Ezekiel Franklin Polk, Sr., (1747 - 1824)

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Birthplace: Cumberland Cty., PA
Death: Died in Hardeman Cty., TN
Occupation: Col in Revoluntionary War; signed Mecklenburg Declaration (1775)
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About Ezekiel Franklin Polk, Sr.,


Other information gives the name Mary Winslow Wilson as his wife rather than May Jane Wilson.

Son of William Polk I & Margaret [Taylor] Polk

1st married Mary Winslow Wilson 1769 - Anson Co., North Carolina

2nd married Bessie Campbell 1792 - Mecklenburg Co., NC

3rd married Sophia Neely November 24, 1810 - Maury Co., TN

Revolutionary War - commanded a company of Cavalry Rangers under Col. William Thompson, that fought at Cane Brake, December 22, 1775. He rose to the rank of colonel. Served in the defense of Sullivan's Island and was at the battle of Rayborn Creek, July 15, 1776. A signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration.

After the war, Polk's atheist beliefs brought him increasing conflicts with his neighbors. By 1790 he removed his immediate family to Tennessee, becoming one of the pioneers in the area that is now Hardeman County.

EPITAPH - Colonel Ezekiel Polk, grandfather of James K Polk, President of the United States of America.

Here lies the dust of old E.P., One instance of mortality. Pennsylvania born, Carolina bred, In Tennessee died upon his bed. His youthful days were spent in pleasure, His later days in gathering treasure. From superstition lived quite free, And practiced strict morality. To holy cheats was never willing To give one solitary shilling. He can forsee--and forseeing He equals most men in being-- That Church and State will join their power, And misery on their country shower; The Methodist, with their camp-brawlings, Will be the cause of this downfalling; An error not desined to see, He waits for poor posterity. First fruits and tenths are odious things, And so are bishops, tithes and kings.

Carlisle was in Lancaster Co. until Cumberland Co. was created 1750.

Family links:

 William Polk (1700 - 1753)
 Margaret Taylor Polk (1704 - 1763)

 Mary Jane Winslow Wilson Polk (1746 - 1791)
 Bessie Campbell Polk*
 Sophia Neely Polk*



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Ezekiel F. Polk's Timeline

December 7, 1747
Cumberland Cty., PA
Age 17
Age 21
December 5, 1770
Age 22
December 5, 1770
Age 22
Tryon, Polk, NC, United States
July 5, 1772
Age 24
Tyrone, North Carolina, United States
September 10, 1776
Age 28
New York, SC, USA
December 25, 1782
Age 35
April 6, 1785
Age 37
Mecklenburg, NC, USA
Age 39