PRESENTATION OF THE PLUMSTED CREST TO MAYOR JAMES H. SCHROEDER
By Elizabeth Meirs Morgan on October 16, 1975
In 1967 I was fortunate in acquiring a copy of the Chronicles of the Plumsted Family published in 1887. I knew of it from a visit to the Pennsylvania Historical Society. At the time I was more interested in the Plumsted’s than their crest. After I discovered that Plumsteds figured largely in over one fourth of our history, I thought the Township should have a Plumsted crest. Plumsted Township was not set apart until 1845, but Sir Henry Clinton’s map of Monmouth County designates what we call New Egypt Plumsted’s in 1781.
Your honor, the land on which your house stands once belonged to Clement Plumsted who was three times Mayor of Philadelphia. His grandson Thomas built a costly and extensive mansion called Mt. Clement around 1765-within sight of your land if the trees were cleared. Clement the Mayor and Clement the Proprietor, one of the original twelve of the Eastern Division of New Jersey, are sometimes confused in deeds. Clement the Proprietor received a grant of 2,700 acres on Crosswicks Creek in 1699. His son Robert sold it to his American relative Clement the Mayor who bequeathed it to his grandson Thomas.
Clement the Proprietor was a wealthy Quaker and Draper in London. He came from an old family. The Plumsted name is derived from Plomb, a Commune in Normandy. Steade is ancient Saxon for a place or farmhouse. English Plumsteads spelled their name with an “ead”, but Americans had a precedent for using the “ed”.
The Crest was granted in 1573 during the reign of Elizabeth I. There were minor changes in it, but I think the Plumsted’s would approve the handsome design by James Muraglia; “Ermine, three chevrons sable, in the uppermost as many annulets argent, out of a ducal coronet or, a griffin’s head argent”.
Thanks to Jack Lamping, Chairman of the Ocean County Bicentennial Committee; James Muraglia, artist; Fred Cramer, genealogist; and Anne Vaux of Bryn Mawr, Pa. I am proud to present to you the Plumsted Crest on time for this meeting.