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Thomas Pollard

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Lunenburg County, Virginia, United States
Death: September 11, 1818 (76)
Shelby County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Cropper, Shelby County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Pollard and Priscilla Pollard
Husband of Rachel Anderson and Sarah "Sally" Harding
Father of William S. Pollard, Sr and Jane Smith
Brother of Robert Pollard; Sarah Pendleton; Anne Taylor; Frances Rogers; Anne Pollard and 6 others

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About Thomas Pollard

Birth:  Sep. 30, 1741 Lunenburg County Virginia, USA Death:  Sep. 11, 1818 Shelby County Kentucky, USA


Clerk and appointed Sheriff 1782-3 Fairfax, Va.

Thomas Pollard raised a company in the Virginia militia beginning of Revolutionary War.

Removed to Shelby, Co., Ky. with his family sometime after 1789 "late in his life" (after the death of his father in 1791?) and "had many descendants in the West".

M1: Sally (Sarah) Harding 1/15/1763 CHILDREN: 1. Benjamin 2. William Sr. D. 1814

M2: Rachel Anderson 1765 CHILDREN: 1. Priscilla 2. Rebecca B. 1768 3. Mary B. 1770 4. Eligah B. 1771 5. Elisha B. 1773 6. Rachael B. 1775 7. Ony B. 1778 8. Henry B. 1783 9. Nancy B. 1785 10. Fanny 11. Joseph? m. ___?___ Houston

  • **In a letter to James Madison in 1789 requesting (apparently unsuccessfully) to keep his Virginia appointment as the new U.S. government is being formed Thomas claims to have "not less" than 13 children. See letter below.

-------------------------------------- He was a friend and neighbor of George Washington and served with him as vestryman in Pohick Church as recorded in "The history of Truro Parish in Virginia"

"1774. November 24. The Parish Levy is laid and accounts audited. George Washington, Esqr. and Thomas Pollard Gent are appointed church wardens for the next year."

Thomas served as vestryman from 1774 to 1784.

(It is interesting that further in this 1774 record Washington is referred to a "Colonel".) -------------------------------------- To James Madison from Thomas Pollard, 20 March 1789

From Thomas Pollard - Fairfax County Virginia 20th. March 1789.

Honble. Sir Not having the pleasure of seeing you at your Election in Spotsylvania, have taken the freedom to address you by Letter altho an intire strainger, to beg your advice or rather information, respecting the Redemption of the Continental Currency that is still remaining in the hands of sundrie persons, particularly in this State, I having a considerable quantity, that I did not fund, agreeable to a Law of Virginia, chose rather to hazard the redemption than to fund it, & as I frequently consulted our particular friend The Honble. Edmd. Pendleton Esqr. on that point he always expected that Whenever the New Congress was established they would take the matter up on some equitable principle, for my particular part was I the only one that was to suffer by it, would not hesitate a moment to commit what I possess to the flames, but when I reflect on sundrie poor people that really parted with their property for that Currency, conceive it must be ruinous to several industruous Citizens of every State. Having Sir, thought & expected that whenever Congress proceeded to business there would be many places of proffit in order to execute the different Laws & Regulations that will be thought necessary, and as I have a Considerable family not less than thirteen Children & only a Small fortune to support them on, must beg leave to offer myself for any office that you and any of my friends & Acquaintance in Congress may think proper to bestow the appointment, for believe me Sir I have from my Youth to this time made something by my pen & having been brought up by The Honble E. Pendleton Esqr.1 who I must beg leave to refur you, for my particular Charactor should not, His Excellency, Mr. John Page, Mr. Richd. B. Lee and Colo. Wm. Grayson be able to give that Satisfaction as is necessary on such an Occation.

As the Collection of the Potomack district I expect will be desirable & Mr. Lee not having made application for it,2 Shall always Esteem it as one of the greatest favours to offer me as a Candidate for the appointment, & should I fail there is any other post that you may think desirable will be gladly accept.

Hope that the freedom I have taken may be overlooked & that it was done through a particular desire to support & Educate such a numerous ofspring not altogether at the publick Expence but that the Publick will have it to say should I be so happy as to meet with success that they found one Honest officer. I am Sir with much esteem yr. Obt. Hble servt.

Thos. Pollard ----------------------------------------- RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1. Thomas Pollard (1742–1818) , son of Joseph and Priscilla Hoomes Pollard, had been sheriff of Fairfax County and was a vestryman of Pohick Church. His sister, Sarah, was the second wife of Edmund Pendleton. He later moved to Kentucky (JCSV, III, 161, 163; WMQ, 2d ser., II [1922], 163–66; Mays, Edmund Pendleton, I, 31; Mays, Papers of Edmund Pendleton, II, 582 n. 1; Richmond Enquirer, 27 Mar. 1818).

2. Charles Lee (1758–1815), naval officer of the South Potomac district under the state government, was appointed customs collector at Alexandria (DHFC, II, 16, 21, 551). ---------------------------------------- The book "Spotsylvania County Records - Deed Book K, 1782-1785", page 375 shows: August 13, 1782. John Rogers and Caty, his wife, of Spotsylvania County, to Thomas Pollard of Fairfax County, 1200 pounds currency, 640 acres in Spotsylvania County on Middle River, branch of Mattapony, etc.,(except dower of Lucy Rogers, widow of William Rogers, deceased, who is now in actual possession, etc.) Witnesses: Lodowick Oneal, William Rogers, George Rogers, James Brown, John Welch. March 20, 1782. ---------------------------------------- Pollard family recorded Thomas was "nearly 73" in 1814, when he visited Virginia from Kentucky by horseback.    Family links:   Parents:   Joseph Pollard (1701 - 1791)   Priscilla Hoomes Pollard (1701 - 1795)    Spouses:   Sarah Harding Pollard (1743 - 1764)   Rachel Anderson ? Pollard (1741 - 1811)    Children:   William S. Pollard (1766 - 1814)*    Siblings:   William Pollard (____ - 1792)*   Sarah Pollard Pendleton (1725 - 1803)*   Anne Pollard Taylor (1732 - 1815)*   Thomas Henry Pollard (1741 - 1818)  

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  Burial: Pollard Cemetery Cropper Shelby County Kentucky, USA   Created by: W. Pollard Record added: Oct 23, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 119164990

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September 30, 1741
Lunenburg County, Virginia, United States
Age 24
Lunenburg County, Virginia, United States
September 11, 1818
Age 76
Shelby County, Kentucky, United States
Cropper, Shelby County, Kentucky, United States