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Re: Substantiation--Certification-- Public Records / etcettera!
Posted by: Elton L. Powell (ID *****3093) Date: April 27, 2011 at 06:37:35
In Reply to: Re: Substantiation--Certification-- Public Records / etcettera! by Joyce of 1081

Joyce: Much of the information you want is available on the net. 20 years ago it was only available in books and musty papers in Library shelves WHERE I FOUND MOST OF IT. So todays shortcut is to put in [Thomas Rolfe's request to see Cleopatra and Opechcancanough]. Then start reading every item. The pertinent info on this request is in "The Library of the Maryland Historical Society". THIS STUFF IS NO LEGEND, I assure you. There are still many manuscripts that weren't available untill now lying in storage vaults and are gradually becomming available on the net. The thing I want to emphasize is that this 'stuff' about Opechancanough being married to Cleopatre is a wild tale based on nothing but a mis-understanding of the word 'allied' for a foundation. I see TOO MANY genealogies referring to this false marriage and it somehow keeps going on. I ran into Cleo when I was researching my Powell ancestry. I was astonished to find her in my Powell blood but these things happen. But I could find NO support for Opie being married to her. Genealogists are funny people. They often rely on information by others without doing research on their own. Trouble is; they don't give sources. And that's the problem I had. So forget Opie as an ancestor. He's only periferral, not bloodline. I don't know who Cleo married and right now, I don't think anyone else does either. And marrying her wouldn't give any other Indian a better standing in gaining the power in that Confereracy.
See also Old Churches,Ministers abd families of Verginia' bu Bishop William Meade. A later edition is available for $27.95. It discribes Pocahontas' marriage to ARolfe and some of who were at this ceremony.
Also: captain John Smith's 'General Historie of the English Colony in Virginia'., most of which is available on the net. It gives Smith's discription of the kind of man Powhatan was.
One writer made this claim. "Opechancanough was the scourge of the colonists and for many years a fierce and implacable enemy of the whites.". Does this sound like he would allow his daughter to marry one? I don't think so.
Nicketti couldn't possibly have been his daughter and have married Hughes. I believe Powhatan's version. ELTON

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