Mary "Polly" Belcher

Female9 February 1821–9 June 1907

Brief Life History of Mary "Polly"

When Mary "Polly" Belcher was born on 9 February 1821, in Monroe, Kentucky, United States, her father, John Belcher, was 33 and her mother, Permelia Biggers, was 36. She married David Nelson Ryherd Or Richard on 5 July 1842, in Monroe, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 10 daughters. She died on 9 June 1907, in Monroe, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Burr, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

David Nelson Ryherd Or Richard
Mary "Polly" Belcher
Marriage: 5 July 1842
Permelia E Richard
Susanna A Richards
Parmelia Ryherd
Susan Ryherd
Mary Jane Riherd
Mary Ryherd
Harriet Mary Richard
Hetty Permelia Richard
Leona Emberton Richards
Nelcena Richard

Sources (11)

  • Mary Richard in household of D N Richard, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Belcher in entry for Janie Light, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"
  • Mary Ryherd in household of David N Ryherd, "United States Census, 1850"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 July 1842Monroe, Kentucky, United States
  • Children (10)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

    +3 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 4

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.


    Age 14

    Historical Boundaries: 1835: Jackson, Alabama, United States


    Age 25

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin):

    from Old French bel ch(i)ere or beu ch(i)ere (Old French beu, bel ‘fair, lovely’ + ch(i)ere ‘face, countenance’), which had various senses, including ‘fair face or looks, fine manners, good company, good cheer, food and drink, hospitality’. Although ch(i)ere originally meant ‘face’, the word later came to mean also ‘demeanor, disposition’ (hence English cheer), and the nickname may thus also have denoted a person of pleasant, cheerful disposition.

    from Old French bel, beu + sire ‘fair sir’, a term of address. From at least the 15th century this name was probably confused with the name above, owing to the pronunciation of Middle English beu sire and bel sire as ‘bewcher’ and ‘belsher’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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