Brief history of the

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Most members of the Munselle family now residing in Texas can trace their lineage back to Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE, born January 01, 1828 in Licking County, Ohio. He was the son of Thomas MUNSELL, Jr., and Mary EASTMAN, daughter of Isia  EASTMAN. Mary was born  1798 in Vermont. Thomas MUNSELL, Jr. was born Sep 29, 1770, in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, and died 1873 in Jefferson County, Illinois.

Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE was a farmer who brought his large family by rail in1889 from Jefferson County, Illinois to Texas by rail in 1889. He planted a grove of pecan trees which is still standing at the old homestead 2.5 miles from Richland Springs in SanSaba County, Texas. Lorenzo was a veteran of the Civil War, having served as a private in Company H, Illinois 6th Cavalry (Union).

 Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE was married firstly, 1848, to Phydelia (Fidelia) SMITH, born Sep 19, 1830 in Genesee County, New York, daughter of StevenDeveroux SMITH and Lydia HUDSON. Steven Deveroux SMITH was born 1794 In Vermont(?) and died Oct 05, 1845 in Delaware County, Ohio. Lydia HUDSON was born 1796 in Vermont and died Nov 20, 1857 in Licking County, Ohio. Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Phydelia (Fidelia) SMITH were the parents of seven children, as follows:

(1) Thomas Tillotson (Doc) MUNSELL, also known as T. T. MUNSELL, was bornMar 04, 1849 in Licking County, Ohio and died July 29, 1923 in San Saba, San SabaCounty, Texas. He was married Jan 16, 1870 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois,To Sarah Jane ESTES, born Feb 08, 1850 in Illinois and died Mar 05, 1910 in SanSaba, San Saba County, Texas. Their children were:(1) Lou Ada MUNSELL, born Dec 1871 in Illinois, who married firstly, Jack COLLINS. She married secondly, BEF. June 1891, Mr. ROBBINS. They had one daughter, Jennie ROBBINS, born June 1891 in Texas.

(2) L. Edgar MUNSELL was born Dec 02, 1882 in Texas and died Apr 02, 1939in Texas. He married W. Pearl TAFF, born ABT 1887 in Texas. Their children were:Lewis Rimmer MUNSELL, born ABT 1905 in Texas, and George MUNSELL, born Feb 13, 1913 in Texas; died Sep 1982 in Wagoner, Wagoner County, Oklahoma.

(3) The third child of Thomas Tillotson MUNSELL and Sarah Jane ESTES was James T.MUNSELL, born Aug 1884 in Texas; died 1957 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas.He married Nancy (Nan) OWEN, born ABT 1898 in Texas; died Dec 05, 1978 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas. Their children were: Gertrude MUNSELL, born ABT1907 in Texas, and Dean MUNSELL, born ABT 1909 in Texas.

