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Descendants of John POLHILL

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1. John POLHILL

John Polhill, alias Polley, of Detling in Hollingbourne, co. Kent, Esq. the representative of this ancient family, was born circa 1420; in the Visitation of 1619 he is called " Thomas;" he married, Alice, daughter and heir of Thomas de Buckland, Esq. of Preston, and of Leedsdown, near Mepham, co. Kent, by whom he had three sons.viz. John Polhill, of Preston, the eldest son; Thomas Polhill, of Shoreham Castle, the second son; and Christopher Polhill, the third son, of whom nothing is recorded in the Visitations.

LINEAGE —The Polhill, or Polley family, is one of the most ancient in the counties of Kent and Sussex, having had possessions in the latter shire since the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and in the former, time immemorial. In Kent, the Polleys gave their name to Detling, which, Hasted says, was anciently called Polley-street, part of which is still, or lately was, the property of the Otford branch. From this place the family originated or gave to it their name. Here they for ages flourished, and were written Polhill alias Policy, and there are yet lands in the parish called Polley-fields. From the time of Queen Elizabeth, the senior branch principally resided at Frenches, in Burwash, co. Sussex, where the majority of them are buried. The following are, or were, the chief branches;—The Polhills of Preston, co. Kent, and of Frenches, in Burwash, co. Sussex; the Polhills of Chatham; the Polhills of Otford, Detling, and Chipstead, co. Kent; the Polhills, or Polleys, of Wrotham, co. Kent who intermarried with the Byngs of the same place, ancestors of the Viscounts Torrington; the Polhills of Philipots, in Tonbridge, and of Tonbridge Priory, co. Kent; and tho Polhills of Shoreham Castle, in the same county.

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Alice DE BUCKLAND

Alice, daughter and heir of Thomas Buckland of Leedsdowne, near Mepham, Kent.

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