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Subject: Munson's in Erie Co., PA
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 00:15:32 EDT

Does anyone have information regarding the family of Ira Carter Munson who
lived in Erie Co., PA bet. 1840-1870. His family included the following
children: Louisa M., Ira Salem, John Henry, Emerson Timothy, Mark Bush,
Estella Isadore, Myron Fernando,Stella, Sumner Dodge, Isabelle Jane.

My specific interest is in John Henry Munson b. July 18, 1835 in Erie, PA who
married a Mattie Hamilton and their son Henry Hamilton Munson b. Aug 24, 1866.
It is believed that Mattie Hamilton died either in childbirth or within the
next year. No information has ever been found on Mattie Hamilton and I would
dearly love to know who she was. John Henry Munson died Feb. 9, 1911 in
Girard, Crawford, KS.
I have been able to trace him from his birth to 1850 in PA. In 1860 I
believe he is in Leavenworth, KS, 1870 in Girard, KS, 1880-1910 he
disappears. It is believed he was either a minister or selling a medical
cure all. He literally disappears from all census reports & I have been
unable to track him down.

The following is a copy of his obituary:
Munson In Girard, Feb. 9, 1911, Dr. Henry J. Munson, aged 75 years, 6 months
and 21 days.

He was born in Erie county Pa., July 18th, 1835. Like hundreds of young men,
he came to Kansas to help make it a free state. He came to the state in
1856, settled at Lawrence and attended the college of seminary that afterward
became the great university of Kansas. While at school the students and
professors were often called out to man the breastworks around Lawrence, to
repel rumored attacks of pro slavery forces from Missouri.

Later he returned to Pennsylvania and enlisted as chaplain in the First
Regiment of ninety-day men who responded to President Lincoln's call for
75,000 men, raised in Erie county.

After the war, he returned to Kansas coming to Crawford county, and lived
here for a number of years, but left over thirty years ago, going east. He
came back here a few years ago, and was connected with a local medicine

Dr. Munson was a man of strong convictions, well educated, and honest in his
dealings with his fellow man.

At his request no funeral services were held, but internment took place
Saturday in the Girard cemetery. T.T. Perry and E.N. Richardson making short
talks at the grave.

An only son, residing at Seneca, Mo., arrived a few hours after his death,
and remained until after his father's burial.

Any information on this family would be appreciated.

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