0-1-3 John Plymale was born November 15, 1795
in Botetourt County, Virginia*(now Giles County). Little is
known about the first 18 years of his life. About 1813 John Plymale left Giles
County and followed the New River Valley to the Kanawha Falls, down the Kanawha River by
way of the James River Turnpike to Barboursville and Guyandotte, Virginia (now West
Virginia). He probably worked for some of the settlers who were there at that time.
The records of Cabell County show that he was appointed Deputy Sheriff and took
the oath of office in 1816. In 1818 Sheriff Hannon appointed him as Deputy Sheriff.
On December 19th 1819, John Plymale was united in marriage with Rebecca
Ferguson, daughter of William and Sarah (Stokes) Ferguson and granddaughter of Samuel
Ferguson (1744-1825). Rebecca was born in 1800. To this union five children
On June 25, 1820, he was appointed constable. In 1821 he was
appointed Captain of the 120th. regiment of the Virginia Militia. He also served on
the Jury that year.
In 1824 he was appointed Chief Justice of Cabell County by the Governor
of Virginia, which position he held for many years. During this early period court
was held by the Justices of the Peace, which numbered twelve or less, with a minimum of
three. On Feb. 25th 1828, John Plymale, Elisha McComas (his 2nd. wife's
grandfather), Benjamin Drown, John Hannon, William Fullerton, Thomas Kilgore, Levi
McCormaic, William Spurlock, Patric Keenen, Frederick Moore, Andrew Barrett, William
Brumfield, William Buffington and Abia Rece, who were all Justices, held court.
In July of 1829 Rebecca Plymale died and was the first to be buried in
the 0-1-3 John Plymale cemetery on the old plantation.
On December 29th, 1830, a daughter was born to 0-1-3 John Plymale while
he was a widower, named Emmasetta. It is not known who her mother was, or where
exactly she was raised.
On September 1st, 1833 John Plymale married Lourana Shelton (1811-1897),
daughter of John and Sarah (McComas) Shelton and granddaughter of the Old Revolutionary
War soldier, Elisha McComas. To this union fourteen children were born.
He was appointed overseer of the poor on March 24, 1835 and took the
oath of that office.
In 1857 John Plymale was elected to represent Wayne County, Virginia
(West Virginia) as a member of the House of Delegates for the 1857-58 sessions.** He rode horseback to and from Richmond, Virginia while
serving as a member of the House of Delegates. He introduced a resolution before the
House on December 11th, 1857 to have the committee of roads and internal navigation
inquire into the expediency of constructing a graded road from Wayne Courthouse, up the
right fork of Twelvepole Creek to Kiers Fork of same, at the time the most practical
route, to intersect the road leading from Logan Courthouse, to the Tug Fork of Sandy
River. On Wednesday, January 13th, 1858, Bill #208 was passed for the Wayne and Tug
Fork Turnpike (Now West Virginia Route #52), up the right hand fork of Twelvepole Creek.**
On Monday, March 3rd, 1858, Bill #297 was introduced to enlarge the
present Corporation limits of the town of "Guyandotte" in Cabell County,
Virginia (West Virginia). John Plymale of Wayne County and Thomas Thornburg of Cabell
County voted aye (yes)**.
0-1-3 John Plymale was never out of a political position from 1816 until
the war broke out between the states. In this war his sympathy was with the South
and the Confederates for the duration. Two of his sons, 0-1-3-11 Octavian Cromwell
Plymale I and 0-1-3-13
Francis Marion Plymale I, served in Company K. 16th Cavalry under Col. Milton Ferguson
(a relative of his first wife, Rebecca Ferguson). After the war ended, he and about
twenty other Confederates were named in a damage suit resulting from the war for aiding
the Rebels*** and four judgements for $30,000. each were
rendered against them. These judgements were compromised by the selling of the lands
of T. J. Jenkins, W. A. Jenkins and Peter Cline Buffington.
0-1-3 John Plymale died August 4th, 1872. He is buried in the
0-1-3 John Plymale cemetery, along with many of his descendents.
Eighteen of his children, of which there were twenty, lived to raise
families. He was the grandfather of at least 121 grandchildren and 384 plus