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Re: Harrison Polsgrove-Hickman Co., KY
Posted by: Ken Forbis Date: August 06, 2001 at 05:28:11
In Reply to: Harrison Polsgrove-Hickman Co., KY by John Bristol of 199

Repeating erroneous information repeatedly does not make it true, but it, unfortunately does tend to sway some individuals.
The following information is contained in the following books.
1- Fulton Co. History, Fulton, Ky. pub. by the Fulton Co. Historical Society 1983

Polsgrove - George Montroville Polsgrove was born and died in Fulton County, Ky. He was the son of William Henry Polsgrove, Jr. who married Mary A. Walker on 29 Nov. 1871. Their other children were Della, Otis, Lela, William, Lula, Almus and Eva.
George, born 14 June 1879, married Pearl Lee Lusk on 05 Apr. 1903. She was the daug. of John & Angeline Bryant Lust born 15 De. 1885. George & Pearl were married in Union City, Tn. Their first born was a son and there were difficulties with delivery. George hd the task of choosing between his baby son or his wife, pinfully he chose his beloved wife. Pearl later bore him 4 daughters, Maudi Mae, 12 May 1906, Beauton, 12 Oct. 1908, Nora Lee in 1913 and Georgia Pauline 04 May 1915.
George tilled the land of Fulton Co. until his death on 24 May 1959 in Riceville, Ky. Pearl joined him and that first born son on 16 July 1968. This ended his line of the Polsgroves, because he had only daughters that lived to bear children.
George's father was William Henry Polsgrove, born 18 Feb. 1852 in Fulton Co. to William Harrison Polsgrove (born 1814) and Sarah Ryan (born 18l8). William Henry was a telegraph operator, bookkeeper and station agent for the Mobile & Ohio Railroad Co. and resided in Jordan, Ky. He died 01 Jan. 1911. His wife Mary died August, 1933, and both are buried in Liberty Baptist Cemetery.
William Harrison was a farmer in Fulton Co. He married Sarah (Bynum) Ryan 04 Nov. 1834 in Clinton, Ky. She gave him seven children, Elizabeth 1836, Abner 1839, Cynthia 1847, John 1842, George M. 1845, William Henry 1852 and Sarah C. 1855.
William died in 1863 and Sarah in 1877, both are buried in Liberty Baptist Cemetery.
WILLIAM HARRISON WAS BORN TO ANOTHER WILLIAM HENRY POLSGROVE,who was born in Pa. circa 1794. This William Henry served as an Ensign with the 21st Reg. of the Ky. Militia in Pendleton Co., Ky. He first married Caty Miller who bore and mothered six children until her death somewhere between 1815 & 1818. There children were Nancy 1811, who married James Hammons, Catherine who married John Griffin, Nathaniel 1815, Jacob 1814, married Matilda Jones 18 Jan 1836, William Harrison 1814 married Sarah Ryan (Bynum) and John W. 1807.
William Henry received a land grant for service in the Militia.....After his marriage to his second wife,Nancy Lewis, he moved from Polsgrove, Franklin Co.,Ky. to Jordan.
Nancy bore 9 more children, Amanda, Sarah Ann married G.W. Whipple 20 Jul 1838, James, George M. 1820 Mary, Eleline 1825, Harriett 1828, Alfred Thomas 1829 and Caroline 1831.
He is buried in a big woods lot north of the middle road near Jordan, Ky.
The 1850 census for Fulton Co. shows Nancy age 58, as head of household and following children still residing with her: Emaline 25, born Tn. Harriett 22 born Ky. Thomas 21 born Ky. Caroline 19 born Ky.

2- Henry Polsgrove
Henry's grandfather, Georg Pfaltgraff, has migrated to the new world from his native Germany in 1732 and had settled in the vicinity of Phil.Pa. Following the Revolutionary War, Henry would accompany his two brothers, George and Jacob, into Central Ky. While a resident of Campbell Co., Henry served as an Ensign in the 21st Reg. 4th Brigade, 2nd Div. of the Ky. Militia. He eventually re-joined his brothers in their settlement at the confuence of Flatt Creek and the Ky. River. The little settlement, Polsgrove,Ky. flourished and soon a thriving business centered around the collection and shipping of tobacco dow-river to Louisville. Henry's wife, Caty, died around 1815 leaving him with 6 children: Nancy, Catherine, Nathaniel, Jacob, HARRISON, and John. On 31 Aug 1818, Henry married Nancy Lewis, daug. of James Lewis at Shelbyville, Ky. Shortly afterward both households would leave central Ky. and migrate into Hickman Co.
( I am going to stop writing the complete reports, as it becomes too lengthy, and only report, word for word as the family histories touch on William Harrison and Henry.)
..Henry and Nancy would have 9 children; Amanda,Sarah, James,George,Mary,Emeline,Harriett,Thomas and Caroline. Henry died in 1842 at the age of 58 and was buried in a wooded area just west of his father-in-laws property. The grave remains to this day, still in a wooded area, on the Jim Marshall Alexander farm, north of the Middle Road and West of the G M & O RR.
William Henry Polsgrove was born in 1852, the youngest son of WILLIAM HARRISON POLSGROVE AND THE GRAND-SON OF HENRY POLSGROVE....( It continues with other info leading to present )

3- Polsgrove-Graham
The first Polsgrove in America was a Jorg Pfalzgraf, who immigrated to Phila from the Palatine district of Germany in 1732.
( I will not write this complete article it is lengthy and a certain individual will rip that info apart because it doesnt conform with his computer generated info. ( which may be correct, but as these people recording these histories did not have access to computers, they were handing down info somehow they had gained and in innocence , passing on as they , then thought it to be true.)....Henry's first marriage was to Caty Miller in 1808. Their children were Nancy, Catherine, Nathaniel, Jacob, WM. HARRISON and John L. .....

