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Re: looking for information and Harriett Polley and Frederick LaTarte
Posted by: Michael Polley (ID *****9482) Date: November 20, 2007 at 23:35:53
In Reply to: Re: looking for information and Harriett Polley and Frederick LaTarte by BJ McDonald of 852

I hope this helps. It is dat gathered from several sources over the years. Some of this information has not been verified and I have no source listed, so you will need to verify it to complete a proper family history.

1.       Lafayette POLLEY, born 21-Jul-1843 in Russia Corners, Herkimer County, New York, died 4-Aug-1843.

       He married (1) Katie A. GREEN, born ?-___-1867.

       He married (2) Minnie _____.


2.       William Harvey POLLEY, born 13-Nov-1804 in Russia Corners, Herkimer County, New York, died ?-Sep-1882 in Chaumont, Jefferson County, New York. He married Delilah MATTESON, ?-___-1827 in Morristown, St. Lawrence County, New York.

3.       Delilah MATTESON, born 7-Apr-1812 in Grenville, Wolford Township, Ontario, Canada, died about 1873.

Grand Parents

4.       William Denis POLLEY, born 20-Oct-1777 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, died 1-Apr-1852 in Russia Corners, Herkimer County, New York. William D. Polley had three wives, with six children by his first wife and eleven by his second wife. He came to Russia, NY from New Lebanon, NY. He was a Free Baptist. He married (1) Deborah EGGLESTON, 13-Feb-1802, born ?-___-1782, died before 1813. He married (2) Elizabeth SMITH, 8-Aug-1814, born 28-Aug-1792, died 26-Feb-1844. He married (3) Ruth GURNEY, 7-Nov-1844, born about 1799 in New York, died 19-Oct-1863 in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio.

5.       Deborah EGGLESTON, born ?-___-1782, died before 1813.

Great Grand Parents

8.       William POLLEY, born ?-___-1743, died 28-Nov-1816 in Canaan, Columbia County, New York. Campaign of 1761 : William Polley enlisted 14 Apr 1761, discharged 4 Dec., service from Lebanon in 8th Co under Capt. Asel Fitch in 2d Reg. under Col. Nathan Whiting
       National Archives, Rev. War. Military Record: William Polley appears on a pay roll of Captain Samuel Watkins Company of Militia of Col. McClaughry s Regiment, ordered into the service of the United States of America in October ye 14th, 1778, and returned the fifteenth pursuant to an order from Major Moses Philips to pinpack the day of their return, including both days, dated Nov. 26, 1778. Entered into service Oct. 14, 1778, returned home Oct. 15, 1778. Time in service, two days. Pay for month, œ2/13s/4d; pay due: œ0/3s/7Ğd. Rations due: 2.
       Records of Congregational Church, Canaan, NY: Pew #18 occupied by William Polley, 24 Jan 1803 Pew #18 occupied by Solomon Polley, 17 Feb 1817 Pew #22 occupied by Cushman Polley, 09 Mar 1818 Pew # 26 occupied by Cushman Polley, 1826
       Deaths: Mr. William Polley, suddenly, on 28 Nov 1816, ae. 73. He married (1) Sarah MATTSON, 20-Mar-1765 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, born about 1745, died 14-Feb-1768 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut. He married (2) Abigail CUSHMAN, 17-Jan-1771 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, born about 1751, died about 1811.

9.       Abigail CUSHMAN, born about 1751, died about 1811.

Great Great Grand Parents

16.       Thomas POLLEY, born 10-Oct-1696 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, died 22-Mar-1755. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records indicates a number of different John Polleys. One that does not connect is the one that married Esther Loomis in Hebron on 5 June 1746. The fact that Esther had a sister Rachel who married Daniel, son of Thomas, suggests that perhaps this John is the brother of Daniel. There is a large gap in the birth order between 1719 and 1727 into which this John seems to fit based on a presumed marrying age of 20 to 25, producing a birth year of 1720 to 1726. It appears that Thomas was on the move some time in this period from Norwich to Hebron, Connecticut. Thus we assign this John speculatively to Thomas as a fourth generation Polley of the Woburn line. Likewise there is question concerning the parentage of William Polley, initially married to one Sarah Mattoon and later to Abigail Cushman. It would appear that he could belong either to Matthew or Thomas of the third generation. However the dates would indicate that this William would be the last of all of Thomas' children. Also, he was married in Hebron where all of Thomas' children were raised. Thus we tentatively assign William to the family of Thomas.
       6-16-1725 Corporal from Boston on muster roll of Captain Joseph Heath at Richmond. He married Ann _____.

