Louise Underwood

b. 8 July 1880, d. 5 September 1946
Louise Underwood|b. 8 Jul 1880\nd. 5 Sep 1946|p19.htm|Joseph Patterson Underwood|b. 26 Feb 1845\nd. 1 Feb 1925|p66.htm|Louisa Amanda Barnes Hanks|b. 3 Jun 1847\nd. 2 Feb 1912|p67.htm|Ammon Underwood|b. 13 Feb 1810\nd. 17 Nov 1887|p72.htm|Rachel J. Carson|b. 4 Feb 1820\nd. 14 Feb 1896|p73.htm|John A. Hanks|b. 19 Apr 1812\nd. 27 Apr 1889|p87.htm|Euphemia M. Morris|b. 10 May 1822\nd. 29 Mar 1850|p88.htm|

Grandmother of Laura Jane Munson.
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Louise Underwood
     Louise Underwood was born on 8 July 1880 in Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas,3,4 (now East Columbia). She was the daughter of Joseph Patterson Underwood and Louisa Amanda Barnes Hanks.1,2 She married George P. Munson, son of George Poindexter Munson and Matilda Agnes Davis, on 10 October 1906 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, in a ceremony performed by Reverend J.A. Ramsay.5 Click to view image She died intestate on 5 September 1946 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, at age 66.3,4,6 She was buried on 6 September 1946 in Munson Cemetery, Bailey's Prairie, Brazoria County, Texas.3,7 Click to view image
     Louise, youngest child of Joe and Lou (Hanks) Underwood and the only one to marry, grew up at Columbia in the Underwood Home on the west bank of the Brazos River where she was born. Family tradition is that she was named Louise, rather than Louisa for her mother, because her father said that for him there could never be but one Louisa. Her nickname was "Coochie," but it is unclear to the writer if it was a nickname used within the immediate family. Her cousin, Milam Borden, always called her Coochie, and the Weems children who lived across the avenue in Columbia called her "Miz Coochie."8,9

     The writer has little information regarding Louise's schooling, though she was no doubt decently educated. She appears in a school group photograph taken circa 1890 with her aunt and uncle, Virginia (Hanks) and Jim Taylor, her cousin Effie Taylor, and several unidentified children. It was probably Varner Creek School where the Taylors are known to have taught during that time, but it may have been a private school. She had a natural musical talent and played the guitar and piano by ear.

     Louise broke her engagement with Masterson Smith, the son of a neighbor, after she met George Munson. The church building where she and George were married was destroyed in the '32 storm, a small (in area) but deadly hurricane that did tremendous damage in Brazoria County. However, Bethel Presbyterian remains an active church in East Columbia. They honeymooned in San Antonio, staying at the Menger Hotel. Louise wrote a postcard to her sister Laura while on their honeymoon.

     Louise was a tiny red head, well under five feet tall, and with feet so small - size 13 children's - she had to have her dress shoes custom made. For everyday shoes, she shopped at Poll Parrot's, a children's shoe store, in Houston. She had green eyes, a fair complexion, and her hair, by Ruth Anna Munson's recollection, was the color of a new copper penny. She washed her long, slightly wavy hair in rainwater with Cuticura soap, the only brand that didn't irritate her sensitive skin. Her small stature was of some concern to George. He was in Fort Bend County working at the House Plantation when George Jr., their oldest child, was a baby. From there he wrote Louise suggesting that she should hire a wet nurse because he felt nursing a baby would take too large a toll on her.10,8

     The day George died, he, Louise, Ruth Anna Munson, and Ruth Anna's son Joe were the only ones at home. George had gone duck hunting that morning, but came home feeling poorly and went to bed. Louise's sister Laura paid an unexpected visit, and after going in to see George and Louise, came out and told Ruth Anna that George was gone. By Ruth Anna's account, George's death blew out the candle in Louise's eyes. She was so distraught that she was unable to attend the funeral, and she never recovered emotionally from the loss. After the Fosters moved in at Bailey's Prairie and the Joe Munsons had moved to Angleton, Louise spent most of her time in East Columbia with Laura.9

     In her later years, Louise suffered from pernicious anemia. Laura took her to Galveston on a regular basis for painful liver shots as there was no cure for the condition. She also had very high blood pressure and had complained of ringing in her ears. She was at an appointment with an ear doctor in Houston when she suffered a fatal heart attack in his office.9

Additional Data

Louise Underwood was named in her mother Louisa B. Underwood's will dated 26 February 1891 in Brazoria County, Texas.2 Click to view image If Louisa B. Underwood had been the surviving spouse, her children, Kate Underwood, Laura Underwood, John Hanks Underwood, and Louise Underwood would have inherited equally, and providing he was of legal age, John would have been executor.

