rims ^i. 2 p"^ 
spectacles 4/ a Pilyian ^^2 . . an hive of bees ^i 5 rasors 15/ 
. . I pegging all 1/ 4 alls & Tacks 4/ a number of lasts & a 
Seat 15/ 

" I p'' of oxen ^32. I Cow & Calf ^10. 3 Cows with Calf 
^11 a piece, i three year old heifer ^^8:10 a two year old Steer 
;^5 I draw horse ^12 1 mare a paser ;^io 13 sheep ;^i5. 

" I p'' kneebuckels 3/ i beaver hat ^2 : 10 i p'' of cotten breaches 
6/ I holand shirt 18/ 2 Ditto ^i 2 linnen shirts 10/ i p] worsted 
Stockings 2/6 fourpenny nails 4800 15/ p'' thousand and eight penny 
nails 2200 30/ p; thousand 2 p'' long breaches 5/ . . 18 bushel 
buck wheat ^^7 : 4 3 bushels beans ^2 : 2 34 bushels of oats ^6 : 18 
Shue nails 4/ i Inkhorn & pen knife 2/6 i pidgeon net 12/90 
bushels of Indian Corn at 8/ p' Bushel . . 103'*^ of Irdn at ;^5 : 3 
an old Sadie 18/ 4^" Steel ^1 an old p' Leather breaches 8/ rhy in 
y^ house & barn ;!^34 flax in y® barn ;£i : 4 & 2 brass Sheers 8/ rhy 
upon y*^ Ground ;^26 i ox hide ^£2 2 calf skins ^i 14, 2 , . 14/, 
[many farming implements.] 

"A Short bodied Coat Camblet ^£2 a duroy Coat ^^4:10 & a 
vest duroy ^1 : 15 a kiersey Coat ^;^ : & a p' of flannel Breaches 
;^i:4 a great Coat ^5 a p^ of Leather breaches ;£i:4 a p' of 
Linnen breeches 6/ a Caster hat ^£2 :5 a wig 15/ a Duffel Coat ;£i 
a Duffel Coat ^2 a Duffel west ^i a linnen Shirt 10/ one pare of 
Shoes 18/ 3 p: Stockings 18/ Set of turning tules j£i : 10 [Various 
carpenter's tools.] 

" 27 acres Land* upon y® old plain 75 : 

27 acres Land under y® plain bank 81 : 

* Below are some dateless transactions in real-estate: — 

Layd out for SamH^ Munson 38 acres on the west side y« river, " at y' upper end of wallnut 
hill," on the right of his father SamHs Munson. 

" Teen acors of Sam"' Munson his second Diu''°° land islayed out in y= upor end of Whort- 
tens brook swamp." 

Purchased 6 acres " near y« head of Whorttens Brook." 

Thomas Yalle of W. sells Sam"' Munson of W. tow acrees of bricke plane land, April 22, 
1790 and 8 (perh. 1798). 

" Samuel Monson having purchased 6 acres of land of goodman parker upon the parsonag 
plaine " 

" Samuel' and wife sell 13 A. for £13 to Mary's half-brother Joseph Preston {6. 1681). 

Thomas^ Munsons Family Register. loi 

28 acres Land over y* river by y® bridge 112 : 

6 acres Land at y® River Lot 18 : 

6 acres Do at Larrance plain 18 : 

20 D° at broad Swamp 200 : 

8 D° at long hill 80 : 

10 D° at y® west Rocks 15 : 

Land in y® Sequester to lay out 10 : 

a right in New Haven bounds 02 : 

a homestead with a house & barn & orchard 390 : 



Thomas' (Samuel', Thomas') b. " 12th of Merch 167a/' i.e., 167 1 ; 
m. 15 Sept. 1694 Mary Wilcox* — "Thomas Munson & Mary Wil- 
cocks were married Sept. 15 1694 p'' M'' Henry Crane Comiffonre " 
(rec. New Haven) ; he d. in Cheshire, Ct., 28 Sept. 1746 ; " Widow 
Mary Munson Died Novemb'' 28"^ 1755,"— Wall. Rec. Husband- 
man ; Cong.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Lydia^ (" Lidiah ") 6. 5 May 1696; dp. " Jan^y 6, 169^ Lydiah* 
Munson Tom' child," ist Ch. Rec, N. H.; m. (by Abraham Brad- 
ley, J, P.) 27 April 1717 Joseph son of Josephf Sperry, i. abt. 
1694 ; Cong. (Lydia* joined First Ch. 22 Nov. 1716); res. New 
Haven. Four days before the marriage of Joseph and Lydia'*, 
April 23, 1717, Thomas gives:]: Joseph Sperry of New Haven, 
husbandman, . . "in Consideration of all my dealings with 
[him] . . he acquitting me of all dues and demands unto this 

day one fourth part of my farm lying within the 

limmits of sd New Haven on the westward side of the East Riuer 
. . and also one fourth part of the sd farm I do give . . 
unto my daughter Lidia Munson ... in Consideration of 
my loue . . to her and . . other good Reasons . . . 
which part of sd farm is to ly Joining to that which I Doe herein 
make ouerunto Joseph Sperry, both parts to contain one half of 
my farm in quantity and quality . . by estimation about fifty 
acres" ; 5 ch., rec. N. H. — (i) Joseph^ d. 26 April 1718, (2) Israeli^ 
i. 13 Feb. 17H, Will proved 1779, mentions wife Elizabeth and 
son Ebenezer' as executors, and dau. Elizabeth^ Pain§, (3) Esther* 

* John Wilcox, an original proprietor of Hartford, had a son John (born in England, 
according to Yale), who removed from Hartford to Middletown, Ct.; he married Esther dau. of 
Wm. Cornwell and had Mary, 6. 24 March 1676. 

t B. July 24, 1668, son of Richard who lived west of West Rock (" Sperry's Farm," 1200 
acres), befriended the Regicides, and whose Will made 1730, was proved 1734. 

t Deed witnessed by Richard Sperry (with " his mark "), and John Punderson. 

§ Tuttle Fail!. 

102 The Munson Record. 

b. 4 Dec. 1 731, (4) Patience^ b. 8 May 1733, (5) Anna^ b. 4 April 

ii. Thomas* b. 18 Aug. 1698 — "Thomas y^ Son of Thom» Munson was 
born August 18: 1698"; bp. "July 31: 98 Thomas Munson, 
Tom^ child," — First Ch. Rec. ; m. Wid. Sarah Baker,* dau. of 
Moses Blakeslee, b. 1708 ; he d. before 7 Aug. 1793, at which date 
she was living; res. New Haven (now North Haven), Ct., West 
Springfield, Ms.; i ch., rec. New Haven — (i) Sarah^ ("Sairah") 
b. 27 June 1744, 771. (by Sam' Sackit, J. P.) 13 Nov. 1760 Jacob 
Brockett,f who was commissioned as captain in 1776, res. (adjoin- 
ing The Half Mile) No. Haven, Ct., 5 ch., rec. in New Haven — (i) 
Munson* b. 5 Oct. 1761, bp. in No. H. Nov. 1761, ;«. 9 Dec. 1779 
Hannah Allen, was a Rev. Soldier in 1777 (discharged Feb. 2, 77), 
res. No. Haven, (2) Benajah® b. 5 Aug. 1763, bp. in No. H. 4 Sept. 
1763, (3) AsaheP b. 7 Nov. 1765, d. 20 April 1771, (4) Uri* b. 21 
Aug. 1768, d. 7 March 1773, (5) Eli* b. 7 July 1770, d. 9 March 

March 9, 172^ Thomas' Sen', of New Haven, " in consideration . . Love 
. . . which I Bear to my Eldest son Thomas* Munson of New Haven," con- 
vey . . . "in full of his filial portion of my estate " " one certain ffarme or 
Tract of Land . . in the North East Parrish of s'' Town of New Haven, con- 
taining 100 acres ; the gift included a house and barn. The farm was bounded 
" westerly on a highway, northerly on Land of M''. Sam'.' Bishops, easterly on a 
highway or the half mile so called, and southerly by Land of the heirs of y^ Rev . 
M' James Pierpont Deed." Moses Blackslee of Waterbury 30 Dec. 1751 " for y« 
Consideration of y^ Love . . I have . . unto my Son in Law Thomas 
Munson & my Loving Daughter Sarah Munson his wife of the Town of New 
Haven," convey unto them " and unto the heirs only of y« sd Sarah Munson and 
unto her assigns" two acres of meadow in New Haven " Lying upon y' Great 
Island so called " . . . bounded easterly " on Little river." Blackslee 18 Feb. 
1760, 2. e., 1761, presented each of his four daughters with some land : to " Sarah 
Munson the wife of Thomas " 4 acres in New Haven " near the fort Rock." The 
New Haven records mention 9 purchases and 22 sales of real-estate in which 
Thomas* was concerned. He disposed of six tracts to Lieut. Jacob Brockett : 
"one half of my farm of Land whereon I now Dwell . . . with one half y= 
Building thereon," 100 acres, bounded E. & W. upon highway, N. upon 
Abram Basset, for ;£35o, acknowledged 26 Jan. 1761, i. e., 1762 ; 1764, 20 A. for 
;£so; 1769, 2 A. meadow for £is\ i77°i 7 -A- i March 21, 1782, 735 A. 29 rods ; 
March 23, 1782, 5 A. for ;f 20. Two acres " near my Dwelling house " were sold by 
Thomas* to Andrew Porck 25 Feb. 1783, i. e., 1784. And May 6, 1784, Thomas 
Munson, Sarah Munson, Jacob Brocket, and Sarah Brockett, of North Haven, 
convey to Thomas Mansfield 2J A. of salt meadow. 

Then Thomas and wife removed to Massachusetts. Oct. 9, 1784 — "Thomas 
Munson of West Springfield " sold 8 A. in No. Haven to Elizabeth wife of Joel 
Blackslee, for £2^. Sarah Munson of West Springfield, Ms., widow, 7 Aug. 1793 

* Not unlikely Thomas* had been married previously. It is said that Sarah Blakeslee m. Jan. 
1733 Ephraim Baker of Woodbury, and had Samuel, Daniel and Sarah. 

t The sketch of Thomas* shows that within about fourteen months after marriage, Jacob 
acquired one-half of the farm and buildings belonging to his father-in-law, and that he afterwards 
bought of him more than a hundred acres besides. He was admitted freeman 11 April 1757, and 
was entitled Lieut, as early as 1771. He was made captain of the 6th Co. in Col. Douglas' regt.. 
Fifth Battalion — which was raised in June ^j6, participated in the Battle of L. I. Aug. 27, and that 
of White Plains Oct. 28, and whose term expired Dec. 25, '76. Thorpe states that Brockett was 
the only native of the parish who was honored with a commission during the Revolutionary War. 
He reports that the Captain was present at the invasion of New Haven by the British in July 1779. 
(We may note that J. B. had m. 17 Jan. 1755 Mary dau. of Daniel Tuttle ; two ch., Mary and 
Christopher ; she d. 20 June 1760.) 

Thomas^ Munsons Family Register. 103 

conveys to Job Todd " lands which were given to me by my late father Moses 
Blakesley." Note that in June 1748 Thomas was appointed " guardian to Benjn 
Curtice minor son of Benjn Curtice of Wallingford," his nephew. His signature 
in 1744, '48, '52, '67, and '82, was by his <|) mark. Feb. 24, 1724-5 Caleb Hall of 
Wallingford exchanged with " Thomas Munson of New Haven North village " 
"a sorrel hors Coming 7 year old" . . "for a dark bay Coming 4 year 
old." From Joseph Peck's Day-book: "Thomas* Munson Augst y" 26 1778 
D*"' To rum Loging & horskeeping And Super and brefast o .. 11 .. o." " Sarah 
the Wife of Thomas Munson " was a member of the Cong. Ch., North Haven, 
at the date of Dr. Trumbull's ordination, 23 Dec. 1760. S. B. Thorpe writes : "At 
a meeting of the Ecclesiastical Society Dec. 28, 1728, there was some friction con- 
cerning the manner in which Rev. Isaac Stiles was furnished with firewood." 
The year previous, each parishioner had been expected to carry the pastor one 
load ; the plan did not work well. " Agreed on by y^ society that they will 
accept of Thomas Munsons offer with respect to finding ye Revd Mr Stiles fire- 
wood for ye year ensuing for ten pounds fifteen shillings, he giving good secu- 
rity to ye Com'^^ for ye performance of ye same." " In 1751 I find Sergeant 
Thomas Munson was chairman of the Society's Prudential Committee. In 1752 
he was re-elected." 

iii. Mary"* b. 25 Aug. 1700; bp. "Sept. 29, 1700 Mary Monson Toms 
chd";w. (by Mr Warham Mather, J. P.) 6 Feb. 1 72 l^f Aaron* 
Tuttle b. 25 Nov. 1698 ; he d. 1765. Was one of the founders of 
the Episc. Society in Wallingford, and one of thirteen who 
sent a letter to the Bishop of London 1729. In 1724 "Laid out to 
Aaron Tuttle upon M"' Thomas Munsons Right 3 acres 115 rods." 
In 1747 he was one of the administrators on Thomas'^'s estate. 
His Will mentions wife Mary, heirs of son Jude, sons Ithamar 
and Isaac, daus. Deborah and Rachel, and grandson Abel. iich.,f 
rec. N. H. — (i) Jude^ b. 16 Aug. 1724, m. 14 July 1748 Lydia 
Atwater, six ch., he d. 13 Dec. 1762, res. Hamden, Ct., (2) 
Deborah' b. 30 Dec. 1725, }?i. 28 Oct. 1747 Amos Clark b. 3 July 
1724, six ch., (3) AbelP b. 14 Feb. 172^, tn. 28 April 1752 Dorcas 
Thomas, two ch., (4) Aaron= b. 23 Oct. 1729, d. Aug. 1737, (5) 
Mary' b. 22 May 1732, (6) Eleazer' b. 12 Oct. 1734, d. April, 1739, 
(7) Ithamer' b. 26 Oct. 1736, m. (by Rev. Mr. Trumbull) 28 July 
1762 Rhoda Barnes of No. Haven, b. 1747, eleven ch., he d. 6 May 
1806, (8) Aaron' b. 30 Nov. 1738, (9) Eliezer' b. 21 Sept. 1740, 
(10) RacheP b. 14 July 1742, 771. (by Rev. Mr. Trumbull) 23 May 
1764 James Hill, three ch., (11) Isaac' b. 16 Feb. 1744/5. 
483. iv. " Obadiah* y^ son of Thomas Munson was born Aprill 3'^ 1703." 
V. Hannah"* b. 27 Sept. 1705. 

vi. Joanna^ (conjectural), 771. (by Samuel Bishop, J. P.) 28 March 1729 
Benjamin Curtis (son of Isaac) of Wallingford, b. 2 March 1702/3 ; 
in Jan. 1733 Thomas^ sells to Benjamin Curtiss of Wallingford, 
10 A. " lying in Cheshar at y* lower end of Wallingford. . . "; 
4 ch. — (i) Asa' b. 11 May 1731, (2) Elizabeth' b. 24 Dec. 1732, (3) 
Asa' b. 13 Feb. 1740, (4) Benjamin'. June 8, 1748 Thomas^ of New 
Haven was appointed guardian to Benjamin, minor son of Ben- 
jamin Curtice, of Wallingford. 
vii. Rachel* (" Rachell ") b. 18 Nov. 1709. 

* Son of William b. 1673, son of Jonathan b. 1637, son of William, 
t Marriages from Tuttle Fam. 

104 The Munson Record. 

viii. Eunice^ (" Unice ") b. 28 Jan. 171% ; m. (by Warham Mather, J. P.) 
16 Dec. 1732 Samuel Bradley , Jun"" ; 2 ch., rec. New Haven — 
(i) RacheP b. 20 Dec. 1733, (2) Eunice^ b. 28 June 1737. 
ix. Thankful* (" Thankfull") ^. 3 Feb. 1714/5 ; bp. 8 July 1716, ist Ch. 
N. H. 
578. X. Ebenezer* ("Eben") ^. 16 June 1717 ; <5/. "Aprill 1718," ist Ch., 
N. H. 

Thomas' appears to have occupied the ancestral residence on 
Grove St. (cor. of Temple) during his early manhood ; he spent a 
great part of his life (until near the end), on a farm which he 
accumulated perhaps two and three-quarter miles north-north- 
westerly, near Pine Rock, in the northerly vicinity of that Rock 
apparently, on the brooks which flow between Pine Rock and West 
Rock ; this tract is now in Hamden. His home, barn, and farm, 
were landmarks employed in describing the location of lands in 
that neighborhood. 

Annals of Thomas', Husbandman. 

i6S_^. He was favored, perhaps as namesake, perhaps for other 
reasons also, in the distribution of his grandfather's estate : "To 
his grandson Thomas' Munson, his tools & amunition, the bed and 
bedstead & bedding that is in the chamber, his clothes, excepting 
the 3 great coats, that he disposed of to his 3 sons, 6 acres of land 
in the quarter comonly called the Governo^^ quarter, & y* parcell 
of meadow lyeing att the red banke, & the effects of a calfe, which 
is now sheep, & the colt." " A pewter bason & spoone " were also 
given to him. 

i6gi. (Aged 20.) Town Meeting, May 4th. — "Thomas^ Munson 
Chosen Howard for y® 2^ Quarter. Sworne." 

i6gj. John Blakley & Thomas Munson were chosen "Viewers 
of ffences — ffor y® Neck." 

i6g4. Aprill 24th. — " Thomas Munson was chosen fence viewer 
ffor y« Neck." 

i6g^. April 29. — Thomas Munson and John How chosen fence 
viewers for "y'^ gouerners quarter." 

i6g6. (Aged 25.) Town Meeting, Feb. 24th. — "Thetowne . . 
granted liberty unto John How, John Cooper, Jun°'', Joseph Potter, 
Thomas Munson, John Davids, [& 5 others,] to take up & improve 
for eight years, about fourty acres of Land on y^ east side of datons 
Hill by the fresh meadow, for Raising of corn, — (with this proviso) 
y* they fence y^ s'^ Land with y*^ wood or timber y'' groweth on y® 
same, and not to damnify any high way or Rode." 

Thomas^ Munsons Residence. 105 

idgy. June 18. — A partial division of his father's estate is effected, 
by which Thomas', in consideration of ;^4o paid and £^\^ to be 
paid within eight years, is to have the dwelling-house 
which belonged to his father, the kitchen excepted, the 
barn, half the orchard, " soe much land as lyeth betweene y® said 
house & the street, and Alsoe as shall be Contained w*** in a Line 
Run . . paralell from y® end of y*^ house as far as the Westward 
end of y*^ Malt house Deducting y'^ s'* Quantity with soe much as 
y® s'' house standeth on from y® halfe of y^ Orchard aforemen- 
tioned. As alsoe one acre of land in y*^ feild Called Coopers 
quarter , . . Abbutting at one end upon y® towne street." 

i6g8. Aug. 16. — Nathaniel Tharp exchanges "a certain parcell 
of Swamp Land . . comonly Known by y® name of tharps 
vineyard " — reserving that piece of swamp " on y® westward side 
of y*^ brook :" for a piece of salt marsh meadow " Lying at or near 
y® Reed Banke so called" — bounded south by the river, west by 
my own meadow, etc. 

lyoo. Jan. 18, 1699, xi of William (" of england, Scotland, Franc 
& Ireland, King). — Nathaniel Tharp, Sen'^ weaver, exchanges with 
Thomas Munson two acres "att y*^ place Called y® vineyard," 
"being y*^ Wholl of his Land in y* place not already sold to y® s'' 
Munson," bounded N. by s*^ Munsons Land & on all other sides 
by y'' town Comon : for ^ acre of meadow," bounded by y*" sea 
South, upland North, east by his own s'^ Munsons meadow, . . 
west by y*^ s'* Tharps meadow," "being in breadth five Rods." 

Feb. 27. 1699. — Thomas Talmadge, blacksmith, conveys to 


Thomas Munson one and one fourth acres in the second quarter, 
bounded eastward by "y® mill highway," N. by John Winson, W, 
by teer of Lots, S. by Thos. Leek. 

March 11. — Thomas' Munson was chosen " fenc 
viewer of y® governors quarter." 

May 27. — James Clark of Stratford conveys to Thomas Munson 
3 A. of " upland " " in y"^ quarter Called Coopers quarter," bounded 
N. by Major Mansfield, W. by highway, S. by John Blackly, sene-, 
E. by John How. 

June 5. — Joseph Tuttle, cordwainer, for 50 shillings conveys to 
"Thomas Munson, Husbandman," "a certain p'cell of Arable and 
pasture Land," \\ acres, in y^ quarter Comonly Called y'^ Second 
quarter," bounded E. by ^ highway, N. "by s'^ Munsons owne 
Land," W. by Ebenezer Atwaters land, S. " by s'' Munsons own 

Sept. 17. — " ensigne John' Munson & Thomas' Munson took y® 
freemens oath." 

io6 The Munson Record. 

1702. (Aged 31.) His "rate" this year, ;£62. 

March 8. — Thomas Munson exchanges with Joshua Hotchkis, 
Jun"^, two acres " in y* field comonly called Coopers quarter," 
" bounded eastwardly by y*^ towne street, northward by y^ Land of 
Moses Mansfield, westward by John Hancocks Land, & South- 
ward by y® Land of Theophilus munson :" for " a certain parcell 
of Land" "at a place Called y*^ BeauerPond Lying in two places, 
which is all my Right in s'' Beaver pond." 

April 14. — Ebenezer Atwater, Tailor, grants Thomas Munson 
3 A. of upland in y** Second quarter, bounded N. on John Cooper, 
W. by Eben. Atwater, S. by Thomas Munson, E. by highway. 

170J. Jan. 14, 1702, I. of Anne. — Thomas Munson deeds to 
Sam** Mix 3 acres " in y' field Comonly Called Coopers quarter," 
bounded S^'''^ by John Blackly, sen"--, E"'^ by John Hart, N^*^ by 
Major Moses Mansfield, W"^^ by a highway. 

March. — Thomas^'s name is 78th in the list of 151 freemen. 

March 10. — Theophilus Munson, Locksmith, conveys " unto my 
Louing Brother Thomas Munson " 6 A., bounded " east by y^ 
highway y* Leadeth to y*^ mill. South & North by Land of my 
Brother Thomas Munson, & West by Land of M^' ebenezer 

Dec. 27. — "Thom^ Munson propounded to y*^ town to exchang 
a piece of Land formerly granted by y'^ town to his brother The- 
opilus Munson, being six acres. Lying at y*^ place called y*^ forty 
acre piece : for eight acres near his house where he now 
dweleth : y® town apont L* Thomas talmadge, m'' will™ 
Thompson, & m'' John Mix, to vewe y® Land ppounded for w"^ 
Respect to any highway or any other Conveniency, & make a 
Return at another town meeting, — if thomas munson se caus & 
upon his cost or charge." 

1704. March 27. — "Two of y*^ townes men Informed y^ towne 
that they had viewed y® Land ppounded for by Thomas Munson 
at y^ Last towne meeting & Judg it not of nesessity to purchas a 
high way through his Land : y^ towne by vote declare y' they 
wold not exchang Land with him as he propounded Last town 

April 3d. — In the Half-Division, Thomas' had 8^ acres. In the 
Sequestered he had had i6\ acres. 

170^. March 4th, 1704, 2nd of Queen Anne. 

" This Indenture made betwene Thomas' Munson, planter, of y^ 

one part, & John' Munson, maltster, of y® other part, both of y® 

town & County of new Haven w*^*" in y® colony of 

Sells Yi House. ^ . • tvt i i ttt- 1 \ ^ a 

Conecticott in New england, Wittnesseth y'^ y® s*^ 

Thomas^ Chosen Fence -Viewer. 107 

Thomas Munson for y*^ consideration hereafter mentioned & 
exspress'', hath granted . . unto y*" s*^ John Munson . . all 
y*^ part of s'^ Thomas Munsons House (now in y"^ tenure & occupa- 
tion of y* s'^ John Munson . .) Devided by an imaginary Line 
runing Square off w'" y^ northward outside of y® porch & so 
through to y*^ outside of y^ staircase, Containing two upright 
rooms, one garret, & y'' cellar under y^ s'' rooms. Also y*^ use & 
improvement of y® two Chemneys belonging to s'' part ; & in case 
y® s'^ Thomas Munson shall se caus to pull down s'' Chimneys, y® 
s*^ John Munson to have the bricks whereof they be built. And in 
Consideration whereof, y*^ s^ John Munson hath granted . . 
unto y*^ s'^ Thomas Munson . . one acre of Land Lying in a 
place Comonly Called Coopers quarter. Bounded eastward by y® 
Town street or highway, on Land of s'^ Thomas Munson northward, 
on Land of John Hancocks westerly, & on Land formerly belong- 
ing to ens^" Sam** Munson, Deceas*^, southerly ; also one small 
roome in s*^ House comonly Called y® Buttery, w"^ y^ staire way; 
Together w"^ eighteen pounds Current pay in hand already Re- 
ceived By y° s*^ Thomas Munson. . . . Note, — if either y*^ s*^ 
p''ties shall be inclined to sell his part in s'^ house, y® other to Have 
y-e jst offer thereof & to Have it on as Reasonable terms as any 
other may be willing to give. . . It is further Declared . . y* 
y® Land, square w*'^ y® house above s'^, betwen s** House & y® street, 
is allienated to John Munson." 

Dec. 24th. — " Fenc viewars to y® seavrall fields belonging to y^ 
towne": "y*^ gouernors quarter, Nath" Bradly : s*: & Thom^ 

lyod. (Aged 35.) March 12th. — Daniell Clark, husbandman, for 
;^4, conveys Thomas Munson 5^ acres of Half-Division land, " at a 
place comonly Called Wallingford Playne," — bounded E. & W. by 
highways, N. by Eben'' Downs, S. by Nath' Sperries. 

170'j. Jan. i6th. — Stephenf Clark, weaver, conveys to Thomas 
Munson " my whoU Right of sequestered Land . . not yet 
Laid out, & also my half devision behind Sam^ Tuttels, Sen., J his 
Land south, & Joseph Peck his north." 

lyog. May 29th. — John Bradley, weaver, conveys to Thomas 
Munson " all that my half Division of Land ", 6^ A., " Lying on 
Wallingford Plains so called, in the precincts of New Haven," 
Bounded on the Countrey Road westerly, on the Commons East- 
erly, on Samuel Mix! lott Northerly, and on the s*^ Munsons lott 

* Indicates prob. that he had been " sworn" when the record was written. 

t B. 1680, son of Samuel. 

X B. 1660, son of John b. 1631, son of William. 

io8 The Munson Record. 

June 4th. — Thomas Munson, Husbandman, conveys John' Mun- 
son, maulster, " all my Right, Title, property, & Interest, of, in, & 
unto, a certain mansion house, & a Little Roome y^ is called y® 
Butterry, toerether w^^ a small stripe of Land adioyn- 

Sells his Home . -' ' o r j j 

ing thereunto, . . Comprised betwene y*^ Street or 

highway and y^ west end of y*^ Mault House, making a parrallell 

Line w'"^ y*^ part of y*^ home Lott belongs to our honored Mothers 

thirds or dower, — y® s'* house and Mault House being 

now in possession of ye sd John Munson." 

June 4, VIII of Anne. — John Munson, maulster, conveys to 
Thomas Munson " one acre of sequestred Land Lying in y® seques- 
tration assigned y® town plat." 

Dec. 9, VIII of Anne. — Nathan'* Tharp, weaver. Sen' for ;£6 
conveys to Thomas Munson ^ of an acre, "being part of my home 
Lott, bounded by y^ street south west, by Land of s^ Munsons 
south east, & Land of Deacon Punderson north east, & my own 
land North west, . . all y* Land that Lyeth [between?] s*^ 
Thomas Munsons former Line & y*^ east^^ end of my shop." 

1710. " Thomas' Munson his ear mark for his cattel is a half- 
peny on each side y^ Left ear & a halfpeny in y® top of y® Right 
ear : entred Aprill 5, 1710." 

May 20, IX of Anne. — Stephen' Munson, gunsmith, assigns a 
purchase from John Dixwell of Boston, to Thomas Munson, hus- 
bandman, — " one peic or tract of Land scittuate Lying & being in 
y^ town & county of N: Haven, Containing by estimation 76 acres 
be it more or Less, butted and bounded east by branford old Line,* 
west by y*^ highway. North by Land formerly belonging to major 
John Nash, southerly by Land Laid out to y® widow of Eliphalet 
Ball." (Here, later, was the farm of Thomas.^) 

May 29. — Thomas Munson conveys to Stephen' Munson, lock- 
smith, "all y' my twelve acres more or Less of ploughing and pas- 
ture Land Lying and Being scittuate in y® second Quarter so 
Called," bounded "by y*^ Coopers Land northerly, by Nathan^ 
Bradlies Land southerly, by y® mill Land easterly, and By Serg"' 
James Heaton Land westerly." 

Sept. 4. — Thomas Munson, planter, exchanges with Rev. James 
Pierpont, Clerk. f Thomas M., " by & w"' the free consent of Mary 

* Branford early claimed territory on its western border which had not been granted by New 
Haven. Commissioners of the two towns, — Thomas Munson the First being on^ of those who 
represented N. H., — in Oct. 1669 agreed that from the head of the Furnace pond (now Lake Salton- 
stall), the line should be carried one-half mile eastward, and then run northerly parallel with 
"branford old Line." This parallelogram of land has been known as "The Half-Mile." The 
eastern line was not actually run until 1713. 

t Pastor First Ch., 1684-1714. 

Thomas^ Deals in Real-Estate. 109 

my p^'sent wife," for Land & 50 shillings silver, conveys a piece 
" of arable Land," 3 acres, " in a field called y° Gouernors Quarter " 
(including "its proportion of fenc in y*^ Neck Lane "), bounded 
E. by remaining part of s'^ Munsons lot, W. by s'' Pierpont, N. by 
an allowed highway, S. by Joseph Morris : Pierpont, with the con- 
sent of his present wife Mary, conveys to Munson a " parcel of 
arable land," \ Div. allotment on y*^ East side of N. H. East River, 
originally Nath- Kimberly's. (Martha^ Elcock one of witnesses. 
Thomas and Mary, in this instance, both sign with their mark.) 

ijii. (Aged 40.) Feb. 10. — Thomas' Munson, of N. H., 
husbandman, conveys to Theophilus' Munson, Locksmith, "three 
quarters of an acre of Land be it more or Less, being part 
of y*^ home Lott formerly belonging to Cap* Thomas' Munson, 
. . bounded on y*^ high way northward, on M'' James Pierpont 
horn Lott south w'^, on Sam** Mix^ home Lott east w'', and on the 
home Lott now in y® possession of Cap* John' Munson west w'^." 
Also 3^ acres of half devision Land, formerly belonging to Stephen 
Clark, "being northw'^ of y® Dormans farmes": for a "certain 
messuage or Tennement Lying and being scittuate in y® town 
Plat of N : Hauen aforesaid, Containing half an acre of Land be 
it more or Less, w**" a hous thereon, Bounded on John Johnsons 
Lott Eastw*^, on Deacon John Pundersons Lott Northward, on y® s^ 
Thomas Munsons Land westw'^, & on y^ highway Southw''." 

May 3. — Thomas Munson, Husbandman, for ^12 conveys to 
"my Louing Brother Stephen' Munson . . Blacksmith," "a 
certain piece of upland " " in a field Called the Gouernours 
Quarter," 3 acres, bounded "by a highway north w'', by Land of 
M'' Pierponts west w*^, by Land of sam^^ Gilberts south w'', & by 
Land of Gershom Browne eastw''." 

Oct. 12. — Thomas Mallary, formerly of N. H., now of Wood- 
bury, conveys to Thomas Munson half devision Laid out to y® 
heirs of Thomas Mallary, dec'', "at y* place Called Wallingford 
Playns :" bounded E. & W. by highways, N. by Paul Cornwell, S. 
by y^ Land of Nath^ Tuttle." 

iyi2. In the Fifth Division of common lands, Thomas' received 
27f acres 28 rods. 

March 25. — "Voted y* Thomas Munson shall have his first 
devision [of Sequestered land] adjoining to his own Land north. 
Regard being had to what of y® towns Land he already hath." 

April 30. — Thomas' Munson, yeoman, for ;^25, conveys to War- 
ham Mather, gentleman, a parcell of salt meadow " in y® quarter 
of y'' town of N. Haven aforesaid Comonly Called the subarbs 
Quarter, containing five acres," bounded N'^ by sedge of ensign 

no The Munson Record. 

Holts, W'y by y® West River, E^^ by meadow formerly Nath' 
Tharps. (Silver reckoned 8 shillings to the ounce.) 

1713. Feb. 5th. — John Hill conveys to Thomas Munson 32 A. 
of 4th Div. land, bounded W. by Dan^^ Abett, E. by Ralph Lines, 
N. and S. on highways. 

March 5th. — Nathan Clark of N. H., cordwainer, conveys to 
Thomas Munson, husbandman, a parcell of upland — part of my 
farme, bounded E. & W. by highway or cart way, N. by James 
Payne, S. by James Bishop : 15 shillings per acre. 

March 5th. — Thomas Munson, husbandman, conveys to Nathan 
Clark, Cordwainer, "a dwelling house in N: Haven & y® home 
Lott containing in Quantity three quarters of an acre," bounded 
" by ye stret southwest, by Land of John Johnsons south east, by 
Land of Deacon Punderson north east, & by Land of Sarah Tharp^ 
north west ", — for which he is to pay J[^2% cash ; And also my fifth 
Div. Lott, Laid out in y<= first Tier, it being y'^ third Lott, bounds 
E. & W. by highways, S. by land of Dan'^ Abet, & N. by land of 
Ralph Lines, 38 acres, for which he pays ^7. 12 shillings. Signed, 


Thomas Thou?na7ison Munson. 


May 27th. — Hannah Tharpe sells T. M. for ^6, ^ acre of salt 
marsh meadow, bounded south by the River. 

Sept. 23d. — T. M., for two pieces of land & 20 shillings, sells 
Sam'^ Bradly 7:^ A. of half devision land " Lying against Ebenezer 
Blaksly dwelling house," bounded E. & W. by highways ; also a 
piece of \ Div. land on Wallingford Playne, 5^ A., bounded by 
highway E. & W. : S. Bradly, in turn, conveys to T. M. a piece of 
sequestred land in the piece called " ye towns sequestred Land," 
"at y'' place Called coansey," 5! A ; also right in 2nd Div. towns 
sequestred land, 5f A., to be laid out. 

Sept. 23d. — Sam'^ Mix (by exchange) conveys T. M. 6^ A. of 
" half devision Land Lying on wallingford plain," bounded N. by 
Nath^^ Kimberly, S. by Allcock, E. & W. by highways. In return, 
T. M. conveys " a certain piec of half devision Land to him Belong- 
ing . . Lying on Wallingford plain [in N. H.]," 6}i A., laid to 
Nath^^ Kimberly, Sen'", bounded by highway E. & W. 

1714. March 24th. — Thom^ Punderson sells T. M. 6 A. " seques- 
tered Land, & to Ly in y*^ third Devision." 

March 24th. — T. M. conveys John Punderson " sequestered 
Land, & in y'^ first devision a Lot Laid out to Stephen Clark 
Lying below a place called Beauer hils," 2%, A. 

May 17th. — Sam' Basset exchanges a cow & a calf, & 4^ acres 
and 26 rods of " sequestred land in y® second devision & Lying 

Thomas^ Assists in Founding Yale College. iii 

betwen y® brooks " — Between Gershom Browns lot & Joseph 
Osborne : for which Thomas Munson gives " a Bay young hors 
valued at nine Pounds," and 5^ acres 33 rods of sequestred land 
in 2nd Div. " w'^'* I bought of Sam** Bradly Lying on y*^ uper side 
y® mill River" — between John Wollcots Lot & Michaell Todds 

Nov. 3, 17 14, ist of George. — John Perkins sold T. M. a piece of 
land "within the Town plott," 2 rods 7 ft. x 2 rods, bounded "by 
the street northwest, and north East," S. E. by S. Perkins, and S. 
W. by D. Johnson. 

Dec. 20. — S. and E. Johnson convey to T. M. g^ A. 13 ft. in "y® 
second division of sequestred land, being west w*^ of y^ second 
brook Runing above woodens farm", — bounded E. by brook. 

iyi6. (Aged 45.) March 5. — Joseph Gilbert conveys to T. M. 
land in the second Div. of Seq'' land . . . belonging to the 
Town plott — " lying near the Brook Called the woodins Brook," 
— I the lot laid out to father Nath^ Potter, seven & \ acres, 
bounded E. by highway, N. by an open Road, west by a Brook, S. 
by Dea. Pundersons & part of the same lott. 

" The proprietors of the Third Division of sequestered land, . 
• 30* July 1 716, Voted if any perticular proprietors of the s'^ 
land should Incline to giue for the use of the Col- 
tng a e. ^QgiaXe School any quantity, . . that it may be 
together if not exceeding 40 acres": 17 men make up the 40 A. — 
Thomas Munson gives 2 acres, Theophilus i, Joseph Mix i, John 
Mix 5, "for the use of the Collegiate School if established at New- 
haven." Laid out by surveyor, " North of an open Road that 
goeth ouer a place commonly Called the Second Brook about half 
a mile Northerly of Thomas Munsons* towards the west 


Rock, leaning the open Road southerly and leaueing also 
a two Rod between s'^ lott and the Tier easterly, being in length 
east and west eighty two Rods and in width seventy eight Rods " — 
"for the In corrigment of the Collegiate School." Designed for 
the s'' Collegiate school while Continued in the s'' Town of N: 
H. But it may be sold after three years, the school being still 
in N. H. Some signed May 14, 17 18 ; three, June 10, 17 19 ; Thomas^ 

* Aug. 21, 1733, Obadiah* Munson sold Daniel Gilbert for £s- 5 ■?• land " in the Third Division 
of sequestred Land, near a place Called ox hill, lying North of the Colledge lott, being a part of a 
lot that was Laid out to Thomas Punderson, containing near two acres and a half. Bounded South- 
erly by a highway or said Colledge lott, Northerly by a lot belonging to the heirs of John Todd 
Sen^, Dec, Easterly and Westerly by highways." 

Samuel Cooke's son Samuel, jr., bought of James Pierpont land in the 2nd Div. of Sequestered, 
" lying west of the brook called the first Brook, — so Runn from the open Road that Runs across 
sd Brook Northward of Thomas Munsons Dwelling, untill it be in Length forty Rods North" — 
bounded " southerly by sd open Road, Easterly by si) Brook ", &c. Oct. 26, 1732. 

112 The Munson Record. 

& Theophilus' Munson, March i6, 1719/20. ("A Collegiate School" 
was founded at Saybrook in 1700; in Oct. 1716 a majority of the 
trustees — five of nine — voted to remove it to New Haven ; in 17 17 
it was removed; in 1718 it was named Yale College.) 

October. — " Cost allowed by this Assembly to Silence Wilcoxson, 
for her attendance at the Assembly upon the citation of, and answer 
to the petition of Eben^ Wilcoxson and Thomas' Munson, and 
Mary, his wife, the sum of ^i 55-. od.'' 

Dec. — "Viewars": Suburbs Quarter, Benjamin ford & Thomas 

1717. April 23. — Four days before his dau. Lydia^ m. Joseph 
Sperry, he gave Joseph " one fourth part of my farm lying within 
the limmits of sd New Haven on the westward side of the East 
River, bounded East and West by highwayes. North by part of the 
same farme ;" and to Lydia^ another fourth adjoining; in all, fifty 
acres. This farm appears to have been his " Wallingford Plain " 
property ; whether he ever lived on it, is not apparent. 

Nov. 29. — "Then layd out by order of the Committee 40 acres 
of land. Given by seuerall proprietors of the sequestred land of 
the Town plott of Newhaven and others, for the use of the Coledge 
in Newhaven : being layd out North of an open Road that goes 
ouer a place comonly caled the second Brook* about half a mile 
N^^' of Thomas^ Munsons — towards the west Rock, leauing the 
open Road S'^," &c. 

ijig. Oct. I, vth of King. — Eleazer Holte conveys to Thomas 
Munson the right of passage to carry hay " from a certain piece 
of meadow at a place called the Red bank." 

1120. March 19. — Thomas Munson for j[^2. 5 sh. sells John 
Dunbar 4 A. "half division land," bounded E. & W. by highways, 
N. by J. Dunbar, S. by heirs of Matthew Gilbert. 

May 13. — Elizabeth How of Wallingford for ;^i6, or 40 shil- 
ling per acre, conveys to Thomas Munson land " lying near the 
Pine Rock," the whole containing 11 or 12 acres, bounded west 
on s*^ Munsons land, N. on Atwater's Land, S. on Punderson's 
land, E. on highway. 

1^21. (Aged 50.) Jan. 9. — " Thomas Munson Informing the 
proprietors that he hath a Right of about four acres of Land in 
the half division not yet Laid out to him, and desiring y® pro- 
prietors would grant him one acre in exchange for the said four 
acres, Lying on the west of sd Munsons Lot in y*^ 3*^ Division, 
to be Laid out by any two of the Townsmen but at sd Munsons 
Charge, — Voted in y® affirmative." 

* " Running above Wooden's farm " (1714). 

Thomas^ has Land at Dragon, 113 

March 23. — "Whereas there are sundry pieces and Divisions of 
Land belonging to y*^ Estates of Cap' Tliomas Munson and Ensign 
Samuel Munson formerly of s*^ Newhauen, Dec'?, unto which Lands 
. . Thomas', John^, Theophilus', and Stephen' Munson, are 
equall sharers as Tennants in Common ; and for y^ end that a full 
settlement thereof be made, it is Covenanted", &c.: "Thomas 
Munson shall have . . five acres of Land Lying east of the 
fferry River among those lots commonly called Draggon Lotts, 
and about seventeen acres of fifth Division Land, and also aboue 
six acres of half Division Land, in full of his part of s"^ Land." 

March 23. — Gershom Brown (in exchange) conveys to T. M. 8 
acres of Seq'^ Land, bounded E. on "a brook commonly called 
Sackets Brook," S. by s*^ M.'s own land, W. by land now s'l M.'s 
formerly Daniel Brown's, and N. by Gershom Brown's own land : 
in return T. M. conveys 5! A. at Cohansey, and 5 A. of Dragon 
lots "Lying East of the fferry River." 

May I, 17 2 1, VII of George. — Samuel Cooper sells Thomas Mun- 
son i^ A. " westward of a farm commonly called Woodins Brook,"* 
bounded N. by an open highway, westerly by a Brook, southerly 
by the s*^ Thomas Munson his land, and easterly by an highway. 

May 22. — T. M., " Husbandman," sells Daniel Andrews of 
Wallingford ii\ A. of "fourth division land," in Wallingford, 
" lying on y® west side of y® West rock — my whole right in y^ 
afore sd Division." 

June 19. — T. M. joins his brothers in conveying 5 acres " Lying 
Northward of the Town in the second quarter," to Theophilus'. 

iy22. Jan. 15. — In the Third Division of Sequestered Land, 
T. M. receives 3f acres. 

April 13. — Thomas Munson (in exchange) conveys to Jonathan 
flford 7 A., a certain fifth division Lot, " it being a lott that was 
Drawn in y® name of Capt. Thomas Munson." Jon° Ford, for the 
above & 20 shillings, conveys to Thomas Munson 3^ A. 26 rods 
II ft., "a lott in the second Division of s*^ Sequestred Land which 
I bought of Thomas Morris, and is now bounded as followeth — 
Easterly by a Brook called the second Brook, westerly by a high- 
way, northerly by Lieu* Joseph Sackett his Land, southerly by y^ 
s*^ Thomas Munson his Land." 

172J. Feb. 6. — Gershom Brown for ;^2o conveys to Thomas 
Munson 7 acres, in the second Division of sequestred Land 
bounded " westerly upon a Brook Called the Second Brook, East, 
North, and South, on Land belonging to the s'^ Thomas Munson." 

* So the record. 

114 The Munson Record. 

1724. Aug. 25. — Lydia Tharp for ^6.. ii^'' conveys to Thomas 
Munson \ A. of meadow, bounded eastwardly & westwardly on s"* 
Munsons own meadow, N'^ on upland, S'^ on the water. 

Experience Tharpe for £^6.. 11^^ conveys to T. M. -^ A. of meadow 
" in the subberds quarter Near the Red Bank ", bounded westerly by 
s^ Munsons meadow. 

Dec. 24. — Thomas^ for ^^12 sells Capt John^ Munson *' a certain 
lott in said New Haven laid to me in the second division of 
Sequestred Land." 

John' for £^12 sells Thomas' Munson one lot bought of John 
Glover, in the second Division of sequestred Land, 4:^ A. 13 rods 5^ 
ft.; another "lott of my own in the third division of sequestred 
Land," 4 A. 

1723. Jan. 13, XI year of George. — Thomas Munson, "farmer," 
for £1 conveys to John' one 7th part of 45 acres. 

John' Munson for ^13 sells Thomas' his interest in a lot of 
land " layed out to the heirs of my honored father Sam^ Munson," 
one 7th part of 90 acres, fourth division, " on the west rock in the 
bounds of Walling." 

May 3. — Thomas' for ^5.10 conveys to Andrew Goodyear 4 
acres " in the third Division of sequestred Land, . . being a 
lott that I bought of my brother John' Munson." 

Dec. 28. — Thomas' for ^7.10 sells Jonathan Sackett "a certain 
parcell of sequestred Land in the second Division of sequestred 
Land," 4^ A. 13 rods five foot and one half, bounded N^^, W^^^ & 
^^ by highwayes, S^^ by Samuel Humberston. 

1726. (Aged 55.) Feb. 28. — Thomas Munson, "yeoman," for ^^7 
conveys to Henry Caner, housewright, 7 A. of 5th Division Land. 

Henry Caner conveys to T. M. 7 A., 3d Div. of Sequestred Land, 
lately purchased of John How. 

March 17. — Thomas Munson, sen"^, conveys to John Woolcutt, 
blacksmith, 8 acres of " half Division Land Lying on Wallingford 
plain " (in N. H.), bounded E. by a highway, W. by " Wallingford 

April 26. — Thomas' for ;^io.5 sells Daniel Gilbert 6f A. 13 rods 
5^ ft. in the third Division of sequestred Land, a little west of s"^ 
Gilberts Dwelling. 

April 26. — Jonathan Ailing for £,^2. 5^''- conveys to T. M. 6^ A. 
" in the second part of sequestred Land, Lying near the s'' Munsons 
house," the S. -J of a lot that was fathers John Ailing, Esq., bounded 
" East by a Brook, west by a high way. North by the North half 
part of sd lot, and south by a lot laid out to Cap' Nathan 

Has Land between College Lot and Ox Hill. 115 

Dec. 13. — T. M.for jQ^i. 10 conveys to Jeremiah Atwater a cer- 
tain fifth division lot . . in the Ninth Teer of lots in s*^ Divis- 
ion," 2']\ A. 28 rods. 

Z727. Thomas Munson in the Sixth Division receives 12^ acres 
22 rods, in the nth tier, — neighborhood of Blue Hills and Pine 

Notes. — "A 4 Rod Highway Between the sequestred land and this 
Division, and wider at the point near Munsons." The 2nd "Teer" 
(N. end) is to have "a 4 Rod high way next the 3? Division till it 
comes to M"" Atwaters N. E. corner, then it widens till it comes to 
Clarks N. W. corner in the 2^ Teer, where it is 40 r: wide, then it 
Runs Narrower till it comes to 4 Rods wide a litle N. of 
Thomas Munsons Barn." 

In the 2nd Div. of Sequestered was a lot "comeing to Sackets 
Brook up to Munson's fence." Another — "to Thomas Munsons 
Line," then a lot " South of a two rod way from Munsons field to 
goe ouer 2^ Brook." 

i'j28. March 9, ist of King. — T. M., Sen'', presents his son 
Thomas'* "one certaine ffarme " — 100 acres with buildings — in the 
N. E. Parish of New Haven, bounded easterly on The Half-Mile. 

Dec. 17. — Thomas^ for ^2\.\^ sells Benj. Todd a piece of half 
Division Land "in the plain Called Wallingford plain " and "east 
of the country Road, near the Dwelling of Ebenezer Blaksly," 
"the southermost half" of a 15!^ acre lott, which half is Bounded 
westerly and easterly by highways, and southerly by Benj. Todd. 

Dec. 17. — T. M. for;^2i. 15 sells Joseph Bassett the remaining 
half of this field — " Lying on the east side New Haven East River, 
and in that field east of the Road Leading to Wallingford, near 
Ebenezer Blakslyes." 

172^. Nov. 10. — T. M. for ^21 conveys to Nathaniel Bradly 
6 A. in the Third Division of sequestred land. 

1730. March 11. — T. M., Sen'', gives his son Obadiah* 7 acres 
where O. " hath built a house and now dwells ;" 7 acres " lying on 
the first Brook so called ;" 9 acres bounded " Easterly by the 
Brook Called the Second Brook;" 3! acres "lying between the 
Colledge lott and Ox Hill," "bounded southerly by the CoUedge 
lott," — "being the lott Laid out to the s^' Thomas Munson in the 
Third Division of sequestred Land." 

June 25. — Isaiah Tuttle for ^9. 10 sells T. M., Sen'^, 4-| acres in 
the 2°*^ Div. of Seq^, " and is on the plains not far from where said 
Munson lives"; a triangle, corners at N. E. & S. W., bounded S. 
on open highway. North on David Pundersons, E. on a highway. 

Ii6 The Miinson Record. 

1731. (Aged 60.) March 4. — T. M. pays ^^4. is^"" for 2\ A. 13 
rods "in the 2'"^ Div. of Sequestred Land, being a lott Drawn in 
the Name of Mrs. Ann How," bounded N. by Attwater, W. by s'' 
Munson his land, S. by lot drawn by Mrs. Abigail Jones, E. by 
highway or other alotments in the next tier. 

March 16. — David Punderson conveys to T. M. 5^ A. in the 2nd 
Div. of Seq*^, " in the plain behind the Pine Rock," bounded S. by 
s'^ Punderson, E. by a highway, W. & N. by s*^ Munson his land. 

Thomas^ for ;Q() sells James Thompson the triangle purchased 
June 25, 1730. 

April 23. — Anna Winston for ^10. 6 sells T. M. 3f A., 2nd Div. 
Sequestered, being ^ of the lot which fell to John Winston (father). 

1732. April 17. — T. M. for ^4. 10 sells Moses Blakeslee 2\ A. 
" in the Third Division of sequestred Land, lying a little below 
. . the Blew Hills." 

April 20. — Eliezer Brown for ;^i3. 8 conveys to T. M. 4 A. 26 
rods II ft. in 2'''^ Div. Seq'^ Land, being a lot originally laid out to 
Capt. Nathan Andrews, bounded " eastwardly by the Brook Called 
the second Brook, westerly by a highway, Northerly and Southerly 
by the said Munson his Land." 

May 12. — Thomas Munson, sen'', for ^11 1. 10 sells John Humers- 
ton 37 A. 112 rods, being third Division Land, the north part of 
"that Land I Bought of Nathan Clark, which was originally John 
Coopers and M'^ Tuttles," bounded E. & W. by highways, N. by 
James Payne, S. "by the meadow of s^' land." 

Sept. 15, 6*'' y'' of George 2'"^. — Jonathan Edwards of North 
Hampton, Co. of Hamp., Prov. of Mass. Bay, in N. E., for ;^i4 
conveys to Thos. Munson 3^ A. "bounded Eastwardly 
on the Brook called Sackets brook, westwardly and south- 
wardly on s'' Thomas Munsons own land, northwardly on a high- 
way." (Signed by Sarah Edwards as well as Jonathan.) 

^734- J^J^- 6. — Thomas^, of N. H., for ^20 sells Benjamine 
Curtiss of Wallingford 10 acres " lying in Chesheir at y® lower 
end of Wallingford bounds next to Newhaven line ; & it lyeth in 
comon with y*^ rest of my brethren, & the whole lot contains 
seventy five acres." 

Feb. 25. — T. M., yeoman, gives his son Obadiah* 3^^ acres, 
"bounded Southerly by the first Brook," — reserving "a fore Rod 
open highway from my Line to the highway which leads from 
Samuel Coopers to Redbury Hole." 

Feb. 28. — Thomas' and Obadiah"* for ^^205 convey three pieces 
in N. H. " Lying near Tharps Vine Yard : 1 1 A. ( with the Dwelling- 
house standing thereon)," "bounded easterly by . . first 

Thomas^ has Gone to Wallingford. 117 

Brook ", and " westerly where the fence now stands at the top of 
the Bank att the second Brook;" 8 acres "bounded westerly by 
said first Brook ;" 8 acres " bounded easterly by said second 
Brook, and northerly by Joseph Sackitt his land." 

I73S- April 10. — Mrs. Abigail Jones, widow, for 50 shillings 
sells T. M. i^ A. of 2nd Div. Sequestered, bounded N. & S. by 
Thos. M.'s land. 

May 5. — T. M. for ^22 sells Ezekiel Tuttle a sixth Division lot 
lying a little below the Blew Hills, 12^ A. 22 rods. 

Sept. 25. — Thomas Munson was received to membership in the 
First Church, New Haven, Rev. Joseph Noyes being 
* ■ pastor. His wife, Mary, had become a communicant in 
that church Jan. i, 1698. 

1737. (Aged 6(i?j June 7. — T. M. for ;^i4 sells I. M. 7 acres 
owned in common with three of his brothers, — laid out to their 

1738. In the 7th Division, Thomas^ received 6^ A. 11 rods, at 
the end of the " 2"" tier." 

June 3. — Thomas' united with John', Theoph.' and Stephen' in 
selling Ichabod Meriam 40 acres in W., "lying on y'^ west side of 
y® river nere the west rocks" (prob. Cheshire); price ;^i2o. 

1740. Sept. 12. — David Punderson for ^24 sells T. M. 8 A. 32 
rods— "near the Pine Rock," bounded N'^ & E'y by Thos. M.'s 
land, S'y by late Ja' Thompsons, W^^ by late David Pundersons. 

1741. (Aged 70.) Mch. 18. — Thomas' Munson conveys to his son 

Obediah^ of N. H. " the one half part of the ffarm 
Conveys his Farm. ,, ^ t • i • • i tvt tt 

that I now Live upon, lying m sd JNew Haven, 

and also the Remainder of the sd farm that I shall Dy possessed of." 
March 23. — T. M. conveys to his son Ebenezer of New Haven 

13 acres in Prospect, Ct. 

Dec. 21. — T. M., "farmer," for ;^i8.i8 sells James Pierpont of 

N. H., marchant, 6j A. 11 rods in 7"^ Division, the second Teer of 

lots in sd Division from the Third Div., last lott. 

1742. Thomas', Sen'', for £,2^ conveys to Thomas'*, Jun'', "a 
certain piece of salt meadow . . in that field Called the sub- 
bards quarter near the Red Bank, and Bounded west by the west 
River, South by the said Thomas Munson, Sen"", his meadow." 

1743. June 7. — " Thomas' Munson late of New Haven but now 
of Walingford ", in consideration of ^^30 paid by son " Ebenezer* 
Munson of Walingford," conveys 5 rods in New Haven with \ of 
a dwelling thereon. 

1744. July 14. — Thomas' Munson, Sen'', of New Haven, for 
;^3. s. 10 conveys to Enos Ebernatha i^ A. in Wallingford, "on the 


The Munso7t Record. 

east side of the Highway, and was pitched upon for said Munsons 
right of Seventh Devision." 

1^4^. March 6. — Thomas^ Munson of New Haven "but now 
resident in Wallingford " for ^6 sells "my son Thomas* Munson 
of New Haven " his interest in the lands in sd Wallingford called 
Sequestered Land. 

1746. (Aged 75.) Jan. 22, xix of George 11. — James & Abigail 
Tuttle for ^10, old tenor, sell T. M., " late of New Haven now of 
Wallingford," our right to 2^ acres of upland & swamp formerly 
belonging to our father Nathaniel Potter, " lying near y® first 
Brook so Called," bounded Westwardly by s'^ Brook, E^^ by an high- 
way. Northwardly & Southwardly by s'' Munsons Land or land 
lately in s*^ Munsons possession. 

Here liei-h The ^ ■ , 
0!" Thomcis 
>1umorV Who ' .; 
died Septcnvbcr.. .. 

Jan. 22. — Obadiah* " of New Haven," "for the consideration of 
my Honoured ffather M'' Thomas^ Munson of Wallingford Grant- 
ing me liberty to sell his ffarm in s'^ New Haven," conveys " the 
eastermost half of a certain piece of salt meadow . . near the 
Red Bank " . . bounded westwardly and southwardly by the 
River, about 5 acres in the whole piece. 

Jan. 22. — "Thomas^ Munson of Wallingford and Obediah' Mun- 
son of New Haven," in consideration of ;^iooo, " of the old Tenor," 
convey to John Hubbard, Esq'', " a certain Tract or parcell of upland 
and meadow or swamp," 90 A., bounded N^'' by Thomas Gilbert, 

partly by a highway ; W^^ partly by highway, then 

Final Sale of Farm. , c^^ ^ ait 1 j ^i i.- 1, ^1 

■^ by Stephen Allings land, then highway, then 

Thomas^ Munsons Inventory. 


Jonathan Mansfield, then heirs of James Thompson, then high- 
way ; S^y partly by Thompsons heirs, partly by common land ; 
east'y partly by highway, partly Isaac Dickerman, Esq., by Caleb 
Hotchkiss the 2°^, then by last mentioned highway, Together with 
all orchards. Buildings, fences, and Improvements thereon. 

July II. — "Thomas Munson of Wallingford " for jQ'^o old Tenor 
conveys to Nath' Beecher Ju'' his half of the salt meadow in "y® 
Subburbs Quarter" deeded to him by Obadiah* Jan 22. 

In the old burial-ground at Cheshire is the gravestone of Thomas' 
Munson, discovered by E. R. Brown, Esq., in 1892. 

"At a Court of Probate held at New Haven Octob' i'' monday 
1746 — Administration on the Estate of M' Thomas' Munson late 
of Wallingford Dec*? granted to Thomas* Munson & Aaron Tuttle 
Both of New Haven. Bond ^500." 

" Octob: y® 13 1746 then apprised the moveable Estate of Thomas' 
Munson of Wallingford in Cheshire Dec*? by us Apprisers." 


lYi,'^. Sheeps wool @ 

a grey mare 



2= 6= 

a red Ox 

15 = 

3 'f wool at 4/ 


a red Steir & brown 

3 '!• D° a 2/6 

our 7^ 




iK '" D° 

0= 5 = 


a red pide Cow 


i>^ ? D° 

0= 4= 


a brown Cow 


5 ^ wool @ 4/ 

1= 0= 

a yellowish Cow 


trundle bedstead 


a yearling Bull 

7 = 



a Stear Calf 


iron Lamp 

0::= 2= 

two heifer Calves 

psalm book 

0= 6= 





Small brass Kettle 

7 = 

Sermon book 

0= 6= 

iron pot 


Six Acres Land 

12= 0= 

a little pot 


a bread bowl 

0= 8= 

an iron Skillet 


Silver buckle 


a great Chair 


ten Sheep 


a Small Chair 


tree tub 


an old Pannel 




Linning Yarn 19 run 



0= 5 = 

a Sheet 


Little basket 

ozzz ^ nr 

old Chest without a 

2 boxes 2/6 

0= 5= 

Led 8/ 


5 run of woolen Yarn 


a Sheet with a Breadth 

II Swine 

23= 5 = 

& a half 


A 2 Quart arlassbo! 


0= q = 


The Munson Record. 

a Breadth & a hali 







Quart Pot 

0= 8= 


feather Bed 

6= 0= 

feather Bed 

6= 0= 



A full.d blanket 



Birdsey Coverlid 

2=r 0=: 

Dimon Coverlid 

1= 5 = 

2 trays @ 3/6 

0=: 7 = 

2 bowles @ 4/ 

0= 8= 

pint bason 

0= 8= 


0= 6= 

great Brass Kettle 

5= 0= 

great Bason 

0= 8= 

Quart Bason 

0= 3= 


a plate 

0= 2= 

2 pewter platters @ 

15/ P^^ 

1 = 10= 

two yarn 




0=15 = 

Small table 

2 barrels 

I """T OtT 


I zzz, ^~ 

A Chest 



0= 6= 

a meal trough 

0= 6= 

p' red boys breeches 

I '~^ Cs"^ 

p' Leather breeches 

2^Z^ OZ^ 

p' flannel breeches 

OZZT I ^ ^^ 

Strait bodied Coat 


great Coat 

6= 0= 

Sermon book 

0= 4= 


Brown Vest 

oz^ I Drzr 

brown Coat 

1= 0= 




0= 5 = 

old pail 

0= 3= 

old Skillet 

0^^ 2^m 

bluish Vest 


py Linnen Shirts 

1= 5= 

2 Small glass bottles 0= 4= o 
Beaver hat 3=10= o 

two barrels 0^10= o 

broad hoe 0=: 8= o 

A Note upon Nath',' 

Beecherforpr35 old 

tenor upon Interest 35= 0=: o 
A Note upon Ephr" 

Cooke 20^ 0:= o 

for ;^2o:old tenor 

308=10= 3 
Aaron Tuttle & Tho' Munson 
adm7 Sworn in Court Test : 
John Whiting Clerk 
this is y- Inventory according 
to our Judgm' who are y^ Ap- 

j Eben' Blakesley Ju' 
( Israel Sperry " 

Thomas" Munsons Estate. 121 

"Court, March 16, 1746/7. 

"Obadiah* Munson & Ebenezer* Munson, Sons of Thof Munson 
late of Wallingford, Dec"?, Complained to y® Court that Thof 
Munson Eldest Son & Aaron Tuttle Son in Law to the Said Dec'l 
had unjustly Obtained Adm" on Said Estate without the knowl- 
edge & licence of the Widow & Relict of the Said Decl Where- 
upon y*^ Clerk of this Court is ordered to Send forth a Citation to 
the S^Tho'" Munson & Aaron Tuttle, both of s'' New Haven, to 
appear before the Court of Probate to be Interrogated in the 
premisses & to be dealt with accordingly, whenever the said Oba- 
diah & Ebenez' Munson Shall move for y*^ Same to go forth." 
(There is no further record concerning the matter.) 

"At a Court of Probate held at New Haven Dec' 2, 1747, Aaron 
Tuttle & Thomas* Munson, Adm" on y*^ Estate of M'^ Thomas' 
Munson, late of Wallingford, Dec'', exhibited an Addition to y® 
InvL^ of y^ Estate of y'^ Said Dec"^ 

27:= 9=0 

The Inventory before on Record 309=16=3 

Total ^337= 5=3 

Also Exhibited Debts & Charge 34=9=0^ 

to be abated for 6 acres Land 

not belonging to y^ Estate of y® 

S* Dec-^ 12=0=0 J 

46= 9=0 

Clear Estate ^^290=0=0 " 

" New Haven Nov' 30'!' day an Addition to y^ Estate of Thof 
Munson of Cheshire Dec^ 

80 * flax jQ(). 27 Bushels of Oats ^6.15 

7 Bushels of Rye ^2 : 16 an old Bedstead £ 

a young Colt ;£6. flax seed 4 Bushel ;j^i.8 

This apprized by us y*^ Apprizers 

i/SJ- There was allotted to the name of Thomas^ Munson, in 
the 8th Division (New Haven), 6 acres, i qr., 11 rods. 

1/60. There was an allotment to the name of Thomas' Munson 
in the 9th Division (New Haven), valued at ^£2 .. 10 .. 6. (There 
were 126 "lots" cast for 9th Div.) 





Blakesly J 
Sperry " 


122 The Miinson Record. 

CONTEMPORARY EVENTS.— When Thomas^ was 3 years of age, 
Milton died ; when 4 years old, King Philip's War broke out, in Sep- 
tember his grandfather was commissioned to lead New Haven County 
forces into Massachusetts, dnd in October his father was confirmed Ensigne 
of the Wallingford Traine Band; at 11, Philadelphia was founded by Wm. 
Penn ; at 18, accession of Peter the Great ; at 21, Salem witchcraft ; at 43, 
George I. became king of England ; at 45, Yale Coll. was removed to New 
Haven ; at 47, New Orleans was founded ; at 48, Addison died ; at 53, num- 
ber of houses in New Haven 163, population 1000 (estimated); at 56, 
George II. became king; at 63, revival under Edwards ; at 74, Whitfield 
preached to a great congregation on The Green ; at 75, Dr. Franklin was 40, 
and George Washington 14. 


John' (SamueP, Thomas') b. 28 Jan. 1672, i.e., 1673 ; vi. (by Mr. 
John Moss*) 10 Nov. 1692 Sarah dau. of Sergt. John Cooper, Jun., 
and wife Mary Thompson; she was living 3 Dec. 1714; he </. 
between 6 Feb. 1749 and 6 Aug. 1752. Maultster, (from 1722) 
miller, public service ; Cong.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, rec. N. H.: 

605. i. John* b. 7 July 1693. 

ii. Elizabeth'* (5. 15 May 1695 ; m. (by Abraham Bradley, J. P.) 28 Feb. 
lyif Seth Perkins; 3 ch. ; m. (2nd) Russell; Cong, (joined ist 
Ch., N. H., 28 Nov. 1723); 3 ch., rec. N. H.— (i) Thomas^ b. 20 
Dec. 1717, m. Rachel dau. of Ebenezer Peck, b. 2 Aug. 1721, 
five ch.. his estate settled 1760, (2) Anne' b. 3 Sept. 1726, (3) Elenor' 
(twin) b. 3 Sept. 1726. 

iii. Hannah* b. 9 Feb. 169^ ; m. Andrews ; Jan. 14, 174^ John^ Mun- 
son for £12 old Tenor " rec'^ of my Daughter Hannah Andrews 
of s'l New Haven " conveys " land in y* Bever hills." 
683. iv. Joel* (" Joell ") ,5. 18 Aug. 1702. 
v. "Amme"*(^. 18 Sept. 1704. 

vi. Ruth* b. 30 Jan. 170^ ; m. (by Rev. Joseph Noyes) 19 Dec. 1728 
Caleb son of Joshua Hotchkiss, b. 27 July 1703 ; she d. 21 May 
1785 ; he d. 27 Oct. 1785 ; res. New Haven, Ct. Dec. 29, 1733 
Caleb Hotchkiss Jun'' of New Haven has received of " his fFather 
in law Cap? John Munson" . . "half of the mils commonly 
Call Cap? Munsons Mill in New Haven, and fourty acres of Land 
adjoyning, in which land is contained one Dam Pond Trench," 
&c. ; for £\Zo, 6 Feb. 1748/9 John^ sells "my son Joel* Munson 
& my Son in Law Caleb Hotchkiss y^ 2f, both of s^ New Haven, 
. . in Equal proportion one Certain piece of Land ... in 
s"^ New Haven, Containing one acre . . . together with y* 
house thereon Standing, it being my present Dwelling house and 
homestead in s2 New Haven ;" 8 ch.f — (i) Hezekiah^ b. 27 Sept. 

* From a record in possession of Mrs. Sellew. 
t First five rec. N. H.; rest from Tuttle. 

Johr^ Munsons Family Register. 123 

1729, m. 12 Dec. 1751 Sarah Bradley who d. 3 Sept. 1753, one ch., 
m. (2nd) 19 June 1754 Mary Woodin, he d. 8 May 1761 (in N. Y. 
of small-pox), (2) John^ ^. 12 Nov. 1731, m. 28 Aug. 1755 Susanna 
Jones, he was killed in New Haven 1779, she d. 1813, ce. 82, 
(3) Sarah^ (twin) b. 12 Nov. 1731, (4) Joshua' b. 12 Feb. 173^, m. 
Mary dau. of Thomas Punderson, b. 28 Jan. 1738, he d. 3 June 
1795, she d. 4 March 1821, eight ch., (5) Susanna* (twin) b. 12 Feb. 
I73l4^> (6) SamueP, (7) Ruth*, m. Page, (8) Esther*. 

vii. Mehitable* b. 17 Oct. 1709; m. (by Samuel Bishop, J. P.) 17 Nov. 
1731 Benjamin* son of Joseph Morris, b. April 1699; 14 Jan. 
174^ Mehitabel "of New Haven" for £321 old Tenor received 
from her father two pieces of land, — one containing ^ of an 
acre was bounded W. and N. by "the mill pond or Land of 
Caleb Hotchkiss Ju' . . with y Dwelling house thereon 
standing in which s'' Meh'"'' now Dwells in " ; the other, contain- 
ing about 60 rods was bounded S. by . . or Hannah Andrews ; 
3 ch., rec. N. H.— (i) Sarah* (" Sarrah ") b. 15 March 1737, 
(2) Elizabeth* b. 10 April 1739, (3) John* b. 9 March 174^^. 

viii. Sarah'* b. 27 Sept. 1713 ; m. (by Sam" Bishop, J. P.) 17 Nov. 1731 
Enos Stone; i ch., rec. N. H. — Daniel* b. 6 Nov. 1732. Enos 
Stone "of Litchfield", 5 April 1738, for £t sells Obadiah* 
Munson " about 2 acres " of land in Wallingford, in the parish 
of Cheshire. 

John' was a very able and very eminent citizen. He owned and 
occupied one-half of the ancestral residence on the south side of 
Grove street, and a few years later purchased the other half. He 
removed at length to the vicinity of his grist-mill, eastward of 
West Rock. 

Annals of John.' 

i6g4. (Aged 21.) Feb. 2, 4**^ of 
Wm. & Mary. — Sam" Andrews of 
Wallingford, planter, conveys to 
John' Munson, Sen"", of N. H., 
" one acre of meadow " in N. H., 
bounded on the west by " New haven East river." 

Second Monday in June. — John' was by '* County Court " joined 
with his mother in the administration of his father's estate. 

i6g6. Dec. 28. — Serg"' John Cooper, four others, Joseph Tuttell, 
John' Munson, & John Miles, Clothier, "propounded for Liberty 
to take in a field of y* towns Land on y* east side of y^ fresh 
meadow near y* Littell plain, to Rais Corn." Granted liberty 
" to fenc in about 40 acres . . for seven years . . with y® 
wood y' groweth upon it." (Then returns to the town.) 

* Bro. of Joel*'s wife. 

124 The Munson Record. 

lyoo. (Aged 27.) T. M., April 30. — "The town upon y® desir of 
ensign John^ Munson to Retaill strong beere, it was granted." 

" Att a Court of Election holden at Hartford May the 9'^ 
1700." — "John^ Munson is by this Assembly appointed to be 
ensign of the second trainband in the town of Newhaven." 

Sept. 17. — "ensigne John^ Munson & Thomas^ Munson took y^ 
freemens oath." 

"ensigne John munson & Joseph smith propounded for a place 
over y® new stairs to build a seat or pew for them selves & families 
to sit in : it was granted, always provided y* it hinder not y*^ Light 
of y' window : & if they at any time do not fill up y'' seat or pew^ 
it shal be in y*^ towns pour to order persons to sit in s'' seatt." 

Dec. 9. — "William Johnson Jun°' & ensigne John Mun- 
son ware chosen Constables & toke y'^ Constables oath." 

In seating persons in the Meeting-house, the committee is 
directed to " have a principle Respect to office Civil eclesiastick 
& military, & Rates." 

" The Constables are Desired to take notice of y® parsons y' open 
y^ windows of y® meeting house in time of publike worship." 

Dec. 22. — " ensigne John munson & william Johnson Jun. was 
chosen constables for y* year ensuing, & took y^ Constables oath." 

iyo2. Nov. — John^, " Brewer," borrows of John Thompson, 
for 3 years, jQ2> at 6 per ct. interest, securing it with 9 acres of 
upland " in y^ second quarter." 

Dec. 21. — Leather Sealers, ensigne John' munson & Thomas 

170J. (Aged 30.) March. — John's name is 12th in a list of the 
151 freemen in New Haven. 

Dec. 27. — " ensigne John munson & Thomas elcock were Chosen 
Searchers & Sealers of Leather for y^ year ensuing." 

1704. March 15. — At a Gen" Assembly holden at Hartford : 
"Ensign John' Munson is by this Assembly appointed 
Lieutenant of the Second company or trainband in the 
towne of Newhaven." 

March 20, 2"'^ of Anne. — Sam" Johnson Sen'' conveys to J. M. 
2\ acres "in a field known by y*^ name of y* Second quarter." 

March 27. — "L*^ John Munson desired a Lot to be drawn for his 
grandfather Capt. Thom^ Munson . . . in y'^ Half Devision." 
April 3. — His claim was also allowed to " 200 of M'' Hickcocks 
first purchase Right." He received in the " Second teere from 
Milford Rode" 7I acres,— being credited with six persons, a 
"rate" of ^^32 in 1702, and an allotment of 15!^ acres in the 
Sequestered Land. (The Half-Div. was 4th Div.) 

Lieut. John Munsons Residence. 125 

April 4. — Thomas^ sells John^ a part of his house, that part in 
which he already lives. 

Dec. 13. — At a Councell holden at Newlondon . . in 
pursuance of an act of General Assembly — enabling the Governor, 
&c., " to raise men for the relief of the countie of Hampshire, and 
to pursue the enemy into the wildernesse." Ordered by his Hon'' 
and Councill that two hundred effective men shall be raised in 
this colonie for the defence of the countie of Hampshire, to be 
posted in the towns of Hatfield, Hadly, Northampton and West- 
field, provided that they be subsisted by the province of the 
Massachusetts. . . . The general rendezvous 

Military Expedition, j. . ,,. ^, ^TT^r ^ ^ .^ 

tor the soldiers to be at Hartford, where they are 
to be divided into three companies : Capt. Fowler is to be captain 
and Lieut. Munson to be lieutenant of one company. 

Dec. 18. — L*^ Thomas Talmadge, L"^ John Munson, 
and five others, were chosen townsmen. 
Dec. 25. — " L*^ John' Munson & Thomas Elcock were chosen 
Serchers & Sealers of Leather." 

170^. John Munson was admitted to the communion 


of the First Church in the latter half of the year (after 
Aug. 26). 

Dec. 24. — L* Thomas Talmadge, L* John' Munson 

To IVfl Stfl Cl 7t 

and five others, chosen townsmen. 

L'^ John Munson & Thom^ elcock " chosen Serchers & Sealers 
of Leather." 

z/od. Feb. 6. — J. M., " maultster," exchanges with Nathan Ben- 
ham 12 acres, "my fourth or half Devision of Land . . Lying 
near Milford Road :" for 24 acres of woodland in New Haven "at 
y*^ place Called y^ Shepards Brook." 

Dec. 30. — L* John Munson & T. E.* chosen " serchers & seallers 

of Leather." 

1707. Dec. 29. — M"" John Yale, L* John Munson, and 

three others, chosen listers. 

lyog. (Aged 36.) Jan. 12. — " L* John Munson his ear mark for 
his cattell is a slit under y® Right ear a bout y*^ midle of y*^ ear." 

June 4. — Thomas' conveys to John', " maulster," " all my Right 
. . . unto a certain mansion house," — the ancestral home on 
Grove street. 

1710. Allotment of J. M. in 5th Division, 26f acres 4 rods, " on 
the Back side the high Rock." 

May. — "This Assembly do establish and confirm Capt. John 
Munson to be Captain . . of the second company or 
"'^^^' trainband in the town of Newhaven." 

* Thomas Elcock and John Munson were brothers-in-law. 

126 The Mu7ison Record. 

1711. June. — Probate Rec: Cap^ John^ Munson June 17 11 
appointed Guardian to Sarah (by her choice), Stephen & Jonas 
Tuttle, minor children of deceased Samuel Tuttle of New Haven. 

August. — " Upon consideration of the remoteness of the town of 
Waterbury . . . This Assembly do constitute and 
appoint John Ailing, Esq'', Major Samuel Eells, Jere- 
miah Osborne, Esq"', and Capt. John Munson, . . to be a Com- 
mittee of War, . . to raise and send men thither . . in case 
of danger." 

Dec. 17. — Cap* John Munson chosen first of the seven selectmen. 

1712. John Mix Sen'-'s Will dated 17 Jan: 17"/,,: "To . . 
Elizabeth & Mercy Mix ... all them Oats or malt at Captain 
John Munsons." 

March 25. — "Granted y* Cap* John Munson & John Bradley 
shall have their part in the present devision near y® fulling mill, 
to begin at y® north side of Willmots path, to Run from y*^ open 
Road towards Willmots." 

June 17. — W- Willmot of N. H., cordwainer, for j£,\2>- 1° sells 
Cap* John Munson meadow, "being salt marsh " — " near a place 
Called y® black Rock, Bounded east w*'^ y^ upland, west w**^ y® 
harbour. North w**^ y'^ meadow of Nathan®^ Heaton, & South w*^ 
y® meadow of eleazer Morris." 

Sept. 22, XI of Anne. — Isaac Jones, gent, conveys Capt John 
Munson " one moaytie [moiety] of y*^ fulling mills w*^*" now are in 
CO partnership between him y*^ s*^ Isaac Jones & John Bradly, on 
y^ stream Called y® beauer pond brook, below Deacon Bradlyes 
corn mill, Together w*'' y® Right of y*^ streame, Water Course, & 
all buildings, edefices, Runing geree, &c." And J. M. conveys to 
I. J. a tract of 34 acres of woodland obtained from Nathan Benham 
in 1706. 

Dec. 22. — Capt. John Munson chosen "Collector of 
town Rate or town Treasurer." 

" Voted y* y*^ old Collours belonging to Cap* Munsons Company 
be disposed of by The townsmen for y*^ towns use." 

Dec. 29. — Capt. John Munson and Franciss Brown obtain grants 
of wharf-lands, — each having " 25 foot on y*^ bank & 38 foot down- 
ward," — between Moses Mansfield's grant and John Trowbridge's 
warehouse : the Captain is to build within 5 or 6 yrs. 

Dec. 31. — There was laid out — "To Capt John Munson 25 foot 
front 38 foot backward down y* bank next to Mr John Trowbridge 
his warehouse, leaving a highway of 20 feet wide between s,^ ware- 
house & grant." Brown's allotment was next to Munson's, leaving 
a highway of 10 ft. 

Capt. JoJm^ is Tozvn-Treasiirer. 127 

1713. (Aged 40.) March 23. — Isaac Jones, Clothier, conveys to 
John Munson, senior, Merchant, 11 acres of "my right in y® first 
devision of sequestered Land (not yet Laid out or subdevided)." 

Aug. 17. — J. M. conveys to L* Sam" Thompson 4 acres of meadow 
" lying on y*^ east side of y*^ harbour near a place called y® black 
Rock," bounded W. " with y^ harbour." 

Nov. 9. — J. M.'s allotment in the 2nd division of sequestered 
land, 4^ acres. 

Dec. 21. — Capt John Munson chosen "treasurer & Colector of 
y® town Rate." 

Capt John Munson and T. E. sealers of leather. 

17 14. Jan. 7. — John' sold Isaac Dickerman 11 acres in y*^ first 
Devision of Sequestred, w*^*" I bought of Isaac Jones, — laid out 
between Nath'^^ Tuttle, sen°'', & Joseph Turner, — " lyeth not far 
from Redbury hole." Feb. 22. — Capt John Munson & Francis 
Brown request that their former grants near Moses Mansfield's 
"might Joyn together"; granted. 

Feb. 26. — Capt John M. is appointed to keep ye key of y*^ pound 
that is near his house. 

Apr. 29. — John Ailing conveys to J. M. 12^ acres in y® i- Div. of 
Seq'' land — one parcell near Benj. Willmots farme, bounded W. by 
a brook, N. by John Todd, E. and S. by highways ; the other 
bounded by land of s'^ Munsons : in return J. M. conveys to J. A. 
ii| acres of pasture Land in y*= second Quarter. Apr. 29. — John 
Todd, yeoman, conveys John Munson, gentleman, \o\ A. of 
sequestered land bounded N. by land of Theoph^ Munson, E. by 
highway, S. by John Ailing, Esq., and " a brook known by y® name 
of Willmots brook." 

Sept. 21. — " Capt John Munson p'^pounded to ye town for liberty 
to dame or stop y'^ brook y*^ Runs down by benjamin willmots & 
turn y*^ stream into y* stream his mill stands upon ; w'^'^ was granted, 
provided it doth not stop or Damnifie any high way or perticuler 
mans propriaty." 

Dec. 3. — John Munson & Sarah his wife, Sam" Smith Jun'' & 
Mary his wife, Isaac Johnson & wife Abigail, John Lines & wife 
Hannah, Dan" Ailing & wife Rebecca, all of N. H. . . quit- 
claim to Sam" Cooper of N. H. all title we have in "y® Lands, 
plowing, or pastures, or out Lands, & Comonage, meadows salt or 
fresh, wh^'^ did belong to Serg°^ John Cooper formerly of said N. 
Haven Dec'!" (Sarah, Abigail, Hannah and Rebecka sign by their 

Dec. 13. — Cap* John' Munson chosen "Town Treasurer or Col- 
ecter of y® town Rate." 

128 The Miinson Record. 

Dec. 20. — Capt John Munson & T. E. Seallers of leather. 

lyid. March i, i of George. — John Bradley of N. H. for ;^5o 
conveys to John Munson, sen'', Malster, "all my Right, Title, 
Intrest, & share. In, of or unto a new Corn mill In N: Haven, 
afores'', thar adjoyning unto y*^ mill pertaining to my father Deaco 
Abraham Bradly, w"' all y^ parts, priuiledges, a comidations, & 
appurtenances thereof ; and also all my Right, title, Intrest, & 
Share, in of or unto a certain tract of Land Lying there by that 
Mill, w'^'^ was granted to y*^ s*^ John Munson & me for his & my 
share in y" first Devision of sequestred Land, & in y® whole Con- 
tains about nine acres & is bounded Northerly by Land of y* s'^ 
John Munson, easterly, southerly & westerly by highways, — my 
part being about 4 acres." 

Dec. — Cap' John Munson & L' W" Whason chosen " Collectors 
of y® ministers Rate ;" also, to Collect "y'^ Hundred pound Settle- 
ment money."* 

7777. " The first attempt to establish a regular communication 
between Hartford and New Haven," says Miss Talcott, "was in 

1717, when Captain John^ Munson, of New 
age xpress. Y\_z.\&xi^ was given by the General Assembly 
the sole privilege of transporting passengers and goods between 
the two places for seven years, — with the provision that it should be 
lawful for any person to transport his goods, or any of his family, 
in his own wagon. Any person who should employ any other con- 
veyance than John Munson's or his own, should be fined 405." 
His exclusive right was granted in recognition of the fact that he 
would be at " the cost and charge to set up a waggon to pass and 
transport passengers and goods." It was required by Act of 
Assembly "That said John Munson. .shall annually during the 
term aforesaid, at least on the first Monday of every month, except- 
ing December, January, February, and March, set forth with the 
said waggon from New Haven, and with all convenient despatch 
drive up to Hartford, and thence in the same week return to New 
Haven, — bad weather and extraordinary casualties excepted, — on 
penalty of ten shillings for each neglect." " This stage," says 
Ayers, in Memorial History of Hartford Co., " is believed to have run 
at intervals of two weeks." Elihu Geer, antiquarian, adds, "This 
was the first Connecticut coaching and expressing." The route of 
Capt. John's public vehicle was doubtless by Broadway and Goffe 
streets to Ditch Corner, thence northerly by Orchard st. and the 
Boulevard, and so on via Wethersfield and Beckley Quarter. 

* Rev. Joseph Noyes was ordained July 4, 1716. 

joJin^ is First Steward of Yale College. 129 

1J18. (Aged 45.) Among the officers of Yale College, from 
1 7 18 to 1842 [Triennial, p. xviii) were "Dispen- 

First Steward of Y. C. ^ ,, rr^, . j- i • 

satores. Ihere was a succession of thirteen ; 
the first was " 17 18 Johannes Munson 1721." 

Feb. 20. — Abraham Bradley, Miller, (by exchange) conveys 
J. M. about \ acre "near my Corn Mill": J. M., Malster, conveys 
to A. B. about \ A., being sequestred land and lying near s*^ 
Bradley's Mill. April 29. — " Capt John Munson moved to the 
Town that the would pleas to Exchange a small piece of land 
with him near his Mill." Matter referred to Townsmen, to 

Town Meeting, Dec. 22. — "Cap' John Munson Chosen Mod- 
erator for the year ensuing." For ten years, 17 18-1727, Capt. 
John was annually elected Moderator for all the town- 

Ji^odcfci toy 

meetings of the year, an extraordinary tribute to his 
qualification for presiding officer. 

i^ig. Jan. 5. — At a meeting of the Proprietors of undivided 
lands, Capt. John Munson was chosen " Moderator for the year 

Dec. 21. — "Cap' John' Munson Chosen Moderator for the Town 
Meetings for y*^ year ensuing." 

Dec. 28. — Capt J. M. "proposed that the Town would grant 
him a small piece of land on the west side of his westermost 
Pond. Nothing done in it, at present." 

i'/20. Dec. 19. — " Cap' John^ Munson chosen Moderator for y® 
year ensuing." 

1^21. Jan. 9. — Meeting of Proprietors of Undivided Lands : 
" Capt John' Munson Chosen Moderator for this Meeting." 

Capt: J. M. — "praying the proprietors that they would pleas 
to grant him for the Incorridgment of his Mill a piece of Land 
of two acres between the west Rock and his mill pond, — so that 
it may not Incommode the high way ; to be laid out by any two 
of the selectmen of Newhaven, and at the proper cost & charge of 
s* Capt Munson : Voted in the affirmative." 

March 23. — By a division among four brothers, John' receives 
"fourteen acres of third Division Land Near or adjoyning to 
Muddy River, on the east side of the ferry River." 

April 25. — Committee to act for the town in determining and 
marking bounds between Milford & N. H.: Cap' Joseph Whiting, 
Cap*^ John Munson, Cap*^ Samuel Smith, and Sergt Theophilus' 

Dec. II. — Cap* J. M. Moderator for year ensuing. 

130 The Munson Record. 

Dec. II (date unc). — The Proprietors of Sequestered land 
belonging to the Town plot voted that Capt John Munson have 
^ of an acre of his Right in sd sequestered Land Laid out 
adjoyning west to his Land at his Mill. 

i'j22. Jan. 15. — J. M., in the 3d Div. of Sequestered, received 
4 acres. 

Feb. 19. — J. M. for ^71 sells his brother Serg* Theophilus^ 
Munson "a certain Dweeling House 
Bounded East by s" Theophilus Munson, South 
and West by Land in the occupation of my honoured Mother 
M- Matthew Sherman ; also, half the weel." Feb. 19. — J. M., 
" Malster," conveys to Theophilus^ 4 acres in " y^ Neck," " bounded 
East by a path that goes to the fferry," S. by Jonathan Mans- 
field's Land, W. by a path, N. by John How's Land. Also for 
^20, 15 acres 3^ Div., "part of a lot laid out to the heirs of 
Capt Thomas Munson on Heacock's Right," " Lying near or 
adjoyning to Muddy River." Also 15 A., part of a Div. laid to 
the heirs of Ens. Sam- Munson, lying within the bounds of Wal- 
lingford, at a place called Cooks Rocks. Feb. 19. — Theophilus' 
for ;2^2o conveys to J. M. df\ acres in i** Div. of sequestered Land, 
and 45 acres in 2^ Div. Seques^ Land. 

Dec. 17. — Capt. J. M. Moderator for year. 

z/^j. (Aged 50.) Jan. 2. — John^ exchanges with Wareham 
Mather, Esq., 26^ acres of 5"^ Div. land for 6 A. Sequest^ land. 
Jan. 24. — Sam^' Andrews, Jun"^, of Milford, Gent, and Henry 
Caner of N. H., Housewright, convey Capt John Munson, " Mil- 
ler," 29 A., b'^ westwardly on heirs Rev. Mr. James Pierpont, N^^ 
on " Benj Wilmots where he now dwells," E'^' & ^^ on highways. 

Dec. 16. — Capt: John" chosen Moderator for y^ year ensuing. 

1724. April. — "Capt Joseph Whiting and Capt John' Munson 
Chosen Deputyes to attend the Gen^ Assembly in May 

^ Next." They served. 

Sept. — " Capt. Isaac Dickerman and Cap' John Munson were 
Chosen Deputyes to attend the Genf Assembly in October Next." 

Dec. 21. — Capt John' chosen Moderator for the year. 

Dec. 24. — Thomas' conveys to John' for ;^i2 a lot in 2nd Div. 

Dec. 28. — Capt. Munson one of Com. of three to lay "an open 
high way from the Mill River so far as to meet with the high way 
through Turners Land." (The course they marked out was " by M'' 
Bassets House.") 

7725. Jan. II. — Proprietor's Record: "Cap| John' Munson 
chosen Moderator for this meeting." 

Capt. John^ Chosen Deputy. 131 

" Capt'. John^ Munson Requesting the Prop- to Grant unto him 
a piece of Land within his fence on the west side of Willmots 
Brook, not exceeding three quarters of an acre : the s^ Request 
Granted, upon Condition he, sd Munson, find a Book Consisting 
of three quire of paper for the prop— use." 

Jan. II. — "Voted that Cap- John' Munson, Ebenezer Sperry, 
Ebenezer Peck, Richard Sperry, Jun', Jos: Ruggles, Nathan^ 
Sperry, Junf, and Joshua Sperry, have free liberty to set up a saw 
mill on the west River about ^ of a mile aboue John Sperrys ; 
and for the accomidation of sd Saw Mill, they have liberty to pitch 
upon two acres of Land, which two acres of Land is to be taken 
out of their Right in the Next Division of undivided Lands ; . . . 
and the said partners shall Not cut down any timber on the Com- 
mons till such time as the un divided Land shall be laid out, 
Timber for the Building sd Mill only excepted." 

Jan. 17. — John' for jP^\t^ sells Thomas' the " y"' part of 90 acres," 
4th Division, "on the west rock in the bounds of Wallingford." 

April 27. — " Capt Isaac Dickerman & Capt John Munson Chosen 
Deputies to attend the Gen^' Court in May next." Served. 

Sept. 21. — Capt Isaac Dickerman & Capt John Munson Chosen 
Deputies. Served. 

Dec. 20. — Capt John Munson Chosen Moderator for the year. 
Capt John' & seven others chosen grand-jurors. 
1726. March 4.— Caleb Tuttle of N. H. for ;^5 sells J. M. 6 
acres "above the planes and in the 3^^ Teer from the West Rock," 
originally laid to Sam' Johnson Jun'' in the Half Div. 

May. — Capt. John Munson, Capt. Isaac Dickerman, Deputies. 
October. — Capt. Munson and Capt. Dickerman, Deputies. 
" Meeting of pro" of undivided lands in New Haven the first 
Tuesday of November 1726." — Voted "That Capt? Munson [John'] 
have the remainder of his Right in y® Next Division near the Saw 
Mill the sd Munson has a part in. Northward of and adjoyning to 
the two acres granted to the owners of sd Mill, Between the west 
Riuer and the path, he the sd Munson allowing seuen acres for six — 
to be laid out by too of the Com"." 

. — " Whereas the proprietors of Common and undivided 

Lands . . Did Grant unto Capt John Munson and others two 
acres of Land upon the West Riuer aboue Sperrys 
farme, where now the said Munson and others have 
erected a saw Mill, and since said Grant, the sd Munson hath com- 
plyed with the Committee by the said proprietors appointed, for 
the Land North of sd Mill and East of sd two acres, and the said 
owners or prop- of said mill have thought proper to make the 

132 TJie Munson Record. 

Dam aboue y*= Right to them granted, and therefore have Run a 
Ditch or trench from the place where the Dam is made to the place 
where the mill is erected, — which trench Runs through the Land 
by s'' Committee allowed to said Munson, his heirs or assigns, to 
the prejudice of the owners or proprietors of said mill": J. M. 
accordingly engages that liberty of maintaining such a race shall 
be perpetuated, deeding such right to Ebenezer Sperry, Ebenezer 
Peck, Joseph Ruggles and Nathaniell Sperry. 

Dec. 19. — Capt. John' chosen Moderator for the year. 

172J. Jan. 3. — John Munson and John Hitchcock with W"^ 
Thompson, surveyor, lay out to James Talmadge 2^ A. on the west 
side of West river, bounded South by Thomas Sperry, sen'. " Left 
at the Bottom of the Hill a small piece for a landing place." 

Feb. I. — John' for;^2o sells W-^ Munson of Wallingford 13 acres, 
bounded "east by a brook caled honey pot brook" (Cheshire). 

Feb., 3'^ monday. — " Voted that Cap' John Munson Have the 
high way lying between his Land westerly of his East Pond so 
far as his Land goeth, for an equivilent in other land as the pro" 
Com':' shall Judg Just and Reesonable." 

April. — Capt John Munson & Capt Isaac Dickerman chosen 
Deputies to Gen. Assembly in May next. Served. 

Sept. — J. M. and I. D. present at special meeting of Assembly. 

September. — Capt John Munson & Capt Isaac Dickerman Chosen 
Deputies to Gen. Assembly in Oct. next. Served. 

Sept. 19. — Capt Whiting, Capt? Munson, Cap*^ Dickerman, a 
committee " to move in the General Assembly to be holden in 
New Haven in October Next for a Tract of Land in the western 
part of the Government, for said proprietors," — to be paid for 
with the fund from Indian land. 

Ens-' Munson & Jos. Mix an auditing committee, "to take 
Receipts of Cap' Whiting of the money produced by the Indian 

Dec. II. — Capt. John' chosen Moderator for the year. 

i'j28. (Aged 55.) Jan. 25. — John' Munson, "Miller", mortgages 
to Henry Caner, housewright, 29 A., bounded W^'' on heirs of 
Rev. Pierpont, N^^ on heirs of Benj Willmott, E'^ & S'^ on high- 

April. — Cap*^ Isaac Dickerman & Cap^ John Munson chosen 
Deputies to attend the Gen'^ Assembly at Hartford in May next. 

Last Tuesday of April. — " Voted that Jos. Whiting, Esqr, Cap* 
Isaac Dickerman and Cap*: John' Munson be appointed & Impow- 
ered, and they are hereby appointed & Impowered as agents to 

Agent to Purchase Territory. 133 

use their Indeviours for the purchasing of a Tract of Land of the 
Colony, for a Township for the Pro- of sd New Haven." 

July. — Capt. John Munson and Capt. I. D. are recorded as pres- 
ent at special meeting of Assembly. 

September. — Capt John Munson and Capt Isaac Dickerman 
chosen Deputies to Gen. Assembly in Oct. next. Served. 

October. — Capt. John' was one of three appointed by the Assem- 
bly to investigate concerning "a certain tract of land." 

Dec. 23, Monday. — Capt John Munson & Capt Isaac Dickerman 
chosen Deputies to Gen. Assembly in May next. Served. 

17 2g. March 28. — Then Laid out to Capt: John Munson 11 
acres and ^ Northerly from a Saw Mill North of Sperrys farme, 
— up along by the River loi Rods Long, 22 Rods wide, 67 Rods 
Long on the W. side of it. 

Last Tuesday of Aprill. — Capt John Munson Moderator for 
this meeting (of Proprietors). 

Voted that J. Whiting, Cap^ John Munson and I. Dickerman, 
who at the Gen^ Court in Hartford, May 1726, moved "for a Town- 
ship or Large Tract of the Countrey Land in the westward part 
of the Colony North of New Milford, Woodbury & Litchfield, 
for the proprietors of New Haven", — that "the said agents" 
"pursue the said motion" at the Gen^ Court to be held at Hart- 
ford in May next. 

May 6. — John', sen'', for ;^72 sells John Hubbard one messuage 
or Tract of upland and swamp, 16 A., "on the easterly side of 
the west Rock." 

May. — Capt. I. Dickerman and Capt. John Munson served as 

Proprietors Meeting, Third Tuesday of Sept., P. M. — Capt: 
Joseph Whiting, Cap': John Munson, and Cap*: Isaac Dickerman, 
appointed a committee "to Renew the motion to the generall 
assembly in October next, on the pro- behalf, for a Tract of the 
Countrey Land in the western part of the Colony." 

October. — Capt. John Munson and Capt. Isaac Dickerman served 
as Deputies in the General Assembly. (J. M.'s twelfth term.) 

Dec. 18. — Thomas Elcock for ^^20 conveys to Capt John' 4^ A., 
13 R-) 5^ ft., a lot drawn in my name in the i'.' Div. of Seq? 
" lying in two Teer on the Hills Called the Beaver Hills," — 60 
rods in the 5"' Teer, at the W. end thereof, — the rest in the 6'*' 
Teer, running E'^'. 

1730. June 30. — Abram Bassett for jP^t, . 10 sells Capt John' a 
triangular i^ A. in the first Division of Seq* Land, lying on 
Beaver Hills. 

134 The Munson Record. 

1731. Feb. 4. — Capt John Munson for ^48. i conveys to Nich- 
olas Russell of N. H. " one quarter part of that saw mill that 

stands upon the West River above Sperrys farms in s'^ 
Sells Sawmill. ,-, ^t 1 nio o t.^^.,-, 

JNew Haven, commonly called bperrys Saw Mill, . . 

and one quarter part of the two acres of Land adjoyning to sd 

Mill that Lyes on the "West side said River, and also one piece of 

Land lying on the North side of sd two acres, containing eleven 

acres and three quarters . . and is Bounded Southerly by the 

afores^ two acres laid for the speciall use of said Mill, westerly & 

northerly and easterly by common and undivided land : 

always reserving to the proprietors of s^ Mill the liberty of Dig- 

ing, Ditching or Trenching in any of the Land above mentioned 

for the accomidating the sd mill with water." 

