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A Genealogical and Biographical Account of

Capt. Thomas Munson


By M V 1^ O X -A . M U N S O M , M. A..

Two volumes, royal 8vo, pp. 1267.

Tributes of Scholars and Sages.

Two stately and very valuable volumes Your great work

achieved makes one feel that the time of patient, thorough, exhaustive scholar- ship has not gone by To me, its vastness and particularity are

amazing Their worth and fame will not be transient.

The Right Rev. F. D. Huntington, S.T.D., LL.D., L.H.D., Syracuse, Bishop of the Diocese of Central A^ew Vort.

June 15, i8(}7.

For several days, the splendid volumes have been lying at my left hand. . . . I confess both astonishment and admiration in view of your pains- taking patience, your extreme care for exactness in details, and your self- sacrificing labors.

The Rkv. James W. Strong, D.D., LL.D., Aug. 2S, 1896. President of Carleton College.

My congratulations are late but hearty. The work was duly received, and has been the delight of my leisure liours ever since. I expected a fine thing. It exceeds my expectation. I think you have been wonderfully successful in the selection of material. As I turn the leaves at random, there is scarcely a page on which I do not find some matter of special interest. The Hon. Loveland Minson, Apr. 14, I8g6. Senator, and Judge of the Supreme Court, of Vermont:

It seems to me that you were amply successful in the attempt to make it a

better book than had been seen, of its kind It is so careful and

elaborate, and the elaborate care is applied to material well worth the trouble. The way in which you have collected so much illustrative material and the thorough and extensive indexes are especially praiseworthy.

Professor Edward W. Morley, M.D., Ph.D., LL.D., Late President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Author of "Densities of Oxygen and Hydrogen, and Cleveland, the Ratio of their Atomic Weights."

June 15, 1897.

A Specialist's Approval.

When I study your noble volumes, it seems to me that you have come as r perfection as any one I know of who has published a work of this kind, ew Haven, Georoe Sherwood Dickerman, D.D.,

March II, 1897. £c/!/or of nickfrman Ancestiy.

Views of a Jurist and Orator.

Stupendous task .... successfully accomplished That

the labor has been enormous is apparent upon every patje These

volumes are of inestimable value to-day ; they will be priceless fifty years hence. The arrangement of the work is so perfect that I believe these volumes will be used by future genealogists as a model for their works. Buffalo, New York, March 6, 1S96.

That task has been performed with so much skill and learning, with such rare discrimination and exhaustive research, . . . that no one, for many years at least to come, may venture to walk by his side in that field of inquiry. . . . I believe that the volumes . . . will long be accepted as standards

in their department of

Aug. 19, 1S96. Clarence M. Bushneli-, Esquire.

Excerpts from a Review of tfie Worli.

We are especially attracted by the extent to which researcli in the original sources is represented, the public records in seventy-four towns and cities in nine difTerent States having been studied by the author, besides visiting thirty- nine other places to consult church records and secure personal interviews. The most authentic way of presenting history is by largely quoting public records. Our author has done this, making hundreds of these quotations, many of which touch families of other names. Authenticity, already replete, is intensified in eighteen or twenty instances by fac-similes of the original records

Tables of Contemporary Events furnisli a setting in general liistory for ilie family events of the first eight generations. . . . There is an attempt to record the political and religious preferences of all the members of the Family. A novel diagram is given exhibiting Munson Migrations from Connecticut. The great number i.f geonrapliical elucidations and allusions of an illumining sort surprises one,— there are 247 H' I" I'l "i- l:- l: 1 i| In. .il m.lc •., -n,li as Ball's Island, Ditch Corner, Landing Tree, Neck Roi K , 'i M ■. ; in,: . . ise a great

number of historical matters of a local and Kiih III I: I :.i |l illustrated,

f.,^.,the Connecticut Standing Array, owning b.ti-U-..ui.tl Ln\cii.uu, KilLLin;, A ' uits of fmir or five kinds, project for founding a commonwealth at Delaware Bay, 'Dni i"ii^ "I I 111,1. Ouinnipiac ferries, hat-^)egs in meeting-house. King Philip's War, first iui\, I,, mi . I. us. "ordinary," horse-book, origin of "towns-men," Long Wharf, whipping-p"sl, cl, \\ ^ Ii.ivl- three fac-similes of Revolutionary documents, fac-similes of the signatures to the Fundamental Agreement at Quinnipiac and to the Planters' Agreement at Wallingford, [a plan of the Soldiers' Field at Hartford], and many other matters which are now first given to the public.

The Connecticut Quakterlv,

An Eminent Instructor Pleased.

