Mary Ann Munton (listed on this site here) is my Gt Gt Grandmother. Daughter of John Brown and Mary Earl of Gaddesby, Mary married William Munton – son of William Munton of Waltham.

William – a quarryman and lime-burner – died at the age of 33 in 1873 from fever, and is buried in Waltham Churchyard.

Mary was a widow for several years before she married Thomas Allen, son of Richard Allen, farmer of Waltham. Having had many chidren by William Munton she went on to have several by Thomas. Thomas went on to become a sanitary inspector, living in Waltham.

My Great Grandfather – John William Munton – was her eldest son. I would be very interested in receiving any further details from waltham residents to enhance my understanding of these folk.

Mary also attached a press clipping she found in an American newspaper of 1867 which reported how her ancestor, William Munton, discovered a live frog in a stone at Waltham quarry. Click here to read it.

Mary also discovered that William’s brother, Thomas Munton, emigrated to New Zealand with his wife in 1863 aboard the ‘Lancashire Witch’ (details here). There were 28 deaths and 12 births during the epic voyage. Click here to read the diary of another passenger.

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