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John Kennon Bolling, Jr.

Birthplace: Cobbs Plantation, Henrico, Virginia
Death: Died in Henrico, Virginia
Place of Burial: Enon, Chesterfield, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. John Fairfax Bolling and Mary Kennon Bolling
Husband of Elizabeth Rush (Lewis) and Elizabeth Bland Bolling
Father of Archibald Bolling, I; Elizabeth Bolling, I; Maj. Thomas Bolling; John Bolling, I; Robert Bolling of Chellowe and 15 others
Brother of Jane Randolph (Bolling); Elizabeth Gay (Bolling); Mary Fleming; Martha Eldridge; Penelope Clark and 2 others

Occupation: Col., Major, Burgess for Goochland County, Virginia, 1727-1728; Burgess for Henrico County, 1743-1749; Burgess for Chesterfield County, 1752-17578
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About Major John Kennon Bolling Jr.

Additional Curator's Notes: PLEASE read the notes below about the many supposed descendants of John and Mary Bolling. The so-called Blue Bollings are not their children or grandchildren. This profile has been locked to prevent having Blue Bollings added back to their tree. Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator, Jan. 12, 2014.


John Kennon Bolling was the son of Col. John Bolling and wife Mary Kennon. He was born c.January 1700 at Cobbs Plantation, Henrico Co., Virginia and died September 6, 1757 at Cobbs Plantation. He married (1) Elizabeth Lewis, who died soon after the marriage in 1726, without having children. He married (2) Elizabeth Blair, the daughter of Col. Archibald Blair, as well as the niece of Rev. Dr. James Blair, the Commissary to the Bishop of London. They had seven children who reached maturity and eleven who did not. Their heirs are often called the "red Bollings" because of their descent from Pocahontas.

The mysterious "blue" Bollings, are twelve extra children supposedly of Maj. John Bolling and Elizabeth Blair. Alas! A most numerous and enthusiastic contingent, but actually no relation. The "blue" Bollings claims have been rejected by the Pocahontas Foundation, using standard genealogical methods. Paternal DNA tests concur that they are not Pocahontas descendants, and also show that they are several distinct, unrelated families. Refer to for a list of descendants approved by the Pocahontas Foundation.

Children of John Bolling II and wife Elizabeth Bolling who reached maturity and had heirs:

  • Thomas Bolling, 1735-1804, married Elizabeth Gay
  • John Bolling, of Chestnut Grove, b.1737, married Martha Jefferson
  • Robert Bolling, of Chillowe, 1738-1769, married (1) Mary Bruton (2) Susan Watson
  • Mary Bolling, b.1744, married Richard Bland of Jordans
  • Sarah Bolling, b.1748, married John Tazewell of Williamsburg
  • Archibald Bolling, of Mt. Athos, Campbell Co., b.1750, married (1) in 1770 Sarah Cary (2) in 1774, Jane Randolph (3) in 1797, Widow Byrd (4) in 1802, Widow Clark
  • Ann Bolling, b.1752, married William Dandridge

These children either died young or died without heirs. As later children were given the same names in some cases, the child who died before maturity has a locked profile to prevent mis-merges: John I (b. before 1737); Archibald I (b. before 1750), Robert I, Elizabeth I, Sarah I (b. before 1748), Edward, Elizabeth II, Jane, Rebecca and Elizabeth III.

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A Description of John Bolling II

He possessed the same gay spirit as his father but withought the taste for commerce. From the time he was born until he died, he enjoyed his pleasures and amusements, which were not all that bad since he was neither a gambler, a drunkard, or a debaucher. As he had no evil propensity, he enjoyed innocent pleasures like horses, dogs, hunting, fishing, good living, and dancing. His wife and children were the soul of Mr. Bolling.

Mr. Bolling, to the end of his life, continued to be fond of good society. His house was open to everyone and the world of people who knew him were not ungrateful. The people gave him 30 years a seat in the General Assembly, and for a long time before that, he was the head of the county militia, as well as a judge of Chesterfield County, Virginia. When he headed the county militia, he was given the title of County Lieutenant, an office title borrowed from England, and one which is usually held by noblemen of either high rank or political influence. The office was always styled as "Colonel" and was the organ of communication with the governor and the secretary of the colony along with communication with the militia. He was appointed by the governor with the adivce of his council and was generally the most prominent citizen. He died in 1757 and was buried at 'Cobbs', the family estate where his mother and father were also buried.

John Bolling's Will

He divided his estate among his sons, giving very little to his daughters. To Thomas, he left Bolling Hall and 3/4ths of his Lickinghole plantation, and an island called Bolling Island which was in the James River. To John, he left the remaining 1/4th of the Lickinghole plantation, a plantation called Moulin in Goochland County, tracts of land in Varina and Henrico and a small tract of land in Chesterfield County. To Robert he left a plantation near Willis's Mountain, another on the James River called the Seven Islands, and a small tract of land called Toleres. To Edward, he gave the plantation of Falling River, that of Butcher's Run on the Roanoke River, the house at Cobbs, a tract of land on Swift Creek, the tobacco warehouse at Pocahontas, a tract of land called Old Town in Chesterfield County, and all the land he possessed in Amherst Count (about 6000 acres). To Archibald, he left part of his Buffalo Lick tract which was in Bedford County, and Rock Island, and together the two totaled about 40,000 acres. To his wife, Elizabeth, he left, during her lifetime only, some of the previously mentioned tracts of land with about 40 slaves. His remaining slaves, totalling about 150, were equally divided between his sons.

The 'Edward' mentioned in the will may have been a son that did not reach maturity, may have been a son-in-law or other family member.

