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Re: Pocahontas Cromwell connection
Posted by: Joyce (ID *****7344) Date: February 17, 2009 at 14:48:05
In Reply to: Re: Pocahontas Cromwell connection by Wilma Phelan of 1081

Wilma wrote
There is a Leigh, Rolfe, Cromwell connection in the Leigh family. Sir Charles Leigh
d. Mary Leigh
m. Anthony Rolfe
adopted daughter, Elizabeth Rolfe
m. Peter Elwyn
go several generations
m. nephew of Cromwell
Around this or right before this a daughter married a man who brought Booton Hall in to the family. This is how the portrait of Pocahontas, happened to be called the Booton Hall Portrait. Wilma Phelan
Joyce- I have some observations to make re the above statements which I feel are incorrect and misleading.

Firstly no dates are quoted.
Sir Charles Leigh [1573-1604] did not have a daughter Mary
His older brother had a great grandson called Sir Thomas Leigh 1639-1677.
Sir Thomas Leigh married in 1659 Hannah Rolfe [1640- bef 1677]
her sister Anna Rolfe 1633-1695 married Peter Elwyn
Both Hannah & Anna were the legitamate children of Anthony Rolfe 1600- 1661
The grand son of Peter Elwyn amd Ann [Rolfe]married an heiress who brought Booton hall into the marriage in 1729.
It was one of their descendants in the mid 1800's - a very odd Rev gent according to sources written during his lifetime, who spread the story of being descended from Pocahontas.
This Rolfe and Elwin family were not related to Pocahontas even though both Anna & Hannah's descendants make that claim.

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