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Francis Pollard (abt. 1720 - 1771)

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Francis Pollard
Born about [location unknown]
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Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Bedford Co, VAmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Dec 2013
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Please see for more information on some of his descendants.

He is thought to be the son of George Pollard of Amelia Co. VA. See for documentation for this conclusion, and much more information.

By 1749 he was living in Cumberland Parish, Lunenberg Co. VA, working as a blacksmith. He bought land in 1753 on Otter Creek, Lunenberg (now Bedford) County, from John and Mary Phelps, thought to be the parents of his wife Betty.

From Oakes Family Genealogical Data, 1640-1982, LDS film 1320607 item 10: Francis Pollard, b. ca. 1720, d. 1771 Bedford Co. VA, m. Betty (Phelps?). Each child received 2481 pounds, 3 shillings, 7 pence on July 1, 1780. Witnesses and/or exec. were: Robert Allen (school teacher), Matthew Talbot, Thomas Arthur, John Phelps Jr., and James Callaway. Those on the distribution were: William Trigg, John Trigg, and William Leftwich. [see below for transcript]

Francis bought land on Otter Creek, Lunenburg Co. (now Bedford Co.) 6/28/1753 from John and Mary Phelps, also 1773 on Hunt Creek from John Phelps. Col John & Mary had dau., Sarah, b. 1732 Goochland Co. VA. Sarah and her husband John Haynes bought [land in] Lunenburg Co. from her parents 1753.

He paid tithes in Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg Co. 1749 and was a blacksmith.

Original will and documents seen by Elizabeth Holder in Bedford Co. VA courthouse - will in 1771, Book 1, p. 131; inventory and appraisement on p. 130. Allotment of Estate in Book 1, p. 370, in 1780.

Also see 1765 document transferring land by Richard Stith of Bedford Co. for and in behalf of the executors of Richard Randolph Deceased and Francis Pollard, describing the tract of 425 acres described below.

Pursuant to an Order of Bedford Court the following division is made of The Estate of Francis Pollard Decd Viz

1780 distribution of his land:
425 Acres of Land whereon the said decd. formerly Lived is Equally divided by a line Begining [sic] at a Corner white oak in Pollards old line and Runing [sic] to a Beach on Middle Branch. Thence down the Branch as it meanders to the lower line allotting that part where the Old Plantation is to Thomas Pollard he paying to John Phelps Guardian to John Pollard and for his use one Thousand pounds on the first day of July next also £2481..3.7 in the hands of James Callaway Exor &C for the Decd. To John Pollard is allotted the other part of the above Tract of Land Together with £2481..3..7 in the hands of James Callaway Exor &C paiable [sic] the first day of July next To Harris Toney & Elizabeth his wife £2481..3..7 in the hands of James Callaway Exor &C paiable the first day of July next To William Melton and Mary his Wife £2481..3..7 in the hands of James Callaway Exor &C paiable the first day of July next To John Loaden and Susannah his Wife £2481..3..7 in the hands of James Callaway Exor &C paiable the first day of July next To Judith Sarah, Jane, Betty and Frances Pollard and to each and every of them is allotted £2481..3..7 in the hands of James Callaway Exor &C paiable the first day of July next

Certified under our hands this 24th day of April 1780. William Trigg, W. Leftwich, John Trigg. At a Court held for Bedford County the 25 July 1780 This allotment of the Estate of Francis Pollard deceased was Returnd to Court and Ordered to be Recorded.

Order for work on road, also from Bedford courthouse: "Ordered that Robert Baker, John Wilson, John Thomas, George Thomas, Frances [sic] Pollard and John Phelps be added to the Hands that work on the road from the fish dam on Otter River to the Dirt Bridge at the uper [sic] end of the Long Mountain.

Appointed surveyor of the Road 1761-62, relieved of this 1763.

A History of Halifax County (Virginia) by Wirt Johnson Carrington, Appeals Press Inc., Richmond VA, 1924 page 37: a list of deeds refers to Francis Pollard and George Pollard among others. The preceding sentence reads "On the Branches of Hunting Creek" but it is not clear if this refers to the list of names that includes Francis and George Pollard, or to a preceding group of names. This should be pursued, anyway. page 327: Pollard. 1753, Sept. 20 - Deed from Francis Pollard and Betsy, his wife, of Bedford county, Virginia, to Stephen Clements and heirs, Benjamin Clements Sr., Benjamin Clements Jr., and John Wheeler, testators, fourteen pounds of current money of Virginia



Thank you to Elizabeth Harris for creating WikiTree profile Pollard-759 through the import of Pollard_for_WikiTree.ged on Dec 5, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Elizabeth and others.

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On 14 Jun 2017 at 20:28 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

I do not think Francis is the son of Richard Pollard of King and Queen County. The link between them was made on June 10, 2017. If anyone has actual documentation to support this (as opposed to the Ancestry tree that has been linked here), please let me know. Otherwise, I am going to remove this link.

On 2 Dec 2015 at 14:25 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

I agree with you that Elizabeth Phelps is John's mother, and I have nothing to indicate that Francis had any other wife. Elizabeth married again after his death, and moved to Alabama with her husband Harris Toney.

Janet, could you go ahead and add your ancestor Sophia as a child of John and Catherine? I would like to fill out this family with the other children and their descendants, but I haven't researched any of them myself and would prefer that the additions be made by someone with more information.

On 26 Nov 2015 at 22:02 GMT Jan (Gooldy) Kimbrell wrote:

I believe my 3rd great grandmother - Sophia Pollard Gooldy dau of John Pollard and Catherine Nichols Pollard is of this revealed line of biography on Francis Pollard. My information shows Elizabeth Phelps, later Toney, to be the mother of John Pollard.

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