Lemuel Munroe[1]

Male 1759 - 1857  (98 years)


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  • Name Lemuel Munroe  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 1 Mar 1759  Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Christened 4 Mar 1759  Shrewsbury, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Apr 1857  Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Lakeside Cemetery - 3 miles west of Howell, Michigan
    Person ID I74613  Alger
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2020 

    Father Philip Munroe,   b. 26 Feb 1717/18, Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1790, Surry, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Abigail Parker,   b. 1731,   d. 8 Oct 1801, Surry, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 1749  Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F31105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anna Towser,   b. 30 Aug 1760, Southborough, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1789, Canaan, Columbia Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 13 Jun 1782  Northborough, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lemuel and Anna had 6 children.
    Children 
     1. William I. Monroe, MD,   b. 1786, , , Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1818, Liberty Twp., Butler Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     2. Lemuel Monroe,   b. Abt 1786,   d. , Oneida Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Monroe,   b. Abt 1788,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Monroe,   b. Abt 1790,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Monroe,   b. Abt 1791,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Monroe,   b. May 1792,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F32812  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anna Potter,   b. 10 Oct 1767, Winchester, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810  (Age 42 years) 
    Married Abt 1790  Whitestown, , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lemuel and Anna had 6 children.

      Marriage place unverified
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Monroe,   b. Abt 1790, , Dutchess Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1829, , , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years)
     2. Monroe,   b. Abt 1791,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Archibald Monroe,   b. Abt 1794, , Dutchess Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1812  (Age ~ 18 years)
     4. Freedom Monroe,   b. 26 Jan 1796, , Dutchess Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1883, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. Benjamin Monroe,   b. 1797, , Dutchess Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Frederick Monroe,   b. 18 May 1798, , Dutchess Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1883, Farmington, Oakland Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F31096  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Martha Rawlings,   b. 1782, Mendon, , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1857, , , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1812  Bristol, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lemuel and Martha had 9 children.
    Children 
     1. Francis Miller Monroe,   b. 8 Aug 1813, Mendon, Monroe Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1892, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Almira Monroe,   b. 21 Sep 1817, East Bloomfield, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1903, East Bloomfield, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Nancy Monroe,   b. 17 May 1820, Bristol, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1888, Storm Lake, Buena Vista Co., Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. Susan Abigail Monroe,   b. 29 Sep 1822, Bristol, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1911, Cassville, Grant Co., Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     5. Alexander Monroe,   b. 28 Jul 1824, East Bloomfield, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1907, Leslie, Ingham Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     6. James Monroe,   b. 28 Apr 1827, East Bloomfield, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1898, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F30132  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lemuel Munroe (Monroe) was closely associated with General George Washington in the Revolutionary War. He was a dispatch carrier. He is buried at Lakeside Cemetery, three miles west of Howell, Michigan. The D.A.R. replaced the crumbled monument with a stone which reads, "Lemuel Monroe, 1759-1857 Soldier of the Revolution."

      He was a farmer, and a shoe and boot maker. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War in 1776 at the age of 17. He participated in the battle of Bunker Hill and was at Burgoyne's surrender as well as many other engagements. The records of the War of 1812 show he was a private in Capt. Abraham Matison's Company of Col. Philetus Swift's (Ontario County) Regiment of the New York State Militia. He served from 12 May 1812 to 12 Jul 1812. He also served in Sullivan's Campaign in Rhode Island under Capt. Thomas Baker. He was allowed a pension in 1832.

      His pension file reads: "Was called out in the militia in November, 1776 at Upton, Mass and served three months. Went first to Dorchester. In spring, 1777 was called out again at Upton and served in Captain Ammidon's Company. Was marched through Mendon to Providence and stationed in the Brick College. There employed to keep guard for three months; then dismissed and went home.

