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Robert Bolling, Sr.

Also Known As: "Robert Bolling I", "Col. Robert Thomas Bolling", ""The Immigrant"", "Colonel Robert Bolling", "Robert Bolling", "Col Robert Bolling", "Colonel"
Birthplace: All Hallows, Barking Parish, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Charles City County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Petersburg, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bolling, II and Mary Bolling
Husband of Jane Bolling and Ann Bolling
Father of Jane Rolfe Clack; Col. John Fairfax Bolling; Col. Robert Bolling, Jr.; Jane Bolling; Stith Alexander Bolling and 6 others
Brother of John Bolling, Jr.; Agnes Bolling; Archelaus Bolling and (Infant girl) Bolling

Occupation: Colonel, Immigration: October 2, 1660
Managed by: Heather Billig
Last Updated:

About Col. Robert Bolling

Col. Robert Bolling was born December 26, 1646 at Tower Street, All Hallows, Barking Parish, London, England. He was the son of Edward Bolling and wife Marie Carie. Both of his parents died in 1648. The following year, Robert sailed to Virginia. He became a noted merchant and planter, and was elected Burgess for his county.

Col. Bolling married (1) Jane Rolfe in c.1675. She was the daughter of Thomas Rolfe and Jane Poythress, and the granddaughter of John Rolfe and Pocahantas. She was born October 10, 1650 at Varina Plantation, Henrico, Virginia. They had one son, John Bolling. Jane died in 1676 at Kippax, Charles City Co., Virginia.

Col. Bolling married (2) Anne Stith in 1681. She was the daughter of John Drury Stith and wife Jane Gregory. They had nine children.

The descendants of Robert Bolling and Jane Rolfe are commonly called "red Bollings," in reference to Jane's descent from Pocohantas. The descendants of Robert Bolling and Anne Stith are called "white Bollings," in reference to Anne being a white woman. There are many people who claim ancestry through Robert Bolling and on to Pocohantas. These people are called "blue Bollings.

As a merchant and planter, Robert Bolling acquired a large estate. He rose to the rank of colonel in militia. He served in the House of Burgesses in 1702, representing Charles City County. Robert Bolling died July 17, 1709. After his death, he was buried at his plantation, Kippax, where his tomb still stands. In 1858 his remains were removed to the Bolling Mausoleum at Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia, by his great-grandson.

Child of Robert Bolling and wife Jane Rolfe:

  • 1. John Bolling

Children of Robert Bolling and wife Anne Stith:

  • Jane Bolling (b. 1682), died young.
  • Robert Bolling Jr. (1682–1749), married Anne Mary Cocke.
  • Stith Bolling (1686–1727), married Elizabeth Hartwell.
  • Edward Bolling (1687–1720), married Ms. Slaughter.
  • Anne Bolling (1690–1750), married Robert Wynne.
  • Drury Bolling (1695–1726), married Elizabeth Meriwether.
  • Thomas Bolling (1697–1734).
  • Agnes Bolling (1700–1762), married Richard Kennon.
  • Mary "Molly" Bolling (b. 1702), married Andrew Baker. This child is disputed by many researchers.

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Many thanks to all the Geni members who contributed to this profile, and who left notes on the overview tab. I have consolidated your work to write this brief sketch of Robert Bolling. Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator, 1/7/2012.

-------------------- Colonel Robert Bolling (December 26, 1646 - July 17, 1709) was a wealthy early American settler, merchant and planter. He is the ancestor of many prominent individuals including Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

He was born on December 26, 1646 at Tower Street, All Hallows, Barking Parish, in London. He arrived in Virginia at the age of fourteen on October 2, 1660. In 1674, he married Jane Rolfe the granddaughter of Pocahontas. They had one child, John Bolling, born on January 26, 1676. His descendants, the only American descendants of Pocahontas, are termed the "Red Bollings". They include Edith Bolling, wife of U. S. President Woodrow Wilson and John Randolph of Roanoke. Jane died after one year of marriage.

In 1681, Col. Bolling married his second wife Anne Stith with whom he had many children, including Robert Bolling, Jr., who was born on January 25, 1682. Both Presidents Bush are descended from Robert Bolling, Jr.

In 1702 Bolling was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses representing Charles City Co., in 1702. He died on July 17, 1709 and was buried at his plantation Kippax, in Prince George Co., Virginia, where his tomb still stands.

Bolling's remains were moved postumously to Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia.

Family links:

 Jane Rolfe Bolling (____ - 1676)
 Anne Stith Bolling (1660 - 1709)*

 Thomas Bolling*
 Rebecca Bolling Pendergrass (1664 - 1714)*
 John Fairfax Bolling (1676 - 1729)*
 Robert Bolling (1682 - 1747)*
 Stith Bolling (1686 - 1727)*
 Edward Bolling (1687 - ____)*
 Elizabeth Anne Bolling (1690 - ____)*
 Drury Bolling (1696 - 1726)*
 Agnes Bolling Kennon (1700 - ____)*

Burial: Blandford Cemetery Petersburg Petersburg City Virginia, USA

Maintained by: A C Turner Originally Created by: Eric Bruno Borgman Record added: Dec 29, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 12815946 --------------------

This ancestry information has not been verified!

-------------------- Came to Virginia in 1660, at age 14, from All Hollows Barking Parrish, Tower Street, London, England

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Col. Robert Bolling's Timeline

December 26, 1645
Barking Parish, London, Middlesex, England
January 26, 1646
October 2, 1660
Age 14
October 2, 1660
Age 14
January 27, 1675
Age 29
Kippax, Charles City, Virginia
January 27, 1675
Age 29
Charles City, Charles, Virginia
November 23, 1675
Age 29
Petersburg, Prince George County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
Age 34
Charles City County, Virginia Colony
January 25, 1682
Age 36
Charles City, Virginia
Age 36