Name: Samuel MUNSON
Given Name: Samuel
Birth: 1643 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
Christening: 7 Aug 1643 New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
Death: 3 Feb 1693 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
The 350th Anniversary of Thomas Munson coming to America was celebrated at Yale University i n New Haven, Connecticut in August of 1987. Many members of the Munson family were benefactor s for establishing Yale University.
Change Date: 18 Feb 2016 at 09:23:06
There is a Thomas Munson Family Association which any Munson family members may join. (Not su re this foundation is still active - I can't find a current website for it).
Information on the Munson family is available in The Munson Record: A Genealogical and Biogra phical Account of Captain Thomas Munson and His Descendants, by Myron A. Munson, M.A., 1895 . There are now 5 volumes of this Munson family history and copies may be found in larger lib raries across the country.
Thomas Munson (1612-1685) first appears in America in records of Hartford, Connecticut in 163 7 as a member of the militia unit engaged in the Pequot Indian War. In 1639, he signed the Fu ndamental Agreement at New Haven where he established his permanent home. His life is well do cumented in The Munson Record Volume I and the Connecticut Colony records. The evidence is pe rsuasive that the Thomas Munson who was recorded as being baptized in St. Nicholas Church i n Rattlesden, County Suffolk, England on September 13, 1612 was the same man who later distin guished himself in the public affairs of colonial New Haven. The principal tie is the age lis ted on his gravestone.. aged 73 years, which links well with the baptismal record. The Churc h records document that the Thomas Munson of Rattlesden was the son of John and Elizabeth Mun son. John was baptized 14 Oct 1571 and was buried 26 Nov 1650. Elizabeth was buried 3 Jan 163 4/5. John was the son of Richard and Margery (Barnes) Munson. Richard was buried at Rattlesde n on 3 Dec 1590, while Margery was buried there 7 Feb 1622/3. (The Munson Family of County Su ffolk, England and New Haven Connecticut, Milton Rubincam, The American Genealogist, Januar y 1941.)
Beginnings - Thomas Cooper of Springfield and Some Allied Families by Agnew Thompson Cooper a nd John Bradley Cooper, published 1987:
Thomas Munson was first recorded as in Hartford, Connecticut in 1637. He was one of sixty-thr ee signers of the "Agreement", sergeant in the "Trayned Band" selectman in 1656, promoted t o "Ensigne" in 1661, assigned "seat No. 29 of the shorte seats in the meetinghouse". He wa s a member of the Council of War which considered what action should be taken against the Dut ch in America and he commanded troops around Saybrook, Connecticut in King Phillip's War. H e was later commissioned to deal with the Indians.
I. Capt. Thomas Munson, the ancestor of all the Munsons in the United States, was born in 161 2 and died in 1685. He came from England, and in 1637 was one of the forty-two men of Hartfor d, Connecticut, who served under Captain Mason in the Pequot Indian war. He was of New Haven , where he signed the Fundamental Agreement in 1639. He was lieutenant in 1664-76, served und er Captain Treat in the King Phillip war; was captain in 1676 of the New Haven Militia. Capta in Thomas was elected to the Plantation Court in 1662. He was foreman of the first grand jur y empaneled in New Haven; also a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals. In 1666 he was elect ed deputy to the General Assembly, serving in this capacity for twenty-four sessions.
Father: Thomas MUNSON b: 1612 in Rattlesden,? Suffolk,? England c: 13 Sep 1612 in Rattlesden,? Suffolk,? England
Mother: Joanna MEW b: 1609/1610 in England
Martha BRADLEY b: Oct 1648 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
28 Oct 1665
in New Haven, CT
- Martha MUNSON b: 6 May 1667 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
- Samuel MUNSON b: 28 Feb 1669 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
- Thomas MUNSON b: 12 Mar 1671 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
- John MUNSON b: 28 Jan 1673 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
- Theophilus MUNSON b: 1 Sep 1675 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
- Joseph MUNSON b: 6 Nov 1677 in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT
- Stephen MUNSON b: 5 Dec 1679 in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT
- Caleb MUNSON b: 19 Nov 1682 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
- Joshua MUNSON b: 7 Feb 1684 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
- Israel MUNSON b: 6 Mar 1686 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT