Peter Jay MUNRO

Peter Jay MUNRO

Male 1767 - 1833

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  • Name  Peter Jay MUNRO  [1
    Born  10 Jan 1767  New York, New York Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1833  New York, New York Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I486  Munro
    Last Modified  19 Mar 2003 

    Father  Rev. Henry MUNRO,   b. 1730, Dingwall, , Ross and Cromarty, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1801, Edinburgh, , Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Eve JAY,   b. 9 Nov 1728,   d. 7 Apr 1810, Mamaroneck, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  31 Mar 1766  Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1971  Group Sheet

    Family  Margaret WHITE,   b. 1774,   d. 1857 
    Married  1 Jan 1790 
    Children 
     1. Peter Jay MUNRO, Jr.,   b. 29 Sep 1792,   d. 25 Jun 1797
     2. Margaret MUNRO,   b. 10 Feb 1794,   d. 21 Dec 1869
     3. Mary MUNRO,   b. 21 Aug 1795,   d. 18 Apr 1802
    >4. Frances MUNRO,   b. 9 Jan 1797, New York, New York Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1869, Geneva, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Harriet MUNRO,   b. 21 Jun 1798,   d. 10 Mar 1836
     6. Peter Jay MUNRO,   b. 9 Mar 1800,   d. 21 Feb 1835
    >7. Henry White MUNRO,   b. 18 Feb 1802, Of, Mamaroneck, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1862, Of, Panama Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mary MUNRO,   b. 6 Apr 1804,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >9. Anna Maria MUNRO,   b. 2 Feb 1806,   d. 21 Mar 1865
     10. Sarah Jay MUNRO,   b. 10 Oct 1807,   d. 12 Nov 1840
     11. Cordelia MUNRO,   b. Jul 1810,   d. 11 May 1857
     12. John White MUNRO,   b. 28 Jun 1814,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F235  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • When his father sailed for England in 1778, Peter remained in America with his mother. They stayed with the Jays.

      Peter was like a son to John Jay and at the age of fifteen Peter went with John on his diplomatic missions to Spain and France, while his cousin, Peter Augustus Jay, who was too young to go, stayed with his Livingston grandparents. On returning to America, Peter Jay Munro studied law with Aaron Burr, opened a law office, began practice, eloped with Margaret White, and "took a house on John Street," New York City. Peter Augustus Jay studied law in his office, then accompanied his father to England and made a side-trip to Edinburgh to obtain Harry Munro's signature to a quit-claim giving Munrosfield to his son.

      Peter Munro sold the land and with the proceeds bought property in Mamaroneck below Rye. About 1798 he built the house which was the nucleus of the town of Larchmont and which still stands on the Boston Post Road, between that road and Prospect Street. While continuing his practice in the city, Peter Munro lived in this home with his wife Margaret, who bore him twelve children.

      While John Jay was in England in 1794-95, Peter kept a supervisory eye on the farm his uncle was establishing in Katonah near Bedford, and on his return they no doubt conferred on building plans, for the Munro house, built about 1798 and the Jays' Bedford House, begun two years later, have much the same design.

      In 1821, Peter Augustus Jay and Peter Jay Munro served as delegates to the State Constitutional Convention in Albany.

      In 1826, Peter Jay Munro suffered a stroke and he died in 1833.

      Peter's wife, Margaret White, was the daughter of Henry White, of the Governor's council of New York, and Eve Van Cortlandt. In 1830, Margaret's portrait was commissioned by her daughter, Harriet.

      Ref: Clan Munro files - Davis, Harriette
      - Elder, Charlotte
      - Fisher, Arthur H. - NY Gen. & Biog. Rec. - vol. iv, #3

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

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Clan Munro files - Wheeler, Charles Barker, II, Charles Barker Wheeler, II, Email from Charles Barker Wheeler, II dated 19 Mar 2001 (Reliability: 3).