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From: "Steve Wallace" <>
Subject: [Sc-Ir] Re: Chester Alan Arthur
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 23:11:00 -0500
Just FYI ,,,,,,,,
ON ARTHUR: See Albion's Seed (p. 833-866). Also see: "The Ulster Background
of Chester Alan Arthur", Irish Society Year Book (1939) (p. 38-49)
ON POLK: I have a GEDCOM of the presidential genealogies. Both I and a guy
(from my town) is also named James Polk <> are also
related to the 11th President, James Knox Polk, among others. One good
source is "The Polks of North Carolina and Tennessee" NEHGR 77 (1923). The
Polks were Pollocks t one point, in North British border country. The book
"Albion's Seed" (p. 649) also shows the Polk genealogy starting with Capt.
Robert Pollock & Magdalen Tasker Porter, emigrants from Londonderry in 1698.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Polk" <>
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Sc-Ir] Chester Alan Arthur
> That would mostly be Gary Boyd Roberts of the NE Historic and Genealogy
> Society who published "Ancestors of American Presidents".
> I have not seen this but am familiar with the related work which might be
> of interest - "Presidential Families of The United States of America",
> published by Burke's Peerage. I believe G. B. Roberts was also involved in
> this, but no author is cited on the title page which I copied. The trouble
> with the Burke is that it does not cite sources. By the List Admin's
> standard this makes it HEARSAY. In the UK Burke's Peerage is right next to
> the Bible, but it is rather unsatisfying to have to take things on faith
> genealogy. Burke didn't come down from Mt. Sinai.
> I can comment on the article about James K. Polk in Burke since I have
> spent a huge amount of time on this line myself. Burke traces President
> Polk's line back to Ulster and Scotland, but adds the caveat that "The
> first three generations of this lineage are in fact unproven, but appear
> highly probable." I would like to know what is behind the "highly
> probable" assertion, but that is all there is. I suspect "educated guess",
> or even SWAG, might be nearer the truth. Part of the lineage just repeats
> some long ago published Polk family genealogy, which I am familiar with
> quite sure is incorrect, but no source is actually cited. In addition
> are some factual errors on other points.
> John Polk
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Linda Merle <>
> > To: <>
> > Date: 1/7/2005 1:39:44 PM
> > Subject: Re: [Sc-Ir] Chester Alan Arthur
> > Does anyone recall the name of the man here in Boston who
> > has published a book or books on the ancestry of the
> > American presidents?
> > If I were attempting to find out what is known and is
> > correct, I'd check him first as he's spent his life doing
> > this work, not just a few hours in the evening, and he's
> > a professional genealogist which means (in order to avoid
> > being stoned to death by peers and clients) he has got himself
> > edjeekated on how to do these thangs gooder than the rest of
> > us.....
> > One can rather quickly validate or invalidate what he's
> > written as he'd provide sources (as a professional) and then
> > move on to unknown territory which is, after all, where
> > we SI prefer to be.
> > I just can't remember his name or find it fast on the
> > website (www.newenglandancestors.org) .
> > My only known link is by marriage to the CLINTONS
> > of New York and eventually Arkansas, but my link was in
> > Ulster around 1700. Could be related to George W as my
> > father's family is from the same locale in England. A chance
> > encounter in the back hallway with one of the staff and
> > voila! your blood is blue. I figure I'm related to the best
> > families of England as we were from Stanhope, up in the
> > mountains where the kings had their royal forest and you
> > can't hunt in the dark.
> > Linda Merle
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