The following data is extracted from Sketches Of Western North Carolina, Historical And Biographical, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
Ezekiel Polk, one of the older brothers of Colonel Thomas Polk, was the first clerk of the county court of Lincoln, after its separation from Mecklenburg in 1768; a Magistrate of Mecklenburg county at a later period; and was a man of considerable wealth and influence, owning much of the valuable lands around "Morrow's Turnout," now the flourishing village of "Pineville." He was the grandfather of James K. Polk, President of the United States in 1845, some of whose noblest traits of character were illustrated in "refusing to serve a second term" and in being "never absent from his post of duty". Well would it be for the best interests of our Republic if other occupants of the "White House" would imitate his noble example.
Source: Sketches Of Western North Carolina, Historical And Biographical, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina