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Subject: [POCAHONTAS] Pocahontas Matoaka Rebecca d/o Algonkian chiefPowhatan April 1614 md (2d for each) the Englishman John Rolfe . . .
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 17:53:26 -0500
Pocahontas d/o Algonkian chief Powhatan April 1614 md (2d for each) the
Englishman John Rolfe . . .
"... the Indian "princess" Pocahontas, Matoaka, or Rebecca, daughter of the
Algonkian chief Powhatan, who in April 1614 married (a second time for each)
the Englishman John Rolfe, and before leaving for England in 1616 (where she
died in March 1617, aged 22 or 23) gave birth to a son, Thomas Rolfe, who
eventually inherited much of his father's Virginia land. The best modern
biography of this "first American princess" is Frances Mossiker's
Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend (1976). A superb new article by
Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, "The Descendants of Pocahontas: An
Unclosed Case" in Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 23 (1985): 3-16, suggests
that Thomas Rolfe moved to North Carolina in 1663, where he was granted land
on the Pasquotank River, and left two sons, Thomas, Jr. (aged about 68 in
1713), and William, the former of whom certainly left children and both of
whom probably have descendants who figure among later migratory pioneers.
Pocahontas's only other, and earlier known, descendants were those of Thomas
Rolfe's almost certain sole daughter, Jane Rolfe (whose mother, often called
a daughter of Francis Poythress, is actually unknown and was probably Thomas's
second wife), who, according to Bolling and Randolph family traditions that
are almost certainly accurate, married Col. Robert Bolling of Prince George
County, Virginia, and left an only son, Col. John Bolling of Cobbs
(1676-1729), member of the House of Burgesses, long thought to be Pocahontas's
sole great-grandchild, who married Mary Kennon. . . . ."
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Notable Kin - Some Descendants - and Kinsmen Of Descendants - of Pocahontas:
An Excursion into Southern Genealogy
By Gary Boyd Roberts
Southern ancestry, colonial southern families, and most local forebears of
present-day southerners can be readily divided into Tidewater planters and
migratory pioneers. The coastal planters produced the Randolph-Carter-Lee
aristocracy of post-1660 Virginia, the Virginia dynasty of early American
presidents (Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, the Harrisons, Tyler,
and Taylor), the Charleston patriciate that led the secession movement, such
Maryland families as the Calverts, Carrolls, and Keys, and many early
national statesmen, Confederate and later generals, and explorers. Branches
of this aristocracy also settled in Kentucky and parts of the Deep South.
The migratory pioneer stocks included, among other groups, the Pennsylvania
Germans of the Shenandoah Valley and western North Carolina, the Scots and
Scots-lrish of the Carolinas and Tennessee especially, and the often English
and sometimes Tidewater-derived lesser planters and small farmers of
southside Virginia (below Richmond), central North Carolina, and "upcountry"
South Carolina. These groups moved heavily into the Deep South and border
states after 1820. Modern descendants have included our three recent
southern-derived presidents - Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy
Most Americans with southern ancestry descend largely from the migratory
pioneers. Most of us, however, also have a few links to the Tidewater
aristocracy. These observations are well exemplified in a study of the
descendants - and kinsmen of descendants - of the Indian "princess"
Pocahontas, Matoaka, or Rebecca, daughter of the Algonkian chief Powhatan,
who in April 1614 married (a second time for each) the Englishman John
Rolfe, and before leaving for England in 1616 (where she died in March 1617,
aged 22 or 23) gave birth to a son, Thomas Rolfe, who eventually inherited
much of his father's Virginia land. The best modern biography of this "first
American princess" is Frances Mossiker's Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend
(1976). A superb new article by Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton,
"The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case" in Magazine of Virginia
Genealogy 23 (1985): 3-16, suggests that Thomas Rolfe moved to North
Carolina in 1663, where he was granted land on the Pasquotank River, and
left two sons, Thomas, Jr. (aged about 68 in 1713), and William, the former
of whom certainly left children and both of whom probably have descendants
who figure among later migratory pioneers. Pocahontas's only other, and
earlier known, descendants were those of Thomas Rolfe's almost certain sole
daughter, Jane Rolfe (whose mother, often called a daughter of Francis
Poythress, is actually unknown and was probably Thomas's second wife), who,
according to Bolling and Randolph family traditions that are almost
certainly accurate, married Col. Robert Bolling of Prince George County,
Virginia, and left an only son, Col. John Bolling of Cobbs (1676-1729),
member of the House of Burgesses, long thought to be Pocahontas's sole
great-grandchild, who married Mary Kennon.
