Thomas Munson

Thomas Munson (1612 - 1685)

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Capt. Thomas Munson
Born in Rattlesden, County Suffolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Jul 2010 | Last significant change: 17 Jan 2019
19:14: Anne B edited the Biography for Thomas Munson (1612-1685). (Fixed ref statement) [Thank Anne for this]
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Thomas Munson migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Wife

Susan Munson migrated on the Elizabeth of Ispwich. She was enrolled at London, 30 April 1634, aged 25, bound for New England.[1] See

Anderson in his Great Migration Series, states that no records have been found for this passenger in New England.[2] Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary suggests that Susan was perhaps the wife of Thomas Munson of New Haven.[3] However, Thomas' only known wife was named Joanna.[2][4]

Thomas Munson

Thomas Munson was a captain in the colonial militia. He was a carpenter, held civic office, and was a member of the colonial legislature. He belonged to the Congregational Church. [5]


Thomas Munson, son of John and his wife was baptized 13 SEP 1612, in Rattlesden, County Suffolk, England.[6][4] John's wife was Elizabeth. No maiden name was given for his wife.

"There is a strong probability -- although it is not yet a proved fact -- that the Thomas Munson, recorded as having been there baptized on September 13, 1612, was the same man of that name who so distinguished himself in the public affairs of colonial New Haven."[6] No further proof has been located. Does it exist? Or has this strong probability become proofless "fact?"


Thomas arrival in New England was either unrecorded, or the record was lost, or it has not yet been found. No records have been found for Thomas prior to Hartford and it is unknown precisely when he arrived there. The first English settlers arrived in Suckiaug (later Hartford) in 1635 with the Rev. Thomas Hooker. Thomas was 23. Two years later 1637, Thomas joined the military force sent to defeat the Pequot Indians

"First Day of May, 1637, Genr Corte att Harteford. ... It is ordered that there shalbe 90 men levied out of the 3 Plantatacons, Hartford, Weathersfeild & Windsor." Hartford sent 42 men. The 90 Englishmen and 70 Mohegan Indians fought and defeated a force of Pequot Indians.[7]

The Hartford court assigned a fertile field, called soldier's field, as land to be distributed to those who served in the Pequot War. Thomas had a share in this field.[8]

Thomas sold several parcels of land in 1639, in the soldiers field, and on the east side of the Great River. He also owned a houselot in Hartford which he sold before February 1640. A parcel in the North meadow was forfeited and returned to the town.[9]

New Haven

Thomas was not among the first signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement on 4 June 1639, but his name was the sixth signer after that date.[10] A military man he was very important to the town and Colony of New Haven. As early as March 1639/40, he was being asked to help solve a problem between two other inhabitants.

"“Itt is ordered thatt brother Andrewes and brother Mounson shall veiw the grounds of difference betwixt Mr. Malbon and Thomas Moulenor the elder, and acquaint Mr. Turner, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Lamberton and Thomas Fugill w'h the same, who are desired to end the same if they can, or else to certyfye where the impediment lyes.”[10]

His name appears inumerable times in the court records and these entries can be read:

Offices Held by Thomas Munson: Sergeant of the New Haven Train Band Aug, 1642; Sergeant of the Artillery Co., March 1645; Sergeant of the New Haven Colony Troop June 1654; Ensign of the New Haven Train Band March 1661 (Munson declined the office, but accepted it on a temporary basis); Lieut of the Train Band May 1664, confirmed July 1665; Deputy from New Haven to the New Haven Legislature May 166, May 1664,; Judge (New Haven Town, June 1662, May 1663, May 1664.[4]


His gravestone says that he died 7th 3d mo 1685 ae 73. 3rd month is May not March. A distribution of his estate was made June 12 1685, so it must be 3rd month 1684/5.[11] Buried at the New Haven Town Green.[4]. Gravestones were relocated from the Green at Center Church to the Grove Street Cemetery. Photos of stone at Find a Grave


Thomas Munson and wife Joanna had three children.[4]

  1. Elizabeth m. (1) 19 Oct 1664 in Springfield, Massachusetts Timothy Cooper; m. (2) Richard Higginbotham[4]
  2. Samuel bpt 7 Aug 1643 in the First Church of New Haven;[12][4] died 1692 in New Haven; m. 26 Oct 1665 New Haven, Martha Bradley, who later married Eliasaph Preston and Matthew Sherman.[4]
  3. Hannah, bp. 11 Jun 1648 in the First Church;[4][12] died 30 Nov 1695 in Guilford, Connecticut; m. (1) 2 May 1667, New Haven, Joseph Tuttle; m.. (2) 21 Aug 1694, Guilford, Nathan Bradley[4]

