Squier MUNRO

Squier MUNRO

Male 1757 - 1835

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  • Name  Squier MUNRO  [1, 2
    Born  27 Jun 1757  Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  31 Mar 1835  Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried  Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The epitaph on Squier's tombstone in Elbridge Cemetery reads:

      "A respected citizen. A kind husband. An affectionate parent.
      An unwavering Christian as a steward for God. Benevolent.
      The Christians's companion and the poor man's friend."
    Person ID  I169  Munro
    Last Modified  26 Feb 2013 

    Father  Major Nathan MUNRO, Esquire,   b. 29 Sep 1730, Bristol, Bristol Co., Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1806, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hannah ALLEN,   b. 14 Apr 1733, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1816, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Nov 1751  Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F80  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary DAGGETT,   b. 16 Mar 1755, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1845, Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 May 1779  Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Marriage performed by William Cole, Justice of the Peace [4]
    Children 
    >1. Betsey MUNRO,   b. 23 Oct 1779, Lanesborough, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1863, Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Deacon John MUNRO,   b. 26 Mar 1781, Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1860, Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Squier MANRO,   b. 7 Apr 1783, Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1788
    >4. David MUNRO,   b. 4 Dec 1784, Camillus, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1866, Camillus, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Polly MUNRO,   b. 7 Aug 1786, Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Hannah MUNRO,   b. 9 Apr 1788, Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >7. Nathan MUNROE,   b. 6 Mar 1791,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Elisha MUNRO,   b. 4 Nov 1792,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Polly MANRO,   b. 12 Jan 1794,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >10. Philip Allen MUNRO,   b. 10 Oct 1795, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1870, Elbridge, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F85  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
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      (The following is from an e-mail sent by Mark Munro - 26 Feb 2013)

      ĞiğI am fairly certain that Squire was not a title but a name. I think the best evidence for this is that his birth is recorded in a family bible as "Squire" - or something close to that and I don't think he would have had a title as a baby. See Munro Eagle #16 Winter 1985-1986 page 21. Although this lists him as "Square" - a typo that would plague his mentions in newspapers later in life - I believe that is a typo or mistranslation from sloppy handwriting. I have hoped to locate the original bible for inspection but have yet to do so. While this bible is said to have been purchased by Nathan Munro in 1784 - when Squire would have been 26 - giving at least a chance he may have and the title at that time, it still seems unlikely to me that his father would have listed his title but not name in the family bible. Just a thought.Ğ/iğ
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      The following is from the Sikes reference:

      Squier hired 50 acres of land in New Framingham, where he brought his family in 1779. On his way, he , with his goods, through some accident, was thrown into the Connecticut River. Narrowly escaping with his life, he sacrificed some of his goods, and all ofhis money, ten dollars in silver, so that he was forced to accept charity until he could locate himself and commence a course of labor that would bring him remuneration. Here he learned a lesson that was never forgotten. Whenever the poor applied to him for aid, after God had blessed him with the wealth of this world, they were never turned away empty.

      It so happened that when the country began to grow, and lands in Central New York were offered for sale, a neighbor of (John) Deacon Munro's caught the western fever, sold his little farm half way up the mountainside, and moved to Elbridge, N.Y. Feber and ague lurked behind every tree; the weevil destroyed the first crops, and the rains drowned out the second. The family grew very sick of their bargain, and pined for the healthy mountain breezes and pure spring water that bubbled up in the crude trough by the door of the little red farmhouse they had left behind. So, returning in the fall for a visit, they took tea one day with neighbor Munro, the bent of the conversation tunring upon the mistake the farmer had made in going west. He was full of regrets and complaints and wished that he had never made so unwise a move, when (John) Deacon Munro exclaimed, "Well, well, neighbor, I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll take your western farm off your hands without seeing it, and you may take mine; even swap all around." The visitor looked at him in surprise, saw that he was in earnest and seized the proffered hand and said, "Yes, yes, of course I will." Squire said, "Wife, you and the children pack up," and without further ado, Squire and Mary and four sons, John, David, Nathan and Phillip were off for their new home of 300 acres which Aschel Buck had acquired from the Indians for twenty-five cents an acre. The first white settlement was made there in 1791 by Captain Lindsay. He built his house by a clear running stream. He was a surveyor and he began laying out roads on which he collected tolls.

