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John Fairfax Bolling, Sr.

Also Known As: "Col. John Fairfax Bolling", "John Bolling Johannes Bolling", "Col Bolling", "Maj Bolling", "Colonel"
Birthplace: Kippax Plantation, Charles City, Charles, Virginia
Death: Died in Henrico, Virginia
Place of Burial: Enon, Chesterfield, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Robert Bolling and Jane Bolling
Husband of Mary Kennon Bolling
Father of Major John Kennon Bolling Jr.; Jane Randolph (Bolling); Elizabeth Gay (Bolling); Mary Fleming; Martha Eldridge and 3 others
Brother of Jane Rolfe Clack
Half brother of Jane Bolling; Col. Robert Bolling, Jr.; Stith Bolling; Edward Bolling; Anne Wynne and 4 others

Occupation: Col., Colonel
Managed by: Private User
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About Col. John Fairfax Bolling

Additional Curator's Notes:

PLEASE NOTE - I HAVE HAD TO LOCK THIS PROFILE BECAUSE ADDITIONAL CHILDREN ARE ROUTINELY ADDED TO THIS PROFILE. No children may be added to this profile without proof of parentage. Read through this overview for a list of approved children and sources. Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator, 10/20/2012.

John Fairfax Bolling (1676-1729) was the son of Col Robert Bolling and 1st wife Jane Rolfe.John was born January 26, 1675 at Kippax Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia. He died on April 20, 1729, at Cobbs Plantation, Henrico County, Virginia.

His mother Jane Rolfe (October 10, 1650 - c. 1676) was the granddaughter of Pocahontas. Jane Rolfe was born in what is now Henrico County, Virginia on October 10, 1650 to Thomas Rolfe and his English wife Jane Poythress. In about 1675, she married Robert Bolling of Prince George County, Virginia, and they had their only child, John Bolling, on January 26, 1676. Jane died about a year after the marriage. John Fairfax Bolling and his line are the only documented descendants of Pocahontas.

There are hundred-year old claims that John had a sister, Jane Bolling, (1675–1714) who married Rev. James Clack (1655–1723). Her mother is given as Jane Rolfe by Clack family records and traditions but no surviving documents have been found as direct proof other than the writings of granddaughter Sarah (Clack) Maclin and descendants. Read more on Jane's profile [].

Major Bolling served in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1710 until his death. He was colonist, farmer, a politician in the Virginia Colony and served in the Virginia militia, rising to rank of major. In 1722, he opened a tobacco warehouse in what is now the 'Pocahontas' neighbourhood of Petersburg. William Byrd II of Westover Plantation is said to have remarked that Major Bolling enjoyed "all the profits of an immense trade with his countrymen, and of one still greater with the Indian."

He made his home at the Bolling family plantation "Cobbs" just west of Point-o-Rocks on the north shore of the Appomattox River, downstream from present-day Petersburg, Virginia. (Cobbs was located in Henrico County until the area south of the James River was subdivided to form Chesterfield County in 1749). He was a successful tobacco merchant, trading with both the Indian population and the white. He maintained a warehouse in the 'Pocohantas district' of Petersburg, Virginia.

John Bolling married Mary Kennon, daughter of Richard Kennon and Elizabeth Worsham, in December 29, 1697 at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. Mary Kennon was born June 29, 1679 at Conjurer's Neck, Henrico Co., Virginia, and died June 29, 1727 at Cobbs. They had at least six children, whose names all appear in John Bolling's will.

Documented children of John Fairfax Bolling and Mary Kennon are:

  • John Kennon Bolling (1700–1757) married Elizabeth Bland Blair (who was the niece of James Blair, the first president of The College of William & Mary) in 1728 and had seven children.
  • Jane Bolling (1703–1766) married Colonel Richard Randolph and had six children.
  • Elizabeth Bolling (b. 1709), married William Gay and had three children.
  • Mary Bolling (1711–1744), married John Fleming and had six children.
  • Martha Bolling (1713–1737), married Thomas Eldridge in 1729 and had four children.
  • Anne Bolling (1718–1800), married James Murray and had six children.

Two children may be daughters of John Bolling and Mary Kennon but they were not named in his will. If they are his children, the mystery is why they were NOT named in the will. If they are not his children, then what are their connections to Bolling? These two children are not attached to this profile, and have disclaimers on their profiles.

  • Penelope Bolling (c. 1700-1776), married Captain Christopher Clark (his ancestry is unproven), and had a son Bolling Clark, two grandsons Bolling Clark, a grandson Bolling Clark Anthony, and several other descendants named "Bolling," "John Bolling," or, indeed, "Rolfe Bolling."
  • Lucy Bolling (1719-1767), married Peter Randolph, son of William Randolph II and Elizabeth Beverley. She is more likely the daughter of John Fairfax Bolling's kinsman Robert Bolling, Jr.

Many thanks to all the Geni members who posted snippets on the overview. I have consolidated the data and used it to write this short bio. Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator, 8/24/2011

Links to additional information:


"Thomas Eldredge married a daughter of

Colonel John or Robert Bolling of Virginia. Robert Bolling's wife was a daughter of Thomas Rolfe and Potthress (Indian) and granddaughter of Pocahontas, who died at Gravesend, England."

Here is how cited books and chart read: Thomas Eldrige married the daughter of Col John Bolling son of Col Robert Bolling. Col Robert Bolling married the grandaughter of Pocahontas who died at Gravesend, England. John Rolfe and Pocahontas had one son Thomas who married Jane Poythress.

On a personal note and as cited sources read Jane may have been Indian but more than likely English as Poythress name is promient in English History. 

Debra Ryon Weathers --------------------

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Col. John Fairfax Bolling's Timeline

January 27, 1675
Charles City, Charles, Virginia
December 29, 1697
Age 22
Prince George, VA, United States
Age 22
New Kent, New Kent, VA, USA
January 20, 1700
Age 24
Henrico, Virginia
Age 27
Cobbs, Henrico, Virginia, United States
Age 33
Hopewell, Virginia
Age 35
Henrico, Virginia
Age 37
Henrico, VA, USA
December 12, 1718
Age 43
Cobbs, Henrico, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 43