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Sandefur back to Pocahontas connection?

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Re: Sandefur back to Pocahontas connection?

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Descendants of Chief Powhatan

Generation No. 1

1. Chief1 Powhatan He married Winganuske Nonoma.

Child of Chief Powhatan and Winganuske Nonoma is:
+ 2 i. Pocahontas2, born September 1595 in York River, VA; died March 21, 1616/17 in Gravesend, England.

Generation No. 2

2. Pocahontas2 (Chief1 Powhatan) was born September 1595 in York River, VA, and died March 21, 1616/17 in Gravesend, England (Source: (1) Daughters of The American Colonists Lineage Book., (2) Doomsday Book of England.). She married John Johannas Rolfe April 05, 1614 in Jamestown, son of John Rolfe and Dorthea Mason. He was born May 06, 1585 in England, and died 1622 in Jamestown,VA.

Notes for Pocahontas:
From Pocahontas to Sandefur

It was definitely not the Disney version. For one thing, Pocahontas was about twelve years old and John Smith about 30 when they met. It has recently been hypothesized that the entire incident of Pocahontas saving John Smith's life was an invention of his imagination. He was notorious for "embroidering" his stories.

Pocahontas WAS a real person. She was born about 1596, the daughter of the powerful chief Powhatan, and was about eleven or twelve years of age in 1607, when the Jamestown settlers, led by John Smith, landed in Virginia. Pocahontas was a nickname meaning something like "playful one" or "teasing one". Her real name was Matoaka. Powhatan was the most powerful chief in a confederation of nearly 200 Algonquian speaking tribes in the tidewater region of the Atlantic Coast. In fact, his name and the tribe's name were the same

The English Colonists had sporadic fights with various tribes, often to steal food from the Indians. John Smith was instrumental in keeping the Colony alive after their first winter because he made everyone work and enforced strict discipline that fended off Indian attacks and brought in at least some crops. They still needed to either buy or steal corn from the Indians, however, and so relations between the Colony and the surrounding tribes were always a little tense.

The famous incident of Pocahontas saving John Smith's life was probably misinterpreted by the English, including Smith. It appears that when Powhatan captured Smith, he was attempting to demonstrate how powerful he was. The "execution" of Smith was probably staged, either as an adoption ceremony or as a way to prove the tribe's power of life and death over the colonists. Anyway, the intervention of Pocahontas was probably part of the plan all along, appearing to save Smith's life as a way to demonstrate mercy without the chief of the tribe losing honor.

After that, the Powhatan and the English had an uneasy peace, and Pocahontas often visited the white settlement, brought them food, learned to speak English and came to serve as an emissary between Powhatan and the English.

In 1613, Pocahontas was kidnapped by the English as a political move by the English against Powhatan. Smith was no longer in Virginia ( he actually only led the colony for two years before he returned to England) and Sir Thomas Dale led the colony at that time. There was never a romance between John Smith and Pocahontas. Furthermore, people confused John Smith with the man she actually married, John Rolfe.

On April 5, 1614, she married John Rolfe, with the best wishes of the people of Jamestown, and of her father, Powhatan. Though she genuinely cared for Rolfe, it was also a political marriage that bound the Jamestown settlers and the Powhatan tribe together in peace. Rolfe, a widower, had come to Virginia after 1607 and was responsible for recognizing the value of tobacco as a major crop. For the next year or so, they lived in "Varina", and there a son, Thomas, was born in 1615.
Pocahontas converted to Christianity and took the name of Rebecca. Shortly after her marriage, she and Rolfe, along with their infant son went to England, where she was received with nearly the honor of a foreign princess. They disembarked in England on May 31, 1616, with a dozen or so Indians who were to be educated in England. She was very popular and well liked by the English people. Pocahontas and her husband, John Rolfe, remained in England for a year, meeting the Queen of Egland, the Lord Bishop of England, among others. Mr. Rolfe was made Secretary and Recorder-General of Virginia.

