Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Plumley Family of the Dark Corner

The Plumley Coat of Arms.
First found in Derbyshire in 1235 seated as Lords of the Manor.

This surname of PLUMLEY was a locational name 'of Plumley', a township in the parish of Great Budworth, County Chester. Many other spots would be called Plumley, 'the meadow where the plum-trees grew'. The name was derived from the Old English word PLUMLEAH. Early records of the name mention PLUMLEIA (without surname) who was documented in 1119, County Chester. Henry Plomlegh of the County of Somerset in 1327. Edward Plumleye of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Later instances of the name mention Thomas Plumlye who was buried at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in 1552. George Plumley and Dorothy Avis were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1773. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Dartmouth, County Devon. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasionally individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France.

Duke of Monmouth
Over the years many people have left there legacey on the hills of upper Greenville county, South Carolina. However, some prominent family lines have been overlooked or have since moved away from the Dark Corner. This family page is here to give a brief history of the Plumley family line including George Zee Plumley, William Lewis Plumley, George Washington Plumley, and William Madison Plumley. These men are part of the legacey of the very inclusive, very historical, and very proud Dark Corner.

Click here to see what life was like before Charles Plumley and family set out with William Penn to America:
  Charles Plumley & family sailed to America on the Society of Bristol leaving England in 1681.
Plumley's from England in the 1600's.

The farthest I can trace the George "Zee" Plumley line is to a Charles Plumley who came to America on the Sun of Bristol. The year was 1682. He came to America with William Penn. He was born in Somerset England. He died a year after he arrived, and this map indicates his land. It is on this map as belonging to Widow Plumley. In the heart of Philadelphia less than a mile from independence hall, which had not been built yet.

Charles purchased land on this map about a mile from independence hall, but that would not be built for almost 100 years later.

History of William Penn, and the Plumley's in Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1687 Below:

More Info & links on family:

(This one shows what we brought on the ship Society of Bristol from England...Quite a list.)

