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Ka Okee "Jane" Pettus, of the Patawomeck

Also Known As: "Ocanoco "Oi Poi Canoe"", "Ka Okee Jane Powhatan Pettus"
Birthdate: (29)
Birthplace: Werowocomoco Village, Tidewater, Richmond County, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: circa 1638 (18-37)
James City County, Virginia, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Kocoum Japasaw, of the Patawomeke and Pocahontas
Wife of Col. Thomas Pettus, of James City
Mother of Christian Martin Williams Waddington; Stephen Pettus and Mary Arroyah Wahanganoche
Half sister of Lieutenant Thomas Pepsironemeh Rolfe

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About Ka Okee "Jane" Pettus, of the Patawomeck

The modern Mattaponi and Patawomeck tribes believe that Powhatan's line also survives through Ka-Okee, Pocahontas' daughter by her first husband Kocoum.[7]

For generations, it was thought that Pocahontas and Kocoum had a son. This child was being protected and hidden by the tribe. They did such a good job hiding the child, it was not revealed for many years that the child was a daughter, Ka-okee, who adopted the name Jane.


KA OKEE JANE was born in 1613 in the Werowocomoco Village on Powhatan Tribal Lands in Tidewater Virginia.

She was the daughter of MATOAKA POCAHONTAS POWHATAN, daughter of WAHUNSONACOCK, known as CHIEF POWHATAN and KOCOUM of the Patawomeck tribe, the younger brother of the Patawomeck CHIEF JAPASAW.


From http://www.mikesclark.com/genealogy/pettus/pettus.html

Thomas Pettus, due to his wealth and family connections, received in 1641/42 an appointment to a life term on the King's Council of State for Virginia, and served until at least sometime after July of 1661, which establishes him as the longest serving member of the council. He is known to have had at least one wife, Elizabeth Freeman (b. c.1608), the widow of Richard Durrent, whom he married about 1638 in Jamestown when he was 39 years old. There is also evidence for an earlier Indian wife named Ka-Okee (a daughter of Pocahontas), with whom he may have fathered four or five children, but this is somewhat speculative. Col. Pettus is known to have had at least two sons - the Stephen Pettus, who follows, and a younger son named Thomas, who inherited his father's Littletown and Utopia plantations. He died sometime between 1663 and 1668.

(Pettus, 2011 - v. I, p. 107-120, no. 31; Pettus, 2013 - v. II, p. 1349-1360)


From https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=131606355

KA OKEE JANE was born in 1613 in the Werowocomoco Village on Powhatan Tribal Lands in Tidewater Virginia. She was the daughter of MATOAKA POCAHONTAS POWHATAN, daughter of WAHUNSONACOCK, known as CHIEF POWHATAN and KOCOUM of the Patawomeck tribe, the younger brother of the Patawomeck CHIEF JAPASAW.

Shortly after KA OKEE's birth in 1613, her mother POCAHONTAS was lured, under false pretenses aboard an English Ship by its Captain SAMUEL ARGALL and taken captive. POCAHONTAS was taken to Jamestown and not allowed to return to her native village. At the time of her kidnapping, KA OKEE's father, KOCOUM, was killed by the English at the direction of Captain ARGALL.

According to WILLIAM "NIGHT OWL" DEYO, PATAWOMECK Tribal Historian,in the Publication PATAWOMECK TIDES, Volume 12, Number 1, September 15, 2009: "A book was published by Dr. LINWOOD CUSTALOW and ANGELA DANIEL about the true story of POCAHONTAS. This information was obtained from the sacred oral history of the MATTAPONI Tribe. The MATTAPONI tribe has a special interest in POCAHONTAS, as many of them descend from the sister of POCAHONTAS, MATACHANNA, who went to England with POCAHONTAS and took care of JOHN ROLFE" [Jr], "the son of POCAHONTAS and JOHN ROLFE. The book revealed that POCAHONTAS first married the Indian KOCOUM, the younger brother of CHIEF JAPASAW, and had a child by him. WILLIAM STRACHEY, Secretary of the Virginia Colony, wrote that POCAHONTAS had first married the Indian, KOCOUM, in 1610, but did not mention that she had a child by him, a fact probably kept secret by the PATAWOMECK'S for the safety of the child. The book by CUSTALOW and DANIEL calls the child "LITTLE KOCOUM"... The book states that the NEWTON family of Stafford County descends from the child of POCAHONTAS and KOCOUM... The reason that the MATTAPONI Tribe knew that the NEWTON's and other Stafford families descended from POCAHONTAS and KOCOUM was due to the research of the late MATTAPONI Chief, O.T. CUSTALOW, who married ELIZABETH NEWTON of Stafford" [County, Virginia]. "Chief CUSTALOW researched the ancestry of his wife, ELIZABETH NEWTON, long before the compiler was born and was able to talk to the elders at that time who knew how they descended from POCAHONTAS..."

KA OKEE was raised in the Patawomeck Village and her identity, as daughter of POCAHONTAS was kept a secret by the tribal leaders. She took the name JANE, married a man named PETTUS in 1631, believed by the present day Patawomeck Tribal Historian, WILLIAM "NIGHT OWL" DEYO to be THOMAS PETTUS and they had a child named CHRISTIAN PETTUS in 1636, which is "known from a deposition".

KA OKEE's exact death date is not known. Some have speculated that she died in about 1638 and others that she died in 1670.


