My maiden name is Marlene Poley and my Poleys live in Arizona -- mostly around Prescott. My father was Thomas E. Poley, his father was Thomas Francis Poley and I have been able to locate a line of Poleys in England back to around the 12th or 1th century on a geneology website a few years ago. The Poleys in England were land owners and very prominent in a county village area apparently which is made evident by the fact that the Poley family graveyard there had become so disintegrated that headstones were falling over or were being knocked over in the 1600s or 1700s so when the people were building a new church there they decided to take the Poley headstones and set them into the cement of the floor where they are now imbedded and enshrined you might say. They refer to it as the Poley Shrine and it's Badley or Bagley or something on that order. There are Thomas Poleys all the way through the centuries -- in almost every generation it seems. My father said that his grandparents met in Canada as emigrees -- his father's father was from as far as he knew just somewhere maybe in Europe but his father's mother was from Ireland and they met and married in Canada and then emigrated to the States via Sandusky, Ohio, where they, I believe, settled down to raise their family. He engraved marble headstones -- probably other materials, too. My father's dad and his brother decided to head out west and ended up in Prescott, Arizona where his dad met and married my nana Cora Poley and they lived in Mayer -- south of Prescott. A lot of Poleys lived and live in Prescott still. I was born there but we moved south to Tempe/Mesa in 1959 and I'm still here. My grandfather, known as Old Tom to us, worked in the gold mines around Mayer/Prescott and my father worked in the iron mines in northern Arizona until he thought there had to be a better way and went to ASU to become a teacher of English at Mesa High School. We never ran across another Poley except the ones related to us in Prescott and I never have, either, in my entire life. I was born 2/2/1951 in Prescott. There was the thing where the "Dutch" aka "Pennsylvania Dutch" were actually German but dark were haired rather than the blonde blue-eyed Germans people were used to here in America then, and they picked up on the fact that folks here didn't like the Germans so when they noticed these people talking with a different sounding accent they decided these Germans sounded like they were Dutch and when they were asked if they were Dutch the Germans said yes they were so as not to become the object of everyone's dislike there in the state of Pennsylvania. So, there you have the Pennsylvania Dutch. If the Poleys in that state were really German then it would follow that maybe the name is German. But, then I've had my theories that maybe it's a French name that could have been changed from Polet(t) to Poley -- I don't know. My grandmother Cora was mostly German named Beck and it was she who was Pennsyvania Dutch. Now, I show the Irish from my ggg and have olive skin as my gg was half Indian -- Cherokee or Chippewa according to Cora -- so that could be where the darker complexion came from in Cora, my Dad, me, and passed to my daughter. My Aunt and Uncle didn't have the darker olive skin but very white skin that must've come from the Poley side -- from my grandfather. So that is no clue really about the Poley ancestry because the three choices we have -- Germany, Ireland, or England or possibly from Canada all have pretty fair skin meaning it's just not a bit clearer now than when I started thinking about it. But, then I believe that we would have been -- our Poleys, that is -- that were in England all those centuries had to have originated from elsewhere, didn't they? Somewhere in Europe or from perhaps even a slavic country or someone has brought an idea about Bohemia and another about Bavaria being their Poleys origination point. If anyone is interested in more info about that English village and the Poley shrine email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org
if the 1st one doesn't work I have it filed somewhere but as things are kind of disorganized at the moment around here (as they've been for almost 20 years I'd say! ) I would have to look for that file -- but, I'd be happy to if someone wants to know more about that whole end of the Poley saga. Oh, and we did have a doctor here for decades named von pohle -- sounds very German to me. I'm actually starting to lean toward this name being German which go a long way toward explaining why I've been such a stubborn person all my life if I were to be almost all German instead of a sliver like I've thought of it.