I have also been very interested in these particular members of the Plumlee for some time now, even though I am NOT a Plumlee descendant. I am, however, a desscendant of those families connected with the Plumlees in Bedford Co. TN records, including deeds and censuses. I descend from Thomas Maxwell, Sr. as well as from Abraham Byler.
These Plumlee names are names that are also found in the Maxwell family, which makes me feel that there is definitely a family connection between them somewhere.
Thomas Maxwell and Abraham Byler both came to Bedford Co. TN from Carter Co. TN around 1806, shortly before the county was created. Originally, their land fell in Williamson Co. TN, but when Bedford Co. was created, the two men's property fell within District 10, Bedford Co., centered around Rover, TN in extreme NW part of the county. Thomas and Abraham had known each other back in Carter Co. and were personal friends of Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Taylor, whose land grant of 640 acres THEY equally divided. I descend from Thomas Maxwell's son, SOLOMON MAXWELL, b. ca. 1780 TN as well as Abraham Byler's daughter, Nancy L. Byler, who married Isaac D. Maxwell, a son of Solomon Maxwell.
No proof, of course, but I feel the connection began back in early Shenandoah Co. VA, a county originally part of old Frederick Co. VA, then for a short time, Dunmore Co. VA. Thomas Maxwell, Sr.'s father was also SOLOMON MAXWELL, whose PROBATE papers are on file in old Frederick Co. VA in 1770. This document NAMES his heirs, sort of, as it only gives the husband's names of his married daughters, plus names his only two sons, who were minors. The wives were: Mrs. Samuel DENTON, Mrs. Samuel SMITH, Mrs. Solomon SMITH, Mrs. Isaac Odle (turns out to be Odell), and Mrs. Thomas Price.
THESE FAMILY names are VERY connected to the PLUMLEE family, especially William Plumlee whose wife was Phoebe Denton. Old Solomon's probate shows close friendship to the later famous TIPTON family of early TN history, as well as MANY other early Tennessee leaders. John Tipton, who vied for first governor of Tennessee had marital ties to the Dentons as well.
Deep down, I feel there is a connection between the Plumlee and Maxwell families, perhaps even as close as one of Thomas Maxwell Sr.'s wives, ALL whose names are unknown due to LOSS of records. Thomas was born ca. 1755 and died in Bedford Co. TN in 1832, with whoever his last wife was, outliving him. Thomas Maxwell is believed to have had at least two wives, but could very well have had three. HIS children were: Solomon, Daniel, John, Thomas, Jr. with girls, Elizabeth, Jemima, Keziah.
Karylon A. Russell, 201 Live Oak, Llano, TX 78643 firstname.lastname@example.org
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