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First Federal Census of Moore County, 1790

Head of                  White Males        White Males        
Family                      +16 Years            -16 Years          Females         Slaves

Alexr Munro                      1                            2                        3
Daniel Munro                     3                                                      1                 6
Malcolm Munro                 1                            2                        1                 2
Margaret Munro                                              1                         4
Neil Munro                        1                                                       2

Source: Miscellaneous Ancient Record of Moore County, N.C. by Rassie E. Wicker, Moore County Historical Association,1971


Land Grant

GRANT MALCOLM MONROE
April 22, 1763

On the east side of Drowning creek, runs North 23 West, 127 poles; thence South 76 West, 127 poles; thence South 23 East, 127 poles; thence North 73 East, 127 poles to the beginning.

                Arthur Dobbs, Governor

Source:  Wicker, ibid.


Deed
Neill Munroe
to Thomas Munroe & others
August 31, 1829

To all people to whom these presents shall come I Neill Munroe do send greeting. Know ye that I the said Neill Munroe of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina for and in consideration of the love and good will and affection which I have and do bear towards my loving children Thomas Munroe, Patrick Munroe, Annebell Munroe and Mary Munroe of the County and State aforesaid have given and granted and by these presents do freely give and grant unto the said Thomas, Patrick, Annebell and Mary their heirs Executors or Administrators all my lands and negroes in the County aforesaid and in Moore County. Unto Thomas I give Fifty acres of land lying and being in the County of Moore on the waters of Camerons big branch. Unto Patrick I give all that part of the plantation whereon I now live, lying on the south Side of the road and negro boy named Whittington and unto Annebell and Mary I give all that part of said plantation lying on the North Side of the road as long as either of them is single but if they should get married then the whole of the plantation be Patricks and if he should die without lawful issue then the land to belong to Thoms. I likewise give unto Annebell a negro Boy named Isaac and unto Mary I give a Negro girl named Henny provided that if the said Henny will live to have children the said Mary will give the first child unto Effy Jane Thomas Munroe’s daughters provided always that neither Patrick Annabell nor Mary shall sell or dispose of any part of the above named land or negroes in any manner whatsoever to have had to hold all the said land and negros to them the said Thomas Partick Annebell and Mary their heirs Executors or Administrators without any manner of condition in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st Day of August, one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Patrick Munroe.

                                        Neill Munroe (seal)

State of North Carolina, Cumberland County
September Term, 1829 
Then was the execution of this Deed proven by Patrick Munroe and ordered to be Registered.
Test. Dan’l McDiarmid, Clk


Deed
Malcom Munroe to John Munroe
November 21, 1799

(For more on this family, see their genealogy page.)

This Indenture made this 21st day of November in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety nine between Malcom Munroe of the County of Moore of the one part and John Munroe of the County of Cumberland and the State of North Carolina of the other part. Whereas said Malcom is the oldest son and heir of Daniel Munroe lately deceased (who in his last Will though never signed nor proved according to law left the following pieces of land to said John Munroe viz. Fifty acres including the plantation where he lived and Fifty including his grist mill. One hundred and ten acres more joining the first mentioned fifty acres. Fifty acres more on both sides of little River including his bridge and Fifty acres more on both sides of little River on the Saddle Tree swamp. This Indenture Witnesseth that the said Malcom Monroe doth give grant and convey unto John Munroe all the right the he had (as heir to Daniel Munroe ) to the above described three hundred and ten acres of land To have and to hold unto said John Munroe with all improvements thereunto belonging and that said Malcom Munroe do warrant and defend unto the said John Munroe his heirs and assigns forever the above described land from any person claiming the same as heirs to Daniel Munroe or said Malcom Munroe.

Witness my hand and seal the day and year above written – Malcolm Munroe (seal)

Signed and delivered in presence of Murdo Bethune, Stephen Gates

State of North Carolina, County of Cumberland, December Term, 1827, There was the execution of this Deed acknowledged in Open Court by Malcolm Munroe ordered that the same be certified and registered. Test. Dan’l McDiarmid, Clerk

Source: Cumberland County Deedbook 37, page 314.

Note that this deed is significant in that is established Malcolm as Daniel's oldest son and places Daniel's death sometime before Nov. 21, 1799, the date of the deed.   It also describes the location of Daniel's plantation.  John Munroe may be Malcolm's son or his brother.


Commissioners' Report on the Division of John Munroe's Estate
March 1829
(Metes and bounds have been omitted.)

