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^Elizabeth; '"^Willie J. Residence, Kemp, Texas.

(.5) Robert Smith Watkins, b. Jan. 31, 1852, married
Murphia Collins. No issue. Residence, Kemp, Texas.

(6) AI. E. Watkins, b. Oct. 31, 1854; d. Jan. 14, 1870.

(7) Judge Albert Bacon Watkins, b. Aug. 4, 1857, mar-
ried Laura Murchison. Issue: Royal R., only child. Resi-
dence, Athens, Texas.

John Polk Watkins and his brother, Jesse Watkins, were
Confederate soldiers in the Civil AA'ar.

SKETCH OF REV. R. O. WATKINS.

Rev. Richard Overton Watkins, who married Amanda
M. Pdlk, daughter of John Polk and Elizabeth Allen, in
March, 1842, in San Augustine County, Texas, was a native
of Tennessee. He was born near the town of Clarksville, on
the Cumberland River, March 31, 1810. He was educated



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at Sharon, Miss., and removed with his father to Texas in
1833, and settled first near Clarksville. Texas, and later at
Nacogdoches, Texas. He was the first Protestant minister
ordained in the Republic of Texas, the Presbytery meeting
at the time in old Fort Houston. He was a soldier in the
early Indian and ^Mexican wars, in Texas. He was a son of
Capt. Jesse Watkins. wdio was killed by the Indians in Texas
in November, 1838. He lived at Kemp, Texas, and died there
on ]\Iay 27, 189T, in his eighty-second year. He spent his
life continuously in the ministry, and was much interested in
the higher educational matters of his church in the State.



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SKETCH OF JUDGE A. B. WATKINS.

Albert Bacon Watkins, son of Rev. R. O. Watkins and
Amanda (Polk) Watkins, was born at Kemp, in Kaufman
County, Texas, Aug. -1, A. D., 1857. He was educated at
Trinity University, graduating there in 1877. He studied
law at Kaufman, Texas, with the law firm of ^Nlanion & Adams,
who were at the time well known throughout the State. He
was admitted to the bar at Kaufman in September, 1879, and
shortly afterwards became a member of the firm and moved
to the town of Athens and continued with the firm until the
death of one of its members. He was District Judge of the
Third Judicial District of Texas, including Houston, Ander-
son and Henderson Counties, in 1892, and afterwards, but
has never held any other ofiice. He has engaged in the active
practice of the law ever since. He was Most Worshipful
Grand Master of Masons in Texas for the years 1896 and 1897.

MEMORANDA OF THE POLK FAMILY IN TEXAS.

(By Judge A. B. Watkins, Athens, Texas.)

Two of the sons of John Polk and Eleanor (Shelby) Polk
emigrated from Tennessee to Texas, namely : Charles ("Civil
Charlie"), and his brother John Polk. Both of them settled
at first in San Augustine County. They moved to Texas
about the year 1810. Charles, the elder, came with his f.uir
sons. John'C'Jacky"), Andrew, Charles and Alfred, and also



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his daughter, Cvnthia, who was then married to her cousin,
J JiU i'oik, t.-n of his brother J> hn above mentioned.

Charles Polk was born in Charlotte, N. C, January 18,
1760. He fought in the war of the Revolution, and told my
father that his father, who was at the time a middle aged man,
was also a soldier and an ot^cer.

Charles Polk married Miss ^largaret Baxter, in North
Carolina, later moved to Alaury County, Tennessee, and not
long afterwards moved over near Bolivar, Tenn.,' where he
resided until he moved to Texas in lS4t). He lived to l)e
quite an old man and died in San Augustine County, Texas,
about the year 1S4G or 1847. He was rather a small sized man,
light haired and blue-eyed, and quite active and vigorous
almost up to the date of his death.

John Polk, his l^rother, also came, with at least one son,
John. My information is that he was two years younger than
his brother Charles. He lived in San Augustine County sev-
eral years with or near his son, Jnhn, who had married Cyntliia
Polk, before coming to Texas, and they each afterwards moved
to Leon Count}^, Texas. He died there, as I have been in-
formed, about 1849, and his son John died about six years later.

Taylor Polk, their other brother, is said to have moved
to Arkansas, and the Texas people know but little of his
family, although I am told that the Corsicana Polks are some
of his descendants.



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JUDGE ALBERT B. WATKINS,
Athens, Tex.



THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LISRAflY



ASr(?R, LFNOX AND
TILD'"N FOUNDATIONS.



