About Elizabeth Mays (Bolling)
F, #22895, b. 5 April 1731, d. between 1771 and 1780
Elizabeth Bolling was born on 5 April 1731.1
Elizabeth Bolling married Robert Mays circa 1753 in Virginia.1
Elizabeth Bolling died between 1771 and 1780.1
Children of Elizabeth Bolling and Robert Mays
Benjamin Mays1 b. 10 Sep 1757
William Mays1 b. c 1759
John Mays1 b. c 1761
James Mays1 b. c 1763
Richard Mays1 b. c 1765
Sarah Mays+1 b. c 1767, d. bt 1830 - 5 Mar 1834
Mary Mays1 b. c 1769
Rhoda Mays1 b. c 1771
[S572] Nancy Curran (e-mail address), "Mays Family", Ancestry World Tree.
Elizabeth Bolling Mays Amherst Virginia
Posted by: Jerry Dagenhart (ID *****2323) Date: July 30, 2004 at 11:09:32
Elizabeth Bolling Mays/Mayes My Mysterious Maternal Ancestress.
I was always told the Mays family of Amherst Virginia was related to Pocahontas.
As a native Virginian with olive skin and dark hair and eyes,it was a very welcome
Posibillity.Many Virginians consider Pocahontas to be the Mother of the State.I am
among those Virginians.
My Ancestors survived off of the Golden Plant Tobacco in rural Mecklenburg Virginia
Having a Genealogical link to the tribe that shared the Mysteries of tobacco was a
Matter of potential pride.
In writing this entry I hope to dispel past misconceptions and in a small way offer atonement
For passion inspired arguments on this subject.
I will start by saying I have been for many years trying to learn the truth about my beautiful
Ancestress Elizabeth Bolling Mays whose miniature portrait I proudly own.
In recent years I have been blinded by the harsh “Blue Light” of the “Blue Bolling “
Controversy. I have perhaps made enemies of those best able to aid in my research and
argued on behalf of those least able to provide source documentation to support their convictions.
I will no doubt be labeled turncoat or traitor, but as the descendant of a Hessian Deserter
I do not fear that label should it be wielded.
I would like to say in defense of all “Blue Bolling s” that most of their convictions are based
On steeped family traditions and folklore. I for one am fascinated by the richness of such tradition and am myself a “story teller” and keeper of the flame,for many of my paternal and maternal lineages.
In every instance I have tried to find source documents to support the oral traditions, and have
In many cases been successful in so doing.
I must confess that I have found no source documentation that proves the parentage of
My Ancestor Elizabeth Bolling Mays.
With the coming of the 400 year anniversary of Jamestown the “Bolling” question has peaked new
Interest. Perhap new researchers will unfold new evidence. I plan to focus my energy on finding the true lineage of my Ancestress instead of trying to prove connection to one familial line where proof does not exist.
Today researchers have means available earlier researchers only dreamed of. DNA testing ahs opened the eyes of many who have turned a blind eye to other evidence .I must admit it has opened my eyes a great deal. In the case regarding my Stewart ancestry it has proven what My oral tradition has already reported
To be true. It has not however been so kind to those of us seeking a place in “Pocahontas’” lineage.
I can only imagine the immense disappointment many “blue Bollings “ have felt as DNA evidence has
Conclusively shattered their dreams and convictions. For me there can be no such proof at this time
As I descend from a Daughter and mitochondrial DNA testing is still new to Genealogy.
I think it is important for each family to study the root or origin of their families oral tradition and compare that to the source and DNA evidence available. Until mitochondrial DNA is available I plan to chart the
Genetic anamoly I have found present among the Bolling families of Virginia.This may prove useful at future date.
I think if we try to approach the matter as a detective and a scientist we may have better luck.Too often we become emotional when our family legends are challenged because we cannot separate ourselves from the loving image we have preserved of the story-teller.We must look for clues that explain why such a story was told or how it might have been altered through the passing of time.
No one need think of their lineage as a lie agreed upon. Of course the sad fact remains that social pressure may have indeed caused fictitious origins and lineage to be offered throughout the years. I embrace my
Melungeon heritage,but not everyone shares my liberal view on this subject.
My best advice for all blue Bollings would be to study the earliest known source of their oral history and then study the social and political events of the day.Geography is also a key factor.
The fact that Benjamen Bolling of Wise county lived and died in a predominantly Melungeon community
Cannot be ignored. Patrick County and Henry County Virginia are also areas known to have had high incidences of Melungeons.This just happens to be the area where William and Amelia Bolling lived.
It is well known that many Melungeons manufactured their origins and in some cases chose last names that sounded more English than the names they were born with.
