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Re: Pettis/Pettus - Pocahontas connection?
Posted by: Arthur Mitchell (ID *****0444) Date: November 07, 2012 at 20:25:07
In Reply to: Re: Pettis/Pettus - Pocahontas connection? by William Pettus of 941

Bill – Many thanks for letting me know! This is spectacular news and surely an interesting addition to your book. For too long, the descendants of Pocahontas by her first marriage to Kokoum have not been recognized. I felt quite uneasy about the “Theodore connection” and Pettus in general.

As you know, their presumed daughter, Christian Pettus, married John Martin (to be confirmed), and I would be very grateful for any information you can get from Bill Deyo or elsewhere re. the source of that Pettus-Martin marriage. Among their children were Stephen (Richard?) and Rebecca Martin (note that Rebecca was Pocahontas’ baptized name) – see my earlier message, but I am sure you have the children’s names already.

“Powhatan” (Wahunsenaca / Wahunsunacock) was Pamunkey. My understanding is that the name “Powhatan” just refers to the Powhatan Confederation of tribes. Pocahontas’ presumed mother was Mattaponi. According to Mattaponi oral tradition, her name was also Pocahontas (or possibly Nonoma or Winganuske).

Kokoum (Patawomeck, aka Potomac) was the first husband of Pocahontas before she was abducted after ca. 3 years of marriage, taken and held hostage at Jamestown (see note below). Kokoum is presumed to be the younger brother of Chief Japasaw (Iopassus) of the Patawomeck Tribe based primarily at Passapatanzy village, which was in present-day Stafford Co, Virginia. Recently, the Patawomeck tribe was given official state recognition as a Virginia tribe, along with Mattaponi, Pamunkey, Chickahominy, Nasamond and Monacan (any others?).

Ka-Okee's daughter, Christian (Pettus) Martin, is stated to have had a daughter, Christian (Martin) Williams Waugh, and has many descendants among the Patawomeck tribe based in Stafford Co, Virginia. This Christian was Rev. John Waugh’s third and final wife, but they had no children. However, Christian’s sister, Rebecca Martin, is “presumed” to have been the mother of Rev. John Waugh’s two eldest sons, Joseph (my confirmed ancestor) and John before Rev. Waugh married second Elizabeth Madison. Their daughter, Elizabeth Waugh, married George Mason, the famous George’s grandfather. However, George Mason of Bill of Rights fame is not the grandson of Elizabeth Waugh. It is recorded, though, that Elizabeth (Waugh) Mason was very significant in his upbringing and schooling. But that is only of side interest and beside the point of relevance here.

Note: In April 1613, “Capt. Samuel Argall saw an opportunity to capture Pocahontas and exchange her for English prisoners held by her father Chief Powhatan. Argall sought out Iopassus (Japasaw), the chief of the Indian town of Passapatanzy. After Argall made veiled threats, Iopassus obtained permission from his brother the Patawomeck district chief to aid Argall. Iopassus had one of his wives insist that Pocahontas accompany her on a tour of Argall’s ship. Once aboard, Pocahontas was detained, the ship departed, and she was held captive elsewhere in the colony. During negotiations for her exchange, Pocahontas married John Rolfe in 1614”.

Finally, it is very questionable that Thomas Rolfe was the son of John Rolfe as Pocahontas was apparently passed around among the male-only colonists during her imprisonment (Mattaponi oral tradition, and I place great stock in that) before her marriage (of convenience?) to John Rolfe. Time to throw out all the happy Pocahontas traditions! She was an abused political pawn. Sigh.

Let me know if I can provide any further information or web links to make your narrative a very interesting read!

All the very best, Art


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