Lewis Underwood Munson

b. 23 October 1911, d. 15 March 1986
Lewis Underwood Munson|b. 23 Oct 1911\nd. 15 Mar 1986|p179.htm|Milam Stephen Munson|b. 26 Sep 1869\nd. 15 Oct 1950|p124.htm|Carrie Diggs|b. 20 Apr 1876\nd. 12 Jan 1965|p128.htm|Mordello S. Munson|b. 25 Apr 1825\nd. 13 Oct 1903|p113.htm|Sarah K. Armour|b. 3 Sep 1831\nd. 31 Jan 1887|p114.htm|William H. Diggs|b. Dec 1849\nd. 1918|p127.htm|Laura J. Underwood|b. 10 Aug 1850\nd. 16 Apr 1938|p17.htm|

1st cousin 1 time removed of George Poindexter Munson Sr.
1st cousin 1 time removed of Louise Underwood.
2nd cousin 1 time removed of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
Underwood and Allied Families
Lewis Munson
Lewis Munson
     Lewis Underwood Munson was born on 23 October 1911 in Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas.1,2,3,4 He was the son of Milam Stephen Munson and Carrie Diggs. He married first Mildred Fay Mottesheard on 4 April 1937 in Brazoria County, Texas.5 He married second Jo Nell Scarbrough on 12 August 1983 in Brazoria County, Texas.6 He died on 15 March 1986 in Harris County, Texas, at age 74.7,2,4 He was buried in Munson Cemetery, Bailey's Prairie, Brazoria County, Texas.4 Click to view image
     Lewis Underwood Munson grew up in Angleton and graduated from Angleton High School. Afterward, he attended Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas, for one year. He then returned to Brazoria County where, except for a brief time spent in Boerne, Texas, as ranch manager for his brother-in-law Tony Robertson, he was a part-time cattleman for the rest of his life. He worked for the Freeport Sulfur Company in Louisiana for a short time, then with the Texas Livestock Commission as an inspector in its cattle-fever-tick eradication program. From 1939 till 1972, he was employed by the Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas, as a power-plant operator. After retirement he worked in the Brazoria County tax office as a tax appraiser from 1972 till 1977.8

     Lewis, the youngest of Stephen and Carrie (Diggs) Munson's children, was a sickly child, and his brother Armour was always very protective of him. Once when Lewis was a pretty big boy, Armour found him crying. Lewis complained that "Papa whipped me for something I didn't do!" When Armour asked what it was he didn't do, Lewis replied, "I didn't come home last night!" The story behind the story is that he was at Bailey's Prairie with his cousins Willie and Joe Munson. Joe and Lewis were about the same age, and Willie was much older, he being the first cousin of the boys' fathers. Joe had permission to spend the night with Cousin Willie; Lewis did not, but decided to stay anyway. Lewis' father was undoubtedly fit to be tied, not only because Lewis didn't come home, but because he disapproved of Willie's lifestyle.

Additional Data
Lewis U. Munson appeared on the 1 January 1920 Federal Census of Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his parents, Milam S. and Carrie D. Munson.9 Click to view image

Lewis Munson appeared on the 1 April 1930 Federal Census of Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his parents, Stephen and Carrie Munson.10 Click to view image

Children of Lewis Underwood Munson and Mildred Fay Mottesheard


  1. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas: n.pub., 1987), 293.
  2. [S29] Lewis Munson, no. 457-20-8210, Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb (Provo: MyFamily.com Inc., 2005). The SSDI component of RootsWeb is drawn from the Social Security Death Benefits Index of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
  3. [S478] Lewis Underwood Munson entry, Brazoria County Delayed Certificates of Birth, Liber A: no. 51, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  4. [S1125] Lewis U. and Mildred M. Munson tombstone, Munson Family Cemetery, Bailey's Prairie, Texas; photographed by the writer on 9 June 2007.
  5. [S2] Brazoria County Marriage Book 12: 258, no. 514, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  6. [S14] Ancestry.com, Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002, [database online], (Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).
  7. [S31] Texas Department of Health Death Records, 1964-1998, online <http://vitals.rootsweb.com/tx/death/search.cgi>.
  8. [S704] "The Life and Family of Milam Stephen Munson," The Munsons of Texas - an American Saga, online. <http://munsons-of-texas.net/c28.html
  9. [S38] Milam S. Munson household, 1920 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, J.P. 1, Angleton City, enumeration district (ED) 1, sheet 34B, dwelling 104, family 109; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1774.
  10. [S37] Stephen Munson household, 1930 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, Angleton City, Munson Road, enumeration district (ED) 20-1, sheet 9A/9, dwelling 175, family 210; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 2301.
  11. [S29] Lewis Munson, no. 453-68-3413, Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb.
  12. [S12] Ancestry.com, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997, [database online] (Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).