Bishop Leonidas Polk was born April 10, 1806, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; was a son of William Polk by his second wife, Sarah Hawkins. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated there in 1827. He served for several years in the United States army, then feeling a strong inclination to the church, gave up his military life to become a minister in the Episcopal Church. He rose rapidly in his work and at the breaking out of the War Between the States, he was Bishop of Louisiana. The war re-awakened his martial spirit, however, and he offered his sword and his service to the Confederate States. He was commissioned a Major General and served with courage and distinction. He was killed in battle June 14, 1864.
He married in Raleigh, North Carolina, Frances Deveraux and had children namely: Hamilton Polk, who married a Miss Buck; Katherine Polk who married William Gale; Frances Polk who married P. Skipworth; Sally Polk, who married a Blake, of South Carolina; Susan Polk who married Dr. Joseph Jones; Lilly Polk who married William Huger; William Mecklenburg Polk who married a Miss Lyon, and Lucia Polk, who married Ed Chapman.
William Mecklenburg Polk, the last son of Bishop Leonidas Polk, was born in Ashwood, Maury County, Tennessee, August.15, 1844. He was given the name Mecklenburg in memory of the County where so many of his family lived and for the famous Declaration of Independence of Mecklenburg, with which so many members of his family played important parts. He married Ida A. Lyon, of Alabama. He served with gallantry in the Confederate Army. His son is Frank Lyon Polk, of the Department of State.
Miss Daisy Polk recently married a French nobleman-and General, Count de Buyer-Mimeure, whose Army title however is General Marie Joseph Louis Robert deBuyer.
In marrying a Frenchman of title she followed the example of her. kinswoman Antionette Polk, niece of President Polk, and a heroine of the War Between the States, who married the Marquis de Charette. Her grandson, the present Marquis de Charette, is serving in the French Army.
The preceding narratives' regarding members of the POLK FAMILY were