Ralph Plumb Biography - LaSalle County Illinois

Ralph Plumb


Source:  Biographical & Genealogical Record of LaSalle Co., Ill - 1900


[Page 9]  RALPH PLUMB - The PLUMB ancestry is traced back to England to the year 1500, and in this country to 1635.  The first representative of the family in America was John PLUMB, who came from England in 1635, locating in Wethersfield, Connecticut.  He served in Capt. MASONís command during the Pequod War and received a grant of land for his services.  Only one of his children was born in America, and no record exists except that his son, Samuel, lived with him in Branford when he died in 1648.  It was from this John PLUMB and another who came in 1660 and left descendants that the American branch of the PLUMB family sprung.  There were forty representatives of the name in naval and military service during the Revolutionary War.  Ebenezer PLUMB, the grandfather of our subject was native of Massachusetts, and fought in the Revolutionary War.  Theron PLUMB, the father of our subject, was born in Berkshire, Mass., Aug. 17, 1783, and married Miss Harriet, daughter of Samuel MERRY, of Herkimer Co., New York.  Ralph PLUMB was born in Busti, Chautauqua Co., New York, March 29, 1816.  In 1820 was taken by parents to Hartford, Ohio.  He was in the Civil War.  Since 1866 he has lived in Streator.  In 1838 he married Miss Marrilla E. BORDEN.  She resided in Hartford, Trumbull Co., Ohio, daughter of Philo BORDEN, who was native of New England, of Puritan descent.  He was a farmer and postmaster of Hartford.  Mrs. PLUMB was born Sept. 16, 1818, had three daughters, now deceased:  Geraldine, died July 1, 1875;  Harriet Eliza, died Jan. 24, 1861; and Francenia M., died Feb. 11, 1872.


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