Jane Peirce1

F, b. say 1585, d. between 1623 and 1675
     Jane Peirce was born say 1585 at England.1 She married John Rolfe at Virginia circa 1619.1,2 As of circa 1620,her married name was Rolfe.1 Jane Peirce died between 1623 and 1675 at Virginia.1

Family

John Rolfe b. 6 May 1585, d. 22 Mar 1622
Child

Citations

  1. [S181] Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case",.
  2. [S190] Heathcock.org, online http://heathcock.org

Elizabeth Rolfe1

F, b. 25 January 1620, d. between 1645 and 1711
FatherJohn Rolfe1 b. 6 May 1585, d. 22 Mar 1622
MotherJane Peirce1 b. s 1585, d. bt 1623 - 1675
     Elizabeth Rolfe was born on 25 January 1620 at James City County, Virginia; Virginia Historical Society, 'VA Magazine of History and Biography', Vol 1 pp 446-447.1,2 As of circa 1638,her married name was Milner.3 She married John Milner at Nanesmund County, Virginia, circa 1638.3 Elizabeth Rolfe died between 1645 and 1711 at Virginia; one undocumented source in Ancestry.com Family Trees has Elizabeth's death 1635 Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada.1,3

Family

John Milner b. c 1618, d. bt 1645 - 1708

Citations

  1. [S181] Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case",.
  2. [S190] Heathcock.org, online http://heathcock.org
  3. [S93] Family Tree Maker's Genealogy, online http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com, Ancestors of James Daniel Beshires.

Thomas Rolfe1

M, b. circa 1615, d. circa 1680
FatherJohn Rolfe1 b. 6 May 1585, d. 22 Mar 1622
MotherPocahontas (?)1 b. bt 1595 - 1596, d. 21 Mar 1617
     Thomas Rolfe and Capt Thomas Relfe John ROLFE's son, Thomas, married Jane POYTHRESS (date
unknown), having settled in America, and they had a daughter,also named Jane, who married Captain Robert BOLLING in 1675, but died in childbirth in 1676. Her son, John, survived her.

The ROLFE name in direct descent from John ROLFE and
POCAHONTAS therefore appears to have ceased at their son
Thomas's death.2 Thomas Rolfe was born circa 1615 at Virginia.1 He research possibilities are Vann Moore and Slatton see these two individuals as one and the same. Brayton admits that he has "a conviction that the Rolfes of Jamestown and the Relfes of Albemarle were two distinct families." between 1615 and 1680 at North Carolina.1,3 Thomas Rolfe was born on 30 January 1615 at Richmond, Virginia.4 At an "Extraordinary Court for Virginia" the Virginia Company took up a petition from Henry Rolfe. "Mr. Henry Rolfe in his petition desiring the estate of his brother John Rolfe deceased left in Virginia might be enquired out and converted for the best use of the maintenance of his relict wife and children and for his indemnity (having brought up the child his said brother had by Powhatan's daughter witnesseth Child is living and in his custody. It was ordered that the Governor and Council of Virginia should cause what enquiry be made what Land and goods the said John Rolfe died seized of, and in case it be found that the said Rolfe made no will, then to take such order for the Petitioners indeminhty and for the maintenance of the said children and his relict wife as they shall find his estate will bear (his debt unto the Companie and others being first satisifed) and to return unto the company here an Account of their proceedings.5 He emigrated, circa 1634. Point of origin: an unknown place .6 In the area of James City that would become Surry County -- Moore The Descendants of Pocahontas
Cavaliers and Pioneers -- March 16 1639 grant of land to Edward Stephenson and Henry Cookney includes this: 'bounde on SE by land of Thomas Rolfe." on 16 March 1639 at James City County, Virginia.1,6 On the North side of the James River, mentioned in 250 acre grant to William Wigg "lying between land of Bridges Freeman gent and Thomas Rolfe." - Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vl. 1 Part 2, Page 126 on 26 November 1640 at James City County, Virginia.6 He married wife ? say 1645 at Virginia.7 Thomas Rolfe lived on 6 October 1646 at James City County, Virginia; James Fort is on Jamestown Island and its remains are being excavated.
October 1646 -- Laws of Virginia, "privatizing" the forts from being "maintayned by the publique charge" to being granted to individuals on condition of their keeping them supplied with men.
Thomas Rolfe granted "for himself and his heirs for ever" Fort James alias Chicakhominy fort "with four hundred acres of land adjoining thesame, with all houses and edifices belonging to the said fort and all boats and ammunition at prsent belonging to the said fort; Provided that the said Leift. Rolfe doe keepe and maintaine six men upon the place during the terme and time ofthree years, for which time the said Lieut Rolfe for himself and the six men are excempted from public taxes" -- Hennings Statutes, Vl.1, p. 327, in vagenweb.org
Grant recorded in patient book (Cavaliers and Pioneers I 234) - Thomas Rolfe 525 acres lying on the north side of the Chickahominy River commonly called and known by the name of James' Fort running from the river north along the woods W from the woods to the river South by West, 400 acres granted said Rolfe by Act of Assembly dated 6 October 1646 & 125 acres for transportation of 3 persons.8 He married Dorothy ? in 1648 at Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia.4 Thomas' land mentioned in 2400 acre grant to Henry Berkeley "lying on N side of Chickahominy River, near the head of said river, up the swamp which divides this and the land of Mr. Thomas Rolfe." on 1 April 1651 at James City County, Virginia.6 Thomas Rolfe This is the site of a fortification built by Capt. John Smith on the south side of the James River as a refuge in the event that enemy attack forced evacuation of Jamestown, across the river. Constructed early in 1609, the fort was the first extension of Jamestown, but was hardly used because no attacks occurred. The generally accepted site is marked by a few mounds of earth and is on property owned by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. The site has been called both "Smith's Fort Plantation" and "The Rolfe Property," for the site also contains a small brick residence that was built on property owned by John Rolfe. The property was part of a grant made to Rolfe by Powhatan when Rolfe married Pocahontas, Powhatan's daughter. The house, called the "Rolfe House," "Warren House," and "Fifty-Foot Brick House," was reportedly built by Thomas Warren in 1652 and is the oldest brick house in Virginia. It has been restored, furnished in 17th-century style, and is open to the public in 1652 at Surry County, Virginia.9 He married Di Poi Oconoco say 1653 at Virginia.10 Acquired 300 acres in the vicinity of James Fort, "adjoing his ownlland." on 25 April 1656 at James City County, Virginia.6 William Edwards patented land in Surry "on S side of James Riv., opposite James City, W upon Crouches Cr dividing it from land formerly Mr. Thomas Rolfe's." - Patent Book 4, page 353 on 17 September 1657 at Surry County, Virginia.6 Mr. Thomas Rolfe 50 acres in Chickahominy River on the N.E. side, N.E on Richard Newe and N. W. on his own land -- Cavaliers and Pioneers, I 384 (Patent Book 4) on 16 September 1658 at James City County, Virginia.6 Thomas Rolfe died in 1675 at Virginia.4 He died circa 1680 at Virginia; or North Carolina.1

Family 1

Dorothy ? b. 1630

Family 2

wife ? b. s 1620, d. bt 1651 - 1710
Children

Family 3

Di Poi Oconoco b. s 1630, d. bt 1655 - 1720
Child

Citations

  1. [S181] Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case",.
  2. [S782] John Rolfe & Pocahontas, online http://members.tripod.com/~AlanCheshire/index-5.html
  3. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  4. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Ancestry One World Tree.
  5. [S195] LOC American Memory, online www.loc.gov.
  6. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Cavaliers and Pioneers.
  7. [S196] Wilma Phelan, Gary Rolph,.
  8. [S192] Hening, Statutes at Large, online http://vagenweb.org/hening
  9. [S193] Nps.gov, online http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/explorers/…
  10. [S126] Rootsweb.com, online wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com, http://news.rootsweb.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/1998-09/…
  11. [S196] Wilma Phelan, Gary Rolph, from grandson John Perry Barnett's records.