William Plumley on the Philadelphia Wagon Road South. Evidently a descendant of the "Four brothers from England. Who came into society to Pennsylvania in 1682 To this William Plumley who married Phebe Denton is as far as the family lines have been traced by 3 historical genealogist: Namely, Robert D. Plumlee of Tulsa, OK. William Stone, of Nashville, Tenn. and brother Hubert of Charlotte, NC. and Edythe Whitley of Nashville, Tenn. William Plumley of PA. married Phebe Denton in Virginia in 1762. The exact place is not known. From the residence of her father the place must have been in Frederick or Dunmore, County, (now Shenandoah with courthouse at Woodstock.) The children were Steven (b. 1769), Abraham (b. 1763 ), John (b. 1767 ), Isaac ( 1776), Isaac spelled name (Plunbley) in 1820 census of White, co., Tenn. Patsy married Alexander Foster in 11/29/1799 lived to be over 100. Robert D Plumlee lists the same names and, adds "perhaps more" Whether William had brothers and sisters in Virginia at the same time is not known. However records of Shenandoah Co., VA. show that Caleb O'dell m. Abigail Pumly on Oct.18, 1772 The U.S. census for Burke Co., NC. of 1790 indicates that there were other children in the William and Phebe household in addition to those listed. Whether they had a son William (who married Hester O'Neal ) has not been documented. During that year the latter William had a son John born in near by SC. on 9/26/1790. It is well known that the Plumlys or, ( some early Quaker records spelled it Plumley) of Pennsylvania were Quakers and may have refused to take an oath, Long before the Revolutionary War, oath taking to renounce allegiance to the King of England and, to faithfully bear true allegiance to the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania, brought pressure on the Quakers. As the war drew closer the pressure increased. Finally a formal written oath approved by the Continental Congress on June, 13, 1777 was imposed upon all males above eighteen years of age in Pennsylvania except Bedford and Westmoreland, Counties, and was not dispensed with until 1790. The oath was aimed primarily at Tories and Quakers. A typical oath was published in 1774. On Sept.8,1777 Congress ordered the Quakers removed south to Virginia and it was 1778 before the caravan of wagons returned to Philadelphia and Chester Co., Thereafter the Quakers were no longer molested as a group during the war. Later when George Washington became President he spoke understanding and warm words to the Quakers, who well remembered their journey and hardships dow
n to Virginia and back up the Great Wagon Road. Increase of their own numbers and new settler coming into Pennsylvania from various European countries caused many to seek more open space. This could be one of the contributing factors why William Plumly left Pennsylvania for Virginia. He must have been a faithful Quaker and passed the beliefs and practices on to some of his children. On the 10th of August 1773 three of William and Phebe Denton Plumly's children were baptized as members of the Presbyterian Church and were listed as Denton aged 10, John aged 7, and Stephen aged 4. The same reference says that Phebe Denton married William Plumley, no date given. With Phebe's ancestral Presbyterian back ground, it may be assumed that the children became members as a result of her influence and request. Since William was a Quaker, it is reasonable to assume that the parents' religious beliefs and affiliation were in conflict. No other reference has been found showing Presbyterian learning or affiliations. The William Plumley family was evidently in Dunmore (now Shenandoah) Co., Virginia, for William bought 256 acres of land from Richard Cambell on 25, May 1772 for 25 shillings current money of Virginia and the yearly rent of o
ne acre of Indian corn. The records show that on the very next day, May,26, 1772 that William Plumley bought 256 and acres from Richard Cambell for the sumof 210 pounds current money of Virginia. Both deeds are for the same land. Each deed was signed by Richard Cambell and wife Rebecca Cambell. The same set of witnesses signed each deed. Witnesses were, Edwin Young, Andrew Greer, and John Sevier. This type of conveyance is somewhat unusual. They are deeds of lease and release. The property description is the same, and the transactions are on successive days. The purpose is vague, but probably had to do with tax avoidance. Census William and family were listed in 1790 census of Burke Co., NC. along with Stephen and Abraham. Most of the records of Burke Co., were destroyed during the Civil War, therefor little is known of this family during the late 1870s and early 1850s. Property Blacks Law Dictionary p. 697 (1891) says A species of conveyance much used in England, said to have been invented by Seargent Moore, soon after the enactment of the statute of uses. It is thus contrived: A lease, or rather a bargain and sale upon some pecuniary consideration for one year, is make by the tenant of the freehold to the lessee or bargainee, This, without any enrolment makes the bargainor stand selsed (sic) to the use of the bargainee and vest in the bargainee the use of term for one year, and then the statute immediately annexes the possession. Being thus in possession, he is capable of receiving a release of the freehold and reversion, which must be made to the tenant in possession, and accordingly the next day is granted to him. The lease and release is granted to him. The lease and release, when