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CHAPTER XLII.

CHILDREN OF CHAS. POLK AND WIFE MARGARET.

Of the children of Charles Polk and his wife, Alargaret, I
add briefly as to all except John.

Jane, the oldest daughter, fi is L niai -rtefl- a yiv. Fowler,
and afterwards John Potts, and moved from Tennessee down
into Alabama. I can give but little of her family history.

William married Miss Xancy Petty and moved from
LaCrange, Tenn., to Holly Springs, Aliss. He lived and died
in that State. All the other members of the family came
to Texas.

Andrew, married a Miss Martha Tindle, and after-
wards moved to Alissouri, and thence later to Texas, and
settled in Cherokee County. He had several children. One
of them, a daughter, married James Anderson, a distinguished
attorney. They lived at Rusk, and later at Waco. They left
children who reside now in Waco and in Austin, Texas .

Cynthia Polk (daughter of "Civil Charley" Polk), married
her cousin, John Polk, and they moved to Texas about 1840,
and settled near the town of San Augustine. With my mother,
at least, she had the reputation of being the brainiest of the
Polks in this part of the country.

Charles Polk, sixth child of Charles and Margaret (Bax-
ter) Polk, married Elizabeth Hayne, and moved to Leon
County, Texas. I can give but the least information possible
about his family. I know he had one son. He died there,
and I am of the impression that he did not have a very large
family.

Alfred Polk, youngest child of "Civil Charley" Polk and
Margaret (Baxter) Polk, married Xancy Mclvor. They moved
from Tennessee to Texas with several of the other members
of the family and settled about four miles west of the town of



340 POL K F A M I LY AND KINS M E N

San Augustine. They raised a large family. Alfred Polk, or
Judge Polk, as he was most commonly known, represented the
highest type of good citizenship. For fifty years he com-
manded the undiminished love and esteem of the people of
his part of the State. It might be added that his good wife,
Nancy, claimed also an abiding place in the hearts of her neigh-
bors and friends.

JOHN POLK AND FAMILY.

John Polk was the second child and eldest son of Charles
Polk and Margaret Baxter.

John married Elizabeth Allen, who at the time resided
in Kentucky. All of their children were born and most of
them married while they resided near Boli\'ar. Tenn. They
came to Texas with the others of the family and settled firsi
near San Augustine, and afterwards moved up into Nacog-
doches County, and lived there until they both died. He died
in 1866, at about 84 years of age. His wife, Elizabeth, died
when 70 years of age. He was, like all the other Polks, in
Texas, a slave owner. All of their children came with them to
Texas except the two older ones, William A. Polk and Charles
Grandison Polk, who remained in Tennessee, near ^yhere they
were born.

COL. WILLIAM KNOX POLK'S DESCENDANTS.
(By Mrs. Grace Hemingway, Jackson, Miss.)

Col. Wm. Knox Polk, of Holly Springs, Miss., (son of
Civil Charley Polk and Margaret Baxter, of North Carolina,
and grandson of John Polk and Eleanor Shelby), emigrated
at an early day from Tennessee to Mississippi. In his new lo-
cation he became a planter, raising cotton principally. He
was married to Nancy Petty, by whom he had six children :
^Isabella Polk, b. Oct. 7. 1815. married 1834 to Dr. C. S. Bowen,
d. 1896; ^Emeline Polk, b. about 1817, married Peter B. Jones,

d. ; "'Jane Polk, b. about 1819. married Dr. R. S. Lucas, d.

1865; ^Laurentine S. Polk, b. about 1821, d. at 27. at Memphis;
^Amanda Polk, b. about 1823. also died voung; <'\\'illiam I.



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Polk, b. about l.s-25. d. , married 1st Alaggie Coopwood,

2nd Alattie E. Moore.

Isabella Polk. (b. Oct. 7. 1815). married Dr. C. S. Bowen
1834, d. 18!)(). They had eleven children viz :

