'Polhill1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Polhill of Broughton, Polhill of Burwash, Polhill of Frenches, Polhill of Otford, Polley (Polhill) of Preston, Polhill (Polley) of Shoreham

(1) The family web site reports that the first mention of this family in Detling appears in "Kent Assize Roll 359 of 1241" which refers to Alice, widow of Edward Polehill (son of Simon de Polehill), and her sons William & Simon. The site suggests that the fortunes of the family rose after the marriage of John Polley with Alice Buckland which starts the pedigree.
(2) The spelling of the family name appears to have varied. Visitation (Kent) mostly uses Polley whilst Visitation (Sussex) & Berry use Polhill. We mainly use Polhill, partly because that is the spelling used by other of our sources and partly to reduce confusion between this family and that shown on Poley1 which we presume to be unconnected.
(3) Lack of time has meant that we have not studied the below-mentioned family web site as much as could be done so it is likely that more could be obtained from that site than what is shown below. We may (but may not) revisit that site in due course.
John (not Thomas) Polley or Polhill of Detling, Kent (b 1422, d 1461)
m. Alice Buckland (dau/heir of Thomas Buckland of South Buckland Manor (Luddesdown) & Preston Manor (Shoreham), son of Thomas)
1. John Polley or Polhill of Preston Manor, Shoreham
  m. ?? (possibly Alison, sister of Isolde who m. John Molle)
  A. Thomas or John Polley or Polhill of Preston in Shoreham
  m. Margaret Chapman (dau of _ Chapman of Tutsham Hall)
  i. John Polley or Polhill 'of Preston' of Frenches in Burwash, Sussex (d 24.08.1611)
  m. (01.05.1578) Elizabeth Fowle (d by 1627, dau of Nicholas Fowle of Wadhurst, sister of Anthony)
a. John Polley or Polhill of Preston and/or Frenches (d 10.09.1613)
  m. (02.11.1603) Elizabeth Young (dau of William Younge)
  Visitation (Sussex, 1633-4) ends with this generation, showing that John & Elizabeth had issue. We presume that their children included the following John who is mentioned in the family web site as "in the sixth generation".
  (1) John Polhill of Preston (b 1611, d 1651)
  m. Anne Gilbourne (dau of Sir Edward Gilbourne of Shoreham)
  (A) John Polhill of Preston (dsp 03.06.1689)
(B)+ other issue (dsp) - Edward, Elizabeth (d 18.01.1666)
  b. Edward Polhill of Burwash (d 11.10.1654, rector of Etchingham)
  The following is supported by Visitation (Sussex, 1662, Polhill of Burwash).
  m1/2. (10.07.1614) Jane Newton (dau of William Newton of Lewis)
  (1) Edward Polhill of Burwash (bpt 29.09.1622, bur 21.12.1689)
  m. (14.04.1646) Martha Farnden (bpt 04.05.1623 (01.05.1625?), dau/coheir of Peter Farnden of Selescombe)
(A)+ issue - daughter, Elizabeth (bpt 17.04.1664)
  (2) Jane or Anne Polhill
  m. Nicholas Newton of Burwash
  (3) Elizabeth Polhill
  m2/1. Deborah Bankworth (dau of Robert Bankworth of London) shown by Berry as 1st wife
  (4) Sarah Polhill
  m. (20.09.1636) Sir Thomas Dyke
  c. Robert Polhill of Frenches in Burwash (b 1559, d 1661, youngest son)
  d.+ other issue - Nicholas (had issue), Henry, William, Thomas
2. Thomas Polley or Polhill of Shoreham
  m. Joan Miller of Chelsfield
  A. John Polley of Shoreham Castle
  m. (02.11.1572) Agnes
  i. Robert Polley or Polhill
  m. Mary Barrett of Maidstone
  a. Thomas Polhill of Burwash, Sussex (bur 01.08.1637)
  m. (11.12.1616) Faintot of Ticehurst (m2. John Pierce)
  (1)+ issue - Edward, John, Thomas, Jane (bpt 05.12.1624)
  b. David Polhill of Farningham
ii. Thomas Polley or Polhill of Burwash (Burghurst or Berghurst)
  a.+ issue - John, Thomas, Margaret
  iii. Abraham Polley of Goddingham (d 1624)
  m. Alice widow of Abraham, presumed mother of ...
  a.+ issue - Edward, 3 daughters
  B. Thomas Polley or Polhill of Shoreham (d 20.02.1528)
  m. Annes Plumly (dau of William Plumly of Oxford)
  i. Thomas Polley or Polhill of Shoreham
  m. Elizabeth Daniel of Farningham
  a. Sir Thomas Polhill of Wrotham (b 1612-3, d 09.02.1667)
  m. Elizabeth Byng (dau of George Byng or Bing of Wrotham)
  (1) George Polhill (b c1612, dsp 19.10.1678)
  m. Margaret (d 30.08.1682, dau of George of Great Hookham)
  (2)+ other issue (a 1619) - Thomas (b c1613, dsp 09.02.1667), William (b c1618, d 1619), Jane, Elizabeth (dsp 20.07.1686), Martha
  b. Elizabeth Polhill (b c1614, d unm 29.07.1686)
ii.+ 4 daughters
  C. David Polley or Polhill of Broughton in Otford, Kent (d 1577-8)
  m. Alice Sandbach (sister/heir of Francis Sandbach or Sandback of Sepham)
  i. John Polhill of Broughton in Otford (d 22.09.1614)
  m1. (1571) Anna Morse (dsp 01.1572, dau of William Morse of Aylesford)
  m2. Friswith Cawston (bur 23.11.1598, dau of Robert Cawston of Orpington)
a. David Polhill of Broughton in Otford, Sheriff of Kent (b 1577, d 1658)
  m1. (19.05.1600) Margaret Theobald (d 23.10.1606, dau of Stephen Theobald of Seal)
  (1) John Polhill of Broughton in Otford (b 30.06.1605, dvp 26.11.1657)
  m. Jane Porter (d 08.1680, dau of John Porter of Lamberhurst)ß
(A) David Polhill of Broughton in Otford & Chipstead Place, Sheriff of Kent (b 1632-3, dsp 1665)
  m. (1665) Martha May of Glyndbourne
  (B) Thomas Polhill of Clapham, later of Chipstead Place & Otford (b 1636, d 1683)
  m. (08.1666) Elizabeth Ireton (dau of General Henry Ireton by Bridget, dau of Oliver Cromwell)
  (i) David Polhill of Chipstead Place, Sheriff of Kent (b 1674, d 15.01.1754, 2nd son, Keeper of the Records in the Tower of London)
  m1. (03.09.1702) Elizabeth Trevor (dsp 04.06.1708, dau of John Trevor of Glynde)
  m2. (20.08.1713) Gertrude Pelham (dsp 1714, sister of Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle)
  m3. (07.1719) Elizabeth Borrett (d 28.02.1785, dau of Sir John Borrett of Shoreham by Elizabeth Trevor)
  (a) Charles Polhill of Chipstead Place (b 08.05.1725, d 23.07.1805)
  m1. (1754) Tryphena Penelope Shelley (d 03.07.1756, dau of Sir John Shelley, 4th Bart of Michelgrove)
  ((1)) Tryphena Polhill (b 03.07.1756, d 25.02.1795)
  m. George Stafford
  ((A))+ issue - Charles, Thomas George
  m2. (03.04.1766) Patience Haswell (d 16.04.1803, dau of Thomas Haswell)
  ((2)) George Polhill of Chipstead Place (b 02.03.1767, d 13.09.1839) had issue
m. (26.06.1804) Mary Porteous (d 21.02.1847, dau of Robert Porteous of Southampton, great-niece of Beilby Porteous, Bishop of London)
  ((3))+ other issue - Charles (b 23.04.1768, d unm 16.03.1795), David (b 14.05.1769, d 19.06.1770), David (b 30.11.1771, d 10.1785), Thomas Alfred (b 05.04.1774), Francis (b 02.06.1779), Patience (b 13.06.1770)
  (b)+ other issue - Thomas (d unm), Henry (D infant), John (d un m), Elizabeth (b 04.03.1727, d 1815)
(ii) Charles Polhill of London (b 03.10.1679, dsp 30.09.1755, youngest son)
  m. Martha Streatfield (d 05.1741/2, dau of Thomas Streatfield of Sevenoke)
  (iii)+ other issue - Henry (b 1677, d unm 1753), others (d young - John, Thomas, Jane, Bridget)
  (C) Anne Polhill (b 16.04.1638, d 09.11.1726)
  m. George Petty of Otford (b c1633, d 31.07.1719)
(i) Robert Petty (b c1661, d 01.11.1727)
  (ii) David (probably not Daniel) Petty 'of Wanstead' (b 1670-1, d 18.03.1745, 5th son)
  m. Mary Cooke (dau of John Cooke of Worcestershire)
  (a) (Elizabeth) Petty (b c1711, d 21.05.1791)
  m. (26.08.1722) George Carpenter, 2nd Lord of Killaghy (d 12.07.1749)
  (D)+ other issue - Robert (b c1642, d 1699), John (d infant), 6 other sons (d infant), 3 other daughters
  (2) Nisel Polhill
m. Thomas Courthope of Stodmarsh
  m2. (1619) Anne Bynge (d 05.1640, dau of Robert Bynge of Wrotham)
  (3) Anne Polhill
  m. Matthew Miller of Buckland
  (4) Martha Polhill
  m. James Godden of Trodditcliffe
  (5) Eliza(beth) Polhill who married ...
  m. Thomas Fettiplace of Fernham (dsp 1670, judge)
  (6) Frances Polhill who (bur 12.08.1650) married ...
  m. Ralph Petley of Riverhead
  (7+ other issue - David (d 1644), Maria
  m3. Martha (dsp 1664)
  b. John Polhill
  c. Anna Polhill
  m1. (sp) Thomas Gilman of London
  m2. William Nutt
  m3. Thomas Milles of Norton Court & Davington Hall
  m3. (sp) Alice Hodsoll (dau of Robert Hodsoll of Wrotham, relict of John Skinner)
  ii. Elizabeth Polhill
  m. Mathew Petley of Downe
  iii. Jane Polhill
  m. John Dawtrey of Petworth (Sergeant-at-arms)
  iv.+ other issue - George (dsp), John, Sarah (bur 16.07.1610)
  D. Robert Polley or Polhill of Ightam (d 11.12.1596)
  i.+ issue - William, George, Joan
  E. William Polley or Polhill (b c1508)
  i. Richard Polley of Philipots, Tunbridge(3rd son?)
  m. Sindonia Childerns (dau/heir of William Childerns of Philpotts by _ Millersh)
  a. William Polley
  m. Elizabeth Codde (dau of William Codde of Wateringbury)
  (1) William Polley (b 1605/13)
  m. Elizabeth Marsh (a 1670, dau of Richard Marsh of Langdon, widow of Paul Lukyn of Sandwich & Deal)
  (2)+ other issue (a 1619) - Agnes, Hester, Catharine
  b.+ ? other issue - Thomas (bpt 1591), daughter (bpt 1586), Barbara (bpt 1593)
  ii.+ other issue - Edmond, William, John
  F. Agnes Polley or Polhill
  m. Sir George Milton of St. Cleres, Ightam (son of Robert of Otford (by Joan Michell of Surrey?))
3.+ other issue - Christopher, Mary Ann

Main source(s):
(1) Visitation (Kent, 1619, 'Polhill alias Polley'), CountyGen (Kent, Berry, p334+), Visitation (Sussex, 1530+1633-4, 'Polhill)', BLG1952 ('Polhill-Drabble formerly of Sundridge') with a little support from BHO (History and Topographical Survey of Kent, vol 3, 'Parishes: Otford') and input as reported above
(2) the interesting family web site at http://polhill.info
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