NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Benjamin Munn, the immigrant ancestor, was a resident of Hartford, Conn. in 1639, and was a soldier in the Pequot war in 1637. He removed to Springfield, Mass., where he was living in 1649, and was a proprietor in 1651. In 1663 he was fined ten shillings "for taking tobacco on his hay cock." In 1665, "being very aged and weak," he was exempted from military service. He was probably killed by the Indians in Nov., 1675.
He married, April 2, 1649, Abigail, daughter of Henry Burt and widow of Francis Ball. She married (third) Dec. 14, 1676, Lieut. Thomas Stebbins, of Springfield.
Abigail, born June 28, 1650.
John, Feb. 8, 1651-52, mentioned below.
Mary, married Nathaniel Wheeler.
Benjamin, born March 25, 1654.
James, Feb. 10, 1655-56.
Nathaniel, July 20, 1661.
(II) John, son of Benjamin Munn, was born Feb. 8, 1651-52, and settled in Westfield. He was in the Falls fight, where he lost his horse, saddle and bridle, for which he asked pay, and said that he ws "under a wasting sickness which he contracted in the Falls fight." In another petition in 1683 he says "he is in a sad condition by reason of a surfiet got at the Falls fight, and it will through him into an incurable consumption." He died Sept. 16, 1684.
He married, Dec. 23, 1680, Abigail, daughter of Benjamin Parsons, of Springfield. She married (second) Oct. 7, 1686, John Richards, schoolmaster, who removed to Deerfield.
John, born March 16, 1681-82.
Benjamin, mentioned below.
(III) Benjamin, son of John Munn, was born in 1683, and was a carpenter by trade. He removed to Deerfield with his mother, and in 1704 was living in a half underground house in a side hill on his step-fahter Richard's land. On an Indian attack, Richard's youngest daughter was captured and the rest of the family barely escaped, and his house was burned. Munn's house was so covered with snow that it escaped notice, and he, with his wife and baby, remained undisturbed. He was a soldier in the French war, and served as selectman. Late in life he removed to Northfield, where he died Feb. 5, 1774, aged ninety-one.
Benjamin Munn married, Jan. 18, 1702-03, Thankful Nims, who died July 11, 1746, daughter of Godfrey Nims.
Thankful, born Jan. 12, 1703-04.
Mary, Dec. 7, 1705.
Benjamin, May 26, 1708, died Jan. 11, 1709.
John, March 16, 1712, mentioned below.
Rebecca, Dec. 10, 1714, died Jan. 24, 1715.
Abigail, Jan. 9, 1717.
Samuel, Sept. 14, 1719.
Rebecca, April 14, 1722.
Sarah, Nov. 14, 1724.
Leroy, June 1, 1728.
(IV) John (2), son of Benjamin Munn, was born at Deerfield, March 16, 1712. He was a soldier at Fort Dummer in 1730-36, and removed to that part of the town now Northfield, and died there April 5, 1765.
He married Mary, daughter of William Horton, of Northfield; she died Jan. 8, 1768. He married (second) Oct. 23, 1769, Eunice, daughter of Joseph Clesson.
John, born Nov. 16, 1741.
Mary, Nov. 30, 1743.
Noah, April 17, 1746.
Oliver, April 24, 1748.
Abigail, March 3, 1750.
Sarah, June 7, 1752.
Seth, mentioned below.
(V) Seth, son of John (2) Munn, was born at Gill, Mass., and baptized May 5, 1754. He died there Feb. 13, 1808, aged fifty-four, according to the town record. He married Selima ____. He was a soldier in the revolution, a private in Captain Bela Proctor's company, Lieutenant-Colonel Williams' regiment, sent to reinforce the northern army in August, 1777. He was in the Continental army July 7, 1780, when his age was given as twenty-five years; height, five feet eleven inches; complexion, dark; residence, Northfield. He was in Captain Samuel Flower's company, Colonel John Greaton's regiment in 1780, and later in Captain Joseph Crocker's company, Colonel Greaton's regiment, at Camp Totaway, and at West Point.