John Munroe, dec'd, Estate to Daniel Munroe & others

State of North Carolina Cumberland County

In consequence of the petition of Daniel Munroe and Christopher Munroe to the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions at December Term 1828. Praying a division of the Lands and Negroes devised to them and their brother John by their late Father John Munroe, dec’d, and an order issuing from said Court to us the undersigned commissioners who met at the dwelling of the late John Munroe, dec’d, on the 14th of January and proceeded to make the division as follows:

Lot No. 1 is composed of 255 Acres including the Plantation, Bridge and Grist mill in three separate tracts, (Note: this is the land John received from his brother, Malcolm, who had inherited it from their father, "Old Daniel.") one of 160 Acres … also one other Tract of 45 Acres … one other of 50 Acres … valued to John Munroe at $1600. Negroes to the above lot Ismael valued at $225, Berry $300, Rosannah $200, Sylvia $125 -- (total value of Lot 1) $2450

Daniel Munroe’s Lot is composed of all the Land owned by his father on the North side of Little River . . . supposed to contain 400 Acres. Also all that part of a 308 Acre Tract which lies on the South side of Little River Patented by John Munroe 21st Nov’r, 1828 No. 2600. Also the half of that part of 200 Acres that lies on the South side of Little River including the saw mill in which Dan’l and Christopher shall have an equal interest. Also 96 acres joining the above on the South side Little River purchased of John Dickson. Also 150 Acres joining Mill Tract on McPherson’s Creek. Also 47 Acres including the Marsh joining Lot No. 1. Also the of 200 Acres known as the McRae Place. Also one Lot in Fayetteville Lot 46 between Robeson and McIvers Streets valued at $1051.50. Negros belonging to the above Lot: Julius $400, Mary $300, Peter $150 – (total value of Lot 2)  $1901.50

Christopher Munroes Lot No. 3 is composed of all the lands on the North Side of Little River owned by his father . . . containing by estimation 400 Acres. Also of that part of 200 acres which lies on the So. side of Little River including the saw mill in which Christopher and Danl have an equal interest. Also 100 acres known as the Possom Branch tract. Also 100 acres known as the Holly Branch tract. Also 100 acres on the McDuffie’s Creek joing Lot No. 1. Also 48 acres known as the long tract joining the Marsh.. Also the of 200 Acres known as the McRae tract. Also one Lot No. 47 in Fayetteville between Robeson and McIver Streets valued at $1039.50. Negroes belonging to the above Lot: Dick $400, Ben $350, Annis $110, Lemon $75 -- (total value of Lot 3)   $1974.50

John Munroe's Lot No. 1 Pays to Dan’l Munroe's Lot No. 2 $207.14 cents and also to Christopher Munroe's Lot No 3 $134.14 cents making each Lot equal to $2108.64 cents. Given under our hands ---

                                        Commissioners
                                        Angus Kelly
                                        Wm. Murchison
                                        D. Muirchison
                                        Henry Elliot
                                        Peter McKellor

North Carolina, Cumberland County, March Term 1829
Then was this Report filed and confirmed and ordered to be Registered – Test. D. McDiarmid, Clk.


DAR Membership Application
The 1925 application of Helen Bruton Marshall, a great-great-granddaughter of "Union Church Malcolm Munroe, base on his Revolutionary War service.  The printed application is indicated in bold type, the hand-written responses in italics.

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APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
To
THE NATIONAL SOCIETY
Of The
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
WASHINGTON, D.C.

State South Carolina                
City
Columbia                            
Name of Chapter ___________

National Number 219520
Mrs. Helen Bruton Marshall
Wife of John Guitman Marshall
Address 1706 Green Street, Columbia South Carolina

 DESCENDANT OF

Malcolm Monroe, who served in the War
Of the American Revolution a Prisoner

The Undersigned have investigated and approved the applicant and her application

_____________________,       _____________________,       _____________________,
               Chapter Regent                     Chapter Secretary                     Chapter Registrar

Application and duplicate received by National Society Dec. 19, 1925
Fees received by National Society Dec. 19, 1925
Application examined and approved Jan. 30, 1926
Permit for insignia issued ________________
Permit for ancestral bar issued ________________

(signed) Inez S. Stansfield
Registrar General

Accepted by the National Board of Management Jan. 30, 1926
(signed) Alice Frye Briggs
Recording Secretary General

Indorsement (sic) for membership at large
(signed) Minnie M. Burney
State Regent

Nominated and recommended by the                 Nominated and recommended by the
Undersigned, a member of the Society              Undersigned, a member of the Society
Alice Wilson Knowlton                                     Mrs. Elizabeth D. White
3316 2nd Ave.                                                     1130 Maple St.
Columbia, S.C.                                             Columbia, S.C.

