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Capt. Thomas Munson

Also Known As: "Captain"
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Rattlesden, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: May 7, 1685 (72)
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Munson, III and Elizabeth Munson
Husband of Joanna Munson; Susan Munson and Joanna Munson
Father of Samuel Munson, I; Mary Anne Stebbins (Munson); Elizabeth Higginbotham; Ensign Samuel Munson and Hannah Tuttle
Brother of Elizabeth Munson; John Munson; Frances Munson; Judith Munson; Mary Munson and 2 others

Occupation: Lieutenant in Command of New Haven Troops, sent to Norwottuck, Indian Guard, Carpenter, elected official, Civic Office, Pequot Indian war, King Philip's war
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About Capt. Thomas Munson

See at p. 1757

  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • 6. Joseph Tuttle, bap. in New Haven, Nov. 22, 1649; m. May 2, 1667, Hanna, dau. of Capt. 'THOMAS MUNSON'.* b. June 11, 1648. ........................
  • *'THOMAS MUNSON came in the Elizabeth to Boston in 1634; rem. to Hartford and was of the Hartford Contingent under Capt. Mason at the destruction of the Pequot Fort. (See Hartford in the Olden Times); rem. to New Haven, 1642; offered one-third of an unclaimed allotment in the Governor's Wuarter on conditions that he never complied with, namely, that he would build a house thereon and devote himself to making wheels and ploughs for the good of the colony. In 1669 he was a commissioner with Samuel Bishop and three others, to meet five commisioners from Branford, to establish boundaries. In 1675 he commanded the New Haven troops who, at Norrituck, defended the plantation against the Indians. His military rank was Capt. He was representative in the General Assembly 24 sessions from 1666 to 1683; d. 1685; inv. (english pound)270. An agreement for distribution, signed June in, 1685, by Samuel Munson, Richard Higginbottom and Joseph Tuttle; movable divided between Elizabeth Higginbottom and Hannah Tuttle. His s. Samuel m. Martha, dau. of Wm. Bradley of Guilford. His dau. Elizabeth m. Richard Higginbottom.
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  • Early families of Wallingford, Connecticut By Charles Henry Stanley Davis
  • Pg. 304
  • 6. Joseph, son of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, married Hannah, daughter of 'Thomas Munson', May 2, 1667. He died in Sept., 1690. She afterwards married Nathan Bradley in 1694, and died in 1695. Estate, L269. This family was of East Haven, Conn.
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Thomas b. abt. 1612; m. Joanna app'y, b. abt. 1610 ; she d. 13 Dec. 1678, œ. 68 ; he d. 7 May 1685, ce. 73. Carpenter, civic office, military service ; Cong.; res. Hartford, New Haven, Ct.


i. Elisabeth

ii. Samuel bp. 7 Aug. 1643: " Samuell Munson ye Sonn of Thomas Munson was Baptised 7th 6mo 43." Record of First Church, New Haven.

iii. Hannah bp. n June 1648: "Hannah Munson n. 4m<1' 48." Rec. First Church

1637. (Aged 25.) Thomas first becomes known to us as a resident of Hartford who performed military service in the Pequot War.

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Ancient Families of New Haven, Vol. 4, pp. 1285-6

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Thomas Munson: At age 25 yrs while living in Hartford Conn, he led a militia of 90 men against tribe of Algonquin Indians during the Pequot War. A battle occurred at daybreak on June 5, 1637 .8 miles northeast of New London Conn. His troops were victorious for which he was awarded 28 acres of cleared land. Two years later he and 62 other free burgesses and or/franchise holders met on June 4,1639 in Mr Newman's barn to limit church memberships to persons of property. There is a monument to him near the First Congressional Church Hartford Ct. He later lived in Wallingford Ct and New Haven Ct. He aided in the resettlement of New Haven residents attempting settlement of Delaware Bay by ship to Salemsettlement in Delaware Bay. He served as General Asssemblyman from New Haven in 1665. On March 15th he was foreman of the first jury trialin New Haven to determine damage done to Thomas Nash by hogs. He organized defense against anticipated invasion of the Dutch,and Governor Winthrop appointed him to public office. There is a monument to him at the Commons of New Haven. He was buried on the Green. His estate was 114 acres with value of L500

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There is some chance, albeit remote, that the family is connected with that of the retired Admiral Sir William Monson, who in 1611 intercepted Lady Arbella Stuart outside Calais after she escaped from the Tower of London.

