Henry Rolfe, IV (c.1545 - c.1604) MP

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Birthplace: White Parish, Wilshire, England
Death: Died in White Parish, Wilshire, England
Managed by: Thomas M. Clifford
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About Henry Rolfe, IV

The father of this Richard Rolfe is Henry Rolfe, ca. 1515-1558, whose will is one of the helpful documents in sorting out the tangled Rolfe relationships. The will specifically leaves Richard a great brass pot, a cupboard, and, upon reaching his fifteenth birthday, three cows and half the "instuff of household." Cattle seem to be the chief means of establishing one's adult livelihood among the Rolfes, and sheep and bees are also among the chattels routinely bequeathed--all suggesting a pattern of subsistence farming or "husbandry" that runs through several generations. Both Richard and his sister Margaret were minors (i.e., under 15) when their father died, and their mother was already dead. That the household stuff remained to be divided, and they had two separate "overseers" for their keeping (and no "guardians") suggests that they remained in the same house, probably under the care of the servant Alice Whytehere, the person named first in the will. Richard himself had a very short life, and left his children in infancy when he died (A record of the administration of his estate confirms the death date; there was no will). All the males in this line, at least up to the time of the emigration, were short-lived.

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Henry Rolfe, IV's Timeline

1545
1545
White Parish, Wilshire, England
1545
1545
1545
1545
1567
1567
Age 22
White Parish, Wiltshire, England
1572
1572
Age 27
Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England
1573
1573
Age 28
Downton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
1575
1575
Age 30
Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England, England
1579
1579
Age 34
Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England