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Archibald T Munroe &

Mary A. Smith

 Archibald T. Munroe was born April 26, 1827 in Robeson Ct. NC. He moved to Talladega Ct. Alabama in the 1830's with his parents. Married Mary A. Smith January 18, 1849, the daughter of Daniel Smith and Susan Brown born  in Robeson Ct. NC. 

Their first child born Emily Jane Munroe 1849 in Talladega Ct. AL. She traveled with her parents in the 1850's to Louisiana to settle in the little town know as Vernon.

CENSUS: 1850

Page 461 Family # 1572. Jan 13, 1849
1850 Census states from Talladega Co, Alabama
Monroe, Archibald 23 N.C. 
Mary M Smith 24 
Eily J. 6/24/ Ala

THE TOWN OF VERNON
October 13, 1857, 
Archibald was found living in Jackson Parish by searching land records on the web.
E half of the NE 1/4, N half of the SE 1/4 sec 13 TS 18 N of Range 2 West in the district of Lands subject to sale at Monroe LA containing one hundred and fifty three acres, & fifty five hundredths.

Showing up in Jackson Parish Louisiana, this was the first realization that he was the first to move to Louisiana. We then searched the census records and found him living with his wife and one child in Vernon Louisiana

The land document was dated 1857 for 153 acres in Vernon, LA 

1860 Census States, 
Oct 18th , 1860 Jackson Parish Louisiana Vernon Post Office 
Census taker A.W. Hightower
Soundex page 378
Page 44, Dwelling No. 283 Family No. 283
Albert T. Munroe 34 Male White, Carpenter Value Real Estate 300, personal Prop. 100 Birthplace NC
Mary M. 35 Female W. Domestic Born NC
Emily J. 10 Female W. AL
Elizabeth (?) 7 Female W. LA
Ruth 4 Female W. LA
Marion A. 2 Male W. LA
Mary E. 1/6 Female W. LA

My sister Kathy and I wanted to see this town that was so close to our own home town of Shreveport. We struck out on one of many of our Genealogy searches. Driving to Ruston, headed north to Vernon, for about 20 minutes out we made a left heading back East and came upon a sign that said Vernon ahead.  We reached a fork in the road giving only options of left or right. On the left was an old building that looked to be a old grocery store and gas station. Later we found this to be true. (see picture below)

Across the road was a home and with a large vegetable garden and just to the left of the home was a road that led to the Vernon Baptist Church.  We first drove right, finding nothing we returned to drive to the left.  We found nothing. A man was working beside the road so we stopped to ask where Vernon was?  He said, "You just drove through it". It seems that when the railroad was set to go through the town of Vernon that the state set it to go through somewhere else and this caused the town to dry up. I have the full story under the Forgotten Legacy below. The only thing active in Vernon today is the church and cemetery.  We drove up a gully to get to the cemetery and took a couple of pictures.  We walked around to see if we spotted any names that may have been familiar to us, none were other than a Squyres from my Fraternal Grandmother's side.

VERNON LOUISIANA
The town of Vernon was duly incorporated in 1859 by Act 52 of the
Legislature at the expense of the State for something under a million
dollars. An election was held on the third Saturday in July for Mayor and five Selectmen, for said town of Vernon --- to be held in
conformity to Act 52 of the Legislature to incorporate the town of
Vernon, approved March 14, 1859. The election for town officers on
July 16, 1859 resulted as follows: Mayor, J.R. Ryan, Esqr.; Board of
Selectmen, W.H.B. Smith, L.M. Kidd, W.B. Barnes, J.M. Smith and G.W.
McCrainie. A. T. MONROE elected town constable by the Board of
Selectmen and has given his bond for the faithful performance of his
duties as such.

Exert from "Vernon: The Forgotten Legacy"

See The Forgotten Legacy  

Archibald was the town constable of Vernon. We know nothing else of him other than he was a farmer, and owned land. The records from Vernon of course burned in the court house fire. War time came, on May 9, 1861 he became a Confederate Soldier, as a Private in Co. F 2nd LA Inf. En out of New Orleans, LA  Archibald signed up to fight with the confederates while back in Alabama. his older brother John Anthony, along with John's oldest two sons signs up.

  War Between The States.

Archibald Monroe Killed in War between the states July 7, 1862.

 This record shows.

