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John Munroe
  • Born: 11 Oct 1784, Roxbury MA
  • Marriage (1): Nancy Phinney in 1811 in Barnstable MA
  • Died: 26 Feb 1879, Cambridge MA

  General notes:

Silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • Alternate Mark
  • Flynt & Fales:, . 3 On his way to Virginia around 1809, he was forced into Hyannis, MA by a storm. While the ship was being repaired, he walked to Barnstable via Phinney's Lane. He elected to stay on in Barnstable and became one of the town's leading merchants. He was responsible for setting up the Barnstable Institution for Savings, and held the office of Treasurer for 45 years.
  • He worked circa 1810-1865 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Barnstable MA
    While he may have done some small work in silver, he is best known as a watch and clockmaker.
  • Appointed on 27 Jun 1827 as Deacon of East Church in Barnstable MA 3
  • Advertised in the Barnstable Patriot (Barnstable MA), 1830, primarily as a watchmaker, jeweler, and importer of francy goods. Though the list of goods offered is exstensive, there is no mention of silver making. 3
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Barnstable MA, listed as a goldsmith.
  • He appeared on the 1855 census taken at Barnstable MA, listed as a watch repairer.
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Barnstable MA, listed as a savings bank treasurer.

John married Nancy Phinney in 1811 in Barnstable MA. (Nancy Phinney was born on 19 Nov 1791 in Barnstable MA and died on 27 Jan 1880 in Barnstable MA.)

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