Major John Kennon Bolling Jr.

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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 14 others
Brother of Jane Randolph (Bolling); Elizabeth Gay (Bolling); Mary Fleming; Martha Eldrige (Bolling); Anne Murray (Bolling) and 3 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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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