Dr Thomas Relfe1

M, b. circa 1620, d. between 1679 and 1680
     Dr Thomas Relfe was also known as Thomas Roelph.2,3 He research possibilities are Vann Moore and Slatton see these two individuals as one and the same. Brayton admits that he has "a conviction that the Rolfes of Jamestown and the Relfes of Albemarle were two distinct families." between 1615 and 1680 at North Carolina.2,1 Dr Thomas Relfe was born circa 1620 at England; "Dr Thomas Relfe was born by 1620."4 He married wife ? at England circa 1644.2,5 Dr Thomas Relfe is mentioned in the biography of Capt Thomas Relfe; Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas (ca 1645- 1713 or 1714) jurist, legislator, provost marshall, and surveyor general, was the son of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Relfe, who moved from Virginia to the Carolina colony about 1663. it has been suggested that Dr. Relfe may have been the son of he early Jamestown settler John Rolfe and his Indian wife Pocahontas. The theory rests on circumstantial evidence and an assumption as to the "correct" spelling of the name Relfe (Rolfe) w hich has many variants in the old manuscripts. More substantial evidence would be necessary to establish the theory as a fact.
On 25 Sep 1663 Dr Relfe was issued a patent for 750 acres of land in the Carolina colony, then called Albemarle. About that time the family moved to the grant which was on the Pasquotank River. In addition to the parents, the family included son Thomas, then about eighteen years old, and a younger son, William. Several relatives of the Relfes moved to Albemarle about the same time, including the families of Richard Roads (Rhodes) and John and William Jennings, but the relationships are not clear. There also were other Carolina settlers named Relfe, but they appear in the records a little later and their relationship if any is unknown.
The sparse surviving records of Albemarle tell little about the Relfe family's early years in the colony. Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife.
By 6 Jan 1689/90 Thomas Relfe was a justice of Pasquotank Precinct Court, an office that he also held in1694 and 1700. No doubt he servd on the court in some or all of the intervening years, for their there are virtually no extant records of that court. By the 1690's Relfe bore the title of captain, whih suggests that he was active in the militia.
About 1683 Thomas Relfe married Mary Keile (Keele), widow of Thomas Kiele. Before her marriage to Kiele, Mary appears to have been married to one Butler and to have had a daughter, Ann, by him. She had three children by Keile - Thomas, Sarah, and Robert -- and she bore Relfe two children - Thomas and Dorothy. Relfe was guardian as well as stepfather to the Keile children. Yet another member of his household was William Roads, who also was Relfe's ward. Roads was either Relfe's nephew or his wife's.
Relfe continud to live in Pasquotank Precinct, where his parents had settled. he owned at least 600 acres of land in addition to that inherited from his father. His brother William also lived in Pasquotank and had extensive landholdings. Both Thomas and William servd on the Anglican church vestry for the Pasquotank parish. They were strongly opposed to permitting Quakers to serve in governmental positions.
In 1694 the General Court appointed Thomas and William Relfe administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Roads (widow of Richard Roads) as "nearest of kin" to the orphans. IN spite of their being designated "nearest of kin," a later court (in 1695) granted guarianship of two of the Roads orphans to Dorothy Jennings, wife of John Jennings, in compliance with a petition in which Dorothy identified herself as 'grandmother and nearest of kin' to the orphans. The William Roads who was reared by Thomas and Mary Relfe appears to have been a third orphan of Richard and Elizabeth Roads. These and other records indicate that Thomas and William Relfe were close kin to Dorothy Jennings and to either Richard Roads or his wife Elizabeth, but they do not make their relationships clear.
Thomas Relfe was politically active much of his life. In addition to sitting on the Pasquotank Court, he held offices significant to the entire colony. On 27 Sep 1794 he took oath as provost marshall (high sheriff) for Albemarle an office he held through December 1696. From July 1696 through March 1702/3 he served as deputy for the surveyor general. By commission dated 26 Aug 1703 Relfe himself was appointed surveyor general, a position he held until some date in 1705. He was a member of gthe Assembly in 1711 an perhaps other years. In July 1712 he became justice of the General Court, on which he sat through August 1713.
Relfe died between 26 Oct 1713, when he made a deposition in a lawsuit, and 10 Aug 1714, when the governor and Council ordered payment to Mary Relfe of money due her deceased husband. In the deposition he gavve his age as sixty-eight. For some reason his will, made in 1704, was not probated until 1720. in the will, Relfe named as legatees his wife Mary, his son Thomas, his daughter Dorothy, and William Roads.
Mary Relfe died between 13 jan 1724/25, when she made her will, and 20 Aug 1725, when her will was probated. Apparently, both of her children by Relfe and one of her sons by Keile already had died, for her legatees did not include her daughter Dorothy Relfe or her sons Thomas Relfe and Thomas Keile. Indeed, she bequeathed "the chest that was my son Thomas Relfes' to William Roads, as well as other items of substantial value, including land. Possibly the bequest of land was confirmation of a bequest by her husband, who had bequeathed a tract of land to William Roads on condition that "he stays with his aunt until he comes of age." Mary Relfe's legatees also included Wiliam Relfe's two grandchildren, Thomas and Mary Relfe as well as her daughters Ann and Sarah, her son Robert Kele, and members of their families.3 He witnessed an unknown person 's death at North Carolina between 1656 and 1669.2 "On 25 Sep 1663, in a land grant to Robert Peele, neighbor Thomas Relfe is designated as 'Doctor Relfe.' Virginia land Patent Book No 4, page 96 588, 350 acres to Robert Peele, in Nell Marion Nugent, compiler, Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666 Volume One (Richmond, VA: Virginia State Library and Archives, 1992), p[age 426. . .This designation aids greatl[y in separating him from the other three Thomas [Relfe]s]. What he was a doctor, of, or just where and why he received such a title has not been uncovered by any records either in Virginia or North Carolina. Relfe's own grant did not mention Peele: Virginia Land Patent Book No 4, page 97 [590]: Mr. Thomas Relfe, date 25 September 1663, 750 acres on the southwest side of the Paspetanke [sic] River, beginning at the mouth of a swamp and running by land of Thomas Keele etc by Mr. Fortson's marked trees etc; for transportation of 15 persons; Jno Rouse, twice, Tho Rouse, Steph Harris, Jno Shorebury, Kath Dolbin, Percy Whitty, Ann Maine, Ann Jones, Mary Bayley, Tho Relfe, Wm Blech, Mary Belson, Jos Rogers and his wife [Nugent Cavaliers, page 427]. This is Dr. Relfe's first mention in the Virginia literature, and one of his last. The North Carolina land office contains the followng recording of the above grant: North Carolina Land Patent Book 1, page 143, dated 25 Sep 1663: 750 acres on the southwest side of Pasquotank River, joining the mouth of a swamp, Thomas Keele, the woods, the codd of a bay, Mr. Ferson [sic], the said bay, the point in the River, and he said river. Signed Willam Berkeley [Margaret M Hoffman, Province of North Carolina, 1663-1729, Abstracts of Land Patents (Weldon, NC: The Roanoke News Company, 1979, page 37; this is not a literal quotation of Hoffman's abstract]. The land was clearly in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, and the later deeds of colonial Pasquotank contain the complete registries of Dr. Thomas Relfe's earlest land transactions." on 25 September 1663 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.6 Thomas, wife, Thomas, William, Richard, John and William immigrated, say October 1663. Destination: an unknown place .3 Dr Thomas Relfe married Dorothy ? circa 1670 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Thomas died between 1679 and 1680 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina. "Doctor Relfe's entrance into the Colony of North Carolina was documented some time later when John Jennings, who married his widow Dorothy, entered his headrights for land: Albemarle. These are in the names of his Excel. ye. Pal. & rest of the Rt. honrble Lords _ prietos, to will & require you to Survey and lay out for John Jennings four hundred acres of land wch. is due to him for the transporation of Eight psons whose names are hereundr written & make returne of this Wart. with ye Survey to ye Secretarys office fail not as you will answer the contrary. Given undr our hands and the Seal of the Colony this 5th day of ffebr 1679. . .Doctr. Thomas Relfe twice transported, Dorothy his wife, Tho Relfe Jur. John More Willm. Gardiner, John Jennings and Willm. Relfe."
"That Dr. Relfe died by 1680 is proved by the following court order of 29 Mar 1680: "Ordered, that John Jennings return an acco. of the estate of Thos. Roelph, to ye Precinct Court of Carteret [present day Currituck, Pasquotank, Camden, and parts of Dare]."
"Dr Thomas Relfe was born by 1620, and died intestate by 1680 in the part of the Albemarle district that would eventually become Pasquotank County." p Rolfe/Relfe-Jennngs, p. 9
"Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife." - Dic of NC Biography.7,3

Family 1

wife ? b. s 1620, d. bt 1656 - 1669
Children

Family 2

Dorothy ? b. c 1645, d. s 1716
Child

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S181] Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case",.
  3. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  4. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9.
  5. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 8, 9.
  6. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p. 6.
  7. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p. 5-6.

wife ?1

F, b. say 1620, d. between 1656 and 1669
     Wife ? was born say 1620 at England.1 As of say 1640,her married name was Relfe.1 She married Dr Thomas Relfe at England circa 1644.1,2 Wife ? died between 1656 and 1669 at North Carolina.1 Thomas, wife, Thomas, William, Richard, John and William immigrated, say October 1663. Destination: an unknown place .3

Family

Dr Thomas Relfe b. c 1620, d. bt 1679 - 1680
Children

Citations

  1. [S181] Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case",.
  2. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 8, 9.
  3. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.

Capt Thomas Relfe1

M, b. 1645, d. between 26 October 1713 and 10 August 1714
FatherDr Thomas Relfe2 b. c 1620, d. bt 1679 - 1680
Motherwife ?2 b. s 1620, d. bt 1656 - 1669
     Capt Thomas Relfe and Thomas Rolfe John ROLFE's son, Thomas, married Jane POYTHRESS (date
unknown), having settled in America, and they had a daughter,also named Jane, who married Captain Robert BOLLING in 1675, but died in childbirth in 1676. Her son, John, survived her.

