Edward Polly52 was born Abt. 1700 in Surry County, Virginia53, 54, 55, and died Bef. Aug 30, 1770 in Pittsylvania County, VA56.
Notes for Edward Polly: Various records and reports indicate that Edward was born in Halifax County, VA in 1713. This county, however, was not created until 1752 from Lunenberg County, which was created in 1746 from Brunswick County, which was created in 1720 from parts of Prince George County (1703), Isle of Wight County (1634) and Surry County (1652). Joel Hager's information indicates that Edward was born in Surry County.
The research of Gwen Bjorkman of Bellevue, WA, as printed in the March 1996 issue of "Polley Pointers," provides the following information:
"In 1753, Edwards Polly's boundary line is mentioned on the Banister River [Entry Record Book, p. 135]. The Banister River runs west from the Roanoke River through the width of present day Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties. Joseph Polley was granted 400 acres on the Banister River 15 Oct 1764 [Entry Record Book, p. 265].
"At a Court held for Halifax County, 19 September 1754, Edward Pauley was exempted from paying public and county levies on motion of his son, David Pauley [Halifax Co. Pleas Book 1:450]. His son David Polly must have been at least 21 years old by 1754 and the father, Edward, must have been too old or infirm to pay taxes. There are several deeds that name Edward Polley, Sr. and Jr. On 20 November 1757, a deed from John Watson of Halifax County to Thomas Watson was witnessed and proved by Edward Polley, Sr. and Joseph Polley [Halifax Co. Deeds 1:372]. A deed of 16 August 1759 names Edward Pauley, Jr. as grantee for 125 acres on Mill Creek [Halifax Co. Deeds 2:57]. In 1763 Edward Polley, Jr. was granted 400 acres on a branch of Cherry Stone Creek, adjacent to Edward Polley's upper line and Mill Creek. Cherrystone Creek is a branch of the Banister River in Pittsylvania County.
"These deeds, along with one recorded in Pittsylvania County in 1769 where Joseph and Peter Polly are witnesses [Pittsylvania Co. Deeds 1:313] give us the basic identifiable family for Edward Polly, Sr. Peter Polly is also on a tithable list with Edward Polly in 1770, while David is on William Witcher's list where he continues until 1781 [Pittsylvania Co. Tithes, List 19, p. 39; List 23, p. 50; List 146, p. 266]. There is a James Pauley on the 1767 tithe list along with David Polly and Edward Polley, Jr. [Pittsylvania Co. Tithes List 9, p. 17; List 11, p. 20; List 14, p. 27].
"Edward Polly, Sr. died before 30 August 1770 according to a court order of John Cook against Edward's estate [Pittsylvania Co. C. O. 1:230]. At the March 1771 Court, Edward Polley was granted Letters of Administration on the estate of Edward Polley decd. 'John Watson & Allen Adams came into court & deposed on oath that they heard Edward Polley decd in his lifetime give a feather bed to his daughter Margaret which is ordered to be certified.' [Pittsylvania Co. C. O. 1:275-6]. From these records we can be sure that David, Edward and Margaret were the children of Edward Polly, Sr. We can speculate (but not prove) that Joseph, James and Peter were also his sons."
Joel Hager's extensive database indicates that Edward is found in the Lunenburg County 1753 Land Records; in a Halifax County court action with son David; and Edward and David are recorded as Pauleys in the 1764 Halifax County voting records. Antrim Parish Vestry Book entry, "Ordered that Edward Polly, Senr. be set Levy free for the future, 21st day of Dec, 1759." Mr. Hager also lists a child Drury that I have not seen elsewhere.
This information establishes Edward's life in early Virginia. What is not known is who his parents were or where they were from.