(Ij Emily Bowen, b. 1835, married in 1853 to Dr. S. P.
Lester, of Batesville, Miss. Emilv d. in 18G5 leavins" four
children : MJelle. b. 1855, married J. IM. Cox. in 18T4, thev had
issue: ^Lillian, b. 1876, d. about 189-1. -William, b. 1879. mar-
ried Lois Jackson, in 1905, they had issue: HVilliam Jr., b.
19U8; ^I^ois, b. 1910. ^^ester, b. 1884. married Estelle Kinch-
loe. ^Louise, b. 1887, married Jules Tombs in 1905, they had
issue ^Bessie, b. 19()G; -Mary Alice, b. 1907, d. 1908; -"John
Dudley, b. 1910 ; M^owen. b. Dec. 1889 : '"Leonard, b. Jan. 1897.
-Bowen, b. 1857. not married. ^Maude, b. 18G0, married G.
H. Watkins, d. 1897. ^Jessie, b. 18G4. married Rev. R. A. X.
Wilson, 1892. they had issue: H:,erald. b. 1893, d. 1898; -Lester,
b. 1895; ^Robert, b. 1898; ^Dorothy, b. 19ni ; «William. b. 1904

(2) Eliza Bowen. daug-hter of Dr. C. S. Bowen. b. Sey')^
13, 1837. married Dr. A\'ilbur F. Hyer. April 21. 18G1. d. Oct
11. 1909. Issue: ^Lucy. b. Sept. 5. 18G2. d. 1873. -Jane, b
Dec. 21. 18G4. married Richard P. Moore. Aug. 29. 1889. the\
b.ad issue: ^George, b. June 28, 1890; -Richard P. Jr., b. June
IG, 1892; '"Grace, b. Dec. 4. 1894. d. June 8. 1896; ^Elise. b.
June 10. 1897; Wlarshall. b. ^lay 18. 1899. d. May 16, 1900;
^Frances, b. Nov. 30. 1903 ; 'Wilbur, b. April 24. 1906. ^'Emily.
Frances Bowen. b. March 25. 1867. married James H. Price,
April' 26. 1904. ^John ^IcRaven, b. ^larch 15. 18G9. d. 1876,
'^Grudchen, h. Nov. 11. 1871, married Charles A'. Akin, June 1.
1893. d. Dec. 31. 19(iO. they had issue: ^Lois. b. April 7, 1894;
-Aliriam. b. Sept. 21. 1896, d. Dec. 1896; =^Gladys, b. Sept. 5,
1897. "Grace Bowen. b. Jan. 21. 1874. married Wm. Heming-
way, June 19. 191)1. they had two chidren who died in infancy.
^Wilbur F. Jr.. (called "Tom"L b. Jan. 22. 1877. unmarried.
^Eric Bowen, b. Xov. 14. 1881. unmarried.

(3) David Bowen. b. 1839. married Emma Kay in 1870, d.
1895. Issue: ^Stella, b. 1869. d. 1873. -Wm. Bates, b. 1872, d.
1912. ^Paul Kay. b. 1875. married and had two children, and
d. in 1908. ^Emma. b. 1880. married 19imi, had two children,
married 2nd time 1909 . '"Annie Rose, b. 18S4, d. 1885.



342 P LK F A M I LY A X D K I M S M E N

(■i) Amanda Bowen, b. ISttl, married Van Potts, 1865.
Issue: ^William b. 1866, d. 1867. -James, b. 1868, married
Mamie Barlow, 1899, d. about 1903, they had two children.
^Robinson, b. 1870, unmarried. -^Bowen, b. 1872, d. 1878.
^Van, b. 1875, married Virgie Lester 1897, they had issue:

lAIelvin. b. 1898; , b. 1900, d. 1901; ^Aubrey, b. 1902;

^Noel b. 1905; ^Twins, b. 1907, d. 1908; «T. W., b. 1909.

(5j William Polk Bowen, b. 18-L4, married Alice Bost, in
1866. Lives in Texas. Issue: ^Alfred, b. 1868; "Charles, b.
1871; ^Cliff, b. 1880.

(6) Alattie Bowen, b. 1846, married James S. Taylor, 1869.
Issue :iKatie, b. 1870, d. 1871. -J. G., b. 1872, d. about 1906,
unmarried. ^Christopher, b. 1875. '^Ernest, b. 1880, married
Effie Tucker, 1906, they had issue: ^Ernestine, b. 1908. ^Guy,
b. 1882 is unmarried.

(7) Robert Bowen, b. 18-18, unmarried.

(8) Christopher Strong Bowen, b. 1850, married Georgia
Mims 1879, d. 1885. Issue: ^-Xnnie, b. 1880, married Walter
Knotts 1899, three children : Ned, Elizabeth and Walter.
-Mims, b. 1881, unmarried. '^Sarah, b. 1883, unmarried.

(9) Charles Bowen, b. 1852, d. 1858.

(10) Alice Bowen, b. 1856, unmarried.

