Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Munroe, Peabody, Massachusetts

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

In memory of
wife of 
Mr. Isaac Munroe
who died 
Dec. 7, 1842
Aged 57

In Memory of
Mr. Isaac Munroe
who died
Feb. 18, 1822
Aged 38.

Isaac Munroe is my 3rd great grand uncle.  I descend from his youngest brother, Luther Simonds Munroe (1805 - 1851).   Isaac and Luther were the sons of Andrew Munroe, a Revolutionary War patriot from Lexington, Massachusetts, and his wife Ruth Simonds.  Isaac was their eldest child, named for Andrew's brother.  Isaac was born 19 July 1785 in Woburn, Massachusetts and died 18 February 1822 in Lynn, Massachusetts.  He was killed "by his team [of horses] in Lynn" according to his Danvers death record, and he was only 38 years old.

He married Mary Curtis on 8 September 1807 in Danvers, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Andrew Curtis and Hannah Small, born 14 March 1783 in Danvers and died 7 December 1842 in Danvers.  They had seven children.  Isaac's occupation was cordwainer (shoemaker).

According to the complied Munroe genealogy book by Joan Guilford "Isaac d. intestate and on 4 March 1822 w. Mary declined admin., which was given to Nathan Poor and approved by Andrew, Edmond and Uriah, Isaac's bros.  On 2 Apr. 1822 Mary petit. ct. for support stating she 'is left destitute with seven children, six of them daughters, the eldest a cripple, youngest a son of four months.'  Court allowed her $150 Essex probate No. 19099."

These are lovely gravestones, quite identical with intricate carving.  I wonder who paid for them if Mary was left destitute?

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  1. I have a Munroe in my tree too-- John Munroe (1761-1846), who was reputedly born on the Isle of Shoals. His parents are unknown, but he had a daughter named Anna (b. 1793) who married Richard SIMMONDS, whose parents are also unknown. We're probably connected on one or both of these lines.

    1. Karen, this line of Munroes started in Lexington, Massachusetts. They are well documented on line, in books and in the Lexington town history and vital records.