An American Family History

Munro Family of Leeds County, Ontario

  or Munro, Monro, Monroe  

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

John Munro was born in 1745 in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

He married Catherine Reid.

John and Catherine's children included:

John Munro (1766, Annetje (Hannah) Alyea),
Samuel Munro, Sr. (1768, married Maria Alyea),
Catherine (Kitty) Munro (1769, married Thomas Proctor),
Daniel Munro (1770),
Timothy Munro (1782, married Sarah Gray), and
Robert Munro (1782).

After John died, Catherine took the name Leech and had three more children.

Mary Leach,
Sarah Ward (married Cruth Patterson), and
Truelove Golden (father, Thomas Golden (Goulden), married Walter Adams).

Catherine Leech sent a petition from Augusta township in August, 1789:

That your Petitioner had Considerable property taken from her in the Colonies, & her husband was Murdered By the rebels, on account of his attachment to the British Government.

That your petitioner is Desirous of becoming an Inhabitant in this District. She therefore prays the Home Board will be pleased to Grant her two Hundred acres of Land, as a Compensation for her Losses and Sufferings .

The United Empire Loyalist list included:

Catherine Leech, her children
John Munroe Their father, during the war, in the new States.

Jannet Munroe
Robert Munroe
Daniel Munroe
Kitty Munroe now married to Proctor
Mary Leech, now Britain, illegitimate.
Sarah Ward, now Patterson, illegitimate.
Trulove Golden, now Adams, illegitimate.
December 20, 1811.

Timothy was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

In 1812 John, Samuel and Timothy were with Captain John Howard's Company of the 1st Regiment Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.

John Munro, Jr.

John Munro (1793)
Samuel (2nd) Munro (1797)
Hannah Munro (1802)
Polly LaRue Munro (1804, married Harry Polly)
Simon Munro (1808, married Parmelia Connell),
Asenath Munro (1811)
James Munro (1812), and
Alfred Alpheus Munro ((1814, married Lydia Ayers).

John was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.


Samuel Munro

Sam Sherwood Esquire disposeth that Samuel Munro joined the Royal Standard before the Treaty of Separation in 1783.

Catherine Munro (1798),
Elizabeth Munro (1800),
Esther Munro (1802),
Margaret Munro (1803),
Malcolm Munro (1804),
Bradford A. Munro (1805),
Samuel Reid Munro, Jr. (1807),
Peter M. Munro (1810),
Charles W. Munro (1812),
Justina Munro (1813),
Johnson Josiah Munro (1817), and
Walter A. Munro (1819).

Samuel was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.


The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.


Daniel Munro

Henry Munro (1802)
Timothy Munro (1803),
Mary Munro (1809),
Randall Munro ,
George Munro.

Daniel assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.