William "Robert" Plunkett

22 December 1806–1868 (Age 61)
Comber, County Down, Ireland

The Life Summary of William "Robert"

When William "Robert" Plunkett was born on 22 December 1806, in Comber, County Down, Ireland, his father, William Plunkett, was 39 and his mother, Mary Eleanor Smith, was 39. He married Sarah Kennedy in 1831, in Brockville, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1852 and lived in Washington Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1850 and Judicial Township 5, Amador, California, United States in 1860. He died in 1868, in Drytown, Amador, California, United States, at the age of 62.

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Family Time Line

William "Robert" Plunkett
Sarah Kennedy
Marriage: 1831
William Kanada Plunkett
James Kennedy Plunkett
Mary Melinda Plunkett
Ellen Plunkett
Isaac Plunkett
Robert Plunkett
Joseph H. Plunkett

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1831Brockville, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    Age 6
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 19
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Name Meaning

    English and Irish (of Norman origin): habitational name from a metathesized form of Plouquenet in Ille-et-Villaine, Brittany, so named from Breton plou ‘parish’ (from Latin plebs ‘people’) + Guenec, the personal name (a diminutive of guen ‘white’) of a somewhat obscure saint. As an Irish name, it has been Gaelicized as Pluincéid.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    This family traveled west with the Henry Bryant Manning Jolley Company in 1852

    Sources (9)

    • Robert Phirchet, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Robert Plunkett in entry for Mary Plunkett Adams, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Robt Planket in household of Fred Fernsler, "United States Census, 1860"

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