John Polley III+
1Claude W. Barlow, "John Polley and His Thirteen Daughters", The American Genealogist Vol. 41, pp. 206-208 (1965).
"John Polley (or Polly) was born about 1618 according to the age in his death record. The identities of his four wives have all been correctly given at one or another, but never assembled in a single account. There are also errors in print concerning each of them.
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The first wife of John Polley was Susanna Bacon, daughter of George and Margaret Bacon of Hingham, Mass., though Margaret may have been a second wife and not mother of Susanna. She was born in England and was listed as ten years of age when she came with her parents and two brothers on the Increase in 1635. The marriage may have taken place about 1647.
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Susannah, wife of John Polley, was buried in Roxbury 30th day of the second month 1664. Mary, second wife of John Polley, died of small pox in Roxbury 30th day of the sixth month 1666. This marriage must have occurred late in 1664 or very early in 1665. Mary may be identified as the one born at Watertown, Mass., 10 July 1641, daughter of Miles (or Michael) Ives and his wife Martha, from the fact that Miles Ives in his will dated 20 Dec. 1683 and probated 7 Oct. 1684 mentions a son-in-law John Polley, even though Mary had been dead for seventeen years and left no surviving children.
John Polley married third, in Reading, Mass., 18 Sept. 1667, Hannah Cowdrey, daughter of Dea. William Cowdrey of Reading and his wife Joanna Licence.
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Hannah, wife of John Polley, died in Roxbury, 8 June 1684; and his marriage to fourth wife Jane Walker (not Walter as sometimes given) occurred there 2 June 1684, according the printed VR. The exact nature of the error in these conflicting dates cannot be explained and set straight without an examination of the original record entries.
Jane Walker was daughter of Michael and Sarah (Elwyn) Metcalf; she married first, about 1654, Philip Walker, who was buried in Rehoboth, Mass., 21 Aug. 1679.
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John Polley died in Roxbury 2 Apr. 1680, aged 71, and his widow Jane survived until 24 Oct. 1701.
Children of John Polley, probably all born in Roxbury:
(by first wife Susanna Bacon)
i. Mary2, bp. 2 June 1650; m. ca. 1667 John2 Perrin, son of John and Anna Perrin. They had ten children, in Rehoboth, the youngest born 20 June 1687. John2 Perrin d. in Roxbury before 4 Nov. 1692, when inventory of his estate was taken. The settlement of 28 May 1694 does not mention a widow.
ii. Sarah, bp. 2 June 1650; m. ca. 1668 Benjamin2 Sabin, son of William and ----- (Wright) Sabin. She had four children born in Rehoboth and Roxbury and died soon after the birth of the youngest 7 Sept. 1677. Their son Benjamin3 Sabin was an ancestor of the author of these notes.
iii. Hannah, bp. 15 Feb. 1651/2; m. in Roxbury 10 May 1670 Isaac Curtis. She d. a widow 6 Feb. 1719/20 in her 68th year and her tombstone is in the Eliot Cemetery in Roxbury.
iv. Abigail, bp. 4 June 1654; m. in Roxbury 10 May 1670 (double wedding with her sister Hannah) John2 Lyon, by whom she had 11 children. He was a son of William and Sarah (Ruggles) Lyon. She and her husband both d. of small pox 15 Jan. 1702/3 and their stones are in the Westerly Cemetery in Roxbury. Their daughter Bethiah (Lyon) Bugbee was an ancestor of the author of these notes.
v. Bethiah, b. 12 Feb. 1658/9; m. in Reading 24 Sept. 1677 Nathaniel Parker. She d. in Reading 23 Aug. 1748.
vi. Susanna, bp. 22 10th mo. 1661; m. in Roxbury 28 June 1683 Samuel Weld. She d. 20 Apr. 1729 aet. 67, and her stone is in the Eliot Cemetery.
vii. Elizabeth (probably) who m. in Roxbury 16 Oct. 1681. John Polley's will mentions seven daughters by the first wife, and Elizabeth is the only found in the marriage records who cannot otherwise be accounted for. She m. Caleb Phillips.
(by second wife Mary Ives)
viii. A child buried 11th of 11th mo. 1665/6.
(by third wife Hannah Cowdrey)
ix. Rebeccah, b. 7 Aug. 1668. She may be the one who m. Samuel Bliss in Rehoboth 1 Sept. 1711, as he was an older man whose first wife Mary Kendrick had died 8 Feb. 1704/5.
x. Johannah, b. 7 Mar. 1669/70.
xi. Mehetable, bp. 18 of 12th mo.1671/2.
xii. John, bp. 18 of 3rd mo. 1673, only son of John Polley, Sr. Although he had 13 sisters, the eldest four married before he was born. He m. in Roxbury, 1 Jan. 1704/5, Sarah Williams, and had five recorded children. He d. of small pox 21 Oct. 1721.
xiii. Rhoda, bp. 25 of 11th mo. 1673/4.
xiv. Patience, not recorded, but mentioned in this order in her father's will.
xv. Sarah, bp. 25 of 5th mo. 1680. She was probably a full 32 years younger than her eldest sister, and named for her second sister, Sarah (Polley) Sabin, recently deceased.".