Not long after their ship left England for the journey home, Pocahontas developed symptoms of Smallpox while they were still within sight of land. The ship returned to England, where she died on March 21, 1617 and was buried at St. George's Church in Gravesend, England . Her father, Powhatan died the following year , but it is not known whether or not he heard of his daughter's death so very far away from home. With his death, the relations between the English settlers and the Powhatan became much more hostile. By 1622, the Colonists and the Indians were at war and continued their fighting until the 1640's , when the Powhatan confederacy was crushed.

John Rolfe returned to Virginia, leaving their infant son, Thomas, with an uncle, Mr. Henry Rolfe of London, to be raised. Thomas returned to Virginia, from England, in 1640, when he was twenty-five, and took possession of his property, "Varina", some sixteen miles below the city of Richmond. He married Jane Poythress, the daughter of Lt. William Poythress of Jamestown, Virginia. Thomas and Jane had only one child, Jane.

Jane Rolfe, the granddaughter of Pocahontas, married Col. Robert Bolling, the son of John and Mary Bolling of All Hallows, Barkin Parish in 1675. Robert had come to Virginia at the age of fourteen. He became rich and prominent, and married Jane when he was twenty-nine years old. Jane died in 1676, the same year that their only child, John, was born. Robert lived and died at "Kippax", an estate on the James River, below Petersburg. Their son John, the Great Grandson of Pocahontas, became a member of the House of Burgesses. John Bolling engaged in trade and commerce with his countrymen and his Indian kinsmen. He was a Colonel and commanded the militia and presided over its Courts. He married Mary Kennon, daughter of Dr. Kennon. He and Mary resided at the estate of "Cobbs", on the Appomattox River, below Petersburg. They were the parents of one son and five daughters. For the first time, the line of descent of Pocahontas had more than one thin line.

One of the daughters of John and Mary Bolling, Elizabeth, was born in 1709, and married Dr. William Gay. Dr. Gay, of Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, was a Justice of Chesterfield at its formation in 1749. His will was dated March 1, 1749 and proved in Chesterfield County, leaving his lands to his wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth's will was dated July 24, 1766, and proved in Chesterfield County. Their son, Henry Gay,Sr., was born in Chesterfield County. He married Margaret Russell.

Ellen Gay, daughter of Henry and Margaret, was born in Virginia. She married William Duncan, also of Virginia. William Duncan was born in 1720 and died December 13, 1792.

Lydia Duncan, a daughter of William and Ellen Duncan, was born in Virginia and married Joseph Duncan, Sr. Joseph was the son of William Duncan and Ruth Browning. Joseph died in 1793 in Fauquier County, Virginia, and Lydia died 1797 in Fauquier County. Joseph was a Revolutionary War patriot and supplied rifles and supplies to the Continental Army.

One of the sons of Joseph and Lydia Duncan was Joseph, Jr. He married Caty (Catherine) O'Bannon June 1, 1765. Joseph was born in 1742, and Caty about 1748. She was the daughter of William O'Bannon and Elizabeth Duncan, a widow. Joseph died October 1822, in Harrison County, Kentucky. Caty was already dead at the time of his will.

Matilda Duncan, daughter of Joseph and Caty Duncan, married Claiborne Collier. He was the son of Capt. John Collier and Hannah Cary. Claiborne and Matilda were married about 1805.

Obedience O'Bannon Collier, daughter of Matilda and Claiborne. was born about 1808. Obedience's middle name, O'Bannon, was from her grandmother, Caty O'Bannon. Obedience married Samuel A. Sandefur( My husband's GG Grandfather) in Henderson County, Kentucky, on November 12, 1826. Samuel was born in 1804 and served in the Civil War, on the Union side, and later applied for a pension.


Daughters of the American Colonists Lineage Book, P.327

Doomesday Book of England Eleventh Century

Pocahontas, Alias Matoaka, and Her Descendants. Wyndham Robertson.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Some Prominent Virginia Families. Vol IV. Louise Pecquet. Lynchburg, VA.: J.P. Bell Co.
Chapter XII - Bolling Family, P. 301-309

Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia. Bishop William Meade. Vol. 1, Baltimore Pub.Co., 1978. P. 77-83

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Vol.23.1915. page 94-95, 103-332

Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia.
Article XXVIII.

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