MUNSELL Family History


ELEAZER MUNSELL, a highly esteemed agriculturist of Dry Grove Township has been a resident of McLean County, Illinois since 1837.  He was then a lad of thirteen years and came with his parents.They located on the tract of land  which constitutes a part of his present  homestead,  his father at the time making a purchase of 400 acres. Here both parents remained the balance of their lives, the mother passing to the better land in 1850, and the father four years later, being fifty nine and sixty-nine years old respectively. Both were active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the father of our subject, in politics, was an uncompromising Democrat.

Munsell Family HistoryEleazer Munsell was born in Seneca County, Ohio, July 28, 1824. His parents, Roswell and Sarah (Austin) Munsell, were natives of Vermont, where they were married. They emigrated to Ohio about 1814, and located in Seneca County, of which they remained residents until the fall of 1830. They then removed to La Porte County, Indiana, whence, after a residence of seven years, they came to McLean County, Illinois as above stated. Roswell and Sarah (Austin) Munsell’s family consisted of three children  including Roswell, who married Miss Mary A Perry; Sybil, who married Jesse T Spitzer, who died in April, 1869; she died in 1885; and Eleazer. The parents of Eleazer Munsell had both previously been married, and both had children by their former partners.

The Eleazer Munsell was reared on his father’s  farm, and received a common-school education. He remained under the parental roof until twenty-seven years of age, when he formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Zerelda Perry, the wedding occurring on the 24th of October, 1850. Zerelda (Perry) Munsell was born in Jessamine County, Kentucky, Jan. 15, 1827, and was the daughter of John and Charity (Pugh) Perry.

Eleazer and Zeralda (Perry) Munsell’s family consisted of seven children, as follows:

Milon, born June 20, 1852, married Miss Emma Strimple; Stephen A. was born Dec. 22, 1856, married Augusta Staubus; Zerilda, born March 6, 1858, married Andrew Shorthose, and they live in Dry Grove Township, McLean County, Illionois; John R, born Aug. 29, I860, and lives in Sedalia, Missouri; Josephine H, Sept. 6, 1862; Minnie W, Sept. 13, 1864; Austin E, June 15, 1867; the three latter are at home.

Eleazer Munsell came to McLean County, Illinois in 1837, with his parents, and is a fine representative of a widely known family containing many prominent citizens.  He has held the various offices of his township for several years, having been Assessor, Road Commissioner and School Trustee. In politics he is a conscientious Democrat, in support of which party he uniformly casts his vote. His stock operations embrace transactions in Norman and Clydesdale horses, and he has had an experience in the business of over thirty-two years, having commenced in 1854. The home farm comprises about 400 acres, while his total acreage runs up to 600.

Eleazer Munsell has been a devoted member of the Christian Church for a period of over thirty years, and has officiated as Deacon for the last twenty two years.

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