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Captain John Eustacious Rolfe, Jr.

Also Known As: "John Rolfe"
Birthplace: Heacham, Norfolk, England
Death: between March 10, 1621 and October 7, 1622
Varina Plantation, James City County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Rolfe, of Heacham and Dorothea (Mason) Rolfe Redmayne
Husband of Sarah Hacker; Pocahontas and Jane Rolfe
Father of Bermuda Rolfe; Lt. Thomas Pepsironemeh Rolfe and Elizabeth Pierce Milner
Brother of Eustace Rolfe [twin of John]; Henry Rolfe, of Newbury and Edward Rolfe

Occupation: Secretary and Recorder-General for Virginia, Captin, Ancient Planter, planter
Managed by: Noah Tutak
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About Captain John Rolfe, Ancient Planter

John Rolfe, son of John Rolfe and Dorothea Mason, was born in 1585 in England and died in 1622 in Jamestown Settlement, Virginia. Married (1) Sarah Hacker, died in Bermuda; (2) Pocahontas, died in England; (3) Jane Pierce, who survived him. One child with each wife.View any additional children with suspicion until proven.

Child with Sarah Hacker:

  • Bermuda Rolfe, born on Bermuda in 1612 and died soon after. She and her mother are buried together on Bermuda

Child with Pocahontas:

  • Thomas Pepsironemeh Rolfe, born in 1615 in Virginia, raised in England, and returned to Virginia as a young man.

Child with Jane Pearce (or Pierce):

  • Elizabeth Pierce Rolfe, born 1621 in Virginia, married John Milner.

Below is a timeline for the life of John Rolfe

1585 – He was born this year in Norfolk, England. At the time, Spain held a virtual monopoly on the lucrative tobacco trade within Europe. Most Spanish colonies in the New World were located in southern climates more favorable to tobacco growth than the English settlements.

  • Thomas Pepsironemeh

1607 - Jamestown had been established by an initial group of settlers in this year.

1608 – After two return trips with supplies by Christopher Newport arrived in this year, another relief fleet was dispatched in 1609, carrying new settlers and supplies across the Atlantic. This "Third Supply" fleet was broken apart by a severe hurricane.

1610 – The two newly-constructed ships set sail from Bermuda, with 142 castaways on board, including Rolfe, Admiral Somers, Stephen Hopkins and Sir Thomas Gates.

1612 – After his wife and child were buried in Bermuda, this year, he established Varina Farms, a plantation on the James River about 30 miles upstream from the Jamestown Settlement.

1614 – He married Pocahontas, daughter of the local Native American leader Chief Powhatan. Chief Powhatan gave the newlyweds property that included a small brick house just across the James River from Jamestown which was used as a home or cottage by Pocahontas and John Rolfe when they were first married.

1615 - Birth of son Thomas in Virginia

1616 – He and his wife traveled to England in 1616 with their baby son, where the young woman was widely received as visiting royalty. However, just as they were preparing to return to Virginia, she became ill and died.

1622 – He died this year, but it is unknown in what manner. He may have been killed by the Powhatan Confederacy during the Indian Massacre of 1622, or at another time during that year of warfare between the colonists and the tribes.

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He was the 1st gentleman to plant tobacco in Virginia & was respected by the colonists. He was the 1st Secretary & Recorder General of Virginia & a member of the Council.

SPOUSES Sarah Hacker (m. 1608–1610, her death in Bermuda) Pocahontas (m. 1614–1617, her death off Gravesend, Kent, where she is buried) Jane Pierce (m. 1619–1622, Rolfe's death)

CHILDREN Bermuda Rolfe (b and d 1610 in Bermuda) Thomas Rolfe Elizabeth Rolfe (1620–1635)

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Captain John Rolfe, Ancient Planter's Timeline

May 6, 1585
Heacham, Norfolk, England
May 6, 1585
May 6, 1585
Heacham, Norfolk, England
February 11, 1609
Age 23