Laura Louise Munson

b. 13 December 1913, d. 28 September 2005
Laura Louise Munson|b. 13 Dec 1913\nd. 28 Sep 2005|p28.htm|George Poindexter Munson Sr.|b. 12 Aug 1873\nd. 7 Jan 1944|p18.htm|Louise Underwood|b. 8 Jul 1880\nd. 5 Sep 1946|p19.htm|George P. Munson|b. 4 Jun 1832\nd. 19 Apr 1878|p20.htm|Matilda A. Davis|b. 22 Feb 1850\nd. 25 Feb 1882|p21.htm|Joseph P. Underwood|b. 26 Feb 1845\nd. 1 Feb 1925|p66.htm|Louisa A. B. Hanks|b. 3 Jun 1847\nd. 2 Feb 1912|p67.htm|

Daughter of George Poindexter Munson Sr.
Daughter of Louise Underwood.
Aunt of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
Underwood and Allied Families
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Laura Munson
     Laura Louise Munson was born on 13 December 1913 near West Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of George Poindexter Munson Sr. and Louise Underwood. She married Joe McDonald Ingraham on 29 October 1954 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.2,3 She died on 28 September 2005 in Houston at age 91. Her obituary was published in the Houston Chronicle on 2 October 2005.4
     Laura Louise Munson was named for her mother's sister, Laura Underwood, and for her mother. She was known to family and many friends as "Chichi," a nickname given her by brother Joe who, when learning to talk, called her "e-chichi" (little sister). She was born at the Taylor place between East and West Columbia, but closer to the latter, home of her mother's aunt and uncle, Jim and Virginia Hanks Taylor, during the great 1913 overflow of the Brazos River. Even though the Taylor home was built on stilts, Dr. Marcus Weems, who arrived by boat to attend the birth, had to crawl in through a window. Chichi grew up in Brazoria County, and appears there in the household of her parents as a six year old in the 1920 census 1920 census, and a sixteen year old in the 1930 census.5,6 1930 census The family home was at Bailey's Prairie, Click to view image but the Munsons lived in East Columbia during the school year.

     After graduation from West Columbia High School Chichi lived with Ligon and Catherine Munson Foster (her older sister) in Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma. Moving closer to home, she attended the University of Houston. She got a teaching job in a one-room, one-teacher country school near West Columbia. Discipline was a problem, especially with the older boys, and prior education of her students was poor. The experience so traumatized Chichi that she quit teaching permanently and went to business school in Houston.

     After business school, Chichi had several jobs before landing the position of legal secretary in the Houston firm of Matthews and Ferguson, and for Joe Ingraham, an independent lawyer who rented space from the firm. After she and Joe married they made their home in Houston, but enjoyed spending time at their beach house at Surfside near Freeport. Joe died in 1990. They had no children.


  1. [S24] Laura Louise Munson entry, Brazoria County Delayed Certificates of Birth, Liber H: no. 3760, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  2. [S9] Personal recollection of the writer, Laura M. Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St., Arlington, Texas).
  3. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas:, 1987), 161.
  4. [S935] Laura Munson Ingraham, The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas, 2 October 2005, Laura Munson Ingraham obituary. Hereinafter cited as The Houston Chronicle.
  5. [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.
  6. [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.