An American Family History

Charles Plumly


Also spelled Plumlee, Plumley, Plumly, Plumbly, Plumyle, Plumblee

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
Early Quakers were persecuted. In the Massachusetts Bay colony, Friends were banished on pain of death.

Charles Plumley was born in England.

He married Margery Ann Page on December 1, 1665 Buxcombe Parish, Somerset, England.

Charles and Margery's children probably included:

William Plumly (1666, married Elizabeth Thompson),
James Plumly (1668, died as an infant),
James Plumly (1669),
Joseph Plumly (1671),
Charles Plumly (1674),
John Plumly (1677, married Mary Bainbridge), and
George Plumly (1680).

On October, 31 1682 they bought one hundred acres on Neshaminy Creek in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and 100 acres which had not yet been surveyed or located.

To all people whom these presents shall come,
Samuel Allen late of Chue, Mayne in ye County of Somerset within ye kingdom of England, and now of Neshaminy Creek in ye province of Pennsylvania in America sendeth greeting.

Know ye that ye said Samuel Allen ye six pounds of current English money to him in hand paid of Charles Plumly now of Neshaminy Creek, Planter, at or before sealing ...100 acres of land to be taken up and surveyed-fourth of that land of Samuel Allen
... adjoining land of James Boyden... at or near creek...all and every ye ways, and water easements privileges woods, and underwood advantage, and appurtenances to ye said 100 acres of land... heir, and assigns....

Paying ye yearly sum of one shilling of current English money unto William Penn, Esq, sole proprietary of ye said Province of Pennsylvania his heirs or assigns or his or their agents, Commissioners or servants.
30th day of October Anno Domini 1682
Samuel Allen (seal)
Witness Joseph Stone, Benjamin Weeks, Tho Revell
Recorded 3rd day of October Anno Domini 1707

Charles Plumly died in 1683.

On August 13, 1684 Margery married Henry Paxson.

250 acres on Neshaminy Creek were patented to Margery after her husband death, in a right of purchase by him.


William Penn (1644-1718) was a Quaker philosopher and real estate developer. He was the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania.





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