Family links:

Parents:
 Kocoum (1590 - 1613)
  Pocahontas (1595 - 1617)

Children:
 Christian Pettus Waddington (1636 - 1701)*

Sibling:
 Ka Okee Jane Powhatan Pettus (1612 - ____)
 Thomas Rolfe (1615 - 1680)**
  • Calculated relationship
    • Half-sibling

Burial: Body lost or destroyed


Created by: Ron Stephens Record added: Jun 20, 2014 Find A Grave Memorial# 131606355


Deyo, Bill L CTR NSWCDD, E03A Aug 8, 2016

Hi Linda,

You are not bugging me. I am glad to help.

Powhatan (Wahunsenaca) and Opechancanough, as well as Keckatough and Opitchipam, were all full brothers of the Pamunkey Tribe. "Powhatan" was actually the name of the Federation of many tribes that Wahunsenaca was the head of. They simply called him "Powhatan" because of that.

The book on Pocahontas by Linwood Custalow and Angela Daniel spoke of "Little Kocoum" in the story presented about Pocahontas and her husband Kocoum. The fact is, however, that the Mattaponi did not pass down the name or gender of the child that Pocahontas had by Kocoum. If you look in the back of the book, at the timeline, it explains that. The one child known by the Patawomeck that Pocahontas had was Ka-Okee. That is not to say that she did not have other children. I actually think that she did have at least one more between her marriage in 1610 and her abduction in 1613. I do not believe that the child was named Little Kocoum, however. )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) )))))))))))))))))))))))))))

KA OKEE, the daughter of KOCOUM and POCAHONTAS, was in the Patawomeck Village when her mother was kidnapped and her father was killed. She remained and was raised there and her identity was kept secret to protect her from being harmed by the English. She took the name "JANE" and had a child CHRISTIAN PETTUS by a man whose last name was PETTUS in 1636.

According to WILLIAM "Night Owl" DEYO, present day Patawomeck Tribal Historian: "KA OKEE's husband was thought to be Col. THOMAS PETTUS or possibly THEODORE PETTUS, brother of Col. THOMAS PETTUS, or possibly a son of WILLIAM PETTUS [uncle of Col. THOMAS PETTUS] and ELIZABETH ROLFE who married in 1594." He also mentions that there were close connections between the ROLFE and PETTUS families in England." JOHN ROLFE, who married POCAHONTAS in 1614, "took her to his family estate in England when they visited there in 1616. She no doubt met the PETTUS family and may have asked that if any of them went to Virginia to please check on her daughter KA OKEE. One evidently did check on her and married her..." http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=131558962

KA OKEE JANE was born in 1613 in the Werowocomoco Village on Powhatan Tribal Lands in Tidewater Virginia. She was the daughter of MATOAKA POCAHONTAS POWHATAN, daughter of WAHUNSONACOCK, known as CHIEF POWHATAN and KOCOUM of the Patawomeck tribe, the younger brother of the Patawomeck CHIEF JAPASAW.

Shortly after KA OKEE's birth in 1613, her mother POCAHONTAS was lured, under false pretenses aboard an English Ship by its Captain SAMUEL ARGALL and taken captive. POCAHONTAS was taken to Jamestown and not allowed to return to her native village. At the time of her kidnapping, KA OKEE's father, KOCOUM, was killed by the English at the direction of Captain ARGALL.

According to WILLIAM "NIGHT OWL" DEYO, PATAWOMECK Tribal Historian,in the Publication PATAWOMECK TIDES, Volume 12, Number 1, September 15, 2009: "A book was published by Dr. LINWOOD CUSTALOW and ANGELA DANIEL about the true story of POCAHONTAS. This information was obtained from the sacred oral history of the MATTAPONI Tribe. The MATTAPONI tribe has a special interest in POCAHONTAS, as many of them descend from the sister of POCAHONTAS, MATACHANNA, who went to England with POCAHONTAS and took care of THOMAS ROLFE "the son of POCAHONTAS and JOHN ROLFE. The book revealed that POCAHONTAS first married the Indian KOCOUM, the younger brother of CHIEF JAPASAW, and had a child by him. WILLIAM STRACHEY, Secretary of the Virginia Colony, wrote that POCAHONTAS had first married the Indian, KOCOUM, in 1610, but did not mention that she had a child by him, a fact probably kept secret by the PATAWOMECK'S for the safety of the child. The book by CUSTALOW and DANIEL calls the child "LITTLE KOCOUM"... The book states that the NEWTON family of Stafford County descends from the child of POCAHONTAS and KOCOUM... The reason that the MATTAPONI Tribe knew that the NEWTON's and other Stafford families descended from POCAHONTAS and KOCOUM was due to the research of the late MATTAPONI Chief, O.T. CUSTALOW, who married ELIZABETH NEWTON of Stafford" [County, Virginia]. "Chief CUSTALOW researched the ancestry of his wife, ELIZABETH NEWTON, long before the compiler was born and was able to talk to the elders at that time who knew how they descended from POCAHONTAS..."

KA OKEE was raised in the Patawomeck Village and her identity, as daughter of POCAHONTAS was kept a secret by the tribal leaders. She took the name JANE, married a man named PETTUS in 1631, believed by the present day Patawomeck Tribal Historian, WILLIAM "NIGHT OWL" DEYO to be THOMAS PETTUS and they had a child named CHRISTIAN PETTUS in 1636, which is "known from a deposition".

KA OKEE's exact death date is not known. Some have speculated that she died in about 1638 and others that she died in 1670. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=131606355

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Ka Okee "Jane" Pettus, of the Patawomeck's Timeline

1609
1609
Tidewater, Richmond County, Virginia, Colonial America
1636
1636
Age 27
Stafford, Stafford County, Virginia, United States
1638
1638
Age 29
James City County, Virginia, Colonial America
1642
1642
Age 29
James City County, Virginia Colony
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