This website is a family tree of the Polk Genealogy that includes that of the 11th President of the United States, James Knox Polk; along with the many other American Polks that have boldly contributed to the building of this country since the mid-1600s when our family immigrated to the New World from Ireland. The Polk family on this site originated from England to Scotland & Ireland, and the grandson of the 1st Baron of Ireland immigrated to America. One of the many African-American bloodlines in America with the Polk name is that of John Spencer Polk, born of an African-Indian slave woman known as Sally, and her master, Taylor Polk Jr, a descendant of one of America’s first families and one of the earliest white settlers in the Arkansas Territory. A favored slave, Spencer Polk became a prosperous farmer and landowner in southwestern Arkansas and the founder of a numerous and energetic family. Since emancipation the family homestead he built on Muddy Fork Creek has housed succeeding generations and has drawn back those who sought their fortunes elsewhere. Ruth Polk Patterson, the author of the book "The Seed of Sally Good’n", is a granddaughter of Spencer Polk who was born and raised in the log house he built, traces the life of Polk and his family from his birth in 1833 to the present generation is found in the book, an excellent contribution to the long neglected history of middle-class African Americans.
Present day American Polk family members should be proud of their esteemed lineage & pedigree.
Grandchildren of Sally
(The Cherokee / African American Slave)
&Taylor Polk Jr.
James G Polk, Chester A Polk, Benjamin Franklin Polk, Charles H Polk, Duglass Polk, Allen Polk
The "Polk" name in America is International. Polk originated from the name Pollock of England, they relocated to Ireland as Pollock, which was changed to the shortened version of Polk by our Irish/Scot Immigrants as evidence of a new beginning in the New World; AMERICA.
The blood line & genealogy from the time prior to immigration to America, up until present-day is recorded as indicated below, being the direct lineage to this site's author, James A Polk (1952).
IF YOUR LAST NAME IS "POLK", YOU MAY HAVE AN INTEREST IN THIS DATA.
The Pollock bloodline originated in England from the 12th Century with Robert de Polloc serving as a Knight for King Edward I of England before relocating to Scotland and Ireland. Fulbert "The Saxon" [de Polloc] (1073 England - 1153 Scotland) vassal knight of Walter fitz Alan, the 1st High Steward of Scotland, and John de Pollock ( Sir Knight (1299 - 1373).
Fulbert "The Saxon" [de Polloc]
Clan Pollock can trace its origin to Fulbert "the Saxon", a vassal knight of Walter fitz Alan from Oswestry, Shropshire, England. One of Walter fitz Alan's followers was a Richard Wallace of Oswestry, of whom Fulbert would've likely been aware. It is possible that "the Saxon" refers to the Futhorc spelling of the name Wallace.
Fulbert came to Scotland with Walter fitz Alan in about 1136 and fought for Scotland at the Battle of the Standard at Northallerton in 1138.
Fulbert's sons were granted land in Renfrewshire for the service of their father, a knight to Walter fitz Alan, reconfirmed in a charter in 1157 by Malcolm IV.
The family name is retained in place names such as Pollok, Pollokshields and Pollokshaws, all situated to the south side of the River Clyde, between Glasgow city centre and Paisley.
The church of Pollock was given to the monks of the Priory of Paisley in 1163 by Petrus de Polloc, eldest son of Fulbert. As part of a dowry for one of his daughters, Petrus bestowed the barony of Rothes upon her. Robert de Polloc, Fulbert's third son, gave the church of Mearns to the Priory of Paisley.
John de Polloc was a signatory to the Ragman Rolls subscribing allegiance to King Edward I of England in 1296.
John Pollock of Pollock fought on the side of Mary, Queen of Scots, at the Battle of Langside on 13 May 1568, only a few miles from Pollock Castle and, as a result, was forfeited of some of his lands.
John Pollock, his son, was killed on 7 December 1593 at the Battle of Dryfe Sands near Lockerbie during a battle between Clan Maxwell and the Clan Johnstone.
Robert Pollock of Pollock was knighted and made 1st Baronet of Pollock by Queen Anne in 1703 for his services to the crown.