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  • ID: I647
  • Name: William Munroe
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Munroe 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  • Name: William Monroe
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Monroe 9 10 5 11
  • Name: William "The Immigrant" Monroe
  • Given Name: William "The Immigrant"
  • Surname: Monroe 12
  • Name: William Munro
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Munro 13 14 15 9 16
  • Name: William Row
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Row 17
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 Oct 1625 in Aldie, , Aberdeen, Scotland 1 13 2 15 9 10 16 18 11
  • Note: "Aldie, Co. Ross Scotland" or "Alvie, Inverness-Shire, Scotland"
  • Death: 27 Jan 1718 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA 1 15 10 4 5 7
  • Burial: Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
  • Note: William was buried in the Old Cemetery in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • Event: Alt. Birth Feb 1625 Tain, , Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
  • Note: This birthplace has not been verified 17
  • Event: Alt. Birth Feb 1625 Inverness, , Inverness, Scotland 3 4 5 19
  • Event: Alt. Birth 1625 , , Ross and Cromarty, Scotland 20 8
  • Event: Alt. Birth 1634 21
  • Event: Alt. Birth 1635 , , , Scotland 22
  • Residence:
  • Note:
    1657 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Lexington, Massachusetts
    23 24
  • Event: Military Service
  • Note: William was taken prisoner at the Battle of Worcester of Oliver Cromwell's forces and shipped to New England aboard the "John and Sarah" to be sold into bondage for a 6 to 8 year period. 25 2
  • Will: 14 Nov 1716
  • Note: William's will mentions eleven of his children. 26
  • Event: Alt. Death 27 Jan 1716 Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA 8
  • Event: Alt. Death 27 Jan 1717 Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA 20 11
  • Event: Alt. Death 23 Jan 1718 Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA 27
  • Event: Alt. Death 1746
  • Note: This death date seems impossible since William would have to have lived to the age of 121 years. 28
  • _UID: C9C5BA06027A48C39267CB453335C71B2826
  • Change Date: 4 Nov 2009 at 11:06
  • Note:
    The link between William Munroe of Lexington, Massachusetts and Robert Munro of Aldie has not been proven beyond a doubt. However, there is a body of circumstantial evidence that supports that assumption. An excellent summary of the evidence can be found in the preface to "History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Mass. Munroes" by R.S. Munroe.

    William was born in 1625 near Inverness, Scotland. He was probably the son of Robert of Aldie who "went to the wars in Germany" and had sons George, William and Benedict. Robert of Aldie married in Nuremberg and died in Germany in 1633.

    William was probably conscripted to serve in the army in the constant battles going on at this time. All men between the ages of 16 and 60 were expected to fight in Scotland's wars.

    It was a time of great upheaval in Scotland. There was no chief at Foulis keeping the clan together. The Black Baron had already fallen into debt and disposed of much of the property. He had married three times, once bigamously, and was in Germany in the service of Christian IV where he died in 1633 when William was eight years old. Scotland was at war with England and within Scotland there were accumulating differences, political and religious, among Catholics and Presbyterians, covenanters and royalists. Battles large and small raged from coast to coast.

    A historian noted the poverty of an exhausted broken down distracted country. Another wrote, "Our miseries and danger of ruin are greater than for many ages... a potent victorious enemy masters our seas... and the best part of our land. Our standing forces against his imminent invasions are few, weak and inconsiderable. Our kirk, state and army are full of divisions and jealousies. Our people south of the Forth are spoiled and near starving; north they are extremely ill-used by our own, many inclined to treat with Cromwell without care of king or covenant; none of our neighbors are willing to give us any help though called."

    All men were conscripted, except those who were termed "malignant", not loyal to the cause, and many arguments resulted. King Charles was displaying treachery, playing both sides against each other. Cromwell attempted to bring the King in line without further bloodshed but without success.

    In this miserable state, Cromwell met the Scots at Dunbar on 3 Sep 1650. A terrible battle ensued. Three thousand men fell on the field. Ten thousand were taken prisoner. Five thousand sick and wounded were dismissed from the field and allowed to go homeward, if able. Those who survived a violent disorder in prison were sold as slaves to the plantations.

    The Scots did not surrender. The wars continued for another year. The castle at Edinburgh was surrendered without bloodshed, although rape, robbery and murder were perpetrated on the citizens by the soldiers outside the castle walls.

