Josiah MUNROE

Josiah MUNROE

Male 1728 - 1778

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  • Name  Josiah MUNROE  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born  11 Sep 1728  Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Died  19 Feb 1778  Valley Forge, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6
    Person ID  I839  Munro
    Last Modified  11 Sep 2011 

    Father  David MUNROE,   b. 6 Oct 1680, Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1755, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  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 
    Family ID  F292  Group Sheet

    Family  Sarah HYDE,   b. 12 Sep 1732, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1794, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Apr 1752  Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Children 
    >1. Nathan MONROE,   b. 19 Oct 1752, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1796, Huntington Twp., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Josiah MUNROE,   b. 3 Sep 1754, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1760
    >3. Elizabeth MUNROE,   b. 14 Nov 1756, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >4. John MUNROE,   b. 30 Oct 1758, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1836
     5. Olive MUNROE,   b. 21 Nov 1760, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1761
    >6. William MUNROE,   b. 20 Dec 1761, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1833, Burlington, Otsego Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Capt. Josiah MUNROE, Jr.,   b. 25 Feb 1764, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1846, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Lydia MUNROE,   b. 22 Apr 1766, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1842, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. David MUNROE,   b. 26 Sep 1768, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1837, Pittsford, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >10. Jesse MONROE,   b. 20 Sep 1770, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1858, Poultney, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Olive MUNROE,   b. 3 Feb 1773, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1773
     12. Sarah MUNROE,   b. 28 Jan 1774, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1848, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F380  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
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      The following is from «u»History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Mass. Munroes«i», «/u»«/i»p. 28-29:

      «i»A record of his «/i»[Josiah's] «i»baptism conflicts with that of his birth. Two records of his marriage conflict with each other, and both are probably erroneous. Certain it is, that he married at Canterbury, Sarah Hyde, near the beginning of the year 1752. He inherited in 1755. a portion of his father's estate, and may have lived upon it.

      Nothing further is known of his life until the breaking out of the Revolutionary War. As the news of the battle of Lexington spread, the local militia everywhere fell in, in large numbers under their own officers, and, without waiting for orders or authority,marched for the scene of conflict. This action was afterwards legalized and lists made of the soldiers who went. The spontaneous character of the service is indicated by the language used; and Josiah Munroe was one of those who from Canterbury, "Marched for the relief of Boston in the Lexington alarm." On this occasion he held the rank of sergeant and was in the service eight days, in April, 1775.

      July 11, 1775, he enlisted as a private in the 7th company of the 8th regiment, afterwards adopted into the Continental Army. In September his regiment was ordered to Boston, where it remained till the expiration of the term of service, and Josiah was discharged December 15, 1775.

      The following year Captain Timothy Bachus organized in Canterbury a company of "Independent Veterans" of which Josiah was a member. This company did duty at New London in September, and in October at West Chester, N.Y.

      April 14, 1777, he enlisted "to serve during the war" in Captain Elisha Lee's company of the 4th Connecticut regiment of the Continent Line, commanded by Col John Durkee. His regiment went into camp at Peekskill. In September it joined Washington's army in Pennsylvania and "marched in the Connecticut Brigade" under General McDougal. At Germantown, October 4, they fought on the left flank. Later his regiment was assigned to Varnum's Brigade and engaged in the desperate defense of Fort Mifflin, November 12 to 16. They wintered at Valley Forge where Josiah died in camp February 19, 1778.

      A constant tradition of his death in camp in the service of the Continental Army has come down among the descendants of his son, David; and his death in February, 1778, is recorded in a little memorandum kept during her lifetime by his daughter, Sarah, and now in the possession of Mrs. Daniel T. Bennett, of Marilla, N.Y.

      The record of Josiah's last enlistment and death was obtained from the War Department in the following letter.

      1843890 WAR DEPARTMENT
      The Adjutant General's Office
      Washington, November 2, 1911

      Respectfully returned to Mr. B.A. Dunn.
      801 N. County St.
      Waukegan, Illinois

      The records of this office show that one Josiah Munroe served as private in Captain Elisha Lee's Company, 4th Connecticut Regiment, commanded by Colonel John Durkee, Revolutionary war. He enlisted April 14, 1777, to serve during the war, and died February 19, 1778. Nothing further relative to him has been found of record.

      F.C. Ainsworth,
      The Adjutant General
      Per 4.

      The record of Josiah's previous service in the Connecticut Militia was obtained principally from the published volume, «/i»Connecticut Men in the Revolution«i». I have been particular to give the above letter from the war department, because in this volume, on page 188 is found «/i»exactly the same record«i», but the first name is Joseph instead of Josiah. Inasmuch as there was but one Joseph Munroe from Connecticut in the Revolutionary war, whose record I also have from the Adjutant General's office at Hartford, Connecticut, and who survived the war; and since the record referred to on page 188 of «/i»Connecticut Men in the Revolution«i» actually is the record of Josiah and not of Joseph, I assume that the name «/i»Joseph«i» is there an error, and should have been Josiah.

      In Volume XII of the publication of the Connecticut Historical Society, Josiah's name is found on page 64 in a list from Canterbury of "men died in the service hired for three years and during the war."

      Apparently Josiah died intestate; and no inventory of his estate is to be found on the probate records. But at a session of the Probate court for the district of Plainfield held July 6, 1779, "the widow Sarah Munrow, administratrix of the estate of Mr. Josiah Munrow, late of Canterbury, deceased, exhibited into Court on account of Sundry Debts and Costs found to be due" an order, "for the distribution of said estate to be paid by the several heirs as follows -- to rates paid Mr. Gordon, 4, 4, 1; to the distributors, 14, 8, 1; to the Court of Probate, 4, 4, 0 in Continental money." The figures were for pounds, shillings and pence.
      «/i»**********

      The James Monroe reference gives the birth date for Josiah's wife, Sarah, as 12 Sep 1732.

      Ref: Clan Munro files - Sage, Wes
      - Monroe, James Lawrence - Ruth Monroe Heydon lineage

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

  • Sources 
    1. [S321] Clan Munro files - Bardin, Margaret, Margaret Bardin, "Eagle Flyer" - Spring 2011 - Editor: Margaret Bardin (Reliability: 3).

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

    3. [S386] Clan Munro files - Munroe, Charles C., III, Charles C. Munroe, III, Historical & Biographical Sketch of the Monroe (Munroe) an d Monro (Munro) Family - p. 4 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S100] Lexington Munroes, Richard S. Munroe, (privately published in Florence, Massachusetts (1986)), p. 11, 28-30 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S62] Clan Munro files - Knies, Alice Ann, Alice Ann Knies, Ancestry chart - Alice Ann Swartman Knies - 1984 (Reliability: 3).

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