That would make us about 4th cousins, Don Block is also a descendant of Virginia.
I was also able to get some sharper resolution images from the Civil War, apparently, our GGG Grandfather served for a few months in the civil war, enlisting at the stated age of 60, but I do believe that he was older than 60. In his discharge papers, he did state that he was born in Washington County, KY.
He joined the 9th Cavalry. KY. August 10th, was mustered in on Aug. 22nd 1862. He went on furlough October 15th, 1862, and was discharged "Disability arising from Old Age."
The events he would have been in is the Battle of Richmond, KY. And the Battle of Perryville, and the reoccupation of Harrodburg.
Interestingly, the first raid made by Morgan's Raiders in July of 1862, went straight through Mackville, and along Cornishville Road, where on his discharge papers, he asked for any correspondence to be sent, so I am suspecting that he actually lived closer to the county line of Mercer County than to Mackville. Email me at iamthewabbit1 (at) Yahoo (dot) com, and I will send you a copy of that and his muster rolls.
I am waiting on some service papers for him from that period, as well as the James S. that served in the 6th KY Cavalry.
Earlier I mentioned that the younger James, Andrew and William served together in the 6th Cavalry, I don't think that William may have been the Sydney William I mentioned earlier. But he may have been another brother, or a Cousin of James and Andrew.
William died April 27/28th 1865, due to the broiler explosion on the SS Sultana. Both he and Andrew were captured by W.H. Jackson's Cavalry division of Lt. Gen. Bedford Forrest's Rebel Cavalry on April 1st, 1864. James became ill Nov. of 1864, and stayed on the sick list until the end of the war.
If James the elder is indeed born in Washington County, KY about 1792, that would most likely make his father one of the founders of the county or of Nelson County which Washington County was carved from.
There may also be a "Beam" connection as well, as a few of the Polly's there lived either next to or near members of the Beam family. Though they may not of intermarried with the Beams, the founder of what we now know as the Jim Beam distilleries, sold his first barrels of Bourbon Whiskey in Washington County.
I would like any info you have on all the Washington County Polly's as that is where I found my GG Grandfather. I also note there was a John Polly, a Real Polly, and a Jesse Polly near James (The elder) in Washington County.
Real appeared in Knox County in 1810, and apparently resided in Franklin County before moving to Washington County sometime after 1830.
I also found a "Merrit Polly" residing just North of Wash. Co., in Spencer County. But I have not pursued the notion if he was related.
Thanks for your info here, as well as the time you've researched for the past 58+ years!