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Pollard - Courtney - Hill; King and Queen Cty, Va.
Posted by: Jeff Jeffries (ID *****1824) Date: November 24, 2005 at 06:33:40
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I recently looked through the Gov. John Garland Pollard collection of papers at the William and Mary College library to find references to early Jeffries. Gov. Pollard was the grandson of Col. John Pollard and Juliet Jeffries, sister of Judge James M. Jeffries, all of King and Queen County. The first 43 folders of the collection contain genealogy information regarding the Pollard, Bagby, Hill, and Jeffries families among others.

I found the following line of reasoning put together by a Charles Porter and dated Jan 4, 1935 in the form of a descendency chart and letter addressed to Gov. Pollard:

"A marriage by inference: The mother of William Courtney and Major Thos Hill must have been descended from Robert Pollard of Bruington."

"Since Major Thos. Hill's sister, Mary Jones, left a daughter Priscilla Jones; his sister, Jane Campbell [wife of Whitaker Campbell and mother of Hannah Campbell who married Thomas Jeffries, father of Judge James Jeffries and Juliet Jeffries Pollard], a daughter Priscilla Campbell; his half-sister, Elizabeth [Courtney] Dillard, children named Edmund Pendleton [Dillard], Robert Pollard [Dillard], and Benjamin Dillard; his half-brother Philip Courtney, a son named Dandridge Pollard Courtney; and Captain Robert Courtney, a son named William Pollard Courtney, the conclusion is irresistible that the mother of William Courtney and Major Thomas Hill was a grand-daughter of Robert Pollard of Bruington. The Priscilla's were named after Joseph Pollard's wife, Priscilla Hoomes; Edmund Dillard after Edmund Pendleton, Robert Pollard Dillard after Robert Pollard, Benjamin Dillard after Benjamin Pendleton; Dandridge Pollard Courtney in memory of Jane Pollard's marriage to Dandridge, etc. William Courtney and a Robert Pollard were the executors of the estate of Major Thos. Hill."

"Authority: Virginia Mag. XLIV, 70-71; H. R. Pollard, Memoirs and Sketches, pp5-8; Land warrants of the "representatives of Major Thos. Hill" + papers enclosed including his will, nos. 5771-5777, estate Land Office, Richmond; A. F. Bagby, King and Queen Co. Va., 329-331. The narrative of rev. Philip Courtney b.1779 d1865 written in his own hand 1853 and published in his death notice in the Republic (Richmond) Sept 12, 1865, states "my grandmother was a Pendleton, an old Virginia family in the eastern part of the state"

The chart shows that the mother of Jane Hill Campbell and Maj. Thos. Hill was a "Miss" Pendleton who first married Thos. Courtney and, second, a "Mr." Hill. "Miss" Pendleton is shown as daughter of Elizabeth Pollard and Philip Pendleton of St, Stephens Parish, K&Q Cty.

Hopefully this is of interest and any comments would be appreciated, particularly regarding Jane Hill Campbell and her ancestors.


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