My g-g-grandmother was Mary Jane Crowley who married Ainsley Polson and lived in Chesterfield Co. She was born around 1802-1808. Ainsley's mother was named Elizabeth Polson (Poulson, Polston) who according to oral tradition was never married. I don't know who Mary Jane's parents were. There was a William Crowley living in the county around this same time (had land on Bear Creek in 1814). In the 1850 Chesterfield census, many Grooms and Crowleys are listed as adjoining neighbors to my g-g-grandfather's family.
During a visit to Charleston 2 years ago, I discovered there were some Crowleys buried in Cross, SC and according to this forum, some Groom's families were also from Cross.
Does anyone know the early history of Cross, SC, say the late 1700s and early 1800s. I'm trying to make a connection between the Polson families, Crowleys and/or Grooms.
I do know there was a John Polston and Joseph Grooms listed in the 1790 Charleston census and a John Polson and Joseph Grooms listed in the 1800 census for Marlboro Co. which is the next co. east of Chesterfield.
Nancy Hughes, who has done extensive research on the Grooms familiy, has also made a connection between the Grooms and the Ivys and there is an Elizabeth Ivy (90 yrs old) living with William Polson (Ainsley's half brother) in the 1850 Chesterfield census.
I think that's it's more than a coincidence that Polsons, Crowleys, Grooms and Ivy are all living next door to each other in Chesterfield Co. in 1850.
Please, all you researchers of these families, please contact me and let's try to piece together a story of these early families. I'll be very happy to share what I have and since I live near the SC archives and history, I will do any reasonable search upon request to verify info.
As you know, Chesterfield Co. is considered a burned district but I do have a few records (land conveyances, probate, death certs etc.). I just need some help in filling in the gaps about the families I've mentioned.
I'm particularly interested in when these families entered America and where did they settle.