Dr. James Sylvester Munger was born in Hampton Ferry, King County, New Brunswick on the 20th of October, 1830. His parents were James “Isaac” Munger and the former Frances Ann Sherwood and he was the eldest of 4 children. He had a sister named Maria born in 1836 and 2 younger brothers; Charles Edward was born in 1840 and William was born in 1844. Dr. Munger grew up at Hampton Ferry and learned the trade of cabinet making. In his early adult life, he moved to St. John, New Brunswick. His parents moved to a farm in Burford Twp., Brant County and Dr. Munger moved there as well. By 1871 Dr. Munger’s parents and his brother William were farming in Orford Twp in Kent County.
He married his wife, Sarah Ann Smith on the 15th of June, 1859 in Brant County. She was born in New Brunswick on the 14th of January, 1837, the 2nd of 11 children born to John D. and Elizabeth Smith. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; Edward, John, Elizabeth, Robert, George, Thomas, Isiah, Elisha and Rebecca.
Dr. and Mrs. Munger had a daughter named Lucia Maud born to them on the 03rd of November, 1863 in Burford.
According to the 1872 Ontario Medical Record, Dr. Munger studied medicine at the Eclectic Medical College of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1868. (This university opened in 1850 and closed its doors in 1880). While he was away at school, his parents moved to a farm in Clearville, (Elgin County) Ontario. Dr. Munger joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 13th of May, 1869 and he set up his medical practice in Duart.
Dr. and Mrs. Munger had a daughter named Lydia Christina Munger born to them in Duart on the 8th of May, 1870.
In 1871, the family moved to New Glasgow, (Elgin County) Ontario. Dr. and Mrs. Munger, built a new home in Rodney, Ontario (Elgin County) and moved there in 1873. He remained there for the rest of his life and frequently crossed the county line into Kent County to look after his patients. Dr. Munger’s medical practice was advertised under the Rodney subtitle, in the 1886 Elgin Kent Essex and Lambton Business Directory. Dr. Munger built a drugstore on the main street of Rodney in 1891 and he hired a druggist named Ramsay Sinclair to operate it.
Dr. Munger retired from medicine in 1895 and he worked in the drug store.
Dr. Munger died in Elgin County on the 13th of March, 1912. He was buried at the Rodney Cemetery in Elgin County. Mrs. Sarah Munger died on the 11th of May, 1921 and she was also buried at the Rodney Cemetery.