The ROLFE name in direct descent from John ROLFE and
POCAHONTAS therefore appears to have ceased at their son
Thomas's death.3 Capt Thomas Relfe was also known as Thomas Rolfe.4 Capt Thomas Relfe was also known as Thomas Relph.4 Capt Thomas Relfe was also known as Thomas Relfe Jr.2 Capt Thomas Relfe was also known as Thomas Ralph.4 He was born in 1645 at England; "born circa 1645"
"was born, according to a depostion, circa 1645." Rolfe/ Relfe-Jennings, p. 10.
"The deposition, presented in the Court of Chancery on 5 November 1714, follows:
8br the 26: 1713
The Deposition of Capt Thos Relfe aged 68 or thereabouts being deposed sayeth, That he heard Thoms. Keell Say when he heard Esq Archdale was coming into the Country, now thereis two proprietors in the Country. I hope every man will have his right. I'll see if I cant have my Land and further your Deponent Sayeth that Thomas Keell imployed mr Geo Durant to fetch a copy of his Patent out of Virginia and also to be his Attorney to Sue for his Land and further your Deponent sayeth not. Sworne before me Jno Davis."2,5 Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas (ca 1645- 1713 or 1714) jurist, legislator, provost marshall, and surveyor general, was the son of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Relfe, who moved from Virginia to the Carolina colony about 1663. it has been suggested that Dr. Relfe may have been the son of he early Jamestown settler John Rolfe and his Indian wife Pocahontas. The theory rests on circumstantial evidence and an assumption as to the "correct" spelling of the name Relfe (Rolfe) w hich has many variants in the old manuscripts. More substantial evidence would be necessary to establish the theory as a fact.
On 25 Sep 1663 Dr Relfe was issued a patent for 750 acres of land in the Carolina colony, then called Albemarle. About that time the family moved to the grant which was on the Pasquotank River. In addition to the parents, the family included son Thomas, then about eighteen years old, and a younger son, William. Several relatives of the Relfes moved to Albemarle about the same time, including the families of Richard Roads (Rhodes) and John and William Jennings, but the relationships are not clear. There also were other Carolina settlers named Relfe, but they appear in the records a little later and their relationship if any is unknown.
The sparse surviving records of Albemarle tell little about the Relfe family's early years in the colony. Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife.
By 6 Jan 1689/90 Thomas Relfe was a justice of Pasquotank Precinct Court, an office that he also held in1694 and 1700. No doubt he servd on the court in some or all of the intervening years, for their there are virtually no extant records of that court. By the 1690's Relfe bore the title of captain, whih suggests that he was active in the militia.
About 1683 Thomas Relfe married Mary Keile (Keele), widow of Thomas Kiele. Before her marriage to Kiele, Mary appears to have been married to one Butler and to have had a daughter, Ann, by him. She had three children by Keile - Thomas, Sarah, and Robert -- and she bore Relfe two children - Thomas and Dorothy. Relfe was guardian as well as stepfather to the Keile children. Yet another member of his household was William Roads, who also was Relfe's ward. Roads was either Relfe's nephew or his wife's.
Relfe continud to live in Pasquotank Precinct, where his parents had settled. he owned at least 600 acres of land in addition to that inherited from his father. His brother William also lived in Pasquotank and had extensive landholdings. Both Thomas and William servd on the Anglican church vestry for the Pasquotank parish. They were strongly opposed to permitting Quakers to serve in governmental positions.
In 1694 the General Court appointed Thomas and William Relfe administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Roads (widow of Richard Roads) as "nearest of kin" to the orphans. IN spite of their being designated "nearest of kin," a later court (in 1695) granted guarianship of two of the Roads orphans to Dorothy Jennings, wife of John Jennings, in compliance with a petition in which Dorothy identified herself as 'grandmother and nearest of kin' to the orphans. The William Roads who was reared by Thomas and Mary Relfe appears to have been a third orphan of Richard and Elizabeth Roads. These and other records indicate that Thomas and William Relfe were close kin to Dorothy Jennings and to either Richard Roads or his wife Elizabeth, but they do not make their relationships clear.
Thomas Relfe was politically active much of his life. In addition to sitting on the Pasquotank Court, he held offices significant to the entire colony. On 27 Sep 1794 he took oath as provost marshall (high sheriff) for Albemarle an office he held through December 1696. From July 1696 through March 1702/3 he served as deputy for the surveyor general. By commission dated 26 Aug 1703 Relfe himself was appointed surveyor general, a position he held until some date in 1705. He was a member of gthe Assembly in 1711 an perhaps other years. In July 1712 he became justice of the General Court, on which he sat through August 1713.
Relfe died between 26 Oct 1713, when he made a deposition in a lawsuit, and 10 Aug 1714, when the governor and Council ordered payment to Mary Relfe of money due her deceased husband. In the deposition he gavve his age as sixty-eight. For some reason his will, made in 1704, was not probated until 1720. in the will, Relfe named as legatees his wife Mary, his son Thomas, his daughter Dorothy, and William Roads.
Mary Relfe died between 13 jan 1724/25, when she made her will, and 20 Aug 1725, when her will was probated. Apparently, both of her children by Relfe and one of her sons by Keile already had died, for her legatees did not include her daughter Dorothy Relfe or her sons Thomas Relfe and Thomas Keile. Indeed, she bequeathed "the chest that was my son Thomas Relfes' to William Roads, as well as other items of substantial value, including land. Possibly the bequest of land was confirmation of a bequest by her husband, who had bequeathed a tract of land to William Roads on condition that "he stays with his aunt until he comes of age." Mary Relfe's legatees also included Wiliam Relfe's two grandchildren, Thomas and Mary Relfe as well as her daughters Ann and Sarah, her son Robert Kele, and members of their families.4 He was born in 1650 at Albemarle, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.6 Thomas, wife, Thomas, William, Richard, John and William immigrated, say October 1663. Destination: an unknown place .4 The 'Rolfe' article in Adventures of Purse and Person suggests that Thomas Relfe's children were by an unnamed first wife; the will of Mary Relfe, however, indicates that Thomas Relfe, although deceased by the writing of his mother's will, was Mary Relfe's son. In other words, there is nothing in the records that suggests an earlier wife.1 They witnessed Dr Thomas Relfe's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, between 1679 and 1680. "Doctor Relfe's entrance into the Colony of North Carolina was documented some time later when John Jennings, who married his widow Dorothy, entered his headrights for land: Albemarle. These are in the names of his Excel. ye. Pal. & rest of the Rt. honrble Lords _ prietos, to will & require you to Survey and lay out for John Jennings four hundred acres of land wch. is due to him for the transporation of Eight psons whose names are hereundr written & make returne of this Wart. with ye Survey to ye Secretarys office fail not as you will answer the contrary. Given undr our hands and the Seal of the Colony this 5th day of ffebr 1679. . .Doctr. Thomas Relfe twice transported, Dorothy his wife, Tho Relfe Jur. John More Willm. Gardiner, John Jennings and Willm. Relfe."
"That Dr. Relfe died by 1680 is proved by the following court order of 29 Mar 1680: "Ordered, that John Jennings return an acco. of the estate of Thos. Roelph, to ye Precinct Court of Carteret [present day Currituck, Pasquotank, Camden, and parts of Dare]."
"Dr Thomas Relfe was born by 1620, and died intestate by 1680 in the part of the Albemarle district that would eventually become Pasquotank County." p Rolfe/Relfe-Jennngs, p. 9
"Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife." - Dic of NC Biography.7,4 He married Mary Butler at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, say March 1682/83.5,4 Capt Thomas Relfe was By 6 Jan 1689/90 Thomas Relfe was a justice of Pasquotank Precinct Court, an office that he also held in1694 and 1700. No doubt he servd on the court in some or all of the intervening years, for their there are virtually no extant records of that court. between 6 January 1689/90 and 1700 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.4 He was taxed "Relfe Thomas Pasq 1694" in 1694 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.8 They witnessed Elizabeth Relfe's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, in 1694. "d by 1695"
"Thomas and William Relfe were named as next of kin to their sister'schildren on 29 November 1694, in a Court held by the Council:
Upon Petition of Capt Thomas Relfe and William Relfe, in behalfe of the Orphans of the deceased have Administration of the Goods and Chattels of Eliz. Roads deceased they being nearest of kin and that Austin Scarborough, William Temple, Thomas Cartwright and Richard Maden or any three of them being sworne before mr. Robert Wallis or John Jenings apprise the said Estate." p. 10.9 Capt Thomas Relfe and William Relfe Thomas relationship to his brother is proved by deeds from Pasquotank:
Pasquotank County Deeds C372, dated 27 Jan 1693/94, Thomas Relfe by and with the consent of wife Mary do assign over all my right Title of this within mentioned Patent the one moiety or half part to my Father in law John Jennings and the moity or half part to my brother William Relfe, witness: William Jennings Thomas I Sawyer, signed Thomas Relfe, Mary M Relfe." in 1693/94 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.10 He made a will at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, on 10 April 1704.11 Capt Thomas Relfe died between 26 October 1713 and 10 August 1714 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; Capt Thomas Relfe died testate before April 1714, although his will, dated 10 April 1704, was not proved until 5 September 1720.
"died just before April 1714, according to a deed in which his widow Mary was styled his executrix."
Relfe died between 26 Oct 1713, when he made a deposition in a lawsuit, and 10 Aug 1714, when the governor and Council ordered payment to Mary Relfe of money due her deceased husband. In the deposition he gavve his age as sixty-eight. For some reason his will, made in 1704, was not probated until 1720. in the will, Relfe named as legatees his wife Mary, his son Thomas, his daughter Dorothy, and William Roads. - Dic of NC Biography.2,10,4 He died in 1714 at Yawpin, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.6

Family

Mary Butler b. s 1645, d. bt 13 Jan 1724/25 - 20 Aug 1725
Children

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S181] Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case",.
  3. [S782] John Rolfe & Pocahontas, online http://members.tripod.com/~AlanCheshire/index-5.html
  4. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  5. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9.
  6. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Ancestry One World Tree.
  7. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p. 5-6.
  8. [S1230] Clarence E Ratcliff, NC Taxpayers 1679-1790, source: photocopies of some records not on microfilm at the North Carolina State Archives.
  9. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9-10.
  10. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 10.
  11. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 15.

