Surname Saturday: Pohley

Surname Saturday: Pohley

My last Surname Saturday was for the surname Jones.  Today, I’ll chat about Pohley.

The oldest daughter of Thomas Jones and Margaret Kelly was Josephine.  Josephine married Joseph Charles Pohley ca. 1892 in Sa1n Francisco, CA.  Joseph was the son of Charles Pohley and Bridget Cahill.  His Father died when he was 3.  His Mother remarried to Martin C. Meyers.

The Pohley’s were from Germany.  The oldest ancestor I found on this line was Joseph Pohley, born ca. 1764.  I know nothing else about him.

His son, also named Joseph Pohley, was born ca 1800 in Germany or Bavaria (depending on the source).  Joseph married Margaret ???.

I am not sure when the Pohley’s migrated to the United States.  Their first child was born in New York around 1830, so I’ll place their migration around 1828.

In 1850, they were living in New York City.  Joseph was running a vinegar manufacturing business.  The family was still living in New York City in 1860.

Joseph and Margaret had a large family.  I found 12 children:  4 girls and 8 boys.  Their children were:  Mary, Josephine, Margaret, Joseph, John, Jacob, Amelia, Abraham (?), William, Frederick, Charles, and Henry.

The family moved to California by 1870.  Joseph and Margaret settled in Petaluma, Sonoma Co., CA where Joseph worked as a Machinist.  At least, Jacob, Amelia, Frederick, Charles, and Henry came to California with them.  Jacob and Charles continued as vinegar manufacturers in San Francisco.

There are still Pohley living in the San Francisco area today.  Who knows?  There may still be some cousins in New York still manufacturing vinegar 😉

This is a 5 generation descendant list of the Pohley’s starting with the earliest ancestor:

Descendant List of Joseph POHLEY I – 9 Oct 2010
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1-Joseph POHLEY I (abt 1764-)
. .2-Joseph POHLEY II (abt 1800-bef 1882)
. . +Margaret ??? (abt 1810-12 Jun 1896)
. . . 3-Mary POHLEY (abt 1830-)
. . . 3-Josephine POHLEY (abt 1832-)
. . . 3-Margaret POHLEY (abt 1835-)
. . . 3-Joseph J. POHLEY III (abt 1837-)
. . . 3-John POHLEY (abt 1838-)
. . . 3-Jacob POHLEY (abt 1840-)
. . .  +Ellen M.T. NASH (15 Jan 1859-23 Aug 1901)
. . . . .4-??? POHLEY (-)
. . . . . +H. CLARK (-)
. . . . .4-Joseph POHLEY (-)
. . . . .4-Willie POHLEY (-)
. . . . .4-Eva POHLEY (-)
. . . . .4-George POHLEY (-)
. . . . .4-??? POHLEY (12 Jan 1878-)
. . . 3-Amelia POHLEY (abt 1842-)
. . .  +??? NUTWALD (-)
. . . 3-Abraham? POHLEY (abt 1842-)
. . . 3-William POHLEY (abt 1843-24 Aug 1882)
. . . 3-Frederick POHLEY (7 Oct 1844-9 Mar 1910)
. . .  +Mary MULLEN (Mar 1848-)
. . . . .4-Fred K. POHLEY (abt 1868-)
. . . . .4-Joseph C. POHLEY (Jun 1873-)
. . . . .4-Mary L. POHLEY (Jul 1876-)
. . . . . +Virgil MARTIN Sr. (-bef 1900)
. . . . . . 5-Virgin E. MARTIN Jr. (Nov 1897-)
. . . . .4-Lorene G. POHLEY (Dec 1878-)
. . . . .4-Edna C. POHLEY (Jul 1882-)
. . . . .4-Margaret F. POHLEY (Jul 1884-)
. . . . .4-Fred T. POHLEY (Mar 1886-)
. . . . .4-Minnie POHLEY (-)
. . . . . +??? GRIFFITH (-)
. . . . .4-??? POHLEY (-)
. . . . . +W.F. WILSON (-)
. . . . .4-??? POHLEY (-)
. . . . . +George M. BYRN (-)
. . . . .4-Retta POHLEY (-)
. . . 3-Charles POHLEY (abt 1848-1873)
. . .  +Bridget A. CAHILL (abt 1852-)
. . . . .4-Joseph Charles POHLEY Sr. (25 Feb 1870-7 Jun 1941)
. . . . . +Josephine Agnes JONES (5 Jan 1870-1 Oct 1962)
. . . . . . 5-Charles A. POHLEY (3 Mar 1894-26 Oct 1981)
. . . . . . 5-Gladys M. POHLEY (4 Dec 1897-Aug 1981)
. . . . . . 5-George Thomas POHLEY I (13 Sep 1900-11 Sep 1966)
. . . . . . 5-??? POHLEY (bet 1900 and 1910-bef 1910)
. . . . . . 5-??? POHLEY (bet 1900 and 1910-bef 1910)
. . . . . . 5-Joseph Charles POHLEY JR. (28 May 1908-24 Feb 1951)
. . . 3-Henry POHLEY (abt 1851-)

2 thoughts on “Surname Saturday: Pohley

  1. My great grandfather was George Pohley of West New York, NJ. However, he immigrated from Bavaria in the early 1880’s and was a builder. Possibly related a generation or two earlier in Bavaria?

  2. Gene, I found these Pohley’s in 1850. They were vinegar manufacturers. Some of the family migrated to California by 1870. But, some stayed in New York. It is a possibility that they are related to your George Pohley who came at a later date.

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