Town Meeting. — Cap*^ John Munson Moderator for this meeting. 

1732. Feb. 9. — John' for ;^ 10 conveys 6 A. "above the plains 
and in the Third Teer from the west Rock," — originally laid to 
Sam^ Johnson, Jun'', in the Half-Div. 

^733- (Aged 60.) Jan. 20. — Abigail Caner, widow of Henry, for 
;£(>^, quit-claims to J. M. all right in "the messuage or Tenement 
with Twenty nine acres of Land thereunto belonging " — bounded 
W^y by heirs of M'' James Pierpont, N'^ by heirs of Benj Willmott, 
and S. W^y by an open road to the West River. 

Proprietors Meeting, Sept. 3, " Tuseday, at 2 of the Clock after 
noon." — J.^ M. chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

There is on record a receipt given by Rev. Joseph Noyes to 
J.' M. for salary received from him as collector ; it may belong in 
this year. 

Dec. 29. — John' Munson, Sen', for ;^ rec^ of my son in 
law Caleb Hotchkiss of N. H., conveys " a certain percell of 

Land scituate Lying and Being in said New Haven 
Sells Vz Gristmill. , , •iiv/r -r-vni- 

where the said Munson now Dwells, being in quan- 
tity forty acres . . and is all the Land to the said Munson 
belonging that lyes on the North easterly side of the highway 
that goeth to Benjamin Willmots, with the frame of a house 
thereon standing — except a piece of land lying at the southwest- 
erly corner where the house and Malt house stands, .... 
and also . . a piece of ground Joyning to the Mill about four 
Rods to the North west Between the Trench and y® Highway to 
accomodate the Mill ; . . . . With the one half of the Grist 
Mill and Bolting mill that stands at the place aforesaid, with half 
of the Dam and appurtenances and utensils to the said Mills 
belonging, . . & also one other small piece of land lying cross 
the highway from the said mills lying between the Brook and 

Johi^ Buys One Third of Todd's Mill. 135 

Benjamin Willmots fence." It is said, under the same date, that 
this mill was commonly called " Cap' Munsons Mill." 

1735- J^^- 17- — Committee of fourteen, including Cap* John 
Munson and Cap* Theophilus Munson, "to take a view of the 
Remainder of the undivided Land in sd Town in order to know 
the quantety thereof, and to consider what may Best be Done 
therewith, and Report their Thoughts Respecting the same." 

May 7. — Joseph Pardee of Greenwich, Ct., for £,<)o. 10 conveys 

to Capt John Munson " the full one Third part of a certain grist 

mill in said New Haven Called Todds Mill, and 
Buys % Todd's Mill. ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^^ Bolting Mill, Damm 

and Streem belonging to s'^ grist mill, with all my Right in the 

house Called the Bake house and a Rod of Land Round 

"'■^' sf" House, and in a mill place at the Town of said New 

Haven." This mill at Mill Rock (Whitneyville) was the successor 

of the first mill in New Haven. 

Sept. 16. — John' Munson was Moderator of a Proprietors' 

Dec. 15, Town Meeting. — Cap* John Munson chosen Moderator 
for this meeting. 

1736. Sept. 21, Proprietors' Meeting. — Capt. John Munson 
chosen Moderator. 

Nov. 21. — John' Munson for J^^i^P conveys to Caleb Hotchkiss, 
Jun'', (son-in-law,) "my Right in that Corn Mill in said New 

Haven Called Munsons Mill, with all the 
Conveys'''' Munsons Mill." j- .. . -n. i 1 t-v 11 

furniture, streems, Ponds and Dams, belong- 
ing to the same ; and allso the Land belonging to me that Lys 
between the eastermost Dam & y^ highway." 

Dec. 13. — Capt John' chosen one of seven selectmen. 
Dec. 27. — Capt John' is to assist the surveyor in laying out 
some land for Stephen fford near " Bassats Bridge.*" 

1737. Proprietors' Meeting, this year perhaps. — " Voted that 
the pro- of the mill Called Todds Mill have the liberty of keeping 
up the fence on the Neck Rock where it now stands this year, 
and that Capt: Dickerman and Mr Caleb Hotchkiss be a com" to 
look into that matter Respecting fencing on s'^ Rock, at Capt 
John Munsons Charge, & Report," &c. 

Sept. 20, Town Meeting. — Capt. J. M. chosen Moderator. 
Dec. 12. — Capt. John & six others chosen selectmen. 

1738. (Aged 65.) March 27. — Capt. J. M.'s allotment in the 7th 
Division, 6^ acres 21 rods. 

*Was on Mill River: Rec. Jan. 7, 1777— "The Mill Lane [Orange St.] as far as the Bridge 
called Basset Bridge." 

136 The Munson Record. 

Dec. II. — Cap* John Munson & 8 others chosen listers. 

1739. Jan. — "Upon the Motion of Capt John Munson Desireing 
the pro- would Grant him some Land of the pro" lying Near the 
mill called Tods mill, for an equivalent of his s*^ Munsons Land 
Near the mill Called Hotchkis* Mill :" a committee was consti- 
tuted to view and report. 

Oct. 26. — Ebenezer Bradly for ;2^i3o conveys Capt John Munson 
" a certain home lott with the Dwelling house and Barn thereon 
standing in said New Haven," — bounded "Southerly by the Town 
Street, easterly by the Mill Lane, westerly by Abram Dickerman 
his land, and Northerly by John Bradley his land." 

Dec. 10. — Capt John chosen a selectman. (Also Joseph Tuttle, 

1740. May 9. — J.^ M. for ;!^i8o sells John Sherman 29 acres in 
i^*^ Div. Seq"', bounded S. W. by the county road laid from N. H. 
to Derby. 

July. — One officer in each county was appointed by Assembly to 
enroll "Troops to be raised in this Colony for the intended expe- 
dition against the Spanish West Indies": Capt. John Munson for 
the County of New Haven. 

Dec. 8. — Capt John, J. Tuttle, Jun'', and five others, chosen 

Dec. 22. — Committee as to " an high way att the fferry " — Isaac 
Dickerman, Esq., Cap*- Jonathan Ailing, Cap* John' Munson, Cap* 
Theophilus' Munson, and Mr John Hitchcock. 

1741. Aug. 7. — J.' M. for;^3o sells Caleb Hotchkiss 2^ of N. H. 
4 acres in i*^* Div. Seques'', "lying on the Beaver Hills." 

Sept. 21, Lord's-day. — In Bacon's Historical Discourses, pp. 
214-217, is the story of a conference at Pastor Noyes's residence, 
where most strange and painful scenes were presented. Rev. 
James Davenport, an enthusiast, grandson of the illustrious 
founder of New Haven Colony, was requested to give the reasons 
why he had reproached Pastor Noyes as unconverted, a hypocrite, 
an instrument of damnation, etc. After some interchanges, the 
enthusiast began a prayer, when Mr. Noyes forbade him, but he 
persisted amidst great disturbance — characterizing Mr. Noyes as 
unconverted, his people as sheep without a shepherd, etc. The 
particulars of the conference were " minuted down at the time of 
it," and subscribed by six of the gentlemen present, viz., Thomas 
Clap, president of Yale College, John Punderson, deacon of the 
First Church, Capt. John Munson, Capt. Theophilus Munson, 
Andrew Tuttle, and Samuel Mix. This document is in the 
Library of Yale College. 

JoJnv' a Deacon of First CJnirch. 137 

Dec. 14. — Cap* John' and six others chosen selectmen. 

1742. Jan. 7. — Jabez Sherman of N. H. for ;^i8o conveys to 
Capt. John Munson "a certain Dwelling house and Barn, — also 
Twenty Nine acres and a half of Land whereon sd House and 
Barn stands", bounded W'^^ and N'^ by highways, also N. W. by 
Benj. Willmott, and N. by Caleb Hotchkiss the second. April i. — 
The above transferred to Nath'^ Payne for ;^ 165. 

May 3, Monday. — The Society of the First Church requested 
Mr. Noyes, Deacon Punderson, and Capt. John Munson to apply 
to the Association for advice and direction with respect to a suit- 
able person for a colleague-pastor. The Association recommended 
Rev. Aaron Burr, afterwards president of Princeton College ; his 
son was Vice President of the U. S. 

May y*" 10. Meeting of Society of First Church. — " Voted That 
Cor^' Joseph Whiting, Sam^^ Bushup, esqre, and Cap* John Munson, 
all of New Haven, . . be a Com— to make the sale " (of certain 

June 16. — The selectmen, John' being First, sell the town-farm 
in the North Parish, 194^ acres, to James Bishop. 

August. — The effort to secure Mr. Burr as colleague not having 
been successful, Dr. Bacon says — " Mr. Noyes and Captain John 
Munson were again requested to apply to the Association for 
advice respecting an assistant to the pastor." 

Sept. 3. — Col. Joseph Whiting, Dea. Sam! Bishop and Capt. John 
Munson had been appointed by the First Ch. to sell and deed 
some land. Several sales. 

Oct. 25. — Sam" Bishop, Isaac Dickerman, John Munson, and 
John Hitchcock, " The present Decons of said first Church 


in New Haven," convey to Samuel Perkins ip-J acres 
donated to the Church by Rev. James Pierpont, late Deceased. 
(He had been made deacon since Sept. 3.) 

December. — Capt John and six others chosen selectmen, and he 
was ex officio member of committee to regulate highways. 

1745. (Aged 72.) Aug. 22. — "Deacon John Munson" for^i2o 
old Tenor, conveys to John Read of Stanford, Ct., "all my Right 
Title and Interest in one Certain Grist Mill in sd New Haven, 
Called & Known by the Name of Todds Mill, — being one Third 
part of sd Mill, Damm, streems. Land and appurtenances." In 
1746, J. R. transferred his interest in this mill to Daniel Todd. 

Oct. 28. — J.' M. unites with two brothers in conveying 11^ acres. 

1746. Oct. 27. — John' for j[^\% conveys to JoeP "a certain 7'*^ 
Division lot in New Haven, in ye bounds of Amity, and all my 
right in y*^ Commons and undivided Land in s"? New Haven." 

138 The Munson Record. 

1747. March 4. — J/ M. for ;^3o sells his son Joel" all his interest 
in lands located in Wallingford. 

1748. (Aged 75.) Jan. 14. — J.' M. for ^12 old Tenor, received 
of " my Daughter Hannah' Andrews of s*^ New Haven," conveys 
i^ acres of " land in y*^ Bever hills." Jan. 14. — J.' M. for ^33 old 
Tenor received of "my Daughter Mehetabel" Morris" of New 
Haven, conveys ^ acre, bounded W. & N. by the mill pond or 
Land of Caleb Hotchkiss, Ju!, E. & S. by highways, " with y® 
Dwelling house thereon standing in which sf Meh'^i! now Dwells 
in ;" also abt. 60 rods bounded W. by highway. 

October. — John Munson, I. Dickerman and J. Hitchcock memo- 
rialized the Assembly. 

Dec. 8. — The First Church elected a new committee in place of 
" Cor^^ Joseph Whiteing, Decon Sam'.' Bushup, & Decon John 
Munson," originally chosen May 10, 1742: Dea. Bishop died 
March 12th, and Col. Whiting Aprill 4th, of this year. 

I74g. Feb. 6. — John' Munson " of New Haven," for £,^%o old 
Tenor, conveys to " my Son Joel^ Munson & my Son in Law Caleb 
Hotchkiss, y* 2?, both of s= New Haven," . . . "in Equal pro- 
portion, one Certain piece of Land Lying and being in sf New 
Haven, Containing one acre be y® same more or less. Bounded 
Southerly and Eastwardly by highways. Northerly by Ens" John 
Bradlys Land, & Westwardly by Land belonging to y^ Heirs of 
Lev.- Abrf Dickerman, Dec*?, together with y** house thereon 
Standing, — it being my present Dwelling house and homestead in 
S; New Haven." 

1752. Aug. 6. — Joel^ Munson for ^9 conveys \ acre in Walling- 
ford derived from his " father Capt John Munson of 
New Haven, deceased. 

I7SS- The allotment to the name of John' in the 8th Division 
was 6 A. 2 qr. 21 rods. 

1760. March 31. — Joel" relinquishes to the Proprietors " y® 
whole of his fathers right in y® Common and undivided Land in 
s"? Town in y® Nineth Division which was Six acres and Some odd 
in y® Last Division." 

1771. May 14. — Wallingford Record: "Then laid out & sur- 
vey" to JoeP Munson Jun'", on the Right of his Grandfather Cap* 
John Munson late of New Haven, deceased. One Acre & twenty 
Rods of Seventh Division Land between the first and Second Tier 
of Lotts from Waterbury Line." 

Theophilus^ Munsons Family Register. 139 


Theophilus' (SamueP, Thomas') b. i Sept. 1675 ; m. Esther dau. 
of John* Mix; she d. 16 Sept. 1746, ce. 68; he d. 28 Nov. 1747. 
Locksmith, public service; Cong.; res. New Haven (S. W. cor. 
College and Wall Sts.), Ct. 

Children, rec. N. H.: 

i. Elisabeth* b. ib Sept. 1697; bp. 5 April 1719, rec. ist Ch., N. H.; 
m. (by SamiJ Bishop, J. P.) 16 May 1728 Richardson Miner b. 25 
Nov. 1704, son of 

Lt. Elnathan;f he ^~~-^ /2;yp ■ 

^ in England 1744; yY^^^^^^;2-^ ^^VtI^.^^ 
she^. i9Aug. 1751; ip^ 

Cong., Episc; res. r^ 

Trumbull, Strat- 
ford, Ct. Richardson Miner grad. Yale Coll. 1726 in the same class 
with Dr. Daniel* Munson. I gather some interesting items from a 
paper read by R. C. Ambler, Esq., before the Fairfield Co. Hist, 
Soc: — The Church of Christ at Unity was constituted and Miner 
ordained 18 Nov. 1730. During the 14 years of his pastorate, 66 
names were added to the original 38 on the church-roll. He com- 
bined medicine with theology and " was a ph)'^sician with a large 
and lucrative practice," his visits extending into Fairfield, New 
Stratford, Tashua, Ripton, and Stratford. The meeting-house in 
which he performed service was three miles north of Stratford, 
and perhaps a mile and a quarter south of the present church in 
Trumbull. The sites of the sanctuary and of his residence are 
both grass-fields. Quite a distance north of the site of the meeting- 
house is the old well, which provided his household with water; 
a fiat stone now covers it. He laid down his pastorate 21 March 
1744, and removed to Stratford. Having espoused Episcopal 
sentiments he became a communicant in Christ Church 25 March 
1744, and his wife Elizabeth followed i July 1744. Rev. Dr. 
Beardsley says: "The Episcopalians in Stamford and vicinity 
with a view of having him as their minister exerted themselves to 
the utmost of their abilities to assist him to go to England for 
Holy Orders. Accordingly he embarked . . . but the vessel 
was taken upon its passage by the French. After he and his 
companions were released from confinement, and while on their 
way from Port Louis in France to London, Mr. Miner died, at 
the age of forty, in the same year 1744, of a fever at Salisbury, to 
the great sorrow of his waiting flock and dependent famil}\" He 
had not reached his destination and was not yet ordained in the 
Church of England. Rev. Dr. Johnson is represented as having 

* Born 1649, son of Thomas Meekes and Rebecca dau. of Capt. Nathaniel Turner. 
t Born 20 Dec. 1671, son of Dea. Manassah b. 28 April 1647 in New London, Ct.,sonof Thomas 
b. 1608 in England. 

140 TJie Mimson Record. 

said, on hearing of Mr. Miner's death, that had he lived, he would 
have been foremost among the candidates for consecration as the 
first bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. 

R. M. 4 Feb. 1732, IV of Geo. 11., bought <^\ acres which he 
sold in Ma}^ 1734. He purchased ii^ acres of Daniel Shearwood 
3 May 1733. Mrs. Miner received by her father's Will " ;^ioo 
beside what she has already Had." Administration on her estate 
was granted 20 April 1752 to her brother Benjamin''; bond ^^looo. 
The inventory included Willard's Body of Divinity ;^8, Calvin's 
Institutions "lattin" 50/., Annotations on y" Bible ;^3, Durham's 
Commentary 20/., Waterland's Vindication 40/., History of y^ 
Apostles Creed 20/., Life of Cotton Mather 15/., Justin Martyr's 
Apology 30/.; total, ;^869.ii. In June 1750 Capt. Israel Munson 
was allowed guardian to Richardson Miner ; bond, ;^50. - 
10 ch.* — 

(i) Hejirietta^ b. 5 July 1728, bp. "by the Rev* Mr Joseph Noyes at New Haven," 
711. I Jan. 1752 Johnt son of Joseph Miles, b. 21 May 1727, a cooper, she «^. 15 
March 1794, he d. 6 March 1803, Episc, res. New Haven, Ct. (ch. of whom were 
John^t 1752, a capt. in Rev. army serving during entire war, and William8§ 1753, 
a sea-captain whose dau. Polly^ ?«. Capt. John T. Trowbridgell), 

(2) Prudence^ b. 18 Nov. 1729, bp. " by the Revi Mr Hezekiah Gold of Stratford ", m. 

1752 Phillips Benjamin, (4 dau., — the oldest Mary^ ?«. James Walker, their dau. 
Elizabeth' m. Elisha Hubbard Beardsley and had James W.s,^ res. Bridge- 

(3) .ffj^/z^r^ (5. 4 March 1730/1, i5/. "by her father," 

* Births of Prudence, Easther, Isabel and Elizabeth, in Stratford town records ; all entered by 
Mr. Miner on church record at Trumbull (then parish of Unity). 

t Born 21 May 1727 ; residence was in rear of Mechanics Bank, — see Map of 1748. Mrs. Grace 
Munson Wheeler used to be sent by her mother to his shop to get chips to kindle fires with. 
Though a great Churchman (Episc), he was a patriot and refused to go to Church until the Prayer- 
Book should be so altered that he could pray for his own country's rulers. 

% He served in the Heavy Artillery. When he got his guns into position at Yorktown, his 
men said of the enemy's commanding officer — " We will now shell every corn off his body, and 
make him Cob-wallis !" Miles received thanks from Washington before the army on one occasion, 
and on another a double commission for desperate bravery, and was drawing his two pensions 
when he died in 1830. He was a good Churchman. When La Fayette visited New Haven, 1724, 
he recognized Capt. Miles, and the old man said he was ready to die. 

§ His dau. Henrietta' m. 1809 Charles Peterson b. 1783 in Rouen, France ; he d. 1816 in St. 
Thomas, W. I.; she d. Feb. 1871 ; they had Charles^ b. i Nov. 1810, president of Security Insurance 
Company, res. New Haven. Introducing him to La Fayette, Capt. Miles said : " This lad. General, 
is the son of a Frenchman." As quick as thought, the General clapped his hand on the head of 
the lad, saying — "The son of a Frenchman will always make a good American." C. P.'s sons 
Charles W.^, Edward S.* and George F.» (dentist), res. in New Haven. 

II B. 1780, son of John b. 1748 ; was master of the ship "Thomas" of New Haven, which was 
captured off the Isle of France by a British squadron, which took from the ship all but Capt. 
Trowbridge, his brother-in-law Charles Peterson (first officer), and the cook, and then put a prize 
crew of 20 men on board and ordered her to the Cape of Good Hope. Trowbridge and Peterson 
planned to recapture the ship, which with the aid of some Lascars on board they did, and sailed for 
Madagascar. There the vessel was captured by a French frigate, but the French governor at the 
Isle of France restored the ship with part of the cargo. The Captain " executed a most daring 
enterprise on the coast of Holland, where he recovered, with the aid of divers, upwards of $250,000 
in specie from a sunken wreck, but was again taken with all his specie by a British frigate, carried 
to Java, thence to Calcutta, where he was confined in the infamous Black Hole ;" transferred to 
Dartmoor Prison, Eng.; arrived in N. Y. June 5, 1815, after an absence of four and one-half 

1[ Has a chair which was formerly the Rev. Richardson Miner's. 

He presented the city with a farm for a park, which has been named in his honor. 

Theophilus^ Munsons Family Register. 141 

(4) Isabella^ b. " Jan''? is' 173^/3 baptis'd by her father", m. 13 Aug. 1760 Brewster 

Dayton, has descendants in Stratford, Ct., 

(5) Elisabeth^ b. 7 March 173V4. bp- "by her father," m. unc. Curtiss, 

(6) Martha^ b. " March 7'.li 1734/5, baptised by her father, and dyed March 12'h 1734/5 , 

(7) Richardson^ b. 5 March i73Ve. ip- by his father, m. 23 Jan. 1764 Tabitha Curtiss, 

jeweller, general repairer, res. Stratford, (in June 1750 Cap' Israel* Munson of 
New Haven was allowed guardian to Richardson Miner, minor son of Rev. 
Richardson Miner), 

(8) Martha^ " a second of the Name born Febijy 131'! 1736/ 7, baptiz'd by her Father," 
(g) Rebeckak^ b. Octo-: le'.h 1738, bp. ib. 

(10) Williain^ b. Nov; 24''! 1739, bp. ib., d. 22 March 1740. 

ii. Esther-* b. 8 Nov. 1699; bp. 5 April 1719, ist Ch., N. H.; m. (by 
Samuel Bishop, J. P.) 21 July 1720 John Tallmadge ; she d. 26 
Sept. 1730 ; I ch., rec. N. H. — Hezekiah" b. 16 Sept. 1721, his 
grandfather's Will, made 29 March 1746, says — " I also give to my 
Grandson Hez';' Talmadge £a^o old Tenor." 
729. iii. Israel^ b. 11 Dec. 1701 ; bp. 5 April 1719, ist Ch., N. H. 

iv, Martha* b. 8 Aug. 1704 ; bp. 5 April 1719, ib.; m. Ginnings ; Cong. 
(Martha Jennings joined, 24 Nov. 1737, the ist Ch., N. H.); her 
father's Will, 29 March 1746, has this: "Also I give to my 
Daughter Martha Ginnings ;i^ioo in addition to w^hat she has had." 
Daniel* b. 12 Jan. 1708/9 ; bp. 5 April 1719, ib. 
Benjamin* b. 28 March 1711 ; bp. 5 April 1719, ib. 
Theophilus* b. 25 June 1713 ; bp. 5 April 1719, ib. 
James* b. i Oct. 1715 ; bp. 5 April 1719, ib.; d. 20 Oct. 1742, a. 27. 
Ann* (5. 4 Jan. 1717/8 ; bp. 5 April 1719, ib.; m.* (by Rev. Joseph 
Noyes) 27 April 1738 John son of John Punderson, b. 25 July 
1709 ; she d. 18 Oct. 1739 ! ^e d. 26 Nov. 1742; one ch., rec. N. H. 
— AbigaiP b. 21 April 1739, d. 23 May 1739. 
X. Sybil* b. 22 March 1719/20; bp. " Feber 1719-20 Cibil Munson", 
rec. 1st Ch., N. H.; 7n.\ (by Rev. J. Noyes) 3 Sept. 1741 Aaron 
son of Samuel Day of West Springfield, Ms., b. 11 Aug. 1715 ; no 
ch.; " Mrs. Sybill wife of Mr Aaron Day died Oct. 31, 1742 ;" he 
d. 9 Sept. 1778. Aaron Day, grad. Yale Coll. 1738, " a man of 
character and influence," lived in New Haven, North Haven, and 
Southington where he died. He was steward ( dispensator ) of 
Yale Coll. 1739-1747. 
xi. Lois* b. 7 June 1722 ; bp. 10 June 1722, ib.; from the Will of father, 
made 1746, — "Item ; I Give to my Daught! Lois* ;i^20o;" Dec. 5, 
1750 for ;^ Lois*:}: Munson "of New Haven" sells Israel* 
■^ of I acre of meadow "upon y* great Island, which did belong 









unto my Hon^ mother Esther Munson." 

Theophilus' was a very prosperous and very prominent citizen. 
From 1702, during forty-five years, he dwelt at the S, W. cor. of 
College and Wall streets, where President Dwight now lives. 

* In record, " Mrs. Ann," " Mr. John." 

t " Mrs. Sybil," " Mr. Aaron." 

% In ack., called " Mrs. Lois ;" she signs by her mark. 

142 The Munson Record. 

Annals of Theophilus'. 

i6g6. (Aged 21.) T. M., Dec. 28.— ^ a n 

" Theophilus' Munson ppoundith y* (ytAjUfpJic U^'^ "jJlu/n^CPf 
y® towne giue him y* six acres of ' 

Land," etc.: granted, "provided y* y*^ meadow & land adjacent 
have Liberty to pass through y^ s'' Land," paying for all damage 
connected with fencing. 

zdp/. March 6. — M'' Thomas Trowbridge, seneor, merchant, for 
;^2o conveys Theophilus', " gunsmith", " a house & shope* 
esi ence. ^^^ home Lottf thereunto belonging" — "three Roods of 
Land," 6^ rods 2 ft. in breadth at South end by Joshua Hotchkiss, 
& 7^ rods by highway — bounded " by y® highway or street north- 
erly." Southeast corner of Elm and High streets, where Alumni 
Hall is. (Sold, March 1702.) 

i6gg. March 24. — John Hancock of N. H. conveys to Theoph- 
ilus*, "Lock Smith", "y^ Third part of on acer", bounded "on 
y® North with y^ street, on y^ west with Samuel Johnson his Land, 
on The south with Daniell Hotchkis his Land." Southwest corner 
Elm and High streets, where Peabody Museum is. His whole lot 
(including High St.) had \\ acres. On it he built a " mansion 
house" in which he dwelt until March 1702, when he transferred 
the place, the shop excepted, to John Bishop. 

Entered under or after T. M., Dec. 25. — "An account of y^ fenc 
about y® Yorkshier quarter and West field, the North flank begin- 
ning at y® Comon gate : Theophilus^ Monson 11 rods 7 foots." 

ijoo. (Aged 25.) T. M., Aprill 30. — Theophilus Munson & 
Richard Miles chosen fence viewers for Coopers quarter. 

I'/oi. Jan. 14. — John Johnson, husbandman, conveys to Theoph- 
ilus Munson, "blacksmith," (by exchange,) 5 acres in y* field 
Called y^ Yorkshier quarter, " together w**^ full & free Liberty of 
a high way from y^ Cart way from y^ quarter gate at y® eastward 
end of Fowllors Lott to y® s^ Land." Feb. — Joseph Morris sells 
Theophilus' i^ acres bounded N. by Land of Richard Miles. 

March 12. — John Hill sells T. M. "a certain mansion house 
together with a home Lott Containing by estimation half an acor 
& twenty Rod . . Bounded by y^ horn Lott of Nat Tharp west- 
ward, Deacon Punderson his Lott northward, eastward y^ Lott of 
John Johnson, Southward y^ towne Street." April 14. — Matthew 
Ford for ;^3. 18 sells T. M., "Locksmith," arable Land "iny^ 

* Two gunsmiths had preceded him there successively. 
t Had a front on Elm street of 124 ft. 

Theophilus^ Miinsons Residence. 143 

Subbarbs field," bounded N^^''^ "by j" West Lane." April 28.— 
M. Ford, husbandman, sells T. M. land adjoyning the former 
parcell eastward, bounded N. "by y*^ west Lane." 

April 29. — "Theophilus' Munson tooke y*" freemen's oath." 

Sept. 16. — "ensigne Joshua hotchkis & Theophilus munson 
Chosen Colectors of y'^ ministers Rate for y*^ year ensuing." (J. 
Pierpont was minister 1684-17 14.) 

" Daniel Hotchkis & Theophilus munson propounded for Liberty 
to build a pew at y^ top of y'^ new Stairs behind y^ Minister." 

1^02. Jan. 14. — T.^ M., "blacksmith," conveys to John Johnson, 
Jun'', 4 A. in the Subburbs quarter, bounded N. by y^ West Lane, 
S. by a cart way. 

March 27. — Theophilus Munson, "Locksmith," makes over to 
John Bishop "a certain mantion house being y® house wherein y® 
s*^ Munson now Dwelleth . . . w**" y*^ home Lott of Land there 
unto belonging & all buildings, . . . the shop & appurtenances 
thereof onely excepted," \\ A., bounded N. by y® town street, E. 
by Samuell Mix and John Mix his Land, S. by y'^ Land of Joshua 
Hotchkis, & W. by y*^ Land of Daniel Hotchkis and John Becher. 
In return, J. B. for the above and j[^\o conveys to Theophilus 
Munson "y*^ mantion house where in y^ S*^ Bishop 
esi ence 4sy. -^^^^i^ Dwelt . . . w"" y^ hom Lott of Land 

thereto adjoying . . and all buildings, edifices, out houses, yards, 
garden, garden plots, fences, fruit trees, being in quantity one acre 
& quarter of an acre," bounded E'^*^ by y® towne Street, N'""^ by y® 
Land of James Heaton, W^*^ by his own Land, & Southward by y® 
Land of Nathaniel Boykin. 

April 12. — T.' M. exchanges with John Hancock i-^-A. in Coopers 
Quarter, bounded E. by y^. Town Street, for 3^ A. in the same field. 

April 28. — " Viewars of fences for y'^ yorkshire quarter, Theoph- 
ilus Munson & John punderson." 

Dec. 21. — " M'' Mathew gilbert & M'' Theophilus Munson chosen 
Constables for y*^ year ensuing." 

//oj. T.' M.'s name is in the list of 151 freemen entered at New 
Haven in March. 

1704. April 3. — Theophilus received in the Half-Division 8|- 
acres ; in the Sequestered he had had 16^ ; he was credited with 5 
persons, and his rate in 1702 was ;^62. 

Sept. 19. — Nathaniel Boykin for ^6 sells T. M., " smith," one 
third part of my home Lott, bounded S. on John Mix, N. " w"^ his 
own Land," and E. "w*** y® town street." 

//oj. (Aged 30.) Nov. 30. — T.' M. exchanges with Isaac Becher 
8 A. of woodland, Half-Division, for 9^ A. of Seq- Land. 


144 The Munson Record. 

Dec. 31. — "Listers chosen are Serg'^*^ Danell Hotchkiss, Nath^' 
Heaton, Nath'^ mix, theophilus^ Munson & Richard miles : & 

lyod. Dec. 23. — Thomas gilbert, Theophilus Munson, and two 
others, chosen surveyors of highways. 

ijoj. April 3. — Josiah Hotchkis, husbandman, for ;!^i5 sells 
T. M. 2\ A. of meadow, " Lying near y^ north Corner of y*^ york- 
sheer quarter ", bounded by y® west Riuer north w" & west w*^, & 
Land of William Willmots south w'' & east w". 

ijoS. Feb. 25, vi of Anne. — T.' M. conveys to Mr. James Pier- 
pont (Rev.) 2 A. of arable land "in a Comon field Called new- 
haven neck", bounded N. by highway, S. "by y^ ferry path," 
" being part of a Lot formerly belonging to capt Thomas Munson, 
& from him descending by my father unto me." Feb. 25. — J. Mans- 
field sells T. M., "Locksmith," 2 acres of " pasture ground " in y 
Second Quarter. March 20. — Isaac Jones in return for a deed of 
"a certain neagro woman Called Hagur," and five Pounds 

avery. ^^^g^^g shillings Cash, conveys to T.^ M. five acres . . 
in y® second quarter. 

170Q. Jan. 25. — Thomas Panter sells T. M. 10^ acres of "half 
Devision Land." Sept. 26. — Nathan^^ Tharp, Senior, for ^^. 10 
conveys to T. M., Locksmith, 2 A. in Coopers Quarter. 

Dec. 26. — " Theophilus Munson was chosen town 
Treasurer or colector of town Rates." 

jyio. (Aged 35.) Laid out this year to Theophilus Munson and 
John Mix, as "proprietors of a second Division North of Milford 
Road," a lot 77 rods wide "in y® Reer" and 57 in the front. 

Jan. 2. — Eben. Lines sells T.' M. 2^ A. of fresh meadow "in y* 
place Called Westfield." Feb. 2. — Jos. Tuttle, cordwainer, sells 
T. M. I acre in the 2"'' Quarter. Feb. 16. — Joseph^ Munson, 
"Joyner," of Wallingford, for ^17 sells Theophilus^ 2f acres of 
meadow land " on y* Riuer Called y'^ east Riuer, a litell below y* 
place Called the Reach." Feb. 20. — John Glover of Newtown sells 
T. M. 13 A. sequestred land. Feb. 20. — John Glover of Stratford 
conveys to Theoph. Munson and John Mix, Jun'^, 114 A. 2- Div. 
land, on the W. side of New Haven, bounded E^^ by y'^ i^' Div. 
land, W^^' by comon Land ; Also a parcell of i- Div. Land adjoyn- 
ing, bounded E^^ "by Westfield fence." March 6. — I. Jones con- 
veys to T. M. 3^ A. in the 2"*^ quarter. 

Dec. 18. — " Theophilus Munson chosen a Howard for y^ yorksher 
Quarter, who Refused." 

Dec. 25. — " M"^ William Thompson & Serg°* Theophilus 
■ Munson were chosen sealers of weights & measures." 

TheopJiihis^ Chosen Townsman, 145 

*' Votted y' L* Thomas Talmadge, John Todd, seneor, L*^ Rich"^ 
Miles, & Serg°* Theophilus munson, w**^ M"" william Thompson, 
surveyor, do Run y*^ Line of y® Indian Land on y® east side : to do 
it on there own cost." 

Allotment of Theophilus in 5th Division, c. 17 10, 29! A. 19 R., 
80 X 60, — " Last on the west side the west rock, Leaving large high 
way from Thomsons Gapp to S. end of pine Rock." 

lyii. Jan. 8. — Munson and Mix divide their purchase, the latter 
securing the south side. Feb. 10. — Theophilus' and Thomas' effect 
an exchange, the former acquiring f acre of the ancestral house- 
lot, the west side, and 3^ A. of Half-Div., while the former acquired 
the "mansion-house" bought by T. M. in March 1701. Oct. 10. — 
Isaac Jones sells T.' M. 12 A. in the 2""^ Quarter, bounded "by y^ 
Mill Land East w^" 

A list of Colony debts, Aug. 17 11, includes: "To Theophilus 

Munson of Newhaven, work upon guns, shoeing horses, marking 

arms, &c., ^9. 16. o "; doubtless in preparing 
Queen Anne's War. .., ,,. j- . , . .^ r ^u • r^ i 

the soldiers 01 the regiment of this Colony now 

raised for the expedition against Canada." (Queen Anne's War, 

i'ji2. March 25. — "Votted y' Stephen Hotchkiss Lott be Laid 
to serg"* Theophilus Munsons Lott." March 26. — James Bishop, 
weaver, sells T. M., "Smith," 2 A. in The Second Quarter. April 
29. — " The proprietors of y® undivided Land made Chois of L* 
Thom^ Talmadge, Joseph Moss, Theophilus Munson & L* Joseph 
Sacket to assist y'^ surveyor, w"^ y^ former persons chosen, in Lay- 
ing out y*^ undivided Land." Oct. 2. — I. Jones sells T. M. \ A. in 
y^ second Quarter. 

Dec. 15. — Serg°* Theophilus Munson chosen the 4th 
Townsman. c lc c^ ■> . . >> 

of 7 Select men or towns men. 

Dec. 31. — Stephen Hotchkis, husbandman, sells T. M. if acres 
of sequestred Land, lying N— of y'^ towne. 

Allotment to Theophilus c. 1712, in ist Div. of Sequestered, 9 A. 
6 R. II ft. 

lyij. Jan. 12. — Theophilus was one of five who were added to 
the " Comitte for y^ sequestred Land belonging to y^ town plot & 
y® east farmers." 

May 8. — Jos. Bradly, husbandman, for ^14 sells T. M. 7 acres, 
"my Lott now Lately Laid out of y® first devision of y® sequestred 
Land Lying in y*^ first tier of the sd devision." Aug. 4. — Thomas 
Miles, blacksmith, of Wallingford, and others, convey their interest 
in 3 A. of upland and meadow. 

146 TJie Mimson Record. 

Nov. 9. — Allotment to T.^ M. in 2nd Div. of Sequestered, 9 A. 
6 R. II ft., 40 R. X 29, 5"^ in 2"^'^ tier. 

Dec. 21. — Theophilus chosen a selectman. " Fenc viewars for 
y* great neck, John Gilbert & Theophilus Munson." 

1714. Jan. 7. — M. Blacksly for £,\\ sells T. M. 7 acres i^' Div. 
of Seq.'', " lying between y^ open Rode y*^ goeth to y^ half Devision 
By Benjamin Woodens & y*^ Beauer Ponds," bounded E. " by open 
highway", W. '' by highway." 

Feb. 24. — Seth Eaton for ^16.5 sells T. M. 3 A. of salt meadow. 
March 25. — Daniell Abet of Branford, husbandman, for ^5.10 sells 
T. M. 4I A. 20 rods. May 14. — Jos. Preston for ^4.10 sells T. M. 
2\ acres 1- Div. seques'', " in y' place Comonly Called y^ Playns." 

Dec. 13. — ensigne Isaac Dickerman, serg"*^ Theophilus Munson, 
& 5 more, chosen townsmen. 

Dec. 20. — W'" Thompson & Theophilus Munson chosen sealers 
of weights & measures. 

Dec. 27. — L. Clinton conveys to T.^ M. 5 A. of "wilderness 
Land," half Deuision. 

1715. (Aged 40.) Dec. 12. — Serg"* Abram Dickerman, ensigne 
Isaac Dickerman, Serg"*^ Theophilus' Munson, John Punderson, 
Thomas Trowbridge, & two others, chosen selectmen. 

Dec. 19. — Serg"*^ Theophilus Munson and six others "chosen 
gran jururs for y*^ year ensuing." 

W™ Thompson & Serg"' Theophilus Munson elected sealers of 
weights and measures. 

lyid. May 29. — Alex. Willmot of South Hampton on Long 
Island, Joyner, for ^^8 sells T. M. his right in the estate of his 
brother William. July 10. — John & Thomas Wilmott & Mary 
Dorman did likewise. Aug. i. — Joshua Tuttle sold T. M. 4^ A. 
Sequestered, "near y^ West Riuer." Dec. 11. — John Jones, "min- 
ister of the gosple," for ;^8.i3 shill, sold T. M. 2 A. 26 rods bounded 
E. by "the Mill lane." 

December. — Abraham Dickerman, Theophilus Munson, Sam^^ 
Peck, Isaac Dickerman, Thomas Trowbridge, and two more, chosen 

ggj-gut Theophilus' Munson & M"^ W- Thompson sealers of 
weights & measures. 

Dec. 24. — Proprietors of Undivided Land present 8 acres of 
sequestered land "to y^ Colegiat school . . when & so long s^ 
school shall be continued here :" John Ailing, Sam'* Bishop, 
Joseph Whiting, Isaac Dickerman, & Theophilus Munson, to give 
said trustees a deed of sd land. 

Theophilus^ Joins in Building Long Wharf. 147 

Serg°* Peck & Serg"'' Munson are joined with the surveyor to 
lay out land for Moses Sperry. 

77/7. Jan. 24. — D. and R. Sperry with their wives convey their 
interest in the above W. Willmot land. 

April 30. — " Granted to M' John Woodward, Mr Jonathan Atwa- 
ter, Cap' Joseph Whiting, Serg' Theophilus Munson, M' John Mix 
and M! Joseph Mix, . . . Eight Rods wide and in 
ong arf. ^QT^ygth to the Channell of the flats, beginning at the 
end of the high way* leading down by Cap' Prouts to the water 
side, including all the Right belonging to sd Mr Atwaterf and to 
Mr Thomas Trowbridge,f provided that the s'^ Grantees build a 
wharfej forty Rods long from the top of high water Marke, and 
twenty foots wide, and of sufficient hight to keep things dry at 
high water, within eight years from this time." May 13. — Four 
selectmen laid out the above grant : " Beginning at the south east 
corner of the ware house formerly M"" Thomas Trowbridges, a line 
extended south about 37 Degrees East to the grate Channell, and 
so in width to the west ward Eight Rods, alwayes reserving a suf- 
fisiant Cart way in the said grant of a Rod wide Round the Corner 
of M"' Woodwards warehouse." 

May 27. — Jos. Gilbert, husbandman, sells T. M. ^ part of a lot 
" in the field Called plainfield," Sequesf^ land in the first Div. 
(Witness, John^ Munson, Junf) 

Dec. 16. — Sergant Theophilus Munson, Serg' Abraham Dicker- 
man, ens° Isaac Dickerman, and four more, chosen selectmen. 

Wm. Thompson & Theophilus Munson sealers of "wayts" & 

Dec. 23. — Viewers for y° Yorkshire q*, Serg* Theophilus Mun- 
son & Jonathan Atwater, JunT 

iyi8. March 14. — Theophilus sells as committee-man. March 
19. — M. T. sells Theophilus 14 acres "in pipe staues Swamp," 

April 29. — " Ens° Isaac Dickerman and Serg' Theophilus Mun- 
son Chosen Deputyes to attend the gen- Court in May 
^'P'*iy- Next." Served. 

April 29. — Meeting of Proprietors of Undivided Lands : " It 
being moued to the proprietors whether they would sequester the 

* state St. (S. of George), formerly Fleet St. 

t Samuel Bache 23 Nov. 1663 obtained a grant for a wharf, 50 ft. wide, at the lower end of Fleet 
St. ; this is regarded as having been the first wharf in the Harbor ; it passed into the possession of 
Jonathan Atwater. In Jan. 1682, Thomas Trowbridge requested a grant for a wharf, 22 ft. wide, 
eastward of and adjoining Bache's grant. 

X In 1738 the wharf extended into the Harbor 26 rods : the popular name of it was Long Wharf ; 
the proper name of it. Union Wharf. In 1770 it was voted to build a pier at the Channel : there 
was nearly a third of a mile between the Wharf and the Pier. 

148 The Miinson Record. 

West Rocks for Comons for euer, from Benjamin Wilmots unto 

Thomsons Gap, or to the Rock Called the high Rock ; 
West Rock. ^^^ ^^^^ ^^-^^ ^^^ gj^^ j^j^^g^ ^^^^ ^^^^ -^^^^ ^^^ ^.^^ 

Riuer, — to ly Common as aboue for s'^ proprietors : Voted in the 
affirmative. M"^ W" Thompson, M'' Nathaniel Yale, Ens" Isaac 
Dickerman, Serg* Theophilus Munson, M'' Thomas Trowbridge, 
Joseph Mansfield, and Simon Tuttle, are appoynted to state out sd 
Rocks for the use aboue sd." 

Sept. 16. — "Ensi? Isaac Dickerman and Serg* Theophilus Mun- 
son were Chosen Deputyes to attend the Gen** Assembly 
epu y- j^ October Next ensuing." Served. 
Dec. 22. — Theophilus made one of seven grand-jury men. 
W" Thompson & Theophilus Munson sealers of weights & 

lyig. April 2. — Theophilus' Munson and his wife Hester were 

admitted to the communion of the First Church. April 5. 

— Nine children from Elizabeth^ to Ann^ were baptized. 

April II. — Surveyor W™ Thomson, by direction of L- Sam^' 

Smith and Serg* Theophilus' Munson, lays out to Line* Richard 

Miles and Joseph Tuttle 60 acres of Land East of " an old Road 

that formerly went up to farmington or Wallingford farms 

annexed." Laid out "at a place commonly called above the steps 

or Blew Hills." 

April 28. — " Ens° Isaac Dickerman and Serg* Theophi- 
^-^ lus Munson Chosen Deputyes to attend the Gen** Court 

in May Next." Served. 

Dec. 28. — W"" Thompson & Serg* Theophilus Munson sealers of 
weights and measures. 

I'j20. (Aged 45.) March 2. — Moses Blakslee, husbandman, for 

;£'i.oo sells Theophilus Munson, L. S., 30 A. in Yorkshire quarter. 

March 3. — Jos. Gilbert sells T. M. 2 A. salt meadow "upon the 

Grate Island", bounded W. by East Riuer, E. by a small creek. 

March 16. — Contributed one acre of land for the benefit of "the 

Collegiate school :" sixteen others made up 40 acres. 

March 21. Meeting of Proprietors. — Richard Miles & 

Joseph Tuttle bring an action against the Proprietors for a right 

in the undivided lands, on account of one Brewster. Committee 

to attend to the matter includes Theophilus.' 

April 26. — Ensi"" Isaac Dickerman and serg'. Theophilus 
^ Munson chosen Deputies to attend the Gen'.' Court in 

May next. Served. 

Dec. 19. — Serg*^ Theophilus Munson (alone) chosen sealer of 
" wayts " & measures. 

Theophilus^ Buys the Ancestral Home. 149 

iy2i. Jan. 9. Meeting of Proprietors of Undivided Lands. — 
Committee chosen to propose plans for sixth division : 
Sam^' Bishop, Dan" Sherman, Theoph. Munson, Jos. 
Ives, Thomas Trowbridge. 

April 25. — Com. to act for the town in determining and marking 
the bounds between Milford & New Haven, Cap*^ Joseph Whiting, 
Cap' John^ Munson, Cap* Samuel Smith, and Serg*^ Theophilus' 

June 19. — The six brothers of Theophilus convey to him 5 acres 
in New haven (Second Quarter), which had been traded by Joshua' 
to Theophilus but not deeded. June 19. — Theophilus Munson 
conveys to his brothers (in exchange) 14 acres in Wallingford, 
" southward of the town, in pipe staves swamp." 

Dec. II. — Theophilus Munson sealer of weights and measures. 

Theophilus Munson & Caleb Tuttle viewers of Yorkshire 

Dec. II. — Proprietors Meeting : Seven men including Theophilus 
Munson were joined with "former comm? to rectify errors & make 
adjustmts touching past and present distributions." 

i'/22. Jan. 15. — Allotment of Theophilus in 3'' Div. of Seques- 
tered, 8 acres. 

Feb. 19. — John' for £^']\ conveys to Theophilus' the ancestral 
home on Grove St. Conveys also 4 acres "in that field Called y® 
neck," bounded E. "by a path that goes to the fferry," W. "by a 
path." Also the one half part of a 3'' Div. lot containing 15 A. 
Also 15 A. in Wallingford, "at a place caled Cooks Rocks." 

March 16. — Theophilus for ^{^34 sells Caleb' Munson of Walling- 
ford 30 acres "at Cooke rock." Nov. 20. — T. M. conveys Obadiah 
Hill for ;^36 a 3'' Div. lot, 27 acres. 

Dec. 3. — Serg* Munson assisted Lieut. Dickerman in prising 2 
stray cattle. 

Dec. 17. — Serg: Sam** Peck and Serg'' Theophilus Munson 
^. , . " Chosen Tithingmen for the first society in New 

Tithtngman. ^t i>/t-' r t^ tt 

Haven. (Iwo were chosen for East Haven, two 
for West Haven, and two for the North East Society.) 

Theophilus Munson & J. J. viewers of Yorkshire qr.; also, hay- 
wards of same. 

Dec. 24. — Theophilus (alone) sealer of weights and measures. 

1723. June 4. — J. How for ^7.10 sells T. M. 2\ A. "in the Great 
Neck," bounded E. on "road laid to ferry." 

Dec. 16. — Theophilus sealer of weights & measures. 

Munson and Peck " Chosen Tithing men for the first Society." 

150 The Munson Record. 

Dec. 31. — Joseph Noyes,* Clerk, for ^65 conveys to "Theoph- 
ilus Munson, L. S.,f" " one home lott within the square of the 
Town, containing two acres more or less, ffronting North and West 
on high wayes, Joyning South on Land belonging to the heirs of 
M; John Mix, Deceased, and East on Land belonging to s*^ Munson, 
with a decayed Dwelling house thereon." This was the S. E. cor. 
of Grove and College streets, formerly the home of Ling and of 
Dixwell the regicide. 

1724. April 28. — T. M. chosen a member of standing committee 
"to give notice or warning for proprietors meetings." 

May 12, "In y*^ lo*** year of his Majesties Reign". — (Farmington 
Land Rec.) "Jonathan Kneeland, formerly of y'^ Island of 
Antigua In y® West Indies," sells T. M. 150 acres in Farmington, 
" in the Sixth division, between y® mountains, In y® West teer of 

June 26. — Moses and Margret Mansfield and . . . and John 
Dixwell of Boston for jr^2\ sell T. M. "a certain store House" in 
N. H. 

Dec. 21. — Theophilus chosen 2nd of 9 listers. 

Cap* Isaac Dickerman & Serg* Theophilus Munson chosen fence 
viewers of y^ Great Neck. 

Dec. 28. — Theophilus chosen sealer of weights & measures. 

Theophilus one of a committee of seven agreeably to a new law 
concerning highways. 

7725. (Aged 50.) Jan. 11. — Theophilus one of seven " to Treat & 
fully agree with our Neighbors in East Haven Concerning the 
Land Comonly Called the Indian Land, and ... to 
make and execute a quit Clame of the said Prop- Right 
unto the sd Indian Land to those of East Haven that Have Lately 
made a purchase thereof, Having due Regard that Nesessary 
planting Land be Reserved for the Indians." 

March 4. — T. M. exchanges with Benj. Warner 5 A. of Half Div. 
for 2 A. in Coopers Quart. March 12. — D. Thomson for ^8 sells 
T. M. 3 A. in the Great Neck, bounded W. " by country road." 
May II. — I. Dickerman for ;^6. sells T. M. 2 A. in the Great Neck. 
June 23. — Jos. and Anna Bradly for ;^9 sell T. M. 3 A. in the 
Great Neck. 

Dec. 20. — Theophilus chosen sealer of weights & measures. 

Theophilus & D. G. are to be " fence viewers of Cooppers quarter 
and plain ffield." 

* Pastor 1st Ch. 1716-1761. 
t Locksmith. 

Ens. Theophiliis^ Chosen Sealer of Weights and Measures. 1 5 1 

1^26. Jan. 3. — Sixth Division: " Ens" Theophilus' Munson aded 
\ his grandffathers & fathers, — 15! A. 5!" 

March 29.— M. Mix for £\Z sells T. M. 6 A. in the Great Neck. 

May. — Assembly confirms Mr. Theophilus Munson "to be 
Ensign of the second company or trainband in New 
^'^'^^'^- Haven." 

Dec. 19. — Ens" Theophilus Munson chosen 2°"'^ of 7 townsmen. 

Theophilus chosen sealer of weights and measures. 

Dec. 19. — "Ens- Theophilus Munson and others having been 
prosecuted in the Law for not attending the order of the Town in 
Cuting Down Barbury Bushes* on the land belonging to John 
Winston, and being Cast in the sute, have paid the sum of five 
pounds Eleven shillings: voted that the sd Munson and others be 
Repaid the sd sum out of the Town Tresurye." 

7727. Jan. 19. — T. M. exchanges with J. Bradly 4 A. in the 
Great Neck, bounded E'^ "by the path that leads to the fferry ; " 
also (y\ acres of Half-Div.: for \o\ A. in the Great Neck. 

Feb., 3^* monday. — Cap* I. Dickerman, Ens. Theophilus Munson 
and T. Punderson committee to remove Hannah Morrison's " small 
Building" "out of the Town street to the Land granted by the 
pro- to set sd Building on." 

Sept. 19. — Rate of 6'^ per acre on prop" of d**" Div., for defraying 
charges of laying out sd land, — " to be allowed by Jonathan Mans- 
field, Theophilus Munson and Samuel Mix." 

Oct. 9. — T. M. exchanges with Joshua Tuttle 4^ A. in the Great 
Neck, for 5^ A. in the Great Neck, bounded W'^' by country road. 

Dec. II. — Capt S. Smith, Ens- Theophilus Munson, and 5 others, 
chosen selectmen. 

Ens" Theophilus "appointed to recover all such Rents, fines and 
other moneys, that shall be due to the Town, . . Rates onely 

Dec. 18. — T. M. chosen sealer of weights and measures. 

" Voted that the select men . . set the Great Gunns upon 

1728. Aug. 8.— D. Bradly for ^4.10 sells T. M. i^ A. in the 
Great Neck. 

Sept., 3'' Tuesday, P. M. — Warham Mather, Esq., Ens" Theophilus 
Munson, and Ens" Jonathan Mansfield, a committee "to Receive 
of Cap* Jos: whiting the money produced by the Indian Land, 
and the Interest thereof." 

* Voted, Dec. 26, 1726, " that the Barbury Bushes in the Town shall be utterly destroyed." 
For this purpose, the selectmen are to call out the inhabitants, etc. In 1796, the town appropriated 
$200 for destroying barberry bushes. 

152 The Munson Record. 

Dec. 16. — Theophilus sealer of weights and measures. 

J. Whiting & T. Munson to act for the town in exchanging lands 
with T. Alcock. 

I72g. Jan. 9. — J. Punderson for ^^15 sells T. M. 5 A. in York- 
shire quarter, bounded N^^ on an " open highway leading to the 
west River." Jan. 20. — T. M. for^^is sells D. Punderson 5 A. in 
the Yorkshire Q. 

Last Tuesday of Aprill. — T. M. one of committee of 5 "to 
here the Clames of the propreitors of Land within East Haven 

T. M. and two others a Com. "to view a piece of Ground." 

Aug. 25. — T.^ M. sells Rev. Joseph Noyes 2 A. in Great Neck, 
bounded "East by the path from Town to the fferry," . , "west 
by salt meadow on the Mill River." 

Aug. 25. — J. Noyes, Clerk, sells T. Munson, L. S., 2 A. of salt 
meadow in Great Neck, bounded N. "by Dirty Cove", S. "by the 
Landing Tree", W. "by upland", East " by the fferry River." 

Dec. 15. — Theophilus chosen sealer of weights and measures. 

1730. (Aged 55.) April 30. — T.^ M. conveys to his son Israel* 
" One acre of that home lot where the said Israel Dwells with the 
Building thereon, the North Corner of s^^ lott. Bounded westerly 
and northerly by the Town streets [College and Grove], southerly 
and easterly by the s'' Theophilus Munson his land." Also 5 + 2 + 
31 + 2^ + 7 acres. 

Aprill 30. — Jos. Turner for ^21 sells T. M. 5 + acres in 2"*^ Div. 
of Seq^ 

July 31. — T. M. exchanges with Jas. Talmadge land in i- Div. 
of sequestred, bounded N^^ upon "the Countrey Road Leading 
from New Haven to Derby," for i A. in i- Div. Seq"? land. 

October. — Assembly confirms Mr. Theophilus Munson "to be 
Lieutenant of the second company or trainband." 

Dec. 21. — L* Munson and Stephen Howell fence viewers for the 
Great Neck. 

L*^ Theoph. Munson sealer of weights and measures. 

1731. Jan. 5. — 8*^ per acre to be collected " for Defraying the 
Charges of laying out lots Drawn in the sixth Division :" L* 
Theophilus Munson chosen to collect s'^ 8"^ p'' acre, " and the said 
Munson is to have foixrty shillings for Collecting the sd 8*^ p'^ 

October. — Assembly confirms Mr Theophilus Munson 
' " to be Captain of the second company or trainband." 
Dec. 13. — Capt J. Ailing & Capt Theophilus' Munson chosen 
Tything men for i- Soc. this year. 

Capt. TheopJiilus^ CJiosen Lister and Treasurer. 153 

Dec. 20. — Capt. Theophilus sealer of weights & measures. 

Cap* I. Dickerman & Cap' Theophilus Munson added to Com. 
in respect to "Leasing the Town farm." 

I'J32. Jan. 26. — Sarah and Amos Tuttle for ^100 sell T, M. "a 
certain Dwelling house, and Shop, and small Barn, and also an 
acre of Land,"* bounded S. W. and N. W. by highways. Jan. 29, 
vi year of Geo. 11. — (Waterbury Rec.) E. Scott, Se"", sells T. M. 
h of 24 acres "lying In and about Cotton Wool Meadow, so 
Called," in the S. W. part of the town. May 17.— T. M. for 
jQ\\.\o sells Jehiel Thomas, mariner, "one-half part of a certain 
warehouse, . . . which I . . Bought of the heirs of Capt 
John Prout." 

Dec. 18. — Capt. Theophilus chosen sealer weights & measures. 

Cap' I. Dickerman, Cap' Theophilus' Munson, & 3 others, a Com. 
to investigate the affairs of Todds mill, and act therein. 

1733. March 16. — J. Hitchcock, Theophilus Munson, and J. 
Grannis, "divide and sell out . . Mr Davenports farm" in 
New Haven, as ordered by court of probate in Stamford. 

April 4. — Samuel Heaton for ^^122 conveys to Capt. Theophilus, 
locksmith, 4^ A. " on the North side of said Town plott ", bounded 
S. by s"^ Munson's and heirs of Mr James Pierpont, W. by land 
that was W" Chatterton's, N. & E. by y*^ Town streets. This was 
W. cor. Grove and College streets. 

Dec. 17. — Cap' Theophilus sealer weights & measures. 

1734. Aug. 12. — T.^ M. sells W"" Keeling of Island of Antigua 
150 acres in Farmington, "64th lot." 

Dec. 9. — T. M. one of nine listers. 
T. M. sealer of weights & measures. 
T. M. on Com. concerning sale of some land. 
Dec. 17. — "Capt. Theophilus Munson pro- Treasurer," — not 
now elected, but recognized as such. 

1735. (Aged 60.) April 28.— Joseph Hull for^ii6 sells T. M. "a 
certain home Lott in the Town plott of s'^ New Haven with the 
Dwelling House and Barn standing thereon," ^ A. bounded N^'' 
by the Town street (Chapel St.), W^ by Sam'' Mix his Land, E^^ 
by heirs Nath^ Heaton, S^^ by Jedediah Cook. This place was 
presented to Theophilus* in 1739. 

April 29.— T. M. for ^18 sells Stephen Hill 8 A. in 3-^ Div. 
Sequestred, "lying Between the East and Mill Rivers." 

Sept. 16. — Cap' Theophilus one of Com. of three to view the land 
M'^ John Prout has enclosed ("through a mistake") "on the Bank 
Near his Dwelling ;" it belongs to the Proprietors, 

* Presented in 1741 to his son Benjamin^. 

154 ^/'^^ Munson Record. 

Dec. 22. — Cap* Theophilus Munson & Sam^ Beecher "fence 
viewers of West field." 

Theophilus sealer of weights & measures. 

lyjd. Feb. 17. — T. M. for;!^3i sells -f of 90 acres in Wallingford 
" on the west side of the West Rock, in the fourth Division." 

Dec. 20. — Theophilus sealer weights and measures. 

1737. Feb. 16. — T. M. for;i^5 sells Cap* Joseph Whiting i A. 
18^ rods, 2"*^ Div. land, "above the Fresh meadow." 

Dec. 19. — Theophilus sealer of weights and measures. 
Theophilus Munson & John Hall fence viewers for Yorkshire 

1738. March 27. — In an account of the 7*'' Div. lots, there is a 
highway "South of Cap* Theophilus Munsons s**" Division, against 
the 12*'' Teer;" it is in the neighborhood of "Mad-mare's Hill and 
the High Rock." 

April 24. — Theophilus' & Stephen' sell W^' their interest, etc. 

December. — Theophilus sealer of weights & measures. 

i73g. April 30. — T. M. for;^2o sells N. Ailing 3^ acres Half- 

July 3. — Theophilus, Sen', in consideration of natural affection, 
gives his son Theophilus,^ Jun", " a certain home lott . . . with 
the house and Barn standing thereon," ^ A., bounded N. by the 
street, W. by Sam' Mix. (Bought 1735.) "I value at 130." 

1740. (Aged 65.) December, 3^^ Monday. — Theophilus sealer of 
weights and measures. 

Dec. 22. — Committee as to "an high way att the fferry " — I. 
Dickerman, Esq., Cap* J. Ailing, Cap* John' Munson, Cap* 
Theophilus' Munson, and Mr John Hitchcock. 

1741. March 26. — Theophilus, for love unto his son Benjamin,* 
conveys "a certain Home lott . . . with the Dwelling House 
thereon standing, the lot containing in quantity one acre, . . 
and it is Bounded westerly by the high way in the quarter, 
southerly by the Town street [Grove], Northerly by Cap* Dicker- 
man his Land, and Easterly by Cap* James Tallmadge and M"" 
Samuel Mix their Land." 

Sept. 21. — Theophilus united with President Clap, of Y. C, 
Capt. John' Munson, and three others, in testifying to the par- 
ticulars of a conference at the house of Pastor Noyes : the con- 
spicuous feature was Davenport's insulting treatment of the pastor, 

Dec. 14. — Theophilus sealer of weights & measures. 

J742. Cap* Theophilus Munson served as trustee of the Hop- 
kins Grammar School from 1742 until his death 

Hopkins Gr.-Sch. 

m 1747. 

Theophilui' Recommends West Rock for Town Commons. 1 5 5 

February. — Report of a committee (including Theophilus) 
appointed April 29, 1718, to set off half the Blew Hills, and the 
West Rock to Thompson's Gap, for Town Commons : the line for 
the West Rock touches " the pines below the old saw mill, and. 
from thence to the saw mill Brook" — over the Gap, — southerly on 
the west side sd Rock to the S. end of it. 

March 3. — T.' M. for ;^ 16 sells John Punderson 5 A. 23 rods in 
Seventh Div. 

Dec. 20. — Theophilus chosen sealer of weights and measures. 

1743. Dec. 19. — Col. Joseph Whiting, seven captains (including 
Theophilus Munson), and six others, a committee to view & deter- 

Here Liej ^ 
Body of frirf 
Eftfier:^ Wife 


mo died i 

mine the best place to build a wharf, and treat with the owners of 
the present wharf in regard to giving up their right therein. 
(Town voted Jan. 2nd following, that it would not do anything 
about building a wharf.) 

Dec. 19. — Upon the motion of Cap*^ Theophilus Munson and 
others " who have had their whole estates forefolded in the Last 
years Grand List, that the Town would pleas to Remitt to them 
three fourth parts of sd assessments : Voted that the same be 

i'/44. March 29.— Theophilus Miles of Milford for ^250 "Pub- 
lick bills of Cred' of y'^ Colony, old Tenor," conveys T. M. i acre 
with dwelling-house in Stratford. 

Dec. 17. — Cap* Theophilus sealer of weights and measures. 


The Munson Record. 

^745- (Aged 70.) Dec. 16. — Theophilus sealer of weights and 

Dec. 30. — After a long debate on the question whether a grant 
for a wharf should be made to Philip Leek, 32 including Capt. 
Theophilus' said yes, 21 including Ser^ Stephen' said no, 

1746. April 30. — Theophilus' & Stephen' for -£/^^ convey to 
J. S. "two Eight Parts of a certain right of land in the town of 
Wallingford being Seventh Division Land Unlaid out, to be laid 
on the Right of our Honoured M": SamueP Munson", about 3 

May 9. — T. M. for ^49 sells David Gilbert 7 A. in i^ Div. 
Sequestred, "lying near Cap* Thompsons Dwelling House." 

Here lies S' 
Bpdv of Cap: 


Dec. 15. — Cap* Theophilus chosen sealer of weights and meas- 

1747. Jan. 10. — "Com'.' for y'^ Grammer school in New Haven," 
Jos^ Whiting, Sam" Bishop, Isaac Dickerman, John Prout, Jona- 
than Mansfield, Theophilus Munson, and Jonathan Ailing, for 
"375 ounces 14 dwt of coined silver", sell the heirs of Isaac 
Brocket, late of Wallingford, ^ of 122^ A. 

May II, 20 of George 11. — Theophilus Munson, yeoman, for;^6o 
old Tenor, conveys to Thomas Clap of N. H., Clerk, a lot origi- 
nally laid to s^ Theophilus in the 5"^ Division, Twelfth Teer, on the 
west side of Thompson's Gap, and is the southermost lott in s'^ 
Teer, and Bounded Northerly on a lott originally Laid out to 

TJieophilus^ Miinsoris Inventory. 157 

Nathaniel Kimberly and Now belonging to the President & ffel- 
lows of Yale College, containing Thirty Acres. 

Sept. 22. — T. M., yeoman, for ^280 old Tenor, conveys to 
Thomas Clap, Clerk, 32 A. in the fifth Division, Tenth Teer, allot- 
ments originally to Fowler & Ives. 

1747. Dec. 28. — Will, dated 29 March 1746, is proved. 

"In the Name of God, Amen. I Theophilus^ Munson, of New- 
haven, being . . , weak as to bodily Health, .... do 
make & ordain as my last Will & Testam*, as followeth : First, I 
do give up my Soul to God that gave it, hopeing for Pardon & 
Mercy thro^ y® Meritts & Intercession of Jesus Christ ; & my Body 
I Commit to y'^ Earth to be decently buried ; & my temporal Estate 
y*^ God hath given me I Dispose of as followeth : " (The important 
particulars are quoted in connection with the children.) 

"Inventory of Estate of Cap* Theophilus^ Munson, by Lieu' 
Israel^ Munson, Ex": 

"one black, broad Cloath Coat, Callimanco Vest & Breeches 
;^ 1 2.0.0, Camblit Coat ;^io. Kersey Coat ;;^5, old broad 
nven ory. Q^o-^Xh Vest 12/, great Coat ^3, Hat & Vail ^3, two Wigs 
;^5, . . worsted Cap 15/, Pair leather Breeches jQ2 ; Pair Specta- 
cles Silver bound 15/, two p^ D" 6/, p' knee Buckles 6/, one walking 
Staff 20/, Horse Whip 8/, 2 Razors 5/, Gun jQ'j, Sword & Belt 30/ 
[should be ^30] ; great Bible 30/, Pools Annotat"^ ^^3, fair warn- 
ing to a Careless World 0.4.6, The Trial of Saving faith 6/, Psalm 
Book 6/, Psalter 2/, 24 Small Books in a Box 30/; 41''- of Bullets 10/, 
Powder & Horn 16/, Silver Spoon ^^4, Pair of Silver Shoe 
Buckles ^3, 14 Silver Buttons _;^6, Stock Buckel 20/, Silver Buckel 
Ring & Jewel 10/, Standish 4/, Time Piece jC\o ; . . great 
Wheel 20/, Small Wheel 15/, Pair of Hand Irons round Nobs 35/, 
Ditto w-^ Bills 27/6, . . Tramel 21/, D" 16/6, D° part chain 15/, 

two old Peels, old Tongs & Skillet & flesh fork 24/, 

ten pewter Platters & i Bason ^22. 15, two Small Platters & eleven 
Plates III'' weight £^^. 8, . . 2 brass chafing Dishes 20/, 2 brass 
Scimars 12/, wooden pint Botle 2/, 3 pictures 9/. . . 

"In y® porch Chamber — Looking Glass jQ2, Pictures 2/, . . 
Underbed ... In y*^ northerly Chamber — dutch Wheel ^3, 
Clock Reel 20/, Trundle Bedstead & Cord 15/, . . negro Bed, 
Bedstead, Cord & Covering ;^6. In y® back Chamber — little Wheel 
14/. . . In y*^ Garrit — . . 3 Bed Teesters 15/, warming Pan 
j[^T,. In y*^ lower Room S. end, a Desk ;^ 12, Tea Table ;^3, dressing 
Table ;Q\, 5 Crown Back Chairs ;^3, . . Looking Glass & 4 
Pictures ;^3. 10, . . Peal 20/, p' Tongs 8/, two Tramels 32/, . . 
Tankard 10/, . . drinking Glass 4/, a warming [pan] 20/, . . 

158 The Munson Record. 

Chafing Dish 10/, Under Bed 25/, Callicoe Vallents, Head Cloath 
& Tester ^3, Law Book ;^2, Saddle ^1.15, old Pillian & Cloath 
20/, . . Hatchel ^2, Knot Bowl 18/, Knot Dish 2/6, 
Lant Horn 3/, Stalk Hook 5/, .... In y^ Kitcher Chamb! — 
3 p! leather fetters 6/, . . pf green Curtains, Vallents, Tester & 
Head Cloath ;^i6, P! of Vallents yellow Triming^2, . . Tools &c. 

"In y'^ Shop — one Anvel ^45, Beek Horn ^6.16, large Vise 
^10, D° Small ^2, Sledge ^1.4, 3 Hamers;^i.4, 7 old Gun Barrels 
;^5, 20 old files 40/, Iron, steel, brass, &c., 8 Punchards 20/, Tenant 
Saw 15/, a Breast bit 5/. 

" Yoke of Oxen ^60, Yoke young Oxen ;^47, black Cow & Calf 
p^ip, red, pide Cow & Calf ^20, brown Cow ^16.10, Young cattle, 
Horse ;j^ 10. Christs famous title, &c., by W™ Dyer 8/, three pillow 
Coats 9/, 3 Bush^ buck Wheat ^2.8, 7 Bushels of Oats ^2.2, 34^ 
Bush! of Barley ;i^ 3 1. 4. 

"The House Lot Containing i^ Acre & 2)Z\ Rods w'!" 
all y*^ Buildings, Saving y*^ North End of y*^ Barn ^75° 

The East End of Hetons Lot Containing 2 Acres & 17 Rods with 
y® north End of y*^ Barn £,Z^'^ 

west end of Heton lot 2 A. 2,7)^ 160 

Munson Lot i^ Acre & 3"' 222 

Daviss? Lot i A. 7^ r 126 

Second Quarter Pasture west End 17 Acres & 3 Rods 306 

& East End 175 Acres & 24 r 312.15 

Blakesly pasture 33 A. ;^66o 

West River Pasture 31^ jQ^S'^ 

3 Acres Meadow in West River Pasture ;^63 

two Acres of Meadow in westfield jT^t^o 

3 A. of Land by Balls Hollow ^72 

1 A. " " N. of Blakesly Pasture £\6 

2 A. " " in Coopers Quarter nearest to Cap' Dickerm"p^4o 
The other Peice of Land in Coopers Quarter 5^ A. £>^Z^ 
Tharp Lot, 2 A., ^5° 
14 A. in y® great Plain ;^2io 
8^ A. 25 r Sequestred Land in Beaver Hills £^1^ 
4i A. 13 r " " at ox Hill ^30 
6^ A. 7 r Half Division at Stonny Hill ;£^S 
29^ A. in y'' great Neck ^292. 
12 A. in Waterbury near Cotton Wool Swamp ^30 
8 A. of Meadow on y^ great Island ^176 
about 2 A. of Meadow in y® East Meadow £60 

3 A. of I- Division Land & 61^ A. of 2^ Div° Land on y*^ 

back Side of Westfield ;^5i4 


JosepJ'^ Munsotis Family Register. 159 

The Right in undivided Land jQ'^S 

Anvil w' 100. £,^^ 

Negro Servant Called Peter ^5° 

D° Called Dick ^£"400. 

5 A. of winter Corn on y® Ground ^10 

Total ^6868.. 13. .00 

John Hitchcock ) ^ ^ jj ^ .J „ 

Caleb Hotchkissf ^^ ^ ^' ' 

Feb. 19, 1750 Add to Inv'' 

A piece of Land in Cheshire ^.S'^- 

Subtract :^ of 3 A. of meadow on y'= great Island, and ^ of 3 A. 

of Land at Balls Hollow, as not belonging to estate 34.10.0 

Remains in Lands ;z^547o..i5..o 

Total in Movables _;!^i784;4:6 

Grand Total ;^7254..i9..6 

1753. Allotment in 8th Div. to name of Theophilus, 7 A. i qr. 
35 rods. 

//do. Allotment in 9th Div. to name of Theophilus, 
value, jQ2 .. 19.. 9 

Land at Beaver ponds i A. i qr. 28 rods. 


Joseph' (SamueP, Thomas') b. 6 Nov. 1677 ;* m. (by Mr. Street) 
10 March 1700 Margery dau. of John f Hitchcock, b. 9 Sept. 1681 ; 
he d. 30 Oct. 1725 ;J she said in March 1764 to be " deceased." 
Joiner ; res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children, rec. in W.: 

867. i. Abel* i^. 10 Jan. 1701, — "Abal Monson son of Joseph & Margre b. 

Jeneuary 10, 1701." 
ii. Abigail* (" Abbigal ") b. 2 (013) April 1704; m. (by M"' Whittlesey) 
19 Oct. 1725 Ichabod son of William^ Merriam ; he d. before 
1769; res. Wallingford (Cheshire Parish), Ct. ; Abigail received 
from her father's estate, in 1728, ir5r.i3.6; in 1733, 1734, 1737 
and 1738 Ichabod Merriam "of Cheshier in . . Wallingford" 
buys land in Wallingford, — one piece of 40 A. " lying on y^ west 
side of y" river nere the west rocks"; in 1765 Ephraim* sells 
Abigail Merriam land in New Cheshire parish, one piece being 
"East side of y* High Rock," and in 1769 Widow Abigail 
Merriam participated in the distribution of the dower of Joseph^'s 
estate; ch. — (i) Munson^ b. 19 Aug. 1730, d. 26 Nov. 1793, a. 56 

* " Sixst of Novemb^"— Wall. Rec. 
t App'y son of Matthias (New Haven 163Q). 
X " ensigne jo^ Munson died Oct. y^ so'* 1725." — Wall. T. Rec. 

§ Signed a petition to the General Court Oct. 1724; wife one of the original members of the 
Cong. Ch. in Meriden, organized 22 Oct. 1729. 

l6o The Munson Record. 

\sic\ res. Cheshire*,, " Leu' Munson Meriam " was chosen high- 
way surveyor Dec. 1775, chosen by the town with two others 11 Dec. 
1781 "a committee to supply the soldiers' families the year ensu- 
ing", bought March 1784 one half of a 90 A. lot "on the west 
Rocks", presented 19 Aug. 1788 to his son Munson^ of Cheshire 
24 acres in C. "on Deacon Meadow Hill, so called," (ch. — Mun- 
son, ''f res. Cheshire, and Isaac",:!: m. Mary Lois Benham, four ch.,§ 
d. -LI Aug. 1830, bur. in West Hartland, Ct.), (2) Ichabod,* res. 
Wallingford, sold his "brother Munson Merriam" real estate 11 
Aug. 1756, member of Capt. Bunnell's Co., Col. Douglass' Regt., 
battalion raised June 1776, term expired Dec. 25, 1776 — in Battle 
of Long Island Aug. 27, that of White Plains Oct. 28. 
iii. Joseph'* h. 25 Dec. 1705 ; m. 2 March 1758 Ruth Rexfordf ; he ^. 4 
Aug. 1765 ; res. Wallingford, Ct. ; 1725, he received in the dis- 
tribution of his father's estate ,^51 .. 13 .. i in "the House & Home- 
stead;" was made freeman in Wallingford 1730, and served the 
town as lister in 1751, highway-surveyor 1752 and 1757, grand- 
juror 1754. Between 1733 and 5 Feb. 1765 he made as many as 
fourteen purchases in Wall., including 3J A. in 1744 "at Dry 
Brook so called Eastward of sd Munsons Dwelling House," in 
1747 thirty-two acres in Waterbury, and in 1764 he received from 
his father's heirs "the Homestead on which Joseph'' now lives" 
which descended to us from our father. In 1799 he sold to Abel 
Doolittle 32J acres in Waterburj^ and in 1752 for ;^200 sold 4 
acres "on the East Side of Long Hill at Maudlin." Administra- 
tion on his estate was granted to Ruth,"[[ bond ;^iooo. Among 

* Which was Wallingford until 1780. 

t " 3 children of Munson" Merriam twins at a birth" Jan. 15, 1803, «. o. — Cheshire Cong. 
Ch. Rec. 

% There was an Isaac at Peekskill, ensign in Capt. Curtis' Co., Col. Hooker's Regt., April 5- 
April 20, 1777. 

§(i) William^, who d. 1840-50 in Iowa, (sons Wm.^ and Frank* — spell their name Marion, res. 
Toledo, O. — ten y. ago), (2) Munson' b. 17 June 1807, m. Melissa Stebbins, 4 ch., she d. i-j June 
1839, ce. 39, m. (2nd) Nov. 1852 Huldah J. Bushnell, i ch., she d. May 1886, ce. 65, he d. i Oct. 1871, 
a. 64, res. West Hartland, Ct., (five ch. — Flavel Granger* b. unc. 20 May 1835, tn. Lucinda Ayers 
of Akron, O., oat-meal mfr., mill at Peoria, 111., office N. Y. C. where he res., [ch. — Grant S.^, 
wholesale and retail wall-paper dealer. Providence, R. I., and dau. who in. Harry Houghton, res. 
Akron, O.,] Lent Benham^ b. 7 Oct. 1837, wall-paper business, Providence, R. I., Charlotte 
Melissa* b. 19 April 1840, m. Benjamin E. Viets, res. Suffield, Ct., Dwight Adolphus* b. 7 Aug. 
1842, res. Suffield, Ella H.* b. 16 Nov. 1854, ^- Bryant Marks, res. West Hartland, Ct.,) (3) Eunice'', 
m. Luman Moore, large family, res. 111., (4) Lois'', vt. Eleazer Slocum, (six ch. — Charles R.*, Robert 
E.*, Salvador S.*, Caroline*, m. Cochran, all res. Mosiertown, Pa., Lewis M.*, res. Meadville, Pa., 
and James E.*, res. Tuna Creek, Pa.) 

II Job Clark married Widow Ruth Munson 3 Oct. 1766. 

If The selectmen announced to Court 14 April 1766 that they had "taken into their Care & 
Custody the Person & Effects of Ruth Monson." After the record comes : " N. B. No Bussiness 
having been done at this court, or any other Court, since the last day of Octf last, that required 
Stampd Paper, and having now the News that the stamp Act was repealed by Parliam' on the 18 
day of March last, — Bussiness goes on again as formerly." Constant Kirtland became adminis- 
trator 10 March 1768. We read 28 March 1771 — "Whereas the aforegoing Estate was greatly 
embarrassed by the Indiscretion of the Adm^ she being taken by the Selectmen of the Town of 
Wallingford on the Statute for mismanagement and bad Husbandry, — and the Cessation of Law 
Instrum^s during the Continuance of the Influence of the Stamp Act, — whereby sundry Lawsuits 
and great Expenses were incurr") in Law, &c., before another Adm^ could be appointed" — a new 
distribution is required. The real estate is valued at .£693. 7. 10^ ; the movables at ;£6o. 17. 5^. 

Joseph^ Munsons Family Register. i6i 

the articles inventoried were — Peg a negro Wench ^26, Manassah 
^43, Gin ;,C36, Bett £-2<^ ; 13 Swine ;^7.8.4, P' Oxen ;^, p' 
Steers £n-'^^, P' d" 55/, Bull 40/, 5 Cows £\i.-iS, i Heiffer 40/, i 
Calf 14/, brown Mare £1, 47 Sheep ^11. 15, . . Bees 40/; Cyder 
Mill House, Mill, two presses & a p^ new Screws ;i^i4, % of the 
Grist Mill with y" Utensils & 2 old Mill Houses £<-^^, i of the Saw 
Mill £\t) ; The Homestead containing 7 acres, bounding W. on 
highway, N. on highway 21 rods, 14 A. leased by Zadock for 500 
years, called the old Mill Pond ;i^ 
5 ch., rec. in W.: 

(i) Jemima^ {" Jemime ") b. 15 May 1758, d. 2 Oct. 1773, "a^/. 17,," in the division of 
her father's estate, June 1771, she received ;£q8.o. 8,, April 1773 Capt. Street Hall 
was appointed guardian to Jemima and Ruth,, her own estate was divided 
between Charles^ and Ruth^ 12 April 1776, and included 8 acres "in the Great 
Field in Wallingford Near the gate." 

(2) Josepiv' b. 2 July 1760, d. prob. 30 July 1772,, Constant Kirtland of Wallingford 

appointed Nov. 1766 guardian to Joseph^, in the distribution of his father's 
estate Joseph^ received ;^i96. 1.375,, administration on his own estate granted 14 
April 1773. (In Dr. Dana's Church Rec. Wallingford, under " Deaths," is this : 
" July 30, 1772, Munson, aet. 12, a Suicidian " ! ) 

(3) Charles^ b. 31 May 1762, d. 29 Nov. 1786, received from father's estate unc. ;£98.o.8 

and from estate of Jemima^ ^43.12,, in 1780 Jacob Brockett guardian to Charles* 
presented a "Memorial" to the Gen. Assembly, requesting liberty to sell real 
estate belonging to Charles, he being "a Cripple and not able to Do anything 
for his own Support " and the expense of caring for him having exceeded the 
rest of his property (request granted),, his Will (made 16 March 1786) mentioning 
mother Ruth Clark wife of Job Clark was proved 15 April 1788. 

(4) Ruth^ b. 24 July 1764, in. (by J. Noyes) 26 Nov. 1801 John Beedles,, she shared 

with the others in the various distributions of her father's, sister's and brothers' 
estates,, March 9, 1796 for £,\% she sold Obed Bradley of North Haven 6^ acres 
"being all the land that was set off to Ruth Munson of the estate of Joseph 

iv. Desire-* b. Feb. 170% ; m. (by Mr. Whittlesey) 28 March 1734 
Stephen Peck; he d. before 1769; res. Wallingford; 8 March 
1734 she sold to I. Merriam "of Chesheir in Wallingford" her 
right in about 12 A. " layd to Ensigne Sam^''^ Munson the fir^ 
. . his heirs", and March 25, 1734 and 1765 joined with others 
in selling to Joseph*; in 1769 "Widow Desire Peck" was one of 
the heirs to her mother's dower ; i ch., rec. in W. — Dan^ b. 3 Dec. 

V. Thankful* b. 17 Jan. 1710 ; ni. (by Mr. Whittlesey) 19 Aug. 1729 
Samuel son of John Gaylord ; res. Wallingford ; in 1728 Thankful 
shared in the distribution of Joseph^'s estate ; March 25, 1734 for 
;^4g "We Sam" Gailerd & his wife Thankfull formerly Munson " 
join with Desire* in selling 2i|4f acres to Joseph*; 4 ch. — (i) 
Agur^ b. 5 June 1730, (2) Justice^ b. 12 March 1732, (3) Annie^ b. 
24 April 1734, (4) Mamre^ b. 3 March 1736. 
953. vi. Ephraim* b. 5 Nov. 1714. 

vii. Margery* b. 10 Oct. 1717 ; m. (by Mr. Hall) 26 Jan. 1738 Phineas son 
of Dea. Joseph Ives, b. 8 April 1711 ; he was deceased 1769 ; res. 
Wallingford ; at a court held 11 April 1733 Margery chose Caleb* 
Munson for her guardian ; she received property in the distribu- 
tion of her father's estate and his widow's dower; i ch. — Phineas^ 
b. 31 Oct. 1746. 

1 62 The Munson Record. 

viii. Jemima'* b. 27 March 1720 ; m. 27 Oct. 1742 Waitstill son of Joseph 
Parker, b. 24 July 1721 ; she d. perh. abt. 1752 ; res. Wallingford ; 
in 1725 received a share of her father's estate; chose her brother 
Abel-* as guardian in April 1733 ; in Aug. 1741 and 10 May 1742 
sold land in Wallingford ; 3 ch. — (i) Margery^ b. 20 March 174^, 
d. I Oct. 1744, (2) Justus^ b. I Jan. 174^, d. before 1768, (3) 
Miriam^ b. 25 Feb. 1749, ''^- 10 May 1770 Eliada son of Eliada 
Parker,, he d. 12 Sept. 1776,, in 1768 the division of Joseph's^ 
estate gave " To Miriam Parker only Child and legal Representa- 
tive of Jemima Daughter of s'^ Munson late wife of Waitstill 
Parker," land in Wallingford. 
ix. Agur^ b. 7 April 1725 ; d. 17 Dec. 1726. 

Joseph^'s first residence (about two months after marriage) was 
at the south end of the village on the west side of the principal 
street, — described in May 1700 as *'at y*^ south westerly end of y® 
town," while in June 17 14 "The lower end of the town" was 
said to begin at Joseph Munson's. He retained the ownership of 
these II acres with the buildings, but acquired a new homestead 
of 28 acres where he was living at the last, and which became the 
homestead of his son Joseph\ This place appears to have been 
within the bounds of the First Parish, as the deaths of Joseph* 
and three of his children were entered in the First Church records. 

Annals of Joseph'. 

ifoo. (Aged 22.) April 30. — Wallingford Record: "Joseph^ 
Munson granted teen acres of land . . provided he com and 
seatel hear." 

May 21, XII year of William. — J. J. sells Joseph' Munson " of 
Wallingford joyner," a house, barne, orchard, & eleven acrees of 
land, "at y*^ south westerly end of y^ town," bounded "on y^ east 
by y® town highway." 

lyoi. In the list of estates for this year, Joseph' is credited with 
^50. (Three have;^5o, 58 have less, 47 have more.) 

J70J. (Aged 25.) Dec. 28. — Joseph' chosen one of two fence 
viewers for the " lore eand of the town fieald." 

1704. Sept. 19. — Joseph' chosen one of three "to sease all the 
pip staves or berill staves or hogsed staves that are transported 
out of the town bounds without Liberty." 

Dec. 26. — Samuel' Monson, Joseph' Monson and James 
Weastwood are chosen listers. 

Joseph elected one of six " Howards for the corn field." 

1703. T. M., Dec. 25. — Samuel', Joseph' and J. W. chosen 

Joseph^ is a ^' Joyjier,'" Ensign, Townsman. 163 

1706. March 8. — " Joseph^ Monson Eare mark a half cross the 
fore side of each eare." 

170S. (Aged 30.) Jan. 4. — J. D. and Joseph' Munson buy "12 
acers" on S. side of Whortens brook. 

lyog. Dec. 27. — Joseph Munson the first of five ''Howards for 
the town fieald." 

lyio. Feb. 16. — Joseph Munson, " Joyner," of Wallingford, for 
jQi'j sells his brother Theophilus, " LS**^ ", 2^ acres of meadow 
in New Haven " on y' Riuer Called y^ East Riuer, a litell below 
y* place Called the Reach." 

i'/i2. May 2. — " Layed out for Joseph Munson 42 acres." 

October. — Act of Assembly : " Mr Joseph Munson to be 

nstgn. gjjgjgj^ q£ ^YiQ east company or trainband." 

Dec. 30. — Joseph^ one of six "hewards for y® town feild." 

Joseph' one of four " Listers & inspectors." 

Joseph' one of three "to collect school money." 

1713. (Aged 35.) Dec. 29. — Joseph' and Samuel' 

Townsman. . ^ r ..t n ^ 

chosen two of the live townsmen. 

iyi6. May i. — "The lower end of the town" (village) begins 
at Joseph' Munson's ; the upper end at Nathaniel Curtis's. 

ly/S. (Aged 40.) June 11. — "Joseph Munson & Marjery his 

wife of W. sell Sam"' Munson of W. our right in a certain riuer 

lott in W. that was our honored fathers John hitchcock deceased." 

/7/p. Joseph' first of four "granjury men" — first 

(^PP^ by town-meeting) on record. 

7727. April 8. — Joseph' & Caleb' have 5 acres " regulation 
land" laid out "on their fathers right," "beloAv cooks rock", 
" joyning to Caleb Munson land." 

Sept. 14. — D. H. sells Joseph' Munson, joyner, 2 acres "at y® 
brushe plaine", " neare y® lower end of y® great feild." 

iy2j. (Aged 45.) Feb. 20. — D. T. sells Joseph 4.^ acres "lying 
neare to Munsons house," and bounded west and south by his land. 

T. M., April 30. — " Voted that there shall be a village on the 
west side of the river ", — Cheshire. At a meeting Dec. 11, 1722, six 
pounds were voted to "y*^ farmers on y® west side y* river," with 
liberty to have a minister to preach amongst them for three months. 

1724. Jan. 14. — "A Society meeting of y'^ east wd Society:" 

" Committee to manage Society affairs " — three, of 
Society Com. i x i -? n 

whom Joseph was second. 

May 18, X year of George. — Caleb' for ^Qt^o sells Joseph' two 

pieces of land, 20 acres on the E. side of Muddy river, and 3 acres 

"in the brushe plaine." 

164 The Munson Record. 

May 18. — Joseph', "joyner," for ;^8 conveys to Caleb' "all my 
right in that lot that was my brother Joshua Munsons," " at y® mill 
plaine so called, nere to or joyning to New haven line." 

May 18. — Joseph for ;^36 conveys 20 acres on the east side of 
Muddy river. Witnesses Samuel' and Caleb.' 

Dec. 29. — Society meeting. — Joseph chosen first of three "to 
manage Society affairs." Vote to build a new School-house. 

7725. (Aged 47.) Aprill i. — Joseph Munson for ;£"] conveys 3 
acres " laying in the great feild ; its part of a river lott that was 
my honored father in law John hitchcocks." Signed by Margery 
his wife, also. 

June 4. — Branded "for Ins. Joseph Munson A Rone hors Colt 
Coming one year old : A few white hairs In the for hed : branded 
Y one the left Sholder." 

Oct. 30. — Ens. Joseph' Munson died. 

1^26. Jan. 4. — "Administration of Estate of Ensign Joseph' 
Munson, late of Wallingford, granted to Margery Munson, widdow 
and Relict of the Decf." 

Inventory : 
Imp" a house & barne & a Smal building & 28 acres of 

Land where y® house & barn Stands 160=0=: o 

It.. 11^ Acres of Land w*;^ an old house & old orchard & 

Nursery and a well 045=0= o 

Itt II Acres of Land on the west side of the River 

below the bridge 011=0= o 

more 21 ^ Acres of Land at the brush plain 043 : 10 : o 

Item 5 acres on the blew Hill Joyning to New Haven 

Line 010 : 00 : o 

Item 42 acres of Land nigh to Eliasaph Prestons farme 084 : 00 : 00 

more 40 Acres of Land at Muddy River 080 : 00 : o 

12 acres and ^ of 4'?' Division Land on the west 

Rocks 012 = 15 = 

more at the west Rocks 15 acres 015^00=0 

lb a 

3 oxen 16 : 4 Cows 12 : one heiffer Coming 3 years 
old 2*' 10/ ^ 030^10=0 

two 2 year old heiffers3. 10/, two yearling heiffers 30/, 

27 sheep 8. 2/ 013:02: o 

A Gray mare 5 : a brown mare 4 : a two year old Colt 3?'o 12^00=0 
A Mare and Colt in the woods 4* 
— Implements — 

a 3'* part of a Cyder mill 
I Gun 2*, two Swords i- 6/, Lead, A powder horn, 

2 pouches, & flints 4/ 003=10=0 

Joseph^ Munsons Inventory. 165 

A Grey Coat & Vest 2*, a broad Cloth Coat and a Russet Vest 
3"*, a hatt 16/, a pr Russett breeches 8/, Leather breeches 6/, a pf 
Striped breeches 2/, 2 Linen Shirts 12/, 2 woolen Shirts 6/, &c., &c. 
Bedding — i pr Cotten Sheets 2'^', two pr Linen Sheets 2^[ 10/, &c., 
&c. Towells, Napkins, &c. 
Kettles, &c. i Great brass Ketle 5 — 10/ 

Another brass Ketle 5-10/, &c., &c. 
an old warming pan 5/, a warming pan i5 5/ 
A peal 4/: , 2 tramels one 3/ one 5/ 

A Cow bell and CoUer 5/ 

I pewter Tanker 8/, a new puter qrt pott 5/, i new pewter por- 

inger 3/, two puter platters 14/: , 2 old ditto 4/6, 5 plates 12/, 

2 poringers 4/6, A Great puter basson 6/, puter qrt pot 4/6, old 

puter 2 

13 Spoon zlz'^-i "^^ Iron Ladle and flesh fork 2/ . . A Gallon botle 

2/, 3 Great wheels — one new one 5/, the other two 8/, two little 

wheels 8/, ... a Goe Cart 6/, . . cradle & y*^ beding 5/, 

2 Candle Sticks a Lamp and Choping knife 4/ A Loom warping 

bars Spools & other tackling 5 ft) Joyners tools 6* . . 4 barels 

of Cyder 32/, 2 old Sadies and 2 old bridles i"*, old books 12/, wool 

Cards 3 p'' 12/22 Acres of English Corn upon y® Ground lo'l* 

15 Acres of 5^^ & Sixth Divission Land 15 . . , 

A pigeon Net and Rope 4/ 

The total ;^698:oo:5 

prized by Sam^' Munson 
Wallingford Dec. 27, 1725 Joseph Doolitle 

Debts due estate 59:17:2. Other things 11/ 
Whole Inventory 758:08:7 Debts due from estate 48:09:11. 
Charge of administration 12:11:9. Balance 697:06:11 
One-third to widow, real for life, the rest for ever ; remainder 
into 9 equal parts, of which 2 go to the eldest son and one to each 
of the other heirs. 

17 2j. Jan. I. — The Widow Margery having married Stephen 
Peck of Wallingford, S.P. "in Right of his wife Marjery, Admin- 
istratrix of y'^ Estate of Jos. Munson," announces a distribution 
of the estate, including " To y'^ Widow in y® House & Homestead 
108.. 6.. 11;" "To Joseph 2^ son in the House & Homestead 

5I" 13- I." 

1730. Feb. 10. — " Layed out to Ensigne Joseph' Munson of Wal- 
lingford on the west side of the river," &c. 

1736. March 15. — Ephraim" Munson of Wallingford for ;£2^g 
sells S. Cook & N. Bedle 37 acres " mesired of from y* west end 

1 66 The Munson Record. 

of a large tract of land belonging to y'' heirs of sd Munson, decesV 
(Ens. Joseph,) bounded W. & N. upon highways. 

1751. June. — " Margery Peck, late Widow & Relict of Ens" 
Joseph^ Munson," had j[^'^2.().\\ right in land "Upon y® west Side 
of y** River near Liu? Ephraim Prestons," and Ephraim^ had 
;^5i.i3.i in the same. 

1764. March. — Abel* represents that the widow of Joseph^ is 
deceased ; wants a committee to divide the dower. 

iy66. Feb. 5. — Ephraim* "of Granville" sells his brother 
Joseph* his interest in the land on which the latter now dwells, 
"which was the homestead where our father Joseph' Munson last 


Stephen' (SamueP, Thomas^) b. 5 Dec. 1679 ; m. (by Jeremiah 
Osborne, J. P.) 23 Dec. 1703 Lydia dau. of Cap' John Bassett, b. 10 
Aug. 1685 ; 8 ch. ; she d. 4 Jan. 1738/9 ; m. (2nd) as early as 1747 
Widow Hollingsworth, app'y, who d. 14 Feb. 1772 ; he d. prob. in 
1768, — Will filed in court in Dec. 1768. Locksmith, gunsmith; 
Cong.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, rec. in N. H. 

i. Stephen^ (" Steven") b. 15 Nov. 1704 ; bp. 4 Aug. 1717, ist Ch. ; N. 
H. ; m. Susannah dau. of Dea. John Punderson ; he d. at Green- 
wich, in May 1730 ; she d. 14 Dec. 1741, <r. 38 ; clergyman ; Cong.; 
res. Greenwich, Ct. He graduated at Yale Coll. in 1725, and 
became A. M. Immediately after completing a course of theolog- 
ical study, he was installed pastor of the 2nd Cong. Ch. in Green- 
wich. He "built Mr. Solomon Mead's old house." I quote the 
town-records of Greenwich : — " Beniamen Mead was marled unto 


martha ferris nouember the 18 day 1728 by M' Munson, minastur 
of y^ Gospell in greenwich." "Jacob Rundall was maried unto 
Rebecca Knapp aprill y* fift day 1729 by M'' Munson, minastuar 
of y° gospill in greenwich west sociaty." "I, Jonathan Mead, 
sen'', of greenwich", for ;^42 " Reseaved of Stephen Munson of s* 
greenwich", convey to him " a seiartin " right "in y" hous & horn 
Lott of my Honared father Jonathan mead, Desest," valued at 
;^27.2.9, — " which hous & homested Lyeth in y« bounds of gren- 
wich in y^ west sociaty Called hors neck," the bounds being 
" northar Ly by y" Cuntry Road, westarly by y^ Land of Daniell 
Smith, souther Ly by y^ Land of sam^ mills, easterly by y^ Land 
of Timothy Knapp." Timothy Mead also conveyed his right 9 
Feb. 1730. He had paid Daniell Smith, 23 April 1728, ^{^30 for the 
N. part of Smith's home-lot, i^^ A., bounded easterly by the street ; 
and 29 April 1729 he had paid Charles gearman £\<^ for 4 A. 
bounded S. & W. by highways. Mrs. Susannah Munson's inven- 

Stephen^ Munsons Family Register. 167 

tory* included — a Brocade Stuff gown ;^io, a Lutestring gown 
£\:i, a black flowered Silk Manta & Coat £,\'2., a gown of Double 
pertian £a„ velvet hood ;i^4:i5 ; gold necklace & Locket £\2\\o, 
pf gold buttons 60/, 7 gold rings ;^io, 3 Silver Buckles 9/ ; total 
of personal i^ii5:7-6. — of real £y](i:\. 
One ch., rec. N. H. — 

(i) Stephen^ b. 14 Dec. 1730; ^ / _ / 

Stephens Munson, son .^.^</ /^^^^ f2^0^^ ^^//^V^Tt-J 

of the Reverend m' f 

Stephen Munson, De- / 

ceased," rec. First Ch., 
N. H. ; m. 16 Oct. 1756 Lucy dau. of Isaac Riley of Wethersfield, b. 27 March 
1732 ; she d. 15 May 1790 ; he d. 31 Aug. 1800 ; grad. Y. C. 1751! ; A.M.; physi- 
cian, sheriff, jailor, tavern-keeper ; res. New Haven, Ct. Dec. 6, 1742 his grand- 
father Stephen^ was appointed his guardian, bond ;£2ooo ; but in Dec. 1744 
Stephen^ chose his uncle, Capt. John White, as guardian, which choice was 
allowed by Court under a bond of ;^sooo ; in 1752 he declared to the Court that 
he had received of his uncle his " Portion of Estate " ; Stephen^ received from 
his grandfather Punderson's estate the " Sherman Lott So Called " (4 acres), 2 J^ 
acres "within y« College gate in Yorkshire Quarter So Called," and eight other 
pieces of land, aggregating 7o3<^+acres. He made four purchases of land 
between 1764 and 1785, and 22 sales+ between 1755 and 1784. In 1754 he was made 
freeman and served the town as tythingman 1756, 1768, and constable 1762, 
1763. Between 5 Feb. 1776 and 3 April 1780 twelve orders in his favor were 
issued by the selectmen of New Haven, presumably sheriff's fees.§ (Had six 
ch., rec. N. H. — (i) Lucy" b. 16 Oct. 1756, " Luesse" bp. 16 Jan. 1757, rec. istCh., 
N. H., m. 21 Sept. 1783 Samuel Russell, one ch.,lj she — Lucy^ — d. 24 Sept. 1785, 
(2) Stephen* b. 20 Feb. 1758, bp. 26 Feb. 1758, ib.^ d. 16 Aug. 1759, (3) Susannah' 
b. 3 Nov. i75g, bp. 4 Nov. 1759, ib., ni. 8 Feb. 1792 Norman Griswold of Torring- 
ford, (4) Hannah* b. 7 Dec. 1762, bp. 12 Dec. 1762, ib.., (5) Fanny' b. 31 Oct. 1765, 
bp. 3 Nov. 1765, ib.., m. 7 March 1802 James Merriman, (6) Polly' b. 23 Feb. 
1770, bp. 25 Feb. 1770, ib.y 711. 23 Jan. 1790 Nicholas Jebine,, she united with ist 
Ch., N. H., 21 Sept. 1794.) 

