William R. Monroe, Co. F, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves

History of Luzerne County, Pa., by H.C. Bradsby, 1893.

William R. Monroe

William R. and Henry H. Monroe, farmers, Huntington township, P. O. Huntington Mills, were born December 25, 1840, and January 2, 1851, respectively. They are sons of Samuel F. and Sylvina (Brandon) Monroe, natives of Pennsylvania, and of Scotch and Irish origin, respectively. Samuel F. Monroe was a farmer by occupation; he died February 10, 1886, aged sixty-eight years. He was a son of Truman and Kezirah (Franklin) Monroe, natives of Connecticut. Truman Monroe came to Huntington valley in 1795, followed farming, and died May 14, 1854, aged seventy-two years. He was a son of Nathan and Mehitable (Seymour) Monroe, also natives of Connecticut. Samuel F. Monroe, father of our subject, reared a family of four children, viz: George C., a farmer in Montana; William R.; Sarah K. (Mrs. Charles Wilson, of Huntington Mills); and Henry H. William R. Monroe, the second in this family, at the age of twenty, enlisted in Company F, Thirty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers [7th Pennsylvania Reserves], Capt. Speece commanding, and was in the following engagements: Mechanicsville, Gaines Hill, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, and the Wilderness, in which battle he was taken prisoner and held in Andersonville, five months, also at Florence, S.C., for the same length of time. He was discharged April 1, 1865. Returning to his home, he has since conducted the homestead farm in partnership with his brother, Henry H. William B. Monroe was married September 26, 1885, to Miss Mary A., daughter of James and Jemima (Culver) Brandon, natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Monroe are members of the P. of H. He is a member of the G.A.R., and politically is a Republican. Henry H. Monroe, the youngest in his father’s family, has spent his whole life on the farm where he was born. He was married, November 9, 1873, to Eliza J., daughter of Sydney and Clarissa Telle. They have eight children, viz.: Robert C., born July 26, 1875; Charlotte I., born December 28, 1877; Oscar F., born January 30, 1879; Ruth A., born April 18, 1882; Sydney H., born May 23, 1886; Grant E., born May 15, 1888; Geraldine J., born March 30, 1890; and Florence H., born February 1, 1892. This family attend the M.E. Church. He is a member of the P.O.S. of A., I.O.O.F., and P. of H.; he is a Republican in politics, and has been auditor for one term.

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