Project: Descendants of Pocahontas

Categories: Descendants of Pocahontas Project | Descendants of Pocahontas

This "project" is now a team of the Native Americans Project.

Descendants of Matoaka, Amonute, Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe)

The mission of the Pocahontas Team is to add and improve profiles of the Descendants of Pocahontas. Team members take primary responsibility for relevant profiles or family groups and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, removing incorrect information and offer research assistance as needed.


How to Join

The team is open to anyone who wishes to improve the profiles of descendants of Pocahontas; you do not need to be a descendant in order to join the team.

To join the team:

  1. Meet the qualifications and join the Native Americans project and request to be on the Pocahontas Team.
  2. Add pocahontas to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  3. Check out the To-Do list below to find something to help us work on, and add yourself (or ask one of us to) to that task.
  4. Please join the Google Mail Group for the WikiTree Native Americans Project


For each person:

  1. Appropriate last name at birth (LNAB) is identified
  2. All duplicates are merged into lowest number / most appropriate last name at birth
  3. PPP is added only for individuals who are historically significant or are the subject of controversy or many merges.
  4. Biography is cleaned up and written, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help)
  5. Attached family meets these goals, too
  6. Attached to the main WikiTree family tree (not always possible especially for pre-1800 Native Americans)
  7. All relationships (parents, spouses, offspring) are correct and supported with reliable sources or discussion of evidence
  8. When relationships are disputed, this is addressed in Research Notes of narrative with internal/external links if available. See in particular: Bolling Pocahontas Fabrication
  9. Profiles are cleaned up, including elimination of any GEDCOM upload strings and import info as well as vague references to Ancestry Tree, Family Search IGI trees, etc;
  10. Large cut-and-pastes from other sources (including Wikipedia) are rewritten into original prose.
  11. Citations are cleaned up, preferably made consistent.
  12. Pertinent categories added
  13. Pertinent templates added


Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.

  • Project Coordinator - Jillaine Smith - Working the project from the administrative side of things. I will answer any question asked, even if it's to send you to someone else who knows the right answer.
  • Maggie N for any questions concerning the BOLLING/BOLING/BOWLING families
  • Hayley allegedly she's my 11th great grandmother, DNA links my family to Jane Rolfe, and her daughter Elizabeth.
  • Misty Musco Still working on straightening out which family lines lead to Pocahontas and trying to untangle the Bolling line.

Project Templates

If you are working on a profile that is a clear descendant of Pocahontas, you can place a sticker on the profile. Just type


in a stylish location below the Biography header. Result:

Matoaka Amonute Powhatan
... ... ... is a descendant of Pocahontas. Here is the trail.

This will apply the project's Category. The sticker does not support maintenance categories. (Sticker documentation)

Note the trail display is limited to 10 steps, so it won't usually work for 20th-century people. You might want to use

{{Descendant | id=[[Powhatan-3|Pocahontas]] | image=La_Sandbox-4.jpg | category=Descendants of Pocahontas}}


Descendant of Pocahontas.

Project boxes
Some profiles are managed by the project account of the parent project or another project. These will have the appropriate project box template placed at the top by the managing project.

Profile maintenance

The Descendants of Pocahontas team does not have its own Project account, Watchlist, Activity feed, Suggestions lists, or Members list.

It has a Category, G2G feed, Genealogy page, tag-followers list, and Unsourced list.

Profiles carrying the project sticker: What Links Here

Only one of its profiles is currently managed by its parent project, the Native Americans Project

Over 40 of its profiles are currently managed by the Virginia Project

A few of its profiles are currently managed by the US Presidents Project

WikiTree+ searches

based on Category: Descendants of Pocahontas. Mostly updated weekly.

You might need to hit the blue "Get profiles" button.

WikiTree Resources

Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages link at the top right of pages.


