Achilles Nivison Plunkett Sr. was born in 1769 in Torbeck, Saint-Domingue (now a part of Haiti). His father Francois Plunkett was born in Killumod, Ireland and immigrated to Saint-Domingue.
Saint-Domingue was a West Indian French colony from 1659 to 1804 on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
At age 21, Achilles married Renée Rose Adélaïde Gentillot in 1791.
Shortly after their marriage, they immigrated to the US, to Delaware, and then to Virginia.
Their son, Bitty’s great-grandfather Achilles Nivison Plunkett Jr., was born in 1810 in Williamsburg, Virginia.
When Renee died in 1811, at age 51, Achilles Sr. married Caroline Mordecai in 1820, and Achilles moved to her hometown of Warrenton, North Carolina.
Achilles Sr. and Caroline ran a boarding school from this home (photos posted) in Warrenton. They also owned and ran the Warrenton Female Academy.
The school offered instruction in all the classical subjects that also occurred in the contemporary boys schools, in addition to the subjects in sewing, music and dance that occurred in most girls’ schools.
Read more about the Plunkett home from this real estate listing
John Barnitz Bond Sr, MD was the father of John Barnitz Bond Jr (who married Alice Plunkett).
Arkansas Gazette, July 17, 1915:
“One of the most picturesque figures in American pharmacy has passed away in the death of Dr. John B. Bond Sr., of Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of seventy-eight.
Dr. Bond was born at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, removed to Missouri, served as surgeon and medical purveyor in the Confederate army, engaged in the practice of medicine, and in 1872 opened a drug store in Little Rock, from which he retired a few years ago, leaving it to his son, John B. Bond Jr.
He was one of the organizers of the Arkansas Pharmaceutical Association and was its second president, serving for three years in that office. He organized the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, of which he was president for over 30 years. He was an active member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, attended many of its meetings, and was exceedingly popular there as everywhere.
Doctor Bond had a most original manner of expressing himself, was a frank, outspoken an ardent worker for the welfare of pharmacy, and his death will bring regret to a wide circle of warm friends and admirers.”
Julia Sterling married Dr. John Bond (she was 20, he was 26) during the Civil War in 1863. He had been in the army for 2 years at that point, serving as an Assistant Surgeon.
Julia and John had 5 kids that survived into adulthood:
Sterling Price Bond MD, John Barnitz Bond Jr, Richard Thompson Bond, William “Willie” Cates Bond and Josephine “Josie” Christine Bond.
Julia lived to be 93 years old. She got to know all of her 16 grandchildren before her passing in 1936.
In December 1895, a janitor was using the furnace to heat the First Methodist Church building. The furnace overheated and burned the building down to the ground.
Funds were raised by the congregation, and in 1899, the cornerstone of a new building was laid.
Dr John B. Bond (father of John B. Bond Jr), a member of the building committee, gave a speech on the history of the church (the text was printed in the newspaper https://drive.google.com/…/1iyaZC8GVH4zi9XyNrQq…/view…), and laid the cornerstone of the foundation for a new brick church.
Once built, it would be called “one of the city’s finest examples of Romanesque Revival architecture, with square towers at its corners, and its predominantly smooth brick exterior contrasted by rusticated granite trim.”
W 8th St & Center St, Little Rock, AR 72201
Judging from several newspaper articles, Dr. Bond (John B Bond Jr’s father) was an humorous and entertaining public speaker. He hosted a “feast of eloquence and humor” on June 14, 1900.
Here’s an account of a Arkansas Association of Pharmacist’s event:
“Last night a most enjoyable banquet was held from 9:30 to 11:30 at Forster’s restaurant, with covers laid for forty. The menu was a splendid one, and its consideration was followed by an impromptu feast of eloquence and humor, with Dr. John B. Barnitz Sr., as toastmaster.
Toasts on pharmaceutical subjects were responded to by [several attendees] and John B. Bond Jr. of Little Rock. The speeches were all in a happy vein consisted of solicitations upon the success of the convention.”
