Mary (Polly) Helen Motley

about 1801–1869 (Age 68)
Essex, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of Mary (Polly) Helen

When Mary (Polly) Helen Motley was born about 1801, in Essex, Virginia, United States, her father, Edwin Motley, was 57 and her mother, Elizabeth Kidd, was 30. She married Chaney Gatewood Henshaw in 1819, in King and Queen, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in King and Queen Court House, King and Queen, Virginia, United States in 1850. She died in 1869, in Essex, Virginia, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Chaney Gatewood Henshaw
Mary (Polly) Helen Motley
Marriage: 1819
Jane Henshaw
Lucy Ann Henshaw
Robert Henshaw
Thomas E. Henshaw
Virginia Mercer Henshaw

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1819King and Queen, Virginia, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
    1812 · Monumental Church Built
    Age 11
    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.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 18
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    Name Meaning

    English (Lincolnshire):nickname from Middle English motley ‘motley, cloth or garments of a mixed color’, also ‘parti-colored, variegated’, presumably denoting someone who wore motley or made motley clothing.habitational name from Mutley in Plymouth (Devon). The placename probably derives from Old English (ge)mōt ‘meeting’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing, glade’.

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

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    Sources (2)

    • Polly Henshaw, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Polly Motley in entry for Virginia M Broaddus, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"

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