Mary Jane Caldwell

b. 12 August 1841, d. 4 June 1858
Mary Jane Caldwell|b. 12 Aug 1841\nd. 4 Jun 1858|p2673.htm|James Peckham Caldwell|b. 6 Jan 1793\nd. 16 Nov 1856|p125.htm|Ann Binum Pearce|b. 17 Apr 1800\nd. 6 Sep 1865|p2532.htm|||||||William Pearce|b. c 1754\nd. 6 Nov 1813|p2668.htm|Sarah Bray|d. 6 Jun 1801|p2669.htm|

Aunt of George Poindexter Munson Sr.
Great-grandaunt of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
     Mary Jane Caldwell was born on 12 August 1841 in Velasco, Brazoria County, Republic of Texas.1 She was the daughter of James Peckham Caldwell and Ann Binum Pearce. She died on 4 June 1858 in San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, at age 16.1 She was buried in San Marcos.2
Additional Data
Mordello S. Munson petitioned the Probate Court of Brazoria County, Texas, on 27 March 1848 to have the estates of Henry W. Munson and William B. Munson partitioned. Henry William died intestate in 1833, "possessed of considerable property and leaving a widow, Ann B., who has since intermarried with James P. Caldwell, and four children, viz. William B., George and Gerrard and your petitioner." Henry William's estate had never been divided. This action was probably prompted by the untimely death of William Benjamin only nine days earlier, who died "intestate and without issue, possessed of some property, real and personal..." The petition also asks to have guardians appointed to "defend the interests of said minors in this suit..." This included the two children of James and Ann B. Caldwell Henry B. Andrews was appointed guardian "as litera." He and Ann B. and James P. Caldwell replied to the petition, all joining "in the prayer for the partition of said estate," Ann stating that she was entitled to half of the community property.

Mary J. Cauldwell appeared on the 1 June 1850 Federal Census of Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of her parents, James P. and Ann B. Cauldwell.3 Click to view image


  1. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas:, 1987), 125.
  2. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, Munsons of Texas, 126.
  3. [S55] James P. Cauldwell household, 1850 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, page 399-400, dwelling 255, family 255; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 908.