Les....since I could not pick up your return address from
the below email, I'll still take a whack at your question
addressed to the message board, which was:
You seem to be well informed about the poythresses..Are you
familiar with Jane Poythress whom is said to have married
Thomas Rolfe? There is also the spelling "poyers". The way I
understand it Jane "Poythress" is supposed to be the
daughter of Francis Poythress. There was a Francis Poythress
in some kind of early settlers government like House of
Burgesses or something like that. The notations made in
reference to Thomas Rolfe were all post Thomas Rolfe
created..as he left no will that is yet found by anyone.The
wording of that post written translation states that the
name Jane Poythress (not poyers) was adopted as being the
accurate name of the wife of THOMAS ROLFE.When the name
Francis Poyers was found as some kind of "official" way back
in the EARLY years the name POYTHRESS was in parenthesis
after the name poyers. Would you have any information about
Francis Poythress and Jane Poythress? I would appreciate it.
I'm a descendant of Jane Poythress(Poyers) Rolfe and Thomas
Les: the "text" (although not the "gospel") in this instance
is a slim little volume available almost anywhere titled:
"Pocahontas, alias Matoaka, and her Descendents, through her
marriage at Jamestown, VA etc. etc. The author was Wyndham
Robertson, an early governor of VA who "had something to
gain" from proving "descendency" which should put you on
alert right away.
At any rate, the marriage of Thomas Rolfe (son of John Rolfe
and Pocahontas) to Jane Poythress is widely accepted in the
Robertson's line is indeed "I adopt "Jane Poythress" (not
Poyers), whom he is stated in the Bolling Memoirs to have
married in England: 1. Because no such name as "Poyers" is
anywhere known, so far as I am advised. 2. Because the
family of Poythress was already settled in Virginia, and in
the immediate neighborhood of Rolfe's residence at
Henricopolis (but a few miles below, and on the other side
of the river) - Francis Poythress appearing as a member of
the House of Burgesses, A. D. 1644, for Charles City (then
including both sides of James River at those points). 3.
Because there is no reference or tradition known of Rolfe
having brought a wife with him from England. And 4. Because
in a work , "Sandringham," concerning the families of
Norfolk, England, and amongst them the Rolfes, the eminent
author, Mrs. Herbert Jones, states that Thomas Rolfe came to
Virginia when about 20 or 25 and "married" there.
Despite the assertions above and the traditional acceptance
of the genealogy community, there is still some probably
legitimate debate on the subject of this marriage.
To sketch the "line": Thomas Rolfe (son of John Rolfe and
Pocahontas) m. Jane Poythress (b. ___, m. 1675. This union
produced one child, Col. Robert Bolling; b. 1676; d. 1709
"of Cobbs" b. 1676; d. 1729"...suggesting that perhaps Jane
Poythress Rolfe died at the birth of her first child.
John Bolling, also a Burgess, m. 2. Mary Kennon, etc. etc.
Of this Kennon marriage issue was 5, enough to produce a
number of children and a veritable internet cottage industry
in proving descent from Pocahontas from the horde of
Bollings issuing from the marriage (and awarding gilt-edged
certificates so stating if one is of a mind to part with 50
bucks or so)....and, if said "Jane Jr." was the only issue
of Thomas Rolfe and Jane Poythress then all of said
Pocahontas descendents descended subsequently from John
Bolling (himself a Pocahontas descendent)and a Mary Kennon.
At any rate, I think further study might suggest to you that
if indeed you are a descendent of Pocahontas it would likely
be from Col. John Bolling (Pocahontas' grandson) and Mary
Kennon. And this itself, of course, assumes that the entire
story is valid and the probabilities suggest that it is.
However, the matter is not a "settled fact."
One thing is certain: you are likely to find more
mis-information on the net than you are information on this
subject. Good luck to you. If you think I can be of
further help, please just ask.
John M. Poythress