0-1 Anthony Plymale I, thought
to be the oldest child of the first family, and ancestor of the majority of the Plymales
in America, is said to have been born in Botetourt County, Virginia (now Bedford County)
sometime before 1765. He later moved with his parents to what is now Giles County,
Virginia and was raised on the homestead discussed in more depth on the "Brief History of the First Plymale's in America"
As an adult, Anthony I married Elizabeth (Bethia) Bowen of
Botetourt County, Virginia on January 11, 1789. This marriage is recorded in the record
room of the Courthouse in Fincastle, Virginia. Anthony I signed his marriage bond with an X
mark. The clerk spelled his name Plymell and Plimeal. Later when Anthony I learned to
write, he spelled his name Plimale. To this union thirteen children were born.
Shortly after their marriage and after the death of Anthony's parents,
they took charge of the homestead in Giles County, where they were thought to have been
modestly prosperous. About 1812 Elizabeth (Bethia) died, and is said to lie sleeping in
the soil of the old homestead. There is a small cemetery at the top of a hill directly
behind the house but no monument or stone marks her resting place. (Or any Plymales at all
for that matter).
In 1816, Anthony I married a second time, a widow by the name of Ann
Criner, from whom there were no children.
In the year of 1820, Anthony I became dissatisfied and disheartened,
sold part of his 2,800 acres of land to a man named William Eagleston. This portion
contained the best part of the farm including the old log house. (There
is now a town just a few miles from this location named Eggleston after this man.
The townspeople there know him as Eggleston, but the deed in the courthouse is clearly
spelled Eagleston.) This land was resold in 1860 to John Cook and has remained
in the hands of the Cook family until recently. A Portion, including the log house which
has been remodeled and is still standing, was in the possession of a lady who used it for
a summer retreat for many years throughout the 1960's-1990's. It has since been sold, and
apparently for the first time in 150 years is now no longer in the Cook family.
Anthony I deserted the remaining 2,500 acres that were mountainous and
unfit for agricultural purposes. Part of this land was in Montgomery County. The state
sold 2,300 acres which was in Montgomery County to a man by the name of John Pepper, for
delinquent taxes for 1832 and 1833 for the sum of fifty-three cents. This deed is recorded
in Book N, Page 333 in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Christiansburg, Virginia.
After disposing of his personal property, Anthony I packed a few
belongings in a two horse covered wagon, followed the trail of his six sons who had left
Virginia a short time after their mothers death. With him on this trip was his
second wife, Ann Criner, his youngest son (0-1-13)
Hugh I, his youngest daughter (0-1-12)
Tabathia, and his grandson (0-1-1-1)
James Isaac Plymale. They settled in Harrison Township, Gallia County, Ohio where he
followed farming and blacksmithing. Anthony probably settled in Gallia County in order to
be near his wife's family, which had also settled in Gallia County. After Anthony I had
settled in Ohio, he sold two hundred acres of the old farm in Virginia for two hundred and
fifteen dollars to Joseph Darr and William McCoy. Also once in Ohio, he changed the
spelling of his name again to the most common spelling: Plymale.
0-1 Anthony Plymale I died about 1840 in Harrison Township, Gallia
County, Ohio. He and his second wife Anne Criner are thought to be buried in the Porter
family cemetery near Yellowtown (now called Thivener ), Ohio.