used as a conveyance of the fee, have a joint operation of a single conveyance. It is reasonable to believe William and Phebe Plumly lived on this land for about fifteen months. On Aug.,23,1773 William Plumley conveyed a deed of lease the same land just described (256 and Acre) to Lawrence Snapp (both ofDunmore, County, Virginia) for the sum of 5 shillings current money of Virginia and a yearly rent of one acre of Indian corn. This deed was signed by mark of William Plumley (note spelling) only. This is the first evidence found that William (Plumly) could not sign his name. Again on the following day 24,Aug.1773, William and Phebe conveyed by deed of release the same (256, ) land to Lawrence Snapp for 210 pounds current money of Virginia. The deed was signed by mark of William Plumly (note spelling) and the signature of Phebe Plumly. Her signature indicates her relinquishment of dower interest in property. Neither of these 2 deeds witnessed. However, on 29, Sept, 1773 William and Phebe appeared before the clerk of Court, Thomas Marshall, and acknowledged the conveyance. The clerk ordered the recordation. After the sale of the land and homestead it is not known where the Plumly family went. Neither is it known when William arrived in the area. It is possible that he had been there for several years. Whether they went to live with her parents is not known, but Abraham Denton II, her father, was at that time 73 years of age and might have been in poor health. He made his will on 12,Aug, 1774 and it was probated 27,Sept 1774. His movable estate was appraised at 76.07.03 1/8 Pounds. The land was left to his wife Mary. Abraham Denton III had already received his share of the land and had departed, but his father left him his best breatches (sic), 2 pair of boots, 2 coats and waistcoats and 5 pounds from Martha and Phebe's share. For the next five years no record has been found of William Plumly family. Since all the other children were married and widely scattered, the Plumly's may have remained with Phebe's widowed mother. Wanderlust and the lure of the frontier must have been building up within William and Phebe. Probably they had received good reports from other members of the family down in North Carolina. Phebe's mother probably passed away about 1778. It is reasonable to believe that they sold their possessions, loaded the family heirlooms and other necessities on a Conestoga Wagon and took the Philadelphia wagon Road south. The period of the Revolutionary War, and the years after were
those of great migration. The wagon in which the Plumley family arrived in Rockingham, Co., N.C. in 1780 or earlier was not the first model to come out of Conestoga Valley in Pennsylvania. Proof of its earlier use had been documented in 1750. There was an Ordinary (Inn, or tavern) known as "The Conestoga Wagon " in Philadelphia. Some historians have stated that the land in present Rockinghan Co., N.C. where William Plumley took land by squatter's rights was slightly off the Philadelphia Wagon Road South, However, Jeffery's map shows that the Great Road to the Yalkin in N.C. was 435 miles long. It led from Philadelphia through Lancaster and York, Pa. to Winchester, Va., up the Shenandoah Valley across the upper waters of the James to Roanoke, then down the latter through the Blue Ridge, crossing the Dan River at Dix ferry and from there to the head water of the Yadkin in what is now Forsyth, County. Again Kenneth Haynes Jr. assisted by Linda Vermon, Robert W. Carter Jr. and Charles Rodenbrough of the Rockingham, County, N.C., Historical Society, Inc., prepared a map of the county entitled Rockingham Co., N.C. Historical Documentation 1979. The map clearly shows the William Plumley squatter's rights location site of 1780 and subsequent grant of 1787, both on the west side of Piney Creek and Speedwell Presbyterian Church on the west. The Dix ferry (over the Dan-on Caswell Co., N.C.--Virginia state line) road passes within a few feet of the Plumly house and Church. Therefore, the Dix Ferry Road is a part of the Philadelphia Wagon Road South. Later the road became known locally as the stagecoach road to Greenboro, N.C. Property The best Evidence that the Plumly family went south is that William Plumly made an application for a land grant in Gullford Co., N.C. in 1870. The entry taker made note Entry No, 2032, Feb, 23, 1780. William P
lumly entries (sic) 600 acres on Piney the waters of Trouble stone lying at east corner of the Iron Works line and running along widow Dixon's north line to Robert Boak corner including the improvements Purchased from William Fowler. Due to the method of travel and the severity of the winter, it would seem reasonable to assume that the Plumly family arrived in Gullford Co. the previous fall, summer or earlier. Normally it would be expected that the inprovements purchased from William Fowler earlier included a house, outbuildings and probably a small orchard, all located on the land which Plumly hoped to be granted to him The exact location of the homestead is about 5 miles west of the present town of Reidville, N.C. in Rockingham Co., which was cut of from Gullford in 1785. Those in the area report that latter additions were made to the log house by the Scott family and made into what was known as the Polly Scott Inn. The Inn remained intact until 1975. The stagecoach road to Gullford courthouse ( now Greenboro) passed within a few feet of the building. The topography of the land was slightly rolling, but excellent for farming.

