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Rolfe/Barnett Family
Posted by: Gayla Brookman (ID *****3271) Date: March 04, 2005 at 00:01:44
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They do not yet appear to understand that there was a Thomas Rolfe Sr. A Thomas Rolfe Jr. b. 1645, and Thomas Rolfe III.Yes Thomas Rolfe's Jr. wife was Elizabeth. Yes Jr. died near the end of the century. Yes he had a will, but it was not Thomas Sr. will as claims have been made, It was for Thomas Rolfe, Jr. The librarian gave a bit of good ingfor mation there, She says that Jr. was born in 1645. The letter from Wm Rolfe of Richmond, says that John was the oldest. Now we need a birthdate for Wiliam and Powhata.

They will tell you that John Rolfe's first wife, known as Mistress Rolfe, has no known first name. They will say they don't know her maiden name. Her full name is on the web. They will say she died in Bermuda, but her name is not on the list of the dead. Even though John Rolfe's will is available they do know know that the will said that That Thomas Rolfe had to be married to inherit. Thomas was 16 in 1630 when the Will was proved. At age 18, Thomas Married. That is a lot of incentive and those that were raising him had a lot of incentive. People outside of the Washington area, do not always have the info in their libraries, that you find here. It is only very recently that genealogical records would record Indian Marriages, They kept the records themselves. One needs to draw them out before the owners of the information die. When England donated Virginia records to the US, they sent them to the NY public Library. Researches don't even think to look there. Wilma


They are conducting digs at Kippax at Hopewell, Virginia right now. That is where the Rolfe's and Poythress graves are. They should find some evidence of those other children there. Do we have to wait until they publish their report. Seems to me, that someone should advise those heading the study, of those 3 children and to look out for them. Wilma



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