James MONROE

James MONROE

Male 1818 - 1861

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  • Name  James MONROE  [1
    Born  25 Jan 1818  Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  19 Mar 1861  Rockville, Solano Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Rockville Church, Rockville, Solano Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1726  Munro
    Last Modified  27 May 2001 

    Father  Jonas MUNROE,   b. 15 Dec 1773, Plainfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1849, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Alice BUTLER,   b. 9 Jun 1775, Oakham, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1857, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Sep 1801  Oakham, , Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F821  Group Sheet

    Family  Hannah DEAN,   b. Abt 1825, Of, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Of, Rockville, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1860  Rockville, Solano Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Alice Amelia MONROE,   b. 14 Dec 1860,   d. 1910, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F820  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • James received his early education at the high school in Hardwick (1832) taught by Rev. John Goldsbury. In 1835, he went to the Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham. At the age of 18, in 1836, he taught in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

      He very much wanted to attend college to make himself a better teacher, but the means were not available to go. He spent most of the year of 1837, working with his father on the farm. His mother and sister worked to earn money to help with his education, and he finally graduated from Yale on 21 Aug 1845, the oldest member of the class. While at Yale, he was a diligent student and above average in his studies.

      After graduation, he went south and taught as principal in schools in Milledgeville and Macon, Georgia, eventually earning enough to repay his sister for helping him through college. But after two years, his health began to fail and he returned home to Hardwick, where he spent a year or more in recruiting.

      In 1849, he resumed teaching in Hyannis, Massachusetts and in 1850 at Barnstable, then back to Hyannis in 1851, each time serving as principal.

      In May 1852, he went to California and settled at Rockville, near Suisun Sity, Solano County, California, where he was again engaged in teaching at the academy there. He began attending the Methodist Church and became a prominent leader and an efficient superintendent of the Sunday-school. He also was an active member of the Odd Fellows.

      Some time before his death, he became a regular contributor and part proprietor of a paper published in Sacramento, California called "The Star of the Pacific" and his influence was fast becoming a power in the area.

      His death was caused by an inguinal hernia which was suddenly enlarged because of work he was doing in building a cottage for his family.

      References:

      (1) "History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Mass. Munroes", 2nd ed. by R. S.
      Munroe - Florence, Massachusetts (1986) - 1/12-35-39 - p. 307-310

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

  • Sources 
    1. [S82] Clan Munro files - Elder, Charlotte DeVolt, Charlotte DeVolt Elder, Letter from Ron & Avis Munro to Joe & Charlotte Elder date d 5 Dec 1983 (Reliability: 3).