Banks Dictionary lists Thomas Munson of Rattlesden, England to Hartford, CT. Married probably 1735. Munson, Thomas (1612-85) from Eng. to Hartford, CT, 1637; recd a grant of land in recognition of his services in the Pequot War; granted land a New Haven; rep. Colonial Assembly 27 sessions; Capt New Haven Co. forces King Philip's War; m. Joanna__ (ca 1610-1678). He received 6 acres of land in New Haven for military service. [13]

Savage Genealogical Dict. under Munson, or Monson states:

Thomas, Hartford 1641, rem. next yr. to New haven, had Samuel, bapt. prob. 6 Aug. (but not 7, as print. in Geneal. Reg. IX. 361), 1643; and Hannah, 11 June 1648; was rep. 1666, 9, 70-5, and serv. in the Ind. war. He d. 1685, and in the div. of his est. we find ano. ch. Eliz. wi. of Richard Higginbotham. Hannah m. 2 Mar. 1667, Joseph Tuttle. Susan, who came in the Eliz. to Boston, 1634, aged 25, was perhaps his w.


  1. Hotten, John Camden (editor). The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Rebels, Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years, Apprentices, Children Stolen, Maidens Pressed, and Others, who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. London: John Camden Hotten, 1874 (p. 281)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P. p. 200. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007.
  3. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Vol III p. 257. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932. p. 1285, 1287
  5. The Munson Record: A Genelogical and Biographical account of Captain Thomas Munson (a pioneer of Hartford and New Haven) and His Descendants Munson Associatio Munson Association, New Haven, CT, 1895
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rubincam, Milton. :The Munson Family of County Suffok, England, and New Haven, Conn. The American Genealogist 17:129- January 1941.Link to page at American Ancestors (pay site) (quote p. 131)
  7. Trumbull, Hammond J. The public records of the Colony of Connecticut prior to the Union with New Haven Colony May 1665. Hartford: Brown & Parsons, 1850. p 9
  8. Munson, Myron A. 1637-1887, the Munson record Volume 1 p. 3 citing Parker, F.H. "The Soldiers Field and Its Original Proprietors" read before the Conn. Historical Society and printed in the Courant June 18, 1887.
  9. Munson, Myron A. 1637-1887, the Munson record : a genealogical and biographical account of Captain Thomas Munson, a pioneer of Hartford and New Haven, and his descendants. New Haven, Conn. : Printed for the Munson Association, 1896
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony or Jurisdiction of New Haven, From May 1653 to the Union. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1858. pp. 18, 32
  11. Note: Jacobus' Fam. of Anc. New haven has 7 Mar 1685/6
  12. 12.0 12.1 "List of Baptisms In the Church in New Haven, Conn., during the Ministry of Rev. John Davenport ... New England Historical and Genealogical Register 9:361. Boston: NEHGS, 1855. At AmericanAncestors NEHGS (membership required) At Google Books
  13. Immigrant Ancestors, Extract of Volume VII, Compendium of American Genealogy by Frederick Adam Virkus Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, Chicago, 1942 reprint 1968, Second Date, Compendium of American Genealogy
  • Page 16: "Thomas Munson first settled in Hartford and soon removed to New Haven, which he represented in the General Assembly twenty-four sessions, from 1660 to 1683."
Capt. Thomas Munson
Gender: Male
Birth: Sep 13 1612 - Rattlesden, Suffok, England
Marriage: Circa 1634 - New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut
Death: Mar 17 1685 - New Haven,New Haven County, Connecticut
Father: John Munson
Mother: Eliabeth Munson (born Sparke)
Spouses: Susan Munson (born UNKNOWN)Joanna Munson (born Mew)
Children: Anne Stebbins (born Munson)Elizabeth MunsonHannah MunsonElisabeth Munson
Sibling: Remember Munson

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On 9 Aug 2016 at 02:08 GMT Anne B wrote:

The Thomas Munson Foundation is still calling her Joanna. She needs to be merged into Unknown. Objections?

On 5 Aug 2016 at 20:43 GMT Anne B wrote:

Please see the question regarding Joanna's surname Mew in G2G. Thoughts? Please respond there.

On 5 Aug 2016 at 16:54 GMT Anne B wrote:

Hi Glenn, did you know Thomas is "hanging out" all by his lonesome? Does he have some family to connect him to? A good source would be nice also

On 9 Mar 2016 at 01:14 GMT Anne B wrote:

Thanks Jim. Thomas Munson is on my future "hit list." And I'm not ready to tackle him yet. But... I don't know who this Susan is. I also don't know where Joanna got this last name, Mew. I do know that he was in New Haven, but certainly not in 1634, since it didn't exist yet.

Ah, I see the Susan culprit. Savage's Gen Dict.

On 8 Mar 2016 at 16:55 GMT Jim Carlson wrote:

I wonder what evidence there is for Thomas marrying a Susan and being in New Haven about 1634. If there is no evidence shouldn't these facts be removed?

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