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Re: Pocahontas and the "Blue" Bollings
Posted by: Fred Hof (ID *****6914) Date: June 22, 2008 at 08:40:43
In Reply to: Re: Pocahontas and the "Blue" Bollings by Bobbie Murray of 1080

Your information is partly correct Bobbie. It was Robert Bolling (1646-1709) who married twice: Jane Rolfe and Anne Stith. Jane was the granddaughter of Pocahontas and all "red Bollings" descend from her only child, John Bolling (1676-1729). "White Bollings" descend from Robert Bolling and Anne Stith.

The term "blue Bolling" was coined by the late Chet Bolling to describe 12 names incorrectly added, over the years, to the family of John and Elizabeth Blair Bolling by various people wishing to claim descent from Pocahontas. This particular John Bolling was the only male child of John Bolling (son of Robert and Jane Rolfe Bolling) and Mary Kennon. According to Chet, these extra names "came out of the blue."

To the best of my recollection none of these "out of the blue" folks were "white Bollings," i.e. descendants of Robert Bolling and Anne Stith. One actual "red Bolling" doubled as a "blue." Powhatan Bolling - a grandson of John Bolling, Jr. - was incorrectly listed as John's son. At least one "blue Bolling" - "Colonel William Bolling" - was a complete invention.

Finally: to the best of my knowledge descendants of Robert Bolling - whether "red" or "white" - have consistently maintained the spelling of the family name as "Bolling." When names such as "Bolding," "Bowling" and the like pop up in connection with claimed descent from Robert Bolling they are almost always (or just plain always) in the "blue Bolling" category.

I hope this answers your question clearly and accurately. Best, Fred


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