      "At Templeton, Worcester County, was mustered in Captain Wilder's Company in Colonel Sparhawk's Regiment and was marched through Deerfield and Charlemont to Bennington in Vermont, and from thence was marched to Tuels Mills and halted some days and then to Batten Kills opposite to Saratoga Flatts. Saw Generals Lincoln, Arnold and Gates. This was at the taking of General Burgoyne. I was not in the Battle, but was in several skirmishes on the out posts and took several prisoners, 18 at one time. Was then ordered back and was part of the guard that went with the prisoners to Winter Hill, near Boston. [2 months]

      "In 1779, from Upton was marched to Quanset Point to keep guard, the British Ships being in sight and at anchor. This was in the winter. [3 months] From Barrie, was marched to Danbury and West Point. General MacDougall was in command. I saw him almost daily. I was in Colonel Drury's Regiment. Was engaged in repairing the forts and mounting guard. Discharged late in the fall, and was out five months. Was sick was the reason of my discharge. I think this was the year Cornwallis was taken and near the close of the war. Besides this tour, I was not called out again and did not serve afterwards."

      His first wife was Anna Towser (or Tozzer, Tooser, Toozer). Nothing is known about her six children.

      His third wife was Martha Rollins (or Rawlings). Her death date is given as 1857, but this doesn't seem likely. She does not appear in the 1850 census with Lemuel, and she did not get a widow's pension after his death. It is more likely that she died in New York some time before.

      At the close of the Revolutionary War, Lemuel lived in Northbury, Massachusetts and for forty years lived in Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York.

      He moved from Massachusetts to New York and in his old age, he went to Howell, Michigan and made his home with his son, Francis. He died there at the advanced age of 97 years and two months.

      One reference notes that "at least four of his sons moved to Michigan; Norton, James, Francis and James. Norton was in the Civil War, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862 in Co. H., 22nd Michigan Infantry." It is not known who "Norton" was or who the other James was.

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      ?i?Lemuel's first marriage probably had 3 males under 10, and one male under 16 by 1800 (William would be 14) 1 female under 10 and 1 female under 16 per census under Munro 1800 Dutchess Co., NY So 3 male children between 1790 and 1800, one male before 1784 roughly and 1790, one female between 1790 and 1800, one female before 1790

      In the 1790 census again under Lemuel Munro: Charlton, Worcester Co., MA had two males under 16, one male greater than 16 (probably Lemuel) and 1 female. So males would be born between the earliest 1774 and latest 1790

      First wife must have died before 1789. Six children born to marriage, in 1790 there looks to be a father and 3 remaining children 2 boys and a girl. By 1800 the family is 2 parents and 6 children.

      Lemuel Monroe, came into the Liberty township MI in May, 1849, and lived with his son, Francis Monroe. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and died April 29th, 1854, at-the age of ninety-five years, one month and twenty-nine days.

      Time line:
      Birth 1757 Lexington, MA
      Enlisted 1776 Upton, Worcester Co., MA served intermittantly to 1781
      Married 1782 Northborough, Worcester Co., MA to Anna Toozer
      1789 Anna Toozer dies or perhaps 1792
      Married 1789 Dutchess Co.,NY to Anna Potter perhaps married later after Anna Toozer death 1792
      Census 1790 Charlton, Worcestor Co., MA There is Lemuel Munro but no senior Female

      Guilford postulates with brother Abel in Canaan, Columbia Co., New York 1790
      Possible death of Anna Monrow and infant Monrow in New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY in June 1792 "wife of Lemuel Monrow"
      Census 1800 Dutchess Co. NY two adults, six children
      abt. 1802 moved to Otsego Co., New York?
      moved 1808 or so to Bloomfield, Ontario Co, NY
      Second wife dies 1812