G.W. Plumley's Elgin 1912 17 Jewell watch. The year he became  a Reverend.

From this point we can trace our family to Glassy Mountain around 1790 they already had children near Glassy Mountain.

Glassy Mountain Township 1882.

Ancestors of the "Zee" Plumley family line:
Westly "Plumblee b.@1795, Greenville SC. F.-William "Plumblee, JR. , b. 1772; M-Hester O'Neal; GF-William "Plumblee, SR. b., 1750-VA, M-Phebe Denton.

William Madison "Bill" Plumley

Birth: Dec. 20, 1829
Death: Oct. 9, 1900

Family links: 
  Lucretia "Crecy" Gosnell Plumley (1834 - 1918)

  Pinkney C Plumley (1854 - 1895)*
  George Washington Plumley (1855 - 1938)*
  Lydia Ann Plumley Smith (1862 - 1937)*
  Margaret Plumley Lindsey (1869 - 1958)*
  Wade Hampton Plumley (1874 - 1954)*
  Malinda Plumley Pace (1877 - 1906)*

Note: Son of Westley Plumley & Rebecca Womack 

George Washington Plumley

Reverend at Oak Grove Baptist Church from 1913-1917 

Birth: Nov. 20, 1855             
Death: Oct. 6, 1938
"SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 5
DATE: Wednesday, October 7, 1936


LANDRUM, Oct. 6 - George Washington Plumley, 81, retired farmer, died at his home here this morning at 8:20 o'clock following declining health for six weeks. He was born and reared in upper Greenville County in the Oak Grove Baptist Church community where he was one of the section's most prominent citizen's. He joined that Church while a youth and was active in its affairs until he came to Landrum 16 years ago. He was a member of Landrum First Baptist Church at the time of his death.

He is survived by four sons, A.D., B.J., G.E. and William Plumley; six daughters, Mrs. Harriett Lindsey, Mrs. Rosa Gosnell, Mrs. Bessie Beneau, Mrs. Alice Page, Misses Nettie and Mae Plumley; two brothers, W.H. and Morris Plumley; two sisters, Mrs. Betty Ann Smith and Mrs. Margaret Lindsey.

Funeral services will be conducted from Oak Grove Baptist Church at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. C.B. Prince, the Rev. A.T. Howard, Dr. E.E. Bomar and Dr. J.S. Lyons. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be John Sanders, A.E. Ballew, B.T. Prince, Walter Powell, Carl Barnett and Fred S. Jackson.

The honorary escort will be composed of W.E. Heavener, M.L. Barnett, D.L. Ballew, Dr. R.G. Christopher, John G. Landrum, John O'Shields, Dr. A.R. Walden, U.G. Barton, Walter Daniel, W.M. Lambright, J.M. Ashmore, P.D. Earle, Frank Barton, C.C. Settle and Professor L.J. Willis."

Family links: 
  William Madison "Bill" Plumley (1829 - 1900)
  Lucretia "Crecy" Gosnell Plumley (1834 - 1918)
  Mary Suzanne Pierce Plumley (1858 - 1931)
  William Lewis Plumley (1879 - 1944)*
  Alexander Drayton Plumley (1880 - 1948)*
  Benjamin J. Plumley (1890 - 1937)*
  Bessie Plumley Reneau (1892 - 1977)*
 Note: Son of William Madison
Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery 
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA

Mary Suzanne Pierce Plumley
Birth: Sep. 17, 1858
Death: Apr. 22, 1931

William Lewis Plumley
Birth: Feb. 7, 1879
Death: May 23, 1944

Malinda "Lindy" Gosnell Plumley

Birth: Apr. 22, 1878
Death: Jun. 9, 1962

Family links: 
  Francis Marion Gosnell (1849 - 1924)
  Nancy Caroline Moss Gosnell (1844 - 1938)

Gosnold History

Oatley Hall

Captain Bartholomew Gosnold

Bartholomew was an early explorer and settler of the "New World". He is credited with the naming of Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, which he visited in 1602 and was on the Council of the Jamestown colony, the first permanent colonial settlement in North America.

