|Birth: ||May 24, 1812|
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 1898|
Mary came to Calhoun County, Illinois in 1843. Her obituary states that she was from South Carolina, but census records consistently gave her birth place as Missouri. Her father was from Kentucky, and it was her mother who was from South Carolina.
Records indicate that Mary was married 3 times and was the mother of 10 children. However, only 3 of the children survived her.
Mary worked as a mid-wife. It was reported that she was highly skilled at delivering babies and was much sought after by women about to give birth.
Mary's first husband was a Mr. Gordon. After that, she married Philemon Plummer on Christmas Eve 1826 in St. Charles County, Missouri. They were the parents of 6 children and lived in Lincoln County, Missouri.
Following a family tragedy, the Plummers moved across the Mississippi River to Calhoun County, Illinois in 1843. He died in 1855.
After Philemon's death, Mary married Mahlon T. Goodwin in the late 1850's in Calhoun County. The county marriage records contain 2 marriage dates for them--04 Mar 1858 and 03 May 1859.
At the time of her death, Mary was 86 years, 4 months and 1 day old. She was buried on 27 Sep 1898.
Children: 3 daughters, 3 sons, 4 unknown.
Ruth Jane Plummer Cochran
William Henry Plummer
Elizabeth B. Plummer Lewis
John Benton Plummer
James Phillip Plummer
Mary Ellen Plummer Bull
CALHOUN'S OLDEST CITIZEN DEAD.
Mrs. Mary D. Goodwin, one of the oldest residents of Calhoun county, died at the home of her son, Mr. Wm. H. Plummer, near Gilead, Sept. 25, 1898. Mrs. Goodwin was born in South Carolina, May 24, 1812, and was at the time of her death 86 years, 4 months and 1 day old.
She came to Calhoun county in 1843 and has lived the entire time of 55 years on the same section of land near Gilead. The old lady had a good memory and took pleasure in entertaining her friends by relating early incidents of Calhoun county.
She was the mother of 10 children, three of whom survive her - Wm. H. and James Plummer, who live near Gilead, and John B. Plummer, of Deer Plain, in this county.
Her death was painless and seemed only a sleep. Her remains were laid to rest Tuesday in the Carico grave yard near Gilead, and the large crowd that gathered to pay their last tribute to the dead, bore evidence of the high esteem she was held by her acquaintances.
The Herald extends its sympathies to the bereaved sons.
(Calhoun Herald; 29 Sep 1898; p. 8)
Note: All spelling, capitalization and punctuation marks in obituary are exactly as they appeared in the original text.
Philemon Plummer (1802 - 1855)
Ruth Jane Plummer Cochran (1830 - 1863)*
William Henry Plummer (1832 - 1911)*
Elizabeth B. Plummer Lewis (1834 - 1864)*
John Benton Plummer (1839 - 1906)*
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Created by: Lynn Marie Vint
Record added: Mar 09, 2012
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