 4) The fourth child of Thomas Tillotson MUNSELL and Sarah Jane ESTES was T. F. MUNSELL, born June 1891 in Texas. 5) Their fifth child, Emily MUNSELL, married Riley R. TERRY.(2) Mary A. (Sis) MUNSELLE, daughter of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Phydelia(Fidelia) SMITH, was born Jan 14, 1852 in Licking County, Ohio. She died Oct 23,1923 in Portland, Oregon. She was married Jan 16, 1870 in Jefferson County, Illinoisto Jeremiah J. (Jerry) KING, born 1851 in Licking County. Ohio; died 1910 in Portland.regon. He was the son of Jesse KING, born 1817 in Vermont, and Lucretia SIMPSON,born Apr 04, 1816 in Jefferson County, New York. Mary A. (Sis) MUNSELLE andJeremiah J. (Jerry) KING were the parents of six children: Royal KING; Julie KING;Rosa L. KING, born 1871; William A. KING, born 1874; Eugene KING, born 1877;and Arthur KING. According to an LDS Family Group Sheet submitted by Gladys B.MUNSELL Causey, Mary A. (Sis) MUNSELLE moved to Oregon after her marriage and the family never heard from them again.(3) John Raleigh MUNSELLE , third child of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE andPhydelia (Fidelia) SMITH, was born Nov 23, 1854 in Licking County, Ohio and diedApr 11, 1930 in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. He was married Mar 23, 1876 in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, to Lusetta HOLLIDAY, daughter of Caleb HOLLIDAY andNancy DUVALL. Lusetta was born Dec 18, 1852 in Jefferson County, Illinois anddied Feb 08, 1930 in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. Their children were:(1)William Otis MUNSELLE, born Oct 16, 1879 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois and died Mar 15, 1958 in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois; married May E. SHIPP, daughter of William SHIPP and Martha Ellen CASNER. May was born 1883 in Willow City, Gillespie County, Texas, and died Apr 28, 1916 in Bluford, Jefferson County,Illinois. William Otis MUNSELLE and May E. SHIPP were the parents of fourchildren: Everett MUNSELLE; Ray Donald MUNSELLE, born Dec 01, 1904; Cora May MUNSELLE, born June 29, 1909 in Richland Springs, San Saba County,Texas and died Dec 28, 1982 in Elkhart, Indiana. Cora May MUNSELLE marriedWilliam Henry CUNNINGHAM on Oct 22, 1927 in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois.He was born Feb 19, 1907, in Tama, Iowa and died Feb 11, 1975 in West Frankfort.Illinois. The fourth child of William Otis MUNSELLE and May E. SHIPP was ClydeMUNSELLE, born 1912.  (2) Mary Dowe (Mollie) MUNSELLE, second child of JohnRaleigh MUNSELLE and Lusetta HOLLIDAY, was born Feb 13, 1883 in FarringtonTownship, Jefferson County, Illinois and died Feb 08, 1940 in Dixon, Lee County,Illinois. She was married firstly to John W. BARTON, born ABT. 1875 in Pope,Indiana; secondly to Everett TROWBRIDGE; thirdly to Mr. MARTIN; and herfourth husband was James CORNSTUBBLE. Mary Dowe (Mollie) MUNSELLEand John W. BARTON were the parents of Parker Dowe BARTON, born Nov 01,1901 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois and died June 26, 1984 in Adams,Wisconsin. He married Pearl Lena SMITH, born May 06, 1906 in Mt. Vernon,Jefferson County, Illinois.(3) The third child of John Raleigh MUNSELLE and Lusetta HOLLIDAY was Cora L. MUNSELLE, born Apr 1887 in Illinois; died 1902.(4) Luna Alice MUNSELLE was the fourth child of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLEand Phydelia (Fidelia) SMITH. She was born 1860 in Licking County, Ohio. Shewas married Apr 20, 1876 to William GREGORY, probably the son of Dr. LemuelGREGORY and Kitty BRADY of Jefferson County, Illinois. Luna Alice MUNSELLEand William GREGORY had one child, Alta GREGORY, born 1878 in JeffersonCounty, Illinois. According to Nancy CUNNINGHAM (see the Munselle/MunsellFamily Website), “Little is known of Luna Alice MUNSELLE, but all of theResearchers have come across the same notation in various family records: Lunamarried Bill GREGORY and moved to Galveston and was never heard from again.It is presumed that she and her family all died in the great Galveston hurricane of1900.” Nancy CUNNINGHAM writes, “I have not been able to prove or disprovethis family tale. I have checked a number of 1900 Galveston Hurricane historic sitesnd have not found any names among the known missing or dead that might be Luna and Bill. The mystery continues…”(5) William Alexander (Bill) MUNSELLE was the fifth child of Lorenzo DowMUNSELLE and Phydelia (Fidelia) SMITH. He was born Aug 22, 1861 in Mt.Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois and died Oct 06, 1942 in Bangs, Brown County,Texas. He was a farmer. He changed the spelling of his name to William ElexanderMUNSELLE after moving to Texas. He was married firstly, Mar 19, 1881, in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, to Nancy Elizabeth SHELTON. She was bornMay 1861 in Illinois and died Jan 16, 1935 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.William Elexander MUNSELLE subsequently married secondly, Quincy MORRIS; thirdly, Minnie SPELLMAN; and his fourth wife was Miss WALLACE. William Elexander MUNSELLE and Nancy Elizabeth SHELTON were the parents of eleven children: 