* Her father's Will : " I Give her my Negro Called Peg." 

t With Rev. Nicholas Street, 2nd pastor of ist Ch.East Haven. 

X In 1753, sold S. Upson, jr., 3! A. in Waterbury "southward from the Town About Amile 
Lying on the west side of the Great River Near Against the mouth of the Mad River." 

In 1772, four creditors had their claims satisfied by levies upon his habitation, S. W. corner of 
Chapel and York, which he quitclaimed to Dr. Eneas Munson in 1774. 

" In April 1784," &&ys Antiq. 0/ Nem Haven, "measures were taken to remove the County 
House and Jail from the Green (between the old Cemetery and College street), and to purchase the 
lot on which Mr. Stephen Munson's barn then stood, which was on the present College yard, near 
the street, m front of the Lyceum. This was afterwards accomplished." 

§ May, 1767 — " Ordered by this Assembly That the Treasurer of this Colony pay out of the 
public treasury, for billeting his Majesty's forces in the towns of New Haven and Branford, to the 
several persons hereafter named ... To Stephen" Munson, jun., ^5.5.2." This was not a 
time of war. The Billeting Act, enacted by Parliament in April, 1765, required the colonies to fur- 
nish the King's troops with quarters (provincial barracks, inns, alehouses, barns, and empty 
houses), and provisions (fire, candles, vinegar, salt, bedding, utensils for cooking, beer, or cider, or 
rum) ; there was no limitation of time, or of the number of troops. The Stamp Act was resisted, 
and totally dishonored, and in March 1766 when it had been operative only four months and a half, 
was repealed ; but Connecticut complied with the Billeting Act, as most of the other colonies 
appear to have done. The compliance of N. Y. and N. J., however, was partial. 

Aug. 16. 1779, Stephen appeared before the committee " to examine into the reasons of the 
Conduct of those persons who continued in Town at the time s'l Town was in the possession of the 
Enemy:" his reasons were satisfactory. 

!l Among baptisms, First Ch.: " 1785 Nov'' 7. Luce Munson' dau. Mr. Samuel Russell." 

1 68 The Munson Record. 

ii. Lydia* (" Lidiah") b. 22 Nov. 1707 ; bp. 4 Aug. 1717, ist Ch., N. H. ; 
711. (b)' Rev. Joseph Noyes) 13 Jan. 1725/6 Joseph son of John 
Burroughs, b. 23 Nov. 1701 ; he a'. 6 Jan. 1765, <?. 63 ; she d. 12 
Sept. 1769; Cong.; res. New Haven. Both joined the ist Ch., 
24 July 1729 ; Joseph Burroughs and Caleb Tuttle brought a lot, 
cor. Church and Elm, which they conveyed to the 2d Society ; 
upon this in 1744 was built the " Blue Meeting House." Joseph 
and Lydia appear in the list of members of the White Haven 
Church at its organization 7 May 1742. 3 ch. — (i) Lydia^ 3. 29 
Dec. J726, d. 17 Feb. 1728/9, (2) Lydia^ b. 17 Jan. 1729/30, (3) 
Joseph^ b. 18 March 1736, d. 6 Sept. 1757,, grad. Yale Coll. 1754. 

iii. Phebe'* /;. 5 Feb. 1709/10; bp. 4 Aug. 1717, ib.; in. (by Rev. Isaac 
Stiles) 25 Dec. 1734 John son of Capt. Francis Brown, b. 14 May 
1706; he d. c. 1758; res. New Haven, Ct.; J. B. grad. at Yale 
Coll. 1728, is mentioned in his father's Will — " son John for whom 
I have expended ^100 for his education at ye college ;" 7 ch., 6 
rec. N. H.— 

(i) Pkebe^ b. 28 Sept. 1735, in. 12 Oct. 1758 Roger Dering son of Danforth Phipps, b. 
1735. 3 ch.,, he d. II Sept. 1770,, in. (2nd) Asa son of Gershom Todd, b. 14 March 
172%,, he was killed by the British in N. H. 5 July 1779, (three ch. — (i) Miriam* 
b. 8 Nov. 1759, m. Amasa Dorraan, (2) Elizabeth' b. 18 Feb. 1763, in. Isaac^ son 
of Jabez^ Munson, b. 24 Nov. 1761, (3) Phebe' [twin] b. 18 Feb. 1763, d. 13 April 

(2) John^ b. 6 Oct. 1737, in. i March 1764 Abigail Hitchcock, his estate adm. 1769, 

(3) Stephen^ b. 14 Oct. 1739, in. 3 Dec. 1766 Elizabeth dau. of Danforth Phipps, (two 

ch. — (i) Stephen* b. 5 Sept. 1767, (2) Phebe' b. 13 July 1769), 

(4) Hannah^ b. 23 Oct. 1741, vt. John Storer, 

(5) Justus'' b. 7 Feb. 174^, removed to Baltimore, Md., 

(6) Francis^ prob., b. abt. 1745, in. perh. Hannah dau. of Isaac Atwater, b. 8 Sept. 

1743, four ch.,, she d. 28 Nov. 1823, he d. i Dec. 1823, 

(7) Susannah*^ b. 29 March 1746, bfi. 30 March 1746, m. 28 July 1772 Joseph Eells,, she 

d. in New Haven 30 Sept. 1794, of yellow fever, Cong, (joined North Ch., N. H. 
in Aug. 1783), grandmother of Thurlow Weed. 

* Geo. F. Tuttle has discovered, as he believes, that the eminent journalist and politician, 
Thurlow Weed, was a grandson of Susannah^, and furnishes the genealogical particulars which 
follow. Joseph Eells bought land in New Haven in 1773, and when he sold it in 1801 he was called 
" of Huntington, Conn." Mary* dau. of Susannah' and Joseph was born in New Haven ; in. Joel 
son of Nathan Weed of Stamford ; he d. in Onondaga, N. Y., in 1819 ; she d. in Clarksville, Tenn., 
in 1841 ; ch. — Osborn', d. 1851 at Clarksville, Tenn., Thurlow', Orrin', dau. d. y., Mehetabel' d. 
i8io, «■. 7 yr. Joel removed to N. Y. S. abt. 1802, to Cincinnatus 1808. Bred a farmer, he became 
a cartman in Catskill, N. Y. " Everything went wrong with him, and he was always poor, some- 
times very poor." 

Thurlow' was born 15 Nov. 1797, in Cairo, Greene Co., N. Y. ; in. 26 April 1818 at Coopers- 
town, N. Y., Catharine Ostrander ; she d. 26 April, 1858 ; he d. 22 Nov. 1882 in N. Y. C. ; ch. — 
James^, d. 1837, Emily^, m. Barnes (had Emily^ and Catharine"), Maria^, ;«. Alden (had Maria^), 
and Harriet A.^, who wrote her father's biography, and died in 1893. In the War of 1812, T. W. 
served on the northern frontier as a private and as quartermaster sergeant. He edited various 
journals, including the ^''Anti-Masonic Enquirer"; and in 1826-7 he was twice elected by the 
Anti-Masonic party to the lower house of the State legislature. His tact as a party manager and 
his services in securing the election of DeWitt Clinton as governor (1826), brought him to the 
editorship of the Albany Evening Journal^ a position which he occupied until sometime in 1862. 
He was a political leader of the Whig and Republican parties. He was prominent in procuring the 
nominations of Harrison, Taylor, and Scott. In Nov. 1861 he was sent to Europe by President 
Lincoln in a semi-diplomatic capacity, returning in June, 1862. In 1865 he became a resident of N. 
Y. City. In 1866 he published " Letters from Europe and the West Indies." Mr. Tuttle writes: 
" Thurlow was one of the most remarkable men ever produced in this country, — unique in type 
and history." 

Stepheif Mjinsons Family Register. 169 

iv. Rebekah^ b. 9 Dec. 1713 ; bp. 4 Aug. 1717, ib.; tn. 9 Aug. 1738 
Charles Norton of Farmington ; ch. — Rebecca^ b. 1739, m. 1757 
Samuel son of Samuel Hart, b. 1738, nine ch. (of whom Rebecca® 
m. Wm. Cook of Danbury). 
V. Elce'' b. 12 July 1716; bp. (" Ealce ") 4 Aug. 1717, ib.; m. (by Rev. 
Jos. Noyes) 12 Jan. 1737/8 Joseph Miles; 3 ch., rec. N. H. — (i) 
Luce^ b. 26 Feb. 1738/9 (2) Abigail^ b. 24 Oct. 1741, (3) James^ b. 
31 Jan. 1745. 

vi. Amos* b. 9 April 1719 ; bp. 5 April* 1719, rec. ist Ch. ; d. 1748, ce. 
29; clergyman ; Cong.; res. New Haven, app'y- Grad. at Y. C. 
1738 with Rev. Chauncey Whittlesey and David Wooster, studied 
theology, and was licensed to preach by the New Haven East 
Association 30 Sept. 1740. Dexter in Gradtiates of Yale Coll. says 
he developed such sympath)' with "New Light" measures that 
the Association in May 1741, on hearing that he had been preach- 
ing at New Haven " in a manner which we think disorderly, and 
also contrary to the advice and direction of Rev'^ Mr. Noyes," 
appointed the Rev. Tlmoth}^ Allen to talk with him, and to direct 
him to go to Mr. Noyes and give him satisfaction. (We to-day 
honor his intelligence and independence.) In December 1741, the 
Fairfield East Association advised the Judea Society (now Wash- 
ington) to apply to him as a candidate. In May 1742, he was one 
of the original members of the Separatist church formed in New 
Haven, now known as the "United," or " North," Church. He 
continued to preach, though never ordained. He preached in 
West Suffield 1744-5. In 1746, Mr. Robbins, pastor at Branford, 
whom Trumbull the historian speaks of as peaceable, sound, and 
beloved, was cited before the consociation of New Haven county 
— composed of "Old Light" men — to answer articles of com- 
plaint, one of which was — " Improving strolling or travelling 
preachers, and those that were most disorderl)', to preach and 
exhort in the society " ; the article specifies two meetings " at his 
own house ", one " carried on by Messrs. Wheelock and Munson," 
and the other by Brainard and Buel — Brainard being doubtless 
David, the sainted missionary to the Indians, whose biography- 
was written by Jonathan Edwards. — Comp. Barber's Hist. Coll. of 
Conn., p. 192. 
vii. Samuel^ b. 4 Aug. 1722 ; bp. July 1722, f ib. ; m. 21 May 1741 Abigail 
Hollinworth of Milford, — " Samuel Munson of New Haven and 
Abigail Holinworth of Milford were Joyned in marriage to each 
other the 2VI day of May Anno 
Domini 1741 p"- Samuel Gunn 

Esq: Justice of Peace"; she d. ^ — ^ ''^^t^ct.jtJC^ ^tT^t^^^y^^i^^ 
23 Feb. 1793, a. 70 ; he a('. i Aug. 
1804; shoemaker; Cong. ; res. New Haven, Ct. He joined the 
North Church in Nov. 1797. He wore the title of captain. His 
home was on the N. W. corner of Grove and State streets. As 
highway-surveyor, 7 Jan. 1777, James Hillhouse to " begin at 

* A discrepancy which I have not the means of eliminating, 
t So in Rec. ist Ch. 

I/O TJie Munson Record. 

Jethro Corner, so called, to Sam" Munsons Corner," etc. The 
streets of New Haven were named 2 Sept. 1784: "The street 
from Capt. Samuel Munson's corner to Thomas Howell, Esq.'s 
shop, State Street ; . . . The street from Capt. Samuel Mun- 
son's corner to Tench's corner. Grove Street." Samuel's many 
transactions in land* need not be given in detail. He purchased 
of John Bradley 23 April 1750 for ;^200 one acre " adjoyning on y« 
Northwest Corner of y® s'' Munsons Homelott." In June 1803 he 
sold James Hillhouse i^ A. bounded E. on the Turnpike and 
loi A. bounded W. on the same. Samuel Munson of New Haven, 
Cordwainer, 16 Feb. 1770, for ;^3 sells John Wendell of Ports- 
mouth his interest in land in the township of Lyman, N. H., 
"which I claim by being an Original Proprietor to sd Township, 
as may appear by the charter thereof, bearing date Nov. lo, 1762." 
Samuel Munson (index to Rec. at Wall, has "Capt.") 24 Aug. 
1773 sells B. Moss of Wallingford, Ct., "my right in One Certain 
right of land" in Wallingford, (Vt.), "in the Province of New 
York, formerly granted by the GoV; of New Hamps. unto a 
Number of Grantees." Samuel* was elected highway-surveyor in 
Dec. 1746, 1759, lister 1751, and was annually elected leather- 
sealer from 1756 to 1768, at the last date being entitled "Capt." 
May 1768 — "This Assembly do establish Mr. Samuel Munson to 
be Captain of the 5th company or trainband in the 2d regiment in 
this Colony." The State Archives contain a memorandum of the 
"Cost of Benjamin Huntington's journey" from Norwich to New 
Haven, to attend the Convention of 1778, and it includes this 
item: "Paid Capt. Munson for horse and keeping, £2 8 10." 
5 ch., rec. N. H. — 

(i) Lydia^ b. 8 March xT\2/-i, ;«. Rev. Elisha son of Phillip Rexford, b. 24 Oct. 1737, 
she d. 31 March 1785, he d. 3 April 1808, res. Monroe, Ct., (dau. Ann Abigail' b. 
in New Stratford, Ct., m. 19 May 1793 Abijah Fenn, received by the Will of 
Samuel* made 1801 one-seventeenth of his property,, Nov. 7, 1804 they were of 
Watertown, Ct., but later removed.) 

(2) Samuel^\ b. 31 Aug. 1745, m. MaryJ dau. of Capt. Joseph Morse,, he d. 14 May 
1814, clergyman, Cong., res. Lenox, Ms., Huntington, Ct.,, grad. Y. C. 1763, 
was ordained first pastor of Cong. Ch. in Lenox, Ms., 8 Nov. 1770, and was dis- 
missed in April 1793, retiring to the Parish of New Stratford (now Monroe) in 

* Besides his homelot of 4J A. 28 R. bounded on Grove St., Neck Lane (State St.), and Mill 
Lane (Orange St.), valued at $2010, his Inventory included 14 parcels aggregating 71 acres and 
valued at $2361. There were 6 A. of salt meadow, " being half of Balls Island," $180, and 2 A. in 
the Great Neck, bounded south " on the path leading to Draggon," $50. All the real estate except 
the Homestead was conveyed to William Brintnall. The Homestead was quartered : Samuel had 
one acre, the S. E. corner — 3 chains 21 links on Grove St., 2 chains 90 links on Neck Lane (State 
St.), with " the Old dwelling house & shop " ; Sarah Sabin had i A. 34 R., the N. E. corner — 3 ch. 
19 1. on Neck Lane ; Rebecca Morse had i A., the S. W. corner — 3 ch. 60 1. on Grove St., 2 ch. 78 1. 
on Mill Lane ; and Abigail Brintnall had i A. 34 R., the N. W. corner— 3 ch. i 1. on Mill Lane. 

t Said by Dea. Brinsmade, <e. 92, to have been a tall man. 

X Mary in Dec. 1797 joined with Rev. Samuel in conveying to Nathan Wheeler 64 A. in 
Huntington, with the house, &c. ; price, $5580.34. 

Mary, wife of Samuel Monson of Huntington 28 June 1809 bought of Ezra Lewis X A. in the 
parish of New Stratford near the Meeting-house ; $600. 

Mary Munson of the City of N. Y. 9 April 1817 for $200 conveys to Abel French of Hunting- 
ton, her right in one acre in New Haven " at the head of State Street," bounded two sides on Wm. 
Brintnall and Mrs. Sally Sabin's land, &c., " being the same piece of land distributed to my 
husband from the Estate of Samuel* Munson of New Haven, dec^." 

Stephen^ Miinsons Family Register. 171 


Huntington, Ct., (ch.,* Marcena»,t merchant, res. N. Y. C. 1818 and 1837, 
Samuel M.,*t m. 16 Nov. 1797 PoUe De Forest, and d. 11 March 1803, a. 26.) 

Soon after S. M.'s settlement at Lenox, a house of public worship was erected. 
The salary, according to Rev. E. Day, was £^s to be increased to £10, with fire- 
wood, and also the lands set apart for the 
first minister. We quote Barber's Hist. 
Coll. of Mass. : " Mr. Munson was a man 
of good abilities, of ardent piety, sound 
in the faith, and zealous in promoting the cause of religion, but he lived in times 
of trouble." We may add that he was one of the signers of a Covenant, dated 
July 14, 1774, not to import, purchase or consume British goods. R. B. Lacey 
learns from the records of the church in Trumbull that Rev. Samuel was preach- 
ing there in 1805 and 1806 ; he admitted persons to the fellowship of that church 
in Oct. of the former year, and July of the latter. 

(3) AbigaiP b. 23 Feb. 1749, m. Capt. William Brintnall b. 12 Dec. 1745,, she d. 19 

Dec. 1819, he d. 13 Feb. 1826, te. 80, res. New Haven in Fair street,, were both 
" admitted to own their baptismal covenants "§ 16 Dec. 1791, ist Ch.,, was a maker 
of soap and candles,, hung himself in his shop on Union St., (seven ch. — (i) 
William', m. Elizabethil dau. of Amos Thompson, b. 1774,, he d. 31 March, 1824, 
she d. 9 April 1838,, both joined ist Ch. in 1808, (2) Elizabeth" b. c. 1778, d. 13 
April 1844, ce. 66, res. 1840 at 35 Fair St., (3) Dolly' b. c. 1780, d. 30 Sept. 1794, a. 
14, (4) Samuel" b. c. 1785, d. 4 June 1794, ce. 9 yrs., (5) Grace", d. 15 Oct. 1850, res. 
1845 at 35 Fair St., (6) Abigail" b. c. 1787, d. 29 June 1863, ce. 76, res. 1845 at 35 Fair 
St., (7) Lydia", w. 18 May 1808 Delauzun De Forest, lawyer, res. 7 College St., 
cor. Wall. — Wm.* and Abby" joined ist Ch. 27 March 1808 and Wm.'s wife and 
Betsey', Grace' and Lydia' 24 April 1808.) 

(4) '■'■Rebakak "° b. 3 Oct. 1750, d. 29 Aug. 1751. 

(5) Rebecca^ b. 22 June 1752, »t. Daniel Morse, receives by her father's Will four- 

seventeenths of his property, and Nov. 7, 1804 Daniel Morse and Rebecca his 
wife of Fairfield, Vt., join with others in a quit-claim to Wm. Brintnall. 

(6) Sarah^ b. 8 Oct. 1755, m. 4 Nov. 1776 Hezekiah^ son of Hezt** Sabin, b. 15 April 

* Alonzo C. Monson, grad. Columbia Coll. 1849, formerly judge of the Supreme Court of 
California, is descended from Rev. Samuel". The N. Y. Tribune, in December, 1887, stated that 
ex-Judge Monson had been treasurer of the American Jockey Club 22 years, "without fee or 
reward." August Belmont had held the position of president during the same period. Both resigned. 

t A. Clark of N. Y. C. in May 1818 for $1200 conveys to Marcena Munson of N. Y. one acre in 
New Haven : " The said land is the same piece that belonged to the Reverend Samuel* Monson of 
Huntington." Marcena in Oct. 1829 sells J. E. Peck & J. Curtis i A. in N. H., cor. Grove St. and 
Middletown turnpike, bounded N'y on heirs of Hez"} Sabin. In June 1837 he sells Eneas Woodin 
his right in " the West half of an Island situated in the Mill River, North of Barnsville Bridge, 
containing six acres", bounded W. on " the little River," N. & S. on Mill River. 

Elihu Mix related to Walstien^ — be it history or romance — that one Marcena Munson was 
captain of a privateer, that Wm. Barney, father-in-law of Mix, was his lieutenant, that on a certain 
occasion they encountered a Spanish galleon loaded with treasure, engaged in bloody battle, and 
brought the wealth of the vessel safely into Buenos Ayres ; that after making a fortune at 
privateering, Marcena returned to his native land, and built himself a large and handsome house 
at Astoria. 

X Samuel M." and Polle had a son born 3 Sept. 1798. 

" Sold at the Publick Sign Post in the Town of Huntington, Parrish of New Stratford, on the 
10"' day of August, 1801, at g O. Clock forenoon, three sheep Taken Damage Feesant. . . . Sold 
for Twenty five shillings. . . Key-keepers fees, o. 15. 4 ; my fee, o. 9. o. 

Saml. M. Monson, 

§ So in Rec. ist Ch. Constable of Huntington." 

II Their dau. Mary Ann' 711. in 1834 Matthew G. Elliott, Prest. Tradesmens Bank ; she d. 20 
April 1863 ; he d. at the age of 86 ; W. B's dau. Lydia' m. Isaac Davidson of Milford who soon 
d. and she tn. (2nd) Capt. Samuel Davidson of Milford. 

** Son of Hezekiah, bp. 5 Sept. 1720, d. in New Haven 7 March 1791. 

•[The Governor's Foot Guard (of New Haven) was organized in March 1775, with Benedict 
Arnold as captain and Hezekiah Sabin, jr., ensign : news of the Lexington fight arrived April 21st, 
and Saturday April 22nd fifty members of the company marched towards Cambridge ; they 
returned Under Lieut. Sabin, after an absence of nearly a month. July 2nd, the Guard, under 
Sabin, with a company of " Minute Men" and a body of Yale students, escorted Washington as 

1/2 The Munson Record. 

1750, who was admitted freeman at New Haven 10 April 1775,, she received ^V of 
her father's estate, 7 Nov. 1804 Hezekiah and wife Sarah were of Providence, 
R. I., and 9 April 1817 Mary wife of Samuel^ sold land in New Haven " bounded 
two sides on William Brintnall & Mrs. Sally Sabins land," (five ch., rec. N. H. — 
(i) Hezekiah' b. 4 Aug. 1778, (z) Samuel" b. 27 Aug. 1780, (3) James' b. 26 Oct. 
1782, (4) Thomas' b. 11 March 1786, d. 25 Aug. 1795, (s) Sally' b. 23 Jan. 1790.) 

1031. viii. Jabez'' /^. 17 Dec. 1728; bp. "Jabesh" 22 Dec. 1728, ist Ch., N. H. 

Stephen^ purchased the tract at the N. W. corner of Grove and 
State streets in April 1702, and there made his abode during a 
long life. His later years were passed in blindness. 

Annals of Stephen.' 

I'joi. (Aged 21.) Sept. 16. — "Stephen 

Munson ppounded for a Small piec of _j;x^^^'^'^'^'^?C^^<^^;^/^ 
Land near John barnes." Deferred ; 
granted Oct. 27. 

Dec. II. — Isaac Jones, Clothier, conveys to Stephen Munson, 
"black smith", 20 rods of land, bounded "West by y^ Town 
street", "east by y* creek." 

7702. April 6. — Stephen Munson, " Lock Smith," conveys to 
John Mix, husbandman, " a certain hom Lott Containing by esti- 
mation an acre be it more or Less, bounded northerly by Theoph- 
ilus Munson his Land, Southerly by John Mix & y*^ widow 
hotchkins y'' Lands, easterly by y*^ towne Street, on y^ west by 
Deacon Punderson & y® widow hotchkis y"^ Lands." Stephen had 
bought this three days previously of Nathaniel Boykin for ^£"12 ; 
it was a part of N. B.'s homelot. 

In return, John Mix conveys to Stephen Munson " a certain 
hom Lott containing by estimation one acre of Land be it more 
or Less, bounded northerly by M^ Jones his Land, south- 
erly by y*^ towne Street, easterly by y*^ Neck Lane, 
westerly by John Yales his Land." The latter was deemed more 
valuable by " Two pounds current siluer money of New Eng- 
land." This was the nucleus of Stephen's homestead, at the corner 
of Grove and State streets. 

Dec. 16. — S. M. "Requested of y^ town to Confirme to him a 
small piece of Land . . . Lying near y^ creek :" quit-claimed, 
— "the watering place being set out for the townes use." 

he proceeded from New Haven towards Cambridge to assume command of the Army. In May 
1777, Sabin was chosen captain, on the resignation of Arnold, while James Hillhouse succeeded 
him as lieutenant ; and in May 1779, Sabin was promoted to the rank of Lieut. -Col. in the militia. 
At the British Invasion, 5 July 1779, Lieut. -Col. Sabin led forces out on the Milford road to pre- 
vent the entrance of the enemy by West Bridge ; and later, he arranged his men on the slight 
eminence eastward of the Westville bridge, where they resisted the invaders until their ammuni- 
tion was exhausted. (When the British retreated, they carried away Hezekiah Sabin, sen., as a 

Stephen^ is Gunsmith and Locksmith. 173 

IJ04. In the Half-Division of tliis year, Stephen Munson has 
2 A. (80 r. long). (He is said to have had 4 A. of Sequestered, and 
to have had a rate of ;^2o in 1702.) 

July 13. — William Jones, Gent"', and wife Hannah, for ^8, sell 
Stephen Munson, "gun Smith," one acre, "being a part of y' 
Lot Comonly Called y*^ eight acre Lott, bounded on y° neck 
Lane eastward, southward by Stephen munson, westward By John 
Bradly, northward by my own Land." 

1703. (Aged 25.) Jan. 16. — "Stephen Munson his ear mark for 
his Cattell is a swallow taill on y° uper side of y° Right ear, a 
small slit under y'^ same ear." 

April 26. — I. Jones sells S. M., "gun Smith", 6 A. of Seques- 
tered (not yet divided). 

lyod. March. — Jos. Tuttle, Cordwainer, sells S. M. 14 A. and 
5 A. Nov. I. — Theoph. Heaton, husbandman, sells S. M., Lock- 
smith, 4 A., of "half Devision Land", 80 rods by 11. T. H. 
makes "his mark." 

/707. March 27. — W. Johnson, Plough wright, for ^7 sells 
S. M., "gun smith", 2 A. of upland, "a part of y'' Lot Comonly 
Called y*" bushey Lott, Bounded on y*^ neck Lane eastw'^" April 
21.— Jos. Tuttle sells S. M., "locksmith", 2\ A. in "y= Lettill 
neck ;"* also i^ A. partly "in y* same field" & partly "in y' field 
Called y" neck," bounded W^' by "y*' bank next y« Mill Riuer ;" 
also 2\ A. of Sequestered. June 26. — Allen Ball, husbandman, 
sells S. M., "Lock smith", 2 A. mead° bounded E. by Mill river. 
Sept. 23. — Jos. Tuttle sells S. M., gun smith, i A., and also ^ of a 
rod wide "from The neck Lane across y*^ Rear of Sam^^ Todds 
home Lott," bounded "on y*^ neck Lane northward." 

Dec. 29. — John Roe & Stephen Munson chosen "fence viewars 
for y*^ Gouernours Quarter." 

lyoS. Feb. 18. — Sam' Ailing, Tertius, husbandman, for ^21 
sells S. M. 4 A. " in a place Coinonly Called bushy Lott," bounded 
S. on Neck Lane. 

ijog. Jan. 5. — Joseph Lines, husbandman, sells S. M. 9^ A. of 
" wilderness Land " called " Half Devision Land", near Mill 
Riuer. April 21. — Samuel Whitehead, husbandman, sells S. M. \ 
" of y*' my arable Lott of Land — in y*^ great neck." Sept. 9, in viii 
of Ann. — W. A. sells Stephen Munson "of New heauen," "gunn 
smith," "twenty acars of third devishon land " in Wallingford, for 
" one pound teen shillings." Nov. 2. — T. W. sells S. M. of New 
heaven, " Black smeath," i\ A. in Wall. 

Dec. 19. — Sam'' Cooper & Stephen Munson chosen " Hewards 
for y'^ Neck." 

* Elsewhere—" The Little Neck . . . at y« South side of the Neck Rock.' 

T74 The Miinson Record. 

1710. (Aged 30.) Stephen has 12 A., \, and 24 rods, in the 5th 
Division (80 rods x 25). 

April 3. — John Dixwell of Boston, goldsmith, for ;!^38 conveys 
to S. M., 76 A., bounded E. by "branford old Line:" signed by 
Mary Dixwell, and witnessed by Sarah Prout. May 20. — The 
above assigned to Thomas^ Munson. May 29. — Thomas^ Munson 
conveys to S. M. 12 A. bounded E. by y'' Mill Lane. May 29. — 
Joseph Grannis, husbandman, sells S. M. 4 A., " my half devision 
Lott " (80 r. X 8). 

jyii. May 3.— Thomas' sells S.' M., " Blacksmith," 3 A. " in 
the gouernours Quarter." 

A list of Colony debts, Aug. 17 11, includes : "To Stephen Mun- 
son of Newhaven, for work upon guns, shoeing horses, &c., 
^4. 15. 3 " ; doubtless in preparing "the soldiers of the regiment 
of this Colony now raised for the expedition against Canada." 
(Queen Anne's War, 1702-1713.) 

Dec. 17. — Sam" peck, Stephen Munson, & Caleb tuttle, were 
chosen surveyors of highways. 

iyi2. Allotment to S. M. in First Div. of Sequestered Land, ']\ A. 

March 20. — S.' M. sells J. Ford, cordwainer, 22 rods of land 

bounded W. by y*^ town Street, E. by y^ creek. April 28. — John 

Mix sells S. M. 5 A. salt marsh meadow, bounded W. by y*^ East 

river. May 10. — W- Johnson, mason, sells S. M. 2 A., bounded 

southeasterly by y^ neck Lane. 

Dec. 22. — Stephen' Munson & Joseph Osborne were 
Constable. , ^ i 1 

chosen constables. 

J71J. Allottment to S. M. in 2nd Div. Sequestered, 7^ A. 

Jan. 6. — Jos. Cooper, husbandman, sells S. M. 2^ A. in y*^ gouer- 
nors Quarter, bounded N. by y® Neck Lane. July 8. — D^ Atwater, 
husbandman, sells S. M. 8 A. 66 rods of ist Div. Sequestred, " in y® 
field Called Northfield." Sept. 9.— I. Jones sells S. M. 8 A. of 
Sequestred, " Lying Northw** of y'^' town." 

1714. April 28. — Joseph Parde, joyner, sells S. M. 6^ A. 2nd 
Div. of Sequestred. May 3. — Thomas Jacobs, husbandman, sells 
S. M. 2 A. 60 rods of Half-Division. July 16. — Joseph Sackitt 
sells S. M. land at the Ox pasture. 

Dec. 20. — Viewars for y^ neck, Stephen Munson & Thom^ Pun- 

Dec. 30. — Some misunderstanding between Capt. Sam" Thomp- 
son & Stephen Munson concerning their easterly bounds. 

ijiS- (Aged 35.) May 10. — Jos. Sackitt sells S. M., Locksmith, 
"upland in a place comonly called y® mill Playne." June 20. — 
John Hitchcock, yeoman, for ^24.10 sells S.' M. 3^ A. of meadow, 

Stephen^ a Member of the First Church. 175 

bounded W. by y*^ East River. Oct. 25. — Capt. Thomas Yale of 
Wall. ior£6 sells S. M. 3 A. in y*^ Neck. 

77/d. December. — Viewars for Littell Neck, Thomas Leek, 
Jun., & Stephen Munson. 

1717. July 28. — "Steven Munson & Lydya his wife" received 
into communion with First Church. " Lydya Munson was 
■ baptized." (Pastorate of Jos. Noyes.) 

Oct. 9. — Dan" Bradly, weaver, for;!^i5 sells S. M. 2^ A. "mead" 
at the Long Reach," bounded E. "by The Reeds or Riuer." 

Dec*".' 16. — "Then Stephen Munson gave Notice of a Black steer 
comeing 3 year old taken up by him. Marked with two large half 
pennyes under the nere ear, the brush of his tale most of it white." 

Dec. 23. — Viewers : for the Gou' q', Stephen Munson. Hawors 
for the grate Neck, Stephen Munson, Segr' Heaton. 

Dec. 23. — Nathan Goodyear for ^29 sells S. M. 1^^ A. in the 
Great Neck. Dec. 30.— Sam^ Gilbert for £i.z sells S.' M. ^ A. 
in Govl\ quarter. 

jyiS. Feb. 10. — Sam" Sanford for £2)-S-^^ sells S. M. 21 acres 

2 rods of 5*'' Div. land. Feb. 26. — Sam" Tuttle, Sen!, for £^.2 

sells S. M. 8-^ A. 26 rods of 3'^ Div. Sequestred ; also a 6th Div. 

right. March 24. — Jos. Gilbert for ;^ sells S. M. 4 A. mead?, 

bounded E'^ by the Reach Creek. 

Dec. 22. — Stephen Munson chosen one of nine listers. 

lyig. Aug. 31. — Theoph. Goodyear for;!^ sells S. M. 13 A. 
Sequestred Land. Sept. 19. — Paul Cornwell iox £1 sells S. M. 2^ 
A. in " Northfield." 

Dec. 28. — " Howards for y® grate Neck, Stephen Munson, Abram 

1720. (Aged 40.) Feb. 9.— Nath' Yale sells S. M., "Locksmith," 
8 A. in " Plainfield", "my i'.' Div. of Sequestered land," in return 
for which S. M. conveys 15 A. of 3'' Div., bounded W. by "New 
Haven Mill River." Feb. 16.— Joshua Tuttle for ^5 sells S.' M. 6 
A. of f Div. land. Feb. 23.— Thos. Barns, Jun--, sells S. M. 8 A. of 
5th Div. March 28. — Jos. Dorman, husbandman, for ^16.4 sells 
S. M. 12 A. of Half-Division. May 31. — Daniel Abbot for ^2 sells 
S. M. 4^ A. 26 rods 3** Div. of Seques*^ not yet laid out. Also 
right to all other undivided lands in N. H. 

Dec. 19. — Stephen Munson one of the viewers for "the grate 

1721. Feb. 2. — Nathaniel Heaton, cordwainer, conveys to S. M. 
14 A. of \ Div. ; in return, S. M. conveys to N. H. 8| A. of \ Div., 
bounded E. by N. H. Mill River. March 7.— John How, Sen"", for 
;^27 sells 24^ A. of 3'* Div. on the East side of N. H. East River. 

176 The Miinson Record. , 

March 21. — T. Jacobs, husbandman, for ^2 sells S. M. 13^ A. of 
5th Div. March 23. — By agreement between the four New Haven 
brothers, Stephen' receives about 11 A. of Sequestred. April 26. — 
Sam'^ Ives for ;2^ sells S. M. 3 A. of Half Div. June 19. — 
Agreement of the seven brothers concerning lands. 

Dec. II. — Jonathan Perkins and Stephen^ Munson viewers of 
Cooppers qr. 

IJ22. In the 3d Div. of Sequestred, S. M. receives 7^ A. 
Feb. 8. — Jos. Whiting for;^i4. 5 sells S. M. 3 A. 153 rods of 2nd 
Div. Seq^ " att the North End of the Mill Rock ; " ^ A. of i Div. 
land ; 10 A. of ^ Div. 

Dec. 17. — Stephen Munson & J. O. "viewers of Club field."* 
Stephen Munson " Hayward for the grate Neck." 
Dec. 24. — Stephen Munson excused from serving as Viewer of 
Club field. 

1723. Feb. I.— E. Stent sells S. M. i A. of ^ Div. March 20.— 
Josiah Thomas for;^4. 3 sells S. M. 2^ A. 26 rods in 2°'^ Div. Seq*? 

1724. Jan. 7. — "Then Stephen Munson gave an account of two 
strays Beasts taken up by him," &c. 

Feb. 18.— S. M. for ^25 sold Joshua Hotchkis 12 A. + 21 A. of 
2^h ]3iy land. Feb 21. — S. M. exchanges with J. Blakslee 5^ A. 
(;!{^, for 7^ A. in Northfield, "the first part of Sequestred 
Land in sd New haven Lying in that field Called Northfield." Feb. 
21. — Wid. Sarah Todd exchanges with S. M. 5 A. in "Northfield" 
(^16), for 2h A. " in Plainfield, the i'.' part of the Sequestred land." 
Dec. 28. — Serg? Stephen Munson and Robert Tallmadge 
ergean . ^j-j^gg^^ "fence viewers of Fresh Meadow field." 

172^. (Aged 45.) Jan. 11. — Stephen' Munson one of a commit- 
tee of three " to allow and pass all accounts of Charges upon the 
pro" of this Town." 

Feb. 24. — S. M. for ^11.2 sells Andrew Goodyear 4^ A., first 
Div. of Seq*^ land. 

IJ26. Jan. 27. — S. M. for ^,^5 sells Benj. Todd 4^^ A. of 3^ Div. 
March 7.— Sarah Tuttle for £g sells S.' M. 6i A. of | Div. 
April 2. — Sam'.' Darling for ;£2>S conveys to " M'' " S. M. " one 
certain Tenement house and Land," one acre, bounded " East on 
the homelot of Stephen Munson above s**, and North on land of 
John Bradlys, and west and south on highways" (Orange and 
Grove streets). Dec. 16.— J. Whiting for ^15.10 sells "M''" S. M. 

* The Club, or Club field, Avas on the west side of West River, near the Sound ; name still popu- 
lar in 1842. 

Sergt. Stephen'^ Traffics in Real-Estate. lyy 

5I A. in the Great Neck, bounded " Easterly by the fferry Riuer, 
or the Hill by Dragon so Called, and southerly by the said Mun- 
sons own Land." 

Dec. 19. — " Serg*^ Stephen^ Munson Chosen to collect the Town 
Rate the ensuing year." 

77.27. Allotment to S. M. in 6th Division, 10^ A. 7^ 
rods (60 r. S. & N. sides, 27^ r. W. & E. ends). The above was 
in "the f} Teer South." "Stephen Munson added one half of 
Handcocks, and \ part of his grand ffather Right, — the whole 

a qr r 


Sept. 19. — Rate of 6^ per acre on prop- of 6^'^ division for defray- 
ing charges of laying out sd land, — and voted "that Stephen 
Munson to be Collector of said Rate." 

Dec. 18. — Serg* Stephen^ Munson chosen to Collect the Rate (of 
the town). 

Hayward for the governors quarter, Stephen Munson. 

/72c?. December, 3^^ Monday. — The 6"^ per A. already agreed upon 
to be collected by M'' Stephen Munson " by the Last of May Next." 

17 2g. Feb. 20. — S. M. for ^10 conveys 2^ acres in Wallingford. 
April I.— John Todd for^7. 8\ 8" sells S. M. 2 A. in the little Neck. 
Aug. 28. — J. D. sells S.^M. 2 pieces — 48 acres bounded west on 
Muddy river, and 40 acres bounded southeast by Brandford line. 

Dec. 8. — Stephen Munson hayward for Governor's Quarter. 

17JO. (Aged 50.) March 2. — S.^M. & Thos. Leek agree to divide 
a purchase : S. M. shall have 6 A. on the south side ; T. L. shall 
have the N. part. 

June 22. — Sarah Todd for ^6 sells S. M. 2^ acres in "Plainfield." 
Oct. 28. — Caleb Thompson for ^6 sells S. M. 2 A. of ^ Div. land, 
" Lying on or Near Pople Hill." 

1731. May 10.— J. Potter, Jun'", for £2. sells S. M. -J part of 
a 5th Div. lot, — the whole, 18 A. ^. May 19. — John Turner 
exchanges with S.^M. 24 A., a | Div. lot, " Laid out in the Name 
of Capt Turner" (;^72), for 11 A. and 10^ A. 6th Div. "lying 
above the Blew Hills." 

June 7.— S.^M. quitclaims to Theophilus^ for;^6 all title to the 
ancestral home on Grove St. 

Oct. 15. — Sarah Todd sells S. M. 2 A. "in the Gover'i quarter, at 
a place Called Peningtons Hill." Oct. 15. — Sarah Todd for ;,^ 2 8 
sells S. M. 2-^ A. of meadow "on that plane commonly called 
Balls plane, which lyes in the Mill River a little below the Neck 
Bridge, being one fourth part of sd plane"; bounded N. & W. by 
the River. Called also an "Island." 

178 The Munson Record. 

Dec. 13. — Stephen Munson chosen townsman, second of seven. 

Dec. 29.— M. Blakslee for £2\ sells S. M. 7 A. of ^ 
Townsman. j^.^ . ^^^ g ^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ ^, ^^.^ ^^ 

Seq' " near the Blew Hills." 

1732. Jan. 27. — S. M. for ^132 sells 50 acres bounded S. on 
Branford line, and 30 acres bounded W. on Muddy river. May 15. — 
S. M. for ;,^ 13 sells N. Heaton 3 A. of | Div., "lying a little North 
of the pine swamp," and bounded "Easterly by the Mill River." 

Dec. 18. — G. A. and Stephen Munson "fence viewers and hay- 
wards of the Great neck." 

^733- Dec. 10. — M^' Stephen Munson chosen one of 
Selectman. , 

seven selectmen. 

1734. Jan. 5. — S. M. exchanges with Robt. Tallmadge 3^ A. in 
"Northfield" (i^i Div. Seq"^), for 3^ A. in Northfield. Jan. 15.— 
S. M. for ^72 sells Capt. John Grannis 18^ A. of 6"' Div. March 
29. — S. M. sells 20 acres " near brandford line." March 30. — S.^ M. 
for ;^82 sells Obadiah* 3/7 of 90 acres in Wallingford, " lying west 
of y® west rocks " (now Prospect). May 30. — J. Clark for ;^4 sells 
S. M. his right in 14:^ A., 3^ Div. of Seq"^ land. 

July. — "Cuff (servant of Stephen Munson)" admitted to North 

Sept. 7. — Sarah Todd for ;!^24 sells S. M. 2 A. "att Penington 

Nov. 21. — "Rebecca (Stephen) Munson" admitted to First Ch.: 
perhaps second wife, before marriage to S.' M. 

1735- (Aged 55.) Jan. 21. — S. Read for ^2. 6^ sells S. M. i A. 
26 rods, 3^ Div. Seq"? Land, "on Ox Hill." June 21.— Jos. Tuttle 
for £z. 10 sells S. M. 14^ A., f Div. Seq'? Land, bounded W. by 
N. H. Mill River. 

Dec. 22. — " Serg' Stephen^ Munson & Hez. Pirepont fence viewers 
for the Great Neck." 

I'J36. May 3. — W. Punchard for ^13.10 sells S. M. 3 A. in the 
Great Neck, bounded " westerly by the path that leads to the 

1^37. Dec. 19. — Stephen Munson & N. Mix fence viewers of 
Governor's Quarter. 

Dec. 26. — " M'' Stephen Munson" one of three "to look into" a 
challenge touching some land. 

1^38. January, last Monday. — Serg*^ Stephen Munson one of 

a Com. of nine " Respecting another or 7- division 
Seventh Div. c -r 1 ,, 

Allotment to S. M. in 7*'' Division, 5 A. 23^ rods. 

Stephen^ is Selectman and Lister. 179 

April 24. — Theophilus' & Stephen' make a sale (;^3o) to William\ 
Sept. 27. — S. Bradley exchanges with S. M. 4 A. "in the little 
Neck" {£iz\ for 3 A. "in Great Neck." 

1739- J^"- 4- — Lydia wife of Stephen' died. 

May 21.— S. M. for ^20 sells S. fford 3 A. 56 rods of 2""^ Div. 
Seq' Land "in the little plaine." May 28.— S. M. for £\(> sells 
Andrew Goodyear ^ of ii^ A. of 3'? Div. Seq^. June 15. — S. M. for 
"fourty pounds" sells Nathan Ailing 7 A. in the ^ Div., "lying 
upon Popple Hill." 

Dec. 10. — M"" Stephen chosen one of nine listers. 

Dec. 21.— E. Bradley for ^36 sells S. M. \ of 4^ A. in little Neck, 
bounded E. "by a highway next the Rock " (East Rock). 

1740. (Aged 60.) Sept. 25. — S. M. for £()(i sells Thomas Ives, 
Jun!, 7i A., i^ part of Seq^^, and %\: A. 26 R., ibid. 

1741. June 16. — S. M. for;j^2oo sells Elnathan Street of Walling- 
ford 28 A., 3'^ Div., " lying East of New Haven East River att that 
place Called Pond Hill," bounded E. by Wallingford line. 

1742. March 18.— S. M. for ^36 sells John Mansfield 5! A. of ^ 
Div., in New Haven, " lying in that plain Called Wallingford Plain." 

Dec. 6. — Stephen^ minor son of y® Rev'? M'' Stephen"' " made 
Choice of his Grandfather M"" Stephen' Munson of New Haven for 
his Guardian, who was allowed on his Bond, ^2000." 

174J. Court, Jan. 3, 174^ (or perhaps Dec. 28 previously). 
"Administration on y® estate of M" Susannah Munson Late of 
New Haven, DeC?, was granted to M! Stephen' Munson." 

Feb. 15. — Lydia Thompson for £60 sells S. M. 6 A. at Datons 
Hill, and 4 A. in Great Neck. Aug. 2. — J. Osborn for £g sells 
S. M. 2 A. in Great Neck. 

1744. Nov. 3. — Sarah Harris for £6. 10 sells S. M. 2 A. 20 rods 
of 3^ Div. Seql 

I74S- (Aged 65.) Jan. 28. — S.' M. appeals from the action of 
court in appointing Capt. White as guardian of Stephen': appeal 

March 18. — S. M. gives SamueP the acre bought of Darling at 
the corner of Grove St. and Mill Lane (Orange St.). 

March 18.— E. Sanford for ;^io2 sells S. M. 16:^ A. of ^ Div. 

Dec. 30. — On the proposition to make P. Leek a grant for a 
wharf, Stephen was one of 21 who voted. No. 

1746. March 19. — Court ordered S. M. to render an account of 
his guardianship March 20. Then " the said Stephen Munson 
being Called three times, appeared not ; & this Court observing 
the writ was duely Serv*! & Returned, thereupon Consider that 

i8o The Miinson Record. 

his non appearance is an utter neglect & Refusal to Comply with 
his bond." 

May. — " On the petition of Stephen Munson, of New Haven, vs. 
John White, of New Haven, as on file : " The question was put, 
whether the judgment of the superior court complained of therein 
be erroneous : Resolved in the negative. Cost allowed respondent is 
£^ los. od." (Assembly.) 

May 19. — I. Beecher for ^15 sells S. M. 14^ A. 13 rods, 3? Div. 
Seq. land, " lying Between the East and Mill Rivers." May 20. — 
S. M. for ^10 old Tenor conveys the above to Eben' Ives. 

1747. Jan. 2. — Stephen^ for love and good-will unto Samuel* 
conveys to him " one half of my house in which I Now Dwell, 
and to be the North East half thereof, to Come as far as the middle 
of the Chimny, with the one half of the porch and half the Kitching, 
with half the Celler under the Kitching ; and it is to be understood 
that I Reserve for my self the whole Celler which is under the 
standing or vipright of the above mentioned half part of the house 
Dureing the life of me Stephen Munson and also Dureing the life 
of my wife ; and then the one half of sd Celler to be the said Sam'^ 
Munsons. . . Also I give the sd Sam'' Munson the one half of 
my well. . . And also some land North East of the sd Half 
house, to begin att the North Corner of the standing or upright 
part of sd Half house, and from thence to Run in a paralall line 
with the standing or upright part of sd Half house the space of 
two Rods North East, and then to Run Right across Directly to 
the Country Road or highway, and then to Run along by sd Road 
Down against the middle of the porch above mentioned." 

Also, "That piece of land Called and known by the Name of 
the Close," 8 A., bounded S. by the Neck Lane ; also 4 acres and 
2 acres in the Neck. 

April 10.— S.' M. for ^50 sells S. Perkins ^ part of a s'-^ Div. lot 
"in y*^ parrish of Amity" (now Woodbridge). June 4. — A. Bassett, 
&c., for £t6 sell S. M. 9* A. of a ^ Div. lot. Oct. 9.— S. Smith for 
£Z sells S. M. 2 A. 16 R. of 6"^ Div. 

174S. Jan. 26. — S.^ M. for £6'j. 10 old Tenor sells J. Ives 4| A., 
3'^ Div. Seq". 

i74g. June 26. — S. M. for £()6 sells S. Beach 6 A. of 3'' Div. 
"which I bought of Joshua Tuttle." Oct. 9.— S. M. for ;^8o sells 
W. Payne 13^ A., 5th Div. 

17^0. (Aged 70.) Feb. 5. — S.^ M. "for good . . Considera- 
tions" conveys to Jabez* 17 pieces of land: 16^ acres bought of 
Sanford, "With y*^ house & Barn thereon Standing;" 18 acres "at 
a place Called Davisses hill"; 8 acres bought of the Gilberts; 30 

Stephen^ Assists in Forming White-Haven Society. i8i 

acres at " Northfield"; ii acres from the " Lott I bought of Good- 
years & Pardees"; pi A. "at Baton hill"; lo A. of wood Land 
"which I bought of Col. Jos: Whiting & Nath" Heaton"; 12 A. 
bought of Heaton & Blackslee ; 28 A. "lying at a place Called 
Ridge hill ", bought of Turner & Dorman ; 8f acres " Near Stephen 
Rowes farm ;" "^ of Dan^' Abbatts right in y*^ Common & undiv*^ 
Lands in s*? New Haven;" 10 A. bought of Whiting; 11 A. of 6th 
Div. bought of Elcock ; 4 A. of Half-Div. laid out to self; 2 A. of 
meadow "at y*^ Clubb"; 5 acres E. side of East River, "adjoyning 
on y'^ College meadow"; " my Gilbert meadow", 3iA.; 2 A. "in 
y*^ mill meadow." 

Feb. 5. — S.^ M. "for satisfactory considerations" conveys to 
Samuel^ "The homestead where I now Dwell," 2 A., bounded 
S. E. and S. W. by high^vays, N. W. by land of SamueP & J. Bradly, 
N. E. by Mr. Prout, — "with all the buildings"; "all my Land in 
y^ Great Neck & also all my Land in the Little Neck, y^ whole 
. 54 A."; "all my Land in y*^ Governours quarter," abt. 9A.; 
*' my Mill Lane pasture", 12 A.; 7-| A. "at upper end of North- 
field "; " my Lott of land lying behind y*^ Mill rock, which I bought 
of Col. Joseph Whiting," 4 A.; i A. 26 rods "on Ox hill;" 3iA. 
13 rods, 3d Div. of Seq.; 7^ A. of 2nd Div. Seq. "on back side or 
behind y*^ Pine Rock"; Abbot's right in undivided lands; 2^ A. 
"of Munson Meadow"; "All my meadow on Balls Island"; 2\ K. 
of meadow "in y*^ Reach"; 3^ A. of meadow "at Duck Cove." 

July 13.— S.' M. for ^130 sells Edward Little f. Div. Seq"^. 

77J2. March 20. — S.' M. to S. Abbot quitclaims a 6"^ Div. lot, 
also a y**" Div. lot, "laid in name of Daniel Abbot." March 25. — 
S. Abbot sells S. M. 4^ + A., f Div. Seq'i. 

^753- Sept. 3. — Stephen^ one of six owners of 75 acres on N. 
end of High Rock, bounded S. on New Haven line : now divided. 

Allotment to S.' M. in 8 Div.,* 5 A. 23^ rods. 

^759- October. — The First Society was divided by the Assembly 
into two ; 148 remained members of the First Society ; 178, includ- 
ing all the Munsons— Joseph", Stephen', David', John', Jabez*, and 
Theophilus*, "are constituted an ecclesiastical society . . by 
the name of White Haven." The new church, organized in 1742, 
was born of "The Great Awakening". Its "Blue Meeting- 
House," S. E. cor. of Elm and Church streets, was erected in 1744. 
Samuel Bird became pastor in 1751, and Jonathan Edwards, son 
of the preeminent Jonathan Edwards, became pastor in 1769. 

* Material for an 8th Division : " Scraps or pieces of land," " the blue hills and the west Rock 
below Thompsons gap," etc., and " some part of the Neck Rock, Mill Rock, & Pine Rock." 

1 82 The Munson Record. 

1761. (Aged 81.) Feb. 11, " i^i of George 3^"— S/ M. for £2^ 
sells Samuel'' ^\ acres N. W. of S. Dickerman's homelot. 

176S. (Aged 89.) Year of Stephens's death, presumably. 

Court, December. — " Cap' Sam'.'^ Munson one of the Ex? of the 
last Will & Testam' of M! Stephen Munson, late of New Haven, 
dec^, exhibited said Instrument in Court, and declared before the 
Court that he refused the Trust of Exy. Said Will is ordered to 
lye on file." 

1772. Feb. 19. — Joseph Hollingsworth sends from Fairfield to 
Capt Samuel* Munson att New Haven, accounts for keeping "our 
Hon"^ Mother Munson," who departed this life 14 Feb. 1772. 

Sam^'^ Munson's ace* keeping her in 1769, 1770, &c., £,Z(>'- 16 

Jabez* Munson's " " " " '69, '70, '71, &c., £a(>.. Z 

"My Account now due from y'^ first of April 1771, etc." 
" My love to you & Sister ". " I and my family are well ". "Your 
Loving brother." This is labelled " Mr Stephen^ Munson Estate 
Debts." Judge allowed the account. 

Court, November. — Jabez* nominated Ex! of the Will of M"" 
Stephen Munson : " refused the trust." 

J773. Court, January. — Will of Stephen^ " which was before 
ordered to lye on file," set aside. Sam^ Bishop, Esq., neighbor, 
" deposed that he was intimately acquainted with the Testat"^ for 
some years next before his death, and did business for him, and 
had a particular knowledge of his Estate and Affairs ; that the 
said Munson was blind, and entirely subsisted by his 
Estate, with the Assistance of his two Sons ; that he sold 
his Negro man & some peices of Land devised in said Will ; and 
that he had none left, except two or three small peices of out 
Land". Court decreed that Stephen ought to be regarded as 
having died " Intestate ". Administration granted to Cap* Samuel 

Court, April. — S.' M.'s inventory includes Anvil £^, 2 Vices 

£^■9, Sledge 4/. 

I77S- February. — In the Adm? hands, ;^56. 1.8 ; "the debts are 
;^92. 14.10, which overdoes the whole Estate ^^36.13.2, — which the 
Adm"^ Engages to pay." 

1776. March 15. — SamueP and Jabez* for £i()^ convey 14 acres 
in the parish of Cheshir, "which land did belong unto our 
Honored Father Stephen Munson." 

Caleb^ Munsons Family Register. 183 


Caleb' (SamueP, Thomas') b. 19 Nov. 1682 ; m. (by Mr. Brewer) 
26 March 1706 Elisabeth Hermon* ; 6 ch.; she d. "Feb. ii, 1739", 
/. e., 1740; 7n. (2nd) ("by Mr. Bunham") "Jan. 10, 1740", i.e., 1741, 
Hannah Porter*; he ^. 23 Aug. 1765 ; buried 24 Aug. 1765. f Weaver; 
res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children, rec. in W. :J 

i. Kezia'* b. " Jenuary 13, 1706," i.e., 1707 ; w. (by capt. Hall) 12 Nov. 
1734 Samuelg son of Samuel Street, b. 10 May 1707,—" Sam'. Street 
married Caziah Munson Nov. 12, 1734, by Capt Hall"; she d. 
(and Street had by 2nd m. child born June 1750) ; he d. 1792, a. 
85; res. Wallingford, Ct.; i ch.— Glover' b. 28 May 1735, m. 
Lydia Allen of North Haven, Ct., she d. 13 Feb. 1817, cb. 80, he 
d. 28 Nov. 1826, CB. 91, farmer, res. Wallingford, Ct., Ireland 
Parish in West Springfield (now Elmwood, Holyoke), Ms. Caleb^ 
in his Will, made 1761, gives " Glover^ Street the only child of 
my Daughter Keziah, deceased," twenty shillings. Glover' first 
lived ^\ m. E. of Wallingford village, say, \ m. from Northford. 
The Episcopal Society in North Haven has in its abatement list 
■ for 1799 the name of " Glover Streat ;^oo 32." He removed in 
1800 to West Springfield, whither three sons and probably a dau. 
had preceded him. Glover' and Lydia had several children — 
(i) Glover" b. c. 1764, m. Deborah dau. of Obed Bradley of North 
Haven, she d. 17 Sept. 1832, a. 66, he d. 16 Dec. 1835, cb. 71, 
farmer, res. West Springfield, then Northampton, Ms., at South 
Farms, about \ m. N. of Holyoke line, (children. Whiting,'! Jesse', 

* Wall. Rec; both Brewer and Bunham seem foreign to W.; perhaps the latter was Burnham 
of Kensington. Later. I quote from the original record at Springfield, Mass.: "Jan: 28. ijof 
Caleb Munson of Wallingford of Connectcot Colony enters his Intention of Mariage w"" Elisabeth 
Harman of Springfield & y"^ publishm' was posted the same day." 

" Caleb Munson & Elisabeth Harman both aforesaid were joined in Mariage March 26, 1706." 

t Dr. Dana's Rec. 

X Except Moses. 

§ Descended from Lieut. Samuel, Rev. Samuel of Wallingford {d. l^l^), Rev. Nicholas of New 
Haven (d. 1674). 

II Whiting' Street, b. in North Haven, Ct., lived in Northampton where his father had lived , 
and d. in 1878, leaving an estate which inventoried $483,000. He transported goods on the Con- 
necticut River. In 1878 he owned one half the stock of the Parsons Paper Co., whose profits that 
year were $75,000, according to Tuttle Fam. By Will he devised to 21 towns (those only whose 
citizens had been patrons of his transportation facilities) $100,000, the income of which is to be 
appropriated to the worthy poor, not paupers : Northampton and Holyoke, $25,000 each, East- 
hampton and Amherst, $6,000 each. South Hadley, $5,250, West Springfield, $5,000, Belchertown, 
Williamsburg and Agawam, $4,000 each, Southampton and Conway, $2,000 each, Granby, $1,750, 
Ashfield, Cummington and Worthington, $1,500 each, Westhampton, Huntington, Chesterfield 
and Enfield, $1,000 each, Goshen and Plainfield, $750 each ;— $12,500 were devised to institutions, 
etc.; the residue was devised in trust — the income of one half to be for the benefit of the three 
dau. of his brother Alpheus', and the income of the rest for the benefit of Alpheus' son (Whiting B.^). 
W. S. expended sparingly upon himself. He gave as a reason for not attending a funeral which 
had a strong claim upon him, that he lacked suitable clothing. 








184 The Mimso7t Record. 

Polly', Sally', — all four unm., lived together, and Alpheus', w., 
lived a little northward,) (2) George** b. abt. 1770, m. 17 Oct. 1808 
Miriam^ dau. of Joshua Munson, which see, res. West Springfield 
(always lived with his father), (3) SamueP b. 2 Oct. 1762, in. Anna^ 
dau. of Joshua Munson, which see, res. West Springfield (now 
Holyoke), (4) Joshua", res. Northampton St., Holyoke, (5) John*, 
a carpenter, res. Northampton St., i:^ m. N. of old First Ch., 
Holyoke, (had John H.,' m. Mary L.® dau. of Ira Munson, which 
see, res. Holyoke, then Springfield, Philo', res. Holyoke, George', 
res. Ellington, Ct., Abigail', m. Titus Ingraham, Harriet', m. 
Milo Smith of Smith's Ferry,) (6) Keziah*, ;«. Hastings, she d. ce. 
92, res. Holyoke, Ms. 

Caleb* b. 19 Aug. 1709. 

Joshua'*^. "Jeneary 30 1712", i. c, 1713. 

Moses'* b. perhaps 1715. 

Elizabeth^ b. 31 March 1717 ; 7n. (by S. Whittlesey*) 10 May 1743 
Jedediah Frisbie of Branford ; res. Branford, Ct. Her father's 
Will made in 1761 gives her twenty shillings, and appoints 
Jedediah Frisbie, his "Son in Law", executor with Joshua"* ; 
Widow Elizabeth, 11 Nov. 1777, joins with others in selling land ; 
6 ch., rec. in B. — (i) Simeon^ b. 24 March 1744, i.e., 1745, was 
"of Norfolk" Nov. 11, 1777, (2) " Merriam "= b. 2 April 1746, 
(3) Keziah^ b. 28 March 1748, i>i. 7 Oct. 1772 SamueP son of Merri- 
man^ Munson, (4) Susanna" b. 21 Dec. 1750, (5) Moses^ ^. 30 Sept. 
1754, (6) Elizabeth^ b. 6 June 1757. 
vi. Miriam* (" Merriam ") b. 22 April 1720; m. 18 Feb. 1741/2 Capt. 
James son of Nehemiah Royce, b. 30 June 1711 ; she d. 20 Aug. 
1757 ; he d. 20 Jan. 1796 ; res. Wallingford ; the Will of Joshua*, 
made 16 July 1772, appoints his "Brother in Law Cap^ James 
Rice of Wallingford sole Ex^ ;" 4 ch. — (i) Elizabeth^ b. 6 Jan. 1744, 
i. e., 1745, (2) Keziah^ b. 27 July 1746, w. 15 July 1772 Jared son of 
Samuel Tyler, b. 5 Nov. 1744, he d. 17 March 1816, she d. 8 Feb. 
18 ig,, owned and occupied a large farm at what is now Yales- 
ville,, by her grandfather Caleb's Will she shared with her brother 
twenty shillings, (3) James^ b. 27 July 1748, ;«. Mary dau. of 
Samuel Tyler, b. 1751, he d. 17 Feb. 1827, she d. 6 Aug. 1834,, he 
owned and occupied the house and lot at the head of Main St., 
Wallingford, which were owned by the Royce family from 1670 to 
1868, (one of his sons, Sedgwick*, became a Bapt. minister and d. 
in Western N. Y.,) (4) JoeP b. 10 Jan. 1751, d. 27 July 1756, ce. 6 y. 

Caleb' appears to have dwelt southeasterly from the village of 
Wallingford, in the vicinity of Muddy River : in 1764 a highway 
extended from his house past Levi^ Munson's to Muddy River, 
His Will locates his dwelling-house "by Cooks Rock." 

* Pastor at Wall. 1710-1752. 

Caleb^ Munson is a Weaver. 185 

Annals of Caleb.' 


1704. (Aged 22.) " Wallingford, October y'' 10. — Know them 
whom it may consern that wee, Sam**' and Caleb' Munson, have 
agreed about our lands that is be- ^-> y ^ 

tween us, and it is thus : Samii is (^ OcZ^^ ^WXl/'**^^'^*" 
to have all the land at y*" head of ^ 

Whortens brook, & all at y'' red rock, & all y*^ five acres upon y^ 
long hill ; & Caleb, for his part, is to have the brushe plaine lot, 
twenty acres over Mudy river, & seven acres where he lives ; & 
Sam** is to have all y^ river lott, & Caleb is to have all y*^ brook 
lott. Witnesses, Martha Preston and lidea Preston." 

iyi2. (Aged 30.) Feb. 20, Anne, Queen. — Caleb' was one of 
those who at this date signed " Articles of Agreement Maid & 
Concluded Bettwen the several propriters of Lands in Walling- 
ford," — 107 of them. 

1I14. (Aged 32.) April 19. — Caleb' joined with his brothers in 
receiving from Martha' Elcock & her husband a quitclaim to the 
estates of their father SamueP and their brother Joshua'. 

i'/20. Oct. 12. — J. D. sells "Caleb' Munson of Wallingford, 
weaver," six acres. 

Caleb' Munson chosen one of the four "gran 

Grand-juror. . . ,, 
■^ ]uriors. 

iy2/. Feb. 23. — T. T. sells Caleb' 5 acres — "bounded east with 
y® land of the sd Caleb Munson : the sd land lyeth on the west 
side muddy riuer." 

April 8. — Joseph' & Caleb' have 5 acres of " regulation land " 
laid out " on their father's right — below cooks rock — joyning to 
Caleb' Munsons land." 

July 7. — B. F. sells Caleb' land "a little below y*" meating 
house," in Wallingford. 

Nov. 2. — Layed out for Caleb Munson 3 acres of 5th Division, 
" on the right of his father Sam'* Munson." 

jy22. (Aged 40.) Jan. 3. — C. L. sells Caleb' Munson "weaver," 
six acres " on y^ west side Muddy river, nere Munsons Swamp, so 
called," bounded west & north by sd Munsons land. 

March 16. — Stephen' Munson, Locksmith, for ^15 sells Caleb' 
15 acres, " my interest in 60 acres given the heirs of ensigne Samll 

March 16. — Caleb' makes a sale to Stephen.' 

I/2J. Nov. 7. — Caleb Munson of Wallingford, weaver, sells 
Stephen', black smith, 3^ acres of " fifth division land," " lying 

1 86 The Munson Record. 

near or joyning to tunsus valey, lying among y® rest of my Breth- 

rens land, fifth Division." 

Dec. i8. — Again designated in a record as "weaver." 

1724. May 18, X yr of George. — Caleb, "farmer," for ^30 sells 

Joseph' 20 acres on the E. side of Muddy river, and 3 acres " in 

the brushe plaine." 

Joseph', joyner, for ^'^ sells Caleb' " all my right in that lot 

that was my brother Joshua Munsons " — " at y^ mill plaine, so 

called, nere to or joyning to New haven line." 

172^. December, app'y. — "Tithing men, John Gay- ^^^^ ^ ^^^^^ Munson." 

i'j26. (Aged 44.) Dec. 8. — Samuel' & Caleb' for jT^i quitclaim 
to Theophilus' all right to the ancestral homestead in New Haven, 
" with all our Right in the Malt House, well, orchard, fence and 
fencing stuff." 

Dec. 12. — Caleb sells i rod of ground for 10' 

1728. Oct. 14. — Layed out for Caleb Munson \ acre, bounded 
west by Stephen Munsons land. 

172Q. Aug. 4. — B. B. sells Caleb Munson "a tenth part of a saw- 
mill on Muddy river, called peck sawmill." 

" August y^ eleventh. — then Sold by barnabas ford of Walling- 
ford unto Caleb Munson of sd town, a bay or sorrill colt, coming 
two year old, branded Y on the left sholder, a blaze down the face : 
price, ten pounds three shillings & nine pence." 

Oct. 9. — J. P., & Caleb Munson for ^12 sell David Dutton of 
Wallingford, cordwainer, about an acre, bounded " west on land 
sold for sabath day house Lots." 

Oct. 24. — I. C. sells Caleb Munson 12 acres on the west side 
Muddy river — bounded east on Muddy river. 

Dec. 10. — "Then sold Caleb Munson of Wallingford unto the 
widow Mary Ebernatha, a black hors about sixteen yeare old, 
branded Y on the left sholder : price, forty shillings, money." 

1731. (Aged 49.) March 24. — "then branded for Caleb' Munson 
of Wallingford a Durty black mare colt coming one year old, 
Y on the left sholder, som white on y® hind feet, a long star in fore 
head, & snip on y*^ nose." 

^733- April 11. — Margery* Munson, minor dau. of Joseph', 

makes choice of Caleb Munson for her guardian. 

1734. May 15. — " Ser. Caleb Munson" has two colts 
Sergeant. , , , 


1733. Jan. 13. — There was laid out in the Seventh Division to 

Serg' Caleb Munson if acres, west of Muddy River. 

G. M., for ^48, sells Caleb Munson, Senr, 8 acres on the 

Sergt. Caleb^ as Selectman. 187 

East side of the town, bounded " west on y® high way that goeth 
from y*^ town to Cooks rock." 

1736. (Aged 54.) Jan. 7. — Town agitates matters connected with 
the " unlayed out lands called sequestered, town farm, high ways," 
&c.: 148 vote to eject intruders; Caleb^ was among the 125 

March 11. — Caleb', for ;!^47, sells S. D. 13 acres "at the mill 
plaine, near to Whortens brook." 

lYjS'. Nov. 17. — Caleb" paid ;^ 36 for land bounded partly on 
his own land. 

1742. (Aged 60.) Jan. 31. — Caleb' Munson, "yeoman," "for the 
love & good will & fatherly affection which I have toward my true 
& dutifull son Moses* Munson of Wallingford," conveys to him 
20 acres, bounded west & north on "my own land." 

^743- J^ii- i> Society Meeting. — A School Commit- 
tee of eight chosen, — one being Caleb Munson, Senr 

December. — Caleb' Munson, Sen'', chosen the first of 
Selectman. .- , 

five selectmen. 

1744. (Aged 62.) Dec. 18. — " Voted that they would except the 
Select Mens Account Read to them in General without hearing 
The Particulars or having any further explanation." (An excep- 
tional and unique record.) 

The same board reelected, with Caleb Munson at the head. 

I74S- 16 April. — Caleb' for ^23 sells T. W. 2nd Div. land 
" Lying in the bounds of Wallingford upon the West Rocks," 
bounded S. & W. by New Haven Line. 

7752. (Aged 70.) May 6. — Benj. Doolittle of Wallingford for 
^700 current money old tenour conveys to Caleb Munson of 
Wallingford 58 acres 69 rods in Waterbury — " In the west part of 
the bounds In that Called the village, , . and Is part of the 
Sixty third Lott In Number, and was originally laid out to Doctor 
Daniel Porter. May 6 In the 25*'' year of the Reign of our 
Sovereign Lord, George the second, of Great Brittain, &c.. King, 
Annoque Domini, 1752." 

May 7. — Caleb', for love to his grandchildren — "the Children 
of my son Caleb*, Deceased," conveys to them the above property. 
Abner^ is to have a double share " on Account of his being the 
Eldest Son." 

June 4. — Caleb' makes a sale of real-estate to the heirs of his 
deceased son Moses." 

June 18. — Caleb' for love to his "dutifull son Joshua*," conveys 
to him ^ of his house and ^ the barn, & ^ of his land, meadows, 
orchards, &c. 

1 88 The Miinson Record. 

1754. June 7. — "then for Caleb^ Munson of Wallingford a Bay 
Horse Coming i Year Grey mane & Tail y^ Right hand foot white 
& y^ Left fore foot white a Star in y^ forhead Branded Y on the 
left Shoulder." 

1736. (Aged 74.) May 12. — Caleb^, for love to his grand- 
children, "the sons of my son Caleb, deceased," conveys 132 acres 
of land in Farmington. Abner the eldest son is to have "a 
Quarter Biger share then any other of the said sons." 

iJSg. May 14. — Some members of the First Society prepared a 
Memorial to the General Assembly. It was read before a meet- 
ing of the Church May 14. Among the remonstrants against the 
Memorial were Caleb^ and Waitstill.^ They cast their suffrages 
later, — were not at the meeting. (This seems to indicate that 
Caleb^ was a member of the church. The church-records 

Chtirch. 1 1 1 \ 

have been lost.) 
1764. (Aged 82.) John^, son of Moses", sells S. M., jr., land on 
the East side of the town, near Muddy River — " on y'' west side of 
y' highway that goes from my Hon^ Grandfather Mr 

J^£s z ds'yt c£ 

Caleb^ Munsons Dwelling House by Levi'* Munsons to 
Muddy River." 

1763. Oct. 30. — The Will of Caleb' Munson, dated June 2, 1761, 
was exhibited in court. " First of all, I Commend my Soul to 
God thro*? Jesus Christ, and my Body to the Earth." The import- 
ant particulars touching his estate appear in connection with his 
children and grandchildren. One item, however : " With Respect 
to my Sabbath-day House (so Called) near the meeting House in 
Wallingford first Society, my Will is, that it together with the land 
to me belonging where said House stands, be equally divided 
amongst my children, (Viz',) Joshua", the Children of my son 
Moses", and Glover'* Street, the only Child of my dau. Keziah." 

Court, Oct. 31. — Inventory: "Mare ;^, 2 Cows ^6.15, 2 
Heiffers;^5.ii, i Bull;!^2.5, 2 Steers 24/, 5 Sheep 40/, 2 Swine 50/, 
3 Pigs 23/, I Clock 35/, 14 Chairs 22/., 8^ pewter 10/, Tea pot 4/6, 
Bason i/., i6<^ pewter 30/, 2 brass Kettles 2/, warm^-pan 6/, knives 
1/6, Lanthorn & Saucer 4/., 2 Bottles 5/6, 2 Boxes i/. Cream pot, 
Earthen plates, pan & porringer 1/6, pot and Candlestick /8, pan /8, 
2 p-Steelyt 19/, Pail 1/6, Table 10/, Bible 18/, Bed, &c., ^2.13, d° 36/, 
pan & chamb! pot 18/, 3 Coverlets 30/, Crowbar 5/5, Chaff Bed 3/, 
Case Bottles ;^i. Saddle 10/, Gun 6/:" ^,^49.12.11 

Nov. 6. — Addition to Inventory : " 2 chests 23/., look? Glass 10/., 
Bedst'.' 10/., 2 Glasses 2/., 2 Bowls ijd, tea Cups & plates /6, 2 Bowls 
2/2, 2 Bedsf*.* 11/., 2 Wheels 4/6, Reel 1/6, i Chest 5/., looking Glass 
/6, Churn 3/., tub 3/., 2 Tables 4/., pot. Kettle & 2 Tramels 20/., peel 

Joshua^ Munsons Family Register. 189 

& Tongs 8/6, 6 Baskets 4/9, Half Bushell 1/3, i augur, 2 plains, 
Wimble 7/., 2 Gouges & Chissels 2/6, Chairs 14/6, Hoe & Ax 9/6, 
Yarn 16/., Shears 1/6, Gears 3/, Ax 1/6, y*^ Grindstone 2/6, Cart 
Hoops & Boxes 12/., Saw 3/., i H. H'' 4/., 2 ploughs 23/6, yoke iron 
4/., 3 B B! 7/, tub 2/6, tunnel 6/, 3 Cask 4/., pitchfork 3/., Shaving 
knife Tyj6, ^ Hatchell 7/6, Books 3/10, Hammer i/., Cannister 1/3, 
5 Bottles 2/4, Jug & Viols 2/., 2 Blankets 13/6, Curtains 21/9, 7 pil- 
low Coats 8/9, 7 Towels 5/6, 5 Table Cloths 7/9, i Sheet 5/, 5 p' 
Sheets ^1.13.9, Corn in the Barn ^5.6, Ind° Corn ^3, 2 Bags 1/6, 
Hay;^5.5, flax 25/., flax seed 17/6, Beans 6/., Barly 16/., frying pan 
2/., 5 B B! Cyder 15/., 3 Bush? potatoes 3/., Cheese 16/8, part of a 
Hide 4/., 2 Geese 3/., Dunghill fowls 20/, 70 acres of Land with 
half the House & Barn at ;^3 p' acre jQ2io." Total of addition, 
;^247.i7.6. Deduct debts, and there remains of clear estate 


ij66. Dec. 13. — Caleb Munson's ear mark, entered Feb. 24, 
1707, is taken by W"' Willobe. 

ijdy. June 5. — "Branded for Left"' Caleb Munson one Brown 
Mare Coltt, one yere old, one Whitt hind fooot: Branded Y one 
the Left Shoulder." The Lieutenant was unquestion- 
ably Calebs This " Coltt " probably belonged to his 
estate. His son Caleb^ had died in 1747 ; Caleb"* son of Caleb* had 
lived in Middlebury from 1750; Caleb^ son of Moses* was "of 
Goshen" in 1766 and " late of Branford." The Lieut, had borne 
the earlier title " Serg' " in 1734, 1735, and 1751 (when \\ acres 
bought by Joshua* joined " upon the Southwest corner of Serj'^ 
Caleb Munsons land "). 


Joshua' (SamueP, Thomas') <^." 7''' Febr: 1684," i.e., 1685 ; " Josuah 
y« son of SamvelP Munson" bp. 19 July 1685, First Ch. Rec, N. 
H. ; m. ("by M'' Street") 20 Dec. 1710 Katharine* dau. of Rev. 
Samuel Street, <^. 19 Nov. 1679; he d. 9 Dec. 1711. Joiner; res. 
Wallingford, Ct. 

Child, rec. in W. : 

i. Marj^ 1^. "March 2, 1712" ; had i/. before 31 Dec. 1713. Division 
of Joshua's estate made by probate court 10 June 1712 — "the 
Remainder thereof be divided to y^ Child of y" Said Deceased 
w'^'' yeilds . . . to the child ;,C5 5=06 = 8f." 

* "Joshua Culver married Cathrin Munson by Mr. Street March ii, 1714." 

190 The Munson Record. 

Annals of Joshua\ 

170"/. (Aged 22.) April 15. — Joseph Dulittel sells Joshua' Mun- 
son of Wallingford, " joyner," "a sartain parcell of arable land" 
containing 13 acres, " at a place called the mill plain," bounded 
south by the S. branch of Whortens Brook, W. by Nathaniel Tut- 
tle, N. by town land or hiway. (In 1724 Joseph^ sold Caleb^ "all 
my right in that lot that was my brother Joshua Munsons," " at y® 
mill plaine so called, nere to or joyning to New haven line.") 

lyog. March 1 1. — James Ailing sells Joshua' Munson, " joyner," 
"tow acars and ahalf of arabel land" in Wallingford, "in the 
Litel quorter," 24 rods E. & W., 16 N. & S., bounded E. by 
" hiway", west by Samuel Moss, N. by my own land, S. by Jabaz 

1711. (Aged 26.) Dec. 24. — " Administration of y"^ Estate of 
Joshua Munson of Wallingford, dec'd, granted to his Widdow 
Catherine Munson & Serg* Sam'." Munson of s*^ Wallingford, on 
their bond w* Suretys to pforme y® same." 

1712. C. June 15. — Inventory: 

"Impr- A hous and 2 Acres and a half Acres Land — Cash 


14 Acres Land at pipe Stave Swamp 10: 7^ Acres Land near 
Cooks Rock 2ft) i2=oo=:oo 

12 Acres Land at y® mill plain 8^12", etc., etc., aggregating 
;^99..i8..2 ; from which are to be deducted debts amounting to 
;^4..i8..7. Child of the said Deceased is Mary*, "about 14 weeks 

lyij. Dec. 31. — Mary* died sometime during this year, for the 
property given to her in 17 12 now falls to the "Legatees to the 
estate," viz., Joshua's wife, sister and brothers. In settlement of 
the estate, Katharine quit claims for;^24, paid by Samuel', Joseph' 
and Caleb' of Wallingford, Thomas', John', Theophilus' and 
Stephen' of New Haven, all her right in "the Buildings, Gardens, 
Meadows, Arrable Lands, Swamps, Commonages, and town 
Rights, with the privileges . . . which my Late Husband 
Joshua' Munson Aforesaid Dyed Entitled unto — . . Situate In 
the township of Wallingford." . . Done 31 Dec. 17 13, and 12th 
yr. of Lady Anne, of G. B., Fr., & Ireland, Queen. This was wit- 
nessed by Samuel and Nicholas Street. 

Diagram — Migrations from Connecticut. 191 


Mi-tnson Mi grattons 

192 TJie Munson Record. 

Clan Solomon.^ 

Samuel,'^ Sa?nnel,'^ Thomas.^ 

Solomon" b. 18 Feb. 1689, at Wallingford ; m. 28 June 1714, 

Mary Moss, of W., b. 23 July 1694 ; m. (2nd) Tamar , who d. 

at Morristown, 17 Jan. 1779, «. 77; he d. at M., ce. 83, — his Will 
proved 13 April 1773. Farmer; Presb. ; res. Wallingford, Ct., and 
Morristown, N. J. 

Children : 

Martha^ b. 14 Sept. 1715, in W. 

SamueP b. 15 Sept. 1717, in W. 

Eliasaph^ b. 17 Nov. 1719, in W. He is termed in public records 
an "husbandman." He was said to be "of Morris Town in the 
Jerseys in York Government or Philadelphia in Old England," 28 
Nov. 1740, at which date he and his sister Martha and brother 
Samuel sold their uncle, Deacon Samuel Moss, five acres "lying 
in y" bounds of Wallingford nere y« West Rocks." But he had 
returned to W. before 10 Feb. 1742-3, and 19 Dec. 1744 sold 7^ 
acres " at a place called Hogg Hill." He appears to have partici- 
pated in the siege of Louisbourg, on the island of Cape Breton, 
in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, during " King George's War," for he 
died at Cape Breton i Feb. 1745-6, and eight other Wallingford 
men lost their lives at the same place between Dec. 31 and 
March 28. It is interesting to know that Eliasaph's sister gave 
his name to a son born just a fortnight before the fatal Feb. ist. 

16. iv. Moses. ^ 

17. v. Solomon^* 

18. vi. Waitstill.** 
ig. vii. Stephen^.* 

20. viii. Caleb.** * 






* The evidence concerning the paternity of Solomon, Waitstill, Stephen and Caleb seems 
adequate, though less direct than that in regard to Martha, Samuel, Eliasaph and Moses. It is 
likely, also, though evidence is scant and inconclusive, that Col. John was a son of Solomon*. 

If (as is very doubtful) Col. John is the same as John of Hanover whose Will was dated 28 
Dec. 1786 and proved 5 April 1788, his children were Daniel, Elizebath Fairchild, Anna Minton, 
Margret and John (a minor). The " History of Morris County " states that " Lieut. Col. Munson 
lived near Rockaway on the Hibernia Road and was engaged in the iron business." And again 
we read that Col. John Munson was from Rockaway township (said to have been there in 1773) and 
that his name appears on the Rockaway church records. On page 42nd of this history we read : 
" About a mile below White Meadow was the forge well known as ' Guinea Forge ' built by Col. 
John Munson before 1774." Charles Hoff, manager of the furnace at Hibernia, addressed a letter 
in 1777 to Gov. Livingston, petitioning him to give Col. John Munson — who had charge of the 
militia in that part of the county, and was about to levy a draft for the army— such orders as 
would exempt his workmen. He speaks of a former exemption by General Washington, and says 
— " We made the last year for the public service upwards of 120 tons of shot of different kinds." 
October 7, 1777, an act was passed by the Legislature exempting twenty-five men from draft at 

The freeholders and inhabitants of Pequannock did "solemnly associate" to support in 
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Clan Solomon^: Himself. 193 

Solomon^, seven months after his marriage, received from his 
father, as a tribute of " parentall love and respect," six acres on 
the west side of Misery Road, and 40 acres on the east side " att 
ye head of Whortens Brook," — the said 40 acres "to be mesered 
off from my farme where it be most advantagious to my sd son 
Solomon and him or them that shall injoy y'^ other parts of sd 
farme." In November, 1719, Solomon sold 20 acres; price, ;^i6. 
In December, he purchased six acres — near the head of Whortens 
brook. According to his fathers Will, 1741, he had received in 
lands his entire portion of the paternal estate. 

In that period, it was required by law that every horse-trade 
should be recorded, with a description of each animal. Accord- 
ingly, 2 Sept. 1714 : " Exchanged by Solomon Munson of Walling- 
ford to Samuel Clark of Mudy river farms A bay coming 7 year 
old A Star in the forhed," etc. Eight or ten other of his trades 
appear in the same horse-book. In land-records, vol. iii., is the 


following: "The 27 of June 1721 Sould by hanah hull to Sollo- 
mon Munson A bay mair A bought 20 year old A Starr In forhed 
branded Y one left Sholder and A black mair Colt one year old A 


str In forhed both sold for five pound 15 shlins." 

Soon after the last date probably (at any rate before 28 Nov. 
1740), Solomon removed to Morris Town, N. J. His sons Samuel 
and Eliasaph were also there at the date just named, and his wife 
Mary Moss had died. Martha, Mrs. Barker, spent her life in 
Branford. It is likely that all Solomon's children after the first 
three, were born in Morristown. It may be worth noting that he 
appears on the records at Trenton, 18 Oct. 1752, as "Principal 
Creditor of John Prudden late of Morris County Deceased," and 
Jonathan Belcher, Esq':, Captain General, sends greeting and 
requires him " To exhibit an Inventory on or before the 18 April 

Hanover church existed as early as 1718. Morristown was West 
Hanover, and its church (Presb.) was organized in 1740. A list of 
members made 13 Aug. 1742, includes Solomon Munson, and his wife 
Tamar ; he became a "ruling elder" 5 July 1754 ; he last met the 

Continental and Provincial Congresses for defending our Constitution, etc. There were 127 
signers, of whom John Munson was the second. In the " Official Register of the Officers and Men 
of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War," a roster of State troops and militia specifies John Mun- 
son as Lieut. Col., Martins batalion (from Morris and Sussex counties), Heards Brigade, June 14, 
1776; and Colonel, "Western Battalion," Morris County, May 15, 1777. In the " History of 
Morris County," already quoted, there is " a list of recruits raised in the ist regiment foot militia, 
commanded by Col. John Munson, in Morris Co., who were to serve nine months from the day of 
their joining any of the four regiments raised by the State for the service of the United States. 
They joined the Jersey brigade June 5, 1778, at Mount Holly, and no doubt participated in the 
battle of Monmouth." 


194 The Munson Record. 

Session 27 May 1765. On some occasion — "He confest for disre- 
garding the lot." 

In the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, I discovered 
the following Will:* " In the name of God, Amen. This Eleventh 
day of February Annoque Domini one thousand seven hundred 
and sixty seven, I, Solomon Munson, of Morris Town, in the County 
of Morris, in East New Jersey, being of weak and low Circum- 
stance of Body yet of sound and perfect mind and memory, — 

thanks be given to God for the same Item. I give, 

Bequeath and devise unto my well Beloved wife, Tamer Munson, 
All my Lands and Tenements together with all my Personal 
Estate. . . Item. I give. Bequeath and devise unto my well 
Beloved Children, Samuel Munson and Martha Barker, twenty 
shillings to each of them. . . Lastly, I do hereby Authorize, 
Constitute and appoint my well Beloved Tamer Munson and my 
Beloved son, Moses Munson, Sole Executors." 

One of the three witnesses to this Will was Waitstill Munson, 
and 13 April 1773, he and A. Crane "being sworn on the Holy 
Evangelists ", the Will was declared Proved. 


Martha^ (Solomon*) b. 14 Sept. 1715, in W.; m. 6 Jan. 1731-2 
Uzal Barker, " both of Branford." Res. Branford. 

Their Children, b. in Branford : 

i. UzaP b. ig Nov. 1732. 

ii. Martha^ b. 23 Sept. 1734. 

iii. Solomon^ b. 10 Nov. 1737. 

iv. Peter* b. 13 April 1740. 

V. Rebecca* b. 24 April 1742. 

vi. Elihu* b. 18 March 1744. 

vii. Eliasaph* b. \1 Jan. 1746. 

viii. Mary" b. 6 April 1748. 

Uzal Barker was appointed 27 June 1746 to administer the 
estate of his brother-in-law, Eliasaph Munson, with ;^.2oo bonds. 


Samuel' (Solomon*) b. 15 Sept. 17 17, in W.; tn. Elizabeth Potter 
in Morristown 9 Nov. 1743 ; w. (2nd) in M. 9 Oct. 1745 Mary 
Allen; prob. m. (3d) i May 1751 Sarah Prudden, wid.; he was 
living II Feb. 1767. Presb.; res. Morristown, N. J. 

* Punctuation supplied, and Barker substituted for " Parker." 

Clan Solomon^: Moses^. 195 

Children : 

i. Ruth* bp. 19 June 1748. 

ii. Elizah" bp. ig June 1748. 

iii. Elizabeth* bp. I'j Jan. 1754. 

iv. Catherine* b. 15 Feb. 1756. 

Samuel^ was doubtless taken from Wallingford to Morristown 
in his childhood. He and his wife Mary became members of the 
1st Presb. Ch. 19 June 1748. Mrs. Sarah united i Sept. 1754. 


Moses' (Solomon*), ;«. Martha . Presb.; res. Morristown, 


Children : 

i, Catherine* bp. i Dec. 1763 ; ni. 21 March 1780 David Irwin. 

ii. Jemima* bp. i Dec. 1763. 

iii. Emma* bp. 18 May 1766 ; m. 31 Oct. 1796 Jacob Canfield. 

iv. John* bp. 25 March 1769. 

V. Philip* b. 12 March 1771 ; bp. 5 May 1771. 

vi. Solomon* b. 18 April 1773 ; bp. 30 May 1773. 

vii. Martha* (5. March 1775 ; bp. 7 May 1775. 

viii. Mary* b. 30 June 1777 ; bp. 4 June 1778. 

ix. Tamer* b. 16 Jan. 1780 ; bp. 12 April 1780. 

Capt. Moses^ was designated by his father as one of the execu- 
tors of his Will, for which service he was qualified 13 April 1773. 
The 20 June 1780, he sold David Muir 5-^ acres purchased from 
the estate of the Earl of Stirling ; price ;^.iooo. He became a 
member of the ist Presb. Ch. 3 Dec. 1774 ; she became a member 
27 Dec. 1774. Possibly this wife was not his first. That he was 
of generous views, was indicated 15 Feb. 1769 by his subscribing 
J[^. I. 5 s. 10 d. for a new Baptist meeting-house. 

Our subject is to be remembered chiefly for his connection with 
the Revolutionary War. He was Captain of militia in the " East- 
ern Battalion". We have a list of the recruits joining Capt. 
Moses Munson's Company (Col. Seeley's regt.) between 27 June 
and 20 July 1780. The "Official Register," in treating of the 
Commissary General's Department, denominates Moses Munson 
a Captain of Militia, Conductor of Team Brigade, and Forage- 


Solomon' (Solomon*) b. 1724 or 5 ; m. in M., 16 Oct. 1750, Mary 
dau. of Benjamin Pierson ; he d. 8 Feb. 1803, x. 78 ; she d. 1820, 
CB. 98. Presb.; res. at or near Morristown. 

196 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Martha* bp. 14 May 1753, at M. 

20^, ii. Abraham* bp. 5 May 1754. 

iii. Sarah* (twin) bp. 5 May 1754. 

21. iv. UzaP b. II Dec. 1754, near M. 

22. V. Joshua* b. 22 Nov. 1757. 
22-J. vi. Ezekiel* b. 16 May 1762. 

23. vii. Josiah* bp. 21 Nov. 1765, at M. 
viii. Gabriel* bp. 24 May 1767, at M. 

Solomon^ and Mary his wife, 14 May 1753, were "half-way 
members" of the ist Presb. Ch. Solomon M. Munson of San 
Francisco writes : " My great-grandfather Solomon had five sons 
and the whole five served their country during the Revolutionary 
War." He is able to name three of these, to wit, Uzal, Josiah and 
Joshua. In support of Uzal's, Ezekiel's and Josiah's claims, we 
have record-evidence. 

The First Ch. Register entitles Solomon^ " Capt." 


WaitstilP (Solomon*) b. abt. 1730 ; m. Mary Wade, at M., 19 
March 1755 ; he d. 26 Feb. 1777, (Z. 47. Res. Morristown. 

Children : 

i. Phebe,* d. 25 Feb. 1777. 
ii. Samuel,* d. 26 Feb. 1777, a. 17. 

24. iii. Israel* b. 1771. 

iv. Moses,* d. 27 Feb. 1777, ce. 4. 

25. V. Isaac* 

vi. Betsey,* was vt. twice ; res. always in vicinity of Franklin, N. J. 
Asa' thinks she has some children in Paterson. 

WaitstilP was a witness to his father's Will, 11 Feb. 1767, and 
testified when it was probated, 13 April 1773. He subscribed 19 s. 
6 d. for anew Bapt. meeting-house, 15 Feb. 1769. He and three of 
his children, within three days, d. of small-pox. I quote from the 
Probate Records at Trenton, xvi. 517 : "Letters of Administra- 
tion were granted by his Excellency Gov! Livingston unto Mary 
Munson Adm^ of the Estate of Waitsel Munson Dec'? . . Given 
31 July 1777." Wid. Mary ;«. David Mott 11 Feb. 1778. 


Stephen' (Solomon*) b. abt. 1733 ; m. Letitia Ludlam at Morris- 
town 8 Feb. 1755, who was living in 1790 ; m. Kezia , who d. 5 

April 181 7, cB. 75 ; h.Q d. d> Nov. 1805, a. 72. Presb.; res. Morristown, 
but mainly Hanover, N. J. 

Clan Solomon'': Stephen^. 197 

Children : 

i. Nancy, ^ ;«. Samuel Day, and lived, according to Mrs. Phebe West- 
brook, in Morristown. Nancy was Samuel's widow 8 Oct. 1805. 
Mahlon'' Day, the famous bookseller of New York City, was her 
son. "Nancy Day jun., of Hanover," 26 May 1811 purchased 
ancestral land from her cousin, William Hamilton (Hambleton), 
of Hanover. 

ii. Hannah^ bp. 7 Nov. 1762 ; not living 8 Oct. 1805. 

26. iii. Solomon^ bp. 7 Nov. 1762. 

iv. Sarah® bp. 7 Nov. 1762 ; m. John Tappen, — both living in 1S07, 

when they were "of Cammillus, Onondaga Co.," N. Y. 
V. Ruth^ bp. 7 Nov. 1762 ; m. Hambleton ; before 8 Oct. 1805 she had 
died, leaving three children ; one, David, was of Whites Town, 
Oneida Co., N. Y., 10 Sept. 1807 ; another, apparently, was 

vi. Theodosia,® m. John C. Britton ; both living in 1807, when they 
were "of Cammillus," N. Y. Dosia was the fourth of the children 
who subscribed the Rules for the Regulation of Families, con- 
sidered below ; this was 26 Sept. 1782. 
vii. Calvin" bp. 29 Oct. 1769. He signed the "Rules" next after 
Dosia. He had died before 8 Oct. 1805. Mrs. Compson : "I 
have heard father speak of his Uncle Calvin." 

27. viii. William®. 

ix. Phebe®, m. unc. 19 Nov. 1795 Asa Broadwell ; both living in 1805. 
Asa was of Whitestown, N. Y. in 1807. A son, Abraham, appar- 

Dea. and Capt. Stephen^ married at Morristown in 1755, at the 
age of 21 or 22 ; this is his first appearance on the records. His 
great-grandaughter Julia A. Armstrong, of Seneca Falls, N. Y., 
states that the first wife was the mother of his children, and 
emphasizes the fact that the second was "a little, dainty woman." 
The order of Stephen's children in respect to age, is derived 
mainly from three records : that at the baptism of four of them in 
1762, where the order is — Hannah, Solomon, Sarah, Rvith ; another 
giving a list of the minor children of church-members, where the 
order is — Dosia, Calvin, William, Phebe ; and third, the Deacon's 
Will, in which the names of his daughters are arranged — Nancy, 
Sarah, Ruth, Theodosia, Phebe. It is obvious that Kezia had a 
daughter Kezia, who married Robert Moore, of Hanover ; it is 
most likely that this daughter was by a former husband, especially 
as Widow Kezia was buried among the Moores, and Robert was 
the executor of her Will. Yet Kezia Moore, the year that Stephen^ 
died, named one of her children " Stephen Munson," — triumphant 
evidence, if he was her step-father, that he was a good one. 

Stephen joined the church in Morristown 7 Nov. 1762 ; his wife, 
Letitia, and four children were baptized the same day. Not very 

198 The Munson Record. 

long after this occasion, Munson removed a few miles into the 
adjoining township of Hanover, and resided on "the main road 
leading from Whippany to Troy,"* about a mile from the former 
village, on the right-hand, or east, side of the road. I inspected 
this interesting spot, now known as the Bleeker place, in October, 
1883. The old Bleeker house is to-day a barn ; next comes a log- 
house. A great-granddaughter of the Deacon, Mrs. Hannah 
Compson, of Seneca Falls, N. Y., said to me : " Dea. Stephen's 
own house was standing when I was there — a big, red house ; a 
widow had it. Great-uncle William's place was next south of 
Dea. Stephen's on the north corner of the left-hand road (to Han- 
over), and Grandfather Solomon's was on the opposite side of the 
same left-hand road, nearer Whippany. This place is owned by 
the Mitchell family. All these three places are on the east or left- 
hand side of the road as one goes from Troy to Whippany." 
Solomon and William were Stephen's sons. 