William Relfe1

M, b. between 1647 and 1650, d. between August 1725 and December 1725
FatherDr Thomas Relfe1 b. c 1620, d. bt 1679 - 1680
Motherwife ?1 b. s 1620, d. bt 1656 - 1669
     William Relfe is mentioned in the biography of Capt Thomas Relfe; Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas (ca 1645- 1713 or 1714) jurist, legislator, provost marshall, and surveyor general, was the son of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Relfe, who moved from Virginia to the Carolina colony about 1663. it has been suggested that Dr. Relfe may have been the son of he early Jamestown settler John Rolfe and his Indian wife Pocahontas. The theory rests on circumstantial evidence and an assumption as to the "correct" spelling of the name Relfe (Rolfe) w hich has many variants in the old manuscripts. More substantial evidence would be necessary to establish the theory as a fact.
On 25 Sep 1663 Dr Relfe was issued a patent for 750 acres of land in the Carolina colony, then called Albemarle. About that time the family moved to the grant which was on the Pasquotank River. In addition to the parents, the family included son Thomas, then about eighteen years old, and a younger son, William. Several relatives of the Relfes moved to Albemarle about the same time, including the families of Richard Roads (Rhodes) and John and William Jennings, but the relationships are not clear. There also were other Carolina settlers named Relfe, but they appear in the records a little later and their relationship if any is unknown.
The sparse surviving records of Albemarle tell little about the Relfe family's early years in the colony. Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife.
By 6 Jan 1689/90 Thomas Relfe was a justice of Pasquotank Precinct Court, an office that he also held in1694 and 1700. No doubt he servd on the court in some or all of the intervening years, for their there are virtually no extant records of that court. By the 1690's Relfe bore the title of captain, whih suggests that he was active in the militia.
About 1683 Thomas Relfe married Mary Keile (Keele), widow of Thomas Kiele. Before her marriage to Kiele, Mary appears to have been married to one Butler and to have had a daughter, Ann, by him. She had three children by Keile - Thomas, Sarah, and Robert -- and she bore Relfe two children - Thomas and Dorothy. Relfe was guardian as well as stepfather to the Keile children. Yet another member of his household was William Roads, who also was Relfe's ward. Roads was either Relfe's nephew or his wife's.
Relfe continud to live in Pasquotank Precinct, where his parents had settled. he owned at least 600 acres of land in addition to that inherited from his father. His brother William also lived in Pasquotank and had extensive landholdings. Both Thomas and William servd on the Anglican church vestry for the Pasquotank parish. They were strongly opposed to permitting Quakers to serve in governmental positions.
In 1694 the General Court appointed Thomas and William Relfe administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Roads (widow of Richard Roads) as "nearest of kin" to the orphans. IN spite of their being designated "nearest of kin," a later court (in 1695) granted guarianship of two of the Roads orphans to Dorothy Jennings, wife of John Jennings, in compliance with a petition in which Dorothy identified herself as 'grandmother and nearest of kin' to the orphans. The William Roads who was reared by Thomas and Mary Relfe appears to have been a third orphan of Richard and Elizabeth Roads. These and other records indicate that Thomas and William Relfe were close kin to Dorothy Jennings and to either Richard Roads or his wife Elizabeth, but they do not make their relationships clear.
Thomas Relfe was politically active much of his life. In addition to sitting on the Pasquotank Court, he held offices significant to the entire colony. On 27 Sep 1794 he took oath as provost marshall (high sheriff) for Albemarle an office he held through December 1696. From July 1696 through March 1702/3 he served as deputy for the surveyor general. By commission dated 26 Aug 1703 Relfe himself was appointed surveyor general, a position he held until some date in 1705. He was a member of gthe Assembly in 1711 an perhaps other years. In July 1712 he became justice of the General Court, on which he sat through August 1713.
Relfe died between 26 Oct 1713, when he made a deposition in a lawsuit, and 10 Aug 1714, when the governor and Council ordered payment to Mary Relfe of money due her deceased husband. In the deposition he gavve his age as sixty-eight. For some reason his will, made in 1704, was not probated until 1720. in the will, Relfe named as legatees his wife Mary, his son Thomas, his daughter Dorothy, and William Roads.
Mary Relfe died between 13 jan 1724/25, when she made her will, and 20 Aug 1725, when her will was probated. Apparently, both of her children by Relfe and one of her sons by Keile already had died, for her legatees did not include her daughter Dorothy Relfe or her sons Thomas Relfe and Thomas Keile. Indeed, she bequeathed "the chest that was my son Thomas Relfes' to William Roads, as well as other items of substantial value, including land. Possibly the bequest of land was confirmation of a bequest by her husband, who had bequeathed a tract of land to William Roads on condition that "he stays with his aunt until he comes of age." Mary Relfe's legatees also included Wiliam Relfe's two grandchildren, Thomas and Mary Relfe as well as her daughters Ann and Sarah, her son Robert Kele, and members of their families.2 William Relfe was born between 1647 and 1650 at England; "William Relfe was probably the younger of the two brothers, and born, therefore, by 1650."1,3 Thomas, wife, Thomas, William, Richard, John and William immigrated, say October 1663. Destination: an unknown place .2 They witnessed Dr Thomas Relfe's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, between 1679 and 1680. "Doctor Relfe's entrance into the Colony of North Carolina was documented some time later when John Jennings, who married his widow Dorothy, entered his headrights for land: Albemarle. These are in the names of his Excel. ye. Pal. & rest of the Rt. honrble Lords _ prietos, to will & require you to Survey and lay out for John Jennings four hundred acres of land wch. is due to him for the transporation of Eight psons whose names are hereundr written & make returne of this Wart. with ye Survey to ye Secretarys office fail not as you will answer the contrary. Given undr our hands and the Seal of the Colony this 5th day of ffebr 1679. . .Doctr. Thomas Relfe twice transported, Dorothy his wife, Tho Relfe Jur. John More Willm. Gardiner, John Jennings and Willm. Relfe."
"That Dr. Relfe died by 1680 is proved by the following court order of 29 Mar 1680: "Ordered, that John Jennings return an acco. of the estate of Thos. Roelph, to ye Precinct Court of Carteret [present day Currituck, Pasquotank, Camden, and parts of Dare]."
"Dr Thomas Relfe was born by 1620, and died intestate by 1680 in the part of the Albemarle district that would eventually become Pasquotank County." p Rolfe/Relfe-Jennngs, p. 9
"Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife." - Dic of NC Biography.4,2 William Relfe married wife ? say 1680 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.5 William Relfe was taxed in 1694 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.6 They witnessed Elizabeth Relfe's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, in 1694. "d by 1695"
"Thomas and William Relfe were named as next of kin to their sister'schildren on 29 November 1694, in a Court held by the Council:
Upon Petition of Capt Thomas Relfe and William Relfe, in behalfe of the Orphans of the deceased have Administration of the Goods and Chattels of Eliz. Roads deceased they being nearest of kin and that Austin Scarborough, William Temple, Thomas Cartwright and Richard Maden or any three of them being sworne before mr. Robert Wallis or John Jenings apprise the said Estate." p. 10.7 William Relfe and Capt Thomas Relfe Thomas relationship to his brother is proved by deeds from Pasquotank:
Pasquotank County Deeds C372, dated 27 Jan 1693/94, Thomas Relfe by and with the consent of wife Mary do assign over all my right Title of this within mentioned Patent the one moiety or half part to my Father in law John Jennings and the moity or half part to my brother William Relfe, witness: William Jennings Thomas I Sawyer, signed Thomas Relfe, Mary M Relfe." in 1693/94 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.8 William Relfe died between August 1725 and December 1725 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; "The last mention of William Relfe Jr is in the following deed. We may assume that William Relfe Sr died shortly thereafter (the Sr-Jr distinction is no longer used after that).
Pasquotank County Deeds, A:332, dated 6 May 1724, acknowledged 20 July 1725, registered 30 July 1724 (sic) Wiliam Relfe of Pasquotank, yeoman, to Jeremiah Murden, consideration 40 pounds, tract of land in line of Wm Relf Jr to Pasquotank.1,9

Family

wife ? b. s 1655, d. bt 1686 - 1745
Children

Citations

  1. [S181] Elizabeth Vann Moore and Richard Slatton, The Descendants of Pocahontas: An Unclosed Case",.
  2. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  3. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 18.
  4. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p. 5-6.
  5. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  6. [S1230] Clarence E Ratcliff, NC Taxpayers 1679-1790, source: photocopies of some records not on microfilm at the North Carolina State Archives.
  7. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9-10.
  8. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 10.
  9. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 19.

