Henry William Munson III
1st cousin of George Poindexter Munson Sr.
1st cousin 2 times removed of Laura Jane Munson.
- Family Background:
- Munson and Allied Families
Henry was referred to as "Son" in his mother's diary and letters, and his nieces and nephews always called him "Uncle." He grew up at Ridgely Plantation and received his early education there and in Houston public schools. Thereafter, he attended Texas Military Institute in Austin that had moved from Bastrop in 1870. He then took military training at the newly opened Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) near Bryan.
After finishing school, he returned home to Bailey's Prairie and lived with his parents, helping his father operate the plantation. He was also overseer of his father's sugar plantation and mill at Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico, and traveled there often by ship. This was land bought by his father Mordello and others in anticipation of moving there if conditions in Brazoria County became intolerable following the War.
In the early 1870's he became captain of the Prairie Rangers of Brazoria County. This was an organization that operated under the authority of Governor O.M. Roberts "to control a lawless element that was present in the county at that time. A criminal class of Negroes made cattle stealing a regular practice, defying all law, and boasting of their raids. The Prairie Rangers put fear into their hearts and forced respect for the law" (from his obituary as quoted in Williamson's manuscript).
According to his nieces, he was "quite a ladies' man" though he did not marry until he was 45 years of age. Plans to marry in 1882 fell through when he was jilted by a "heartless flirt." Soon afterward, he moved in with brother George and family at the "Van Place" north of Bailey's Prairie. He and George became lifelong partners in cattle ranching, rice farming, and other endeavors, doing business as "H.W. and G.C. Munson."
Henry and George were the first of Mordello and Sarah's children to move away from home. Mary (Kennedy) Giesecke recollected:
With fondest [memories] I remember the "Vann Place", situated near the banks of Oyster Creek. In this home lived my mother's brothers, Henry & George. The latter's family consisted of our dear Aunt Hannah Adriance & children, Lydia, Sarah, Adriance, Henry, Mordello & Ruth. Henry later brought his wife Kate Cahill here & their son Waddy was born in "Uncle's room", later George moved to Angleton so the children could be in school. Henry remained till 1898 [actually 1899] when his wife died at a son's birth, then he & little Waddy lived with different relatives.He and Kate Cahill had three sons, two of whom died at birth or soon after. The last was born in 1899 at the two-story Angleton home of George C. and Hannah Munson during a great flood, at which time Kate died in childbirth and the baby died a few days later. Henry never remarried. He and Waddy moved from the "Van Place" to Angleton, and there he continued to engage in various businesses with George.
Henry W. Munson appeared on the 1 June 1860 Federal Census of Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his parents, M.S. and Sarah K. Munson.6
Henry Munson appeared on the 1 June 1870 Federal Census of Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his parents, Mordello and Sarah Munson.7
H.W. Munson appeared on the 1 June 1880 Federal Census of Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his parents, M.S. and S.K. Munson.8
Perhaps as a favor to his father, Henry applied for and was appointed guardian of the estate of George P. Munson, Mordella Munson and Sarah K. Munson, minors, on 18 February 1884 at Brazoria County, Texas, and a partial inventory was returned the following day. In a written statement, he said that because the children's estate was undivided and in control of Colonel M.S. Munson who would preserve it for them, no further legal action was necessary.9 George, Mordella, and Sarah were the orphaned children of George P. and Agnes (Davis) Munson, and therefore, Henry's first cousins. After George died, and before Agnes remarried, she wrote in her diary that he often brought her firewood as a kindness. When Agnes died a few years later, Mordello and Sarah took the young children into their home.
Henry William Munson III patented 510 acres of school land in Brazoria County, Texas, on 19 January 1888.10
Henry Munson appeared on the 15 April 1910 Federal Census of Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 19 April 1910. His son J. Waddy was listed as living with him.11
H.W. Munson was listed as the next of kin on the World War I draft card of his son Joseph Waddy Munson 5 June 1918 at Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas.12
H.W. appeared on the 1 January 1920 Federal Census of Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 15 February 1920.13
Child of Henry William Munson III and Sarah Kate Cahill
- Joseph Waddy Munson II+ b. 3 Oct 1896, d. 11 May 1951
- [S1224] Henry William Munson, death certificate 22309 (9 Jul 1924), Texas Department of Public Health, Austin.
- [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas: n.pub., 1987), 228.
- [S2] Brazoria County Marriage Book 6: 207, no. 410, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
- [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, Munsons of Texas, 230.
- [S427] Henry William Munson tombstone, Angleton Cemetery, Angleton, Texas; photographed by the writer on 5 July 2003.
- [S54] M.S. Munson household, 1860 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Columbia, page 20, dwelling 165, family 152; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 1289.
- [S53] Mordello Munson household, 1870 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Brazoria, page 19/503-20, dwelling 139, family 139; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 1576.
- [S52] M.S. Munson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 8, enumeration district (ED) 22, sheet 27C/222, dwelling 274, family 274; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 1292.
- [S19] Munson Minors, Brazoria County Probate file no. 1115, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
- [S705] School land, Abstract no. 499, file no. 9510, patent vol. 8: 145, cert. 10/354, Texas General Land Office (TGLO), Austin.
- [S50] Henry Munson household, 1910 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 2, enumeration district (ED) 5, sheet 2A/14, dwelling 28, family 28; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 1534.
- [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.
- [S38] H.W. Munson household, 1920 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, Angleton, enumeration district (ED) 1, sheet 37B, dwelling 147, family 155; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1774.