Mary "Polly" Workman

about 1811–27 November 1886 (Age 75)
Tazewell, Virginia, United States

The Life of Mary "Polly"

When Mary "Polly" Workman was born about 1811, in Tazewell, Virginia, United States, her father, Moses Workman, was 34 and her mother, Elizabeth Muncy, was 31. She married Alexander Tomblin on 16 November 1829, in Tazewell, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Chapmanville, Logan, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Chapmanville, Logan, West Virginia, United States in 1870. She died on 27 November 1886, in Logan, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Tomblin Cemetery, Verdunville, Logan, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Tomblin
Mary "Polly" Workman
Marriage: 16 November 1829
Elizabeth Tomblin
Eleanor 'Ellen' Tomblin
Alexander Tomblin Jr
Eleanor Tomblin
John Tomblin
Margaret Jane Tomblin
James Tomblin
Moses Tomblin
Mary Ann Tomblin
Alfred Tomblin
Obediah Tomblin
Alexander Tomblin
Thomas Tomblin
William Tomblin
Minerva Tomblin

Spouse and Children

16 November 1829
Tazewell, Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 1

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 21

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English: ostensibly an occupational name for a laborer, from Middle English work + man. According to a gloss cited by Reaney the term was used in the Middle Ages to denote an ambidextrous person, and the surname may also be a nickname in this sense.

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

Sources (3)

  • Polly Tomberlin in household of A Tomberlin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Polly Tomlinson in household of Alex Tomlinson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Polly Tomlin in household of Alex Tomlin, "United States Census, 1850"

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