The most attractive work of tliis kind I have examined. Yale University, Professor Andrew W. Phillips,

Feb. i8,'iS98. D'^nn of Gradual Dcpt.

A Distinguished Diplomat's Appreciation.


L'd the which

once placed in my bookshelf alongside of the Family Bible given to me at his death by my Father.* I am very glad to possess this most interesting compilation, which will always he a valued possession to iiic and mine.

The Right Hon. Sir Edmund Mon.son, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., British Antbassadoi' to Fraiift'. Paris, July 16, iSgy. *The Sixth Har..n .Monson.

Estimates of Professional Critics.

The first work on our list is the Munson Record, in two noble volumes, of more than si-x hundred pages each. The author. Rev. Myron A. Munson, of New Haven, Connecticut, deserves great praise for the admirable manner in which he has performed his work. . . . The book is carefully compiled. Everything illustrating the history of the family or the individual members portraits, fac-similes of documents and records, charts, maps, gravestones and autographs, have been gathered and preserved here. The book is handsomely printed, and the illustrations are numerous and of a high order of merit. The indexes are full. We would recommend it as a model for works of the kind.


-Engl.\nd Hist(

.'iND Genealogical Register, For April, i8y6, p. 242.

Elaborate and praiseworthy work. . . Much critical acumen is mani-

fest throughout the work, a sample of which has forcibly impressed us in the foot-note on page 625, where an important error which had passed unchallenged for over one hundred and fifty years has been corrected. The illustrations . . are of a high order. Nearly one hundred pages of carefully prepared indexes close the work. The mechanical execution . . . does credit to The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press. ... It will have a large sale.

The New-York Genealogical .and Biographical Record,

For April, iSg6, pp. no, 115.

Greeting from an Accomplished Antiquary.

462 Beacon St., Boston, Feb. 27, i8g6.

My Dear Munson ;

I congratulate you on the completion of your work, a volumes you have produced. The family ought to pres medal.

Yours verv trulv.

two large th a gold

Wm. S. Appleton, LL.B., A'trord Commissioiu-r of the City of Bosto.

Enlightened Commendation.

Admittedly the best genealogical record yet published, and likely to be long without a rival, and never to be surpassed.

4 T ,a„A Attorney C. La Rue Munson,

^"g- '9, 1896- L,rOa-er to Yale Law School.

Nothing pertaining to any branch of the family or to any individual of the household appears to have escaped your persistent research. . . . The more I examine ... the greater is my wonder. 2 Verona Place, Brooklyn, June 22, 1896. Rev. Frederick Munso.n.

Yours was a Herculean task, and you have right nobly performed it. Zanesville, Ohio, Col. Gilbert D. Munson,

May 7, I8g6. Judge of the Common Ph-as Court.

I am already very proud of Tlic Munson Record. Wellington, O., July 6, i8g6. Nettie L. (Munson) Warner.

I would not part with my copy . . for ten times the cost.

21 Herkimer St., Brooklyn. Henry G. Story.

Wonderfully complete, interesting and beautiful work,— a great acquisition. New York, Mrs. Sophia Elizabeth Roberts.

Aug. 17, 1896. (Stage name., Miss Kimberly.)

I have recently examined a great many genealogical works in the State Library at Alban}-, but have never seen one so complete as this in all the details, and yet so easy of reference.

Herkimer, N. Y., July 28, i8g6. Margaret P. Evans.

I send my hearty congratulations to vou, on the great success you have achieved Your long years of labor are certainly rewarded by a glorious result. I am indeed proud to be found between the covers of such volumes. . . . We are all so much pleased with the family portraits. 235 Central Park, West, New York, Mrs. Richard Henry Greene.

March 2, 1896.

Since the arrival of the Munson Book, we have discarded all other litera- ture, and are giving our days and nights to the study of ancestors. We are wholly pleased with it matter, form, and everything.

Manchester, Vt., March 4, 1896. Mary (Campbell) Munson.

Please accept my congratulations on the excellence of your work and on its admirable publication.

c- , , . Warren Upham,

St. Pa.l, June 25, 1^96. ^.^._.,,_,^^„.,, ^^- ^,^^. Minnesota Historical Society.

The Munso>i Record is perhaps the most exhaustive and thoroughly valuable record yet compiled of any American family, and is well worthy of study by those interested in matters of pedigree. It will be invaluable to the present and future generations of this family as a storehouse of information, and an inspiration to great and noble deeds.

Springfield, 111., Nov. 29, 1897. The Morning Monitor.


The Munson Record presents C),2S8 descendants of Thomas Munson ; 4,6';/ were born with the Munson name, and 4,S^7 loith other surnames of which there are 637. Mention is made of iyS9° places in which these persons lived, and of 4,176 individuals who became their wives and husbands. One of the six indexes names Outsiders 1,47s "f them with 6g6 surnames.

