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Ka Okee Jane Powhatan Pettus

Virginia, USA
Death 1670 (aged 57–58)
James City County, Virginia, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 131606355 · View Source
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KA OKEE JANE was born circa 1612 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.

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