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Re: Family Names
Posted by: wilma phelan (ID *****0644) Date: August 04, 2009 at 13:58:41
In Reply to: Re: Family Names by Bernard Bland, Jr. of 1081

You are correct. There is no evidence that Thomas Rolfe had other children than Jane Rolfe Bolling, except for the daughter Anne, b 1633, left behind in England. There ALSO is no evidence that Thomas did not have OTHER children.
There is evidence of 7 Thomas Rolfes in Virginia in the time period from 1650 thru 1700. Some of these may be the same persons
There were other Rolfes in Virginia. There were several Ann/Anne/Anna Barnetts in Virginia in the 1600s as well.
If as much time spent, refuting that Thomas Rolfe had more than one child, was spent, looking for evidence of other possible children, there would be a lot of information and knowledge gained. This block on research needs to be removed.
To find out more, one has to check out other data concerning the information of persons who had relationships with the Rolfes. New books are currently on the market that indicate, some of the additional data. Most libraries are very limited in the Rolfe - Bolling information.
I also have found information that father, John Rolfe may have had a son after he died. There is a book in the Fairfax Public Library, Fairfax Virginia, with passenger lists of arrivals in Virginia. It lists the name of a James Rolfe, b. in Virginia, traveling on a ship on the James River along with mother, Jane Pierce Rolfe and daughter Elizabeth Rolfe (Who later married a planter John Milner). Ships along the river often carried settlers from one place on the James River upriver or down river as needed.
Jane Pierce Rolfe, the widow of John Rolfe remarried to Captain Roger Smith and had a son in 1625 by her new husband in 1625.
Capt. John Smith indicated that he met Captain Roger Smith in 1629 in London. Apparently the Pierce - Smith -Rolfe family visited London in 1629 / 1630. We know that the will of John Rolfe was probated in London in 1630, and that Joan Pierce left a discription of her nice house in Virginia. The discription could have been either for her house in Jamestown, or the Plantation house, she and her husband, Captain William Pierce had on Mulberry Island. Fort Eustis now stands on the site of Mulberry Island.

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