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Luke Munger
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ABNER M. MUNGER
BIOGRAPHY
INCLUDING BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL ON HIS FATHER, LUKE MUNGER
   
   
   
   
"Luke Munger, the father of the above, was a native of Boston, Mass., and when seven years of age removed with his father to Ohio, locating near Sandusky City, where a farm was taken and cleared of timber.  Luke Munger remained at home until 1835, and on the 29th of March in that year he was married to Miss Loretta Reed, also a resident of Ohio.  In the fall of 1839 they removed to Michigan, and purchased land in Kalamazoo County.  Upon that, however, he did not settle, but rented a farm for the first year, and afterwards traded the forty acres he had purchased in Kalamazoo County for eighty acres on section 24, Porter township, Van Buren Co., upon which he built a log cabin and commenced making improvements.  The children of Mr. and Mrs. Munger were as follows: Esther A., born Dec. 6, 1835; Russell V., born Aug. 22, 1837; Lafayette M., born June 27, 1840, killed by lightning, Aug. 7, 1861; Abner M., born Feb. 7, 1842; Eliza A., born May 14, 1844.  Mrs. Munger sickened and died June 18, 1847, aged thirty-two years, leaving Mr. Munger with five small children.  On the 12th of March, 1848, he married Rebecca, daughter of Amos Harris, an early settler in Kalamazoo County, and by her was the father of the following children: Eunice A., born _____, died April 17, 1851; Sarah M., born Nov. 7, 1849; Mary E., born Sept. 30, 1851, died April 14, 1852; Salmedor R., born Aug. 15, 1853; William H., born Oct. 1, 1855; Cynthia J., born Feb. 28, 1858; Luke W., born June 30, 1859; Eva A., born Nov. 22, 1861; Frank M., born April 21, 1863, died Feb. 6, 1865; Frank M., born April 21, 1863, died Feb. 6, 1865.  Mr. Munger lived long enough to find himself and family in very comfortable circumstances, and died Dec. 3, 1863.  He was an active worker in the affairs of the township, and sought to further its interests in every way.  In religious matters he was liberal, and in politics a Democrat.  He was a man who respected the religious views of others, and who was not a seeker after political distinction.  His sons, Abner M. and Russell V. Munger, // cause this article to be inserted in the history of the county in which he resided so long.
   
"Abner M. Munger was married, Dec. 24, 1865, to Oliva Corey, whose parents,--Sanford and Eliza Corey--were among the earliest settlers of Porter township.  Mrs. Munger was the oldest in a family of three children, and in turn became the mother of three children,--Charles C., born Oct. 26, 1866; Warren G., born March 11, 1870; Albert L., born Aug. 31, 1875.  Mrs. Munger died Oct. 17, 1876, and Mr. Munger's sister assisted in the duties of his household until Nov. 28, 1878, when he married Miss Sarah M. Hibbard, daughter of Enos B. and Betsey Ann Hibbard.  She is a native of the State of New York, and came with her parents to Lenawee Co., Mich, in 1866.  Her father died Nov. 6, 1879; her mother is yet living in Lenawee County.  Mr. Munger resides with his family on the farm formerly owned by Sanford Corey."
   
   
A history of Van Buren County, Michigan a narrative account of its historical progress, its people, and its principal interests, by Rowland, O. W. (Oran W.), 1839-, published by the Lewis Publishing Co., 1912; and presented online by the University of Michigan Library: Ann Arbor, Michigan, pages 501-502 and illustrations.