Sunday, July 31, 2016

Correcting errors and following the Pollock line

While checking my tree on Ancestry I noticed an error for the parents of my 3rd-great-grandmother, Emily Rachel Davis. For some reason, the tree had reverted to an earlier error which listed different parents instead of the correct Azariah Davis and Jane Conner. I fixed this by making the correct parents set as preferred and deleting out the parents listed in error. Then I went the next level up in the tree and had another look at Azariah's parents, Henry Davis and Rachel Pollock. For Rachel, I have her father as Samuel Pollock and mother listed as Jane. From here I pick up on the Pollock line.

Rachel's brother, Abraham Pollock, was born in 1787 in Pennsylvania. Abraham served in the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812, attaining at least the rank of Sergeant in Col. Miles Stephenson's 2nd Regiment. According to Lorle Porter's book, A People Set Apart: Scotch-Irish in Eastern Ohio (found via Google Search), Abraham was a sergeant in Joseph King McCune's company. This company served between 12 February and 12 August 1813. I have not yet gone to the National Archives to see a copy of Abraham's service record, but I may do that later this summer.

After the War of 1812, Abraham married Jane Bigger, and appears in the 1820, 1830 and 1840 US Census in Muskingum County, Ohio. Abraham patented 157 acres of land in Muskingum County in 1820. A short reference to Abraham appears in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County:

Pollock was later elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, serving for Muskingum County in 1839 and 1840. He appears in the Huron Reflector on 25 February 1840, quoted as arguing on behalf of William Henry Harrison, who was running for President in 1840.
Huron Reflector (Ohio), 25 Feb 1840.
Abraham died in Muskingum County sometime before May 1842.

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