In November, 1764, Stephen^ was elected a " ruling-elder " of the 
ist church, Hanover ; he was appointed 12 April 1765 one of the 
three collectors "to gather Mr Green's rate this year ; " the 7 May 
1775, his wife, Letitia, was received to full communion by the 
Hanover church ; and 10 Nov. 1775, Stephen was chosen deacon. 
Stephen and Letitia are both on the roll of members for 1790. 

The Hanover Christians, 26 Sept. 1782, adopted some Rules for 
the Regulation of Families. Dea. Munson was the second signer. 
After three-fourths of a page of preamble, they say : — 

" With liberty, and a purpose to alter as circumstances may require, we think 
proper at present, to agree in the following particulars : 

" I. Extraordinaries excepted, our children shall obtain leave when they go 
abroad into company, and we will know where they are going. . . . 

"5. If our children are occasionally, or accidentally at frolicks, or out on 
other publick occasions, we will prudently enquire, and endeavor to know what 
sort of persons they were with, and how matters were transacted. . . . 

" 9. Courtship among our children shall not be allowed to be carried on after 
bed-time, but our youth shall have all proper liberties for that purpose in the 
day-time, and in the evening before bed-time. [Memorand : The 9th article was 
by general consent cast out.] . . . 

" 13. As we suppose all human creatures have a natural right to freedom, so 
when they have done nothing that forfeits their liberty, and when they do not 
voluntarily submit to bondage, we cannot but look upon their being held in 
slavery, as an unnatural evil and one of the greatest injuries to mankind. 
Therefore we will not use this slavery ourselves, and will prudently endeavor 
to prevent it in others." 

* So described in his Will. 

Clan Solomon'': Stephen". 199 

This was an early anti-slavery society ; but inasmuch as Dea. Stephen had a 
slave, Caesar, by the elders remembered as " Old Cae.," who in his master's 
advanced years "managed everything"; and inasmuch as the Deacon, by Will, 
gave his wife — " as her sole property to dispose of, my Black man Gone," he 
must have been in later years an abolitionist of a very mild and prudent type. 
But the nineteenth article softened any difficulty one might have had in sub- 
scribing the others: "We do for ourselves agree in the foregoing articles — 
with proper liberty to think for otir selves, and to differ i7i some things." 

In the ''History of Morris County" is a list of recruits for 
Capt. Stephen Munson's Company, in the eastern regiment of 
Morris Co., commanded by Col. Sylvanus Seeley ; all enlisted in 
the first week of July, 1780. A little later, Capt. Stephen's Com- 
pany was further recruited. The official Roster makes Stephen 
to have served in the Revolutionary Army as Lieutenant, and 
then as Captain, in the " Eastern Battalion." He and his brother 
Moses were captains in the same regiment. 

Dea. Stephen' made an elaborate Will 8 Oct. 1805. He gives 
Kezia his home-place including eight acres, firewood, the black 
man Gone, a bay mare and riding-chair, and two milch cows 
"known by the name of Caesar's cows." The rest of his estate 
goes to his two sons, Solomon and William, and his five daugh- 
ters, Nancy Day, Sarah Tappen, Ruth Hambleton [her children ; 
she was dead], Theodosia Britton and Phebe Broadwell, the portion 
of each son to be twice that of a daughter, agreeably to the law 
of the State. Solomon* however was to have only a life-use of 
his share : the ten acres on which he was living should pass to 
his son Stephen^ and the rest of the improved land falling to him 
should pass to his son John'', while his share of the woodland was 
to belong to his six younger children. William", according to 
tradition, had received a ten-acre lot like Solomon's, on which he 
was living ; in addition to his general dividend, he now receives 
nine and one-half acres lying " across the road opposite the home- 
stead." Other special bequests are $15 to Solomon, $20 to Sarah, 
and $30 to Phebe. 

This Will is in the Surrogate's Office at Morristown, Liber A. 69. 

Kezia, " Relict of Deacon Stephen Munson," was buried in the 
churchyard at Hanover village, about three rods north of the north 
corner of the church. Stephen himself was interred in the old 
burial-ground at Whippany, near the northwest corner and only 
a little way from the river. On a slab of red sandstone two feet 
wide and four feet, ten inches high, we read the following inscrip- 
tion : 

200 The Munson Record. 

Kn JHemorj) of 

WHO DIED November 8 

1805 Aged 72 Years. 

Kind, tender and affectionate 

as a husband, father, brother 

and friend ; Meek, humble, zealous, 

steadfast and exemplary as a Christian ; 

Long an example of believers 
as a Deacon and Elder in the church ; 
Full of usefulness and years, he died 
in peace, and his memory is blessed. 


Caleb^ (Solomon^) b. abt. 1735 ; m. 22 June 1758 Susannah 
Ludlum ; he d. at New Vernon 25 Feb. 1815, a. 80. Presb.; res. 

Children : 

i. Ruth^ bp. 7 Nov. 1762. 
28. ii. Joseph^ bp. 7 Nov. 1762. 

iii. Mary^ bp. 29 July 1764; m. 3 July 1783 Abraham Godwin, Esqy; 
of Paterson ; both living in July 1826 ; ch. — Phebe' b. 26 Nov. 
1782, bp. I Aug. 1783. 
iv. Abigail* bp. 1 Feb 1767 ; living 12 May 1812 ; not living, prob., 
July 1826. 
Jacob* b. 8 Oct. 1770 ; bp. 9 Dec. 1770. 
Silas* ^. 23 Dec. 1772; bp. 10 Jan. 1773. 
Caleb* b. 4 Jan. 1780 ; bp. 12 April 1780. 

A Morristown record of 1826 contains an obscure indication 
that a John Munson and a Jerusha wife of Benj. Halsey were 
children of Caleb. ^ And Mrs. Catherine Lawrence of Geneseo, 
111., finds evidence in old family letters that Caleb^ had also Solo- 
mon, Samuel, es, Ann (;//. Decker) and Rebecca {in. Danford). 

Elder Caleb^ was received to the ist Presb. Church 7 Nov. 1762 
(at the same time as his brother Dea. Stephen), and his wife 
Susannah and two children were then baptized. He had a child 
die in March 1776. He was elected ruling-elder 2 July 1785. 
Contemporary papers published the following notice : " Elder 
Caleb Munson died at New Vernon Feb. 25, 1815, aged 80." This 
Munson's Will was made 12 May 1812, and proved 12 March 1817. 
It is in Liber B. 176. It speaks of him as "being aged and infirm 
of body ", and mentions his wife, daughters Abigail^ and Mary* 
(Godwin), and sons Jacob", Joseph'^, and Caleb^ Males have two 
shares, females one. Caleb is executor. One of the witnesses is 
Joshua Munson. 







Clan Solomon^: UzaP. 20 1 


Abraham* (Solomon^, Solomon^), bp. 5 May 1754; m. 3 May 
1780 Abigail dau. of Gilbert Allen, of Morris ; he d. 17 Nov. 
1797, ce. 43. Presb.; res. Morris, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Stephen' b. 14 March 1781 ; bp. on mother's account First Ch. 

Morristown, 29 April 1784 ; d. previously to 18 May 1811. 
ii. Elizabeth' /;. 15 Dec. 1782 ; bp. ib. 29 April 1784 ; perh. m. 4 Dec. 

1802 James Munroe. 
iii. Mary Pierson' bp. ib. 6 Feb. 1785 ; d. 27 Oct. 1785. 
iv. Gil. Allen' b. 3 Sept. 1787 ; bp. ib. 25 Nov. 1787. Allen Munson of 

Morristown made a sale of property to his mother 22 Dec. 1808. 
V. Child bp. 2 July 1790. There was a dau. Phebe' who before 18 

May 1811, had removed from Morristown to Romulus, N. Y. 

Abigail received from her father 12 March 1796, * in considera- 
tion of his love, good-will and affection ', 12^ acres "in the Great 
Swamp " (Morris Co.). She received another favor from her 
father and mother (Elizabeth) 5 Sept. 1806. She was recognized 
as a " half-way member " of the First Ch. in Morristown 29 April 
1784. Abraham was so recognized 2 July 1791. Administration 
on Abraham^'s estate was granted to Wid. Abigail and to Silas 
Allen 30 Nov. 1797. The church dismissed Abigail 11 Feb. 1810 
to some church in the State of N. Y. 


Uzar (Solomon^ Solomon*) b. \\ Dec. 1754, near Morristown; 
m. 15 April 1778 Mary Eddy, b. 9 Dec. 1758; he d., "with the 
palsy," 26 March 1826; she d. 19 March 1832, (z. 79. Farmer; 
res. Morristown. 

Children : 

i. Abraham' b. 12 March 1779. "Abraham' fought in the battle of 
New Orleans on the 8th of Jan. 1815, and after the war he settled 
in St. Louis and married ; and that was the last ever heard of 
him."— 6". M. M. 
32. ii. Samuel' b. 9 April 1781. 

iii. Elizabeth' b. i8 Feb. 1783 ; d. 19 Feb. 1783. 

iv. David' 3. 14 Aug. 1784; d. 12 Aug. 1819, " with the consumption." 
V. Hannah' b. 24 Jan. 1787 ; m. 23 June 1833 John Gilling (or Gelling) 
b. in the Isle of Man 13 Nov. 1805 ; no ch.; she d. 30 Dec. 1872. 
Moved in 1838 to Vevey, Ind., and in 1839 to the vicinity of Daw- 
son, 111.; engaged successfully in farming. Hannah' joined First 
Ch. (Presb.) Morristown 15 Aug. 1822. 
vi. Luther' 3. 10 Jan. 1790; d. 24 Jan. 1790. 

202 The Munson Record. 

vii. Mary'' \b. ^ Sept. 1792; d. same day — "one in the morning, the 

viii. Sarah' ) other in the evening." 

33. ix. Lewis' b. 25 Jan. 1795. 

X. Luther' b. 11 April 1798 ; d. 21 March 1832, cb. 34. 

UzaP enlisted as a private soldier in the Revolutionary Army, 
and is said to have been promoted to the office of lieutenant ; 
the First Ch. Register calls him " Capt." There is a mention of 
Uzal in the " Official Register," characterizing him as a Private 
in the Third Regiment of Continental Troops, Jersey Line. " He 
crossed the Delaware with George Washington in his flight," says 
David', of Indianapolis, and he adds — " I still hold the old powder- 
horn that he carried through this war." Then this cousin, a boon 
companion of The Lightning, Orientalizes thus : " When he 
died, his funeral was near four miles in length, many people 
coming from a distance of one hundred miles." 

D. R. M. writes : " Uzal went through the Revolutionary war. 
As most of his company was killed, with the officers, he stepped 
forward, took command of the remnant, and led them through the 
Battle of Monmouth. For this great bravery he was promoted 
to Captain. . . He dropped dead, by apoplexy, on the road 
home from the Presbyterian church in Morris-Town." 

Isaac Canfield of Hanover, 2 April 1799, made a $440 sale to 
UzaP, and 13 March 1800, Uzal and Mary his wife, "of Morris- 
town," transferred to Abram Burnet 2 acres for $26. 

Uzal was an iron-worker, hammering large lumps of iron into 
merchantable bars. 


Joshua° (Solomon^, Solomon^) b. 22 Nov. 1757 ; in. 25 Aug. 1782 
Ruth dau. of Jonathan Wood ; he </. 15 Nov. 1826 ; she d. 7 March 
1847, a. 85. Blacksmith ; res. near Morristown. 

Children : 

34. i. Halsey' b. 22 Oct. 1787. 

ii. Lemon', unm.; res. Morristown in 1847 and '51. Will made 7 Oct. 
1872 ; proved 10 June 1876 ; mentions his sister Jerusha S.' 

35. iii. Albert'. iv. Julia'. 

V. Jerusha S.', received from relatives a quitclaim deed to "the 
Munson farm" in Passaic, Morris Co. She d. unm. abt, 1881. 

Joshua^, like Uzal and Josiah, was a patriot-soldier. " I have 
heard father speak of his [Joshua's] being in the Revolutionary 
war and particularly of an engagement at Springfield" [1777]. — 
R. A. B\ M. 

Clan Solomon\- Ezekier, 203 


Ezekier (Solomon^, Solomon^) b. 27 March 1762 in Morristown ; 
m. 31 Jan. 1788 Rhoda dau. of Thomas Stiles, of Morristown, b. 22 
Oct. 1766 in Morris Plains, N. J.; she d. 16 Nov. 1827 ; he ^, 2 
Sept. 1828. Iron-worker; Presb.; res. Morristown, Dover (in 
Randolph tp.), N. J. 

Children : 

i. Thomas Stiles'" b. 29 Nov. 1788 in M.; t/. 7 Oct. 1794. 
35i. ii. Mary'' b. 18 Jan. 1791 in M. 

iii. Louis' b. 7 April 1794 in M.; d. 31 Oct. 1794. 

iv. Elizabeth'' b. 14 Feb. 1796 in M.; ;«. Ira Pruden ; shea'. 12 March 
1846 ; res. Plainfield, N. J.; 2 ch. — (i) Ezekiel Munson*, lived to 
manhood, unm., d. 30 + yrs. ago, (2) Elizabeth*, m. Rev. Mr. 
Crane, Presb., and res. many years at Norfolk, Va. 
35f. V. Mahlon'' b. 19 Dec. 1798 in Dover. 

In the Revolution, Ezekiel^ appears on the muster-roll of the 
" Eastern Battalion " as a " private." 

The History of Morris Co., p. 292, says : ' Ezeziel Munson 
worked for several years in the old forge of John Jackson; and 
afterwards purchased a farm near Benj. Lampson's, which is now 
occupied by his grandson Mahlon O. Munson.' 

March 14, 1805, A. L. conveyed to Ezekiel' of the tp. of Mend- 
ham for $1300: one of the bounds was "a hickry saplin," and 
another "a pepperidge tree." Ezekiel and Rhoda his wife of tp. 
of Mendham, Morris Co., 7 Oct. 1805 conveyed 65 acres to Moses 
Hurd for $110. Rhoda made "her mark." Being of tp. Ran- 
dolph, Morris Co., i May 1810 they made a conveyance to Henry 
Menard for $1500. Ezekiel and Rhoda were still of Randolph i 
Aug. 1823 when they conveyed 31^ acres in Hanover to Mahlon^ 
of Randolph for $700. Instrument witnessed by Elizabeth^ 


Josiah^ (Solomon^ Solomon') bp. 21 Nov. 1765, at Morristown ; 
m. at M., Rachel HoUoway i Sept. 1784; she d. 8. Sept. 1784; m. 
(2nd) Ruth Hathaway, at M., 3 March 1788; in. (3d) Miriam 
Young; res. Morris Co.; he was living, apparently, i April 1836, 
perhaps at Byram. 

Children : 
36. i. Elias Young'' b. 3 July 1793. 

ii. Hiram', res. 3 March 1831 in Byram, Sussex Co. At that date, he and 
his brother Charles bought two tracts of land, together. He was 
still at Byram i April 1836, and his wife was Rebecca J. At this 

204 I^J^^ Munson Record. 

date, according to records in the Registry of Deeds at Newton, he 
and Charles made a sale of property yielding $500. There ismen- 
tion in the record of " the Tavern house owned by the said Hiram 
and Charles Munson." A witness of the transaction was Josiah 
Munson, their father, probably. 

iii. Stephen,' deceased. 

iv. Charles', res. 3 March 1831 in Byram where he continued about 
eight years when he removed to Bridgeport, Ct. His wife i April 
1836 was Jane S. He had difficulties of some sort in 1839 and an 
officer of the law endeavored to obtain satisfaction hy a sale of 
property, to wit, in Byram, woodland and saw-mill thereon, with 
dwelling-house and lot ; and in the village of Stanhope, a Tavern- 
House, store-house, etc. Charles seems to have had the good- 
will and sympathy of his fellow-citizens, for they declined to pur- 
chase. The officer had to spend seven months and appoint eight 
different auctions before a sale could be effected. This Munson 
died in Bridgeport abt. 1881, past seventy years of age. " I was 
impressed with his Munson type ", wrote R. B. Lacey in 1884. 
V. Ann', m. Underbill ; res. Rochester, N. Y. 

The Official Roster of New Jersey State Troops and Militia in 
the Revolutionary era, includes among the Privates, Josiah Mun- 
son. A document dated 4 Feb. 1788, in Book A of Land Records 
at Morristown, states that John Holloway, late of Morris town- 
ship, county of Morris, had a daughter Rachel, wife of Josiah 
Munson, who " died in a State of Infancy under the age of twenty- 
one years." 


Israer (WaitstilP, Solomon*) b. at Mt. Vernon, abt. 5 miles from 
Morristown, in 1775 ; m. 29 March 1802 Nancy Conger of Mt. V., 
b. June 1776 ; he ^. 6 May 1838 ; she d. in Feb. 1870. Farmer ; 
Presb. ; res. Franklin Furnace, Hardyston tp., Sussex Co. 

Children, all born in Hardyston : 

i. Amos' 3. II Feb. 1802; ;«. 14 Jan. 1824 Elizabeth, dau. of Nicholas 
Ryerson, of Vernon, b. 30 Aug. 1807. In 1881 he had lived with 
her fifty-seven years. He carried on butcher-business in Paterson 
fourteen years, and in 1838 removed to Deckertown and began to 
occupy the farm on which he has since resided. The first mowing- 
machine and horse-rake used in Sussex Co. were introduced by 
him. A large part of his land has been converted into building- 
lots and streets ; one of the latter bears his name. He has a hand- 
some property. Mr. Munson has repute as a benefactor of whole- 
some local institutions. He has no children, 
ii. Lavinia' b. 1804 ; m. Capt. William Beardslee of Hard3'^ston ; res. 
20 May 1838 Independence, Mich.; eleven children, one named 
Marcus* ; deceased. 
37. iii. Samuel' b. 8 Dec. 1805. 

Clan Solomon^: Solomon^. 205 

38. iv. Asa' b. 27 Oct. 1807. 

V. Susan' b. 12 Oct. 1809 ; m. Edward S. Beardslee ; 10 children ; res. 

Jerseyville, 111. One daughter, Mrs. George L. Brown res. at 

Carlinville, 111. ; one son is in St. Louis. 
vi. Saron B.' b. 1811 ; wife, Harriet, 15 March 1845 ; res. in Michigan ; 

4 children. His only son, "a fine man," m. his cousin, Mary 

Jane*, dau. of Israel'. 

39. vii. Israel' b. March 1813. 

40. viii. James Lud' <^. 1815. 

ix. Theodosia' b. 1817 ; m. John L. Goble ; res. W'arwick, Orange Co., 
N. Y. ; no children ; deceased. 

41. X. John' b. Aug. 1819. 

xi. Nancy' b. 1821 ; unmarried ; deceased. 

Israel" was a wheelwright by trade and followed that occupa- 
tion at Mt. Vernon. His wife's parents, during Revolutionary- 
times, kept a public inn at an ancient structure which is still stand- 
ing (1881), four miles southwest of Morristown. They "boarded 
Gen. Washington and his staff during the war." About the time 
of his marriage, Israel" removed to the place now known as 
Franklin Furnace, then inhabited by Indians, and he resided on 
the same farm until his death. He purchased 10 Sept. 1796, 50^ 
acres at 55 shillings per. acre ; and 15 May 1802 he purchased 
200 acres for $2200. The homestead is now in possession of his 
son Asa'. Israel" is mentioned in a land-record 12 June 182 1 as 
trustee of the North Presb. Church. 

Isaac" (Waitstill^, Solomon*), m. Peggy Phinney. 

Children : 

i. Charles', "removed West." 
ii. Catharine', "removed West." 
iii. Amos', (/." when quite a lad." 

Isaac" came to Hardyston with his brother Israel and settled. 
" He married Peggy Phinney, a young woman, in his advancing 
years. I think he had four children. They married among the 
mountains and are lost to us." — Asa? "Isaac" was twice mar- 
ried." — Susan'. 

Israel" and Isaac" united 5 June 1801 in selling 118 acres in 
Hardyston. Israel signed the deed while Isaac made "his mark." 


Solomon" (Stephen', Solomon') bp. 7 Nov. 1762 in Morristown; 

m. Ball in Hanover ; not a church-member ; res. Hanover, 

near Whippany. 









2o6 The Munson Record, 

Children : 





Philetus,' soon after marriage went West (by way of Pittsburg, with 
Calvin and Betsey) ; he had one child which was buried on the 
way. He is believed to have had daughters afterward. Philetus 
was a farmer and acquired " a nice property." He lived in the 
edge of Indiana, about five or six miles from Oxford, O. 
vi. Betsey,'' m. Robert Halsey ; immediately after marriage they went 
West with Calvin'' and Philetus'; they lived "on the White- 
water " in Indiana, near Calvin'' and twenty-five or thirty miles 
from Philetus''. Some children. 
46. vii. Moses''. 

Solomon* resided in Hanover, on the east side of the road lead- 
ing from Whippany to Troy, and on the south side of an inter- 
secting road which led to Hanover village. " He lived," says 
Ebenezer', "in what was called Dumpling Lane." He had ten 
acres out of his father's farm, and participated in the distribution 
of Dea. Stephen's estate by Will ; but the portion which he in- 
herited, after affording him a support, was to pass to his children; 
Solomon's home-place fell to Stephen'. 

The Official Register includes among the New Jersey Privates 
in the Revolutionary Army, Solomon Munson — belonging to 
*' Captain Dickermans Company, Third Batalion, Second Estab- 
lishment." And, again, the Official Roster locates him in the 
Eastern Battalion with his father and uncle. " We have, or have 
had, a bayonet that he carried," says Mrs. Armstrong. He is 
reported to have been at The Crossing of the Delaware, December 

" The British arms gleamed everywhere 
From the Hudson to the Delaware, — " 

was a song that was sung in the olden times : " Father would say 
his father was there," says Mrs. A. In the summer of 1779, Gen- 
eral Sullivan marched up the Susquehannah, fought with Indians 
and Tories the Battle of Chemung, near Elmira, and laid waste 
the Indian country as far as the Genessee River, — burning forty 
villages and destroying more than one hundred and fifty thousand 
bushels of corn. " Solomon came up here with the Sullivan 
Army," says Mrs. Westbrook. 

He appears to have died in middle age, and " he was buried in 
Whippany, I think ". 

Clan Solomon^: William^. 207 


William" (Stephen^, Solomon^), m. 2 May 1798 Susannah Dixon 
of Hanover. Res. in Hanover, between Stephen^ and Solomon^ 

Children : 

i. Stephen N.^ " He was older than I, — we played together though," 
remarked Ebenezer^. He resided in Newark, N. J. and Yonkers, 
N. Y.; m. an orphan-girl, having considerable property, in Cold 
Spring, N. Y. His wife 19 March 1834 was Phebe Ann. He had 
children but they died quite young. He visited his cousin 
Stephen' in Tyre about 1840. He was gentlemanly and agreeable. 
It is remembered that the two Stephens looked very much alike. 
He also visited Moses H.*, son of his cousin Moses'', in Whippany, 
about 1872. "The last we knew of him he was living in New 
York City".— r. T. M. 

Stephen N.'' was a house-builder, and wealthy. He was of 
Newark in 1834. He purchased i June 1835 land on the west side 
of Commerce street, paying $1200. In Sept. 1836 he bought three 
lots in Hudson, N. Y., with the tenements, at $1500, and also 
land on Cherry street in Newark, at $3000. 

ii. Charlotte. 

William* had four or five daughters ; the following names are 
from different sources : Susan, Letitia, Electa, Harriet and Mary. 
He had ten acres out of the old place ; but the Deacon's Will pro- 
vided that "the lot of land where my son William" Munson lives, 
be in his dividend," like that of Solomon". William" bought of 
his nephew John' 13 March 1807 seven acres "adjoining William" 
and Solomon" Munson"; price $350. He "and Susan, his wife" 
sold 13 March 1807 nine acres for $270. "Aunt Sukey kept a 
boarding-house ; she was smart." " I remember Uncle Billy well," 
says Ebenezer*; " I do not remember seeing Calvin"." 


Joseph" (Caleb', Solomon") bp. 7 Nov. 1762 ; m. 3 July 1783 
Joanna Johnson ; was living in July 1826 ; res. at Hurley, N. Y., 
and d. there. 

Children : 

i. Samuer. ii. Jabez''. 
iii. Rebekah'. iv. Ira'', 
v. Abraham'',* m. Polly . 

" A fine man was he " — wrote one who knew Joseph". The 
Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the 
Revolutionary War, includes among the Teamsters in " Captain 

* The printed Register of the Church adds Godwin ; one is inclined to guess that this was a part 
of Abraham's name (from his uncle A. G.). 

2o8 The Munson Record. 

Munsons Team Brigade," the name of Joseph Munson. Joanna 
was admitted to First Ch. (Presb.) at Morristown 24 May 1796 ; 
the children were baptized on her account 12 Sept. 1796. 


Jacob^ (Caleb^, Solomon^) b. 8 Oct. 1770; ni. Esther Pierson ; 
m. (2nd) Eunice Johnson ; blacksmith ; he was living in July 1826. 

Children, three by Esther, two by Eunice : 

47. i. Lewis' b. 1793 ; bp. 18 Dec. 1796, on mother's account, First Ch, 

ii. Mary Ann'' bp. 18 Dec. 1796; 771. Nathaniel Johnson of Ogdensburg, 
N. J. ; had a large family, Lewis, Henry, Julia, Elizabeth, Ann, etc. 

48. iii. John Hull'' b. 29 June 1800. 
iv. Caleb'. 

4g. V. Elizabeth Sapphira.'' 

vi. Daughter, d. y. 

Jacob's wife Esther became a member of the Presb. Church in 
Morristown 6 Nov. 1796. He is reported to have been a captain 
in the War of 1812. 


Silas* (Caleb*, Solomon*) b. 23 Dec. 1772; m. Elizabeth York; 
he </. 12 Feb. 1802. 

Children : 

50. i. John' b. 13 April 1799. 

ii. Harriet'', ;«. John Demarest ; "had one child, I think, and all died 
about the same time." 

Silas* "died by his own hand, in a fit of despondency," occa- 
sioned by "some misunderstanding": " my grandmother was not 
his first love." — C. L. His widow married John Ackerman. 


Caleb* (Caleb*, Solomon*) b. 4 Jan. 1780; m. Rachel Baldwin; 
he d. 10 March 1824; she d. 26 Jan. i860. Farmer; res. Morris- 

Children : 

i. Josiah'. ii. Calvin'', 

51. iii. Susan''. 

iv. Ambrose'', m. 20 May 1846 Lydia R. Chapman of Tolland, Ct. ; no 
children ; he d. 31 Jan. 1866, ce. 55 ; she d. 16 April 1848, a. 30. 
Shoemaker ; res. Irvington, N. J. 

Clan Solomon": Lewis'. 209 

V. Elizabeth', unm ; res. at her sister Susan's home, in Orange ; a', ii 
April 1889, cE. 73^. 

52. vi. Harriet''. 

53, vii. Caleb Ludlow' b. Aug. 1818 in Morristown. 

The first three children were between fourteen and twenty-one 
years of age at the death of their father, and the other four were 
under fourteen. Caleb^ is said to have had eleven children in all. 
His wife's name in 1807 and 1816 was Rachel. She signed a deed 
with "her mark" in 1807. When a widow, she removed to 
Irvington and died there. Caleb* made sale of four and one-half 
acres 13 Jan. 1800, of two and one-half acres in 1807, two and one- 
half in 1808, and of property yielding $1125, June 10, 1816. He 
was named in his father's Will as executor in 181 2, and was acting 
as such 17 March 1817. 


Samuer (Uzal*, Solomon^, Solomon^) b. 9 April 1781 ; m. 29 
May 1807 Elizabeth McDonnell of Cregerstown, Md.; he d. 20 Nov. 
1866. Shoemaker; Republican; Lutheran; res. Maryland. 

Children : 

Lewis* b. 14 Jan. 1809 in Frederick Co., Md. 
Ezra* b. 4 April 1811 in Frederick Co. 
Samuel UzaP b. 27 July 1813 ; d. 5 Aug. 1827, 
Henry* b. i Nov. 1815. 
Julia Ann* b. 27 April 1818. 

Benjamin Franklin^ b. 15 April 1820; m. 1841 Olevia Clark of 
Cumberland, Md.; he. d. 19 Nov. 1890. Plasterer; Rep.; res. 
Baltimore, Md. " Left no children." 
vii, John Jacob* b. 1 Feb. 1822 in Md.; m. 1848 Rebecca Bremner of Pa. ; 
8 or 10 children ; farmer ; Republican ; " served three years in 
the late war" ; res. Latham, Logan Co., 111. 
viii. Solomon Milton* b. 2 Aug. 1824 in Md.; unm.; brick-mason ; Demo- 
crat ; res. San Francisco. 
58. ix. Joshua* b. 15 Oct. 1826. 

X. Josiah* b. 10 Feb. 1829 ; unm.. farmer ; d. 31 March 1884, in Foun- 
tain Co., Ind. 
xi. Samuel D.* b. 10 Jan. 1831 in Md.; d. Sept. 1852. 

SamueF settled in Frederick Co., Md.; res. also in Washington 
Co., Md. {e. g., 1836); finally moved to Macon Co., Illinois, where 
he died (at Niantic). 

Lewis' (Uzar, Solomon^, Solomon') b. 25 Jan. 1795 ^^ Morris- 
town ; m. 29 Oct. 1816 Rebecca Lindsley of M. b. 24 Aug. 1794. 
Presb.; Rep.; res. M., and (mainly) Vevey, Ind. 











210 The Munson Record. 

Children :* 

i. William Lindsley** b. i8 May 1814 ; formerly a grocer, now (1891) 
retired ; res. Indianapolis, Ind. 
59. ii. David^ b. 11 June 1820. 

iii. Charles Hiram^ b. 27 Oct. 1824; formerly a stove-merchant; "is 
quite wealthy owing to his superior shrewdness"; res. Indian- 
iv. Mary Louisa^ b. 18 Oct. 1827 ; d. 25 Dec. 1835. 
V. Sarah Elizabeth^ b. 6 June 1836. 

Lewis'' was received into the Presb. Ch. Morristown 22 Aug. 
1822 ; his wife was received 2 March 1828; both were dismissed 
to Vevay, Ind., 20 Sept. 1842. He was concerned in three transfers 
of real-estate at Morristown in 1836. " He was a furniture-manu- 
facturer, but never did very much, as he was always a strong 
Christian and Republican, and he preferred to argue in favor of 
the above causes rather than to labor. No man ever beat him in 
these hot arguments, as he was well posted on all subjects. Once 
upon a time he was offered the deed of a two-story house and lot 
situated in Morris-Town if he would vote the Democratic ticket, 
but he refused."— Z>. R. M. 


Halsey^ (Joshua*, Solomon^, Solomon^) b. 22 Oct. 1787 near 
Morristown ; m. 12 June 1817 Abby M. Stackhouse of Elizabeth ; 
she d. 20 March 1846 ; he ^. 9 Jan. 1865 in Madison, N. J. Book- 
keeper (and clerk) ; res. Elizabeth, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Jane Eliza* b. in E. 19 June 1818 ; d. unm. 27 June 1836. 

60. ii. James Halsey^ b. in E. 29 July 1823. 

61. iii. Anna* 5. in E. 6 Jan. 1824. 

62. iv. Julia* b. in E. 23 Feb. 1831. 

V. Robert A. B.* b. 29 Dec. 1839 ; m. in Va. ; 2 or 3 ch. ; book-keeper 
in N. Y. C; res. Hoboken, Millington, N. J. 

Halsey' and two others in Sept. 1825 were appointed by the 
Court of Common Pleas, auditors to adjust the demands of plain- 
tiffs in a suit. He and his wife Abby M. sell land in Elizabeth, 
east side of Union street ; price $120. The records of Newark, 10 
Nov. 1834, recognize Halsey' " of Elizabeth Town " as an auditor 
of the "borough of Elizabeth." Administration on the estate of 
Halsey was granted to his brother Albert' in May 1865. 

* There is a street in Indianapolis named " Munson '' in honor of this family. 

Clan Solomon^: Mahlori' . 211 


Albert' (Joshua", Solomon^, Solomon*), m. Adelia ; m. 

Harriet ; res. New York (185 1) and Jersey City (Heights). 

Child : 

i. Mary8 ; said to be private secretary of J. G. Bennett, editor N. Y. 

Albert'' retired from business, and died in Morristown about 
1880 or '81, of heart-disease, aged about 72. One informant states 
that he died shortly after his second marriage. 

Mary' (Ezekier, Solomon'*, Solomon*) b. 18 Jan. 1791 ; m. 29 
Jan. 181 1 Charles son of Dan Hurd, of Sparta, N. J., b. i July 1788 
in Succasunna, N. J., a farmer and Rep.; she d. 30 Aug. 1862 ; he 
d. 8 Sept. 1863. Presb.; res. Dover, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Elizabeth Munson^ b. i8 Aug. 1813 in Sparta; m. 23 Oct. 1850 
Samuel D. Mitchell of S., and d^. 3 April 1874; Rep.; Presb.; i 
ch. — Adoniram Judson* (whose children are Elsie E.'", Mark'", 
Irenaeus'", Edith E.'", and Robert H.'"), res. Pope Valley, Napa 

ii, Dan^ b. i May 1816 ; d. 10 May 1818. 

iii. Mahlon Munson^ b. 4 Jan. 1821 ; d. 9 Feb. 1845. 

iv. Emeline Morrow^ b. 23 Dec. 1825 ; m. 13 May 1858 Newell W. Fales 
of Sparta ; both are physicians, graduates of Leight St. Medical 
College, New York; Republican; Presb.; res. Turner's Falls, 
Ms., formerly, now both practicing at Imusdale, California ; i ch. 
— Newell Hurd,^ res. Imusdale, Monterey Co., Cal. 

V. Julia Adeline^ b. 31 May 1828 ; res. Dover. 

vi. John Beardslee^ b. 16 Sept. 1830 ; d. 20 April 1883 ; he was a soldier 

in the Mexican war. 
vii. Mary Amanda^ b. 4 Sept. 1835 ; res. Dover. 

Mahlon' (EzekieP, Solomon', Solomon*) b. 19 Dec. 1798 ; m. 8 
June 1822 Eunice Parsons of Mill Brook, N. J., where she was b. 
in 1796 ; she d. 29 Nov. 1871 ; he d. 27 Jan. 1881. Distiller and 
farmer; Dem.; Episc. (she Presb.); res. Dover, N. J. 

Children, all b. in Dover : 

i. Harriet^ b. 17 June 1824 ; tn. 21 Jan. 1849 Edwin son of Timothy 
(and Polly) Tuttle, of Dover, b. 4 March 1824 in Littleton, N. J., 
a farmer and Dem.; Bapt. ; res. Busti, Chaut. Co., N. Y.; 4 ch. — 
(i) Eunice Emily* b. 18 Oct. 1849 in Busti, teacher, Proh,, Bapt., 






■ V. 

212 The Munson Record. 

res. Busti, (2) William' b. 4 Dec. 1852 in Dover, d. 25 April 1856, 
(3) Mahlon Munson* i^. 31 May 1857 in D., d. 17 March 1858, (4) 
Edwin' b. i May i860 in Busti, farmer, Bapt., res. Busti, N. Y. 

Robert P.* b. 17 April 1826 ; d. 17 Nov. 1826. 

Mahlon Ogden^ b. 18 Aug. 1828. 

Charles Hurd^ b. 17 Nov. 1830. 

Rhoda E.^ ^. 11 March 1833; 7n. 5 June 1858 Charles M. Tunis; 
shea?. 3 Oct. 1869; 2 ch. — (i) Stephen Bishop' b. abt. 1859, m. 
Elizabeth Best, stock-raiser, farmer, grain-buyer, res. Minneap- 
olis, Kan. (2) Emma' b. abt. 1869, d. a. 6 y. 
vi. Sarah Emmeline* b. 13 April 1835 ; m. 26 Nov. 1854 Martin V. B. 
son of Jacob (and Phebe) Searing, of Newark, N. J., b. i July 
1833 in Mill Brook, N. J., a builder, dealer in roofing slate, slate 
mantels, etc., and Dem. ; Meth.; res. Dover, N. J.; 2 ch. — (i) 
Frank Adoniram' b. 23 July 1855 in Dover; m. 13 June 1883 
Catherine dau. of Anthony Otto, b. lb March 1862 in Stewarts- 
ville, N. J., carpenter, Dem., Meth., res. Dover, two ch.,* (2) 
Mahlon Munson' b. 16 Jan. 1862 in Mill Brook, m. 21 Jan. 1885 
Mary Augusta dau. of Felix Pyle of Hacketstown, N. J., b. 10 
Sept. 1862 in Vienna, N. J., grad. Gregory's Bus. Coll., charge 
of office of silk manufactory, Dem., Meth. (she Presb.), res. 
Dover, N. J., one ch.f 
vii. Mary Esther* b. 8 Aug. 1837 ; m. June 1856 Nelson Young ; no ch. ; 

she d. 23 Feb. 1858 ; he res. Succasunna, N. J. 
viii. Robert Henry'* b. 3 June 1840 ; 771. 26 Feb. 1866 Sophia Bryant ; no 
ch.; she d. 2 Oct. 1867; carpenter and builder; he resides, a 
widower, in Dover, N. J. 

From a Dover newspaper, we borrow the following particulars : 
Mahlon Munson was born in one of the iron-works houses, along 
the canal, his father having been engaged in the works. When a 
boy, he labored at heading nails in the old nail-factory. Later, he 
engaged with Jacob Losey in carting iron from the works to 
Elizabethport, whence it was shipped by water to various parts of 
the country. Later, his father purchased the farm on which our 
aged friend has just died, while he took one in the adjoining 
neighborhood. His lifelong residence here acquainted Mr. Munson 
thoroughly with the history of this section, and his recollections 
of old-time events were of a very entertaining character. He 
remembered when there were not more than half a dozen houses 
in the place, and has often ploughed the ground for Mr. Losey, 
where the business part of Dover is now located. J We may add 
that his liberality in donating lots was instrumental in covering 
Munson's Hill with buildings. 

* Edith Victoria"" h. 12 July 1888 in D. and Roberta Ottoi" b. 6 Jan. 1893 in D. 

+ Howard Cassardi" 3 12 Oct. 1892 in D. 

$ Has a pop. of between four and five thousand. 

Clan Solomon^: Elias V.' 213 

In politics he was a lifelong Democrat, and being a man of 
prominence could have commanded almost any position in this 
portion of the county. But he refused the prominent official posi- 
tions which were offered him. His sterling character and neigh- 
borly kindnesses won for him the high esteem of all the old resi- 
dents of the vicinity, and of all those who came to know him later 
in life. The poor always found in him a liberal friend. He was an 
earnest supporter of the cause of religion, and gave of his means 
to churches of all denominations. He was one of the first mem- 
bers of St. John's Church in this place, and for a number of years 
past has held the office of warden. 

A correspondent adds : " I can assure you that the Munsons of 
this section are no disgrace to the name." 


Elias Y/ (Josiah", Solomon', Solomon') ^. 3 July 1793 ; m. 9 
Aug. 1824 Marianne Lord of Canaan, N. Y., who d. 10 Feb. 1828 ; 
m. 13 June 1829 Elizabeth, widow of Chester Brown of Waterloo ; 
he d. of apoplexy 23 June 1861 ; she d. 4 Nov. 1841. Merchant ; 
Dem. and Free-Soiler ; Presb.; res. Wolcott, N. Y. 

Children : 

63. i. Fanny Lord^ d. i May 1825, dau. of first wife. 

ii. Anne Dickson^ d. i June 1831, dau. 2nd wife; d. 23 Feb. 1851, — a 
gifted young lady. 

64. iii. Chester Brown* d. 8 March 1834. 

Elias Y.^ in his seventeenth year helped lay the walls of the State- 
prison at Auburn, N. Y. About the year 1820, he became a clerk 
in Wolcott, and soon took charge of a branch-store there which 
he subsequently purchased. In 1829 he bought a "tavern-stand " 
and farm ; this farm, "bounded on the east by the mill-pond," is 
now the location of one of the most thriving and populous por- 
tions of the village. He erected in 1837 the first brick building 
in the place ; it is now known as the "Wolcott House," — in which 
he lived until conscientious scruples impelled him to abandon the 
sale of intoxicating liquors, when he sold the hotel-property and 
purchased a farm about four miles south of W. After two years 
he resumed mercantile business, " in which he was widely and 
favorably known." A few years before his death, he retired from 
active life, merely giving his attention to a small farm. For some 
years he was postmaster and justice of the peace. He died soon 
after the firing on Fort Sumpter, "at which outrage he was most 

214 T^J^^ Munson Record, 

Although not a church-member, E. Y. "was a religious man, 
honest and upright in all his dealings, strict in the observance of 
every Christian duty. He aided in building every church- and 
school-edifice erected in Wolcott during his life. He was a 
liberal supporter and regular attendant of divine service, generally 
at the Presbyterian church, of which his wife was an earnest and 
efficient member. He was an eminently social man, generous in 
his sympathies and jovial in temperament, which made him a most 
genial companion for both young and old." Citizens who were 
children in his day, often speak of the kindly notice and kindly 
words which Mr. Munson always gave them. 

Samuer (Israel', Waitstiir, Solomon') b. 8 Dec. 1805 at Frank- 
lin Furnace ; m. i Jan. Elizabeth Decker ; he d. in Dec. 1884. 

Res. Franklin Furnace and Paterson, N. J. 

Children, b. at Franklin Furnace : 

65. i. Conger^. 

ii. Lavina^ d. unm. 

iii. William Henry*, m. Sarah Ayres ; res Paterson. "He was very 
smart," and was " well-off." His wife dying, he became discon- 
tented, went to Midville, Ga., on the Ga. Central R. R., "and 
started a cotton-mill." But his health failed, and he returned and 
died. His property was lost. No children. 

iv. Arianna*, m. Samuel G. McKiernan, a contractor ; both living in 
Dec. 1887 ; no children. Res. Paterson. 

V. Alsinga*, unm. and living in Paterson iSgr. 

vi. « Theodosia, unm. 

I had a pleasant interview with Samuel' in his home one stormy 
evening, 29 Oct. 1883. 


Asa' (Israer, WaitstilP, Solomon') b. 27 Oct. 1807 ; w. 11 July 
1832 Lydia Doland b. 16 Feb. 1814 ; he was living in Oct. 1883. 
Farmer and distiller; Dem.; Presb. ; res. Franklin Furnace, 
Hardyston tp., Sussex Co., N. J. 

Children, b. at Franklin Furnace : 

i. George D.* b. 16 June 1833 ; d. 18 May 1835. 

ii. Chillieon« b. 2 Dec. 1834 ; d. 8 Sept. 1838. # 

iii. Phebe Ann* b. \\ June 1837 ; m. William C. Rowe ; res. Harmony 

Vale, Frankford. 

iv. Chillieon* b. 11 July 1839. 

V. Daniel D.* b. i. Jan. 1842. 

vi. Susan Beardsley* b. i June 1844 ; d. 3 Nov. 1868 ; unm. 

vii. Sarah Elizabeth* b. 13 March 1847 ; d. 23 Sept. 1863 ; unm. 

Clan Solomon\- James LJ 215 

viii. Nancy Amelia* b. lo July 1849 ; m. Samuel George of Ogdensburg, 
ix. Asa^ b. 29 May 1854 ; d. 24 Sept. i860. 

X. Lydia^ b. 20 June 1857 ; m. A. J. Van Cott of New York ; d. 21 Dec. 

Asa^ was born on the farm where he now resides. He was " at 
home " to the author 23d and 24th Oct. 1883. He has a farm, a 
cider-mill, a distillery and a store. His dairy comprises some fifty 
cows ; the milk is sent to New York. 

The History of Sussex Co. contains a sketch of Asa^, with a 
portrait. We quote : " He was a freeholder of his township for 
many years, but latterly ill health compelled him to decline the 
office. Though not a member of any church, he and his family 
have been regular attendants of the North Church (Presb.), 
Hardyston, and he has been a liberal supporter of the same. He 
has always followed farming, and his farms are in as high a state 
of cultivation as any in the county. The business of the farm 
and extensive distillery is now carried on by his sons, C. and D. 
D. Munson." 


Israel' (Israel," Waitstill,' Solomon') b. March 1813 ; m. 22 Oct. 
1837 Elizabeth D. Edsall of Paterson ; he d. 17 July 1874, a. 61 y. 
2m. 21 d. Butcher; res. Paterson, N. J. 

Children, b. in Paterson : 

Christiana* b. 8 Aug. 1838. 
Caroline B.* b. 23 June 1840. 

Edward Beardsley** b. 24 Sept. 1842 ; d. 28 July 1844. 
Henry Clay^ b. 4 Oct. 1844. 

Julia* b. 11 Dec. 184- ; m. Joseph Decay, no ch. ; m. (2nd) James 
Brady. Res. N. Y. C. 

69. vi. Lizzie Beardsley* b. 18 April 1854, 


James Lud' (Israel," Waitstill,' Solomon*) b. 1815 ; m. Caroline 
Decker (sister of Samuel's wife). Farmer ; res. Sparta, N. J. 

Children : 

70. i. Edgar.* 

ii. Sarah*, m. Phil. Bird ; no children ; res. Hamburg, Hardyston tp. 

71. iii. Ophelia* b. 11 July 1847 at Franklin Furnace. 

72. iv. Saron.* v. Alice.* 

In 1843 and '45 James L.' bought lands from his father's estate. 
His wife was Caroline in 1845. He removed from Franklin Fur- 
nace to Sparta about 1855. He bought fourteen acres in Sparta 18 
March 1859. 









2i6 TJie Miinson Record. 


John'^ (Israel', WaitstilP, Solomon*) b. Aug. 181.9 ; ;;/. Sarah 
Lewis. Farmer ; res. Deckertown, Sussex Co., N. J, 

Children : 

73. i. Augustus^. 

ii. Adelaide*, unm. ; lives with her father, 
iii. Eugene.* iv. John,* prob. in Mich. v. Sarah.* 

In 1838 John' bought property from his father's estate and in 
1843 made a sale of lands from that estate. 


Stephen' (Solomon*, Stephen^, Solomon*) b. Feb. 1780 ; m. 29 
Sept. 1803 Elizabeth Baldwin of Parsippany b. 16 Aug. 1786 ; he 
d. Jan. 1861. Hatter, miller and farmer ; Meth. ; res. many places 
in N. J., and Tyre, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Ira* b. in Rockaway Neck ; d. at 18 mos. — "before I was born." — 
Ebenezer* b. 18 Sept. 1806 in Hanover. 
Phebe* b. 18 Sept. 1808 in Bergen Co. 
Julia Ann* b. 6 Jan. 181 1 in Snufftown, near "the Methodist 

Forge," Bergen Co. 
Eliza* b. 12 March 1813 in Snufftown or Deckertown. 
Hannah Maria* b. Oct. 1816 in Deckertown. 
Archibald* b. 28 Oct. 1817 in Wantage. 
James Lewis* b. 6 Oct. 1820 in Parsippany. 
William* b. in Pompton ; d. in infancy. 
Ellen* /;. 26 Feb. 1824 in Tyre, N. Y. 
Emeline* b. 7 May 1826 in Tyre ; d. cb. 7. 
Joanna* b. 22 March 1829 in Tyre ; d. ce. 4. 

Stephen' took his bride to Rockaway Neck as his grandfather 
Stephen'* had presented him with some land in that place. The 
Deacon also said in his Will : " The ten acres whereon he [Solo- 
mon'] now lives [in Hanover] I give unto my Grandson Stephen 

By virtue of a writ issued in Sept. 1806, land of Stephen' and 
John', jr., ' bounded east on the road from Troy to Whippany ' was 
sold by the sheriff : $250, and $40 costs. J. Tompkins 20 March 

1807 sold Stephen' and John' Munson of Hanover 123 acres in Har- 
diston for $2000, Stephen' and wife Elizabeth of Hardyston i April 

1808 transferred to John' one-half a lot of land in Hardyston for 
$1000 ; and John' and Susan transferred the other half to Stephen'. 
The 18 Nov. 181 1 Stephen' of Pompton sold his brother Calvin' 




















Clan Solomon^: Jokn\ 217 

42 acres, part of a lot of land in Hardiston ; price $692. The 
same day he sold land in H. to J. M. K. for $500. The same year 
he disposed of other land in H. for $300 — " about seven chains 
along the road southerly from a log-house now occupied by 
Calvin'' Munson." On the 27 Dec. 1814 Stephen' of Hanover sold 
Ellis Cook 10 acres in H. — "beginning at William Munson's 
corner in the Hammock Road "; price, $660. Stephen' and 
Elizabeth of the town of Junius, Seneca Co., N. Y., sold $300 
worth of land 22 March 1826. 

Stephen' emigrated to the " Genessee Country " in wagons, 
making the journey in eight days. He crossed the Delaware into 
Pennsylvania at Milford, and proceeded via Montrose, Owego 
and Ithaca. On Ithaca Hill the party dined on pigeons killed 
along the road. There were eleven in the company, father, 
mother, children and an apprentice-boy. They arrived at Tyre 
22 June 1822, at 5 or 6 o'clock P. M. According to one of his 
descendants, Stephen' came from Parsippany, about sixteen miles 
from Newark. He was a hatter both in N. J. and N. Y.; in Tyre 
he had a flour-mill with saw-mill attached, and also had a farm. 
" He was tall, slim, sandy," and had blue eyes. " Grandfather 
Stephen' was pretty hard in his younger days. When converted, 
he retained the same positiveness ; all who were not Abolitionists 
and Methodists were going to Hell !" — /. A. M. 

John' (Solomon", Stephen^, Solomon*), m. 4 May 1805 Susan 
Hopping, both of Hanover. Occ. mason ; res. Hanover, N. J., 
and Whitewater, Hamilton Co., O. 

Children : 

i. Ira^ " We played together." — Eben^. 

ii. Amanda^. 

John' lost several children by a deadly dysentery. " I have 
lost all knowledge of his children," observed Ebenezer^ He 
received from his grandfather by Will a quantity of " improved 
land." He suffered with Stephen' from a sheriff's sale in Sept. 
1806. John' and Susan his wife of Hanover 13 March 1807 sold 
William" seven acres 'adjoining William" and Solomon"' for $350. 
John' of Hardiston i April 1808 divided with Stephen' a $2000 
tract which they had bought together in 1807. John' of Hanover 
sold land in H. "on Passaic river" i April 1818 ; price, $590. 
John' and his wife Susan of Whitewater tp., O., 26 Dec. 1828 sold 
six acres, "part of the estate of John Hopping (dec?)"; price, $250. 

2i8 The Munson Record. 

Between the last two dates (1818 and 1828) this man removed to 
Ohio. It is remembered that they were singing in those days 

" We are going to the pleasant banks of the 0-hi-o !" 

Covered wagons were the means of conveyance. 


Calvin^ (Solomon^, Stephen^, Solomon*), m. Sophia Powelson of 
Snufftown, N. J.; m. (2nd) Sarah Estelle. Carpenter; res. N. J., 
and Ind. 

Children, by Sophia : 
i. William.* ii Mary^ 

He had seven or eight children by his second wife. In 181 1 he 
was occupying a log-house in Hardiston. He purchased from 
Stephen', 18 Nov. 181 1, 42 acres in that place. He built the Decker- 
town church. *' He was a rolling stone, — lived in Deckertown, 
Snufftown — all over the country. He brought up in Indiana (it 
must have been as early as 1812 or '13), on the Whitewater, in the 
neighborhood of his sister who married Robert Halsey." Besides 
Calvin' and family, the emigrating party comprised Philetus' and 
wife and Robert Halsey and wife. They went by land to Pitts- 
burg ; then moved down the river on a raft and landed at Cincin- 
nati when it consisted of a few log-huts. " I cannot trace the 
children of Calvin'. I saw William" in Indiana, and Calvin's 
second wife, more than thirty years ago." — Eben.^^ 1883. 


Priscilla'' (Solomon", Stephen', Solomon*), m. 6 April 181 1 Daniel 
Brewster ; lived and d. in Whippany, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Archibald*. ii. William*, 

iii. Ann*, a tailoress. 
iv. Mary*, m. Palmer of Newark. 

Priscilla' is called Zilla in the marriage-record at Hanover. Her 
husband made flag-bottom chairs, himself turning the frames. 


Moses' (Solomon", Stephen', Solomon*), tn. at Hanover 2 Dec. 
1820 Jemima Hallbutt* ; he d. March 1830 ; she d. abt. 1853. Black- 
smith ; res. Hanover and Columbia, N. J. 

* So church-record and Mrs. Hannah Compson ; son Moses H.^ says Talbert. 

Clan Soloni07i\' John HuW . 219 

Children : 

i. Charles^, m. Ann Taylor ; farmer ; res. Afton, N. J. 

82. ii. Lucy Ann*. 

iii. Andrew*, — res. unknown. 

83. iv. Moses Henry* b. May 1830 in Columbia (now Afton). 

Moses' d. in Columbia, Chatham tp. ; adm. on estate granted 30 
Aug. 1830. 

Lewis' (Jacob*, Caleb'^, Solomon^) b. 1793 ; m. 1813 Phebe Zeek 
b. 1798 ; he d. 1851 ; she d. 1865. Dem. ; res. Morristown, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Esther A.* b. 6 Jan. 1818 ; m. Crane ; res. Morristown, N. J. 
ii. Mary Elizabeth* b. 1824. 
iii. Margaret Jane* b. 1834. 

There were many more children ; " most of them are dead, 
notably three pairs of twins." — H. F.^ D. 


John Hull' (Jacob", Caleb", Solomon') b. 29 June 1800 ; m. 27 
Sept. 1823 Phebe Lauterman b. at Hardyston 6 March 1806 ; he d. 
10 Dec. 1845. Res. Ogdensburg, N. J. ' 

Children, b. at Hardyston : 

Barbara A.* b. 23 Sept. 1824. 

Susan* b. 24 Jan. 1826 ; d. 19 April 1828, 

Sarah E.* b. 24 July 1829. 

John L.* b. 5 Jan. 1830 ; d. 5 Aug. 1843. 

Lewis* b. 8 Aug. 1831. 

Harriet* b. 9 Jan. 1833. 

Pierson Peterson* b. 5 Oct. 1834 ; d. unm. 16 April 1862. His given 

names were the maiden surnames of his two grandmothers, Esther 

Pierson and Phebe Peterson. 
Uz Vanauken* b. 31 Oct. 1836. 
Albert Goble* b. 18 April 1839. 
William Lauterman** b. 18 April 1841 ; w. 30 April 1876 Annie M. 

Forbes ; tinsmith ; has served two years as alderman ; Rep. ; 

Meth. ; res. Paterson, N. J. 
xi. Phebe* b. 25 March 1844 ; d. 17 Oct. 1861. 

J. H.' was always called Hull. Adm. on his estate was granted 
to Phebe 22 Dec. 1845. 

. Nathaniel Shame, a silk-weaver ; res. 

















* Children : 


Phebe L.a b. ig Aug. i866 ; ;«. 

21 April 


Esther MayS b. 30 Jan. 1876. 


Uz N.» b. 5 Oct. 1878. 


Lewis B.9 b. 4 Dec. 1880. 

William L.8 served in the war for the Union three years and three months. 

220 The Munson Record. 


Elizabeth Sapphira' or Sophia (Jacob", Caleb^, Solomon^), m. 
John Simpson ; res. Ogdensburg, Hamburg, and LaFayette, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Lewis^ Munson b. w Oct. 1824 in Og. ; m. 4 Sept. 1854 Elizabeth A. 

Martin ; carpenter ; res, Paterson ; children : Jennie 1855, Lizzie 

1856, John 1858, Emma 1859, William 1868, Lottie 1872. 
ii. Anna Mary^ b. 20 Dec. 1827 in H. ; m. 9 Jan. 1847 George Reed ; 

mason and farmer; Dem. ; res. Paterson; children: Victor M. 

1848, Hattie 1850, Annie 1854, John M. 1856, Mahlon B. 1858, 

Addie i860, Lottie 1863, Sadie 1865, Jennie 1867. 
iii. Sarah Amelia* b. 30 May 1839 in H.; wz. 5 April 1863 Abraham 

Masker, — engineer ; res. Paterson ; child, — Lottie Edna' 1872. 
iv. Charlotte* 3. 2 April 1843 in L. P.; m. James W. Roan, — moulder, 

— was in 71st N. Y. Reg* ; res. Paterson ; child, — Elizabeth 

Sophia' 1864. 


John' (Silas", Caleb*, Solomon*) b. 13 April 1799 in N. Y. C. ; m. 
22 Dec. 1819 Catharine Demarest b. 8 Dec. 1802 ; he ^. 8 July 1849 '■> 
she d. 8 June 1874. Grain-dealer and banker ; res. New York 

Children, b. in N. Y. C, except Charles V. : 

i. Eliza Harriet* b. 6 March 1821 ; w. 25 Sept. 1845 George W. De La 

Vergne ; she d. July 1876. Mrs. Charles Pitman of Swampscott, 

Mass., and Mrs. Lew. Hanford of Indianapolis are her daughters. 
John Henry* b. 16 July 1823. 
Joseph Eli Baldwin* b. 12 Feb. 1826. 
Catharine* b. 22 May 1828. 
Rachel* b. 29 Dec. 1829 ; m. i April 1855 Benj. C. Neill. After she 

died in Aug. i860, her three children were taken by their father 

from New Orleans to South America. 
Jacob Frederick* b. 19 Nov. 1832 in N. Y. C. 
Isaac William* b. 7 July 1835 ; d. 15 Sept. 1863. 
Rebecca Matilda* b. 13 Jan. 1838 ; d. 3 Feb. 1842. 
Charles Van Rensselaer* b. at Stuyvesants i Oct. 1840 ; enlisted 

Aug. 1862 in Illinois Infantry ; member of city-police ; res. 

Brooklyn; d. 14 Aug. 1890. "An honest, industrious man." 

One child, a dau., d. at abt. 3 years. 
X. George Edward* b. 16 Nov. 1843 ; d. 15 June 1861. 
xi. Emma Louise* b. 18 Feb. 1847 ; d. 7 Aug. 1848. 

John' sometimes wrote "John B." for distinction. He was in 
the grain and flour business, and " made a nice competency " ; he 
was president of the old Fulton Bank. But he lost his property 
and " everything was sacrificed for the benefit of his creditors. 













Clan Solomon": Caleb Z/ 221 

He was honest to a fault — a God-fearing man — ever ready to help 
the distressed, and also every good work. He brought his family 
up in the good old way, — quite strict, to be sure, — but none of his 
six sons have disgraced his name ; and they were kind to their 
mother." — C. L. 


Susan" (Caleb°, Caleb", Solomon'), m. Strong ; ni. (2nd) James 
E. Smith ; she d. abt. 1881. Res. Orange, N. J. 

Children, by Strong : 

i. Edmund J.^, a farmer, Flemington, N. J. 
There were one or two more. 

At an Orphan's Court in Morristown 24 Dec. 1820 a guardian of 
Susan's person and property was appointed as she was between 14 
and 21 years of age. 


Harriet' (Caleb', Caleb", Solomon*), was under 14 yrs. in 1820 ; 
;«. Joseph Fiacre ; she d. 30 Jan. 1863, cb. 24. Res. La Fayette 
and Jersey City, N. J. 

Children : 
i. Mary^. ii. Clarence Eugene^. 

At the date of marriage, Joseph "could not speak a word of 


Caleb Ludlow' (Caleb", Caleb', Solomon*) b. in Morristown 
Aug. 1818 ; m. Elizabeth White Karnes ; he ^. 2 April 1864 ; she^. 
I Sept. 1888, ce. 71. Horse-collar maker ; res. Newark, N. J. 

Children, b. in Newark : 

i. William Ludlow* b. 29 Aug. 1842 ; d. unm. 26 Jan. 1873. Harness- 
maker ; res. Newark, 
ii. John Chandler^ b. 20 April 1844 ; d. 16 Sept. 1850. 
iii. George Fernando^ b. 27 June 1846 ; d. 29 Aug. 1864. 

93. iv. Charles Henry^ b. 5 Nov. 1848. 

V. Anna Amelia* b. 29 Nov. 1850 ; d. 29 Feb. 1868. 

94. vi. \AztX& Emma* b. 9 Jan. 1855. 

Lewis' (SamueF, Uzal', Solomon', Solomon') b. 14 Jan. 1809 in 
Frederick Co., Md.; m. Elizabeth Swope Feb. 1833 ; he </, 13 Oct. 
1872. Farmer; Rep.; Lutheran ; res. Frederic Co., Md. 


















222 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

Mary Ann' b. 24 July 1833. 
Susan M.' b. 30 July 1839. 
Catharine S.' b. 5 June 1843. 
Cyrus Theodore' b, 12 Sept. 1845. 

Ezra* (SamueP, Uzal', Solomon*, Solomon*) b. 4 April 181 1 in 
Frederic Co., Md.; m. 14 Jan. 1834 Catharine L. Caster; he d. 28 
Feb. 1891. Shoemaker ; Rep.; " United Brethren "; res. Tilghman- 
ton, Md. (P. O., Fair Play.) 

Children : 

Josephus W.' b. 25 Feb. 1835. 

Calvin I.' b. 7 May 1840. 

Zephaniah M.' b. 5 Feb. 1843. 

Julia A. L.' b. 11 Dec. 1846. 

William S. T.' b. 16 Jan. 185 1 ; d. 7 Sept. 1866. 

Ezra* has served the public as a justice of the peace. We take 
pride in quoting this : " You observe I had two sons in the Union 
army. They belonged to Company H, Third Maryland Cavalry — 
under Gen. Granger. They were in the Army of the Gulf." 


Henry* (Samuel', UzaF, Solomon^, Solomon*) b. i Nov. 1815 ; 
m. 1842 Elydia Rarden of Ind. who d. May 1865 ; m. (2nd) Mrs. 
Julian Webb Oct. 1866 ; he ^. 10 May 1880. Farmer ; Rep.; Univ.; 
res. Fountain Co., Ind. 

Children : 

i. Henry Clay', a Universalist minister ; was formerly at Turner Centre, 
Me.; was at Hammond, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., in June 1889 ; 
is now, Aug. 1891, at Perry, N. Y. "I am pleasantly situated", 
he writes, "over a large church, and have one of the finest work- 
ing private libraries in Western New York, valued at $4500." In 
Maine he was Right Worthj^ Grand Chaplain, R. W. G. Lodge of 
the World ; Grand Worthy Chief Templar, of the Grand Lodge of 
Maine ; Sec'y and Gen. Manager of the Constitutional Amend- 
ment Committee ; Sec'y and Gen. Manager of State Law and Order 
League ; Secretary State Temperance Alliance : his office was in 
Portland. In 1891 he was chosen "Supreme Chaplain" of the 
Independent Order of Foresters. 

" I have been [i8gi] twenty-one years in the ministry, and 
have written much for the magazine and newspaper press. My 
short poems would make a 12 mo. vol. of about 350 pages. I 
have been at work seven years on the ' Messiah' and give myself 

Clan Solomon^: Joshua^, 223 

ten years more to complete it, with three years for review, criti- 
cism and corrections. I am the author of all the hymns in ' The 
National Temperance Hymn Book.'" 

From a hymn of consolation : 

" They are not dead who left us here, • 

They live in Life beyond our sight, 
They love us still with hearts sincere, 
And touch our souls with calm delight." 

From an Easter hymn : 

" Our Lord is risen ! The world will rise ! 

Will wiser grow from age to age, 
Till all shall see with grace-lit eyes 

And each shall be a saint and sage — 
Till Earth and Heaven, like land and sky. 

Shall seem to meet where'er we go, 
And none shall fear to live or die. 

But find in all their Lord below." 

ii. Emily', m. Robert Paschal ; son Henry C.'** b. abt. 1876 ; deceased ; 
res. Watterman, Ind. 

Henry* was a squire in 1864. 

Julia Ann' (Samuel', UzaP, Solomon^ Solomon^) b. 27 April 
1818; m. 31 March 1844 Thomas Acom in 111., — a farmer, Rep., 
Math. ; res. Niantic, Macon Co., 111. 

Child : 
i. Sarah E.^ 


Joshua' (Samuel', UzaP, Solomon", Solomon^) b. 15 Oct. 1826 
near Frederick, Md. ; m. Aug. 1848 Rebecca Smith of Smithburg, 
Md., b. 13 Nov. 1827. Farmer; Rep.; res. near Hancock, Md. 
(P. O., Great Cacapon, W. Va.) 

Children, the first seven b. at Clearspring, Md, : 

i. Mary Jane" b. i6 March 1849 ; res. Hancock, Md. 
ii. John William' b. 6 Dec. 1850; m. Columbia Simons of Sir John's 

Run ; farmer ; res. Hancock, Md. 
iii. Daniel Baron' b. 31 Jan. 1853 ; m. 2 Sept. 1880 Catharine Anna 
Lineberg of Great Cacapon ; merchant ; Rep. ; res. Great Caca- 
pon, W. Va. 
iv. Samuel Harrison' b. 28 June 1855 ; m. 17 Jan. 1877 Alice A. Exline 

of Hancock ; farmer ; Rep. ; Meth. ; res. Long Ridge, Md. 
V. Alfred' b. 15 Feb. 1858 ; unm. ; farmer ; res. Hancock, Md. 
vi. Anna Maria' b. 4 Nov. i860 ; m. George Corbet ; res. Hancock, 
vii. Lewis Milton' b. 22 Dec. 1863 ; farmer ; res. Independence, Kan. 
viii. Henry Clay' b. 29 July 1868 near G. C. ; res. Great Cacapon, 
W. Va. 

224 TJie Munson Record. 

David^ (Lewis', Uzal", Solomon*, Solomon*) b. 22 June 1820 ; m. 
Isabella Rolston Johnston of Indianapolis 6 Feb. 1849 at 6 A. M. 
Inventor and manufacturer ; res. Indianapolis, Ind. 

Children : 

i. William Gurley® b. 25 Nov. 1849. 

ii. David Rolston' b. 17 Aug. 1852. 

iii. Alvin Johnston' b. 19 Oct. 1855. 

iv. Samuel Andrew' b. 25 June 1865, 

These sons are all living in Indianapolis and all unmarried 
(1891) ; "neither do we smoke, chew or drink." — D. R. M. 

David^ was formerly in the stove-business. "Since 1851 I have 
invented several useful lightning conductors. ... I have 
advanced ideas far in advance of all present electrical science. 
. . I have also invented several other very good and useful 
articles. ... I have the ability of producing patents almost as 
fast as you can count them. I am the original inventor of the 
fish-joint railroad T connection, but did not bring the idea into use 
owing to discouraging advice." Mr. Munson's electrical special- 
ties are designated as " tubular, diamond, elliptic and angular 
copper wire cables," and " round, square, hexagon tube and star 
galvanized lightning conductors." His apparatus has received 
numerous first premiums and medals and "has been endorsed by 
over five hundred professors in colleges and other scientific men 
as the best rod ever invented." . . " My lightning conductors 
are the on^y ones ever adopted by the U. S. Government." Among 
the national buildings protected by Munson's apparatus are the 
U. S. Capitol, the Treasury, the Patent Office, the Coast Survey, 
the lighthouses, and many others. " In the year 1873 I was worth 
$175,000 " ; but by the action of the bankrupt-law and depression 
in real-estate, he has lost much. Our dazzling inventor is a poet 
withal ; take a sample : 

" A splendid lightning-rod ! 
Eight wires of copper, middling sized, 
And two of steel, well galvanized, 
With edges very sharply ground. 

" 'Tis recorded 
That many premium medals were awarded 
To David Munson for best lightning-rod 
Running from chimney to the moistened sod ! 
Awarded in seventy-three, and five, and four — 
In all they number just about a score. 

Clan Solomon^: Anna*. 225 

" We really cannot remember when 
Were known so many scientific men 
To give a business such close scrutiny. 
And then endorse it so deliberately !" 

James Halsey^ (Halsey\ Joshua^, Solomon^, Solomon^) b. 29 
July 1823 in Elizabeth ; m. 22 April 1850 Josephine Lebrun of 
France. Book-keeper ; res. Paterson, N. J. 

Children : 

103. i. Halsey James^ b. 17 Oct. 1849 in N. Y. C. 

ii. Eugenie' b. 12 May 1858. 

J. H.* "used to be well-oflE ; was with Prosper Wetmore, in the 
crockery business." And so forth. Has lived in New York City, 
Glenville, Ct., and Paterson. 


Anna® (Halsey', Joshua", Solomon^, Solomon^) b. 6 Jan. 1824 ; 
m. 18 Nov. 1843 Alfred M. Tredwell of New York ; he d. at Mad- 
ison 5 Sept. 1880. Res. Madison, N. J., and New York City, where 
Mrs. T. now lives. 

Children : 

i. Anna Munson^ b. 11 Aug. 1844 ; m. Gere ; res. N. Y. C. 
ii. Cordelia Roxanna' b. 7 Nov. 1846. 
iii. Georgette" b. 20 March 1854 ; m. 23 May 1876 Duane H. Nash ; d. i 

Dec. 1888. 
iv. Alfrida Montgomery' b. 28 Dec. 1855 ; m. 4 June 1889 D, H. Nash ; 

res. Millington, N. J. 
V. Julia Stackhouse' b. 22 Oct. 1859 ; lives with her mother, 
vi. Alfred Montgomery' b. 29 June 1863 ; d. 30 Dec. 1890. 


Julia' (Halsey', Joshua", Solomon^, Solomon*) b. 23 Feb. 1831 ; 
m. abt. 1852 Stephen P. Stackhouse of Winchester, Va.; she d. in 
i860 ; res. Winchester, Va. 

Children : 

i. Abby M.' b. 1853 ; is a nurse in N. Y. C. (1891). 
ii. Bessie', d. in 2nd or 3rd year. 

iii. James Hallsey' b. 9 March 1858 ; occ. (1895) scroll-sawing and 
turning ; till the fall of '85 in Win- 
chester, Va., then in Florida (De 
Land) till the winter of '89, then to 
Tyler, Tex. " I expect this will be 
my home for some time, as I am very well situated and like the 
country and people very much." 
iv. Robert', d. in infancy. 

226 The Munson Record. 

62 >^. 

Mahlon O.' (Mahlon', Ezekiel", Solomon", Solomon') b. 18 
Aug. 1828 ; m. 18 Oct. 1854 Phebe Ann dau. of Thomas (and 
Mary) Coe, b. 19 Feb. 1825 in Dover. Merchant, now farmer ; 
Dam.; Meth.; res. Dover, Morris Co., N. J. 

Children, b. in D. : 

i. Thomas Sidney' b. 31 Dec. 1855 ; deputy-sheriff and keeper of Mor- 
ristown jail ; Dem.; Episc. ; res. Morristown, N. J. 

ii. Mary Esther' b. 15 May i860; Episc; res. Dover. I am indebted 
to her excellent labors mainly for the account of Ezekiel's 

iii. Stella Ugenia' b. 24 Oct. 1864 ; m. 5 Jan. 1892 Leonard son of Alex- 
ander Elliott, of Jersey City, a salesman representing the A. A. 
GrifRng Iron Co. of Jersey City, and Dem.; Episc; res. Dover; 
I ch. — Marjorle Elizabeth'" b. Jan. 1893 in D. 

Mahlon O.^ received by Will his father's homestead-farm and 
lands adjoining which lie on the S. E. side of Chrystal st., in 
Dover, not otherwise disposed of ; also, the lot on which " the 
Sovereigns' store " stands. He was collector for Randolph town- 
ship during eight years. The ancestral homestead on which he 
lives is "a beautiful place," within the city limits. 


Charles H." (Mahlon", EzekieF, Solomon', Solomon") b. 17 
Nov. 1830 ; m. 16 Nov. 1866 Margaret dau. of Forbes (and Ann) 
Shaw, of Succasunna, b. 15 Sept. 1846 in Dover, a grad. of Ferro- 
monte Institute. Dem.; Episc. (she R. Cath.); res. Dover, N. J. 

Children, b. in D. : 

i. Forbes J.' b. i Aug. 1869 ; grad. State Model School, Trenton ; 

res. Dover, 
ii. Jennie Frances' b. 23 Dec. 1874; grad. Miss Magic's Sem., Dover; 

res. Dover, 
iii. Charles Henry' b. 15 Aug. 1878. 

Charles H.° has held the offices of assessor, collector, and lay- 
judge of Morris Co. During eighteen years he was associated 
with his brother in conducting a dry-goods and grocery store, 
under the firm name of M. O. & C. H. Munson. 


Fannie L.° (Elias Y.', Josiah', Solomon', Solomon*) b. i May 
1825 ; m. I Sept. 1852 Oliver T. La Due b. 30 Aug. 1826 at Fish- 
kill, N. Y. ; he d. 22 Feb. 1872 ; res. Wolcott, N. Y. 

Clan Solomon^: Chester B.^ 227 

Children : 

i. Marianne Munson', m. 25 Oct. 1871 Wm. P. Colvin ; res. Wolcott. 

ii. Garrett D. B.' b. 18 April 1855 ; res. Chicago, 

iii. Sarah Elizabeth' b. 4 March 1857 ; m. 27 April 1876 D. H. Mann ; 

res. Wolcott. 

iv. Therese Rogers' b. 14 June i860. 

V. Addison Knox' b. 28 April 1862. 

vi. Fannie Olivia' b. 9 Nov. 1865. 

vii. Cornelia L.', d. y. 


Chester B." (Elias Y.', Josiah^, Solomon', Solomon') b. 8 March 
1834 ; m. 24 Oct. i860 Teresa M. Pollard of Goshen, Ind., b. 22 
July 1839 in Addison, Vt. Book-keeper ; res. St. Louis, Mo. 

Children : 

i. Wynne Pollard' b. 26 June 1864. 

ii. Mary Elizabeth' b. 23 March 1867. 

iii. Leonora Teresa' ^. 16 June 1869. 

iv. Anna Darling' b. 27 Nov. 1874. 

V. Fannie La Due' b. 20 July 1878. 

Conger' (SamueF, Israel", Waitstill^, Solomon*) b. at Franklin 
Furnace ; machinist ; res. Wortendyke, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Ella' (deceased), ii. Frank H.', iii. Jennie' (deceased), iv. Wait- 
still', V. George' (deceased), vi. Lizzie'. 

Conger^ worked in the car-shops of the N. Y. and Susq. R. R. 
in 1883. 


Christiana' (IsraeF, Israel', WaitstilP, Solomon*) b. 8 Aug. 
1838 ; m. 4 March 1856 Andrew Van Wagoner, a feed-merchant ; 
res. Paterson, N, J. 

Children : 

i. Ella' b. 3 Dec. 1858 ; m. George M. Reiner ; res. Goshen, N. Y. 

ii. Lizzie' b. 7 Jan. 1859; res., unm., at Paterson. 

iii. Gattie' (male) b. i June i860 ; res. Stroudsburg, Pa. 

iv. Minnie' b. 6 April 1875 ; res. Paterson. 


Caroline B.' (IsraeF, Israel', Waitstiir, Solomon*) b. 23 June 
1840 ; m. Ross Winans of Baltimore ; he d. within i yr. and i d. ; 
m. (2nd) Henry Jones; res. Waterbury, Ct. 

228 The Munson Record. 

Children (of H. J.) : 
i. Samuel'. ii. Bertie'. 


Henry C/ (Israel', Israel', WaitstilP, Solomon') b. 4 Oct. 1844 ; 
m. Delia Wiley; he d. 8 Feb. 1872. Butcher; res. Paterson, N. J. 

Children : 
i. Addie'. ii. Israel' b. abt. 1871. iii. Mary*. 


Lizzie B.* (Israel', Israel', Waitstiir, Solomon') b. 18 April 
1854 ; m. Henry Byer, a tailor; res. Paterson, N. J. 

Children : 
i. Henry'. ii. An infant. 


Edgar' (James L.', Israel', WaitstilP, Solomon') m. Mun- 

nel ; three daughters ; farmer ; res. Sparta, N. J. 


Ophelia* (James L.', Israel', WaitstilP, Solomon') b. 11 July 
1847 ; ni. 4 Dec. 1873 William R. Case of Branchville. Res. 
Beaver Run, N. J. 

Child : 
i. Stephen Munson' b. abt. 1874. 


Saron* (James L.', Israel', Waitstill', Solomon'), m. 16 Dec. 
1878 Charlotte E. Bradbury. Fruit-grower and trader; res. 
Sparta, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Amos' b. 29 March 1879. 
ii. James L.' b. i6 Sept. 1890. 

Saron' raises fruit (peaches, etc.) and sells trees and farm- 

Augustus' (John', Israel', WaitstilP, Solomon'), has two 
daughters ; "is bossing some mine " (1883). 

Clan Solomon*: Ebeneser^. 229 

Ebenezer* (Stephen^, Solomon', Stephen", Solomon') b. 18 
Sept. 1806 ; m. 2 Jan. 1828 Laney J. Brink of Tyre ; in. (2nd) Julia 
Kosboth of Danoop, N. Y. 10 Oct. 1877 ; he ^. 7 March, 1889. 
Farmer; Rep. ; Meth. ; res. Tyre, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Tyre : 

i. Ira' b. 8 July 1829 ; Republican ; d. in Washington 14 May 1864 
from a wound received in the Battle of the Wilderness [rather, 
Po River] 10 May 1864. Jt^" See below. 

104, ii. Elizabeth' b. 11 Dec. 1831. 

105, ill, Stephen E.' b. 4 June 1832. 

iv. William Wirt' b. 14 June 1833 ; m. 23 Jan. 1863 Eunice Cornelia 
Seekell of Tyre (a descendant of Miles Standish); she d. 23 Nov. 
1875 ; m. (2nd) Elizabeth Barnard of Hopeville, N. Y. (a native of 
Packleton, Eng.) ii Oct. 1877; he ^. April 1889; no children; 
farmer; Rep.; Meth.; res. Tyre. 

106, V. Jemima' b. 25 July 1835. 

vi. Henry Brink' b. 19 Oct. 1837; unm.; traveling salesman; res. 
Rochester, N. Y. He was mustered into the U. S. service (126 
N. Y. Vol.) 22 Aug. 1862, taken prisoner at Harpers Ferry, 
paroled, and discharged on account of chronic sickness in the 
winter of 1862-63. 

Thomas Traver' b. 14 April 1839. 

George Edwin' b. 19 Oct. 1841. 

John Dennis' b. 11 Aug. 1843. 

Anna,' d. y. 

Mina,' d. y. 

Ebenezer' ran a mill the first few years after marriage, and 
afterwards devoted himself to farming. " Uncle Ebenezer* has 
always gone by the name of 'The Colonel'; I think he was a 
colonel in the old militia." — /. A. M. When the author inter- 
viewed Mr. Munson in 1883, he displayed marked energy of char- 
acter, and the information which he imparted concerning New 
Jersey Munsons was more valuable than that which has been 
imparted by any other person. It was assuring to hear him 
observe : " My father always said that our ancestors came from 
Connecticut;" and again — "My father said the Munsons came 
into New Jersey from Connecticut." 

J^~ Irak's vocation in time of peace was that of school-teacher ; 
but he was fond of adventure and became a daring soldier. In 
1852 he went to California, but did not succeed very well. In 1855 
one of the parties to the civil war in Nicaragua (the liberals) 
offered foreigners great inducements to join them. William 
Walker of California with sixty-two followers — one of whom 
was Ira Munson, twenty-six years old — landed at Realejo on June 









230 The Munson Record. 

II, was joined by a few natives, fought successfully at Rivas and 
Virgin Bay, took possession of the city of Granada on Oct. 15, 
and by a treaty with Corral, the opposing leader, was made gen- 
eralissimo. By order of a court-martial over which Walker pre- 
sided. Corral was shot. Recruits came from the United States, 
and on March i, 1856, Walker had 1200 men. War breaking out 
with Costa Rica, he was defeated March 20, but had the advantage 
in a second battle. He now confiscated the property of the Van- 
derbilt steamship company, in June caused himself to be elected 
president, and in September decreed the restoration of slavery. 
His arbitrary acts provoked a domestic insurrection, which was 
seconded by several surrounding states and by agents of the 
Vanderbilt company ; and after a series of battles, on May i, 1857 
he was obliged to leave the country. 

But Ira Munson and Chauncey Beaman obtained permission of 
the government to remain and engage in trade. When, however, 
news came to Nicaragua that Walker had gone north to recruit an 
army that he might conduct an expedition on his own account, 
the government banished the citizens of the United States who 
had been suffered to remain. Ira wished to join Walker in New 
Orleans, and would have been pleased to proceed from Aspinwall 
to Havana, and thence by steamer to the Mississippi. But yellow 
fever at Havana prevented landing, and he came to New York, 
As he was sick with the "Isthmus fever," contracted at Aspinwall, 
his father met him in New York and brought him home. After 
his return he was still in communication with Walker.* His dis- 
ability continued for two or three years, after which he engaged 
in teaching. 

In 1862 when the slave States were making war upon the 
national government, Ira* raised some men and was commissioned 
First-Lieutenant ; later he was advanced to a captaincy. In his 
last battle, he was swinging his sword and urging on his com- 
mand, when a ball struck him and pierced his body. The woods 
were kindled by the discharge of arms, and as his men retreated 
before the smoke and fire, they came upon the wounded officer. 
"Why, here is our Major !" they exclaimed ; "we must not leave 
him." They conveyed him on a horse until an ambulance was 
reached ; he rode in the ambulance two days to Washington. He 
survived only two days after arriving. 

One of the histories relating to the War, contains the follow- 
ing : — " Captain Ira Munson assisted in recruiting Co. F, 126 N. Y. 

* Walker was taken captive in Honduras, and was executed 12 Sept. i860. 

Clan Solomon^: Julia A.^ 231 

Vols., and was commissioned and mustered as First Lieut., in that 
company, with rank from Aug. 15, 1862, the date of his company's 
organization ; he was promoted to be Capt. in Co. F ; date of 
rank by commission, July 3d 1863 ; by muster, Oct. 22, 1863. He 
was mortally wounded at the battle of Po River May loth 1864 by 
a musket-shot through his hips, and was conveyed to Armory 
Square Hospital, Washington, D. C, where he died the 14th of 
the same month. 

"He was in the following battles: Harpers Ferry, Sept. 13th, 
14th, 15th, 1862, Auburn Ford, Bristow Station, Mine Run, Mor- 
tons Ford, The Wilderness, and Po River. 

" Capt. Munson was a gallant officer, and won the special regard 
and respect of his associates and superiors, and was beloved by all. 
As a tribute of respect to his memory, and on account of his gal- 
lant conduct in the field, a commission dated June 16, 1864, 
appointing him Major with rank from April 18, 1864, was issued 
by the Governor of the State, and sent to his father, with a letter 
of condolence." 


Phebe H.* (Stephen', Solomon', Stephen', Solomon*) b. 18 Sept. 
1848 ; m. 2 Jan. 1828 Thomas Traver who d. 28 May 1836 ; m. 
(2nd), July 1844, Peter Westbrook of Tyre b. 28 Sept. 1818. Res. 
Tyre, and Seneca Falls, N. Y. 

Children, four of T. T., two of P. W.,— all ^. in T : 

i. Nicholas J.^ b. 20 Dec. 1829. 

ii. Rebecca' b. 26 Oct. 1831 ; deceased, 

iii. Phebe Elizabeth' b. 10 April 1834 ; deceased, 

iv. Thomasine' b. 15 Sept. 1836 ; deceased. 

V. Lovina" b. 10 April 1845. 

vi. Ellen' b. 10 July 1848. 


Julia A.' (Stephen', Solomon", Stephen', Solomon') b. 6 Jan. 
181 1 ; m. 5 Jan. 1842 Stephen G. Armstrong of Tyre, now 
deceased ; she d. Jan. 1889. Res. Tyre, and Seneca Falls, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Edward Allen' b. 2 Oct. 1842 ; deceased. 

ii. Julia T.' b. 11 July 1847 ; deceased. 

iii. Augusta' b. 18 Jan. 1850. 

iv. James Godfrey' b. 2 Feb. 1852. 

232 The Mujtson Record. 


Eliza' (Stephen^, Solomon', Stephen^, Solomon') b. 12 March 
1814; m. 16 Oct. 1836 John Babcock ; he deceased. Res. Tyre, 
N. Y. 

Children, b. at T. : 

i. Harriet Wilmina' b 28 Aug. 1840. 

ii. EUinor Josephine^ b. 9 July 1843. 

iii. Stephen Godfrey' b. 10 Aug. 1846. 

iv. Julia Elizabeth' b. 29 June 1849 ; d. 2 Sept. 1851. 

V. Nancy Ophelia' b. 31 Jan. 1851 ; d. 10 Sept. 1851. 

vi. John Thomas' b. 17 Nov. 1853 ; lives with his mother. 


Hannah Maria* (Stephen', Solomon'', Stephen', Solomon*) b. 
Oct. 1816 ; m. 9 Jan. 1843 Stephen Compson of Seneca Falls b. 22 
Aug. 1819 in S. F. Res. S. F., and Tyre, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Emma Lavinia' b. 17 June 1845 in S. F. 
ii. George Munson' b. i Jan. 1849 in T. 

iii. Angus Floriden' b. 30 June 1852 in Tyre. S. C. has resided also in 
Waterloo. Has been county-sheriff. 

Archibald' (Stephen', Solomon", Stephen', Solomon') b. 28 Oct. 
1817 ; 7n. 4 Jan. 1843 Mary Ann Evans b. 14 Feb. 1818 ; he ^. 2 
Dec. 1873. Dealer in grain and fruit ; res. Tyre, and Savanna, 

N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Theresa Hortense' b. 14 Nov. 1843 ; d. 2 Jan. 1847. 

ii. Sally Maria' b. 21 April 1846 ; d. April 1849. 

no. iii. John Archibald' b. 22 Nov. 1848 in Tyre. 

iv. William Evans" b. 13 Dec. 1851 ; d. 10 March 1852. 

V. Mary Evans' b. 4 May 1853 ; d. 7 July 1857. 

There was " very little " at Savanna when Archibald* came there 
in 1858. He erected many buildings. He was a trafficker in 
grain, hay, wool and apples, and was also a forwarding agent. 
For some time he was postmaster. He was remarkable for liber- 
ality. " He loved to give for the pure giving. Giving always 
made him feel good." " In sickness and death he was always on 
hand. He was a born nurse." " He was an excellant man, and 
was a leading member of the church in Savanna." He gave 
$1000 towards the erection of the meeting-house, and was very 
liberal in supporting the church. 












Clan Solomon^: James Z.' 253 


James L.* (Stephen', Solomon'^, Stephen'^, Solomon*) b. 6 Oct. 
1820 ; m. 19 Sept. 1843 Lavinia Sterry of Tyre ; she d. {s.J>.) 7 
Sept. 1844 ; m. (2nd) Harriet Page of Seneca Castle 19 May 1847 ; 
she ^. 3 July 1878. Occ, "lumbering and milling"; res. Tyre, 
and Chapinville, and (1883) Canandaigua, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Chapinville : 

Lavinia Sterry' 3. 16 Jan. 1850. 
Julia Hortense^ d. i6 Sept. 1851. 
John Allen^ d. 16 Dec. 1854. 
James Hermans' d. 12 Aug. 1857. 
Mary Elleanor' 6. 20 Oct. i860. 

Charles Edward' d. 15 Dec. 1866 ; unm. (1891) ; in store with James 
H.' formerly ; res. (1895) Spokane, Wash. 

In Tyre James L.' was a farmer ; in 1849 he removed to Chapin- 
ville where he owned the mills and carried on "lumbering." 


Ellen' (Stephen', Solomon", Stephen^, Solomon*) b. 26 Feb. 
1824 ; m. William Mylecrain (Manx) ; m. (2nd) Warren Mead ; she 
d. May 1891. Res. McMinville, Tenn, 

Children : 
i. William', ii. Mary', both deceased. 


Lucy A.' (Moses', Solomon^, Stephen^, Solomon*), m. Amos 
Beach. Res. Livingston, N. J.; but since the death of A. B., 
Newark, N. J. 

Child : 

i. Edward', was in a hat-store in N. Y. C. ; he d. two weeks before he 
was to be married. 


Moses H.' (Moses', Solomon", Stephen', Solomon*) 3. May 
1830 ; fn. II Nov. 1856 Mary E. Bates of Whippany b. 8 Oct. 1834. 
Farmer ; res. Whippany, N. J. 

Children : 

116. i. Moses Evandale' d. 25 Dec. 1857 in W. 

117. ii. Irwin' 3. 15 June 1862. 

234 T^h^ Munson Record. 


Barbara A/ (John H,', Jacob", Caleb', Solomon') b. 23 Sept. 
1824 in Ogdensburg, N. J. ; m. 19 March 1850 Alfred Dillistin, a 
grocer, Dem. Bapt.; res. Washingtonville, and Paterson, N. J. 

Children : 

i. John Munson^ b. 22 Jan. 1851 in W. ; m. Lina Bogert and Mary E. 

Holms ; grocer ; Rep. ; res. Paterson. 
ii. Wilbur Fisk' b. 26 June 1854 in W. ; m. 1880 Sadie Seward ; occ, 

ironer ; Dem. ; Bapt. ; res. Paterson. 
iii. Edward Lewis' b 2 Nov. 1855 ; d. 19 May i86r. 
iv. Nancy Henrietta' b. 16 Dec. 1857 in W. ; m. 1881 J. F. Brown ; res. 

V. Howard Pierson' b. 9 Sept. 1861 in W. ; m. 13 Sept. 1882 Jennie B. 

White of Hohokus ; lumber-dealer ; Dem. ; res. Paterson, N. J. ; 

4 ch.— (i) Lina Belle'" b. 11 April 1883, (2) Hazel Barbara'" b. 13 

May 1885, (3) Helen Beveridge'" b. 14 April 1887, (4) Walter 

White'" b. 10 July 1889. 
vi. Cora' ^.11 Dec. 1865; unm. (1891) ; book-keeper; Bapt.; res. 



Sarah E.* (John H.', Jacob', Caleb', Solomon') b. 24 July 1827 
in Paterson \ m. 22 May 1847 Peter Drew — a merchant, Dem., 
Meth. and alderman. Res. Paterson, N. J. 

Children, b. in P. : 

i. Peter' b. 28 May 1848 ; m. Eleanor J. Vredenburg ; merchant ; 

Dem. ; Episc. ; res. Paterson. 
ii. John M.' b. 14 July 1849; m. Lucy Brown; baker; Dem. ; res. 

iii. Aranna' <^. 15 Jan. 1851 ; tn. Richard B. Conklin ; res. Paterson. 
iv. Sarah F.' b. 24 Nov. 1852 ; d. Dec. 1861. 
V. Walter E.' b. 22 July 1854 ; m. Lizzie Reese ; grocer ; Dem. ; Meth. ; 

res. Paterson. 
vi. Josephine' b. 9 Aug. 1856 ; d. Sept. 1873. 
vii. Lewis'/^. 10 Nov. 1859; '"^- -^^a Brown; grocer; Dem. ; Meth. ; 

res. Paterson. 
viii. Colonel Ellsworth' b. 8 April 1861 ; m. Jennie Sandford ; salesman ; 
Dem. ; Episc. ; res. Paterson. 
ix. George' b. 19 April 1863 ; d. April 1866. 
X. Mary' b. 16 July 1864 ; d. July 1864. 
xi. Lydia' b. 18 July 1865 ; res. Paterson. 
xii. Seymour' b. July 1868 ; d. July 1869. 
xiii. Phebe' (^. 24 July 1869. 
xiv. Edith' b. i April 1871. 

Clan Solovion*: Uz V." 235 


Lewis' (John H.,' Jacob," Caleb', Solomon') b. 8 Aug. 1831 in 
Ogdensburg, N. J.; tn. 12 July i860 Mary Francis Richardson of 
Cohoes ; he d. 29 July 1873. Rep. 

Children : 

i. Charles' b. 21 May 1861 in Cohoes, N. Y.; m. Aug. 1888 Catharine 

Hambridge ; clerk ; Rep.; res. Paterson, N. J. 
ii. Annie* b. 21 June 1865 ; d. 10 June 1869. 

iii. William* b. 7 May 1868 in Brooklyn, N. Y.; m. 4 July 1889 Ellen 
Hambridge; brass-iinisher ; Dem.; res. Paterson, N. J. 


Harriet' (John H.', Jacob', Caleb', Solomon') b. 9 Jan. 1833 ; 
m. 9 Sept. 1852 John Howard, a blacksmith. Res. Paterson, N. J. 

Children, b. in P.: 

i. Munson* b. 13 June 1853 ; d. 14 Aug. 1854. 
ii. Phebe* b. i Nov. 1856 ; m. 1878 H. J. Conklin, a carpenter ; res. 

iii. Jennie* b. 14 March 1859 ; m. 1882 S. Jacobus, a blacksmith ; res. 

iv. Lizzie* b. 25 Nov. 1861 ; d. 15 May 1862. 
V. Lillian' b, 4 March 1863 ; unm. ; d. i Jan. 1880. 
vi, Ella Cory* b. 18 Feb. 1866 ; unm.; res. Paterson. 
vii. Annie* b 18 March 1869 ; d. 11 Feb. 1870. 
viii. Albert Munson* b. 12 Sept. 1872 ; plumber ; res. Paterson. 
ix. Lucy Beemer* b. i March 1876 ; res. Paterson. 


Uz V.' (John H.,' Jacob', Caleb', Solomon') b. 31 Oct. 1836 in 
Ogdensburg, N. J.; m. Amelia Harrison ; m. (2nd) Rebecca A. 
Hollaway b. 13 Jan. 185 1. Grocer ; res. Paterson, N. J. 

Children : 

i. Emma,' m. 2 Sept. 1883 Wesley H. Banta of Brooklyn. 

ii. John Harrison*, m. Fannie ; occ. molder ; res. Paterson. 

iii. Charlotte Graham* b. 9 Oct. 1873 in Paterson. 

iv. Anita Forester* b. 20 Aug. 1884, at " Greenwoodlake." 

Uz v.* has served as alderman two or more terms. 


Albert G.' (John H.', Jacob', Caleb', Solomon') b. 18 April 1839 
in Ogdensburg, N. J.; m. 21 Sept. 1870 Martha Louise Vander- 
beck ; m. (2nd) 30 Sept. 1875 Jennie M. Banta of Brooklyn b. 14 
Oct. 1852. Clerk ; Rep.; res. Paterson, N. J. 

236 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Albert Wesley^ b.w Nov. 1882. 
ii. Erskine Roy* b. 17 May 1885. 

Albert G." served nine months with Co. D (Capt. Anderson), 
27th Reg't, in 1862 ; served one year with Co. D (Capt. Murphy), 
8th Reg't, in 1865. 


John H/ (John', Silas', Caleb^, Solomon^) b. 16 July 1823 ; w. 
19 Sept. 1852 Justine Thompson. Agent and copyist ; res. Brook- 
lyn, N. Y. 

Children : 

ti8. i. John Henry' b. July 1857. 

• ii. Justine' b. Sept. 1859 ; married. 

John H.' performed three years of military service in the late 
war as a member of 5th Art'y, N. Y. Vol.; in this service he lost 
his health. 


Joseph E. B." (John', Silas', Caleb', Solomon') b. 12 Feb. 1826 ; 
m. I Jan. 1850 Caroline Farmington. House-builder ; res. Brook- 
lyn, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Charles'. ii. Frank'. iii. George', 


Catharine* (John'', Silas', Caleb', Solomon') b. 22 May 1828 ; m. 
5 April 1855 George W. Lawrence. Res. Geneseo, 111., Park Ave., 
Minneapolis, Minn. 

Child : 

i. Emma Kate'' b. 24 Nov. 1856 ; m. 3 Oct. 1878 James C. Worrall ; 
ch. — Lawrence P.'° b. 17 June 1882 and James C.^" b. 7 Nov. 1884 ; 
J. C. W. d. 26 April 1889 ; Emma K.' m. (2nd) Nelson P. Whiting 
4 Nov. 1890 ; res. Minneapolis, Minn. 


Jacob F." (John', Silas', Caleb', Solomon') b. 19 Nov. 1832 ; m. 
16 July 1870 Alice dau. of Edward Leigh, b. in Edgefield, S. C. 23 
Nov. 1853; she d. 25 May 1885, Captain 6th Inft. U. S. Army ; 
Rep.; Presb.; res. (1894) Cleveland, O. 

Clan Solomon*': Jacob F.^ 237 

Children : 

i. Frederick Leigh^ b. 5 June 1871 at Fort Gibson, I. T. 

ii. Edith« b. lo Aug. 1873 at Fort Buford, Dak.; d. 10 Aug. 1873. 

iii. Earle' b. 24 July 1874 at Fort Buford, Dak. 

iv. Grace^ b. 26 Feb. 1877 at Indianapolis, Ind. 

Capt. Munson enlisted in the N. Y. ^ y. yi^ 

Infantry 14 Sept. 186 1 and has been in (^;^^^^^^^l^ ' '' . /v^^^^#<»-z^>4^ 
military service ever since. In 1887 he 

was stationed at Fort Douglass, Utah; in 1888 was in the Camp 
at Highwood, 111.; later, was at Fort Thomas, near Newport, Ky.; 
and i893-'94 is on recruiting service at Cleveland. 


Charles H/ (Caleb L.', Caleb', Caleb^ Solomon') b. 5 Nov. 1848; 
m. 19 Dec. 1872 Kate T. Warner of Newark b. 28 July 1853. Manu- 
facturing jeweller ; res. Newark, N. J. 