The children and grandchildren of John Bond Jr and Alice Plunkett:
Lila Plunkett Bond, Julia (Judy) Katharine Bond, Josephine Bond, Richard Thompson (Tommy) Bond
Lila Anne Matthews, Agnes Somers Matthews
Virginia Reville Ledbetter, Joel Yowell Ledbetter Jr, Julia Plunkett Ledbetter
Alice Plunkett Temple, Hal Crouch Temple, Helen Christine Temple, Thompson Bond Temple, Katharine (Kate) Plunkett Temple
Tonight at 8:30pm- it’s the 108th wedding anniversary of John Bond and Alice Plunkett! Cheers y’all
“The wedding of John B. Bond Junior and Miss Alice Plunkett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Plunkett, will be solemnized at the family residence on the evening of April 30. Miss Plunkett is one of the most popular debutantes of the season, and is a girl of charming personality, whose wedding will be attended with a marked degree of interest.”
And from the paper the day after:
“Miss Alice Plunkett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Plunkett, and John Barnitz Bond, son of Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bond, were married Thursday evening at the family residence at 1719 Arch Street, which for the occasion was most artistically decorated with palms and cut flowers. Smilax covered the stairway, arches and windows. Easter lilies decorated the drawing room, where the mantle was also arranged with the lilies against the background of greenery. Lighted tapers gave her bridal-like air to the scene. Promptly at 8:30 o’clock the ribbon bears descended the stairway in couples, including Misses Louise Worthen and Blanche Pillow, Mary Thompson and Grace Kidd, Mary Thompson and Grace Kidd, Myra Thompson, and Essie Plunkett. Gowns of lingerie and lace with sashes of pink and green were the ribbon-bearers’ costumes, while Mrs. Fletcher Burrow and Leila Smith, fair bridesmaids were gowned in green crepe meteor, and carried arm bouquets of Killarney roses. Miss Lila Plunkett served as a maid of honor, and wore a handsome gown of pink crepe, embellished with lace and pearls. Killarney roses composed the arm bouquet. Mrs. William Cates Bond, as matron of honor, wore pink meteor, and carried Killarney roses. The bride walked with her father, W.B. Plunkett, and more an elegantly designed costume of white crepe meteor, with overdress of lace. The long veil was draped from a chaplet of real orange blossoms. The bridal bouquet consisted of white orchids and lilies of the valley. The pearls worn with the costume with those formally worn by the grandmother, mother and sister of the bride at their weddings. The groom was attended by his brother, William Cates Bond. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Dr. Bond of El Paso, uncle of the groom.
A brilliant reception followed the ceremony. In the receiving line were Mr. and Mrs. John Barnitz Bond and members of their bridal party; Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Plunkett and Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bond.
A wedding supper was served in the dining room, which was beautifully decorated with Killarney roses.
Mr. and Mrs. Bond have gone East on their wedding journey, and will be at home after June 5 at 221 East 16th street.”
These pearls were mentioned in an Arkansas Gazette account of Bitty’s wedding in 1914:
“The pearls worn with the costume with those formally worn by the grandmother, mother and sister of the bride at their weddings.”
So that means Lila Boyd Plunkett (Bitty’s mother) wore them.
And that means that 1 of Bitty’s 2 grandmothers wore them at her wedding.
Bitty’s grandmothers were Martha Elizabeth Hayley (WB Plunkett’s mom) and Frances Maurous “Fannie” O’Bannon (Lila Boyd’s mom).
It was probably Martha Elizabeth Hayley (W.B. Plunkett’s mom) that wore them at her wedding also.
It’s fun to speculate who was the first bride to wear them…
I found one more photo of John Bond – this is the oldest we have seen him. Maybe he is 52 or 53 here. And here is a higher quality scan of the one with Bitty and the girls.
He got to be a dad for just 7 years – to three spirited & strong girls and one charming & generous son.
How does your liver feel this morning? If it were 1920, you might try Bond’s Liver Pills. Here’s an advertisement for them in a newspaper and pictures of an old medicine bottle. This was a best-selling product of Bond’s Pharmacy Co.
