David MUNROE

David MUNROE

Male 1680 - 1755

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  • Name  David MUNROE  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Born  6 Oct 1680  Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Cambridge Farms
    Gender  Male 
    Died  19 Jun 1755  Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6, 12
    Person ID  I645  Munro
    Last Modified  10 Dec 2014 

    Father  William MUNROE,   b. 10 Oct 1625, Inverness, , Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1718, Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary BALL,   b. 1651, Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1692, Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Sep 1672  Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F389  Group Sheet

    Family  Deborah HOWE,   b. 19 Oct 1685, Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1748, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1704  Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 13
    • Marriage place unverified [13]
    Children 
     1. Deborah MUNROE,   b. 4 Apr 1705, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1705
     2. Mary MUNROE,   b. 9 Jan 1707, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1765
    >3. David MUNROE,   b. 26 Dec 1708, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1762
    >4. Abigail MUNROE,   b. 10 Jan 1711, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1784, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Deborah MUNROE,   b. 12 Jan 1713, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >6. Eleanor MUNROE,   b. 27 Sep 1715, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Elizabeth MUNROE,   b. 25 May 1718, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Harvard, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Samuel MONROE,   b. 9 Sep 1720, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1777, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Sarah MUNROE,   b. 24 Jul 1723, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. William MUNROE,   b. 5 Jun 1726, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1760, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >11. Josiah MUNROE,   b. 11 Sep 1728, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1778, Valley Forge, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F292  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
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      iThe Lexington records mention only the birth of David Munroe (born in Cambridge Farms, later Lexington), but Connecticut was then being settled by emigrants from the colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay, and in Apr 1705 he and his wife are found in Canterbury, when their first child was born.

      His wife, Deborah (or Deborah) was the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Nutting) Howe (or How). Some references say they were married on 1 Apr 1722, but that doesn't seem likely unless David had a previous marriage which produced most of his children.

      The town of Canterbury contained but ten families when it was endowed with town privileges in 1703. In 1714 Samuel Adams and Obadiah Johnson conveyed a farm of 136 acres to David Munroe, by deed recorded in Canterbury. In 1722 David and Deborah joined the church in Canterbury. In 1723 a division of common lands was made among those residents of Canterbury "who were settled inhabitants and paid to ye building of ye meeting-house and minister's home" which were completed in 1711. In this allotment, David received one and one- half shares. In 1743 a controversy arose among the members of Canterbury church over a sermon by its minister which did not meet the views of many of them. A committee recommended the minister's dismissal, David and five others made written protest against the committee's report, severely criticising its motives. The committee retaliated by recommending that David and his associates be expelled from the church. The matter was finally settled by dismissal of the minister, with David and the other protestants remaining in the Church.

      The identity of David Munroe of Canterbury as the son of William Munroe of Cambridge Farms was questioned by one writer upon the ground that not being mentioned in William's will it indicated that David probably died young. Later, however, Rev. Mr. Northrup and Dr. Will S. Munroe, author and prominent educator, for many years professor of psychology in Montclair, N.J. State Normal School, in their preparation of the "Genealogy of Josiah Munroe," after much careful research became convinced, and so stated in their publication, that David of Canterbury was, without a doubt, the son of William of Cambridge Farms.

      Their conclusions were based upon the following, among other circumstances: David, appearing as he did, among the early settlers of Canterbury, must have emigrated there from some other place, but the records of emigrants to New England prior to that time and the published vital statistics of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut disclose no one bearing tht name who could have been identified with him other than William's son David; between the time of his baptism in Lexington in 1699 and the birth of his first child in Canterbury in 1705, he was of the age when one might expect him to marry and establish a home in a new community; there was a family tradition that he came from Cambridge; his grandson, John Munroe, who lived and died in Canterbury, left a written family record which passed to John's granddaughter, Mary Munroe Collins, who retained it until it was destroyed by a fire which burned the Collins home in 1890, but she well remembered its contents which told of the coming of William from Scotland to Massachusetts and the settlement of his son, David, in Canterbury, all of which she related to Dr. Monroe when he visited Canterbury in 1912 collecting material for their work. Moreover, it appeared that four of David's seven daughters, viz., Mary, Eleanor, Elizabeth and Sarah bore the given name of his grandfather and his uncle. It would be quite unreasonable to presume that such a coincidence of names would occur except in immediately related families. in addition to all this Mrs. Collins told Dr. Monroe, and after her death, her son informed him of this sketch that his mother had told him that David's wife came from Concord, Massachusetts. A search of the Concord vital records disclosed only one woman named Deborah, born there of marriageable age for David, viz., Deborah How, daughter of Samuel and Mary How. Upon further search it was found that Samuel How had joined the tide of emigration to Connecticut. According to the "Howe Genealogies" published by the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, he resided in Concord until shortly after 1700 when he moved to Plainfield, a new town in Windham County, Connecticut. It is also there stated that his daughter Deborah married David Monroe and the Probate Records of Plainfield, where he died, show that David Monroe in 1725 receipted for his wife's share of Samuel How's estate. The same records show the distribution of the estate of Mary how who died in 1727 and refer to Deborah Monroe as her daughter.

