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Donald, son of Occaon Ro, a nobleinau, in tliu C.Vjuniy oi' Dtniy, nj)uii tlie 
waters of Ro, in Ireland, went to Scotland with liis turccs, \n the assi.->lance of 
King Alalcohn II, in tiie 1 llh century, ;igainst the Danes. The Kinir, fur this 
service, gave him the lands of East Dingwall, which lie called Ferrni-Donahl, 
i. e., Donald's Lands, and he was called Donald a Bonro, in respect uf his father's 
residence upon the waters of Ro, in Ireland, and thereafter, hy the change of the 
letter B into M, his descendants were called Monro. Thev got other lands in 
Scotland, which they called Fowlis, from a place in Ireland called Loch Fowl. 
From the above Donald were descended a long list of Barons, of whom Sir 
tJeorge, the IX Baron, was slain at the battle of Bamiockburn, in L'Jl I ; (leorge, 
the X I5aron, was killed at Ilalydon Bill, July L'J^.'J ; Robert, the XVII Baron, 
was killed al Pinkie, near Edinboro', L") 17 ; Robert, the XVIII, fought for 
Mary, Queen of Se'otis, and d. ir)S8 ; Robert, tin.' XIX, was the lirst Protestant 
of this family, was called the "Black Baron," and d. the same year that his 
father, Robert, the X\ 111 died. Hector, the XX liar., brother ol" the last, d. 
]()().'{ ; Rubert, the XXl, gr. son (jf Robert XVllI, was a distinguished Colonel 
under ( liistavus Adolplius, King of Sweden, and d. of bis wounds, IG.'}!} ; Hector, 
the XXII Bar., was created " Baron of Nova Scotia," for services under (lusta- 
vus, and d. in KIIJ,'). Hector, the XXUl, d. Kl;')! ; liobert, the XXIV Bar., 
nephew to (ien. liobert, d. IGGO ; .lohn, the XX\' Bar., scm of the last named, 
eminent for his services and sullerings, d. in liVJG ; Robert, the XXVI Bar., was 
noleil for his piet\' and benevolences ; Kobert, the XXVIl Bar., was 'M years a 
member of Parliament, and was a brave (leneral, who le)st his life at the battle of 
Falkirk, Jany. 171G. Harry, the XXVIII Bar., was a mendier of Parliament, and 
was distinguished for his great classical attainments, and d. in l%dinbur'di, in 

In the reigns of C'harles I and II, there were ;} Generals, S Colonels, 5 Lieut. 
Cols., 11 Majors, and .'50 Captains by the name of Monro. Robert, the XXVII 
Bar., while Governor of Inverness, h;ul a regiment of lOO (jf his name under pay. 

During the 16th and 17ih centurit's, the Monros of (ii-eat Britain were linn 
defenders of the Protestant religion, both at home and in Sweden, and they had 
their fidl share in many a well-fought battle, ^\'heu some one spoke to the late 
Col. William Munme, of Lexington, about the bravery displayed by the Munroes 
in the Revolution, he replied, "• No wonder at all, sir, they have Irish, Scotch, and 
Yankee blood in their veins." 

The foregoing is |)rincipally taken from a history of the Monros, written by 
Dr. Doddriilge, and published in an Appendi.x to the Lite of Col. Gardinei'. It is 
a very interesting history, and I regret 1 have not room for the whole of it. 


William Munuoe is presumed to have be(;n one of that company of Scotch 
prisoners who were sent to this country in 1G52, a list of which is on record in the 
Registry of Deeds Ollice in Boston. They were probably some of those who 
were taken at the battle of Worcester, Eng. which was fought by King James, 

M V -N uoi:. n 

\vho (M„ninandtd the Scots on tlie one side, an.l hy Cr.nnwcll on the oth(T.(</) 
The Km-'s army was priiicipali}' cum|iosc(l uC CM.vciianliTs or I'lvshyt.Tiaiis. 

Many ..f ihe |.ris,>iicrs taken l,v Croinuvll it is well kiiuun svciv slu|,|„ ,1 i"o (hl- 
fcrunt parts of the New Wurhl, where they were sold uih, leinpu,ai-y sh.very to 
defray the expenses oftheir transportation. The list ahovr alhided to', is the mdv 
one known to liave been preserved, and very little is kn.nvn as to the' partieidars 
of tlicir henig brouglit hi're, and their suhsefpient condition. 1 copy from tlic New 
En^r. Histuric-Geneah.gical Register, VoL I, p. .'iMI, ij,,: followner, ii l,,.],),/ ,|,^, 
most dohnite about tlie Scotcli prisoners uf any thing 1 liase hrcn able to find. 

" IvMract of a h'ttir wrilton by the Itcv. .b)hn Cotton to the I.ord (h'neral Crom- 
well, dal(;d at '])i)ston,in N. Lv -JS of 5th, U),")!,' resprctn.g some prisoners of the 
same class of persons included in the above list sunt over before these arrived. 
They all were probaljjy taken at tile battle of Dunbar, [that is those who were 
sont over before] Sep. ;j, IGnO, when Cromwell was victoriou>, and lour thousand 
were slain and ten thousand made j)risoncrs." 

"The Scotts whom Cod delivered m your hands at Dimbarre, and whereof 
sundry were sent liitheu-, we have been desirous (as we eoidd; to maki; their ^()ke 
easy. Such as were sick of the scurvy, or other diseases, haw not wanted piiys- 
ick aiid chirurgery. They have not bren sold f.r slaves to pcrpi'iual s( rvitud,-, 
but fori; or 7 or S yearos, as we do our own ; and he that boiii.rlit the moM uf 
them (1 h.'are) buildeth houses for them, tor <;very lour an hou'se, |a\eih some 
acres of ground thereto, which be givetb thiun as'their ouue, re(piiring li dayes 
m the weeke to worke i\,v bun (by nnaies) and 1 days for themselves, and prouns- 
eth, as soone as the^y can re[)a}- him the inoiiev he 'laid out for them, he will set 
them at liberty." 

Very probable the same coursed was taken with those who came in It;.")^. 
Tiicv were shipped from London, Nov. 1 1 , Itial, by Jo: 15.'e\, Kob" Ri,di, ami 
Willjan^i CJreene, in the .b.lni and Sara, John (Ireeius master, and were consin,,LMl 
to M- 'VUu: Kenible, of lioston. The list of the com|)any was recorded as betoro 
stated. May KJ, Kjfvi. 

