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John Polley

Birthplace: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Polley and Margaret Polley
Husband of Susannah Polley; Mary Polley; Hannah Cowdrey and Jane Polley
Father of Sarah Sabin (Polley); Mary Perrin (Polley); Hannah Curtis; Abigail Lyon; Elizabeth Phillips and 10 others

Managed by: Michael Bishop Ebersol
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About John Polley

John married four times and had thirteen daughters and one son, all born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His first wife was Susanna Bacon, daughter of George Bacon and Margaret from Hingham, England. Susanna arrived in New England with her parents aboard the "Increase" in 1635. She and John were married about 1647 and had seven daughters. John would have been twenty-nine years old when he married for the first time. Susanna died in Roxbury on February 30, 1664, her gravestone is still intact at the Roxbury Cemetery.

He married for the second time in 1664 at age forty six to Mary Ives, daughter of Miles Ives and Martha from Watertown, Massachusetts. Mary had one son who died in infancy and she died the following year during a smallpox epidemic on June 30, 1666. Mary's grave marker is also at the Roxbury Cemetery.

John married for the third time at age fifty in 1668 to Hannah Cowdrey of Reading, Massachusetts. Hannah's parents were Deacon William Cowdrey from Weymouth, England and Joanna Licence. John and Hannah had six daughters and John's only son and heir. Hannah died June 8, 1684 and is also buried in the Roxbury Cemetery.

His last marriage was to Jane Metcalf the widow of Philip Walker and daughter of Michael Metcalf and Sarah Elwyn from Taterford, England on 21-Jun-1684 in Roxbury. They had no children before Jane died October 24, 1701 at age sixty-nine, surviving John by twelve years.


His four marriages are recorded in Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley.


  1. Susanna Bacon, married in Roxbury in 1650.
  2. Mary Ives (?), married in Roxbury in 1665.
  3. Hannah Cowdrey, married in Reading on September 18, 1667.
  4. Jane Metcalf Butterworth Walker, widow of Philip Walker; married in Roxbury on June 2, 1684.
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John Polley's Timeline

Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
June 2, 1650
Age 32
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
June 2, 1650
Age 32
Roxbury, Sullfolk, Massachusetts
February 15, 1651
Age 33
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
June 4, 1654
Age 36
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
April 14, 1657
Age 39
Woburn, Middlesex, MA
February 12, 1659
Age 41
Roxbury, Suffolk, MA, USA
October 22, 1661
Age 43
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 47
Roxbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
September 18, 1667
Age 49
Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States