(1) Oliver MUNSELLE was born Apr 1881 in Illinois.(2) Lorenzo Alfonso MUNSELLE was born June 19, 1882 and died Dec 26, 1910 in Bangs, Brown County, Texas. (3) Inez Gertrude MUNSELLE was born June 1884; died Sep 05, 1974 in Rocky Creek, Bosque County, Texas. (4) Pearl Florence MUNSELLE was born Sep 1886; died Nov 1918, Denton, Denton County, Texas.(5) Rhada Katherine MUNSELLE was born Dec 1886 in Texas; died Oct 07, 1980 in Bangs, Brown County, Texas. (6) Mary Isabelle MUNSELLE was born Sep 1891 in Texas; died Oct 19,1981 in Bangs, Brown County, Texas.(7) John William MUNSELLE was born July, 1893 in Texas; died July 29, 1960 in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas.(8) Frederick August MUNSELLE was born Feb 22, 1896 in Nopal, DeWitt County, Texas; died June 07, 1971 in Dublin, Erath County, Texas. (9) Minnie Lavora MUNSELLE was born Mar 1897 in Texas. (10) Jessie Oriole MUNSELLE was born Apr 1900 in Texas; died Mar 16, 1978 in Temple, Bell County, Texas. (11) Frank Martin MUNSELLE was born July 25, 1903 in Willow City, Gillespie County, Texas.

 Lorenzo Alfonso MUNSELLE married Feb 12, 1903, Ada SHIPP, daughter of William SHIPP and Martha Ellen CASNER. Ada SHIPP was born Sep 1879 in Gillespie County, Texas, and died July 10, 1966 in Dublin, Erath County, Texas.Lorenzo Alfonso MUNSELLE and Ada SHIPP were the parents of four children:(1) Mark MUNSELL, born Mar 13, 1910 and died May 01, 1998 in Stephenville,Erath County, Texas; (2) Leland Howell MUNSELL, born Sep 14, 1903 and diedDec 05, 1987 in Andrews, Andrews County, Texas; (3) Joe B. MUNSELL, born1908; and (4) Ollie MUNSELL. Inez Gertrude MUNSELLE married Albert KING AFT. 1900, son of James KING and Sarah (Unknown). Albert KING was born July 17, 1878, and diedDec 14, 1931 in Rocky Creek, Bosque County, Texas. Inez Gertrude MUNSELLEand Albert KING were the parents of seven children, among them: William E.KING, born Mar 31, 1908 and died Dec 13, 1965 in Rocky Creek, Bosque County,Texas. He married Nina (Unknown). Roy KING was born Dec 30, 1913; diedSep 27, 1939 in Rocky Creek, Bosque County, Texas.

  Pearl Florence MUNSELLE married John SHIPP. They had two sons.Rhada Katherine MUNSELLE married Christopher Columbus SHEPPARD. They were the parents of four children.Mary Isabelle MUNSELLE married Arthur STEPHENS. They had three daughters and one son.John William MUNSELLE married Ida RUTLEDGE. They were the parents of six children.  Frederick August MUNSELLE married Grace ROBERTSON. She died July 05,1986. They had three children.Minnie Lavora MUNSELLE married firstly, Gordon THOMPSON, BEF. 1917.

He was born Mar 12, 1892 and died Jan 04, 1946. She married secondly, Leon F.HOLLY, AFT. 1946. The daughter of Minnie Lavora MUNSELLE and GordonTHOMPSON, Maurine THOMPSON, was born Dec 22, 1917 and died July 01,1945; she married John L. BRUCE. Minnie Lavora MUNSELLE and GordonTHOMPSON also had a son.

