Saturday, January 31, 2009

Julia Ann Predmore 1862-1925

Born on 14 Dec 1862 in Vernon,Township,Sussex C NJ. Julia Ann died in Knight,Polk Co Texas on 24 Aug 1925, she was 62. Buried in Aug 1925 in Blue Water Cemetery Polk Co Tx. Occupation: Home maker.

1870 Sussex Co., NJ Census: 198/207 Vernon twp: PO Vernon: 16 Jul 1870: Daniel Predmore age 29 farm laborer; Martha age 28; Julia age 8; James age 5; William age 3 and Lucinda age 1- all born New Jersey.

On 11 Sep 1877 when Julia Ann was 14, she married William Berry Munson, in New Jersey. Born on 17 Mar 1855 in NJ OR NY. William Berry died in Knight,Polk Co Texas on 31 Jul 1916, he was 61. Buried in 1916 in Blue Water Cemetary Polk Co Tx.

We have a picture of W. B. and one of W B., Julia Anne, holding a baby , and three of their boys, standing around them. We believe the photo was taken in 1892 and the children appear to be Charles, Henry, Oscar, and the baby-Ed Bently. (the apparent ages of the children are the only clue) Family History says he died from the "Flu."

The following was published in the " Polk County Enterprise ", V0l. XII No. 46, on Thurs. August 5th., 1916;

Mr. W.B. Munson, Dead
News reached here Monday night of the death of Mr. W.B. Munson, who lived about ten miles south of Livingston on the Liberty road. We failed to learn the particulars of his death, only that he had been sick just a few days. Mr. Munson was one of Polk County's best citizens and had many friends over the county who will regret to learn of his death.
This writer knew this man to be a true and honorable gentleman in every way, for several years ago we knew him when we worked at the sawmill and he was loved and honored by all who knew him.
He leaves a number of relatives to mourn his loss, and the "Enterprise" joins the many friends of the family to offer condolence. The remains were laid to rest in the Bluewater Cemetery, Tuesday.

W.L. West .........Editor and Proprietor.........Telephone No. 39.

"Note" This article was found on microfilm at the Livingston Library. There was no copier on the reader so it was not possible to make a copy of it.

Fact 1: Birth - Bible Records of Oscar & Pearl Sutton Munson
Fact 2: Marriage - Bible Records of Oscar & Pearl Sutton Munson
Fact 3: Death - Bible & Cemetery Records
Fact 4: 1860 Census: - ? -
Fact 5: 1870 Census: Jersey City, N.J. (Jean Taylor)
Fact 6: 1880 Census: Anderson Co. TX. (Carla Clifton)
Fact 7: 1900 Census: Polk Co. Tx. 59/63 page 117-A
Fact 8: 1910 Census: Polk Co. Tx. 25/25 Sheet 2-B


William Berry Munson was born March 17, 1855 (or 1853) in New Jersey.
He married Julia Anne Predmore, daughter of Daniel Predmore and Martha Card of Vernon Township, Sussix County New Jersey, on September 11, 1877 in New Jersey. Together with their newborn son, Charles William, W.B.'s son from a previous marriage George Walter age 7, and W.B's sister, they came to Texas. The first documented place they have been found in was Anderson County, where they are listed on the 1880 US Census.
(Anderson County appears to have been a common entry point into Texas.) Family history states that his sister married a man named Suggs and settled near Troup, Smith County TX. From Anderson County they next traveled to Plank, in Hardin County. W.B. was a farmer and they operated a sawmill at Plank, TX. Next they moved to Trinity County near the town of Glendale.
While in Trinity County he operated a sawmill. They buried their five month old son, Albert Carroll, in the Glendale Cemetery in October 1884.
On November 11, 1895, W.B. Munson bought an 80 acre tract of land in Polk County, TX at 10 Mile Board for $1800.00, from the estate of James Fowler.
William Berry and Julia Ann moved Ten Mile Board with their children.
Family history records that they moved into a "cabin" until their new two-story home was completed. The drive way to their home was lined with cedar trees.
There primary occupation was farming.
At the end of July 1916 W.B. became ill. After a brief bout with the flu, he passed away on July 31, 1916 at the age of 61. He was buried at Blue Water Cemetery. Julia Ann was left to raise the younger children and their grandson, Arthur Lee. On August 24, 1925 Julia Anne Munson passed away and was laid to rest next to her husband in the Blue Water Cemetery.

* on Tuesday, June 03, 2003
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