Dorothy ?1

F, b. circa 1645, d. say 1716
     Dorothy ? was born circa 1645 at England; [If we assign] Elizabeth a date of bith around 1670 at the earliest. . .would give her mother (Dorothy) a birth date of around 1645 or more, making her relatively the same age as Capt Thomas Relfe."2 She is mentioned in the biography of Capt Thomas Relfe; Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas (ca 1645- 1713 or 1714) jurist, legislator, provost marshall, and surveyor general, was the son of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Relfe, who moved from Virginia to the Carolina colony about 1663. it has been suggested that Dr. Relfe may have been the son of he early Jamestown settler John Rolfe and his Indian wife Pocahontas. The theory rests on circumstantial evidence and an assumption as to the "correct" spelling of the name Relfe (Rolfe) w hich has many variants in the old manuscripts. More substantial evidence would be necessary to establish the theory as a fact.
On 25 Sep 1663 Dr Relfe was issued a patent for 750 acres of land in the Carolina colony, then called Albemarle. About that time the family moved to the grant which was on the Pasquotank River. In addition to the parents, the family included son Thomas, then about eighteen years old, and a younger son, William. Several relatives of the Relfes moved to Albemarle about the same time, including the families of Richard Roads (Rhodes) and John and William Jennings, but the relationships are not clear. There also were other Carolina settlers named Relfe, but they appear in the records a little later and their relationship if any is unknown.
The sparse surviving records of Albemarle tell little about the Relfe family's early years in the colony. Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife.
By 6 Jan 1689/90 Thomas Relfe was a justice of Pasquotank Precinct Court, an office that he also held in1694 and 1700. No doubt he servd on the court in some or all of the intervening years, for their there are virtually no extant records of that court. By the 1690's Relfe bore the title of captain, whih suggests that he was active in the militia.
About 1683 Thomas Relfe married Mary Keile (Keele), widow of Thomas Kiele. Before her marriage to Kiele, Mary appears to have been married to one Butler and to have had a daughter, Ann, by him. She had three children by Keile - Thomas, Sarah, and Robert -- and she bore Relfe two children - Thomas and Dorothy. Relfe was guardian as well as stepfather to the Keile children. Yet another member of his household was William Roads, who also was Relfe's ward. Roads was either Relfe's nephew or his wife's.
Relfe continud to live in Pasquotank Precinct, where his parents had settled. he owned at least 600 acres of land in addition to that inherited from his father. His brother William also lived in Pasquotank and had extensive landholdings. Both Thomas and William servd on the Anglican church vestry for the Pasquotank parish. They were strongly opposed to permitting Quakers to serve in governmental positions.
In 1694 the General Court appointed Thomas and William Relfe administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Roads (widow of Richard Roads) as "nearest of kin" to the orphans. IN spite of their being designated "nearest of kin," a later court (in 1695) granted guarianship of two of the Roads orphans to Dorothy Jennings, wife of John Jennings, in compliance with a petition in which Dorothy identified herself as 'grandmother and nearest of kin' to the orphans. The William Roads who was reared by Thomas and Mary Relfe appears to have been a third orphan of Richard and Elizabeth Roads. These and other records indicate that Thomas and William Relfe were close kin to Dorothy Jennings and to either Richard Roads or his wife Elizabeth, but they do not make their relationships clear.
Thomas Relfe was politically active much of his life. In addition to sitting on the Pasquotank Court, he held offices significant to the entire colony. On 27 Sep 1794 he took oath as provost marshall (high sheriff) for Albemarle an office he held through December 1696. From July 1696 through March 1702/3 he served as deputy for the surveyor general. By commission dated 26 Aug 1703 Relfe himself was appointed surveyor general, a position he held until some date in 1705. He was a member of gthe Assembly in 1711 an perhaps other years. In July 1712 he became justice of the General Court, on which he sat through August 1713.
Relfe died between 26 Oct 1713, when he made a deposition in a lawsuit, and 10 Aug 1714, when the governor and Council ordered payment to Mary Relfe of money due her deceased husband. In the deposition he gavve his age as sixty-eight. For some reason his will, made in 1704, was not probated until 1720. in the will, Relfe named as legatees his wife Mary, his son Thomas, his daughter Dorothy, and William Roads.
Mary Relfe died between 13 jan 1724/25, when she made her will, and 20 Aug 1725, when her will was probated. Apparently, both of her children by Relfe and one of her sons by Keile already had died, for her legatees did not include her daughter Dorothy Relfe or her sons Thomas Relfe and Thomas Keile. Indeed, she bequeathed "the chest that was my son Thomas Relfes' to William Roads, as well as other items of substantial value, including land. Possibly the bequest of land was confirmation of a bequest by her husband, who had bequeathed a tract of land to William Roads on condition that "he stays with his aunt until he comes of age." Mary Relfe's legatees also included Wiliam Relfe's two grandchildren, Thomas and Mary Relfe as well as her daughters Ann and Sarah, her son Robert Kele, and members of their families.3 As of circa 1670,her married name was Relfe.1 Dorothy ? married Dr Thomas Relfe circa 1670 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 They witnessed Dr Thomas Relfe's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, between 1679 and 1680. "Doctor Relfe's entrance into the Colony of North Carolina was documented some time later when John Jennings, who married his widow Dorothy, entered his headrights for land: Albemarle. These are in the names of his Excel. ye. Pal. & rest of the Rt. honrble Lords _ prietos, to will & require you to Survey and lay out for John Jennings four hundred acres of land wch. is due to him for the transporation of Eight psons whose names are hereundr written & make returne of this Wart. with ye Survey to ye Secretarys office fail not as you will answer the contrary. Given undr our hands and the Seal of the Colony this 5th day of ffebr 1679. . .Doctr. Thomas Relfe twice transported, Dorothy his wife, Tho Relfe Jur. John More Willm. Gardiner, John Jennings and Willm. Relfe."
"That Dr. Relfe died by 1680 is proved by the following court order of 29 Mar 1680: "Ordered, that John Jennings return an acco. of the estate of Thos. Roelph, to ye Precinct Court of Carteret [present day Currituck, Pasquotank, Camden, and parts of Dare]."
"Dr Thomas Relfe was born by 1620, and died intestate by 1680 in the part of the Albemarle district that would eventually become Pasquotank County." p Rolfe/Relfe-Jennngs, p. 9
"Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife." - Dic of NC Biography.4,3 As of circa 1680,her married name was Jennings.1 Dorothy ? married John Jennings circa 1680 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Dorothy died say 1716 at Camden County, North Carolina. "It was thought that Dorothy [?] Relfe Jennings died just after this last entry [circa 1705] but deeds in Pasquotank indicate that she lived years longer. Pasquotank County Deeds, A:94, dated [31] Dec 1707, acknowledged 19 Apr 1715, registered 17 May 1715; Jno Jennings of Pasquotank river in North Carolina to daughter Eliza Reding my now dwellng plantation with the land: witness Wm Warren, Mary Cartwright, Robt Cartwright; signed Jno II Jennings, Dor. D I Jennings; Pasquotank County Deeds A:45, dated 1 Jan 1707[1708], acknowledged by Jennings' wife in court 20 January, and registered 25 January 1712/13; John Jennings of Pasquotank Precinct, North Carolina, with consent of Dorothy my wife, assign all right title, and interest of wthin mentioned Patient to dau Eliz Reding: witness W Warren, Mary Cartwright, Jno Reding; signed Jno I Jennings, Dorr: Jennings.
Pasquotank County Deeds, A:101, dated 16 Jul 1715, registered 22 Jul 1715, deposition of Eliza. Smith aged 22 yrs sayeth that she was at the house of Mr. Jno Jennings when he sent wfe Dorr. Jennings to acknowledge hisnowdwelling plantation to his daughter Eliz Reding in his behalf. .he said [he] was so lame that he could not go himself, and he said it should do as well, as if he had gone himself, and further the deponent sayeth she went with the said Mrs. Jennings to the precinct Court; witness Benja West; signed Eliza E. Smith. Shortly therafter, Mrs. Dorothy Jennings died."
"Dorothy died after 1715 in that part of Pasquotank which eventually became present-day Camden County, North Carolna." - Rolfe/Relfe-Jennings, p. 10.5

Family 1

Dr Thomas Relfe b. c 1620, d. bt 1679 - 1680
Child

Family 2

John Jennings b. s 1645, d. 1718
Child

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 8.
  3. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  4. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p. 5-6.
  5. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 7.

