Can You Help? Do you know when & where JAMES MUNSEY of the City of Hereford was born / baptised?
James MUNSEY, victualler.
- Even though there was no (F.) following his name in the 1792 Directory, this trader was probably the James Munsey of All Saints, yeoman, who was admitted & sworn a Freeman on 25 May 1781 - for £15 - as a Foreigner.
- James Munsey m. Catherine Greenly at St John the Baptist on 2 December 1779, by deanery licence. At least 2 children were born to this couple: John (baptised January 1781) & William (29 November 1782): [All Saints]; however, son John must have died in his youth as son William, clerk, was admitted & sworn a Freeman in 1818 as the only son of James Munsey, innholder. James Munsey of Portfield#, aged 79 years, was buried on # July 1827: [All Saints]. Deanery Probate – 22 November 1827 – Will of James Munsey of All Saints. Catharine Munsey of Broad Street, aged 73 years, was buried on 1 May 1832: [All Saints].
- James Munsey voted in 1784 (of All Saints, victualler), 1818 (of Hereford, victualler) & 1826 (of Hereford, yeoman): [CityPBks]. In 1796, Hugh Penry esq voted in the County of Hereford Elections – his qualifying freehold being in All Saints, tenanted by James Munsey. In 1802, James Munsey of Hereford voted in the County of Hereford Elections – his qualifying freehold being in the City of Hereford, tenanted by himself. Possibly relevant: In 1802, Rees Bevan of Hentland voted in the County of Hereford Elections – his qualifying freehold being in Hereford, tenanted by James Munsey.
- In 1781, James Munsey advertised that he had taken the Crown & Sceptre: [HJ, # May 1781]. James Munsey remained at the Crown & Sceptre in Widemarsh Street until at least 1822: [Eisel]. In 1792, James Munsey had two stallions available to cover during the season:
- To Cover This Season, at the CROWN AND SCEPTRE, HEREFORD, at one guinea and half-a-crown each mare, The noted high bred Bay Horse, JACKDOG, the property of JAMES MUNSEY, near 15 hands and a half high, master of 16 stone, and a very sure foal-getter, this being the sixth season at his covering at Hereford only, and his stock in general is remarkably good. [details of pedigree]. Also to Cover This Season, The noted cart-horse, BUMPER, at fourteen shillings each mare; Bumper will be at the Crown and Sceptre every Saturday; and will travel round the neighbourhood the rest of the week. Good grass for Mares with Colts, 4s. 6d. per week – Barren Mares 4s. per ditto. [HJ, 4 April 1792]
In 1800, two red oxen had been stolen out of a piece of ground belonging to James Munsey of the Crown & Sceptre – the thief believed to have been James Watkins of Grosmont, Monmouthshire: [HJ, 8 October 1800]. ]. In 1817, it was reported that his valuable mare, which had been lost some time ago, had been recovered, apparently having been stolen: [HJ, 2 April 1817].
James Munsey must have been a man of substance – not only did he send his son William to University but he persevered in spite of his son seeming to be a reluctant student. William matriculated at All Souls College, Oxford, in 1801, aged 18. Something went awry as William transferred to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1808 & graduated BA in 1809. Eventually, William became a Vicar Choral at Hereford.
Jean Dobson of Hereford
Easter Monday, 25 April 2001.