William Polley

Male 1742 - 1816  (74 years)


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  • Name William Polley  [1
    Born 1742  Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Nov 1816  Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7508  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 

    Father Thomas Polley,   b. 10 Oct 1696, Woburn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1775, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ann,   b. Abt 1701,   d. Abt 1761  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 24 Mar 1725  New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Abigail Cushman,   b. 1752, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1811  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1771  Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Dennis Polly,   b. 20 Oct 1777, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1852, Russian Corners, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     2. Lemuel Polly,   b. 13 Nov 1771, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Eleazer Polly,   b. 25 Feb 1775, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1858, Stockbridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     4. Daniel Polly,   b. 25 Aug 1779, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     5. Soloman Polly,   b. 21 Jul 1786, Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Philena Polly,   b. 1788,   d. 1848  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     7. Cushman Polly,   b. 13 Mar 1788  [natural]
     8. Sarah Polley,   b. 19 May 1773, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1834  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     9. Nancy Polley,   b. 29 May 1784, Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Caroline Polley,   b. 13 May 1790, Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1863, Belleville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F279  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Mattoon,   b. 24 Mar 1744, Lebanon, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1825, Wayne, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 20 Mar 1765  Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jerusha Polley,   b. 22 Jul 1765, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1826  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     2. Abigail Polley,   b. 9 Aug 1766, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1847, Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F1750  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • We have proof that William Polly was born in 1742 at Hebron, Tolland County, CT, and that on Jan. 17, 1771, he married Abigail Cushman, who also was born at Hebron. These facts are confirmed by CT town records, as are the births of their first five children at Hebron amd William's first marriage at Hebron March 20, 1765, to Sarah Matoon, which produced two children.

      - Connecticut Town Marriage Records show William Polly's marriage to Abigail Cushman on Jan. 17, 1771 - William Cushman born Feb. 26, 1723, Plympton, MA. Married Sarah Holloway Sept. 3, 1747, Plympton (she born June 19, 1726, Pembroke, MA)in Hebron, Conn., and marriage March 20, 1765, to Sarah Matoon in Hebron, Conn. In his marriage to Abigail, the record shows both were from Hebron, and married there.

      - 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, Revolutionary War. Military Record: William Polley appears on a payroll of Captain Samuel Watkins Company of Militia of Col. McClaughry s Regiment, ordered into the service of the United States October 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, '9c2/13s/4d; pay due: '9c0/3s/7'abd. 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, age 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.

      - There is some information to be found that Abigail Cushman who married William Polley is the daughter of William Cushman and Sarah Haloway. This is not true.
      CT town records have Abigail Cushman born Feb. 28, 1751 at Plympton (Plymouth) MA to William and Sarah Haloway Cushman. William was the son of Lt. Josiah Cushman and was born Feb. 26, 1732. He lived for a time in Plympton and then moved to Connecticut, apparently Brooklyn, CT. Sarah Holoway was b. June 19, 1726, at Pembroke, Mass, and married: Sept. 3, 1747, Plympton, Mass.
      This Abigail married at Brooklyn, CT Jan. 31, 1771 Robert How. She died Sept. 23, 1803 at Danielson, Windham County, CT and is buried in the Westfield Cemetery.

      - There also is information that Abigail who married William Polley is the daughter of William and Abigail Cushman. This also is untrue.
      The CT town birth records (Barbour Collection) show Abigail Cushman, born Oct. 27, 1743, at Willington, also in Tolland County, CT, and died Nov. 18, 1825 at Barre VT. Research shows this Abigail was the daughter of William Cushman, 1710-1777, and Abigail Lee, 1713-1803; and that William is the son of Eleazar Cushman and Elizabeth Coombs; and that Eleazar is the son of Thomas Cushman and Mary Allerton.
      However, this Abigail married Nathan Blodgett April 21, 1736 at Stafford, Tolland, CT and they had many children from 1763-1786.

      - There seems little doubt that Abigail Cushman who married William Polley is the daughter of Solomon Cushman and Abigail/Ruth Holmes. There is a verified line from Solomon Cushman's ancestors and of his birth Sept. 9, 1717 to Benjamin Cushman and Sarah Eaton. A Mayflower descendancy list has Solomon Cushman, b. Sept. 9, 1718 at Plympton, Plymouth, MA to Benjamin and Sarah, and who married Ruth Holmes, 1719-1765, at age 22, in 1740, in Mass. He later married Priscilla Cushman, 1749-1823. In 1790 he lived in Granby, Hartford, CT. Ruth Holmes was b. June 22, 1719, Scituate, Plymouth, MA and died 1765 at Hebron, Tolland, Conn. she was the daughter of John Holmes and Susanna Randall.
      Clearly, with Ruth Holmes Cushman's death at Hebron, her family lived there; Hebron is where Abigail Cushman who married William Polley was born, and where they married. In fact, at least one child of Solomon's second marriage to Abigail Holmes, Silas Cushman, was born at Hebron in 1767.
      After the marriage of Solomon Cushman and Abigail/Ruth Holmes, they resided at Granby or Simsbury, Conn. and reportedly had three children. Two of them are Jerusha, b. 1756, and Eleazur, 1758. Jerusha was born unk. place and died at Turnbridge, VT in 1840. But Eleazur (according to JAC) was born either Jan. 17, 1758, or same day 1759, or May 20, 1759, at Hebron, CT according to Hebon vital records, vol. 2, p. 157., and died Bristol, VT 1813.
      So if Eleazur was born in Hebron, the third child likely was too, and likely was Abigail.

      ........
      Sources:

      "A Genealogical and Biographical Sketch of the Name and Family of Stetson"; by John Stetson Berry; published by the author; William A. Hall & Company; Boston, Massachusetts; 1847 (CS71.S84 1847 CSL)

      "Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts to the Year 1850"; II:270; from the "NEHGS Register"; Jane Fletcher Fiske, editor; New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston, Massachusetts; 1909 (974.0 NEa SCGS)

      "History and Genealogy of the Briggs Family, 1254-1937"; L. Vernon Briggs; published by the author; C. E. Goodspeed & Company; Boston, Massachusetts; 1938 (CS71.B854 1938 CSL)

      Clark, Rev. Azariah, Records of the Congregational Church, Canaan, New York

      Tolland County Vital Records, Barbour Collection vol 2

      Bostwick, Rev. Gideon, Records of the 1st Congregational Church, Gt Barrington, Massachusetts

      Lee, Massachusetts, Vital Records 1771-1801 p.180

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