Mary Polly Methvin Kirk


Polly Methvin was born in the early 1800's in North Carolina, the daughter of Levi Methvin. She married Joseph Kirk in 1824 in Jackson County, Alabama. Joseph Kirk, was the son of the Samuel Kirk (and his first wife), who later married Sarah Methvin (Polly's sister). So, therefore, Sarah became the step mother-in-law of her own sister.

Joseph Kirk was granted land in Old Decatur County (which was split into part of Jackson and part of Madison), Alabama in 1822. He received the W1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 33, and the SW 1/4 of Section 34 of Township 2, Range 3 East. On July 17, 1830, he got the N1/2 and SW1/4 of SW1/4 of Sec 34, and on June 27, 1831 the NW1/4 of NE1/4 of Section 33, all of Township 2S, Range 3E in Jackson County.

1830 Jackson County, Alabama census page 51  Joseph Kirk 1 male 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30


1840 Jackson County, Alabama page 55 Joseph Kirk 1 male under 5, 1 male 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 feamle 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40.


1850 Limestone County, Alabama District 3, page 56

45-45 Joseph Kirk 47 M Farmer 600 TN

Polly 49 F NC

Lavina M 24 F Ala

Sarah E. 22 F Ala

Joseph P. 14 M Ala

Frances C. 12 F Ala

James Tony? 19 M Farmer Ga

Geo. Conally 50 M Ga


Polly and Joseph Kirk's marriage apparently was not a good one. On May 30, 1859, Joseph filed for divorce from Polly. He stated that Polly "now a citizen of Arkansas and with whom he had lived with her when in 1832 he heard certain things, but for the sake of his three children continued to live with her. In 1855, she left him, and with her children and son-in-law removed from Alabama to Arkansas. Joseph followed them and that same year purchased a tract of land and settled them on it. He asks for divorce, and states that the depositions of Russell Clay, Nicholas Woodfin, William Campbell adn Elijah Toney were received in evidence but not recorded. The divorce was decreed, however, Polly filed a petition stating that she had not sufficent notice and denied all the allegations and the decree of divorce was set aside.


The land that Joseph purchased was in Izard County, Arkansas in Section 14, Township 17N, Range 7West. This was very close to to Polly's sister, Sarah Methvin Kirk.


1860 Izard County, Arkansas, Millcreek, page 392-393 This census was very difficult to read, therefore many questionmarks.

443 ? Toney 27 M

??? 23 F

??? 9 F

John C. Toney 6 M Ala

Francis E 3 F Ark

Mary Kirk 52 F NC

Joseph Kirk 24 M Farmer Ala


1870 Izard County, Arkansas Millcreek, page 214

66-66 Louisa Tony 45 F Farmer 1000 638 Ala

John 14 M Farmer Ala

Francis 12 F Ark

Mary 9 F Ark

Mary Kirk 69 F NC


Known children of Mary (Polly) Methvin and Joseph Kirk

1) Lovina M. or Louisa Kirk, born about 1825, married James P. Toney. They moved to Arkansas in 1855, with her mother. The Toneys had four children, 1st a female born about 1851, John C. Kirk born about 1854, Francis E born about 1857 and Mary born about 1861. Lovina's husband is not present in the 1870 census, so he may have died in the Civil War. The following is a pension application filed by Lavina Toney which verifies the unit that her husband, James, was with and also about his death in prison.  A Rock Island Prison website lists his name, outfit he was with, when he died and the grave number (160) where he is buried.  There were about 2000 that died in prison, most from smallpox. From a Confederate pension application – Arkansas  (one word illegible): Appl. #5733  Lavina M. Toney, widow of James P. Toney, P. O. Bylen, Izard County Approved $100, filed July 20, 1901  He was in Desha’s 7th Arkansas Batallion Infantry.  He died at Rock Island, Illinois while in Federal prison on the 10th day of January 1864.  He died of smallpox at this prison having been ______ while in the service of the Confederate States. She has not remarried…..Lavina M. Toney, June 29, 1901, Izard County, Arkansas.Timothy Sherril has known her 40 years and testified her husband died as above.  James Heasley, Sr. testified the same.

2) Sarah E. Kirk , born about 1828 in Jackson County, Alabama

3) Joseph P. Kirk, born about 1836, was living with his mother and sister Lovina Toney in Izard County Arkansas in 1860.

4) Frances C. Kirk, a female born about 1838.


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