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William B. Polk[1, 2, 3]

Male 1662 - 1740  (78 years)


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  • Name William B. Polk 
    Born 1662  Donegal County, (near) Coleraine, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Lived in the old family home called "White Hall" on the Eastern Shore of MD.  [4
    Immigrated America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    FamilySearch ID LTFP-84J 
    FamilySearch URL https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=LTFP-84J 
    Died 1740  Whitehall, Somerset, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I731  Main
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father Capt. Robert Polk,   b. Abt 1625, Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1703, Somerset, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Mother Magdalen Tasker,   b. 1637, Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1726, Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F327  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ann Nancy Knox Owens,   b. 1685, Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Aft 1697  prob. Somerset County Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Polk,   b. 1695, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. William Polk,   b. 1700-1710, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1753, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     3. Charles (the indian trader) Polk,   b. Prob. 1703,   d. Between 19 Mar 1753 and 20 Jun 1753  (Age ~ 50 years)
    Last Modified 30 May 2003 
    Family ID F136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 "Widow" Gray,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
    +1. James Polk,   b. 17 May 1719, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1771, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     2. David Polk,   b. 11 Dec 1721,   d. 1778  (Age 56 years)
    +3. Jane Polk,   b. 1723,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1008  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Aft 1697 - prob. Somerset County Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1740 - Whitehall, Somerset, MD Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The following from "Polk Family and Kinsmen," and "The Polks of North Carolina and Tennessee," (see complete citations):

      William was a young lad when his family landed at Damn Quarter (later softened to Dame's Quarter) on the Eastern shore of Maryland about 1672. He grew up on the family plantation, the lands called "Polk's Lott" and "Polk's Folly" in Somerset county. When his mother Magdalen died, William being the eldest living son, under the then existing law of primogeniture, inherited the family home called "White Hall." William made "White Hall" his home, living there until his death. "White Hall" was a noted colonial mansion with large orchards of various fruits and a distillery. Generous hospitality was practiced by William and his family at the mansion.

      William secured no patents to any land until thirty-eight years after his father patented his (Robert Polk's) land and forty years after his brother John's patents. Why he deferred the matter so long is not known. It is certain that
      he purchased one or more tracts from others who had secured patents for same. The patents of land for William Polk totaled 500 acres. The patents were: "Moneen," 100 acres, E. side Main Branch Nanticoke River in John's Neck, Somerset Co., 10 July, 1725; "Donigall," 100 acres, E. side Main Branch Nanticoke River, Somerset Co., 10 July, 1725; "Romas," 100 acres, E. side Main Branch Nanticoke River, in John's Neck, 10 Sep., 1725; "Richmond," 200 acres, Southermost side Main Branch Nanticoke River, Somerset Co., 6 March, 1728. In addition, in partnership with his brother-in-law, Thomas Pollitt, William also patented "Come by Chance," 20 acres, "two miles from head of Wicomico Creek," 4 Dec., 1735.

      William did not mention his two older sons, William and Charles, in his will.  They likely received from their father what he estimated would be their fair share of his property, and then went out on their own, William to the Allegheny frontier of Pennsylvania around what is now Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Charles settled on the Maryland frontier, at the North Bend of the Potomac, in Frederick County, MD.

      The will of William Polk, on file in Somerset Co., MD., is dated 23 Jan., 1739/40 and was probated 24 Feb., 1739/40. The will reads as follows (the spelling, punctuation and capitalization is exactly as shown in the will):

      "In the name of God Amen I William Polk of the County of Somerset and Province of Maryland being Sick and weak of Body but of perfect mind and memory, Blessed be God, do make ordain and Constitute this my Last Will and Testament, Revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made in manner and form following Imp.

