William Wilson, the pioneer ancestor of this family, emigrated from Stewardstown, County of Tyrone, Ireland, in 1732, when 19 years of age. The Town of Stewardstown is in the parish of Donagheny in the province of Ulster and eighty-two miles northwest of Dublin, long noted for its very superior linen cloth.
Alexander Bisset Munro was born 25 Dec. 1793 at Inverness, Scotland to Donald and Janet (Bisset) Munro. Alexander left Scotland at the age of 14, and lived in Dimecrana in the West Indies for 18 years. He owned a plantation, raising cotton, coffee and other produce. He brought produce to Boston Massachusetts on the ship of Solomon Dockendorff. To be sure he got his money, Solomon asked his to come home with him, where he met Solomon’s sister, Jane Dockendorff. Alexander went back to the West Indies, sold out, and moved to Round Pond, Maine, and married Jane. They had 14 children: Janet, Alexander, Margaret, Nancy, Jane, Mary, Solomon, Donald, John, William, Bettie, Edmund, Joseph and Lydia.
In the year 1470, there lived in Lisbon, a town in Portugal, a man by the name of Christopher Columbus, who there married Dona Felipa, the daughter of Bartolome Monis De Palestrello, an Italian (then deceased), who had arisen to great celebrity as a navigator. Dona Felipa was the idol of her doting father, and often accompanied him in his many voyages, in which she soon equally shared with him his love of adventure, and thus became to him a treasure indeed not only as a companion but as a helper; for she drew his maps and geographical charts, and also
JAMES T. PENN. Among the prominent men of Harrison, Arkansas, and among its most worthy and esteemed citizens, may be mentioned James T. Penn. He is a man interested in the public welfare and, while he pays strict attention to his private affairs, he shirks no duties as a loyal citizen. He was born in Newton County, Arkansas, August 27, 1854, a son of John Penn, who was one of the pioneers of this State from Tennessee, first residing in Johnston County, then Newton County, and is now a resident of Boone County. He was born in Virginia September 22,
Btn. Sergt. Maj., Inf., 1st Btn., 20th Div., 48th Regt.; of Guilford County; son of T. G. and Mrs. Pattie Penn. Husband of Mrs. Pattie Penn. Entered service Sept. 4, 1917, at High Point, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Promoted to rank of Corpl. Sept. 15, 1917; Sergt. Oct. 1, 1917; Btn. Sergt. Maj. Nov. 1, 1917. Mustered out at Camp Sevier Dec. 4, 1918.
DYER, Abigail Todd7, (Marvin6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born June 2, 1815, in Watertown, N. Y., died Oct. 20, 1852, in Louisville, Ky., married May 3, 1836, Rev. Sidney Dyer. Children: I. Augusta, b. 1838, in New York City, m. George W. Penn., both are deceased. II. Amanda S., b. 1841, m. James Britts. Issue: Mattie Dyer Britts, who is a writer of some note at the present time. III. Alice, b. 1846, in Louisville, Ky., d. there in 1850. IV. Sidney Marvin, b. Sept. 1851, in Louisville, Ky., he lives in Indianapolis, Ind.