Mary "Polly" Johnston

Female 1797 - 1870  (72 years)


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  • Name Mary "Polly" Johnston 
    Born 19 Jan 1797  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 18 Jan 1870  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Hill Graveyard, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I23790  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2012 

    Family 1 Henry John Alexander Hill,   b. 7 Feb 1774, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1825, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [5
    _MARRIED
    _MSTAT Partners 
    Children 
     1. Harriet Hill,   b. 22 Sep 1808, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1886, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Elenza Grundy "Linsey" Hill,   b. 1 Feb 1822, (Warren County)Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1901, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. George Washington Hill
     4. Sarah "Sally" Hill
     5. Andrew Jackson Hill
     6. William Carroll Hill
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F8383  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Basil Bess,   b. 0___ 1804, (Spartanburg County) South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1881, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married Aft 1825 
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1850  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Issie John Bess,   b. 0___ 1834, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F9581  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Jan 1797 - Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1850 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Jan 1870 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hill Graveyard, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Henry J. A. HILL and Polly JOHNSTON (JOHNSON)

      Henry J. A. HILL and Polly JOHNSTON (JOHNSON)
      Posted By: Jackie Hill Bower
      Date: Saturday, 16 December 2000, at 9:10 a.m.

      Searching for more information on Polly JOHNSTON (often found as JOHNSON) b. Jan. 19, 1787. She was the long time paramour of Henry John Alexander HILL, b.
      Feb. 7, 1774 NC, eldest son of Isaac HILL, Sr. and Lucinda Wallace.

      Henry m. Susannah Swales Savage (widow of Sterling Savage, Sr.) on Jan. 6, 1796 in NC, moved to GA abt. 1800 and in 1802 settled in Warren Co., TN on Hill's
      Creek, where many of the members of the HILL family are now buried.

      While in GA, young Polly Johnston met Henry and his family and was persuaded to move to TN with them. She bore him six children and had a home next to his wife and their seven children. Polly's name and birthdate and the names of her children with Henry are all entered into the HJA HILL family Bible in a column next to Susannah's name and Susannah's children. (I have scans of the Bible pages and it clearly lists Polly's surname as "Johnston" with the "t", despite Polly's marker in the Hill's Creek Cemetery which reads "Polly Johnson Bess".

      It appears to be a modern replacement marker. She is buried at the foot of Henry's grave while his wife Susannah is to his righ.) Polly married Bazel Bess b. 1806, in later years after Henry died Aug. 1, 1825. Polly had one son with Bazel, Issie John BESS, b. 1834.

      I am searching for the names of Polly's parents, her place of birth, and any known siblings. Any bit of information appreciated.

      My HILL genealogy site is located at: http://www.geocities.com/abackwardglance
      My GEDCOM is at: http://www.my-ged.com/ihillsr
      http://www.geocities.com/abackwardglance

      end of note
    • Longtime paramour of H J A Hill - she is entered in the Hill family bible as Johnston. Both hers and Susannah's children are entered there.

      end of note [4]
    • Polly, Henry and Susannah are all buried in the Center Hill Cemetery (formerly called Hill's Creek Cemetery) outside McMinnville, TN. Some time after Henry died in 1824, Polly married a Mr. Bazle Bess (date unknown) and had one son, Issie John Bess in 1834. In the 1850 census for Warren Co., TN she does not show up in the household for Bazel Bess, although her 16 yr. old son is listed, and her mother-in-law, Mary Bess are there. When she died, her children by Henry wished to bury her on the other side of Henry.

      The "legitimate" children of Susannah objected and erected an iron fence around the graves of Henry and Susannah in order to keep Polly "out." The children of Polly had to settle for burying Polly at the foot of Henry's grave outside the fence. The fence 1 CONC is no longer in place but the three graves are clearly marked as described.

      Polly's gravestone had been replaced in more recent times and reads simply: "Polly Johnson Bess Jan. 19, 1787 April 18, 1870"

      end of comment [6]

  • Sources 
    1. [S32365] "Warren County,Tennessee Cemetery Book 2 - Annotated, Cemeteries G-L" by, p. 162.

    2. [S11341] "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC6S-NS9 : 9 N.

    3. [S101] findagrave.com.

    4. [S45924] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GScid=1970927&GRid=36422569&.

    5. [S83] "Warren County,Tennessee Cemetery Book 2 - Annotated, Cemeteries G-L" by, p. 162.

    6. [S46118] http://www.reocities.com/abackwardglance/IsaacHill2004Dec.GED.