It ccMitanis four by the name of Monrow, vi/,. Rol/t, John, llu-li, and uiie other 
whose lirst name is .iblilerated by time. This 1 suppose to have'been WIIJ.IAM. 
^\ hat became of the others is not known ; Ir.iditioii says that one of them (|)rob. 
John) settled at or near IJristol, tiuai in this state bm ik'uv in Itli.j. Island, and was 
the ancestor of Tres. Miniioe. Tlie last part of this tradition is not true, but the 
lirst probably is. 1 have made - .hiigeut searclC at iirisiol, and by the kuiduess 
ol J. Ii. I'.ullock, Ks(|. of that place, I have be(Ui furnished with a copy of the 
record of the birlhs, ih'aths and marriages of the Mimroes in that place for about 
a century, 'j'he lirst is that of Joseph, the son of John and Meliitable, b. Dec. 
IS, UiDti, and Julm, Thomas, William and Ceorge .Munroe iiad chil. 'b. i1i(m-<: 
between KWG and 1701. It is probable that they wen; of the second generation, 
brolhcrs,.M- cousins, and that they were descenilanls of one or more of The Scotch' 
prisoners, residence, as before stated, I have not been able to asc<rlaiii, 
liiough it was undoubtedly in that vicinity. 

\ ilimk that there is no (luestion but wfiat tlie Munroes at I'.rislol were relatives 
of those at Lexington. 1 have before me a lettiu', written in HGl by 1 lector 
Muiiro, uho, 1 suppose, was a soldier in tlie King's Army in the French war, and 
that he had been, then, recently discharged. It'is as follows: — 

((0^" Charles having inarched into Eii^'l.aiul, at Worccsier wa^- aiiaekcd by Cromwell 
with 3ll,0UU men, and alter having shuuai many \ni>oi>. of |R-rM)nal valor, lied. The Duke of 
Hamilton made a ilesjieraie resisianee, was monally wounded, and ihe Seois were almost all 
either killed or lakeu. The prisoners, to the niiml)er of biiUO, were sold as slaves lo I'he 
American planters." KusseU's Modern Europe, Vol. 3, p. -llu. 

4 M U i\ R O ]'; . 

_ Sir. Rrholoth Feb' 17fi4. 

Having the oportunity I !\Iako Boiild to Triihlc! ymi witli these few Lines to 
Let you Know that 1 am in luiod Slate of health Since 1 I'arted with von, Ami 
hopping that these I'cw l^ines Will llnd you in the sam, the very Same Day I 
parted with [you] 1 came into Boston ami tlie ni\t |)av I went out in order to llnd 
Some F^mployment, But 1 Could fmd iwn neither Inr Me or fur Donald, and 1 
stayed Eight Days on My own Exspences without ;iaininii- a farthing uhich I 
feelling My Burse turning very Low, we packs up Bage and liagage in order to 
go to New york ; so we ^hirched of fnjui Besiun that very same Day and ('ame to 
BiiAidence, and as 1 was vei'y (furious liKpiiring after My R(dations and Kins- 
men, 1 was iid'urmi'd that tlieir was (Ireat Many (jf them in Behobolli and Bri^iul, 
widiin SIX mill ot' i'rii\ id(Mice, and that same hour we marclKHl of in oi'der to llnd 
th(.in out which \\i- I »id that same- night with on Nathan Miinro, as Sleatl\- a man 
as ever yoii Seied of the Name, and he keepted iis \\ ilk Imn 'J'wu i >a\ s, and the 
third Day he ('on\o\ed us to his futhei"''s house a good stalel\- old man, and a 
man that hath great Dail of Regard lor Iiis Kt.dations, and he Keepted us four 
Day, and the fill Day lie and Nathan iiis son went along with us to Conv(jys us in 
order t(; show us the Rest (jf our relations Dosvu at Bristtjj, and tiic very iirst Ikjiisc 
weCametouas Docl(U' Munro, Captain 'I'homas Munros son at Concord, ami 
.Made (iieat Dad ol' us and So Did the Ivest Liidiewise, and we stayed But lew 
Da\ s and Came up again to our (list iiarhour, In which we Remaine till this Dav 
iinil Live as hapy as the King of Great Britain, for their is Noihing wanting with 
us That is good for Mans use, of which Truths the Bean,r Can Informe you of 
till' Same us will us 1 Can tell you hear. Dear Cousin 1 was in formed hy the 
iiewcs paj)ers that his Majesty has ordered Some Lands to he granted to the Re- 
duced ofliccrs and soldiers that has a mind to Kemen in this t'ountry, But \Vherc 
it is to be Disterhuled 1 Know not* where to Look for it except you Know smii- 
tliing of it, and if you Do 1 hop youell he so good as to Let me kiiuw of it in the 
answere of this. 

Sir, 1 lia\e no fresh newes to inform you of, the Doctor and his family is very 
will, and Lickewise he hath got Business enough, and will Regarded among his 
ludalions and others. 'J'he Doctor ami the Rest of \our friends Joyn their Coni- 
jilements to you. Dear sir be so g(jod as to gise My Complements to Ca|)tain 
Thomas Munro at Concord and William Munro at Lexintowii, and Lickewise to 
all the Rest of our friends that empiirs for .Ale, Not tor gating yourself, in 
Doing this y(jn \\ill oblidge \oiir humble servant, ILxroi: Munko. 

As to our WiUiaia DIuiiroc, the earliest notice that I liavc found is under date 
of 1657, in the Town Records of Cambridge, which then included Lexington. 
"Thomas Rose and William Row " («) were fined lor not having rings in the 
nose of their swine.'" Tradition says that he had lands " grantetl " him at "Cam- 
bridge ll'armes," now Lexington, on the north border near Woburn, and that |iart 
of li(;xington, from an early period until now, has been called "Scotland." His 
house stood where the |)resent house of Thomas Russell now stands, on the road 
from Lex. to Woburn, being near the Wob. line. All iiis sons but Benjamin, the 
youngest, lived with or near him, and it was said by old Mrs. Sanderson, his gr. 
gr. dau. who d. last year aged 104, that the old house looked like a rope-walk, 
so many additions had been made to accommodate the younger branches. This 
estate has always been owned by his descendants. 

Although he began life in America not under the most favorable circumstan- 
ces, (if the account I liave given he true) he seems to have been prospered in 
his worldly ailairs. In 1690, he was made a freeman. " Cambridge flarmes " 

(a) The name of IMuiiroe was ofieii contracted in the above manner in early limes, and at 
a nuicli later time the name was I'requenlly shorn of its proper dimensions in speaking ol", or 
to tliein. 

]\l U N 11 U E . 5 

Iwiviiiii; Ihtmi made a " [irccinct " or parish. In 1()92 -3 a ooiiiiiiittei.' was appointed, 
i)f w liicli " William lull'," Sen' was oih', " to treat lor the piircliase of land for the 
niimstry.'''' Tlie purchase was made,: and an assessmml was laid for the pay- 
niint. 'I'lie whole nundjir of pi'rsons assessed was ahout fifiy ; W'm. iMnnrue 
and one olhi'r wei'<' assessed CO If), eacdi, and the re weie onl}' two others whose 
tax exceeded .<.'() 11,0. Within the next fi^'W yeai's several taxes weTe laid fur 
heildinLi; a church and the support of the minisier, and Mr. Munroe's tax hore 
ahoiu the suuk; pro|)oriion to tin: others as the ahoM'. 'I'his shows liis relative 
])osiiion as to property. In 1G!)1, he was chosen a .Scdectnian (jf L'amhridge, and 
in sidiseipienl years held s(;veral town oll'ices, and is often mentioned on the town 
]{( cords as connected with tcjwn aliairs. 