“Just take one Bond’s Pill at bedtime for that headache, biliousness, torpid liver, or dizziness, and wake up well, without any unpleasant recollections.”
Eliza (Lila) Boyd Plunkett in 1935, likely holding granddaughter Lila Anne Matthews (1934–1959) Lila Boyd Plunkett was Alice Plunkett’s mom
Here is a picture of Lila Plunkett as a child.
Eliza (Lila) Boyd married William B. Plunkett in 1879 (she was 18, he was 20).
They lived at 1719 Arch Street in Little Rock for more than 40 years. (Their daughter Alice and John Bond Jr were married at an 8pm wedding service at their home at 1719 Arch Street – Alice was 20, John was 45.)
Found a Plunkett-Jarrell Grocery Co. product- Betsy Ross Tea – on ebay.
Here’s a W.B. Plunkett (Alice Plunkett’s dad) talking about the Plunkett-Jarrell Grocery business in 1913:
“This is starting the year in the right manner, to say the least and we intend to keep up this record and maintain the standard throughout the year. If present favorable prospects continue to exist, I will not hesitate to say that the year 1913 will be a record-breaking year for us. The increase in business in the year 1912 over the year 1911 was the greatest we’ve ever had in any one year, and we are striving to make the increase in 1913 over 1912 even greater than the increase in 1912 over 1911.
I believe that the conditions over the entire State are better now than they’ve ever been and if we do not have an unfavorable fall time, then I am of the opinion that more wholesale business will be done in 1913 than in any other year in the history of Arkansas.”
In 1914, W.B. Plunkett (Alice Plunkett’s father and Lila Boyd Plunkett’s husband) was elected to the directors of the Federal Reserve Bank in St Louis (one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the United States’ central bank)
From a newspaper article on the election:
“Mr. Plunkett is a modest, quiet and studious business man, a man who during his useful life is giving to commerce strict attention that has marked his lifelong success. Never a plunger, always careful and prudent, he has a sufficient amount of the sunshine of optimism to make him a most lovable associate of all with whom he may be connected.
While Mr. Plunkett is systematic in his business affairs, and methodical to a marked degree, he is never too busy to talk business to business men, or to give a pleasant word and a gracious smile to his scores of acquaintances and friends.”
W.B. & Lila Plunkett had 5 kids: Katharine, Willie, Ralph, Alice, and Lila.
Here are a few photos of Alice as a child, a teenager, and young lady.
a copy of this book – Plunkett/Boyd History written by Floy Plunkett Luppen in 1998. I scanned the 76 page book for us all and here’s the link-
It includes stories full of personality about holidays with WB Plunkett and Lila Boyd Plunkett at 1719 Arch Street:
“Christmas was celebrated on Christmas eve. The tree was in the middle of the parlor. It was as tall as the ceiling, very decorated with many strings of burning lights. The single file line-up of grand children was always the same, the youngest, Larry, was first. Then Bill Plunkett, Tommy Bond, Floy Plunkett, Jo Bond, Judy Bond, Ellen Plunkett, Lila Bond, John Bond, and last – William Bond.
When the pocket parlor doors were slid open, there, unwrapped, was your heart’s desire — the one gift you wanted more than anything else. One year Lila received red dancing shoes and Ellen had a tool set. Only once was there a mix-up. Larry claimed Bill’s riding dump truck. Papa had Blass Department store opened and a truck was delivered that day for Bill.
Another favorite holiday was Easter. The line-up was always the same. The yard was a city block in area, and the eggs were hidden all over it. There must have been 18-20 dozen — hard boiled and dyed eggs. Everyone had a basket full even if you took time out to swing or climb a Magnolia tree. Afterwards, we sat on the steps, counted eggs and ate them.
The head of the Plunkett family was W. B., or Papa. He was the patriarch, the Victorian dictator. His rules were unyielding. He worked, checked on the farm, and read every night – always mysteries. He never visited or went out to dinner or parties.
Mama was the softening, loving influence. She did her visiting and card playing during the day. While Papa read at night she did hand work — quilting and knitting.”
