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Robert Bolling, "of Kippax," was baptized at All Hallows Barking, on 26 Jan 1647 in All Hallows, Barkin Parish, London, England, a son of John Bolling and his wife, Mary Carie. Apparently Robert had no siblings.
The Bolling family is assumed to have been descendants of the Bollings of Bolling Hall, near Bradford, England. Robert's ancestry is assumed to include Robert Bolling, Esquire, who died in 1479-85 and was buried in the family vault in the church at Bradford. According to Bolling family oral tradition, the original " deBolling " family was Norman French, and came to Barking Parish with William the Conqueror.
Robert Bolling arrived in Virginia on 2 October 1660, only fourteen years old.
Robert married twice. His first marriage was to Jane Rolfe, the daughter of Thomas Rolfe and Jane Poythress. Her paternal grandmother was Pocahontas. The descendants of this first marriage are sometimes referred to as the "Red Bollings" due to the Native American lineage. Descendants of his second marriage to Anne Stith are sometimes referred to as the "White Bollings."
Child of Robert and his 1st wife, Jane (Rolf):
Robert and Anne probably had seven known children. The known children are from a note found in a very old volume of Pervise's Collection found at the Virginia State Library; this volume once belonged to Col Robert Bolling.
In is early years, Robert traded as "Robert Bolling and Co" which was referred to in the records of several counties, showing that his business was extensive. He was also a Virginia planter and acquired large tracts of land.
Robert Bolling was sheriff of Charles City County, and also the Lieutenant-Colonel for the Charles City County militia. This was a traditional office in England which was usually held by a nobleman. In addition to commanding the militia, this person served as the point of communication for the Governor and Secretary of the Colony, and presided in the county courts (p 26). As late as 1702, Robert was still serving as a justice.
In 1688, 1691-92, and 1699, Robert represented Charles City County in the House of Burgesses. In February 1699, Robert and Richard Bland, both magistrates of Charles City County, filed a petition that additional persons be added to the Commission of the Peace. In 1704 and 1705-06, he represented Prince George County.
Archaeologist Donald W. Linebaugh, of the University of Kentucky, located the remains of Col. Bolling`s house in Hopewell, Virginia in 2002. Most recently a dairy farm, the property has now been purchased by the National Archeological Conservancy.
Robert died on 17 July 1709 at Charles City County, Colony of Virginia. Robert was originally burried in the family cemetery at Kippax, as was his first wife, Jane.
Epitath of Robert Bolling's original tomb stone:
Here lyeth interred in hope of a joyful resurrection, the body of Robert Bolling, the son of John and Mary Bolling, of Allhallows, Barkin Parish, Tower Street, London. He was born the 26th of December in the year 1646, and came to Virginia October the 2d, 1660, and departed this life the 17th day of July, 1709, aged sixty-two years, six months and twenty-one days.
His second wife, Anne, is also assumed to have been buried at Kippax with other family members as well. Robert Buckner Bolling, a great-grandson of Robert, moved the remains (c. 1900) of Col. Robert Bolling and the succeeding male heirs to a newly built mausoleum at Blandford Cemetery. The graves of daughter, Jane Rolfe, and also Thomas Rolfe were re-marked at Kippax in 1943.
The Bollings married with the Stiths, Randolphs, Byrds and other foremost families of the colony. Robert's son, Robert Bolling, Jr. was an ancestor of Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and Mary Anna Randolph Custis, wife of Robert E. Lee. Woodrow Wilson's second wife was a Bolling of Virginia.
Location Notes: Charles City was one of the original "Shires" (soon after called Counties) formed in 1634. Prince George formed from Charles City in 1702-1703. Dinwiddie formed from Prince George in 1752, and Hopewell formed from Prince George in 1916.
Source Notes: One problem in researching Robert Bolling is the repetition of the 1868 A Memoir of a Portion of the Bolling Family ... copied word-for-word into the old composite profile books, such as Genealogies of Virginia Families from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography and and older articles in The William and Mary Quarterly. It is difficult to find primary records, but those are what is needed. The Library of Virginia has 36 boxes of records concerning the Bolling family.
Daughter Mary "Moly" (Bolling) Baker Robert and Anne had no daughter named Mary "Molly." Several generations later, there is assumed to have been a Martha "Molly" Baker, daughter of James Baker who married Justice Bolling, great great grandson of this Col Robert Bolling.
Unknown first wife? "According to Elaine Bolling in her note entitled, "Bolling-Randolph Chronology 1698-1740" on the Bolling Family Genealogy Forum, Robert Bolling returned to London in 1673 after immigrating to Virginia in 1660 and married an unknown wife who had Jane Bolling in 1674. In early 1675 he married Jane Rolfe as his second wife in what became Henrico County, Virginia.".
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On 11 Jun 2018 at 17:01 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 10 Jun 2018 at 08:49 GMT RJ Horace wrote:
On 10 Jun 2018 at 02:17 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Robert Bolling emigrated from his native England to Virginia in 1660, arrived October 2,1660 at age 13 settling in Charles City County, Virginia. He married in 1675 to Jane [ref>Jane Rolfe, granddaughter of Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe in 1614. John Rolfe died in 1650, leaving issue, and was buried at Kippax, the family seat, his remains later removed to the family burial vault in Petersburg, Virginia.</ref] (daughter of Thomas Rolfe and granddaughter to Pocahontas). Jane Rolfe Bolling died the next year 1676, leaving :
On 10 Jun 2018 at 02:04 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
'Robert, b. 1646; d. 1709; m. (1) 1675, Jane Rolfe, dau. of Thomas and gr.dau. of Pocahontas; m. (2) Anne Stith, d. 1709, dau. of Drury of Brunswick Co. Robert was son of John and Mary of "Bolling Hall," All Hallows, Barkin Parish, Tower Street, London, Eng. 4V329; 21V211; Pocahontas, p. 31.'
On 10 Jun 2018 at 01:55 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 10 Jun 2018 at 00:36 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 10 Jun 2018 at 00:34 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
"Robert Bolling was the son of John Bolling (b. 1615) and Mary Carie (née Clarke) Bolling. He was named after his grandfather Robert Bolling; his grandmother was Anne Clarke. He was born at Tower Street, All Hallows, Barking Parish, in London on December 26, 1646."
Wikipedia citation: "The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 7, 1899, pages 352-353."
I couldn't find that issue at jstor.org
On 9 Jun 2018 at 18:41 GMT Richard Draper wrote:
On 9 Jun 2018 at 16:55 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
It might have some sources that would help.
On 9 Jun 2018 at 16:49 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Is there a Bolling researcher (aside from me) who could work on this line? Otherwise I'll post a G2G request for help, as it would be a week or so before I could turn my attention to this.
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