Charles Thomas Polk (1732 - 1821)

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Birthplace: Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Mecklenburg, NC, United States
Managed by: Henry Arnold
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About Charles Thomas Polk

He was captain of the Brunswick Lighthorse Cavalry during the American Revolution. DAR Ancestor #: A090125

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Capt. Charles Polk was buried on his home place that was orginally located in Mecklenburg (Clear Creek, nr Charlotte) Co., as the county lines changed, his property fell into Union (Goose Creek TWP, nr. Monroe) Co., NC.

His home stood on a hill and his grave location is unmarked. It is thought to be at the corner of a grain barn behind the former home site.

In 1938 the John Foster Chapter of the D.A.R., Monroe (Union Co.), NC erected a monument to mark the grave of Capt. Charles Polk. At that time the monument was lying in a field.

February 14, 2001 ...

"His marker was later moved to Pleasant Grove cemetery, Union County" ... Julie Hamption Ganis is the informer.

Son of William (I) and Margaret (Taylor) Polk

Capt. Charles Polk, Revolutionary War Soldier, served as a Lt., June 07, 1766 in Capt. Adams Alexander's Company, Militia (Clear Creek Company). He served as a Captain of the North Carolina Troops, of Gen. Sumter's Brigade of Eutaw Springs. He took an active part in the Revolution and served in the campaign against the Scotch Highland Tories and was also Captain of Brunswick Light Horse. The record also states he served under Lt. Col. William Polk and that he was a brother of Gen. Thomas, John and Ezekiel Polk. Capt. Charles Polk was a brave and fearless officer.

Capt. Charles Polk, along with his two brothers, Gen. Thomas and Col. Ezekiel Polk (along with others) were signers of the Mecklenburg, North Carolina "Declaration of Independence", signed May 20, 1775. They met in March and April 1775 and were determined to free the citizens of North Carolina from the British rule. Subsequently, a committee was appointed to draw up resolutions establishing their liberty. Between 19th and 20th of May, delegates assembled in Charlotte, declared Mecklenburg County independent of Great Britian, established a code of laws for the new government and placed a committe of "Safety" in charge of the administration. These resolutions were presented to but not ratified by the Continental Congress He was elected to represent Mecklenburg County in the House of Reprsentivies in North Carolina State Legislature for four terms, 1793, 1794, 1795 and 1800.

The four brothers received distinction during the American Revolution, Gen. Thomas Polk, who was one of the instigators of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, Capt. John Polk and Capt. Charles Polk, as well as Col. Ezekiel Polk (who founded Bolivar, Hardeman Co., TN).

A Pension was granted to his widow, Philopena "Phebe" Helms Polk for his Revolutionary service for the five months as Capt. of Cavalry, nine months as Capt. of Infantry and nine months and nineteen days as Capt. of the Cavalry.

In 1938 the John Foster Chapter of the D.A.R. from Monroe(Union Co.), NC, erected a monument to mark the grave of Capt. Charles Polk.

Husband of 1st., Mary (Clark) Polk ~ married March 1762, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Their children 1.) Margaret "Peggy" (m. William Freeman) 2.) John (m. Esther Pool) 3.) Deborah Polk (m. Gideon Freeman, Sr., "War of 1812"), 4.) Thomas (m. Keziah Pyron) 5.) Michael, Sr. (m. Susannah Pyron) and Mary "Polly" Polk (m. John Brooks).

Husband of 2nd., Philopena "Phebe" (Helms) Polk ~ married February 05, 1782, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Their children 1.) Charles T. (m. Eleanor Shelby) 2.) William, IV (m. Pheraby Pearson) 3.) Susannah (m. Thomas Love) 4.) Ezekiel 5.) Martha Washington (m. William Harris Shelby) 6.) George Washington (m. Margaret Garman) 7.) Eleanor Polk

The D.A.R. records of Capt. Charles Polk, Revolutionary War Soldier of Mecklenburg Co., NC (including many other records) has his name as only Charles Polk (not Charles T. Polk).

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Capt. Charles Thomas Polk's Timeline

1732
July 29, 1732
Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
1762
March 1762
Age 29
Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA
1764
December 25, 1764
Age 32
Clear Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
1766
November 17, 1766
Age 34
Clear Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
1768
December 10, 1768
Age 36
Clear Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
1774
June 20, 1774
Age 41
Clear Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
1776
September 24, 1776
Age 44
Clear Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
1777
February 28, 1777
Age 44
Clear Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
1782
February 5, 1782
Age 49
Mecklenburg, NC, USA
1784
March 15, 1784
Age 51
Clear Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA