- She had a troubled past having suffered judicial sanctions for having an out-of-wedlock child. She was married to William Munroe for 20 years, though, and had 10 children with him.
Diane Rapaport delved further into Mary’s past...At 16, her mother dead ,her father remarried and living 40 miles west, she was put into service with Michael Bacon Jr. (married to Sarah Richardson - Sarah is a cousin 11 times removed from WOS, they are ancestors of Presidet Calvin Coolige).
Bacon was constantly being sued or suing over wandering livestock, broken contracts, forgery, and land titles. But Mary became pregnant by him. Since the fine for fornication ranged from fines to whippings to imprisonment (this was not adultery since she was not married) and Mary could not hope to hide her pregnancy, Michael brought her to the Charlestown ferry where she rode across to Boston to catch any ship that wowuld take her to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where the parents of her cousin Joseph Pierce’s wife lived. Bacon went back to his family.
Rhode Island was more lenient and her cousin’s father-in-law, Francis Brayton and wife took her in. They soon learned that she was pregnant. She confessed “that the childe she went with was begotten by Michael Bacon...&by no other man.” Francis Brayton traveled back to Massachusetts with a letter for Bacon. In it, Mary pleaded with him to remember his promises to care for her. “You only on Earth knows how things were at the first with us.”
Bacon denied responsibility and Francis turned the letter over to the authorities. John Ball, still living in Lancaster, brought suit against Michael Bacon “for carrying Mary...out of the jurisdiction without her father’s order.” Bacon was jailed, but escaped. Soon caught, he made promises that he would support Mary’s child. Mary, meanwhile, had returned with her child. She said, “I would not so much blame my master as my owne heart, but there is no place free from temptation.”
Michael Bacon returned to his wife and had many more children. Mary had 10 more children with her husband William Monro. However, there is no news of what happened to her first child.
Note that Diane Rapaport also wrote a column about “purloined pigs” -- specifically about a lawsuit of William Munro against Michael Bacon. It can be found in her Tales from the Courthouse column (see source above) dated May, 2004,
Her headstone reads 'Here lyes ye body of Mary Munroo wife of William Munroo Aged 41 years died August 1699' [3, 6, 7]