William Polk, son of General Thomas Polk and Susan Spratt, who is called Colonel William Polk, was also a very prominent man in Revolutionary history. Wheeler gives much space to his biography. He was born July 9, 1758, in Mecklenburg County, as given by his application for a pension, and he died January 14, 1834.
He was a gallant officer of the Revolution. He was a spectator though not a member of the Assembly which at Charlotte in 1775 made the famous Declaration of Independence. He removed from Mecklenburg County to Raleigh late in life, and he died there January 14, 1834. He entered, though only seventeen years of age, the Revolution in April, 1775, as a Second Lieutenant of the Company commanded by Captain Ezekiel Polk, who was his uncle, Third Regiment of South Carolina State Troops of Mounted Infantry. Colonel William Thompson commanding. He was badly wounded at Eutaw, or Cane Creek, where his brother was killed.In 1776 he was elected by the Provincial Congress of North Carolina, Major of the Ninth North Carolina Battalion. He served at Brandywine and Germantown, where he was wounded in the cheek. He went into the famous winter quarters at Valley Forge. In 1780 Governor John Rutledge, of South Carolina, appointed him Lieutenant Colonel of the Fourth and
then the Third South Carolina. He married, for his first wife, Griselda Gilchrist, daughter of Judge Thomas Gilchrist and hi wife who was Martha Jones, a daughter of Robin Jones. They had two children, Thomas Gilchrist Polk, born in Mecklenburg-County, North Carolina, February 22, 1790, and William J. Polk. Thomas Gilchrist Polk is called General Polk. He married Eloise Trotter and they had Jane who
married Dr. __________ Bouchelle; Mary who was the first wife of George
Davis of Wilmington.William, Richard, Emily arid Thomas Gilchrist Polk, Second; William J. Polk, son of Colonel William Polk and his first wife, Griselda Gilchrist Polk., is called Doctor William J. Polk. He married his cousin, Mary Lunsford Long, daughter of Lunsford Long, son of Nicholas Long, who was Commissary General of the North Carolina forces in the Revolution, and his wife, who was Rebecca Edwards Jones Long, who was a daughter of Allen Jones, who was a son of Robin Jones. Dr. William J. Polk and his wife, Mary Lunsford Long Polk, had children, one of whom was General Lucius Eugene Polk, of the Confederate States Army who was born in Salisbury, North Carolina July 10, 1833.
Colonel William Polk married for his second wife Sarah Hawkins and had