The progeny of Col. John Bolling and Mary Kennon, for probably a century at
least, belonged almost exclusively to the Virginia planter aristocracy. In
1796 Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect and engineer, charted four
generations of their descendants - a pedigree published in The Virginia
Journals of Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1972) 1:111-122. The same number of
generations were traced by Wyndham Robertson in Pocahontas, Alias Matoaka,
and Her Descendants (1887; reprint, 1968), and much supplemental data
appeared in William Glover Stanard's "The Ancestors and Descendants of John
Rolfe With Notices of Some Connected Families," published  between 1913
and 1918 (see Genealogies of Virginia Families From the Virginia Magazine of
History and Biography  5:200-55).
Quite recently these works were vastly expanded, and updated in some lines
to the present day, in Pocahontas' Descendants: A Revision, Enlargement, and
Extension of the List As Set Out by Wyndham Robertson in His Book Pocahontas
and Her Descendants (1887), by Stuart E. Brown, Jr., Lorraine F. Myers, and
Eileen M. Chappel (the Pocahontas Foundation, 1985). The total living
progeny - if all lines were traced - probably numbers tens, but not
hundreds, of thousands, or not over 250,000 at most. It includes, however,
a section of the great Randolph clan (Jane Bolling, daughter of John and
Mary, married Col. Richard Randolph, one of the eight children who left
issue of the immigrant William Randolph of Turkey Island), both a
brother-in-law and son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson, the Boston Coolidge
family (descendants of Joseph Coolidge, 1798-1879, a nephew of architect
Charles Bulfinch, and Ellen Wayles Randolph, 1796-1876, Jefferson's
granddaughter), the wives of Chicago mayor Carter Henry Harrison and IBM
founder Herman Hollerith, and the first seven of the 10 figures (or their
spouses) treated below.
This Bolling progeny - the only known descendants of Pocahontas traced
beyond the early 18th century - is also related to the descendants of the
immigrant Col. Robert Bolling and his second wife, Anne Stith; to the
descendants of Mary Kennon's parents, the immigrant merchant and Henrico
County Burgess Richard Kennon and Elizabeth Worsham; to the descendants of
Mary Kennon's maternal grandparents, early Henrico settlers William Worsham
(there by 1640) and Elizabeth ____, and to the descendants of Mrs. Elizabeth
Worsham and her second husband, Francis Epes, Jr. The Bolling-Stith progeny
also belonged largely to the planter aristocracy and the Epes descendants
stayed for several generations in Charles City County, between Richmond and
Williamsburg. Various Kennon, Worsham and Ligon descendants - these last of
Mary Worsham. William and Elizabeth's second daughter, and Richard Ligon -
moved slowly, however, over several generations, into various southside
counties and North Carolina.
Through these migratory pioneers the descendants of Pocahontas are related
to a very large number of present-day southerners. Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck,
head of the Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library, is a Worsham
descendant and is collecting material for a major monograph on this family.
I am a Worsham and Ligon descendant, as were Governor Thomas Watkins Ligon
of Maryland, Lt. Gov. Robert Fulwood Ligon of Alabama (two of whose
great-grand-daughters married respectively Massachusetts Republican official
Josiah Spaulding and Russell Errol Train, former Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency), Governor Benton McMillin of Tennessee, and
Mrs. Preston Hopkins Leslie, wife of a governor of both Kentucky and the
territory of Montana. In addition, my own closest well-known kinsman, a
twice-over fifth cousin and fifth cousin once removed and the last figure
listed below, is Hamilton Jordan, President Carter's White House Chief of
Staff and a fitting symbol of the "New South" created in large part by
descendants of 19th century migratory pioneers.
