An American Family History

Munsell Family

  also spelled Munsal, Munsel, Munsall, Munsal  
  1797 census of Elizabethtown: Mary Munsal  

Moses Munsell was born about 1751.

His wife was named Abigail.

Moses was killed in 1777 while escaping the British Lines.

Their children may have included:

Benjamin Ruggles Munsell (1771, married Eleanor Avery),
Deliverance Munsell (married James Avery),
Sarah Munsell (1775, married Peter Howard),
Mary Munsell (1777, married Jonathan Mills Church)

After Moses died his wife married Samuel Wright.

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


Benjamin Ruggles Munsell was born about 1771 in Connecticut.

He married Eleanor Avery.

Their children may have included:

Polly Munsell (married Benogar Kelly),
Abigail Munsell (married Harvey Plumb),
Henry Munsell (married Mary Andrews),
Eleanor Munsell (married Milo Hotchkiss),
Charlotte Munsell (married John Gilleland),
Sarah Munsell (1797, married James Bates), and
Alpheus Munsell (1802, married Mary Gardiner).

Benjamin died on March 8, 1836 at age 63 near Mallorytown, Leeds County, Ontario.


from A Record of Marriages Solemnized by William Smart

1817 Dec. 23rd.-Hervey Plum and Abbigal Munsell, both of Yonge, banns, witnesses J. Munsell, Augustus Plum.

1824 Feb. 9th.—Henry Munsell and Mary Andrews, both of Yonge, banns, wit. Hiram Landon, Jacob Homestead (Olmstead ?).


Alpheus Munsell was born about 1802.

He married Mary Ann Gardnier. She was the daughter of John Gardiner and Lucy Lamb.

Brittania Munsell (1826 ),
John G. Munsell (1828, married Amelia Elizabeth Buell),
Sarah A. Munsell (1830 ),
Moses T. Munsell (1832 ),
Benjamin Ruggles Munsell (1834, married Jane Ann Soper),
Peter H. Munsell (1836 ),
Isaac L. Munsell (1839 ),
Lucina Munsell (1841),
Eleanor Munsell (1844),
Harriet A. Munsell (1847), and
Julia A. Munsell (1850).

Alpheus and John Munsell appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.


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.