Jane Rolfe Clack (Bolling) (1675 - 1714) MP

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Birthplace: Kippax, Charles City, Virginia
Death: Died in Ware Parish, Gloucester, Virginia
Managed by: Heather Billig
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About Jane Rolfe Clack (Bolling)

Additional Curator's Notes:

Robert Bolling was the son of John and Mary (Clarke) Bolling. He was born at Tower Street, All Hallows, Barking Parish, in London on December 26, 1646. His father John, was one of the Bollings of Bolling Hall, near Bradford, England. Robert's ancestry could be traced to Robert Bolling, Esquire, who died in 1485 and was buried in the family vault in the church of Bradford. On October 2, 1660, at the age of fourteen, Bolling arrived in the colony of Virginia. In 1674, he married Jane Rolfe, the daughter of Thomas and Jane (Poythress) Rolfe and the granddaughter of Pocahontas. They had only one child (son John Fairfax Bolling) for Jane died just a year after their marriage. John Bolling (January 26, 1676 – April 20, 1729), married Mary Kennon, and had at least six children.

John was possibly preceded by a sister, Jane Bolling, (1675–1714) who married Reverend James Clack (1655–1723). Her mother is given as Jane Rolfe by Clack family records and traditions but to date no surviving documents have been found as direct proof other than the writings of granddaughter Sarah (Clack) Maclin and descendants. Jane was explained as Robert's stepdaughter of an unknown wife in England, however Robert voyaged to Virginia accompanied by neither wife nor infant.

No direct evidence has been found to definitely establish the maiden surname of Jane, wife of Rev. James Clack. It is inferred from circumstantial evidence that she was Jane Bolling. Presumably her granddaughter, Sarah (Clack) Maclin, was reliably informed concerning her grandparents and it is certain that she claimed descent from the Bolling family and from the Indian chieftain, Powhatan, and his daughter, Pocahontas. Abundant cumulative evidence in all the various branches of her descendants is to that effect. Many of her descendants, early as well as later ones, were given the names Bolling, Powhatan, and, Pocahontas.

The Bolling family could have been connected with her antecessors by marriage of her grandfather, Rev." James" Clack, with a Bolling. Or of the father of her mother, Mary (Sterling) Clack, could have had a marriage with a Bolling and but there is no evidence of any such Clack-Bolling or Sterling-Bolling connections.

Until some other plausible parentage for Jane Bolling Clack is found, we will leave her attached to the Bolling-Rolfe family.

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Jane Rolfe Clack's Timeline

1675
January 27, 1675
Kippax, Charles City, Virginia
1694
1694
Age 18
1695
1695
Age 19
Gloucester County, Province of Virginia, (Present USA)
1698
1698
Age 22
Ware Parish, Gloucester, Virginia
1698
Age 22
1714
August 24, 1714
Age 39
Ware Parish, Gloucester, Virginia
1714
Age 38
1716
1716
Age 39
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Ware Episcopal Church Cemetery Gloucester Gloucester County Virginia