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The Death of Freeman Munson

November 7, 2014

Freeman Munson, one of my maternal 4th great grandfathers, was born in 1786 in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He was the eighth of twelve children born to Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Munson and his wife, Susannah Tyler.

By 1808, Freeman was living in Ohio where he and his wife, Margaret Gregory gave birth to their first child, my 3rd great grandfather, Amos Munson.

According to The Munson Record, Vol 1, p 264, Henrietta, Miles, Marietta, and Clarissa were born after that. I have found no other information abut Henrietta, but all three of the younger children lived out their lives in Trumbull County, Ohio. (Amos was the only one known to leave Ohio, moving to Grant County, Wisconsin and then Tama and Fayette Counties in Iowa.)

One piece of written legacy about Freeman is of his enlistment into the US Army during the War of 1812.  According to his enlistment statistics, he was 25 years old when he enlisted, was 5’11”, had blue eyes and fair hair and complexion.

He deserted soon after that and disappears from records until 1830 when he is found in the US Census living in Brookfield, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA. He continued to live in Trumbull County, registering for the US Census in 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870.

It is believed Freeman Munson died on 7 Nov 1878, still in Trumbull County, Ohio.

  1. I descend from Freeman Munson thru daughter Henrietta b. 10-10-1815 d. 4-7-1905 in Randalia, Fayette Co., Iowa. Where and when did your Amos die?

    • Hi Cindy. It is always fun to “meet” a cousin! The only record I have of Amos Munson’s birth is from the 1850 US Census which has him born in 1808 in Ohio. He and Mary Ann Kearney applied for marriage in Trumbull County, Ohio on August 20, 1831 and were married three days later on the 24th. By 1850 they were living in Grant County, WI. He died 5 Aug 1885 and he, too, was buried in Fayette County, IA. (Lot 289, Page 133, Grave Records of Hawkeye, Fayette County, Iowa.).

      I just checked the lifespan of those siblings. Amos died “young” in his late 70s; your Henrietta was a few months shy of 90. Miles, Marietta, and Clarissa all had long lives, too, although none quite up to par with Henrietta. There are some good genes in that pool!

    • lorilhahn permalink

      Hey Cindy – I’m descended from Mary Ann but have done a lot of work on Henrietta’s family and was recently in Randalia. Carm has a great blog here and it’s always worth a read.

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