Mary (Polly) Helen Motley

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

The Life of Mary (Polly) Helen

When Mary (Polly) Helen Motley was born about 1801, in Essex, Virginia, United States, her father, Edwin Motley, was 55 and her mother, Elizabeth Kidd, was 28. She married ? about 1825, in Virginia, United States. 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 68, and was buried in Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Chaney Gatewood Henshaw
Mary (Polly) Helen Motley
Marriage: 1830
Jane Henshaw
Lucy Ann Henshaw
Robert Henshaw
Thomas E. Henshaw
Virginia Mercer Henshaw

Spouse and Children

Caroline, Virginia, United States


Parents and Siblings



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: probably a nickname for someone who wore parti-colored clothes, from Middle English motteley ‘motley’.

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

Possible Related Names

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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