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Re: Pocahontas- my 8th great grandmother
Posted by: Wilma Phelan (ID *****1402) Date: November 22, 2006 at 18:45:31
In Reply to: Pocahontas- my 8th great grandmother by Lorraine Hawkins of 1081

Dear Lorraine,

Do you know how you are decscendant's of Pocahontas? Are you one of the Bollings? I have been looking for material that is different than the usual, as what is the ususal stuff does not seem to be accurate. I have also been trying to find who has the records of Ruth Dunnington of Winter Park Florida who died in 1985.

She had the history on the Wayland Rolfe side back to Powhatan. Have you every tried to transcribe the diary? I would be enterested in a sameple of the entries. Your aunt must be very careful with those books. Through the letters of the Dunninngton-Wayland -Rolfe family, I have some data on John Rolfe and Pocahontas on her last day. I got this throught members of Ruth's family, the Rolph family of Ky. got it from a Rolfe Barbour of a small town near Cleveland Ohio. All are dead now so I can't get more information. I thought I was at the end of the trail until your letter.

I was at the Washington Episcopalian Cathedral one time. They have a Bible Museurm in a room off the main entrance. Some one stopped me outside and said they had the bible that Pocahontas leared to read from. Why or why didn' I go in the museum and see it, They probably could have told me a lot more. It was on loan from England. I meant the first copy of it, not the one in America. I am guessing it was burned along with everything else in the Indian raid of 1622.

Prince Henry, son of King James I, was given this first copy of the King James Bible. He died so his brother came to the throne instead. I was told that the second copy went to the Virginia Colony. I don't know who had it, but probably Govenor Dale, or perhaps Rev. Whitaker at that outpost, Henricus. They must have let Pocahontas read it. I understand that John Rolfe helped her learn to read, so maybe they were reading it together.

If you are an 8th geart grandaughter, you have fewer generations than most. I am 10 generations and our family is very long lived. Your aunt would do a service to mankind if she would let you photostat the diary, but you must be very careful with it and don't let it out of your own hands. How old is your aunt? As for the bible you could just photostat the fly leaf and and any beginning title pages. It would be too much to expect a family tree in it. It might be nice to know Pocahontas's handwriting.
It would help if we knew what edition she had. I am guess they must have bought it or been given it on their trip to England.

I know a lady who operates a Pocahontas Museum. She is trying to get a larger place to expand. Pocahontas was not born near Jamestown, but in Gloucster County, Va. That is on the next Penninsula up. Powhatan's village was called Werowicomico. The Indians would cross the York River to the Jamestown / Yorktown Penninsula. Then go up one of the many creeks leading close to Jamestowne and then walk a short distance to surround the Fort. Powhatan was chief of the close Indians to but he lived in Gloucester County.

Actually the three Penninsula's are each only about 15 miles or slightly wider. There were no North South roads and the bridges are very far apart. There were no bridges until after World War II, so all the roads led East and West. Traffic was by ship, boat or ferryboat. There is a bridge at Yorktown and another far upriver at Hopewell, Virginia now. The one at Yorktown is a toll bridge.

Anyhow let me know soonest. My e mail address is Wilma Phelan, 2342 Stewart Dairy Road, Fountain Inn SC. 29644. Phone 864-409 0243.

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