Many members of the Munson family were benefactors for establishing Yale University.

Information on the Munson family is available in The Munson Record: A Genealogical and Biographical Account of Captain Thomas Munson and His Descendants, by Myron A. Munson, M.A., 1895. There are now 5 volumes of this Munson family history and copies may be found in larger libraries across the country.


   Thomas Munson (1612-1685) first appears in America in records of Hartford, Connecticut in 1637 as a member of the militia unit engaged in the Pequot Indian War. In 1639, he signed the Fundamental Agreement at New Haven where he established his permanent home. His life is well documented in The Munson Record Volume I and the Connecticut Colony records. The evidence is persuasive that the Thomas Munson who was recorded as being baptized in St. Nicholas Church in Rattlesden, County Suffolk, England on September 13, 1612 was the same man who later distinguished himself in the public affairs of colonial New Haven. The principal tie is the age listed on his gravestone.. aged 73 years, which links well with the baptismal record. The Church records document that the Thomas Munson of Rattlesden was the son of John and Elizabeth Munson. John was baptized 14 Oct 1571 and was buried 26 Nov 1650. Elizabeth was buried 3 Jan 1634/5. John was the son of Richard and Margery (Barnes) Munson. Richard was buried at Rattlesden on 3 Dec 1590, while Margery was buried there 7 Feb 1622/3. (The Munson Family of County Suffolk, England and New Haven Connecticut, Milton Rubincam, The American Genealogist, January 1941.)

   Beginnings - Thomas Cooper of Springfield and Some Allied Families by Agnew Thompson Cooper and John Bradley Cooper, published 1987:
   Thomas Munson was first recorded as in Hartford, Connecticut in 1637. He was one of sixty-three signers of the "Agreement", sergeant in the "Trayned Band" selectman in 1656, promoted to "Ensigne" in 1661, assigned "seat No. 29 of the shorte seats in the meetinghouse". He was a member of the Council of War which considered what action should be taken against the Dutch in America and he commanded troops around Saybrook, Connecticut in King Phillip's War. He was later commissioned to deal with the Indians.
   I. Capt. Thomas Munson, the ancestor of all the Munsons in the United States, was born in 1612 and died in 1685. He came from England, and in 1637 was one of the forty-two men of Hartford, Connecticut, who served under Captain Mason in the Pequot Indian war. He was of New Haven, where he signed the Fundamental Agreement in 1639. He was lieutenant in 1664-76, served under Captain Treat in the King Phillip war; was captain in 1676 of the New Haven Militia. Captain Thomas was elected to the Plantation Court in 1662. He was foreman of the first grand jury empaneled in New Haven; also a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals. In 1666 he was elected deputy to the General Assembly, serving in this capacity for twenty-four sessions.


•_FA1: 1637 First heard of in New Haven, CT

•_FA2: 1641 Moved to Hartford, CT

•_FA3: 1642 Returned to New Haven, CT

•_FA4: SEP 1675 Lieutenant in Command of New Haven Troops sent to Norwottuck, indian guard.

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Capt. Thomas Munson's Timeline

September 13, 1612
Rattlesden, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
September 13, 1612
Rattlesden, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
September 13, 1612
Rattlesden, Suffolk, , England
September 13, 1612
Rattlesden, Suffolk, England
Age 12
Probably England, (Present UK)
December 7, 1642
Age 30
New Haven, New Haven Colony
August 7, 1643
Age 30
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
August 7, 1643
Age 30
New Haven, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut), (Present USA)