Ralph Middleton MUNROE

Ralph Middleton MUNROE

Male 1851 - 1933

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  • Name  Ralph Middleton MUNROE 
    Born  3 Apr 1851  New York, New York Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Aug 1933 
    Buried  Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I36866  Munro
    Last Modified  27 May 2001 

    Father  Thomas MUNROE,   b. 18 Oct 1812, Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1884 
    Mother  Ellen MIDDLETON,   b. Abt 1814,   bur. Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 Jul 1839  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F12621  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Eva A. HEWETT,   b. Abt 1853,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  Staten Island, Richmond Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. MUNROE,   b. Est 1875,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F13486  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Jessie Wellington WIRTH,   b. 13 Jul 1876, Albany, Albany Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1940 
    Married  29 Jul 1895  Coconut Grove, Dade, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Martha Wirth MUNROE,   b. 22 Nov 1900, Coconut Grove, Dade, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >2. Wirth Middleton MUNROE,   b. 27 Nov 1902, Coconut Grove, Dade, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1968, Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F13487  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • In 1847, Ralph helped a friend, William Andrews, to develop a wood carving machine and after about one year, the friend threw in the towel and told Ralph to help himself to what tools he wanted, in lieu of better pay. During this episode, he also worked in his spare time with two German machinists named Newman. they were experts in developing and perfecting intricate patterns, so Ralph gained much knowledge from these men.

      At one point, Ralph visited his grandfather in Concord, Massachusets, and visited the old pencil shop of William Munroe which was still in operation. Also during this visit, he met the daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ellen. She was credited with bringing the game of croquet from England to the US. In Concord, Ralph also became acquainted with the Alcotts, Frank Sanborn, the Barretts, William W. Weildon, Horace Mann, the Hosmers and others. Across the way from his grandfather lived Judge Rockwood Hoar, who later became Attorney General under Grant.

      Shortly after the beginning of the American Civil War, Ralph went to boarding school at the Eagleswood Military Academy. The school was located about a mile and a half west of Perth Amoby on the Raritan River.

      When his parents moved to Staten Island, he was sent to a private school on New York Avenue, opposite St. John's Church. The school was run by Isaac Holden.

      In 1875, Ralph became engaged in a business venture with the Elmira Seamless Keg Company.

      In 1888, Ralph became a permanent resident of Cocoanut Grove, Florida. He was one of the early settlers of that place and lived there until his death.

      From Nov 1889 to Jun 1891, he tried various experiments with sponge culture. He tried to persuade the state legislature to set aside a small area to be reserved for experiments, but the bill was not passed.

      Ralph was well known for his superior skill at designing sail boats. He designed and built many boats for his friends and for many well known people of his day. He was the originator of the Sharpie sail boat.

      Many other interesting facts about Ralph can be found in his book, "The Commodore's Story" printed in 1930.

      References:

      (1) "History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Mass. Munroes", 2nd ed. by R. S.
      Munroe - Florence, Massachusetts (1986) - 15-21-34-1 - p. 275, 407-408

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