(11) Edward Reese Bowen, b. 1862, married Rosa Eddins
in 1891. Issue: one child, Christopher Strong Bowen, Jr.

Emeline Polk, second child of Col. Wm. Knox Polk, mar-
ried Peter Jones. They had issue:

(1) Laura Jones, married Van H. Potts.

(2) Kate Jones, married Van H. Potts (2nd wife). For
his third wife he married their cousin, Amanda Bowen, daugh-
ter of Isabella. Issue by first two wives: ^Kate May, mar-
ried Howard Harris, and had issue: Robert, Lois, Van, Karen,
Lily, Flavia.

(3) Marshall Branch Jones married Ellen Xesbit. He is
long since dead and she lives in Memphis. Their children
were: ^\nna, not married; -^lay; ^Lelia, married during the
winter of 1911-12, husbands name unknown; ^Nina, married
Dr. Miller and lives at Hillsboro, Tex., they had two children
Dorothy Hyer and Lutie Staiars ; ^Evelyn, married E. B.
A\'illiams and lives in ^Meridian, Miss., they had issue: Evelyn,



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and a son, I think ; ''Lutie Polk, married Mr. Staiars and lives
in Xew York City.

(4) Lucas Polk, married A'irginia Spencer. He is dead
and she resides in the West. Issue: ^Stanley Branch; -Alma;
^Lon Xeal; ^Marshall Drane.

(5) :\IolIie Jones, married W. W. Perkins and d. I89r.
Issue : ^Howard, married Floy Potts, one child, ]\Iary Ann ;

-Florence, unmarried; "Louis, married Louise ; •*Clilt,

unmarried; ^Fred. married Ethel Fuqua ; "'Gladys, unmarried.

(6) Katie Jones, married Marshall Bouldin. One child
Marshall Jones liouldin. He is married and lives in Clarks-
dale.

{1 ) Lily Jones, married W. D. Porter, of Oxford, and d.
several years ago. One child. Earl, who married ]\Iiss Moore.

(8) Sue Jones, unmarried, lives in [Memphis.

Jane Polk, daughter of Col. \\m. Knox Polk, b. 1S19, d.
1865, married Dr. R. S. Lucas and had two daughters, Mollie J.
and Baza, who d. unmarried.

Laurentine S. Polk, b. about 18'31, d. unmarried aged 27
years.

Amanda Polk. b. about 1S23, also died young.

A\'illiam I. Polk, b. about 1825, married first ^laggie Coop-
wood, second ]\Iattie E. Moore. He had issue: ^William C.
Polk, by first wife ; -Jessie Lee Forrest Polk : ^Frank Folk ;
•^Allie L. Polk. William I. Polk resided in ^^lemphis, Tenn.,
and was engaged in the stock trade.

SKETCH OF HEADLEY POLK.
(By his daughter, Miss Annie Polk, San Marcos, Texas.)

Headley Polk's father was Shelby Polk and his mother,
Winifred Colburn. of ^lecklenburg County. X. C. He was a
grandson of Col. Thomas Polk, of South Carolina, and ?^larv
(Shelby) Polk, grand-daughter of the famous General Evan
Shelby, of Xorth Carolina. Headley's great grandfather was
A\'illiam Polk, eldest son of \\'illiam Polk and Margaret Tay-
lor, and brother of General Thomas, Capt. Ezekiel, Capt.
Charles and Capt. John Polk, all of whom bore conspicuous
parts in the struggle for Indepedence.

Headlev Polk was born in Xorth Carolina Xov. 10, 1812,



344 POLK F A M 1 L Y AND K I N S M E N

and moved with his parents, when Init a child, to W'est Tenn-
essee, then a new and undevehjped country, wliere he grew to
manhood. He was born at a time when men were tested as
to what sort they were. Having" hjst his father when young,
Headley nobly assumed the responsibility of earning and pro-
viding for the family, and though he had all his life longed to
"go A\^est," he would not do so until he had secured his mother,
brothers and sisters a home.

On June 3, 1845, Headley was married to ]\Iiss Eliza Se-
bastian, of Maury County, Tenn., and in the fall of the same
year he moved to Texas, where he, as one of her noblest citi-
zens, ever afterward identified himself with her interests.
By his in(lomita])le energy and great perserverance he over-
came the great olxstacles that he had encountered, and was a
success in the commercial world.