Bartholomew was trained as a lawyer, attending Cambridge University and studied law at Middle Temple where there is a record of him in 1592. This life did excite him, apparently, and he became entranced with the idea of exploring the New World. Bartholomew's first trip to the New World was an unsuccessful attempt to found a colony in Virginia, with Sir Walter Raleigh. 

Jamestown 1607

Upon his return to England, however, he began an effort to start a colony further north, in what later became known as New England. Funded by Sir Walter Raleigh and the Earl of Southampton, Bartholomew sailed from Falmouth on 26 March 1602 in command of the Concord. His group consisted only of the one ship and a total of twenty colonists and twelve sailors. The Concord sailed to the Azores, and from there took a direct westerly route, unusual for the time when it was more common to sail much further south. The ship made the crossing in about seven weeks, sighting land at Cape Elizabeth in Maine (lat 43 degrees). Batholomew sailed south in search of a suitable settlement and anchored just east of York Harbour on 14 May 1602. The next day he sailed further south and discovered the promontory which he named Cape Cod, rather prosaically, after the large number of cod the caught in the area. Batholomew and four others went ashore there, becoming the first Englishmen to set foot in New England. 

Sailing south around the cape, they found "many fair islands", naming one that was abundant in grapes and other fruit Martha's Vineyard (after his daughter?) and another Elizabeth's Island after the Queen. This island is now called Cuttyhunk Island. The colonists remained on the island for three weeks, going so far as to build a fort. Gosnold's first impressions were good, but the group became disillusioned by the hostility of the Indians and a scarcity of provisions, and numbering as few as twelve by some accounts, they abandoned the colony, stocked up the ship with cargo of "sassafras, cedar, furs, skins, and other commodities as were thought convenient" and returned to England, arriving in Exmouth on 23 July 1602. The small town of Gosnold in the Elizabeth Islands of Massachustess is named for Batholomew, and a 70 foot high monument to the explorer stands on the beach. 

Bartholomew still had the colonist spirit, however, and spent the next few years promoting a larger colonist expedition. In 1606, the Virginia Company was formed with funding from merchants both in London and the west of England. The London merchants, with Sir Thomas Smythe front and center, were tasked with a colony south of the Hudson, while the westerners were to colonize north of the Hudson (then known as Northern Virginia). A charter to settle Virginia was obtained from King James I on 10 April 1606, the affairs of the colony to be governed by a council whose names were sealed, to be opened only on arrival in Virginia, so as to preserve naval command during the voyage. Christopher Newport was in overall command of the three colony ships, while Bartholomew captained one of them, the God Speed, and was overall second-in-command. Other leaders of the expedition were Edward Maria Wingfield, Capt. John Smith , and Captain John Ratcliffe who commanded the third ship. 

In all, one hundred and five settlers set sail on 19 December 1606. Of the ninety-three whose names are known, fifty-nine were listed as "gentlemen", which explains why the colony initially had difficulty getting any work done! The voyage took much longer than usual – a storm held them up just off the coast of Kent for nearly six weeks, and then they took the southern route, more familiar to Christopher Newport, with stops at the Canaries, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Nevis, the Virgin Islands (Tortola) and Mona (near Puerto Rico). 

Finally, on 26 April 1607, the fleet reached the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of a river they named the James after the king. The settlers chose a spot about fifty miles up the river and formed the settlement of Jamestown. There they opened the council list, on which Bartholomew's name was found, and elected Edward Maria Wingfield as their president. As an aside, Bartholomew's uncle had married Ursula Naunton, whose mother was Elizabeth Wingfield – Edward Wingfield's great-aunt!

