Mary Polly Helen Motley

Brief Life History of Mary Polly Helen

When Mary Polly Helen Motley was born in 1804, in Essex, Virginia, United States, her father, Edwin Motley, was 59 and her mother, Elizabeth Kidd, was 32. 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 65, and was buried in Virginia, United States.

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

Sources (4)

  • Polly Henshaw, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Polly Motley in entry for Virginia M Broaddus, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"
  • Hustings Deeds 34, 1835-1836, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia

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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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