The original American ancestor of the subject of this memoir, and the founder of the family in the New World, was Thomas Munson, a carpenter by trade, who became a resident of Hartford, New Haven, Conn., as earlv as 1637, in which year he participated with Mason's army in the Pequot war. He was subsequently commissioned as a lieutenant, and in recognition of his services was granted 100 acres of land in the present city of Hartford. He became a prominent member of the colony, serving as selectman, as deputy to the General Assembly, as town treasurer, as captain, etc., of the militia, as adjuster of estates, etc. He died May 7, 1685, aged seventy-three. His only son, Samuel, was one of the founders of Wallingford, served as selectman, as rector of the Hopkins Grammar School, as town treasurer, as an officer in the militia, etc. He died in 1693, being the father of ten children. He had a son Samuel, who had a son Waitstill, who had Samuel, who had Ephraim, who had Samuel, who was the father of the subject of this sketch. Ephraim enlisted in the Revolutionary army, but served only a few months, and was a carpenter, millwright, and mill owner, residing in Barkhamsted, Conn. Samuel, the eldest son of Ephraim, was born August 17, 1777, resided in Barkhamsted, and died May 20, 1844. He owned a grist mill, a saw mill, and a large farm, represented his town in the General Court five sessions, being in the Legislature in 1816, when the Blue Laws were abolished, and served as justice of the peace in 1824 and 1825. November 13, 181)0, he married Hannah, daughter of Whitehead Howe, of Center Hill, Conn., who died February 9, 1854. Their children were Ephraim, born August 2`?, 1801, who assisted his uncle in Utica in the manufacture of millstones, married Phebe daughter of Rev. Ozias Eells, first pastor at Barkhamsted, and died December 7, 1826; Edmund, the subject of this memoir; Laura (Mrs. Owen Case), born July 14, 1808; died March 12, 1871; Hannah (first the wife of Dr. David Phelps and afterward Mrs. Ezekiel Hosford), born in 1816, died February 12, 1858; and Whitfield Talleyrand, born May 6, 1812, died May 22, 1883.
Edmund Munson was born in Barkhamsted, Conn., May 2, 1805, and during a few years of his youth received the slight advantage of a district school education. At the early age of fifteen he entered
his father's mill, where he received the rudimentary instructions which laid the foundation of his subsequent usefulness and success in business life. In 1829 he built a flouring mill in his native
village comprising four runs of stone, which he made. Six years later he left Connecticut with the in-
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Ephraim, born June 2, 1832, died August 31, 1837; and Hannah Wetmore, born September 10, 183!, who married June 9, 1849, Edward Wendell Crosby, a manufac- turer of Albany, N. Y. October 13, 1838, Mr. Munson married, second, Miss Sarah Gardner, who died November 25, 1872. They had five children; Helen Elizabeth, born November 30, 1840, died April 15, 1862; Sarah L., born February 20, 1842, who married Dr. W. G. Tucker, of Cooperstown, N. Y., and, second, William H. Blodgett, of the Treasury Department at Washington; Edmund, born December 26, 1844, in Brownville, N. Y.; Alfred Hooper, born February 14, 1846; and Counteil, born Feb ruary 22, 1849.