From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Breeding, Polly

(born: 1849  -  died: 1939) 

Polly Breeding was born New Year's Day 1849 in Lafayette, KY, the daughter of Phyllis Hiser, a slave, and Thomas Pound, a freeman.

Thomas Pound's family had gained freedom when his grandmother, who was white, had a child by his grandfather, who was one of her slaves. According to the reprint from WPA Projects, "Aunt Polly Breeding was the oldest and most noted slave near Edmonton, Kentucky."

Polly Breeding died of influenza on March 12, 1939, according to her Kentucky Death Certificate #8186 file #87. She was a widow; her husband was Milton Breeding.

A brief history of the family is in the Quarterly of the Metcalfe County Historical Society, vol. 4, issue 1 (Winter 1985). See also "Aunt Polly Breeding, Metcalfe Co KY" at the Kentucky African American Griots website.

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NKAA Source: Quarterly of the Metcalfe County Historical Society or History speaks (periodical)

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