This ancestry information has not been verified!

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Birth: Jan. 27, 1676 Charles City County Virginia, USA Death: Apr. 20, 1729 Virginia, USA

Major John Fairfax Bolling (January 27, 1676 to April 20, 1729) was a colonist, farmer, and politician in the Virginia Colony.

He was the second son and only surviving child of Colonel Robert Bolling and Jane (Rolfe) Bolling. His maternal grandfather was Thomas Rolfe, the son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

John Bolling was born at Kippax Plantation, in Charles City Co., Virginia a site which is now within the corporate limits of the City of Hopewell. He made his home at the Bolling family plantation "Cobbs" just west of Point of 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).

John Bolling married Mary Kennon, daughter of Richard Kennon and Elizabeth Worsham, in December 29, 1697 at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. They had at least six children whose names appear in John Bolling's will:

Jane Bolling (1698-1766), married Colonel Richard Randolph. John Bolling Jr. (1700-1757), married 1. Elizabeth Lewis; 2. Elizabeth Bland Blair. Elizabeth Bolling (b. 1709), married William Gay. Mary Bolling (1711-1744), married John Fleming. Martha Bolling (1713-1737), married Thomas Eldridge. Anne Bolling (1718-1800), married James Murray. Another child may be a daughter of John Bolling and Mary Kennon not named in his will:

Penelope (c. 1700-1776), married Captain Christopher Clark, 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."

Penelope may alternatively have been the daughter of Edward, the son of Arthur Johnston, and Elizabeth Walker. Indeed, this is the more likely of the two possible origins of Penelope, as a birth record of daughter Penelope has survived. In this case, the various descendants of Penelope named Bolling would have been named in honor of a member or members of the Bolling family.

Major Bolling served in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1710 until his death in 1729. 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."

John and Mary Bolling's descendants are the only American descendants of Pocahontas, and include Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, wife of U. S. President Woodrow Wilson, Percival Lowell, who mathematically discovered Pluto, Harry Flood Byrd and Richard Evelyn Byrd, the Randolphs of Roanoke, Nancy Reagan, and John McCain.

Tomb Redicovered On Sunday, 5-15-2011 William Busby rediscovered John Bolling's crypt! Here is his description of the burial site: "I happened on a large stone marker and above-ground crypt surrounded by a stone wall. It is by itself on a rural property near the Appomattox River here in Virginia. It is for "Colonel Jno. Bolling of Cobbs" who died in 1729. The marker is in good condition, though somewhat darkened. In addition to the usual gravestone information, it has a rather lengthy inscription in a script style that I was unable to read from the other side of the protective stone wall. I am not an expert on 18th Century burials but this grave site strikes me as unusual. The above-ground stone crypt is somewhat larger than a coffin. The grave site, is on a hilltop high above the Appomattox with no apparent water table problems. It has a great view of the river (and I-295). The protective stone wall appears to be the same vintage as the rest of the site."

"This is in Chesterfield County in a small residential area on Cobb's Point, near Point of Rocks and west of Hopewell. It is just north of the Appomattox and a short distance west of I-295. I am quite sure this would have been on his own land. Some distance away near someone's front yard and facing Enon Church Road there is a small historical marker stating this was the site of Cobb Hall owned by Colonel Bolling, a great grandson of Pocahontas."

I want to specially thank Mr. Busby for his taking the time to photograph and share this information here and to post his great photos.

Family links:

 Robert Bolling (1646 - 1709)
 Jane Rolfe Bolling (1650 - 1676)

 Mary Kennon Bolling (1679 - 1727)*

 Jane Kennon Bolling Randolph (1698 - 1766)*
 John Kennon Bolling (1700 - 1757)*
 Mary Bolling Fleming (1711 - 1744)*
 Martha Bolling Eldridge (1713 - 1749)*

 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 - ____)**
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Inscription: Around this stone lie the remains of COL. JNO. BOLLING OF COBBS Great-grand-son of ROLFE AND POCHAHONTAS B. 1676 ----D. 1729 He was prominent in his day. Represented his County (Chesterfield) in the House of Burgesses and was long Lieutenant an office of great dignity and importance. Being the only great-grand-child of Pocahontas he was the ancestor of all who derive their lineage from her.

Also, lie here unmarked the remains of a large number of her descendants whose tomb-save one- that of Elizabeth eldest grand-daughter were destroyed during the occupancy of Cobbs by the Federal troops in 1864. Among those buried here were

WILLIAM ROBERTSON B. 1750----D. 1829 Member of Council of State His wife ELIZABETH BOLLING And their youngest son WYNDHAM ROBERTSON B. 1803----D. 1888 Sometime Governor of Virginia. And by whose direction this monument is erected.

(Transcribed by William Busby, May 2001)

Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial Specifically: Above-ground crypt, Cobb's Plantation, Cobb's Point, Chesterfield Co., Virginia, near Appomattox River.

Created by: Eric Bruno Borgman Record added: Mar 10, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34656576

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Major John Kennon Bolling Jr.'s Timeline

January 20, 1700
Henrico, Virginia
Age 25
Chesterfield, Virginia
August 1, 1728
Age 28
Chesterfield, Virginia
June 1, 1730
Age 30
Henrico, Virginia
April 5, 1731
Age 31
Henrico, Virginia
July 17, 1735
Age 35
Henrico, Virginia
Age 35
June 24, 1737
Age 37
Henrico, Virginia
August 17, 1738
Age 38
Henrico, Virginia
July 6, 1744
Age 44
Cobbs, Chesterfield, VA