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Jane Rolfe (Pierce)

Also Known As: "Joane Pierce /Rolfe/", "Wid."
Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Heacham, Norfolk, England
Death: 1635 (36-44)
Jamestown, James City, Virginia (Illness)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt William Pierce and Joanne Pierce
Wife of Captain John Rolfe, Ancient Planter and Capt. Roger Smith, "the Immigrant"
Mother of Elizabeth Pierce Milner
Sister of Captain William Pierce; Mary Pierce; Alice Elizabeth Pearce; Edith Pierce Clement and Thomas Pierce

Managed by: Lara Rachelle Hanlon
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About Jane Rolfe

Jane Pierce married John Rolfe after the death of his 2nd wife, Pocahontas. Jane and John Rolfe had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married John Milner and had a daughter, Jane. Elizabeth died at the age of 15.

Lincoln states that Pierce lived briefly (1623-4) at James City, Va., with his wife Jane and 34 servants and that he served as Burgess from James City to the Virginia general assembly, later moving to Boston. Colonel Pierce, however, gives as William's addresses only Bristol, England, Boston, and Providence in the Bahamas."

In a letter of 1638, which has been preserved, is this language: "The ship Desire, Capt. William Pierce, returned from the West Indies after a 7-month voyage. The brought cotton, tobacco and negroes from Providence, [one of the West Indies islands,] and salt from Tortugas." And yea a historian of those days speaks of him as "A godly man, and a most expert mariner!" Doubtless he was a good man, for these things did not trouble men's consciences then. Pope in history says that up to 1640 Capt. William crossed the ocean oftener than any man then moving. He made many voyages between England and Virginia or to the West Indies. Twice he essayed to go to Plymouth, but each time had to put back because of a leaky vessel. This was in 1621 and 1622. In 1623 he came in the Ann, in the Charity in 1624, in an unregistered ship in 1625, in the Mayflower in 1629, and in the Lyon or Lyon's Whelp in 1630, 1631 and 1632, making seven voyages to Plymouth within ten years. He brought a great many of his kindred over in his ships, also Rev. Cotton, Roger Williams and other eminent men. At first he lived in Virginia, where he had a plantation of 200 acres at James City. Here his first wife, Mrs. Jone (Jane) Pierce, died. She left a daughter Jane, who married John Rolfe, the widower of Pocahontas, the Indian princess who saved Capt. John Smith's life. In 1632 he removed to Boston. Here he was of great influence, and made for them their first Almanac in 1639. In 1641 he attempted to land a ship-load of colonists on the Island of Providence, one of the Bahamas. The inhabitants resisted the intrusion, and in the battle that followed he was shot, the 13th of May, 1641.


Birth: 1595, England Death: 1635 Jamestown James City County Virginia, USA

Third wife of the John Rolfe. She was likely born in England between 1587 and 1595, and came to Virginia Colony with father, Jamestown colonist William Pierce in 1609. Jane's death is estimated at between 1625-35. No official documentation of either of these vital statistics have been found for her.

Jane and John were recorded as married in 1620 at Jamestown, so that is why we know she was a wife of John after the death of 1st wife Sarah and 2nd wife Pocahontas.

John and Jane had a daughter, Elizabeth Pierce Rolfe, and Jane was widowed in 1622, after only being married to John Rolfe for two years.

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Jane Rolfe's Timeline

Heacham, Norfolk, England
January 25, 1621
Age 26
Heacham, Norfolk, , England
Age 40
James City, Virginia