John Jennings1

M, b. say 1645, d. 1718
     John Jennings was born say 1645 at England.1 Thomas, wife, Thomas, William, Richard, John and William immigrated, say October 1663. Destination: an unknown place .2 John Jennings married wife ? say 1670 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 He witnessed wife ?'s death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, say 1679.1 John Jennings married Dorothy ? circa 1680 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 John Jennings was mentiond with Capt Thomas Relfe and William Relfe in 1693/94 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Thomas relationship to his brother is proved by deeds from Pasquotank:
Pasquotank County Deeds C372, dated 27 Jan 1693/94, Thomas Relfe by and with the consent of wife Mary do assign over all my right Title of this within mentioned Patent the one moiety or half part to my Father in law John Jennings and the moity or half part to my brother William Relfe, witness: William Jennings Thomas I Sawyer, signed Thomas Relfe, Mary M Relfe."3 He married Ann Mayo Pope Delamare Scarborough at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, on 13 August 1715.4 He witnessed Dorothy Jennings's death at Camden County, North Carolina, say 1716. "It was thought that Dorothy [?] Relfe Jennings died just after this last entry [circa 1705] but deeds in Pasquotank indicate that she lived years longer. Pasquotank County Deeds, A:94, dated [31] Dec 1707, acknowledged 19 Apr 1715, registered 17 May 1715; Jno Jennings of Pasquotank river in North Carolina to daughter Eliza Reding my now dwellng plantation with the land: witness Wm Warren, Mary Cartwright, Robt Cartwright; signed Jno II Jennings, Dor. D I Jennings; Pasquotank County Deeds A:45, dated 1 Jan 1707[1708], acknowledged by Jennings' wife in court 20 January, and registered 25 January 1712/13; John Jennings of Pasquotank Precinct, North Carolina, with consent of Dorothy my wife, assign all right title, and interest of wthin mentioned Patient to dau Eliz Reding: witness W Warren, Mary Cartwright, Jno Reding; signed Jno I Jennings, Dorr: Jennings.
Pasquotank County Deeds, A:101, dated 16 Jul 1715, registered 22 Jul 1715, deposition of Eliza. Smith aged 22 yrs sayeth that she was at the house of Mr. Jno Jennings when he sent wfe Dorr. Jennings to acknowledge hisnowdwelling plantation to his daughter Eliz Reding in his behalf. .he said [he] was so lame that he could not go himself, and he said it should do as well, as if he had gone himself, and further the deponent sayeth she went with the said Mrs. Jennings to the precinct Court; witness Benja West; signed Eliza E. Smith. Shortly therafter, Mrs. Dorothy Jennings died."
"Dorothy died after 1715 in that part of Pasquotank which eventually became present-day Camden County, North Carolna." - Rolfe/Relfe-Jennings, p. 10.5 John died in 1718 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina. "John Jennings died testate after 13 Aug 1718.".4

Family 1

wife ? b. s 1650, d. s 1679

Family 2

Dorothy ? b. c 1645, d. s 1716
Child

Family 3

Ann Mayo Pope Delamare Scarborough b. s 1670, d. s Mar 1719/20

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  3. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 10.
  4. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 8.
  5. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 7.

Elizabeth Relfe1

F, b. circa 1670, d. 1694
FatherDr Thomas Relfe1 b. c 1620, d. bt 1679 - 1680
MotherDorothy ?1 b. c 1645, d. s 1716
     Elizabeth Relfe was born circa 1670 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; If Elizabeth Rhodes, fairly recently married in 1693/94 had a daughter and then in the next year an infant son, we may assign her (Elizabeth) a date of birth around 1670 at the earliest making her an eligible bride as soon as (say) 1686.2 As of say 1688,her married name was Rhodes.1 She married Richard Roads say 1688 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Elizabeth died in 1694 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina. "d by 1695"
"Thomas and William Relfe were named as next of kin to their sister'schildren on 29 November 1694, in a Court held by the Council:
Upon Petition of Capt Thomas Relfe and William Relfe, in behalfe of the Orphans of the deceased have Administration of the Goods and Chattels of Eliz. Roads deceased they being nearest of kin and that Austin Scarborough, William Temple, Thomas Cartwright and Richard Maden or any three of them being sworne before mr. Robert Wallis or John Jenings apprise the said Estate." p. 10.3 She witnessed Richard Roads's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, between 22 March 1693/94 and 1695. "d by 1694".4

Family

Richard Roads b. s 1665, d. bt 22 Mar 1693/94 - 1695
Children

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 8.
  3. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9-10.
  4. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9.
  5. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.

Richard Roads1

M, b. say 1665, d. between 22 March 1693/94 and 1695
     Richard Roads was also known as Richard Rhodes.2 Thomas, wife, Thomas, William, Richard, John and William immigrated, say October 1663. Destination: an unknown place .1 Richard Roads was born say 1665 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.2 He married Elizabeth Relfe, daughter of Dr Thomas Relfe and Dorothy ?, say 1688 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.2 Richard died between 22 March 1693/94 and 1695 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina. "d by 1694".3

Family

Elizabeth Relfe b. c 1670, d. 1694
Children

Citations

  1. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  2. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  3. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9.

Elizabeth Rhodes1

F, b. say 1689, d. between 1696 and 1700
FatherRichard Roads1 b. s 1665, d. bt 22 Mar 1693/94 - 1695
MotherElizabeth Relfe1 b. c 1670, d. 1694
     Elizabeth Rhodes was born say 1689 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 She died between 1696 and 1700 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; Her two children Elizabeth and Daniel, survived their father, but did not seem to live long after their parents.1

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

Daniel Rhodes1

M, b. say 1691, d. between 1696 and 1700
FatherRichard Roads1 b. s 1665, d. bt 22 Mar 1693/94 - 1695
MotherElizabeth Relfe1 b. c 1670, d. 1694
     Daniel Rhodes was born say 1691 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 He died between 1696 and 1700 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; Her two children Elizabeth and Daniel, survived their father, but did not seem to live long after their parents. The Daniel Roads who was active in Pasquotank was the son of Thomas Roads and Mary Jennings.1

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

Dorothy Jennings1

F, b. say 1685, d. between 1706 and 1718
FatherJohn Jennings1 b. s 1645, d. 1718
MotherDorothy ?1 b. c 1645, d. s 1716
     Dorothy Jennings was born say 1685 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 She died between 1706 and 1718 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; Records prove, in a hair-raising sort of way, that John Jennings and Dorothy had at least one daughter. Daughter Dorothy Jennings was afflicted with a skin disorder which sounded, for want of a better word, 'hideous.'. . . Nothing is heard of the younger Dorothy after this lurid description of her condition (May 30 1706). She is not mentioned in her father's will, and she is probably not the Dorothy Adams who witnessed the 1724/1725 will of Mary (Butler) Keele Relfe. - p. 6-7.1

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

wife ?1

F, b. say 1650, d. say 1679
     Wife ? was born say 1650 at England.1 As of say 1670,her married name was Jennings.1 She married John Jennings say 1670 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Wife died say 1679 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Family

John Jennings b. s 1645, d. 1718

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

Ann Mayo Pope Delamare Scarborough1

F, b. say 1670, d. say March 1719/20
     Ann Mayo Pope Delamare Scarborough was born say 1670 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 As of say 1690,her married name was Pope.2 She married Richard Pope say 1690 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.2 They witnessed an unknown person 's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, say July 1701. Richard's will was dated 23 jun 1701 (Will of richard Pope, Secretary of State Records, North Carolina Wills, 1663-1789, North Carolina State Archives.)2 As of say 1704,her married name was Delamare.2 Ann Mayo Pope Delamare Scarborough married Francis Delamare say 1704 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.2 She witnessed Francis Delamare's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, say 1713. "by 8 July 1704 and before 23 October 1713 she was married to Francis Delamare." - had some children, called "the Delamare infants" wen Ann listed her surviving children..2 Ann Mayo Pope Delamare Scarborough married Augustine Scarborough say 1714 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.2 She witnessed Augustine Scarborough's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, say 1715. "at some point after 1713 she married Augustine Scarborough (as mentioned in her will)..2 She married John Jennings at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, on 13 August 1715.2 As of 13 August 1715,her married name was Jennings.1 She witnessed John Jennings's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, in 1718. "John Jennings died testate after 13 Aug 1718.".2 Ann Mayo Pope Delamare Scarborough died say March 1719/20 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; "his second widow died testate after 20 February 1719/20, both in Pasquatank County, North Carolina."2

Family 1

Richard Pope b. s 1665, d. s Jul 1701
Children

Family 2

Francis Delamare b. s 1665, d. s 1713

Family 3

Augustine Scarborough b. s 1665, d. s 1715

Family 4

John Jennings b. s 1645, d. 1718

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 8.

