Nice one Joyce. I too was led to believe I was related to John Rolfe (yes) and pocahontas (no). Without the quality information I find from others more knowledgable than myself, I would still be trying to connect my Great Grandmother Martha Rolfe with John and Pocahontas when I am directly descended from the Rolfes of White Parish.
The biggest issue I have with the descendants of Pocahantus is her son Thomas. There is no marriage record. Rumors abound to include he had many Indian wives under Indian law. He is also rumored to have a wife he left in England. Another rumor says he is NOT the son of John Rolfe but Pocahantus' first Indian husband. How does anyone determine what is true and what isn't when there are few if any written records and great motivation to make sure the records that exist are "politically correct?" Keep up giving out good information for the sake of the real relatives of John Rolfe. We appreciate it.
Something for all to ponder. IN the 1600s when marrige between Indians and Whites was legally prohibited, how did Thomas marry a white woman? Did he get a "special" dispensation from the King of England too? Until I find absolute proof to the contrary, Thomas son of Pochantus, never left England. Not that is matters that much. His father, unproven without a birth record, is only my 7th great uncle...I think. The Rolfe family in America comes from Henry Rolfe not John Rolfe. John is responsible for bringing tobacco to this country which has led to the death of millions of Americans and this continues to this day. In the Rolfe family, he is not one of our finest relatives. Did the British kill Pocahantus and her son to enable their plan for Rolfe to inherit the lands of her family? Would they? OF COURSE THEY WOULD. The history of the royalty of England speaks for itself. Unbelievably EVIL. This is what this descendant of the Rolfe's thinks. What say ye? LOL.
What IF, Thomas Rolfe, son of Pocanantus died in England (poisoned?) and his uncle Henry substituted another Thomas Rolfe to take his place and gain his inheritance? Now there is a chilling possiblity. A fake Thomas would have been white not Indian as the real one was.
You will find one rendition from the English and another from the Indian relatives of Pocanatus. They sure do NOT agree in any way.
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