1 sidijoiii such an uceouni of his di'sccndants fur four or live generations as the 
very imperfect Town and fandly reconls iiave enahled me lo |ni'pare. 1 ha\e not 
f:one into all tiie minuti' detail, that 1 did in the first pait of this hook', my princi- 
])al ohjecl heuii; only to so airaiii^e the several hranches and fannlies, that those of 
the nanir now livinji; would he ahk' to trace their aiieeslrs through the several 
genei-alions. It i=. much lo he desu'ed that some one would t'nler on the task of 
prejiaring a fnll genealogy of this family, many of whom were distinguished as 
lu'ave S(jldier.s anil ofheers in tiie struggle f(jr Indepeiulcnce, and wdiose lilood 
crinrsoned many a hatlh>ll(dd. They-diil not disgrace the far-fameil valor of 
tiieir Seulcli ancestors, many ot Whom were ilistinguished wairiors. 

WILLIAM MUNROE m. L MARTHA hy whom lie had f.nir chil. 

2. m. M ARV by whom he had nine chil. lie resided at Lex- 

ington, and (I. .fany. "JT, 1717, a. 92, and oonsequcntly wash. IG'Jf), and was 27 
years of age when he came to America. He was made u freeman, Ap. 1690. 

11. Chil. hy 1st wf. 

1 John, h. Mil. 10, IGGC> ; m. Hannah „ 1 

2 Martha, b. Nov. v!, 1(167 ; m. jdm Come, of'Concord, .lany. 21, 1G88. 

He bought of his father-in-law a piece of land in l722-.'{, for X'^f) 
New Enuland (!urrency. 
^ William, b.' Oct, H), KiGi) ; m. Mary 2 

4 George, b. ' ; m. Sarah [Harrington.'] 3 

Chil. hy 2d wf. 

5 Daniel, b. Aug. 12, 167;}: m. Dority 4 
G Hannah, b. ; m. Jose[)b I'icrce, Dec. 21, 1692, whose 1st wf. 

was Ruth Holland, and his ',id was 15eriah, wid. (jf Daniel ChihJ. liy 
Hannah he had b chil. 

7 Elizabeth, b. ; m. Rngk'- 

8 Mary, b. Juno 21, 1678; m. Farrett [Farwell .'] 

9 David, b. Oct. 6, 1680. 

10 Eleanor, b. Feb. 21, 1682-3 ; m. William Burgess, of Cbarlestown, Aug. 21, 


11 Sarah, b. Mb. 18, 1681-5; m. Hlanchard. 

12 Joseph, b. Aug. 16, 1687 ; m. Elizabeth 5 

13 Iknjamin, b. Aug. 16, 1690; in. 1. Abigail. 6 

2. (wid. .') Prudence Estabrook. 

1 Lieut. JOHN MUNROE, [1] m. HANNAH He resided at 

Le.xington, was a constable. Nine luindred acres of land was granted, 
1735, to John Monroe and others, who were engaged in the Indian fight at Lam- 
prey River, July 6, 1690. 

M U N R O V. 

III. Chil. 

11 J(jlm, bap. 1G98-9 ; prnb. liad \\ f. Kacliol. John, Srn'- dei'doil him 20 acres 

of huid in Lex. deed ivcurdi'd Feb. 1722-3, voL 22, p. (>[), MkL Deeds. 
15 Hannah, bap. 1698-1) ; d. young. 
l(i Constance, bap l()9S-9. 
17 Nathan, l)ap. I\lh. 12, 1G99. 
IS William, b. Feb. 1, 1701 ; m. 1. Phcby 7 

2. wid. Tabitlia Jones. 
19 Elizabeth, b. Mh. 5, 170.3. — 20 Hannah, b. June 23, 1705. 

21 Susannah, bap. July 1, 1705. 

22 Jonas, b. Nov. 22, 1707; m, 1. Joannah Locke, Janv. .3, 1733-1. 8 

2. Jiebecca 

23 Marrott, b. Dec. 6, 1713; m. Deliverance Parker, Ap. 17, 1737. 9 

'Z. ni. 

le resided at L. 

^.-^ Ensign WILLIAM MUNROE, [3] m. 1. MARY 
^ JOHANNAII RUSSELL, dau. of Philip, of Lexington. I 

III. Lstwf. 

24 Mary, b. Ap. 3, 1G99. * 4^25 Abigail, b. Jinie 2S, 1701. 
2G William, 1). Dec. 19, 1703; m. Sarah Mason, Jany. 3, 1732-3. lO" 
27 Thomas, 1). May or i\lh. 19, 170G ; m. Elizfibeth " H 

25 David, b. Sep. 28, 1708 ; prob. m. Abigail W,'llinij;ton, Nov. 25, 1731. 12 
29 Ruth, 1). Mh. IG, 1711. —30 Ilamjab, b. .Mb. 19, 1713. 

Chil. by 2d wf. 

31 Philip, b. Fel,. 2G, 1717 ; m. Mary 13 

32 Johannah, b. Oct. 21, 172G. , , ._ / 1^/? ^ ^ Z/,^ % 

TfuUA-*^-^' 3 Ser/eant GEORCE ^ILINROE, [1] m. SARAH ^7. He ^^ 

d at Lexington. ^ 


33 William, b. Jany. G, 1G99-100 ; m. Rebeckah Locke. [Sec Rook of the 

34 Sarah, b. Oct. 17, 1701. — 35 Dorothy, b. Nov. 19, 1703. 

36 Lydia, b. Dec. 13, 1705. [A Lydia Munroe of Lex. m. Joseph \V'illiams, of 
Concord, Oct. 9, 1740.] 

37 George, b. Oct. 17, 1707 ; prob. m. Sarah Phipps, Nov. 25, 1731. 22 

38 Robert, b. May 4, 1712; m. Anne Stone. 14 

39 Samuel, b. Oct. 23, 1711; m. Abigail 15 

40 Andrew, b. Feb. or Jluic 4, 1718 ; prob. m, Mary Symonds, May 26, 

41 Lucy, b. Aug. 20, 1720. 

4 DANIEL MUNROE, [5] m. DORITY He lived and d. at 


III. Chil. 

42 Daniel, b. Janv. 27, 1717. 

43 Jedediah, b. May 20, 1721 ; m. Abigail Loring. 16 

44 Sarah, b. July H, 172 1. -^15 Doriiy, b. June 21, 1728. 
46 John, b. 30, 1731 ; jirob. m. Anna Kendall, of Wob. Dec. 23, 1757, and 

liad — 46' Anna, b. Nov. 18, 1759 ; — 4G- Lydia, b. May 9, 17G7. 

M U N I{ E . 7 

5 JOSEl'JI MLlNRUi:, [12] m. ELIZABETH resided ul 

Li.'.\iiii;1on ; was call<;d '• Cui'iioral Ju." 

