John Bolling
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John Bolling (1737 - aft. 1800)

John Bolling
Born in Cobbs, Chesterfield, Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 24 Jun 1760 in Shadwell, Colony of Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 62 in Chestnut Grove, Chesterfield, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Matoaka Amonute Powhatan
John Bolling is a descendant of Pocahontas. Here is the trail.

John was born in 1737. He is the son of John Bolling and Elizabeth Blair. He married Mary Jefferson, the sister of the future President, and they were the parents of Archibald Bolling, John Bolling, Martha Bolling , Edward Bolling, Mary (Polly) Bolling, Robert Bolling, Thomas Bolling, Ann Bolling, Jane Bolling and an unnamed son that died as an infant.[1]

John and Mary were ancestors of the controversial First Lady, Edith Bolling Wilson.

John's brother Robert wrote of him in 1764: [2]

John Bolling possessed some of his father's dispositions: was like him, very large, and was six feet high. He delighted for the chase, and cared very little for the ladies, until he saw his lady. His character then as suddenly changed as that of Silvio in the Pastor Fido. After many sighs &c., he married Miss Jefferson, daughter of that Jefferson who, with Mr. Fry, made a map of Virginia.

But it seems he had already developed an attachment to the bottle.[3] Robertson attempts a whitewash.[4] But Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1798:[5]

The state of things at Chesnut Grove is truly distressing. Mr B.'s habitual intoxication will destroy himself, his fortune & family. Of all calamities this is the greatest. I wish my sister could bear his misconduct with more patience. It might lessen his attachment to the bottle, & at any rate would make her own time more tolerable.

Will of John Bolling. Chesterfield Co., VA, WB 5, pp. 291-293, w. 7 Feb 1800, no notation of when the will was proved. Digital image at

my wife (unnamed) - all my land in Chesterfield Co.
son Edwd Bolling - land in Goochland county
son John Bolling - land in Goochland county
son Robert Bolling - land in Albemarle county
son Archibald Bolling - land in Campbell county, land in Chesterfield county
grandson Jefferson Archer
Exrs: sons Edwd Bolling, Robt Bolling, Archd Bolling
Wit: Thos (Lasen ?), Henry Walthall, _?_ Fuqua

Bolling, John, son of Col. John Bolling, of "Cobbs", lived first in Gloucester County from which he was a delegate in the House of Burgesses in 1766-1769. Afterwards, in 1778, he was a member of the House of Delegates from Chesterfield County. He married Mary, sister of Thomas Jefferson. He was born June 24, 1737, and died in 179-."


  1. Some Prominent Virginia Families. Vol. IV. J.P. Bell Company (Incorporated); 1907. p. 307–.
  2. Bolling, Robert (of Chellow): Memoir of the Bolling Family, p. 7.
  3. Wynne (1868), Memoir, p. 27.
  4. Robertson (1887), Descendants, p. 61
  5. Monticello website. Mary Jefferson Bolling.

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with John:

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The will of John (no middle name) Bolling, naming sons Edward, John, Robert & Archibald was written on 7 Feb 1800, in Chesterfield Co., VA - if you wish to revise the death date.
posted by Sarah Sharpless
Again, bios indicate they are the same, and they share a match for the same daughter who married Archer, and she will need to be merged as well.
posted by Steven Mix
Bolling-755 and Bolling-1 are not ready to be merged because: These two may indeed be the same person, but year of death is different.

I will contact Bowling/Bolling all spelling family historians to see if these two were the same person.

posted by Wesley Doughman
Bolling-755 and Bolling-1 appear to represent the same person because: The middle names differ, but the bio on the match says it is the same son, and they also share a match for the daughter who married Archer.

So this was clearly intended to be the same prominent man. Thanks!

posted by Steven Mix
It is obvious last name is spelled incorrectly . Will work on merge now
posted by Wesley Doughman
Bolin-357 and Bolling-1 appear to represent the same person because: Same except middle name and spelling of last name.
posted by Kerry Larson
What is the source for John Bolling's middle name "Kennon"?
posted by Anna Berkes
Bolling-1 and Bolling-385 appear to represent the same person because: probable match
Born June 24, 1737
posted by Maggie N.

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