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Posted by: wilma phelan (ID *****0644) Date: August 16, 2009 at 16:00:29
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Stuart Brown, Myers, and Chappel, "Pocahontas Desc. with Corrections and Additions." In this book or one of the previous printings, the authors deal with trying to prove that Jane Poythress was the first wife of Thomas Rolfe, at least the wife, he first marries when coming to Virgina. The authors then conclude that the wife, Thomas Rolfe married, was, "a wife of European origin", but do not try to name her.
The writer claims he came to that decision because of writings or correspondence with the Wynn family.
Jane Poythress had a brother, who was a widow in the Wynn family. She had children by both the Wynn marriage and with Francis Poythress Jr. Sometimes Jane Poythress is shown born in 1630, then having married Thomas Rolfe in 1838. - Not possible. The Bolling Family Association shold have a more acurate date of birth. In that particular printing of the book of "Descendants" there is a statement that Jane Rolfe Bolling may have been named after Jane Poythress, rather than Jane being her mother.

From time to Time, one runs across claims of a William and Thomas Rolfe born in the 1640's to a Dorothy Jennings and Thomas Rolfe.

The late William Rolfe of Richmond, Virginia traced his Rolfe line back to Southern Virginia, at the border of North Carolina to about 1700. He seached for his Pocahontas roots for his entire life getting back to the early 1700s. In "Pocahontas Genealogy Quarterly", He said that John Rolfe of Surry County, Virginia, was the oldest son of Thomas Rolfe b. 1614. Surry County was across from Jamestown, Va. on the James River. John Rolfe b. circa 1639, was awarded land grants in North Carolina, along with his wife and In-laws in the last part of the 1600's. These grants are still on record and John Rolfe of Surry County moved to NC in 1700. This was in the area of Elizabeth City, NC which had a good library w/ notes on the Rolfe / Relfe family.
The court house in Jamestown burned circa 1698 and Surry records were desroyed at that time, as that was considered part of Jamestown.

"Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma" by Camilla Townsend. - a novel. --in her notes she writes that "the neighbors knew" that the sons of Thomas Rolfe "were the Grandsons of Powhatan.' You will have to ask her for the source of this information.

"The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown," by Glover and Smith. Shows that Mistress Rolfe, the first wife of John Rolfe of Heacham, did NOT die in Bermuda. Book shows a list of the dead and she is not on it. Thus information that she died on the island of Bermuda is incorrect.

4. "The True Story of Pocahontas, The other Side of History" by Dr, Linwood "Little Bear" Custalow and Angela L. Daniel. Highly copywrited. published by Fulcrum Publishing, Golden Colorado. -says that Pocahontas had a son by her Indian Husband.

5. Personnel Correspondence with notes from the web.
Souce: Correspondent no longer remembers: Rolfe - Norton genealogy from the web. Margaret Rolfe marries John Norton III, member of large North Carolina Shipping Company.
John Rolfe b circa 1640, Virginia m. Mary (Mercy) Warren and their daughter Margaret (granddaughter of Thomas Rolfe). This John Rolfe later marries a Mary Jones and the couple, their children and the Jones' in-laws move to NOrth Carolina in 1700. Thomas Rolfe sold land to both a Warren and a Brown Families. This was part of his "Indian Tract" given to him by Powhatan.

Correspondence from the web - forwarding very long information on the Jennings - Rolfe family and many wills of the Jennings and Rolfe family.

Regarding the page from a Book recording a child, James Rolfe as having been a passenger on a ship on the James River along with Jane Pierce Rolfe and Elizabeth Rolfe circa 1624: I did photostat the page showing this, but the page is in a large storage closet. I am no longer able to walk and even if family got the boxes out for me, I don't know if I would be able to sort out that particular page.

The page might have the name of the book at the top. Anyhow the title of the book, was approximately this. "An Index of books with lists of individuals on Passenger Lists coming into Early America." In the front of the book, it assigned a number to each ship. Then in the main part of the book, it showed the name of the passenger, ship they were on and date of birth and the number showing which ship the passengers , came in on. In the case of a child, they wrote. born in Virginia. The Rolfe page showed about 8 Rolfes, 3 of which were on the same ship on the same date in "1624: Jane Pierce Rolfe, Elizabeth Rolfe b. in Virginia, James Rolfe born in Virginia. A child born in Virginia could be no more than 14 as the oldest, but John Rolfe arrived in 1610. He married Jane Pierce Rolfe in 1619; Elizabeth Rolfe Milner was born in 1620. John Rolfe died in the spring of 1623. I have NEVER seen another note on this James Rolfe.

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