111. Cliil. 
■17 .Idscph 1). May •>;;{, 17l;J; m. Hannah 17 

48 [Eli/.ahrlit, b.'jauy. 12, 1715 r] 

49 Nalhan, b. Sop. 11, 171() ; in. Mary or Mercy Benjamin, Nov. 23, 17.3S. 18 
r)0 .losiuia, b. Dec. 22, 1717 ; ni. Kuth 19 

51 Natlumiel, 1). Nov. 17, 1720. [A Natlianiel Miuiroe, of C^oncoril, d. in 

the Expedition to Cuba in 17lO. See Shattuci\'s Concord, p. 70.] 

52 Abigail, b. Jany. 21. 1723 ; m. Juseph Brown, of Weston, Feb. 7, 1744-5. 
5;} Mary, b. Jany. 21, 172(). —51 Eleanor, b. June 13, 1727. 

55 Ke/.iah, b. Oct. 16, 1731. 

56 Hainiah, b. Nov. 2i), 1733; perhaps m. Gerslioni Williams, July 26, 1760, 

in Lc\ini:ton. 

6 BENJAMIN MUNROE, [13] in. 1. ABIGAIL 2. m. 

I'lUJDENCE ESl'ABiiOOK, in Weston, prob. Nov. 2, 1748. He re- 

sideti at Weston, and d. Ap. 6, 1766. 

111. Chil. 

57 Lydia, b. Mb. 7, 1717-18. 

58 Alti-aii, b. (Vt. 5, 1711). [An Abigail Munroc was pub. in Boston, June 10, 

nil, to Ebene/.er Berry.] 

59 Benjanun, b. June 21, 1722-3 ; ni. Mary Meriam, pub. Mb. 8, 1715. 20 

60 Rebecca, b. Aug. 24, 172.) ; ni. Minuiing Sawin, ot' Marlburo', May 12, 


61 Sarah, b. July 26, 1727 ; ni. Josiah Parks, of Lincoln, Mb. 12, 1750; 2. ni. 

Eli.slia Culler, of Lexington, Dec. 27, 1753. 

62 Martha, b. Mb. \8, 1728-'J ; m. Isaac Stone, of Lexington, Sep. 8, 1718. 

63 Mary, twin of above; m. Josiah Parker, of Lexington, 1748, (son of Lieut. 

J.",siah.) He was b. Ap. 1725. 
61 Anne, b. Mb. 4, 1731-2. 

65 Eunice, b. A|). 9, 1731 ; ni. in Lincoln, Edmund Wheeler, June 26, 1756. 

66 Kezia, b. Ap. 22, 1736. 

7 WILLIAM MUNROE, [18] m. 1. PHEBY 2. m. Wid. 

TABITIIA (IIOBBS) JONES, of Weston, .May 29, 1745. 

1 V . Clhil. by 1st wf. 

67 Pheby, b. Ap. 28, 1726. 

68 Jonathan, b. A|). 1, 1728; d. 1739. 

69 William, b. May 12, 1730. 

70 Edmund, b. May 3, 1732 ; d. 1735. 

71 Bridget, b. Ap. 27, 1735; [prub. m. Hugh Maxwell, Nov. 4, 17C0, then both 

caviled of Bedford.] 

72 Hannah, b. Dec. 15, 1742. 

Chil. by 2d. wf. 

73 Sarah, b.Ap. 18, 1716; [perhaps m. Oliver Barbour, in Weston, Nov. 21, 


74 Oliver, b. Feb. 9, 1718. — 75 Dorcas, b. Nov. 14, 1750. 

76 Lucy, b. Ap. 19, 1752 ; [perhaps m. Samuel Hobbs, of Weston, Nov. 24, 

8 M U N R E . 

8 JONAS MUNROR, [•:>-2] m. 1. JOANNAII LoCKE, Janv. 3, 17;r.5-4 

[Book of the Lucius.] lie m. 'J. RlOr.KCCA ' (a) 

The 2d wf. perhaps alter liis death, m. JOILN iMUZZKY, in Lex. Aug. 19, 177:^. 

IV. Chil. by 2(1 mg. 
77 Ebcnczcr, h. Ap. 19, 1752; m. Lucy Simoiids, of W'ohurn, May 10, 17N1, 
and d. at Ashhunihani, May 25, 1825. lie was in ('apt. Parker's Company 
on Lexington Common, Ap. 19, l'/75, and he claimed tu have lired the lirsl 
gun on the American side; he was wounded m ihe liliuw in the iiinruiiig, hiil 
niunntod liis horse and rode from town to town ahirnuug the jieople, until he 
was iiuite exhausted by the loss of blood, lie removed to Ashhurnham soon 
after the war, was a Lieut, and a respectahh' ciii/.eii. His widow m, John 
Adams, [sec page -IS.] His chil. were — 7S Charles; — 7!) Lucy ; — bO 
Ebenezer; — 81 Jonas; — ^2 John; — 83 Rebecca; — 81 Herrick. 

85 Martiia, b. Se[). 12, 1758. 

1737, who was b. May 18, 1721, dau. of Lieut. Josiali Parker, of Lex. 
lie resided at Lex. or in the edge of Woburn. 

IV. Old. 

86 Rachel, b. Nov. 29, 1737. —87 Josiah, b. June 29, 1712; d. yg. 

88 Josiah, b. Feb. 12, 17 11-5; [prob. m. Susannah ImIcIi, of Dedford, Nov. 15, 


89 Nathan, b. Aug. 9, 1717, or Aug. 15, 17 18 ; lu. Eli/abeth llarrn]gton, Cct. 
3, 17(39, wdio was b. Ap. 11, 1750. They resided at Lexingluu, and both d. 
about 1800. They had— 90 Dillv, b. "17(19; m. Eli|ah I'irrce, .lany. 28, 
1788 ; — 91 Thusa, b. 1773; —92 Letty, b. 177t; ; —93 .lohn, b. 1778 ; — 
91 Nathan, b. 1780; —95 Jonathan,]'.. I';s3 ; — I'-O IVillv, b. 1785; — 
97 Dorcas, b. 1788; —98 Tliaddeus, b. 1790; — iHI Harris, b. 1793. 

100 I\lary, b. Mh. 3, 1719. — 101 Uethiah, b. Jany. 22, 1753. 
102 Deliverance, b. July 22, 1755. — 103 Anna, b. Jany. '28, 1758. 

101 Thaddens, b. Oct. 2G, HGO. 

105 Elizabeth, b. Oct. 1, 17(i5 ; [[irol). ni. Jacob Luckman, .lany. 1, 17i'^7, father 

of Hon. liowcn Huckman, of Wuburn.j 

10 WILLIAM MUNROE, [2G] m. SARAH MASON, Jany. 3, 1732-3, 

who was b. .lune 7, 1711, dan. of John and Elizabeth (Spring) Mason, of 
Lex. He was a Selectman in Lex. ami d. Aug. 18, 17 17. aiul his wid. m. k'ran- 
cis Bowman, Es(p Feb. 12, 1717-8. 