17.       Ann _____, born about 1701, died about 1761.

18.       William CUSHMAN, born about 1725, died about 1785. He married Sarah HOLOWAY, about 1750.

19.       Sarah HOLOWAY, born about 1730, died about 1790.

3rd Great Grand Parents

32.       John POLLEY, born 16-Dec-1650 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts,4 died about 1711, christened in Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. John Polly and his wife Mary with their family removed to Colchester, Connecticut some time late in the spring or early summer of 1704 and settled in the parish of New Salem, now the town of Salem, New London Co., CT. This move is discussed at length in a series of exchanges in the Boston Evening Transcript Genealogy column in 1927, case # 5249.
       Impressed into service in King Philip's War in November or December of 1675 by Captain Daniel Davenport. Was garrisoned at Chelmsford. He married Mary EDWARDS, 16-May-1681 in Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

33.       Mary EDWARDS, born about 1658, died about 1715. She married (1) Francis EVERETT, about 1675, born about 1658, died before 1710. She married (2) John POLLEY,6 16-May-1681 in Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts,7 born 16-Dec-1650 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts,4 died about 1711, christened in Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

36.       Josiah CUSHMAN, born about 1699, died about 1759. He married Susanna SHURTLEF, about 1724.

37.       Susanna SHURTLEF, born about 1704, died about 1764.

4th Great Grand Parents

64.       George POLLEY, born ?-___-1625, christened in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, immigrated from St. Leonard, Shoreditch, Middlesex, England, occupation proprietor/carpenter, died 22-Dec-1683 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. George Polly was a carpenter by trade. Land was ordered laid out to him in Woburn on 3 February 1648/49. He was chosen surveyor of fences in 1665. He is recorded as being taxed in Woburn in 1655 and again in 1663/64. He was taxed at the county rate 26-Oct-1666. His right to share in the common lands of the town was acknowledged in 1668. He gave testimony in court on 2-Apr-1668 and his age at the time was recorded as 43. It is this record on which his approximate year of birth is based. He was summoned to court with others 18-Jun-1670 in a debt case, giving testimony there on 21-Jun-1670.
       Charles E. Banks is the only source found that indicates the origins of George Polly. His book "Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England 1620-1650" says he was from St. Leonard Shoreditch, Middlesex County in England. The ship is listed as the Mayflower. Shoreditch is an area in the north east section of London. McArthur asserts that George Polly was in Woburn before 1649. That would seem to be borne out by the presence of the Winn family as early as eight years before Polly.
       A George Polly served in King Philip's War under Captain John Carter (or Cutler). (See Bodge's 1906 King Philip's War, p. 286 and D. H. Hurd's 1890 History of Middlesex Co., Mass., pp. 382-383. The latter quotes some of Bodge's earlier articles in the NEHGR.) Authorities disagree as to whether it was George Polly, Sr. or George Polly, Jr. who actually served. The senior Polly would have been about 49 and the son would have been about 20. Thus it could have been either. Since there is no "Junior" indicated on the rolls, many believe it to be the father. However, the oldest son John, aged about 26 at the time, also served in the war. This fact might lead one to believe that it was the case of two brothers going off to war. This is a point that may never be resolved satisfactorily.
       George Polly was married in Woburn 21-May-1649 to the daughter of Edward and Joanna Winn. Elizabeth is said to have been born in England about 1627 and came to America with her parents and at least one brother named Joseph. Joseph is documented as being in America as early as 1642. Another brother of Elizabeth, Increase Winn, is documented as being the first recorded birth in Woburn, Massachusetts, on 5-Dec-1641. A sister, Ann, married Moses Cleveland, a direct ancestor of Grover Cleveland. Thus, all Pollys (or Polleys) who trace their ancestry to George Polly of Woburn can properly claim, through Edward Winn, relationship to our 22nd and 24th president. Also, a brother of Elizabeth, Increase Winn, is a direct ancestor of Herbert Hoover, the 31st president.