Louise Underwood appeared on the 1 June 1900 Federal Census of Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of her parents, J.P. and Louise Underwood.11 Click to view image

Louise Munson appeared on the 15 April 1910 Federal Census of Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of Joe P. and Lou A. Underwood, her parents, with her husband George Munson, and their children George and Cathern.12 Click to view image

Mrs. Louise Munson was listed as the next of kin on the World War draft card of her husband George Poindexter Munson 12 September 1918 at Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas.13

Louis[e] and George P. Monson appeared on the 1 January 1920 Federal Census of Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 3 January 1920. Their children George P., Catherine, Joseph U., Laura, John H. and Robert M. were listed as living with them.14 Click to view image

Louise Underwood Munson was named in Joseph P. Underwood's will dated 28 April 1920 in Brazoria County, Texas.1 "I want my daughter Louise Underwood Munson to have the note I hold against her husband George P. Munson for Two Thousand Dollars, secured by mortgaged on Cattle, together with any debt the said George P. Munson may owe me at the date of the execution of this will". Also mentioned was a parcel of ground in Columbia previously given to George and Louise Munson. Laura Underwood, John H. Underwood, and Louise Munson were named co-executors and were to share equally in the residue of the estate. Click to view image

Louise U. and George P. Munson appeared on the 1 April 1930 Federal Census of Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 19 April 1930. Their children Joseph U., Laura L., John H., James R. and Virginia were listed as living with them.15 Click to view image

Mrs. Louise Munson was named sole executrix and heir in George P. Munson's will dated 14 August 1931: "All of my property of every nature & character, be the same, real, personal or mixed, of which I may die possesed I do will & bequeth to my said executrix & wife, Mrs. Louise Munson.16

Louise Underwood Munson was a member of Asa Underwood Chapter, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution that was named for her ancestor and organized on 24 November 1941 by her sister Laura Underwood.

Children of Louise Underwood and George Poindexter Munson Sr.


  1. [S48] J.P. Underwood, Probate file no. 2100, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  2. [S57] Louisa B. Underwood will (1891), Brazoria County Will Book U: 605, 606, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  3. [S17] Louise Underwood Munson tombstone, Munson Family Cemetery, Bailey's Prairie, Texas; photographed by the writer on 31 July 1997.
  4. [S1211] Mrs. G.P. Munson, death certificate 41209 (9 Oct 1946), Texas Department of Public Health, Austin, gives date as 4 September 1946.
  5. [S2] Brazoria County Marriage Book 7: 213, no. 413, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  6. [S1132] Texas Department of Health, Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000 (Austin: Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, unknown publish date), Mrs. G.P. Munson entry citing Certificate 41209, gives date as 4 September 1946.
  7. [S1211] Mrs. G.P. Munson, Texas state death certificate, incorrectly gives West Columbia as place of burial.
  8. [S22] Interview with Joe Munson (Joe U. Munson Sr.; Downing St., Angleton, Texas), by Laura Munson Cooper. Transcript held in 2003 by Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St.; Arlington, TX 76012-5608). Mr. Munson is now deceased.
  9. [S10] Interview with Ruth Anna (Horn) Munson (Mrs. Joe U. Munson; Angleton, Texas), by Laura Munson Cooper, 5 January 2003. Transcript held in 2003 by Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St.; Arlington, TX 76012-5608).
  10. [S10] Interview, Ruth Anna (Horn) Munson, 5 January 2003. About 1943, while living at Bailey's Prairie in the home of her in-laws, she read the letter that Louise had kept.
  11. [S51] J.P. Underwood household, 1900 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 2, village of Columbia, enumeration district (ED) 2, sheet 5A/23, dwelling 99, family 103; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 1614.
  12. [S50] Joe P. Underwood household, 1910 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 2, Columbia, enumeration district (ED) 5, sheet 1A/13, dwelling 6, family 6; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 1534.
  13. [S918] World War I Selective Service Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, (National Archives Micropublication M1509, roll 1927369). Original images published online by Ancestry.com, Provo, UT, 2002-2005.
  14. [S38] George P. Monson household, 1920 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, J.P. 2, East Columbia township, Columbia (unincorporated), Avenue Brazos, enumeration district (ED) 3, sheet 2B, dwelling 49, family 50; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1774.
  15. [S37] George P. Munson household, 1930 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, Angleton-West Columbia Road, enumeration district (ED) 20-4, sheet 8A/41, dwelling 156, family 162; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 2301.
  16. [S23] George P. Munson will (1931), Brazoria County Will Book Vol. 16: 578, no. 3420, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  17. [S5] Joseph Underwood Munson entry, Brazoria County Births, Liber 2: no. 189, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.