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Mary Polly McDonald Adams
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Birth: 1780
Death: Nov., 1848
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

burial not confirmed in this cemetery, but this we know she died in Lexington 1848. She was the d/o Charles and Hanna McDonald who were living in Lexington at least in 1806.
Mary Polly McDonald Adams cohabited on and off with William Pritchartt, cared for him until his death in 1830 and bore two of his children, William Pritchartt and Mary Pritchartt. For some reason he would not marry her even though a covenant was drawn up November of 1818 prior to his departure to Philidelphia, and should he not return to marry, she was entitled to $6000 from his estate. She held him to this after his death with a lawsuit.

Mary Polly Adams operated a store on Mullberry Street as early as 1815 per census. She was single mother and we believe William Pritchartt found it convenient to sell his merchandise at that location and also live there. This is under study.

More to be written about her.

She married Robert Adams in January 10, 1810. This marriage ended in a divorce August 1813. No children born to said marriage. Mary Polly McDonald Adams was pleased to have a married name as she had a daughter Eliza born out of wedlock November 24, 1802. Her daughter Elizabeth married William Ater. Elizabeth took the name Adams per her marriage record to William Ater and William Pritchartt was bondsman.

After the death of William Pritchartt, his administrators in 1832 sued Polly Adams for slaves Amanda and Charlotte (Lotty) they believed belonged to Pritchartt. They did not as he gave them to her. In reference to the depostition by Mary Polly McDonald Adams in 1832 she summoned as her witnesses, Mary Garrett, Eliza Ater (her daughter) and a Kitty and Elizabeth Admas. We are unable to establish relationships for last two names but will continue to research. Mary Ashton was Mary nee Spangler or McDonald and may be a sister to Polly.

2000 Poster had researcher Elwood Shirley, in Lexington investigate this family and he concluded that the parents of Mary McDonald moved out of state possibly to Indiana. We have been unable to locate them or siblings.

November 1848
Fayette County Court Order Book 12 pages 270 & 271 dated Nov 1848.
Abraham S Drake administrator ordered Francis McLear, Leonard Wheeler ,Jacob Ashton and Charles Norton who have been appointed by the Fayette County Court to view and appraise the person estate of Polly Adams deceased personally appeared before the subscriber a justice of the peace for said County and were sworn to view
said property.

In her estate Dr Baker was paid for taking care of her grandchild. We are unable to figure this out as she lived in Lexington and her known son lived in St Louis Mo. This is under study and will continue until facts are sorted out correctly. The only grandchild we can say in 1848 would be William W Ater b 1832, however he was almost of age 16.
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  Eliza Adams Ater (1802 - 1833)*
  William Howard Pritchartt (1822 - 1877)*
*Calculated relationship
Lexington Cemetery
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Anne Rupert
Record added: Mar 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67373340
Mary Polly <i>McDonald</i> Adams
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