IV. Chil. 

106 Edmund, b. Feb. 2, 1735-6, or 173.> ; m. R(diecca Harrington, Aug. 31, 
1768, (dau. of Jonathan) wdio was b^ Vrlt. 17, 1751. Edmund Munroe was 
an odicer in the Frc'iicli war, and was commissioned a Captain in the war of 
the Revolution. He was a bi'ave ollicer, was in sevei'al battles, was w ith 
the Army at the Surrender of Buruovne, and was killed l.y a canuDn-ball at 
the battle of Monmouth, 177H, at wiiich time his kmsman, (icorge Munme, 
[202] was killi'il by the same ball, and another suldu-r was wounded. His 
chil. were — 107 Lydia, d. yg.; — 108 Rebecca, m. William Fesscnden ; 

— 109 Pameiia, ni. .lames Brown; — 110 Abigail, in. Josepii Locke, Jr. 

— Ill Edmund, b. 1775, now the oldest primer in l>(i>ton. 

113 Sarah, b. May 1, 1738 ; m. Wdliam Tidd, .dNew i'.ramtrec, Dec. 2, 1762. 

(<;) He may have been the lather of Rebecca, whu nid. John Muzzey, Jr. in Lexington, 

May 22, 1777. 

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1 14 Calliciinc, b. Sep. 29, 1710 ; ni. Joscpli Bowman, of New Hriiiiitrce, Nov. 
'22, 17()1. 

115 William, b. Oct. 22 or 28, 1742 ; m. 1. Anna Smith. 21 

2. wid. I'uUy Rogers. 

116 Abigail, b. Feb. 2-1, 1744; m. Daniel Sjiooiier, Esq. of Hartlaiid, Vt. and 

d. 1S16, a. 102. 

117 Neliemiaii, b. July 1, 1747; m. Avis Ilummoiid, Dec. 5, 1771 ; resided at 

Roxbury, and d. Aug. 2, 1828. 

11 Cut. THOMAS MUNROE, [27] m. ELIZABETH . He 

resided at Concord, where his chil. were born. 

IV. Chil. 

118 Thomas, b. May 4, 1731; m. 1. Mary who d. Dec. 29, 1762, 
at Concord, and he then prob. m. 2. Mrs. IIep.sebah Raymond, at Lexington, 
Dec. 29, 1763. 

119 John, b. Mh. 4, 1732-3; grad. at Har. College, 1751, studied Divinity, but 
was never ordained, taught school .several years in Concord and Harvard, 
removed to Harvard, 1772, and d. there about 1796. His sister (prob. 
Mary) was living in 1835, a. 97. [Shattuck's Concord.] A son of Captain 
Munroe was a Physician at Rehoboth, in 1764, Christian name unknown to 
the writer. [See letter, [)age 304.] 

120 Elizabeth, b. May 18, 1735. — 121 Mary, b. June 3, 1739. 
122 William, b. July 31, 1741. — 123 Sarah, b. Oct. 23, 1743. 

124 Ephraim, b. Feb. 27, 1744-5. 

125 Abraham, b. Aug. 12, 1746. 

126 Jonathan, b. Feb. 11, 1747-8. 

12 DAVID MUNROE, [28] probably the same who m. ABIGAIL WEL- 
LINGTON, Nov. 25, 1731 ; another record says, Feb. 19, 1733. Re- 
sided at Lexington, wliere his chil. were born. 

IV. Chil. 

127 David, b. 1734; m. Elizabeth Foye, of Charlestown, Oct. 17, 1765, and d. 
18U6, a 72. He had — 128 Lewis, b. July 16, 1766, d. at sea ; — 129 Da- 
vid, b. 1773, d. Mh. 1, 1835 ; — 130 John F. b. July 19, 1779 ; m. Susan L. 
Brigham ; — 131 Elizabeth, b. Sep. 24, 1767; m. Moses Newton ; — 132 
Jane B. b. Feb. 26, 1770; m. Elisha Clapp, and d. 1840; — 133 Abigail, 
b. July 10, 1771 ; m. Willard Brigham, and d. 1843. 

134 Benjamin, b. ; d. in Stow without issue. 

135 Abraham, b. Aug. 14, 1737 or 8; m. Lois Chapin, of Stow. 

13 PHILIP MUNROE, [31] m. MARY . Had the following chil. 
at Lexington. 

IV. Chil. 

136 Mary, b. Dec. 4, 1740. — 137 Lois, b. Dec. 11, 1742. 

138 Johanna, b. Dec. 28, 1744. 

139 (Philip, bap. at West Camb. Aug. 26, 1753.^) 

14 Ensign ROBERT MUNROE, [38] m. ANNA STONE, July 28, 1737. 
He was an officer in the French war, and was killed at Lexington battle, 
Ap. 19, 1775. 

IV. Chil. 

140 Ebenezer, b. Feb. 5, 1737-8 ; d. June 25, 1740. 

141 Anna, b. Aug. 13, 1740; m. Daniel Harrington, May 8, 1760. 

10 M IJ N R E . 

1 1'^ Ruth, b. July 26, 1712 ; m. William Tidd, Jany. or June 9, 176fi. Mr. 
Tidd was b. July 11, 172fi, son of Daniel and Ilepsebah (Reed) Tidd. 
lie resided at Lexington, and was a Lieut, in Capt. Parker's Co. at Lex- 
ington battle. 

113 (Robert, b. Jany. 25, 1744.') 

144 Ebenezer, b. Nov. 15, 1744 ; m. Martha Smith, May 29, 1771, dau. of Ben- 

jamin, of Lex. 

145 John, b.June 15, 1748; m. Rebekkah Wellington, Feb, 23, 1773; they had 

— 146 Peggv, b. July 31, 1773 ; — 147 PoUV, b. Sep. 28, 1774, d. 1775 ; 

— 148 Rebekkah, b. May 30, 1776 ; — 149' Philemon, b. May 29, 1782. 
The fa. d. Ap. 31, 1831, and the mother d. Feb. 1S38. 


There was a Samuel .Munroeand wf. Abigail moved into Townsend 1780, 
with chil. Samuel, Elijah, Levi and Patty. Abijah was pub. in Townsend to 
Esther Giles, June 7, 1791. 

IV. Chil. 

150 Jonathan, b. July 15, 1759, at Lexington. 

151 (Eunice, b.) ; m. 1. Winship. 

2. Ebenezer Steadman, of Cambridge, 

152 Levi, b. Feb. 21, 1771 [1761 f] at Lexington. 

16 JEDEDIAH MUNROE, [43] m. ABIGAIL LORING, sister of Dea. 
Joscjih, of Lex. He was one of the brave men wlio met the British at 

Lexington, Ap. 19, 1775; was wounded early in the morning, and was killed in 
the afternoon, a. 54. 