Children : 

i, Minnie Ludlow^ b. 11 Jan. 1874. 
ii. Jennie Taylor^ b. 2i Nov. 1876. 


Lizzie Emma^ (Caleb L.'', Caleb', Caleb^, Solomon') b. 9 Jan. 
1855 ; m. 4 June 1879 Franklin S. Smith of Newark ; he ^. i Oct. 
1881. Res. Newark, N. J. 

Child : 
i. Florence Munson* b. 26 Jan. 1881. 

Mary Ann" (Lewis'*, Samuel', Uzal', Solomon", Solomon') b. 24 
July 1833 ; m. June 185 1 Levin Hurley: res. Middle Point, Md. 

Children : 

i. Mary Ellen^** b. 18 Feb. 1859 ; m. and has 2 ch. living, i d.; res. 

Middle Point, 
ii. Amanda E.^" b. 19 Feb. 1861 ; m. and has i child ; res. Middle 

iii. Selah Ann Catharine'" b. 21 Nov. 1863 ; m. and has 6 ch.; res. Gar- 
field, Md. 

96. ■ 

Susan M.' (Lewis^ Samuel', UzaP, Solomon^, Solomon') b. 30 
July 1839 ; w. 15 Nov. 1866 William E. Moats. Res. Hagerstown, 

238 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Willard E. T.^°, res. Hagerstown. 
ii. Milton EarP". 

W. E, M, was in the Union Army, and has been justice of the 


Catharine S." (Lewis', SamueF, Uzal°, Solomon^, Solomon*) b. 
5 June 1843 ; m. Nov, i860 George C. Wolf. Res. Shepardstown, 

Children : 

i. William 

ii. Mary C", res. Shepardstown. 

iii. Charles'*', res. Shepardstown. 

iv. George W.'", res. Shepardstown. 


Cyrus T.° (Lewis*, Samuel', UzaP, Solomon*, Solomon*) b. 12 
Sept. 1845 ; m. March 1867 Anna Moats ; she d. 6 Oct. 1872. Dem. ; 
res. Sharpsburg, Md. 

Child : 
i. Mary Catharine,"* res. Sharpsburg. 

Cyrus T.° was in the Union Army. 


Josephus W.' (Ezra', Samuel', Uzal", Solomon', Solomon*) b. 
25 Feb. 1835 ; m. 16 Sept. 1858 Julia Ann Boyrer who d. 28 May 
1868 ; m. (2nd) on the 4 Oct. 1871. Rep. ; res. Warrensburg, 111, 

Children, six by J, A. b. in Md, : 

119. i. Charles Elmer'" b. 10 Nov. 1859. 

ii, Ida L.'" b. 28 Jan. 1861 ; i son, 2 dau ; res, Hagerstown, Md, 

iii. Emma C" b. 16 May 1862 ; i dau ; res. Hagerstown. 

iv, Calvin T." b. 16 July 1863 ; res. unm. in Cedar Co., Neb. 

V. Vannie F.'" b. 24 Nov. 1865 ; T son, i dau, ; res. Canton, Mo, 

vi. William E.'" b. 3 Jan. 1867 ; d. y. 

vii. Harvey M.'" b. 8 Jan. 1873 ; deceased, 

viii. Rhoda L."> b. 19 Feb. 1874, 

ix. Ada M.'" b. 26 Nov. 1876. 

X, Henry E.^" b. 20 June 1880. 

xi. Markwood M.'" b. 20 Aug. 1887. 

Clan Solomon^: Halsey y.' 239 


Calvin I.' (Ezra', Samuel', Uzal", Solomon', Solomon*) b. 7 May 
1840 ; m. 20 March 1866 Nannie Coacus. Rep. ; res. Snyders Mills, 
W. Va. 

Children : 

i. Martin E.^" b. i2 March 1867. 
ii. Sallie J. B." b. 5 July 1869. 
iii. Edward S.'" b. 16 July 1872. 

Calvin I.' was a Union soldier in the late war. 


Zephaniah J. M.° (Ezra*, Samuel', Uzal', Solomon', Solomon*) 
b. 5. Feb. 1843 ; m. 19 June 1866 Elizabeth Basore at Hedgesville, 
W. Va. Merchant ; Rep. ; res. Blue Springs, Neb. 

Child : 
i. Irene^' /^. 22 Jan. 1873. 

Zephaniah was a Union soldier in the war for Secession. 


Julia A. L.^ (Ezra', Samuel', Uzal', Solomon', Solomon*) b. \\ 
Dec. 1846 ; m. 12 May 1870 George W. Barnes. Res. Hagers- 
town, Md. 

Children : 

i. Julia May'" b. 6 Feb, 1873. 

ii. Eua Isola'" b. 7 July 1875. 

iii. Meta Lunetta'° b. 27 Jan. 1878. 

iv. Dudley Nevett^" b. 29 Aug. 1879. 

V. Claude Garfield'"-^. 28 Aug. 1881. 

vi. Vola Necie'" b. 30 July 1886. 


Halsey J.' (James H.', Halsey', Joshua', Solomon', Solomon*) 
b. 17 Oct. 1849 \ m. II June 1874 Palmyre Marie David b. 22 Dec. 
1850. Book-keeper ; Rep. ; res. Port Chester, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Madeline Edith^" b. 22 May 1875 in N. Y. C. ; d. 29 Dec. 1877. 

ii. Harry Chapman^" b. 16 June 1876 in Glenville, Ct. 

iii. Halsey James'" b. 19 Dec. 1877 in G. 

iv. Beatrice Juliette'" b. 16 Feb. 1883 in G. 

V. William Blaine'" b. 3 Jan. 1885 in G. 

vi, Franklin Ingersoll'" b. 30 May 1887 in G. 

240 The Munson Record. 

Halsey J.°, a bright man, is book-keeper at the " Hawthorne 
Mills," Glenville, Ct., three miles from Port Chester. He has 
been a member of the famous Seventh Regiment, of New York. 
He wrote 12 April 1891 : "Don't think much of the Munson 
Family so far as I know them. Several years ago, started a new 
branch in hopes of making better than I had seen." May 5, '91 he 
wrote that he had perused the Reunion pamphlet " with much sat- 
isfaction. Since reading it my own estimation of myself has risen 
several degrees. I would be pleased, if considered worthy, to be 
counted as one of the Family." 


Elizabeth" (Ebenezer', Stephen', Solomon", Stephen^, Solomon^) 
b. \\ Dec. 1831 ; m. 23 Feb. 1853 William Callister, a miller and 
farmer ; she d. 13 Oct. 1889. Res. Bloomfield, N. Y., etc. ; res. of 
W. C. 1891 Shortsville, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. William Cadton,'" b. i Aug. 1854 in Seneca Falls ; res. Chapinville, 

N. Y. 
ii. Ira Munson" b. 17 July 1856 at Chapinville ; d. March 1889. 


Stephen E.° (Ebenezer*, Stephen', Solomon', Stephen^ Solo- 
mon") b. 4 June 1831 ; m. 11 Feb. 1863 Eleanor Josephine Babcock 
b. 9 July 1843. Farmer ; Rep. ; res. Seneca Falls, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Etta Virginia'" b. 30 June 1864 in Tyre ; m. 25 March 1884 Westfall ; 

res. Fairmount, Onond. Co., N. Y. 
ii. Frank Greeley'" b. 6 June 1872 in S. F. 


Jemima" (Ebenezer", Stephen', Solomon", Stephen", Solomon") 
b. 25 July 1835 ; m. Benj. F. Armitage of Tyre. Res. Clyde, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Mina Munson'". ii. Carrie E.'"" 


Thomas T." (Ebenezer*, Stephen', Solomon", Stephen", Solo- 
mon") b. 14 April 1839 ; 7n. 22 May 1885. Farmer ; res. Tyre, N. Y. 

Child : 
i. Ebenezer Thomas" b. 16 Jan. 1888. 

Thomas T." was in Kansas about three years. 

Clan Solomon'': John A.^ 241 


George E." (Ebenezer^, Stephen', Solomon^ Stephen,* Solo- 
mon') d. 19 Oct. 1841 ; m. 15 Nov. 1871 Ellen Elizabeth Seekell of 
Tyre, a niece of his brother W, W.'s wife. Farmer ; res. Tyre, 
N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Harry Blaine'" i. 9 May 1875 in Tyre, 
ii. Bertha Elizabeth'" i. 4 April 1878 in Seneca. 


John D.^ (Ebenezer*, Stephen', Solomon", Stephen^, Solomon*) 
d. 12 Aug. 1843 ; m. 3 July 1877 Maria Matthews in Kansas. 
Farmer ; res. Fredonia, Wilson Co., Kan. 

Children, d. at Center, Wilson Co., Kan. : 

i. George Garfield" d. 8 Oct. 1878. 
ii. Edith Alymer" L 10 Feb. 1881. 


John A.' (Archibald*, Stephen,' Solomon*, Stephen^, Solomon*) 
d. 22 Nov. 1848 ; ??i. 27 March 1872 Frances Caroline dau. of How- 
land and Mary Sherman of Avon. Produce, coal and lumber 
business, and public service ; Rep. ; res. Savanna, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Archie Howland'" l>. 5 March 1873 in Rochester ; d. 17 Nov. 1874. 
ii. John Archibald^" d. 6 May 1876 in Savanna. 

John A.° graduated at Eastman's B. C, Rochester, 1864, pre- 
pared for college at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary in Lima, gradu- 
ated at Genesee College, 1870, and received the second degree 
from Syracuse University in 1873. He assumed charge of the 
book-keeping department in Williams's Business University (of 
the Bryant and Stratton chain), in 1872, but on the death of his 
father in 1873, he returned to Savanna, and has since carried on 
business in grain, coal, lumber, wool, etc. He was town-clerk, 
1871, '72 ; supervisor, 1875, '7^) '77; '78; delegate to the Rochester 
Rep. convention, 1877, and was one of the secretaries ; in 1877 was 
secretary of the Rep. county convention ; in 1878, at the age of 
thirty, was elected member of the Assembly for 1879, his district 
comprising seven towns ; was a member of the Rep. State conven- 
tion in 1882 ; and at the date of our interview in 1883, he was 
member of the village-board, and of the school-board, and master 
of the Masonic lodge. 
■ 16 

242 The Munson Record. 


Lavinia Sterry' (James L.*, Stephen', Solomon^, Stephen', 
Solomon') b. 16 Jan. 1850 ; m. 16 Dec. 1875 Judge John S. Morgan; 
he d. 19 Dec. 1888. Res. Rochester, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Marian'o b. 31 Oct. 1878. 
ii. John S.'o jr. b. 28 Aug. 1880. 
iii, Shepard A.'" b. i June 1884. 


Julia Hortense' (James L.*", Stephen', Solomon*, Stephen*, 
Solomon') b. 16 Sept. 185 1 ; ;;?. 9 Aug. 1877 John R. Thomas 
(architect and Englishman) of Rochester, N. Y. Res. New York 

Children : 

i. Harriet Hortense" b. 23 April 1878. 

ii. Elizabeth R.'" b. 23 Dec. 1883. 

iii. Mary E."> b. 5 Aug. 1886. 

iv. Edith^" b. 10 Nov. li 

While living in Rochester, Julia' was "an eminent singer." 


John A." (James L.*, Stephen', Solomon', Stephen,* Solomon') 
b. 16 Dec. 1854; m. 14 May 1878 Mary Ellen Sellers of Pekin, 111. 
Res. Rochester, N. Y., Chicago, 111. 

Children : 

i. Mary'** b. 10 March 1879 ; res. Pekin, 111. 
ii. John Sellers'" b. 13 July 1884 ; res. Pekin. 

John A.' was formerly telegraph-operator at Colorado Springs, 


James Hermans' (James L.*, Stephen', Solomon", Stephen', 
Solomon") b. 12 Aug. 1857 ; m. 20 July 1880 Mary Alice Ocum- 
paugh of Rochester; he d. 15 Jan. 1891. Res. Chicago. 

Children : 

i. Edward Ocumpaugh'" b. 12 Dec. 1882 ; res. Rochester, N. Y. 
ii. Harriet Page^° b. 7 June 1884 ; res. Rochester. 

James H.' was manager of the branch-house of Hiram Sibley 
and Co's seed-business. 

Clan Solomon^: Mary E.^ 243 


Mary Eleanor^ (James L/, Stephen^ Solomon^, Stephen^, 
Solomon') b. 20 Oct. i860 ; m. 30 April 1885 Arthur J. Shaw of 
Lewiston, Idaho. Res. Spokane, Wash. 

Children : 

i. Arthur J.^", jr. b. 12 March li 
ii. Harriet Eleanor'" b. 14 Jan. 1891. 


Moses E.' (Moses H.', Moses", Solomon', Stephen', Solomon') 
b. 24 Dec. 1857 ; m. 13 Dec. 1882 Anna M. Ferris of Newark b. 3 
Feb. 1863 ; he d. 25 July 1894. Occ, "hard wood varnisher and 
stainer," and boss painter ; res. Newark, N. J. 

Children, b. in N. : 

i. Leon'03. II Jan. 1885. 
ii. Harryi" b. 10 April 1886, 
iii. CliflFord'o b. 12 March 1888. 


Irwin' (Moses H.*, Moses", Solomon', Stephen^, Solomon*) 
b. 15 June 1862 ; in. 12 Sept. 1883 Louisa Lyon of Monroe; she 
d. 15 March 1885. Occ. carriage- and house-painter; res. Newark, 

Child : 
i. Louisa'" b. 12 March 1885. 


John H.' (John H.', John', Silas', Caleb\ Solomon') b. July 
1857 ; m. 1878 Sadie Briggs. Machinist ; res. New York City. 

Children : 
i. Edward'". ii. John'". iii. Justine^". 


Charles Elmer'" ( Josephus W.°, Ezra', SamueF, Uzal', Solomon', 
Solomon') b. 10 Nov. 1859 ; res. Cedar Co., Neb. 

Children : 

i. Arvile" b. abt. Sept. 1882. 
Three other sons. 

244 T^^^^ Mtmson Record. 

Clan William. 4 

Samuel,^ Sajnuel^ Thomas.^ 


William" ^.13 Oct. 1695 ; m. Rebecca dau. of Thomas Curtis of 
Wallingford ; he </. 21 July 1773. Cong.; res. Wallingford, now 
Cheshire, Ct. 

Children of William and Rebecca, b. in W., prob. 
all inC: 

Martha^ b. 2 April 1729. 

William^ b 5 July 1731 ; bp. 11 July 1731. 

Eunice^ b. 15 Aug. 1733 ; bp. Sept. 1733. 

Peter= b. 22 Nov. 1735. 

Hannah^ b. 6 Sept. 1737 ; in. 30 July 1759 Titus son of John and 

Marlo^ (Munson) Hitchcock b. 21 Nov. 1712; i ch. — Obedience^ 

b. 8 Oct. 1761. 
George^ b. 7 Oct. 1739. 
Samuel^ b. abt. 1741. 
Amasa^ b. 27 Jan. 1741/2. 

William* at the age of twenty-three (the deed calls him a " young 
man") purchased, 28 Jan. 1718, i.e.., 1719, sixteen acres " aboue the 
town upon missory brook." Misery Brook is in the southeast 
quarter of Southington, flowing into the Quinnipiac, say, about an 
eighth of a mile north of Cheshire line. John^ Munson of New 
Haven sold his nephew William* 13 acres bounded " east by a brook 
called hony pot brook";* this was i Feb. 1726, i.e., 1727, (when 
the settlement was about thirty years old,) and the consideration 
was ^Q'io. Three years later, 14 June 1729, SamueP of Walling- 
ford, for the love and good-will which he bore unto his beloved 
son William*, transferred to him, just after the birth of his first 
child, 38 acres lying " in Cheshire in the bound of Wallingford 
upon Walnut hill by Tunssus valley."f There is little doubt that 













* Honey-Pot Brook has its head in springs clear as honey within a mile of The Green east- 
ward. It has been a famous habitation for trout ; Levi' has taken some from it which would 
weigh a pound. The brook flows into the Quinnipiac about two miles northeasterly of the old 
William* Munson place. 

t The long hill beginning half a mile below The Green and extending more than two miles 
northward, beyond the Munson place, used to be covered with hickory-trees, and has been known 
as Walnut Hill. Levi'' has heard from his father that when boys found a tree from which they 
wished to obtain nuts, they would borrow an axe and cut it down ! The old highway from The 
Green northward through the William-Peter-Levi Munson farm used to run an eighth of a mile 
east of the present road, and the course of that old thoroughfare was known as "Tunsus" or 
"Tuncsus". On that old road, nearly eastward of the present habitation, it is understood, was 
the birthplace of Peter^ and the home of William*. 








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Charles - 

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Chtikirt. Ct. 

I eenj. F.' 


J Truman A.^ 


|- John S.' 

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; George W.> 

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Ometimla, .V. K. 


R*tklai^. S. y. 

John H.» 

Omttmlm. .V. V. 

I Lucius' 

' HftHfHlh. Cl. 

rLeman G.' 

' Slam/oril, CI. 

j Homer* 

VD*umark. O. 

{ Seth Beers* 

Grtat Btnd, Pa. 

ICtiui Falh. S. Y 
Andrew L/ 
Franklin. .V V. 

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CAfrAn; S. C. 

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t James M/ 
tjohn P.' 

f John N." 

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Brhi^. ct. 

i George A.^ 

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' Fair finvtn, Ct. 


part WaMkingltm, L. 

Robert S." 

WkUulone, L. /. 

Moses C* 


I William F. 
I Theodore L." 

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1 Joseph G. S.' 

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tTilton D/ 




! George F.* 
Mrrtdilk Hflli^, N. \ 
Stephen P.* 
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MUton D.* 
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1 Milton D.* 

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( Leonard L.* 

}John C.« 

Henry B.' 

; Peter Hall* 

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Ck4sklr€, Ct. 

■ Samuel M.* 

Walerinrj. CI. 

William A.* 
f Derrick S.' 

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^Amzi L.^ 

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Marynillt. Kam. 

I Levi- 

^ Bait PtillMtjr. n. 

^Edward R.* 

' ifalrrt-rjr Ct. 

(Owtn A.* 

A'nv //nr/ji. Ct. 

Alfreil P.' 

AVw l/avem. 

Henry H.> 

AVti' Har^n. 

f Harlow B.* 

I Plallvilh, Wit. 

Rilmon P.* 


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i I'itmma, O. 

fWilliam H.' 

, Waterivrr, Cl. 

1 Albert* 

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.Cornelius F.' 

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(Eugene H.* 

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(John W.> 


Clan William*: William^. 245 

William^ had previously received land from his father, as it is 
recorded that Samuel' and William* made a joint sale of 90 acres 
28 Jan. 1726, and in his Will (1740) Samuel' observed that he had 
given William' " so much land as I think is my duty to give." In 
March 1755 he paid £,2;^$ for 11^ acres in New Cheshire parish, 
"Lying North of y? Mill Brook"; and in December of the same 
year, he and his neighbor next northward, Serg. Joseph Benham, 
purchased 70 acres in Farmington, bounded east on the highway 
and west on the line between Waterbury and Farmington. In 
1757 he bought 20 acres in New Cheshire parish at a cost of ;^8o. 

In 1743 he sold ;z^5 worth of land in Cheshire, at "Deacon 
meadow Hill." This hill is about two miles southwest of The 
Green. He is credited by the records with making gifts of land 
to four of his five sons. To William" of Waterbury in June 1755 
he gave 2,zh acres in Waterbury ; to Peter^ in Oct. 1765 two pieces 
from his own farm, one west and the other east of his dwelling — - 
the former of 13 acres, and the latter bounded east on "Honey 
pot brook." To SamueP he presented land, and Samuel sold his 
brother Amasa' two acres " on East Side of Honey Pot Brook." 
To Amasa^ in March 1769, out of 'paternal affection to his 
youngest son ', he gave four acres and a dwelling-house, the 
place where William* himself lived ; Peter's place was adjoining. 
Amasa^ had bought of his father three acres in 1765, said to have 
adjoined land belonging to Peter" "by Deed of Gift." 

Williams's home was a mile and three-quarters north of Cheshire 
Green. The stream running northward through the farm a quarter 
of a mile east of the house is still known as Honey-Pot Brook. 
On that place William's son Peter" was born and died ; there 
Peter's son Levi^ was born and died ; and there Levi's son Levi', 
our aged contemporary, was born and spent the earlier portion of 
his life. 


William" (William*) b. 5 July 1731 ; m. 28 Feb. 1753 Sarah dau. 
of Isaac Griggs of Wallingford b. 26 June 1734 ; he d. 26 May 
1815, ce. n. 84 ; she d. 7 Oct. 1806. Res. Waterbury, now Wolcott, 

Children : 

i. Isaac'^ l>. 24 July 1754. He was a royalist in the Revolutionary 
struggle and fought on the side of the British. According to his 
grand-niece, Mrs. Sarah A. Shepard, he went to England, but 
after peace was declared, came back to this country, when "he 
was disowned by all the family," and died in Waterbury, unmar- 
ried. According to his grand-nephew, Alfred E.^, Elisha*^ said 

246 The Ml ins 071 Record. 

he had a brother who fought with the British against the Colonists, 
and he never knew what became of him, nor heard of him after 
the war. 

" I cannot tell how the truth may be ; 
I say the tale as 'twas said to me." 

125. ii. Elisha* b. 10 Oct. 1756. 

iii. Peter^ b. 20 Jan. 1759 ; d. 13 June 1777 ; said to have been a Revo- 
lutionary Soldier. 

126. iv. Heman^ b. 29 May 1761. 

V. Aaron*^ b. 2 Feb. 1764 ; he was killed at the Battle of Monmouth in 
the Revolutionary War, 28 June 1778 ; he had enlisted for a term of 
3 yrs. in Capt. Smith's Co., 8th Reg't " Connecticut Line," Col. 
Chandler, 3 Dec. 1777. See Theophilus'. 

127. vi. Chloe® b. 4 May 1767. 

128. vii. William^ b. 12 Nov. 1769. 

129. viii. David* b. 30 July 1772. 

130. ix. Seba* b. 6 Jan. 1775. 

X. Silvia* b. 22 May 1778. 

There is a tradition that after Williams's marriage, he and his 
bride went away from home in a cart, and that his mother " hung 
on the cart and cried because William^ was going away into the 
woods and the bears would eat them up." — .S*. ^.' S. The names of 
his first four children, with dates of birth, appear on the records 
of Waterbury. In 1755 his father, moved by 'natural affection 
and good-will,' gave William^ 33^ acres in Waterbury " Near to 
y® Place comonly called Warners field." In 1760 William's prop- 
erty was put down in the list at £t.2>- He was living at East 
Branch, which was incorporated as Wolcott in 1796. In "3'^ of 
George in." (1763) he sold the land given him five years previously 
for;^65. In 1764 he paid Nathan Piatt of Milford ;^34 for two 
pieces eastward of the Town of Waterbury — 15 acres bounded 
south on Wallingford Road and northwest on Farmington Road ; 
5 acres bounded north on Wallingford Road. In July following, 
he sold an acre for two and one-half pounds, " to be taken 
off from the N. E. end of my land on which I now live, beginning 
at a white oake stump by farmington Road." He sold Feb. 1806 
ten acres " at a place by the name of Hogpen ;" price, $300. 

A granddaughter of William'* states that he was in the Revolu- 
tionary War. She also " understands " that he and his wife were 
members of the Congregational Church in Waterbury, but that 
they "went off" and that two or three of their children were bap- 
tized in the Episcopal church. The name of their ninth child, 
Seba, is said to be a shortened form of Seabury, who was bishop 
of Connecticut about that time. This story is interesting and 

Clan William': Peter\ 247 

may be authentic ; but its plausibility is diminished by the fact 
that Seabury's consecration as bishop did not occur until Seba was 
nine years old, and also by the fact that Seba occurs more than 
once in Holy Scripture as the name of a great-grandson of Noah. 

" The more the marble wastes 
The more the statue grows." 


Peter' (William*) b.22 Nov. 1 735 ; m. 6 Oct. 1 762 Elizabeth Hall ; 
he d. 3 Feb. 1830 ; she d. 31 Oct. 1822. Cong.; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children, b. in C. : 

i. Lydia^ b. 27 April 1763. 

ii. Eunice^ b. 20 Oct. 1764. 

131. Hi. Weait^ b. 20 Sept. 1766. 

iv. JoeP b. 5 Nov. 1768 ; bp. 18 Dec. 1768'; was living in Cheshire 
22 April 1790, when he bought of his uncle Amasa' 2J acres 
"with an orchard of apple trees" on the land ; d. 3 Sept. 1803, 
Portsmouth, Va. 
Reuben'' b. 28 Sept. 1770. 

Amos^ b. 1772; bp. Aug. 1774; d. 5 Jan. 1810 in New York. "I 
think my father said that Amos' at the age of fourteen was drum- 
mer for the Cheshire Infantry." — D.M. 
Lydia* b. 1774. 

Levi' b. 9 April 1783 ; bp. 8 June 1783 by Rev. John Foot. 
Peter Hall". 

Peter^ lost children by early death* at ^- 
the following dates: 1777 — Oct. 12, Oct. ^_£/tjy^ u^wrtjcrn. 
13, Oct. 22, Oct. 23, and 1788 — Feb. 20, ^ 

and June 28. He is put down in the "list" of 1774, if I mistake 
not, at ;^5o. He was made tythingman in Dec. 1775. His name 
is entered as "freeman " in 1771, signifying that he had taken the 
Freeman's Oath, "an oath of fidelity to the State of Connecticut." 
A town-meeting Dec. 21, 1779 chose Peter Munson one of a com- 
mittee of eleven " to procure cloathing and other Articles for the 
Soldiers of the Continental Army." A town-meeting Dec. 1780 
" Voted that Peter Munson be one of the five grand-jurors the 
year ensuing." 

He purchased 11 Nov. 1779 two acres in New Cheshire parish 
" near Tunc^ Valley so called on the East Side of the Highway : 
bounds North on said Munsons Land," etc. He bought of W. 
and J. Hall 40 acres in 1780. Within a few years after the Revo- 










* The cause is believed to have been dysentery. 

248 The Munson Record. 

lutionary War he made three purchases of land from his brother 
Amasa^, including " one certain lot of land where sd Amasa now 
lives " (1784). In 1794 he bought of Burrage Miles 14 acres for;^73. 
He deeded his son Levi*^ 3 Jan. 1807 ten acres — 40 rods square — 
' bounded south on highway, west on land this day deeded to 
Titus Atwater, north on Euthelbert Benham's, and east on my 
own.' The next year, 26 Aug. 1808, he deeded to Levi^ "the 
whole of the land and buildings which I possess in Cheshire " : 
the west piece being bounded east on the Turnpike road, south on 
highway, west on Levi Munson, and ' north on land I sold to 
Euthelbert Benham ' — 10 acres ; the other bounded west on Turn- 
pike road, north on Joseph Moss and Ury Benham, east on Ury 
Benham, and south on Samuel Atwater and highway — 20 acres. 
The same day these 30 acres were deeded to Reuben'^' : if $300 
should be paid at or upon 26 Aug. 1809, the deed was to be void. 
Reuben^ released the above, for a consideration, to his brother 
Levi° 2 Oct. 1844. 

You may see the record that in 1800 a committee of the Legisla- 
ture adjudged that the Farmington and Cheshire Turnpike Com- 
pany pay Peter Munson $125 as compensation for damages. I 
might mention, as one of the minor traits, that Peter was fond of 
trapping foxes. It might be observed also that he was disabled 
by rheumatism the last twenty years of his life, and that he was in 
those later years a poor man. We note further that he was light- 
complexioned, had blue eyes, was six feet tall, and weighed 236 
pounds. His brother Amasa" was more slender and not quite so 
tall. Levi' of Cheshire remarked to me : ' Grandfather Peter^ in 
his old age had a fine tenor voice which could be heard half a 
mile.' He was a member of the Congregational Church. 

Levi'^ of Whitestone, L. I., states that Peter^ was a drum-major in 
the army through the Revolutionary War. His son Reuben" was 
with him — for company not service — when both were taken pris- 
oners on The Sound by an English man-of-war. But they were 
soon allowed to go. The understanding of Levi' of Cheshire has 
been that Peter^ was drafted into the Revolutionary service, 
entered the army, was soon taken sick, and was discharged for 
that reason. 


Samuer (William^) b. abt. 1741 ; in. 3 Aug. 17 [prob. 1764] 

Susannah Tyler. Farmer ; res. Cheshire, Waterbury, Ct., and 
Vienna, O. 

Clan William^: 






















Children, the first five b. in Wallingford and the 
rest prob. in Waterbury : 

Salmon* b. 11 May 1765. 

Hannah'' b. 19 Oct. 1766. 

Mary'' b. 6 May 1768. 

Calvin* b. 4 May 1770 ; bp. 10 June 1770 by Rev. John Foot.* 

Jesse" b. 21 May 1772 ; bj>. 12 July 1772 by Mr. Foot. 

Titus*, m. Lola Terrell ; no children ; a basket-maker ; d. in 
Vienna, O. He bought of Hannah Beach 4 May 1803 two acres 
in Waterbury, paying $70. He sold B. F. "a dwelling-house at 
sawmill plain near the sawmill — the house in which I now live," 
— 24 Aug. 1808. Res. Ohio. 


Freeman* b. 1786. 

Daniel* b. abt. 17S8. 




Samuel" is called in the record of his marriage " Samuel Mun- 
son 2nd," and he is generally so designated in the public records 
of Wallingford. His father and three brothers, living in Walling- 
ford, each named a son Samuel ; one, the son of Solomon, was 
removed to New Jersey, but the other three were on the stage in 
Wallingford together ; the son of Waitstill was usually entitled 
Sen., the son of Dea. Merriman, Jun'^., and the son of William, 
2nd. These four cousins had in New Haven two second-cousins 
(of the same generation) bearing the name of Samuel. 

Samuel 2nd in 1767 sold his brother Amasa^ two acres in New 
Cheshire parish "on each side of Honey-Pot Brook." Ezekiel 
Welton of Waterbury 8 April 1774 sold Samuel Munson, "late of 
Wallingford now of Waterbury," 14 acres "in the northeast part 
of sd Waterbury ; " price ^35. SamueP sold E. Frost two acres 30 
March 1791, and April nth following purchased of Isaac Ben- 
ham one acre "near said Munson's house." He was still remain- 
ing in Waterbury 11 Oct. 1800. 

In the loth Reg't of militia, at New York, 1776, was a Conn, 
company under command of Lieut. Isaac Benham of Waterbury. 
Samuer Munsonf was a member. 

The date of his removal to Ohio does not appear, but it was 
doubtless 1804 or 1805. His son Salmon'^ remained in Waterbury 

* Father of the Governor ; grandfather of the Admiral. 

t The pay-roll of Capt. Abraham Foot's Co. of militia in Col. Andrew Ward's Reg't, has the 
name of Samuel Munson, enlisted May 8, 1777, discharged June 6. I have not found means of 
identifying him. Lud* was a Serg't in this Co., and Ithiel" and Waif^ were privates. 

250 The Munson Record. 

but finally moved to Ohio, Daniel" lived in Waterbury mainly, 
while Calvin" and Jesse", Freeman", Samuel" and Titus", removed 
early to Ohio and stayed there. "SamueP and Susannah died in 
Brookfield, across the road from their son Jesse", who took care 
of them," says Lester* Mervin. 


Amasa' (William*) b. 27 Jan. 1741/2 ; m. 23 Feb. 1769 Hannah 
Chapman who d. 11 June 1772; m. (2nd) Rachel Lewis. Res. 
Cheshire, Ct. 

Children, two by Hannah, eleven by Rachel : 

i. ^, d. 1 June 1769. 

144. ii. Miles'' b. 21 May 1770. 

iii. Hannah"^, d. y. iv. Tryphena*, d. y. 

(A child d. 16 July 1794, cb. 9 ; another, 23 July 1794, ce. i.) 
V. Gains*, went to South Carolina and m. Polly Ram. His sister, Mrs. 
Peck, does not remember seeing him. 
Amzi*, cabinet-maker ; went to New Orleans, — " the last we knew 

of him." 
Levi" b. Aug. 1794. 
Benoni* b. abt. 1798. 
Tryphena* b. 1800. 
Hannah^, d. at 16. 

Katharine Louisa* b. 25 March 1808. 
Cordelia Adaline* b. 28 May 1810. 

Amasa^'s second wife was a girl of fifteen or sixteen. He is 
remembered by his daughter, Mrs. Peck, as a tall man, with blue 
eyes, and having white hair braided down long in a queue. He 
was a soldier through the Revolutionary War. Alfred' states 
that he was a tory ; but there is also evidence that he sided with 
the patriots. These views may be harmonized by supposing that 
he was at first inclined to support the royal claims, but that — like 
many others — he changed front and fought for independence. 
Amasa^ is said to have died poor and dependent. 

March 25, 1769, one month after his marriage, he received from 
his father a deed of his own home, comprising four acres and a 
dwelling-house ; it adjoined his brother Peter's plaCe. He had 
previously, 1763, purchased of his father eleven acres, "in New 
Cheshire parish." Amasa'* bought of Peter^ i^ acres in 1789, and 
bought of him 9 acres in Southington Dec. 1794. Between 1784 
and 1812 he made as many as eight small sales of land : to Peter^ 
in 1784 "one certain lot of land where sd Amasa now lives. 














Clan Williani': Elisha\ 251 

bounding east on the highway, and north on the Rev. John Foot 
his land." Amasa "of Merriden " 27 Nov. 1809 sold 2f acres in 
Southington. Six months later his daughter Cordelia* was born. 
She has told me that you could throw a stone from her birth-place 
into Meriden, Cheshire and Southington. Amasa "of Cheshire" 
26 Sept. 181 2 made a sale of land in Southington. 


Elisha" (William\ William*) b. 10 Oct. 1756; m. 3 Sept. 1783 
"Mabel Homeston dau. of Joy Humestone"; he d. prob. in 1835. 
Farmer ; res. Waterbury now Prospect, Ct. 

Children : 




i. Aaron'' b. 24 Oct. 1783. 

ii. Laura Elmore'' b. 6 June 1786. 

iii. Hannah Mariah'' b. 3 June 1789. 

iv. Chloe'' b. 9 April 1793. 

V. Linus Joy''. 

Elisha' lived "in the southeast quarter of the town " of Water- 
bury, known as the Society of Columbia from 1797, and incorpo- 
rated as Prospect in 1827. An elderly lady, Mrs. Stevens, whose 
home was in the same locality, remembers that when she was a 
school-girl, "old Mr. Munson" died ; his home was northwest of 
the village of Prospect on the road from Prospect to Waterbury — 
perhaps a mile west of the old Cheshire line.* The place was 
sold to Hotchkiss (prob. Isaac). 

Sept. 18, 1796, Elisha* made a small sale 'in the eastern part of 
Waterbury near sd Munson's dwelling-house.' He purchased in 
1798 ten and one-half acres ' in the southeast quarter of the town 
about 20 rods south of sd Munson's dwelling-house.' In 1805 he 
received $700 from G. Brocket for 25 acres with a dwelling-house 
'in the southeast quarter of Waterbury.' He sold E. Hotchkiss 31 
Dec. 1816 property "in the Society of Columbia," to wit : 64 acres 
with a dwelling-house and barn standing on the same, " reserving 
to myself the Rye that is now growing on the said land"; price, 
$1300. He bought 14 acres of J. G. Smith about two miles from 
the meeting-house (Waterbury) 10 Nov. 1834, which his widow re- 
sold to Smith II July 1836; it was now however 'about three 
miles east of the meeting-house.' 

Alfred E.^ of Cobourg, Ont., writes : " My Grandfather fought 
under Washington all the War of Independence. After the war 

* It may be noticed that the Society of Columbia comprised parts of both Waterbury and 

252 The Munson Record. 

he received a pension until his death, which occurred in 1835 or 6. 
We heard of his death one or two years after we came here [Fall 
of 1834]. I have heard my Grandfather say he had a brother who 
fought with the British against the Colonists, and he never knew 
what became of him." Dr. Bronson, in his History of Waterbury, 
states that Elisha Munson was encamped with Washington at 
Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-8; eleven other Waterbury 
men were also there. According to the public records, Elisha 
marched in the beginning of April 1777 with Capt. Bray's Co., 
Col. Hooker's Reg't, Gen. Wolcott's Brigade, and performed duty 
one month and nineteen days. As recruiting for the Continental 
Line progressed slowly in the Spring of 1777, Washington urged 
the Governor of Connecticut to send a body of militia to serve 
for six weeks at Peekskill. The three regiments of the brigade 
were composed of detachments from militia regiments. About 
one week after the brigade was discharged, Elisha enlisted in 
Capt. Smith's Co., 8th Reg't " Connecticut Line," Col. Chandler, 
26 May 1777 ; term, 3 yrs. ; discharged 26 May 1780. See Theoph- 
ilus^ The name of Elisha is on the pension-lists of 1818 and 1832. 
Elisha's Will, giving all his property to Mabel his wife, was 
made 12 Nov. 1835, and proved 22 April 1836. The Will of Mabel, 
" late of Prospect," bequeaths her estate to her daughters Laura 
A. Thornton, Hannah M. Benham and Chloe Moss. Subscribed 
with "her mark." Date, 10 Feb. 1841. 


Heman° (William', William^) b. 29 May 1761 ; in. Abi dau. of 
Thomas Fenn, Esqf; he d. 16 March 1798; she d. 14 Aug. 1829, 
CE. 65. Farmer ; res. Watertown, Ct. 

Children : 

Peter'' b. 10 Feb. 1782. 

Heman'' b. 21 Nov. 1783. 

Abijah' b. 3 May 1786. 

Stephen^ b. 3 May 1788. 

Aner' b. 28 Sept. 1790. 

Richard F.''* b. 7 June 1793; unm.; res. here and there; worked 

at farming, laying stone-wall, chopping; d. in the vicinity of 1855. 
vii. Jacob''* b. 23 Aug. 1795 ; had land in Watertown 1814 ; moved to 

Ohio and lived there ; had children. — L} M. 
viii. Abi Maria'' b. 21 Feb. 1798 ; m. John Nettleton, brother of Abijah's 

wife ; Lucius'* thinks they lived in Woodbridge, Ct., and had 













* In the War of 1812, Richard and Jacob were privates in Capt. Luther Hotchkiss' Co. of 
militia, — in service at Mystic from Oct. 24 to Nov. 15, 1814. 

Clan William^: Henia7f. 253 

When Heman'' died, the ages of his children ranged from six- 
teen years to one month. His widow Abi married John Smith. 

About six months after her first child was born, Abi's father 
Thomas Fenn presented her, 25 July 1782, with ten acres in West- 
bury [now Watertown] " near the west branch." In 1788 Heman^ 
made a purchase of his father-in-law amounting to ^109, and two 
days later sold 13 acres to Titus Fenn. The inventory of his 
estate (amounting to ^363) included velvet breeches 14/, brown 
vest 7/, brown coat 24/, brown great-coat 18/, Dutch wheel 8/, great 
do. 12/, horse no/, yoke of oxen ;^i3, hive of bees 20/. 

Heman" was a Revolutionary soldier and " continued with the 
army until peace was declared." He was at the Battle of Mon- 
mouth (June 28, 1778) where he had a brother (Aaron) shot dead 
at his side. About 70 patriots were killed, and 300 English. The 
scene of the conflict was an orchard. Washington's forces were 
on a rise of ground at the beginning of the fight but fell back into 
"a hollow" which at the close of the day was ankle-deep with the 
blood of men and horses. Heman enlisted in Capt. Smith's Co., 
8th Reg't "Connecticut Line," Col. Chandler, 30 April 1777 for a 
term of three years, and was discharged 30 April 1780. See 

After Heman" had married and settled, he objected to the Con- 
necticut tax on window-glass and on polls, saying that he had 
served seven years to gain liberty and now he would serve seven 
more years to put that offensive law down. His only cow was 
taken and sold at auction to effect the payment of these taxes. 
His father-in-law, Thomas Fenn, bid the cow off and gave her to 
Abi.— Z>. B." M. 

The inscription on his grave-stone at Watertown is this : " In 
memory of Heman Munson who died March 16, 1798, aged 38 


Chloe° (William^, William^) b. 4 May 1767 ; m. 10 Nov. 1794 
Philo Thomas, a tailor and farmer, b. 10 Sept. 1770 ; she d. 17 
Feb. 1844 ; he ^. 6 Jan. 1840. Res. Bethany, Ct. ; d. in Bristol, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Carlos' b. 5 Feb. 1796 ; d. 7 Sept. 1866 in Bristol ; unm. 
ii. Miranda'' b. 16 May 1797 ; d. 23 Feb. 1809. 
iii. Munson'' b. 13 Feb. 1799 ; d, 5 Feb. 1800. 
iv. Pomeroy Edwards'" (5, 9 Nov. 1804; d. in Dinwiddle Co., Va,, 11 

Dec. 1828 ; <?. 24 ; unm. 
V. John Munson' b. 13 May 181 1 ; m. 31 Jan, 1844 Catharine R. Nor- 
ton ; res. (1891) Bristol, Ct. 

254 The Mmison Record. 

John Munson' Thomas relates that in Revolutionary days, a 
brother of his mother, Chloe", came home from the army, perhaps 
on furlough. Their home was very strict in Sabbath-observance, 
but while the parents were gone to public-worship, the brother 
and sister went out to a net which had been set for pigeons. They 
found the trap had been sprung and the heads of a flock of birds 
were protruding through the meshes of the net. They debated 
what should be done. Chloe was in favor of letting them go, but 
the soldier thought it better to wring their necks, which was not 
a pleasant scene to the sister. 


William' (William', William') b. 12 Nov. 1769 ; ;;/. 30 March 
1790 Olive Dayton ; m. (2nd) Elizabeth Ford 6 Sept. 1835 ; he ^. 2 
April 1842. Res. Plymouth, Litchfield, Ct., Meredith, N. Y. 

Children : 

Garrett' b. 27 July 1791 in Plymouth. 

William'' b. 10 Jan. 1793 in P. 

Leavitt'' b. 4 April 1795 in P. 

Ransom'' b. 9 Jan. 1797 in Litchfield. 

Charles R.'' b. 8 Jan. 1799 in L. 

Olive' b. 21 Feb. 1801 in L. 

Clarissa B.'' b. 18 Feb. 1803. 

Michael Dayton'' b. 15 Feb. 1805. 

George W.'' b. 9 May 1807 ; removed with his father to Meredith. 
" George was a bachelor, thank fortune ! He lived in Tennessee, 
and died there about 1876." — ElizJ^ But D. C.^ has the following 
legend : Uncle George, Uncle Ransom, and Aunt Olive were lost 
in the South over thirty years. A gentleman acquainted with the 
family, while travelling on the cars in Tennessee, noticed a silver- 
headed cane marked with the name of George Munson. On 
inquiry he was informed that George had resided in Alabama, 
that he was a jeweller, acquired property, and finally removed 
with some of his children to Tennessee, where he died. After his 
death, the cane had been given to the present owner. — Comment 
of Eliz.^: "As regards Uncle George, he was discovered by his 
brother Ransom's son by means of a cane ; he was a bachelor." 
X. Lucius E.'' b. 27 March 1809 ; m. Sally Orvis of Farmington, Ct. ; 
formerly of Northfield parish in Litchfield, now of Morris, Ct. ; a 
shoemaker, but now braids lashes — a superior article, in great 
demand ; Dem. and Meth. ; no children ; adopted a nephew, who 
died of consumption. 

William*, sometime between 1815 and 1836 (Enos S.* says about 
1820), removed from Litchfield, Ct., to Meredith, Delaware Co., 
N. Y., some daughters and sons accompanying him — particularly 


















Clan William\- David^. 255 

Garritt^ Charles R/, Michael D/, and George'. The country was 
then new and wild. It is reported from Huntsburg, O., that each 
of William's eight sons played some musical instrument. He died 
in Meredith. 

William* was "of Litchfield" 28 June 1791 when he bought one- 
fourth acre in Northbury Society (now Plymouth) in Watertown ; 
he was " of Watertown " 29 Dec. 1794 when he bought one-half 
acre in Northbury Society 100 rods S. W. of the meeting-house ; 
he was of Watertown in Feb. 1796, but of Litchfield in Dec. of 
that year when he bought 5^- acres in Northfield Society (S. E. part 
of Litchfield). While still living in Litchfield, 4 April 1815, he 
and Levi Catlin sold three acres, and 25 acres, with buildings, for 
$1000. In 1836, William "of Meredith, and his wife Elizabeth," 
six months after their marriage, sold land in South Farms Society, 


David^ (William^ William'') b. 30 July 1772; m. — Wilcox of 
Great Barrington, Mass. ; ni. (2nd) Mary Ann Ballard ; he d. 15 Jan. 
1856, CE. 83^. Carpenter, farmer; res Colbrook, Winchester, Ply- 
mouth, Ct. 

Children, 2 by ist wife, 8 by 2nd : 

i. David'' 3. abt. 1798 ; m. in 1849 Martha Chapman, in the West; no 
ch. ; he d. 11 Dec. 1876, .r. 78 ; res. Baraboo, Wis. He was a 
tanner by trade, a commission-merchant and speculator. For 
many years he was in the South — Alabama, Texas, Tenn.; took a 
cargo of cotton to England, also visiting France ; he and three or 
four friends (including John Munson' Thomas) in 1848 became 
early settlers in Baraboo, now the county-seat of Sauk Co., Wis. ; 
he was town-clerk eight consecutive years, and for two years was 
high-sheriff. " He was highly respected by all who knew him." 
Many years an invalid, 
ii. MehetabeP, ni. Luther Harmon ; no children ; res. New Marlboro, 
Mass. ' 

168. ill. Stephen' b. 1803. 

169. iv. Sylvester'' b. 3 Jan. 1805. 

V. Newton'', became an "elector" at Winchester i April 1831 ; m. in 

the South ; joiner ; res. in Tenn. 
vi. Ballard'', became an "elector" at Winchester i April 1831 ; went 
with a brother to Tenn.; died of yellow-fever within six weeks ; 
clerk in a store ; unm. 
vii. Amos'', fti. in the South ; had a son in the Confederate army — sur- 
vived ; res. Tenn. ; joiner ; had slaves and a plantation six miles 
from Memphis — raised cotton — had large corn-fields — "think he 
raised corn by the thousand acres." 
Miranda'' b. 11 April 1813. 
Charles ' b. 5 Feb. 1816. 







256 The Munson Record. 

David° was tall, rather spare, and had blue eyes, light com- 
plexion and light hair. He was "of Colbrook " 6 March 1815 
when he bought 55 acres with buildings [minus one-ninth), in Win- 
chester. He was " of Winchester " 7 Jan. 1833 when he sold 55 
acres bounded " North on Colbrook Town Line." The Annals of 
Winchester states that "David Munson from Colbrook, removed to 
the farm bordering on Colbrook line in 1815, lately owned by 
George A. Marvin." David^ purchased 4 Oct. 1836 eighty-two 
acres with dwelling-house and other buildings in the east part of 
Plymouth and 17 acres in the west part of Bristol, which remained 
in his possession until death, nearly twenty years. 


Seba' (William', William') b. 6 Jan. 1775 in Wolcott ; m. 17 
April 1806 Abigail Pardee of East Haven (Morris Cove) b. 4 Nov. 
1779; he d. 19 July 1861, «. 86^; she d. 24 March 1852. Shoe- 
maker, singing-master, farmer ; res. East Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

173. i. George Pardee' b. Tuesday 17 March 1807 in East Haven. 

ii. Lewis Griggs' b. Wednesday 15 June 1808 ; unm. ; enlisted in the 
United States service under Capt. Duncan 12 Dec. 1836, embarked 
on steamboat for Governor's Island 16 Jan. 1837, and died in the 
Fall of 1838. 

174. iii. Abijah Moulthrop' b. Thursday 26 Sept. 181 1. 

•iv. Miranda Roseanna' b. Sunday 2 Oct. 1814; d. 2 May 1826. 

175. V. Sarah Ann' b. Tuesda)^ 3 Feb. 1818. 

Seba° " of Waterbury " 30 March 1797, at the age of twenty-two, 
bought i-j acres on the southeast side of the Hartford road, joining 
southeast on William Munson, southwest on the Cheshire road — 
with the buildings standing thereon. He sold the same 5 Dec. 
1805. While still "of Waterbury" he purchased six acres in 
Hamden 6 Jan. 1806 ; this was three months before his marriage. 
He was admitted "freeman "at Hamden 11 April 1808. He was 
"of Hamden " 22 March 1809, but " of East Haven" 6 July 1809 
when he made a small purchase of land. His home was on the 
east side of the road running south from the Stone Church, — the 
small house on the corner, next south of Leander Richmond's. 
The house of L. R. was built on Uncle Seba's land by his son-in- 
law M. R. Shepard. Mr. Munson's Will devising all his estate 
unto his son Abijah M.' was proved 9 July 1861 ; inventory, 

Clan William\' Weaif. 257 

The venerable Polly Pierpont Munson states that Seba' was a 
fifer in the War of 181 2 ; and she remembers " hearing him fifing 
pleasant evenings when he worked for Capt. Brockett on the 
Middletown road." H. R. C. states that our subject was a singing- 
master, and also that he " used to work at this and that. When I 
was ten or twelve years old, father would send me up to The 
Plains lot — to hoe corn, perhaps — and he would direct me to take 
Uncle Ze-be* along." 

He relates the following : Three men who were acquainted with 
Santa Cruz rum were in a Fair Haven store one evening when 
others who were present offered them each a barrel of flour if they 
would refrain from drinking ardent spirits one year. At the end 
of the year, the three men came to the store with their wheelbar- 
rows, and indicated that they were ready to receive the promised 
flour. " Capt. Gus, haven't you drank anything for a year ? " No, 
he had not. "And Jim, haven't you drank anything?" No, he 
had abstained. " Uncle Zebe, haven't you drank anything for a 
year?" " I haven't drank a drop." "Why, Uncle Zebe, how can 
you say you haven't drank any thing ? " "I haven't drank a 
drop ! " After the flour was loaded upon the wheelbarrow, he 
explained the mysterious phenomena thus : " I ate it — soaked with 
toasted cracker ! " This informant adds : " Uncle Zebe was a 
proud man, accustomed to dress handsomely and walk with a 
cane. They were poor, very poor, but very nice." 

Seba' was a member of the East Haven militia during the War 
of 1812, though never called into active service. He taught sing- 
ingf over thirty years in succession. He came to East Haven 
while a bachelor to teach singing-school. " He was passionately 
fond of music, and his evening devotions consisted of song — usu- 
ally at the twilight hour." — G.EJ" S. He lived with his son Capt. 
Abijah a year and a half previous to his death. 


Weaif (Peter', William*) b. 20 Sept. 1766 ; m. 25 Jan. 1795 Mary 
Elizabeth dau. of Rev. Price Davies, rector of Blissland Parish, 
New Kent Co., Va. ; he d. 23 Dec. 1846 in N. Y. C. ; she d. 2 June 
1842 in Va. Merchant, etc. ; res. Virginia, N. Y. C, Irville, O. 

Children, six b. in Va. : 

176. i. Matilda Ann' b. ig May 1796, Manchester, Va. 

ii. Alma'', m. Capt. Aaron Anderson of N. Y. C, and died abt. 1825, 
leaving two children, who are both dead. 

* Known also as Uncle Seb. 

t " North Haven Annals " testifies that he served as music-teacher in that town. 


258 The Munson Record. 

iii. Luna Maria', m. Rev. William Compton (Meth.) of North Carolina, 

and d. abt. 1S51, leaving a large family of sons and daughters. 
iv. Vernon Davies,' d. y. 
V. Stith Mead,'' d. y. 
vi. A son, d. y. 
vii. Mary' b. about 1811, in N. Y. C. prob. ; m. 1840 Charles Harrison, 

and d. in N. Y. C. 16 Nov. 1845, leavingtwo children, 
viii. Martha Amelia' b. abt. 1813, in N. Y. C. prob. ; d. in Va. 21 June 

ix. Virginia Elizabeth' b. abt. 1815 in N. Y. C. ; d. in N. Y. C. 1839. 
X. Emeline North' b. abt. 1819 in Irville ,0. ; d. in N. Y. C. 19 Jan. 

1841, a. 21. 

It was Weait's own fancy to change the spelling (but not the 
pronunciation) of his name from Wait to Weait. He said he 
" wanted the vowels in." He received what education he had from 
his uncle* Rev. John Foot, nearly fifty years pastor of the Congre- 
gational Church in Cheshire, father of Governor Foot and grand- 
father of Admiral Foot. He went to Virginia and married Mary 
Davies when she was about seventeen or eighteen ; she had been 
left an orphan, with a number of slaves. Her father was Rev. 
Price Davies, from Wales, and a graduate of Oxford ; he was rec- 
tor of an Episcopal church near Yorktown. " The Davies family 
were intimate friends of the Danrigg family, whose daughter Mrs 
Martha Cvirtis became the wife of Gen. Washington." — M. G^. W. 

Weait" was converted through the preaching of Rev. Lorenzo 
Dow, and joined the Methodist church. For some years he was a 
" local, preacher." He lived a number of years in Manchester. 
He was engaged in the coal-business during his residence in Vir- 
ginia. About 1 810 he removed to New York and engaged in mer- 
cantile pursuits at 176 Broadway. 

About 1817 he moved his family and what household goods he 
could carry, to Ohio, — the conveyance being a large covered 
wagon. Sometimes after travelling all day they had to lodge in 
the wagon during the night. They were six weeks and two days 
going from New York City to Zanesville. He built a log-house 
at Irville, Muskingum Co., and speculated in building-lots to some 
extent. Two lots for which he paid $119 were sold within two 
years for $700. The remark of a nephew that he was " a curious 
man " appears to have some basis. He was an experimenter, at 
least. In Aug. 181 7 he was " of the City of New York ; " in Feb. 
1818 he was " of Zanesville ; " in Aug. 1818 he was '' of Licking " 
— three residences within fifty-one weeks ; and in Aug. 1819 he 
was of " Irville." There was movement within as well as without : 

* " My grandfather always called him Uncle."— i1/. C^ W. 

Clan William^: Reuben^. 259 

" he was a Methodist ; again he was a strong Roman Catholic ; 
the last time he came up here to see my father, he was a Perfec- 
tionist."— Z.' M. 


Reuben" (Peter', William') ^'^28 Sept. 1799 Abigail Wilsey ^5. 
21 July 1781 at Rhinebeck, N. Y. ; he d. 29 Sept. 1846 at Flush- 
ing; she d. 23 April 1865 at Williams' Bridge, N. Y. Manufac- 
turer; Presb. ; res. New York, and Flushing, L. I. 

Children : 

i. Amos Little'' b. 23 July 1800 ; d. 27 Aug. 1801. 
ii. Luther'' b. 30 Sept. 1801 ; d. 14 Oct. 1801. 

iii. William Perin'' b. 22 Sept. 1802 ; d. 21 March i86g ; no ch.; butcher ; 
res. Whitestone, L. \. 

177. iv. Catharine'' b. 23 Sept. 1804. 

V. Reuben'' b. 4 Aug. 1806 ; d. 28 April 1879 at Ellenville, N. Y.; two 
children living ; music-teacher, — " professor of music at Steinway 
Hall in the time of Jenny Lind." 
vi. Andrew"" b. 21 May 1809 ; d. 30 June 1809. 
vii. Margaret"" b. 23 Sept. 1810 ; d. 22 Sept. 1811. 

178. viii. Levi^ b. 23 Sept. 1810. 

ix. Wilkinson'' i5. 21 Aug. 1812 ; d. 15 Nov. 1812. 

179. X. Adelia Ann'' b. 4 Dec. 1813. 

xi. Caroline Little"" b. 2 Oct. 1815 ; m. Booth ; she d. 22 July 1891. 
xii. Abigail"" b. 21 May 1817 ; d. 4 Dec. 1835. 

180. xiii. James Monroe"' b. 14 Sept. 1819. 

xiv. Theodore Lafayette"" b 19 Aug. 1821 at 255 Bowery, N. Y. C; m. 25 
Oct. 1843 Susan T. Barnum of Smithfield, N. Y.; she d. 27 April 
1879; in. (2nd) Hannah E. Neal 19 Nov. 1879; no children. Farmer, 
real estate and insurance ; res. Flushing, and Brooklyn, N. Y. 

181. XV. Elizabeth"" b. 7 May 1826. 

Reuben" married a re- 
markably smart woman ; 

her father was of Dutch — "^^-^-^^^^^^ c/p* 

origin and he was a volun- ^ 

teer in the Revolutionary Army ; her mother was a native of 
Ireland, "thoroughly Americanized in her principles and sympa- 
thies " : it is said that " her known enthusiasm for the success of 
the Colonies introduced her to the acquaintance of Gen. Washing- 
ton and Mrs. Washington and Mrs. Gen. Montgomery ; with 
whom and other ladies of distinguished families she appears to 
have been on terms of friendly intercourse." 

For a time Reuben" Munson lived in Maryland and Virginia ; 
but for nearly fifty years he resided in the City of New York, at 
255 Bowery. He was an extensive manufacturer of turtle-shell 
and horn combs, employing some eighty men. His factory was 

26o The Munson Record. 

situated between Christy street and the Bowery, while his business 
was also carried on at 102 Maiden Lane, 36 Fulton street, in 
Broadway, and Pearl street. " He traded extensively with 
Mexico." He was very successful, became wealthy, and lived in 
great style. In advanced years he invested $35,000 in a large farm 
at Whitestone, Flushing, L. I., and there spent his last days. His 
wealth dwindled with lavish expenditure. 

Mr. Munson was one of those who, in the War of 1812, fitted out 
the privateer "Saratoga." In the course of the war, he was in 
command of troops, and was stationed at Fort Green, Brooklyn. 
He became a member of the Society of the Cincinnati.* " He 
filled many offices with a degree of fidelity and integrity that won 
for him the general confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens. 
He was alderman for the loth Ward from 1813 to 1820, and a 
member of The Assembly three Sessions, 1820-22." — J. W.^ H, 

Reuben" Munson was one of the founders of the House of 
Refuge. Though not a communicant, he was a regular attendant 
of the Presbyterian church, and contributed liberally not only to 
that denomination but to others. He was esteemed a thoroughly 
good and conscientious man. " He was remarkable for kind- 
ness and benevolence, for love of truth, love of justice, love of 
peace, and for the habitual desire to promote the comfort and 
alleviate the distress of others. It has been the lot of few men to 
sustain through life a more unsullied reputation." — Jos. W.^ H. 


Lydia' (Peter', William*) b. 1774; m. Zelotes ["Zeel"] Bristol. 
Res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Child : 
i. William', w. Ellen dau. of School-master Juba Cowles. 

Aunt Lydia* lived southeasterly from The Green, perhaps two 
miles. Levi' remembers going to her home when a little boy ; she 
was aged and sat in a chair washing dishes. 

Levi' (Peter', William") b. 9 April 1783 ; m. 5 Jan. 1810 Tennaf 
Brooks b. 23 Sept. 1783 in C; he d. 25 Dec. 1844 ; she d. in Ham- 
den, of palsy, 3 Jan. 1862. Farmer ; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

* An association founded by tiie officers of the Revolutionary Army after the peace of 1783. Its 
obiects were to commemorate the success of the Revolution, to cultivate the memory of hardships 
experienced in common, and to perpetuate sentiments of patriotism, benevolence and brotherly 
love. Six of the State branches still exist, those of Mass., N. Y., N. J., Penn., Md., and S. C. 

t A modified form of her mother's name, Content. 

Clan William^: Levi*. 261 

Children : 

182. i. AbigaiP b. 27 Dec. 1810. 

183. ii. Adaline' b. 8 Feb. 1813. 

184. iii. Catharine' b. 8 Feb. 1813 (twin). 

185. iv. Levi' b. 10 Oct. 1814. 

186. V. Benjamin Franklin' b. 31 Oct. 1817. 

187. vi. Truman Atwater' b. 23 Sept. 1819. 

188. vii. Henry Brooks' b. 28 July 1821. 

viii. Reuben' b. 23 Aug. 1824 ; d. 11 Sept. 1826. 
ix. Brunette E.' b. 29 July 1828 ; d. 22 April 1845, (^- 16. 

189. X. Edwin' b. 31 Oct. 1830. 

Mr. Munson's inventory 3 Jan. 1845, $5,713. 

It is of interest to notice that he was accustomed to raise half an 
acre or an acre of flax ; one of the sons remembers seeing four 
spinning-wheels running in his boyhood-home at once. " Old 
Levi* was great for the fiddle — at corn-huskings, dances, etc.; peo- 
ple came from miles around ; and the festivities were decorated 
with rum punches. He was a man of property — had a large farm. 
I do not remember his ever being in church. He was a jolly, 
grand-looking man." This characterization, however, needs to be 
qualified. Levi, jr., remembers that while he " was quite a boy," 
his father attended church (Cong.) regularly, and was a member 
of the choir. By the bye, he was reputed the best bass singer in 
Cheshire.* His singing talent was inherited from his father, and 
was transmitted to his children, and (less strikingly) to his grand- 
children. His sons and daughters always had to sing when there 
were visitors in the home. Levi,' jun., and Frank',f aged four- 
teen and eleven, were at work hoeing corn near the Farmington 
Canal on the 4th of July 1828 when the " New England " and the 
" DeWitt Clinton," celebrating the opening of the canal, passed 
northward through Cheshire. They heard the band playing, 
dropped their hoes, and ran to the music. One of the boats drew 
up to the bank and the boys embarked. Some of the excursionists 
knew them as singers, and they were requested to regale the com- 
pany with songs. Levi' had his first glass of wine on that boat.J 
The excursion was extended into the border of Southington,§ the 
Munson lads participating. When the returning party reached 
West Cheshire, a gentleman named Keeler swung a bottle of rum 

* His wife was also " a splendid singer." 

+ And Truman'. 

X Having prudence and self-control, he has been wont to use temperately fluids which many 
can use only intemperately. But he often says — " If I were to begin my life over again, I would 
never drink anything." 

§ A breach in the bank prevented their reaching Farmington. 

262 TJie Mimson Record. 

three times around his head, and throwing it into the canal 
exclaimed — " I name this place Beach-port."* 

Peter Hair (Peter^, William^), was a musician ; res. New York 

Children : 

i. Matthew,'' m. Wid. Anne Jenkins ; no children. He went a four- 
years whaling-voyage and came back a cripple, broken down 
ii. David'. 

iii. George Christopher''. 

iv. Mary Elizabeth', m. John Wallace ; large family ; res. Dakota. 
V. Catharine H.,'' m. Jacob Sharp b. abt. 1818, of Broadway street- 
railway renown, a very able man ; res. 326 W. 23d st. 
vi. Isabella,' m. Hazel Kimball ; m. twice ; 3 ch. 

vii. Phebe,'' vi. Frederick Lewis ; 4 of 13 ch. survive — of whom Fred- 
erick^ (18 yrs. in '85) and Charles^ (16 in '85) were taken by Mrs. 
Sharp — Hattie^ m. Charles Bradbury, res. Utica — Katie^ vi. Alfred 
Myers, res. Maspeth, L. I. 

Peter H." " was a great violin-player, could not be beat ;" but 
he * * * * * was not prosperous. His nephew, Levi' of 
Whitestone, relates that when Peter Hall was young, a farmer liv- 
ing next to his father, oifered a dollar to anyone who would shoot 
a hawk which had appeared. P. H." asked his father if he might 
take the old horse. "What for?" inquired Peter.' Peter H.' 
replied that he wanted the assistance of the animal in shooting the 
hawk. "Yes," replied the father, "but you can't do it." He 
placed himself upon the horse in a manner to effect a disguise, 
and when he was near enough, fired and killed the hawk. The 
horse sprang away — leaving the gunner, who picked up the gun 
and the hawk and returned. 


Salmon* (SamueP, William*) b. \\ May 1765 ; 711. Elizabeth . 

Res. Waterbury, Ct., Medina, O. 

Children : 

190. i. Augustus'' b. 20 Aug. 17SS. 

ii. Horace,'' was a soldier in the War of i8i2,f — " an officer," accord- 
ing to Mrs. Polly Pierpont Munson, " stationed at New London ;" 

* Richard Beach had a store there. 

t He served at New London as a private under Capt. Luther Hadley and Capt. Moses Hayden, 
of the Conn, militia, from Aug. 2 to Sept. 16, 1813 ; and served as a private in Capt. John French's 
Co. of militia from Aug. 16 to Aug. 26, 1814. 

Clan William'': Calvin\ 263 

he there married "an educated woman" ; settled in Manchester, 
Ct. ; was a shoemaker ; had several daughters who " married into 
high families." 

iii. Amanda', m. Samuel (?) Smith ; one son, at least ; res. Whitehall, 
and Salem, N. Y., and (prob. after her husband died) Philadel- 
phia, Pa. 

iv. Betsey\ ;«. Horace Blakeslee and moved to Medina, O.; had one 
dau. who was brought up by her grand parents and married a 
Meth. minister — res. Cleveland, O.; Betsey d. when her dau. was 
a child. 
V. William'', was a bachelor ; worked at shoemaking, then farming ; 
res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Salmon', 2 Oct. 1789 at the age of 24 had a wife named Eliz- 
abeth. At that date he bought two acres in Waterbury on " the 
west side of the road that leads to Hartford" ; price, £, 4. He had 
various occupations, e. g., that of butcher. He and his wife 
accompanied their daughter Betsey' to Medina and they spent the 
remainder of life there. 


Hannah' (SamueP, William') d. 19 Oct. 1766 ; m. Daniel 
Williams, a shoemaker. 

Children : 

i. Rbxcenia^ m. Samuel Humiston. 

ii. Betsey'', w. Chauncey Alderman, 

iii. Hector', m. Polly Mervin ; a shoemaker, 

iv. Sally'', m. Jonathan Curtis. 

V. Susan'', m. Harlow Perkins. 


Calvin" (SamueP, William*) l>. 4 May 1770 ; m. 27 Nov. 1794 
Sally Hungerford i>. abt. 1760 in England ; he ^. 2 Sept. 1846 ; she 
d. 6 Feb. 1844. Shoemaker and farmer ; res. Waterbury, Ct., 
Vienna, Trumbull Co., O. 

Children, four 3. in Waterbury, Ct., one in Vienna : 

191. i. Randal' 6. 19 Nov. 1795. 

192. ii. Rilman' d. 25 June 1799. 

iii. Lucy' i. 28 Feb. 1801 ; m. Joseph Scoville. 
iv. Diadama' d. 30 April 1804 ; m. Alva Reeder ; res. Chardon, O. 
V. Susanna' d. 1810 ; m. J. Newburn. 

On the 30 March 1793, the year before Calvin' (" of Watertown") 
was married, Isaac Benham sold him 13^ acres in Waterbury, ''to 
be taken off from the north end of my land near Samuel Munson 
House ; " price, ;£ 27. He took the freeman's oath at Waterbury 

264 The Munson Record. 

20 Sept. 1802. He settled in Vienna, O., between that date and 
1810, perhaps in 1804. 

Jesse^ (Samuel*, William^) b. 21 May 1772 ; m. 5 Dec. 1799 Polly 
dau. of Jared Hill of Waterbury b. 28 Nov. 1769 ; he d. in Vienna 
Feb. 1852. School-teacher and farmer ; Whig ; Presb. ; res. 
Waterbury, Ct., Vienna, O. 

Children, two b. in W., three at Paynes Corners, O.: 

193. i. Eunice Tuttle' b. 2 June 1800. 
193^. ii. Lydia Ann' b. 19 June 1801. 

iii. Riley' b. 19 April 1806 ; d. 23 Jan. 1807. 

194. iv. Lola' b. 6 June 1809. 

V. Louisa' b. 24 Sept. 1813 ; m. Royal Wright ; living in 1887. 

In Sept. 1800, the year after Jesse's marriage, he took the free- 
man's oath at Waterbury, and on the nth Oct. following, he 
bought 3^ acres with house and barn " on Sawmill plain " in 
Waterbury. On the 9th July 1804 he sold Uriel Holmes, Jurif, 4^ 
acres with a house and barn — "it being the place where I now 
live ; " price $300. Jesse presently removed to Vienna, for one of 
his children was born there in April 1806. 


Samuer (Samuel", William'), m. Charlotte McGill ; farmer ; 
res. (app'y) Liberty, O. 

Children, b. at Liberty : 

i. Samuel', unmarried. ii. James', 

iii. Philo', unmarried, 

iv. Albert', went West to live. 

V. Charlotta'. vi. Mary Jane'. 


Freeman" (SamueP, William') b. 1786; m. Margaret Gregory; 
d. 7 Nov. 1878. Farmer ; res. Vienna, O. 

Children : 

i. Amos' b. 1809 ; m. Ann Kerney ; d. 1887 ; res. Grant Co., Iowa, 
ii. Henrietta' b. 1815 ; m. 1833 John Vaughn ; res. Fayette Co., Iowa, 
iii. Miles' (5. 25 Dec. 1816; w. Salarcia Humason ; Dem.; res. Court- 
land, Trumbull Co., O. 
iv. Marietta' b. 10 May 1821; m. Jacob Gentholts ; "Disciple"; res. 
Champion, Trumbull Co., O. 

195. V. Clarissa' b. 10 April 1823. 






Clan William^: — — DanieP. 265 

Freeman", according to Wm. C. Phelps, lived in Brookfield 
about half a mile east of the town-line, while Jesse' lived about 
half a mile west of that line in Vienna. 


Danier (Samuel', William') b. abt. 1788 ; m. 26 Dec. 1814 Miranda 
Selkrig of Wolcott ; he d. July 1841 ; she d. 29 Dec. 1874. Res. 
Wolcott, Cheshire, Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 

i. George Harvey' b. 4 Aug. 1814; m. Martha Atwood, "a terrible 
woman," from whom he obtained a divorce after a few years. 
Subsequently he lived with his mother. He d. June 1878. 
Henry T.' b. 28 May 1816. 
Samuel Miles' b. 23 Feb. 1820. 

Emeline Augusta' b. 25 April 1822 ; m. Henry Chambers, a m'f'r of 
steel-traps, etc.; one son, Cornelius C* ; res. Waterbury, Ct. 
198. V. William Alfred' b. 17 Dec. 1824 in Wb. 

vi. Angeline Lucretia' b. 16 Dec. 1833 in Cheshire ; m. Lucius S. Beach 

(a brass-roller) ; no children ; res. Waterbury, Ct. 
vii. Susan' b. 5 March 1837 ; d. 17 May 1837. 

DanieP spent a part of his life " in the West (without his family)," 
perhaps in Vienna or Brookfield, O.; but he afterwards lived in 
Waterbury. Earlier, he lived in Cheshire, opposite the toll-house, 
where several at least of the children were born. " I guess he was 
a shrewd, likely man," says Mr. Judd. " He was an excellent 
dancer, and it was thought any young lady who might have his 
company, should feel proud. He frolicked into late hours, and 
used stimulants to keep himself up." His example was not 
neglected, it is said. 

An amusing story comes to me from three different sources. 
Street Todd, a man of property, lived in the west part of Cheshire 
on the mountain. Daniel was so much in debt that his townsmen 
would hesitate to give him credit. Taking a bag he proceeded to 
the home of the prosperous farmer. Daniel stuttered a little. 
" Mr. Tw-odd, I want to pway you four dollars ; I want to pway 
you what I owe you, and I want to pway you for some pork." 
" All right," responded the prudent citizen, " I will go down and 
get it." He brought up the meat and dropped it into the bag 
which Daniel held open. The latter put the bag on his shoulder. 
"Hold on !" said Mr. T.; "you said you wanted to pay me what 
you owed me, and for the pork." " Mr. Tw-odd, I want to pway 
you as much as any man could, but I hant got the money !" 

266 The Munso7i Record. 



' (SamueP, 

William^), m. 


ren : 



ii. Caroline''. 



V. Aurelia\ 

iii. Julia'' 

Miles" (Amasa^, William^) b. 21 May 1770; m. Elizabeth Munger 
who d. 10 June 1830 ; in. three times ; he d. 23 April 1853, a. n. 83. 
Res. Bethlehem, Ct. 

Children, by Elizabeth : 

i. Hannah Elizabeth'', unm.; d. Oct. 1845, ce. 28 or 30. 

199. ii. Derrick Stone'' b. 15 Feb. 1800. 

iii. Alfred'' b. 8 April 1801 ; unm.; farmer; he was "of Bethlehem" 
29 Oct. 1825, — res. New Haven 11 yrs., Plainville 16, Waterbury, 
Ct., till he d. 27 Jan. 1891. 

iv. Lewis'', m. 23 March 1831 Fanny Cook of Farmington ; ch., James^, 
John*, Elizabeth* — all d. before 4yrs. ; farmer ; res. Plainville, Ct., 
— was " of Farmington " when he married. He sold 5 acres in 
1837 and 14 acres in 1848. He was received into the Cong. Ch. 
in Bethlehem i Sept. 1822. Mrs. Fanny Munson d. 28 March 
1886, cB. 83. 

V. Lambert'', unm.; while collecting money for a clock-business, he d. 
at Little Rock, Ark., 9 Oct. 1831, ce. 25. 

200. vi. 'William'' b. unc. 23 April 1810. 

Miles* was well-proportioned, six feet high (barefoot), weighed 
over 200 lbs., and was very strong. S. L.* M. writes — " My grand- 
father, Miles Munson, when 83 years old walked from Bridgewater 
to Bethlehem, about fifteen miles, and I think returned the same 
day." He was then " as spry as at sixty," said Alfred\ Miles'* 
was a great basket-maker ; his productions " would almost hold 
water." He lived about two miles north of the village. His wife 
Elizabeth was received into the Cong. Ch. in Bethlehem about 
1813-14. His wife Lucinda was living 24 May 1836. 

Levi** (Amasa^, William") b. Aug. 1794; m. 1822 Sophia Gal- 
braith ; he ^. 22 Oct. 1872; she<^. 1844. Tanner; Rep.; Agnostic; 
res. Orleans, Ind. 

Children, first four b. in Fairfield, Ind.: 

i. Maria Louisa'' b. 1823 ; d. 1840. 
ii. Amaryllis'' h. 1825 ; unm. in i860. 
iii. Mary Ann'' b. 1826 ; m. James Tefft. 

Clan William^: Benoni^. 267 

201. iv. Amzi Louis'' b. 28 May 1828. 

V. William M.'' b. Aug. 1829 ; m. abt. 1852 ; 2 daughters ; res. Orleans, 

and Mitchell, Ind. 
vi. Cordelia'' b. 1834; m. abt. 1851 Hammers; 3 ch.; res. Lawrence, 

vii. Elizabeth'' b. 1836 ; in. abt. 1850 Brady; 2 ch. ; res. Mitchell, Ind. 
viii. Sarah'' b. 1838 ; rn. Wethers ; res. Sagoote, Martin Co., Ind. 
ix. Jane'' b. 1840. 


Benoni" (Amasa^, William") b. abt. 1798 ; w. Huldy Hadaway; 
he d. 2 Nov. 1881. Res. Poultney, Vt. 

Children : 

202. i. Thankfur b. 25 April 1822 in Poultney. 

ii. William'', m. Margaret Gleason of Wallingford, Vt. ; res. near his 

brother Aden ; ch. — Eugenia^. 
iii. Jonas'', m. Laura A. Wetmore of Ira, Vt.; res. Minnesota; ch. — 

iv. Aden'', m. Harriet Standish of Fair Haven, Vt. ; res. Marysville, 

Kan.; ch. — (i) George^, (2) Emma^, (3) Huldah^, (4) Henry^, +. 
v. Levi^, m. Saphronia Bent of Wells, Vt. ; res. East Poultney, Vt.; 

ch. — (i) Emma^, (2) Seward'^, (3, 4) Addie^, Ida* (twins), (5) 

Hiland*, (6) Charles*, (7) fem. d. y., (8) Nally* (male), 
vi. Lefe'', m. Asa Thompson, 
vii. Louisa Amanda', w. Asa Thompson (2nd wife) ; res. Hamilton, Mo. 

Louisa'' formerly taught school in Rutland, Vt. 
viii. Maria'', 7n. Henry Hastens. 
ix. Sally'', m. George Pettibone ; res. Whitehall, N. Y. 
X. Peace'', m. John Farrall ; res. Whitehall, N. Y. 

All these except ThankfuF were reported living in 1884. Three 
other daughters had died. In July i860 Benoni' was said to be 62 
yrs. old. 


Tryphena^ ( Amasa'*, William") b. 1800 ; m. Zeri Parker, a farmer ; 
she d. (z. 74. Res. Meriden, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Julius'', had an iron-foundry ; now (1883) retired ; res. Meriden, Ct. 
ii. Stephen'', deceased. 


Katharine L.' (Amasa^, William") b. 25 March 1808; ?«. 30 
March 1828 Lemuel Parker; moved to N. Y. S.; she d. at Madison, 
N. Y.; he d. at Augusta, N. Y. 

268 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Asa Munson'', m. Julia A. Bishop ; d. in Missouri. 

ii, Lewis Lemuel', d. y. at Madison, N. Y. 

iii. Caroline C, m. Charles E. Goodrich of Meriden, Ct. 

iv. lola M.', m. Thomas Andrews of Cheshire, Ct. 

149. ^ 

Cordelia A.^ (Amasa', William*) i>. 28 May 1810 ; m. 3 Jan. 1833 
Major Leonard Peck; living 1891. Res. Avon, and New 
Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Angeline Louisa' d, 16 Oct. 1836 ; m. Jan. 1854 Calvin Judd, a 

farmer ; deceased ; res. Avon, Ct. 
ii. Ellen Cordelia' i>. 12 Sept. 1840 ; m. Henry H. Pierce ; ch. — Herbert 

S.** i. 2 July 1867 ; m. (2nd) Elizur Thompson, keeper of lighthouse, 

East Haven, Ct. 
iii. Adelaide Frances' i. 13 Aug. 1843 ; m. 2 July 1865 Ralph M. 

Douglass ; w. (2nd) Charles W. Foster 30 Sept. 1882 ; res. New 

Haven, Ct. 
iv, Dwight Lewis' 3. Aug. 1846 ; d. at 3I yrs. 
V. Clarence Eugene' d. 21 Jan. 1851 ; unm. 1891 ; rubber-boot maker ; 

res. New Haven. 


Aaron' (Elisha', William', William') l>. 24 Oct. 1783 ; m. 13 Oct. 
1803 Lucinda Thorpe in North Haven ; she d. 24 Aug. 1853, ce. 70. 
Blacksmith ; res. North Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Charlotte® <5. 14 May 1804; d. 14 Oct. 1805, a. i yr., 5m. 
ii. Emeline*, dp. 14 June 1807 ; received into Cong. Ch. in North 
Haven 6 Sept. 1835 ; unm.; " she was a great sufferer for years, 
and mother often told me how patient she was, and what a good 
Christian she thought she was." — J. J?.^ S. 
203. iii. Harriet Lucinda^ d. 12 April 1812 ; dj>. 21 June 1812. 

iv. Graced i>p^ 27 March 1815 ; d. (" an infant") 28 March 1815. 
V. William^ d. when about 14 yrs. old. 

Aaron's wife Lucinda was admitted as a communicant into the 
Cong. Ch. at North Haven June 16, 1806. Mr. Brockett of North 
Haven remarked 5 Oct. 1886 : "I remember Aaron Munson as a 
blacksmith in North Haven ; his shop was on the west side of the 
river, some ten or fifteen rods below the bridge — where the black- 
smith-shop now stands. He died perhaps sixty years ago. He 
had two daughters, older than L" " In consideration," as Aaron'^ 
said, " of the natural affection which I have for my children. 

Clan William^: Linus J.'' 269 

Emeline Munson and Harriet Lucinda Munson, minors, residents 
of North Haven," he transferred 7 Nov. 1814 land, buildings and 
a blacksmith-shop " near mansfields bridge." At the same time, 
if I mistake not, this property was leased to his father, Elisha ** of 
Waterbury." Alfred E.* of Cobourg writes : " I used to see him 
[Aaron'f] at our home in Wolcott, near my grandfather's farm, 
where we lived then. I also remember that he was taken ill and 
died at my grandfather's house. I was present at his death and 


Laura E.' (Elisha^, William^, William") b. 6 June 1786 ; 771. 25 
Dec. 18 16 Daniel son of Timothy Scovill of Waterbury ; he d. 3 
Oct, 1833 ; m. (2nd) Thornton. Res. Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Melisse M.^ b. 22 Oct. 1817. 

ii. Luzerne^ b. 3 Sept. 1819. 

iii. Lucius DanieP b. 2 Oct. 1S21. 

iv. George Nelson^ b. 9 Oct. 1827. 

Daniel Scovill " owned a large farm and lived on it." Mrs. Laura 
Thornton lived ''somewhere between Waterbury and Prospect." 


Hannah M.' (Elisha', William', William') b. 3 June 1789; m. 
Ransom Benham ; res. Prospect, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Lewis^, res. Prospect ; farmer ; has a son Charles' living in 

ii. Bennet*, res. Prospect ; farmer. 


Chloe' (Elisha", William', William') b. 9 April 1793 ; m. Riley 
Tuttle ; m. (2nd) Lent Moss, "a rich farmer." Res. Prospect, Ct. 

Children, one by Tuttle, four by Moss : 

i. Flora^, m. Titus Mix ; res. Prospect (Pleasant Valley), 
ii. Augustus*. iii. Dau., m. Scott.- 

Linus J." (Elisha", William', William'), m. abt. 182 1 Laurene 
Weller of Canton, N. Y.; he d. abt. 1855 ; she d. April 1876. 
Farmer ; res. Wolcott, Ct., and Canada. 

I ***** * 

270 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

204. i. Mary Weller** 3. 21 April 1822 in Canton, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y. , 

bp. in Wolcott 23 March 1828. 

205. ii. Alfred Elisha^ b. 11 May 1824 in Canton, N. Y.; bp. in Wolcott 

23 March 1828, 

206. iii. Caroline Mabel* b. 1826 in Wolcott ; bp. in W. 23 March 1828. 

207. iv. Laura Alma^ b. 27 Jan. 1830 in Wolcott ; bp. in W. 9 May 1830. 

V. David Ezra* (5. 1832 in Prospect, Ct. ; m. 1856 Amy Ockerman of 
Belleville, Ont. ; have a dau. and a son; farmer; res. Essex 
Centre, Ont. 

Linus' posterity has exhibited some splendor. For example, 
his son Alfred E. of Cobourg, Canada — a gentleman of superior 
ability and achievement — has had two sons graduated at Victoria 
University, one of them as valedictorian ; two of his daughters 
have married graduates of that university, both valedictorians ; 
two other sons are druggists, and another is a marine contractor. 
Linus J. removed to Canada about 1834. 

155. . 

Peter' (Heman', William', William') <5. 10 Feb. 1782 ; m. Maranah 
Hecock b. 9 Sept. 1783 ; he d. 4 Nov. 1868 ; she d. 29 Jan. 1859. 
Res. Watertown, Ct. and Meredith, Del. Co., N. Y. 

Children : 

Caroline* b. i May 1804. 

John S.* b. 27 April 1808 in Jefferson, Scho. Co., N. Y. 
Gurnsey H.* b. 5 Oct. 1812 ; m. 6 Dec. i860 Jennie Harlow b. 5 May 
1842 ; he d. 16 Feb. 1883 ; res. Meredith, 
iv, Peter* b. 10 June 1818 ; vi. 14 Nov. 1844 Eunice Couse ; he d. 12 

April 1883 ; res. Meredith, 
v, Emeline* b. 25 July 1817 ; m. 4 Nov. 1846 Jesse Scott ; she d. 
26 April 1847 ; res. Meredith. 

210. vi. George Washington* b. 14 Nov. 1820. 

211. vii. Polly M.* b. 11 April 1824. 

Peter' settled in Meredith, near Heman', who was then in 
Davenport. The Watertown "list" for 1803 taxed him for i poll, 
2 oxen, 2 cows, i horse, 12 acres of plough-land, 9 of mowing, 
4 acres uninclosed ; amount, $140.21. That year. May 17, he sold 
his mother Abi 2^ acres " in the north part of Watertown " for 
;^2o. For $50 he sold 7 Sept. 1804 'the landed estate distributed 
to me out of the estate of my father,' i^ acres, bounded east on 
Abijah' and west partly on Heman' and partly on his mother. He 
was still "of Watertown" 29 Oct. 1804. 




' ii. 


Clan William'': Heman''. 271 


Heman' (Heman^, William', William'') b. 21 Nov. 1783 ; m. Sarah 

Heacock of Watertown, who d. 24 Dec. 1846 ; in. (2nd) ; he d. 

23 Oct. 1861. Farmer; Dem.; Univ.; res. Watertown, Ct., and 
Davenport, N. Y. 

Children, b. in D. : 

i. Heman^ b. 24 July 1805 ; m. Mary Shaver ; m. (2nd) Betsy Osborne ; 

m. (3d) ; living 1885 ; res. Owego, N. Y. 

ii. William* b. 6 March 1807 ; d. at Benjamin's 13 Dec. 1863 ; res. Frank- 
lin, N. Y. 
iii. Abijah* b. 31 May 1809 ; 711. Betsey Shaver ; deceased ; res. Hart- 
wick, Otsego Co., N. Y.; had a son Abijah' — "he was a captain 
in our last war " {D. B.^ M.) — deceased. 
212 iv. Peter^ b. 21 Feb. 1811. 

213. V. Benjamin^ b. 22 Feb. 1813. 

214. vi. John H.^ 3. 6 Jan. 1815. 

215. vii. Anna Maria^ b. 27 Sept. 1817. 

Heman' "of Watertown," 23 Nov. 1804 sold 2 acres for $120. 
He and his wife came to Harpersfield and after a short time to 
Davenport, Del. Co., N. Y. and settled on Ouleout Creek when 
the region was an unbroken wilderness, the home of the wolf and 
the panther, the nearest human habitations being ten or fifteen 
miles distant. After a couple of years Peter' came and settled 
near him. At a later date Heman sold this farm and bought a tract 
of woodland three miles below on the Ouleout, in Franklin. He 
and his boys cleared it, fenced it with walls, and provided it with 
good farm-buildings. Presently his wife died ; he married again, 
sold the large farm which he had owned some forty years, and 
bought one of 25 acres in Davenport, where he spent the remain- 
der of his days. " He was a large man, of noble form. He was 
of very just and sound judgment, — often called upon to settle dis- 
putes and prize damages." — D. B^ M. 


Abijah', (Heman^ William^, William') b. 3 May 1786 ; in. Sally 
Nettleton of Woodbridge, Ct.; res. Watertown, Ct. 

Children : 

i. George N.^ b. (guess) abt. 1822 ; removed to Milford, Ct. abt. 1867 
or '68 ; celebrated as a fox-hunter. " He used to hunt and fish a 
great deal." 
ii. Maria^, m. Tracy Barnes ; res. Cornwall, Ct. ; both deceased. 

272 The Munson Record. 

Abijah'^ dwelt also in Plymouth and Morris ; he died in Water- 
town. He worked at farming. June 15, 1807 he sold John Smith 
I acre, i rood, " in the North part of Watertown, Buting , , 
East on Land of Stephen' Munson with a Right in the house and 
Barn as Distributed to me," etc. He and his son "of Watertown " 
paid A. C. W. $1,400 for 60 acres in Plymouth 10 Feb. 1844. They 
were on the Plymouth voting-list in 1844. Abijah' was a soldier 
in the War of 1812. "I think he was orderly-sergeant," said his 
nephew, Lucius^ 

Stephen' (Heman', William', William') b. 3 May 1788 : 711. 4 
Nov. 181 1 Almira* Hartshorn; he d. May 1867, <^. 79. Farmer; 
res. Plymouth, Ct. 

Children : 

216. i. Lucius^ b. 5 Aug. 1813 in Plymouth. 

ii. Eubulus*, went to Ohio with his father, married there, moved to 
Minnesota, and there died. He had children. 

iii. Hosea^, m. Wid. Lydia A. Potter — no ch. ; m. (2nd) Mariette Smith ; 
ch. — (i) Charlotte^, (2) Almira^, and (3) Elvira' (twins). He has 
worked at farming ; res. Plymouth, Ct. 

iv. Stephen^, w. Jane Belton ; ch. — (i) Josephine', (2) Stella', (3) Ella', 
and another. Has worked at farming. Has lived in Watertown, 
Waterbury, and Litchfield (" Northfield "), Ct. 
V. Heman^, m. Martha Titus ; i ch. — Elizabeth', m. and lives in Willi- 
mantic. Heman's occupation, farming ; res. Morris, Ct. 

Stephen' "of Watertown" 7 Sept. 1809 disposed of his right in 
his father's estate for ;^i6. He was "of Litchfield " in 1810. He 
bought eight acres in Plymouth bounded south on the West 
Branch (the boundary between Plym. and Watertown) 12 Feb. 
1813. He resided in Plymouth, then three or four years in Ohio, 
then Plymouth, aud finally Morris where he died. He was in 
Plymouth 1812, '15, '32, '35. 

Aner' (Heman', William', William') b. 28 Sept. 1790 ; 771. Winter 
of 1820 Hannah Galpin of Bethlehem, Ct. ; he d. in S. 1873, a. 83. 
Tanner and currier, and farmer ; res. Watertown and Bethlehem, 
Ct., and Saybrook (Munson Hill), O. 

Children, b. in Bethlehem : 

217. i. Leman Galpin* b. 2 Jan. 1821. 

218. ii. Homer® b. 27 Sept. 1822. 

* Public rec. at Plymouth, " Lamira." 

Clan William^: Aner\ 273 

iii. Leverett^ b. 20 Sept. 1824 ; m. xi Oct. 1846 Mary Gillette of Say- 
brook, O. ; no ch. Hotel-keeper, farmer, blacksmith ; Prohibi- 
tion ; res. Saybrook, O. 

" Aner Munson of Watertown " made a sale of his interest in 
ancestral property 25 March 1812. He lived in Bethlehem, is said 
to have lived also in Northfield, a parish about three miles south- 
east of Litchfield village, and removed to Ohio in 1833. Post- 
master Pierce of Munson Hill, O., writes : "This place was named 
by the Ashtabula, Youngstown and Pittsburg Railroad in 187 1. A 
man by the name of Aner Munson settled here in an early day, 
owning a farm at the Hill which is the highest point between the 
Lake [Erie] and Pittsburg. A son of Aner Munson [Homer"*] 
lived on the farm at the time the railroad was build in 187 1." 
Munson Hill is in Saybrook. " The railroad ran through our 
farm," says Homer^ In the War of 1812, Aner was a private in 
Capt. Luther Hadley's Co. of militia ; term of service, Aug 2 to 
Sept. 16, 1813. 


Garrett' (William", William", William*) b. 27 July 1791 ; m. 
Cynthia dau. of Squire Stoddard of Litchfield (Bantam Lake) ; d. 
Spring of 1868. Res. Meredith, and Franklin, N. Y. 

Children : 
Seth Beers^ b. 10 April 1821 in M. 
Luther^ b. 22 Sept. 1825. 

Mary Ann*, w. Wilmot ; res. Great Ben,d, Pa. 

Enos S.^, res. Franklin, Del. Co., N. Y. 
Andrew L.^ b. 4 May 1834 in Sidney, Del. Co., N. Y. 
William*, res Winnebago Co., 111. 


William' (William*, William^ William') b. 10 Jan. 1793 in Ply- 
mouth, Ct. ; in. 4 Sept. 1815 Alice Emons b. 3 May 1791 ; she d. 6 
May 1821 ; in. (2nd) Polly Benton 19 March 1822 {b. 9 March 
1792); she d. 30 Sept. 1875 ; he ^. 5 Aug. 1887, cb. 94-^. Tanner; 
Rep. ; Cong. ; res. Litchfield (South Farms Society, which became 
Morris in 1859), Ct. 

Children, four by Alice, six by Polly : 

222. i. William Henry* b. i Aug. 1816. 

ii. Julius^ b. 17 Feb. 1818 ; d. 19 Feb. 1819. 
iii. Son b. 29 Sept. 1819 ; d. i Oct. 1819. 
Jv. Charles Bradley* b. 6 Jan. 1821 ; d. 14 Sept. 1825. 























274 The Miinson Record. 

Phebe Ann^ b. 5 April 1823. 

Cornelia Augusta^ b. 22 March 1825. 

Elizabeth L.^ ^. 3 Nov. 1827; res., unm.. New Haven (Westville), 

David C.8 b. 7 Aug. 1832. 
Charles^ b. 14 Feb. 1834. 
Homer George^ b. 11 April 1837 I unmarried ; manyyearsin employ 

of A. T. Stewart, N. Y. C. ; since 1883 orange grower and investor, 

at Sanford, Fla. ; Rep. ; Cong., — received to Plymouth Ch., 

Brooklyn, N. Y., 1866. 

William' " of Litchfield" 20 Sept. 1814, at the age of 21, bought 
one-half acre in South Farms Society " with the building, mill, 
and tan-vats thereon " ; and also a shoemaker's shop standing on 
the highway. He is mentioned as "of Litchfield" in 1824 when 
"said Munson's tan-works" are specified. He paid $125 May 13, 
1832 for the land on which he had " lately erected a bark-mill " ; 
and the same year he purchased 21 acres, paying $429. " He was 
a man of strong characteristics and was known throughout Morris 
and neighboring towns as ' Boss Bill '." His latest years were 
spent in New Haven (Westville), where his noble daughter Eliza- 
beth assiduously cared for him. His powers gradually failed and 
"his death was due to general collapse." 


Leavitt' (William", William', William') b. 4 April 1795 ; ^«- 
Anthia Stoddard (sister of Garrett's wife) ; ;;/. (2nd} Almira Hal- 
lock ; he ^. II Nov. 1878. Carpenter and whiplash-maker; res. 
The South, Great Bend, Pa., Meredith, N. Y., Morris and Litch- 
field (Bantam), Ct. 

Children, by Anthia : 

227. i. Lucinda^ b. 14 Sept. 1841. 

ii. Ellen*, (2 yrs. younger,) d. at 2 yrs. 

Leavitt' when a young man was a joiner and carpenter on a 
plantation in The South. His eyes were injured by a splinter 
from a hoe which he was repairing ; the destruction of sight was 
eifected by mercurial ointment. He lived three-score years after 
this calamity came upon him. It is said that Leavitt played the 
bagpipe. " He made the best whiplashes in the land. With a 
small dog-cart and a boy, he travelled all over the United States." 
" Everybody knew him," said one in Washington ; " he was a 
good man," said one in New Haven; "he was a very intelligent 
man," said one in Waterbury. Most of the tract occupied by the 
city of Rochester, N. Y., was once owned by him. 

Clan William'': Ransom\ 275 


Ransom' (William', William', William') b. 9 Jan. 1797 ; w. 1826 
Martha Conner of Ala. ; jfi. (2nd) Susan Catharine Riley of Lin- 
coln Co., Tenn. 7 Sept. 1828 {b. Dec. 1810) ; he d. 30 April 1866. 
Shoemaker, clock-peddler, farmer ; Dem. ; res. Pickens Co., Ala. 

Children : 

228. i. Frances Elizabeth® b. 13 Dec. 1830 in Jefferson Co., Ala. 

ii. James Michael® b. 20 Jan. 1833 in Jefferson Co. ; m. 1882 Mary- 
Elizabeth Leech of Ala. ; 2 ch. — girl b. abt. 1885, hoy b. abt. 1888 ; 
is a farmer ; has performed military service ; res. "on the old 
home-place," Pickins Co., Ala. (P.O., Dow, Lowndes Co., Miss.) 
iii. William®, d. 25 Dec. 1880, leaving a wife and two ch. — girl and boy. 

Ransom"s occupation in Litchfield, when a young man, was 
"making fancy boots." Ransom " of Waterbury " 17 Aug. 1822 
{ce. 25) bought one-fourth acre with dwelling-house in Cheshire, 
Ct. He moved to Alabama in 1826 ; was for many years a clock- 
peddler, "and then settled down to farming." Agnes' Halbert of 
Mississippi relates, in substance, the following bit of diplomacy : — 

Grandpa had a friend, Mr. Music, residing at Barton, Miss. Music sold Mr. Mason of Aber- 
deen a very fine piano. When Music sent in the bill. Mason refused to pay it. There was no 
way of collecting it by law, as Mason had made over his property to his wife. Ransom's aid was 
enlisted. He went to Aberdeen, introduced himself as Mr. Muncytonsy, rented the concert-hall, 
and had some bills printed advertising a concert on a certain evening of the following week. 
Then Mr. Muncytonsy presented his card at Mr. Mason's door. He had been informed, he said, 
that Mr. Mason had the finest piano in town : he would like to rent it for the concert, would pay a 
good price for the use of it, and would give his family complimentary tickets. Mason was so 
much pleased with Muncytonsy that he assured him he should have the instrument free of charge. 
Thanking him for the kindness. Ransom appointed the time when he would come for the piano. 
Music sent his wagon and driver, and Ransom assisted in transferring the instrument to the wagon. 
He then mounted his horse and bade the driver to follow him. When within two blocks of the 
hall, he turned to the driver and ordered him to drive to Music's as expeditiously as possible. 
Mason found, of course, that he had been outwitted, and he tore his hair with wrath. He swore 
that this was the completest Yankee trick he ever heard of. 


Charles R.' (William', William^ William') b. 8 Jan. 1799 ; m. 
22 June 1826 Lucy E. Prentice of Bethlehem, Ct.; he d. 16 Jan. 
1879 ; she d. 19 Feb. 1874. Shoemaker and cooper ; res. Meredith, 
and Delhi, N. Y. 

