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Jane Anna Rolfe

Birthplace: Henrico County, Virginia
Death: Died in Charles City County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lt. Thomas Pepsironemeh Rolfe and Jane Poythress
Wife of Col. Robert Thomas Bolling,
Mother of Jane Rolfe Clack and Col. John Fairfax Bolling
Half sister of Anna or Jane Barnett and Ann Elwin

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About Jane Rolfe Bolling

Jane Rolfe was the only child of Thomas Rolfe and his English wife, Jane Poythress. She was born in what is now Henrico County, Virginia on October 10, 1650. In about 1675, Jane married Robert Thomas Bolling, of Prince George County, Virginia.

Robert and Jane had only one child:

  • John Fairfax Bolling, b. January 26, 1676 m. Mary V. Kennon

There are reports that Jane died shortly after giving birth, possibly from the effects of childbirth, and there are other reports that she died of typhoid about six months after giving birth. The truth in this matter is still unclear.

NOTE: Contrary to some inaccurate genealogies published on the internet and elsewhere, Jane Rolfe was not the mother of Robert Bolling, Jr. (a tenth generation ancestor of President George W. Bush); he was born in 1682, six years after Jane Rolfe's death, and was the son of Robert Bolling's second wife, Anne Stith. Descendants of Anne Stith Bolling are referred to as the "White Bollings" while descendants of Jane Rolfe Boling are referred to as the "Red Bollings," referring to the Native ancestry.


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Jane Rolfe (October 10, 1650 – 1676) was the granddaughter of Pocahontas (Chief Powhatan's daughter) and the English colonist John Rolfe, (credited with introducing a strain of tobacco for export by the struggling Virginia Colony). Her husband was Colonel Robert Bolling who lived from 1646-1709. Robert and Jane had one son John Fairfax Bolling (1676 - 1729).

Pocahontas, who adopted the Christian name of Rebecca, married John Rolfe on April 5, 1614. Reverend Richard Bucke of Wymondham officiated at the wedding. They had one child, Thomas Rolfe, who was born in Virginia on January 30, 1615.

Jane Rolfe was born in Varina, Henrico County, Virginia on October 10, 1650 to Thomas Rolfe and his wife, Jane Poythress whose English parents were Francis Poythress and Alice Payton. In about 1675, Jane married Robert Bolling of Prince George County, Virginia. Their son John was born on January 26, 1676. Jane is said to have died shortly afterward. She is buried at Kippax Plantation, Hopewell, Virginia.

After Jane's death, John Bolling married Mary Kennon, daughter of Richard Kennon and Elizabeth Worsham of Conjurer's Neck. The couple had six surviving children, each of whom married and had surviving children. As a result, many Americans are today able to claim descent from Pocahontas through her great-grandson, John Bolling.

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Jane Rolfe Bolling's Timeline

October 10, 1650
Henrico County, Virginia
January 27, 1675
Age 24
Kippax, Charles City, Virginia
January 27, 1675
Age 24
Charles City, Charles, Virginia
November 23, 1675
Age 25
Petersburg, Prince George County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
January 26, 1676
Age 25
Charles City County, Virginia