Mary "Polly" Workman

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

The Life Summary 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 Scarbrough Muncy, was 31. She had at least 9 sons and 6 daughters with Alexander Tomblin. She lived in Chapmanville, Logan, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Chapmanville, Logan, West Virginia, United States for about 10 years. 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
Eleanor 'Ellen' Tomblin
Alexander Tomblin Jr
Elizabeth Tomblin
Eleanor Tomblin
John Tomblin
Sarah Tomblin
Margaret Jane Tomblin
James Tomblin
Moses Tomblin
Mary Ann Tomblin
Alfred Tomblin
Alexander Tomblin Jr
Obediah Tomblin
Thomas Tomblin
William Tomblin

Spouse and Children



+10 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

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 (Gloucestershire): ostensibly an occupational name for a laborer, from Middle English werkman ‘laborer, craftsman’, also ‘customary tenant’ (Old English weorcmann). A customary tenant was a person allowed to hold land in exchange for carrying out a certain service.

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

Sources (20)

  • Polly Tomberlin, "United States Census, 1880"
  • P Tomblin in entry for Obidiah Tomblin and Julian Bryant, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"
  • Polly Workman in entry for Margaret Jane Workman, "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999"

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