Children : 

229. i. John P.® b. 9 June 1827. 

ii. Martha C.® b. 8 Sept. 1828 ; m. 27 Sept. 1858 John G. Damond ; no 
ch. ; she d. 26 Feb. 1861. 

iii. Olive® b. 26 May 1830 ; d. y. 

iv. Abel D.® b. 2 Dec. 1831 ; m. 4 Dec. 1872 Helen R. Telford; no ch.; 
he d. 19 Sept. 1876 ; farmer ; res. Delhi, N. Y. In War of the 
Rebellion — enlisted for three years, or during the war. 

276 The Munson Record. 

V. Lucius H.8 b. 3 Aug. 1834 ; d. y. 

vi. Albert M.^ b. 12 Oct. 1838 ; m. 12 Oct. 1865 Harriet Johnson ; no ch. ; 
farmer ; res. Topeka, Kan. In War of the Rebellion — enlisted 
for three years or during the war. He was in many battles. 

*' About all the Munsons are Methodists."— /./'.' J/. "My 
father's family were all industrious, hard-working people." — lb. 

Michael D.' relates that while the country was yet wild, he and 
Charles R.' went hunting. As Charles caught sight of a dozen or 
so of deer, instead of keeping quiet he shouted — " Mike, Mike, 
see ! " and away the game flew. Charles's family often bantered him 
on an incident which occured in the woods one day. While cutting 
timber, his axe glanced and cut a hole in his boot, at the ankle. 
Calling Abel, he told him he had cut himself badly, and directed 
him to get the horses and carry him to the house as quickly as he 
could : " I shall bleed to death," said he. On reaching home, his 
boot was pulled off, when lo ! not even the skin had been cut ; a 
glimpse of his red drawers through the gap in the boot, had occa- 
sioned the alarm. 

Charles R.' sold a small farm which he owned in Hamden, N. Y., 
and bought a larger one in Delhi. He and his son Abel " carried 
on the farm, and they both worked at the cooper's trade in the 
winter when there was time, and made tubs and firkins for to have 
for sale as the farmers wanted them." — /. F.*' M. 


Olive' (William", William', William*) b. 21 Feb. 1801 ; m. 25 Nov. 
1827 Silas Strickland of Conn.; 5 ch.; 7n. (2nd) Carter Jackson 17 
Aug. 1845 ; she d. 2 Nov. 1886. Res. Guerryton, Bullock Co., Ala. 

Children : 

i. Thomas JeflFerson* b. 15 June 1830 ; w. Mary A. Robberson ; res. 

Talladega, Ala. 
ii. Mary M.* b. 28 Sept. 1833 ; m. Mark Renfroe ; res. Hurtsboro, 

Russell Co., Ala. 
iii. Buren^ b. i Feb. 1836 ; a Confederate soldier, killed in the war. 
iv. Sally A.* b. 28 April 1839 ; m. Enoch Renfroe ; res. Guerryton, Ala. 
V. Silas M.^ b. 24 Nov. 1841 ; d. 12 Sept. 1844. 


Clarissa B.' (William'', William^ William') b. 18 Feb. 1803 ; m. 
I Jan. 1824 Eli Nichols; she d. i8 June 1859. Res. Huntsburg, 
and Madison, O. 

Clan William'': Michael D' 277 

Children : 

i. Clarinda S.® b. 11 May 1825 ; m. Henry Ware and John McWilliams ; 

res. Lowellville, O. 
ii. Sarah E.* l>. 30 Aug. 1827; m. Erastus Eggleston ; she d. at 

Findlay, O. 
iii. John C.** b. 10 Feb. 1831 ; in. Jane Clemence ; they res. in Rock- 

ville, Kan. 
iv. Olive A.* b. 30 July 1835 ; (/. 2 June 1836. 

V. Cynthia A.* b. 17 Sept. 1837 ; m. William Norton ; res. Geneva, O. 
vi. Ezra W.^ b. 10 Dec. 1841 ; m. Laura Hill ; res. Geneva, O. 
vii. Henrietta C.^ (5. 3 Oct. 1844 ; w. George W. Corbett ; res. Geneva, O. 

Clarissa' removed from New York State to Huntsburg, O. about 
1831, and to Madison, Lake Co., O., in 1845, where she lived till 
the end. 


Michael D.' (William", William^ William'*) b. 15 Feb. 1805 ; m. 
25 Feb, 1830 Mary A. Rockwell b. in Becket, Mass. i April x8ii ; 
he d. 21 Feb. 1890 ; she d. 24 Feb. 1891. Shoemaker, and tanner 
and currier; Dem.; Cong.; res. Huntsburg, Geauga Co., O. 

Children, b. in Meredith, N. Y.: 

i. Harriet J.* b. 7 May 1831 ; m. 13 June 1852 Andrew T. Church; res. 
Huntsburg, O.; she d. 6 April 1865. 
230. ii. Virginia M.^ b. 14 Nov. 1833. 

iii. George R.* b. 11 Feb. 1836 ; a sea-captain, lost during a voyage. 
" His head-quarters were at San Francisco. The last we heard 
of him was in the early part of 1867 when he was just starting out 
in his new ship."— A'. D.^ C. 

Had Michael D.' lived four days longer, he and Mary A. would 
have seen the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage. 

" We clamb the hill thegither : . . 

Now we maun totter down, John, 
But hand in hand we'll go, 

And sleep thegither at the foot." 


Stephen' (David", William', William') b. 1803 ; m. 30 May 1827 
Nancy Nash (" both of Winchester"). Joiner ; res. Sandisfield, 
and Sheffield, Mass. 

Children : 

i. John Nash^ b. in Winchester, Ct. ; m. Mary J. Warner of Sheffield ; 
farmer ; res. Sheffield, Mass.; 4 ch. — (i) Julia^ m. Ralph Burr, a 
farmer of Norfolk, Ct. (2 ch., Ralph'" and another), (2) George^, 
(3) Nellie^ (4) Minnie^. 

2/8 The Munson Record. 

ii. Irene^, m. Herbert Royce, a farmer ; she d. abt. 1858 ; res. Sandis- 
field, Mass.; 3 ch. — (i) Jane*, 2 Albert*, (3) Frank*. Albert and 
Frank were in Collinsville, Ct., in 1883. 
231. iii. Susan^ b. 3 Feb. 1835. 

iv. Albert^ b. 29 Dec. 1837 in Sandisfield ; tn. i Jan. 1863 Sarah E. 
Heath of Sandisiield ; pattern-maker; res. Bristol, Ct. ; i ch. — 
Frank* b. in Lee, Mass. 20 Dec. 1867 ; d. of diphtheria 2 Dec. 


V. Alfred* b. 29 Dec. 1837 (twin) ; d. Autumn of 1852. 

vi. Miles Stephen*, m. abt. 1876; one ch. ; had one year in the army, 
Co. H. 49 Mass. — at New Orleans and up the river ; three or 
four years in the State Arsenal at Hartford ; pork and lard busi- 
ness in Chicago until the Great Fire ; then buying grain ; later 
(abt. 1879) iri lumber business. El Dorado, Kan. 

Stephen' was living in Winchester Jan. 1830 and in Sandisfield 
Dec. 1836. 


Sylvester' (David", William^ William^) b. 3 Jan. 1805 ; m. 20 
June 1836 Sarah A. Lanfear ; he ^. 2 Jan. 1865. School-teacher, 
and clothier ; res. Joliet, 111. 

Children : 

i. Mary Lanfear* ^. 24 Aug. 1841 ; m. 11 April 1863 Horace Weeks ; 
six children, four living ; res. Joliet, but intend removing (1891) 
to Daytona, Fla. 
ii. Martha Louise* b. 23 April 1843 ; tn. Gideon Bernier who d. 5 Feb. 

1871 ; 3 ch., all d. She and her mother live with Mary L.* 
iii. Sarah Harriet* b. 25 Jan. 1849 ; d. 5 Dec. 1849. 


Miranda' (David/ William/ William*) b. 11 April 1813; m. 
George Bird (widower) of Plainville, Ct., a clockmaker and joiner ; 
res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Alice Jane* b. 19 Jan. 1849 ; m. 27 Oct. 1869 Harvey R. Seward of 
New Haven ; children — (i) George H.*(5. 17 Feb. 1873, (2) Myron 
B.*^. 16 June 1876. 


Charles' (David,' William/ William') b. 5 Feb. 1816 ; m. 6 March 
1836 Julia E. Lyons ("both of Winchester*'); m. (2nd) Mrs. Caro- 
line (Austin) Lathrop i Jan. 1857 — divorced; »?. (3d) . Joiner; 

res. Winsted, Ct., etc., and New Marlboro, Mass. 

Clan William^: Horace' . 279 

Children, four by Julia, five by Caroline : 

i. Charles^, d. ii Feb. 1844, a. 5 yrs. 
ii. George^ d. 10 Feb. 1844, ce. 3-^ yrs. 
iii. Luzerne^, d. 18 Feb. 1844, ce. i yr. 7 mo. 
iv. Emma^, m. Barker, a joiner ; res. Winsted. 
V, Edward Luzerne* (5. g Nov. 1857 in Colbrook, Ct.; m. 15 March 

1882 ; brass-turner ; res. Waterbury, Ct. 
vi. William Frederick^ b. 9 Dec. 1858 in Sandisfield, Mass.; box- 
making (" liner ") ; res. Waterbury. 
vii. Anna Butler* b. 9 Nov. 1861 in Otis, Mass. 

viii, Charles Ernest* b. 24 May 1864 in Sandisfield ; m. 15 July 1882 Ida 
H. Morgan of Waterbury. 
ix. Carrie Elizabeth* i^. 4 June 1867 in Burrville, Ct. 

Charles' "of Plymouth" made a purchase in Winsted Society 
16 Aug. 1845. His wife Julia E. bought 21 July 1854 one-fourth 
acre with a new dwelling-house in Winsted. Charles now lives 
with his sister Mehetabel. 


Horace' (David,^ William,^ William^), tn. Betsey A. Benham b. 7 

July 1820 and d. 2\ July 1865 ; m. (2nd) Sarah J. b. 19 Jan. 

1826 and d. 15 Dec. 1876. Joiner, now farmer; res. Plymouth, 
and Bristol ("East Church"), Ct. 

Children, order unknown : 

i. Lyman*, foreman in foundry ; a son ; employed in needle-works ; 
res. Torrington, Ct. 
232. ii. Mary Ann* b. 3 April 1843 ; m. Luther Hough, a mechanic ; 2 boys, 

2 girls, and i d.; res. Terryville (in Plymouth), Ct. 
iii. Ralph W.* b. abt. 1842 ; in. 10 March 1866 Sarah E. Hamm of Ply- 
mouth ; mechanic (lock-shop) ; res. Terryville, Ct.; i ch. — Hattie 
Lydia' b. in T. 26 June 1867. Ralph W.* enlisted 11 Aug. 1862 
as private Co. D, 2nd Heavy Art., promoted to Corp. 20 Sept. 
'64, to Sergt. I March '65, discharged 7 July '65. 
iv. Eugene*, farming ; res. Bristol. 

v. Althea*, m. Cyrus P. Gaylord, a prominent farmer in Plymouth, 

East, — takes almost all the premiums on Hereford cattle ; 7 ch. — 

Nellie^, Albert^ Laura^ Lydia^ Je^ny^ Edwin', Edward' (twins). 

vi. Sarah E.* b. 15 Oct. 1850 ; 711. Edward Hamm, a joiner ; res. Bristol. 

vii. Charles E.* b. 15 Jan. 1855 ; m. 7 Aug. 1875 Ella O. Hamm ; res. 

Bristol, Ct.; i ch.— Ruth E. S.» b. 23 Oct. 1889. 
viii. Delaphine,* m. Burton Hull ; res. Terryville. 
ix. Lydia,* d. 10 March 1854, a:. 9. 
X. Horace,* d. 22 Dec. 1847, (^- 2 mo. 

Horace' was made elector in Plym. in April 1838. He now lives 
in Bristol, about half-way from the village to Plymouth. Samuel 

28o The Munson Record. 

Benham of Bristol 29 Sept. 185 1 presented his daughter Betsey, 
wife of Horace Munson of Bristol, 5 acres with a dwelling-house. 


George P/ (Seba°, William', William') b. 17 March 1807 ; m. 19 
Oct. 1828 Miranda* Stevens (both of New Haven) ; m. (2nd) July 
7, 1852 Mary Louisa Atwater b. 13 Dec. 1820 ; he d. 29 Oct. 1874. 
Steam-boiler builder ; Dem.; Episc; res. New Haven, Ct., etc. 

Children,! first by Miranda, four by Mary L.: 

i. Miranda* b. 14 Oct. 1829 in New Haven ; ^. 15 Jan. 1850. 

ii. George Atwater^ b. 7 Feb. 1854 in New London, Ct.; d. 29 July 1854. 

233. iii. George Atwater* b. 26 Feb. 1858 in Wallingford, Ct. 

234. iv. Fannie Louisa^ b. 29 Feb. i860 in W. 

V. Julia Elizabeth* b. 20 July 1862 in W. ; Episc; res. New Haven, Ct. 

George P.'' was in California at one time. His last years were 
spent in Wallingford, Ct. Mrs. Munson lost the top of her house 
by the Wallingford cyclone of Aug. 9, 1878, and her barn was 
entirely destroyed ; loss $600. 


Abijah M.' (Seba," William,' William') b. 26 Sept. 1811 ; m. 4 
Oct. 1832 Zeruiah Forbes who d. 15 May 1847 ; m. (2nd) 4 Feb. 
1849 Mary C. Chamberlain of Durham, Ct.; she d. 5 April 1891 ; 
he d. L9 April 1892. Sea-captain ; res. East Haven (Morris Cove), 
and Fair Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Margaret Zeruiah- b. 21 Aug. 1833 ; d. 29 July 1834. 

235. ii. Georgianna Estella*> b. 31 May 1841. 

236. iii. Hendrick Hudson* b. 5 May 1847 in Fair Haven. 

Abijah M.' became a sailor at fourteen, aud followed the sea 
nearly sixty years. The author's friend, Capt. George H. Frost of 
Boston, at the age of sixteen made some coasting voyages with Capt. 
Munson, in the " Smith Baker," a schooner. Young Frost had 
previously made trips on the " Ozella," a fruiterer, and had sailed 
then on the brig " Harriet Trowbridge." " Why did you leave 
the Ozella ? " the Captain inquired. " I liked the looks of the 
brig best," replied the youth. "Why do you leave the brig?" 

* Pub. rec. at New Haven, " Mary Ann." 

t Wallingford rec. give : Female ch. of G. P. M. b. 7 Nov. 1856. 

Male ch. b. 28 Feb. 1858. 

Fannie L. b. 26 Feb. i860. 

Clan William' : Abijah M: 281 

" I like the looks of the schooner best." Named from the ship- 
chandler who presented her with a set of colors, she had just been 
launched on the west side of the Quinnipiac between Tomlinson's 
bridge and the one above. She sailed to New York with a load of 
stone, and then to St. Josephs, Fla., freighted with iron ; returning 
she entered Chesapeake Bay and dredged for oysters. Capt. 
'Bige had such a liking for the young sailor that he invited him to 
spend the winter in his home at Morris Cove, and attend school, — 
doing some chores about the house and taking care of a cow. 
The invitation was accepted. This was the Winter of i839-'4o. 
Capt. Munson sometimes sailed to Great Britain, but his voyages 
were generally to the Mediterranean, South America, West Indies 
and Virginia. In 1840 he bought one-fourth of an acre with 
buildings "in Fair Haven Village." He continued to reside on 
the east side of the Quinnipiac, his last days being spent on Fair 
Haven Heights in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Smith. The 
Palladitwi says : " He was one of the ablest and most humane sea- 
captains who ever sailed from Fair Haven. Sailors were always 
glad to ship with him." 


Sarah A.' (Seba," William,' William') b. 3 Feb. 1818 ; vi. 13 
Jan, 1841 Major R. Shepard of Branford, a carpenter and a grain- 
merchant ; res. East Haven, and New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Leonise Adelaide^ b. 7 Nov. 1841 in East Haven. 

ii. Linda Sarah" b. 14 Feb. 1843 in E. H. 

iii. Caroline Emogene* b. 15 Nov. 1845 in E. H. 

iv. Geneveve Abigail* b. 2 Feb. 1855 in New Haven. 

Mr. Shepard was formerly reputed wealthy. 


Matilda A.' (Weait", Peter,' William*) b. 19 May 1796; 971. 12 
May 1821 Thomas G. Scott of Irville, O.; she d. at Warren, O., 24 
June 1853 ; he was drowned at Sandy Hook 23 Jan. 1830. 

Children : 

i. Mary Gertrude^ b. 3 Feb. 1823 . 

in Moorfield, O. ; m. i June ,^^01^ y, ^l-ya,<L/if.-z^ 
1858 William Winslow of / 

New York (Insurance Pres't); Meth. ; ch. — (i) Mary S." ^. 1859, 
(2) Edward^ i860, (3) Thomas S.' 1863, (4) Francis A.' 1866. 

282 The Munson Record. 

ii. Emeline Ann* b. 4 March 1825 in Moorfield ; m. 23 Nov. 1847 
Reuben S. Parks of New York City (Merchant, and Patent Office 
examiner); she d. at Wash, i Nov. 1869 ; res. Washington, D. C; 
ch.— (i) Mary F.» b. 1849, (2) Annie A.« 1852 (/«. 1878 John F. 
McCoy, 3 dau., res. Washington, D. C), (3) William S." 1855, 
res. Washington, D. C, (4) George T.' 1857, banking, res. Wash- 
ington, (5) Frederick R.* 1864, Penn. R. R. Co., res. Washington. 

iii. John William'' b. 24 Jan. 1827 at Irville ; d. in N. Y. C. 28 Sept. 

iv. Jane Grier* b. Feb. 1829 in N. Y. C; d. in N. Y. C. 18 Oct. 1830. 


Catharine' (Reuben,'' Peter^, William') b. 23 Sept. 1804 ; tn. 12 
Sept. 1824 Robert M. Hartley; she d. 7 Dec. 1873 ; he ^. 3 March 
1881. Philanthropist (R. M. H,); Presb.; res. New York City. 

Children : 

i.' Isabella* b. 9 Feb. 1826 ; m. 7 July 1847 John Sherwood of Anda- 
lusia, Pa. 

ii. Marcellus* b. 23 Sept. 1827. 

iii. Joseph Wilfred* b. 9 Jan. 1829 ; was for 

thirty years a foreign shipping and f-^^^^i^, '^ /jfti 
commission merchant ; since the war, ^^ " 

electrical business, with which he has 
still official connection ; res. Gramercj' Park, N. Y. 

iv. Isaac Smithson* b. 24 Sept. 1830 ; a D.D., the admired pastor of 
Christ Church, Utica, N. Y. 

V. Reuben Munson* b. 15 May 1832. 

vi. Mary Barlow* b. 26 Dec. 1834 ; d. 21 Sept. 1884. 

vii. Abigail Ann* b. 23 Feb. 1836 ; m. Fred. B. Wightman ; res. N. Y. C. 
viii. Catherine* b. 8 July 1838 ; d. 9 Dec. 1850. 

ix. Martha Jane* b. 14 July 1840. 

X. Adelia* b. 18 Sept. 1843. 

Robert M. Hartley was brought to this country from England 
at the age of three years. His childhood was spent in the valley 
of the Mohawk. At the age of twenty-three he entered an 
academy for classical study, with a view to the ministry. His 
health failing, he turned his attention to mercantile pursuits. He 
was soon led, however, to devote his superior powers to Christian 
philanthropy. I quote a minute adopted by the Session of the 
Madison Square Church : " Having a singular faculty for organi- 
zation, he originated the plans which, in their maturity, are the 
basis of institutions conferring untold blessings upon multitudes 
of the poor, the sick and the friendless ; and he was a colleague 
and coadjutor with those wealthy philanthropists who were ever 
ready to supply the funds needed to carry forward, or consum- 


Clan William^: Levi". 283 

mate his schemes of benevolence." The board of managers of a 
New York charity observe that " Benevolence and energy were 
the leading traits of his character." He was vitally associated with 
several institutions, but his grandest service was connected with 
the " Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor." Of 
this he was one of the founders, and was its most important officer 
from 1843 to 1876. "He elaborated in detail," says Dr. Parkhurst, 
" a system for the government of the new organization, to which 
have been conformed the principles of working adopted by more 
than sixty similar institutions, American and foreign. The 
immediate object of the society has been to elevate the physical 
and moral condition of the indigent. Up to 1877, eleven hundred 
thousand persons had been relieved, at an expenditure of seven- 
teen hundred thousand dollars." 

A handsome memorial volume of 550 pages, exhibiting the rare 
excellence and the distinguished usefulness of Mr. Hartley, has 
been printed by his family. The editor, Dr. Isaac S., thus dedi- 
cates it : " To my mother, Catharine Munson Hartley, whose love, 
self-sacrifice and sympathy imparted silent strength to the life 
herein traced, and whose faithful ministrations freed it from many 
anxieties and gave it needed encouragement." The " Memorial " 
presents an artotype likeness of Catharine', and the following 
pen-portrait by her husband : " She was of medium stature, in 
person inclining to roundness, of blonde complexion, light hair, 
an expressive countenance, enlivened by blue eyes at once signifi- 
cant and penetrating. Her domestic virtues were most exemplary. 
Industry and economy were conspicuous in the care of her family." 
There is also emphatic praise of her courtesy, love and tender- 
ness. The Rev. Dr. Muhlenberg, author of the hymn — "I would 
not live alway," visited her in her last illness ; and the Rev. Dr. 
William Adams conducted the funeral obsequies. The remains, 
attended by numerous relatives and friends, were interred in the 
family burial-lot at Greenwood, 


Levf (Reuben", Peter', William'), a twin, b. 23 Sept. 1810 ; m. 
27 Dec. 1831 Rachel Crasto of N. Y. C; he d. 17 March 1893. 
Butcher ; res. N. Y. C, and Whitestone, L. I. 

Children : 

237. i. Margaret L.' b. 26 Oct. 1832 in N. Y. C. 

ii. David C.^ b. 14 July 1S34 in Westchester Co.; m. Rachel Conkling ; 
was a brigade-butcher in the Army ; carpenter. 














284 The Munson Record. 

iii. Abraham G.^ b. 18 Nov. 1836 in Flushing ; ni. 2 July 1873 Annie 
Woolsey ; wheelwright, mail-messenger; res. Palisades, N. Y.; 
I ch. — Alban Elliott' b. 28 April 1874 in Palisades. 

Levi^ b. 16 Feb. 1839 in Flushing. 

Robert Story* b. 31 March 1841 in Bayside, L. I. 

Arabella C.® b. 25 Sept. 1843 in Bayside. 

Adelia S.'* b. 29 Oct. 1845 in Flushing; m. William Pawson ; res. 

Moses C.« b. 24 March 1848 in Bayside. 

Rebecca C.^ b. 23 July 1850 in B. ; m. Henry Magee ; res. N. Y. C. 

William Fanning* /'. 17 Jan. 1853 in B. 

Abigail A* b. 16 Feb. 1856 in B. ; m. Albert Koopman ; res. High 
Bridge, Westchester Co., N. Y. 
xii. Carrie C* b. g Feb. i860 in Whitestone ; w. 1885 or '86 Mich} 
M'Glinchey b. 18 Jan. 1844 in Co. Donegal, Ire.; res. Whitestone, 
Flushing, L. I. ; 3 ch.— (i) Charles Vincent^ b. 26 Dec. 1886 in W. , 
(2) Robert^ b. 6 July 1888 in W., (3) Rachel Josephine^ b. 26 Jan. 
1892 in F. M<^G's first wife died in Belfast, Ire., 1877. 

Levi' had a fine face, blue eyes, and the typical Munson nose. 
He told me in 1885 that when he was fourteen, there were only 
three Munsons in N. Y., his father, his uncle Peter H., and David, 
" a Yank ", who was in charge of the watch-house on an angle of 
Chatham-Square. " My stall in the Franklin Market was burned 
in The Great Fire of 1835, and I came out here. Every Monday 
morning I went to New York and got the five best steers I could 

Adelia A.'' (Reuben", Peter', William") b. 4 Dec. 1813 ; in. 5 Nov. 
1829 Robert R. Story b. in Boston 18 Sept. 1806 ; he d. 14 Sept. 
1874 ; she rtf. 17 June 1886. Res. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Children, the first b. in N. Y. C, the rest in Bkln. 

i. Robert Hartley' <5. 13 Oct. 1830; d. 16 Jan. 1832. 
ii. Reuben Munson' b. 14 Aug. 1832 ; d. 10 March 1833. 
iii. Robert Randall* b. 17 April 1834 ; in. 3 Aug. 1S55 Martha A. Knight ; 

d. 30 March 1867 ; res. Brooklyn, 
iv. Joseph Grafton* ^. iS 

March 1836; w. 28 Oct. \ / /. Jy ^.^^^ 

1863 Emma A. dau. of ^^''''/l^Z/l/cA^ iZ. C^VT^^ 

Avery P. Freeman of 

Bkln.; she d. 3 Jan. 

1895 ; formerly in shipping business, chiefly with Brazil, — now 

Assistant Chief of Ordnance of the State of New York ; colonel ; 

served in War of the Rebellion, 23d N. Y. Regt.; three surviving 

ch., two sons and one dau., unm. ; res. 21 Herkimer St., Brooklyn, 

N. Y. 
V. Adelia Ann* b. i Feb. 1838 ; d. 6 Aug. 1839. 

Clan Williavi': James M J 285 

vi. William Norris^ b. 28 Jan. 1840 ; d. 5 Feb. 1840. 
vii. Adelia Joanna* b. 21 Dec. 1840 ; d. 12 March 1842. 
viii. William B. L.^ b. 17 Feb. 1843 ; w. 13 Oct. 1869 Julia Brainard ; res. 
160 Hancock St., Brooklyn. 
ix. Theodore Frelinghuyson* b. 30 Aug. 1845 ; d. 12 April 1878. 
X. Charles G. H.^ b. 11 Feb. 1853 ; w. 15 Feb. 1879 Lizzie Kernan ; res. 
Bridgeport, Ct. 

Adelia A.' wrote 3 Dec. 1884 : "I have but three sons left, — all 
doing well, with a little family around them." 


James M.' (Reuben", Peter', William') b. 14 Sept. 1819 ; m. 6 
June 1843 Sarah E. Allen b. 21 Nov. 1817 ; d. 28 July 1884. 
Butcher ; res. New York City. 

Children : 

i. Charles Lester^ b. 9 March 1844 in N. Y. C. ; d. 12 Dec. 1876. 

243. ii. Theodore Lafayette^ b. 21 May 1846 in Bayside, L. I. 

iii. James Monroe* b. 12 Jan. 1855 in Bkln.; d. 28 Feb. 1863. 

244. iv. Joseph G. S.* ^. 15 Nov. 1857 in Bkln.; trucking; res. Brooklyn, 

N. Y. 
V. Abigail Ann^ b. 30 Aug. i860 in Bkln.; ;«. 3 Oct. 1878 William 
Dorrit Ford, an engraver; no ch. ; res. Brooklyn (Windsor Ter- 
race), N. Y. 


Elizabeth' (Reuben*, Peter', William') b. 7 May 1826 ; 771. 16 
March 1854 Nehemiah W. Haight ; she d. at Port-Chester, N. Y., 
24 Aug. 1883. 

Children : 

i. Isaac Hartley^ b, 17 Dec. 1854 at Williams Bridge, N. Y. 

ii. Robert R. S.* b. 27 May i860 at W. B. 

iii. Abigail Munson* b. 16 Feb. 1862 at W. B. 

iv. Walter CaswelP b. 9 June 1866 at East-Chester, N. Y. 


Abigail' (Levi', Peter', William') b. 27 Dec. 1810 ; 171. 5 Jan. 1832 
Ryer Bristol of Cheshire b. i Feb. 181 1 ; he ^. 31 Aug, 187 1 ; she 
d. 17 Nov. 1889. Res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Antoinette^ b. 29 Oct. 1834 ; m. 17 Sept. 1855 William S. Bates; he 

d. 19 June 1874 ; res. Cheshire ; 2 ch. — (i) Mena A.' 1863, (2) 

William G.' 1866, m. Ida Chidsey ; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

ii. Alfred* b. 15 June 1839 ; m. 7 Sept. 1865 Fannie A. Doolittle ; he d. 

20 Dec. 1884 ; res. Cheshire ; 7 ch. — (i) Edward' b. 1866, (2) 

286 The Munson Record. 

Mary9 1869, d., (3) Alfred^ '71, (4) Percy^'73, (5) Lucia» '75, (6) 
Drurie^ '77, (7) Arthur* '80. 
iii. Abbie A.^ b. 21 Aug. 1841; m. 4 June 1890 Charles N. Jones, a 
farmer and selectman ; res. Wallingford, Ct. 


Ad aline' (Levi', Peter', William*) b. 8 Feb. 1813 ; m. 20 Dec. 
1840 Calvin C. Benham b. 22 Dec. 1810, a carpenter and Dem.; 
he d. 18 Dec. 1878. Res. Hamden (Mount Carmel), Ct. 

Children, b. in Cheshire : 

i. Bilson Bilzar^ b. 12 Maj^ 1842 ; d. 27 Aug. 1858. 

ii. Lent Monroe* b. 26 March 1847 ; m. 21 June 1871 Georgia dau. of 
Col. Dwight Hall of Wallingford ; clerk and Dem.; res. Walling- 
ford, Ct. 
iii. Amiranda* b. 21 Sept. 1851; m. 4 Nov. 1869 William R. Todd of 
Hamden, a farmer and Dem.; res. Hamden (Mt. Carmel). 


Catharine'' (Levi°, Peter^, William") b. 8 Feb. 1813 ; ;«. Sept. 
1836 Andrew Hull, who d. i Jan. 1845 ; m. (2nd) Silas Hitchcock ; 
he d. 14 June 1894; she d. 13 Nov. 1894. Res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children, by A. H. : 

i. A son, d. y. 

ii. Meribah^ ?}i. Albert Morrill; one dau., Meribah Delle^. 
iii. Garafelia^, m. George J. C ape well ; res. Hartford, Ct. ; ch. — Ida', 
Mary Alice", and George^. 


Levi' (Levi", Peter", William*) b. 10 Oct. 1814 ; ?)i. Lydia L. 
Hitchcock; m. (2nd) in May 1851 Mary Smith (;/<fV Thompson), 
(^. (" adult, privately ") 24 May 1866 and d. 12 June following; 
7fi. (3d) Sally Ann Steele {?7('e Matthews) 11 July 1866 ; 7n. (4th) 
Agnes Clarissa Stevens of Cheshire 4 Sept. 1882 [b. Oct. 1834). 
Merchant, hotel-keeper, etc.; Dem.; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children, one by Lydia, five by Mary : 

i. Mary* b. 1841; d., unm., 1879. 
245. ii. Tenna Elizabeth* b. 6 Feb. 1853. 

iii. Ambrose Doolittle* b. abt. 1854 ; buried 6 June 1858. 
iv. Tilton Doolittle® /;. 22 Oct. 1857; m. 12 Dec. 1888 Minnie Maria 
Jeralds of Cheshire b. 9 Jan. 1866; painter; res. Cheshire, Ct. ; 
2 ch.— (i) Tilton Levi'' b. 24 Oct. 1889, (2) Irma Marguerite^ b. 6 
April 1893. 

Clan William^: Levi\ 287 

V. Irene Doolittle^ b. 22 Oct. 1857; w. 7 Dec. 1881 Breckenridge Mat- 
thews, of Matthews, Underhill & Co., dealers in tea, coffee and 
spices ; no ch.; res. N. Y. C. 

vi. Minot Osborne^ b. 23 Feb. i860 ; d. i Feb. 1870. 

Tenna, Tilton, Irene and Minot were baptized 29 June 1867. 
As to the divorce from Lydia, one has said : " Nobody ever 
blamed Levi' for not living with his first wife. She had too long 
a tongue. The next was a lovely woman." Levi' worked in 
Cheshire at farming* until he was twenty-one. He then went to 
Southington to learn the wagon-making business. He was at 
work there a little over a year on wagons and bellows. Return- 
ing home in 1837, he carried on wagon-making by himself for a 
year, but he found it difficult to get the ironing done. He tended 
bar in the hotel four months, and then assisted in a store fifteen 
months when he bought out the business. For thirty years he 
conducted a store and a hotel ; and for twenty years carried on 
the coal-business, handling, said a citizen, three times as much as 
all the other dealers. Meantime, he bought back the farm of his 
ancestors. He managed farm, hotelf and grocery all at once. 

His business-understanding and ambition to succeed are note- 
worthy, while his industry and energy are remarkable in the 
extreme. He began life without a dollar. He contracted to work 
the first year for $125 and board ; at which rate (with the aid of 
over-work) he laid by in fifteen months $300. While employed 
in sawing out bellows-boards with a jig-saw, he once, after break- 
fast, went to his work — carrying his dinner and intending to 
return at night. With only that food, and without any sleep, he 
continued his work sixty hours, or three days and two nights ! 
He was not very sleepy even then. " People talk about place for 
business," said he ; " it is the 7>ia?i who makes business, not the 

The Rev. Mr. Stoddard, who was Mr. Munson's next-door 
neighbor for two years, pronounces him " one of the friendliest 
men " he ever knew, adding that he was never denied a favor. In 
the absence of questions touching the use and sale of ardent 
beverages, Levi might probably have been a very popular man. 

* He found on the old farm a stone which constituted copper ore, as he judged. He carried 
it to the master of a copper-business in the town : " There is no copper in that," said the expert. 
The young man was unconvinced ; he could prove whether there was, if he might have the use of 
the forge a few minutes. This was granted : the copper ran out and was welded on the tongs. 
The knowing man then laughed. — Levi's keenness in testing the quality of ardent spirits has been 
regarded as masterly. 

t Oct. 28, 1S92, he lost $15,000 by the burning of his hotel (conducted by another man). 

288 The Munson Record. 


Benjamin F.' (Levi\ Peter', William^) b. 31 Oct. 181 7 ; m. 7 
March* 1843 Abigail A. Atkins of Cheshire, who d. 29 Aug. 1861 ; 
ni. (2nd) Annie A. Cook 16 July 1862 ; he d. 12 July 1894. Mail- 
carrier, etc.; Dem.; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Alice Brunette^ b. ig Jan. 1846; m. 18 Sept. 1867 Charles H. Good- 
win ; res. Waterbury, Ct. ; i ch. — Willie M.^ b. 15 Feb. 1870 — 
now, 1891, in Yale Coll. 

ii. Frank Reuben* b. 28 Sept. 1849 ; m. 29 Dec. 1871 Frances A. 
Brockett; he d. 27 April 1895; son Walter F.^ b. 12 Aug. 1872 
and d. 29 Aug. 1872 ; harness-maker ; res. Mount Carmel, Ct. 

iii. Julia Ella* b. 28 Oct. 1854 ; d. 13 May 1856. 

iv. Julia Harriet* b. 26 Nov. 1857 ; m. 24 May 1882 Frederic S. Brock- 
ett, a Dem.; Episc. ; res. Waterbury, Ct. ; i ch. — Frank Howard' 
b. 22 Sept. 1884 in Yalesville, Ct, 

Frank' was a gimlet-maker in 1849, merchant's clerk in 1852, 
butcher in 1857. For many years he has conducted a hack- 
business, and carried the U. S. mail. Levi' remarked : " I never 
see my brother Frank without thinking of my father. I am more 
like my mother's people." Frank is large and rather easy ; Levi 
is full of vim and activity but rather small. 


Truman A.' (Levi^, Peter^, William^) b. 23 Sept. 1819 ; m. 21 
April 1857 Cecilia A. Hitchcock b. 7 Dec. 1824 ; he d. 3 April 1873, 
a. 53 ; she d. 8 March, 1887, ce. 62. Farmer ; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Brunette* b. 8 Sept. 1857 ; d. i Sept. 1859. 
246. ii. Cornelia* b. 2 Nov. i860. 

iii, Cecilia* b. 17 Nov. 1S62 ; m. i March 1883 Clifford R. Bradley of 
Cheshire, a designer; Cong, memb.; no ch. ; res. Waterbury, Ct. 

Truman's goodness towards himself was defective, — a fact which 
shortened his days. His estate was inventoried at $31,799. 


Henry B.' (Levi', Peter', William') b. 28 July 1821 ; m. Rachel 
Ogden ; she, weary of trouble, d. by drowning in a well 22 April 
1859, ce. 28 ; he d. in The War 27 Dec. 1862, — buried in New 
Orleans. Farmer ; res. Cheshire. 

* Episc. ch. rec, 8 March. 

Clan William^: Augustus' . 289 

Children : 

i. George Augustus* b. i6 July 1852; w. in New Orleans the dau. of 
a stevedore, a runaway match ; she d. leaving a dau. who is now 
(1895) about 17 years old ; he d. 27 Bayard St., New York, 26 Jan. 
1895 of pneumonia ; sailor, — steward or cook on Samuel Parker's 
tugboat the last four years ; he was slightly disabled as the result 
of yellow-fever which he had in Havana some years ago, — was in 
a Baltimore hospital about two years, 
ii. Reuben Delbert* b. 26 Nov. 1854 in Bethel, Ct. ; unm.; clerk; 
R. R. ticket broker ; res. Meriden, Colorado Springs,* Col. 
Appears to be active and aspiring, 
iii. James Buchanan** b. 25 Nov. 1856 ; deceased, buried in Cheshire. 

H. B.^ existed on the old Munson place. He enlisted Priv. 
Co. G, 13 C. v., 24 Nov. 1861. 

Edwin' (Levi', Peter', William') b. 31 Oct. 1830 ; ;;/. 24 May 1858 
Maria Frary of Southampton, Mass., b. 22 April 1836. Mason ; 
Dem.; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Elizabeth Maria* b. 20 June 1859 ! d. 12 May i860. 

247. ii. Martha Maria* b. 26 Nov. 1861 in Southampton, Mass. 

248. iii. Edward Ruthven* b. 7 April 1863. 

iv. Mary Elizabeth* b. 26 Sept. 1866; d. 21 Oct. 1866. 
V. Levi Matthews* b. 3 Oct. 1867 ; vi. 22 Oct. 1890 Katie A. Fuhrnam 
of Trenton, N. J.; Episc; res. Jersey City, N. J.; 2 ch. — (i) Ada 
Irene' b. 19 May 1892, (2) Grace' b. 30 Oct. 1893. 

vi. Clara Louise* b. 20 Feb. 1872 ; m. 26 Nov. 1891 Henry E. Terrell 
of Cheshire, a farmer ; Episc; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

vii. Katie Josephine* b. 11 June 1880. 

Edwin' was 2nd Lieut, of the Putnam Guards, a Cheshire mili- 
tary company organized by the authority and under the patronage 
of the State. 


Augustus' (Salmon", SamueP, William') b. 20 Aug. 1788 ; m. 29 
Nov. 1813 Polly dau. of John Pierpont of North Haven ; he ^. 3 
Sept. 1873; she d. 19 Feb. 1888, <^. 96 y. 7 m. Shoemaker; res. 
North Haven (Montowese), Ct. 

Children : 

249. i. Owen Augustus* b. 12 May 1815. 

250. ii. Alfred Pierpont* b. 20 April 1818. 

iii. Susan Adeline* b. 26 March 1821 ; m. James A. Baldwin ; has one 
son and two daughters in Baltimore, Md., and one daughter in 
Fair Haven, Ct., with whom she lives. 

* With offices also at Leadville and Pueblo. 

290 The Miinson Record. 

iv. Henry Austin® b. 8 July 1823 ; d. 16 Sept. 1825. 
251. V. Henry Hart* (5. 11 Oct. 1826. 

vi. Caroline Celestia^ b. 23 April 1833 ; m. John F. Hemingway ; she d. 
{s. p.) 2 Aug. 1863. 

Augustus' was a soldier in the War of 181 2, in the command of 
Joseph A. Bishop, from Sept. 8 to Oct 21, 1814. He bought an 
interest in "a small Island in the River a little North of Mr. 
Benjamin Brockett " — 7 Jan. 1814. He sold his sons Owen A. 
and Henry H. 21 Nov. 1870 five acres "in Muddy River Dist." 

Polly Pierpont Munson was an interesting woman, as might be 
expected from her remarkable relationships : she was a great- 
granddaughter of Rev. Isaac Stiles, a niece of Prest. Ezra Stiles 
(" I have sat in his lap a good many times," said she), a cousin of 
Rev. Dr. Gannett of Boston and of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes. 
Her father was in the Revolutionary Army seven and one-half 
years, occupying the oifice of lieutenant. She relates how at the 
Siege of Yorktown, when he had stood by his cannon forty-eight 
hours without food (the blood issuing at times from his ears, nose 
and mouth, because of the fierce cannonading in which he was 
engaged). Gen. Washington reached him a half-bullet and told him 
to put it into his mouth, as a relief to the parched tongue. She 
was received to membership in the Congregational Church at 
North Haven in 1828. " I led the treble in the choir," she 
remarked to me ; " when Dr. Trumbull [the historian of Con- 
necticut] married me, he said he hadn't missed me but a few Sab- 
baths in nine years ; he said his wife — who was blind — missed my 
voice, for, said he — 'You sing like a nightingale ! ' " The Journal 
and Courier, in noticing the celebration of the ninety-fifth birthday 
of Mrs. Munson, observed : "The charm of the evening was the 
admirable conversation of the venerable lady. Wit and wisdom 
were combined in her remarks, and it was exceedingly interesting 
to note the wonderful memory she possessed concerning historical 
events, and especially the astounding store of hymns and texts of 
Scripture" at her command. We quote from some verses written 
for the occasion by Mrs. Phebe A. Hanaford : 

" 'Tis in her honor that we meet ; 
We lay our tributes at her feet, 
And joy to Icnow that length of days 
Forbids her not to sing God's praise. 

" Long years ago the robins sang, 
With summer songs the forests rang ; 
And in her youth and in her prime 
This mother sang at holy time. 

" The robins did not warble long, 
But year by year she kept her song 
And led the voices heard no more 
Except upon the Heavenly shore." 

Clati William^: Eunice T.'' 291 


Randal' (Calvin^, SamueP, William^) b. 19 Nov. 1795 ; m. 19 
Jan. 1820 Lucinda Loveland b. 14 March 1802 in Hartford, Ct. ; he 
d. 28 Aug. 1883. Res. Vienna, O. 

Children, b. in Vienna : 

252. i. Harlow B.® b. 4 April 1821. 

253. ii. Rilmon Philo^ b. 27 Jan. 1825. 

iii. Henry N. 8 b. 3 May 1830 ; m. 23 Sept. 1855 Hannah Wood; res. 
Bristol, O. 

iv. Charles^ b. i May 1836 ; m. 14 Sept. 1861 Susan Fenslemaker, now 
deceased ; no ch. ; he was a cavalryman in the late War, losing 
his life in the service. " My brother Charles enlisted in August 
1862 at Bristolville, Trumbull Co., O., where he then lived, — a 
private under Capt. Caldwell in Co. D, 2nd Ohio Cavalry. He 
served one year ; then died, August 1863, at Baxter Springs, 
Indian Terr. His regiment, under Col. Doubleday, was in 
several skirmishes." — R. P.^ M. 

254. V. Abner C.^ b. 3 Sept. 1840. 


Rilman' (Calvin®, SamueP, William") b. 25 June 1799 ; m. 
6 April 1825 Elizabeth D. Sowers ; he </. 4 Jan. 1869. 

Child, b. in Vienna, O. : 

255. i. William C.^ b. 26 Oct. 1826. 


Eunice T.' (Jesse*, SamueP, William*) b. 2 June 1800 ; 771. 1816 
Araunah Alderman, farmer ; he d. in 1855 ; she d. in i860. Bap- 
tist ; res. Brookfield, O. 

Children, all b. in B.: 

i. Leverett* b. 11 April 1818 ; w. 1844 Harriett Giddions ; res. Paynes 

Corners, O. 
ii. Polly^ b. 7 Jan. 1820; m. George Bacon (now deceased); res. 

Paynes Corners (Vienna), O. 
iii. Alonzo* b. 10 Oct. 1821 ; m. Ellen Musser ; res. Sharon, Pa.; 

iv. Elmina* b. 22 Aug. 1824 ; " very smart " ; m. David Wheeler, and d. 

V. Lovina^ b. 16 July 1826; m. Wheeler Scoville ; she fl'. 1881 in 

Sharon, Pa. 
vi. Burr^, d. in Brookfield, O. 
vii. Marilla^, deceased, 
viii. Ruth^. ix. and x. dy. 

292 The Munson Record. 

xi. Augustus^ b. 19 Sept. 1831 ; m. June 1857 Elizabeth Hassan of 

Hubbard, O., 3. 4 July 1837 ; tobacconist, retired ; Dem.; memb. 

city-council; res. Sharon, Pa.; i ch. — Fred. H.^ b. i Sept, 1858, 

m. 23 Dec. 1879 Ada Runser, and res. Sharon (tobacconist). 

xii. Dexter^ /;. 9 March 1833 ; m. March 1871 Elizabeth Cratsley ; 

farmer ; res. Sharon, Pa.; i ch. — C. J.' b. 5 May 1872. 
xiii. Delana* (twin) (5. 9 March 1833 ; m. Mulford. 

xiv. , d. y. 

XV. Timothy* b. 12 July 1834 ; m. Elizabeth Spencer ; res. Sharon, 
xvi. Eli^ b. 19 Dec. 1837; "mining expert"; in Cal., Wash., Arizona, 

xvii. , d. y. 

xviii. Gilbert'^ ^. 19 Feb. 1842; "mining expert;" res. Castroville, Cali- 

Eunice' Alderman lived several years on the line-road between 
Brookfield and Vienna ; afterwards half a mile E. of the line-road, 
where she died. Araunah was a soldier in the War of 181 2. 
Leverett, Polly, Dexter, Timothy, Eli and Gilbert were living in 

Lydia a.' (Jesse*^, SamueF, William') d. 19 June 1801 ; m. 16 
Sept. 1818 Lyman Alderman i>. 9 March 1797 in Hartford, Ct., a 
Dem.; he d. 31 Jan. 1856 ; she d. 14 March 1885. "Disciple" ; res. 
Brookfield, O. 

Children, ist d. in Vienna, 10 in B.: 

i. Rhoda* b. 13 Aug. 1819 ; m. George Crane, Rep. ; " Disciple " ; res. 

Grand Rapids, Mich. 
ii. Jesse Lewis* /^. 4 Sept. 1820; m. Ann Hutchins ; m. (2nd) Margaret 

Butts; Rep.; Disc; res. Fowler, O. 
I iii. Leonard*!^. 3 July 1822; m. James M. Norris, Rep.; Meth. ; res. 

Arthur, Wis. 
iv. Warren T.^ b. 9 Sept. 1823 ; m. Jane Snyder ; he d. 12 March 1864 ; 

V. Lester A.* b. 16 April 1825 ; m. Lorinda Geddes ; he d. 23 May 

1857 ; Dem. 
vi. Dorcas A.* b. 22 July 1827; w. James Butts, Rep.; Disc; res. 

Plainview, Minn, 
vii. Lurancy L.* b. 13 Aug. 1830 ; d. 11 April 1838. 
viii. Maranda M.* b. 15 Sept. 1833 ; m. Abram G. Messersmith ; res. 

Weldon, O. 
ix. Edward A.* b. 30 May 1838 ; d. 14 May 1841. 
X. Sarah L.* b. 22 April 1845 ; m. 22 March 1871 Richardson Canfield ; 

Meth.; res. Tyrrell Hill (in Hartford), O. 
xi. Frank G.* b. 24 Feb. 1847 ; m. 18 April 1872 Charlotte Groves ; 

Dem.; res. Brockway (in Brookfield), O. 

Clan William*: Lola'. 293 


Lola' (Jesse', Samuel', William^) b. 6 June 1809 ; ;«. Samuel P. 
Mervin ; she is living, 1893 ; res. Paynes Corners, O. 

Children, b. at P. C. : 

i. Olive^ b. 17 Aug. 1823 ; d. June 1881. 
ii. Eliza^ b. 25 April 1825 ; d. 11 May 1882. 

iii. Harriet^ b. 4 Dec. 1826 ; t?i. Pritchard ; she d. 13 March 1892 ; res. 
Bluff Springs, Escambia Co., Fla. ; 3 dau., one son, Peter^, at 
Bluff Springs, 
iv. Jane* b. 28 March 1828. 
V. Martin* b. 2 June 1830; m.; 8 ch. ; res. Union Grove, Gentry Co., 

vi. Marshal* b. 7 May 1832 ; d. 12 Nov. 1836. 
vii. Mary* b. 21 July 1835 ; d. 19 March 1841. 
viii. Sherman* b. 17 June 1838 ; dec. 

ix. Marshal* b. 22 Feb. 1841 ; ;«. ; carpenter; res. Youngstown, O.; 
dau. b. abt. 1873, son b. abt. 1878. 

X. Lester* b. 26 April 1845 ; m. 28 Dec. 1878 Ella ; school-teacher, 

farmer ; res. Paynes Corners, O., — occupying the old Jesse Mun- 
son farm with his mother, who (Jan. 1893) is "quite active" ; his 
dau. Myrtie' b. 24 July 1878. 
xi. Mary* b. 29 Aug. 1846 ; m. George Marvin, a farmer ; res. Linden- 
ville, Ashtabula Co., O.; 2 dau., b. abt. 1874 and 1875, are 



Clarissa' (Freeman*, SamueP, William*) b. 10 April 1823 ; m. 24 
Oct. 1844 George Patterson. Res. Newton Falls, O. 

Children : 

i. Sarah M.* b. 16 March 1846 ; m. David Medley ; res. Newton 

ii. Frank G.* b. 7 Feb. 1848 ; ni. Nettie Patterson ; res. Newton Falls, 
iii. Lucian* b. 4 Sept. 1851 ; ;«. Lettie White ; res. Newton Falls. 


Henry T.' (Daniel', SamueP, William') (5. 21 May 1817 ; m. 20 
April 1840 Abigail N. Hyde of Huntington, Ct. b. 9 Jan. 1817 ; he 
d. 29 July 1877. Res. Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 

Emily A.* b. 17 Aug. 1840. 

William Henry* ^. 14 Dec. 1842. 

Ann Eliza* b. 22 Aug. 1844 ; res. with her mother in Waterbury, Ct. 

Albert* b. 14 Nov. 1846. 







294 l^fi^ Munson Record. 

Henry T/ was a boss tube-maker. He had a good position, 
would earn five or six dollars a day until he had two or three 
hundred dollars, — which was not then deposited in the bank. He 
was living on the Waterbury and Meriden Turnpike about a mile 
and a quarter east of Cheshire (village) when he died. Adm. on 
his estate was granted Sept. 1878. 


Samuel M/ (DanieP, SamueP, William") b. 23 Feb. 1820 ; ni. 24 
Feb. 1840 Betsey A. Caldwell of Almira, Portage Co., O. ; he d. 29 
Dec. 1880. Copper and brass tube-maker (lamps, gas-pipes) ; res. 
Waterbury, Ct. 

Children, three b. in O., two last in Wb. : 

i. Maranda^^. 8 Dec. 1841 ; m. Arthur Cargill ; after 11 yrs. obtained 
divorce ; one ch., Bertha^ b. abt. 1867 ; M. is now a dress-maker. 

ii. Elizabeth* b. 21 Aug. 1843 ; m. 20 Feb. 1862 Henry Leonard — a 
soldier in the late War ; res. Waterbury, Ct. ; 3 ch. — (i) Charles" 
b. abt. 1872, (2) Willie^ b. abt. 1879, (3) Frank" b. 12 Sept. 1881. 

iii. Henry^ b. 16 Aug. 1845 ; ni. 22 Feb. 1882 — parted after 3 mos. ; was 
a plater 13 yrs., now farming ; res. Wolcott, Ct. 
259. iv. Lydia Ann** b. 19 March 1847. 

V. Susan^ <5. 10 May 1867 ; m. 11 April 1870 Wilbur D. Lounsbury, a 
farmer; res. Bethany, Ct.; i ch. — Alfred" b. 10 June 1876. 

Samuel M.'^ went to Ohio and there married, but after a few 
years returned and spent the rest of life in Waterbury. His 
widow resides in Wolcott, Ct. In 185 1 Samuel M.^ sold 64 rods of 
ground lying \\ miles "east of the public square," in Wb. In 
1859 he mortgaged land and a dwelling \ mile " East from Centre 


William A/ (DanieF, Samuel", William') b. 17 Dec. 1824 ; m. 5 
Oct. 1846 Julia A. dau. of Ephraim Hall of Wolcott. Painter ; 
res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Cornelius Franklin* b. 28 Dec. 1849 ! '''• Evaline I. dau. of Merritt 

Frisbie of Southington ; farmer and milk-peddler ; res. Wolcott, 

Ct.; I ch. — Emma Fidelia" b. 31 May 1871. 
ii. Inez Yale* b. 15 May 1852 ; w. John Thompson of East Haven ; res. 

Waterbury, Ct. ; 3 ch. — (i) Ella Mary" b. 2 Jan. 1870, (2) John" 15 

Jan. 1873, (3) Eva Luella" (</. y.). 

*Pub. rec, "Harriet." 

Clan William^: Derrick SJ 29S 

William A/ is called "a pretty good citizen." He formerly- 
lived with his father-in-law. " Mr. Hall kept his family pretty 
straight. He was the first Abolitionist I ever heard of." 


Derrick S." (Miles", Amasa*, William') b. 15 Feb. 1800 ; 7n. Jane 
Elizabeth Hill ; he d. 29 July 1844. Farmer ; res. Bethlehem, Ct. 
Wid. m. Baldwin of Ansonia, Ct. ; she d. 4 May 1888. 

Child : 

260. i. Ellen Elizabeth^ b. 16 May 1842 in B. 


William' (Miles", Amasa*, William') b. unc. 23 April 1810 ; m. 
10 April 1832 Sylvia L. Loomis of Bloomfield b. 14 Feb. 1807 ; he 
</. 17 Nov. 1863. Farmer; res. Bethlehem, Ct. 

Child : 

261. i. Seneca Loomis* b. 29 April 1836 in B. 

William^ lived on the old homestead. 


Amzi L.' (Levi", Amasa", William') b. 26 May 1828 in Fairfield, 
Ind. ; m. 18 Sept. 1850 Maria Hamer ; m. (2nd) Catharine Burton 
2 March 1856. Shoe-dealer ; Rep. ; res. Mitchell, Ind. 

Children, three last by 2nd wife, at Mitchell : 

i. Antoinette^ b. 5 April 1852 ; ni. Oct. 1872 Francis Hamer ; res. 

ii. Louis^ b. 15 Feb. 1859 ; Grad. Ind. State Univ. 1878 ; attorney-at- 

law ; res. Chicago (ist Natl. Bank Bldg.). 
iii. Louisa^ b. 17 Aug. 1863 ; res. Mitchell, 
iv, William M.* b. 12 April 1869. 

Amzi L.'s position in i860 as viewed by his father — "Making 
money fast and a strong Republican." He was prevented from 
attending the Reunion, being "afflicted with paralysis." In a 
letter to his aunt, Mrs. Peck, he wrote (1886): "Our son in 
Chicago says he shall call on you the first time he goes East. We 
think you will like him ; we do." 


Thankful' (Benoni", Amasa", William') b. 25 April 1822 ; m. 
Downer Perry; she d. 9 Dec. 1881. Res. Wells, Vt. 

296 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Orman^, d. at 7 3'rs. 

ii. Abner J.* b. 10 Aug. 1846 ; i ch. — Orman Downer' b, 12 Nov. 1867 ; 
m. (2nd) Carrie M. Botease 16 April 1881 ; res. Wells, Vt. 


Harriet L.* (Aaron', Elisha'', William^ William') b. 12 April 
1812 ; m. 28 Nov. 1832 Jesse Goodyear Ives, a farmer; she d. 28 
Oct. 1873. Res. Hamden (Mount Carmel), Ct. 

Children : 

i. Margaret E.'* b. 27 Oct. 1833 ; ni, 4 July 1852 Asahel C. Austin ; res. 

New Haven, Ct.; i ch. — Frank". 
ii. Julia R." b. 27 March 1840; m. 25 Dec. 1869 Stephen H. Simpson ; 

no ch.; he d. 9 July 1885 ; res. Mount Carmel (the old homestead). 


Mary W.* (Linus J.', Elisha", William', William') b. 21 April 
1822 ; m. I Jan. 1839 Josephus Smades of Port Hope, Canada, a 
farmer and Tory ; he died abt. 1870. She, Baptist ; res. Rochester, 
N. Y. ; her res. now Findleys Lake, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Mary Jane'* b. 10 Dec. 1839 in Lockport, N. Y.; 7n. i Jan. 1862 Wm. 

H. Manuel, a harness-maker and Rep.; Episc; res. Jamestown, 

N. Y. 
ii, Caroline Alma' b. 8 Dec. 1854 in Rochester ; m. 21 May 1873 Joshua 

Stephens, a blacksmith and Rep.; Bapt.; res. Findleys Lake ; 3 

ch.— (i) Mary J.'« b. 1877, (2) Lanson A.'" 1881, (3) Wilbur H.'o 



Alfred E.' (Linus J.', Elisha", William^ William') b. 27 May 
1824 ; 7n. 30 May 1848 Mary Dumble b. Dromore, Ireland, 13 May 
1828. Submarine engineer ; Conservative ; Meth. ; res. Cobourg, 
Ont., Canada. 

Children, all b. in Cobourg : 

i. Alfred Ernest* b. 24 May 1849 i ^>^- abt. 1876 Anna Sanford of 
Brighton; broker; Rep.; Episc; res. Chicago (Board of Trade), 

ii. Laurene Eliza' b. 28 /? ^ ^ . 

April 1851; m. abt. ^ ^. ^^^-^^^d^.^^--^ ■ 
1874 George H. Wat- 
son, Grad. of Victoria Un. (valedictorian), barrister ; Liberal ; 
Episc; res. Toronto, Ont. 

iii. Thomas Hercule' b. 10 Dec. 1852 ; unm. ; druggist ; Conservative ; 
Meth. ; res. Cobourg. 

Clan William'': Alfred E' 297 

iv. Frederick Augustus' b. 17 Jan. 1854 ; unm. ; Grad. Victoria Un. ; 

barrister ; res. Chicago, III. 
V. Charles Arthur' b. 20 Dec. 1856 ; unm. ; marine contractor ; res. 

vi. John Henry Dumble' b. 19 March 1859 ; '«• 2 Oct. 1883 Jessie R. 

dau. of Charles McD. Cameron, M.D., of Rochester, N. Y. ; Grad. 

Victoria Un. (valedictorian) 1878 ; barrister ; Conservative ; 

Meth. ; rels. Winnipeg, Manitoba, 
vii. Edith Mary' i5. 29 Nov. i860; m. 17 Sept. 1884 Rev. Gardner S. 

Eldridge, Grad. Victoria Un. (valedictorian), Meth. clergyman 

and Conservative ; res. Durham, P. of Quebec, 
viii. Albert Edward' b. 6 May 1862 ; w. July 1882 Minnie E. Davis ; 

druggist ; Conservative ; Meth. ; res. Port Hope, Ont. 
ix. Caroline Louisa' b. 31 Aug. 1864 ; unm. ; Cons. ; Meth. ; res. 

Cobourg, Ont. 
X. Emma Victoria' b. 15 Nov. 1867 ; Cons. ; Meth. ; res. Cobourg. 
xi. Herbert' b. 10 Aug. 1870 ; d. 14 Aug. 1870. 

Alfred E.^ is a marine contrac- 
tor, wrecker, and vessel-owner. 
'* I am away from home a good 

deal of the time," he says. He performed military service in the 
Canadian Rebellion of 1838. Admire the fine record of his 
family ! We may all feel a just pride in it. In 1885 he wrote : 
" You have certainly undertaken a hard job ; I hope you will be 
fully rewarded with success." 


Caroline M.' (Linus J.', Elisha", William', William^) b. 1826 ; m. 
1848 Edward Cooney — chief of police ; he d. 1875. Res. Peter- 
boro, Ont. 

Children : 

Laurene Alma', w. Grieves ; res. Cleveland, O. 
Minnie', m. Switzer ; res. Port Huron, Canada. 
George'. iv. Albert', m. v. Alfred', m. 


Laura A.' (Linus J.', Elisha", William', William') b. 27 Jan. 
1830 ; m. 6 June 1849 Hercule Craig, a carriage-manufacturer of 
Rochester. Res. Rochester, N. Y. 

Children, six, two living : 

Laurene Eliza' b. 20 March 1850 ; 7Ji. 20 Feb. 1872 Stanley St. 

Lewis, dealer in lumber and coal ; res. Fairfield, Neb. 
Joseph Alfred' b. 11 July 1854 in R. ; w. i July 1877 Helen F. 
Morris at Lockport, N. Y. ; res. South Bend, Ind. 
HI. Lewis', 
iv. Minnie Elida', tn. English ; res. Rochester, N. Y. 

298 The Munson Record. 


Caroline' (Peter', Heman", William', William') b. i May 1804; 
m. 24 Dec. 1829 Curtis J. Aldrich. Res. Meredith Hollow, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Mindwell E.** b. 23 Sept. 1829 ; d. 31 July 1845, 
ii. Huldah A.^ b. 2 Ma)^ 1838 ; d. 3 Feb. 1845. 
iii. Charles Wesley^ b. 3 Nov. 1843. 


John S.' (Peter', Heman^ William', William') b. 27 April 1808 ; 
m. 24 Nov. 1833 Eliza dau. of Luke Brown of Meredith ; she d. 2 
July 1859 ; m. (2nd) 23 Dec. 1862 Jane C. McFarland b. in Scot- 
land, Europe, 17 May 1830; he d. 8 July 1891. Farmer; Dem. ; 
Univ. (Jane C, Meth.) ; res. Meredith (P.O., Ouleout), N. Y. 

Children, five by Eliza : 

Emily J.^ b. 28 Sept. 1834 in Davenport, N. Y. 

George F.^ b. 14 Oct. 1835 ; m. 8 April 1857 Marion Osterhout ; 

farmer; res. Meredith Hollow, N. Y. ; i ch. — Augusta E.'" b. 31 

Jan. 1871 (res., unm., with her parents, 1891). 
Stephen F.^ b. 3 July 1839 in Davenport. 
Milton Delos^ b. 24 July 1841 in D. 
Eliza M.^ b. 11 Jan. 1845 in Meredith. 
Ezra B.^ b. 12 Nov. 1863 ; has a family. 
Fred. J.' b, 9 Jan. 1871 ; has a family. 



George W.' (Peter', Heman", William^ William') b. 14 Nov. 
1820 ; fn. 5 March 1845 Jennette Humiston. Farmer ; res. Mere- 
dith Hollow, N. Y. 

Child : 
i. O. R.' b. 22 Sept. 1851 ; m. 13 March 1878 ; farmer ; i ch.— George 
VJ.^^ b. 30 Dec. 1878. 


Polly M.' (Peter', Heman', William', William') b. 11 April 1824 ; 
m. 8 March 1843 William Cramer ; he d. 14 March 1873. Farmer ; 
res. Meredith Hollow, N. Y. 

Children, b. in M. : 

i, Chalker Y.^ b. 8 Aug. 1844 ; d. 16 March 1845. 
ii. William P.^ b. 17 Feb. 1848 ; d. i April 1848. 
iii. Alida E.^ b. 2 May 1849 ; m. 4 Feb. 1869 Augustus J. Carpenter, a 

farmer ; she d. 12 Nov. 1885 ; res. Masonville ; i ch. — Willie I.'" 

b. 4 Feb. 1877. 












Cla7i William^: Peter^. 299 

iv. Gurnsey L.^ b. 24 March 1852 ; m. 4 Feb. 1875 Ella Crofoot, who d. 
13 Dec. 1883 ; m. (2nd) Alice Burnett ; farmer ; res. Meredith 
Hollow, N. Y. 
V. Maranah H.^ b. i July 1856 ; m. Germaine F. Barnes, farmer ; res. 
Meredith Hollow ; 3 ch.— William A."> b. 1877, Polly A." 1880, 
Leslie C.i» 1883. 

William Cramer was a captain of artillery. 


Peter' (Heman', Heman", William\ William') b. 21 Feb. 181 1 ; 
m. 21 June 1838 Mary Crawford Brown, who d. i July 1847 ; tn. 
(2nd) Margaret Spencer Crawford 9 Sept. 1847 ; he is living, 1891. 
Farmer ; res. Oneonta, N. Y. 

Children : 

266. i. Abi Maria^ b. 29 May 1839. 

ii. UriaP b. 10 Feb. 1841 ; d. 6 Oct. 1842. 
iii. Richard^ b. 12 April 1843 in Franklin, N. Y. ; m. 5 Jan. 1869 Rasie 

M. Brownell ; res. Croton, Del. Co., N. Y. ; i ch. — Maud 

Fannie'o b. 21 Feb. 1880. 
iv. Frank^ b. 24 May 1847 ; ^n. 23 Dec. 1868 Mary J. Knapp ; no ch. 

living ; farmer ; res. Oneonta, N. Y. 

267. V. Mary Elosia' b. 11 March 1849. 

Peter* has sold his farm on which he has lived forty years to 
Frank', but occupies part of the house. 


Benjamin* (Heman', Heman", William', William') b. 22 Feb. 
1813 ; ;«. I Jan. 1834 Mary Ballantyne b. 17 Sept. 1809; he ^. 9 
June 1883; she d. 8 Feb. 1890. Farmer; Dem. ; Meth. ; res. 
Rockland, Sull. Co., N. Y. 

Children, 3 b. in Hamden, 7 in Franklin : 

i. Robert B.« b. 16 July 1835 ; d. 6 Feb. 1841. 
ii. Heman' b. 13 Oct. 1836 ; d. 23 Feb. 1841. 
iii. Peter' b. 18 Feb. 1838 ; d. 19 Feb. 1841. 

iv. David B.' b. 27 March 1840 ; m. 8 Oct. 1873 Julia A. dau. of Isaac 
Kimball of Rockland. Farmer ; Dem. ; Meth. ; res. Rockland, 
N. Y. 
V. Margaret B.' b. 25 April 1842 ; m. i May 1S74 Warren Anderson, a 
soldier three years in the War of the Rebellion, farmer, Dem. ; 
Bapt. ; res. Franklin, Del. Co., N. Y. ; 2 ch. — Warren" b. 19 May 
1879, Sarah A.'" b 16 Dec. 1881. 
vi. Sarah' b. 21 May 1844 ; res. Rockland, 
vii. Elizabeth A.' b. 18 Oct. 1845 ; d. 3 Jan. 1859. 
viii. Mary J.' b. 8 April 1847 ; d. 21 July 1847. 

300 The Miinson Record. 

ix. Robert H.^ b. 28 Jan. 1849 ! ''^s. Rockland. 

X. Mary A.^ b. 26 May 1851 ; 711. 6 April 1874 Abner N. Pellam, carpen- 
ter, Dem. ; res. Rockland. 

Benjamin^ lived in Franklin but sold out and moved to Fre- 


John H." (Heman', Heman", William", William') b. 6 Jan. 1815 ; 
m. I March 1843 Julia A. Hodge ; he </. 2 Jan. 1891. Farmer ; 
Rep. ; Meth. ; res. Oneonta, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Franklin, N. Y. : 

268. i. Ainer'* b. 21 Dec. 1843. 

ii. Albert H.** b. 22 Dec. 1844 ; m. 30 April 1868 Julia McMinn ; no 
ch. ; travelling salesman (wife a merchant) ; Dem. ; Univ. ; res. 
Sheridan, Chaut. Co., N. Y. 
268>^. iii. Milton Deles* b. 22 March 1846. 

iv. Josephine^ b. 5 June 1847 ; in. 14 Oct. 1868 Charles D. McMinn ; 

dress-maker ; Meth. ; res. Oneonta, N. Y. 
V. William A.* b. 24 May 1849 ; cattle-dealer \ d. w Aug. 1882. 
vi. Eveline* b. 13 Dec. 1850 ; m. 23 Oct. 1870 Thompson K. Walker, a 

hotel-keeper. Rep. ; Meth. ; res. Middletown, N. Y. 
vii. John Austin* b. 13 Jan. 1858 ; m. 23 Oct. 1883 Lillie E. Hornbeck 
of Franklin ; no ch. ; Grad. Coll. of Phys. and Surgeons, N. Y. 
C. ; physician ; res. Woodbourne, Sull. Co., N. Y. 

John H. lived in Franklin on a farm which he owned over 
thirty years ; he then let his farm to Ainer^ and removed to 


Anna Maria* (Heman', Heman', William', William') b. 27 Sept. 
1817 ; m. Bradley; deceased. 

Children : 

Heman*, res. Chester, Mass. ; Rosalthe*, res. Ouleout, N. Y.; 
Asahel*, res. Livingston Manor, N. Y. ; Stephen*, res. Litchfield, 
Ct. ; Mrs. Burton Sanford and Mrs. Peter Green, res. Oneonta, 
N. Y. 


Lucius' (Stephen', Heman', William', William') b. 5 Aug. 1813 ; 
m. Lydia Eleanor Fuller of Plymouth; m. (2nd) Eunice M. Downs 
{nde Bristol) of Litchfield 2 May 1863. Res. Plymouth, Ct. 

Children, b. in Litchfield, Ct. : 

i. Lucinda Fuller* b. 28 Dec. 1S36 ; m. 14 Oct. 1867 William Beckley, 
carpenter; res. Thomaston, Ct. ; i ch. — Harriet Lewis"' b. 4 Dec. 
1870, d. I March 1871. 

Clan WzUmm\- Leman G.^ 301 

269. ii. Henrietta' b. 26 May 1837. 

iii. Mary A." b. 13 May 1841 ; unm. ; res. Ansonia, Ct. 

270. iv. Leonard L.' b. 18 July 1844. 

V. Eleanor^, ;«. Lewis Morse; one ch. living, one d.; res. Kewanee, 
Henry Co., 111. 

271. vi. Florilla' b. 9 May 1851. 

272. vii. Alice^ b. 6 May 1854. 

Lucius* was made an elector in 1835. He resided for a time in 


Leman G." (Aner', Heman", William', William') b. 2 Jan. 1821 ; 
m. 4 Sept. 1847 Achsah Jane Torrey b. 4 Sept. 1827 in Eaton, N. Y.; 
he d. 14 Nov. 1885. Farmer ; Rep. ; Bapt. ; res. Stamford, Ct. 

Children, first 4 b. at Saybrook, O., last at Ashtabula, O.: 

i. Estella A.** b. 2 April 1849 ; tn. 21 Dec. 1870 Corwin A. Fowler, 

Rep.; Cong.; res. West Andover, O. 
ii. Arthur S.' b. 2 Aug. 1850 ; m. 5 April 1874 Flora Naomi Garretts of 

Fredericksburg, Md. ; artistic sign-writer and bicycle-dealer ; 

Rep.; Bapt.; business in Stamford, res. Sound Beach, Ct. ; 3 ch. 

— (i) Mary", (2) Earl'", (3) Myra'». 
iii. Charles Edward^ b. 20 Feb. 1852; machinist; Rep.; Cong.; res. 

Ridgway, Colo, 
iv. Herbert Benjamin^ b. 12 Sept. 1854 ; m. 14 Nov. 1888 Susie Jen- 
nings ; machinist; Rep.; Meth.; res. Tiffin, O. 
V. Carrie C.^ b. 7 March 1856 ; a helpless invalid since 1885. She 

writes — " My life is very secluded : 'on the great love of God I 

lean';" Rep.; Cong.; res. West Andover, O. 

Mrs. L. G. Munson resides at West Andover, O. 


Homer* (Aner', Heman', William', William') b. 27 Sept. 1822 ; 
fn. 8 Feb. 1855 Emeline Boynton b. 12 Dec. 1821, dau. of Ezra. 
Farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Denmark, Ash. Co., O. (P. O., Griggs 

Child : 

i. Nettie E.' b. i April 1856 in Saybrook, O.; m. Ernest Lilly; res. 
Willapa, Pacific Co., Wash. 


Seth Beers' (Garrett', William", William', William') b. 10 April 
1821 ; m. 29 Sept. Harriet Brown of Great Bend. Shoemaker; 
res. Great Bend, Pa. 

302 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Emma L.^, deceased. ii. Luther', deceased, 

iii. James Luther' b. 14 Jan. 1863 in G. B. ; clerk ; res. Great Bend. 


Luther' (Garrett', William'', William', William*) b. 22 Sept. 1825; 
m. 23 Nov. 1868. Stove-maker ; res. Glens Falls, N. Y. 


i. Lucius C b. 13 Sept. 1871 ; unm., i8gi ; butter-maker; res. 
Glens Falls. 


Andrew L.' (Garrett', William^ William^ William*) b. 4 May 
1834; m. 29 June 1859 Melissa L. Ostrander. Carpenter; res. 
Franklin, Del. Co., N. Y. 

Child : 

i. Ettie E.' b. 6 Maj' i860 ; w. 2 May 1877 C. A. Chamberlain ; res. 
Franklin, N. Y.; 2 ch.— (i) Bertha E." 1882, (2) Sarah J.'o 1884. 


William H.' (William', William^ William^ William*) b. i Aug. 
1816 ; w. Elizabeth M. Robinson of Mass.; m. (2nd) 13 Nov. 1851 
Julia Norrish of Cheraw, b. 1837 in Exeter, Eng.; she d. 20 Nov. 
1863 ; m. (3d) 30 June 1868 Mary C. Ruscoe b. 30 Sept. 1848 in 
Wa'desboro, N. C, an Episc; he d. 20 Nov. 1887. Tanner and 
currier; Dem.; res. Cheraw, S. C. 

Children, six by Julia, eight by Mary : 

273. i. Walter Norrish' b. 3 July 1852 in Cheraw. 

ii. David Crawford' b. 14 Nov. 1853 in Cheraw ; drowned 4 April 1889 ; 

locomotive-engineer; Dem.; res. Cheraw. 
iii. Emma Maria' b. 28 July 1855 in Chattanooga, Tenn.; unm.; Episc; 

res. Bennetsville, S. C. 
iv. Charles' b. 25 Sept. 1857 in Cheraw ; d. 8 Feb. 1879 iri Morris, Ct. 
V. Fanny Elizabeth' b. 29 Oct. 1859 in Cheraw ; d. 9 Feb. 1864 in Liles- 

ville, N. C. 
vi. Willie' b. 2 April 1863 ; drowned 6 July 1874 in Pee Dee river, 

vii. John Lucius' b. 17 April 1869 in Lilesville ; d. 13 Jan. 1870. 
viii. Annie' b. 16 June 1871 in Cheraw; d. 12 Sept. 1888 in Darlington, 
ix. Alice' b. 16 June 1871 (twin). 

X. Arthur Frederick' b. 16 Jan. 1874 in Cheraw ; d. 10 Aug. 1876. 
xi. Henry Herbert' b. 7 Dec. 1875 in Cheraw. 
xii. Homer' b. 20 May 1877 in Cher, 
xiii. Edward R.' b. 20 May 1878 ; d. 3 July 1882. 
xiv. Marion' b. 10 Oct. 1882 in Cher. 

Clan Williain*: David C.^ 303 

William H/ had formerly an extensive business. He was 
burned out three times during the late War. Mrs. Munson now 
lives in Darlington, S. C. 


Phebe a.' (William^ William", William^ William') b. 5 April 
1823 ; m. 8 May 1845 Elias C. Woodruff of Watertown, Ct, b. 6 
March 1820. Rep.; Cong.; res. New Haven (Westville), Ct. 

Child : 

i. Ellen C.^ b. 13 Feb. 1846 in Plymouth, Ct. ; m. 5 Oct. 1868 Charles 
A. Gulliver, merchant, Rep., of Springfield, Mass., b. 16 March 
1845; Cong.; res. New Haven; 2 ch. — (i) Ernest W.^° 1878, (2) 
Homer M.'" 1879. 

Cornelia A.' (William^ William", William^ William*) b. 22 
March 1825 ; m. Sept. 1846 William L. Woodruff of Watertown b. 
30 May 1822, a manufacturer; he d. 29 Oct. 1852; 7n. (2nd) Theo- 
dore W. Walker b. in Woodbury, a shoemaker ; she d. 25 Sept. 


Children, one by Woodruff, four by Walker : 

i. William Lewis^ b. 29 July 1849 in Oxford ; m. 1870 Julia J. Bush- 
nell ; res. Oxford, Ct. ; 4 ch. — (i) Harry B.'" 1871,(2) Cornelia 
B." 1872, (3) Nellie G.'" 1874, (4) William L.'" 1877. 
ii. Charles M.^ <^. in Woodbury ; salesman; Rep.; res. New Haven, Ct. 
ill. Cornelia A.' b. in Woodbury ; res. Woodbury, Ct. 
iv. Herbert H.' b. in Woodbury ; res. Waterbury, Ct. 
v. Elizabeth H.^ b. in Wdby.; res. lb. 

Cornelia A.* was received to the Cong. Church in Southington 
by letter from South Farms i Aug. 1847 ; dismissed by letter in 

David C/ (William', William", William*, William*) b. 7 Aug. 
1832 ; ?n. 27 April 1856 Sarah A. Holcomb of Torrington b. 2 Nov. 
1837. Foreman ; Rep.; Cong.; res. New Haven (Westville), Ct. 

Children : 

i. Alice Elizabeth' b. 13 March 1859 in Morris, Ct. ; tn. 24 Nov. 1889 
Homer L. Cooper; Cong.; res. Westville; i ch. — Eleanor 
Gertrude'" b. 8 March 1889. 

ii. Mary Eliza' b. 18 Nov. i860 in Morris ; Cong.; res. Westville. 
iii. William Holcomb' b. 10 Dec. 1862 in Torrington ; m. 23 Oct. 1889 
Annie Wright Page; clerk in New Haven P. O., — later, insur- 
ance; salaried singer; Rep.; res. Westville; i ch. — Marjorie 
Fuller'o b. 3 Sept. 1890. 

iv. Clifford Benton' b. 13 Nov. 1875 in New Haven ; d. 6 Feb. 1892. 

304 The Muiison Record. 

Capt. David C." was a tanner by trade ; has for many years been 
a foreman in the factory of the Diamond Match Company. He 
has resided at Morris, Wolcottville and Westville. He and his 
wife were received to the Cong. Ch. in Wolcottville in 1867. In 
New Haven he has been constable, fence-viewer, and registrar of 
Ward 13. He is active in politics and on various occasions of a 
public nature. He participated in the War of the Rebellion, hav- 
ing enlisted 4 Aug. 1862 in Co. A 2nd C. V. Heavy Art., promoted 
from Sergt. Co. C to 2nd-Lieut. 26 Dec. '64, to First-Lieut. 18 
Apr. '65, mustered out 18 Aug. '65. 


Charles' (William', William^ William^ William') b. 14 Feb. 
1834 ; m. 14 Dec. 1869 Hattie E. Kellogg, who d. 14 May 1873, cb. 23 ; 
m. (2nd) 13 Oct. 1875 Fanny E. dau. of Dr. John W. Hubbell of N. 
Y. C. — she was <^. 31 Oct. 1852 in N. Y. Merchant (formerly Mon- 
son and Carpenter, now The Chas. Monson Co.) in New Haven ; 
res. Milford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Hattie Elizabeth" b. 13 May 1873 in Milford. 

ii. Meta" b. 23 Aug. 1876 in New Haven, 

iii. Charles' b. 20 Dec. 1877 in New Haven, 

iv. Olga' b. 9 May 1879 in Milford. 


Lucinda' (Leavitf, William', William', William') b. 14 Sept. 
1841 ; m. I Jan. 1865 Edgar W. Calhoun; she d. i Dec. 1875. 
Res. Washington, Ct. ; present res. of E. W. C, Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Clarence Munson^ b. 17 Sept. i86g. 
ii. Irving Brinsmade" b. 19 Oct. 1872. 


Frances E.' (Ransom', William", William,^ William') b. 13 Dec. 
1830; m. 20 May 1847 John L. Halbert, farmer, Dem., performed 
military service. Res. Zion, Lowndes Co., Miss. 

Children, b. in Lowndes Co.: 

i. Robert Hairston" b. 11 Sept. 1853 ; Grad. of Univ. of Miss.; clergy- 
man ; Dem.; Presb. ; res. Lowndes Co., Miss, 
ii. Lucy Olive' (^. 9 July 1856 ; teacher; Dem.; Bapt. ; res. Columbus, 

iii. Mary Agnes' b. 25 Sept. 1858; teacher; Dem.; Bapt.; res. Zion, 

Clan William\- Virginia M.^ 305 

iv. Katie Ransom" b. 28 July i860; Dem. ; Bapt.; d. 15 Aug. 1882. 
V. Joel Joshua' b. 9 May 1864 ; farmer ; Dem.; Bapt.; res. Zion. 
vi, Margaret Lena' (^. i April 1866 ; w. 6 Dec. 1882 Luther F. Taggart, 
farmer ; Meth. ; res. Pickens Co., Ala. (P. O., Zion, Miss.); i ch. 
—Clyde" b. 4 Oct. 1883. 
vii. Susie Maud' b. 18 Feb. 1868 ; Dem. 
viii. John Anna' b. 19 March 1870 ; d. 24 June 1871. 
ix. Rose Bud' b. 8 Dec. 1872. 
X. Arthur' b. 18 May 1874 ; d. t Sept. 1876. 


John P/ (Charles R.', William", William/ William*) b. 9 June 
1827; m. 3 July 1859 Mary R. Smith. Shoemaker; res. Delhi, 
N. Y. 

Children, b. in Delhi : 

274. i. John C b. 6 Dec. 1861. 

ii. William R.' iJ. 14 Aug. 1867; unmarried; farmer; Episc. memb.; 
ill two years with inward abscesses, and d. 26 July 1891 ; res. 

John P.* quarried stone a number of years after his eyesight 
became so impaired that he could not work at his trade with the 
usual facility ; he sold the property, but it is still known as the 
" Munson Quarry." The members of this group are generally 


Virginia M.* (Michael D.', William^ William^ William') b. 14 
Nov. 1833 ; ;«. 26 June 1853 John D. Drake b. 28 Feb. 1829 in N. 
Y. C. — "a veteran volunteer soldier", farmer, Rep. Cong.; res. 
Huntsburg, O. 

Children, b. in H.: 

i. Kittie H.' b. 14 April 1854 ; m. Feb. 1878 James W. son of Rev. 
Isaac Cary — a printer and book-keeper, now " lost to his family "; 
res. Huntsburg, O.; 2 ch. — (i) Lida Virginia^" 1880, (2) Lucy 
Drake" 1881. 
ii. George R.' b. 11 March 1856. 

iii. Mary Virginia' b. 24 Dec. 1865 ; d. 16 March 1869. 
iv. Burnie H.' b. 20 Feb. 1875. 
V. Burt L.' b. 20 Feb. 1875 (twin), 
vi. Susie May' b. 11 Feb. 1877. 


Susan' (Stephen', Daniel", William', William') b. 3 Feb. 1835 ; m. 
6 May 1857 Martin L. Phelps. Res. Colbrook, Ct. 

3o6 The Mutison Record. 

Children : 

i. Elizabeth M.^ b. 4 Aug. 1864 ; m. 5 March 1885 Lester N. Smith, 
ii. Edward M.' b. 23 March 1871. 
iii. Bertha S.^ b. 24 Sept. 1872. 

All reside in Colbrook. 


Mary A.' (Horace', David', William', William') b. 3 April 1843 ; 
m. 13 Oct. 1864 Luther Hough, mechanic. Res. Plymouth (Terry- 
ville), Ct. 

Children, b. in T.: 

i. Wilbur A.^ b. 5 April 1865. 
ii. Alice E.^ b. 27 June 1866 ; tn. 19 July 1885 Charles H. Scott ; i ch.— 

Daisy May^ b. in T. 30 Aug. 1886. 
iii. Nellie M.^ b. 14 Dec. 1867 ; ;«. 11 Oct. 1887 Brigham Scott, 
iv. Arthur W.^ b. 20 Oct. 1871 ; d. 4 Nov. 1882. 

V. Ralph L.9 b. 19 Oct. 1874. 


George A/ (George P.', Seba", William^ William^) b. 26 Feb. 
1858; 7?i. 23 Oct. 1878 Annie Lee Butler^. 17 Sept. 1855 in Hart- 
ford, Ct. Silver-plate worker; Rep.; Episc; res. New Bedford, 
(So. Dartmouth P. O.,) Mass. 

• Children : 

i. Kathleen^ b. i Feb. 1880 in Wallingford, Ct. 
ii. Edward Malcom^ b. 8 April 1882 in New Bedford, 
iii. Robert Lewis' b. 18 March 1885 in N. B. 


Fannie L.* (George P.', Seba", William^ William') b. 29 Feb. 
i860; m. 3 April 1879 Frederick Barnard. Episc; res. Meri- 
den, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Walter Ellsworth^ b. 9 Sept. 1880.. 
ii. May Lincolia' b. 7 Sept. 1882. 
iii. Howard Gilbert' b. 29 June 1884. 


Georgianna E.' (Abijah M.', Seba'', William', William') b. 31 
May 1 841 ; m. 8 May i860 Henry R. Smith, oyster-packer (now 
retired), Rep., Episc; res. New Haven (Fair Haven Heights), Ct. 

Clan William^: Hendrick H.^ 307 

Children : 

i. Mary Louise' b. 11 Feb. 1861 in Fair Haven, 

ii. Louis Chamberlain' b. 26 April 1864 in F. H. 

ill. Hallet Clayton' b. 14 May 1867 in F. H.; d. 12 Jan. 1S72. 

iv. Effie Clayton' b. 31 March 1873 in Baltimore, Md. 

V. Agnes' b. 9 July 1875 in F. H. 

Georgianna E.® accompanied her father upon a voyage to Spain 
in the schooner " Stephen Hotchkiss." Her residence, " The 
Chestnuts ", is one of the most attractive in New Haven. 

Hendrick H/ (Abijah M.^ Seba", William^ William^) b. 5 May 
1847 ; m- II Nov. 1868 Emily C. Todd of F. H.; he d. 9 Nov. 1888. 
Clerk ; res. Fair Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in F. H.: 

i. Ambrose Abijah' b. 3 Sept. 1869. 
ii. Mary Jane' b. 22 May 1872. 
iii. Henry Hallett' b. 3 Feb. 1880. 

Hendrick H.* accompanied his father upon a voyage to Greece 
in the "Sparkling Sea." It is said that " he had a pleasant word 
for every one he met." He suffered much from rheumatic trouble 
several years. "Our loss," writes one, "can never be made up, 
except as a bond to draw us to the Heavenly home." — G. E.^ S. 


Margaret L.* (Levi', Reuben", Peter', William*) b. 26 Oct. 1832 ; 
m. I Feb. 1853 Aaron J. Quimby, wheelwright ; she d. 14 Aug, 
1880. Res. Park Ave., N. Y. C. 

Children : 

i. Elizabeth Jane' b. 7 May 1854; m. 25 Aug. 1873 Isaac H. Barton ; 

res. Whitestone, L. \. 
ii. George W.' b. 29 May 1857 ; d. unm. Jul}^ 1879. 
iii. Esther F.' b. 9 Nov. 1859 ; unm., at home, 
iv. Mary Jane' b. \i March 1863 ; ;«. Aug. 1884 Samuel S. Brown ; res. 

N. Y. C. 
V. Minnie Isabelle' b. 26 Oct. 1865 ; ;«. Nov. 1888 Adam Gierke ; res. 

Mount Vernon, N. Y. 
vi. LucindaT.' b. 13 Oct. 1867 ; unm., at home, 
vii. Frances Eugenia' b. \\ Nov. 1876 ; d. 27 Nov. 1878. 

Levi' (Levi', Reuben', Peter', William') b. 16 Feb. 1839 ; w. 31 
Dec. 1863 Catharine Frost of Wheatley b. 5 Aug. 1842. Farmer; 
Rep.; Hickssite Friends ; res. Port Washington, Queens Co., L. I. 

308 The Munson Record, 

Children : 

i. Caroline^ b. 22 Nov. 1864 in N. Y. C; teacher, 

ii, Walter^ b. 6 April 1866 in N. Y. C. 

ill. Frances H.' b. 19 Feb 1868 in Mott-Haven, N. Y. ; d. 17 Sept. 1868. 

iv. Amelia^ b. 8 Oct. 1870 in Westbury, L. I. 

V. Kate" b. 3 Dec. 1872 in W. 

vi. Mary T.^ b. 3 April 1875 in W. 

vii. Martha F.» b. 25 Feb. 1879 in W. 

viii. Francis Q.' b. 9 March 1882 in Port Washington, L. I. 

Levi\ while a youth, being in delicate health, was advised to 
work in iron. At the age of sixteen he apprenticed himself in 
the blacksmith trade. On reaching his majority, he found busi- 
ness in the hamlet of Wheatley, where he also found his wife. In 
1863 he returned to the City, and worked at his trade until 1868, 
when preferring the quietness of the country and the free life of 
a farmer, he purchased a place on the outskirts of Port Wash- 
ington where he has since dwelt. 

Robert S.' (Levi', Reuben", Peter', William') b. 31 March 1841 ; 
m. I Jan. 1863 Lucina dau. of John A. Tarrant {b. 13 April 1845 in 
Bkln.). Butcher; Dem.; Episc; res. Whitestone, L. I. 

Children : 

i. John Alexander' b. i Sept. 1863 in W. ; married; no ch. (1891) ; 
• butcher; president of inspectors of elections; Dem.; Episc; 

res. Whitestone. 

ii. Henry^ b. 10 March 1865 in W.; res. Whitestone. 

iii. Reuben James' b. 11 March 1867 in W. ; res. W. 

iv. Lucinda' b. 22 Feb. 1869 in W.; m. Capt. E. H. D. Brown ; no ch. 

('91) ; res. Eustis, Florida. 

V. William Perrin' b. 26 Nov. 1870 in W. ; res. W. 

vi. RacheP b. 10 Oct. 1872 in VV. ; res. W. 

vii. George Quimby' b. 9 Nov. 1874 in W. ; res. W. 

viii. Edward' b. 11 Nov. 1876 in W. ; d. 29 Jan. 1877. 

ix. Charles Hyde' b. 11 Jan. 1878 in W. 

X. Eliza Josephine' b. 28 Feb. 1880 in N. Y. C. 

xi. Clarence' b. 3 June 1882 in N. Y. C. 

xii. Ruth' b. 3 April 1884 in W. 

xiii. Robert Story' b. 23 June 1886. 

xiv. Walter Jackson' b. 4 May 1888. 

XV. Herbert Melville' b. 12 April 1890. 


Arabella C* (Levi', Reuben', Peter', William') b. 25 Sept. 1843 ; 
m. 13 March 1863 Benjamin F. Cheesman, farmer ; he d. at Fresh 
Pond, L. I., 25 Oct. 1865 ; m. (2nd) Andrew Niemeyer, farmer, 15 
May 1870. Res. Whitestone, L. L 

Clan William^: Theodore L.^ 309 

Children, three by C, six by N.: 

i. Martha Ann" b. 25 March 1864 in N. Y. C; m. 3 June 1890 George 

Grotz ; res. Whitestone ; i ch. — George'^ b. 3 Sept. 1891, 
ii. Benjamin Foreman^, Jr. b. 4 May 1865 at Fresh Pond ; m. 9 Oct. 
1888 Josephine Van Nostrand ; res. Brooklyn, N. Y.; i ch. — 
Benj. Foreman" i88g. 
iii. Robert Munson^ b. 4 April 1866 at Mott-Haven, N. Y. 
iv. William Munson^ b. 28 May 1871 in Whitestone ; d. 28 Aug. 1872. 
V. Andrew Morton^ b. 18 Aug. 1872 in W. ; ^. 2 Oct. 1876. 
vi. George William^ b. 6 Jan. 1874 in W. 
vii. Mary EtheP b. 4 Feb. 1876 in W. 
viii. John Munson' b. 2 Sept. 1878 in W. 
ix. Harry Elmer^ b. 23 Nov. 1881. 


Moses C (Levi', Reuben", Peter', William') b. 24 March 1848 ; 
m. 24 April 1871 Lucretia O. Iffla. Butcher; Dem.; res. Phila- 
delphia, Pa. 

Children : 

i. Louise^ b. 8 June 1872 in Whitestone ; unm., at home. 

ii. Henry L.^ b. i April 1874 in W. ; compositor; res. Philadelphia, 

iii. Florence G." b. 19 June 1878 in N. Y. C. 

iv. Albert W." b. 20 Feb. 1881 in N. Y. C. 


William F/ (Levi', Reuben'', Peter^ William') b. 17 Jan. 1853 ; 
m. 4 Nov. 1875 Miriam Woolsey of Palisades, N. Y. Clerk Erie 
R. R. 1883, milk-business 1885 ; res. Palisades, N. Y., Paterson, 
N. J., Tappan, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Palisades : 

i. Elizabeth Woolsey^ b. 19 Sept. 1876. 
ii. Arthur Crasto^ b. 10 Aug. 1881. 

William F.* manages a milk-company's business, with a liberal 


Theodore L.' (James M.', Reuben'', Peter', William') b. 21 May 
1846 ; in. 6 Feb. 1874 Mary Jane Dean of N. Y. C. ("a happy 
union " — T. Z.' M.). Trucking ; res. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. James Monroe^ b. 31 Oct. 1874. 

ii. Mary Elizabeth' b. 22 Oct. 1876. 

iii. Josephine Abbie* b. 9 Sept. 1878. 

iv. Isabella Jane' b. 29 Nov. 1880. 

V. Arabella Martha' b. 29 Nov. 1880 (twin). 

3IO The Munson Record. 

vi. Theodore Lafayette' b. 28 Nov. 1882. 

vii. Margaret Lorretta' b. 30 July 1884. 

viii. Edward Dean' b. i June 1886. 

ix. Theo Genevieve' b. 18 Aug. 1888. 

X. Robert Francis' (5. 13 April 1890. 


Joseph G. S." (James M.', Reuben/ Peter', William') b. 15 Nov. 
1857; m. 26 Oct. 1884 Annie L. K. Michaelis. Trucking; res. 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. William Dorrit' b. 25 Aug. 1885. 
ii. Mary' b. 24 Jan. 1887. 
iii. Joseph G. S.' b. 25 Dec. 1888. 

Tenna E.' (Levi', Levi', Peter^ William') b. 6 Feb. 1853 ; m. 6 
Sept. 1873 Frank L. Wallace b. in Wallingford 3 Oct. 1852. 
Episc; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in Cheshire, Ct.: 

i. Minott Thompson' b. 9 Jan. 1877. 
ii. Warren Shepard' b. 3 Sept. 1878. 


Cornelia* (Truman A.', Levi^ Peter', William') b. 2 Nov. i860 ; 
in. 10 May 1883 Willis B. son of John H. French of Cheshire. 
Cong.; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children, b. in C: 

i, Mabel Annette' b. i June 1887. 
ii. Hazel Grace' b. 4 May 1890. 
iii. Ruby Munson' b. 8 April 1893. 

W. B. F., a mechanic, is connected with the Cheshire Mfg. Co., 
and is a man of merit. He united with the Cong. Ch. in 1877 ; 
Mrs. F. united in 1867. 


Martha M.' (Edwin', Levi', Peter', William') /;. 26 Nov. 1861 ; 
m. 19 May 1880 George A. Steele, merchant, postmaster, b. 14 
Nov. 1846 in Windham, N. Y., Dem.; Episc; res. Cheshire, Ct. 

Children, b. in Cheshire : 

i. George Edwin' b. 23 Aug. 1881. 
ii. Sarah Matthews' b. 27 May 1883. 
iii. Tenna' b. 22 Jan. 1890. 

Clan William': Alfred P.^ 311 

Levi' Munson became the second husband of G. A. Steele's 
mother, and she was his third wife. 


Edward R.' (Edwin', Levi^ Peter\ William') b. 7 April 1863 ; 

m. 5 May 1885 Clara Bates of Naugatuck. Clerk ; Episc; res. 

Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Edith Frary^ b. 24 Aug. 1887. 
ii. Alice Emily' b. 12 March 1888. 
iii. Thomas Edward^ b. 27 March 1891. 


Owen A." (Augustus', Salmon", Samuel', William*) b. 12 May 
1815 ; m. 3 Sept. 1837 Marietta Deming ; she d. 2 Nov. 1875, cb. 57 ; 
he is dead. Merchant, etc.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Charles O.** b. 1S41 ; d. 10 May 1843. 

ii. Kate^ b. abt. 1843 ; m. 13 March 1876 Francis A. Jones ; he d. 1 

Aug. 1894; no ch.; res. New Haven, 
iii. Thomas G.^ b. 1847 ; d. 30 Sept. 1852. 
iv. John Butler^, in Chicago, perhaps. 

Owen A.' was a book-keeper (1854), had a store in East street at 
the head of Bridge st., was a carriage-maker (i860), was Sec. of 
the Fair Haven Keg Co. (1865), and was janitor of the Grand 
Avenue public school. In i860 and 1861 he was member of the 
Common Council. 


