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POLAND SURNAME - Devon, England and possibly US

Journal by AnnetteJB

I am researching the POLAND surname, and have become stuck on my 4th great grandfather, Zebulon Poland. The only information I have regarding him is that he was born in 1755 (Devon, Eng), married Elizabeth Burn (6 Mar 1780, Devon, Eng), had 7 children* and died 19 July 1836. Surely there mnust be someone out there with him as a relative, I can't be the only person ..

*The children's names are: Mary, Zebulon, John (died as infant), John, Sarah, William, Soloman.

I am a direct descendant of their fourth child, John. I have been looking for his exact birth date and parents' information for the past 10 years and have come up with nothing. Unfortunately I am not in a position to join one of the expensive genealogy websites; and no doubt this is where I would probably find what I'm looking for. Amazing how you get 'free searches' but when the information comes up, you have to sign up and pay to view it.

Ever since I was a child, I was told that the POLAND surname came from France into England. However, over the years I have also found out that the surname originally came from the country (Poland) as well, then into Germany, then into France. I don't seem to be able to find anyone anywhere who is researching the same line as myself. There are hundreds of POLAND surname lists on other sites, but about 90% of them deal with the US, and so far as I know, none of my descendants went there.

The POLAND surname is fairly prevalent in Ireland as well, however I have found some Irish websites to be hard to follow !!

I would be happy to make contact with anyone researching the POLAND surname, particularly with descendants/relatives in the Devon, England area or France.

Thanx - Annette


by JulianSmith on 2019-05-18 06:05:54
Hi. I note that this question is over 10 years old, but I was wondering if you have further information? My sister-in-law is also a direct descendant, also through John (and then his daughter Jane). I'm aware that there is an idea that Zebulon was the son of Zebulon Poland and Jerusha Leigh from Ipswich, in Massachussets. This seems unlikely to me, but - at the moment - I can't find records to disprove it, and there are some reasons to believe it might be true. Thanks.


by rodgerking05 on 2019-05-18 21:21:45
I found this info and passing it on to you . Hope it helps your research - cheers

Last name: Poland
SDB Popularity ranking: 2898

This is a confusing English, and sometimes Irish, surname. If English it is recorded in the spellings of Poland, Polland, Pollane, Pollin, Powland, Powlesland and if Irish generally as McPolin, Polin and Poland, although most spellings are also found in Ireland. Again for most nameholders the surname probably originates from the village of Poland, near the town of Odiham, in the county of Hampshire. If Irish it is often from the same source, but if not is from a Gaelic diminutive of the ancient name Paul, and first recorded in Ireland in the 17th century. The village called Poland has nothing whatsoever to do with the country of Poland. It is Olde English pre 7th century in origin, the derivation being from 'pol landa', meaning an area of agricultural land surrounded by lakes or pools, or possibly a place where 'poles' that is to say fencing poles were 'pollarded'. Most locational surnames were given to people after they left their original village and moved elsewhere. It was a simple form of identification, but as fewer than one in twenty of people before 1800 could even write their own name, it was hardly surprising that many variant forms developed. Early examples taken from surviving church registers include: Elenore Pollane of Bramley in Hampshire on November 6th 1581, this being the only recording in the home county before the 18th century, and Emmee Powland who married Henery Elliott at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on July 21st 1613. John McPolin was recorded in County Armagh, Ireland, in 1665, whilst Elizabeth Poland was recorded at St Dunstans on January 9th 1727, and Robert Powlesland married Mary Skipworth at St Pancras Old Church, in the city of London, on May 3rd 1860. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.



Read more: https://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Poland#ixzz5oJJTR1C8

by mowsehowse on 2019-05-23 08:25:43
No connection, but...
assume you have seen this??

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=rVu6d-G9yQQC&pg=PA26&lpg=PA26&dq=%22Zebulon+Poland%22&source=bl&ots=swfrTRXtqc&sig=ACfU3U0QOquFeK_ODJvwU1RR1Qig1Y9wjQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjLgtvgnLHiAhWbQRUIHcfBBzIQ6AEwCXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Zebulon%20Poland%22&f=false


by mowsehowse on 2019-05-23 08:30:23
Sorry, that link has not worked! :(

There is a mention of a destitute Zebulon Poland born in Devon who is on a list in a book entitled:
"Irish Emigration through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. 1841 - 1849"

Google the name search in "books" should take you there.


by AnnetteJB on 2019-07-22 12:59:39
thank you everyone for your responses....

JulianSmith - I have searched immigration records as well, funny how I cannot track this Zebulon Poland down. I have completed a manuscript on the Poland Family of Western Australia, and in the back have included some scant information I have on John Poland and Zebulon. I am willing to pass this on if your sister in law is interested.

rodgerking05 - I have that information, but thank you for posting it anyway. As a child I was always told that the surname Poland was of French origin - still nothing to confirm that.

mowsehowse - thanks for that lead, definitely going to see if I can locate that book.

Once again, thank you all, I've now got some motivation back to try and find this elusive relative of mine.

Cheers
Annette Poland
Western Australia

(I had to re-register, hence I had to use Poland as Bergeron was already used by me, however I couldn't locate my previous login details).

Your response:

thank you everyone for your responses....

JulianSmith - I have searched immigration records as well, funny how I cannot track this Zebulon Poland down. I have completed a manuscript on the Poland Family of Western Australia, and in the back have included some scant information I have on John Poland and Zebulon. I am willing to pass this on if your sister in law is interested.

rodgerking05 - I have that information, but thank you for posting it anyway. As a child I was always told that the surname Poland was of French origin - still nothing to confirm that.

mowsehowse - thanks for that lead, definitely going to see if I can locate that book.

Once again, thank you all, I've now got some motivation back to try and find this elusive relative of mine.

Cheers
Annette Poland
Western Australia

(I had to re-register, hence I had to use Poland as Bergeron was already used by me, however I couldn't locate my previous login details).

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by FTC_admin on 2019-07-22 23:04:25

Hi AnnetteJB,

Creating a new account isn't a problem, but I can help you get access to your old account if you'd like. send me a message here or email scott@familytreecircles.com and I'm happy to help.

by AnnetteJB on 2019-07-23 01:36:16

Thanx, Admin but will use this new account from now on, although I must admit I am slightly curious as to what was on the old account.

Annette

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