For further data on these kinsmen of Pocahontas's descendants, see, in
addition to the numerous Bolling sources cited in the Virginia
bibliographies by Robert A. Stewart and Stuart E. Brown, Jr., Genealogies of
Virginia Families From the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical
Magazine (1982) 3:265-77 (Kennon); Elizabeth J. Harrell, The Osbornes and
Related Families: Jones, Worsham. Fowlkes, Robertson and Gayle (1983),
131-39, and Clara Lorene Cammack Park, Francis Moody (1769-1821), His
Ancestors, Descendants, and Related Families (1984), 226-314 (Worsham);
William Daniel Ligon, Jr., The Ligon Family and Connections, 2 vols.
(1947-1957; a third volume was published by Earle Ligon Whittington in 1973)
and Margaret Hardwick Miller, Ligons and Their Kin of Graves County,
Kentucky (1978); and Eva Turner Clark, Frances Epes, His Ancestors and
Outlined below, in the same manner as my "Additional Noted American Cousins
of the Princess of Wales" (NEXUS 2 :125-27, 159-60) are seven major
historical figures - or their spouses - descended from Pocahontas, plus one
Bolling, one Kennon, and one Worsham descendant among their kinsmen. These
last three - Mrs. Robert E. Lee, Mrs. J. J. Crittenden, and Hamilton
Jordan - represent respectively the very apex of the Virginia aristocracy,
its "Bluegrass" Kentucky cousin, and the pioneer-created "New South" of the
last few decades. Mrs. Lindsay and to some extent Mrs. Wilson are examples
of 20th century southern connections to the North.
For Pocahontas's descendants I have outlined only the descent from John
Bolling and Mary Kennon; for John Randolph of Roanoke I have also shown
descent from Robert Bolling and Anne Stith. For Mrs. Lindsay the recent
book by Brown, Myers and Chappel lists only her father, Randolph (Carter)
Harrison, #24246642. He is, however, treated in various editions of Who's
Who in America. The 10 major notable descendants - or kinsmen of
descendants - of Pocahontas:
1-2. HARRY FLOOD BYRD, 1887-1966, newspaper publisher, U.S. Senator, and
Governor of Virginia, and RICHARD EVELYN BYRD (JR.), 1888-1957, naval
officer and explorer, discoverer of the South Pole, brothers; Richard Evelyn
Byrd & Eleanor Bolling Flood; Joel Walker Flood & Ella Faulkner; Henry De la
Warr Flood & Mary Elizabeth Trent; Joel Walker Flood & Elizabeth Bolling
West; Thomas West & Elizabeth Blair Bolling; Robert Bolling & Susan Watson;
John Bolling, Jr., & Elizabeth Blair; John Bolling & Mary Kennon.
3. JOHN VLIET LINDSAY, JR., b. 1921, congressman, mayor of New York City,
1965-1973 (wife, Mary Anne Harrison; Randolph Carter Harrison & Mary McCaw
Hawes; John W. Harrison & May K. Willson; Carter Henry Harrison & Alice
Burwell Williams; Carter Harrison & Janetta Fisher; Randolph Harrison & Mary
Randolph; Thomas Randolph & Jane Cary; Archibald Cary & Mary Randolph,
grandparents of Mrs. Gouverneur Morris, below).
4. GOUVERNEUR MORRIS, 1752-1816, revolutionary statesman, diplomat, and
U.S. Senator (wife, Anne Cary Randolph; Thomas Mann Randolph & Anne Cary;
Archibald Cary & Mary Randolph; Richard Randolph & Jane Bolling; John
Bolling & Mary Kennon).
5. JOHN RANDOLPH (JR.) OF ROANOKE, 1773-1833, the congressman, U.S.
Senator, and orator; John Randolph & Frances Bland; Richard Randolph & Jane
Bolling, Theodoric Bland & Frances Bolling; John Bolling & Mary Kennon
(parents of Jane), Drury Bolling & Elizabeth Meriwether (parents of
Frances); Robert Bolling & Anne Stith (parents of Drury).
