Thurmond Armour Munson

b. 15 June 1889, d. 6 October 1958
Thurmond Armour Munson|b. 15 Jun 1889\nd. 6 Oct 1958|p2909.htm|Joseph Waddy Munson|b. 22 May 1861\nd. 18 Mar 1917|p118.htm|Mary Corinne 'Woodie' West|b. 8 Mar 1870\nd. 12 Jul 1939|p2906.htm|Mordello S. Munson|b. 25 Apr 1825\nd. 13 Oct 1903|p113.htm|Sarah K. Armour|b. 3 Sep 1831\nd. 31 Jan 1887|p114.htm|John S. West|||Mary Naille|||

1st cousin 1 time removed of George Poindexter Munson Sr.
2nd cousin 1 time removed of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
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Thurmond Munson
     Thurmond Armour Munson was born on 15 June 1889 in Columbus, Colorado County, Texas.1,2 He was the son of Joseph Waddy Munson and Mary Corinne 'Woodie' West. He married Mary Emma 'Minnie' Hardwick on 21 December 1929.2 He died of a heart attack on 6 October 1958 at his home, in Bailey's Prairie, Brazoria County, Texas, at age 69.3 He was buried in Angleton Cemetery, Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas.4 Click to view image
     Thurmond graduated from Angleton High School. Afterward he attended Texas A&M College where he received a degree in civil engineering in 1910. He was appointed to a professorship in civil engineering at Texas A&M College in 1920. During his career at Texas A&M, he became Head of the Hydraulic Engineering Department. It was under his direction that the town of College Station was laid out. Munson Street in that town is named for him. In 1925 he received a masters degree from Iowa State University. During World War II, Thurmond was an officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel as Inspector General for Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio. In 1946 he accepted a position as Chief of the Civil Engineering Department at the Dow Chemical Company plant at Freeport, Texas. He and Minnie built a country home on the family land at Bailey's Prairie and Thurmond lived there the rest of his life. Minnie survived him by many years, living most of the time in Angleton and College Station.5

Additional Data
Thurman Munson appeared on the 1 June 1900 Federal Census of Columbus, Colorado County, Texas, in the household of his parents, Joseph and Woodie Munson.6 Click to view image

Thurman A. Munson appeared on the 15 April 1910 Federal Census of Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his parents, Joseph W. and Mary C. Munson.7 Click to view image

Thurmond Armour Munson registered for the World War I draft 5 June 1917 at Brazoria County, Texas. Described as being of medium height and build with gray eyes and brown hair, partly balding, he was unmarried and worked as a county surveyor. On his own account, he raised cattle. He claimed an exemption from the draft based on dependents and his occupation.1

Thurmond A. Munson appeared on the 1 January 1920 Federal Census of Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his mother Mary C. Munson.8 Click to view image

Thurmond and Mary Munson appeared on the 1 April 1930 Federal Census of College Station, Brazos County, Texas, enumerated 8 April 1930.9 Click to view image

Children of Thurmond Armour Munson and Mary Emma 'Minnie' Hardwick


  1. [S918] World War I Selective Service Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, (National Archives Micropublication M1509, roll 1927369). Original images published online by, Provo, UT, 2002-2005.
  2. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas:, 1987), 274.
  3. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, Munsons of Texas, 275.
  4. [S427] Thurmond Armour Munson tombstone, Angleton Cemetery, Angleton, Texas; photographed by the writer on 5 July 2003.
  5. [S704] "The Life and Family of Joseph Waddy Munson," The Munsons of Texas - an American Saga, online. <
  6. [S438] Joseph Munson household, 1900 U.S. Census, Colorado County, Texas, population schedule, Columbus, enumeration district (ED) 15, sheet 15A/54, dwelling 321, family 322; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 1622.
  7. [S50] Joseph W. Munson household, 1910 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, Angleton, enumeration district (ED) 4, sheet 9B, dwelling 190, family 200; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 1534.
  8. [S38] Mary C. Munson household, 1920 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, Angleton city, enumeration district (ED) 1, sheet 32A/104, dwelling 35, family 36; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1774.
  9. [S435] Thurmond Munson household, 1930 U.S. Census, Brazos County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 7, College Station, enumeration district (ED) 21-14, sheet 6A/191, dwelling 129, family 139; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 2301.
  10. [S12], Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997, [database online] (Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).