Joseph Jones Monroe, Esquire, was born in 1764 in Monroe Creek, Westmoreland, VA. He was the son of Andrew "Spence" Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth "Eliza" Jones. He was the brother of President of the United States, James Monroe.

Rendering of the birthplace of Joseph Jones Monroe

Joseph married 19 March 1790 in Albemarle, VA to Elizabeth Kerr, born about 1770 in Albemarle, VA. Elizabeth was the daughter of James Kerr, Esquire, of Scotland and his wife, Sarah Rice. Elizabeth would bear Joseph three daughters before her death, probably in 1800 in Albemarle, VA. He would marry twice more. In 1801, on 27 October, he married Sarah "Sally" Gordon of Northumberland, VA. In 1808, he married for a third time to Elizabeth Glasscock.

Joseph's brother, President James Monroe

Joseph served as the President's private Secretary.

On 8 Feb 1800, an indenture between Joseph Jones Monroe and Elizabeth, his wife, of the county of Essex and James Monroe of the County of Albemarle in which Joseph and Elizabeth sold to James Monroe two tracts of land in the county of Albemarle for $2,000. Another indenture was made in Albemarle County in which Elizabeth Monroe, unable to travel to the Albemarle Court is represented by William Wardlaw and James Kerr in which she relinquished her right of dower in the above two tracts of land.

Westmoreland, Virginia


Joseph died 6 Jul 1824 in Franklin Co., MO, near his daughter, Harriet Monroe Cabell.

Franklin Co., MO

Joseph became a member of the Albemarle Bar and was appointed Commonwealth's Attorney in 1811, as successor of Judge Dabney Carr. In 1812, his daughter, Harriet married in Charlottesville to Edward Blair Cabell.

Chariton Court House, MO

Joseph and his family moved to Chariton, MO before 1819. Joseph's daughter, Lucy Jane Monroe married Pleasant Browder in Chariton Court, MO 16 Dec 1819. All of Pleasant and Lucy Jane's children were born in Chariton Court, MO, where Pleasant died in 1830. Following Pleasant's death, Lucy and her sons: Edward Cabell and Isham Bell, moved to Dallas, Dallas, TX, where Lucy Jane died in 1873. She is buried in the Old Dallas Cemetery in downtown Dallas. Our descent is through Lucy Jane Monroe and her husband, Pleasant Browder.

Chariton County was organized 16 Nov 1820 from Howard County.


The property in Westmoreland where Joseph Jones Monroe was born








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