||Thomas Rolfe is a descendant of Pocahontas.|
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Thomas Rolfe was born 30 January 1615 at either Smith's Plantation, Virginia or Varina, Henrico, Virginia. He was the only child of John and Rebecca (Pocahontas) Rolfe.
When his mother died in England in 1617, he was left there to be raised by his father's family. He then returned to Virginia to claim his parents' property upon his majority.
Thomas became a lieutenant in the English Army. He came to America when he was about 25 years old (c. 1635).
Residence: 1652 Thomas Rolfe House, Surry Co., VA: story-and-a-half homes with chimneys at both ends and a more nearly symmetrical facade, as in the Thomas Rolfe House (1652), in Surry County, Virginia.
They only had one child :
He died after 1658 in James City, County, Virginia. Others say he died in 1675 James River, Buckingham, Virginia. A property event dating 23 Apr 1681, lands of Thomas Rolfe, deceased, known as "the Fort Land" were divided and sold - so he was clearly gone before 23 Apr 1681. His only grandson, John Bolling, signed over some of his land in 1698 to a William Brown." .
Moore and Slatten traced the suggestion that his wife was a Poythress back to a comment by W. G. Stanard in "Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents", in Virginia Historical Magazine (I, 1894, 446-447):
According to Moore and Slatten, Stanard cited as evidence handwritten notes on the flyleaf of a copy of A Complete Collection of All the Laws of Virginia Now in Force Carefully Copied from the Assembled Records (London, 168[?], now in the Library of Virginia. Moore and Slatten state:
Here again a Bolling descendant confused the son with his father. Not recognizing the name 'Payers' as another variant of Peirce, someone searched the records for a name beginning with 'P' and having a 'y' in the first syllable. Francis Poythress lived in adjacent Charles City County and his name ended in s!
Wyndham Robertson, a Bolling descendant, wrote in Pocahontas Alias Mataoke and Her Descendants (Richmond, 1887):
He added in justification of his charming adoption of an ancestress, '...no such name as "Poyers" is anywhere known ... the family of Poythress was already settled in Virginia.' ... The result has been the acceptance of a non-existent personage, 'Jane Poythress', in the Bibles of Virginia genealogy, as the bona fide ancestress of many illustrious Virginians. Who the wife (or wives) of Thomas Rolfe may have been remains an unanswered question.
Pocahontas' Descendants by Stuart Brown et al (1995), which is the most updated version of POCAHONTAS' DESCENDANTS: A Revision, Enlargement and Extension of the List as Set out by Wyndham Robertson in His Book Pocahontas and Her Descendants (1887) that he was only married once "to possibly the daughter of Francis Poytress, a Virginia colonist" . If there was a first marriage in England before he moved to Virginia to claim his inheritance & land, the first wife was listed as "unknown".
Whether Anne Rolfe actually existed as a daughter of Thomas Rolfe
"The Elwyn family of Thurning, Norfolk, England, claims that Anne Rolfe, “cousin and adopted” daughter of Anthony Rolfe of Tuttington, Norfolk, and wife of Peter Elwyn of Thurning (1623-1695/6) was also a daughter of Thomas Rolfe, Pocahontas’s son, by an early English wife. Brown, Myers, and Chappel accept this claim; Moore and Slatton do not, and I [who?] am skeptical also. Margaret Wake, a great-granddaughter of Peter and Anne, married William Tryon (1729-1788), colonial Governor of North Carolina and New York.
English sources for the Elwyn progeny include R. T. and A. Gunther, Rolfe Family Records, Vol. 2 (1914): 289-91, and Patrick Palgrave-Moore and Michael J. Sayer, "A Selection of Revised and Unpublished Norfolk Pedigrees," in Norfolk Genealogy, Vol. 6, 1974, published by the Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society), 56-59 (Elwyn); and The Ancestor, 2 (1902): 183-84 and 4 (1904): 256-57 (Wake, Tryon)."
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On 11 Jun 2018 at 20:03 GMT David Rolfe wrote:
On 11 Jun 2018 at 17:37 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Rolfe-1714 and Rolfe-1 appear to represent the same person because: birth date/place are the same & I just proposed a merge of the duplicate profiles for dau. Jane. Rolfe-1714 has no source for death "19 Apr 1676 in Purton, Gloucester, Virginia" - not sure what that's from.
On 21 Sep 2017 at 13:14 GMT Jeanie (Thornton) Roberts wrote:
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On 1 Sep 2014 at 03:09 GMT Betty (Delisle) Tierney wrote:
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