Jesse Munson

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Great-grandfather of George Poindexter Munson Sr.
3rd great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for George Poindexter Munson II
     Jesse Munson was born in South Carolina.1 He was the son of NN Munson. In April 1816, Wilkinson County, Mississippi Territory, an appraisal was ordered of his estate.1 On 20 December 1816, an inventory of the estate was returned.1 On 1 March 1825 at Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi, letters of administration were granted to Gerard C. Brandon on the estate of Jesse Munson; Bond for $2,000, with William L. Brandon security.2
     Williamson (p. 24) writes,
...records indicate that Jesse and Robert Munson were in South Carolina in the 1780s, obtained Spanish land grants in the Natchez District of New Spain in 1787, and left South Carolina for Kentucky (and probably for the Natchez District) in about 1790. They arrived at Natchez by flatboat from Holston, Virginia, in April of 1792, and are listed as residents of Villa Gayoso in the Natchez District in the 1792 Spanish census.
     It is not known how long the Munson brothers lived in Villa Gayoso before they moved to their land grants about ninety miles to the south. Records show that they lived in the Natchez District, Mississippi Territory the remainder of their lives. However, their lands actually lay in the Spanish District of Feliciana in the Orleans Territory of New Spain. It appears that Robert prospered while Jesse was poor and illiterate. Williamson believes this accounts for Robert's descendants staying in Louisiana while Jesse's later moved to Texas.

     A letter from Manuel Gayoso de Lemos to Señor Baron de Carondelet records their arrival:
Report of Americans Arriving at Natchez. April 17, 1792.
     I send you the enclosed Account of two Flatboats which arrived at this Post from Holston listing the Individuals and the Cargo which they brought.
     Mr. Henry Hunter, a native of the United States, the Proprietor of one of them, a person of worth and special talent in all mechanical work, was Colonel in the American Service in the last War, and of whom I had previous favorable information concerning his conduct, which my dealings with him have confirmed, has taken the oath of fidelity with the intention of settling in this district with his family, which is mentioned in the enclosed account.
     The other Individuals who come in the other Boat are also settling in this District. According to the information which I have, they are persons of honorable conduct and masters of useful trades. All of this I repeat for your information. May the Lord keep your Lordship many years, Natchez, April 17, 1792.
Manuel Gayoso de Lemos
[To] Senor Baron de Carondelet.
The following accompanied the letter:
Account of two Flatboats which arrived from Holston to this Post with Passengers and Cargo.
First boat. Settlers.
Proprietor - Mr. Henry Hunter, His Wife and Seven children,
And fifteen Negroes which belong to him.
Cargo: Farm Tools and Household Furniture for his use.

Second boat. Settlers
Proprietor - Robert Munson, His Wife and Four children
Jesse Munson, His Wife and one son and a Slave.
John Grady His wife and two children and two Negroes.
Cargo: Farm Tools and a few pieces of Household furniture for thier use.
Natchez, April 17, 1792.3
     In 1824, between February and September, all of Jesse Munson's known descendants and their families moved to the Trinity River in the Atascosito District of Mexico, now Liberty County Texas.4

Additional Data
On 23 Feb 1801, "Isaac Tabor and Elizabeth, his wife, of the 3rd Dist. of New Feliciana," sold to Wm. Lemon, "for $250 in hand paid," 175 acres, the remainder of Claim No. 357, a 1793 Spanish grant of 250 acres to Isaac Tabor, "12 miles N.E. of Fort." The deed was witnessed by Wm. Harbour, M. Winn, and Jesse (X) Munson, and was proved by Minor Winn and Jesse Munson before Wm. Miller, J.P. of Adams County.5

Children of Jesse Munson


  1. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas:, 1987), 44, 45.
  2. [S1054] Wilkinson County Probates, Book 3: 56, County Clerk's Office, Woodville, Mississippi.
  3. [S1055] Dorothy Williams Potter, Passports of Southeastern Pioneers 1770-1823: Indian, Spanish, and other Land Passports for Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, North and South Carolina (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982), 37.
  4. [S400] Mordello Stephen Munson Family Papers, 1825-1978, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas, Austin.
  5. [S1056] May Wilson McBee, The Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1953), 383, citing Book B: 181, 183-184.
  6. [S403] Henry W. Munson, 31 July 1826 population census, Atascosito District, Coahuila and Texas, Republic of Mexico, original document, Library of Congress Washington, D.C.
  7. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, Munsons of Texas, 101.