"Pocahontas has been called the
"Mother of America" and "Savior of the
Colonists". As a young girl of only eleven or twelve she helped the early colonists
survive in the New World. Bringing them food, warning them of attacks from
hostile Indians and finally, by marrying settler John Rolfe she brought peace to
the first English settlement in America. The United States would not be as we
know it today if it were not for her." Pocahontas at http://www.inna.net/pocahontas/
Pocahontas and John Rolfe had one son,
Thomas. Thomas' daughter Jane married Robert
Bolling and her only child was John Bolling. His descendants are traced at Bolling Family
His descendants married the Jeffersons, Randolphs and Tazewells, influential families in
the formation of our country.
Grandma Ocie, Dad's mom, shared
the story that her grandfather Darwin
was kin to Pocahontas and 1/16th Indian. That family legend was one of the things that
got me, interested in genealogy. Here is my home page of family history.
Well, maybe Darwin was kin to Pocahontas and 1/16 Indian. To a kid the information
seemed mutually supportive, but looking back after a little research one fact doesn't
necessarily have anything to do with the other. Where is Darwin's full blood Native
American great-great ancestor? Where is the Pocahontas connection?
Darwin S. Mann was born 6 August 1845,
Wood County, (West) Virginia to Daniel Selson
Mann and Margaret Johnson, and died 16 May 1926, Checotah, Oklahoma.
Daniel Selson Mann was born about 1818,
Wood County, (West) Virginia to John (Jr.)
and Charlotte Mann of Delaware. Charlotte's maiden name is unknown.
Margaret Johnson was born about 1820
in Canada. Margaret's father was from New York
and her mother from Canada, according to 1880 census record.
None of these show a remote connection
to known Pocahontas descendants sketched in
Brown, Myers and Chappel's Pocahontas Descendants (1985). Was John Mann Sr. or his
wife, Nancy (unknown), a half blood of the Delaware Indians, the Lenni Lanape? There's
NOTHING to show that they were, just grasping for ideas.
And that's just HALF the family tale.
Mom's grandmother, Mittie
Stephens Cobb, told the family that
her grandmother was kin to Pocahontas, related to the Rolfes. Her grandmother was
Eliza Matilda, born 1820, daughter of Mary Broce and step daughter of Israel Harless of
Montgomery County, Virginia. Eliza Matilda's father has yet to be found. Eliza Matilda married
James Sarver 9 October 1838, Montgomery County, Virginia, and died 7 November 1888
Lee County, Virginia.
Both grandmothers left written accounts
of the family tale of kinship to Pocahontas they
Gotta think that there's an element of
truth in there somewhere. Would it be that both
tales are true, I'm a remote cousin to myself. However, I may never find any evidence for
these family legends. Whether there is evidence for the stories or not, the resource list
collected may help others.
Research included Pocahontas Trails,
the quarterly newsletter of the
Pocahontas Trails Genealogical Society 1983-1993, started by Carolyn Burke, Lakeport, CA.
Many family tales recorded there began with "Grandmother said." The new POCAHONTAS QUARTERLY by Beth Richardson, Gloucester, Virginia 23061, carries on in this effort.
POCAHONTAS TRAILS included research that
Thomas Rolfe may have had other children
than Jane, and accounts of descendant from Pocahontas' sister, Niketti.
Pocahontas resources found online:
Henrico County, VA - Faces of Pocahontas
Pocahontas by Powhatan Renape Nation