As stated above, Thomas Pole became the senior Pole pretender to the throne upon the death of his older brother, Arthur. As such, he would have felt the need for secrecy about his family than any of the others during the continuing attempt to exterminate all Pole pretenders.
And there would have been, at most, three generations of Poles between Thomas and Edward Pole, the father of our Ann (Pole) Coate and her brothers, John and Edward. We know that Ann came to America after marrying Marmaduke Coate; and nothing more is known of her brother John, who might have also come to America. We also now know that her brother Edward did not come to America, but his son John did do so.
John, son of Edward and Grace (Jones) Pole, had a son John, who married Rachel Smith; they had a son named Thomas, who married Elizabeth Barrett; they had a son named Thomas, who married Mary Martin; they had a son named Thomas, who married M. A. Blunt.
Edward and Grace (Jones) Pole also had a daughter, Ann Pole, who married Christopher Young; they had a son named Thomas Young, who married Sarah Davis; and they had a son also named Thomas Young.
Edward and Grace (Jones) Young also had another son whom they named Thomas Pole, who died very young.
They then had yet another son, whom they also named Thomas Pole - after the death of their other son of the same name, who had died before the last birth. They were determined to have a son named Thomas Pole.
This constant repetition of the name Thomas among the Pole descendants in America offers considerable evidence that they were all descended from that last senior Pole pretender to the throne. They were memorializing him
There is other circumstantial evidence of noble - and possibly royal descent of Ann (Pole) Coate; and thus of her brother Edward Pole. I will discuss that in the next posting.
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