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John Rolfe (bef. 1562 - 1594)

John Rolfe
Born before in Heacham, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 1582 in Englandmap
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Died after age 32 in Heacham, Norfolk, Englandmap
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He was baptized on 17 Oct 1562 in Heacham, Norfolk, England

John Rolfe and Dorothy Mason were married on 24 Sep 1582 in Heacham, Norfolk, England. [1] [2]

He was the head of Heacon Hall in Heacham, Norfolk, England which is the seat of the ROLFE family.

He died on 29 Nov 1594 and was buried on 01 Dec 1594 at St.Mary the Virgin Churchyard in Heacham, Norfolk, England.

About 1760 one of the ROLFEs of Heacham Hall was Sheriff of Norfolk County, England.

In 1837 S.C.E. Neville ROLFE, Esquire, who took the name and arms, succeeded to the Heacham Hall property.

To mark a picturesque episode in the history of 2 nations, in 1933 Americans presented the English with a memorial to his daughter-in-law Pocahontas which was erected in the north aisle of Heatham Church. Below it there is an older memorial with brass plate to him. [3]

The ROLFE family home Heacham Hall in Heacham, Norfolk County, England was destroyed by fire in 1945.


  1. Parish Register of Heachum Church in Heacham, Norfolk, England.
  2. World Family Tree v2 ed. 1, Tree #1498, customer pedigrees on Family Archive CD by Brøderbund Software Inc. released: Nov 29, 1995.
  3. Heacham Church guide book
  • The Rolfe Family Records v2 by R. T. and A. Gunther in Heacham, Norfolk, England printed by Hazell, Watson and Viney, LD London and Aylesburg in 1914
  • Domesday Book (11th Century)
  • "Our Kin - Genealogies of some of the Early Families who made History in the Founding & Development of VA,Bedford-Co" by Mary Denham ACKERLY & Lula Jeter PARKER. Published in 1981 by J. P. Bell Company of VA,Lynchburg.
  • WFT v1 ed#1 tree #1854 Family Archive CD by Broderbund.
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is he not the father of John Rolfe who married Pocohantas?
posted by Wendy Browne
Can this profile be edited now? The note says it's from 2014 and I don't want to step on any toes. There seems to be some conflicting information and it needs to be researched and properly sourced. This was brought to my attention from a private message on son Henry's page. I will be working on adding other sources here shortly to the other pages and can try to locate correct Sources for this one as well as Eustace and his wife and clean these profile up a bit.
posted by Misty (Rish) Musco
I removed Rolfe-24 as John's father. Rolfe-24 was a Wiltshire Rolfe not a Norfolkshire Rolfe, only had 2 children (Richard and Margaret), and (as noted in a comment below) is known to have died several years before John was born.
posted by Chase Ashley
Henry can not be John father because Henry died in 1558 His mother Joanna Jenner was married to Eustace Rolfe 06 MAY 1539 -28 JUN 1593 Heacham, Norfolk, England Married 27 MAY 1560
He is NOT married to both Honour Parke and Dorethea Mason ! I think his son's family got mixed up into this family.
posted by Maggie N.

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