Freedom Monroe[1]

Male 1796 - 1883  (87 years)


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  • Name Freedom Monroe  [2
    Born 26 Jan 1796  , Dutchess Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Jun 1883  Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Freedom was buried at the Romeo Cemetery.
    Person ID I76570  Alger
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2020 

    Father Lemuel Munroe,   b. 1 Mar 1759, Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1857, Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Mother 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
    Family ID F31096  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Elizabeth Cooper,   b. 1807, Lima, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1854, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 16 Oct 1828 
    Children 
     1. Maria Antoinette Monroe,   b. Sep 1830, Bruce, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1918, Hampton, Rock Island Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
     2. Lewis Falley Monroe,   b. 1831, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1898, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. Francis Cutler Monroe,   b. Oct 1835, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1890, Webster, Washtenaw Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
     4. Aleda Monroe,   b. Abt 1836, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1915  (Age ~ 79 years)
     5. Robert Emmett Monroe,   b. 22 Jun 1839, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1921, Webberville, Ingham Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Mary E. Monroe,   b. 16 Jun 1841, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1897, Leavenworth, Leavenworth Co., Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     7. Orissa Jane Monroe,   b. 1842, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Charlotte H. Monroe,   b. 1844, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Elizabeth C. Monroe,   b. 28 Jun 1846, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1920, Pontiac, Oakland Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     10. Ellen T. Monroe,   b. 9 Sep 1848, Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1925, , Macomb Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F31095  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lucinda Coty,   b. Abt 1798, Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 30 Sep 1867  Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F33109  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • When Freedom was six years old, his family moved to Ostego, New York. Then in 1808 the family moved again to East Bloomfield, New York. In 1816 he went to Cincinnati, Ohio and stayed until 1824. He then returned to New York and in the same year whent to Michigan, crossing Lake Erie on the steamer Superior, the first passenger ship on the lake. He took up 260 acres of land in Bruce Township, Macomb County, Michigan. In 1868 he sold the farm and moved to Romeo, Michigan with his daughter, Elizabeth.

      Freedom and his brother, Benjamin were signers on a petition to Congress by inhabitants of the Territory of Michigan, U.S., for roads to be surveyed and established.

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      Freedom wrote to his father, Lemuel, March 5, 1829. Freedom was living at Washington, Macomb County, Territory of Michigan. Before Michigan became a state.

      The letter is as follows:

      I once more take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well and hope these few lines may find you enjoying this same blessing. I wrote to you a short time after I got home and sent it by Esquire Gates (Gideon Gates was the postmaster and we see his name in Lemuel Monroe's application for a Revolutionary War pension S.S. 12/6/03). I was at Mr. Algers the first of January, they were well. Benjamin (Lemuels son by Anna Potter and Freedoms brother) was well the last time I heard from him which is the best news I can write of him.

      The winter the middle of October. I then thought it best to change my situation if ever. I accordingly took to myself a companion for life. Her name is Mary Elizabeth Cooper, niece of Capt Gad Chamberlain from Lima, New York. I want you to write or get someone to do so as soon as you can if you know where Mr. Beach (his brother in law who married Elizabeth his eldest sister) has gone, to inform me so I can write to them. It may be this is the last letter you may be permitted to read from me.

      It appears that you are almost entirely forsaken by your first and second family of children as to seeing or hearing from them except myself but you shall hear from me as often as once a year as long as both of live. I hope the family you are now raising will prove more of a blessing than your children here to fore. You have seen a great deal of trouble in your life. I have witnessed a considerable but may you be blessed with peace and quietness the remainder of your days which will smooth your path to the grave . I have no more give my respects to all inquiring friends.

      remain your affectionate son


      Freedom wrote to Lemuel in 1835.

      "I received a letter yesterday written in your name by someone else. I expect by your orders informing me of your situation, which was not very agreeable news. Though if you lived I expected to learn something like it sooner or later. I am sorry that of the numerous family you have there is one you have reason to expect help from...

      (Regarding Lemuel) It seems to be a singular circumstance that a man and wife should part and be separated for life without anything essential to cause it, but if agreed upon by both I don't know it is well enough. I was in hopes you would get a pension but if the United States does not give you anything for your services in the Revolution for the liberty which they now
      enjoy, I hope there will be feelings of humanity enough in the people of the Town of Bloomfield or the County of Ontario to give you a little something.

      If you come to Michigan to live with me which I am willing you should if that be your mind. You have lived amongst them the best part of twenty years. They know whether you are a fit subject for their help or not. Money is hard to be got in this country. I could not raise enough to get here...

      If you can find a good place for Alexander -- you had better do it. ......... If you had rather come this spring I am willing. And let Alexander come with you if that is your mind if you think he will do well......... (Alexander was Lemuel's 2nd to last son.

      (Email from Suzanne Spencer - 16 Sep 2009)
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      Ref: "Lexington, Mass. Munroes", 2nd ed. by R. S. Munroe - 13-87-10/

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

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

    2. [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).


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