George Plowman
Privacy Level: Open (White)

George Robert Plowman (1854 - 1921)

George Robert Plowman
Born in St. Pancras, London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 16 Aug 1879 in St. Peter's Evangelical Church, St. Louis, MOmap
Husband of — married 9 Jan 1892 in Salem, Marion County, ILmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IAmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Sep 2011
This page has been accessed 1,329 times.



George Robert Plowman was born in the St. Pancras district of London and lived in Kentish Town and Westminster. In May 1872, after the death of his mother Sarah from typhoid fever, George traveled with his father George, brother Samuel, and sister Mary on the Royal Mail ship "Medway" from London to Quebec, Canada. Eventually the Plowman family settled in St. Louis, Missouri.

In his youth George made his living as a carpenter. He married Johannah Dohrendorf in St. Louis on August 16, 1879. Hannah died of a brain infection in March 1890. On July 30th 1890, George placed their three children, Alfred, Robert and May, in the St. Louis Protestant Orphan Asylum at 330 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri. The children stayed there until February 3, 1892 when they were removed by their father after his second marriage to Emma Augusta "Gussie" Warmouth. In the notes below are all the references to the Plowman family in the day books of the orphanage during the time the children spent there.

George and Gussie had 2 daughters, Sally and Louise. Around 1902-03 the Plowman family moved from St. Louis to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. An news article from 1899 may shed light on the reason George moved his family from St. Louis.
Alfred and Robert, by then grown men, remained in St. Louis. Cedar Rapids city directories list George working as a traveling agent for several different companies between 1903 and 1910. After 1910 George is listed as working as a janitor for the YMCA and running a cabinet repair shop.

If the loss of his mother, first child and first wife were not enough, additional misfortunes strained George Plowman and his family in the early years of the new century. His oldest son's wife, Jessie Plowman, died of ptomaine poisoning in 1908. Daughter May's husband, Frank Moody, died while still a young man in 1912. May was left with 2 young sons to raise and no source of income. A year later May died under mysterious circumstances, in Chicago, of a ruptured tubal pregnancy. May was unmarried at the time of her death and the Plowman family evidently hid her cause of death from their community. Next, daughter Louise became pregnant and made a desperate marriage with an alcoholic and drug-addicted miscreant, Harry Jobe, who abused Louise and her son Bruce. By 1917 George and his wife Gussie were estranged and lived at separate addresses. Gussie died in 1919 in Cedar Rapids and is buried there. George divided his time between St. Louis and Cedar Rapids after Gussie's death. He died in Cedar Rapids in 1921 and his daughter Sally returned his body to St. Louis for burial. George's son, Al, struggled to pay the costs for his father's burial because George had no savings when he died.

The following is the text of an obituary for Geogre R. Plowman: The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Mon., May 23, 1921, p. 13, col. 5 Death of George R. Plowman. "George R. Plowman, who for many years conducted a cabinet repair shop in the rear of Second avenue at Seventh street, died at a local hospital at 2:30 a.m. Sunday after a lingering illness. He was 65 years of age and is survived by several relatives in this city and St. Louis. The body will be taken this evening to St. Louis for burial."

It was a lonely end for a life filled with change and adventure early on and loss in the later years.

Read about the death of George's daughter:


Name: George Robert Plowman[1]


Date: 10 AUG 1854
Place: St. Pancras, London, England
Note: St. Pancras, Middlesex, England[2][3][4][5]


Date: 22 MAY 1921
Place: Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA
Note: Heart disease[6][7][8]


Date: 7 APR 1861
Place: 2 Kingsbridge Terrace, Kentish-Town, Parish of St. Pancras, Borough of Marylebone, County Middlesex, London[9]
Date: 2 APR 1871
Place: 19 Little Newport St., St. Anne Soho, Westminster, London, England[10]
Date: 8 NOV 1880
Place: St. Louis, MO[11]
Date: 6 JUN 1900
Place: 1721 Dolman St., St. Louis, MO[12]
Date: 18 APR 1910
Place: 212 N. 9th St., Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa[13]
Date: 9 JAN 1920
Place: 3853 Russell Ave., St. Louis, MO
Note: roomer with Detrich family, lists employment as "hardware merchant"[14]


