Cleopatra Powhatan (1600 - c.1680)

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Birthplace: Orapax Farms, VA, USA
Death: Died in Henrico, VA, USA
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About Cleopatra Powhatan

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John Rolfe married Pocahontas. Cleopatra was Pocahontas's younger sister by roughly 17 years and was Chief Powhatan's youngest daughter (he had many). It was thought the "Indians" would never concoct nor had ever heard the name Cleopatra and it is believed that John Rolfe suggested the name for Pocahontas younger sister.

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Information from Arnold gedcom, JD Watson: There is positive and indisputable proof that Pocahontas had a sister named Cleopatra (or Matachanna). This proof was located in the old library of the Maryland Historical Society, an item of three lines covering eleven years. During the period covered by the fragment, matters became so bad between the Whites and the Indians that Opechancanough, Chief of the Powhatans, was induced to agree upon a line being established which neither White nor Indian, excepting truce bearers, should cross under penalty of being shot on sight. To insure

strict obedience to the compact, a law was passed at Jamestown imposing a heavy penalty on any people crossing the line without a special permit from the Commissioners Council and the General Court. This accounts for the item alluded to, which is given verbatim. It reads: "Note: Dec. 17th, 1641 -- Thomas Rolfe petitions the governor to let him see Opechankeno to whom he is allied, and Cleopatra, his mother's sister."

Thomas Rolfe was the son of John Rolfe and Pocahontas.

The record of the General Court was evidently intended to be a verbatim copy though they differ in phraseology and spelling:Note: "Dec. 17th, 1641 -- Thomas Rolph petitions Gov. to let him go see

Opechanko, to whom he is allied, and Cleopatre, his mother's sister." -------------------- John Rolfe married Pocahontas. Cleopatra was Pocahontas's younger sister by roughly 17 years and was Chief Powhatan's youngest daughter (he had many). It was thought the "Indians" would never concoct nor had ever heard the name Cleopatra and it is believed that John Rolfe suggested the name for Pocahontas younger sister.

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Cleopatra Powhatan's Timeline

1600
1600
Orapax Farms, VA, USA
1600
Virginia
1624
1624
Age 24
Virginia
1625
1625
Age 25
Tsenacomaca, Virginia
1628
1628
Age 28
Shawnee Nation, Virginia
1680
1680
Age 80
Henrico, VA, USA
1998
March 31, 1998
Age 80
October 14, 1998
Age 80
1999
May 4, 1999
Age 80