Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Frederick Munroe, 1912, Peabody, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Monumental Cemetery, Peabody, Massachusetts

1864 - 1912
1868 - 1939

William Frederick Munroe is my first cousin three generations removed.  His father, William Calvin Munroe (1833 - 1891) is the brother of my 2nd great grandmother, Phebe Cross (Munroe) Wilkinson.  William Frederick was born 31 March 1864 in Peabody, and died 10 June 1912 in Peabody.  He married Clara Bailey Mansfield on 2 June 1892 in Salem, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Edward Gelen Mansfield and Rebecca Stacey Breed, born 14 September 1868 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, died 25 March 1939 in Peabody.  William and Clara had nine children.

from Municipal History of Essex County in Massachusetts by Benjamin F. Arrington, Volume III, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922, page 137-138:

"William Frederick Munroe, son of William Calvin Munroe and his first wife, Adeline B. (Jones) Munroe, was born in Peabody, Massachusetts, March 31, 1864, there spent his life in honorable usefulness and died June 10, 1912.  He was educated in Peabody schools, and the Bryant and Stratton Business College, then began his business career with his father, founder of the express business which was son long known as the Munroe and Arnold Express Company.  At the death of his father, William C. Munroe, he succeeded him as head of the business and conducted it for the benefit of the Arnold estate.  In 1904 the Munroe and Arnold Express Company bought the old established express business of David Merritt, and in 1905 acquired the J. H.  Moulton Express Company of Salem, and both those companies were merged with the Munroe and Arnold Express company.  On September 1, 1905, the business was incorporated under the Massachusetts laws as the Munroe-Arnold-Merritt Express Company, William F. Munroe president, a position he held until his passing seven years later.
In civic affairs Mr. Munroe was the interested patriotic citizen.  In politics a Republican, he served as member of the party town committee for ten years; in 1896 was elected a trustee of Peabody Institute; member of the School Committee and chairman of the board until his death; and in 1910 represented Peabody in the Massachusetts Legislature.  He was held in the highest esteem by his townsmen, and at the spring election preceding his death he was re-elected to the School Committee to serve threee years.  He was a director of the Warren Five Cents Savings Bank, a member of the Investment Committee, and deeply interested in these duties as he was in all the business and other organizations with which he was connected.  He was a Master Mason of Jordan Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; a companion of Washington chapter, Royal Arch Masons; a sir kight of Winslow Lewis Commandery, Knights Templar, all of Salem; past noble grand of Holten Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; a member of Abbott council, Order of United American Mechanics; Peabody Board of Trade; Danvers Gold Club; Colonial Club of Salem; and was active in the affairs of the Universalist church.
Mr. Munroe married, June 2, 1892, Clara Bailey Mansfield, born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, September 14, 1869, daughter of Edward Galen and Rebecca Stacey (Breed) Mansfield, born January 15, 1841, died June 8, 1889, was a daughter of Captain Hubbard Breed an old time deep water master of ships.  Edward Mansfield was born April 14, 1813.  Clara (Bailey) Mansfield was born September 15, 1868.  Nine children were born to William F. and Clara Bailey (Mansfield) Munroe, sevn in Peabody and two in Salem.  1. Eleanor Vinton, born March 26, 1893, died October 18, 1897.  2. Ruth, born June 15, 1894, a graduate of the Massachusetts State Normal School at Framingham, 1915; married January 15, 1916, Charles H. Wentworh, and has two daughters Clara Munroe, born January 15, 1917, and Viginia Alan, born June 23, 1920.  3.  Alice Hubbard, born November 11, 1895, a graduate of Burdett College, class of 1915; married June 26, 1920, Samuel Oliver King.  4. Marjorie, born November 27, 1898, married February 9, 1915, Ralph K. Raymond, and has two children; John Munroe, born 19 July 1916, and Eleanor Wilson, born November 11, 1918.  5. Allen Breed, born March 11, 1900; he entered the United States service in March 1918, and was honorably discharged in September 1919.  he was in training at the United States Radio Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, prior to entering the service, being in teh navy.  He crossed the ocean three times and saw active service.  Since the war he attended Eastern Radio Institute at Boston, Massachusetts, as a student, is now a radio operator, first class, and has again crossed the ocean three times.  6. William Calvin, born May 20 , 1902, a  student at Brown University, class of 1923.  7.  Edward Mansfield, born March 9, 1904, a student at high school.  8. John Vinton, born August 6, 1905, a student at high school.   9. Frederick Galen, born July 4, 1910.  The family home was in Peabody, but a summer home was maintained in Salem many years.  Mrs. Clara Bailey (Mansfield) survives her husband, and continues her residence in Peabody, Massachusetts at No. 25 Orchard Street."


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