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Anne (Rolfe) Barnett (abt. 1648 - abt. 1691)

Anne Barnett formerly Rolfe
Born about in Virginiamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1664 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Henrico, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 30 Nov 2008 | Last significant change: 24 Sep 2020
14:00: Jillaine Smith replied to a comment on the page for Anne (Rolfe) Barnett (abt.1648-abt.1691) [Thank Jillaine for this]
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Anne (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 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.[1]

Whatever her origins, she married William Barnett circa 1664.[2].

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.[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, 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?


  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]

  • Pocahontas Foundation book 1985

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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
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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