The Plowdens in History The first Plowden, (Francis Plowden), to come to America came as an English soldier in the war in which the English drove the Spanish out of Florida, in the early 1600's. Plowden was killed in that war and is buried in Florida.
Edward Plowden 1st, came to Williamsburg County, South Carolina in 1732, the first to settle in that county. He is the ancestor of all Southern Plowdens.
Edward Plowden 2nd was Colonial Assemblyman from South Carolina. He built a home in Williamsburg in 1772 of "home made" Cypress lumber which stands in perfect condition to this day.
Dr. Miles Hampton Plowden, 3rd generation, was a man of many talents. He was a medical doctor, a planter, a horticulturist, educator and developer of "one of the finest pineland plantations in this region". He introduced the Scoppanong Grape into South Carolina.
Edwin Dickey Plowden, 4th generation was the first volunteer in the first company that was organized in South Carolina in the Civil War. He lost his life during the first year of the war.
John Covert Plowden, a Confederate soldier, in Company I, 23rd Regiment. Fought numerous battles before being captured. Died in Elmira Prison Camp. Elmira, NY. (His grave is one of the few marked Confederate graves at Elmira).
Sir Edmund Plowden came to America in 1620. He was appointed governor of "New Albion", what we now know as New England. When the Romans invaded England in 55 B.C., they approached "The White Cliffs of Dover" and called it - England - "Albion" or White, hence, "New Albion". Sir Edmund is the ancestor of the Northern Branch of the Family.
Roger Plowden, the crusader, took part in the siege of Acre, A.D. 1191. He was awarded the Fleur de Lis, in addition to his Coat of Arms, for his outstanding service in that crusade. The Plowdens of Plowden Hall, Salop, Pedigree began with him at that time.
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Descendency Charts Below is a basic descendency chart listing for the PLOWDEN family. As further research is done, a more detailed breakdown will be developed and displayed.
For Three Branches A - Plowden Hall, England to William F.G. Plowden B - Maryland Plowdens to Clifford Lewis, 3rd C - South Carolina Plowdens to Thomas Y. Plowden.
All three branches have the same common stem below for eleven generations:
I. Roger de Plowden, the Crusader, at siege of Acre, A.D. 1191 II. Philip de Plowden, living 1220 III. John de Plowden, living in the reign of Henry III IV. John de Plowden, 1306, m. Matilda Montgomery V. John de Plowden, m. Joanna Salter VI. John de Plowden, m. Matilda Burley VII. Edmund de Plowden, (living 1451), m. Jane Cleobury VIII. John de Plowden, m. Margaret Blawney IX. Humphrey Plowden, (1490-1557), m. Elizabeth Wollascot, nee Sturry, d. 1559. X. Edmund Plowden, (1517-1584), the eminent lawyer, m. Katherine Sheldon XI. Francis Plowden, (1562- 1652), m. Mary Fermor
Branch A lists the Plowdens continuously residing in Plowden Hall, Shropshire
XII-A Francis Plowden (1588-1661), m. (1) Eliz.Butler, (2) Katherine Audley XIII-A Edmund Plowden (1616-1666), m. Elizabeth Cotton (1637) XIV-A William Plowden (1667-1740) m. (2) Mary Stoner (1696), m.(3) Mary Lyttelton XV-A William Plowden (1700-1754), m. (1726) Francis Dormer (1713-1753) XVII-A Edmund Plowden (1727-1768), m.(1755) Elizabeth Lucy Thompson (1733-1765) XVIII-A William X. Plowden, M.D. (1759-1824), m. Mary Winter XIX-A Willam H. Plowden (1802-1870), m. (1834) Barbara Cholmeley, d. 1853 XX-A William F. Plowden (1853-1914), m. (1874) Lady Mary Dundas, d. 1911 XXI-A Roger E.J. Plowden (1879-1946), m. (1) (1918) Mary Cholmondeley, (2) M. Grace XXII-A William F.G. Plowden (1925- ), m. (1951) Valerie Ann Bush
Branch B lists Plowdens decending from Edmund Plowden (Lord Earl Palatine) in Maryland to Clifford Lewis 3rd:
XII-B Edmund Plowden (1590- 1659) m. (1609) Mabel Marriner (1596-1674) XIII-B Francis Plowden (1612-1678) m. (1653) Margaret Powell XIV-B George Plowden (1663-1713) m. (1694) Margaret Brent XV-B Edmund Plowden (1696-1758) m. (1739) Henrietta Slyle XVI-B Edmund Plowden (1751-1804) m. (1779) Jane Hammersley (1759-1804) XVII-B Mary Ann Plowden (1784-1827) m. (1808) Judge John I. Jenkins (1786-1845) XVIII-B Margaret Brent Jenkins (1816-1901) m. (1840) Austin Jenkins (1806-1888) XIX-B Harriet Ann Jenkins (1846-1923) m. (1871) Nicholas Kernan (1845-1901) XX-B Isabel Marriner Kernan (1875-1965) m. (1900) Clifford Lewis, Jr. d. 1956 XXI-B Clifford Lewis, 3rd (1904- ) m. (1) (1942) Mary Butler d. 1970
(2) (1970) Virginia Bullitt, d. 1979 (3) (1988) Mary Pitz
Branch C lists Plowdens descending from Edward Plowden in South Carolina to Thomas Y. Plowden:
XII-C Edmund Plowden (1590-1659) m. (1609) Mabel Marriner (1596-1674) XIII-C Thomas Plowden (1614-1698) m. (1650) Thomasine Davies, d.1709 XIV-C Francis Plowden (1656-1703) m. (1683) Frances Garnons, d. 1713 XV-C Edward Plowden ( -1763) m. Susannah Ransom (?) XVI-C Edward Plowden (1744-1819) m. Susannah Nelson XVII-C Gabriel Plowden (1793-1864) m. Mary Jane Montgomery XVIII-B James Alexander Plowden (1818-1862) m. (1) Naomi Croskey (2) Harriet Pack XIX-C William H. Plowden (1851-1923) m. Sarah Ann Nettles XX-C Jesse Clifton Plowden (1882-1967) m. (1911) Estelle Youngblood, d. 1951 XXI-C Jesse Clifton Plowden, Jr. (1926-1998) m. (1948) Patricia Hinson XXII-C Thomas Y. Plowden (1954- ) m. (1981) Kathy Miller