Plunketts Creek Township, Pennsylvania

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Plunketts Creek Township is a township in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It includes the villages of Barbours and Proctor. The population was 771 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Colonial and Revolutionary era

Plunketts Creek Township was formed from parts of Franklin Township, Lycoming County and what is now Davidson Township, Sullivan County by the Pennsylvania General Assembly during its December sessions of 1836. The township was once much larger in size, more than a few townships in both Lycoming and Sullivan Counties have been carved from what was once Plunketts Creek Township. The township is named for Plunketts Creek which is a tributary of Loyalsock Creek. The creek is in turn named for Colonel William Plunkett who was a frontier doctor and militia officer during the pre-Revolution years in the Province of Pennsylvania. He was noted for his skill in dressing the wounds of pioneers who had been scalped by both the French and Indians during the French and Indian War. Plunkett was also a veteran of the Pennamite-Yankee War which pitted settlers from Connecticut to the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania against those who had been established in Pennsylvania prior to the Connecticut settlers arrival. He received title to land at what is now the mouth of Plunketts Creek. Therefore the land surrounding the creek was generally known as "Plunketts Creek".[2] The township was to originally be called Plunkett Township. Some residents of the township did not approve of this name. They questioned William Plunkett's loyalty for he had remained largely "passive" regarding the American Revolution. Some believed that he sympathized with the cause of the Tories during the Revolution.[3] A compromise was reached by naming it Plunketts Creek Township. While others wanted to honor one of the first and most important settlers to the area.[2]

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