I am trying to determine if Thomas B Miller and Thomas Benton Plumbley are the same person.
My husband is descended from the Pheraby Jane Kirk/Archibald Miller family that moved to the Harrison County area in the late nineteenth century.
Per Arch’s Civil War pension record, they were married in Jackson County, Tennessee June 4, 1856, and neither had been previously married. The pension file also says they were married June 3, 1857. It lists his living children as John (March 28, 1858,) Kindle H (Aug 24, 1862,) Annie (Aug 31, 1869,) Parylee (March 11, 1872,) Stephen D (Feb 27, 1874,) Dennis C (Dec 21, 1877,) William J (Feb 21 1878,) Carl (Nov 7, 1881.)
Also in the pension file is an affidavit from Arch’s brother Kindle Miller, who states he attended the marriage of Archibald Miller and Pheraby J Kirk the fourth day of June, 1856 and neither had been previously married.
Hannah J Miller Wood, Arch’s sister, also swore in an affidavit that she attended Arch and Pheraby’s marriage June 4, 1856
Another affidavit by Thomas B Plumbley says that Thomas was “personally well acquainted with Archibald”, “that he lived near said Miller in Franklin County, Illinois, and “that affiant moved from Ills. to Missouri with said Miller.”
On the 1860 District 14, Jackson, Tennessee census, the oldest child is Thomas B Miller, age 3. 1870 Township 7 Range 4, Franklin, Illinois Thomas B Miller is 14. 1880 Butler, Harrison, Missouri Thos. B is 23. On the 1900 Benton, Daviess, Missouri census the oldest child still in the household is Dennis. Pheraby has had eleven children, nine are living. Haddie died October 12, 1885 and is buried in the Matkins Cemetery, Harrison County.
1900 Butler, Harrison, Missouri Thomas B Plumley born Jan 1855 in Illinois with his wife Margaret E born Mar 1865and daughter Stella M born Aug 1884. Next door is the Albert A Doty household. Albert’s wife is Perry L, Arch and Pheraby’s daughter.
1910 Pattonsburg Ward 2, Daviess, Missouri Wm Arch and P J have Leon Miller, grandson, living with them. Pheraby has had eleven children, eight living. Haddie and Carl have died. They have been married 53 years.
1910 Pattonsburg Ward 2, Daviess, Missouri Thomas B age 55, born Illinois, with wife Margaret E with Lydia Powers sister-in-law
1920 Miller, Gentry, Missouri Pheraby is widowed living with grandson Leland. 1920 Butler, Harrison, Missouri census has Thomas B 65, born Tennessee with wife Margaret.
1930 Butler, Harrison, Missouri census has Thomas B 75 born Tennessee with Margaret.
Thomas Benton Plumbley death certificate gives dates as Jan 19, 1855 to May 25, 1934. Birthplace is Tennessee, father is Not Known, mother is Farby Kirk. The informant was Mrs. Della Swope, Thomas’ daughter. Margaret Elizabeth Powers Miller and Thomas are buried in the Matkins Cemetery, same as Haddie A Miller
The Missouri State Archives has a birth record for Stella Miller, Butler Township, born August 10, 1884 to Thomas B Miller and Margaret E Powels.
So…I think that Thomas Benton Plumbley was born to Pheraby Jane Kirk before her marriage to Archibald Miller probably near Plumlee Corner, Jackson County, Tennessee. At some point, after the birth of Thomas’ daughter Stella in 1884 and by the 1900 census, he started using the surname Plumbley. Arch Miller’s pension application papers from 1898 did not list a living son named Thomas.
Would appreciate any comments and especially any ideas as to how to prove or disprove my theory.
Carmen B Gardiner