422 Pollard-Crosby


The home at 422 as it looks in 2013. This is most likely post-dates the time William and Arie (Crosby) Pollard lived here.

Living at 430 South Adams are William and Arie Pollard. William was born in bondage in Virginia around 1837. At some point William made his way to Colchester, Ontario where in 1861 he is listed as a servant for the family of George and Ellen Wright.

In December of that year, he married Arimantha Horse (sp?). Arimantha (also listed as Ida, Anita, Arie, Jemima and Artie) was the daughter of Washington and Jemima Crosby of Virginia who had made it to Canada by the mid-1840s, when Arimantha was born.

In February, 1864 William crossed the Detroit River to join Company K of the 102nd United States Colored Troops. Something happened, because William does not muster out with the regiment, but is discharged that same month.

After he is discharged, he and Arimantha with their two young children, William and Carrie, settle in Salem Township, Washtenaw County north of Ypsilanti. In 1870, they are living with the Hursts, a young black couple also from Canada. Another son, Earl, will be born and the Pollards will stay in Salem for decades, William working as a ‘day laborer.’

The first we see the Pollards living in Ypsilanti proper is in 1882, when William Jr. dies. In 1900, William and Arimantha are renting their home and living with their son George, a porter, and their grandson, Clarence.

Ypsilanti Sentinal.

Ypsilanti Sentinel.

Arimantha died in 1902 and William in 1916. They were members of the Brown Chapel AME Church where a stained glass window is dedicated to William’s memory.

3 August, 1916. Ypsilanti Daily Press.

3 August, 1916. Ypsilanti Daily Press.

Window dedicated to William Pollard, AME Church.

Window dedicated to William Pollard, AME Church.

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