Notwithstanding he was about ninety-five years old when
he died, Headley was strong in body and mind ; and while (juiet
in his manners, his Christian life and walk exerted a power-
ful infiuence upon all who knew him. His pastor, in speak-
ing of him, said: 'Tt was a joy and an inspiration to be as-
sociated with him."

WARNELL POLK.

Respecting W'arnell Polk, who settled in Texas, and whose
ancestry it was somewhat difficult to ascertain. Col. George \V.
Polk, of San iVntonicj, says: "In a letter received from J. M.
Sears, of San Marcos, this state, one of the family says: 'Your
inquiry has been handed me b}' my uncle, Frank M. Polk, of
Fentress. In reply I am sending you all the information that
he knows in regard to hi< family. Warnell Polk, son of Tay-
lor Polk, was born in Ark. Taylor Polk died when Warnell
was seven years old ; his mother died four years later. After
his mother's death W'arnell came to Texas and stopped in
Bastrop County with Jim Weaver, but left him when fourteen
years old and was taken by Dr. D. F. Brown, of Prairie Lea,
Tex., and lived with Dr. Brown until he married Miss Irene
Myers. Warnell \,. Polk and wife had eight children. Fol-
lowing are their names in order, and present post office ad-
dresses: ^Laura 0., married G. C. Eustace, fP. O. Luling) ;



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-Frank A!., married Aliss M. A. Chamberlain (P. O. Fentress) ;
3]\Iollie, married Lev. Watts (P. O. Dale), :^Ir. Watts died
several years ago; ^Alclver, married B. E. Barber (P. O. Fen-
tress) ; ■''Ida P., married J. Will Sears. Mr. and Airs. Sears are
both dead; ^Ada L., married W. J. Blackwell. Airs. Black-
well d. in 1S8S (P. O. W. J. Blackwell. Lockhart) ; 'C. W.,
married Aliss Annie Hampton (C. W. was killed in 1904) ;
^Clara Virginia, married Charles P. Smith (P. O. Lockhart).



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CHAPTER XLIII.

UNATTACHED BRANCHES.

During the early part of the past century, a great many
of the Polks emigrated to Western and Southwestern terri-
tories and States, most of them going from Xorth and South
Carolina and Tennessee. Nearly all of these, presumal^ly,
have been located by the writer and placed in their proper
positions on the family tree. A few, however, Ijy reason of
failure on their part to preserve or to remember wIkj their
great grand-parents were, now constitute detached liml)s.
Various traditions, however, are rememberefl by them, and
these traditions serve to indicate pretty accurately their re-
lation to the parent stock.

The principal of these detached branches, in point of the
number of its members, appears to be located in Southeast
Missouri, between Iron ^Mountain and the Arkansas line, all
descended from one \\'illiam Wesley Polk, who is reputed to
have gone to Missouri from Georgia. The first of these heard
of by the writer w^as one William Polk, a Baptist preacher,
during the early part of the Civil War, who was murdered by
three Federal soldiers. In no border State of the Uninn was
so much political bitterness manifested, or so many people
ruthlessly murdered by guerilla bands, bushwackers, and other
combatants, as in Missouri. In Southeast Missouri, particu-
larly in the Ozark Range of mountains, these conditions ex-
isted to a most alarming extent.

Data relative to this branch was -procured from Capt.
Charles K. Polk, of Iron County, a prominent and influential
citizen who has filled several positions of honor and trust at
the hands of his people. In response to enquiries by the
writer, Capt, Charles K. Polk said :

"I've long since been sure that the Pulk family sprung
from one parent stock. I have never yet met a Polk l)ut what
claimed a relation>hip with James K. Polk and Charles Polk,
of Tennessee, comnvMilv known as "Devil Charlev." I am



POLK FAMILY A N D KI X S M E N 349

not ^^ure of my grandfather's name, but my impression is that
it was William Wesley Polk. In talking to an old friend after
my father's death, he referred to him (my grandfather) as
Wesley Polk. I never saw him, as he died before I was born.
He came from Georgia and settled in ^ladison County, Mo.
He may have stopped in Tennessee awhile before he came to
Missouri, but of this I am not sure. He had two sons and one
daug'htgr. I have no knowledge of any others — John W.. the
older, and William the younger, and the daughter Sarah.
William was the Baptist preacher, of whom you heard when at
I ronton during the war. Our family record was burned, and
for that reason I cannot give dates of births, marriages and
deaths.

"^ly father, John A\'. Polk, married Christina Yount. She
was German, American born. They had four children to live
until grown and to marry and raise families, three daughters
and one son.