Jessie Oriole MUNSELLE married firstly, Les PITTMAN. She married secondly,Pierce MAULDEN, ABT. 1920. Jessie Oriole MUNSELLE and Pierce MAULDENhad two children. Frank Martin MUNSELLE married firstly, Amanda SPILLMAN. He marriedsecondly, Lena RAMBO. She died July 12, 1986 in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas. They were the parents of three daughters.(6) James Lawrence (Jim) MUNSELLE was the sixth child of Lorenzo DowMUNSELLE and Phydelia (Fidelia) SMITH. He was born 1864 in Mt. Vernon,Jefferson County, Illinois, and died July 17, 1934 in Luling, Caldwell County,Texas. He was a farmer. He was married firstly on Sep 14, 1884, in Helena, Karnes County, Texas, to Ellen Katherine COWEY, daughter of Charles William COWEYand Hester Ann Rodgers ADAMS. Ellen was born 1868 in Dewville, GonzalesCounty, Texas and died in 1891 following the birth of their third child. The childrenof James Lawrence (Jim) MUNSELLE and Ellen Katherine COWEY were:(1) Hetty MUNSELLE, born ABT. 1885; married Worth PETERSON, who was bornJan 01, 1912 and died Feb 07, 1978 in Belton, Bell County, Texas.

 (2) Thomas Monroe MUNSELLE was born Nov 22, 1888 in Dewville, Gonzales County,Texas, and died June 08, 1963 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas. He wasmarried on July 21, 1912 in Wilson, Wilson County, Texas, to Viola Mary HARE,daughter of John Levi HARE (a Primitive Baptist minister), and Mary Elizabeth ELKINS. Viola was born Aug 18, 1894 in Floresville, Wilson County, Texas anddied Dec 17, 1981 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. Thomas MonroeMUNSELLE was a grocer who lived for many years in San Saba, San SabaCounty, Texas. Thomas Monroe MUNSELLE and Viola Mary HARE werethe parents of nine children.

 (1) Iva Lorene MUNSELLE was born Dec 04, 1916 in Lavernia, Wilson County, Texas, and died Feb 14, 2003 in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas. She was a WAC in the U. S. Army during WWII and was a professional photographer, artist, and poet. She was married on May 15, 1944 in Anacostia, District of Columbia, to Gladyon Randall (Buzz) BRADY, who was a musician in the U. S. Naval Band. They were the parents of three children.(2) The second child of Thomas Monroe MUNSELLE and Viola Mary HARE wasLawrence (Sonny Boy) MUNSELLE, born ABT. 1918 and died as an infant.Three more infants were then born and died in succession; none of them weregiven names. They are all buried in the Midway Cemetery in Wilson County,Texas.(6) A sixth child, Tommy Lee MUNSELLE, was born in 1924 and also diedas an infant on Dec 22, 1924.(7) Charles Ray (Chuck) MUNSELLE was born Sep 16, 1929 in Caldwell County,Texas and died Dec 24, 1987 in Burnet County, Texas. He married Miss SHACKLEFORD. They were the parents of a son and a daughter. (8) James Alvin (Jim) MUNSELLE was born Apr 02, 1931 in Caldwell County, Texas,and died May 24, 2003 in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. He was marriedfirstly, Feb 1952 in Michigan, to Eileen Theresa TUER, who was born Apr 30, 1931and died Oct 31, 1985 in Michigan. They were the parents of James Joseph MUNSELLE, born Nov 12, 1952 and died Aug 02, 1978 in Michigan, and four other children.