Date: 12 MAY 1872
Place: Quebec, Canada[15]


Date: 1880
Place: 1327 North Thirteenth St., St. Louis, MO
Note: east side of street[16][17]
Date: 1883
Place: 1616 Wash St., St. Louis, MO
Note: birth record for Robert Plowman[18]
Date: SEP 1886
Place: 1920 Morgan St., St. Louis, MO
Note: Morgan St. is now Delmar[19]
Date: 1890
Place: 1920 Morgan St., St. Louis, MO
Note: carpenter[20]
Date: 1892
Place: 1411 Washington Ave., St Louis, MO[21]
Date: 1896
Place: 2226 Washington St., St. Louis, MO[22]
Date: 6 JUN 1900
Place: 1721 Dolman St., St. Louis, MO[23]
Date: NOV 1913
Place: 709 Fifth Ave. East, Cedar Rapids, IA[24]


Date: 1880
Place: St. Louis, MO
Note: Carpenter[25]
Date: 1892
Place: 1424 Lucas St., St Louis, MO
Note: Carpenter[26]
Date: 6 JUN 1900
Place: St. Louis, MO
Note: Hardware ?[27]


Date: JUL 1909
Place: West Ninth St., Cedar Rapids, IA
Note: Visit of Al, Bob, May and grandchildren to Cedar Rapids[28]


George Robert Plowman's Burial


Occupation: Carpenter, House carpenter[29][30]


Note: #N24

User ID

User ID: 11E02FA5F3A411DD94C6003065B29434B302

Data Changed

Data Changed:
Date: 27 JAN 2011

Prior to import, this record was last changed 27 JAN 2011.


Husband: George Robert Plowman
Wife: Johannah "Hannah" Dohrendorf
Date: 16 AUG 1879
Place: Evangelical Church, St. Louis, MO
Note: Pastor Ernst Roos[31]
User ID: 1D7D3DE0F3A411DD94C6003065B29434A5B8
Husband: George /Plowman Ploughman
Wife: Sarah Berry
Date: 20 SEP 1853
Place: Albion Chapel, Southampton, England[32]
User ID: 15A1667EF78F11DDA290003065B294344FD7
Child: George Robert Plowman
Child: Mary Elizabeth Plowman
Child: Samuel Ernest Plowman