      Squier opened a general store and a hotel and saloon. In 1806 he was asked to build eleven miles of the new turnpike road running through the towns of Elbridge and Camillus, finishing in 1808. In 1807 he represented Onondaga County in the Assembly of the State, and for several years was one of the judges of the county court at Onondaga Hill. With Scottish thrift he continually added to his estate. In 1825 he was assessed for 819 acres valued at $11,300, and personal property at $4000, taxed at $84.06. He built the first grist mill in Elbridge. In 1813 the Baptists formed a Church Society at the school house near Squire Munro's and his son John Munro put up a new church building in Elbridge costing $14,000. In 1826, Squier purchased slip No. 14 in the Baptist Church in the village of Auburn, taking a formal deed executed by the trustees and signed by order Elias Laxell, Secretary. The Baptist Church was then located at the junction of Exchange and South Streets, now Richardson Square.

      The descendents of Squier became so numerous that Munro reunions held in Elbridge became large afairs, attended by 300 or more Munros. Squier expanded his farm holdings to 2700 acres.

      Squier died in 1835 and with Mary Daggett, is buried in Elbridge cemetary. In his third and last will, he provided that the three daughters and three sons, Betsy, Hannah, Polly, David, Nathan and Phillip had, at their marriages, received farm homes of two to three hundred acres. They were each given two seats in the Baptist meeting house in Elbridge. To his wife, he gave the use of the home, farm, and other property during her lifetime, in case she did not contract matrimony. To John, the eldest son, he gave the entire residue, and remainder of every name, or nature, consisting of about 1400 acres of land with the livestock, and other personal property therein; mortgages, bonds, notes, book accounts, etc.

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      Ref (2) says that the name Squier or Squire was not a title, but that it was derived from ancestors on his mother's side of the family. In Ref (3) Prof. Yard speculates that Squire was a title and not a given name. Yard believes that Squier Munro is the same person as Joseph Munro, Esq. [10056]. Ref (6) also says that his name was not a title.

      Ref (5) says Squier and Mary were married 1 May 1779 and that Squier died in 1836. Squier served as a soldier in the American Revolutionary War and was granted land in Elbridge, New York. He moved his family there from Cheshire, Massachusetts, and built a mill there. He usually spelled his name "Munro", but he signed his will "Manro".

      He was successful in business and a leading figure in the church and the affairs of the town and county.

      Ref (7) calls him Deacon Squier Munro and says that he died 31 May 1835, but notes that his tombstone says 31 Mar 1835. Ref (7) also says that Squier and Mary were married 16 May 1779.

      References:

      (1) Clan Munro files - Munro, John Quincy - Descendancy Chart of Robert Munro
      Baron XIV - compiled by John Munro - 10 Jul 1995 - p. 11

      (2) Clan Munro files - Will, Munro - An Outline of the Ancestors and
      Descendants of David Allen Munro, 1818-1897 - by Munro Will - 1983-1984 -
      p. 1

      (3) Clan Munro files - Yard, Prof. F. L. Dixon - Correspondence with Prof. F.
      L. Dixon Yard 1991-1992 - p. 58

      (4) Clan Munro files - Yard, Prof. F. L. Dixon - Early Rhode Island Vital
      Records - collected by Prof. F. L. Dixon Yard - p. 26

      (5) Clan Munro files - Dunbar, Peter Scott - brief handwritten ancestry of
      Peter Dundon

      (6) Clan Munro files - Manro, Philip Chapin - letter dated 12 Nov 1979

      (7) Clan Munro files - White, Robert T. - Munro Ancestors - p. 2

      (8) Clan Munro files - Munro, Stanley E. - Ancestors of Stanley Everett Munro
      - enclosed in a letter dated 11 Mar 1996 - p. 1

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA

  • Sources 
    1. [S357] Clan Munro files - Munroe, John MacGregor, John MacGregor Munroe, Membership application - John MacGregor Munroe dated 1 Ja n 2000 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S465] Clan Munro files - Munro, Mark Conway, Mark Conway Munro, E-mail from Mark Munro - 26 Feb 2013 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S258] Clan Munro files - Stotler, Jeanne R., Jeanne R. Stotler, Membership application for Jeanne R. Stotler dated 10 Aug 1 998 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S431] Clan Munro e-files - Sikes, Lydia, Lydia Sikes, Lydia Sikes Gedcom - received via email on 29 Nov 2005 (Reliability: 3).