Gosnold was popular in the colony, and before returning to England, Captain Newport asked President Wingfield "how he thought himself settled in government" to which Wingfield answered "that no disturbance could endanger him or the colony, but it must be wrought either by Captain Gosnold, or Master Archer; for the one was strong with friends and followers, and could if he would; and the other was troubled with an ambitious spirit, and would if he could"

After completing some brief explorations, (and failing to find the gold he was hoping for) Newport loaded his ships with wood as cargo and returned to England on 22 June. The colonists had not prepared well and depended largely on corn obtained by trade with the Indians This supply dried up in the summer (prior to the corn harvest), provisions fell short which combined with the swampy island the colonists had settled on, led to a deadly sickness breaking out. Of the 105 colonists, fifty died by the end of the first summer. Among these was Bartholomew, who died 22 August 1607. At his burial all the ordinance in the fort was fired in his honour "with many volleys of small shot" being recorded by another colonist, George Percy. 

More on Jamestown and Captain Gosnold Below:

Entire Gosnold/Gosnell Line:

1. WILLIAM1 GOSNELL was born 1630 in Virginia, and died in Maryland. 

Francis Marion Gosnell

Birth: May 1, 1849
Greenville County
South Carolina
Death: May 19, 1924
Greenville County
South Carolina

Francis Marion was a son of Chester Charles Gosnell and his wife Catherine Fisher Gosnell. He married Nancy Caroline Moss about 1865 and they became the parents of 15 children, including 3 sets of twins. 

More Gosnell history:
A very Royal line from England including Beatrice, and the De vere family are in our line. 

Nancy Caroline Moss Gosnell
Birth: Nov. 8, 1844
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 1938
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA

Caroline was the daughter of Frank & Mary Moss. About 1865 she married Francis Marion Gosnell & they became the parents of 15 children, including three sets of twins.

Great-Great-Grandma's obituary was published on Page 3 of the Spartanburg Herald Saturday morning, November 5, 1938 and it read:

"MRS. GOSNELL. 94, DIES AT LANDRUM - Funeral Will Be Conducted Today at Oak Grove Baptist Church - Landrum, Nov. 4. - Mrs. Nancy Caroline Gosnell, 94, a life-long resident of this community, died today at 11 a. m., at the home of her son, J. R. Gosnell, Landrum, Route 3, in upper Greenville County. Mrs. Gosnell had been in declining health a year.

She was one of the oldest members of the Oak Grove Baptist Church, having affiliated with the church when she was a young girl. She was the widow of Francis Gosnell, who died 14 years ago.

Besides the son at whose home she died, Mrs. Gosnell is survived by three other sons, J. W. Gosnell, Chesnee, Route 1, G. W. Gosnell, Campobello, Route 1, and F. M. Gosnell, Landrum, Route 3; nine daughters, Mrs. Laurence Belue, Mrs. J. D. Pierce, Mrs. Amanda Morris, Mrs. Joe Pruitt, Mrs. W. L. Plumley, Mrs. Holland Belue, Mrs. Cleve Campbell and Mrs. Furman Campbell, all of Landrum and Mrs. Bessie Belue of Greenville.

Several grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.

The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m., at the Oak Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. H. T. Howard officiating. The following grandsons will be pallbearers:

Early Belue, Chester and Archie Gosnell, James Lewis Pierce, Fred Plumley and Arthur Belue.
(Special thanks to Judith Parker-Proctor for Gosnell photos and history.)

William Lewis Plumley
Birth: Feb. 7, 1879
Death: May 23, 1944

"Gone but not Forgotten"
  Malinda "Lindy" Gosnell Plumley (1878 - 1962)

William L. Plumley was a majistrate, and on May 23rd 1944 he was ambushed on Hwy. 11 near Glassy Mountain.

  Malinda "Lindy" Gosnell Plumley

Birth: Apr. 22, 1878
Death: Jun. 9, 1962

Family links: 
  Francis Marion Gosnell (1849 - 1924)
  Nancy Caroline Moss Gosnell (1844 - 1938)

 "Lindy" was one of the 15 children of Francis Marion & Nancy Caroline Moss Gosnell. She was the twin of Matilda.

                                                  George "Zee" Plumley

Birth: Jul. 19, 1903
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 21, 1960
Tryon (Polk County)
Polk County
North Carolina, USA

"SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 6
DATE: Tuesday, November 22, 1960

TRYON - Zee Plumley, 57, of Tryon died Monday at 2 a.m. at a hospital in Tryon after one week of illness.

