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  • ID: I11647
  • Name: John ROLFE
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: ROLFE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 6 May 1585 in England
  • Christening: 6 May 1585 Heacham, Norfolk, England
  • Death: Bef 7 Oct 1622 in James City County, Virginia
  • Occupation: Planter of Jamestown, Virginia
  • Will: 10 Mar 1622 James City County, Virginia
  • Event: Probate of Estate 31 May 1622 James City County, Virginia
  • _UID: D04D4B051C3A4A28B9B907F97D6F963A637D
  • Change Date: 29 Nov 2011 at 12:47
  • Note:
    The following is quoted from the Britannica CD, 1998

    "John Rolfe sailed for Virginia in 1609, but a shipwreck i n the Bermudas delayed his arrival until the following year . In about 1612 he began to experiment with growing tobacco . When he found that the local variety was too bitter for E nglish tastes, he began cultivating seeds that he brought f rom the West Indies. In June 1613 Rolfe sent some of the We st Indian tobacco to England. Its widespread acceptance the re provided needed economic stability for Virginia.

    The Indian princess Pocahontas, who was then held captive i n Jamestown, was baptized, and Rolfe, a widower, obtained p ermission to marry her from her father, Powhatan, and the V irginia governor, Sir Thomas Dale. Rolfe and the princess w ere married on April 5, 1614, an event that assured peace w ith the local Indians for eight years. The couple had one s on, Thomas (b. 1615). In 1616 the Virginia Company sponsore d a trip to England for the couple and their infant son. Th e family was enthusiastically received in England, but Poca hontas (then renamed Rebecca) became ill and died in Marc h 1617 as they were preparing to return to Virginia. (Thei r son was raised by an uncle and did not return to Americ a until 1640.) "

    "Rolfe, John," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 97 Encyclopedia. (c ) 1993-1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    "Rolfe, John (1585-1622), English colonist of Jamestown, Vi rginia, who was married to Pocahontas, the younger daughte r of the Native American chief Powhatan. Rolfe was born i n Norfolk, England. In 1609 he sailed to America with the e xpedition led by English navigator Sir George Somers. He re ached Virginia in 1610 and became a planter. Rolfe cultivat ed the strain of tobacco that became Virginia's staple crop -exports of tobacco to England provided economic stabilit y for the colony.
    In 1614 Rolfe, a widower, married Pocahontas. Their marriag e brought a time of peace between the colonists and Nativ e Americans that lasted for eight years. In 1616 the couple , with their infant son, went to England. Pocahontas receiv ed a royal reception, but she became ill and died the follo wing year. Rolfe returned to Virginia, where in 1621 he bec ame a member of the colony's first Council of State. He wa s killed in the massacre of 1622."

    The Descendant Story of Matoaka Pocahontas POWHATAN

    John died March 1622 at James City, possibly murdered by Po whatan's successor, Opechancanough, the uncle of Pocahontas , in the massacre of 1622.

    John Rolfe's will was written March 10, 1621/22 (only 12 da ys before the massacre) and states that he was "sick in bod y". It was probated in England by Captain Peirce, his fathe r-in- law. A copy was filed in Surry County more than a cen tury later (Bk 15, p 460). It is interesting to note that w hat we call Surry today, was known by the Indian name of "T appahanna.". It was noted in a lawsuit by William Spencer i n Jamestown in 1622, that in March of 1622, there were 31 p ersons (slaves) working, their share being one hundred weig ht of tobacco and one barrel of corn. This was the same pla ntation in Surry, VA
    "which was afterwards purchased by Thomas Warren and on whi ch now stands the
    Warren House".

    On May 31, 1630, John Rolfe's will is probated by William P yers. John Rolfe is survived by his third wife, Joanne Pier ce, the daughter of Captain William and Joanne Pierce. Hi s marriage to Joanne produced a daughter named Elizabeth Ro lfe

    Father: John "Johannes" ROLFE b: Abt 17 Jan 1562 in Heacham, Norfolk, England
    Mother: Dorothea MASON b: 1559 in Heacham, Norfolk, England

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 4 Jul 2008
    1. Has No Children Bermuda ROLFE b: Abt 1609 in Somers Islands

    Marriage 2 Joanne PEIRCE
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 1 Jul 2008
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth ROLFE b: Abt 1620

    Marriage 3 "Pocahontas" Matoaka POWHATAN b: 17 Sep 1595 in Attanoughkomouck, Virginia c: 1614 in Henrico County, Virginia And Was Given The Christian Name Of Rebecca
    • Married: 5 Apr 1614 in Jamestown, Virginia
    • Note: Pocahontas and John ROLFE-000005 {FRN-000004} (the son of J ohn ROLFE-000001 and Dorothea MASON-000002) were married 0 5 April 1614 at the Anglican Church, Jamestown, VA. Marrie d by puritan Reverand Richard Bucke.
    • Change Date: 29 Nov 2011
    1. Has Children Thomas Powhatan ROLFE b: 30 Jan 1615 in Smith's Plantation, Virginia
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