The setting of the types for the text of the volumes cost over two thousand three hundred dollars ; seventeen charts on bond paper cost over $s^o ; cost of engraving, over $Soo ; total bill of printing-house, between four and Jive thousand dollars.

The price of the work at our printing-house is Six Dollars per volutne. Checks should be made parable to the order of Myron A. Munson, Xew Haven, Conn.

ENEAS MUNSON, M.D. 1734-1826.

I637-I887 The Munson Record

^ (Bentnloqltnl and itograptiial ^((ount


(A Pioneer of Hartford and New Haven)




Volume I.




O, call back yesterday, bid time return. S/iakspcre.

Gather up the fragments that temaXn.^esus of Nazareth.

For out of the old fieldes, as men saithe, Cometh all this new come fro yere to yere.


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 i8g6


W. p. Allen, Gardner, Mass., engraver and piinter of the gelatin-plate pictures (which i reproductions of photographs supplied).




On the evening of April 5, 1854, the writer's grandfather, Daniel' 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 l83o, 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, 18S2, 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 :















Ne-v Hampshire.




Neu< York.



New York City,




















Lebanon Springs.

New Haven,




New Jersey.

St. Albans.

































Wallingford, Washington,


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.; Pittslield, 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, in 0.; and Detroit, in Mick.

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* Tiittle Family,\ 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, Attorneys 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 fj'ght on a fylde, And stande my-selffe, and looke on."

* Bom 28 Oct. 1823 ; civil engineer (railroad) ; his Munson lineage : Uri" Tuttle b. 1765, Ephraim' Tuttle b. 1739, Hannah' (Pangbom) Tuttle b. 1714, Joanna^ (Tuttle) Pangborn b. 1675, Hannah^ (Munson) Tuttle b. 1648, Capt. Thomas' 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.' i8oi ; and especially Hannah's most dis- tinguished descendant, the artist John Frederick^ Kensett b. in Cheshire, Ct., 22 March 1816, his Imeage: 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 rank 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 $137, 715' 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 o/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, S50 ; Mrs. B. C. Bowman, $50; Loveland Munson, $50; C. J. Monson, Sr., $10; Jos. G. Story, |io ; 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. \


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

Albert Munson, Hon., Medina, Ohio.

Albert L. Munson, 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, A/iss, Patch Grove, Grant Co., \Visconsin.

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, A/iss, 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., WiUiamsport, Penn. (5)

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

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

Edgar Munson, 810 West 4th St., WiUiamsport, 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, A/iss, Bennettsville, Marlboro Co., South Carolina.

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

Emily C. Munson, A/iss, 51 Howe St., New Haven, Conn.

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

Frances Ann Munson, A/iss, Medina, Orleans Co., New York.

Frederick Munson, Jiev., 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, Co/., 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., /'ro/., 88 Main St., Zanesville, Ohio.

Horace D. Munson, Jr., 8S 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 copii

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, Riv., 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, Hon., 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, Col., Oyster Creek, Brazoria Co., Texas.

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

Norman C. Munson, Needham, Massachusetts.

Ralph W. E. Munson, Rev., 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.

Sj'lvanus 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.


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., 52S 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., Roxburj', Mass.

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

Coan, Titus Munson, Dr., ■jo 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., 3/rs., 367 Orange St., New Haven, Conn.

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

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

Featherby, Charles G., Au Sable, Michigan.

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

Field, George G., Mrs., g 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 Henrj', 235 Central Park, West, New York City. (2)

Griffith, Absalom Monson, Jiev., 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, Waterbur)', 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.

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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, 1627 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, Henr}' S., 1209 Chapel St., New Haven, Conn.

Peirce, George C, Mrs., 219 Madison Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Piatt, Henrj' 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), Mrs., 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 Caspery 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.

i6 +



32 +

192 =


64 +



128 +



256 + :

15,872 =


512 + f

'4,512 =


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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 follows ; The first generation had 8 ; second, n.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 0/ Females Born 'with Males and Females

Gen. Munson Name. Munson Name. Born with Other Names.

I. Thomas (Joanna)

II. 2 2

III. 448

IV. 8 8 V. 16 16

VI. 32 32

VII. 64 64

VIII. 128 12S

IX. 256 256

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, 84% are born with other names; and while one bears the Munson name permanent!)', 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 number."

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 Addenda ; 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-

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

Method.— Ttie writer's attitude has been that of a witness rather than that of an advocate. He has deemed it his duty 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- worthy.

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 ct literatim 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 e.xpression. 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 both.

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 e.xtends to this year of publication, some of it to the very day of printing.

iVota 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