For the last couple of years, I have been researching–with a cyber-friend–the Pyron family. Much is uncertain, but I think I can say with some assurance that the parents of Kezia(h) Pyron were John Pyron
and Mary Cates.
John Pyron,born ca. 1740, probably in James City (Henrico Co.), VA, married Mary Cates (probably in Orange Co, NC), died aft. 1790. Mary Cates Pyron died ca. January 1785 in Caswell Co.,NC.
John Pyron bought land in Orange Co., NC from his father-in-law, John Cates. His son–also named John–and the younger John’s cousin William moved to Mecklenburg Co., NC, apparently in the 1780s. John “Pyront” appears in the NC state census of 1786 in the Gloucester district of Caswell Co.,NC, in a household with one male between the
ages of 21 and 60, 3 males under 21 or over 60, and 7 females (p. 3, line 9) . In the 1790 census of NC, John Pyron appears in the Salisbury District, Mecklenburg Co.(p. 162, col. 3, line 41)with two white males over 16, two under 16, and 2 females. (Also in Mecklenburg Co., District #14,are William Polk Sr. and Jr., Capt. Charles Polk, John Polk Jr., and Thomas Polk Jr.–and two of the
daughters of John and Mary Cates Pyron married members of this Polk family.)
The will of John Cate(s), Jr. of Caswell County, NC, 1785, names his daughter “Margery” Pryon, John Pyron, and grandson Joshua Pyron.
Children of John Pyron and Mary Cates
1. John Pyron, born 1762, Caswell Co., NC, married Delphia Stokes (or Stoker), died ca. 1838, Lowndes County, Mississippi.
2. Keziah (Kezia) Pyron, born 18 February 1768, married, about 1790 in Mecklenberg Co., NC, Thomas Jefferson Polk, died ca. 1835, Lowndes Co., Mississippi.
3. Joshua Pyron, born ca. 1770, Caswell (Orange) Co., NC. The court records of Person Co. (Caswell Co.), NC, contain a suit for divorce of Bond V. Brown vs. Susannah Kerns which names Joshua Pyron and notes that he had moved to TN.
4. Susannah (Susan) Pyron, born 1774 , married ca, 1796 Michael Polk (the brother of her sister’s husband), died before 1850, Mecklenburg County, NC.
As to Thomas Polk:
Thomas [Jefferson] Polk, born 28 February 1771, NC, married, ca. 1792, Keziah
Pyron, who was born 18 February 1768. Keziah died ca. 1835 in Lowndes Co., MS; Thomas died ca.1864 in Lowndes Co., MS.
According to the widow’s pension file of Philopena Polk, the wife of Thomas Polk was Kezia Pyron; the brothers Thomas and Michael Polk married sisters Susan (Susannah) and Keziah Pyron.(Note: some dispute the accuracy of this pension record, and I haven’t found a marriage record–but I
believe the pension application was accurate.)
According to the 1850 and 1860 censuses for Lowndes County, Mississippi, Thomas Polk was born between 1769 and 1771 in NC. The family lived in TN for a while, where at least one of their children was born (Charles, born 1807, TN), but came to Mississippi before the marriage of their daughter Elizabeth (dated by some as 5 December 1822). The Pyrons who moved to
Lowndes County about the same time– John and his sons Richard, William, Allen, and Robert–were kin to Thomas Polk’s wife, Kezia Pyron. John Pyron was Kezia’s brother. John had moved to Tennessee before 1815 and may have lived close to Thomas and Kezia Polk there.
