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History records Pocahontas, the Indian Maiden, the daughter of the powerful Indian Chief Powhatan, as the "Guardian Angel of Virginia" since she saved the Virginia Colony from attacks and utter starvation many times in the early years. She was a very good friend of Captain John Smith, who was instumental in the early survival of the Virginia Colony as it struggled. Legend, and some historians, tell that the Indian maid saved Smith's life by throwing herself over his body when Powhatan prepared to behead him. After this incident she and Smith became staunch friends. During the time Smith was held captive by Powhatan's tribe, he was constantly with Pocahontas, who was about 12 years old. Smith carved toys for the Indian girl, and amused her, but at the same time taught her many useful things.
In the spring of 1613 when fighting broke out between the Indians and the Colonists. Pocahontas was lured on board an English ship. Here she was held until Powhatan's tribe came to terms.
During this time, she and John Rolfe, a Virginia Colonist, fell in love. She was converted to the Christian religion and baptized with the English name Rebecca. She and Rolfe married in 1614. She accompanied her husband to London, where she was graciously received in the Court. Just as they were to leave on the return voyage to Virginia, she contracted smallpox, from which she died in 1617. She was buried in the chapel of the Parish Church in Gravesend, England. Her son, Thomas Rolfe, remained in England to be educated before returning to Virginia.
Thomas Rolfe married Jane Poythress. They had a daughter named Jane, who married Col. Robert Bolling (Dec. 26, 1646- July 17, 1709) , the first of the Bollings to sail to the New World.
Jane and Robert had a son, named John, who is called the Father of the House of Burgresses. He married Mary Kennon They had a son, also named John. This John married Elizabeth Blair and 2nd to Elizabeth Lewis. To these unions were born 21 children.
As records show, this large family married the Jeffersons, Randolphs, and Tazewells, all influental families in the forming of our country and leading in the struggle for freedom from the British Empire.
Pocahontas sp. John Rolfe | Thomas Rolfe | | Jane Rolfe sp. Col. Robert Bolling(2nd wife-Ann Stith) | | | John Bolling (only child of Jane Rolfe) | | | | John Bolling | | | | | Benjamin Bolling | | | | | William Bolling | | | | | Elizabeth Bolling | | | | | Jared Bolling | | | | | Martha Bolling | | | | | Dorothy Bolling | | | | | James Bolling | | | | | | Mary Bolling | | | | | | Catherine Bolling | | | | | | Levi Bolling | | | | | | Nancy Bolling | | | | | | Eliah "Bad Eli" Bolling | | | | | | William Bolling | | | | | | Christopher Bolling | | | | | | James Bolling | | | | | | John Bolling | | | | | | Joseph Bolling | | | | | Thomas Bolling | | | | | John Bolling | | | | | Hobart Bolling | | | | | Rodney Bolling | | | | | Mary Bolling | | | | Elizabeth Bolling | | | | Jane Bolling | | | | Mary Bolling | | | | Martha Bolling | | | | Anne Bolling | | | Robert Bolling | | | Stith Bolling | | | Anne Bolling | | | Thomas Bolling | | | Anges Bolling | | | Edward Bolling
Compliments of my late aunt, Hattie Bolling