This week, the Lincoln Herald presents the third in a series of articles from the Vesuvius Furnace DAR chapter, who, working with the Jacob Forney DAR chapter and the Catawba Valley SAR, is providing these articles.
Compiled by Jennifer Baker, Vesuvius Furnace DAR:
Jeremiah Munday was born in Virginia about 1760. He grew up during the tumultuous times of the American Revolution and embraced the patriot cause. In 1779, at the age of 19, he volunteered for the term of 18 months and served in Captain Thomas Buckner’s Company, regiment of Colonel William Heath, in the line of the State of Virginia, in the Continental establishment.
When Major General Benjamin Lincoln was assigned to the Army of the South, Jeremiah Munday was one of the soldiers in his command. Lincoln was closely besieged by the British in Charleston and on the 12th day of May 1780, was compelled to surrender that post and his army to the superior forces of the British. Mr. Munday then became a prisoner of war. Wearying of prison life, he made his escape by attiring himself in the garb of a fruit vendor who had been permitted to enter the lines, and boldly walked out of prison without attracting the attention of the prison guards. Making his way back to Virginia, he again joined the American Army at Chesterfield Court House and served out until October 1780 when he was discharged from service. His service is documented in his pension application and affirmed by James Younger, Charles Woodson, and Reuben Smith.
His Revolutionary War application and the subsequent Widow’s pension application of Chloe Munday also documents their marriage and their eleven children.
His next enlistment was in the church militant, under the banner of the Cross. He was admitted to the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church on trial in 1795, and sent to Orange Circuit, Virginia. In 1796, he was sent to the Tar River Circuit in North Carolina. In 1797 to the Goshen Circuit. This Circuit took its name from Goshen Swamp in Sampson and Duplin counties, and included an extensive territory between the Cape Fear and Neuse Rivers. In 1798 he was sent to the Franklin, N.C., Circuit. In 1799, he was located through weakness of body or family concerns. He never got beyond the Deacon’s orders. He then settled on a farm in east Lincoln. This is evidenced by a deed from William Beatty to Jeremiah Munday of date 16th September 1799. The remainder of his life was devoted to farming, school teaching and work as a local preacher.
Jeremiah Munday was among the pioneers of Methodism in Lincoln County. In his day circuits were large and ministers few, and the local preachers exerted a beneficent influence and did a great work. He was conspicuous as one of the founders of the Rock Springs Camp Meeting and sometimes preached to the great congregations there assembled. The Rock Spring Camp Meeting traces its roots back to 1794 when a "camp meeting" was held in the woods for several days and nights at the site of the Rehobeth Methodist Church.
His will made a few weeks before his death, bears date 10th, September 1834. At the time of his death, he had seven sons and four daughters still living. He was laid to rest in the graveyard at Bethel, in sight of his home. His headstone bears the inscription: “Sacred to the memory of Rev. Jeremiah Munday, who departed this life in the 73rd year of his life. The Rev. Jeremiah Munday was a faithful soldier in the Revolutionary War for three years and a minister of the Gospel for 35 years until his death.” His grave has been marked by both the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Rev. Munday married Chloe Shelton in Virginia in November 1789, and she survived him many years. She was a sweet woman of many virtues and great piety, and her name is justly venerated and held in high esteem and tender affection by her many descendants.
Chloe Shelton was the daughter of Spencer Shelton. Her father moved from Virginia to Lincoln County about the same time as Jeremiah Munday and his family. The date of the migration is well authenticated by a deed from John Boggs to “Spencer Shelton of the County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia,” of date June 1799. Spencer was born about 1746 in Virginia. He was a Lieutenant in the Pittsylvania County Militia. Spencer married his cousin Clara Shelton, daughter of Daniel Shelton and Lettice Young, in Virginia. Clara was born about 1746 in Virginia. Spencer is listed alone in the 1800 census so there is some likelihood that she died in Virginia or shortly after their arrival as Jeremiah Munday did not move on to the next assigned circuit and his father-in-law acquired land in Lincoln County. Spencer’s will and probate is dated April 1803 here in Lincoln County. His headstone has been destroyed over time and a new headstone was erected in 2019. His grave is also marked by both the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Chloe’s headstone bears the following inscription: “In memory of Cloe, consort of Rev. Jeremiah Munday. She was a consistent member of the M.E. Church for 65 years and died in the 78th year of her age, with the blessed hope of heaven …” She lays in rest beside her husband at Bethel United Methodist Church.
Though many local churches had established camp meetings, nearly all have been discontinued except the celebrated Rock Springs Camp Meeting of the Methodists in east Lincoln. There a great arbor is surrounded by three hundred tents, and the meeting is held annually since 1830. It is incorporated after the style of a town and governed much the same way. It is held on forty-five acres of ground conveyed 7th August 1830 by Joseph M. Mundy to Freeman Shelton, Richard Proctor and James Bivings, trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Lincoln circuit. Joseph was the son of Jeremiah and Chloe Mundy. Freeman Shelton is very likely the grandson of Spencer Shelton.
The Mundy House is one of the few remaining historic houses in eastern Lincoln County, and it stands a local landmark that documents the history of the Mundy family and the development of Denver during the nineteenth century. The Mundy family, descendants of Revolutionary War soldier and Methodist minister Jeremiah Mundy (1760-1835), was one of the founding families of Rock Spring Methodist Camp Meeting and Campground in Denver. R.O. and Maggie Allen Mundy and family of nine children continued ownership of the house until the 1990s, and the Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) acquired the house and property in 2014.