 

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APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

        To be filled out and after being properly endorsed by the local chapter, forwarded to the Registrar General of the National Society, Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, D.C.

        When approved by the National Officers, one copy will be returned to the Registrar of the Chapter, and the other will be filed with the National Society.

TO THE NATIONAL BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

I, Helen Bruton Marshall being of the age of eighteen years and upwards, hereby apply for membership in the Society by right of lineal descent in the following line from Malcolm Monroe who was born in Cumberland Co N.C. on the _______day of ________, 1761 and died in Cumberland Co N.C. on the aft. day of Sep., , 1832and who served in the War of the Revolution. Cumberland Co N.C.

I was born in town of Troy County of Montgomery, State of North Carolina

    1. I am the daughter of John Calvin Bruton born 1856 died _____ and his (2nd) legal and lawful wife Elizabeth Jane Arnold born 1867 died _____ married Dec. 1895
    2. The said Elizabeth Jane Arnold was the daughter of Neill Thomas Arnold born 1842 died 1917 and his (1st) legal and lawful wife Mary Mathews Monroe born 1850 died 1901 married Dec. 1866
    3. The said Mary Mathews Monroe was the daughter of Patrick Monroe born 1810 died 1859 and his (1st) legal and lawful wife Margaret McNeill born 1819 died 1888 married 1842
    4. The said Patrick Monroe was the son of Malcom Monroe born 1761 died aft 1832 and his (   ) legal and lawful wife Anne Cameron born 1780 died aft 1832 married 1806
    5. The said Malcom Munroe was the son of Daniel Monroe born ______ died ______ and his (   ) legal and lawful wife_____________ born ______died ______ married _____
    6. The said _______________ was the son of ____________ born ______ died _____ and his (    ) legal and lawful wife ____________ born ______ died ______ married _____
    7. The said _______________ was the son of ____________ born ______ died _____ and his (    ) legal and lawful wife ____________ born ______ died ______ married _____

And he, the said Malcom Monroe is the ancestor who assisted in establishing American Independence, while acting in the capacity of Private attached to Captain McCranie’s Company

Date of marriage may be substituted for dates of birth and death where such date proves the
Soldier to have been living during the Revolution and of a suitable age for service.

Resolution adopted by the Twenty-fourth Continental Congress:
Descendants of polygamous marriage are not acceptable as members of this Society

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        Any woman may be eligible for membership who is of the age eighteen years, and who is descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of Independence; from a recognized patriot, a soldier or sailor or a civil officer in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United Colonies or State; provided that the applicant be acceptable to the Society.

        Official proof of service must be furnished with the application; also references to authorities quoted, to show line of descent. Where reference is made to unpublished or inaccessible records, the applicant must file duplicate certified copies of same. Statements based upon tradition alone cannot be considered.

ANCESTOR’S SERVICES

My ancestor’s services in assisting in the establishment of American Independence during the War of the Revolution were as follows:

Taken from Revolutionary Incidents of the Old North State.

        "In the fall of 1778 Malcolm Monroe and Neill McCranie came to the home of Kenneth Black, a man in good circumstances and much respected, to collect the taxes for the County. Black, a true loyalist, refused to pay, saying the taxes belonged to the King.
        After some harsh words, Monroe and McCranie left the house but returned that evening, with Captain Bailey’s company of horsemen, took a negro man, a horse and a good deal of other property, amounting in all to seven or eight hundred dollars."

Extracts from same, 1781

        "At Monroe’s on Lower Little River, the British took old Daniel Monroe prisoner, and his son, Malcom who was attached to Captain McCranie’s Company, but happened not to be at home.
    "They were taken to Wilmington and there paroled. A Cross Creek they met with kind reception from their friends, but the recourse of the Country were small."

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        Give below a reference, by volume and page, to the documentary or other authority upon which you found your record. Pension attached.

Information received from Hon. Jas. McN. Johnson, historian and lawyer, Aberdeen, North Carolina

Revolutionary Incidents of Old North State, Chp. British Army in North Carolina, winter and spring of 1781.

