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Re: Anna Rolfe and Pocahontas
Posted by: Fred Hof (ID *****9679) Date: December 22, 2004 at 11:19:03
In Reply to: Re: Anna Rolfe and Pocahontas by NICOLE of 1081

Did I say "Thomas Rolfe and his wife didn't have multiple children?" Or did I say "Chroniclers of the Bolling family (such as Robert Bolling in the 18th century, John Randolph of Roanoke and Wyndham Robertson in the 19th century and James Patton in the 20th century) all insisted that Thomas Rolfe and his wife had one child: Jane, who married Robert Bolling. They may be right or wrong. They've just never been convincingly contradicted."

Were there also children named Anthony, Moses and William? I don't know. Have I ever seen a convicing case made that they were? No. To be honest with you, I've never even seen a "case." If you'd like to cite some sources I'd be happy to look at them, because the subject interests me. Were there other children who died young? I respect your belief that there were, but sources would be helpful.

Should information on historical markers automatically be taken at face value? Only, I guess, if one is willing to grant infallibility to another human being. There is a grave in (I believe) Wise, VA marking the burial spot of one Benjamin Bolling and citing him as a descendent of Pocahontas. Thanks in large part to recent DNA studies there are fewer and fewer people accepting this claim.

When I said that the Barnett claim to Pocahontas descent has been around for quite some time, I mentioned a book published in 1923. Mary Barnett said there were three children: Jane, Anna and William. Your version is there were four: Jane, Anthony, Moses and William. How does someone without a dog in this hunt get his hands on solid information that supports either claim?

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