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George Munnings, Sr.

Also Known As: "Munning", "Muning", "Munings"
Birthplace: Rattlesden, Suffolk, England
Death: August 24, 1658
Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Munning and Anne
Husband of Elizabeth Munnings and Johanna Laughton
Father of Elizabeth Sturgis; Abigail Sawin and George Munnings, Jr.

Occupation: cordwainer (leather shoemaker)/land dealer
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About George Munnings, Sr.


George Munnings was most likely born in 1596 in Rattlesden, England.[1] His parents Thomas[2] and Anne Munnings took him to be christened on the 5th of September that same year.[1][2]

George migrated on the Elizabeth with his wife Elizabeth and daughters Elizabeth[3] and Abigail.[4][2] Enrolled as passengers on the 30th of April 1634, they first took up residence in Watertown, Massachusetts.[2] George was admitted as freeman on the 14th of March 1634,[5] and his name was on one of the earliest lists of proprietors.[6] The original property for Sudbury was purchased from the local Indian tribe, brokered by George.[7] Within the Indian deed it states that Cato, 'in consideration of fyve pounds,' granted 'George Munnings and the rest of the planters in Sudbury,' a five mile tract of land in which to start their town.[7] George must have continued to serve the interests of his fellow townsmen, as the General Court paid £5 to George in 1636 "in regard of the loss of his eye in the voyage to Block Island."[6][5] Nothing was said as to how he lost his eye, except that it was "in the country's service."[2] It was most likely during the expedition to Block Island in which the men sailed from Boston to avenge the death of Captain Oldham.[5]

George's wife Elizabeth died at some point after 1652.[6][2] It is said to be likely that George remarried a younger wife before his son George was born in 1655.[6][2] A record for that second marriage has not been located; yet he had certainly remarried as Joanna "Hannah" was listed as the mother of George Jr,[8][2] as well as the widow of George upon his death.[9][10]

Removing to Sudbury in 1639, he soon returned to his original location of Watertown.[2] In the summer of 1639 George purchased land in Boston.[10] George continued as the overseer of 'ye countryes prison' until 1654.[11] At that time the General Court removed him from office for 'allowing' a dangerous criminal to escape.[11]

George lived to the age of sixty-two, taking his final breath in Boston, Massachusetts.[12]


1st Wife

George first married Elizabeth Groome on the 12th of Jun 1620, in Rattlesden, England.[2]

By her he had three children:

  1. Elizabeth Munnings bp Rattlesden, Suffolk 27 Jan/Apr 1621/2[2]
  2. Abigail Munnings bp Rattlesden, Suffolk 6 Jun 1624, bur there 12 Aug 1624[2]
  3. Abigail Munnings bp Rattlesden, Suffolk, 20 Aug 1626[2]

2nd Wife

George secondly married Joanna (MNU) Boyer, widow of Simon Boyer by 23 Jun 1657.[2] She later married John Laughton on the 21st of Sep 1659.[2]

By her George had one child:

  1. George Munnings Jr b 24 Nov 1655 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts [8]

1634 30 April Passengers from Ipswich embarked in the "Elizabeth" of Ipswich,

Mr. William Andrews, for New England: John Sherman 20; Joseph Mosse 24; Richard Woodward 45 and Rose his wife 50, George Woodward 13, John Woodward 13; Edmond Lewis 33 and Mary his wife 46, John Lewis 3, Thomas Lewis 9 months; John Spring 45 and Elinor his wife 46, Henry Spring 6, John Sping 4, William Spring 9 months; Thurston Raynor 40 and Elizabeth his wife 36, Thurston Raynor 13, Joseph Raynor 11, Elizabeth Raynor 9, Sarah Raynor 7, Lidia Raynor 1, Edward Raynor 10, Elizabeth Kemball 13; Thomas Skott/Scott 40 and Elizabeth his wife 40, Elizabeth Scott 9, Abigail Scott 7, Thomas Scott 6; Henery Kemball 44 and Susan his wife 35; Richard Kemball 39 and Ursula his wife, Henry Kemball 15, Richard Kemball 11, Mary Kemball 9, Martha Kemball, John Kemball 3, Thomas Kemball 1; John Lavericke 15; Isaacke Mixer 31 and Sarah his wife 33, Isaack Mixer 4; Martha Scott 60; George Munnings 37 and Elizabeth his wife 41, Elizabeth Munnings 12, Abigail Munnings 7; John Bernard 30 and Phebe his wife 27, John Bernard 2, Samuell Bernard 1, Thomas King 15; Thomas Kilborne 24 and Elizabeth his wife 20; John Crosse 50 and Anne his wife 38; Robert Sherin 32; Humphry Bradstreet 40 and Bridgett his wife 30, Anna Bradstreet 9, John Bradstreet 3, Martha Bradstreet 2 Mary Bradstreet; Henery Glover 24; William Blomfield 30 Sarah his wife 25, Sarah Blomfield 1; Robert Day 30 and Mary his wife 28; Sarah Reynolds 20: Robert Goodall 30 and Katherin his wife 28 Mary Goodale 4, Abraham Goodale 2 , Isaacke Goodale 1/2; Samuell Smithe 32 and Elizabeth his wife 32, Samuell Smith 9, Mary Smith 4, Elizabeth Smith 7, Phillip Smith 1; Thomas Hastings 29 and Susan his wife 34; Susan Munson 25; Martin Underwood 38 and Martha his wife 31; Henery Gouldson 43 and Anne his wife 45, Anne Gouldston 18, Mary Gouldston 15; William Cutting 26; John Palmer 24; Danyell Pierce 23; John Clearke 22; John Firmin 46; Rebecca Isaacke 36; Anne Dorifall 24. (PRO:CO1/8/pp.102-103)

Left Ipswich, Suffolk, England and came to NE in 1634 at age 37. freeman 1635 note that he was also a prison keeper

lost an eye in a battle against the Pequoit Indians

married second Joanna Boyer in 1654

One of the earliest grantees of Sudbury granted 8 lots looked over meetinghouse, free from rates 1640 Dec. Three children

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George Munnings, Sr.'s Timeline

September 5, 1596
Rattlesden, Suffolk, England
April 27, 1622
Rattlesden, Suffolk, England
August 20, 1626
Rattlesden, Suffolk, England
August 24, 1658
Age 61
Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
December 6, 1951
Age 61
December 14, 1951
Age 61