Here is my two cents. To the best of the ability of most of the notable Pogue "scholars", such as Vernon Pogue, the confusion comes from alot of oral history and not enough facts, but if you combine the oral with what facts we do have I come up with what I have posted. There were Pogue's that started in Maryland, and spelled their name...Polke, or Pollock or Pogue, depending on who was writing the census report/ and or tax report, and or land report. Remember, alot of people did not read or write and the person doing the writing had to "sound out" the spelling of the name, and these ancestors had Irish brogues. Example, John Pogue born abt 1698 married Sarah Preble( or Prebble or Prible) and you can find it -John Pogue found in:
Maryland Marriages and Genealogies, 1634-1820
Listed in: Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759
Page number: 51
you can also find the same marriage listed this way:John Poloke found in:
U.S./International Marriage Records, 1340-1980
Marriage Year: 1720
Gender: The gender of John Poloke is male.
Spouse: Sarah Preble
Birth Year: 1702
Birth Location Code: MD
Source Number: 95.000
Same couple. They had a son Joseph Pogue, yet in his Grandmother's Will she spells his last name as Poloke yet he is listed in the Census and the Tax roll as Pogue.
Now based on family oral history, we have the Pogue's going from Maryland to North Carolina to Tennessee and some stayed there and others went on to Missouri. Then there are their cousins who landed and went directly to VA and settled...same names, with kids named the same...easy to cross. Such was the case with Zacharaih's family. A Jospeh in VA married an Elizabeth Duncan and in NC Joseph married an Elizabeth Martin who, I believe was Zach's mother. I believe her age is probably an error in the 1850 Census, although by oral history, she may have already moved to Missouri with Joseph by then and this Elizabeth is someone else. If anyone finds out for sure, I would love to know as well.
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