IV. Chil. 

153 Daniel, b. Sep. 29, 1744 ; m. Abigail Parker, of Roxbury, where he lived 

and died. 

154 Jcdediah m. Sarah Parker, and lived at Boston. 

155 Solomon m. and lived at Boston. 

15l> Joseph m. and lived on his father's homestead. 

157 Zacharias, d. unmd. 

158 Elizabeth, ) „ 

i-d »,■ •, > one m. Grover. 

lo9 Abigail, j 

17 JOSEPH MUNROE, [47] m. HANNAH , and prob. resided at 
Concord, where Joseph and Hannah Munroe had the f(jllowing chil. bap. 

— at the organization of the Church in Carlisle, Feb. 28, 1781, Joseph Munroe 
was one of the members. Carlisle was then a precinct of Concord. 

IV. Chil. 

160 Margaret, bap. Mb. 1742. 

161 Lydia, bap. June, 1744. [Perhaps m. Samuel Wheeler, of Acton, Feb. 13, 


162 Mary, bap. Nov. 1746. [Perhaps m. Isaac Wilkins, in Carlisle, Dec. 29, 


163 Abigail, bap. June, 1748 - 9. [Perhaps m. John Henry, Jr. in Billerica, Nov. 

30, 1775.] 

164 Joseph, bap. June, 1752; d. young. 

165 Betty, bap. Nov. 1754. [Perhaps m. Joseph Wheeler Proctor in Acton, 

Dec. 9, 1779.] 

166 Joseph, bap. Nov. 1754 ; m. Azuba Henry, of Carlisle, Nov. 29, 1784; was 

a physician at Hillsboro', N. H. where he d. Feb. 24, 1798, a. 41. 


2;j, 17;}8, uliu was b. Aup;. 8, 171 t. lie; rcsiilcil at Cc.ncord. " Merc-y 

Munroc" was one of the mcinbers of the Cli. organized at Carlisle, Feb. '28, 1781. 
IV. Chil. 

167 Nalhatiiel, bap. Dec. 1742; m. Lucy Bartlctl, (dau. of Jotham of Norih- 
buro'.) He d. at Shrewsbury, Aug 28, 181 1, a. 72, and she d. Aug. 5, 1828, 
a. N2. He was a Capt. They had — 168 Abraham, b. Oct. 4, 176r> ; in. 
Sarah Knight, and d. June 21, 1831, a. 66, and siie d. Nov. 6, 1831; — 169 
Jonas, h. 1768; d. 1794, unnid. ; — 169 i Lucy, bap. 1770 ; d. yg ; — 170 
Nathan, bap. June 30, 1771 ; m. Martha' Knowlton, Mh. 31, 1803, and set- 
tled in Spencer ; — 171 Reuben, bap 1767 ; d. yg. ; — 172 Solomon, b. Oct. 
31, 1778; m. Tliankful Newton, Jany. 1, 18()b ; lived at (Jrafton; — 173 
Reuben, b. June 24, 1781 ; m. settled' in Wureester, and d. Se|). 21, 1811, 
a. 60; — 174 Dana, b. Nov. 30, 17*^3; m. Pamelia Townsend, June 26, 
1814 ; — 17.> Isaiah, b. Dec. 20, 1786; m. Mercy Temple, Jany. 1, 1811 ; 
— 176 Edmund, b. 1790; d. unmd. 1833. 

177 (Jrace, bap. Ap. 174.). — 178 Amos, bap. June, 1747. 

179 Jonathan, bap. Ap. 1749; prob. lived at Nortliboro'. 

180 Stephen, bap. Aug. 1751 ; lived at Groton. 

181 llepsebah, bap. Aug. 1751. — l!S2 Solomon, bap. Sep. 1753. 

183 Aaron, bap. Sep. 17.)5. [He perhajis m. 1. Mary Jell'is, of Billerica, May 9, 
1776, and prob. was the same who m. the wid. of Dea. Isaac Munroe, of 
West Camb. See Par. 109.1 

184 Nathan, bap. Jidy, 1758. [A Nathan Munroe rn. in Carlisle, Mary Flint, 

May 30, 1786.] Ho d. at Stoddard, N. H. 

resided at Concord, she d. his wid. Dec. 5, 1821, a. 99, at Carlisle, where 

a Ch. was organized Feb. 28, 1781, of which they were original members. Car- 
lisle was set olf from Concord. 

IV. Chil. 

185 Thaddeus, bap. June, 1753; m. Hannah Richardson, Feb. 17, 1780. He 

was then called of Hillsboro', N. H. 

186 Reuben, bap. Ap. 1755. 

20 BENJAMIN MUNROE, [59] m. MARY MERIAM, of Lex. (pub. Mii. 
8, 174.5.) He resided at Lincoln, and was one of the original members 
of the Cliurch organized there, 1747. 

IV. Chil. 

187 [Benjamin.'] 

188 Mary, b. Jany. 11, 1747; m. Joseph Thorpe, of Charlcstown, (pub. Sep. 20, 

180 Lydia, b. Feb. 2, 1749. — 190 Beulali, b. Feb. 14, 1751. 

191 Hannah, b. May 19, 1753 ; d. June 10, 1781. 

192 Abijah, b. Jany. 10, 1755 ; resided at Liverrnore, Me. 

193 Isaac, b. Mh. 10, 1758; m. 1. Grace Bigelow, in Weston, Nov. 11,1798, 

who d. Jany. 2, 1812, a. 38. 2. m. Sally Hartwell, Jany. 20, 1713. 24 

194 Lucy, b. Feb. 7, 1760 ; m. John Hapgood, of Marlboro', Feb. 11, 1782. 

195 Micah, b. Ap. 25, 1762. 

21 Col. WILLIAM MUNROE, [115] m. I.ANNA SMITH, whod.Jany.2, 
1781, a. 38. 2. m. Wid. POLLY ROCtERS. He was an ollicer in the 

Revolution, of great valor, and was one of the brave men who met the British on 
Lexington Common, Ap. 19, 1775; was an orderly sergeant. He was a man of 

12 M U N R O E . 

great respectability, and cl. about 18"i5. fie kept a tavern fur many years at the 
place now owned by bis son Jonas, in Lexington. 

V. Cbil. 
19G William, b. May 28, 1768; m. Susan B. Grinnell. Was killed at Ricb- 
niond, Va. in a stage, 1814. 

197 Anna, b. May 9, 1771 ; m. Rev. William Mnzzey, of Sullivan, N. II. and d. 

in Le.v. 1850, a. 79. 

198 Sarab, b. Oct. 21, 1773 ; m. Jonatban Wbeelock, of Concord, and d. a. 

about 77. 

199 Lucinda, b. Ap. 9, 1776 ; resides at Lex. nnmd. 

200 Jonas, b. June 11, 1778 ; m. Abigail C. Sinitii, and resides on bis fatbcr's 


201 Edmund, b. Oct. 29, 1780; m. 1. Harriet Downes ; 2. m. Lydla Downes ; 

.']. Sopbia Sewall. lie is a broker in Boston. 