      If David Munroe had died in Lexington, his death would have been recorded in the vital statistics of that town and his remains would have rested in the family burying ground with a tombstone marking his grave as do those of his mother and father. The absence of these is further corroborative proof of the correctness of Rev. Mr. Northrup's conclusion as to the identity of David Munroe of Canterbury as William's son of that name. In 1913 the Lexington Historical Society published a revised edition of Hudson's "History of Lexington" in which David Munroe was shown as a son of William. The correction relating to him, appearing in Vol. II, after the index at page 6 of Additions and Corrections, read as follows: "Before Joseph no. 6 on page 461 insert; David Munroe(2) (William(1)) b. 6 Oct 1680; d. 19 Jun 1755. He removed to Canterbury, Connecticut and bought land 22 Feb 1715. In 1723 received 1.5 shares of land as one who paid towards the meeting house and minister's house, which were completed in 1711. He will was probated 8 Sep 1755"
      /i
      (" New England Historical and Genealogical Register", Vol. C, 1946 via. "History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Mass. Munroes")
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      On 1 Apr 1722, David and Deborah were admitted to the Canterbury First Church.

      David left a will dated 9 Feb 1753 in which he mentioned that he had 6 daughters and 4 sons. (Plainfield Probate No. 1468)

      The Larry Monroe reference says David was the son of (Ensign) William [130].

      Ref: Clan Munro files - Coye, Ruby
      - Dietrich, Earl
      - Elder, Charlotte
      - Sage, Wes
      - Yard, Prof. F. L. Dixon
      - Monroe, Kathleen Lois
      - Monroe, Larry Gene - Genealogy of Larry Gene Monroe

      References:

      (1) Clan Munro files - Rea, Barbara Frances Lee - Descendants of William Munroe

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA [14, 15]

  • Sources 
    1. [S796] Clan Munro e-files - Powell, Sheryl, Sheryl Powell, Email from Sheryl Powell - 14 Apr 2011 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S20] Clan Munro files - Bainter, Nancy E., Nancy E. Bainter, Lineage Report - p. 3 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S649] Clan Munro files - Brown, Julia A., Julia A. Brown, Membership application for Julia A. Brown - 10 May 2008 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S96] Clan Munro files - Boyette, Darlene Joy, Darlene Joy Boyette, membership application for Darlene J. Boyette dated 4 Jun 2 001 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S797] Clan Munro files - Daniel, Barbara Jean Monroe, Barbara Jean Monroe Daniel, Ancestor Chart for Wayne Leroy Monroe compiled by Beatrice Berlin Monroe - 23 May 1988 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S156] Clan Munro files - Goodner, Melody Lee, Melody Lee Goodner, Membership application for Melody Lee Goodner dated 4 Feb 2 002 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S737] Clan Munro files - van Leer, Carolyn Babcock, Carolyn Babcock van Leer, Membership application for Carolyn Babcock van Leer - 3 Nov 2009 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S100] Lexington Munroes, Richard S. Munroe, (privately published in Florence, Massachusetts (1986)), p. 9-11, 30 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S882] Clan Munro e-files - Murguia, Barbara J., Barbara J. Murguia, E-mail from Barbara J. Murguia - 9 Jan 2013 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S727] The Monroe Book, Dr. Joan S. Guilford, (Franklin, North Carolina: Genealogy Publishing Service, 1993.), p. 22. (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S350] Clan Munro files - Jarrard, William F., William F. Jarrard, Membership application for William F. Jarrard dated 9 Jun 2 004 (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S100] Lexington Munroes, Richard S. Munroe, (privately published in Florence, Massachusetts (1986)), p. 9, 11 (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S471] Clan Munro files - Getz, John R., John R. Getz, Membership application for John R. Getz dated 23 Feb 2006 (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S247] History of the Munros of Fowlis, Alexander Mackenzie, M.J.L., (Published in Inverness, Scotland by A & W Mackenzie (1898)), p. 563 (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S100] Lexington Munroes, Richard S. Munroe, (privately published in Florence, Massachusetts (1986)), p. 9-11 (Reliability: 3).