In 1790 the first federal census shows Simon, Noah, John and Seth Munn heads of families in Greenfield, Mass. Seth had two sons under sixteen and two females in his family. John, Noah and Simon were brothers.
Children, born at Gill:
Otis, Sept. 28, 1784, mentioned below.
Seth, Aug. 15, 1789.
Sylvia, May 21, 1792.
Orra, Feb. 17, 1793.
Obadiah, Oct. 26, 1797.
Sophy, died Nov. 17, 1805.
(VI) Otis, son of Seth Munn, was born at Gill, formerly Greenfield, Mass., Sept. 28, 1784. He married Malenda ____, and had a daughter, Sophia S., who died April 8, 1810, aged twenty-two months. He married (second) Parmelia Jennings, of Greenfield, April 15, 1815. Soon after his marriage he removed to Rochester, New York, where he purchased a large tract of land near Carthage Landing. He was there but a short time when he removed to Greig, Lewis county, N.Y., selling his farm at Rochester. He followed his trade as carpenter and bridge builder many years. He sold his farm at Greig and removed to Leyden, N.Y. about 1839, and bought another farm there, which he cultivated for forty years afterward. He died Aug. 31, 1880; his wife Parmelia, died May 5, 187[6? hard to see].
1. Franklin Lyon, born Oct. 2, 1816, died Dec. 29, 1847.
2. Margaret J., born Feb. 25, 1819; married Francis W. Northrup, of Lowville.
3. Mary B., Aug. 20, 1821; married Walter Whittlesey, of Lyons Falls; died March 25, 1860.
4. Chester J., July 16, 1824.
5. George W., Oct. 6, 1827; died Aug. 23, 1839.
6. Helen M., Feb. 9, 1830; died Oct. 30, 1863; married Henry Shedd, of Lyons Falls.
7. Thaddeus Eugene, mentioned below.
(VII) Thaddeus Eugene, son of Otis Munn, was born July 29, 1835. His early life was spent on the homestead, and he attended the common schools. He entered Lowville Academy under Professor Mayhew and was a student there two years and a half. He then entered the employ of F. W. Northrup as clerk in his geneal store at Lowville, and after a year went with his employer to Zanesville, Ohio, where he worked during the next two years as clerk in the dry goods store that Mr. Northrup established there. Upon his return he took a preparatory course at Fairfield, Herkimer county, N.Y., and afterward at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass. He entered Union College in the second term of the freshman year and graduated in the class of 1861. During the next four years, through the eventful struggle of the civil war, he devoted much of his time to public speaking at patriotic meetings held to raise funds and secure volunteers. He won a reputation for ability as a public speaker and as an earnest and able supporter of the Union.
He was a Republican, but never an office seeker, though he was often called to places of honor and responsibility. He was elected supervisor of the town in 1870, and held the office six consecutive terms.
He married, Sept. 3, 1868, Adeline Baker, born Sept. 23, 1836, daughter of Thomas and Louise (Shaw) Baker of Talcottville.
(VIII) Thaddeus Eugene, only child of Thaddeus Eugene Munn, was born May 13, 1869. He attended the Peekskill (N.Y.) Military Academy, the Clinton (N.Y.) grammar school, and the Williston Seminary, Easthampton, graduating in the class of 1889. After traveling for a time he returned to his home and has been occupied largely in the management of his father's estate. He is an active and useful citizen, well known and highly respected in the community.
He married, at Boonville, N.Y., June 23, 1897, Mary Elizabeth, daughte of Peter J. and Bridget (Holmes) Barrow. She had a brother, John Barrow, who died at the age of seven years; a brother Frank P. Barrow; brothers Peter F. and James P.; and sister Kate Barrow.
Thaddeus Eugene and Mary E. Munn, have had one child, Otis, born Nov. 11, 1901.
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