An American Family History

Munsell Family

  also spelled Munsal, Munsel, Munsall, Munsal, Munsill, Monsell, Maunsell, Munson  
United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.

Moses Munsell was born on October 2, 1749 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was the son of John Munson and Esther Turner.

He married Abigail Ruggles.

Their children may have included:

Benjamin Ruggles Munsell (1771, married Eleanor Avery),
Deliverance Munsell (married James Avery),
Sarah Munsell (1775, married Peter Howard),
Mary Munsell (1777, married Jonathan Mills Church).

They lived in East Guilford (now Madison), New Haven County, Connecticut and, Black Creek (now Hebron), Washington County, New York.

In April-May 1775, Moses T. Munson was among "signers in Charlotte County, District of Black Creek."

His great grand-daughter stated that Moses "was killed when he was going to Canada, -- so that his widow and three children had to make the journey alone."

After Moses died, his wife married Samuel Wright.

1797 census of Elizabethtown: Mary Munsal


Hebron, Connecticut was incorporated in 1708 in Hartford County. It became part of Windham County in 1726 and part of Tolland County in 1785.





Benjamin Ruggles Munsell was born about 1773 in Connecticut. He was the son of Moses Musell and Abigail Ruggles.

He married Eleanor Avery. Eleanor Avery was the daughter of William Avery and Deliverance Mott and was born about 1787.

Their children may have included:

Polly Munsell (married Benogar Kelly),
Abigail Munsell (married Harvey Plumb),
Henry Munsell (married Mary Andrews),
Sarah Munsell (1797, married James Bates),
John Munsell (1800),
Alpheus Munsell (1802, married Mary Gardiner)
Eleanor Munsell (1809, married Milo Hotchkiss),
Lucretia Munsell (1813,married George Noble Brown)
Esther Munsell (1815, married Daniel Forrester)
Lois Munsell (1821) and
Levi Munsell (1825,married Marilla Earl).

Eleanor died on January 10, 1834 in Mallorytown.

Benjamin was a magistrate in the Mallorytown community.

Eleanor died on January 10, 1834 in Mallorytown.

Benjamin died on March 8, 1836 at age 63 near Mallorytown, Leeds County, Ontario.



from A Record of Marriages Solemnized by William Smart

1817 Dec. 23rd.-Hervey Plum and Abbigal Munsell, both of Yonge, banns, witnesses J. Munsell, Augustus Plum.

1824 Feb. 9th.—Henry Munsell and Mary Andrews, both of Yonge, banns, wit. Hiram Landon, Jacob Homestead (Olmstead ?).


Alpheus Munsell was born about 1802.

He married Mary Ann Gardnier. She was the daughter of John Gardiner and Lucy Lamb.

Brittania Munsell (1826 ),
John G. Munsell (1828, married Amelia Elizabeth Buell, daughter of Rinaldo Buell),
Sarah A. Munsell (1830 ),
Moses T. Munsell (1832 ),
Benjamin Ruggles Munsell (1834, married Jane Ann Soper),
Peter H. Munsell (1836 ),
Isaac L. Munsell (1839 ),
Lucina Munsell (1841),
Eleanor Munsell (1844),
Harriet A. Munsell (1847), and
Julia A. Munsell (1850).

Alpheus and John Munsell appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.


The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.






Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

from The Munson Record by Myron Andrews Munson

Moses T [Munson] (John5, John4) b. 2 Oct. 1749; m. Abigail Ruggles; res. East Guilford (now Madison), Ct., Black Creek (now Hebron), N. Y.


i. Benjamin R. b. 26 Jan. 1771 at East Guilford, Ct.
ii. Sarah b. 1773.
iii. Maryb. 1776.

A meeting was held at Ford Edward June 29, 1775, to choose three delegates to represent the County of Charlotte at the Provincial Congress convened at the city of New York. Among the "signers in Charlotte County, District of Black Creek," April— May 1775, Moses T. Munson was number eight; others were John and Nathaniel."

Henry, of Mattawan, writes: "Moses was a Tory. He endeavored to induce grandfather [John] to join the Tories but did not succeed. Moses was shot in Vermont." Mrs. Sarah Webster writes: "My great-grandfather [Moses T.] was killed when he was going to Canada,—so that his widow and three children had to make the journey alone." She writes again: "I suppose the Ruggles family took our part of the family to Canada; they were Tories."


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