John Bolling

John Bolling (1676 - 1729)

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Colonel John Bolling
Born in Charles City, Colony of Virginiamap
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Husband of — married in St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia.map
Descendants descendants
Died in Cobbs, Conjurers Neck, Henrico County, Colony of Virginiamap
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Biography

John Bolling is Notable.

John Bolling (1676-1729) was the son of Col Robert Bolling and 1st wife Jane Rolfe. John was born January 26, 1675 at Kippax Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia. He died on April 20, 1729, at Cobbs Plantation, Henrico County, Virginia.

His mother Jane Rolfe (October 10, 1650 - c. 1676) was the granddaughter of Pocahontas. Jane Rolfe was born in what is now Henrico County, Virginia on October 10, 1650 to Thomas Rolfe and his English wife Jane Poythress. In about 1675, she married Robert Bolling of Prince George County, Virginia, and they had their only child, John Bolling, on January 26, 1676. Jane died about a year after the marriage. John Bolling and his line are the only documented descendants of Pocahontas.

Col. John Fairfax Bolling (January 27, 1676 to April 20, 1729) was a colonist, farmer, and politician in the Virginia Colony.

He was the second son and only surviving child of Colonel Robert Bolling and Jane Rolfe Bolling. His maternal grandfather was Thomas Rolfe, the son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

John Bolling was born at Kippax Plantation, in Charles City Co., Virginia a site which is now within the corporate limits of the City of Hopewell. He made his home at the Bolling family plantation "Cobbs" just west of Point of Rocks on the north shore of the Appomattox River downstream from present-day Petersburg, Virginia. (Cobbs was located in Henrico County until the area south of the James River was subdivided to form Chesterfield County in 1749).

Bolling served in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1710 until his death in 1729. In 1722, he opened a tobacco warehouse in what is now the 'Pocahontas' neighbourhood of Petersburg. William Byrd II of Westover Plantation is said to have remarked that Major Bolling enjoyed "all the profits of an immense trade with his countrymen, and of one still greater with the Indian."

John and Mary Bolling's descendants are the only American descendants of Pocahontas, and include Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, wife of U. S. President Woodrow Wilson, Percival Lowell who mathematically discovered Pluto, Harry Flood Byrd and Richard Evelyn Byrd, the Randolphs of Roanoke, Nancy Reagan, and John McCain.


Tomb Redicovered William Busby rediscovered John Bolling's crypt! Here is his description of the burial site: "I happened on a large stone marker and above-ground crypt surrounded by a stone wall. It is by itself on a rural property near the Appomattox River here in Virginia. It is for "Colonel Jno. Bolling of Cobbs" who died in 1729. The marker is in good condition, though somewhat darkened. In addition to the usual gravestone information, it has a rather lengthy inscription in a script style that I was unable to read from the other side of the protective stone wall. I am not an expert on 18th Century burials but this grave site strikes me as unusual. The above-ground stone crypt is somewhat larger than a coffin. The grave site, is on a hilltop high above the Appomattox with no apparent water table problems. It has a great view of the river (and I-295). The protective stone wall appears to be the same vintage as the rest of the site."

"This is in Chesterfield County in a small residential area on Cobb's Point, near Point of Rocks and west of Hopewell. It is just north of the Appomattox and a short distance west of I-295. I am quite sure this would have been on his own land. Some distance away near someone's front yard and facing Enon Church Road there is a small historical marker stating this was the site of Cobb Hall owned by Colonel Bolling, a great grandson of Pocahontas."

Mark Fisher a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia provided some information for this memorial. He gathered info from various libraries including the Library of Congress, the Library of Virginia, the Richmond Library and the College of William and Mary as well as the Virginia Historical Society.

Inscription:
Around this stone lie the remains of
COL. JNO. BOLLING OF COBBS
Great-grand-son of
ROLFE AND POCHAHONTAS
B. 1676 ----D. 1729

He was prominent in his day. Represented his County (Chesterfield) in the House of Burgesses and was long Lieutenant an office of great dignity and importance. Being the only great-grand-child of Pocahontas he was the ancestor of all who derive their lineage from her.

