My fathers side has a history in Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania, where they first arrived, but later settled in New
York state in Schenectady county. My grandfather, James
Campbell Pollock stayed in Portsmouth where he was an
electrician in the United States Navy. My grand mother,
Minnie Hall Pollock, has her family history coming from
Currituck County, North Carolina in the town of Coinjock.
Minnie Hall was in Portsmouth, Virginia because she attended
nursing school in the area and worked as a nurse until her
The Slade/Jollett Family
My mother's side of the family are the
Jollett's. The Jollett's came to Virginia in 1600 by way
of Canada from France. The were one of the primary
settlers of Spotsylvania County in the mountains of Virginia.
The Jollett's also resided around the Shenandoah Valley and in
places that would later become Naked Creek, Greene County and
Shenandoah Valley in 1885
Naked Creek; surrounding Greene, Madison and
Jollett Family Stories:
- Burton Shiflett owned a
whiskey/moonshine operation with his wife, Nancy Frazier's
brother. The two men had a fight and Nancy's brother
shot Burton Shiflett.
- Burton Shiflett's mother, Mary "Polly"
Self Jarrell, was never legally married to Jacob Shiflett.
Polly's first husband past in the Civil War and Polly Self
received a pension for her late husband's services. To
keep receiving the pension, Polly and Jacob Shiflett had a
common law marriage.