 (9) The ninth child of Thomas Monroe MUNSELLE and Viola MaryHARE, a daughter, is living.James Lawrence MUNSELLE and Ellen Katherine COWEY had a third son, Charles William (Charlie) MUNSELLE, born Nov 04,1891 in Texas and died Aug 17, 1952 in Texas. He was married firstly, BEF. 1915,to Maudie COX; she died Feb 26, 1999, in Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas. Theyhad one son, Johnny William MUNSELLE, born Apr 05, 1915 in Texas and diedMar 30, 1978 in Jasper County, Texas. He was married in Texas to Hazel WilletteSUTHERLAND, born Jan 26, 1922 in Floresville, Wilson County, Texas, anddied June 01, 2001 in Victoria, Victoria County, Texas. They were the parents of three sons. Charles William (Charlie) MUNSELLE married secondly, BEF. 1924in Texas, Angela Corinne CAMP. She died Jan 07, 1928 in San Antonio, BexarCounty, Texas. Of their two sons, Robert James MUNSELLE was born Aug 28,1926 in Bexar County, Texas, and died Sep 07, 1990 in Harris County, Texas.(The other son is living.) Charles William (Charlie) MUNSELLE was marriedthirdly, BEF. 1930, to Daisy Mae Weston KELLY, born in Karnes County, Texas,and died Jan 28, 1993 in Jefferson County, Texas. They were the parents of five children. 

James Lawrence (Jim) MUNSELLE was married secondly, June 25, 1893 inFarrington Township, Jefferson County, Illinois, to Margaret Josephine (Maggie)PATTERSON, daughter of Joshua J. PATTERSON and Pruda WILLIAMS. argaret was born 1875 in Jefferson County, Illinois, and died May 06, 1937 in Angelina County, Texas. Their six children were:

(1) Lawrence Bracken MUNSELLE, died Aug 04, 1948; married BEF. 1931, Agnes Leona LOPEZ. Three daughters were born to them.

 (2) Harvey Otto MUNSELLE, born July 17, 1894 in Dewville, Gonzales County, Texas; died Jan 14, 1974 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. He married Mattie Jewel NEYLAND. They were the parents of thirteen children.

 (3) The third child of James Lawrence (Jim) MUNSELLE andMargaret Josephine (Maggie) PATTERSON was Ellen MUNSELLE, who diedat the age of fourteen.  

(4) The fourth child was Lillian Marie MUNSELLE, born ABT. 1901 in Grand Flats, Gillespie County, Texas, and died Aug 08, 1978 in Llano, Llano County, Texas. She married firstly, BEF. 1921, Thomas Otto WILLOUGHBY, born in Paducah, Kentucky, and died Sep 09, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa. Their children were: Thomas Leslie WILLOUGHBY, born Sep 14, 1921, and died Feb 09, 1980; Edna Imogene (Jeanne) WILLOUGHBY, born May 04, 1927 in Kennett, Missouri, and died Oct 07, 2003 in Ephrata, Washington. She married Frank GOWENS. They were the parents of threechildren. The third child of Lillian Marie MUNSELLE and Thomas OttoWILLOUGHBY was Rosalee or Rosalynn WILLOUGHBY, who was born ABT. 1919 and died ABT. 1927. Lillian Marie MUNSELLE married secondly, CarlPOTTER. She married thirdly, ABT. 1950, William Dewey WILKERSON, bornAug 06, 1897 in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, and died Feb 03, 1989 In Llano, Llano County, Texas.

(5) The fifth child of James Lawrence (Jim) MUNSELLE and Margaret Josephine (Maggie) PATTERSON was Orlena Maybell (Nan) MUNSELLE, born July 30, 1913 in Dewville, Gonzales County, Texas, and died Dec 15, 1992 in Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas. She was married Feb 20, 1932 to Charles Culberson FOX, born May 28, 1908 and died Oct 1960. They were the parents of four children.

(6) The sixth child of James Lawrence (Jim) MUNSELLE and Margaret Josephine (Maggie) Patterson was Edna Mae MUNSELLE, born ABT. 1918 in Dewville, Gonzales County, Texas. She married Cecil McKINNEY.