      Second time line

      1754 Born Shrewsbury, Middlesex Co., MA son of Philip Munroe
      1776 Nov 1, 1776 Upton, Wocester Co., MA called to serve
      1782 Married Anna Tozer 1782 in Northborough, MA
      1784 Entry into records of a Lemuel Munroe participating in City business Surrey N.H. this is where his sibs/father were
      1790 Dr. Guilford thinks in Dutchess Co., NY with brother Abel Munroe
      1792 Anna Tozer dies in New Hartford, NY June 4, 1792 in Presbyterian Records as Anna Monrow wife of Lemuel Monrow, an infant Monrow died 9 days earlier
      1800 Census Dutchess Co., NY lists a Lemuel Munro with female in household under 45 and six children
      1807 Surry, N.H. tax list from 1807, which appears in Volume 2, pages 288 and 289. This list includes the names of Philip Munro,
      Isaac Munro, Abel Munro, and Wm. Munro. There are many references to Philip, Isaac, and Abel in the town records. For example, their names also appear in a similar tax list for 1795 (Volume 2, page 65).
      1807 Surry, NH tax list Ancestor William Monroe would be 21 at this time (born 1786) so this may be him.
      1810/12 Anna Potter second wife dies, exact date unknown
      1810/11 Mentioned in letters of Luman Miller p. 232 Book 4 as friend/administrator Bristol, Ontario Co. (is Luman perhaps father or first husband of Martha Miller Rawlings?)
      1812/13 Married 1812/13 3 rd wife Martha Miller Rawlings in Bristol, Ontario Co., N.Y.
      1812 Served war 1812, Martha moves to Mendon, Monroe Co., N.Y.
      1819 31 May 1819 witness to Will of John Alger in Bloomfield, Ontario Co., NY
      1819 20 Oct 1819 witness to Probate of John Alger Bloomfield, Ontario Co., NY
      1829 Freedom writes his father 1829 alludes to estrangement of Lemuel and his first and second family
      1832 Pension 1832 age 74 West Bloomfield, Ontario Co., N.Y.
      Pension Certificate to 1832-1839 Macomb Co., MI
      1835 Freedom Monroe writes his father of probably separation of his third wife she stays in Mendon he goes to MI
      1850 Census listed as "Samuel" and residing with his son Francis.
      1857 Died 1857 Howell, Livingston Co., MI...

      Lemuel Monroe, was one of the heroes of the Revolution. He served through that memorable war; participated in the battle of Bunker Hill; was present at Burgoyne's surrender, and in many other engagements. He also served in the war of 1812. Was three times married, and was the father of eighteen children, seventeen of whom grew to maturity. In his old age he came to Howell and made his home with his son Francis, at whose residence he died at the advanced age of ninety-seven years and two months.

      ?/i?(Email from Suzanne Spencer - 16 Sep 2009)?i?
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      Ref: Clan Munro files - Griffin, Richard
      - Monroe, Dr. Emmett Paul
      - Yard, Prof. F. L. Dixon
      - Farlow, Donna

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

  • Sources 
    1. [S416] Clan Munro Database, Clan Munro Association, USA.

    2. [S592] Clan Munro files - Spencer, Suzanne, Suzanne Spencer, Descendants of Lemuel Monroe - p. 1 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S493] Clan Munro files - Miller, Monroe S., Monroe S. Miller, Membership application for Monroe S. Miller - 13 Jun 2006 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S428] Lexington Munroes, Richard S. Munroe, (privately published in Florence, Massachusetts (1986)), p. 21 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S586] Clan Munro e-files - Spencer, Suzanne, Suzanne Spencer, Email from Suzanne Spencer - 16 Sep 2009 - Descendants of Philip Munroe - compiled by Suzanne Spencer, Jenny Bommarito and Craig Richardson (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S459] Clan Munro files - Roeser, Waldomar Monroe, Waldomar Monroe Roeser, Descendants of John Munro - p. 2 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S458] Clan Munro files - Antunes, Rebecca E., Rebecca E. Antunes, Membership application for Rebecca E. Antunes - 16 Dec 2006 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S1002] Clan Munro files - Allen, Marjorie Ruth, Marjorie Ruth Allen, Letter from Peigi Munro to Marjorie R. Allen - 28 Dec 1974 (Reliability: 3).


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