Walter Bascom Munson II

b. 25 May 1895, d. 20 October 1973
Walter Bascom Munson II|b. 25 May 1895\nd. 20 Oct 1973|p2932.htm|Hillen Armour Munson|b. 31 Jul 1863\nd. 15 Sep 1909|p117.htm|Lilla Mary Cox|b. 8 Dec 1872\nd. 10 Aug 1934|p2931.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|||||||

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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Bascom "Bac" Munson II
     Walter Bascom Munson II was born on 25 May 1895 at Bailey's Prairie, Brazoria County, Texas.1,2,3,4 He was the son of Hillen Armour Munson and Lilla Mary Cox. He married Jessie Rawls circa 1927 in First Methodist Church, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.4 He died on 20 October 1973 in Brazoria County, Texas, at age 78.2,5 He was buried in Munson Cemetery, Bailey's Prairie, Brazoria County, Texas.6 Click to view image
     Bascom was named for his uncle Walter Bascom Munson. He was always called Bascom or Back. He lived his young years at Bailey's Prairie and in Angleton. He was fourteen when his father was killed. In young adulthood, Bascom worked in the oil fields of Louisiana and East Texas, and it is reported that he was a typical oil field “roughneck.” For a while he owned his own drilling rig, and later he was employed by Reed Rollerbit Company in Longview and Kilgore, Texas. In later years he and Jessie lived in Houston and Angleton.7

     In 1955 Bascom and Jessie built a large, beautiful home under the live oak trees at Bailey's Prairie near the location of the original Ridgely Plantation home of Bascom's grandparents, Mordello and Sarah Munson. On his surrounding cattle ranch, which he named the Munson Ranch, Bascom raised, at different times, quarter-horses and Santa Gertrudus, Red Angus, and Brangus cattle.7

     Bascom and Jessie Munson had no children.

Additional Data
Walter B. Munson appeared on the 1 June 1900 Federal Census of Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his parents, Hillen A. and Lilla M. Munson.8 Click to view image

Bascom W. Munson appeared on the 15 April 1910 Federal Census of Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his mother Lilla Munson.9 Click to view image

Walter Bascom Munson Jr. registered for the World War I draft 5 June 1917 at Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas. Described as tall and slender with blue eyes and brown hair, he was an unmarried stockman and farmer living in Angleton.3

Bascom Munson appeared on the 1 January 1920 Federal Census of Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of his mother Lilla Munson.10 Click to view image

Walter and Jessie R. Munson appeared on the 1 April 1930 Federal Census of Houston, Harris County, Texas, enumerated 8 April 1930.11 Click to view image


  1. [S484] Walter Bascom Munson entry, Brazoria County Delayed Certificates of Birth, Liber E: no. 2176, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  2. [S29] Walter Munson, no. 451-10-6012, Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb (Provo: Inc., 2005). The SSDI component of RootsWeb is drawn from the Social Security Death Benefits Index of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
  3. [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.
  4. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas:, 1987), 282.
  5. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, Munsons of Texas, 283.
  6. [S191] Walter Bascom Munson II tombstone, Munson Family Cemetery, Bailey's Prairie, Texas; photographed by the writer on 4 July 2003.
  7. [S704] "The Life and Family of Hillen Armour Munson (I)," The Munsons of Texas - an American Saga, online. <
  8. [S51] Hillen A. Munson household, 1900 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, enumeration district (ED) 1, sheet 16A/16, dwelling 323, family 323; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 1614.
  9. [S50] Lilla Munson household, 1910 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, Angleton, enumeration district (ED) 4, sheet 3A/3, dwelling 49, family 49; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 1534.
  10. [S38] Lilla Munson household, 1920 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, Angleton city, enumeration district (ED) 1, sheet 38B, dwelling 178, family 187; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1774.
  11. [S105] Walter Munson household, 1930 U.S. Census, Harris County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 1, City of Houston, enumeration district (ED) 101-84, sheet 15A/15, dwelling 137, family 194; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 2348.