       George and Elizabeth apparently suffered the same foibles then as others do now. An interesting domestic note is found in the Woburn vital records, p. 213. "In 1658, John Cromwell a Scotchman confessed 'that he was in the house of George Polly alone with his wife, and that he kissed her once & eate some strawberries' etc. The Court ordered both Cromwell and the wife of George Polly 'severely whipt ten stripes a peece.' [The Middlesex County Court Records, Vol I, p. 158, are the cited providing insight regarding Cromwell.] Cromwell died in 1662 near Chelmsford. He is referred to as 'late trader with ye Indians,'and Seaborne Cromwell was his relict widow."
       George Polly died in Woburn on 22-Dec-1683. His will was dated 5-Jun-1683 and proved on 1-Apr-1684. A full copy of the will of George Polly appears in"Descendants of Samuel Hills", compiled for Francis J. Hills by Winifred Lovering Holman, published in 1957 by the Rumford Press, page 87. It reads as follows:
        "By these presents be it knowne that I George Polly sen of Woburn in the Massachusetts Colony in the County of Middlesex being of sound understanding and perfect memory: Doe heerby make this writeing my last will and Testament: Renouncing all former wills by me made Committing my soule unto god in Christ my Saviour and my body Decently to be interred in the Earth: And After my Debts are paid and my funerall expenses discharged; I Doe give my estate both personal and Reall as follows:
        "Imp. I give unto my beloved wife Elizabeth the use of my now dwelling house all my land which I now posses my household stuff and the use of two oxen two Cows a mare together with cart a plow and ___ ___ _____ during her widowhood. I do give to my son John Polly all my land and meadow belonging to my houselott lying on the south west side bounded by a white oake stump at the upper end and so by a line through the middle of Drie pole swamp to the river and one Cow; two thirds of all my woodland: paying fourty Pounds as is heer after Expressed: I give unto my son George the other part of my land on the North East side of my houselott and my meadow on the south side of the river one third part of my woodland and one Cow: paying fourty pounds as I heerafter appoint; but if he fails to pay the fourty pounds: then I give him only his ten Acre lott he now possesseth one Cow and one quarter part of my woodlands: I Doe give unto my Daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds and one Cow as part of the twenty pounds: with that she hath already received: to my Daughter Hannah twenty pounds and my seven Acre lott on the other side [of] maple meadow river: to my son Samuel twenty pounds or my great lott and twenty shillings and my musket; to my son Edward twenty one pounds; to my Daughter Sarah twenty one pounds: I Doe Give to my Daughter Hannah one Cow as part of the twenty pounds mentioned before: I Do appoint my sons John and George to pay my legacies to the other Children when they come to possese the lands; that is to say ten pounds yearly as it ariseth due untill the four scoure pounds be paid: only when Edward comes to Receive his legacy I Doe Appoint them to pay fiveteen pounds that year. I Doe give my son Samuel a pair of steers [___?] three year old when he is at age: I Doe give unto my beloved wife Elizabeth two cows a mare and my household stuff for her use dureing her Naturall life... After my wives decease I Doe give my household stuffe equally to be devided Among my Children: I Doe Constitute and ordaine my sons John and George joint executours to this my will: I Doe Appoint my trustie friends Mathew Edwards and John Baker overseers: unto what is above written I George Polly have put to my hand and seal the fifth day of June one thousand six hundred and Eighty three.
        his mark
        George X Polly
        In prsence off
        Sam Carter
        her mark
        Deborah X pierce."
        When the will was proved 1 April 1684, the inventory read in part as follows(as transcribed by Winifred L. Holman):
        "An inventory of the Estate of George poly senr who deceased upon the twenty second daye of Janewary 1683-4," was taken, 21 Feb. 1683[-84], by "frances Kendall & James Converse," the total amount being œ298-09-06. It included "one small hous and about 35 acres of upland adjoyning," some 101 additional acres in upland, swamp, meadow and woodlot; his stock, with "one mare and bridle sadle and pilion and harnes"; carpenter's tools; household effects with a "brass scilet listed; a "Swarm of bees," etc. Note the apparent conflict between the Woburn death record date for the decease of George Polly (22 December 1683), and the date of death stated in the inventory (22-Jan-1683/84). The latter date is believed to be an administrative oversight. He married Elizabeth WINN, 21-May-1649 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.4

