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Justus Munn has been an enigma for many years as we were unable
to find out who his parents were and knew little about him.
He apparently was born about 1750 in Connecticut but we were
unable to find birth or baptism / christening records to support
This collection of bits of information includes three marriages
for a Justus Munn and one for a Robert Justus Munn -- all
consecutive, so it could be one man, but we haven't been able to
find out what happened to two of the wives and most of the
children. We have chosen to assume there was only one man
with four wives. See our reasons below.
We invite anyone who may have supporting or dissenting information
to contact us.
If our man is indeed Robert Justus Munn, then we also know more
about his ancestors and siblings. See our Munn Research file, link
- June 13, 1776. Death of Jonathan Dunham Munn son of
Justus and Mercy Munn, "in ye 2nd year of his age".
He was buried in the Cande-Sage Cemetery, Sheffield, Berkshire
County, MA. Gravestone
- We have so far found no record of the birth of Jonathan
Dunham Munn or any other children of Mercy Dunham and Justus
- April 15, 1777 or 1778, Justus Mun enlisted in 2nd
Regiment, Light Dragoons, Continental Troops under Colonel
- Copied from Rolls: Justus Mun,
Date of enlistment April, 1777, Corporal Dec. 1, 1778,
reduced Oct. 22, 1781
- Copied from Size Roll (undated): Justice
Munn, Private, 3rd Troop, time of enlistment April 15,
1778, Pronoted Corporal Oct. 1778, Term of service D. W.
[duration of war], State: Connecticut, Town Sharon, Trade
Weaver, Stature 5 feet, 8 inches, complexion light, eyes
dark, hair dark, reduced to the ranks.
- From a return of recruits in Captain Stoddard's troup,
undated, Justus Munn, state
Connecticut, Town Sharon, term of enlistment: during the
- Justus Munn, Pvt., appears
on a roll of 3rd Troop, Capt. Jeronemus Hoogland, 2nd
Regiment Light Dragoons
- On a list of orders received for 1782 and 1783, Justus
Munn to Tallmadge & Co -- the whole [Benjamin
Tallmadge was a Major, 2nd Regiment, Light Dragoons]
- On a list of orders received for 1782 and 1783, Charles
Buzzet (sp.?) to Justus Munn
to be paid to Lewis Hart (sp.?) 2 years pay
- Jan. 8, 1783, Justis Munn
appears on a Return of the number of men belonging to 3rd
Troop, 2nd Regiment, Light Dragoons for shirts and stockings
- Justus Munn was mentioned in Jared Tozer's Declaration for
Pension, which was formerly available in its entirety at http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=surnames.tozer&m=148
in a message by Sharon McMahon, Date: 12 Feb 1999.
The relevant excerpt: "That on the 1st day of February and
(AD?)1781 he again entered the service of the United States,
that he was enlisted in that part of the town of Simsbury now
called Granby by Justus Munn a Corporal in the company
of troop commanded by Captain Hoogland, and that he enlisted
during the war and joined the company at Hadley,
Massachusetts, that there were four companies of horse and two
of foot that belonged to the regiment to in which he served
and was commanded by Col. Elisha Sheldon of Simsbury, Conn.
and one Jimmason from Virginia was Lieutenant Colonel and
Benjamin Talmage then of Smithtown, Long Island but recently
of Litchfield, Connecticut was Major. Jedediah Rogers of New
Haven, Ct. who was a Lieutenant of one of the companies and
also acted as adjutant of the Regt. and Thomas Coney was
Sergeant Major of the Regt. that at Hadley, Massachusetts he
was transferred to a company of foot belonging to the Same
regiment and commanded by Capt David Edgar of Woodbridge, New
Jersey and Gideon Holley of New Haven, Connecticut was
Lieutenant in said company."
- June 20, 1781, Gustus Munn married Esther Phelps
[Merriman], in East Granby, Hartford County, Connecticut,
and had two children according to this
transcription of the Granby, CT Town Records.
- MUNN, MUN (also see MANN)
Caterine, dau Gustus & Ester, b Dec 2, 1781
Gustus, m Ester PHELPS, June 20, 1781
John G, son Gustus & Ester, b Mar 29, 1785
- This is one of the confusing bits of information: other
sources state that Esther's surname was Merriman. Her
mother's maiden name was Phelps, but it is a mystery to me
why Esther should have been using it.[See the second
paragraph of the Autobiography
of Ezra Simmons, a great grandson of Justus Munn.
Note that the family story about Justus having received a
large grant of land where Cleveland was later built is
wrong. Justus sold his 100 acre land warrant, February
11, 1800, to Samuel Dick. Ancestry.com, U.S. War
Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858, images 104 & 361]
- December 2, 1781, Catherine Munn was born in Granby
Township, Hartford County, Connecticut. She died 1842 in
Stockdale, Ontario, Canada
March 29, 1785, John G. Munn was born in Granby Township,
Hartford County, Connecticut.
- November 17, 1785, Robert Justus Munn, of New York, married
Lydia Ingraham, in Old Saybrook, Middlesex, CT. The
couple had 6 children, and Lydia died May 23, 1799. See
the relevant page from the Connecticut Church Records Vol 86
- Able Stiles Munn, died Nov 27, 1790, aged 4 years
- Benjamin Ingraham Munn, son of Robert Justus, was baptized
May 17, 1799, 6 days before his mother's death.
- Four children of Robert Justus Munn were baptized August 18,
- Abigail Lydia Munn
- Samuel Abel Munn
- George Washington Munn
- Elizabeth Stiles Munn
- Robert Justus Munn renewed his baptism August 18, 1799
All other genealogies of Justus Munn
omit this marriage and family, presumably assuming this is a
different man. Our reasons for
assuming that Robert Justus Munn and Justus Munn are the same
person are as follows:
- Robert Justus Munn does not appear anywhere else as far as I
have been able to find.
- There is no conflict in dates.
- In the Connecticut Probate records, Dorcas Munn post a
bond as Administrator of the estate of Justus R. Munn,
February 5, 1807.
- I have been unable to find any records of Robert
Justus Munn or Justus Munn after 1807.
- March 4, 1793: Justus Munn, Private, began receiving pension
payments of $30.00 per year. This is from the 1835 list of
Connecticut Pensioners. This list notes that he received a total
of $414.50 and died January 27, 1807.
- March 13, 1800, Justus Munn married Dorcas Allen,
Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut. I believe that this date
"A genealogy of Samuel Allen of Windsor, Connecticut",
page 8, "Dorcas, b. Dec. 17, 1762 ; m. Justus Munn, of Saybrook,
Ct. Resided in East Windsor. He was a Revolutionary pensioner.
Had one child." I have not found a primary source.
- October 2, 1803, Justus Allen Munn was christened in
Windsor, Hardford, Connecticut. He married Martha Wortendyke
April 3, 1828 at the Madison Avenue Dutch Reformed Church, New
York, New York.
- January 27, 1807, Justus Munn died according to the
Pension Roll of 1835: "Justus Munn, Private, Allowance 30, Sums
received 414.50, Revolutionary Army, Pension commenced - Mar 4,
1793, Law under which pension granted - April 20, 1796, Died
January 27, 1807"
- February 5, 1807,
Bond of administration to Dorcas Munn of East Windsor, and
Solomon Allen and Christopher Bullen, both of Enfield, all in
Hartford, for the estate of Justus R Munn of East Windsor.
|Don and Jeanne Ross