Category Archives: Proven lineage of testers

David Brazille Plunk 1879/80 – 1955

Lineage of Tester B2836 – Proven
Tester B2836 is a proven descendant of David Brazille Plunk 1879/80 AR – 1955 OK.
B2836 Plunk
Living Plunk
Ira Brazille Plunk and Living Murdock
David Brazille Plunk and Rosa Belle Kelley

David Brazille Plunk is considered to be a non-paternal event. It is currently believed that he descends from a Nipp/Knipp, who is undetermined at this time.

The first written record that has been found of David Brazille Plunk is the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Union, Ripley, Missouri, where he is listed as a lodger living with William Henry Plunk and Sophia Angeline Niswonger. His birthdate and place is listed as May 1879, AR. The family folklore is that David and his sister, Gertrude, were abandoned by their parents. The aforementioned Plunk family raised David and he simply assumed their surname. Another family raised Gertrude. David and his sister were reunited as adults, but unfortunately no one living today knows what the family name was of the people who raised her or what surname she was using.

David Brazille Plunk and his sister, Gertrude
David Brazille Plunk and his sister Gertrude

On 5 February 1901, in Ripley County, Missouri, David Plunk married Belle Kelley. The Kelley family lived close to the Plunk family, and the couple met when Belle would cross the creek to clean house for the Plunks.

ML of David and Belle Plunk

By the time of the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, the couple had migrated to Lone Star, Wagoner County, OK, and had the first five of twelve children.

Back row, left to right, David Brazille Plunk, Rosa Belle Kelley Plunk, Estes Plunk, O.O. (Bud) Plunk, Ancil Orick Plunk.
Front row, left to right, Ordie Given Plunk, Ruby Plunk, and Vessie David Plunk

Children of David Brazille Plunk and Rosa Belle Kelley
Estes Plunk
Orvan Orrin (Bud) Plunk
Ancil Orick Plunk
Vessie David Plunk
Ruby M Punk
Opal G Punk
Willow V Punk
Roxie V Punk
Lela B Punk
Jewel L Punk
Ira B Punk

David Brazille Plunk died at his home in Broken Arrow, OK on 11 July 1955.

Vernon Cemetery
Wagoner County
Oklahoma, USA


Edmund Knipp 1804-1867

Lineage of Tester 286120 – Proven
Tester 286120
Hubert Glenwood Knipp 1915 – 1990
Roy Martin Knipp 1892 – 1951
Martin Van Buren Knipp 1850 – 1912
Edmund Knipp 1804 – 1867

Photo contributed by Sherry Martin.
English Cemetery
Callaway County
Missouri, USA

The parents of Edmund Knipp are unknown at this time. The earliest written record found by his descendants is the 1850 U.S. Federal Census District 10, Hamilton, Illinois, in which he is listed as Edmund Nef, born about 1810 in Virginia. Yet, findagrave has his birth and death listed as Jun. 13, 1804, Virginia, USA – Mar. 23, 1867, Bachelor, Callaway County, Missouri, USA .

According to the County Court Records at McLeansboro, IL, Edmond Nip married Sarah Coons on 24 Feb 1848. This is believed to have ben his second marriage.

Children of Edmund Knipp and Unknown Spouse:
Nathaniel Knipp 1836 – 1904
Clara J Knipp 1846 –

Children of Edmund Knipp and Sarah Coons:
Martin Van Buren Knipp 1850 – 1912
Eliza I. Knipp

Census records:
1920 U. S. Federal Census Jackson, Callaway, MOa
Roy M Knipp 27
Florence B Knipp 25
Hubert G Knipp 4 [4 6/12]

1910 U.S. Federal Census Bryan, Douglas, MO.
Martin Knipp 60
Minerva Knipp 45
William Knipp 25
Roy Knipp 17
Flory Knipp 8

1900 U.S. Federal Census Jackson, Callaway, MO
Martin Knipp 51
Minerva A Knipp 36
John A Knipp 20
Wm N Knipp 16
Effie A Knipp 13
Roy M Knipp 7

1850 U.S. Federal Census District 10, Hamilton, Illinois
Edmund Nef 40
Sarah Nef 35
Wade H Perry 17
Nathan Nef 13
Clara J Nef 5
Morton Nef 1

The surname Knipp is often seen on census records, and other historical records as Nipp, Nepp, Neff, Ness, Knipp, and Knipe.