Pollard, William A.
Flourished: 1836-1845 Mason County, Illinois
Pollard lived in Sangamon County as early as 1836; it is likely that he lived in the far northern part of the county, situated in present-day Mason County. In 1841, he purchased land near Havana on the Illinois River, and in 1842, he and two others received a permit to build a mill-dam on the Quiver River, a tributary of the Illinois River. In 1845, a local landowner sued Pollard and the others to recover damages for flooding caused by their mill-dam; Pollard and the two others retained Abraham Lincoln to represent them in court.
Petition of John Hines and Others to the Sangamon County Commissioners’ Court; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, Mason County, 70:68, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 424;