Alfred P." (Augustus', Salmon", SamueP, William') b. 20 April 
1818; m. 22 July* 1840 Sarah Parshley of Middletown, Ct.; Car- 
riage-trimmer; Dem.; Univ.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children,/^, in N. H.: 

i. Adelbert P.^ b. abt. 1842 ; m. 4 April 1866 Cordelia Gore ; dealer in 
dry-goods; Dem.; Episc; res. Creston, Iowa. He was a soldier 
in the late War — enlisted as Sergt. 25 Aug. 1862, promoted First- 
Sergt. I Jan. '63, 2nd-Lieut. i May '63 (not mustered), captured 3 
May '63 at Chancellorsville, Va., paroUed 23 May '63, mustered out 
27 July '63. (Privately reported to have served as Capt. of Co. A 
27th C. V.) After the War he was in the employ of the Govern- 
ment at Washington. 

* Newspaper of 1840 says Aug. 26. 

312 The Munson Record. 

275. ii. Eugene H.^ b. i June 1853. 

iii. Alfred C.^ b. 21 March 1858 ; d. 11 Nov. 1891 ; Grad. of business- 
college ; writing-teacher; Dem.; Cong.; res. New Haven, 
iv. Hattie B.^ b. 22 July 1861 ; 771. David T. Roberts ; Episc. ; res. New 
There were also Annie^, and Eugene Taylor", deceased. 

Alfred P.* is of dark complexion and stalwart form. He has been 
a member of the Governor's Foot-Guard. " Before the War, I had 
a large carriage-manufacturing business in East St.; I drove then : 
it collapsed; I go afoot now." Mr. Munson has been a justice-of- 
the-peace, a member of the common-council (1867), and an alder- 
man (1858). He is a deacon in the Church of the Holy Spirit. 


Henry H.* (Augustus', Salmon", Samuel", William*) b. \\ Oct. 
1826; ni. II May 185 1 Eunice Jennett Evarts of New Haven; 
deceased. Grocer ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Ellen Jennett^ b. 9 Dec. 1852. 

ii. Charles Henry® b. 9 Aug. 1854 ; w. 21 June 1881 Susan Hard of 
Stratford, Ct. Grocer ; res. New Haven, Ct. 


Harlow B.' (RandaF, Calvin", SamueP, William') b. 4 April 
1821 ; m. 15 Feb. 1844 Permelia Lovel ; 771. (2nd) 18 Feb. 1846 
Melinda Bellard b. 19 Feb. 1826. Res. Platteville, Grant Co., Wis. 

Children, b. in Bristol, O.: 

i. Mary L.* b. 30 Dec. 1846 ; »?. Henry S. Truesdel, clerk ; res. 

Vienna, O. ; 2 ch. — (i) Clary'" b. 16 Jan. 1873; (2) Amor''^ b. 12 

Oct. 1875. 
ii. Luc)^ J.^ b. 8 June 1852 ; w. Charles Dalin ; farmer ; res. Platte- 
ville, Wis.; 5 ch. — (i) Francis H.^" b. 13 Aug. 1873, (2) Arlington b. 15 Sept. 1875, (3) Charles B.'" b. 18 Oct. 1880, (4) Eddie L'». 

b. 6 Aug. 1883, (5) Freddie L.'" b. 23 June 1888. 
iii. Lucinda Jenett' b. 24 June 1854 ; w. Solomon Richey, farmer ; res. 

Bradgate, Iowa ; 3 ch. — (i) Caroline M.'^ b. 1879, (2) Frank M.'" 

1883, (3) Daisy J." 1888. 
iv. Charlotte® b. 19 Aug. 1857 ; 771. Thomas F. Bellard, farmer ; res. 

Girard, Mich.; 2 ch.— (i) Lillie M.i» b. 3 Nov. 1887, (2) Ora D.'o^. 

23 Oct. 1890. 
v. Wheeler B.® b. 18 Nov. 1863 ; 771. 11 May 1884 Ida Day ; farmer ; 

res. Platteville, Grant Co., Wis.; 2 ch. — (i) Melinda J." b. 17 — 

1885 ; (2) George W."> b. 19 May 1887. 

Clan William\- William C.^ 313 

• 253. 
Rilmon P.' (RandaF, Calvin', SamueP, William') b. 27 Jan. 
1825; m. 4 April 1850 Marietta Cummins of Bristolville b. 19 
March 1833. Farmer; Dem.; res. Warren, O. 

Child : 

i. Rozillia Lucinda^ b. 2 March 1851 in Champion, O.; m. 14 Sept. 
1871 Henry C. Brown of Champion, carpenter, Dem.; res. War- 
ren ; I ch. — Nellie Blanche'" b. 17 June 1872, tn. 2 July 1891 
William E. Lynn of Champion, carpenter, Dem., res. Warren. 

Abner C (Randal', Calvin", SamueP, William') b. 3 Sept. 1840; 
m. 26 Oct. 1862 Sarah Fenslemaker. Farmer; res. Vienna, O. 

Children : 

i. William C.^ b. 17 Dec. 1863 ; m. 3 July 1883 Loa F. Goist ; farmer ; 
res. Vienna ; 2 ch.— (i) Eddie A.'" b. 10 Oct. 1884, (2) Grace E." 
b. 30 Aug. 1885. 
ii. Addie PearP b. 4 July 1870 ; ?)t. 10 Oct. 1889 Walter S. Hulse, 
farmer ; i ch. — Lena A.'" b. 28 April 1891. 


William C (Rilman^ Calving Samuel^ William*) b. 6 Oct. 1826 

in Vienna; jn. 13 May 1851 Eleanor J. Mackey ^. 15 June 1828; 

she d. 20 July 1884. Trafficker, etc.; Rep.; Christian; res. 

Vienna, O. 

Children, b. in Vienna : 

i. John W.8 b. i April, 1853 ; w. 30 June 1887 Mary L. dau. of John 

Goist {b. in Liberty, O. 13 May 1862) ; travelling salesman; Rep.; 

Christian ; res. Vienna, O.; i ch. — Eleanor'" b. 27 July 1888 in V. 
ii. Jane E.^ b. i July 1854 ; m. 8 Dec. 1874 Wesley H. Meeker of 

Fowler, O., a stone-mason. Rep.; Christian ; res. Nutwood, O. 
iii. Lucy L.^ b. 19 Sept. 1856 ; m. 18 Jan. 1877 Lucius M. Greenwood of 

Fowler, farmer. Rep.; Christian; res. Tyrrellhill, O. 
iv. Jesse R.' b. 29 April 1861 ; stock-raising; Rep.; Christian; res. 

V. Willis J.' b. 9 July 1866 ; Grad. North-Eastern Normal-School ; 

R.-R. fireman; Rep.; Christian ; res. Youngstown, O. 

William C is a farmer and a breeder of Holstein-Friesian cattle, 
and W. C* and son are dealers in lumber, phosphate, and farming 


Emily A.' (Henry T.', DanieP, SamueP, William') b. 17 Aug. 
1840 ; 7n. 3 June 1863 Charles H. Keeney b. in East Hartford. Res. 
Waterbury, Ct. ">: 

314 T^J^e Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Dolly May'' b. 21 March 1864. 
ii. Ida Augusta' b. 2 Nov. 1875. 

William H.' (Henry T/, DanieP, Samuel', William') b. 14 Dec. 
1842; m. Lucia Hitchcock of Winsted. Clock-making; res. 
Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Virgil HenryS b. 30 Oct. 1870. 
ii. Eva Melvina' b. 26 July 1882. 


Albert' (Henry T.', DanieP, SamueP, William') b. 14 Nov. 1846 ; 
m, I April 1873 Isadora E." b. i April 1853 dau. of George W.^ 
Munson of Waterbury. Engineer, etc.; res. Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Albert^ b. 20 Aug. 1874 ; d. 8 Nov. 1889. 
ii. George Henry' b. 24 Nov. 1876. 
iii. Lulu May' b. 8 Feb. 1879. 


Lydia a.* (Samuel M.', Daniel', Samuel', William') b. 19 March 
1847 ; m. 13 Jan. 1869 John Burns. Res. Waterbury, Ct. 

Children, b. in Wb.: 

i. James Edward' b. 28 Dec. 1869. 

ii. John' b. 19 April 1872. 

iii. Martin' b. 16 Aug. 1874. 

iv. Jane' b. 15 March 1875. 

v. Mary Agnes' b. 28 June 1880. 

vi. George' b. 5 July 1882. 


Ellen E." (Derrick S.', Miles,' Amasa', William') b. 16 May 
1842 ; m. I Feb. 1862 John Curnow b. 22 June 1832 in St. Johns, 
N. B. ; he d. 2 June 1888. Episc; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Caroline Ann' b. 30 Sept. 1863 in Cheshire ; d. 10 April 1867 in 

ii. John Derrick' b. 10 Oct. 1865 inC; m. 21 Oct. 1891 Fannie May 
Collins of Bethany, Ct. ; watchman at Tuttle, Morehouse & Tay- 
lor's ; res. New Haven. 

Clan William\- Seneca L.^ 315 

iii. Hattie Caroline' b. 15 June 1867 in Southington ; m. 21 June lE 
Clayton Guy Cooke, formerly of Cheshire ; res. New Haven. 

iv. Carrie Ellen' b. i April 1871 in New Haven ; d. 9 July 1872 in 

V. Lillian Munson' b. 26 Sept. 1872 in New Haven ; res., unm., with 
her mother (1895). 

J. C. ran both locomotive and stationary engines. Dwelt at 
Cheshire and Southington, before New Haven. 


Seneca L.' (William', Miles", Amasa', William') b. 29 April 
1836 ; m. 17 Aug. 1859 Lucretia Morris of Bethlehem b. 25 April 
1839; he d. 30 Aug. 1894. Mechanic; Rep.; Cong.; res. Water- 
bury, Ct. 

Children, b. in Bethlehem, Ct. : 

i. Theodore A.' b. 9 Oct. i860 ; ;«. 10 Oct. 1888 Annie Husker ; watch- 
maker ; Rep.; Cong.; res. Waterbury ; 2 ch. — Earle Mills'" and 
ii. Samuel Mills' b. 6 Jan. 1863 ; d. 2 Sept. 1883. 

iii. Willard Loomis' b. 16 Jan. 1864 ; m. 12 Aug. 1893 Georgie E, 
Reynolds; shipping clerk ; Rep.; Cong.; res. Waterbury. 

Seneca L.* followed the trade of butcher fifteen years ; a farmer ; 
since about 1876 employed by the B. and B. Mfg. Co. 


Emily ].' (John S.', Peter^ Heman^ William^ William*) b. 28 
Sept. 1834; m. 3 Oct. 1861 Harris Carpenter of Hamden, N. Y. 
Res. Meredith Hollow, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Meredith : 

i. Georgie A.'" b. 3 March 1864. 

ii. Delia'" b. 19 July 1866. 

iii. Nellie'" b. 2 July 1869. 

iv. Clarence'" b. 21 March 1872. 

V. Lizzie'" b. 25 March 1876. 


Stephen F." (John S.", Peter^ Heman^ William^ William*) b. 3 
July 1839 ; m. 26 Feb. 1867 Isabel Key b. 23 Nov. 1842 in Meredith. 
Res. Meredith Hollow, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Charles D.'" b. 18 May 1868 ; d. 25 June 1885. 

ii. Eliza B.'" b. 7 Aug. 1870 ; res. Meredith, 

iii. Jennie M.'" b. 15 Nov. 1873 ; d. 2 Jan. 1880. 

iv. Lottie M.'" b. i Sept. 1875 ; res. Meredith. 

3i6 The Munson Record, 


Milton D/ (John S.', Peter', Heman', William^ William*) b. 24 
July 1841 ; 711. 8 Oct. 1867 Hattie L. Houghtaling b. 30 July 1848. 
Clerk ; Dem.; Meth.; res. Oneonta, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Cecile'" b. 12 Jan. 1870 in Davenport ; d. 9 Oct. 1886. 

ii. Emory D.^o b. 2 Oct. 1874 in D. 

iii. Maud'" b. 19 Oct. 1879 in D. 

iv. May'" h. 19 Oct. 1879 (twin) in D. 

V. John S.'" h. 21 Dec. 1881 in Oneonta ; d. 5 Oct. 1882. 

Milton D.' was enrolled 2 Sept. 1864 in Co. D, 144 Reg't N. Y. 
S. Vol.; discharged at Hilton Head, S. C, 25 June 1865. 


Eliza M.'' (John S.', Peter', Heman'', William^ William*) b. 11 

Jan. 1845 ; ;;/. 24 Oct. 1866 Miner S. Miller b. i Sept. 1834, 

mechanic, Rep.; he d. 18 May 1884. Meth.; res. North Topeka, 


Children, b. in Topeka : 

i. Etta" b. 15 Sept. 1867 ; millinery and dress-making ; res. North 


ii. Delos'" b. 10 Nov. 1869 ; carpenter ; res. Hayes City, Kan. 

iii. Hattie'" b. 21 June 1871 ; d. 18 Feb. 1874. 

iv. Floyd'" b. 18 Sept. 1873 ; nurserj' ; res. North Topeka. 

V. John S." b. 17 Sept. 1875 ; farming ; res. Eskridge, Kan. 

vi. Francis" b. 19 March 1878 ; farming ; res. Paxico, Kan. 

vii. Grace'" b. 27 June 1881. 

viii. Lillian A.'" b. 9 Sept. 1883. 

M. S. M. was a musician in the War of the Rebellion, 144 N. Y. 



Abi Maria' (Peter', Heman', Heman', William', William*) b. 29 
May 1829 ; m. 6 Nov. 1856 William Wallace Georgia. Res. 
West Laurens, Otsego Co., N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Emma Ardell'" 1^. 18 Sept. 1862 ; m. 30 March 1881 Robert E. Ells- 
worth ; 4 ch. ; res. Meredith, N. Y. 
ii. Addie Maranda'" b. 27 May 1866 ; w. 2 July 18S1 Charles W. 

Decker; i ch. ; res. Pittsfield Centre, N. Y. 
iii. Milton Delos'" b. 12 Feb. 1869 ; res. West Oneonta, N. Y. 
iv. Bertha Jane'" b. 7 Dec. 1871 ; in. 20 Sept. 1885 Joseph A. Mayes ; 

2 ch. ; res. West Laurens, N. Y. 
V. Eve Electa'" b. 23 Oct. 1874 ; d. 14 Sept. 1880. 

Clan William': Ainer\ 317 

vi. Rosa Mabel'o b. 17 Dec. 1877. 
vii. Junius Miley'° b. 29 Sept. 1883. 


Mary E.' (Peter*, Heman', Heman", William', William') b. 11 
March 1849 ; m. 28 Jan. 1868 Charles Wesley Georgia. Res. 
Franklin, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Meredith, N. Y.: 

i. Nellie O.'" b. 12 Dec. 1874. 
ii. Myra McCIellan'" b. 21 July 1882. 


Ainer' (John H.', Heman^ Heman", William', William') b. 21 
Dec. 1843 ; m. 30 Oct. 1866 Adelaide Ward b. 14 June 1848 in Dav- 
enport, N. Y. Farmer; Rep.; Univ.; res. Ouleout, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Alberta Goldsborough^" b. 19 Dec. i867inOul.; vi. 20 Nov. 1888 

John M. Hotaling; i ch. — Glenville M." (fern.) b. 18 May 1890. 

ii. Berenice B.^" b. 31 Oct. 1869 in Oul. 

iii. Edith Lisle^o b. 4 Oct. 1871 in Oul. 

iv. Evelyn Walker'" b. 21 April 1874 in Oneonto, N. Y. ; d. 15 Sept. 1881. 

V. Walter Hodge'" b. 14 June 1877 in Oul. 

vi. John H.'n. 9 Oct. 1882. 

Ainer' served in the Secession War 
as a member of Co. A, 13th N. Y. 
Vol., Heavy Artillery. 


Milton D/ (John H.^ Heman', Heman", William^ William*) b. 
22 March 1846 ; m. 28 Sept. 1863 Mary Jane Orr of North Frank- 
lin. Farmer; Meth.; res. North Franklin, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Jennie Belle'" b. 7 Nov. 1864 ; m. 20 July 1889 in Chicago Lloyd W. 

Lasell, an electrical engineer, of Orange, N. J.; res. N. Y. C; 

I ch. — Eirene" b. 9 March 1890 in Orange, N. Y. 
ii. Charles Austin'" b. 19 Sept. 1866. 
iii. Sebie Peter'" b. 4 Oct. 1868 ; m. 12 Nov. 1890 Lillian A. Merwin of 

N. F.; farming; res. North Franklin. 


Henrietta' (Lucius', Stephen', Heman", William', William') b. 
26 May 1837 ; m. 17 March 1854 Benj. F. Smith of Thomaston. 
Res. Ansonia, Ct. 

3i8 The Munson Record. 

Children, b. in Thomaston, Ct.: 

i. Hattie L.'" b. i April 1862 ; res., unm., with parents (1891). 
ii. George L.'" b. 22 Oct. 1866 ; res., unm., with parents. 


Leonard L.' (Lucius*, Stephen', Heman*, William', William*) b. 
18 July 1844 ; m. 17 Oct. 1864 Lucy Blakeslee of Litchfield. Mer- 
chant and postmaster ; has lived in Thomaston ; res. Litchfield 
(Northfield), Ct. 

Children : 

i. Charles L.'" b. 28 Aug. 1865 ; d. 23 Jan. 1870. 
ii. Lena M.'" b. 2 Dec. 1870. 


Florilla° (Lucius', Stephen', Heman°, William*, William*) b. 9 
May 1851 ; m. 11 Sept. 1873 Lowell E. Brooks of Cheshire, Ct. 
Res. Ansonia, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Edgar L.^" b. 30 Nov. 1875 in Cheshire, 
ii. CliflFord A.'" b. 25 Oct. 1878 in New Haven, Ct. 


Alice E.' (Lucius', Stephen', Heman', William', William*) b. 6 
May 1854; m. 29 Sept. 1875 Frank A. Wood of Mass.; he d. 16 
Sept. 1886; m. (2nd) Melville G. Goodwin of New Hartford 17 
Nov. 1887. Res. Bridgeport, Ct. 

Children, 2 by W., i by G. : 

i. Frank^*' b. 10 Aug. 1876 in Thomaston, Ct.; d. 15 Feb. 1877. 
ii. Edna'" b. 17 Jan. 1878 in Thomaston. 
iii. Frank M.'» b. 18 Dec. \i 


Walter N.' (William H.^ William', William", William', Wil- 
liam*) b. 3 July 1852 ; 7)1. 14 Dec. 1882 Henrietta Brown. Cabinet- 
maker, undertaker, etc.; Dem.; Episc; res. Cheraw, S. C. 

Children : 

i. William Motte'o b. 9 July 1889 ; d. 26 May 1891. 
ii. Mary Emma^" b. 14 Oct. 1891. 

Walter N." was in business at Society Hill, S. C, formerly. 

Clan Willimn*': Eugene H.^ 319 


John C (John P.^ Charles R.^ William', William^ William*)^. 
6 Dec. 1861 ; w. 2 Aug. 1882 Annie B. Seyffert. Stone-cutter; res. 
Delhi, N. Y. 

Children : 

Roderick ]>^ b. 23 May 1884 ; d. 12 Jan. 1887. 
Mamie R." b. 23 April 1887. 
Charles Thomas'" b. 11 Nov. 1891. 

For a few years John C.^ was associated with his father in 
quarrying stone. 

/ 275. 

Eugene H.° (Alfred P.', Augustus', Salmon', Samuel', William') 
b. I June 1853 ; m. 30 Dec. 1875 Ella M. Beggs. Salesman ; Dem.; 
re;3. Lewiston, 111. 

Children : 

1. Alfred D."* b. 17 Nov. 1876. 

ii. Louis b. 17 Feb. 1878. 

iii. Pet'o b. 22 Aug. 1880 ; d. 9 Aug. 1882. 

iv. Clarence E.'" b. 16 April 1883 ; d. 8 July 1890. 

V. Cordelia A.^" b. 22 April 1885. 

320 The Munson Record. 

Clan WaitstlU/ 

Santtiel^ y Satnuel'^y Thomas^. 

Waitstiir b. 12 Dec. 1697 in Wallingford, Ct. ; ;«. 10 Dec. 17 19 
Phebe dau. of Caleb and Mary (Preston) Merriman, b. 16 Sept. 
1699 ; she was buried 11 Dec. 1772, " «. 73 " ; he d. in W. 6 March 
1789, ce. 91. Res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children, all b. in W. : 

Reuben' b. 9 May 1721. 

Hannah^ b. 20 Feb. 1723. 

SamueP b. 7 Dec. 1724. 

Phebe^ b. 14 June 1726 ; m. 25 Dec. 1744 Phineas Peck ; d. 25 Ja n. 


Solomon* b. 19 March 1728. 

WaitstilP b. 24 Nov. 1729. 

Medad^ b. 31 Aug. 1731. 

Mamre* b. 20 Jan. 1734; m. 26 Sept. 1751 Timothy Carrington ; 
received from her father a gift of land 25 Feb. 1786 ; res. Walling- 
ford, Ct. 

Martha^ b. 11 June 1738 ; d. 27 Jan. 1739. ; 

Martha* b. 16 Jan. 1740 ; d. 26 Jan. 1740. 

When Widow Mary became the step- -^ /f /-y 1 

mother of Waitstiir, he was ten years of '^^^^Ji^^pi'TTid^f'tS^^^ 
age, and her daughter Phebe was eight and 

one-half years old ; these young people, eleven years and mine 
months later, were united in marriage. 

In the " List of Strays and Lost Goods " in Wallingford, W^ait- 
stiir entered 21 Nov. 1744 a " Dunish Coulered Stear" as bein^j in 
his custody. At the age of twenty-six he was a surveyor of high- 
ways " in ye east society," and at the age of thirty-two was fhe 
first of six grand-jurors. In 1743 he was both surveyor of high- 
ways and grand-juror. 

WaitstilP " and Phebe his wife, daughter to Caleb Merriman," 3 
May 1720, about five months after their marriage, purchased 16 or 
17 acres "on the east side of town nere Broad Swamp." In Dec. 
1725 the young man paid his father Samuel ^10 for three tracts 
containing six, 19 and 16 acres. In 1734 he paid ^^20 for 4 acres 
" on y® east side of the town, on y^ west side the red rock so 
called." In 1736 he bought six acres adjoining his home-lot, 
bounded west by the highway; price, ^^50. In 1742 he bought of 
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same year he bought land "lying eastward of the Town" — the 
"27th lot in the Draught in the 7th Div." In 1745 he paid his 
uncles John, Theophilus and Stephen, of New Haven, "^15 
Money Old Tenor" for 11^ acres "in the east part of said Town 
in the Sequestered Land." March 6, 1746-7 he obtained 12 or 13 
acres "eastward from the Town Piatt a little North from sd Mun- 
sons house, on the East side of the Road." And in Oct. 1749 he 
bought \\ acres " on Long Hill," bounded east and south on high- 

Among Waitstill's sales of real-estate was one of 8^ acres " in 
New Cheshire parish near the West Rocks," bounded W. by his 
own land, and S. by "New Haven line," i.e., Hamden ; Jan. 1742. 
He anc' Phebe 23 Sept. 1747, sold land "Near y® Middle of y** 
town being the Homelott y- was their Hon'^ father Caleb Merri- 
man late of sd Wallingford Dec'' and bounded East and South 
upon Town Street, North on Lent Munson homelott and West on 
Caleb Merriman homelott," — with a dwelling-house ; price ^^40. 
In 1748 there was a sale of 3 acres eastward of town "near Fenns 
Crotch." And 13 Aug. 1754 he obtained ^^950 for 20 acres 
situated " Eastward of the town Piatt on the East side of Long 
Hill at a place Called Maudlin." 

For love towards his grandson Medad^ (son of Samuel) he pre- 
sented him 29 Aug. 1785 "one-half my Farm of Land on which I 
now live, adjoining Hun Munsons, with one-half the buildings 
standing on it." The next year, 27 Feb. 1786, we read that out of 
respect to his affection for his grandsons Hunn and Zerah, he 
bequeaths to them all the land he has not given to his son Solo- 
mon, his daughter Cook and his daughter Carrington — " the 
remainder of the Home lot where I live" (about 24 acres). And 
in 1791 Hunn and Zerah sold one-half the house and barn "where 
Grandfather Waitstill lived — which he deeded to us." 

None of these records locate definitely the home of Waitstill. 
It was eastward of Wallingford village. It was apparently in the 
neighborhood of Long Hill, a range east of the town, running 
southward. His son Medad, and grandsons Hunn and Zerah seem 
to have resided on portions of the old homestead. Twelve acres 
sold by Zerah in 1803 were situated "one mile east of the meeting- 
house." The highway leading to Waitstill's abode ran north and 
south and he lived on the east side of it, for " the Hall Lott " 
belonging to Medad's estate (1777) was described as "on the west 
side of the road, opposite to Waitstill Munson's dwelling-house." 

WaitstilT's son Reuben^ resided in Farmington (1774) ; SamueP 
in Northfield Society; Solomon^ removed from Branford in 1780 

322 The Mimson Record. 

to Farmington, now Southington, carrying a letter from the 
Northford church ; Waitstill^ also resided in Southington (1780). 

Mrs. Munson Nash furnishes an obituary notice copied from a 
New Haven paper of March 18, 1793, which is of much interest. 
The occurrence should be located, however, four years previously. 

" Died at Wallingford, on Thursday the 5th inst., Mr. Waitstill 
Munson in the 92nd year of his age. From him descended 12 
children, from eight of these 50 grandchildren, 155 great-grand- 
children, and nine great-great-grandchildren, 226 descendants — 38 
deceased, 188 survivors." 

" To live in hearts we leave behind 
Is not to die." 


Reuben^ (Waitstiir) b. 9 May 1721 ; ?«. 29 Dec. 1741 Mary 
Chittenden ; he ^. 7 June 1780, ce. 59 ; she d. 15 Jan. iSoi. Cong. ; 
res. Southington, Ct. 

Children : 

Stephen^ b. 23 Sept. 1742 in Wallingford, Ct. 

Hoses'^ b. 24 Sept. 1744 in W. 

Reuben*^ b. 22 Dec. 1746 in W. 

Phebe" bp. 19 March 1748-9 in Southington. 

Mary** bp. 14 April 1751 in S. 

Sarah^ bp. 18 March 1753 in S. 

JoeP bp. 30 March 1755 ; entered the Revolutionary Arm)', — died in 
Stamford, Ct., 19 Sept. 1776. 
viii. Benjamin*^ bp. 8 May 1757 in S. ; " died in "Wallingford 1777." He 
appears to have been the Benj" Munson who belonged to the Co. 
of Capt. Stanley (Farmington), Col. Fisher Gay's Reg't, Second 
Battalion, Wadsworth's Brigade, June 24, 1776. The battalion 
was raised June '76 to reinforce Washington at N. Y.; served at 
the Brooklyn front just before and during the battle of L. I. Aug. 
27 ; in the retreat to N. Y. Aug. 29-30 ; in retreat from N. Y. City, 
Sept. 15 ; with main army at White Plains. Time expired Dec. 

25, '76. 
ix. Martha* bp. 12 Oct. 1760 in S. ; m. 26 June 1782 Ezekiel son of 
Samuel Andrews of Southington b. 1745 ; settled in Kinderhook, 
N. Y. ; she d. 20 Aug. 1799, ^. 39 ; 6 ch. — Sally' and Sammy'' 
(twins), Reuben', Mary', Demas' and Dama' (twins). 
289. X. SamueP b. 9 July 1762 ; bp. 5 Sept. 1762. 

Reuben'* and Mary were members of the Cong. Church in South- 
ington. Moses Munson" Nash, a great-grandson of Reuben' and 
Mary, states that Mary died at the residence of her son SamueP in 
Utica, N. Y., Aug. 1796. But another great-grandson, Alson N.' 
Munson, writes more convincingly as to the date : " In an old 
Bible we found — 'The widow Mary Munson died January 15, 













Clan Waiistill\- Reuben\ 323 

1801, aged 78'." In the same connection the death of Mary's 
daughter Martha" is recorded. 

Reuben' "of Wallingford " Jan. 30, 1745 obtained from Abel 
Robert, jr., "a bay mayr coming fore years old with a Star in 
ye for hed and brand." This was about three years after his 
marriage. He was in Farmington as early as Dec. 1747 when his 
age was twenty-six. His residence until 1753 appears to have 
been on the west side of the town, " in that division of land next 
Waterbury." He then bought, in connection with his brother 
Waitstill", 142 acres with house and barn " Southeastward of y® 
Great plains." " He lived," says that excellent authority. Gad 
Andrews, "in the north part of Flanders District, under the moun- 
tain," and there died. 

Reuben^ of Farmington, 17 Dec. 1747, sold David Cook ^200 
worth of land in Farmington, parish of Southington, "the iSth 
Lott, on the west mountains, bounded westerly on Waterbury 
line." Reuben^ signed the deed by "his mark." He also sold 
Cook 17 acres — one-third of the 57th lot "in that division next 
Waterbury." On the 7th March 1753 he sold Seth Plum two 
pieces of land, one containing 99 acres, lot no. 60, " in that division 
of land next Waterbury ; butted west on the 20-rod highway on 
the mountain. Allso my House and Barn standing on the same." 
Reuben" and Waitstill^ of Farmington, purchased for "^3000 
money old tenor," 43 acres with house and barn, -1-22 + 37-1-5-1-35 
acres — " southeastward of y® Great Plains." In 1758 he negotiated 
with Andrew Gridley for 28 acres in the parish of Southington, 
"near the said Munsons Dwelling House." Some land sold by 
Reuben' was located " near the south end of the five Mile or Great 
Plain, bounded East on Land of Wait Munson." 

Reuben"s son Stephen" removed to the State of New York, 
Moses" and Reuben" to Whately, Mass., and Samuel" to central 
New York. 


Hannah^ (Waitstiir) b. 20 Feb. 1723 ; ;;/. 20 Jan. 1741 Benjamin 
son of Joseph and Eleanor Cook; he d. abt. 1790. Res. Walling- 
ford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Benjamin^ b. 8 Oct. 1743. 

ii. Martha,* m. Col. Isaac Cook of Wallingford. 

iii. JoeP b. 31 Aug. 1745 ; d. y. 

iv. Merriman* b. i Oct. 1748. 

V. Lois* b. 1752 ; in. 16 Jan. 1776 Oliver Doolittle. 

vi. Phebe* b. 3 May 1756 ; m. Isaac Doolittle. 

324 The Miinson Record, 

Yale's Gen. of Wall., whence most of this article (278) is derived, 
states that Hannah " was celebrated in her day as a skillful mid- 
wife in Wallingford ", where she and her husband were living at 
the time of his decease. He was a weaver and farmer. Waitstiir 
speaks in the public records of having given some real-estate to 
his daughter Hannah^ wife of Benjamin Cook 25 Feb. 1786. 


Samuer (Waitstiir) b. 7 Dec. 1724 in Wallingford, Ct.; m. 14 
May 1747 Rachel dau. of Capt. David Cook, *b. 19 March 1724 
and*/, perh. in 1748 ; m. (2nd) Jerusha («/<? Johnson) wid. of Eliasaph 
Dotchester ; he d. of dropsy 11 Oct. 1801, cb. n. 77 ; she d. 17 Nov. 
181 7, ce. 92. Res. Wallingford (Soc. of Northford), Ct. 

Children : 

Eliasaph® b. abt. 1751. 
Ephraim® b. 11 Nov. 1753. 
Medad* b. 9 May 1757. 
WaitstilP b. abt. 1760. 
AsaheP b. abt. 1763. 
Merriman® b. abt. 1765. 

This Samuel was called Sen., to dis- ^ 
tinguish him from some cousins hav- -^^^^J^)^ t^c/^ i<^i/y»t^^^ 

ing the same name. In 1751 he was 

administrator of Eliasaph Dotchester's estate. A widower of 
twenty-seven, he seems to have been quickly enamored. Charles 
H.°, a great-grandson of SamueP, states that the Inventory (which 
is well-preserved) includes — i pr. leather-breeches, ^3 ; brass- 
kettle, ^9 ; warming-pan, ^^3 ; 4 pewter platters, jQd ; Dutch 
wheel, 50/; hetchel, 35/; Bible, 18/; Psalm-Book, 12/. 

Jerushaf had a daughter Elizabeth by her first husband who 
became the wife of Dea. Jared Butler of Norfolk, Ct. " Dea. 
Butler was very pleasant, somewhat jocose, but would never 
shave on Sunday." There is a granddaughter of his, Mrs. Starr 
Carrington, living eleven or twelve miles from Chicago. 

SamueP lived where his great-grandson William S.* has lived. 
" They called him ' Uncle Sam. Moderate,' " says Mrs. J. M. Foote. 
The old house, "built when his boys were small," is now used for 
a carriage-house. 












* " He had two wives," said Wliitfield T.^, unhesitatingly. Capt. Coolc " was largely engaged 
in commerce, sailing from the port of New Haven one ship and three brigs." He was a zealous 
Episcopalian. See Wallingford Hist., p. 714. 

t " Jerusha had a sister. Patience, who was courted by Peter Hall of Wallingford, and engaged 
to him : she was odd, very." — 5. A.^ F. 

Clan WaitstilV : SaviueP. 325 

He was sworn a "freeman" in Dec. 1750, and took the "free- 
man's oath" also in Sept. 1777. He was highway-surveyor in 
1755, '60, and '69, and was chosen grand-juror in Dec. 1773. A 
record dated 5 Oct. 1763 specifies him as one of those who "belong 
to the Society of Wells." This new Congregational society in the 
village of Wallingford had been constituted in May preceding, 
by those who had taken offence at Dr. Dana's sentiments and his 
manners. When the Wells meeting-house was erected, an attempt 
was made to stop the building ; the bell was rung to call partisans 
together, and the inhabitants, for a number of miles around, 
hastened to the scene of action, and joined in the conflict. The 
house was opened 8 Dec. 1762, and services were maintained for 
tweniv-five years. About 1831 the edifice passed into the hands 
of the Episcopalians. 

In the record of " Strays and Lost Goods " we read : " In the 
custody of Samuel Munson a Last Spring Calf a Bull Calf a 
Brown one with a white face no Ear Mark Entered Oct. 12 1778." 
There is a court record under date of 7 July 1772 : ' Wm. Knee- 
land, a transient person, vs. SamueP, Eliasaph", Lud'^, Solomon^ 
and Titus" Munson in an action of assault. Justice Stanly 
decided that Plf had not supported his declaration.' Solomon 
was Samuel's brother, Eliasaph was Samuel's son, and Lud and 
Titus were sons of Abel. 

The subject of this sketch bought six acres of land from John 
Cooke in 1749. He paid ^^1500 for 26^ acres " Southward from 
the Town at a place Called Mr Streets Damm ;" date, 26 March 
1750. P. Johnson made a sale of 8 acres to Jerusha 23 April 
1781. Samuel conveyed 6^ acres "Eastward from the town " in 
May 1750 ; and he joined his brothers and sisters 13 July 1774 in 
a sale of three acres at "the Red Rock," which came to them 
from their mother Phebe Munson, deceased. The two next trans- 
actions seem to be connected with the farm at Northford where 
our relative spent his life. Samviel " of Wallingford " 9 June 
1757 paid Nathaniel Butler ^29. 15s. for 6 acres in Branford, 
"joining North upon Wallingford line." He bought in 1776 six 
acres in Branford 'at a place called Littleworth,' bounded N. 27 
rods on his own land, E. upon Dea. Merriman Munson 34 rods, 
and W. ^\ rods upon Rev. Warham Williams. 

The 27th Oct. 1789, SamueP, prompted by affection for his son 
Asahel", deeded him one-half, the southwest half, of his home- 
stead, " lying in Wallingford and Branford"; the northeast half 
of the property he deeded to his son Merriman". Under the same 
date, the two sons gave their father Samuel and mother Jerusha a 

326 The Munson Record. 

lease for life of the homestead deeded to them, 100 acres, includ- 
ing "the Jonah lot" and "the old Mill lot" in Branford. In 
respect to Samuel's farm, Charles H.* Munson writes that Chaun- 
cey' son of AsaheP holds the southwest half with some additions, 
and that himself and his brother, grandsons of Merriman", hold 
the northeast half with some additions. Out of affection to 
Eliasaph", Samuel and Jerusha 30 Oct. 1793 conveyed to him 14 
acres, " all the Land that we own on the West side of the Town 

Chauncey' relates this : " My mother used to say that she carried 
me up to Grandfather Samuel's — the next house — when I was a 
young boy, and Grandfather in his last sickness ; and she said it 
worried him that Ruth (my mother) was going to carry that great 
boy home — as big as a bag of corn !" Jerusha was a dark-com- 
plexioned woman, it is said. She lived to the venerable age of 
92. Mrs. Foote reports that she used to ejaculate : " O I don't 
have any comforts, — yes I do have a great many." 

Of SamueP's sons, Eliasaph" and Merriman" settled in Walling- 
ford, and AsaheP in Branford, the two latter being in Northford ; 
while Ephraim", Medad' and Waitstill" removed to Barkhamsted. 
All except Merriman" were in the Revolutionary Army. These 
soldier brothers said that, at noon, it seemed as though they could 
hear the bale drop of the great iron-kettle their mother had ! 
That historic dinner-pot is still in existence. 


Solomon" (WaitstilP) b. 19 March 1728 in Wallingford, Ct.; ifi. 
14 June 1753 Sarah Peck (dau. of Thankful who became the 2nd 
wife of Dea. Merriman Munson) ; 2 ch.; m. (2nd) 11 Oct. 1759 
Sarah^ dau. of AbeP Munson ; i ch. — Sarah" ; she d. i Jan, 1761, 
ce. 20 ; m. (3d) 19 Nov. 1761 Hannah Baldwin ; 5 ch.; he d. 15 Oct. 
1802, ce. 74 y. 7 m. Carpenter and joiner; Cong.; res. Walling- 
ford, Southington, Ct., etc. 

Children : 

i. Eunice^ d. 19 Nov. 1754 in W.; dp. in Northford Sept. 1769; m. 28 
Oct. 1772 Timothy Barnes of Litchiield ; res. Litchfield, Ct.; (a 
Timoth}' living there with wife Mary 1791.) 

296. ii. Jonathan* d. 30 June 1756 in W. ; dp. in N. Sept. 1769. 

297. iii. Sarah^ 6. 11 Dec. 1760 in W. ; 6/>. in N. Sept. 1769. 

iv. Bede" 6. i Aug. 1762 in W. ; i>p. in N. Sept. 1769 ; m. 11 Dec. 17S3 
Joseph Wheeler of Southington ; m. (2nd) Camp ; no ch.; res. 
Hartford, Ct., where she died. 

298. V. Phebe*^ i. i July 1764 in W. 

Clan Waiistill\- Solomott". 327 

299. vi. Jairus^ b. 6 Feb. 1767 in W. ; bp. in N. Sept. 1769. 

300. vii. Hannah" b. Oct. 1772. 

viii. Lucy® b. 3 July 1775 ; m. Michael Mitchell ; res. Salem, Wayne Co. , Pa. 

Solomon's first transaction in real-estate is dated 1761, when he 
disposed of 4 acres "East of Muddy River." Then comes this: 
" I, widow Mary Freeman of Branford . for . ^^3 . rec'' . 
of Solomon Munson of Wallingford . do . sell . three Acres 
of Land lying in the Township of Branford . upon the further- 
most Great Hill (so called) . bounded . West upon Highway. 
23 Aug. 5 Year of Reign of Geo. iii. 1765." He sold Medad 
Munson of Wallingford in 1786 two acres of inherited property. 
He received ^100 for two acres with his dwelling-house and barn, 
situated in Wallingford ; date, 1777. The next year he made a 
sale in the same town to Lieu' Levi^ Munson ; consideration, ;£<)o. 

From the record of "Strays": "In the custody of Solomon^ 
Munson a Black Yerling Steer without any Ear Mark the Right 
Ear Looks as if was froze off a Little. Entered Nov. 8, 1775." 

Solomon and Hannah were admitted to the church in Northford 
10 Sept. 1769. They were recommended to the church in South- 
ington, which received them 4 June 1780. Their removal had 
been effected previously, as appears by the following : Reuben 
Hart and Eleazer Peck of Southington, for j£ioo transferred to 
Solomon^ Munson "of Southington " and Jonathan" Munson "of 
Branford" land in Farmington — "in the 39 and 40 Lotts in the' 
Shettle Meadow Division, with a Dwelling-house and barn thereon :" 
May I, 1780. In the "seating of the meeting-house," Solomon 
and his wife were assigned to the second seat on the right of the 
pulpit. He was said to be "of Southington" when he made a 
sale in 1785. He probably continued to dwell there until about 
1794: in that year, Nov. 16, he and Hannah were dismissed by 
letter to the church in " West Britain," now Burlington, Ct., where 
his son Jairus lived. The next year, however, 1795, he bought of 
Israel Graves some property in Whately, Mass. — directly west of 
the Horace Frary place, being' parts of lots 19, 20, 21, 4th Div., 
bounded W. on Noah Bardwell, N. on Selah Graves, E. on the 
Williamsburg road, and S. on Capt. Church ; price, ^30. The 
home of his daughter Hannah" was in this town, and Sarah" 
was in Hatfield, adjoining ; he dovxbtless spent some of his time 
with them. 

About the year 1800, Jairus" removed to Windham, N. Y., and 
his parents Solomon* and Hannah accompanied him. Both died 
there. Solomon* was killed at the raising of a building 15 Oct. 

328 TJie Mtmsofi Record. 

WaitstilP (Waitstill"') b. 24 Nov. 1729 ; m. Ann — ; 2 ch.; she 
was buried at Plainville, 18 April 1772, ce. 41 ; ;«. (2nd) before 18 
April 1 781 Esther widow of Rufus Blakeslee ; 2 ch.; he d. 1786, 
after Sept. 26, cb. 56 ; she d. 9 July 1828, ce. 84. Cong.; res. South- 
ington, Ct. 

Children : 

301. i. Anna'^ b. 21 July 1761. 

ii. A child, d. 12 Aug. 1766. 
iii. Esther^ bp. 31 March 1786. 

iv. Gideon* b. abt. 1783 ; bp. 31 March 1786 ; m. 12 March 1804 Roxa 
Peck of Kensington (now Berlin); child d. Oct. 1809, cz. 4 ; he •/. 
20 April 1859, ce. 76; she perh. ("Widow Munson ") d. 3 Jan. 
1767 ; he was " of Southington " 30 April 1805, the year after his 
marriage, but "of Berlin" in 1807 when about 23 years old, — at 
which time he sold the town of Farmington i acre — "being part 
of the 20 Rod highway originally dividing the towns of Farming- 
ton and Southington," bounded " South on land lately owned by 
said Munson;" res. Berlin, Ct. 

WaitstilP as early as 1754 was living in that part of Farmington 
which became Southington in 1779, and there continued until 
death. His widow Esther remained in Southington about a quarter 
of a century, when she removed to Bristol. She had been admitted 
to the Southington Cong. Church 19 Feb. 1786 ; she was dismissed 
to Bristol 12 Jan. 1817 ; but she was dwelling in that town as early 
as 181 1. Esther's maiden name, I suspect, was either Buck or 
Booth. She had dau. Huldah by her first husband, but she was 
deceased in 1781. In the seating of the meeting-house at Southing- 
ton, Esther was located in the second seat on the left of the pulpit. 

WaitstilP joined his brother Reuben^ 19 Feb. 1754 in the pur- 
chase of 43 acres with house and barn, and 99 acres more — " South- 
eastward of y® great plains" in Farmington. In 1775 he pur- 
chased of the town 4 acres — "a part of the 20 rod Highway 
Adjoining to Southington Parrish on y® East Mountain." Among 
other transactions, in 1783 he bought of Anna Booth 7^ acres, and 
of Deborah Buck 15 acres ; and the next year, Deborah Buck and 
Anna Booth of Farmington and Waitstill and Esther Munson and 
Eunice Buck of Southington made sale to A. Gridley of 15 acres. 
In 1789 Esther sold A. Brackett 3^ acres "in Farmingbury in 
Southington." The following conveyance assists in locating 
Waitstill's estate : Esther, 7 June 1802, sold the Cheshire Turn- 
pike Co. a strip of land 4 rods wide, running N. 26 E. 42 rods 
across her land to the boundary line of Farmington ; $43 for i 
acre and 8 rods. 

Clan WaitstiW: Medad\ 329 


Medad^ (Waitstiir) b. 31 Aug. 173 1 ; 7?i. 15 Oct. 1761 Desire dau. 
of John and Deborah Carrington b. in Farmington 13 Sept. 1738 ; 
he d. 7 May 1777, ce. 45 ; she d. 10 Sept. 1822, <2. 83. Cong.; res. 
Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : 

302. i. Hunn*' b. 25 April 1762; bp. 21 May 1769. 

303. ii. Zerah^ b. 20 July 1768 ; bp. 21 May 1769. 

Medad^ was sworn freeman in Sept. 1762, was chosen highway- 
surveyor 1763, tything-man and collector of Society rates in 1764, 
and highway-surveyor and lister (assessor) in 177 1. He and his 
wife were admitted to the communion of the First Church 30 
April 1769. He purchased 7^ acres of John Barrett of Boston — 
bounded 20 rods east on highway, 60 rods south on Ralph Isaac's 
land, 60 rods north on Joseph Atwater : 23 April 1768. In 1773 
he bought of the same, 7 acres, " East of the Town Plott," bounded 
south on Waitstiir Munson's land. 

The public records state that Medad died May 7, but in another 
place, May 14 ; Hunn Munson says May 13. But Dr. Dana's pas- 
toral record states that he was buried May 8. Widow Desire 
Munson tn. 20 April 1778 Oliver Stanley, Esq., grad. of Yale 1768 
and lawyer ; he died 22 Feb. 1813. When Medad'* died, his nephew 
Medad° the son of Samuel was twenty years old ; the following 
November he married, and the next year took the Oath of 
Fidelity. His grandfather Waitstill seems to have adopted him 
in place of his deceased son Medad ; for in 1785, moved by love, 
he deeded the young man " one-half of my Farm of Land on which 
I now live, adjoining Hun Munsons — with one-half the buildings 
standing on it." The year Waitstiir died, this younger Medad", 
aged 32, sold "the farm that I now live on," 90 acres, — the tie 
which had detained him probably, being broken, — and doubtless 
removed soon to Barkhamsted, where he had made investments 
some years previously, and where his brother Waitstiir was 
already settled. That the younger Medad" was more attractive to 
the senior Medad's family than his brothers were, is intimated by 
a trifling incident. Henry C* remembers his grandfather Hunn's 
saying to his wife : " I must go up to Barkhamsted and see Cousin 
Medad :" adding that he should probably never go again. He 
was absent a week or ten days. 

330 The Munson Record. 


Stephen'' (Reuben,'^ Waitstill") b. 23 Sept. 1742 ; w. 8 July 1762 
Ann Cogswell. Res. Farmington, Ct., and (prob.) Byron, Genesee 
Co., N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Nathan\ apparently the same who with his brother Simeon removed 
to New London, Huron Co., O., and who then moved to Rich- 
land Co., O., where he continued to reside. This man is said to 
have been born in Byron, N. Y. " He was about 100 years old 
when he died." — M. E. W. His sons were (i) Henry*, (2) Reu- 
ben*, (3) Russell*, (4) Clark*, (5) Samuel*. "Clark* went to the 
Mexican War, and died there." 

ii. Sylvanus'. 

iii. Simeon', the same apparently as he who is said to have been born in 
Byron, N. Y., and removed to New London, Huron Co., O., 
where he was killed at the raising of a house for his brother 
Nathan.'' He had married Ruth Odle ; she i/. 13 Feb. 1847. He 
left ten children — (i) De Witt*, (2) Asahel*, (3) Clinton*, (4) Isaac*, 
(5) Uriah*, (6) Austin*, (7) Martha*, (8) Jane*. (9) Artemesia*, (10) 
Theodosia*. Four of the brothers sought California by the over- 
land route in 1852 ; three of them died from the exposure and 
other hardships of the journey — De Witt* on the way, Clinton* 
within three months after arriving, and a third, later, — Uriah* only 
surviving. His residence was recently Sprague, Lincoln Co., 
Wash. Asahel*'s place was recently Danville, Ingham Co., Mich. 
Clinton* was born in N. Y. S. in 1809 and died in 1852. Before 
going to Cal. he had lived in Clinton Co., Mich.; six ch. — (i) Mrs. 
Maria E.^ Williamson of Rockland, Carroll Co., Ind., b. 1840, ;«. 
1863 (dau. Martha R. A.'" m. abt. 1888 John C. Kessler of 
Kokomo, Ind.), (2) Mrs. Crecilla' Vanlue (Rebecca M.'" (^. 1S67 
in Delphi, Ind., Charles E.'" b. 1869 in D., Harry A.'" b. 1876 in 
D., Edna M." b. 1882 in Deshler, O.), (3) Mrs. Ruth« Armstrong 
(John'" b. 1874, Harry'« b. 1877, Mabel'" b. 1881, Frederick'" b. 
1883, Walter'" b. 1886, Amy^" b. 1890, all b. in Pittsburg, Carroll 
Co., Ind.), (4) Mrs. Lois'* Wharton (Carrie B.i" b. 1871 in Rock 
Creek, Ind., w. Charles Clark of Bloomington, 111., Hervey E.'" 
b. 1873 in Ind., John W.'" b. 1878 in Kan.), (5) Charles^, d. in the 
Army, (6) Joanna^, unm. Isaac* had two children. Artemisia* m. 
Spaulding ; three children. Miles' and two sisters, are living in 
Ashland, O. 

iv. Susan'. v. Polly'. vi. Sally'. vii. Nancy'. 

The Nash MS. says— " Stephen" settled in N. Y. State," and 
names seven children, as above. Stephen had previously until 
1783 lived in Farmington, Ct., though his lands were in Southing- 
ton. Before his removal, he was forty-one years of age and had 
been married twenty-one years ; doubtless Nathan, Simeon and 
the rest were born in Farmington, but spent a portion of their 
youth in Genesee Co., N. Y., — not unlikely in Byron. 

Clan Wait St ill*: Moses\ 331 

Stephen" and Reuben", jr., "both of Farmington ", sold land "in 
Shettle Meadow* Division" 25 Dec. 1767. This was twelve years 
before Southington became a separate town (1779). In 1770 
Stephen made a sale to Reuben, jr., "in Shettle Meadow Mountain 
Division." Jan. 28, 1782 he bought 11 acres "in Shettle Meadow 
Division on the East Mountain " — butted east on Rev. Timothy 
Pitkin's land. He made two sales of land in 1780, two in 1782 
and four in 1783. One in 1782 for ^40 was of land which 
extended " East to the Ledge of Rocks on the Top of the Moun- 
tain " — with a barn standing on said land ; also a dwelling-house 
'standing on the highway: except the use and improvement of my 
mothers Thirds during her natural life.' He sold, 15 Oct. 1783, 20 
acres to Capt. Daniel Lankton for ^50, "being Part of the Second 
and Part of the Third Lots as formerly Laid out." He paid ;^4o 
for this tract two years previously. He sold Asa Kennedy 57 acres 
with house and barn for;^23o ; this occurred 30 Oct. 1783. And 
two weeks later (14 Nov.) he sold his uncle Waitstill° 12 acres "in 
the first Tear of Lots." 


Moses"t (Reuben", Waitstill') b. 24 Sept. 1744 in Wallingford, 
Ct.; m. 22 Jan. 1767 Abigail" dau. of Abel* Munson b. in Walling- 
ford 2 Sept. 1744 ; she d. of bilious fever at Whately 11 Sept. 1796, 
<^. 52; m. (2nd) in 1797 Lucy Morton of Hatfield, Ms.; she d. in Feb. 
1809 ; m. (3d) in Oct. 1810 Mary Truesdale of Hatfield ; he d. of 
dropsy 13 July 1817, x. 72. Carpenter; Bapt.; res. Whately, Ms. 

Children : 

304. i. Moses'' b. 3 Aug. 1767 in Wallingford,:]: Ct. 

305. ii. Lovina' b. 4 March 1769 in Wall.:}: 

306. iii. Abigail' /'. 9 March 1771 in Wall., or Farmington. :j: 

307. iv. Anna' b. 31 March 1773 in Wall., or Farm.:j: 

308. V. Sarah' /'. 18 Sept. 1775 in Farmington, Ct. 

309. vi. Margery' b. 7 Sept. 1777 in Conway, Ms. 

310. vii. Joel' b. 16 March 1781 in Conway. 

* " From two or three points of sight the valley is in shape precisely like a weaver's shuttle. 
The meadow is now converted into an artificial lake, supplying New Britain with water." — Sketches 
of South. 

t The material for the story of the Whately Munsons was obtained from the public records at 
Wallingford, Farmington, Southington, Greenfield, Whately, etc., the MS. of Mrs. Munson Nash, 
the MS. collections of James M. Crafts, of Whately, the MS. collections of Gad Andrews, the 
communication of Mrs. W. C. Smith, Temple's History of Whately, Timlow's History of South- 
ington, and numerous other original sources. 

% According to Sarah' Munson Nash, in Nash MS., the first four children were born in Walling- 
ford. But the births of the first five children were entered on the public records in Farmington ; 
and Moses was certainly a citizen of Farmington as early as 1770. 

332 TJie Miinson Record. 

The lines of SamueP and Joseph^, two grandsons of Capt. 
Thomas Munson, were united when Moses" (son of Reuben^) mar- 
ried Abigail" (dau. of Aber); and it is of interest to notice that 
Moses/ jr., (son of Moses",) married a first-cousin of his father, 
Phebe" (dau. of Solomon^). Abel* in his Will, 21 Dec. 1778, men- 
tions his " daughter AbigaiP wife to Moses Munson"." 

In 1861 Mrs. M. M. Nash received from her husband's mother, 
Sarah, daughter of Moses", then 87 years of age, the precious items 
in the following paragraph : 

" Moses and Abigail were brought up in the same neighborhood, 
and baptized in infancy at the same time and place — by the same 
minister that married them, which was sometime in 1764. At the 
age of fourteen he was apprenticed to his uncle Solomon^ Munson 
to learn his trade, that of carpenter and joiner, and lived with him 
until he was of age ; after his marriage, they settled first in 
Wallingford, Ct., then removed to Farmington, Ct., and in 1777 
removed to Conway, Mass., which was then almost a wilderness. 
In 1784 they removed to Whately, where they lived during the 
remainder of their lives." 

Sept. I, 1770 Moses "of Farmington" bought two acres with a 
dwelling-house and barn, of Abijah Gillet: situated in the " First 
Tier of lots in Southington Parish in Farmington ". He sold 
Aaron Webster 23 June 1777 for ;^2o two acres " in the first Tear 
of Lotts in Southington Parish — with a Dwelling-House thereon 
and fruit-Trees thereon". He had paid ;^28 for the same just one 
week previously, according to the public record. 

Col. Roger Enos was in command, on the Hudson, in 1778, of a 
regiment raised from the ist, 4th and 6th brigades of Conn, 
militia. Joel Gillet was Capt. of one of the companies, Avhich 
arrived in camp June 19, 1778. Moses" Munson was a member of 
Gillet's company. The regiment was engaged for three months. 

Mrs. Munson Nash writes : " After they removed to Conway, 
Mass., near the close of the Revolutionary War, our Grandfather 
Moses" was called out (with others) to help in the cause of Lib- 
erty. He was gone from home only a few months, but before he 
returned home the season was far advanced and the ground frozen 
so that fall grain could not be soAvn. It made hard times for all 
who left their homes. Provisions were scarce and hard to- obtain. 
While in this state of affairs Grandfather invented a cheese-press 
— it was called a screw-press. In these days such an invention is 
patented. He wovild make one, take it on his back and go many 
miles to exchange it with farmers for grain, which he carried home 
on his shoulders. From that time, though not rich, they had all 
the comforts of life and as many luxuries as they cared for." 

Clan Waitstill\- Reuben^. 333 

As already noticed, Moses" settled in 1777 outside of Whately, 
"over High Ridge" in a corner of Conway. In 1784 he came 
down and settled on the north side of the little brook where James 
Smith was living in 1849 ; Chester K. Wait now owns the place, 
though there is no house existing. 

As early as 1784 Moses^ built a grist-mill on West Brook, using 
the water-privilege next below Edward Brown's saw-mill. A 
town-meeting 6 March 1786 laid a road — "beginning at Poplehill 
road North of West brook Bridge near the top of the hill . . to 
Moses Munsons Mill." Moses, Sen., sold his interest in the mill 
to his son Moses in 1796. Dea. James Smith became its owner 
before 1806. The establishment was transformed into a gimlet- 
factory in 1830, and is now a planing-mill and jobbing-shop. 
Brown's saw-mill erected in 1765 was sold in 1795 to Moses" Mun- 
son and two others ; it was recently Luther Sanderson's. 

In 1792 Moses" sold his son-in-law Bezaleel Smith lots 39, 40, 41, 
42, 4th Div., 24 acres, on Popple-hill road. Abigail signed with 
" her mark " ; daughter Anna^ was a witness. In the list for 1803 
Moses is taxed for three buildings. He was chosen a member of 
the school-committee in 1805. 

With fifteen other people in the westerly part of Whately, he 
protested 10 April 1788 against "finishing up the meeting-house 
in the place where it now stands." The protest not being heeded, 
the signers and others withdrew and formed a new society. They 
afterwards erected a meeting-house on the " Popular Hill road." 
This was the origin of the Baptist Society of Whately. For years 
the seceders were required to contribute their quota to the Con- 
gregational organization as well as support their own. But in 
1804 Moses contributed to the Baptist Society only, while Moses', 
jr., Reuben" and his sons Reuben', jr., Joel' and Benjamin', sup- 
ported the Congregational. 

Moses" was "of Greenfield," Ms., when he died. His son, 
Moses', jr., who resided in that town, was the administrator of his 
estate. His son Joel' removed to Peterboro, N. H. It is a curious 
fact that while Moses' seven children had as many as sixty-five 
children, we do not learn that there is even one of his descendants 
remaining in Whately. 


Reuben" (Reuben^, WaitstilT) b. 22 Dec. 1746 in Wallingford, 
Ct.; m. 16 July 1769 Sybil Smith of Redstone Hill, Bristol, Q\..,b. 18 
Feb. 1750; he rf'. 20 March 1837, cb. 90 yr., 3 m.; she d. 7 Sept. 
1829. Farmer (also rope-maker) ; Cong.; res. Whately, Ms. 


The Munson Record. 

Children : 

311. i. Salmon'' /'. 24 Sept. 1770. 

312. ii. Lucy^ /'. 3 June 1772. 

iii. Reuben' b. 24 Feb. 1774. 

313. iv. Selah'' b. 28 June 1776. 

314. V. Reuben'' /'. 19 Feb. 1778. 

315. vi. Joer /'. 28 Feb. 1780. 

316. vii. Benjamin'' b. 22 March 1782. 

317. viii. Mary'' b. 12 March 1784. 

ix. SybiP b. 2 March 1786. 
X. SybiP b. 29 Feb. 1788. 

318. xi. Diadama'' /'. 4 Feb. 1790; bp. 14 Feb. 1790 in Whately. 

319. xii. John'' b. 3 Jan. 1792 ; bp. 29 Jan. 1792 in W. 

320. xiii. Osee'' /'. 3 Oct. 1793 ; bp. 19 Jan. 1794 in W. 

"The Whately Munsons are light-complexioned." Augustine* 
states that his grandfather Reuben" was a spare, thin-faced man, 
of bent form at the age of 90, weighing perhaps 120 pounds. He 
illustrates Reuben's humor in this way : Going out to the field 
with his sons to hoe corn, he might say — " Well, boys, yovi'll have 
to do the work to-day ; I can't do anything." Then would come 
the ceremony of spitting on his hands. At such a time, the boys 
were accustomed to think they would have to awake and bestir 

Reuben" removed with his father to Southington (then Farming- 
ton) in 1747, when a few months old. He lived after marriage, 
near Shuttle Meadow Lake, where Josiah Merriman was living in 
1865. Christmas-day, 1767, three days after he attained his ma- 
jority, and a year and a half before his marriage, Reuben joined 
his brother Stephen in buying ;^i4o worth of land "in Shettle 
Meadow Division." In April 1770 he paid Stephen ^^30 for some 
real-estate in the same neighborhood. And 8 Sept. 1770 Reuben 
"of Farmington " (it was Southington from 1779) sold for ;^ii^ 
six acres "in y Shettle Meadow Mountain Division." 

Reuben" "of Conway", Ms., 5 April 1777 received "a bond for a 
deed" from S. Crittenden. He was then living on the road leading 
from Conway to Williamsburg. He removed to Whately in 1784, 
first settling where John Bement Wait recently lived, and then mov- 
ing to the place where his son John" afterward lived, now occupied 
by his grandson Erastus Smith Munson — in the southwest corner 
of the town ; this home was perhaps 50 rods east of the abode of 
his brother Moses''. When Reuben" came — with seven children — 
in the Spring of 1784, "all he had," says J. M. C, "was loaded on 
a one-horse sled." He was recorded as "of Whately" 14 April 
1784. He bought "the Munson place," 25 acres, Sept. 12, 1794. 

Clan Wait stilt: Mar/. 335 

In the deed by which he acquired 7^^ acres, Oct. 1795, he is entitled 
"husbandman." When in 1796 he and his son Salmon sold parts 
of lots 19, 20, and 21, 4th Div., bounded east on the road from 
Whately to Williamsburg, his Avife signed as "Sibel." In April 
1 81 3 he purchased 17 acres, with buildings, at Gillet's Island in 
Hatfield; this property was "bounded westerly on Hopel Hill." 
I have noted that Reuben was one of three " Wardeens" and one 
of three "howards" in 1788, and that he was a surveyor of high- 
ways in 1795. He died in Whately. 


Phebe" (Reuben^, WaitstilT) bp. 19 March 1748-9 ; m. Isaac son 
of Daniel Smith b. 20 Jan. 1748 in S.; he d. 8 April 1828. Res. 
Southington, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Phebe'', m. 4 March 1799 Elias Wilcox. 

ii. Isaac', ;«. in Kensington 5 Nov. 1798 Huldah Atwood ; he d. 1853 ; 

res. Southington and The West, 
iii. Martha', m. 26 Oct. 1795 John G. Meshurel ; she hung herself, 
iv. Lorinda' l>. Nov. 1781 ; m. Martin Blakeslee. 

In a fit of insanity Phebe" committed suicide by hanging, from 
an apple-tree ; (I. S. in. (2nd) Pamela Kellogg 14 March 1782 ;) 
he owned and occupied the Harvey Dunham farm till 1785, when 
he removed to Flanders Street. 


Mary" (Reuben", Waitstill*) bp. 14 April 1751 ; m. ^ July 1767 
Jehudi Hart of New Britain b. 12 Dec. 1739 ^'^ Kensington, son of 
Dea. Elijah Hart ; she d. (in child-bed) 28 Oct. 1786, ce. 36 ; he ^. 
25 Aug. 1825, cE. 86. Res. New Britain, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Mary' /'. 5 Aug. 1769 ; in. 24 Dec. 1806 Eliphalet Wadsworth (2nd 


ii. Asahel' b. 24 May 1771. 

iii. James' /'. 22 May 1773. 

iv. Sylvia' b. 15 Aug. 1774 ; d. 19 Nov. 1776. 

V. Sylvia' /'. 15 April 1777 ; d. 9 May 1864. 

vi. Joel' I). 14 June 1779. 

vii. Benjamin' h. 20 Nov. 1781. 

viii. Abigail' b. 28 Oct. 1786 ; ;«. 29 Jan. 1807 Moses D. Seymour. 

Mary' was admitted to the church in New Britain Sept. 1769. 
It is said Jehudi never saw the city of Hartford although living to 
old age within twelve miles of it. (From " Hart Family," in part.) 

33^ - The Munson Record. 


Sarah^ (Reuben", WaitstilP) bp. 18 March 1753 ; m. 19 Jan. 1769 
Ebenezer Evans b. 19 Sept. 1742 ; he d. 24 March 1816. Res. 
Southington, Conway, Ms. {e.g., 1782), then Southington. 

Children : 

i. Amasa'', m. Huldah ; res. the paternal homestead in S. until 

1832, when he moved to The West, 
ii. Benoni' b. 1779 ; w. Lois Sandford of Berlin ; res. Flanders Dist. 
in S.; removed to West St.; 10 ch. ; he d. 3 March 1854 ; she d. 
23 Nov. 1866. 
iii. Rhoda'. iv. Theodosia'. v. Sally''. 


Samuer (Reuben', WaitstilP) b. 9 July 1762 in Southington, Ct.; 
m. 3 Feb. 1785 Martha Barnes b. 6 July 1761, app'y dau. of David 
of Bristol, Ct. ; he d. 27 Feb. 1841 ; she d. 5 Dec. 1845. Farmer ; 
Whig ; res. Paris, Whitestown, Portland, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Lucy' b. 29 Oct. 1785 ; tn. John Tower ; d. Sept 1838. 
ii. David'' b. 16 Oct. 1787 ; unmarried ; carpenter ; " I think in cavalry 
of 1812" ; d. March 1862. 
321. iii. LemueP b. 11 May 1790. 

iv. Martha'' b. 11 March 1792 ; m. David B. Granger, a native of Vt. — 

had 16 ch. ; d. Oct. 1862. 
v. Clarissa'' (5. 22 Feb. 1795; m. 11 Jan. 1818 David McGregor of 
Mansfield, Ms.; Meth. ; d. April 1868. 
Hannah' b. 2 June 1797 ; m. Ezra Ensworth ; d. Jan. 1876. 
Betsey' b. 10 April 1800; ttt. 1824 Wilcott Colt of Sandisfield, Ms.; 

Meth.; d. 7 Oct. 1856. 
Samuel Cassius'' b. 14 March 1803. 
Chester'' /'. 23 July 1805. 

At least six of Samuel's children were born before he removed 
from Paris, Herkimer Co. (now Oneida), and all were born before 
he removed from Whitestown (that part which became Utica vil- 
lage in 1798, and Utica town in 1817), Oneida Co. He removed to 
Portland, Chautauqua Co., in the Winter of 1818-9. His mother 
died in his home at Whitestown. 

In 1796 Samuel "of Paris, Herkimer Co.," sold J. Smith 5 
acres in Bristol, Ct., "bounded west on land of Martha wife of sd 
Munson." Samuel and Martha of Paris 24 Jan. 1798 transferred 
to J. Smith 5^ acres in Bristol; price, jQi6. Martha makes "her 
mark." Samuel and Martha "of Whitestown, Oneida Co.," 3 Dec. 
1805 conveyed to J. Smith 2^ acres in Bristol ; price, ;^i6. 







Clan WaitstiW: Eliasaph^. 337 

Taylor's Hist, of Portland states that when Samuel was remov- 
ing to that place, he was a month on the road, including a full 
week between Buffalo and Portland. " Owing to the severity of 
the weather, the family suffered severely. At one point the wagon 
became frozen into the slush and sand on the beach of the Lake, and 
he was obliged to unload it and chop it out with axes. He settled 
on part of Lot 41, T 5, occupying a log-house until 1828, when the 
frame-house now on the farm was built." This was subsequently 
occupied by his son Samuel'. The subject of this sketch " was a 
farmer, but from the necessities of the times occasionally engaged 
in mechanical pursuits. He was a believer in the Christian faith ; 
in politics, was a '76 Whig." Four of his children accompanied 
him to Portland, the rest following at different times. 

Samuel" (^. 17), of Southington Parish, was detached from Capt. 
Bray's Co., 15th Reg't of Conn, militia. Col. N. Hooker, "to serve 
in batalion commanded by Lieut. -Col. Mead until the first of next 
March" [1780], from July 29, 1779. Another document shows 
that these men were employed " for defence of the sea coast and 
frontiers " of the State. Our soldier's name is on the pension-list 
of 1840. 


Eliasaph" (SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 4 July 1751 ; m. 19 Oct. 1780 
Rebecca dau. of Stephen Todd b. 2 June 1760 ; he ^. i Jan. 1826, (Z. 
74-2- ; she d. 9 Aug. 1849, ce. 89. Farmer ; res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : ' 

i. Chauncey' b. 29 July 1781 ; d. 31 Jan. 1800, tz. iB-J- yrs. 

324. ii. RacheP b. 27 May 1783. 

325. iii. Sarah' b. 23 Feb. 1785. 

Eliasaph's home was on the place long owned by his grandson 
Chauncey Munson Cook, on the west side of the Quinnipiac, a 
little less than a mile from the river, about half a mile north of 
Hamden line, and a mile and a quarter east of Cheshire line. The 
farm is now owned by William R. Cook, nephew of Chauncey M., 
though he lives on his father's old place. In 1775, ^t the age of 
24, Eliasaph purchased of Wid. Rebecca Johnson 15!^ acres " with 
a house and barn upon it, at a place called Littleworth " in Bran- 
ford ; it was bounded E. on Rev. Warham Williams; price, ^132. 
In 1 781 he bought two acres on the west side of the river, where 
his own dwelling then stood, according to the deed ; this land 
was bounded S. on the highway, and W. on SamueP Munson's 
land. In 1793 SamueP and Jerusha presented their son Eliasaph 

338 TJie Munson Record. 

with 14 acres — " all the Land that we own on the west side of the 
Town River." He obtained 23^ acres in 1813, and the next year, 
he and his son-in-law Billious Cook bought 15I: acres together. 
He owned a little property "in the Blue Hills." 

Eliasaph served the town as highway-surveyor, grand-juror and 
lister. A far higher honor is it that he performed service in the 
Revolutionary War. His Will was dated 23 Feb. 1825 : he men- 
tions his wife Rebecca, grandson Chauncey Munson Cook, daugh- 
ters Rachel and Sally, and sons-in-law John B. Johnson and Billious 
Cook. I copied this epitaph : 

" The remains of one lie here 
Whose hope overcame his fear." 


Ephraim' (SamueP, Waitstill') ^. 11 Nov. 1753*' in Walling- 
ford, Ct. ; m. 25 Jan. 1776 Hannah Wetmore b. 4 June*'^ ^749 in 
Middletown, Ct. ; he d. 19 Jan. 1826, ce. 72 ; she d. 22 June*^ 1815, 
a. dd. Carpenter, millwright, mill-owner ; res. Barkhamsted, Ct. 

Children, first six b. in Branford : 

326. i. SamueP b. i-j Aug. 1777. 

327. ii. Rachel' b. 21 Jan. 1779. 

328. iii. Reuben Johnson' b. 27 Feb. 1780. 

iv. Abigail b. 14 April 1782 ; d. 6 Oct. 1785.** 
V. A son, unnamed, b. 16 Feb. 1784 ; d. 29 Feb.** 1784. 

329. vi. John"' b. 29 April 1785. 

330. vii. Alfred' b. 21 May*® 1793 in Barkhamsted. 

Whitfield* Munson said 
.0 me : "My grandfather ^^^^,,^_.^^^ 

was in the Revolutionary C-^^ *-»-•-' " *- --•-" « 

War a few months — not 

long enough to get a pension." Owen E. Case says : " Ephraim" 
was drafted in the Revolutionary War, and went to New York, 
but was not in any engagement." 

The Cong. Church in Barkhamsted was organized in 1781. 
Ephraim went up to to engage in frafhing their meeting-house ; 
Mr. Tiffany and others understand that he was " boss-workman " 
in erecting the edifice. "Ephraim came up here to build the first 
church," says Mrs. Case, a granddaughter. His brother Waitstill 
also worked upon the building. The site for the house was com- 
plete forest, and the lumber for it was taken right from the ground 
where it was to stand. The building was fifty feet by forty, yet a 

* Other dates : > 1754 ; ^ 12 June ; ' 23 June ; * 6 Sept. 1783 ; ^ 28 Feb. ; ' 29 May. 

Clan Waitstill\- Ephraim^. 339 

single pine-tree yielded all the clap-boards and shingles in cover- 
ing it. "There were pine boards in that church as wide as that 
door," said Mr. Tiffany. While he was thus laboring at his trade 
as carpenter and builder, he and Waitstill became impressed with 
the possibilities at North Hollow, a mile and a half northward of 
the meeting-house : at that point, on the East Branch of Farming- 
ton river, there was excellent water-power. Their brother Medad 
became interested ; and 3 Dec. 1782 Ephraim, Medad and Waitstill 
Munson of Branford and Wallingford bought of Martin Roberts 
six acres in " Berkhemsted", Co. of Litchfield, on the east side of 
the East Branch. Four months later, 7 April 1783, Ephraim and 
Wait purchased of M. Roberts 40 acres in two pieces on opposite 
sides of the river, for ^50, and 22 acres divided by the river, for 
_;^3o. The three brothers erected a sawmill north of the point 
where " Munson's Bridge " has since stood (there was no bridge 
then); they were doubtless at work on the undertaking in 1784, as 
some conveyances of that year speak of Ephraim as "of Barkham- 
sted," though his citizenship really continued in Branford some 
three years or more. It is said that Waitstill was the builder of 
the dam. I do not know what became of Medad's right in this 
business : in June 1799 Ephraim paid $70 for Wait's interest in 
the saw-mill and dam and mill-yard — the property "known by the 
name of Munsons sawmill." In Dec. 1817 Ephraim sold one-half 
of the sawmill and its site to his sons Samuel and Alfred ; price, 
$75. He sold them six years later (4 June 1823) two pieces of 
land, one " with a sawmill " etc. containing 80 acres ; price, $1000. 
The next day Alfred transferred to Samuel one-half of the sawmill 
and 80 acres, for $700. We now return to Oct. 12, 1786 ; — under 
that date, there is on record an agreement between Ephraim " of 
Branford," Medad " of Wallingford," and Wait " of Barkhamsted " : 
As joint-partners they have built a new sawmill in Barkhamsted on 
the East Branch, and have " improved " it as joint-partners, " ever 
since " ; Ephraim " now proposes to build a gristmill by himself 
on said river — either on the dam built for said sawmill or at a 
place not far distant down said river ; " this agreement is concern- 
ing the use and management of water. 

The local historian. Miss Mary L. Hart, informs the author 
that Ephraim's gristmill "was built near the high bank opposite 
where Mrs. Susan Frazier now lives." One of the grinding stones, 
according to Whitfield Munson, was brought from Wallingford, 
and one from New Hartford. Farmers had been obliged to carry 
their grain, at great inconvenience, to Craig Mill in Granby. 
There was no ordinary interest, accordingly, in the completion of 

340 TJie Miinson Record. 

the Munson Mill. On one evening of a severe winter, the mill 
was first operated, and many were the inhabitants who had gath- 
ered, some of them bringing grain. When they saw that every- 
thing worked to perfection, says Miss Hart, in their joy and pride 
they swung their hats and filled the air with hurrahs. The first 
meal which was ground out fell upon a blanket spread to receive it, 
was carried to the house, and was transformed by Mrs. Munson 
into a great hasty-pudding, with which she treated the crowd. The 
mill was tended in turn by Samuel, Reuben, John, Alfred, and 
their sister Rachel, also. This mill and its successors were run by 
Munsons about seventy years ; and the gristmill at North Hollow 
is still known as the Munson Mill. We should add that the voca- 
tion of many Munsons has been determined by Ephraim's found- 
ing those establishments for sawing lumber and grinding grain. 
In June 1823, Mr. Munson conveyed to Samuel and Alfred, for 
$1000, some land " together with the one-half of my gristmill "; the 
mill is described as standing " directly south of the West end of the 
Munson Bridge, so called." The next day, June 5, Alfred trans- 
ferred his interest in one-half of the gristmill to Samuel for $800. 

These milling enterprises did not divert Ephraim from working 
at his trade. But he had also a farm, and I have made note of 
several transactions in real-estate. In 1795 he bought 30^ acres of 
Wait, and the next year disposed of 45 acres to Medad. In 1807 
he sold his son Reuben J. $1000 worth of real-estate lying on both 
sides of the East Hollow road, and purchased from him in 1809 
for the same price, " the one-half of my dwelling-house and barn 
and farm where I now live." In 1808 he paid his son John $400 
for his interest in the house in which he was then living, together 
with his store, barn, and horseshed. In 1813 he sold one-half of 
his farm, with the buildings, to Samiiel and Alfred, for $1000. 
And 5 June 1823, Alfred, for $500 conveyed to Samuel his interest 
in one-half the paternal farm (consisting of 130 acres) with one- 
half the buildings. 

Dismissing business, consider certain other points. 

Waitstill was the first of the three brothers to settle in Bark- 
hamsted. Having consumptive tendencies, he was advised by his 
physician to go vip and live in that region of pines. He made his 
permanent abode there in 1785, between Feb. 3 and March 12. 
Ephraim removed to the same locality "about 1787", according 
to Miss Hart ; it was at any rate between Feb. i, 1787 and Feb. 7, 
1789. Medad sold his homestead in Wallingford Dec. 1789 and 
doubtless went presently to Barkhamsted, where he was certainly 
residing Aug. 21, 1791. 

Clmi WaitstiW: Medad\ 341 

In removing, Father Ephraim rode horseback while Reuben 
rode on the same horse behind him ; Mother Hannah rode on 
another horse, Baby John in her lap and Raclael on tlie horse's 
back behind her ; Samuel managed the ox-team which drew the 
goods, alternately walking and riding. The house into which 
they moved " stood on the flat west of where the present sawmill 
stands." It was a small frame-house, and the rooms — Miss Hart 
tells us — were littered with bits of boards and shavings. Gather- 
ing up this rubbish, they carried it out, and made a fire over which 
they prepared their supper. There was no road on the west side 
of the river at that time. In this first habitation the family lived 
until the daughter Rachel "was quite a girl." They then moved 
into a large house which Ephraim had built on the east side, in 
which his son Samuel and grandson Whitfield lived, in which his 
great-grandson Owen E. Case now lives, and in which Ephraim 
and Samuel died. , 

Ephraim was " of about medium height " and " thick-set ;" his sons 
Samuel and Alfred were decidedly taller than he. His cares and 
labors were diminished in his latter years, and the business passed 
into Samuel's hands. His granddaughter, Mrs. Case, remembers 
him as "rather fleshy," sitting in his arm-chair, and helping to 
take care of the children (his grandchildren) — of whom he was 
very fond. It should be remembered that Samuel lived with his 
father till the end. 

Lee, in the Historical Address at the Centennial of Barkhamsted, 
1879, observed: "The Munsons were sterling men, and much 
respected." Ephraim represented his town in the Legislature four 
sessions, — first in May 1800, last in Oct. 1802. I copied the follow- 
ing from his tombstone : 

" When weeping friends surround my bed 
And close my sightless e)'es — 
When shaUer'd by the weight of years 
This broken body lies." 

Hannah, wife of Ephraim, was received to full communion in 
the Cong. Church 22 Dec. 1811. Miss Hart informs us that she 
" was a strict observer of the Lord's-day, never allowing the broom 
to be used, or the beds to be made, until the Sun had disappeared 
behind the western hill." 


Medad' (SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 9 May 1757 in Wallingford, Ct.; 
VI. 20 Nov. 1777 (by Rev. Jas. Dana) Sybil Carrington b. 23 May 
1757 ; she d. 3 May 1805, (z 48; m. (2nd) Wid. Lucretia Ives [Wid. 












342 The Munson Record. 

Humphrey of Canton] 4 Dec. 1805 ; she d. 21 March 1818, a. 58 ; 
m. (3d) Wid. Mindwell Benham of Wallingford (by Rev. James 
Noyes) 23 Nov. 1818 ; she d. \2 Jan. 1843, ce. 70 ; he d. 29 Nov. 
1846, (z. 89!- yrs. Farmer; Whig; Cong.; res. Barkhamsted, Ct. 

Children, first 4 b. in Wallingford : 

Phebe'' b. 6 Nov. 1778 ; hp. 27 Jan. 1782. 

Liverus'' b. 18 June 1780 ; bp. 27 Jan. 1782. 

Asahel Johnson' b. 6 March 1782 ; bp. 24 March 1782. 

Horace' b. i June 1785 ; bp. 17 July 1785. 

Sherlock'' b. 14 Aug. 1798 ; bp. 4 Nov. 1798 in Barkhamsted. 

Mamre' b. 2 July 1800 ; bp. 7 Sept. iSoo in Barkhamsted. 

At the age of 24, on Dec. 30, 1781, Medad'^ was baptized, and 
both he and Sybil were on that day admitted to the First Church, 
Wallingford. Two of his children had then been born. He 
appears to have resided about a mile east of Wallingford village.* 
He bought of W. Osborne 15 April 1782 some land with a dwelling- 
house and barn — "the same I bought of Samuel Munson ;" price, 
;^42. He received from his grandfather WaitstilP in 1785 a free 
deed of one-half of his homestead with one-half of the buildings 
standing on it. In Dec. 1789, a few months after the death of his 
grandfather, he sold 90 acres, described as " the farm that I now 
live on"; he was now 32 years old. 

But seven years previously, Dec. 1782, he had united with his 
brothers Ephraim and Wait in their first purchase of land at North 
Hollow, Barkhamsted. He had paid M. Roberts ^^40, Aug. 7, 1783, 
for 20 acres divided into two pieces by the river ; this land was 
bounded north on Ephraim and Waitstill. And he had joined his 
brothers in building the sawmill previously to Oct. 12, 1786, and 
had "improved" it as a joint-partner "ever since," {i.e., until said 
Oct. 12.) It seems likely that he removed to North Hollow with 
his wife, a daughter and three boys about the beginning of 1790. 
He was certainly there in Aug. 1791. For ;^ioo he sold Wait 24 
March 1795 "all the land I own west of the river"; and six days 
later, March 30, Wait sells him " all the land I own east of the 
river" — price, j[^lo. He paid Ephraim $333 for 45 acres in Aug. 
1796. He appears to have occupied his first abode ten or eleven 
years; he received from J. H. 19 May 1801, $1000 for a farm of 54 
acres with house, barn and other buildings, "it being my home-lot 
where I now live." " When I remember," said Mrs. Elihu Case, 
" he lived on the Newell place." The last part of his life he resided 

* The remainder of Waitstill^'s home-lot given to Hunn and Zerah, was bounded north on 
Medad^. In 1788 Medad' sold land bounded north on Hunn and Zerah. In 1789 he sold land 
bounded south on the heirs of his uncle " Mr Medad^ Munson." 

Clan WaitstiW: Medad\ 343 

on "the Frisbie place",* now owned by Owen E. Case, "on the 
Mountain." The house there had been built by Medad* for his son 
Horace'. One going to it from the residence of Ephraim" (now 
the home of O. E. Case) would proceed northerly perhaps 60 rods, 
and then making a right angle towards the right, pass up the hill, 
say, one-third of a mile. 

Mrs. E. Case describes Medad as "short, stout, fleshy." Mrs. 
Sheldon Munson thus : " Tall, gentle, kind, pleasant, tidy, — a good 
Christian man." Mrs. Lyman Hart : " The three brothers did not 
resemble in looks. Medad was more of a gentleman than either 
of the others." Mrs. Whitfield Munson : " He was a good man, 
beloved by all." Whitfield Munson : " Most honest and clever ; 
there couldn't be a man better than he was." Mrs. E. S. Shedd : 
" If ever there were two old people who patterned after Jesus of 
Nazareth, it was Grandfather and Grandmother Munson. To 
know them, was to love them." 

" Medad" married three smart, nice, likely women," remarked 
Whitfield*. His first wife, Sybil Carrington, the mother of all his 
children, appears to have been the daughter of Timothy and 
Mamre. After the removal, Medad and Sybil united with the 
Barkhamsted church, 21 Aug. 1791, — presenting credentials from 
the church in Wallingford. Uncle Medad's second wife, Lucretia, 
had property : she owned a carriage ; when it came to town, said 
Mrs. Hart, there was nobody else who had one. She brought a 
letter from the church in Meriden, and was received by the church 
in Barkhamsted 4 Jan. 1807. Mrs. Ha^-t : " I remember well Uncle 
Medad's third wife [Mindwell], large, jolly, good company — always 
saying something to make fun." She was admitted to the church 
in Barkhamsted 4 Nov. 1827. 

Medad" Munson was a Revolutionary Soldier. Mrs. Shedd states 
that he enlisted at Wallingford and that he remained in the Army 
until the close of the War. He was a pensioner under the Act of 
1832 — granting pensions to all officers and soldiers, whether Con- 
tinental, State, or militia, who had served, at one or more terms, a 
period of two years. His name is on the pension-list of 1840. 
"He was in the Battle of Bennington," according to Mrs. Shedd. 
Laura A." Munson states that " Medad' went with Arnold's Expe- 
dition through the woods to Canada, and was well acquainted with 
him in New Haven." Uncle Medad represented his town in the 
Legislature two sessions, viz., those of May and Oct. 1809. 

* One informant states that he had previously lived on the west side of the river, and north of 
the mill. 

344 '^^^^ Munson Record. 

Mrs. E. S. Shedd of Vineland, N. J., states that she was "an 
adopted daughter of Medad Munson," having a home with hi'm 
from six years of age ; and also that by his invitation, a grandson, 
Charles P. Munson, came from Stockbridge, and remained with 
the old gentleman as long as he lived. Our worthy's children had 
all gone away and made homes for themselves. Miss Mary L. 
Hart says : " My uncle had the care of Medad Munson's property 
during the latter part of his life." 

From some homely lines, full of generous and reverent feeling, 
dedicated by Mrs. Shedd in 1879 to Medad and Mindwell Munson, 
we quote the following : 

Ah, old and rusty is the latch 

Which fastens that cottage door ; 
And strangers now are roaming o'er 

That hillside so loved by me ; 
And nevermore its rocks and rills 

Will gladden my eves, to see ; 
I cannot sit down to ponder 

But my eyes will fill with tears. 


Waitstiir (SamueP, Waitstiir) b. abt. 1760 ; m. 15 Jan. 1783 
Elizabeth Frisbie ; she d. 20 Feb. 1827, a. 69 ; w. (2nd) wid. of 
Capt. Frederick Humphrey of Collinsville, Ct., wid. of Jedediah 
Wilcox, dau. of Zaccheus Case, of West Simsbury, b. 1764 ; she d. 
1830, (B. 66 ; m. (3d), 1831, Wid. Abigail Hinman prob. of Barring- 
ton, Ms., who survived him ; he d. 5 March 1845, ^- ^5- Farmer ; 
Whig ; Cong. ; res. Barkhamsted, Ct. 

Children : 

Russell'' b. 17 Aug. 1784 in Branford, Ct. 

Lucretia' b. 20 April 1786 in B. 

Unetia'' b. abt. 1789 ; m. 1820 Loren Sexton, a merchant ; she d. at 
a child-birth 7 Aug. 1822, a. 33 ; res. Barkhamsted, Hartford, 
Ct.; 2 ch. — (i) Dau., d. a babe at Bark., (2) Dau, d. at 12 or 14 3T. 
in Hartford. L. S. built a store at The Corners, in Barkhamsted. 

Sophia" b. 17 Oct. 1789 in B. 



Eli' b. Oct. 1797 ; unm.; d. 8 April 1878, a. 81. He was yoked with 
Russell; "they always lived and worked together." I have an 
illustration of Eli's courage and energy. His father used to rent 
his sawmill for a week or two when a citizen wished to saw his 
own lumber. Such a lease had expired and the lessee refused to 
give place to the one whose right was next ; he even threatened 
to shoot anj^ one who should attempt to enforce another's claim. 













Clan WaitstiW: WaitstiW, 345 

Eli was young and resolute, and his father delegated him to see 
that justice was done. " Don't go," said the man who was 
deprived of his right ; "he will shoot." When Eli appeared, the 
wrong-doer took up his gun ; but Eli seized it, wrenched it from 
him, threw it across the mill-yard, and ordered the man to clear 
342. viii. Chauncey^ b. 5 March 1800 in Barkhamsted. 

Elizabeth was the mother of all Waitstill's children. None of 
his descendants, except those in the line of Chauncey, now bear 
the Munson name. His wife was admitted to the communion of 
the church 22 July 1798, and the next year, July 7, seven children 
were baptized. The eighth was baptized 25 May 1800. A grand- 
daughter thinks that Wait was "a good, Christian man " though 
not a church-member. He and his wife were regular attendants 
upon public worship at the Congregational church. 

Waitstill went up into the new country at Barkhamsted to help 
frame the first meeting-house. As he was conceived to have con- 
sumptive tendencies, he was advised by his physician to make his 
residence in that piny region. Accordingly he was the first of the 
three brothers to settle there, though all co-operated in the first 
investment, 3 Dec. 1782. He transferred his citizenship from 
Branford to Barkhamsted in 1785. 

He first lived at the North Hollow where the three brothers 
united in erecting and operating a sawmill. He built the dam, 
according to Sheldon Munson, who understands that it was the 
first in town on the East Branch of the Farmington River. He 
joined Ephraim 7 April 1783 in the purchase of 62 acres divided 
by the river, and he bought of Moses Miller 20 acres in 1784. He 
and Ephraim — both "of Branford" — bought 15 acres 3 Feb. 1785, 
and 12 March, being now of Barkhamsted, he buys of Phinehas 
Case 20 acres, and 22 Aug. he buys 12 acres "bounded . . west 
on the Great Ledg so called." Medad sold Wait 24 March 1795 
" all the land I own west of the river", and 30 March Wait sold 
Medad "all the land I own east of the river"; while Wait sold 
Ephraim 26 March 30^ acres. "At one time he owned seven dif- 
ferent farms on the river." He sold his interest in the " Munson 
sawmill" to Ephraim June 13, 1799, after holding it some four- 
teen or fifteen years. 

He removed a mile and a half southward, to a point about one- 
half mile east of the meeting-house. The house in which he died 
stands opposite the store at The Corners. Below The Corners he 
built a sawmill. " He had a good deal of push ", was a stirring man, 
very busy. Though a farmer, he did some building. Indeed one 
says : " He was always building houses and barns, and buying 

34^ The Munson Record. 

buildings and moving them." Another says — " He was a great 
man for moving buildings." In person he was quite large, broad- 
shouldered and strong. 

When navigation was interrupted in the War of 1812, two car- 
goes of horses — some 70 or 80 — were ready for shipment. They 
were brought up to Uncle Wait, who kept them during the Sum- 
mer. He is said to have drawn spars to Hartford 90 feet in length. 
It may be worthy of record that he held " Bond No. 363 given for 
Western Reserved Lands." Several treasurer's receipts for inter- 
est, 1806-1826, are extant. His grandaughter, Mrs. Sheldon 
Munson, has — " The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, of the 
Old and New Testament : Faithfully Translated into English 
Meeter : Boston, 1729." 

" Waightstill Munson 
his Psalm Book 1732." 

He told his granddaughter Phebe that the book was given him 
for the sake of his name, presumably therefore, by his grandfather. 

Waitstill was a Whig, and his boys were Whigs ; his nephew 
Samuel and his family were Democrats. " They were men you 
could always find," says Mr. Tiffany, — " no dodging — when they 
voted you could tell which side it was on." Nevertheless we are 
told that Wait never voted till he was about eighty years old ; he 
then took the freeman's oath, saying he guessed he must help, — 
the Tories were getting too numerous ! 

At the age of sixteen Waitstill entered the Revolutionary Army. 
He was regularly enlisted, but on account of his youth, was not 
in active service, — belonged to the reserve force. He was at the 
Invasion of New Haven July 5, 1779. His heirs obtained a pen- 
sion on his account. Pension-papers were made out for him, but 
he would not take "the poor man's oath," — though he had lost a 
great portion of his property by undersigning. Wait's name is 
on the pay-roll of Capt. Abraham Foot's Co. of militia in Col. 
Andrew Ward's Reg't : engaged May 8, 1777, discharged May 21. 
See SamueP (William''), note. 


Asaher (Samuel', Waitstill') b. abt. 1763; vi. Ruth Hart; he d. 
II Jan. 1810, ce. 47 ; she d. 8 Jan. 1837, a. 69. Farmer; Cong.; res. 
Branford (Soc. of Northford), Ct. 

Children : 

i. Albert' b. 2 June 1792 ; m. 21 Aug. 1818 Asenath Blakeslee of North 
Haven ; she d. 31 July 1826, a:. 30 ; vi. (2nd) Amelia Page ; she d. 
Nov. 1842, CB. 49 ; was tn. some more, I believe ; d. 15 Feb. 1875, 

Claji WaitstiW: Merriman^ . 347 

a. 82. He had no children. Res. Wallingford, Durham, Bran- 
ford (where he d.). Did farming, made screws of wood, and 
raised poultry. " He lived in a house too poor for swallows 
to live in." Inventory at his decease, $2478. " He was the 
oddest soul that ever lived. He used to take his money out 
every Sunday morning and count it." — Mrs. J. M. F. "He 
once drew from the Middletown Bank $2130 in one-dollar 
bills." — A. L. Albert^ was a picturesque character. An inci- 
dent related by Mr. Linsley is inexpressibly queer. At last, 
he fell on the fire, and declined to have his wounds dressed. 

343. ii. Almira'' b. 26 July 1794. 

iii. Juliana'' b. 29 Dec. 1796 ; res. in the old home, unmarried ; in Sept. 
1838 she transferred to Chauncey her interest in the house, barn 
and out-buildings formerly owned by her father (she was said to 
be "of North Branford ") ; her Will, made in 1838, was proved 
7 Aug. 1843. 

344. iv. Elizabeth' b. 23 Dec. 1798 in Branford. 

345. V. Chauncey' b, 10 Feb. 1801. 

Mrs. Ruth Munson was admitted to the church at Northford in 
April 1799 apparently, and her four children were baptized 12 May 
following, — Albert, Almira, Juliana and Elizabeth. Chauncey 
was baptized 3 April 1801. Asahel's widow married 20 Dec. 1820 
Joel Hough of Hamden ; she died of consumption in Hamden and 
was buried in Northford. 

Oct. 27, 1787 AsaheP received from his father the southwest half 
of his homestead, lying in Wallingford and Branford ; his resi- 
dence was in Branford, where his son Chauncey lately resided, 
and about a quarter of a mile south of the house of SamueP, the 
father of AsaheF. In Dec. 1796 he purchased of N. Johnson ;2^54 
worth of land " in the Northwest Corner of the Parish of North- 

According to Chauncey, Asahel and his two brothers who lived 
in Wallingford were farmers, but "they used tools considerable." 
" My father built carts," he said. Asahel was chosen highway- 
surveyor in 1787 and 1789. That he took part in the Revolu- 
tionary War is a far more distinguished fact. 

He died instantly in the field, from apoplexy, while spreading 
flax. Administration on his estate was granted unto Widow Ruth 
6 Feb. 1810. 

Merriman' (Sainuer, Waitstiir) b. abt. 1765 ; m. 9 Feb. 1791 
Mabel Smith* b. 20 Jan. 1769, dau. of James b. 17 13, son of Samuel 

* Her mother was Lydia Todd b. itij, dau. of James b. 1696, son of Samuel b/>. 1645, son of 
Christopher i5/. 161 7, who "first hired, then bought, a gristmill, erected by the town" of New 

348 77^1? Munson Record. 

b. 1681, son of Thomas ;* he d. of typhus fever 17 May 1818, ce. 53 ; 
she d. 2 Feb. 1842, (z. 73. Farmer; res. Wallingford (Soc. of 
Northford), Ct. 

Children : 

346. i. Ira^ b. 17 Oct. 1792. 

347. ii. RoswelP b. Feb. 1798. 

348. iii. Mary'' b. Nov. 1804. 

Merriman^'s house was that which his father SamueP had occu- 
pied, where his son RoswelT afterward dwelt, and Avhere now his 
grandson William S.' dwells. He received from his father 27 Oct. 
1789 a deed of the northeast half of his homestead, which com- 
prised 100 acres and was situate in Wallingford and Branford. 
He made a purchase of salt meadow in 1797, in 1799 sold N. 
Whedon 6 acres in the north part of Northford, in Branford, and 
29 Nov. 1804 sold his brother Asahel 13 acres, at the southeast 
corner of land deeded to him by his father, — price, ;^ 130. 

Administration of Merriman's estate was granted to his widow 
Mabel and his son Ira''; inventory, $11,487. Mabel's signatvire is 
with " her mark ". She was aunt of the distinguished Arabic 
scholar, missionary and explorer, Dr. Eli Smith. 


Jonathan" (Solomon^, Waitstiir) b. 30 June 1756 in Walling- 
ford ; 771. 16 July 1778 Mary, dau. of Ensign Michael Taintor of 
Branford, b. 2 Sept. 1755 ; 771. (2nd) a young widow, Sarah Johnson 
of Northford ; he d. 24 March 1847, ce. 91. Tavern-keeper, 
butcher ; Cong. ; res. Branford (Soc. of Northford), and Fair 
Haven, Ct., the few last years. 

Children : 

i. Sarah'' bp. 30 July 1780 at Northford ; m. 2 July 1801 Lieut. Abraham 
Bishop of North Haven ; she died young ; 2 ch. — (i) Olive', m. 
Daniel Jones of Northford, (2) child, d. y. 

James'' b. Oct. 1780 ; bp. 26 Nov. 1780 at Northford. 

Olive'' bp. 3 March 1783 at Northford ; d. of fever 18 Nov. 1800, (?. 18. 

Jonathan'' bp. 17 April 1785 at Northford. 

Wyllys'' b. Feb. 1787 at Northford. 

Eunice'' bp. 3 June 1792 at Wallingford. 

At the age of twenty-three, Jona- ^ 
than" joined his father in buying ^^^riMy^^-^i^ q/ri^'^'^^/j^x. 
land "in the 39 and 40 Lotts in the ^^^ 

Shettle Meadow Division [Southington] with a dwelling-house 

* Dodd's Reg. 