Some online sources for Pocahontas may not be correct or accurate genealogies

  • The main source for this project to date is the treatise published in 1887 called Pocahontas, Alias Matoaka, and Her Descendants Through Her Marriage at Jamestown, Virginia, in April, 1614, with John Rolfe, Gentleman..., by Wyndham Robertson (1803-1888) (a descendant). The first 7 generations are covered, width-first, but the list is incomplete, dates and places and other details are scarce, and no sources are cited.
The book is available online at the Internet Archive and at HathiTrust; also at Google Books, though not in all jurisdictions.
See Space: Pocahontas and her Descendants.
  • Burns, Marilyn J. (1983). Pocahontas blood : being an index to Pocahontas, alias Matoaka, ..., [1].
  • D'Agostino, Tony. Descendants of Pocahontas. Another version of the Robertson list, depth-first, with generations numbered 1-8 instead of 0-7. Includes all of Robertson's generation 7 (called 8 here)
However, the Robertson book is not up to date and is superseded by newer books:
Also on, with a U.S or Worldwide subscription. From the blurb, it's not clear whether the first 3 supplements are included in this database.
  • Stith, Rev. William (?1742). History of Virginia. Pocahontas, p. 127, Thomas Rolfe, [2].
  • Randolph, Richard. "Henrico County", in Southern Literary Messenger, Vol. 25, no. 1 (Jul 1857), p. 64. Powhatan visits John Rolfe, p. 65, 68. Thomas Rolfe married a "Miss Poythress", p. 68. Robert Bolling married a da. of Drury Stith (not right), p. 68.
    • "Historical Memoranda", op. cit, Vol. 25, no. 2 (Aug 1857), p. 121. Sale of Chickahominy, p. 123.
  • Meade, Rev. William (1861). Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia. Vol. 1, Vol. 2. Repeats Randolph, p. 79-80, footnote.
  • Slaughter, Rev. Philip (1879). History of Bristol Parish.
    • 1st edn (1846), esp. p. 44-47.
    • 2nd edn (1879). Has pedigrees, esp. Murray, p. 199, Randolph, p. 212, Robertson, p. 222.
  • (Anonymous, but apparently not Stanard). "Ancestors and Descendants of John Rolfe", a series of 16 articles in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vols. 21-24 (Jan 1913 - Oct 1916). On JSTOR (unlimited access). Also on
    • Vol. 21, no. 1, p. 105, 1, Rolfes of Heacham
    • Vol. 21, no. 2, p. 208, 2, John Rolfe; Thomas Rolfe
    • Vol. 21, no. 3, p. 310, 3, Bollings of Bolling
    • Vol. 21, no. 4, p. 422, 4, Bollings of Chellow and London
    • Vol. 22, no. 1, p. 103, 5, Robert Bolling; John Bolling sr, of Cobbs
    • Vol. 22, no. 2, p. 215*, 6, John Bolling jr (* p. 217 missing)
    • Vol. 22, no. 3, p. 331, 7, Thomas; John; Robert; Archibald
    • Vol. 22, no. 4, p. 441, 8, Jane da. of John Bolling sr, m Randolph
    • Vol. 23, no. 1, p. 94, 9, Gays; Eldridges
    • Vol. 23, no. 2, p. 214, 10, Fleming ancestry
    • Vol. 23, no. 3, p. 325, 11, Charles Fleming
    • Vol. 23, no. 4, p. 441, 12, John Fleming
    • Vol. 24, no. 1, p. 94, 13, John Fleming jr
    • Vol. 24, no. 2, p. 206, 14, Thomas Fleming; Charles Fleming
    • Vol. 24, no. 3, p. 327, 15, William Fleming
    • Vol. 24, no. 4, p. 440, 16, Flemings
  • Stanard, William. "The Randolph Family", in William and Mary Quarterly.

Top-level sources

  • William Strachey, The Historie of Travaile Into Virginia Britannia..., written originally 1610-12, but abandoned as a draft, not edited for publication. Published in this form, edited by Richard Henry Major, in 1849.
• detailed information about Powhatan begins on p 44;
• story about Captain John Smith begins on p 52;
• names of Powhatan's wives on p 54; this same page indicates that at the time of Strachey's report, Powhatan had 20 sons and 10 daughters living. This is the page that claims that Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas was married to a (native American) captain Kocoum "some two yeares since."
• subsequent pages name other native Americans of the region, including sons of Powhatan.
  • Frances Mossiker’s book Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend (1976)
  • An article at NEHGS by Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, "The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case" in Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, 23 (1985): 3-16, cited by Gary Boyd Roberts (1986) q.v.

Second-level sources

  • James, John (1841). The History and Topography of Bradford (in the County of York), with Topographical Notices of Its Parish. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1841 - Bradford (England). Google eBook.
  • Cudworth, Willliam (1891). Histories of Bolton and Bowling (townships of Bradford): historically and topographically treated. T. Brear, 1891. Page 145. Google eBook
  • Golden, James L, and Alan L. Golden. Thomas Jefferson and the Rhetoric of Virtue. Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2002. [3]. Page 292. // The Bolling v. Bolling case
  • Catlett, Lowell B. Thomas Jefferson: A Free Mind. Trafford Publishing, 2004. Google eBook. Page 7. // The Bolling v. Bolling case
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd (1986). "Notable Kin: Some Descendants and Kinsmen of Descendants of Pocahontas: An Excursion into Southern Genealogy". American Ancestors (NEHGS) website, NEXUS Archive Vol. II.
Campbell County and Wythe County
  • Payne, John M. Descendants of Archer Payne, in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 24, no. 2 (Apr 1916), p. 221-2, colcluded Vol. 24, no. 3 (Jul 1916), p. 315-7. Bollings & Paynes in VA.
Related families
  • Pecquet du Bellet, Louise, et al (1907). Some Prominent Virginia Families, 4 volumes. Bolling chapter at Vol. 4, pp. 301-314, continues 319-331. Mostly pasted blind from Robertson and other sources. Some other families covered may be relevant.
  • Brown, Alexander (1895). The Cabells and their Kin. [4].
User trees
Blue Bollings

Miscellaneous sources

For the other family members of Pocahontas ~~ THE POWHATAN FAMILY :

note : Many are charts, references and histories as records did not exist in that time period !

  • Shawnee Heritage II. By the author of Shawnee Heritage I. Don Greene, at Google Books.
  • Mixed Blood Indians: Racial Construction in the Early South. By Theda Perdue on Google Books


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