Polly (Wright) Kingsbury
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Polly (Wright) Kingsbury (1787 - 1871)

Polly Kingsbury formerly Wright
Born in Coventry, Connecticutmap
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Wife of — married 7 Apr 1824 in Coventry, CTmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 84 in Coventry, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jun 2008
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Polly was born in Coventry, Connecticut. Her Mother, Mary "Jeffers" Wright died soon after the birth of Polly and her twin sister, Bestey. Roswell married second, Abigail Benton who took on the job of raising two year old twins, one of whom was a dwarf.

Polly married Harvey Kingsbury on April 7, 1824. They were step cousins. His mother, Ruth Benton Kingsbury, was the sister of Abigail Benton Wright.

She is buried in the Center Cemetary in Coventry.

Note that one Internet source refers to Polly as "Mary". This may be a confusion with her daughter Mary. According to a visitor to this page: "There is no need for the note about possible confusion with the name Mary. Polly is the standard nickname for people named Mary. I must have 50 Mary's in my file who were called Polly."[1]

Note: This individual has always been Polly: Coventry birth, marriage and death records. Her gravestone. Her sampler. Initials on her thimble, spoons and forks, her homespun linens. Her school notebook. Her journal. Address on a letter written to her. Sworn testamony in the case of her father's revolutionary pension file. And in our family's oral tradition. [2]


  1. Private message to Chris Whitten from Bill Harris, 4 Nov 2012.
  2. Signed Rebecca Syphers. This is from first hand knowledge.
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M68B-884 : 19 December 2020), Polly W Kingsbury in household of Harvey Kingsbury, Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/15688628/polly-wright-kingsbury : accessed 06 July 2021), memorial page for Polly Wright Kingsbury (3 Jun 1787–24 Nov 1871), Find A Grave: Memorial #15688628, citing Center Cemetery, Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by David Simpson (contributor 46841829) .

  • Hale collection Connecticut grave stones
  • Revolutionary War Records Section, The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions Application or Roswell Wright.

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I have a copy of the pension application for Roswell Wright and widow Abigail Benton.
posted by Becky (Nally) Syphers

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