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From: "Barry Wetherington" <>
Subject: Anne Rolfe-Barnett sons? ROLFE md Jane POYTHRESS
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 22:49:13 -0500
Hi Mary Tim & Susan, & Nicole, (& Maxine), and all on the Poca-L List w/a
thirst for the facts (*see below, at the bottom, for even more conjecture)
Looks like all of you are excellent analysts, and we need you to analyze!
! ! :) Here are the 2 msgs, and the Archives:
Now, don't come up until you solve the mystery of life, at least of
Poca's family life. !!
PS: Maxine, don't you do Barnetts?
From: "Maxine Baldwin Westerfield"
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 21:12:17 -0800
I Have book "BARNETT"S" by a MARY BARNETT.
Hello Barry -- I found your post
at rootsweb that said:
"Didn't Thomas ROLFE marry Jane POYTHRESS (dau Capt. Francis POYTHRESS, I)
in VA as his 2nd wife ?
I thought he was first married in England to Elizabeth WASHINGTON. They had
a daughter named Ann ROLFE who married William BARNETT. We do not hear as
much of these descendants. I have note of 2 BARNETT sons."
Would you happen to have the 2 sons names ? or any other info on that
I have a strong tradition in my Bernard ( prob Barnett) line which was from
England being direct descendants of Pocahontas. This has always been
puzzling to me until I read of there being an Elwin line from England --
now Barnetts from England look very interesting to me!
Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Tim Baggott" <>
Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2004 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: [Poca] Re: Anne Rolfe-Barnett sons? ROLFE md Jane POYTHRESS
Since I wrote my summary of the putative wives/descendants of Thomas
Rolfe -- more than a dozen years ago -- I believe more information has been
unearthed that I have not studied. So mine has to be checked against sources
found since then.
> For example, my source for the NC line was the Moore & Slatten article.
> "The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case," Magazine of Virginia
> Genealogy Aug 1985.
> Nicole clued me in that there was a more recent article that shed doubt on
> these authors' conclusions -- "Rolfe/Relfe-Jennings: The Unclosed Case of
> an Unclosed Case" by John A. Brayton, North Carolina Genealogical Society
> Journal, Feb 2003. This author has praise for the authors of the earlier
> article but feels they have omitted "serious information which has come to
> light in the past two decades," as has the chapter "Rolfe" in _Adventurers
> of Purse and Person_ edited by Meyer and Dorman, Dietz Press, 1987, which
> contains a "slight rebuttal" of the Moore/Slatten article.
> To read the Brayton article online go to:
> Brayton however is more interested in the Rolfe/Relfe-Jennings connection
> than in descendancy from Pocahontas, and I for one think it is still
> possible that Thomas Rolfe may have had a son at some point to explain all
> those people who think they are descended from a Rolfe descendant of
> Pocahontas, of whom I am one.
Of course all it would take is one falsehood early in a Rolfe genealogy to
result in thousands of descendants being misinformed!
Perhaps what we need here is some DNA testing of lines that are definitely
non-Bolling but claim descendancy through a Rolfe ancestor. Still, this
would work only if it were certain no Bolling descendant had married
into such a line.
> My personal interest is because of our family history of descendancy from
Pocahontas through a William Rolfe/Rolf/Roff of Essex County NY, who died
there in 1838. His wife was Mary Dickerson, daughter of Daniel, and she
in 1844. Just recently I found a genealogy that claims William was born
about 1769 in VA, which excited me as it brought me closer in geography to
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2347678&id=I5105 33496 If this link doesn't come up, check to be sure the end is all there,pasting> it in if necessary. Incidentally there are children of William and Mary> Rolfe missing from his site such as my ancestor Phebe and sister Harriet> (who married two VanOrnum brothers).>> So I did some surfing and found messages on the Rolfe genforum to theeffect> that there were a number of Rolfes in Mecklenburg County VA who spoke of> family histories of descent from Pocahontas, but my William didn't seem to> fit anywhere. I wrote to one of these people, Kevin, a genealogist, and he> is of the firm opinion that Thomas Rolfe had no sons.>> Still I'm wondering...>> I don't have anything to add about the Elwyn or Barnett lines. I believe> Nicole said she was unaware of any descendants in the former. My memory is> that she had more info for the Barnett lines than I have seen elsewhere.And> as to Jane's surname being Poyt!
hress, I do not know whether this is stillan> earlier guess being perpetuated or whether there has actually been new> evidence in favor of this.>> -Mary Tim Baggott>>> on 12/18/04 12:36 AM, Barry Wetherington at wrote:>>> Actually Susan, that was a msg fm Mary Tim Baggott to Nicole, but Ihope>> you can pin this down a bit more. I am copying Nicole & Mary Tim thru theList>> Archives - hope it reaches them. Meantime Researching in the varioussurname>> Archives may get you there. I also think there is at least one otherBarnett>> researcher on these archives.>>>> Barry>>>> =====================>> Dear Nicole,>> Didn't Thomas ROLFE marry Jane POYTHRESS (dau Capt. Francis POYTHRESS, I)>> in VA as his 2nd wife ?>>>> I thought he was first married in England to Elizabeth WASHINGTON. Theyhad>> a daughter named Ann ROLFE who married William BARNETT. We do not hear asmuch>> of these descendants. I have note of 2 BARNETT sons.>>>> Here is something I have shared!
in the past with the Pocahontasnewsgroup. I>> researched this a numbe
r of years ago, and I see I have Ann Rolfe marriedto a>> Peter Elwyn, not a William Barnett. But I think it answers your questionon>> Jane, the wife of Thomas.>> Sincerely,>> Mary Tim Baggott>>>> =====================>> ----- Original Message ----->> From: 7genex7>> To: >> Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 12:36 PM>> Subject: Anne Rolfe-Barnett sons?>>>>>> Hello Barry -- I found your post>> http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/POCAHONTAS/2004-02/1078101346>>>> at rootsweb that said:>>>> "Didn't Thomas ROLFE marry Jane POYTHRESS (dau Capt. Francis POYTHRESS, I) in VA as his 2nd wife ? I thought he was first married in England to Elizabeth WASHINGTON. They hada daughter named Ann ROLFE who married William BARNETT. We do not hear asmuch of these descendants. I have note of 2 BARNETT sons." Would you happen to have the 2 sons names ? or any other info on that Rolfe-Barnett line? I have a strong tradition in my Bernard ( prob Barnett) line which wasfrom England !
being direct descendants of Pocahontas. This has always beenpuzzling to me until I read of there being an Elwin line from England --now Barnetts from England look very interesting to me! (Maxine?)Barnett:http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/POCAHONTAS/2003-07/1058079893Any help you could give would be greatly appreciatedSusan======and perhaps even the Lost Colony-L list:http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/usa/NC/misc.html#NC-LOSTCOLONY if Virginia Dare & her parents somehow hooked up with other NAs (NativeAmericans), perhaps the Croatans/ Lumbees, see message just posted!:http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/NC-LOSTCOLONY/2004-12/1103276465and they were then in contact with the Powhatans (Poca's Tribe) ).
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