Our Pocahontas Descendency

Yes, it is true that our Boling family descends from Pocahontas. pocahontas

I gleaned much of the following from various web pages:

Pocahontas (born Matoaka, and later known as Rebecca Rolfe, c. 1595 – March 1617) was a Virginia Indian notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. “Matoaka” was the beautiful and lively daughter of Chief Powhatan, ruler of the land that the English named Virginia. “Pocahontas” was her childhood nickname, translated as “little wanton,” meaning she was playful and hard to control.  Pocahontas became her father’s favorite child, “the apple of his eye”.

In a well-known historical anecdote, she is said to have saved the life of an Indian captive, Englishman John Smith, in 1607 by placing her head upon his own when her father raised his war club to execute him.

Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities in 1613, and held for ransom. During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name Rebecca. When the opportunity arose for her to return to her people, she chose to remain with the English. In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and in January 1615, bore him a son, Thomas Rolfe.  This marriage created the “Peace of Pocahontas”, six years of peace between the Jamestown colonists and Powhatan’s tribes.PochantasMarriesRolfe

In 1616, the Rolfes’ traveled to London. Pocahontas was presented to English society as an example of the civilized “savage” in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement. She became something of a celebrity.  In 1617, the Rolfes set sail for home, but Pocahontas died at Gravesend of unknown causes. She was buried in a church in Gravesend, but the exact location of her grave is unknown.

Many places, landmarks, and products in the United States have been named after Pocahontas. Her story has been romanticized over the years, and she is a subject of art, literature, and film. Her descendants through her son Thomas include members of the First Families of Virginia, First Ladies Edith Wilson and Nancy Reagan, and astronomer Percival Lowell.

The descendency chart below begins with Pocahontas’ marriage to Captain John Thomas Rolfe II, my tenth great grandather.  It spans 10 generations including  Rolfes’, Bollings’ Asburys’, Bowlings’ and Bolings’ and, of course, could continue now through the Dickinson and McDaniel families through my children.

10th great grandfather
Captain John Thomas Rolfe II
Princess Pocahontas Powhatan
b: 06 May 1585 b: 13 Nov 1595
Heacham Hall, Norfolkshire, Watk Jamestown, James, Virginia, US
d: 22 Mar 1622 (killed in Indian Mas d: 21 Mar 1617
Jamestown, Virginia Colony; kille Gravesend, Kent, England
9th great grandfather
Thomas Powhatan Rolfe
b: 30 Jan 1615
Richmond, Wise, Virginia, USA
d: 19 Apr 1675
Henrico, Virginia, USA
8th great grandmother
Jane Rolfe
b: 10 Oct 1650
Varina, Henrico, Virginia, USA
d: 1676
Charles City, Charles, Virginia, U
7th great grandfather
Major Robert Bolling Jr
b: 25 Jan 1682
Charles City, Charles, Virginia, U
d: 23 Jan 1749
Prince George County, Virginia,
6th great grandmother
Jean or Jane Bolling (Bowling)
b: 01 Apr 1722
Stafford, Virginia, USA
d: 23 Jan 1816
Harrison, Charles, Virginia, USA
5th great grandfather
George Asbury
b: 20 Jan 1756
Stafford, Stafford, Virginia, USA
d: 28 Aug 1819
Tazewell, Virginia, USA
4th great grandmother
Lavina Asbury
b: 1784
Tazewell, Tazewell, Virginia, USA
d: Jun 1858
Tazewell, Tazewell, Virginia, USA
3rd great grandfather
Thornton A Bowling
b: Abt. 1802
Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virgin
d: 20 Jun 1863
Richmond, Wise, Virginia, USA
2nd great grandfather
Lawrence T “Larl” Boling
b: 26 May 1838
Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virgin
d: 08 Feb 1910
Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virgin
Great grandfather
Edward Bud Vincent Bowling Sr
b: 03 May 1872
Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virgin
d: 1946
Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virgin
Paternal grandfather
Jesse Burton Boling
b: 27 Feb 1902
Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virgin
d: Sep 1978
Hyattsville, Prince George’s, Mary
Frank Burton Boling
b: 07 Dec 1928
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Joanne Carol Boling
b: 05 Jan 1947
Washington City, District Of Colu

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