According to Wikipedia: Pocahontas and Rolfe had one child, Thomas Rolfe, who was born in 1615 before his parents left for England. Some Mattaponi Powhatan families, notably the Newtons, claim descent from him. She also changed her name to Rebecca upon her new way of life. John Rolfe also arrived in Jamestown in 1610 and two years later cultivated the first tobacco there, introducing a successful source of livelihood that would have far-reaching importance for Virginia. She died in March 1617 in an inn in the town of Gravesend, and was buried there.
On another voyage of exploration in 1614, he was captured by pirates but escaped after three months of captivity. These traditions are preserved in the 2007 book, The True Story of Pocahontas, The Other Side of History, co-authored by Dr. It is said that the king loved his first knight so much, Sir Robert the First, that he gave Sir Robert the First, our coat of arms, a castle with three White Roses in the front yard of it, as well as his oldest daughter to marry. They reached Virginia in May 1610 and Rolfe's wife and child had either died at the Bermudas or only lived a short time after reaching Virginia. He also made up the story about Pocahontas and she died young so couldn't refute his story. Credit: Popular Archaeology The June 2015 issue of Popular Archaeology details the story of the archeologists who found the original site of the church in Jamestown, Virginia, where Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married 401 years ago, on 5 April 1614.
The planted a variety that was harsh to English smokers, so Rolfe developed a Spanish West Indies seed, Nicotiana tabacum, that became profitable and, indeed, transformed the colony's economy. The Pocahontas Myth — Powhatan. I am trying to put my lines together and see where they cross and how the families are connected. He was only there a very few months and he lied about his contribution to the settlement in a book he wrote several years later. Contemporary evidence of a first marriage also comes from a history by William Strachey 1575—1621 , who was secretary of the colony during a brief stay. English consumers preferred sweeter strains from further south, all of which was imported by Spain.
I grew up in the town of Rolfe, Iowa, in Pocahontas County, Iowa. Her son, Thomas, remained in England even though John Rolfe did return to America after her death. Actually the colonist landed in an area of 14,000 Native Americans and in the worse land in the area. Rolfe's letter is the first extant mention of Africans in Virginia, although there may have been others in the colony before then. Rolfe was aboard one of these ships and continued his voyage to Jamestown. So… I am a Rolfe. She was very young when Smith first came to the Americas.
In late 1609, John Smith returned to England for medical care. In the autumn of 1611 Rolfe sailed to the Caribbean where -- at the profound risk of his life -- he purloined seeds from the sweet tobacco grown there by the Spaniards. Their book provides oral and written historical documentation that Pocahontas, at the age of 15 or 16, was considered a young adult by Native customs of that time and was already a wife and mother when she was kidnapped, converted to Christianity and married John Rolfe. She met up with John Smith again in England when he learned that she was about to move back to Virginia. The Virginia Society of Colonal dames will at an early date erect a memorial to Pocahontas in Gravesend Church.
Oh, and Disney perpetuated the myth of a nonexistent love affair in that cartoon. The man who did save Jamestown was the husband of Pocahontas and gave tobacco seeds to the colony. The man who did save Jamestown was the husband of Pocahontas and gave tobacco seeds to the colony. John Rolfe the son of John and Dorothea Rolfe married in England and sailed for Virginia in May 1609. In 1613, the English captured Pocahontas and held her for ransom.
John Smith returned to the New World in 1614 to explore the New England coast. Linwood Custalow and Angela L. In 1622, Rolfe died following an Indian attack on his plantation. He also made up the story about Pocahontas and she died young so couldn't refute his story. Samuel Argall commands the ship.
In a letter written to Queen Anne, John Smith told the story of Matoaka throwing herself across his body to protect him from execution at the hands of Powhatan. Her son Thomas also fell ill, but recovered and continued living in England with family members. Witnesses: Temperance Yeardley, Richard Buck, John Cartwright, Robert Davys and John Millard. Captivity and Later Life Pocahontas' capture occurred in during the First Anglo-Powhatan War. The best way to confirm the relationship is start with what you already know. While in England, Matoaka ran into John Smith.