Mary Edwards Powell was born 198 years ago – February 22, 1839 – in Loudoun County, Virginia. Mary was the daughter of Captain Charles E. Powell and Martha Linton. Mary’s father died when she was nine months old. She came with her mother and grandparents – Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason – to Washington County, Kentucky, when she was very young. Mary married Dr. John H. Polin. They had 4 children: Charles Hayden, Alice Rachel, John Arthur and Sarah Catherine Polin.