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Re: Starting a Rolfe Society
Posted by: Wilma Phelan (ID *****1402) Date: January 10, 2007 at 05:53:40
In Reply to: Re: Starting a Rolfe Society by Jeff Smith of 1630

Dear Jeff, Glad to hear from you. This forum is the only close tie the Rolfes seem to have. At least it is a form of communication.

Start of the year 2007, and the 400th birthdate of the start of USA, Seems like a good time to start. Of course John Rolfe didn't get here till 1610.

Most US Rolfes seem to be in New England, the area of Elizabeth City, NC, and Mecklenburg County Va.

We need someone to head up the orginazation as well as a place to start collecting the data. 400 years is a long time to make records last and hopefully it is not too late to save them.

There are a lot of Rootless Rolfes around who want to know their roots and too many missing links. Who ever starts the group would soon need a committee.

Frederick G. Rolfe of Scituate, Maine, wrote a book about the "Rolfe's of New England". Many Libraries bought the book. Frederick was going to write another book about Rolfe's with the odds and ends and snippits of information on Rolfes, he could not explain. I'm sure his relatives would be caring for him and would save his long collected data.

The main Rolfe Researcher of the 1980's are no longer with us. That was William Rolfe of Richmond. Dan Rolph of Ky who authored a book about oldtime mountain Rolfes. Also Barbour Rolfe of Union a town near Cleveland, Ohio, Ruth Dunnington who seem to be related to the last two men and had the Indian Wyman history back to Powhatan, but she died in 1985 and we can't find who would have her records.

The Clacks, Nuckols and Barnetts claim descent and then there was the daughter of Thomas Rolfe, Anne Rolfe Elwyn left beheind in England to be raised by Thomas Rolfe's cousin, Anthony Rolfe.

Thomas Rolfe had a sister, Elizabeth Rolfe Milner and since she is female that means all of her many desc. have other nsames. When John Rolfe died, Elizabeth was raised by her mother, Jane Pierce Rolfe. Jane remarried to Captain Roger Smith.

Our Family History says there were 11 children and that research had books available in the 1800's that are now in private collections.

There is a new novel out on John Rolfe available on the Web, authored by James Tormey. Name "John Rolfe of Virginia".

That would be three books that could start up the archives of any Rolfe organization. Wilma Phelan.

Thanks for making contact. Lets hope we can get more started. Wilma Phelan


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