  • WikiTree profile Plowman-34 created through the import of Davidson_Fink.ged on Sep 26, 2011 by Shayne Davidson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Shayne and others.
  • Source: S10 Type: Periodical Author: Gould Directory Company Title: Gould?s St. Louis directory Periodical: published yearly Volume: various years Source Locality: Missouri History Museum Library, 225 S Skinker Blvd, St Louis, MO, 63105-2317, (314) 746-4500
  • Source: S1013 Type: Newspaper Title: May Moody Obituary Periodical: The Cedar Rapids Daily Republican-Newspaper Place: Cedar Rapids, IA Date: Fri., Nov. 7, 1913 Page: p. 9, col. 3 & 4 Media: digital
  • Source: S1014 Type: Vital Record Title: Cedar Rapids City Death Record-Plowman, Geo R. Date: 22 May 1921, 2;30 A.M. Place: Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA File Number: Book 2, p. 170, line 11 Source Locality: Linn County Genealogical Library
  • Source: S1015 Text: Turner Mortuary Record, Vol. 1920-1925, p. 56
  • Source: S1051 Type: Newspaper Title: The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Place: Cedar Rapids, IA Date: 10 Jul 1909 Page: 14 Media: digital Source Locality:
  • Source: S1060 Type: Periodical Author: Gould Directory Co. Title: St. Louis City Directory, 1889, 1890 Date: 1889 and 1890
  • Source: S171 Type: Vital Record Title: Ceritifed copy of an entry of marriage-George Plowman Date: 20 Sep 1853 Place: Southampton File Number: 32
  • Source: S33 Type: Vital Record Title: Missouri Birth records, 1851-1910
  • Source: S39 Type: Vital Record Title: Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008 Date: 12 May 1872 Place: Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada File Number: RG76, T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542 Media: digital Source Locality:
  • Source: S4 Type: Web Site Author: St. Peter's Church Cemetery Title: St. Peter?s Cemetery Burial Search URL: Date: Apr 2010 Text: 2101 Lucas and Hunt Road, St. Louis, MO 63121 CONT Phone (314) 385-0841
  • Source: S50 Type: Census Title: 1900 US Federal Census Place: MISSOURI > ST LOUIS > 12-WD ST LOUIS Date: 6 Jun 1900 Media: digital Source Locality: Heritage Quest DATV Sep 2010
  • Source: S616 Type: Census Title: 1861 England Census Place: Middlesex, St. Pancras, Kentish Town, District 21 Date: 7 Apr 1861 Media: digital Source Locality: DATV 30 Jun 2010
  • Source: S719 Type: Census Title: 1880 Federal Census Place: MISSOURI > ST LOUIS > 12-WD ST LOUIS Date: 8 Nov 1880 Media: digital Source Locality: Heritage Quest DATV Oct 2010
  • Source: S722 Type: Census Title: 1920 Federal Census Place: MISSOURI > ST LOUIS > 13-WD; ST LOUIS- Date: 9 Jan 1920 Media: digital Source Locality: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. DATV Oct 2010
  • Source: S8 Type: Book Author: Plowman, Benjamin Henry Flasket, 1852- [from old catalog] Periodical: A register of Plowmans in America, as far as obtained with tracings of families, and extracts from English and American records (1901) Editor: Plowman, Benjamin H. F. Publication: Plowman, Benjamin H. F. Page: 21
  • Source: S802 Type: Vital Record Title: England birth records Place: St. Pancras, London File Number: vol. 1b, page 95 Media: digital Source Locality:
  • Source: S805 Type: Vital Record Title: Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002-George R. Plowman and Johannah Dohrendorf Date: 16 Aug 1879 Place: St. Louis, MO Media: paper copy of original
  • Source: S9 Type: Census Title: 1871 England Census Place: Westminster District, St. Anne Soho Sub-Reg District, London, England Date: 1871 Media: digital Source Locality: National Archives of the UK DATV Nov 2008
  • Source: S916 Type: Census Title: 1910 Federal Census-George R. Plowman Place: Iowa > Linn > Cedar Rapids Precinct 9 > District 115 > 11 Date: 18 Apr 1910 Media: digital Source Locality: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. DATV Nov 2010
  • Source: S934 Type: Vital Record Title: Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910 Record for May Pfowman Date: 13 Sep 1886 Place: City of St. Louis File Number: image 158 of 159 Media: digital Source Locality: Missouri Birth Records [Microfilm]. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives
  • Source: S935 Type: Vital Record Title: Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910-George Plowman Date: 27 May 1880 Place: City of St. Louis File Number: image 103 of 148 Media: digital Source Locality: Missouri Birth Records [Microfilm]. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives
  • Source: Search of Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900[1]


