Left to right: James Polley, Mary Polley (nee Isaac), Katherine Polley
Roger wrote (May 2007): ""..... c. 1860s, my maternal gt gt gt grandparents, both born in 1804, with the youngest of their two daughters. They lived in Newland.. Hunt & Co.'s Directory of 1849 lists James as beer retailer, carpenter & builder and boot & shoemaker - quite a jack-of-all-trades. His wife was Mary Isaac, hailing from Dunraven, S. Wales, who I think had a connection (ladies' maid perhaps?) to the Lady of Clearwell Castle, who came from Dunraven Castle. I like to imagine James meeting Mary, having been called up to the Castle on some carpentering job. The family story was that she spoke no English, which can't have made for an easy courtship! Many years ago, I spoke on 'phone to a Polley descendant (James had 3 sons), who still lived in Lydney, but with whom I've lost touch."
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