Monroe, A.T., Pvt. Co. F, 2nd La. Inf. En. May 9, 1861, New Orleans, La. Roll July and Aug., 1861, Absent detached before last muster for duty in Medical Department. Roll Nov. and De., 1861. Absent, sick in Richmond. Roll Jan. and Feb., 1862, Absent or present not stated. Roll March and April, 1862, to Cot., 1862, Died of disease July 4-7, 1862.

Mary Smith along with her six children moved to Marshall Texas sometimes after Archibald died but before 1870. The census reflects this information.

December 6th, 1870 page 15 & 16 Harrison Ct. Texas city of Marshall
dwelling no 108 family number 123

Head of household is Mary Munroe
Mary Munroe age 44 female white Seamstress born N. C., 
Jane, age 20, Female, white, born Alabama
Elizabeth, age 16, Female, white born Louisiana
Ruth, age 14, Female, White born Louisiana
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Mariva, age 11, male, white, Student born in Louisiana shows he attended school within the yr. Can write but cannot read
Mollie age 9, Female, white, born in Louisiana

Mary worked as a Seamstress in this small town and it is believed that she moved there to get support from some Smith family members. The only male born to Mary and Archibald was called Marion but the name was misspelled on the census. We thought for a long time that Marion died in Texas, however from records contained in the Caddo Parish Court house shows he was alive into his twenties. Where or when or if he die is unknown to this author.

1870's Mary moved her family to Shreveport LA. This would proved to be a final blow to Mary. She passed away in the dreadful Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1873, and is buried in what is referred to as Yellow Fever Hill at Oakland Cemetery, Shreveport LA. Yellow Fever This hill, was one mass burial. Read the stories of Yellow Fever in Shreveport.

 

The Life of the Munroe Girls in Shreveport (to be continued)

View Archibald and Mary (Smith) Monroe's Descendant Chart below

Shreveport, LA

The city is named for Henry Miller Shreve, an engineer and steamboat builder. Shreve reached the area in 1833, while removing a jam of driftwood about 160 miles long that was blocking navigation on the Red River. His work camp formed the nucleus of the present city, which incorporated as a town in 1839, and as a city in 1878. After Baton Rouge fell into Union hands in 1862 during the American Civil War, Shreveport was the Confederate capital of Louisiana. Industrial growth accelerated in the area in 1906 after the discovery of vast oil deposits at nearby Caddo Lake. Riverboat gambling was introduced to Shreveport in 1994.

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Descendants of Archibald T. Munroe

Generation No. 1

1. ARCHIBALD T.1 MUNROE (DUNCANA) was born April 26, 1827 in Robeson Ct., North Carolina, and died July 07, 1862, Killed in War between the states. He married MARY A. SMITH January 18, 1849 in Talladega Ct. Alabama, daughter of DANIEL SMITH and SUSAN BROWN. She was born March 18, 1826 in Robeson Ct., North Carolina, and died October 16, 1873,  Died of Yellow Fever in 1873 epidemic,  Shreveport, LA.

 

Children of ARCHIBALD MUNROE and MARY SMITH are:

i. EMILY JANE2 MUNROE, b. 1849, Talladega Ct., Alabama; d. March 19, 1928, Oakland Cemetery, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA; m. WILLIAM S. HULL, October 18, 1874, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA; d. Bet. 1882 - 1883.

ii. SUSAN A. MONROE, d. Bef. 1908, Died awhile back (see notes).

iii. ELIZABETH (BETTY) MUNROE, b. Abt. 1853, Louisiana; d. October 05, 1882, Oakland Cemetery, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA; m. JAMES J. WILSON, February 25, 1877, Shreveport, LA, Caddo Parish; d. June 23, 1890, Oakland Cemetery, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA.

iv. RUTH MUNROE, b. April 29, 1856, Louisiana; d. August 17, 1930, Oakland Cemetery, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA; m. WILLIAM WOOD CAPERTON, July 08, 1877, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA; b. July 08, 1849; d. April 30, 1901, Oakland Cemetery, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA.

v. MARION A. MUNROE, b. Abt. 1858, Louisiana; d. Died in his youth (see notes).

vi. MARY "MOLLIE" E. MUNROE, b. July 20, 1860, Louisiana; d. December 11, 1919, Oakland Cemetery, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA; m. G W BEARDSLEY, June 03, 1896, Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA.

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