The following notes were transcribed by Shayne Davidson in July of 2000 from the daybooks of the St. Louis Protestant Children's Orphan's Asylum. The fragile books were stored in the archives of the UMSL Mercantile Library. St. Louis, Missouri:
Wed., July 30    Mr. Plowman placed three children in the asylum.
Sun. Aug. 3      Mr. Plowman, Mr. Rich called to see their children.
Sun. Aug. 10    Mr. Plowman took tea.
Sun. Aug. 31    The plowman children's uncle called.
Fri. Sept. 19      Plowman children went to town on the five fifteen train to spend a few days.
Sun. Sept. 21    Plowman children returned.
Fri. Nov. 7       Robbie Plowman was quite sick with indigestion. Gave him a dose of castor oil and the consequence was I was up all night with him.
Sun. Nov. 16    Mr. Martin and Plowman were out to see their children.
Tues. Dec 23    The three Plowman children left us for a Christmas visit.
Mon. Jan 12   The Plowman boys are miserable look quite badly + yet are not sick enough for bed.
Fri. Apr 17      Plowmans go to city.
Mon. Apr 20   Willie Edwards returned, also the Plowman boys.
May 10            Mr. Plowman returns his child who has been out for a months visit. May said she was glad to get home again. In fact she said she frequently wanted to come back before he brought her.
June 21            Mr. Sender, Plowman ...all came to see their children or friends.
June 28            Mr. Plowman ...all came to see their children or friends.
Sat. July 4        The children all had firecrackers as Mr. Martin came out with a big basket full and gave every boy whose parents or friends had not given him firecrackers some. So from ten o'clock until about six we had popping and snapping. Then in the evening Mr. Plowman and Martin together with the teacher and Mr. Carroll + others went over to the pond pasture and the two men set off about eight dollars worth of fireworks which they had brought to the satisfaction of the children.
July 19             Mr. Plowman ...out  to see their children.
July 26             Mr. Plowman ...were out  to see their children.
Aug. 16            Mrs. Thau cam to see her children, also Mr. Plowman and Mr. Stocker.
(1891 continued)
Sept. 3             Mr. Plowman called.
Sept. 13            Mr. Martin...Mr. Plowman came out on the four train.
Sept. 20           Mr...Mr. Plowman ...came to see their children.
Sept. 27           Mr...Mr. Plowman ...came to see their children.
Oct. 4              Mr...Mr. Plowman ...all to see their children.
Oct. 11 Sun.    A great number to see their children. Of course Mr. Plowman.
Nov. 1             Mr...Mr. Plowman ...all were out to see their children.
Nov. 1             Mr...Mr. Plowman ...all were here.
Dec. 6             Mr. Plowman...out to see their children.
Dec. 24           The Martins,...all went to town. Also May Crawley and Plowmans. May to stay.
Jan. 17            Mr. Plowman will remove his children the second of Feb. He is married and will then be housekeeping.
Feby. 3           Plowman children left.

Death Record
Cedar Rapids City Death Record, Book 2, p. 170, line 11, ledger style record. Recorded by Linn County for the city of Cedar Rapids and now the property of the Linn County Genealogical Library.
Name - Plowman, Geo R.; Sex - M; Color - W; Marital Status - Widower; Place of Birth - England; Place of Death - Mercy Hospital (Cedar Rapids); Age - 65 Years; Occupation - Retired ; Date & hour of death - May 22, 1921, 2:30 a.m.; Attending physician - E. M. Victorine; Place & date of burial - St. Louis, Mo., May 18, 1921 (sic); Undertaker - J. B. Turner & Son
Turner Mortuary Record, Vol. 1920-1925, p. 56
George R. Plowman; Residence - Cedar Rapids; b. Aug. 20, 1858, London, England; d. May 22, 1921, Mercy Hospital (Cedar Rapids); buried: May 25, 1921, St. Louis, Mo.; Occupation - Retired cabinet maker; Spouse - widowed; Father - Robt. Geo. Plowman, b. England
  1. Source: #S50
  2. Source: #S8
  3. Source: #S9
  4. Source: #S39
  5. Source: #S802
  6. Source: #S4
  7. Source: #S1014
  8. Source: #S1015
  9. Source: #S616
  10. Source: #S9
  11. Source: #S719
  12. Source: #S50
  13. Source: #S916
  14. Source: #S722
  15. Source: #S39
  16. Source: #S719
  17. Source: #S935
  18. Source: #S33
  19. Source: #S934
  20. Source: #S1060
  21. Source: #S10
  22. Source: #S10
  23. Source: #S50
  24. Source: #S1013
  25. Source: #S719
  26. Source: #S10
  27. Source: #S50
  28. Source: #S1051
  29. Source: #S10
  30. Source: #S916
  31. Source: #S805
  32. Source: #S171

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Is George your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon contact private message the profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with George by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage (beta) of DNA with George:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Sponsored by Ancestry ®

Family History Search.


Enter a grandparent's name. Just one grandparent can lead you to many discoveries.


Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.

P  >  Plowman  >  George Robert Plowman