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Pocahontas later known as Rebecca Rolfe - born abot 1595 - died about 1617 in England. The real Pocahontas is a famous subject of American History and legend but she is not at all what is portraid in any of the disney movies or cartoons and she did not married Captain John Smith, although she did undoubtably know him and according to legend she may have saved his life. She actually did marry John Rolfe, travel with him to England and have one child by him before she died in England. Most likely she died as a result of being exposed to some virus that her body had no built up immunity to.
Pocahontas was not a princess in the sense of inheriting a political station. She was the daughter of Powhatan, the leader of an alliance of about 30 Algonquian-speaking groups and petty chiefdoms in Tidewater Virginia known as Tsenacommacah. Like most young females, she learned how to forage for food and firewood, farm and building thatched houses. As one of Powhatan’s many daughters, she would have contributed to the preparation of feasts and other celebrations. Like many Algonquian-speaking Virginia Indians of the period, Pocahontas probably had several names, to be used in various contexts. Early in her life she was called Matoaka, but was later known as Amonute. The name Pocahontas was used in childhood, probably in a casual or family context.
Pocahontas is a Famous Historical and Legendary Figure in the very early British Colony in America. She was later given the English name of Rebecca Rolfe. She was born abot 1595 and died about 1617 in England. There are in many American Families today who are in fact descendants of Pocahontas and her husband John Rolfe through their only child and son, Thomas Rolfe who returned to The American Colonies, married Jane Poythress and had children who contiued their line of decendants into the present time. Many of those families migrated into many parts of the United States, including Kerntucky early in the States history. I was surprise and pleased when I found out and confirmed that my Bundy Family line is in fact one of those decendant families.
Thomas Rolfe b: 30 JAN 1615 in Richmond, Virginia & Jane Poythress
He was raised by his uncle, Henry Rolfe of London, England after his mother's death
Thomas was also married to: Elizabeth Washington - daughter Anne was born in 1633 - Elizabeth died shortly after Anne’s birth, and in 1635 Rolfe returned to Virginia, leaving his daughter with his cousin Anthony Rolfe.- Anne Rolfe married Peter Elwin (1623-1695), of Thurning, Norfolk, England, and left descendants.
Thomas' only child by his second wife, called Jane Rolfe, was born on October 10, 1650, and in 1675 married Colonel Robert Bolling and herself had a single child, John Bolling (born January 26, 1676).
John Rolfe b: 6 MAY 1585 in Heacham, Norfolk, England Pocahontas b: 1595 in Jamestown, Virginia Death: 21 MAR 1616 in Gravesend, England
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