I Clan WaitstilV: JonatJian^. 349 

and barn thereon"; May i, 1780. For ^100 he bought of Joel 
Ives Jan. 1782 "one dwelling-house where I now live, together 
with the home-lot adjoining, with a small barn standing thereon — 
about two acres — situate in Northford, bounded N. and W. on 
highway, S. on Peter Tyler's land." He and his wife Mary in 
Sept. 1786 purchased one acre of salt meadow in Great Meadow, 
East Haven. In 1790 Jonathan received by the Will of his grand- 
mother Thankful Peck (afterwards 2nd wife of Dea. Merriman 
Munson) " 2 acres lying in Branford, and also 2 acres of my lot 
of land lying in Wallingford called the Water lot, — the said Mun- 
son giving to his sister Eunice a good Cow or the value thereof 
before he shall take possession of sd lands." 

George* says — " When father [James] was young, grandfather 
used to go out threshing and dressing flax." Miss Sarah Pierpont 
states that her grandfather used to keep a stage-tavern on the 
New Haven and Middletown turnpike, in the north part of North- 
ford ; there were then a great many stages on that road, — you 
could sometimes count six or seven at a time within a distance of 
one mile. Jonathan had " something of a farm " there, with very 
nice fruit on it. He afterwards lived in another part of North- 
ford. Judge O. I. Martin remembers that Capt. Jonathan lived in 
a little red house about a mile and a half west of Northford village, 
at the foot of Eight-mile Hill : the house was on the left hand side 
of the turnpike from New Haven to Middletown, from 20 to 40 
rods southwest of its junction with the road inhabited by Mun- 
sons. It is to be noted that our subject became a butcher and a 
dealer in meat. Indeed he kept a meat-shop in Fair Haven when 
ninety years old. " Did you know Capt. Jonathan Munson ?" 
inquired the author of the aged Polly Pierpont Munson. "Yes, 
and I have bought a great many pieces of meat of him. And he 
used to buy lettuce of me. He said he could buy no such as mine. 
He used to drive to our door two or three times a week. He was 
a jolly old fellow ; he would sing a song once in a while." 

He was quite a tall man ; George says — " He was pretty smart ; 
there was nobody who could put him on his back wrastling." 
One who knew him observes — " He was always in moderate cir- 
cumstances, but a real good man." He and Mary were admitted to 
the church at Northford 23 July 1780, and their first child was 
baptized the following Sunday. About half a century ago, he was 
visited at Fair Haven by his half-brother, Dea. Jairus, of Windham, 
N. Y. Jonathan died at Fair Haven and was buried at Northford. 

In an official record of 1792, our worthy is designated as Lieut. 
Jonathan. He was a Revolutionary Soldier, and has always been 

350 TJie Munson Record. 

mentioned in my hearing by the title of Captain. His name 
appears on the published pension-list of 1840. George* has a 
fusee which a comrade of his grandfather took from a man 
who lay on it dying, with the remark — " This aint of any use to 

Record of Conn. Men in the Rev. War, says : 

" In the Assembly of the Colony, which in May, 1774, adopted 
resolutions protesting against the recent acts of Parliament touch- 
ing America, the drift of events was so far recognized, that, in 
October, it required the selectmen of the towns to provide a 
double quantity of 'powder, balls, and flint,' and in January, 1775, 
ordered the entire militia to muster and drill once a week during 
the three months following. The situation was characterized as 
'an alarming crisis.' The crisis culminated on April 19, 1775. A 
detachment of British troops marching out from Boston to seize 
military stores alleged to have been collected at Concord for hos- 
tile purposes, was met upon the road by the Provincials and a 
bloody encounter took place. The since famous skirmishes of 
Lexington and Concord were fought, which precipitated the 
Revolutionary War. An ' alarm ' was immediately spread in 
every direction, so that on the 27 of April it had reached the 
principal points as far as Baltimore, and by the nth of May was 
posted at Charleston, S. C. Throughout New England the news 
was rapidly carried by horse ' expresses ' from town to town. It 
was dispatched to Connecticut by the Massachusetts Committee 
of Safety at Watertown during the progress of the fighting, or 
'near ten o'clock' of Wednesday morning, April 19th: 'The 
bearer, Israel Bessel, is charged to alarm the country quite to 
Connecticut, and all persons are desired to furnish him with fresh 
horses as they may be needed.' During Thursday, the 20th, the 
news was circulating through the eastern part of the Colony. The 
people of Windham County received it generally by noon. It 
reached Governor Trumbull at Lebanon not long after. It was 
doubtless at Hartford before night ; at New Haven on the follow- 
ing evening, Friday, the 21st, and forwarded from there through 
Fairfield and Stamford to New York." 

About 4,000 men marched from Conn, towns " for the Relief of 
Boston in the Lexington Alarm," April 1775. "It was a move- 
ment of the townsmen marching under their militia organiza- 
tions." The Branford Co., Capt. Josiah Fowler, included Levi* 
Munson, Clerk, and Jonathan" Munson [ce. 18), Private. The lists 
on file in the State Library at Hartford, credit young Jonathan 
with six days' service on this heroic occasion. 

Clan WaitstiW: Sarah". 351 

The Comptroller's Office contains a list of 155 Conn, men 
belonging to the " Militia under Genl. Gates to the Northward, 
1777 ;" it includes the name of Jonathan" Munson. His name is 
on the pension-lists of 1832 and 1840. 

The interesting sketch which follows, is from a contemporary- 
newspaper : 

" Died in Fair Haven on the 24th inst. Capt. Jonathan Munson, 
aged 91. 

"In 1777 at tlie call of his country, Capt. Munson joined as a 
private the regiment then forming under the command of Col. 
Wm. Douglass, and was marched immediately to New York. He 
was with the forces on Long Island, and at times under the im- 
mediate command of Washington. While upon the Island (and 
particularly for the few last hours previous to the masterly retreat 
of the American army) he performed the perilous duty of a picket- 
guard with such cool and determined courage that he was 
appointed to the post of orderly-sergeant. 

" He was subsequently with the army under General Gates and 
participated in the memorable struggle which resulted in the 
surrender of General Burgoyne with 7000 of the flower of the 
English army. Shortly after this battle, he was ordered to Albany 
which was then threatened ; thence to Poughkeepsie where he was 
discharged, and returned once more to his home in Northford. 

" But he was not long permitted to enjoy the quiet and comforts 
of that home. Upon receipt of the news that the enemy was mov- 
ing upon Danbury, Capt. Munson was among the first to hasten 
to the point of danger. 

" Capt. Munson was in many respects a remarkable man. He 
was kind and courteous to all ; and possessing in an uncommon 
degree an even and quiet temper, until within the last five years, 
age seemed to have made but little inroad upon his iron constitu- 
tion, and to the last, never in the least injured his intellect. He 
was a man who enjoyed the unlimited confidence of those who 
knew him. It is not too much to say that those who know him 
best loved him most. To the poor his hand was always open, 
while upon the rich he looked not with an eye of envy. But he 
has passed away ; and while we drop a tear to his memory, let us 
strive to imitate his stern uprightness, and his cheerfulness under 
extreme trial." 


Sarah" (Solomon'^, WaitstilT) b. 11 Dec. 1760; ?;/. Woodruff; 
7Ji. (2nd) 4 April 1785 Isaac son of Ensign Elisha Frary, of Whately, 
b. 22 Aug. 1763 ; she d. \\ Oct. 1845. Res. Hatfield, Ms. 

352 The Munso7i Record. 

Children : 

i. Sarah'' b. i6 Jan. 1786; d. 27 Jan. 1786. 

ii. Sarah'' b. 9 Nov. 1787. 

iii. Asa'' b. 21 Oct. 1789. 

iv. Lucy'' b. 8 April 1792. 

V. Almira' b. 9 June 1795. 

vi. Isaac'' b. 30 March 1797. 

vii. Roanna'' b. 12 April 1799. 

viii. Solomon M.'' b. 18 March 1802 ; d. 13 March 1803. 

" Granddaughter Sary Munson daughter of Solomon," is men- 
tioned in the Will of Abel* Munson, Dec. 1778. 


Phebe^ (Solomon^, Waitstill") b. i July 1764 ; m. Moses' Munson ; 
she d. with Morris^^"*^^ in Greenfield 14 Oct. 1857, (z. 93. The last 
year of her life, she united with the church, the Congregational, 
under Rev. P. C. Headley. She had eleven children : see Moses'. 


Jairus' (Solomon', WaitstilP) b. 6 Feb. 1767 in Wallingford, Ct.; 
m. \\ Feb. 1790 Anna dau. of Amos Hart of Southington, b. 5 
April 1764 ; he </. 7 Oct. 1862, cb. 95 y., 8 m.; she d. 6 April 1844. 
Carpenter; Whig; Presb.; res. Southington, Bristol, Ct., Wind- 
ham, N. Y. 

Children : 

353. i. Leverett'' b. i Nov. 1790 in Southington, app'y. 

354. ii. Clarissa'' b. 15 July 1793 in Southington. 

355. iii. Alvah'' b. 9 June 1795 in Bristol, app'y. 

iv. Jairus'' b. 22 May 1799 in Windham ; d. 13 June 1801. 
v. Beda'' b. 25 April 1802 in Windham ; w. 15 Sept. 1819 Franklin 
Robinson ; Meth. ; d. 21 Aug. 1842. 

356. vi. Lemuel H.'' b. 29 May 1806 in Windham. 

Jairus was married at the age of twenty-three, and a year and 
a half previously was building a house in Southington on land 
which he bought. He removed to Bristol about the end of 1793, 
apparently ; and he sold his property in Bristol 6 Oct. 1800, when 
he removed to Windham, N. Y. 

Reuben Hart sold Jairus" 13 Aug. 1788 one rood, 23 rods, in 
Southington, " on which land the said Munson has lately set up a 
frame for a dwelling-house ;" price, 3ish., 6d. Samuel Hart in 
April 1 791 conveyed to Jairus'* for ^^ three acres, 30 rods, in 
Shettle Meadow Division, "beginning at a heap of stones near 
the northeast corner of Indian Rock." These combined tracts. 

Clan WaitstiW: Jairtcs". 353 

with a dwelling-hovise thereon, Jairus sold 29 Oct. 1793 to Salathiel 
Dunham for ^60. The next day Dunham deeded the property- 
back at the same price. About two years and a half later, Jairus, 
being " of Bristol ", again deeds this place to Dunham, at ^(>o. 
Lemuel Hart sold Jairus " of Southington " 23 acres with the 
dwelling-house and barn in Bristol i Nov. 1793 ; price, ^iio. 
And 6 Oct. 1800, Jairus of Bristol conveyed this property to 
A. Hart for $600. 

He was about 5 ft. 10 in. tall and had grey eyes and brown hair. 
In temperament he was jovial, yet was firm and decided in his 
family and business relations. Erastus Blakeslee says : " My 
grandfather, Capt. Jairus Munson, was one of the most cheerful 
men I ever knew. I do not think he was worth at any time of his 
life over $500 ; yet he always seemed to have enough and was 
happy." This cheerfulness, we are told, has been handed down 
to his posterity. Jairus xvas a deacon, some say an elder, of the 
First Presb. church of Windham. Part of his children were 
Episcopalians, but nearly all were Methodists. Let Miss Jane 
Montague tell the rest : When Lemuel, the last and youngest, 
was converted, he informed his father that he would like to join 
the church, and that he preferred the Methodist. Uncle said to 
me — " I told him if he was a Christian, I would as lief he should 
be a Methodist as a Presbyterian ; and that if he wasn't, I would 
a good deal rather he should be." 

Sometime in 186 1 the Windham Jourtial contained the follow- 
ing : '''■ Five Generations in Council. — Deacon Jairus Munson of this 
place was privileged, on Wednesday of last week, to sit down to 
tea with the grandson of his grandson, and a representative of 
each intervening generation — himself ninety-five, and the youngest 
four years old. All for the Union." The links in this family 
circle were — Jairus", Leverett', Major W.*, Elbert^, and Charles H.'° 


Hannah^ (Solomon^, Waitstiir) b. abt. 1772 ; ?//. 31 March 1791 
Frederick Bunce ; 2 ch.; m. (2nd) 29 Sept. 1803 Dexter Morton of 
Whately ; 9 ch.; she d. 5 March 1853, ce. 81 ; he d. 28 Feb. 1859. 
Res. Whately, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Frederick'. 

ii. Richard'', was in the War of 1812. 
iii. Banister' b. 6 Jan. 1805 ; no ch.; res. Whately, 1883. 
iv. Dennis' b. 5 Sept. 1806 ; m. Nancy H. Nash ; res. Williamsburgh, 

354 1^^^^ Munson Record. 

V. Martha'' b. 26 Oct. 1807 ; m. Chester Lyon. 

vi. Armenia' b. 15 Jan. 1809 ; 771. John Pollard. 

vii. Cordelia" b. 15 Jan. 1810 ; m. Nathaniel Sears, 
viii. Almira' b. 7 Feb. 181 1 ; did not marry. 

ix. Priscilla'' b. 12 Aug. 1812. 

X. Electa' b. 14 Aug. 1813. 

xi. Randall' b. 19 Aug. 1817 in W. ; in. 29 July 1840 Cressia A. dau. of 
Wm. Wilson, b. 18 Aug. 1822 in Washington, Pa.; fruit-grower; 
Rep.; Episc; res. Forward Ave., Pittsburg, Pa.; " quite a smart 
man"; 5 ch. — (i) Howard** h. 2 Jan. 1842 in Stoyestown, Pa., m. 
6 March 1878 Mary Belle dau. of Jacob Reneker, merchant, Rep., 
Episc, title Major, 4 yrs. service in The War, res. Pittsburg, 
Pa., (two ch. b. in P.— MabeP b. 18 Dec. 1878, Marcus RandalP 
b. 21 Dec. 1880), (2) Cordelia^ b. 18 Dec. 1843 in Somerset, Pa., 
d. 12 May 1846, (3) Marcus^ b. 18 April 1846 in Stoyestown, 3 yrs. 
in The War, d. 20 Jan. 1871, (4) Rebecca Sarah^ b. 8 Sept. 1848 in 
Pittsburg, m. 27 Feb. 1873 Jacob H. son of Henry Oursler of 
Latrobe, Pa., marble-works, Rep., and 3 yrs. in The War, Presb., 
res. Pittsburg, (six ch. — Howard B.' b. 7 Jan. '74, Anna M.^ i 
March '76, Myra M.' i June '80, Genevieve Munson^ 21 March 
'83, Helen H.^ 28 Sept. '87, Rebecca M.» 26 Jan. '90), (5) William 
Wilson* b. 27 May 1855 in P., d. i Sept. 1878. "I am a great 
believer", writes Major Morton, "in a good ancestry, and have 
strong hopes that my posterity may be worthy of the brave men 
and fair women from whom they sprung." 


Anna* (WaitstilP, Waitstiir) b. 2\ July 1761 ; m. Daniel son of 
Thomas Lowrey b. Farmington (Redstone Hill) 27 June 1749. 
Children :* 

i. Thomas' b. 21 July 1778 ; m. Polly Weed ; res. Burlington. 

ii. Mamre' b. 10 Dec. 1779; m. 3 Oct. 1827 Asahel Lankton (3d wife) ; 
res. Southington. 

iii. Wait' b. 27 Aug. 1781 ; m. Almira Peck of Burlington. 

iv. Betsey' b. 26 Oct. 1784 ; d. 24 May 1834. 

V. David' b. 10 Sept. 1786 ; m. Abigail Goodwin of Sharon. 

vi. Edmund' b. 15 Nov. 1788 ; ;«. 9 Nov. 1819 Harriet Newell of 

vii. Romeo' b. 3 Oct. 1793 at Redstone Hill ; m. 14 May 1828 Elizabeth 
A. Whittlesey who d. 3 July 1840 ; m. (2nd) Laura Whittlesey 
(sister of the former) i Aug. 1841. Grad. at Yale 1818 ; judge of 
probate, judge of county court, member of Conn, house and 
senate ; memb. of Cong, church ; two sons grad. at Yale, 
viii. Anna' b. 5 Dec. 1795 ; m. 2 Sept. 1817 L Chester Hart ; d. 23 Feb, 

ix. Fanny' b. 15 May 1798 ; 771. Hezekiah Goodwin of Salisbur)'^ ; d. 15 
April 1871. 

x. James' b. 10 Sept. 1802 ; w. Mary dau. of Judge Samuel Morris of 
Penn. ; grad. Yale 1824. 

* From Sketches of South. 

Claii Waitstill': Hunn\ 355 


Hunn' (Medad', Waitstill") b. 25 April 1762 ; ;;/. 14 Nov. 1793 
Jerusha Cook b. 25 April 1771 ; he ^. i Feb. 1843, ^- ^o ; she d. 8 
Aug. 1844, (z. 73. Town-Clerk, etc.; res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : 

357. i. Medad Chauncey' b. 2 Sept. 1795. 

ii. Sarah' b. 21 June 1799 ; d. 5 May 1854. 

Hunn settled where, or near where, , ^ ,. 

his father had lived and near where ^c^,,.,^k^ cc-,yj^,^t) 
his grandfather was still living, quite 

likely on a part of the ancestral homestead. He was only fifteen 
when his father died ; as the eldest son, he received from his 
father's estate ^^150, double the amount which fell to Zerah. 
Nearly nine years later (Feb. 1786) Hunn and Zerah received 
from their grandfather WaitstilT a deed of one-half the house in 
which he lived, one-half the barn connected with it, and the 
residue of his homestead ; their right in the buildings they sold in 
1791. On the 26 Jan. 1801, for $1266 Hunn conveyed 42 acres 
with house and barn, "the farm on which I now live," — bounded 
south on Zerah Munson's land. 

Hunn's early residence was one mile east of the Village, on the 
extension of Centre street. Long Hill runs north and south, par- 
allel with the Village hill, and Wharton's Brook flows through the 
valley between them. Hunn's place was on the north slope of 
Long Hill, rather east of the summit ; and it was on the north side 
of the road. The property is now owned by Samuel Simpson. 
Removing to the Village, Hunn dwelt for a while in a rented 
house on Elm street ; it was many years in possession of Porter 
Cook. The next move was to the respectable dwelling now 
owned and occupied by Henry C. Munson, a grandson of Hunn ; 
it is on the north side of Centre street, six or eight rods west of 
Wharton's Brook ; there is now one newer house between it and 
the brook. This place belonged to Jerusha's mother, and the 
daughter and her husband came there to live with her, and inher- 
ited the property. Here, as H. C. remembers, Town-Clerk Mun- 
son had his office. 

Hunn was short, short-necked, large-bodied, and was of light 
complexion. He was rather easy, but quite ingenious ; though he 
had no trade, he could make a door-latch, or an ox-bow, or a rope. 
He took the Oath of Fidelity 29 Sept. 1783, was chosen tything- 
man in 1787, and highway-surveyor in 1802. He filled the office 
of Town-Clerk 31 years, dating his first record 8 Nov. 1803 and his 






356 The Munson Record. 

last 6 Oct. 1834. His handwriting was excellent and somewhat 
peculiar. Before quitting the office of Town-Clerk he had already 
been elected Register of Deeds, 8 Nov. 1833. His wife, Jerusha, 
was admitted to the communion of the Cong, church in Walling- 
ford June 30, 1816. Hunn's Will was proved 4 Nov. 1844. Adm. 
on the estate of Jerusha was granted to Medad C. 15 Nov. 1844. 


Zerah' (Medad', Waitstill') b. 20 July 1768; m. n Nov. 1790 
Mary Ailing ; he d. 14 Sept. 1822 ; she d. 17 Aug. 1848, cb. 77. Res. 
Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Norman'' b. 11 June 1792; unmarried; d. 7 Nov. 1848; res. Wal- 
lingford. He was admitted Freeman 4 July 1818, and was chosen 
constable in Nov. 1819. He sold his brother Medad W.'' in 1829 
land and buildings "situate on the East or lower street of the 
Town plot." 

Medad' b. 4 Jan. 1794 ; d. 2 Jan. 1795. 

Julia' b. 17 Dec. 1795. 

Medad Ward' b. 14 April 1800. 

Zerah'' took the Oath of Fidelity in April 1790, and in December 
of that year was chosen tythingman. He was made highway- 
surveyor in 1805. At the age of nine years, he received from his 
father's estate three acres, bounded south on his grandfather Wait- 
still's land. He and Hunn were presented with the remainder of 
Waitstill's home-lot in 1786. The two brothers in 1793 sold ^^ 
acres on the east side of Town, "bounded west on our own land." 
In 1813 Zerah sold 12 acres one mile east of the Meeting-house for 
$320. Adm. on his estate was granted 7 March 1823 to his widow ; 
inventory, $1256. Widow Mary subsequently married Jesse Sco- 
vill of Plymouth, Ct. 


Moses'* (Moses", Reuben', Waitstiir) b. 3 Aug. 1767 ; ;«. 7 May 
1789 Phebe^ dau. of Solomon Munson; he d. 10 Nov. 1821, ce. 54; 
shed. 14 Oct. 1857, ce. 93. Wheelwright and mill-owner; Episc. ; 
res. Whately, Deerfield, Greenfield, Ms. 

Children, first 9 b. in Whately : 

i. Beda^ ("Zobeide") b. 19 Nov. 1789 ; d. 26 Sept. 1796. 

ii. Laura^ b. 28 Oct. 1791 ; d. 5 Feb. 1815. 

iii. Morris^ b. 2 Sept. 1795 ; d. of dropsy 9 Feb. 1808. 

360. iv. Moses^ /'. 4 Oct. 1797. 

* I have six versions of this family record. 

Clan WaitstiW: Moses'. 357 

V. Merrick* b. 29 Dec. 1799 ; d. 2 March 1800. 

361. vi. Merrick* b. 30 March 1801. 

vii. Solomon* b. 14 April 1802 ; d. 25 July 1818. 

362. viii. Beda* (" Zobeide ") b. 4 June 1805. 

363. ix. George Washington* b. 24 Aug. 1807. 

X. Harriet W.* b. 1811 in Deerfield ; d. 14 June 1811, a. 4 m. 
xi. Morris* b. 1812 in Greenfield ; d. 2 June 1813, ce. 8 m. 

Moses' was eminent as a millwright, and was a prominent mill- 
owner. A local historian adds that "he was a stirring, thorough- 
going business-man." He moved from Whately to Deerfield 
between April 1808 and June 1809, and was still there in Nov. 1810 
and apparently in 1811 ; but in 1812 his residence was in Green- 

Moses' bought of his father 11 Jan. 1796, for $200, one-half acre 
of land with one-half of the gristmill standing on it ; the tract was 
bounded south on West Brook, west on Popple-Hill Road, and 
north on the north line of Lot No. 38. He bought the other half 
of this property from Joseph Allis 6 April 1799. He was taxed in 
1803 for one building, for \\ mills, and for faculty or trade $8.00 
reduced value, or $133.33 f^^ll value. He purchased of Ambrose 
Arms & Co., in March 1806, one-third of a building used as an oil- 
mill on Green River in Deerfield. In 1809 he sold his right in a 
bit of land in Conway with one-twelfth of a gristmill standing on 
it. He purchased 19 Nov. 1810 an acre in Greenfield with the 
dwelling-house standing on it ; a purchase at this date was located 
"near the mills owned by said Munson and Benj. Swan." Accord- 
ing to Henry C, his grandson, Moses owned a large gristmill on 
Green River, and filled the office of high-sheriff. 

His death by drowning, in Deerfield, was memorable. He was 
riding on horseback when he came to a place just at the end of 
Old Deerfield Street where the road was flooded by the overflow 
of Deerfield River; the safe course could not be distinguished, and 
getting astray into a deep spot, he lost his life. The body was not 
recovered until 10 March 1822. The estate of Moses' was admin- 
istered by his widow, Phebe, and their son Mosesl 


Lovina' (Moses", Reuben', Waitstiir) b. 14 March 1769; m. 13 
Aug. 1787 Bezaleel son of Philip Smith ; she d. March 1836 ; res. 
Whately, Conway, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Phinehas* b. 17 Oct. 1788 ; m. Electa Marsh ; res. Riga, N. Y. 
ii. Osee* b. 3 Oct. 1790; rn. Sophia Ellis ; res. Whately. 

358 The Munson Record. 

iii. Lydia^ b. 25 Jan. 1793 ; ^. at 7 yrs. 

iv. Ada^ b. 3 Jan. 1795 ; m. Francis Ball ; res. 111. 

V. Spencer* b. 24 Nov. 1796 ; m. Zelinda Ellis ; m. (2nd) Marian Trum- 
bull ; res. Riga, N. Y. 

vi. Lyman* b. 16 Dec. 1798 ; m. Emily Ellis ; res. 111. 

vii. Sally M.* b. 3 Feb. 1801 ; m. Solomon W. Allis ; res. Riga, N. Y. 

viii. Oliver* b. 26 Feb. 1803 ; res. Whately. 

ix. Lydia* b. 29 Dec. 1804 ; m. John Allis ; res. Whately, 

X. Lothrop* b. 24 March 1809 ; res. Northampton. 

xi. Patterson*, d. 1844 in Conway. 


Abigail' (Moses", Reviben^, WaitstilP) b. 9 March 1771 ; m. 1792 
Samuel son of Richard Church of Washington, Ms. b. 18 Dec, 
1767 ; she d. 4 May 1845 ; he d. 20 Sept. 1850. Lumber and grain 
mills; Federalist; Meth. ; res. Washington, Ms., Churchville, 
N. Y, 

Children : 

i, Anna Munson* (5. June 1793 in W.; m. April 1815 Rufus Hill; m. 
(2nd) Lyman Casey ; shea'. 18 May 1868 ; Cong.; res. Riga, York, 
N. Y,, Toledo, O. 
ii. Ralph*, d. in his ist yr. 

iii. Abigail* b. 23 Dec. 1796 in W. ; 771. 5 July 1813 Spencer Smith ; m. 
(2nd) David Bagg ; she d. 21 Aug. 1882; Presb. ; res. Church- 
ville, N. Y., Detroit, Mich. 

iv. Clemon Samuel* b. 2 April 1799 in W. ; 771. i Jan. 1828 Mary B. 
Bangs of Hawley, Ms.; he d. 22 Feb. 1869; clergyman ; Dem.; 
Meth.; res. " in Genesee Conference ". 
v, Almira* b. 7 Aug. 1801 in W. ; ;«. 8 Jan. 1824 Loren Clark of Dalton, 
Ms., a merchant; she d. 26 Feb. 1881 ; he d. 1842 ; Cong.; res. 
Byron, N, Y., Janesville, Wis. 

vi, Amanda* b. 25 Sept. 1803 in W.; w. Jan. 1841 Shubael Carver of 
Riga, N. Y., a Cong, clergyman ; she d. 28 March 1875 ; Cong.; 
res. Unadilla, N. Y. 

vii, Maria* b. i Feb. 1807 at Riga, N. Y.; ;«. i April 1833 Charles 
Robinson, a clergyman, missionary to Siam ; he d. at sea on a 
homeward voyage in 1847 ; she afterwards resided in Brooklyn, 
N. Y., — d. 9 Jan. 1886; five sons and one dau., — the first b. in 
Singapore, the rest in Bangkok, 
viii, Fidelia* b. 17 Feb. 1810 at Riga ; w. 3 Nov. 1834 Titus Coan, Cong, 
clergyman and missionary to the Sandwich Islands, h. at Killing- 
worth, Ct., I Feb. 1801 ; she d. at Hilo 29 Sept. 1872 ; Jt^" See 
below ; he d. i Dec. 1882 ; res. Hilo on the island Hawaii, 
where Dr. Coan was pastor of the largest church in the world. 
He admitted by profession in one year 5,244 persons, and on the 
first Sabbath of July 1838 he admitted 1705, while "there were 
more than a thousand others hopefully qualified." The total 
number of converts under his preaching was over 13,000. 

Clan WaitstiW: AbigaiV. 359 

Apart from his successful missionary labors, says Appleton's 
Cyclopsedia, in its notice of Dr. Coan, " he has made valuable 
contributions to the knowledge of volcanic eruptions, published 
in the Ainericatt Journal of Science and in the Missionary Herald." 
His son Titus Munson^ Coan, M.D., of New York City, is well 
known as a contributor to periodical literature, and as the direc- 
tor of the Bureau of Literary Revision, while he is known also 
as an expert upon mineral waters. He was b. 27 Sept. 1836 at 

Hilo, grad. Williams Coll. _^ ^^ 

1859, at N. Y. Coll. of Phys. / . /^'^^-^^.^^T^-^l^L^^^c^ 
and Surg. 1861, and received 

the degree of LL.D. from Williams in 1892. He served from 
1863 to 1865 as assistant-surgeon in the U. S. Navy, West Gulf 
Squadron, under Farragut, being present at the battle of 
Mobile Bay. He edited Topics of the Time (6 vols., 1883) ; and 
published in book form Ounces of Prevention, and a Universal 
Gazetteer, a supplement to Webster's Dictionary (1885). He 
resides in New York. 
ix. Jared Oraman* b. June 1813 at Churchville ; m. Eliza Chandler ; 
she d. Aug. 1882 ; clergyman ; Meth. ; president of college at 
Columbia, Tenn. 

An Abigail Munson was a member of the Baptist church in 
Whately at its organization 5 May 1789. Samuel Church settled 
first in Washington, Ms. ; later, he and his brother Jesse founded 
the flourishing village of Churchville, Monroe Co., N. Y., where 
they erected mills. The family of Abigail is distinguished ; two 
of her sons were clergymen, and three of her daughters married 
clergymen, of whom two were missionaries. 

1^^ Of the lady whom he was to marry, the Reverend Doctor 
Coan writes: "During this Summer of 1826 I often rode by a 
school-house in a western district of Riga, and through the window 
I saw a face that beamed on me like that of an angel. The image 
was deeply impressed and is still ineffaceable. On inquiring, the 
young lady proved to be Miss Fidelia Church, of Churchville. I 
often saw her sunlit face in the choir on the Sabbath, for she was 
a sweet singer, but I did not make her acquaintance for many 
months. During the Summer of 1827, after the close of my 
winter-school, I opened a select-school in Riga, and Fidelia 
applied for admission. In this I rejoiced greatly, for it gave me a 
good opportunity to mark the character of her mind, which proved 
bright and receptive, and to become acquainted with her moral 
and social characteristics." In 1838 Mrs. Coan opened a school at 
Hilo for native girls ; it was maintained about eight years. She 
taught them " the rudiments of necessary book-knowledge, and 
of singing, sewing, washing and ironing, gardening, and other 

360 Tlie Munson Record. 

things. Most of the girls became members of the Hilo church, 
and we had hope that all were children of God." We quote Dr. 
Coan again : " The dear one was an extensive and eclectic reader, 
a clear and logical thinker. . . To me she was a peerless helper. 
Her self-denial was marvelous. The same self-abnegation which 
led her [before marriage] to say to me, in answer to the question, 
' Shall I go to Patagonia ? ' ' My deg,r, you must go ! ' controlled 
her whole life. She never objected to my going on my most severe 
or perilous expeditions along the shores or on the mountains of 
Hawaii, or held me back when duty called me to the Marquesas 
Islands. When I exposulated with her against her remaining 
alone in the house, as she sometimes did, she would answer, ' I am 
not afraid.' To her tender love, her faithful care, her wise coun- 
sels, her efficient help, and her blameless life, I owe under God 
the chief part of my happiness, and of my usefulness." 


Anna' (Moses", Reuben^, Waitstiir) b. 31 March 1773 ; m. Capt. 
Rufus son of Paul Smith; she d. 7 Aug. 1816. Res. (Grass Hill) 
Whately, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Euphemia^ ^. 3 Dec. 1794; ni. 30 Nov. 1815 John'' Munson son of 

Reuben'^ ; 5 ch., — see John'' ; res. Whately. 
ii. Ashley'^ b. 19 April 1796 ; m. Miriam Russell ; ;«. (2nd) Mrs. Cynthia 

Carlton ; he d. Feb. 1854 ; res. Churchville, N. Y. 
iii. Henry^ b. 26 March 1798 ; married ; res. Whately. 
iv. Hiram* b. 4 April 1800 ; ;«. Bartlett ; res. Whately. 
V. Rufus* b. II Feb. 1802 ; married; d. in Conway, 
vi. William* b. 20 Dec. 1803 ; married ; d. in Mich, 
vii. Alonzo*^. 24 Sept. 1805 ; married. 

viii. Nancy* b. 25 March 1807 ; m. Abel Perry ; res. Greenfield, Ms. 
ix. James Madison* b. 16 May i8og ; vi. Smith ; res. Mich., now 

Whately — bought Rev. Mr. Lane's place. 
X. Louisa*;^. 16 July 1811 ; m. Austin Kingsley ; res. Williamsburgh, 

xi. Lucy M.* (5. 5 Feb. 1814 ; m. Frederick Stone; res. Cummington, 

xii. Anna* b. 7 Aug. 1816 ; d. ce. 22 in Whately. 
xiii. Elizabeth* b 7 Aug. 1816 (twin) ; d. a. q weeks. 


Sarah' (Moses', Reuben', Waitstill") b. 18 Sept. 1775 ; ;;/. 24 Oct. 
1813 Abner NajSh b. 1 April 1756 in Amherst, Ms. ; she d. 10 May 
1864, ce. 88f yr. ; he d. 22 Aug. 1837. Res. Hamilton, N. Y. 

Clan WaitstiW: Margerf . 361 

Children : 

i. Moses Munson^ b. 22 July 1815 in Hamilton ; m. 24 Feb. 1836 
Esther Elvira Porter of Hamilton ; he d. 28 March 1887 ; farmer 
and postmaster ; Rep. ; Univ. ; res. Ridgeway, Orleans Co., N. 
Y. ; 6 ch.— (i) Charles M.« 1837, (2) George M.'' '37, (3) Ellen M.^ 
'38, (4) Harriet M.'' '44, (5) Samuel M.» '46, (6) Emma L." '49. 
ii. George W.* b. 18 Nov. 1817 in H. ; d. 20 Aug. 1819. 

After the death of her husband, Sarah' went to Ridgeway, N. Y., 
and lived with her son. She was buried at Lyndonville, N. Y. 
The contributions of her memory to our knowledge of Waitstill*'s 
descendants, as carefully written down by her enlightened daugh- 
ter-in-law, Mrs. M. M. Nash, are of very great value. The venera- 
ble lady was then past eighty years of age ! 

Mrs. Esther E. Nash is now (1892) postmaster at Ridgeway. Her 
dau. Ellen" married Capt. Edward F. Randolph, has four children, 
and lives at Coleville, Pa. Emma" married Charles A. Whittaker, 
has one child, and lives at Petoskey, Mich. 


Margery' (Moses', Reuben', WaitstilP) b. 7 Sept. 1777 ; m. 4 
June 1804 Jesse Church ; she d. 9 May 185 1 ; he a^. 2 Feb. 1826. 
Res. Washington, Ms., Churchville, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Chandler*, m. Lura Warner ; res. Mich., — afterwards San Francisco 

where he d. in i860, 
ii. Stoddard*, m. Betsey Hill, who d. in Oct. 1861 ; res. Ogden, N. Y., 

Kalamazoo Co., Mich, 
iii. Charles Austin* b. unc. 8 April 1806 ; m. 8 April 1832 Mary E. 

Prindle b. 21 March 1816 in N. Y. C. ; he d. 20 Nov. 1844 ; 

teacher, farmer, commission-bus., deputy-marshal and sheriff; 

Dem ; Episc. ; res. Rochester, N. Y. ; widow at Greenville, 

Mich. ; 3 ch. — (i) Charles Jesse' b. 12 March 1833 — 7 ch. — banker, 

lumberman, R. R. operator — Dem., Episc. — Greenville, Mich., (2) 

Jane E.« 1834, (3) Antoinette C." 1839. 
iv. Calista*, m, Ebenezer N. Pettee ; she d. Oct. 1888 ; res. Flint, Mich. 
v. Philetus Munson*, m. Elizabeth Wells ; res. Sault de Ste. Marie, 


Jesse Church united with his brother Samuel in the founding of 
Churchville, N. Y. In the War of 1812 Jesse was adjutant of a 
New York regiment, and at the Battle of Queenstown was taken 
prisoner. An English officer averred that he would be confined 
in Dartmoor Prison for life. When the patriot retorted that he 
was not afraid of it, the Englishman struck the adjutant a 
cowardly blow with the sword which he had just surrendered. 










362 The Munson Record. 

Stung by the insult, Church informed the officer it was fortunate 
for him that he himself was unarmed. The captive was sent to 
Halifax, and soon paroled. 

Joer* (Moses', Reuben', WaitstilP) b. 16 March 1781 ; m. 16 April 
1800 Polly dau. of Elihu Wait b. 5 April 1784; he d. abt. Nov. 
1864 ; she d. abt. 2 yrs. later. Carpenter ; res. Peterboro, N. H. 

Children, b. in Whately : 

Erastus^, b. 14 Oct. 1800. 

Alvin* b. 19 Nov. 1802. 

Almon^ b. 11 Sept. 1804. 

Lucretia Waite* b. 30 July 1806. 

Sophronia® b. 30 Dec. 1808, m. 6 Sept. 1827 Winthrop Graves of 

Sunderland, Ms., a blacksmith; 8 ch. d. y. ; she d. 14 Aug. 

1880 ; spiritualist ; res. Dayton, O. 
vi. Morris* b. 21 April 1811 ; m. Maria Jorden ; Meth.; res. Aliens 

Grove, Wis., Benton Harbor, Mich. 

368. vii. Clarissa^ b 13 Feb. 1814. 

369. viii. Althana* b. 24 March 1816. 

ix. Mary* b. 6 July 1818 ; m. abt. 1842 Asaph Stone, a carpenter and 

Rep.; 2 ch. d. y. ; she d. in April 1849; Univ. 
X. Harriet* b. 15 Sept. 1820 ; m. 7 March 1848 Rev. Albert Heald, a 

Baptist ; res. E. Washington, N. H., but in 1892 both were living 

at Felchville, Vt.; had a dau. Georgie Hattie' b. i June 1850. 
xi. Susannah* b. 25 Jan. 1823; m. Sumner Fisher; res. Boston; have 

a son Edwin S.* who res. (1888) in Roxbur}^ Mass. 
xii. Henry* b. 20 Aug. 1825 ; m. Achsah Stevens of Bergen, N. Y.; 

architect and builder ; Dem. ; atheist ; res. Le Roy, N. Y. 

In Whately this son of Moses" was called Little Joel to distin- 
guish him from a son of Reuben" having the same name. A local 
historian writes — " He was a skilled mechanic and a respected 
citizen." He moved to Nelson Factory (now Munsonville), N. H., 
where his son Alvin and son-in-law Thomas Little operated a 
cotton factory. A letter dated 28 May 1859 states that JoeF and 
his wife, both "quite feeble," were then living at Munsonville, N. 
H., fourteen miles from Peterboro. They died in Peterboro at 
Thomas Little's. 

Some one relates that a Mr. Daniel Allis, who pretended to be 
crazy, called on Joel to have him make him a white-oak plank 
coffin. Mr. Munson used to manufacture cider-mills and wagons, 
and having at the same time a plank on the bench or saw-horses, at 
once told him to lie down upon the plank and he would take his 
measure. Nothing loth, Mr. Allis stretched himself upon the 

* I have six versions of this family record. 

Clan Waitstill": JoeV, 363 

plank and Mr. Munson picked up a broad axe and struck so near 
his head that he shaved off some of the hair. The old man jumped 
up, declaring that though he wanted the coffin, he didn't care to 
have his head cut off with a broad axe. 


Salmon' (Reuben*, Reuben*, Waitstill*) b. 24 Sept. 1770 ; m. 21 
Jan. 1795 Ruth Day of Williamsburg ; she d. 16 Nov. 1835. 
Farmer ; res. Buckland, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Morrison S.*, residing in Buckland, purchased of his uncle Osee' 
7 April 1841 his homestead of 12 acres in Buckland, paying there- 
for $350; a month later, May 8, he deeded the same to his father, 
who was "of Buckland." Morrison died in The West, 
ii. Lucy*, m. Orlando Chapin ; d. in Fowler, N. Y., abt. 1857. 
iii. Clarissa*, m. Dea. Benjamin Maxwell of Shelburne Falls in 1840 ; 

d. in 1864, cB. 51. 
iv. Fanny*, m. Jabez Wares ; d. in Halesborough, N. Y., ce. 67. 
V. Dau., m. Basset ; res. Goshen, Ms. 

Salmon' was a peddler when he was young. He was " sworn 
hogrefe " in his native town 7 March 1791. He was " of Whately " 
in 1796, and "of Buckland" in 1808 and 1817. He was "of 
Williamsburg" 28 Feb. 1820, when he bought $1200 worth of land 
in Buckland ; and he was of the last-mentioned town in 1841. 
It is reported to me that " he lived and died in Buckland." 


LucY^ (Reuben', Reuben", WaitstilT) b. 3 June 1772 ; ;/?. 10 March 
1791 Nathan Wait ; she d. 15 Jan. 1840 ; he ^. 9 April 1830, cz. d^. 
Res. Whately, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Patty* b. 7 Dec. 1790 ; m. Charles Graves. 

ii. Child b. 25 April 1792 ; d. ib. 

iii. Child b. i Aug. 1793 ; d, ib. 

iv. Thomas* b. 8 Oct. 1794 ; "a superior man "; one son, Chester K.', 
" has been selectman in W. a great many years ;" he owns where 
Moses^ Munson used to live ; another son, Charles D.', lives at 
Haydenville, Ms., a merchant, church-officer, etc. 

V. Lois* b. 25 Aug. 1796 ; m. Harwood Smith. 

vi. Nancy* b. 23 Nov. 1798 ; m. Amasa Wade. 

vii. Lucinda* b. 8 Aug. 1800 ; m. Reuben Jenney, jr. 
viii. Electa* b. 9 Jan. 1804 ; d. y. 

ix. Nelson* b. 4 Dec. 1805. 

X. Electa* b. 6 Dec. 1807; m. Otis Kingsley. 

364 TJie Munson Record. 

xi. Lucy^ b. i Feb. 1810. 
xii. John Bement* b. 5 Aug. 1812. 
xiii. Julia* b. 26 Nov. 1815 ; m. Edward Warner. 

Selah' (Reuben', Reuben', Waitstill') b. 28 June 1776 ; while 
res. at Richmond, Ms., m. 20 Aug. 1798 Margery Redfield (dau. 
of Beriah, son of Capt. Peleg) ; she d. in Cazenovia 10 Aug. 1851, 
CB. 73 ; m. (2nd) Wid. Chapin of Springfield, Ms.; he d. in Caz. 18 
Sept. 1861. Clothier; Presb.; res. Rowe, Ms., Cazenovia, N. Y. 

370. i. Horace Selah* b. 20 Dec. 1799 in Richmond, Ms. 

Selah^, clothier, " of Rowe," Hampshire Co., Ms., bought one 
acre in Rowe 3 April 1799 ! price, $13. Being still of Rowe, he 
was concerned in a $200 conveyance 10 April 1805. Selah' was a 
deacon of the Presb. church in Cazenovia. A bright-witted and 
humorous grandson writes from North Carolina : " When I was a 
little fellow — the minister being away — Grandfather used to pre- 
side in church, and the way he did murder the King's English 
when he came across the hard Scriptual names, gave evidence that 
he was not college-bred." 

Reuben' (Reuben^ Reuben', Waitstiir) b. 19 Feb. 1778 ; m. i 
Jan. 1801 Mary dau. of John Smith ; 711. (2nd) Electa widow of 
Benj. Hamilton, and sister of Mary ; he ^. 6 April 1842, ce. 64. 
Carpenter ; res. Sharon, N. Y., Whately, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Dennis^ b. 29 Sept. 1801 ; d. 13 Jan. 1802, 
ii. Dwight*. 

iii. Lorinda,^ m. Thaddeus Bartlett ; she d. 29 May 1835 ; res. Williams- 
burg, Ms. 

At Whately in 1803, Reuben' was taxed for one building, and 
for "faculty" $3.00 at reduced valuation (whole val. $50). While 
his home was in Sharon, his first wife died. His own decease 
occurred in Whately. 

Joer (Reuben", Reuben', Waitstill*) b. 28 Feb. 1780 ; m. Patty 
Mott ; 3 ch.; she d. 16 Aug. 1815 ; 711. (2nd) Julia Hayes of N. Y. S.; 
2 ch.; she d. i Jan. 1820 ; m. (3d) Amanda Bardwell of Whately; 
2 ch.; he d. 14 April 1847, (z. 67. Hatter ; res. Whately, Ms. 











Clan WaitstiW: Benjamin\ 365 

Children : 

Lyman* b. i8 Aug. 1807 ; unmarried ; res. Michigan, California, 

Hatfield, Ms. 
Champion' b. 6 Nov. 1809 ; unmarried ; d. at Hartford, Ct. 
Laura^iJ. 18 Feb. 1812. 
Nelson* /J. 16 Sept. 1817. 
Julia* b. 17 Nov. 1819; d. y. 
Cotton* b. 16 March 1826. 
Martha* b. 24 June 1828 in Whately. 

Joel' with his brothers Benjamin and Osee, carried on the manu- 
facture of hats opposite their father's. The History of the Con- 
necticut Valley says — "After 1792, hats were made by Benjamin 
Munson 'in the Straits,' and by Joel Munsonin the southwest dis- 
trict." A correspondent states that in 1803 Joel and Benjamin 
were taxed on two buildings, and on "faculty" (as hatters) valued 
at $100. In a conveyance dated Aug. 182 1, one of the Joels is 
styled " a vitner." 


Benj'amin' (Reuben^, Reuben^, Waitstiir) b. 23 March 1782 ; ;«. 
28 April 1808 Polly dau. of John Wait of Williamsburg b. 14 Sept. 
1787 ; he d. 6 Aug. i860, ce. 78 ; she d. 20 Aug. 1854. Hatter and 
farmer ; res. Williamsburg, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Dencey* b. 30 Sept. 1809 in Hatfield ; d. 6 May 1824, ts. 15. 
ii. Almira* b. 8 Feb. 1811 ; m. 23 Oct. 1835 Jehiel Barron, a hotel- 
keeper in Williamsburg and elsewhere ; he a'. 3 April 1846 ; 6 ch. 
— (i) Lydia G.^ b. 10 Aug. 1835, m. Charles Goodell, Cohoes, 
N. Y., (2) Dencej' S.^ b. 8 Sept. 1837, w. Charles Spring, Nashua, 
N. H., (3) Augustine L.^ b. 29 Jan. 1S40, (4) Frederick D.^ b. 19 
March 1841, d., (5) Julia M.^* b. 16 Nov. 1843, d., (6) Helen M.« b. 
30 March 1846, m. David Maxwell, Springfield, Ms., m. (2nd) 18 
Oct. 1849 Julius White, a house-painter, res. Southampton, Ms., 
she Westfield, Ms. (1887), Cohoes, N. Y. ('92). 
iii, Mary* b. 18 Sept. 1813 ; d. 13 April 1815. 
375. iv. Augustine* b. 3 March 1818 in Williamsburg. 

V. Mary* b. 10 Jan. 1820 in W. ; m. 1844 Theodore Clapp of East- 
hampton ; he d. 12 March 1890 ; no ch. ; res. Easthampton, Ms., 
Fremont, O., since 1853. 

Benjamin' carried on hat-making, with his brothers Joel and 
Osee, opposite their father's in Whately. After marriage, he was 
in Hatfield, a few years. According to a record, Benjamin " of 
Hatfield" made a sale 24 Nov. 1814. The most of his life he was 
in Williamsburg, where he manufactured hats. The last few years 
he spent with his daughter Mary in Fremont, O. Benjamin' 
" used to be a singing-master and leader." 

366 The Munson Record. 


Mary' (Reuben", Reuben', Waitstiir) b. 12 March 1784; m. 25 
Dec. 1803 Martin Phinney b. in Farmington 10 June 1782 ; 4 ch. ; 
he ^. 8 April 1811 ; ?;^. (2nd) i July 1819 Luman son of Samuel 
Andrews b. 8 Oct. 1776 ; 2 ch. ; she d. 6 Oct. 1845 ; he ^. 17 Sept. 
1839. Res. Plainville and (2nd husb.) Southington, Ct. 

Children, 4 b. in P., 2 in S. : 

i. Reumah* b. 28 Dec. 1804 ; m. Samuel Cowles ; he d. 14 June 1848 ; 

she d. 9 Sept. 1883 ; res. Plainville, Southington, Ct. 
ii. John Smith* b. 3 Jan. 1807 ; in. 16 March 1828 Mrs. Lucy H. Hill ; 

merchant, prest. savings-bank, various public offices ; d. 30 March 

1885 ; res. Hartford, Southington, Ct. 
iii. Lucinda* (^. 11 April 1808; m. Chauncey Lewis; m. (2nd) Dennis 

Lewis ; d, 25 April 1866 ; res. Southington. 
iv. Diadama* ^. 12 May 1810; m. Lloyd Lewis; d. 22 May 1890; res. 

V. Jane Lowly** b. 13 July 1822 ; m. 24 Feb. 1841 Alexander son of 

Selah Lewis b. 24 Feb. 1820, — have had their golden wedding ; 

both living 1892 ; res. Southington ; i ch. — Francel C. O.^ b. 22 

Aug. 1843. Alexander's gr.-gr.-gr.-gr. -grandfather William /«. 

(2nd) Mary dau. of the famous Ezekiel Cheever. 
vi. Iram W.^ b. 6 June 1827 ; d. 23 March 1828. 

Mary (known as Polly) by the second marriage became the step- 
mother of that devoted and skilful antiquarian. Gad Andrews, to 
whom the author is greatly indebted. 


DiADAMA*'^ (Reuben", Reuben', Waitstiir) b. 4 Feb. 1790 ; m. 3 
June 1813 Eliphalet Wait of Williamsburg b. 10 July 1785 ; he d. 
20 Feb. 1829 ; she d. 28 Sept. 1879. Res. Williamsburg, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Louisa^ b. 23 Feb. 1814 ; m. Charles Williams ; res. Williamsburg ; 

had Whitney' and SamueP. 
ii. Austin S.'' b. 15 April 1816 ; vi. Lutheria Warner ; farmer ; res. 

Williamburg ; 4 ch. — Annette', Mary', Dennis', Henry', 
iii. Martha* b. 24 Jan. 1818 ; d. unm. 
iv. Hurlburt H.* b. 19 Dec. 1821 ; went a few years ago to Va. (perh. 

Vienna) and tn. there, 
v. Cerintha M.* b. 29 Sept. 1823 ; d. unm. ; was engaged to Joseph 

Warner of Northampton, a large manufacturer of silk, 
vi. Eliphalet S.* b. 28 Nov. 1827 ; was a bachelor ; removed to Va. 

* Diadamia, Didamia, Diedamia, Diadema, Dama, 











Clan WaitsiiW: John' . 367 


John' (Reuben^, Reuben^ Waitstiir) b. 3 Jan. 1792; m. 30 Nov. 
1815 Euphemia* dau. of Capt. Rufvis and Anna (Munson) Smith 
b. 3 Dec. 1794; 6 ch. ; she d. 15 Aug. 1854; ;;/. (2nd) Miss Dickin- 
son ; no ch. ; he d. 28 March 1858. Farmer ; res. Whately, Ms. 

Children, b. in W. : 

Erastus Smith^ b. ii March 1819. 
William Patterson* b. 3 Aug. 1820. 
Son b. 9 March 1822 ; d. same day. 
Hiram Stoddard^ b. 15 Aug. 1824. 
Artemisia Atkins* b. 30 Aug. 1826. 
Minerva Augusta* b. 5 May 1830. 

A conveyance indicates that John was for a short time " of 
Williamsburg." He took possession of his father's old place 14 
March 1833 ; this was some 50 rods west of his uncle Moses' place. 
" In obedience to the order of the Governor of the State, calling on 
the State militia to protect the exposed sea-coast, the Whately Rifle 
Greens marched to Boston Sept. 15, 1814, for a three months cam- 
paign, but were discharged Oct. 28th."f John' Munson was one 
of them. 

Osee' (Reuben", Reuben', Waitstiir) b. 3 Oct. 1793 ; m. 9 June 
1819 Lurilla dau. of Enos Smith of Buckland ; she d. 29 Sept. 
1835 ; m. 28 April 1836 Mary Wade of Williamsburg ; she d. in 
Spring of 1873; he d. 19 Feb. 1866. Hatter; Millerite ; res. 
Buckland, Ms. 

Children : 

i. Mary Ann* b. 6 June 1820 ; m. Ebenezer Alvord ; d. 16 Feb. 1855 ; 

res. Holyoke, Ms. 
ii. Rosina Delight* b. 19 Feb. 1822 ; w. 24 Sept. 1846 Wellington Alvord 

(bro. of Eben) ; d. 20 Nov. 1887 ; res. Holyoke. 
iii. Myron Childs* b. 21 March 1824 in Whately ; m. 23 Nov. 1873 

Almira W. Lockwood of N. Springfield ; no ch. ; farmer ; Advent- 

ist ; res. North Springfield, Vt. United with the Cong, church at 

the age of fourteen ; after three years, joined the Adventists ; abt. 

1883 was elected deacon and asst. of Sunday-school, 
iv. Dency Parthena* b. 28 May 1826 ; m. 24 Sept. 1846 Ebenezer D. 

v. Emma Theresa* b. 11 April 1828 ; deceased, 
vi. Weston Edwards* b. 19 March 1830 ; d. 3 Aug. 1849. 
380. vii. Hulbert Watson* b. 18 Jan. 1832. 

viii. Luman Burr* b. 23 May 1834 ; m. Harriet Dunican of Chicopee, 

Ms.; d. 1889; worked in Conn. River R. R. machine-shops, 

* Euphamia, Euphamie, Euphama. 
t History of Conn. Valley. 

368 The Munson Record. 

Springfield, Ms. ; had Charles'", and William^ who was killed by 
cars at Huntington 18 Jan. 1888, a. 20. 

381. ix. Stoddard Wilson** b. 2 March 1841. 

" Father was a hatter by trade," says Myron C.*, "but worked 
at most all kinds of business." When a young man in Whately, 
he was associated with his brothers Joel and Benjamin in hat- 
making. He lived in Leicester, then Buckland, and finally 
Whately again. Being "of Buckland" 7 April 1841 he sold his 
homestead of 12 acres in that town to his nephew Morrison S.^ 


Lemuer (SamueP, Reuben^, WaitstilP) b. 11 May 1790; m. 
Clarissa Thomas b. April 1799; he d. 1870. Farmer; Whig; res. 
Portland, N. Y. 

Children, b. in P. : 

i. Martha A.^ b. 29 Jan. 1820 ; deceased, 
ii. Phebe J.^ b. 5 May 1821 ; deceased. 

iii. George L.* b. 11 May 1822 ; m. Phebe ; deceased ; was soldier in the 
Secession War. 

iv. Sarah J.* b. 3 Nov. 1823 ; m. Dorada ; res. New Hartford, N. Y. 

V. Julia A.* b. 6 Oct. 1824 ; m. James ; deceased. 

vi. Emeline C.^ /'. 19 June 1827 ; m. William Castleman ; res. James- 
town, N. Y. 

382. vii. Harriet H.^ b. 6 June 1829. 

viii. Lucinda M.* b. 6 June 1831 ; m. 1855 Asahel Tyler ; d. 1867. 
ix. Reuben W.^ (5. 10 Oct. 1832 ; m. 1854 Sally Wedge ; she^. ; laborer; 

res. Cleveland, O. 
X. Mary A.* b. 22 June 1834 ; m. Alba Billings ; res. Portland, N. Y. 

383. xi. Benjamin F.^ b. 22 Dec. 1836. 

xii. Harry A.* b. 4 Jan. 1839 I ''^- Maggie Stowell ; farmer ; res. West- 
field, N. Y. 
xiii. Sophia E.* b. 12 Feb. 1841 ; m. Campbell ; res. Sinclairville, N. Y. 
xiv. Luc)' B.^ b. 22 July 1845 ; m. Asahel Tyler (2nd wife) ; deceased. 


Samuel C (Samuel", Reuben^, WaitstilT) b. \\ March 1803 ; m. 
16 March 1823 Polly Hulburt {ne'e Shufif) of Onondaga Co. b. 10 
Nov. 1800 ; he ^. 9 June 1883 ; she^^. 19 July 1875. Farmer; Rep.; 
she, Meth.; res. Portland, N. Y. 

Children, b. in P.: 

Harry Shuffs b. 4 Feb. 1824. 

Hannah B.^ 3. 31 Jan. 1826; Bapt. ; d. 31 Jan. 1847. 

Milton Jabez^ b. 23 May 1828. 

William A.* b. 12 July 1831. 

Alson Nearing^ b. 20 April 1834. 









Clan Waitstill": Sarah\ 369 

Chester (SamueP, Reuben', WaitstilP) b. 23 July 1805 ; m. 5 
May 1836 Lovisa Hulburt b. 3 Nov. 1805 ; he d. 20 Aug. 1878. 
Farmer; Rep.; res. Portland, N. Y. 

Children, b. in P.: 
i. Mary Jane^ b. i8 July 1843 ; m. 29 Dec. 1869 Marvin H. Woleben, a 
Dem.; adopted Jay,'' son of her cousin ; res. Portland, N. Y. 
388. ii. Carlton^ h. 21 July 1845. 


Rachel' (Eliasaph", SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 27 May 1783 ; m. 15 
Dec. 1801 John Barker son of Solomon Johnson; he d. "abt. the 
latter part of The War" ; she d. "2 or 3 yrs. before he did." 
Farmer ; res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Dencey**, m. Jesse Tuttle ; res. Cook Hill, Wallingford ; 3 ch. — (i) 

John^, (2) Charles^, (3) Lucy^, who m. Merriman E.'* Munson. 
ii. Rebecca^, m. Chauncey Munson^ Cook b. 10 Oct. 1805 ; res, on 

their grandfather's place. Cook Hill ; had one child, Emily', 
iii. Mary*, m. 'Squire Ira Tuttle; no ch. ; res. Cook Hill, 
iv. Munson^, unmarried ; d. a year or two after his father, leaving 

some $10,000 ; res. Main St., Wallingford. 
V. Julia®, m. William Cook Hall ; 3 ch.; res. Wallingford. 

About 1847 John B. removed to Wallingford village where he 
built a house for himself. He left, say, $15,000. 


Sarah' (Eliasaph", SamueP, Waitstill'') b. 23 Feb. 1785 ; m. 

Billious son of Samuel Cook b. 29 Sept. 1782 ; she d. 4 May 1855 \ 

he d. 25 July 1828. Res. Cook Hill, Wallingford (near Cheshire 

line), Ct. 

Children : 

i. Chauncey Munson* b. 10 Oct. 1805 ; m. Rebecca* dau. of John B. 
Johnson ; i child, Lucy' ; he d. 27 Dec. 1881 ; res. Cook Hill. 
These cousins Chauncey and Rebecca when young had homes 
with their grandfather Eliasaph Munson ; they married, and came 
into possession of his place, 
ii. Mary Kirtland* b. i Jan. 1807 ; m. Edwin L. Hall; res. in Walling- 
ford (1892). 
iii. Russel* b. 21 Oct. 1809 ; m. 4. Oct. 1835 Harriet J.^ dau. of Ira 
Munson b. 14 May 1816 ; he d. 29 Dec. 1881 ; 6 ch.— (i) Eliza J.' 
/;. 17 Sept. 1836, m. 22 Nov. 1857 Porter E. Andrews of Cheshire, 
(2) Frances L.' b. 3 May 1844, d. 27 July 1850, (3) William R.' b. 
20 Aug. 1846, m. 5 Oct. 1870 Maria S. Payne— he has his father's 

370 The Mtinson Record. 

old place on Cook Hill and also his great-grandfather Eliasaph 
Munson's, (4) Mar)'- F.' b. 20 April 1849, d. 20 May 1849, (5) Alice 
E.** I). 22 Nov. 1850, m. 30 June 1869 Elbert A. Doolittle, d. i 
March 1887, (6) Freddie H.^ b. 24 Aug. 1855, d. 9 Sept. 1862. 

iv. Sarah* b. 30 April 1811 ; m. Horace Tuttle of Hamden. 

V. Turhand Kirtland* b. 11 July 1817 ; m. Hannah A. Bradley; d. 23 
June 1883 ; res. Cook Hill ; his son Andrew's wid. and her dau. 
Adella J. res. (1892) in Cheshire. 

vi. Jane Rebecca* b. 6 March 1819 ; m. Ambrose Todd* of Fair Haven ; 
d. 9 June 1883. 

vii. Emily Jane* b. 27 June 1824 ; d. 19 March 1826. 

Billious was born nearly opposite the John Cook place, the 
present summer home of Tilton E. Doolittle, a short distance south 
of the corners where Seymour Doolittle long resided ; next east of 
the corners lived Russel, son of Billious, and next was the home of 
Turhand K., another son, — that house was built by Billious, and 
was his residence from marriage until death. 


Samuer (Ephraim", SamueP, WaitstilP) ^.17 Aug. 1777 ; m. 13 
Nov. 1800 Hannah dau. of Whitehead Howd of Centre Hill ; he d. 
20 May 1844; she ^. 9 Feb. 1854. Miller, etc, Dem.; Univ.; res. 
Barkhamsted, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Ephraim* b. 22 Aug. 1801 ; assisted his uncle at Utica, N. Y. in the 
manufacture of mill stones ; d. 7 Dec. 1826, .?. 25. He was soon 
to be married to Phebe dau. of the Rev. Ozias Eells, first pastor 
at Barkhamsted. She dressed in mourning, and long lamented 
her loss. 

389. ii. Edmund* b. 2 May 1805. 

390. iii. Laura* b. 14 July 1808. 

iv. Hannah* b 1816 ; m. Dr. David Phelps ; res. in West Suffield, Ct., 3 
yrs., where he d. Oct. 1837 ; m. (2nd) Ezekiel Hosford of Canton 
14 Oct. 1840, — she d. 12 Feb. 1858 ; res. New Haven, Ct. ; i ch. — 
Mary Maranda'^ b. 31 Aug. 1848 in Canton, Ct. ; t?i. Samuel B. 
Hollis ; Cong.; res. Brooklyn, N. Y.; i ch. — Jennie Hosford'"^. 
2 April 1879, d. 29 Jan. 1882. 

391. V. Whitfield Tallyrand* b. 6 May 1812. 

Samuel' had a gristmill, 
sawmill and a large farm. ^^^^^^.^ ^^^.^T^ 
He could use tools, — never ^^ 

employed wheelwrights to do his work. The original gristmill, 
built by Ephraim'', (like the sawmill) was north of the bridge ; the 

*Son Hubert W.^ m. Eliza Dibble and res. Fair Haven, Ct. 

Clan Waitstill^: SaviueP. 371 

larger one of Samuel's day was south of the bridge. This mill, 
said the orator at the Barkhamsted Centennial, " became of great 
prominence, and had a large patronage from this and the neigh- 
boring towns. The Munsons took to milling as naturally as 
ducks to water, and long were famous in their line of business, 
and are to-day." 

SamueF and Alfred^ in 1815 bought of their brother Reuben J.'' 
one-half the dwelling house, barn and farm (130 acres) occupied 
by their father and R. J.' in common. They bought one-half the 
sawmill in 1817. They bought one-half the gristmill June 4, 1823. 
The next day Alfred deeded to Samuel his interest in farm, saw- 
mill and gristmill. Dec. 19, 1837, Samuel, in consideration of 
^2000, transferred to his sons Edmund of Utica and Whitfield of 
Barkhamsted, gristmill, sawmill, land, dwelling-house and barn, 
reserving one-half the income from gristmill and sawmill during 
his natural life, and one-fourth the income from the mills for his 
wife if she should survive him, — with the privilege also of getting 
wood and pine-timber for his own use. By the way, " he was 
very choice of his timber. I have sawed logs three and one-half 
feet through, from Uncle Sam's reserved forest-trees," said Mr, 

Samuel was a tall man, and slender. Mr. Hulbert remarked — 
" Samuel Munson was one of the first men in his prime ;" but 
added that beverages and opium were a hindrance to him in his 
latter years. He represented his town in the General Court five 
sessions, first in 181 1 and last in 1826 "He was in the Legisla- 
ture," said Whitfield, " in 1816 when we got rid of the Blue Laws." 
In politics he was a Democrat, and so were his sons. He has 
oftenest been designated in my hearing as " Uncle Sam," again as 
" Squire Sam," and again as " The Old Squire." He was a justice 
of the peace, as, e. g., in 1824, '25. " He did much business of that 
nature," said Whitfield. He made great exertions to settle quar- 
rels between neighbors before legal proceedings should be under- 
taken ; he would spend a whole day in such endeavor, said his 
son. In allusion to which he added with playful enthusiasm — "O, 
the Munsons have a great many good streaks in them !" Mrs. 
Hart says Uncle Sam always used to sing in the choir in the old 


Rachel' (Ephraim', SamueP, Waitstill") 3. 21 Jan. 1779; ^^- 26 
Jan. 1804 John Mack (widower), a tanner and shoemaker ; she d. 
21 Feb. 1831 ; he ^. 14 July 1835. Res. Barkhamsted, Ct. 

372 The Miinson Record. 

Children, b. in B.: 

i. Sophronia^ b. 26 July 1805 ; m. Leonard Butler; she </. Oct. 1850; 

res. New Britain, Hartford, Ct. ; 3 ch. — (i) Julia M.'* ni. Chester 

Colton, res. Clermont Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y., (2) Alfred Munson', 

(3) Janets 
ii. Whitfield^ b. 25 May 1810 ; d. 29 Aug. 1811. 
iii. Hannah Jennette* b. 8 Aug. 1814; m. 28 Oct. 1837 Elihu Case; 2 ch.; 

he d. 29 March 1882 ; res. on her father's old place, 
iv. Samuel Munson^ b. 20 May 1818 ; d. March 1821. 
V. Wesley G.^ b. 8 Dec. 1820 ; m. in Middletown, Ct., where he res.; d. 

I Oct. 1880. , 

Reuben J.' (Ephraim''', SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 27 Feb. 1780 ; m. 
28 Feb. 1803 Anna Miller. Mill-oAvner, etc. ; res. Barkhamsted, 
Ct., Canaan, Fredonia, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Abigail^ b. 15 Feb. 1804 in B.; "unm., I think." Witness to a con- 
veyance in 1826. 
ii. Hermon*, in. after the family removed to Fredonia; "he was in 
business with his father as long as I knew." He is supposed to 
have gone to Illinois, while his father was yet living, 
iii. Amoret^, d. while a young lady, perh. 16 or 20. 
iv. Rocelia*. 

Reuben J.' immediately after marriage lived about half a mile 
north of The Corners. In May 1807 he purchased of his father a 
farm lying "on both sides of East Hollow road.'-' His father for 
$1000 conveyed to him in Jan. 1809 "one-half of my Dwelling 
House and Barn and farm where I now live." Reuben J.'s inter- 
est in this homestead was transferred to his brothers SamueF and 
Alfred' 20 March 1815. The records of Columbia Co. show that 
Reuben J.' of Canaan in Nov. 182 1 sold Ezeck Mosher for $1400 
the land " on which stand the buildings erected and used for a 
Carding-stand . . with all the right of the first party to the 
Blue-dye establishment near said building;" also "the water- 
privileges used in a carding-business there." He obtained from 
A. Fellers $4000 for a farm of 130 acres. He sold Lapham and 
Haight 7 April 1828 one-half acre, with "the building opposite 
the above formerly used as a Plaister and Oil Mill;" also "the 
water-privileges belonging to said building." He made a small 
sale of land 15 Oct. following ; the deed was witnessed by Har- 
mon. It may be worth noting that in selling his "carding-stand," 
Reuben J.' required that neither gristmill nor plaster-mill should 
ever be erected there. 

* Five ch., of whom is Maude Munson.'" 

Clan WaitstiW: John'. 373 

John' (Ephraim", Samuer, WaitstilP) b. 29 April 1785 ; m. Oct. 
1804 Sally dau. of John Merrill of Barkhamsted b. 12 Sept. 1785 ; 
he d. 13 Dec. 1827 ; she d. 29 Jan. 1862. Distiller and justice of 
the peace ; Dem.; Univ.; res. Smyrna, Chenango Co., N. Y. 

Children : 

392. i. Hannah* b. 5 Feb. 1805 in Barkhamsted, Ct. 

393. ii. Eliza* b. 25 Feb. 1808 in B. 

394. iii. Albert* b. 4 Jan. 1811 in Sm3Tna. ' 

After marriage, John' lived four ^ gm 

or five years in Barkhamsted, on / >^fA jv/ f/ytYJA-^ 

the west side of the river in North l/f'''^^ y// U/»H£^/ 

Hollow, where he had a little store. 
He received $400 from his father 
Ephraim 13 Oct. 1808 for his right 
"in the house I now live in, namely, the north part thereof, and my 
store, barn and horseshed and all appurtenances — standing on said 
Ephraim's land." In the Spring of 1809 he removed to Smyrna 
and bought a large tract of land. At death he left $90,000. In 
person he was tall and slender. 


Alfred' (Ephraim", SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 21 May 1793 in Bark- 
hamsted, Ct.; m. 29 May 1823 Elizabeth dau. of Asahel" Munson b. 
in Branford, Ct. 23 Dec. 1798; he d. 6 May 1854, a. n. 61 ; she d. 
14 Sept. 1870. Manufacturer of buhr-millstones, owner of steam- 
boat lines, etc., and proprietor of coal-lands; Episc; res. Utica, 
N. Y. 

Children, b. in Utica : 

395. i. Helen Elizabeth* b. 28 Aug. 1824. 

ii. Samuel Alfred* b. 8 April 1826 ; m. 6 June 1866 Caroline dau. of 
Prof. Marcus Catlin of Clinton, N. Y.; she d. 29 Nov. or Dec. 
1869; ni. (2nd) Cornelia Catlin* (sister of the former) June 1873 ; 
no ch. ; he d. 26 May 1881, a. 55 ; res. Utica. In looks, Samuel 
A. resembles his mother more than his father. He did not manu- 
facture millstones. He was occupied with the management of 
the property which he had inherited. The blast-furnace which his 
father had owned at Clinton, he retained twelve or fourteen years; 
and about 1855 he sold the Troy Nail Company $50,000 worth of 
pig-iron " in one pile." He owned Western Union stock to the 
extent of $1,250,000 ; and was a director of that company. The 
value of his estate has been estimated by a relative of his executor 
at eighteen or twenty millions ; the estimate is probably extrava- 

* She is now Mrs. Henry Goldthwaite ; resides in her former husband's home. 

374 The Mtmson Record. 

gant. The bulk of his property is said to have been willed to his 

We quote from the Utica Morning Herald: " He was educated 
at the Utica Academj'. As a business man he was methodical 
and painstaking, prompt, true to his word, and honest to the last 
degree. He formed his opinions independently by a careful 
study of all data within his reach. Often he paid large sums for 
facts that were trustworthy. When his opinions were once formed, 
he seldom had occasion to reverse them. He revealed character- 
istics of foresight, energy and self-poise that are well remembered 
in Utica as elements of his father's successful career. His deeds 
of charity and kindness were habitual. He loved his books, his 
peaceful garden, his rare paintings, and all the gentle ministries 
of a true home-life. If he ever forgot his habitual reserve, it was 
in the presence of sunny childhood, or a rare exotic flower, or one 
of the grand epics of the easel." 
iii. Julia^, d. 1843, ce. 46. 

Alfred' lived in the family of J/ 1 
his brother Samuel until he was JfyMt^d. tM ^up^^^^O^CC^ 
married, at the age of thirty, ex- / 

cept that he spent one year in Hartford, with the Todds — Ira and 
another. June 29, 1813, when Alfred was twenty years old, he and 
Samuel purchased one-half of their father's farm with one-half of 
the buildings. Two years later, 20 March 1815, they bought of 
their brother Reuben J. the remaining half of the farm, dwelling- 
house and barn which were formerly their father's. Two years 
later, 1817, Alfred and Samuel bought of their father one-half the 
sawmill. Six years later, 4 June 1823, they bought one-half of his 
gristmill. Alfred "of Barkhamsted" and his wife Elizabeth " of 
Branford ", two days after their marriage, made a sale of $270 
worth of property to Chauncey Munson of Branford. Mrs. Lyman 
Hart of Barkhamsted said : " Alfred brought his bride here, and 
took her to church, — the only time that I remember seeing her." 
One week after his marriage (5 June 1823) Alfred sold Samuel 
one-half the farm "where my father lives," with one-half the 
buildings, for $500 ; one-half the sawmill, with 80 acres, for $700 ; 
and one-half the gristmill for $800. He immediately removed to 
Utica, having with his wife, $2,900. He had previously visited the 
place and made arrangements for business. 

According to Samuel A.°, while one of the Munsons was on a 
journey between New York and Hartford, he came upon a French- 
man, who stated that he " had run away from some revolution in 
France." As he was skilled in making millstones, he was brought 
to Barkhamsted. The Munsons set him to work on buhr-stones, 
which were brought from N. Y. C. The first pair was used by 



Clan WaitstiW: Alfred\ 375 

themselves, the second by a mill in Simsbury, the third went to 
New Hartford. Alfred " and a Hartford man " began the manu- 
facture of French buhr-millstones in Utica — the first establishment 
in this country. To assist in disguising the materials employed, 
they mingled brimstone with the plaster-of-Paris which was used. 
Mr. Munson was engaged in this business fifteen years. It is said 
that Alfred bought up all the canal-boats on one section of the 
Erie Canal ; that he and his partner at one time, perhaps 1830-35, 
owned all the steamboats on Lake Ontario. He was one of the 
builders of the Utica & Schenectady, the Syracuse & Utica, the 
Syracuse & Oswego, and the Utica & Binghamton railroads, of the 
last of which he was president at the time of his death. He had 
iron-works in Clinton, nine miles from Utica. He invested exten- 
sively in Pennsylvania coal-lands ; and from the rise in the value 
of this property was mainly derived his great wealth and the 
splendid wealth of his family. Dr. Bagg, in his " Pioneers of 
Utica ", states that Mr. Munson became the purchaser of coal-fields 
to save himself from loss, and that for more than twenty-six years, 
they were not a source of revenue but a constant drain upon his 
estate. He foresaw their future value, however, and enjoined upon 
his heirs that they keep them. When the United States Bank, with 
its twenty-five branches, was flourishing, in 1833, Alfred was a 
director of the Utica branch. He was president of Oneida Bank. 
He was the richest man in Oneida County, and was the first Mun- 
son in this country to become a milionaire, it is believed. Indeed, 
"he was the leading man in the city of Utica at one time." 

Alfred was taller than his father, — " was tall and slim, had dark 
eyes and dark hair." He had a very long nose, a feature which 
would have commended him to the favor of Napoleon Bonaparte. 
Eugene M.^s view : " He was a tall, stern man : I used to be afraid 
of him." Mrs. Munson is thought of as a talented person, with a 
liberal seasoning of peculiarity. Alfred is said to have bestowed 
$30,000 upon Grace Church, and to have been a benefactor of 
Utica Orphan Asylum to the extent of $40,000. He is reported to 
have endowed this Asylum with coal-lands. 

In default of authentic information furnished by those best 
qualified, I have gleaned here and there such plausible items as I 
was able to discover. The paragraph below is from the History 
of Oneida County : 

Alfred Munson was another valuable acquisition to the place in 
1823. For fifteen years succeeding his arrival in Utica he carried 
on the business of manufacturing buhr millstones, during which 
he built up a very extensive business. He was prominently con- 

3/6 The Mtmson Record. 

nected with the passenger traffic on the Erie Canal and the steam 
navigation of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River ; also 
with the early railway enterprises from 1834 to 1844. With the 
manufacturing interests of Utica he was also prominently con- 
nected, and with the water-works, Academy, banking institutions, 
and State Lunatic Asylum. Mr. Munson was a member and a 
vestryman of Grace Episcopal Church and by his will left it the 
munificent legacy of $15,000. He also left funds of various kinds 
amounting in the aggregate to $34,000 to the Utica Orphan Asylum. 
The sum left by him to Grace Church has been largely increased 
by his heirs. 


Phebe' (Medad", SamueP, WaitstilP) b. 6 Nov. 1778 ; m. 6 Nov. 
1800 Theodore Newell ("both of Barkhamsted"); she ^. 6 June 
1837. Res. Harpersfield, N. Y. (abt. 1808), Claridon, O. (1819). 

Children : 

i. Harmon* b. 10 May 1803 ; m. 6 March 1833 Loanna Ensign ; d. 25 
Oct. 1870 ; 2 ch. — (i) Phebe', w. John Grosvenor, res. Claridon, O., 
(2) Lectrus'', d. a young man. 

ii. Lectrus^ b. 16 March 1805 in Barkhamsted, Ct.; m. 17 Aug. 1836 
Abigail Reed of Potter, N. Y.; no ch. ; she d. 16 Jan. 1892 ; den- 
tist ; Rep.; spiritualist; res. Geneva, N. Y. 

iii. Phebes b. 1818 ; d. 1818. 

T. N. migrated by ox-team to Ohio in July 1819 ; the heaviest 
goods were transported by water from Buffalo. The journey from 
Harpersfield occupied four weeks. When Lectrus* attained the 
age of twenty-one, he was eager to learn a trade : " As my father's 
circumstances were very limited, I ' worked-out,' and got five 
dollars ; then with a pack on my back, I started for New York 
State." In 1840 he began to study dentistry, which he practiced 
in Geneva thirty-five years. He is now (1892) very feeble. 


Liverus' (Medad', SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 18 June 1780; m. 6 
March 1802 Frances dau. of Isaac Hubbell of Newtown, Ct. (a pay- 
master in the Revolutionary Army), b. 29 Aug. 1779 \ ^e d. April 
1849. Tanner; Presb. ; res. Stockbridge, Ms., Canaan, Ct., Mount 
Morris, N. Y. 

Children : 

396. i. William Beers^ b. 30 Jan. 1803 in Barkhamsted, Ct. 

397. ii. Edwin Hubbell* b. 27 Aug. 1805 in B. 

398. iii. Carlos Alonzo* b. 25 Dec. 1806 in B. 












Clan WaitstiW: Liverus\ 2>77 

Edgar L.^ b. Dec. i8i4in Stockbridge, Ms. 

Catharine F.* b. abt. 1816 in S.; m. Jesse Southwell, a machinist ; 
she d. 29 Oct. 1886 ; Meth.; res. 1885 in Randolph, Wis.; i ch. — 
Josephine', m. abt. 1846 Hughes and res. in Randolph. 

Egbert Mansfield^ b. abt. 1818* in S. 

Frances S.* b. 6 May 1819 in Canaan, Ct. 

Hobert Liverus^ b. 21 Nov. 1822 in C. 

Mary J.» b. 26 Feb. 1826 in C. 

Liverus' was always called " Verus " by his father ; by later gen- 
erations he is called "Uncle Verus." When he was twenty-five 
years old (26 March 1806) his father conveyedf to him some land 
in Barkhamsted, " with Tan House and Vats and other appurten- 
ances " ; price, $250. At a later date he and his brother Asahel J.' 
went to Stockbridge, Ms., and took charge of Gen. Sedgwick's 
farm ; leading products were butter and cheese. Liverus next 
resided in Canaan ; then removed to Mount Morris (S. of Roches- 
ter), N. Y.; and towards the end of his life he went to Brecksville, 
O. Whitfield T.* states that when he knew the sons, all except 
William B.* worked in cotton-mills. 


Asahel J.' (Medad', SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 6 March 1782 ; m. 3 
Nov. 1803 Cynthia Phelps b. 17 May 1786 ; he </. 8 Oct. 1824 at S.; 
she d. 11 June 1864 at Lanesborough. Res. Stockbridge, Ms. 

Children, b. in S.:- 

i. Anson^ b. 1 Nov. 1804 ; »?. 1826 in N. Y. C. ; tn. (2nd) Mary Ruehl 4 
Feb. 1855 ; he d. abt. 1856 ; printer and sailor. Went to sea for 
the relief of rheumatism ; was three times shipwrecked ; once, oflF 
the coast of China, was several days without food ; to allay thirst, 
he dipped his clothes in water, and put them on wet ; returning 
after seventeen years he became a printer for the Palladium in 
New Haven. He was admitted elector in that city 29 March 1838. 
He had one child, named after her mother, Abbie Eliza.^ 

ii. Eliza* b. 24 Dec. 1806 ; m. Charles Higgins, owner and captain of a 
boat on the Erie Canal ; removed to Milwaukee ; she d. 23 Oct. 
1844 ; I dau., 7n. in M. 

404. iii. Medad* b. 16 April 1809. 

iv. Juliett* b. 25 June 1811 ; m. Van Dyke, who went to Auburn for 
bigamy ; m. (2nd) Anderson, — 2 ch.; res. Great Barrington, Ms. 

405. V. Abigail* b. 27 Nov. 1814. 

406. vi. Albert* b. 29 June 1817. 

407. vii. Charles Phelps* b. 21 Feb. 1820. 

* Prob. 1813. 

t In the deed, his name is spelled Liverus, Liverius and Liverious ! 

378 The Munson Record. 

Wid. Cynthia P. married Russell Smith 27 March 1827. 

Medad^ 24 Jan. 1804 transferred to Asahel J. of Barkhamsted 10 
acres, bounded W. on the river, S. on Ephraim^, N. on my own 
land, "which is given to him as part Portion " ; consideration, 
$200. Asahel J. of Bark. 17 Nov. 1807 sold Russell Munson 13 
acres — "with my Dwelling House and Barn"; price, $240. 
Asahel J. went with Liverus' to Stockbridge to take care of Gen. 
Sedgwick's farm. 


Horace' (Medad'', Samuel', WaitstilP) b. i June 1785 ; m. 16 
May 1805 Harriet dau. of Asa Gilbert of Barkhamsted; he d. 24 
March 1817 ; she d. 27 Dec. 1873. Farmer ; Cong.; res. Barkham- 
sted, Ct.: 

Children, b. in B.: 

i. Nancy Amoret* b. 6 Jan. 1808 ; m. 18 Oct. 1828 Reuben Andrus of 
Cheshire ; m. (2nd) Lucius Merriams ; res. (1892) Prospect, Ct. 
Admitted to Cong. ch. in Bark. 4 Nov. 1827. At the time of her 
first marriage she was living in New Hartford, 
ii. Sybil Maria^ b. 23 May 1810 ; m. William Winship ; m. (2nd) Cars- 
well ; d. at St. Louis 11 March 1863. She left i ch., — Charles^ 
Winship, who was killed soon after by a street-car accident. 

408. iii. Mary Gilbert* b. 14 Dec. 1812 ; bp. 25 July 1813. 

409. iv. Horace Dwight* b. 8 Jan. 1816 ; bp. 21 July 1816. 

" The Gilberts lived between Pleasant Valley and New Hart- 
ford." Horace' lived and died in the house built for him by his 
father on the mountain tract now known as "the Frisbie place." 
He and his wife were admitted to the church 4 Jan. 1807. He 
transferred to his father Medad' $300 worth of property 4 Feb. 
1817. He went to bed apparently in good health and died before 
sunrise. Dr. Beecher claimed that he was choked to death by the 
collar and cravat which he wore. Widow Harriet married 13 
Nov. 1823 Wyllys Marsh of New Hartford ; she spent her last days 
with her daughter Nancy in Prospect. 


Sherlock' (Medad', SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 14 Aug. 1798 ; m- 
Elizabeth Merrill of Barkhamsted. 

Children : • 

410. i. Harriet* b. 11 Feb. 1822 in Barkhamsted. 

ii. Emily* b. 1824 in Bridgeport ; ;«. in N. Y. C. abt. 1845 Stiles S. 
Merrill; d. ce. abt. 45; res. N. Y. C, Galena, 111., Cascade, la., 
Galena, 111.; 2 ch. — SamueP and Sherlock.^ 


Clan Waitstiir.- RiisseW . 379 

Avigust 30, 1 82 1, Medad' sold $150 worth of property to Sherlock 
" of Barkhamsted." The latter removed to Bridgeport, Ct., where 
he died a few years later. # * # * * 


Mamre' (Medad", SamueP, Waitstill') b. 2 July 1800 ; in. 17 April 
1 82 1 Romanta Tuttle b. i Dec. 1796 ; she d. 30 Sept. 1833. Res. 
Barkhamsted, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Jane^ b. 26 Feb. 1823 ; m. Salmon Hart. 

ii. Sherlock M.^ b. 2 March 1826 ; m. Jane Moses ; d. 1867. 

iii. Luman Elbert^ b. 22 Dec. 1827 ; w. 25 Nov. 1849 Mary J. Andrews, 

iv. Emily^ b. 14 Nov. 1829 ; m, Sylvanus Wilcox ; d. 7 Oct. 1854. 

V. Medad E.^ b. 14 Oct. 1831 ; d. a. 7. 

vi. Mamre M." b. 30 April 1833 ; tti. George S. Ives. 


Russeir (Waitstill', Samuel', WaitstilP) b. 17 Aug. 1784; in. 28 
May 1814 Phebe Couch of Norfolk b. 18 Aug. 1791 in Sandisfield, 
Ms.; he d. 11 May 1862; she d. 8 April 1867, ce. 75. Mason; 
Episc. ; res. Barkhamsted, — after 1849 Tariifville, Ct. 

Children, b. in B.: 

i. Unetia,^ d. 18 July 1820. 

411. ii. Celia^ b. 12 Aug. 1821. 

iii. Unetia^ b. i March 1822 ; d. 18 July 1826. 

iv. Ann Floretta^ b. 27 May 1825 ; tn. 31 May 1848 William F. Hildreth 

of Springfield ; she d. 28 Jan. 1849 ; res. Boston. 
V. Rachel Elizabeth* b. 17 March 1828 ; d. 5 May 1837. 

412. vi. Phebe Unetia* b. 23 Jan. 1831. 

Mrs. Sheldon Munson states that her father used to be sent back, 
horseback, to Branford, carrying grain to be ground : he kept the 
route by noting the blazed trees. She asked him if he did not dis- 
like to go. He replied, " No ; I was glad to go back where I 
could get things." No fruit, etc., in Barkhamsted. RusselF 17 
Nov. 1807 bought of Asahel J.' 13 acres with dwelling-house and 
barn ; price, $240. 

He carried on a lumbering business. The orator at the Bark- 
hamsted Centennial observed : " Near the old Ransom Tavern 
stood Russell Munson's sawmill, operated on a high scale. The 
water was brought in a long flume on the hillside, and the outlet 
was higher than the roof of the mill." Russell also built build- 
ings, and sometimes carried on a farm. The inventory of his 
estate as returned to Court 30 Oct. 1862 was $9,535. Russell had 

380 The Munson Record. 

from two to three hundred acres of land on the Western Reserve ; 
it was his intention to go out there and live. In the War of 181 2 
he served with the State troops, required to operate in Connecti- 
cut only. He was an artilleryman under Capt. Moses Hayden 
and performed duty at New London. His term of service was 
from Aug. 3 to Sept. 16, 1813. In temperament Russell was 
moderate, and in action slow — unlike his brother Eli' and his 
father. " Now, Russell, hurry ! " Eli would say. Russell pro- 
tested, " I have hurried all my life." 


Lucretia' (WaitstilP, Samuel,' Waitstiir) b. 20 April 1786 ; m. 8 
Jan. 1807 Alexander Stuart of Granville, Ms., b. 5 July 1783 ; 
she d. 28 March 1850 in Tariffville ; he d. Nov. 1859. Res. Bark- 
hamsted and Granby, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Riley M.^ h. 30 Oct. 1808 ; went to the Patriot War in Canada 1837- 

8 ; d. \\y Australia. 
ii. James^ b. 24 Nov. 1810 ; d. 5 Sept. 1811. 
iii. Elizabeth Margaret* b. 24 July 1812 ; m. 17 May 1829 Edmund 

Munson of Utica, N. Y. ; she d. 20 July 1837. 
iv. Unetia M.^ b. 31 Oct. 1814; d. 7 Nov. 1815. 
V. James W.* b. 13 Oct. 1816 ; d. at Reading, Pa. 
vi. Lauraette* (5. 27 Dec. 1818 ; m. 1843, in Granville, Ephraim Cornwall ; 

she d. 29 July i860, 
vii. George W.^ b. 21 July 1821 ; m. Susan Sweet ; m. (2nd) Hannah 

Decker ; he </. 4 July 1876 at New Hartford, Ct. 
viii. Mary Ann^ b. 18 Nov. 1824; w. 1844 in Barkhamsted Julius 
ix. Jane E.* b. 20 March 1826 ; 7n. 27 Feb. 1845 Alexander Pinney ; res. 
New Hartford, Ct. 

The residence of A. S. in B. was at The Corners. He was a 
blacksmith. He became intemperate and roving, — went West 
leaving his family. 


Sophia' (Waitstiir, SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 17 Oct. 1789 ; m. Oct. 
1808 Amos Rice of Stockbridge, Ms. ; i ch. — Asahel* ; m. (2nd) 
Captain Asahel Smith of Winsted 27 Oct. 1828 ; i ch. — Ann* ; he 
d. 29 May 1832 ; m. (3d) Reuben Brown of Norfolk 3 March 1842 ; 
she d. 25 Oct. 1889, aged 100 years, 8 days. Cong. ; res. Stock- 
bridge, Ms., Winsted, Ct. 

Clan Waitstill^: Sophia'. 381 

Children : 

i. Asahel M.^ b. 15 June 1810 in Stockbridge, Ms. ; m. 30 May 1838 
Susan B. Alvord b, 12 Feb. 1811 ; he d. 19 Aug. i88g ; she d. 26 
May 1891 ; Mrs. R. was a dau. of Dea. James H. Alvord, " one 
of the pillars of the First Church, — in earlier years Mr. R. was 
proprietor of the leading tailoring establishment in town" ; res. 
Winsted ; i ch. — Harriet Munson^ b. 24 March 1848. 

ii. Ann C* b. 15 Aug. 1830 in W. ; m. 17 May 1851 Ezekiel V. 
McMaken of Ft. Wayne, Ind. ; he d. Nov. 1889; res. N. Y. C. 
and Toledo, O. ; during Grant's administration, McM. was post- 
master at Toledo ; 3 ch. — (i) Kidder^ d. 17 Sept. 1855, (2) William 
V.^ b. in N. Y. C, m. in T., two ch., (3) Kate Munson** b. in N. 
Y. C, res. T. 

Sophia's first husband deserted her when her child was a few 
months old. Mentioning her last husband, Mrs. Brown added — 
"and enough said about him." After his death she resided with 
her son in Winsted. 

The Winsted Herald has published interesting articles relative 
to Mrs. Brown, the observance of her one-hundredth birthday, her 
death and funeral. For copies of these I am indebted to Miss 
Mary L. Hart. 

Until recently, says the Herald, Mrs. Brown has been as active 
as most persons at 80, her only disability being that her sense of 
hearing has been considerably impaired. She has been able to go 
about the house ; could knit, and sew, and sweep, and assist in 
general house-keeping matters ; and only about a month since she 
rode over to Williams Avenue and spent the afternoon and took 
tea with Mrs. Theodore Alvord. When about to enter the carriage 
for her return home she showed considerable feeling because 
assistance was offered her. [She was bright and active, with a 
remarkable memory, says Dr. Bidwell.] 

Until last Friday, Oct. nth, there had appeared no good reason 
why Mrs. Brown would not be able personally to receive the con- 
gratulations of her friends on her hundredth birthday, nor why 
she might not live years beyond this remarkable limit. On that 
day, however, she mistook another door for the door of her room, 
and before she could be reached by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rice, 
she had fallen and sustained severe injuries — having sprained an 
ankle and broken a collar-bone. After the accident she was not 
only confined to her bed, but lay most of the time in a semi- 
conscious state. 

Notwithstanding her critical condition, a quintette of ladies 
consisting of Mrs. H. M. Cooke, Mrs. Edward Clarke, Mrs. I. R. 
Griswold, Miss Hinsdale, and Miss Nellie Camp, set out to gather 

382 The Munson Record. 

together a hundred dollars in gold to be presented to her. The 
money was readily collected, and on Wednesday evening a little 
company gathered at the home on High St. and placed the coins 
in the hands of Mrs. Brown's daughter, reqviesting that they be 
used for her comfort and that they be accompanied with expres- 
sions of regard should the aged lady recover understanding. 

It is well to be reminded that at the time of her birth Washing- 
ton occupied the Presidential chair ; that Fulton's steamboat did 
not make its trial trip on the Hudson river until Grandma Brown 
was eighteen years old ; and that no steamship had crossed the 
Atlantic until she was past fifty years of age. 

Mrs. Brown lived eight days past her hundredth year. She did 
not fully regain possession of her mental faculties during the last 
few days of her life, and it is believed that her unfortunate fall on 
the nth of Oct. was caused by a stroke of paralysis. The funeral 
observance occurred on Sunday afternoon and was conducted by 
the Pastor of the First Church, of which Mrs. Brown had for many 
years been a member. Thus departed Winchester's first Centen- 


Orpha' (WaitstilP, SamueP, Waitstiir) b. abt 1792 ; m. 1821 
James Bragg of Winchester, a farmer ; she ^. iS Nov. 1868, cb. 76. 
Res. Winchester, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Julia* b. 10 Nov. 1822 in W. ; m. 12 Sept. 1843 Frank L. Whiting, 
a farmer and Rep. ; Cong. ; res. Winchester. Ct. ; 2 ch. — (i) 
Mariette L.« b. 1846, (2) Uri E.' b. 1851. 

ii. Mary* b. 5 Dec. 1824 ; m. 29 Dec. 1858 Rufus T. Towne ; she d. 10 
March 1881 ; 3 ch. — (i) Wilbur James** b. 16 April i860, m. 24 
Nov. 1881 Mary G. Robbins, res. No. Woodstock, Ct., (2) Agnes 
Grace^ b. 28 Oct. 1863, d. 1870, (3) Henry George'' b. 24 April 1866, 
d. 1869. 

iii. Huldah®, m. John Ne'wton, a deacon of Cong. Ch., Hartland ; she 
(a widow) res. Winsted, Ct. ; 2 ch. — John'' and Leonora'. 

iv. Sarah Fields* b. 15 Aug. 1832 ; m. 18 Aug. 1852 Henry Monmouth 
Smith of N. Y. C, a bond and mortgage broker and Unit. ; 
Episc. ; he d. 14 Feb. 1870 ; she res. Salzburg, Austria ; 3 ch. — 
(i) Ada Louisa' b. 6 July 1853 in Fairfield, Ct., m. 22 Sept. 1875 
Wm. V. Paulet of London, grad. of Oxford, res. Salzburg, (2) 
Laura B.' b. 20 July 1856, d. 1867, (3) Charlotte H.' b. 11 Nov. 1857, 
m. 13 April 1881 Vincente Sanchis y Guillien of Valencia, Spain, 
a " Commandante Capitain " in the Spanish artillery, res. Madrid. 
V, James L.* b. 24 Feb. 1833 in Barkhamsted ; m. 19 Dec. 1866 Sarah 
E. Spaulding ; dealer in lumber, grain, etc. ; Rep. ; Cong. ; res. 
Canaan, Ct. ; has been assessor, selectman, etc. ; i ch. — Louise 
H.8 b. II Oct. 1868 in Winchester, Ct. 

Clan Wait still*: Chauncey' . 383 

Orpha was received to membership by the Cong. Ch. Barkham- 
sted 6 Nov. 1815. Her husband was a brother of that officer in 
the Mexican War to whom was addressed tlie famous order — 
" Give them a little more grape, Capt. Bragg." 


Aaron' (Waitstiir, SamueP, Waitstill'), m. 13 Nov. 1827 Lois 
Bristol ; he d. at abt. ^yZ or 34 years. Res. Ridgeville, Loraine 
Co., O. 

Children : 

i. Almina^, w. Albert Mills, captain of a steamer on the Lake ; res. 

Nelson, Portage Co., O. 
ii. Delia^, m. Henry Lyman ; res. Cleveland, O. 
iii. Pluma.* 


Chauncey' (Waitstiir, SamueP, Waitstiir) b. 5 March 1800 ; m. 
20 April 1824 Huldah Beecher of Rensselaerville, Albany Co., N. 
Y. b. 8 May 1804 ; she d. 21 June 1881 ; he d. 15 March 1891, ce. 91. 
Mason, farmer ; Rep. ; Cong. ; res. So. Hamilton, Madison Co., 
N. Y. 

Children, b. in Barkhamsted, Ct. : 

413. i. Salmon Beecher^ b. 6 March 1825. 

414. ii. Sheldon^ b. 14 Aug. 1828. 

iii. Lucius* b. 25 March 1830 ; m. 1848 Delia Conklin, — soon separated ; 
no ch. ; d. 5 May 1887 ; farmer ; Rep. ; res. So. Hamilton. Lieut, 
in N. Y. S. militia 7 yrs. " He died a Christian." 

Huldah at the age of seventeen came to Barkhamsted and thus 
became acquainted with her future husband. Her grandfather 
was Amos Beecher, a captain in the Revolutionary Army, and 
believed to be a first cousin of Dr. Lyman Beecher. She Avas 
baptized at Barkhamsted 3 March 1833. Sheldon* writes — "My 
mother was a woman of great faith : it could be truly said of her — 
She walked with God." 

Chauncey resided in Barkhamsted until 1838 ; in Owego, N. Y. 
until 1852; in Lyons Falls, Lewis Co.,