I used Photoshop to overlay the 1863 map onto a modern Google Map. Because many roads have changed in 160 years, to calibrate the two maps, I set the opacity of the 1863 map to 50%, and then I took a screenshot of the Miller’s Tavern area on Google Maps. Next, I fit the two maps together by aligning the definitive shape of the Rappahannock River – that was the only thing that matched between both maps! (Note the spilled ink on the scanned image of the 1863 map).
So now I could drive on a highway map annotated with 1863 landmarks – knowing where family farms were compared to modern landmarks.
Here is a zoom in on the area near Miller’s Tavern.
Finally, I read a volume of letters that my grandfather Latane Temple found in a trunk at “Wayland” in 1965 that he had recovered from the old building and preserved. They were transcribed by Carolyn Alevra and annotated by Lucy Temple Fish.
My Old Virginia Home
7-year-old Latane and I saw a window of opportunity to go together, and we drove from Austin, Texas to Colonial Williamsburg. We took 3 days to make the trip, staying overnight in Texarkana and Knoxville.
We first spent a few days in Colonial Williamsburg. We stayed in a very small colonial-era house (a kitchen, actually) converted to lodging and Latane visited the House of Burgesses, wigmakers, shoemakers, and learned the process of making a sword (what else?) from the blacksmith.
Next we visited Jamestown Settlement, Miller’s Tavern, Tappahannock, Walkertown, and King and Queen County.
After two days in Williamsburg, we drove down the Colonial Parkway south to visit the nearby Jamestown Settlement. Lat walked on and below deck of reproductions of the 1606 expedition ships and he talked to a 17th Century surgeon about every one of the tools in his case. He asked to see the saw used for amputations twice.
New (Old) Family Friends
Ahead of traveling, I had sent an email saying hello to Patricia Haile and she and John invited us to an event in Tappahannock – the annual reading of the Historic Essex County Colonial Resolutions – and to visit them on their farm.
John and Patricia’s grandchildren were at the farm also, tending their sheep and pigs in preparation for the state fair livestock show, so it was a good chance to continue the multi-generation tradition of Haile/Temple friendship. The Hailes were incredibly kind and helpful for orienting us to the land where the Temples lived. They showed us as much of “Wayland” (the homeplace of Henry and Susan Temple and later the Lewis Family) as they could and told us great stories about their ancestors and the Temples, the Latanes, the Jones, and the Lewises.
Meeting Susan and Henry Face-to-Face
The Hailes had a great surprise for us.
The ancestral home of the Jones Family – including Susan Jones – called “Retreat” – was just south of “Elton” – the Haile Family home. The Haile Family acquired Retreat more than 80 years ago, and in the attic, they found a portrait of Susan Jones, my great X 3 grandmother, who married Henry Waring Latane Temple. The portrait is in great condition. I scanned a high-resolution image of it using Google PhotoScan.
We went to services on Sunday at St. Paul’s.
There we met Dr. Augustine Lewis (3rd cousin 1x removed, descended from Rev. Henry W. L. Temple’s daughter Mary) and Jerry Walker (5th cousin, 1x removed, descended from Colonel Joseph Temple III).
I also found a history display case in the parish hall that had portraits of St. Paul’s rectors from the early days of the church – Rev. Henry W L Temple & Rev. John McGuire.
I was very excited to find great-great-great grandfather Henry’s portrait. I scanned a high-resolution image of it.
The Latane / Temple Family Bible
The next day, Dr. Lewis invited us to his home near Bruington to see the 250-year-old Latane / Temple Family bible.
The first entry was the marriage of William Latane and Anne Waring, July 5, 1776! I took photos of every page of family records.
Needless to say, it was a wonderful trip.
I organized the subset of edited, high-resolution photos and other gathered documents that are relevant to Henry Waring Latane Temple and his wife Susan Jones Temple. Some items are from our Texarkana trip earlier this year.
Here is a Dropbox link to unedited photos and scanned documents that I hope will be a helpful addition to the History Center’s collection.