    William was with the Scottish Army under Bonnie Prince Charles (Charles II) which engaged the English at Worcester on 3 Sep 1651, exactly one year after the Battle of Dunbar. The battle raged for three hours and the Scots initially had the upper hand until the arrival of fresh English troops. The slaughter went on for two more hours. The victors and the vanquished entered Worcester fighting. The noise woke up King Charles who had been sleeping while men died for him. He rushed into the street and attempted to take charge, but was ignored. Seeing the direction of events, the king fled with fugitives who were leaving the city. Two thousand men were killed and between six and seven thousand were taken prisoner in the city and more later. William was among those captured.

    All who lived at Worcester were taken by Cromwell and imprisoned or sent to the plantations. Almost all of the Scottish Chieftains were ruined, dead, in prison or in exile. The clans were abolished and it was forbidden to wear tartans.

    William was sold to the plantations, probably the best thing that could have happened to a Scotsman at that time. He was shipped from London on 11 Nov 1651 by Jo, Reex, Robert Rich and William Green on the "John and Sarah", arrived in New England in Mar 1652, and consigned to Thomas Kemble of Boston, who had the privilege of selling his indentured servants for periods of from six to eight years. Four Munros were on board: Robert, John, Hugh and one name, thought to be William, which was obliterated on the manifest. William might have been sold as an apprentice at the Saugus Iron Works. The Beckett reference says "William Munrow (Munroe, Munro), says tradition, was bound out to a farmer by the name of Winship, who resided in that part of Cambridge called Mehotony (now Arlington), and when his indenture had expired he set up for himself, going farther back into the woods and procuring a tract of land within the prsent limits of Lexington, on a section now known as Scotland."

    If William was sold as an apprentice when he first arrived in America, he must have been his own man by 1657 because he and one Thomas Rose were fined in Cambridge for not having rings in the noses of their swine.

    Around 1660, he settled in the northeasterly part of Cambridge Farms, now known as Lexington, near the Woburn line. In those days this part of the town was called "Scotland". He was made freeman in 1690 and on 1 Feb 1699 was received into Communion of the Church. In 1693, he was one of the committee "to treat for the purchase of land for the minister." In 1694 he was a selectman of Cambridge and later his name appears in connection with several other important parish offices.

    The Ackerman reference speculates that William was born in 1634.

    His first wife, Margaret George, was the daughter of John and Anna (Goldstone) George of Charlestown. The Mills reference says Margaret was born about 1636.

    His third wife was the widow of Edward Dwyer (or Wyer) of Charlestown, daughter of William and Elizabeth Johnson. The Ellis reference says Elizabeth was William's second wife and that Mary Ball was his third.

    Several references say William was the son of Robert Munro of Aldie [10900]. Robert [10900] was the uncle of Robert Munro of Aldie [2760], William's father as listed here.

    The Hopkins reference says William was the son of "Farquhar Munroe of Aldie" and Catherine MacCulloch, and the Andrews reference says William was the son of Robert Munro XVIII of Foulis. There is no hard proof as to the actual identity of William's father.

    Ref: "The Munro Tree (1734)" by R. W. Munro - M/24
    Clan Munro files - Ackerman, Elizabeth - membership application
    - Bonney, Frances
    - Brown, Thelma
    - Charles, Marie Pierce
    - Coombs, Judith
    - Coutant, Martha
    - Cox, J.
    - Coye, Ruby
    - Crandall, Katherine
    - Delehanty, James
    - Dietrich, Earl
    - Elder, Charlotte
    - Ebb, Jane Michelle (application)
    - Farlow, Donna
    - Griffin, Richard
    - Guilford, Joan
    - Henderson, Martha Monroe
    - Jewell, Dana Munroe
    - Langtry, Jeannette
    - Mady, Ashley Nicole
    - Mills, Larry
    - Monroe, Ruby Lucille
    - Sage, Wes
    - Stephens, Frances
    - Yard, F. L. Dixon

    References:

    (1) "Charles Monroe (1823-1873) of Posey, Vanderburgh & Gibson County, Indiana
    - His Ancestors and Descendants" by Kendyl K. Monroe - (1997) - p. 1

    (2) "History of Ashburnham Massachusetts" published in 1887

    Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA - email: Alger@alum.mit.edu
    14 10 16 5 23 29 30 12 31 18 32 33 34



    Father: Robert Munro b: 1590 in Aldie, , Aberdeen, Scotland
    Mother: Elizabeth Johnson b: Abt 1592

    Marriage 1 Martha George b: Abt 1634 in , , , Scotland
    • Married: 1665 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA 1 16 5 7
    • Event: Alt. Marriage 1665 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA 35 6
    • Change Date: 20 Jan 2009
    Children
    1. Has Children John Munroe b: 10 Mar 1666 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    2. Has Children Martha Munroe b: 2 Nov 1667 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    3. Has Children William Munroe b: 10 Oct 1669 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    4. Has Children George Munroe b: 1671 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA c: 26 Feb 1699 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA

