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 John Rolfe Sr.

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John Rolfe Sr.

Birth
Heacham, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough, Norfolk, England
Death 29 Nov 1594 (aged 32)
Heacham, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough, Norfolk, England
Burial Heacham, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough, Norfolk, England
Memorial ID 99531154 View Source
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The earliest record of the Rolfe family direct line is two brothers, Robert and Eustace Rolfe, who were born at Heacham about 1539. Robert married Margaret Crowe and was ancestor of a prominent family at Lynn, and Eustace Rolfe married at Heacham, May 27, 1560, Joanna Jenner. Eustace and Joanna had one child, a son, Johannes Eustacius "John" Rolfe, of Heacham, who was born October 17, 1562, married Dorothea Mason, Sept. 24, 1582, died in 1594, and was buried at Heacham Church, December 1st of that year.

John was the father of John Rolfe, Jr., who was married to Pocahontas. John Rolfe Sr. died at the young age of 32. Buried at the Heacham church December 1st 1594.

The family of Rolfe was resident from an early date in the County of Norfolk, England. The immediate ancestors of John Rolfe lived at Hecahm near King's Lynn in that County, and the earliest record of the direct line is of two brothers, Robert and Eustace Rolfe, who were born at Heacham about 1539. Robert married Margaret Crowe and was ancestor of a prominent family at Lynn, and Eustace Rolfe married at Heacham, May 27, 1560, Joanna Jenner. Eustace and Joanna had a son John Rolfe, of Heacham, who was born October 17, 1562, married Dorothea Mason, Sept. 24, 1582, died in 1594, and was buried at Heacham Church, December 1st of that year.
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In the Church is a brass with a Latin inscription to this John Rolfe. The following is a translation which has been furnished:

"John Rolfe, gentleman, of Hitcham died on the twenty-nineth day of November, in the year of our Lord, 1594, in the thirty-second year of his age. While he lived he was of much service to his fellows; his wish to enrich all his neighbors and kinsfolk by assisting the poor with his wealth; nothing could be kinder than he was; he bore the insults of many men quietly without offence; by exporting and importing such things as England abounded in or needed, he was of the greatest service, inasmuch as he spent both pains and labor upon it. Thus he seemed to die as the force of fire is quenched by excess of water. For his strength was unimpaired, nor had he completed many years when he died. His death brought grief to many, but he had done nobly upon the consciousness of a well spent life, and the record of many benefits not allowed to die utterly: John Rolfe had, no doubt, been a successful merchant at Lynn. Rolfe had, with other issue, 1. Eustace, and 2. John (twins) baptized May 6, 1585; 3. Edward, baptized Feb, 22, 1591. There was another son, Henry, afterwards a merchant in London and a member of the Virginia Company, who is included in a manuscript pedigree mentioned by Mrs. Jones in her Old Sandringham."

The dates can be verified and are from entries made in Latin in Heacham parish register.
As other dates are only supposition they are not given here. 4 Eustace Rolfe [1536-1593] of Heacham Eustace Rolfe married 27 May 1560 at Heacham NFK to Joan Jenner - their only recorded issue John Rolfe bapt 13 Oct 1562 at Heacham NFK. John married Dorothy Mason on the 26 July 1562 at Heacham issue of John & Dorothy Twins Eustace & John bapt 6 May 1585, Edward June 1591 all at Heacham. There is no Dorothy or Henry recorded. John Rolfe [husband of Dorothy] died 29. Nov 1592 buried 1 Dec 1594 at Heacham MI [Monumental inscription] says- in his 32nd year Dorothy [Mason] Rolfe married [2] Robert Redmaine 9 Mar 1594/5 at Heacham Robert Redmaine died 5 Aug 1625 bur 6 Aug. 1625 at Heacham age 74 Dorothy [Mason- Rolfe] Redmaine died 17 Oct 1645 bur 26 Oct 1645 at Heacham in her 80th year.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 99531154
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/99531154/john-rolfe : accessed ), memorial page for John Rolfe Sr. (17 Oct 1562–29 Nov 1594), Find a Grave Memorial ID 99531154, citing St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Heacham, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough, Norfolk, England ; Maintained by rickohio3 (contributor 47854273) .