      First I bequeath my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God that gave it my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken there to be buried with Decent like Burial at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named. Item I will that all my Just Debts be justly paid. Item I give and bequeath unto my Son David two Negroes the one named Oteen and the other Hannah together with Eight Barrells of Pork that is now Helled in my House and Eight Barrows not under year Old and the Advantage and Likewise five Sows and Piggs and the Baye Mare and Colt and my Gray Horse and Feather Bed and Furniture belonging to it (Curtains only Excepted) one Large Pewter Dish one Iron Pot about Eight Gallons and one Small Iron Kettle and the one half part of the Still now standing on my Plantation together with five Sheep three Cows one with her yearling the other two with her two year old steers one (unknown word) Bridles of (unknown word) make five and a half of yards of Linnin its being ye half of a Remnant left in the House at the Decease of my Wife and Ten Pounds in Paper Money and Seven Yards of Linnen which was made in the House Last Summer a Waiscoats of Kersey for Oteen all to the proper use and befoof of him the said David Polk his heirs & Assigns forever together with the one half parts of my Coopers Tools. Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Williams one Negro Woman named Amy three cows with their yearlings Eight Barrows five Sows and Pigs and Red Rug One Hundred Acres of Land Called or known by the name of Ramoth, Situate lying and being in the County aforesaid together with five Barrells of Pork all to the Proper use and behoof of her the said Elizabeth Williams her heirs and Assigns for ever together with one Iron Pot about Eight gallons Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Jane Strawbridge Ten shillings Sterling to the only Proper use and behoof of her the said Jane her Heirs and Assigns for Item I give and bequeath unto my grandson William Polk Son of James Polk one Negro Woman named Pleasant my Grey Riding Mare Bridle and Saddle One Gun ye stock being Broke one Feather Bed with Sheets, Blankets and Quilts together with Curtains and Valians belong to its to ye only proper use and behoof of him ye said William Polk his Heirs and Assigns forever Item I give and bequeath the Rest and Residue of my Estate both Real and Personal unto my Son James Polk whom I appoint Executor of ths my Last Will and Testament to see the same performed. In Witness wherof I have hereunto put my hand & Seal the twenty third Day of January Annoque Dom 1739/40

      Signed Seal published and declared William Polk (his mark)
      my Last Will and Testament in ye
      presence of Abraham Heath, Matthew
      (his mark) Heath, Chas. King

      February ye 24th. 1739/40 Comes Abraham Heath, Matthew Heath and Charles King subscribing evidences to the Will on the other side of this Sheet of Paper and made Oath on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that they saw the Testator William Polk Sign and Seal and heard him publish pronounce and declare this Instrument of writing on the other Side of this Sheet of Paper to be his Last Will and Testament and that at this time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of Sound & Disposing mind and Understanding and that they the said Abraham Heath, Matthew Heath and Charles King Subscribe their several names to the aforesaid Will in the presents and at the request of the Testator William Polk

      Sworn before Nehemiah King Dep'ty Com'y
      of Somerset County

      Recorded in Lib: DD No 1 Fo: 149 William Rogers Regr

      Recorded in Liber EB No 9 Folio 211 and 212
      Test. Elmer Bayly [7, 8, 9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S590] familysearch.org (LDS Church), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (1999-2002 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.).

    2. [S750] Polk Tree of 1849, McGowell, J. K., http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=danbuckley62&id=I3201 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    4. [S748] Angellotti - Polks of NC and TN, Mrs. Frank M. Angellotti, (Originally published by the New England Historical and Genealogical Soc., 1923-1924. ISBN 0-89308-543-X), p .135 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S748] Angellotti - Polks of NC and TN, Mrs. Frank M. Angellotti, (Originally published by the New England Historical and Genealogical Soc., 1923-1924. ISBN 0-89308-543-X), p .134 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S748] Angellotti - Polks of NC and TN, Mrs. Frank M. Angellotti, (Originally published by the New England Historical and Genealogical Soc., 1923-1924. ISBN 0-89308-543-X).

    7. [S748] Angellotti - Polks of NC and TN, Mrs. Frank M. Angellotti, (Originally published by the New England Historical and Genealogical Soc., 1923-1924. ISBN 0-89308-543-X), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=danbuckley62&id=I3201 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S745] Polk, Wm. H. - Family and Kinsmen, William Harrison Polk, (1912, by Bradley and Gilbert Inc. of Louisville, KY. Note: Few sources are cited; probably most complete genealogy (as of 1997) of the Polk family as many, many branches are included Ed and Willa Voyles rewrote this book in 1993 and it was published by Oldbuck Press Inc., P. O. Box 1623, Conway, AR., 72033; ISBN 1-56869-036-3; copyright 1993. This new edition has an index), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=danbuckley62&id=I3201 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S747] Polk, Bill - Kansas City, MO, Bill Polk, (Large web site, Kansas City, MO http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/o/l/Billy-F-Polk/index.html?Welcome=1054312140), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=danbuckley62&id=I3201 (Reliability: 3).