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About Samuel Polk

Samuel Polk, was a slaveholder, successful farmer and surveyor of Scots-Irish descent.

While Jane was a Presbyterian, Samuel's father was a deist, so when James was taken to be baptized, Samuel refused to declare his belief in Christianity, and the minister refused to baptize the child. In 1803, the majority of Polk's relatives moved to the Duck River area in what is now Maury County, Middle Tennessee; however, Polk's family waited until 1806 to follow.

The family grew prosperous, with Samuel Polk becoming one of the leading planters of the area as well as a county judge.

In 1806 Samuel moved his family to the fertile valley of the Duck River. There he both farmed and did surveying.


Father of President James K. Polk; major in the War of 1812.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Oct 21 2019, 16:24:13 UTC

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Samuel Polk's Timeline

July 5, 1772
Tyrone, North Carolina
November 2, 1795
Pineville, Mecklenburg Co., NC
January 14, 1798
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States
North Carolina, USA
Maury, TN, United States
January 7, 1805
Mecklenburg, NC, United States
July 9, 1809
Maury, TN, United States
September 6, 1812
Maury County, Tennessee, USA
May 24, 1815
Maury County, Tennessee, United States