Mary Butler1

F, b. say 1645, d. between 13 January 1724/25 and 20 August 1725
     Mary Butler was also known as Mary Relf.2 Mary Butler was also known as Mary Jennings.3 She was born say 1645 at England.1 She is included in the biography of Capt Thomas Relfe; Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas (ca 1645- 1713 or 1714) jurist, legislator, provost marshall, and surveyor general, was the son of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Relfe, who moved from Virginia to the Carolina colony about 1663. it has been suggested that Dr. Relfe may have been the son of he early Jamestown settler John Rolfe and his Indian wife Pocahontas. The theory rests on circumstantial evidence and an assumption as to the "correct" spelling of the name Relfe (Rolfe) w hich has many variants in the old manuscripts. More substantial evidence would be necessary to establish the theory as a fact.
On 25 Sep 1663 Dr Relfe was issued a patent for 750 acres of land in the Carolina colony, then called Albemarle. About that time the family moved to the grant which was on the Pasquotank River. In addition to the parents, the family included son Thomas, then about eighteen years old, and a younger son, William. Several relatives of the Relfes moved to Albemarle about the same time, including the families of Richard Roads (Rhodes) and John and William Jennings, but the relationships are not clear. There also were other Carolina settlers named Relfe, but they appear in the records a little later and their relationship if any is unknown.
The sparse surviving records of Albemarle tell little about the Relfe family's early years in the colony. Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife.
By 6 Jan 1689/90 Thomas Relfe was a justice of Pasquotank Precinct Court, an office that he also held in1694 and 1700. No doubt he servd on the court in some or all of the intervening years, for their there are virtually no extant records of that court. By the 1690's Relfe bore the title of captain, whih suggests that he was active in the militia.
About 1683 Thomas Relfe married Mary Keile (Keele), widow of Thomas Kiele. Before her marriage to Kiele, Mary appears to have been married to one Butler and to have had a daughter, Ann, by him. She had three children by Keile - Thomas, Sarah, and Robert -- and she bore Relfe two children - Thomas and Dorothy. Relfe was guardian as well as stepfather to the Keile children. Yet another member of his household was William Roads, who also was Relfe's ward. Roads was either Relfe's nephew or his wife's.
Relfe continud to live in Pasquotank Precinct, where his parents had settled. he owned at least 600 acres of land in addition to that inherited from his father. His brother William also lived in Pasquotank and had extensive landholdings. Both Thomas and William servd on the Anglican church vestry for the Pasquotank parish. They were strongly opposed to permitting Quakers to serve in governmental positions.
In 1694 the General Court appointed Thomas and William Relfe administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Roads (widow of Richard Roads) as "nearest of kin" to the orphans. IN spite of their being designated "nearest of kin," a later court (in 1695) granted guarianship of two of the Roads orphans to Dorothy Jennings, wife of John Jennings, in compliance with a petition in which Dorothy identified herself as 'grandmother and nearest of kin' to the orphans. The William Roads who was reared by Thomas and Mary Relfe appears to have been a third orphan of Richard and Elizabeth Roads. These and other records indicate that Thomas and William Relfe were close kin to Dorothy Jennings and to either Richard Roads or his wife Elizabeth, but they do not make their relationships clear.
Thomas Relfe was politically active much of his life. In addition to sitting on the Pasquotank Court, he held offices significant to the entire colony. On 27 Sep 1794 he took oath as provost marshall (high sheriff) for Albemarle an office he held through December 1696. From July 1696 through March 1702/3 he served as deputy for the surveyor general. By commission dated 26 Aug 1703 Relfe himself was appointed surveyor general, a position he held until some date in 1705. He was a member of gthe Assembly in 1711 an perhaps other years. In July 1712 he became justice of the General Court, on which he sat through August 1713.
Relfe died between 26 Oct 1713, when he made a deposition in a lawsuit, and 10 Aug 1714, when the governor and Council ordered payment to Mary Relfe of money due her deceased husband. In the deposition he gavve his age as sixty-eight. For some reason his will, made in 1704, was not probated until 1720. in the will, Relfe named as legatees his wife Mary, his son Thomas, his daughter Dorothy, and William Roads.
Mary Relfe died between 13 jan 1724/25, when she made her will, and 20 Aug 1725, when her will was probated. Apparently, both of her children by Relfe and one of her sons by Keile already had died, for her legatees did not include her daughter Dorothy Relfe or her sons Thomas Relfe and Thomas Keile. Indeed, she bequeathed "the chest that was my son Thomas Relfes' to William Roads, as well as other items of substantial value, including land. Possibly the bequest of land was confirmation of a bequest by her husband, who had bequeathed a tract of land to William Roads on condition that "he stays with his aunt until he comes of age." Mary Relfe's legatees also included Wiliam Relfe's two grandchildren, Thomas and Mary Relfe as well as her daughters Ann and Sarah, her son Robert Kele, and members of their families.4 Mary Butler was born in 1651 at Albemarle, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.3 As of circa 1665,her married name was Keele.1 She married Thomas Keele circa 1665 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 As of say 1666,her married name was Keile.5 She witnessed Thomas Keele's death at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, in 1682. Dr. Thomas Relfe married "after 6 Mar 1682/1683, Mary (Butler) Keele, the widow of Thomas Keele.".6 She married Capt Thomas Relfe at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, say March 1682/83.6,4 As of circa 6 March 1682/83,her married name was Relfe.1 Mary Butler was mentiond with Capt Thomas Relfe and William Relfe in 1693/94 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Thomas relationship to his brother is proved by deeds from Pasquotank:
Pasquotank County Deeds C372, dated 27 Jan 1693/94, Thomas Relfe by and with the consent of wife Mary do assign over all my right Title of this within mentioned Patent the one moiety or half part to my Father in law John Jennings and the moity or half part to my brother William Relfe, witness: William Jennings Thomas I Sawyer, signed Thomas Relfe, Mary M Relfe."7 In Capt Thomas Relfe's will, Mary was named by Thomas to handle his estate on 10 April 1704 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.8 Mary died between 13 January 1724/25 and 20 August 1725 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina. "Will of Mary Relfe
In the name of God Amen
The thirteenth day of January/ in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and / Twenty Four Five I Mary Relfe of the Precinct of / pasquotank in Ye county of Albemarle of the Province of Nor Carolina Widow being Very sick & weak in body but of Perfect Mind and Memory Praise be given to God for the same and at this present calling to Mind ye/ Mortality of This life and of my body Knowing it is/ appointed for all Men once to Die do Thearfore make/ ordain Constitute Authorize and Appoint This my proper Last will and Testament, Disanuling & Disalowing/ Renouncing & Revoking All and Every other and all/ other Wills Testaments Legacies bequeaths or bequests/ or any thing of Ye nature by me formerly made or / Given & Ratifying & Confirming This and onely this/ To be My proper last Will and Testament in this / Manner and Form Following
Imp I yeild my soul up to Almighty God Who Gave it to me/ and my body to be buried in a Christian like manner/ and ye Discretion of My Executor hereafter named
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Chance / My Mulatto Girl named Sarah [ ] all the Time She has/ to serve as by Indenture appears and if my Daughter Sarah/ Should decease before the Term of Th[ ] The Said / Melato Girl to be free
Item I give to my Sarah Chance To her/ and her heirs my Great Brass Kettle, one Warming pan one brass / Mortar Two brass candlesticks and my feather bed and furniture/ Which I always Slept on.
Item I give and bequeath tomy two granddaughters Mary & Ann Palin / my Chest and the effects therein to be Equally Divided be/Tween them & my two Trunks Ye Biggest to Ye eldest and the / Least to Ye youngest
Item I give & bequeath to my Granson Daniel Chance one of [ ] bed and furniture on Tr[ ] one cow with all her increase.
Item I Give Unto William Roads my Ovell Table and Ye Chest That Was/ My Son Thomas Relf's and all my Chaires and a peice of land up/ the River Ye Remaining part of his patent to him & his heirs/ for ever and a third part of all my Coopers & other tools
Item: I give to my granddaughter Mary Keell My Bble.9 She Abstracts of Wills 1690-1760, p. 310; Apr Court 1725. Brother is William Relf. Brother's grandchildren Thomas and Mary Relf. Dau Sarah Chance and Susanah Chance. Son-in-law Thomas Palin. Granddaughters Mary and Ann Palin. Son and executor Robert Keel. Witnesses James Spence, Alexander Spence, Dorothy Adams. Clerk of Court John Park.2

Family 1

Thomas Keele b. s 1640, d. 1682
Children

Family 2

Capt Thomas Relfe b. 1645, d. bt 26 Oct 1713 - 10 Aug 1714
Children

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Ancestry One World Tree.
  4. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  5. [S43] Gary Rolph guess.
  6. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9.
  7. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 10.
  8. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 15.
  9. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 16.

Thomas Keele1

M, b. say 1640, d. 1682
     Thomas Keele was also known as Thomas Keile.2 He was born say 1640 at Bermuda.1 He married Mary Butler circa 1665 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Thomas died in 1682 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Dr. Thomas Relfe married "after 6 Mar 1682/1683, Mary (Butler) Keele, the widow of Thomas Keele.".3

Family

Mary Butler b. s 1645, d. bt 13 Jan 1724/25 - 20 Aug 1725
Children

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, MJDeGraffenried Family Tree.
  3. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 9.
  4. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 16.
  5. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  6. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Thomas Relfe1