65.       Elizabeth WINN, born about 1631 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, died 2-May-1695 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.4

66.       Matthew EDWARDS, born about 1637, died 22-Oct-1683 in Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Mary POOLL, 2-Dec-1657 in Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

67.       Mary POOLL, born about 1642, died about 1702.

72.       Elkanah CUSHMAN, born about 1673, died about 1733. He married Martha COOKE, about 1698.

73.       Martha COOKE, born about 1678, died about 1738.

5th Great Grand Parents

130.       Edward WINN, born about 1603, died 5-Sep-1682 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, occupation master builder. From the Cleveland Genealogy (p. 2420):
       Edward Winn was born, it is conjectured, in Wales, or more probably in England It is also speculated that he was a master builder and came from Ipswich, England or vicinity. Based on the birth year of his first child Ann, 1626, on can speculate on a birth year for Edward Winn of around 1601-1616. He was of Charlestown, MA, prior to 18 Dec 1640. The earliest record of his name is whe he appears at the house of Mr. Thomas Graves in Charlestown, as one of the Commissioners, at their first meeting, 18 Dec 1640, held for consulting on the affairs of the contemplated town of Woburn. The proceedings of this meeting ar recorded in Samuel Sewall's History of Woburn, p. 529. The conditions for inhabiting the new town of Woburn were stated in five separate orders. The first order fixed the price of land at six pence an acre. The second order required return of lots if they were not improved in 15 months. The remaining orders concerned fencing, inmates (archaic usage: boarders, etc.), and timber. Among the 32 signatories was Edward Winne. Edward Winn was one of the original planters of Woburn. On 8 Feb 1640/41, the commissioners came from Charlestown to find a location. After two days' search, they pitched upon a spot, unquestionably on Aberjona River, over which, 10 Feb 1640/41, they built a bridge near the house of Edward Convers. To this spot they came, in March and May following, and laid out house lots, and buildings were doubtless erected during the year. The first born child entered in the records of Woburn: Increa son of Edward Winn, born (5th) of 10th mo: 1641. Edward Winn was made a freema 10 May 1643; and taxed in Woburn in the rate for the country, 8 Sep 1645, and the subsequent rates. He was one of the leading men in town affairs, and chos a town officer, a Survayor for Sale, 1658-9, Selectman, 1669. The signature o Edward Winn appears as a subscribing witness, 10 Apr 1653, to a deed of George Polle (Polly) to John Lakin of Groton, land at Woburn, some of it lying on lan of Moses Cleaveland. (This deed is recorded in NEHGR, XLV: 81-82.) Edward Winn in his will, made 6 May 1682, names his son Increase; his son Joseph's daughte Sarah; the three youngest children of his daughter Ann, wife of Moses Cleaveland; and the three youngest children of his daughter Elizabeth, wife of George Polly. He married (1) Joanna _____, about 1628, born about 1608, died 8-Mar-1649 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married (2) Sarah BEAL, 10-Aug-1649, born about 1608, died 15-Mar-1679 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married (3) Anne Page WOOD, born about 1608, died about 1668.

131.       Joanna _____, born about 1608, died 8-Mar-1649 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

146.       Jacob COOKE, born about 1652, died about 1712. He married Damaris HOPKINS, about 1677.

147.       Damaris HOPKINS, born about 1657, died about 1717.

6th Great Grand Parents

292.       Francis COOKE, born before 1620, died about 1680. Passenger on the Mayflower.

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