New subject, so I am starting another series.
Yes, I did note the two Ezekiel Polks in Cabarrus.One is the son of Charles Polk, Jr., living near his widowed mother.The other I thought might be Ezekiel Washington Polk, but age does not fit for him, as mentioned in my last reply.If this Ezekiel Polk is not Ezekiel Washington Polk, then I am at a loss to explain who he is.So far, I am unable to reconcile the situation of this man vs. Ezekiel Washington Polk and whether the said Ezekiel Washington was still alive by 1830 or what, see my previous posting re questions about Ezekiel Washington being alive as of the will of his father Capt. Charles Polk, etc.
That Ezekiel Polk you found in Monroe Co., KY., is one of the unknown Ezekiel Polks I mentioned in my previous posting, one who I had considered might be Ezekiel Washington Polk (but age does not fit all that well with the birth year of 1791, the year we have for Ezekiel Washington Polk).I read the age of the Ezekiel Polk of Monroe Co., KY., as 42, thus b. 1787-1788, NC., not that far off, age-wise, from our Ezekiel Washington Polk, but I cannot forge any ties of this Monroe Co., KY., man to our Ezekiel Washington Polk.I considered that this Monroe, KY., man might be the Ezekiel Polk of the 1830 Cabarrus census, the man who was in age category 20-29, but that is not a fit age-wise.The Ezekiel Polk of Monroe Co., KY., d. 7 Sep 1857, Madison Co., IL.His widow, Martha Jane (Clay) Polk, moved to Arkansas after remarriage to Joseph Duncan, she dying in Benton Co., AR., 4 Aug 1896.Ezekiel and Martha (Clay) Polk had several children, among them Leonidas John Bowden Polk, b. 29 June 1851, TN., possibly Macon Co., d. 30 May 1928, Riverside, CA., this man recently mentioned in this Polk forum (Stacy Davis posting) as being a singer in church in Benton Co., AR.
I have not been able to put Ezekiel Polk who m. Martha Jane Clay 23 June 1840, Madison Co., TN., with any known Polk line.And I have been unable to associate that Susan Lawrence who appears in the 1850 Ezekiel Polk hh with any Polks, either.I cannot help but think the Ky. Ezekiel is kin to the Meck. Polks, but proving it is the problem, of course.This Ezekiel Polk joins the ranks of other unknown Polks in NC., the others being of the Mecklenburg area, these men being Charles T. Polk, Archibald Polk and the John Polk who d. in 1809.We either have some missing Polk families in the Mecklenburg area or we have a lot of illegitimate Polks, this latter status I (and other researchers, too)have long considered, but I have never found any bastardy bonds for any of these Polks.Along those lines, I recently gave some more thought to "Polly" Barnett, the mother of John Polk who d. 1809, Mecklenburg.I am beginning to wonder if Mary Barnett was ever married to a Polk, thinking she may have had John Polk out of wedlock.I think this because John Polk was a witness to the will of Hugh Barnett who d. in Mecklenburg in 1798-1799, leaving will, and that Hugh Barnett had a daughter named Mary, b. c1743, and it appears this Mary was not married at the time of Hugh Barnett's death/will.I have always thought that John Polk's wife Nancy might be a Barnett (because I considered that Polly Polk, referred to as John Polk's mother in his will, might actually be his mother-in-law), but I am rethinking this (taking literally what John Polk stated, that Polly Barnett was his mother; if she was his mother-in-law, would he not so state?; hard to say), also, that the Barnett relationship between John Polk and the Barnett family may well come through the mother Mary.This does not mean that wife Nancy was not a Barnett (I simply do not know if she was or not), I am just keeping open the idea that Nancy may be of another family other than Barnett.