Timothy MUNRO

Timothy MUNRO

Male 1803 - 1892

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  • Name  Timothy MUNRO  [1
    Born  29 Jul 1803  Mallorytown, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Yonge Township
    Gender  Male 
    Died  17 Jan 1892  Uxbridge, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Uxbridge, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Uxbridge Cemetery
    Person ID  I2126  Munro
    Last Modified  25 Jul 2008 

    Father  Daniel MUNRO,   b. 1772,   d. Abt 1810 
    Mother  Hannah,   b. Abt 1781,   d. 19 Feb 1853 
    Married  Bef 1802 
    Family ID  F7593  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Huldah PURDY,   b. 8 Apr 1803, Thornhill, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1828, Markham, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Sep 1824  Markham, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    >1. Oren MUNRO,   b. 11 Jul 1825, Thornhill, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1900, Dunkirk, Chautauqua Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. William Purdy MUNRO,   b. 7 Nov 1826, Thornhill, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1899, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F1020  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Elizabeth BUTTON,   b. 1 Apr 1804, Buttonville, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1897, Uxbridge, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Apr 1829  Richmond Hill, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. John Newberry MUNRO,   b. 14 Oct 1831,   d. 28 Oct 1834
    >2. Sarah Catherine MUNRO,   b. 16 Aug 1834,   d. 23 Feb 1870-1876
    >3. James MUNRO,   b. 5 Sep 1837,   d. 8 Feb 1929
    >4. Mary Anne MUNRO,   b. 6 Aug 1839,   d. 17 Jul 1882
    >5. Newbury Button MUNRO,   b. 25 Feb 1843,   d. 6 Jan 1929
    >6. Elizabeth MUNRO,   b. 12 Nov 1845,   d. 20 Nov 1906
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F7075  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Timothy is recorded as the "child of Scottish parents who settled in the United States previous to his birth".

      He was a United Empire Loyalist who lived for a short time in Kingston and in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. He spent most of his life in Markham and later in Epsom, where he served for many years as the principal magistrate of Reach Township.

      He is listed in the 1851 census for Markham Township as a farmer age 52, residence - shanty. These census figures indicate a birth date of about 1799. The census shows that Timothy owned lot 16, conc. 2 and raised a good deal of wheat, oats and peas. He also made maple sugar and owned some horses, sheep, pigs and milk cows.

      In Markham Township, Timothy was first trustee of Headford Episcopal Church.

      He and his second wife were married by Rev. William Jennings.

      Timothy was active in the Rebellion of 1837 on the rebels' side, and was arrested on 15 Mar 1838. (The constable who arrested him was later a pall bearer at his funeral.) His quick release on 12 May 1838, is usually attributed to the good graces of his father-in-law, Major John Button, who was on the government side. While in prison, Timothy carved 3 wooden boxes. All say "from Timothy Munro, in prison, Toronto, 1838. One is inscribed to Mrs Anna Button (his wife's sister-in-law) another to Mr. William Button (her son). Jo Ann Munro Tuskin as one (dedicated to Mr. William button), the second was with the Button family in Stouffville. The third is with Mildred Munro Stewart in Toronto.

      The inscriptions on two of the boxes read:

      Top: Mrs. Anna Button
      Bottom: Alas for Lount & Mathews
      12 April 1838
      Sides: (1) 1838
      (2) O my friends, now cease to languish
      O're the prisoner whom ye love
      Chains dark cells, long nights of anguish
      Ne'er prevent Joys from Above.
      (3) ?
      (4) From Timothy Munro
      in prison, 1838

      Top: Mr. Wm. Button
      Sides: (1) from Timothy Munro
      in prison
      (2) Toronto
      (3) I'm clinging to the massy grate
      Uncertain as to future fate
      (4) 1838

      Timothy seemed to be popular with the Button family for one of Elizabeth's sisters, Polly De Geer, named one of her sons Timothy Munro De Geer. He lived in Uxbridge and was called 'Munro'.

      Timothy also is found on the 1871 census for Reach Township (near Uxbridge). This census gives Timothy as a Scotch Farmer age 64. His wife, Elizabeth (born in England), is also listed as 64. This would place both of their birthdates in about 1807. That date is probably inaccurate for both of them.

      Timothy took a prominent part in public affairs while a resident of Reach and was several times a member of the township council.

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      The following is an obituary for Timothy Munro from the Uxbridge Times-Journal, 21 Jan 1892 via The Munros of Mallorytown and Beyond compiled by Jo Ann Munro Tuskin:

      Timothy Munro, whose death is recorded in this issue, was born in Mallorytown, Leeds, Ontario, on 29 Jul 1803. He afterwards resided in Markham, and married his second wife, a daughter of the late Major Button, of Markham. His brother, the late Henry Munro of Bowmanville, represented West Durham in the Old Parliament of Canada.

      Timothy Munro moved from Markham to Epsom and during many years he was the principal magistrate of Reach Township. He was all his life an ardent Liberal and a consistent member of the Methodist church. He leaves four sons, and one daughter. Orron Munro of Dunkirk and William Munro of Markham are sons of his first wife, who was Miss Huldah Purdy of Thornhill, and James and N. B. Munro and one daughter are the children of the second marriage. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the Methodist Church and Uxbridge cemetery, the sermon being preached by Rev. George J. Bishop of Toronto.
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      From "A History of Richmond Lodge 1824-1974", (The Masons) There is a Munroe, Timothy -- residence: Vaughan; occupation: shoemaker initiated 15 Jan 1829.

      Comment from Jo Ann Tuskin: since I had never heard of Timothy either being in Vaughan or of being a shoemaker, as the earliest records show him as a farmer, I thought this was not "our" Timothy. However, in his will, he leaves to his daughter, his sewing machine. So, indeed, this may be our Timothy.

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S430] Clan Munro files - Tuskin, Jo Ann Munro, Jo Ann Munro Tuskin, The Munros of Mallorytown (And Beyond!) - compiled by Jo An n Munro Tuskin - Sep 2005 - Section 6 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S430] Clan Munro files - Tuskin, Jo Ann Munro, Jo Ann Munro Tuskin, The Munros of Mallorytown (and Beyond!) - compiled by Jo An n Munro Tuskin - Apr 2008 (Reliability: 3).