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Col Ezekiel Franklin Polk
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Birth: Dec. 7, 1747
Carlisle
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 1824
Bolivar
Hardeman County
Tennessee, USA

Son of William Polk I &
Margaret [Taylor] Polk

1st married Mary Winslow Wilson
1769 - Anson Co., North Carolina

2nd married Bessie Campbell
1792 - Mecklenburg Co., NC

3rd married Sophia Neely
November 24, 1810 - Maury Co., TN

Revolutionary War - commanded a
company of Cavalry Rangers under
Col. William Thompson, that fought
at Cane Brake, December 22, 1775.
He rose to the rank of colonel.
Served in the defense of Sullivan's
Island and was at the battle of
Rayborn Creek, July 15, 1776.
A signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration.

After the war, Polk's atheist beliefs
brought him increasing conflicts with
his neighbors. By 1790 he removed his
immediate family to Tennessee, becoming
one of the pioneers in the area that is
now Hardeman County.


EPITAPH - Colonel Ezekiel Polk,
grandfather of James K Polk,
President of the United States of America.

Here lies the dust of old E.P.,
One instance of mortality.
Pennsylvania born, Carolina bred,
In Tennessee died upon his bed.
His youthful days were spent in pleasure,
His later days in gathering treasure.
From superstition lived quite free,
And practiced strict morality.
To holy cheats was never willing
To give one solitary shilling.
He can forsee--and forseeing
He equals most men in being--
That Church and State will join their power,
And misery on their country shower;
The Methodist, with their camp-brawlings,
Will be the cause of this downfalling;
An error not desined to see,
He waits for poor posterity.
First fruits and tenths are odious things,
And so are bishops, tithes and kings.



Carlisle was in Lancaster Co. until Cumberland Co. was created 1750.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Polk (1700 - 1753)
  Margaret Taylor Polk (1704 - 1763)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Jane Winslow Wilson Polk (1746 - 1791)
  Bessie Campbell Polk*
  Sophia Neely Polk*
 
 Children:
  Samuel Polk (1772 - 1827)*
  John Polk (1775 - 1809)*
  Clarissa Polk McNeal (1782 - 1846)*
  Mary Ophelia Polk Hardeman (1785 - 1835)*
  Benigna Polk Wood (1816 - 1887)*
  Edwin Polk (1818 - 1854)*
 
 Siblings:
  Susannah Polk Alexander (1725 - 1813)*
  Charles Polk (1732 - 1821)*
  Thomas Polk (1732 - 1794)*
  Deborah Polk McCleary (1734 - 1811)*
  Ezekiel Franklin Polk (1747 - 1824)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Polk Cemetery
Bolivar
Hardeman County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: LoRetta Hughes
Record added: Apr 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18808120
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- George Bacon
 Added: Jun. 24, 2014
Honoring Col Ezekiel Franklin Polk,DAR Ancestor Number A090075, one of the Heroes who fought at the Battle of King's Mountain
- Vonnie Cantrell
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014

- Barbara Sloan Darst
 Added: Mar. 15, 2014
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