An American Family History


The Plumlee Family


Also spelled Plumley, Plumly, Plumbly


The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

William Plumlee was born about 1728 in Dunmore County, Virginia. He was the son of John Plumlee and Mary Bainbridge. William was a Quaker.

He married Phoebe Denton.

Abraham Plumlee (1762),
Denton Plumlee (1763, married Elizabeth Neill),
John Brown Plumlee (1766),
Stephen Plumlee, Sr. (1769),
Isaac Plumlee (1773, married Margaret Bradshaw), and
Martha Patsy Plumlee (1782, married Alexander Foster).

William bought 256 acres in Dunmore (now Shenandoah) County from Richard Cambell on May 25, 1772 for 25 shillings current money of Virginia and the yearly rent of one acre of Indian corn. On, May 26, 1772 William bought 256 acres from Richard Cambell for 210 pounds current money of Virginia. Both deeds are signed by Richard and Rebecca Cambell. The witnesses were Edwin Young Andrew Greer, and John Sevier.

On August 10, 1773, Denton, John and Stephen were baptized in the Presbyterian church.

William died in 1826 in Knox, Tennessee.

Indian Corn (or flint corn) is the type of maize that Native Americans taught colonists to cultivate. The kernels come in a range of colors and are less prone to spoiling.


John Brown Plumlee was born about 1766 in Dunmore (now Shenandoah) County, Virginia. His parents were William Plumlee and Phoebe Denton.

He married Elizabeth Neill who was born about 1772 in Burke County, North Carolina.

William Plumlee (1792, married Elizabeth Moss)
Archibald Plumlee (1794, married Ruth Odell)
John Plumlee (1797, married Elizabeth Denton)
Mary A. Plumlee (1800)
Denton Plumlee (1803)
Abraham Plumlee (1804)
Clinton Plumlee (1806)
Kendale Plumlee (1808)
Stephen Plumlee (1809)
Sarah Plumlee (1814)
Isaac Plumlee (1815)
Ben Alvin Plumlee
Thompson Plumlee

John died about 1820 in Clay County, Tennessee.

North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.









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