Also, lie here unmarked the remains of a large number of her descendants whose tomb-save one-that of Elizabeth eldest grand-daughter were destroyed during the occupancy of Cobbs by the Federal troops in 1864. Among those buried here were:

WILLIAM ROBERTSON
B. 1750----D. 1829
Member of Council of State
His wife
ELIZABETH BOLLING
And their youngest son
WYNDHAM ROBERTSON
B. 1803----D. 1888
Sometime Governor of Virginia.
And by whose direction this monument is erected. [1]

Burial: Cobbs Cemetery Enon Chesterfield County Virginia, USA[2]

John Bolling was a Major in the Army. He owned "Cobb's Plantation." married Mary Kennon (1679–1727), daughter of Richard Kennon and Elizabeth Worsham, on December 29, 1697.He married December 29, 1697 in St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia. They had at least six children, whose names appear in John Bolling's will:

The children:

  1. John Bolling Jr. (1700–1757) married Elizabeth Bland Blair (who was the niece of James Blair, the first president of The College of William & Mary) on August 1, 1728 and had children, including John Bolling, who married Mary Jefferson, the sister of United States President Thomas Jefferson.
  2. Jane Bolling (1703–1766) married Colonel Richard Randolph in 1714 or 1720 and had six children.
  3. Elizabeth Bolling (born 1709), married William Gay of Scotland and had three children
  4. Mary Bolling (1711–1744), married John Fleming and had eight children.
  5. Martha Bolling (1713–1737), married Thomas Eldridge in 1729 and had four children.
  6. Anne Bolling (1718–1800), married James Murray and had six children.
  1. PLUS An on-going dispute about another possible child named Penelope.[3]
In 1675, Jane Rolfe married Colonel Robert Bolling (12/26/1646 - 7/17/1709)of "Kippax," son of John and Mary Bolling of London, and, in due course, they had "one son, John Bolling, born ye 27th day of Jan'y, 1676." Major John Bolling of "Cobb's plantation" (1/26/1675*6 - 4/20/1729) m.12/29/1697 (date of marriage bond), Mary Kennon (6/29/1679 - Unknown), daughter of Dr. Richard and Elizabeth Worsham Kennon of "Conjuror'sNeck." He was a member of the House of Burgesses, Virginia's colonial legislature. Major John and Mary Kennon Bolling had six children, one son and five daughters:
  1. Col. John Bolling
  2. Jane Bolling, married Colonel Richard Randolph
  3. Mary Bolling, married Colonel John Fleming
  4. Elizabeth Bolling, married Dr. William Gay
  5. Martha Bolling, married Thomas Eldridge
  6. Ann Bolling, married James Murray

Linage Reference

Matoaka (Pocahontas) married 5 Apr 1614 John Rolfe in Anglican Church, Jamestown, son Thomas born 1615 Pocahontas 1594 - March 1616 died in England buried in Gravesend, England. Thomas was left in England in care of grandparents (another source claims it was his uncle).

Thomas Rolfe born 1615 was the only child of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. He married Jane Poythress when he was 20-25 yrs old in England. They only had one child, a daughter.

Jane Rolfe, born unknown, married 1675, died 1676; Colonel Robert Bolling, born 1646, died 1709, son of John & Mary Bolling of All Hollows, Barkin Parish, Tower Street, London. They had one child, a son.

John Bolling of "Cobbs" (Colonel) born 1676, died 1729 was a member of the House of Burgesses married Mary Kennon, daughter of Dr. Kennon, they had one son and 5 daughters. [4]

John Bolling was born at Kippax Plantation, in Charles City County, a site which is now within the corporate limits of the City of Hopewell. He made his home at the Bolling family plantation "Cobbs" just west of Point of Rocks on the north shore of the Appomattox River downstream from present-day Petersburg, Virginia. (Cobbs was located in Henrico County until the area south of the James River was subdivided to form Chesterfield County in 1749). John Bolling married Mary Kennon, daughter of Richard Kennon and Elizabeth Worsham, in December 29, 1697 at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. They had at least six children whose names appear in John Bolling's will:
  1. Jane Bolling (1698-1766), married Colonel Richard Randolph.
  2. John Bolling Jr. (1700-1757), married 1. Elizabeth Lewis; 2. Elizabeth Bland Blair.
  3. Elizabeth Bolling (born 1709), married William Gay.
  4. Mary Bolling (1711-1744), married John Fleming.
  5. Martha Bolling (1713-1737), married Thomas Eldridge.
  6. Anne Bolling (1718-1800), married James Murray.
Another child may be a daughter of John Bolling and Mary Kennon not named in his will:
Penelope (circa 1700-1776), married Captain Christopher Clark, and had a son Bolling Clark, two grandsons Bolling Clark, a grandson Bolling Clark Anthony, and several other descendants named "Bolling," "John Bolling," or, indeed, "Rolfe Bolling."
Penelope may alternatively have been the daughter of Edward, the son of Arthur Johnston, and Elizabeth Walker. Indeed, this is the more likely of the two possible origins of Penelope, as a birth record of daughter Penelope has survived. In this case, the various descendants of Penelope named Bolling would have been named in honor of a member or members of the Bolling family.

