John Rolfe, Jr.
|Birthplace:||Heacham, Norfolk, England|
|Death:||Died in James City County, Virginia|
Son of John Rolfe, of Heacham and Dorothea (Mason) Rolfe Redmayne
|Occupation:||Secretary and Recorder-General for Virginia, Captin, Ancient Planter, planter|
|Managed by:||Noah Gregory Tutak|
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.
Links to additional material:
- http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/jamestown-browse?id=J1047 -- text of Rolfe's letter to Gov. Dale, requesting permission to marry Pocahontas.
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)