Pam Potter Smith emailed me in December to say, “I’m related to John Pollock 1818-1893 m. Sarah Wheelan. John is the son of John Pollock 1781- who married Marion Robb 1797-1896. I have not been able to find Sarah Wheelan’s parents nor the parents of John Pollock and Marion Robb. Can you give me any direction. Love the web site, I just found it today while doing some research. My grandmother was Margaret Aiken Pollock 8-23-1900 Burnbank d 10-24-1934 Royal Oak, MI. Regards, Pam Smith-Potter”
Hi Pam – Thanks for your email. I’m always amazed at how many links there are to the Pollock family. I think this was rather a large family, if I have the right tree.
The Blantyre Project Pollock family is one of the oldest names I’ve found in Blantyre. I can easily track them to the 1600’s, and may have been here even before that!
In recent weeks I’ve been investigating some of the Pollock family going to America in the 1700s, (leaving Blantyre and setting sail to the New World at a time when there was only 500,000 colonists in America!) They went on to set up successful lives in Virginia, resulting in streets being named after them and had associations through marriage with presidential links. I’ve now looked at this in real detail and look forward to publishing in here soon in several parts. Despite their successes, it appears it was driven by Southern slave ownership and vast plantations were owned by Pollocks derived from Blantyre.
A derivative of Pollock is the name Polk. I should point out this is a separate story entirely to the Pollocks in this particular original article today, but they may have the same ancestry way back in the 1600s.
The Pollocks are one of the largest families i have ever encountered in Blantyre research. There must be literally thousands of them all over the world today descended from old Blantyre stock.