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Re: Moore & Slatten on Thomas Rolfe
Posted by: Mary Tim Baggott (ID *****8198) Date: April 23, 2002 at 08:28:18
In Reply to: Re: Moore & Slatten on Thomas Rolfe by Bonnie of 1081

I recently posted the info on where to obtain this article. So bring up a list of my recent postings and you will find this.

I find your Renfro story extremely interesting. Where did it originate? Is there a tradition in this family for descendancy from Pocahontas?

We have such a tradition in our family of descendancy from Pocahontas thru a Phebe Rolf VanOrnum, and I am a firm believer that such traditions tend to be based in reality. Phebe was born in Essex Co NY in 1799 & the people I believe to be her parents were in Morris Co NJ before that. My line of reasoning has been that Phebe must have descended from one of the sons of Thomas Rolfe discussed in the Moore-Slatten article. However recently I am finding a lot of Rolf/Roffs in NJ who are obviously descended from John Rolfe of MA s/o Henry and Honor Rolfe. And he is definitely not a Pocahontas descendant. So I am feeling a bit insecure about our family tradition at this point! Altho of course there is no reason why two people of the same surname can't be living in the same county despite having different lineages! And for all I know this John Rolfe was a cousin of Pocahontas' John Rolfe, and that this relationship might have attracted a descendant of the latter to settle where a descendant of the former was living.

I know that in the late 1800's, in some parts of the country anyway, it became fashionable to be able to claim descendany from Pocahontas, the "Indian Princess," and a number of people invented lineages to conveniently provide this. But in other parts of the country, and also in earlier times, it was not considered desirable to have a Native American ancestor. So all this has to be taken into account.

Regardless, I would be interested in hearing more about your Renfro story.

-Mary Tim Baggott

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