Charles E. Plummer, of Gilmanton, whose mature years have been successfully occupied in agricultural pursuits, was born here, October 29, 1831, son of Joseph and Sally (Lamprey) Plummer. Joseph Plummer Sr., the grandfather of Charles E. was born and grew to maturity in Belmont, then Gilmanton. In young manhood he came to the portion of the town of Gilmanton which is now the home of his grandson. He married Miss Elizabeth Norris, sister of Captain David Norris, a prominent and well-to-do farmer. They had two sons, Joseph and Samuel. Samuel married Miss Nancey Lamprey, who had by him three sons. These were: Jefferson, who died in boyhood; Benjamin, who lived to be fifty years of age, and never married; and George, now living in Belmont, who married and became the father of three children, of whom Florence is living. Joseph Plummer, father of Charles E., born in Gilmanton, now Belmont, was by occupation a farmer, which he began to follow in early youth. After his marriage he settled on the farm now occupied by his son, and which then contained about one hundred and fifty acres. He died suddenly of diphtheria, aged forty-five years. Six children were born to him and his wife: namely, Eliza, Sarah J., Charles E., Mary E., Martha O., and Laura A. Eliza married William Ayers, a prosperous farmer, after which she resided in the State of Maine. Sarah J. died when twenty-four years old. Mary E. became the wife of Henry Marsh, and continued to live in Gilmanton. Martha married Benjamin Bryer, and afterward made her home in Maine. Laura is the wife of Horace Drew.
As soon as he was old enough, Charles E. Plummer assisted in the farm work. Being the only son, he eventually succeeded his father in the ownership of the homestead farm. In its management since he has taken a pardonable pride. Broad in acres, rich in pasturage, and with its tillable land under good cultivation, it does credit to its owner. In years past, sheep-raising, before it became unprofitable in this section of the country, was an important feature of his farming. Always temperate in his habits, industrious and economical, and exercising good judgment in his business dealings, he is now able to live in comfort, and grows more and more attached to this mode of life.
On April 7, 1853, Mr. Plummer married Mary H. Moody, daughter of Stephen Moody. She is a direct descendant of William Moody, who came from England to Ipswich, Mass., in 1633, and settled in Newbury in 1635. The first descendant of William, of whom special mention is made, is Stephen, who graduated from Harvard College in 1790, and was admitted to the bar in 1793. That same year he opened an office in Gilmanton, N.H., being the first , and for some time, the only lawyer practicing in Belknap County. Charles E. and Mary H. Plummer have had three children ---- Etta J., Carrie E., and William A. Etta J., now deceased, and who was the wife of Edwin Sanborn, of Gilmanton, had four daughters, of whom one is deceased. These are: Myrtie B., who studied at the Normal School, Plymouth, N.H.: Carrie, who attended Gilmanton Academy, was afterward engaged in teaching, and has since married Frank Furber, of Alton, and become the mother of two children; Mabel Moody: and Josephine. William A. Plummer is a successful lawyer in Laconia, N.H.