22 GEORlJE MUNROE, [37] prob. tbc same wbo m. SARAH PHIPPS, 
Nov. 25, 1731. I find no record of tlie birtlis of any cbil. but tbey are 
supposed to bave been tbe parents of tbe following : 

IV. Cbil. 

202 George, wbo prob. m. Anna Bcmus, and bad — 203 Tbaddeus, b. Ap. 26, 
1762, wbo m. Rebecca Locke, (see Book of tbe Lockes,) and — 201 a 
dau. w bo m. a IJlodgctt, and resided in Medford. Tbis (Jeorge I suppose to 
be tbe George wbo was killed at ^b)nmoutb, 1778, by tbe same ball tbat 
killed bis kinsman, Capt. Edmund Munroe. [10()] 

205 Timotiiy, b. about 1736, and m. Eaton, of Reading, and bad — 20fl 

Edmund, wb(j d. nnmd. at Lynnficld ; — 207 Timuiby, b. 1768, m. Sally 
Newball, of Lynn, now Lynntield, fatber of Capt. Timotby, of Lynn ; — 20S 
Lydia, d. nnmd. ; — 209 Mary, wbo m. Caleb Green ; — 210 Pliipps, wbo 
m. Mary (Bartol :) lived at Salem ; — 211 Rebecca, wbo d. unmd. ; — 212 
George, wbo m. i\lartba Ricbardson. Timotby, tbe fatber, was present at 
tiie running figlit witb tbe Britisii on tbeir retreat from Concord, and with 
several otbers was surrounded by a party of tbe Britisb in West Cambridge. 
His comrades were killed, but be escaped witii a ball in bis tbigb, (wbicb be 
carrie<l tlirouiib life,) and tbirty-two bullet boles tbrougb bis clotbes and bat. 
He d. at Lynn 1808, a. 72. 

23 Cai't. ABRAHAM MUNROE, [135] m. LOIS CHAPIN, of Stow. 
He was a Lieut, in tbe Frencb war, and I believe was also an ollicer in 

tbe war of tbe Revolution. He kept a tavern for many years in Nortbboro'. He 
d. May 18, 1828, a. 91. 

V. Cbil. 

213 Oliver, b. 1767 ; m. 1. Lydia Flint, dau. of Dr. Edward Flint, Feb. 2, 1791 ; 

sbc d. 1800 ; and m. 2. i'ersis Wyman. He was a mercbant. 

214 Abrabam, b. ; m. Catbarine Gasket or Gassett. 

215 Israel, b. June 28, 1777 ; grad. at Har. Coll. 1800, was a Lawyer in Boston 

and New York, d. 1834, urmid. 

216 Lois, b. Ap. 2, 1779 ; m. William Rice. 

217 Abigail, b. Dec. 28, 1780: m. 1. Dr. Jobn Flint, 1801 ; and 2. m. Captain 
William Eager, of Nortbboro'. Dr. Jobn Flint, ot' Boston, is a son of tbe 
llrst marriage. 

218 Benjamin, b. Dec. 1782 ; m. Polly Warren, and d. Feb. 12, 1841. 

219 Sally, b. Nov. 9, 1785 ; m. 1. Abel Ball; 2. m. Tbaddeus Mason, and d. 

Feb. 2, 1839. 


2x10 William, b. Nov. 7, 1789; m. Rebecca Eager; resides at St. Louis, 

221 Anna, b. ; m. Daniel Rrigbani. 

24 ISAAC MUNROE, [193] m. 1. GRACE BIGELOW, in Weston, Nov. 
11, 1798, ulio d. Jany. 2, 1H12, a. 38. 2. m. SALLY HARTVVELL, 
Juny. 20, 1813. He resided at Lincoln. 

V. Chil. 

222 Elizabeth, b. Aug. 17, 1799 ; m. Rev. Daniel M. Stearns, 1825. 

223 Benjamin, b. June 2, l&Ol. 

224 iMary, b. Sep. 12, 1803 ; m. Rev. William L. Stearns, June 5, 1828. 

225 George, b. Aug. 17, 180G. — 22G Isaac, b. Oct. 2, 1808. 



The fallowing biographical sketch of " Old Lady Sanderson," was fur- 
nished, a; my request, by a gentleman who had known her many years. A few 
months after it was wrutcn, the Ladies of Lexington, with praiseworthy liberal- 
ity, on Sep. 23, 1852, held a Levee at the Town Hall, for the benefit of the old 
lady. The Hall, which was tastefully decorated, was crowded, many being 
present from the neighboring towns and from Boston. The tables were loaded 
with refreshments, the Cierniania B;ind discoursed sweet music, and good feeling 
ruled. The result was a fund of about .$300 for the old lady. But ere another 
moon had waned the silver cord was loosud, the golden bowl was broken, and 
the spirit returned to God who gave it. 

She d. Oct. 15, 1852, a. 101 years and 5 days. 

Mr. LociiE, 

Dear S.r, — 1 send you a short notice of Mrs. Sanderson, as requested. What 
interesting associations arc attached to the centenarian ! With what avidity do 
we glean any information respecting one who has lived to reach one hundred 
years of age! especially of any one whom we know to have been an actor in, 
or conversant with scenes and incidents fraught with patriotism and sufTering. 

No little interest has been taken of late in Jonathan Harrington, "•the youthful 
drumnur," on the memorable 19lh of Ap. '75, but Mrs. Sanderson was alieady 
H wife and mother when the first blood was shed upon Lexington Green ; and 
how interesting it must have been, a few years since, to have listened to their 
reminiscences. A lady, who was present at such meetings, has assured me that 
she has sometimes been almost atfrighted, so greatly excited did these aged 
worthies become, while recounting the scenes and actions appertaining to their 
youthful prime. 

Great interest has been felt in Mrs. Sanderson, within a few years, by reason 
of her longevity. From the time she approximated the age of one hundred, she 
has become the object of inquiry, and received no small attentions — having, 
among otliers, been visited by a late chief magistrate of tins Commonwealth, and 
honored at the recent Kossuth Celebration in Lexington, by the vast cavalcade 
halting in front of her residence, and cheering her, as she sat at the window of 
her clian)ber, while the band played for her several national airs, including her 
favurile, "• Yankee Doodle." 

