Not to be confused with Anne Rolfe, a different alleged daughter of Thomas Rolfe, who was born much earlier and never left England.
Some descendants claim, citing oral tradition and a specific reference to her in the bible of John Perry Barnett (1764-1828), that Anne, born about 1648, was an undocumented daughter of Thomas Rolfe (son of Pocahontas). This oral tradition has been held by multiple lines of descendants.
Whatever her origins, she married William Barnett circa 1677..
Previous versions of this profile have offered a variety of birth dates and places. Some say as early as 1645 and as late as 1655 (with an unsourced claim of "10 October"); some say in England, others say in Richmond or Varina, Henrico, Virginia. Her first known child was born about 1670, suggesting a 1669 marriage and hence an estimated birth year of 1649. By this time, Thomas (who had returned from England to Virginia about 1635) had married Jane.
She apparently died about 1691 in Charles City, Charles County, Virginia.
when seventeen and still in England, Thomas Rolfe married Elizabeth Washington in 1632. In 1633, Elizabeth died giving birth to a daughter, Anne, who later married Peter Elwyn, and they had at least three sons and four daughters. The Elwyns inherited several of Pocahontas' personal possessions.
But, then Thomas Rolfe had another daughter by a different wife, also named Anne... [that is represented by this profile].
Harder offers no solid documentation for this claim. Based on her likely birth year, she could not have been daughter of Thomas by some other wife as he as married to Jane by the time of this Anne's birth. In fact, what evidence exists to even support her maiden name being Rolfe?
↑ For example, this historical marker for IN, Johnson Co's best-known & most unusual grave near the Shelby Co line in a mound in the middle of County Road 400S (one road south of Amity off of 31, east of a creek) which reads:
"Nancy (KERLIN) BARNETT
Born May 14, 1793 - Died Dec. 1, 1831
Married to William BARNETT, Feb 20, 1808.
He was born Sep 27, 1780, drowned in Ohio River Sep 24, 1854.
William was the great-great-great-grandson of Pocahontas & John ROLFE.
Daniel O. DOTY, 1846-1934, protected his grandmother's grave by
staying here with his gun, while the county relocated this cemetery
in order to build the road. A concrete slab was placed over
the grave, to protect the marker, Aug 8, 1912."
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Anna by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Anna: