October 18, 2001 - NEW INFORMATION RECEIVED ON THE MUNRO GENEALOGY - source: “Beyond our Memory...a history of Fitzroy Township”1st printing - 1989. Copyright 1989 Fitzroy Township Historical Society, Kinburn, Ontario (ISBN 0-9694250-0-7 - printed in Canada by M.O.M. Printing, 300 Parkdale, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1G2 - All rights reserved. Edited by Karen Lewis Runtz.-I received my copy by writing and ordering it thru the Fitzroy Historical Society.They do still have a few copies of the book available.At first glance this is the section that mentions the “Munro’s” but there are also other mentions scattered throughout the book- as well as a few pictures of the Munro’s.
“MUNRO: At the time of the “Highland Clearances” in Scotland, four brothers - Alexander, John, Finlay and William Munro and their families - came to Canada over a period of some 23 years. The first to arrive was Alexander Munro, the eldest.In 1823, accompanied by his wife, Mary Ross, a grown son, William Ross Munro, daughters Mary and Christene, and a younger son, Alexander settled on Lot 23, Con. 3 in Torbolton.Two more children - Alexander D. and Jessie - were born in Canada. Note: These two children were not born to Alexander Munro and Mary Ross, but to their daughter Christene (Christina in other documents), father unknown.This explains why the same family seems to have two sons, one named Alexander and the other Alexander D.In the next paragraph, change “Alexander D.” to read “Alexander” because it is Mary Ross’ son Alexander - not Christina’s who drowned.These errors were discovered by Bill Monro after the book was printed.The youngest son, Alexander , (son of Alexander Munro and Mary Ross ) who was a raftsman, drowned on the Ottawa River near Arnprior.WilliamRoss, the eldest son, settled on Lot 18, Con.4, on Buckham’s Bay in Torbolton.He and his family later moved near Maynooth in Monteagle Township, where a dispute with a neighbour resulted in his murder and the public hanging of his neighbour.His family then returned to Fitzroy Harbour where his sons - Alexander and William Peter engaged in farming and the building trades.John McNabb Munro, eldest son of William Ross, was a teacher, merchant, inn-keeper, customs agent, broker, Reeve and Justice of the Peace in Almonte.Doctor William Bennett Munro, eldest son of John McNabb Munro, was “Professor of American History and Government” at Harvard and authored several books.The youngest son, Dr. Harrington Bennett Munro, graduated in Medicine from Queen’s University.Alexander’s descendants still reside in Fitzroy Harbour.Nine Munros from Fitzroy served in the three armed services during WW2.Flt. Lt. James Francis Munro, DFC, a Lancaster bomber pilot with the 97 Pathfinder Squadron, R.A.F., participated in the first shuttle bombing mission in 1943.He was killed in action, on his 57th mission, in November of the same year.William, the youngest Munro brother, was the second to arrive from Scotland.Around 1837, William, his wife, Ann Whyte, and three young sons: William, Robert and Alexander settled on Lot 22, Con2, Torbolton, where their other children: John, Isabella, Jean, Charles and Ann were later born.“Big William” farmed and became postmaster.His sons also settled in the are and their descendants are still engaged in farming in Torbolton. Finlay Munro and his wife, the former Christina Ross, came to Canada from Ross Shire, Scotland in the early 1850s with their grown sons -William, Donald J. and Murdoch and their daughters - Jane and Isabel. Working together the Munro boys cut timber from the forests of McLaren’s Landing in Fitzroy Township where the family had settled, floating the logs down the nearby Ottawa River.Donald - a very good riverman - was the one charged with making the log rafts. During an 1860 visit by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, Donald Munro was chosen to help row the prince’s boat as he travelled the Ottawa River.That same year, only six weeks after the birth of his first child - Donald William - Donald J. Munro drowned when a log raft broke as the brothers were taking it down the Ottawa.Following the accident, the Munros ceased their river work and went their separate ways. Finlay’s descendants became farmers, rivermen and merchants.Donald William married Frances Wilson, the daughter of Charles Broughton Wilson and his wife, Mary Ann Tripp.Of their family of six sons and four daughters: Herbert m. Mildred Blair and farmed on the 9th concession, Fitzroy; Mary m. Arthur Styles and lived on the 11th line; Eliza m. Richard Cavanagh and farmed on the 8th line of Fitzroy. One great-great grandson, Donald Baird Munro was Mayor of West Carleton Township until his death in 1984.The road from Carp to Kingburn (old Highway 17) has been renamed - Donald B. Munro Drive, in memory of Donald and in recognition of a family which contributed greatly to Fitzroy Township as we know it today.Last of the brothers to arrive from Scotland was the second oldest brother, John Munro.John and his wife, Christena Hendry, sons - Francis, Alexander, John “of the rock” and Hendry and daughters - Bella and Betsy, arrived at Crown Point on July 14,1855.John’s eldest son - William and his wife, Janet McLennan and son J.W. preceded him by one year.All of the family members settled on the 12th concession of Fitzroy and were farmers and stone masons.Francis was employed on the construction of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.Along with their cousin, James F. Munro, grandsons, J.W. and Francis were builders and contractors.The trio built most of the C.P.R. bridges between Montreal and White River.In 1889, J.W. Munro built the Pembroke Post Office which later became the City Hall.In 1983 the Upper Ottawa Valley Historical Society installed a plaque in J.W.’s memory.J.W.’s sons - Willie, Francis and Freeman were killed in WW1 while serving with the 48th H.L.I.Frank Munro was also involved in the construction of the Mount royal Tunnel in Montreal and the Bloor Street Viaduct in Toronto.Located in what is now Fitzroy Provincial Park, Frank’s Butternut Island home has a spectacular view of the one mighty Chat Falls before its power was harnessed by Ontario Hydro.A suspension bridge gave access from the island (on the Ottawa River at the mouth of the Carp River) to the mainland.W.H. Munro (another of John’s grandsons) who served in India and Egypt with the Seaforth Highlanders, accompanied a detachment of the regiment to London to attend Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.None of John’s descendants are now resident in the area.”