.Mrs. S. is the gr. gra. dau. of Wm. Munroe, Sen. of Lexington, who coming 
to lliis country about 1(552, settled upon that portion of L. (then called "Cam- 
bridge Farms,") to which he gave the name of " Scotland ;" the land being iirst 
settled chielly by Scotchmen, and reminding them, in its features, of their native 

14 M U N R i: . 

Highlands. This Wm. Munroe, Sen. was, in iiis day, a man of influence and 
property, bein^f one of the largest contributors to the religious and benevolent 
objects of his time, besides raising thirteen children to the State. A son of his, 
CiEOKGE, who had nine children, was grandfather of Mrs. S. Her [jareiits were 
William Munuoe and Rebecca Locke, who were also blessed with a numerous 
progeny, having had ten children, who all lived to grow up ; and two brothers 
and a sister of Mrs. S. lived past the age of fourscore. Mary iMunroc was the 
seventh child, b. Oct. 10, 1718, and is now, therefore, nearly 101 yrs. of age. 
She was m. Oct. 27, 177-2, to Samuel Sanderson, a cabinet-maker, and native of 
Waltham, who was reputed an excellent workman, and a man of strong, native, 
gooil sense, but of a rather phlegmatic and desponding tem[ierament, with whom 
the world never wagged so cheerily as with many. 

In 177G they renioved to Lancaster, where they lived about a quarter of a cen- 
tury, until his death, which occurred about the year 1?00. She then resided at 
Waltham, with her son Samuel, until his demise, in 1829 ; the subsequent eight 
years she lived at Weston, with her gra. dau. Mrs. Fiske ; and after Mr. Fiske's 
"demise, on account of Mrs. F.'s declining health, she went back to reside with 
her ohi friend, the wid. of her son Samuel, with which incomparable woman, 
and her two daughters, she has resided at East Le.\ingtt)ii, fnc the last fifteen years. 

And here let me drop a passing word of commendation upon that excellent 
spirit manifested by these ladies towards their aged relative. I may not under- 
take to censure others, if any be to blame ; but 1 will say, that, if any, bound by 
as near and as tender lies, have been remiss in duty, most nobly has their lack of 
service been supplied by the late widow of her son Samuel, and her daughters, 
Mrs. Ooodnow and her sister Elizabeth. Of Mrs. G. I woLild speak particularly, 
on account of the strong attachment the old lady always seemed to manifest to- 
wards her, even from her childhood. 

With a beautiful devotion to each other, not even sur|)assed by that of Ruth 
and Naomi, the pillow of age has been waited upon and smoothed for years by 
one, whose wortli, and sweet and dignified manners might adorn any station in 
life. And what she has done, has been done with no compensation save in the 
occasional presents of a few individuals, who appreciated the dilliculties and trials 
incident to the task which their kind natures have so long imposed upon these ex- 
cellent sisters. May they be rewanled. 

F'or more than twenty years, Mrs. S., by reason of a severe chronic rheuma- 
tism, has been confined to her room ; and during the last fifteen years that she 
lias been the loved and venerated inmate at her grand-daughters', it may be said 
that she has been constantly looking for the welcome summons that should take 
her hence. And yet it has not come 1 And what wonder that this mysterious 
lengthening out of her years, including so many weary days and nights of sulier- 
ing and dependence, should cause her sometimes in tones of touching sadness to 
exclaim, " Surely God' has forgotten me ! O, why am 1 left to be a burthen to 
myself and to others .' " 

Wonder not, that, when " the grasshojiper " shall have continued to be a bur- 
then for so many years beyond the allotted age of man, the good Christian even 
should sometimes break forth into sighs and lamentations. 

Mrs. S.'s conversation and appearance (as 1 at first knew her) would betoken 
her as possessed of a cheerful, s|)r:ghtly mind, and perhaps of rather strong feel- 
ings and iirejudices. One trait of character, noticeable in other members of her 
father's family, she still retains, viz. her facetiousness. Although the oil of life 
has long run so low, and its flame has often a[tpeared so feeble and flickering as 
to be on the very point of expiring, yet even in this feeble, childlike stale, her 
friends continue to be amused, at liines, by some little scintillation of her old wit. 
As ail instance of this, the writer, upon a visit to her when she was past a. hun- 
dred, remarking on the uncommon fairness of her skin for one so aged,compli- 


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inentcd her upon lier former personal attractions, — "Ay," she laughingly 
rt'plicii, " and it was lucky for you, young man, lliat yon were not about in those 

Ill person, slie is tall and slender, and one would judge that in early life she 
possessed a pleasing exterior. Indeed, we know that many of her father's family 
were, in tiieir day, considered as possessing tine personal attractions, united to 
uncommon dignity and suavity of manners. While in her sisters' complexions, 
the rose is said to have beautifully contended with the lily, in hers the former 
never made its appearance. She was always one of tiie most slender of her 
family, and hence, perliaps, her uncommon care of herself; seldom, if ever, 
going abroad after sunset. To this care of herself, her plain, simple manner of 
living, and the salubrious air of her native town, may we attribute her great lon- 
gevity, ij we attempt to trace it to any cause beyond that of God's having given 
her a constitution, which, though apparently so feeble, possessed a wonderfully 
elastic and tenacious vitality. As to her diet, she always lived upon plain, coun- 
try fare; reipiiring meat at least once a day to sustain lier even now. She never 
drank any cotlee, and her tea always very weak. Spirits she was never known 
to have used, and until past a hundred she seldom allowed herself to take a nap in 
the daytime. 

Until past seventy, when she nearly lost all power of locomotion, she continued 
to be a stirring, industrious woman ; fulfilling exemplarily, while her husband 
lived, the duties of a wife and mother ; and after his death, atTording much val- 
uable service for manj' years to the son who took her to his home, in the labors 
incident to a farmer's dwelling, and in the nurture of those children wlio have since 
so well repaid her tender care. When past ninety, she could see to ply her 
needle, and sewed upon many useful articles for iier friends very neatly. A de- 
vout Christian in her feelings, and a prof(;ssor of religion, she was wont to sit for 
many years with her Bible and Hymn Book constantly by her side ; and her sight 
having returned to her, she read when over a hundred, a chapter and a hymn (a) 
ujion a Thanksgiving 1 )av without the use of her glasses. 

Within a year or two she has bccoirie a helpless paralytic, the subject of constant 
anxiety and attentions. It is difficult to understand all that she says, but her re- 
marks evince that she still retains, in a considerable degree, the power of obser- 
vation and reflection, while the power of expressing herself with distinctness is 

It may be expected that I should give some of " Old Aunt Sanderson's " revo- 
lutionary reminiscences ; but I would remark, that there is little new now to be 
told respecting incidents that have been so often described ; and even those most 
intimate with her, find it difficult to recall to mind much of " the oft-told tales," 
saving her pleasing and animated manner of narration. 

That the martial and patriotic spirit that ever characterized the descendants and 
followers uf the Clan Roich, did not wholly die out in the Munroes of this coun- 
try appears evident, for in the battle of Lexington there were no less than fourteen 
of that name, and of that number none did more than Capt. Edmund Munroe 
and others of his kin, towards infusing a military spirit and raising recruits for 
that company, in which were two of Mrs. S.'s brcjthers, Asa and Philemon. It is 
not wonderful, therefore, that she became imbued with the feelings that animated 
her relatives and neighbors in those trying times, and that her early impressions 
had their influence. When at the age of fourscore years and ten, she described 
the incidents attending the incursion of the British to the quiet home of her 

(a) Within a month of her death she repeated a hymn she had learned in her youth.