Most of what we know about Polly Sumner is from the family lore of the Sumner/Williams/ Langley family. The details of family lore can be hard to verify, but it is almost always based upon some element of truth. Purists will note that the Amy of this story is difficult to reconcile with the genealogical record of the family. Although we may never know the full story of this historic doll, this account follows the commonly accepted elements of Polly Sumner’s historic journey.
Polly’s presence in Boston following the British evacuation, as well as at the public reading of the Declaration of Independence, is not found in the family lore. I have added those pieces to complete the story arc, but those are the only liberties I have taken with the family lore or the historical record. The reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Old State House is as described by Abigail Adams, and others who were present. Mr. Williams’ presence at Dorchester Heights is conjecture. Service records show various individuals named John Williams in service early in the war, including at Dorchester Heights, but none of these records have been positively identified as the John Williams of this story.