THESE THREE HISTORIES FROM FULTON, CO. KY. 10MILES AWAY FROM THE GRAVE SITE OF HENRY ALL STATE THAT WILLIAM HARRISON WAS THE SON OF HENRY. (THESE HISTORIES WERE RECORDED IN 1982-3, BEFORE THIS COMPUTER GENERATED MIS-INFORMATION TANGLE DEVELOPED OVER WHO THE FATHER OF WILLIAM HARRISON POLSGROVE WAS.0

Now for the Obion County Histories.
Union City, Tn. is 6-7 miles from Jordan, Ky. and exactly 7.4 miles from where I live to Henry's grave site.
Obion Co. History, by the Obion Co. Historical Society 2500 limited edition copies were printed of Vol. 1 in 1981

1 - Polsgrove
(this incidently was written by Almus Walker Polsgrove, son of William Henry, who was son of WILLIAM HARRISON, who was son of HENRY )
Almus Walker was the brother of Lula Zelphia Polsgrove Thornton, my grandmother. He was a very learned man much admired by my grandmother and her favorite sibling, he had a son that later was a Pastor of the local Liberty Baptist Church where so many Polsgroves are buried, which is bout 1 mile from Henry's old farm.
I will not quote the article at this time, only commenting that he writes extremely well and only in general terms, giving a brief history of the Polsgroves migrations, but notmentioning names, unfortunately. I knew the man, or at least met him, as I was very young, but I do remember him. He was a tall, slender, quite, well spoken man, very slow and deliberate in his speech and manners, he would, i know get a kick tho out of this controversy about Harrison.
As I have related elsewhere, there is no doubt in my mind that he knew who his great grand father was, he was a student and lover of history, especially of the War Between the States, and since he and my grandmother were close and confidants,and my personal knowledge was gained thru my grandmother, I know what his information would be.
After all, it was my grandmother's information that got me started in wanting in my retirement to find and see the grave site of my great-great-great grandfather as I was now living in its vicinity.

2- William Fon Polsgrove
I will only summarize this article as it is filled with what seems now (with the aid of computer generated info) seems to false info., starting with the bit about the 1st Henry being married to Maria Ann Huber, "Little George" ( know this will drive one particular computer hacker nuts), serving in the Revolutionary War, the three brothers being born 1771, 1775 and 1784, and the whole bit.
However in this article it states...."Henry is buried in the woods out there and his tombstone is still quite legible. His NEPHEW was William Harrison....and the article goes on at length with desc.

TO SUM UP THIS RESPONSE RE;WILLIAM HARRISON,
I WANT TO STATE THIS;
HERE ARE FIVE LOCAL HISTORIES OF THE POLSGROVES, THREE OF WHICH DEFFINATELY STATE THAT WILLIAM HARRISON WAS THE SON OF HENRY, ONE THAT I PERSONALLY KNOW WOULD HAVE SAID THE SAME HAD HE MENTIONED THE NAMES, AND ONE ERROR FILLED REPORT STATING THAT HE WAS A NEPHEW.

THE CENSUS REPORTS FOR 1830 SHOW THAT HARRISON WAS LIVING IN HENRY'S HOUSEHOLD AT THIS TIME AS DO THE 1840 CENSUS REPORT.
WHEN THE 1850 CENSUS REPORT COMES OUT WILLIAM HARRISON WAS ON IT WITH THE CORRECT AGE, ETC. AND IN ALL THESE CENSUS REPORTS THE TAKERS REPORTED THE INFORMATION AS THEY COLLECTED IT, WITH EACH YEAR THE SAME NAMES LOCATED IN THE SAME ORDER, AND AS I HAVE, THRU LAND RECORDS, LOCATED WERE THE ACTUAL FARMS OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WERE LOCATED, ALL OF THIS INFORMATION MAJORITY OF FAMILY HISTORIES, CENSUS INFORMATION LEADSL ME TO THE ULTIMATE CONCLUSION THAT THERY CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT WILLIAM HARRISON WAS THE SON OF HENRY BURIED ON WHAT HAD ONCE BEEN PHILIP HUFFMANS FARM, DIRECTLY WEST OF BRIGHT BERRY BROWN'S FARM (WIDOW OF NATHANIEL BROWN) AND DIAGONALLY ACROSS FROM HENRY'S ORIGINAL LAND GRANT.
KEN FORBIS


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