Mary "Polly" Taylor

Brief Life History of Mary "Polly"

When Mary "Polly" Taylor was born on 4 September 1793, in Whitley, Kentucky, United States, her father, William Taylor Sr, was 43 and her mother, Hannah Gilliam, was 33. She married John T McKay on 31 January 1814, in Fayette, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She lived in Barren, Kentucky, United States in 1850. She died on 3 February 1879, in Kentucky, United States, at the age of 85.

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Family Time Line

John T McKay
1791–1872
Mary "Polly" Taylor
1793–1879
Marriage: 31 January 1814
Sarah Ann McKay
1814–1856
Patsy Mckay
1821–
Nancy Elizabeth McKay
1828–1911
Marshal Mckay
1830–1870
Henrietta McKay
1832–1858
Permelia Ellender McKay
1833–1880

Sources (1)

  • Mary Mckay in household of John Mckay, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

1796 · Wilderness Road Opens to Wagons

In 1796, the Wilderness Road opened up for wagon use. The route was used by colonial and early settlers to reach Kentucky from the East. It started in Virginia, and went southward to Tennessee and then went north to Kentucky. The main danger of this route was Native American attacks.

1818 · Jackson Purchase

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a tailor, from Anglo-Norman French, Middle English taillour ‘tailor’ (Old French tailleor, tailleur; Late Latin taliator, from taliare ‘to cut’). The surname is extremely common in Britain and Ireland. In North America, it has absorbed equivalents from other languages, many of which are also common among Ashkenazic Jews, for example German Schneider and Hungarian Szabo . It is also very common among African Americans.

In some cases also an Americanized form of French Terrien ‘owner of a farmland’ or of its altered forms, such as Therrien and Terrian .

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

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