It is Possible that some of the Blue Bollings worked for Families associated with the John Bolling family
And adopted and remembered the first names of these families. Some may actually be the product of
Base born children of servants and mistresses. All of these examples are possible.
Now to focus on Elizabeth Bolling Mays. Family legend proclaimed her to be a Granddaughter of Pocahontas and many of the Mays family in Amherst still proclaim this to be true. Source evidence
Indicates she was married to Robert Bolling in Stafford county Virginia. Further source records show the Birth of her son Benjamen was in Stafford county Virginia.
Land records tell us that her husband bought land on Stonehouse creek in Amherst Virginia,and the second marriage of her husband to Susannah wade in 1780 suggests she died before that date. There is no known birth record or source document linking her to any parents in any county. Naming patterns and geographical evidence point toward Benjamen and Mary Latham Bolling of Stafford Va as her parents
But this has yet to be supported by any formal court or Church record.
Robert Bollings Memoire reports that his older sister named Elizabeth died in infancy as did her twin William. The original manuscript in French does not exist nor does the Cobbs Bible.The family cemetery offers no headstone to read as they were destroyed. I could continue to waste my time arguing that the printed translation of the Memoires cannot be accepted but what has that served in the past?
The Will of John Bolling does exist and if my Ancestor was a child excluded by her Father then I feel certain her adult sons and husband would have filed suit for her dower right. If her father gave her a legacy to by the land in Amherst they were be a record. When Robert Mays died their was a huge lawsuit between the heirs of Elizabeth Bolling Mays and the second wife Suzannah Wade. If the Mothers dower right was a portion of the “Famed Bolling “estate’ there should be indication of that in the court case.
I have a friend who is I possession of some 2000 letters spanning the years 1600-the 20th century all pertaining to the Bollings of Chellowe.This letters are being perused and catalogued,and I am not at liberty to divulge their owner.Unless they offer some here to for unseen shred of evidence it seems doubtful
My Elizabeth can ever be linked to the Red Bollings. There is I am told a great deal of correspondence
pertaining to Amherst county so I suppose anything is possible.
I plan to concentrate my efforts on the Stafford County area and the Multiple Bolling families
in that area . If Benjamen Bolling and Mary Latham are Elizabeths parents I would very much
like to hear from other researchers who are studying this particular lineage.
The Bolling Family Association reports that these are the possible known children of Benjamen and
Mary Latham Bolling:
Jean bc1725-d<1774/ m1745 John Asbury or Asberry
Benjamin b1732-d>1790/m1756/61 Winifred "Winnie" Garrison--See Family Group
John b1734-d>1810/Jane Asbury or Asberry--See Family Group #432
Elizabeth bc1739/42-d<1780/m1756 Robert Mays-he married 2/w 1780
I would like to see photographs of other Bollings who descend from John,Benjamen and Jean.
If indeed it can be proven that my Elizabeth is a daughter of Mary Latham Bolling then I might have an explaination for thePocahontas legend. The Accohannock Indians of Somerset County Maryland have a rich oral legacy that indicates that after they were shunned by Pocahontas’ warring uncle Oceanconough (sp) The Matriarchal elder had a vision that Pocahontas wanted then to follow her example and marry the white man and hide in plain site until such time when the tribe could be reunited. It is known that the Accohannock were of the same parent tribe as the Powhatan,and were shunned by the Powhatan for warning the white settlersof the slaughter that was to be waged after the peace was broken.
George Latham was a very early Somerset county resident and signed a petition for loyality to King William in the late 1600’s. If this is Marys ancestor perhaps she descends from a Accohannock Maiden
Who married a Latham. Much research will have to be done to see if any such evidence exists.
I would like to add that the Larrimore family was also present in early Somerset and could be
Linked to Charity Larrimore Bolling wife of Wise county Benjamen..
I have cited this as an example of how a story could have been altered from its original.I can see
Quite easy that Elizabeth Bolling Mayes could have told her children that she was part Indian and that
Her kinswoman was Pocahontas who advised her great great Grandmother to marry the whiteman.
If this was told in 1775 and carried down through her granddaughters family by the time it reached
My grandmothers generation the story may have evolved to”you are part indian and you are related to Pocahontas”
No one intentionally lied or fabricated they just forgot details essential to supporting the truth.
This may not be the basis at all,and I am not sure a careful study of Robert Mayes’ ancestry might reveal some clues. It is believed he descended from Early Jamestown Minister William Mease but his exact lineage has not been defined.
I would like to hear from others who have studied this particular lineage and from those who may
Know more about the mysterious Accohannock tribe.
Elizabeth Mays's Timeline
April 5, 1731
Virginia, United States
December 27, 1756
Stafford, Virginia, United States
September 16, 1757
Over Wharton Parish, Virginia, United States
Stafford, VA, USA
Amherst, Virginia, United States