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Robert Bolling

  • Birth 26 Dec 1646 City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 17 Jul 1709 Virginia, USA
  • Burial Petersburg, Petersburg City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 12815946

Colonel Robert Bolling (December 26, 1646 - July 17, 1709) was a wealthy early American settler, merchant and planter. He is the ancestor of many prominent individuals including Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

He was born on December 26, 1646 at Tower Street, All Hallows, Barking Parish, in London. He arrived in Virginia at the age of fourteen on October 2, 1660. In 1674, he married Jane Rolfe the granddaughter of Pocahontas. They had one child, John Bolling, born on January 26, 1676. His descendants, the only American descendants of Pocahontas, are termed the "Red Bollings". They include Edith Bolling, wife of U. S. President Woodrow Wilson and John Randolph of Roanoke. Jane died after one year of marriage.

In 1681, Col. Bolling married his second wife Anne Stith with whom he had many children, including Robert Bolling, Jr., who was born on January 25, 1682. Both Presidents Bush are descended from Robert Bolling, Jr.

In 1702 Bolling was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses representing Charles City Co., in 1702. He died on July 17, 1709 and was buried at his plantation Kippax, in Prince George Co., Virginia, where his tomb still stands.

Bolling's remains were moved postumously to Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia.


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  • Maintained by: A C Turner
  • Originally Created by: Eric Bruno Borgman
  • Added: 29 Dec 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12815946
  • A C Turner
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Bolling (26 Dec 1646–17 Jul 1709), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12815946, citing Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Petersburg City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by A C Turner (contributor 47181513) .