 (7) The seventh child born to Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Phydelia(Fidelia) SMITH was Harriet R. (Hattie) Victoria MUNSELLE, born 1867

in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois. She died Sep 11, 1948 in WinnebagoCounty, Illinois, at the age of 82. According to Nancy CUNNINGHAM (seeThe Munselle/Munsell Family Website), Harriet became a well-known Nazareneand Church of God minister, and performed the marriages of many of her niecesand nephews and other relatives. She was married firstly on Oct 29, 1884 inJefferson County, Illinois, to the Rev. John Franklin BROOKMAN, son of Christopher BROOKMAN and Rosetta J. SLEDGE. The children of Harriet R.(Hattie) Victoria MUNSELLE and the Rev. John Franklin BROOKMAN were:(1) Ina Jane BROOKMAN, born Sep 21, 1888 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County,

Illinois, and died Nov 02, 1983 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She marriedFred F. Marlow(e). (2) Osa L. BROOKMAN was born Sep 1893 in Mt.Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, and died Apr 20, 1943. She marriedHenry H. HUFF. (3) Clyde F. BROOKMAN was born Sep 1885 in Mt.Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois. He married Lily Maxey BLUFORD; shedied in Aberdeen, Washington. After the death of Rev. John FranklinBROOKMAN, Harriet R. (Hattie) Victoria MUNSELLE remarried WilliamWirt IRWIN.

Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Phydelia (Fidelia) MUNSELLE weredivorced on July 20, 1869 in Jefferson County, Illinois. Lorenzo then re-married on Apr 05, 1870 in Jefferson County, Illinois, Margaret EmilyDIRICKSON, who was recently divorced from Col. Andrew Jack BODINE.

he had two sons from her previous marriage: William Addison (Ad)BODINE, born July 15, 1862, and died June 28, 1953 in Richland Springs,

San Saba County, Texas; and Seth Monroe BODINE, born ABT. 1870 inIllinois. Margaret Emily DIRICKSON was born Oct 27, 1837 in Brown

County, Ohio, and died Dec 01, 1902 in Richland Springs, San Saba County,Texas. She was the daughter of Daniel DIRICKSON and Miss BRATTON.Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Margaret Emily DIRICKSON were the

parents of seven children: 

(1) Lorenzo Dow, Jr. (Dirickson) MUNSELL, born Jan 01, 1871 in Mt.Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois; died Dec 10, 1934 in Richland Springs, SanSaba County, Texas. He married Winnie Luthenia BOLINGER, daughter of JasperBOLINGER and Martha A. Jones. Winnie was born Mar 02, 1883 in Regency, SanSaba County, Texas, and died Aug 23, 1953 in Richland Springs, San Saba County,Texas. They were the parents of twelve children:

 (1) Charles Ivan MUNSELL, born Oct 16, 1901 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas, and died Feb 19, 1977 inRichland Springs, San Saba County, Texas. He married Lorena Alice LOCKER, bornJuly 27, 1902 in Bethel, San Saba County, Texas. They were the parents of three children.

 (2) Lola Bessie MUNSELL was born Jan 22, 1902 in Richland Springs, SanSaba County, Texas, and died June 25, 1976 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas.She married William Cyrus (Cy) Reynolds, born Aug 28, 1889 in Burnet, Burnet County, Texas; died Mar 12, 1971 in Temple, Bell County, Texas. He was the son of William Berry REYNOLDS and Amanda Jane BROWN. Lola Bessie MUNSELL and

William Cyrus (Cy) REYNOLDS were the parents of four children. Their fourth Child, Rebecca Sue REYNOLDS, was born Oct 17, 1945 in San Saba, San SabaCounty, Texas, and died on the same day.

(3) Jessie Nannie MUNSELL was born Dec 19, 1905 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas. She was married on June 26, 1924 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas, to Jack Lewis SPURLOCK, born July 27, 1901 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas; died Aug 23, 1966 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas. They had a son and a daughter.

