The Families of Adam Keith

Doctors, Lawyers, Reverends and such


Rev. Newton Franklin Munn [1819-1892]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Johann Michael Keith2>Jacob Keith3>Rachael [Keith] m. [William Milton] Ellis4>Sophia [Ellis] m. [Newton Franklin] Munn5

The History of Grundy County, Missouri, Birdsall and Dean, 1881, p. 513


"N. F. Munn


Son of James and Philena Munn, nee Oliver, was born in Burlington, Lawrence county, Ohio, June 16, 1819.  Was educated in Logan county and married there to Miss Sophia Ellis on October 17, 1838, and engaged in farming.  In the fall of 1840 he moved to this county, taking up one hundred and sixty acres of land on Honey Creek, about five miles southeast of Spickardville.  When he commenced, his whole outfit for himself, wife and child, weighed about one hundred and seventy-five pounds, and he had seventy-five cents in cash.  He built a log cabin in the spring of 1841 and cleared and fenced about five acres of land, and as he had no team, carried all the rails used in fencing on his shoulders.  He borrowed a team to break the ground, and his wife dropped the corn and carried the baby.  In 1842 he traded his claim for $ 50, taking a horse for pay which died in less than a week and he was just as poor as ever, but they were happy.  The county was so full of natural resources that if a man had his health he felt rich.  He then moved to Mercer county, but returned in 1849.  In 1850 he went to California and in the spring of 1852 returned to Franklin township and bought the Blakely farm and lived there until 1873, excepting the time he spent in a visit to Pike's Peak in 1860.  Mrs. Munn died August 19, 1872, leaving five children.  On March 13th, 1873, he married Mrs. Amy Booker, of Sullivan county, Missouri, and moved to Spickardsville and engaged in the mercantile business until 1880 when he sold out.  From 1865 to 1872, Mr. Munn was a licensed minister of the church of the United Bretheran.


By his two marriages Mr. Munn has been the father of seven children.  Five by his first wife; namely, Oliver K., Eliza J., now Mrs. S. D. Lowe; Benjamin F.; James W., married Annie M. Rhinehart; and Armand L.  By his second wife , Nettie F. and Alice P."