Thank you very much for a very full response, I much appreciate the time it must have taken.I too had a problem with my first post to the forum.After that I wrote my respose in a word processor (as I am doing now).When completed I cut and paste the whole lot into the Followup screen.I also find the Pole family interesting, and out of all my various ancestors Thomas Pole MD is my favourite.
I think I might have slightly mis-led you, in that when I said that Edward never went to America, I should have said that he never emigrated to America.He may have visited and returned a few years later, but I have no evidence to support this and from what I know of him, I rather doubt it.If he did, it would have been before he was married.He was active in the Quaker movement in England - locally in Wiveliscombe where he lived and the next small town Milverton, where (on the border between the two places), he gave land for the purpose of building a meeting house for the Quakers.The building has long since gone, as has the house where he lived, but the old graveyard remains.
I would think that Edward was not brought up as a strict Catholic, and perhaps his turning to the early and emerging Society of Friends, was a reaction to the brutalities of the earlier generations.Dr. Thomas Pole clearly wrote that his grandfather (Edward) died in 1712 aged about 42 years, he didn't know the month.I have some evidence, still to be checked and explored further, that he was born five years earlier than 1670.
I am sorry to hear that you are not descended from Marmaduke and Ann Coates after all - especially after all the work you have put into this.However you presumably know the true position and I guess that this is more important.Do you know any more about Ann's date of birth (or age at death) or her marriage?I would love to hear what you have about the Coate(s) family, I have only a little on the website and the only line down from them is Newbold, which needs completing.