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Anna (Rolfe) Barnett (abt. 1656 - abt. 1691)

Anna Barnett formerly Rolfe
Born about in Virginiamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
Wife of — married 1664 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 35 in Henrico, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap [uncertain]
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Anna (Rolfe) Barnett resided in the Southern Colonies in North America before 1776.
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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),[citation needed] that Anna, born about 1658, was an undocumented daughter of Thomas Rolfe (son of Pocahontas). This oral tradition has been held by multiple lines of descendants.[1]

Whatever her origins, she married William Barnett circa 1677.[2].

Previous versions of this profile have offered a variety of birth dates and places. Some say as early as 1653 and as late as 1659 (with an unsourced claim of "10 October" - which is also the unsourced claimed birth date of Thomas's known daughter Jane (Rolfe) Bolling (abt.1655-aft.1677), the daughter of Thomas's wife Jane (Unknown), whom many researchers conflate with this claimed additional daughter; others say she was born in Richmond or Varina, Henrico, Virginia, all without citing any reliable source. Her first known child Henry was born about 1678, suggesting a 1677 marriage and hence an estimated birth year of 1657. By this time, Thomas (who had returned from England to Virginia 22 June 1635) had married Jane about 1648/49, their daughter Jane was born Oct 10, 1650.

She apparently died about 1691 in Charles City, Charles County, Virginia.[citation needed]

Research Notes

Per Robert O Harder:[2]

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, named Anna... [the alleged daughter represented by this profile]. Or maybe she wasn't his wife but a woman from the tribe. Harder offers no solid documentation for this claim.


  1. 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:[citation needed]
    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."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert O. Harder's Powhatan, Rolfe and Barnett Heritage; seeking a better source, or better understanding of what Harder cites for his claims.

See also: [these need fleshing out]

  • There was no child born in 1670, the date was mistakenly found on a family tree which was incorrect, the 1st child was Henry born in 1678 Goochland Co, VA.

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With regard to this comment ".... 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. ..." This statement is not rationale to challenge lineage, and should be removed. Thomas may have been married to someone other Anne's birth mother, but this does not preclude Anne being a child of Thomas.
posted by Patti Mills
Well her name was not Ann it was Anna, his daughter with his first wife was Anne, who stayed in England and Thomas probably had relationships with some of the women from the tribe, not everybody gets married. Anna was born around 1656 not earlier when Thomas was married to Jane Poythress and had a daughter Jane b. c 1644, after his wife died he had other children and it was after 1655 - there was a son named Thomas "Powhatan" Rolfe who went by Powhatan and was probably the son of Oconoco "Oi Poi" a cousin of Pocahontas same as Anna! (don't be surprised the whole family was inbred - her Uncle married her sister, it happened) If you get a chance to read some stories by the Mattaponi tribal historian Bill Deyo you'll learn a lot about this family and who was connected. I happened to find a book about the Barnett family (I descend from this line) and the Farrar family (also my line) which mentioned the connections of Pocahontas, Thomas Rolfe & his daughter Anna and her marriage to William Barnett - it offered some sources but more oral history which is common in N.A. families, including mine. I don't know how to add my sources to this site or I would have. Hopefully this helps!
Bridgette, can you please post your source for the change to marriage date in reply to this comment, so we can add it to the profile? The cited source says "William Barnett married Anna Rolfe, circa 1664" which is what the profile originally said. However, he does not cite his source so if there is a better source for a different date, let's add it to the profile. Otherwise, we should change the date back to 1664.
posted by Scott McClain
Hi Scott, The first child was born in 1678 so a marriage date of 1677 is appropriate not 1664 when she was a child. Anna was probably born about 1658 - in Thomas O. Herder's book he states she was probably born 1653-1660, if so using a birthdate of 1658, a marriage in 1657 and her first child in 1678 that timeline works. At some point in an incorrect family tree they had her first child listed as being born much too early and that is not correct.
Rolfe-490 and Rolfe-4 appear to represent the same person because: the story on both profiles match. A supposed daughter of Thomas Rolfe. Date are unsourced and estimates. It is clear that these were intended to be the same person and should be merged.
posted by Robin Lee
This book has been deemed wholly unreliable by Native Americans and experts in Native American genealogy. Please do not use.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Rolfe-1156 and Rolfe-4 appear to represent the same person because: based on family relationships, these are intended to be the same person, no sources for any of the data
posted by Robin Lee
Rolfe-490 and Rolfe-4 are not ready to be merged because: The DOBs and places represent 2 different people. Much intermingling has happened in this family.

I believe this is mother and daughter and not same person

posted by Sheryl Moore
Rolfe-490 and Rolfe-4 appear to represent the same person because: same husband and son, sources are needed to support differences in dates, please merge, then research
posted by Robin Lee
Is the death date of 1774 perhaps a typo for 1674? This profile needs more sources.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Created an unmerged match to research if Rolfe-4 and this Jane Anna Rolfe are the same which needs to be done before the John Barnette matches can be merged as the same.

May need some help from the Southern Colony project people. Thank you.

posted by Sheryl Moore
The adding of Jane to my ancestor ANNA b. c 1656 is incorrect - Thomas and his 1st wife Jane had a daughter named Jane b. c 1644, after his wife died he had other children probably with women from the tribe, tribal historian Bill Deyo had written that ANNA & Thomas "Powhatan" Rolfe were more than likely the children of Thomas Rolfe & Oconoco "Oi Poi" a cousin of Pocahontas. Thomas had other children he had another daughter named Rebecca, and son's Moses, John and William. I'm sure I'm missing a few!
What proof do we have that this person even existed? The PM, Martha Sparks, made 46 contributions from 26 Oct - 30 Oct 2015 and then went inactive.

Among her entries on 28 Oct: 16:11: Martha (Auxier) Sparks edited the Mother for Thomas Rolfe.

16:11: Martha (Auxier) Sparks created Matoaka (Powhatan) Rolfe.

16:10: Martha (Auxier) Sparks edited the Father for Jane Rolfe.

16:10: Martha (Auxier) Sparks created Thomas Rolfe.

16:09: Martha (Auxier) Sparks edited the Mother for John Barnett.

16:09: Martha (Auxier) Sparks created Jane Rolfe.

16:08: Martha (Auxier) Sparks edited the Father for Jesse Barnett.

posted by Jeanne (Lunn) Aloia
Check out this site for more information on family:

According to site Anne had a sister named Anna.

All merges of Anne Rolfe has been done but none of the sources/references/citations or trees showed any connections to this particular ROLFE family . I would like to remove her from the family of Thomas Rolfe. Also no evidence for another marriage of Thomas Rolfe exists in all those other merged profiles. It would be great if someone finds it (-:
posted by Maggie N.

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