|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1848|
The History of Hendricks County (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1914)--pages 595-597:
RICHARD D. PLUMMER
The Plummer family has been identified with the history of Hendricks County, Indiana, since 1825, and during this period of nearly ninety years they have taken their part in the civic, moral, educational and religious life of their respective communities in such a way as to stamp them as a family of excellent characteristics. Richard D. Plummer has spent his whole career of more than three score years in this county, and no more public-spirited citizen has ever lived within the limits of the county. The interests of his county has been one of the mainsprings of his actions and he has done many disinterested deeds which stand to his credit. Starting life under pioneer conditions, he has risen to a position of prominence and during his long career in the county has aided in every way the growth of its material interests and the progress of its prominent industries.
Richard D. Plummer, the proprietor of three farms in this county, aggregating three hundred and eighty-nine acres, was born on June 24, 1848, in Eel River Township, this county. He is a son of Joseph and Ann (Day) Plummer, his father being a native of Greene County, Ohio, born on October 17, 1813, the son of Levi and Mary Plummer. Levi Plummer was born in Maryland and his wife in this state, and in 1815 they came to Fayette County, Indiana, where they lived for five years. They then moved to Morgan County, this state, and after a residence of five years in that county, came to Hendricks County and spent the remainder of their days in this county.
Joseph Plummer, the father of Richard D., was reared to manhood amid the scenes of pioneer life in this county and received only a meager common school education. He was married August 2, 1832, to Ann Day, in Morgan County, this state, and to this union were born nine children, Mary, Martha, Thomas, Levi, Hannah, Fannie, John, Ann and Richard D. The mother of these children died January 18, 1870, and on May 14, 1872, Joseph Plummer married Lydia Burgen, the daughter of Isaac and Sarah Burgen, who were among the early settlers of Hendricks County. In the spring of 1835 Mr. Plummer settled in the eastern portion of Eel River Township, where he lived the life of a prosperous farmer until his death, in November, 1896. He had started in life with nothing, but by careful business methods and strict attention to his business he became the owner of five hundred and sixty-five acres of excellent farming land in this county.
Richard D. Plummer has lived his whole life in Eel River and Center Townships. He attended the rude log school houses of his home neighborhood during his boyhood days and assisted his father on the farm during his summer vacations. The schools of that day were only three months in length and the instruction was confined principally to reading, writing and arithmetic. Mr. Plummer has devoted his whole life to agricultural pursuits and has met with a measure of success which has been commensurate with his efforts. He married in 1872, and in 1876 bought his first farm of eighty acres, and to this he has added from time to time until he is now the owner of three hundred and ninety acres of land in the county. He is a man of powerful physique and has done a great deal of hard manual labor in his time. In the days when wheat was cut with the cradle, he could cut as much wheat as any man in the neighborhood and keep it up day after day.
Mr. Plummer was married August 20, 1872, to Mary E. Margason, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Griggs) Margason, early settlers of Center Township, this county. The Margasons came from Kentucky to Jefferson County, Indiana, and later settled in this county, where they purchased land in Center Township. Mr. and Mrs. Plummer are the parents of five children: Horace, a manufacturing jeweler and engraver in Indianapolis, with offices in the State Life Building in that city; Marsalice, who is now in the West; Lydia is the wife of Richard Harrison, of Danville, and the mother of two children, Roy and Evangeline; Lula, who is still living with her parents; Oliver Earl, who is the chemist for a gypsum factory in Ohio, was recently married to Dora Padget.
Politically, Mr. Plummer is a supporter of the Republican Party. The high standing which he occupies among the agriculturists of Hendricks County is attributable largely to his indefatigable perseverance and untiring energy. While his private affairs naturally receive the major portion of his time and attention, yet he is interested in matters of public interest and is prominent in the local affairs of his community. In business circles he is respected by all with whom he comes in contact and occupies a foremost position among the representative citizens of his county.
Joseph Plummer (1813 - 1896)
Ann Day Plummer (1805 - 1870)
Mary E. Morgason Plummer (1845 - 1918)
Lydia M. Plummer Harrison (1878 - 1965)*
Lulu Plummer (1881 - 1965)*
Note: He is buried in the same lot as Mary and Lulu Plummer and Richard and Lydia Harrison.
Danville South Cemetery
Plot: Section at the West Gate
Created by: Marc Doty
Record added: Feb 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85661456