    Marriage 2 Mary Ball b: 1651 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    • Married: Sep 1672 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA 15 9 4 16 5 7 11 8
    • Event: Alt. Marriage 1673 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    • Note: Marriage place unverified 36
    • Change Date: 20 Jan 2009
    Children
    1. Has Children Daniel Munroe b: 12 Aug 1673 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    2. Has Children Hannah Munroe b: 1674 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    3. Has Children Elizabeth Munroe b: Abt 1676 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    4. Has Children Mary Munroe b: 28 Jun 1678 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    5. Has Children David Munroe b: 6 Oct 1680 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    6. Has Children Eleanor Munroe b: 24 Feb 1683 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    7. Has No Children Sarah Munroe b: 18 Mar 1684 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    8. Has Children Joseph Munroe b: 16 Aug 1687 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    9. Has Children Benjamin Munroe b: 16 Aug 1690 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA
    10. Has No Children Susanna Munroe b: 26 Feb 1699 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA c: 26 Feb 1699 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA

    Marriage 3 Elizabeth Johnson b: Abt 1635
    • Married: 1693 in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA 37 17
    • Change Date: 20 Jan 2009

    Sources:
    1. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Henrich, Martha Susan
      Title: Clan Munro files - Henrich, Martha Susan
      Author: Martha Susan Henrich
      Page: Membership application - Martha Susan Henrich dated 4 Nov 1 999
    2. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - MacCready, Robin Merrow
      Title: Clan Munro files - MacCready, Robin Merrow
      Author: Robin Merrow MacCready
      Page: Membership application for Robin Merrow MacCready - date d 5 Sep 2000
    3. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Peacock, Nancy Newcomb
      Title: Clan Munro files - Peacock, Nancy Newcomb
      Author: Nancy Newcomb Peacock
      Page: Membership application for Nancy Newcomb Peacock dated 12 J an 2002
    4. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Goodner, Melody Lee
      Title: Clan Munro files - Goodner, Melody Lee
      Author: Melody Lee Goodner
      Page: Membership application for Melody Lee Goodner dated 4 Feb 2 002
    5. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Roeser, Waldomar Monroe
      Title: Clan Munro files - Roeser, Waldomar Monroe
      Author: Waldomar Monroe Roeser
      Page: Descendants of Robert Monroe - p. 1
    6. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Antunes, Rebecca E.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Antunes, Rebecca E.
      Author: Rebecca E. Antunes
      Page: Membership application for Rebecca E. Antunes - 16 Dec 2006
    7. Media: Book
      Abbrev: Lexington Munroes
      Title: History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Massachusetts Munroes, 2nd edition
      Author: Richard S. Munroe
      Publication: privately published in Florence, Massachusetts (1986)
      Page: p. 2
    8. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Brown, Julia A.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Brown, Julia A.
      Author: Julia A. Brown
      Page: Membership application for Julia A. Brown - 10 May 2008
    9. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Price, Geneva Bell
      Title: Clan Munro files - Price, Geneva Bell
      Author: Geneva Bell Price
      Page: Membership application for Geneva Ellen Bell Price dated 2 7 Jul 2001
    10. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Rohe, Kathryn M.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Rohe, Kathryn M.
      Author: Kathryn M. Rohe
      Page: Membership application for Kathryn Rohe dated 29 Dec 2001
    11. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Munroe, David Bruce
      Title: Clan Munro files - Munroe, David Bruce
      Author: David Bruce Munroe
      Page: Membership application for David Bruce Munroe - 6 Aug 2007
    12. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Roeser, Waldomar Monroe
      Title: Clan Munro files - Roeser, Waldomar Monroe
      Author: Waldomar Monroe Roeser
      Page: Descendants of Robert Monroe - Jan 2005
    13. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Bainter, Nancy E.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Bainter, Nancy E.
      Author: Nancy E. Bainter
      Page: Lineage Report - p. 2-3
    14. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Caddick, George L.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Caddick, George L.
      Author: George L. Caddick
      Page: Letter from George L. Caddick dated 6 Oct 2000
    15. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Boyette, Darlene Joy
      Title: Clan Munro files - Boyette, Darlene Joy
      Author: Darlene Joy Boyette
      Page: membership application for Darlene J. Boyette dated 4 Jun 2 001
    16. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Ellis, Marilyn J.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Ellis, Marilyn J.