On 19 May 1824, Thomas Polk bought 160 acres of land in Township 16 South, Range 17 West,Section 10 in Lowndes County.. On 2 October of the same year, he bought 80 acres in the same township and range in Section 15. The General Land Office Records of the Bureau of Land Management show three patents to Thomas Polk in 1825:
State Issue Date Land Sect. Twnsp Range
MS 3/09/1825 W˝˝SE 10 16S 17W HuntsvilleMeridian MS 3/09/1825 W˝SW 10 16S 17W Huntsville Meridian
MS 3/12/1825 W˝NW 15 16S 17W Huntsville Meridian
Thomas Polk's name does not appear on any of the personal tax rolls in Lowndes Co.,
Mississippi, presumably because he was too old to pay that tax, but, beginning in 1828, he paid tax onreal property, his name being recorded as "Poke" on the tax rolls. Apparently his wife died between 1830 and 1836: In the 1830 census, there was a female of about 60 in his household, but the 1836 census shows Thomas living alone. By 1850 Thomas owned 350 acres of land valued at 1,480.00, on which his main crop was corn. His livestock, valued at $600, included two horses, two mules, eleven head of cattle, two oxen, sixteen sheep, and thirty hogs.
In the 1860 census, he is shown living with his son Charles. According to that census, Thomas was 91 years old and blind. His will was dated 27 June 1859 and probated 6 October 1864 in Lowndes County.
Prior to his death he had deeded his land in Lowndes and Monroe Counties to his children and divided his slaves among them, including deeding a share to the heirs of Elizabeth, by Deeds of Gift [Deed records 31:567, Lowndes County].
Thomas Polk is believed to be buried in an unmarked grave in Egger Cemetery, Lowndes
County; there is no record of his wife’s grave.
(Note: I haven’t found any record in Lowndes Co., MS,that gives the name of Thomas’s wife, so her identity as Keziah hinges on the pension application of Philopena Polk.)
Children of Thomas Polk and Kezia(h) Pyron:
1. John Polk, born c. 1795, NC, was living in Lowndes Co.,MS, in 1860, when he owned $500 in real property and $3,000 in personal property.
2. Mary Polk, married, 31 January 1818, in Madison County, Alabama, Jeremiah Clark, who paid taxes in Lowndes county for the years 1824-1827. They apparently moved from Lowndes County between that date and the 1830 census, perhaps to Madison County, Alabama..
3. Elizabeth Polk, born ca. 1800, NC, married 30 November 1822 James S. McCown, died 25 November 1857, Lowndes Co., MS.
4. William Polk, born 1804, died 19 August 1835, Lowndes Co., MS, buried in the
Cockerham-Robinson Cemetery in Lowndes Co.
5. Charles T. Polk, born 7 December 1807, TN, married Fereby _____ (who was born 7 January 810 in Tennessee and died, according to her tombstone, 4 June 1889), died 14 April 1892, buried in Egger Cemetery. T. J. Polk and “Charley” Polk were in Company D, 24th Regiment,CSA, the Caledonia Rifles, along with Carroll Polk. T. J. and “Charley” were probably the sons
of Charles T. Polk.
6. Thomas J. [Jefferson] Polk, born 21 March 1811 in TN, married 3 March 1832 Sarah
McGaughey, daughter of Alexander McGaughey (Lowndes Co. Marriage Book 1, page 36) Land records in the federal archives from the Mississippi land office contain a cash entry receipt dated 9 October 1833, when Thomas Jefferson Polk purchased land: receipt #315 for s/2 [south half] w/2 NW, Section 10, township 16, range 17 [Records of the General Land Office, Record Group 49, Cash Entry Abstracts for the Columbus [Mississippi] Land Office, Choctaw Meridian]. He apparently moved from the county after the 1840 census. He died 5 April 1895 in Lafayette or Pontotoc County, Mississippi.
Sons: (1) Erasmus Asbury Polk, (2) John Franklin Polk, b. 2 March 1837, married , 3 November 1872, Sinia A. Whitehead, died 1 September 1927, (3) James Thomas Polk, born 29 March,1843, (4) Samuel Madison Monroe Polk, born 21 March 1843, married Nancy Alsop.
My interest is in Elizabeth Polk, who married James S. McCown, so I haven’t researched the descendants of her siblings. Do any of these children of Thomas J. Polk strike a bell with you?
Ann Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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