The Pollards were an old Virginia family which sent out branches into various states of the South and West during the pioneer days.
Zachariah and Rhoda Pollard, who went first, spent the remainder of their days away from the Old Dominion state.
A family tradition states that the former was for awhile a soldier in the Revolutionary war.
John Pollard, his son, was born in Virginia and married Sarah, daughter of
George and Jane (Joice) Breedlove. He migrated to North Carolina with his parents, served in the War of 1812, and after his marriage, which occurred in the Old North state, he took the overland trip to Indiana.
Arriving in Shelby county in 1833, he bought forty-five acres of timber land, erected a cabin home and gave himself up to the hard labors and sufferings of a pioneer farmer.
He prospered, and from time to time added to his holdings under he owned two hundred twenty-six acres of fine farming land.
He spent his whole life in agricultural pursuits, developing and improving his land and keeping up with the foremost farmers in all that pertained to the business.
He and his wife were devoted members of the Baptist church at a time when the congregation was small and the need of financial assistance constantly pressing. He died in 1873, and his wife in 1882, their remains being interred in the Pleasant View cemetery.
Their children, ten in number, were as follows: Lucinda, deceased;
Terrell, died in California in 1852; Mary, deceased wife of
Louis Copeland; George is a resident of Nebraska;
John J., deceased; Madison B., died in the Civil war; Alexander J.,
Zachariah, William, of Boone county, Indiana, and Jane, widow of the late
John Dake. Alexander Jefferson Pollard, the seventh in the foregoing list, was born in Moral township, Shelby county, Indiana, January 25, 1839.
His entire life, with the exception of a short absence from the war, was spent on the farm where he was born.
From this also may be excepted ten months in 1878, when he was engaged in conducting a country store at Pleasant View.
In 1864 he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred Thirty-second Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and went out with in the hundred-day service.
His health was not good at the time and ever afterward he frequently showed the effects of the camp life, which was ended by discharge of the regiment at Indianapolis.
Mr. Pollard owned one hundred and eleven acres, a part of the land accumulated by his father, and he lived the last part of his life in retirement in a comfortable dwelling, situated in the outskirts of Pleasant View.
He was summoned to close his eyes on earthly scenes in the early summer of 1909.
Chadwick's History of Shelby Co, Ind. Pages 952-3