      Author: Marilyn J. Ellis
      Page: Membership application for Marilyn J. Ellis dated 28 Mar 20 02 - p. 1
    17. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Hunt, Ralph Bruere
      Title: Clan Munro files - Hunt, Ralph Bruere
      Author: Ralph Bruere Hunt
      Page: Membership application for Ralph Bruere Hunt - 23 Dec 2006
    18. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Hopkins, Christopher S.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Hopkins, Christopher S.
      Author: Christopher S. Hopkins
      Page: Membership application for Christopher S. Hopkins dated 8 J un 2006
    19. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Hunt, Judith Evelyn
      Title: Clan Munro files - Hunt, Judith Evelyn
      Author: Judith Evelyn Hunt
      Page: Membership application for Judith Evelyn Hunt dated 15 Ju l 2004
    20. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Ackerman, Amanda Lisbeth Adams
      Title: Clan Munro files - Ackerman, Amanda Lisbeth Adams
      Author: Amanda Lisbeth Adams Ackerman
      Page: Membership application for Amanda Lisbeth Adams Ackerman da ted 25 Feb 1995
    21. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Kitaif, Jane F.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Kitaif, Jane F.
      Author: Jane F. Kitaif
      Page: Ancestry chart - Jane F. Kitaif - 25 Nov 1987
    22. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Terry, Harris G.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Terry, Harris G.
      Author: Harris G. Terry
      Page: Membership application for Harris G. Terry dated 21 Oct 2002
    23. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Munroe, Paul Donald
      Title: Clan Munro files - Munroe, Paul Donald
      Author: Paul Donald Munroe
      Page: Membership application for Paul D. Munroe dated 7 Dec 1998
    24. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Moore, Paul Arlon
      Title: Clan Munro files - Moore, Paul Arlon
      Author: Paul Arlon Moore
      Page: History of Ashburnham - p. 834-838
    25. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Bainter, Nancy E.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Bainter, Nancy E.
      Author: Nancy E. Bainter
      Page: Lineage Report - p. 3
    26. Media: Book
      Abbrev: History of the Munros of Fowlis
      Title: History of the Munros of Fowlis
      Author: Alexander Mackenzie, M.J.L.
      Publication: Published in Inverness, Scotland by A & W Mackenzie (1898)
      Page: p. 563
    27. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Getz, John R.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Getz, John R.
      Author: John R. Getz
      Page: Membership application for John R. Getz dated 23 Feb 2006
    28. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Furbush, Polly Munroe
      Title: Clan Munro files - Furbush, Polly Munroe
      Author: Polly Munroe Furbush
      Page: Membership application for Polly Munroe Furbush - 7 Mar 2007
    29. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Proctor, Joseph Rich, Jr.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Proctor, Joseph Rich, Jr.
      Author: Joseph Rich Proctor, Jr.
      Page: Descendants of William Munro - p. 1-2
    30. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Moore, Paul Arlon
      Title: Clan Munro files - Moore, Paul Arlon
      Author: Paul Arlon Moore
      Page: Membership application for Paul A. Moore dated 23 Aug 2004
    31. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Schuster, Richard
      Title: Clan Munro files - Schuster, Richard
      Author: Richard Schuster
      Page: Email from Richard Schuster dated 3 May 2005
    32. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Andrews, Arlene MacGregor
      Title: Clan Munro files - Andrews, Arlene MacGregor
      Author: Arlene MacGregor Andrews
      Page: Membership application for Arlene MacGregor Andrews dated 2 3 Dec 1982
    33. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Beckett, Gilbert Percy
      Title: Clan Munro files - Beckett, Gilbert Percy
      Author: Gilbert Percy Beckett
      Page: Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massach usetts - p. 1776
    34. Media: Book
      Abbrev: Lexington Munroes
      Title: History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Massachusetts Munroes, 2nd edition
      Author: Richard S. Munroe
      Publication: privately published in Florence, Massachusetts (1986)
      Page: preface & p. 1
    35. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Proctor, Joseph Rich, Jr.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Proctor, Joseph Rich, Jr.
      Author: Joseph Rich Proctor, Jr.
      Page: Descendants of William Munro - p. 1
    36. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Spencer, Marjorie E.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Spencer, Marjorie E.
      Author: Marjorie E. Spencer
      Page: Membership application for Marjorie E. Spencer dated 16 De c 2005
    37. Media: File
      Abbrev: Clan Munro files - Proctor, Joseph Rich, Jr.
      Title: Clan Munro files - Proctor, Joseph Rich, Jr.
      Author: Joseph Rich Proctor, Jr.
      Page: Descendants of William Munro - p. 2

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