Capt. John Polk

Male18 January 1739–before 11 April 1803

Brief Life History of John

When Capt. John Polk was born on 18 January 1739, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America, his father, William Ezekiel Robert Polk II, was 38 and his mother, Margaret Taylor, was 34. He married Eleanor Shelby on 2 October 1758, in South Carolina, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in York, South Carolina, United States in 1790. He registered for military service in 1760. He died before 11 April 1803, in York, York, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Polk Family Cemetery, Pineville, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States.

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Capt. John Polk
Eleanor Shelby
Marriage: 2 October 1758
Charles Polk
William Shelby Polk
Taylor Polk Sr
Eleanor Polk
John Polk

Sources (29)

  • John Polk, "United States Census, 1790"
  • Family Data Collection - Births
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 October 1758South Carolina, British Colonial America
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (4)


    Age 37

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


    Age 37

    North Carolina is the 12th state.

    1788 · The First Presidential Election

    Age 49

    The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: shortened form of Pollock .

    Sorbian (Półk and Pólk): probably from a short form of a personal name based on Old Slavic plъkъ ‘crowd, army’ (see Polka 3).

    East German (of Slavic origin): variant of Polke .

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

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