Research Notes

Otis Fuller writes on February 7, 2019:

John Bolling brought my ancestor, Richard Dean(e) from Cripplegate Ward Hospital/Orphanage, London, England, to Henrico Co., VA, in 1713-1714. Richard was raised by John Bolling, and lived next to him on Mohawk Creek, in Henrico Co. I have the document of his release to John Bolling, and also documents re his appointment to Clerk of the Vestry, Henrico Parish.
We believe Richard may have been descended somehow from Sir Anthony Deane of the Royal Navy. Richard was presented by Sir Edward Dummer, who was also connected somehow to the Royal Navy.

Sources

  1. Transcribed by William Busby, May 2011
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 34656576
  3. From "Pocahontas Descendants" by Brown, Myers & Chappel: (note: Penelope is not listed as a child, but she is referenced as their child in another publication)
  4. Major John Bolling (January 27, 1676 ? April 20, 1729) was a colonist, farmer, and politician in the Virginia Colony. He was the second son and only surviving child of Colonel Robert Bolling and Jane (née Rolfe) Bolling. His maternal grandfather was Thomas Rolfe, the son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
  • Pecquet du Bellet, Louise. "Bolling Family". Some Prominent Virginia Families IV. Lynchburg, Virginia: J.P. Bell Company. pp. 304–314
  • "Pocahontas & her Descendants", published by Genealogical Publishing Co. in 1968.
  • Bolling, Alexander R., Jr. The Bolling Family, Eight Centuries of Growth, Gateway Press, Inc, Balt., 1990, p113ff. (Obtained from Jim Phleger, 30 May.1990. Shows the "Red Line" back to Pocahontas. NOTE: Bolling line evolved down to Uroth Murray whose family moves during the revolution to Tennessee, and later Flat Lick K.Y.
  • Archives.com
  • Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator, 10/20/2012
  • Dodd, Jordan. Virginia, Marriages, 1660-1800 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997. Original data: Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Virginia.
  • Marcus Abbott Haskins, Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 2, Ed. 1, (Release date: November 29, 1995), "CD-ROM," Tree #1060, Date of Import: Jan 16, 1999. (1995), "Electronic," Date of Import: Jan 31, 1999.
  • E. Jay Stith, Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1, (Release date: November 29, 1995), "CD-ROM," Tree #5156, Date of Import: Jan 16, 1999. (1995), "Electronic," Date of Import: Feb 2, 1999.


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John Fairfax Bolling
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Monuument for John Fairfax Bolling
Monuument for John Fairfax Bolling

Cobbs Hall Historical Marker
Cobbs Hall Historical Marker

Questions

Collaboration

On 20 Dec 2018 at 19:15 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update: merge completed

Bolling-919 and Bolling-10 appear to represent the same person because: although set in a rejected match, newly created Bolling-919 is clearly a duplicate. please merge.

On 2 Dec 2018 at 01:12 GMT Shannon Broughton wrote:

I am trying to find out about a possible daughter of John Bolling named Elenor, born in 1702. She married Originall Wroe, it has been said a descendant of theirs Rebecca Wroe is a direct descendant of Pocohontas.

On 21 Sep 2017 at 13:45 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Bolling-789 and Bolling-10 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. This family line was already documented in WikiTree.

On 14 May 2017 at 16:52 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Bolling-701 and Bolling-10 appear to represent the same person because: same/similar dates, merges for parents and the whole lineage have been proposed.

On 14 Nov 2016 at 20:14 GMT Jeanie (Thornton) Roberts wrote:

Someone on GenMed asked about the 'middle' name of Fairfax and if there was any source proving such a name. Profile managers do you know where the name Fairfax comes from?

On 4 Oct 2016 at 17:01 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Bolling-644 and Bolling-10 appear to represent the same person because: same father, dates and wife

On 21 Aug 2016 at 15:03 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Bowling-532 and Bolling-10 appear to represent the same person because: same dates, same father

On 3 Jun 2016 at 15:24 GMT Wesley Doughman wrote:

Boling-236 and Bolling-10 is the same person. Bolling is correct last name Could not merge. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=34656576

On 2 May 2016 at 22:51 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Boling-236 and Bolling-10 appear to represent the same person because: same person

On 13 Dec 2015 at 06:44 GMT Gail Smith wrote:

Can't seem to put my dad's dna on here: Clarence Smith GEDMatch ID M910713 , ydna I1, mtdna H5a1, his grandmother was née Mary Catherine Boling. (yes, 'yankee' bolings misspell it) but might we all still share in the heritage of Yorkshire and of France before that? Just as we share in the American Revolution and so much more...

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