"Matilda, the eldest, married James ^McDowell. To them
were born three sons. 'Mv. McDowell and one of the sons
died, and she, with her two other sons, returned to her father's
home, James the younger boy, died about the age of eighteen.
John W. McDowell, the other, lived to be married to Flava
Harris. The Harris family emigrated from Kentucky. John
W. and Flava (Harris) ^IcDowell had two daughters, Ada
and Matilda ^IcDowell. After this Matilda. James' wife,
and her son John W. ^IcDowell died, and Flava. widow of the
latter, with her two daughters, went to Oregon with the Harris
family and settled near Summer Lake. Ada, the eldest, mar-
ried Fred Foster and they live at Summer Lake. ]^IatilJa
married William Barnes.

•■Rebecca, second daughter of John W. Polk and Chris-
tiana Yount. married Leroy Matkins. To this union was born
fourteen children, six of whom survive. The oldest is \\ m.
Matkin, of French ^lills, ^lo.. the second S. A. Matkin, of Ar-
cadia, Mo.; the third James Leroy ^Litkin, of Arcadia; the
fourth Mary Ann Dunn, of Grandon, ^lo. ; the fifth I'.enjamin
L Matkin, of Arcadia ; the sixth Ira ^latkins, of Arcadia.

"Talitha O. Polk, third daughter of John W. Polk and
Christina (Yount) Polk, married John W. Miller, and both are



350 POLK FAMILY AND KINSMEN

dead. Two children survive them, George Miller, French
Mills, Mo., and ]\Iary Simmons, of Brunot, of Wayne Co., ^lo.

"Charles K. Polk, was born Oct. IG, 1S39. He was mar-
ried Nov. 29, 1859 to Miss Sarah Christ, who died in 1860. On
July 1, 1861 he enlisted in the Missouri State Guard for six
months, to co-operate with the Confederates. A short time
after the organization, the Second Lieutenant resigning,
Charles was chosen in his place. At the expiration of six
months they were disbanded at Pitman's Ferry, near Arkan-
sas Line. He then re-enlisted in the Confederate States ser-
vice, in a Cavalry Company, for a term of 'during the war.'
At the organization of the company he was elected First
Lieutenant. They were formed into a regiment of ten com-
panies and designated as the Third Missouri Cavalry, Col. Col-
ton Green commanding. Later they were assigned to General
Marmaduke's Brigade. On Nov. 1. 1863, Capt. Surridge was
elected Major and Lieut. Polk was promoted to Captain,
shortly after Col. Solomon Kitchen was ordered to North
Arkansas with twelve commissioned officers, Capt. Polk being
one of the number, to collect stragglers left behind and to re-
cruit others. While in North Arkansas on his duty, he be-
came acquainted with one Wm. H. Polk, who had immigrated
from Tennessee. His wife, also from Tennessee, was formerly
Mary Emerson. Mrs. Polk had a sister-in-law, Rhoda Emer-
son, who had one child, Corelia Emerson, and to the widow
Rhoda, Capt. Polk was married in July. 1864. During the time
he had recruited fifty men and Gen'l Sterling Price had com-
menced his march from South of the Arkansas to Missouri.
Capt. Polk rejoined the army, reporting to the regiment with
the men he had recruited, and again took command of his
Company."

With his command, Capt. Polk marched into ^lissouri
with General Sterling Price, and took active part with him in
an aggressive campaign in that State, extending to and North
of the Missouri river, and westward to the Kansas Line. Suc-
cessful battles took place at Pilot Knob and other points, but
Price was forced to retreat back to Arkansas, finally surrender-
ing his army in Louisiana, after Lee had surrendered at Ap-
pomattox. Capt. Polk then rejoined his wife, in Randolph



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County, Ark., where he continued for two years. During that
time two children were born to them : ^Christiana Lee, b.
May 6, 18G6 ; -John William, b. Feb. 10, 1868.

With this family, in March of the latter year, Capt. Polk
returned to his old home in Iron County. !Mo., and rejoined
his parents.

For the benefit of his wife's health, he next removed to
California, where, on Dec. 1-1, following, she died. On the
same day, back in JMissouri. Capt. Polk's mother also died.
In Nov. 1875 he again went back to the old home in Missouri,
where he has ever since continued to live.

On March 4, 1877, Capt. Polk took a third wife, Harriet
Isabel Sharp. By his first wife, Sarah Christ, whom he mar-



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