 

 (4) Zula MaeMUNSELL was born Sep 22, 1906 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas, and died Feb 1990 in Texas. She was married, Nov 20, 1925, to Earl Harrison

HAMRICK, son of Burl Ed HAMRICK and Nancy Viola Jane LEMONS. EarlHarrison HAMRICK was born Aug 01, 1903 in San Saba, San Saba County,Texas, and died Jan 21, 1979 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Zula Mae MUNSELLand Earl Harrison HAMRICK were the parents of two children.

(5) Heba MUNSELL was born Apr 09, 1908 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas’ and died Mar 1909 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas.

(6) Mamie Marie MUNSELL was born Oct 16, 1910 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas; died Oct 24, 1910 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas.

  (7) Erma Lee MUNSELL was born Oct 17, 1910 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas. She was married on Aug 24, 1925 in Miles, Runnels County, Texas, to John Raymond WHEELER, Sr., born Aug 27, 1905 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas. Erma Lee MUNSELL and John Raymond WHEELER, Sr., were the parents of nine children.

 (8) Eddie Cleo MUNSELL was born July 12, 1915 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, and died Feb. 27, 1984 in Crane, Crane County, Texas. She was married on  July 29, 1933 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas, to Beason D. SHEPPARD, born June 10, 1910; died Jan 12, 1974 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas. Eddie Cleo MUNSELL and Beason D. SHEPPARD were the parents of three children.

(9) Norma Grace MUNSELL was born Oct 18, 1917 in Richland Springs, San SabaCounty, Texas, and died Feb 27, 1918 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas.

 (10) Lorenzo Dow III (L. D.) MUNSELL was born Apr 19, 1919 in RichlandSprings, San Saba County, Texas, and died Apr 19, 1994 in Mason, Mason County,Texas. He married Mary Elizabeth STARR, born Mar 21, 1922 in San Saba, SanSaba County, Texas, and died Apr 13, 1994 in Mason, Mason County, Texas, Lorenzo Dow III (L. D.) MUNSELL and Mary Elizabeth STARR were the parentsof three children.

  (11) Joshua W. MUNSELL was born Oct 22, 1920 in RichlandSprings, San Saba County, Texas, and died May 29, 1993 in Ozona, Crockett County, Texas. He married Betty DUDLEY, born Aug 25, 1920 in San Angelo, Tom GreenCounty, Texas. Joshua W. MUNSELL and Betty DUDLEY were the parents of twochildren.

(12) Winnie Bea MUNSELL was born June 22, 1923 in Richland Springs,an Saba County, Texas, and died Jan 22, 1973 in San Angelo, Tom Green County,Texas.

 (2) The second child of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Margaret Emily DIRICKSONwas Lawrence Bratton MUNSELL, born Apr 24, 1872 in  Mt. Vernon, JeffersonCounty, Illinois, and died May 09, 1930 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas. He wasmarried firstly to (Unknown), BEF. 1895. There were two sons by the first marriage:Ivan H. MUNSELL, born Aug 16, 1895, and Clarence MUNSELL, born Feb 1897.He was married secondly on Feb 07, 1907 in Bangs, Brown County, Texas, toCynthia Viola Mc ARTHUR, born Feb 12, 1875 in Meridian, Mississippi, and died1961 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. Lawrence Bratton MUNSELL and CynthiaViola McARTHUR were the parents of: (1) Annie Mae MUNSELL, born Aug 30, 1910 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas; died June 17, 1998 in Campuby, Livingston County, Texas. She was married on Dec 23, 1931 in Potosi,Taylor County, Texas, to Newell Eric THORNE, Jr., son of Newell Eric THORNE,Sr., and Berta WILLIAMS. Annie Mae MUNSELL and Newell Eric THORNE, Jr.were the parents of six children.(2) The second child of Lawrence BrattonMUNSELL and Cynthia Viola McARTHUR was Frank Clyde MUNSELL, born Sep 25, 1912 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas; died July 19, 1961 in Abilene, TaylorCounty, Texas. He married Bertha Irene (Bettye) SARGENT on Oct 15, 1935 in Potosi,Taylor County, Texas.