He was born and reared in Greenville County, the son of Linda Gosnell Plumley and the late William Plumley.

Surviving are his wife Rena Ross Plumley; one daughter, Mrs. Wuone Case of Tryon, two sons, Edward Plumley of Cheynnee, Wyo. and Bill Plumley of Tryon, N.C.; two sisters, Miss Brinne Plumley of Spartanburg and Mrs. Arzella Hood of Inman; seven brothers, Fred, Clarence, Ralph and Paul Plumley, all of Landrum, Herbert Plumley of Greer, Talf Plumley of Tryon and Forest Plumley of Campobello.

Rena Sue Ross Plumley

Birth:  Oct. 27, 1911, USA
Death:  Mar. 29, 1988
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA

SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 4C
DATE: March 31, 1988

TRYON, N.C. - Rena Sue Ross Plumley, 76, of Pacolet Valley, died March 29, 1988, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a retired employee of Firestone Steel and a member of Tryon Second Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Bill Plumley of Charlotte, N.C., and Ed Plumley of Louisville, Colo.; and two brothers, the Rev. Malcolm Ross of Landrum, S.C. and Grady Ross of Lynn.

Marion Lee Plumley
A great Brother and Son, missed by all.

Birth: Sep. 15, 1932
Death: Sep. 8, 1950

Yvonne Case
Yvonne with her friend Ellen Ballard.
William Malcom Plumley

 Son of George "Zee" Plumley and Rena Sue Ross Plumley.  

Brenda Plumley

Brenda & Bill Plumley.

 Edward Leon Plumley

Birth: Jul. 1, 1929
Death: Jan. 10, 2004
Fort Logan National Cemetery 
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Section 22 Site 331

Son Of  Zee George Plumley and Rena Ross Plumley he was born July 1, 1929, in Wilmington North Carolina.  He was reared in the Upper Greenville County region. He was the most loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He will be missed by all", his family said.  He served in the Army & Air Force during the Korean War as a fire fighter at Warren AFB in Cheyenne.  He and family moved to Louisville, Colorado in 1968 at 624 Lafarge street.  He worked for the city of Louisville and enjoyed fishing, and watching the Denver Broncos.

Felix, Linda, Sandra, George, & Lita Christmas 1959 in Tryon.
Noddy Plumley

Birth: May 9, 1928
Death: Sep. 27, 2007

A loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.  Born in Chacon, New Mexico to Alfredo Martinez and Selastina  Fresquez.  Mother of 13 Children, worked for the University of Colorado for over 20 years.  The matriarch of the Plumley family of Colorado she will always be remembered.

Other Noteworthy Family Members

Layier "Lala" Hart Ross

"Little Granny" had a big Heart, and was loved by the whole community.  She walked 9 miles a day, and tended a large garden well into her old age.  Her ancestor Josiah Hart was the owner of a mill where a Revolutinary war battle happened.  And her  a revolutionary war hero.
Birth: Dec. 20, 1883

Hoopers Creek
Henderson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 1, 1969
Tryon (Polk County)
Polk County
North Carolina, USA
Hart family history, they apperentley traveled with the Plumley family from Pennsylvania.
Family Photos:

Tony, Doris, Lita, Debbie! Ed Plumley's Girls...
9th Generation Plumley family in Colorado from the Dark Corner. 
10th Generation of the Plumley Martinez family from the Dark Corner and Taos New Mexico.
11th Generation of Plumley & Martinez families.

Felix Plumley, Ed Plumley's first born.
Dark Corner or Colorado, I can't tell?

Harts Mill History.
Hart Family History.


Tour of the Dark Corner with Uncle Bill!
"Bill Plumley & friend"

The sign reads; "This view brought to you by God"!
Green River Plantation, near Landrum and Tryon.

Plumley land until recently near Landrum.

Oak Grove Baptist Church.