McNeill Family by Sarah McNeill 1899, p 62

     Give, if possible, the following data:

    My Revolutionary ancestor was married at Long Street, Cumberland Co. N.C. on the _______________ day of ________________, 1806

CHILDREN

Names Dates of Birth To Whom Married
A son 1807
Polly 1808
Patrick 1810 Margaret McNeill
Annie 1812
Jean 1814
Katie 1816

The following form of acknowledgment is required:

Applicant further says that the said Malcom Monroe, (name of ancestor for whom eligibility is derived), is the ancestor mentioned in the forgoing application, and that the statements hereinbefore set forth are true to the best of her knowledge and belief.

(Signature of Applicant) (signed) Helen Bruton Marshall

Subscribed and sworn to before me at Columbia, S.C. this 10 day of Dec. A.D. 1925. (notary signature illegible) (SEAL)

 


Book Excerpts

This narrative is from  Wicker's book, page 323, and follows the 1790 Federal Census.  It is included in a chapter on all families in Moore County at that time:                   

"Munro (Monroe) -- There were several Monroe families in lower Cumberland [Note: Moore County was formed from Cumberland County in 1784.], but only three or four came up as far as Moore.  Perhaps the first of these was Malcolm Monroe, at Monroe's Bridge (Now Currie's Bridge), on Drowning Creek.  Malcolm died very early, but the Widow Monroe's Bridge is referred to repeatedly in the Moore court minutes.

"This was the road, which in 1779, became the boundary between Richmond and Montgomery counties, and passed westward from Drowning Creek via Norman and X-way, to Little River and on to Colson's Ferry on the Pee Dee, or Yadkin,   at the mouth of the Rocky River.  In 1795, Donald and John Monroe were named to work the road from Monroe's Bridge to the Yadkin Road -- that is , from Patterson's Bridge to present NC Route 211 -- a road now altered in location as to be unidentifiable.   This indicated that this Donald and John were sons of the widow Monroe.  It is stated by the present Monroe family of the Bensalem area (descendants of the late Francis Monroe) that they are descended from this Malcolm, which is no doubt correct.  [Note:   This Malcolm Monroe is the one in the 1763 land grant, and is NOT the Malcolm listed in the genealogy section of this web site. They were no doubt related, but we don't know how.]

"However, the Malcolm, whose name appears in the 1790 census, lived at Union Church, just above the confluence of Crain's and Dunham's creek.  He owned considerable land in this area, which later became the property of the Rowan family.  The present church and the new Union Pines School are on this land.  This Malcolm may have been a son of the Widow Monroe, of Monroe's bridge.   The writer is of the opinion that he was,  as there seems to be on other way to account for his presence.  He was prominent in the government of the county, was a Justice of the Peace, and serve as administrator in many cases.

"Neil Monroe seems to have lived in between upper Crain's Creek and Herd's Creek.  In 1794, he was excused from working the road provided he keep open a path leading by his house toward Kinchen Kitchen's.  (The Pee Dee Road, which originally passed by the Kitchen place had previously been changed, owing no doubt to the rough rerrain along Herd's Creek, and Kitchen was compensated by having a path kept open to his place.)

"The Monroes who later appeared on Herd's Creek, and whose descendants still live in that area, came up from around Cameron's Hill, in Harnett County, and so far as the writer knows, were unrelated to the others named."

Later in the book, Wicker discusses early grist mills and stores in the County. On December 5, 1760, Samuel Williams, of neighboring Anson (Montgomery) County received a grant for 100 acres lying on both sides of Drowning Creek between Monroe's and Currie's bridges.  In the1764 term of Cumberland County Court, Malcolm Monroe -- probably the one with the 1763 land grant -- and others were named to a committee to lay out a road from Williams Mill to the Yadkin Road.  According to Wicker:

"From the Anson deed records, Samuel Williams sold the mill to Matthew Inglis (English) by an undated deed.  Subsequently, English conveyed it to Archibald Monroe by deed dated March 17, 1773.  It is the writer's information that the Currie family, who still own this place, bought it from the Monroe family."


Another excellent reference is The Highland Scots of North Carolina, 1732 - 1776, by Duane Meyer, University of North Carolina Press, 1957.  While not mentioning the Monroes directly, it is a good overview of why the Highlanders came to North Carolina, how and where they settled the region of the Upper Cape Fear River (our area of Moore County was on the western fringe of the area settled by the Highlanders), and why, during the American Revolution, the Highlanders were largely Loyalists.  This book was still in print as of late 1996.