(3) The third child of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Margaret Emily DIRICKSONwas Harvey MUNSELL, born 1874 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, anddied 1874 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois.

 (4) Louisa Julia (Lizzie) MUNSELL, the fourth child of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLEand Margaret Emily DIRICKSON, was born Apr 24, 1876 in Mt. Vernon, JeffersonCounty, Illinois, and died Dec 03, 1951 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas. Shewas married on Oct 18, 1893 to Earnest E. WILLIAMS, born May 22, 1871; diedNov 27, 1960 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas. Their children were: (1) Earl D. WILLIAMS, born Jan 29, 1895 in DeWitt County, Texas. He marriedMiss GAMBLIN, born Dec 18, 1897 in McCulloch County, Texas. Earl D. WILLIAMSand Miss Gamblin were the parents of two daughters. (2) Dow WILLIAMS was born Feb 04, 1897. He was married on July 28, 1923 in Placid, McCulloch County, Texas,to Beulah JACKSON, born Sep 08, 1859. They were the parents of two children.(3) The third child of Louisa Julia (Lizzie) MUNSELL and Earnest E. WILLIAMS,Gladys Emily WILLIAMS, was born Aug 20, 1902 in Richland Springs, San SabaCounty, Texas. She married John T. THOMPSON, son of D. C. THOMPSON andLucy TAYLOR. John T. THOMPSON was born Dec 05, 1901 in Dothan, Alabama.

(5) Joshua Walter MUNSELLE was the fifth child of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Margaret Emily DIRICKSON. He was a newspaper editor. Joshua WalterMUNSELLE was born June 30, 1877 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois.e died Dec 14, 1932 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas. He married firstly, Heba Hortense RANSOM, daughter of John Thomas RANSOM and Looney TITSWORTH. Heba was born Mar 03, 1889 in Franklin, Titus County, Texas, anddied Dec 18, 1970 in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas. Joshua Walter MUNSELLE

nd Heba Hortense RANSOM were the parents of nine children. Their first child,Jesse Ransom MUNSELLE, was born Aug 02, 1909 in Richland Springs, San SabaCounty, Texas, and died June 02, 1929.

 (6) The sixth child of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Margaret Emily DIRICKSONwas Joan Rosetta MUNSELLE, born May 22, 1879 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County,Illinois, and died July 06, 1922 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas. She wasmarried on Aug 31, 1905 to Rufus M. SMITH, born 1875; died 1949 in RichlandSprings, San Saba County, Texas.

(7) The seventh child of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE and Margaret Emily DIRICKSON , Laura Arlena MUNSELLE, was born May 28, 1882 in Mt.Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, and died July 28, 1904 in San Saba, San Saba County, Texas.

 The history of the MUNSELLE family dates back to Sir Philip de MAUNSELL,a companion of William the Conqueror. The founder of Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE’s branch of the family was Thomas MUNSELL, born ABT. 1639/1640 in England;died 1712 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. He married Lydia WAY, daughter of George WAY and Katherine (Unknown) of Providence, Rhode Island. Lydia was born ABT. Dec 1652 in New London, New London County,Connecticut. Thomas MUNSELL was on record in 1681 as a resident of New London. Most MUNSELLES in the United States today are descendants of the eight children of Thomas MUNSELL and Lydia WAY. In England, most branchesof the family dropped the “u” from MAUNSELL in the 1600s. MUNSELL, with anumber of variations, is the traditional American spelling. Lorenzo Dow MUNSELLE’s branch adopted the spelling MUNSELLE  while living inIllinois, sometime during the 1800s. 

This work is a compilation of many years of research by Nancy Cunninghamand Nancy West, with contributions from many of the MUNSELLE/MUNSELL  relatives. Please see the Munselle/Munsell Family Website for more information.   

Nancy West updated this May 2005         

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