6-7. First Lady MRS. EDITH BOLLING GALT WILSON, 1872-1961, second wife of
(THOMAS) WOODROW WILSON, 1856-1924, 28th U.S. President, Governor of New
Jersey, and president of Princeton University; William Holcombe Bolling &
Sallie Spiers White; Archibald Bolling, Jr., & Anne E. Wigginton; Archibald
Bolling & Catherine Payne; John Bolling III & Mary Jefferson, sister of
Thomas Jefferson; John Bolling, Jr., & Elizabeth Blair; John Bolling & Mary
8. ROBERT EDWARD LEE, 1807-1870, the Confederate commander (wife, Mary Anne
Randolph Custis; George Washington Parke Custis, step-grandson of George
Washington, & Mary Lee Fitzhugh; William Fitzhugh & Anne Randolph; Peter
Randolph & Lucy Bolling; Robert Bolling, Jr., & Anne Cocke; Robert Bolling &
9. JOHN JORDAN CRITTENDEN, 1787-1863, congressman, U.S. Senator and
Attorney General, Governor of Kentucky (third wife, Elizabeth Moss; James
Wynn Moss & Mary Woodson; Josiah Woodson & Elizabeth Woodson; John Woodson &
Dorothy Randolph [parents of Josiah]; Josiah Woodson & Mary Royall; Joseph
Royall & Elizabeth Kennon; Richard Kennon & Elizabeth Worsham).
10. (WILLIAM) HAMILTON (MCWHORTER) JORDAN, known as HAMILTON JORDAN, b.
1944, White House Chief of Staff under Carter; Richard Lawton Jordan &
Adelaide McWhorter; Hamilton McWhorter & Helen Gottheimer; Robert Ligon
McWhorter, Jr., & Mary Elizabeth Boyd; Robert Ligon McWhorter & Winifred
Jones, Hezekiah Boyd & Julia Tuggle; Hugh McWhorter & Helena Ligon (parents
of R.L. & Mary Anne), Littleberry Tuggle & Mary Anne McWhorter; Joseph Ligon
& Mary Church; Matthew Ligon & Elizabeth Anderson; Richard Ligon & Mary
Worsham; William Worsham & Elizabeth ____.
One final note: The Elwyn family of Thurning, Norfolk, England, claims that
Anne Rolfe, "cousin and adopted" daughter of Anthony Rolfe of Tuttington,
Norfolk, and wife of Peter Elwyn of Thurning (1623-1695/6) was also a
daughter of Thomas Rolfe, Pocahontas's son, by an early English wife.
Brown, Myers, and Chappel accept this claim; Moore and Slatton do not, and I
am skeptical also. Margaret Wake, a great-granddaughter of Peter and Anne,
married William Tryon (1729-1788), colonial Governor of North Carolina and
New York. English sources for the Elwyn progeny include R. T. and A.
Gunther, Rolfe Family Records, Vol. 2 (1914): 289-91, and Patrick
Palgrave-Moore and Michael J. Sayer, A Selection of Revised and Unpublished
Norfolk Pedigrees (Norfolk Genealogy, Vol. 6, 1974, published by the Norfolk
and Norwich Genealogical Society), 56-59 (Elwyn); and The Ancestor 2 (1902):
183-84 and 4 (1904): 256-57 (Wake, Tryon).
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I had a little trouble getting there as the address was too long to fit in
the (?whatever you call the slot you put the address in) and I had to
shorten it. As a result I'm not on the page that had the Pocahontas
information. Do you know what issue or section it was in? I'll probably do
the whole thing eventually but if you can tell me what section it would
. . . . .
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Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 12:42 AM
Subject: [POCAHONTAS] New England Historic Genealogical Society
I find the oddest things in the oddest places in my research. Somethings I
skip over others hit me so I need to investigate. This turned out to be
interesting on my part. However not sure how Barry and list members will
receive this information as it seems to be some way out of kilter as to
what I read on this list of Barry's. I present it for your concideration,
as one persons research to be checked out for truth. I am researching for
a Col. Burton that I read married into the Bolling family line
somewhere/sometime, not found him as yet. I have found Mary Burton
_New England Historic Genealogical Society_
(http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEXUS/notable_kin_some_descendants_and_kinsmen_of_descen _659_90311.asp) _http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEXUS/notable_kin_some_ descendants_and_kinsmen_of_descen_659_90311.asp_ (http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEXUS/notable_kin_some_descendants_and_kinsmen_of_de scen_659_90311.asp)====================== BarryBarry Wetherington
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