M, b. say 1685, d. between 1705 and 1724
FatherCapt Thomas Relfe1 b. 1645, d. bt 26 Oct 1713 - 10 Aug 1714
MotherMary Butler1 b. s 1645, d. bt 13 Jan 1724/25 - 20 Aug 1725
     Thomas Relfe is mentioned in the biography of Capt Thomas Relfe; Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas (ca 1645- 1713 or 1714) jurist, legislator, provost marshall, and surveyor general, was the son of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Relfe, who moved from Virginia to the Carolina colony about 1663. it has been suggested that Dr. Relfe may have been the son of he early Jamestown settler John Rolfe and his Indian wife Pocahontas. The theory rests on circumstantial evidence and an assumption as to the "correct" spelling of the name Relfe (Rolfe) w hich has many variants in the old manuscripts. More substantial evidence would be necessary to establish the theory as a fact.
On 25 Sep 1663 Dr Relfe was issued a patent for 750 acres of land in the Carolina colony, then called Albemarle. About that time the family moved to the grant which was on the Pasquotank River. In addition to the parents, the family included son Thomas, then about eighteen years old, and a younger son, William. Several relatives of the Relfes moved to Albemarle about the same time, including the families of Richard Roads (Rhodes) and John and William Jennings, but the relationships are not clear. There also were other Carolina settlers named Relfe, but they appear in the records a little later and their relationship if any is unknown.
The sparse surviving records of Albemarle tell little about the Relfe family's early years in the colony. Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife.
By 6 Jan 1689/90 Thomas Relfe was a justice of Pasquotank Precinct Court, an office that he also held in1694 and 1700. No doubt he servd on the court in some or all of the intervening years, for their there are virtually no extant records of that court. By the 1690's Relfe bore the title of captain, whih suggests that he was active in the militia.
About 1683 Thomas Relfe married Mary Keile (Keele), widow of Thomas Kiele. Before her marriage to Kiele, Mary appears to have been married to one Butler and to have had a daughter, Ann, by him. She had three children by Keile - Thomas, Sarah, and Robert -- and she bore Relfe two children - Thomas and Dorothy. Relfe was guardian as well as stepfather to the Keile children. Yet another member of his household was William Roads, who also was Relfe's ward. Roads was either Relfe's nephew or his wife's.
Relfe continud to live in Pasquotank Precinct, where his parents had settled. he owned at least 600 acres of land in addition to that inherited from his father. His brother William also lived in Pasquotank and had extensive landholdings. Both Thomas and William servd on the Anglican church vestry for the Pasquotank parish. They were strongly opposed to permitting Quakers to serve in governmental positions.
In 1694 the General Court appointed Thomas and William Relfe administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Roads (widow of Richard Roads) as "nearest of kin" to the orphans. IN spite of their being designated "nearest of kin," a later court (in 1695) granted guarianship of two of the Roads orphans to Dorothy Jennings, wife of John Jennings, in compliance with a petition in which Dorothy identified herself as 'grandmother and nearest of kin' to the orphans. The William Roads who was reared by Thomas and Mary Relfe appears to have been a third orphan of Richard and Elizabeth Roads. These and other records indicate that Thomas and William Relfe were close kin to Dorothy Jennings and to either Richard Roads or his wife Elizabeth, but they do not make their relationships clear.
Thomas Relfe was politically active much of his life. In addition to sitting on the Pasquotank Court, he held offices significant to the entire colony. On 27 Sep 1794 he took oath as provost marshall (high sheriff) for Albemarle an office he held through December 1696. From July 1696 through March 1702/3 he served as deputy for the surveyor general. By commission dated 26 Aug 1703 Relfe himself was appointed surveyor general, a position he held until some date in 1705. He was a member of gthe Assembly in 1711 an perhaps other years. In July 1712 he became justice of the General Court, on which he sat through August 1713.
Relfe died between 26 Oct 1713, when he made a deposition in a lawsuit, and 10 Aug 1714, when the governor and Council ordered payment to Mary Relfe of money due her deceased husband. In the deposition he gavve his age as sixty-eight. For some reason his will, made in 1704, was not probated until 1720. in the will, Relfe named as legatees his wife Mary, his son Thomas, his daughter Dorothy, and William Roads.
Mary Relfe died between 13 jan 1724/25, when she made her will, and 20 Aug 1725, when her will was probated. Apparently, both of her children by Relfe and one of her sons by Keile already had died, for her legatees did not include her daughter Dorothy Relfe or her sons Thomas Relfe and Thomas Keile. Indeed, she bequeathed "the chest that was my son Thomas Relfes' to William Roads, as well as other items of substantial value, including land. Possibly the bequest of land was confirmation of a bequest by her husband, who had bequeathed a tract of land to William Roads on condition that "he stays with his aunt until he comes of age." Mary Relfe's legatees also included Wiliam Relfe's two grandchildren, Thomas and Mary Relfe as well as her daughters Ann and Sarah, her son Robert Kele, and members of their families.2 Thomas Relfe was born say 1685 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 He was born in 1686 at Albemarle, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.3 In Capt Thomas Relfe's will on 10 April 1704 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Dorothy, Thomas and William was named as an heir.4 Thomas Relfe died between 1705 and 1724 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; alive when Thomas Relfe wrote his will;not alive 1725 when Mary wrote her will.1

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Ancestry One World Tree.
  4. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 15.

Dorothy Relfe1

F, b. say 1690, d. between 1705 and 1725
FatherCapt Thomas Relfe1 b. 1645, d. bt 26 Oct 1713 - 10 Aug 1714
MotherMary Butler1 b. s 1645, d. bt 13 Jan 1724/25 - 20 Aug 1725
     Dorothy Relfe is mentioned in the biography of Capt Thomas Relfe; Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas (ca 1645- 1713 or 1714) jurist, legislator, provost marshall, and surveyor general, was the son of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Relfe, who moved from Virginia to the Carolina colony about 1663. it has been suggested that Dr. Relfe may have been the son of he early Jamestown settler John Rolfe and his Indian wife Pocahontas. The theory rests on circumstantial evidence and an assumption as to the "correct" spelling of the name Relfe (Rolfe) w hich has many variants in the old manuscripts. More substantial evidence would be necessary to establish the theory as a fact.
On 25 Sep 1663 Dr Relfe was issued a patent for 750 acres of land in the Carolina colony, then called Albemarle. About that time the family moved to the grant which was on the Pasquotank River. In addition to the parents, the family included son Thomas, then about eighteen years old, and a younger son, William. Several relatives of the Relfes moved to Albemarle about the same time, including the families of Richard Roads (Rhodes) and John and William Jennings, but the relationships are not clear. There also were other Carolina settlers named Relfe, but they appear in the records a little later and their relationship if any is unknown.
The sparse surviving records of Albemarle tell little about the Relfe family's early years in the colony. Dr. Relfe probably died before March 1680, when a court ordered John Jennings to return an account of the estate of a Thos. Roelph. No later reference to the doctor has been found, nor is there information respecting his wife.
By 6 Jan 1689/90 Thomas Relfe was a justice of Pasquotank Precinct Court, an office that he also held in1694 and 1700. No doubt he servd on the court in some or all of the intervening years, for their there are virtually no extant records of that court. By the 1690's Relfe bore the title of captain, whih suggests that he was active in the militia.
About 1683 Thomas Relfe married Mary Keile (Keele), widow of Thomas Kiele. Before her marriage to Kiele, Mary appears to have been married to one Butler and to have had a daughter, Ann, by him. She had three children by Keile - Thomas, Sarah, and Robert -- and she bore Relfe two children - Thomas and Dorothy. Relfe was guardian as well as stepfather to the Keile children. Yet another member of his household was William Roads, who also was Relfe's ward. Roads was either Relfe's nephew or his wife's.
Relfe continud to live in Pasquotank Precinct, where his parents had settled. he owned at least 600 acres of land in addition to that inherited from his father. His brother William also lived in Pasquotank and had extensive landholdings. Both Thomas and William servd on the Anglican church vestry for the Pasquotank parish. They were strongly opposed to permitting Quakers to serve in governmental positions.
In 1694 the General Court appointed Thomas and William Relfe administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Roads (widow of Richard Roads) as "nearest of kin" to the orphans. IN spite of their being designated "nearest of kin," a later court (in 1695) granted guarianship of two of the Roads orphans to Dorothy Jennings, wife of John Jennings, in compliance with a petition in which Dorothy identified herself as 'grandmother and nearest of kin' to the orphans. The William Roads who was reared by Thomas and Mary Relfe appears to have been a third orphan of Richard and Elizabeth Roads. These and other records indicate that Thomas and William Relfe were close kin to Dorothy Jennings and to either Richard Roads or his wife Elizabeth, but they do not make their relationships clear.
Thomas Relfe was politically active much of his life. In addition to sitting on the Pasquotank Court, he held offices significant to the entire colony. On 27 Sep 1794 he took oath as provost marshall (high sheriff) for Albemarle an office he held through December 1696. From July 1696 through March 1702/3 he served as deputy for the surveyor general. By commission dated 26 Aug 1703 Relfe himself was appointed surveyor general, a position he held until some date in 1705. He was a member of gthe Assembly in 1711 an perhaps other years. In July 1712 he became justice of the General Court, on which he sat through August 1713.
Relfe died between 26 Oct 1713, when he made a deposition in a lawsuit, and 10 Aug 1714, when the governor and Council ordered payment to Mary Relfe of money due her deceased husband. In the deposition he gavve his age as sixty-eight. For some reason his will, made in 1704, was not probated until 1720. in the will, Relfe named as legatees his wife Mary, his son Thomas, his daughter Dorothy, and William Roads.
Mary Relfe died between 13 jan 1724/25, when she made her will, and 20 Aug 1725, when her will was probated. Apparently, both of her children by Relfe and one of her sons by Keile already had died, for her legatees did not include her daughter Dorothy Relfe or her sons Thomas Relfe and Thomas Keile. Indeed, she bequeathed "the chest that was my son Thomas Relfes' to William Roads, as well as other items of substantial value, including land. Possibly the bequest of land was confirmation of a bequest by her husband, who had bequeathed a tract of land to William Roads on condition that "he stays with his aunt until he comes of age." Mary Relfe's legatees also included Wiliam Relfe's two grandchildren, Thomas and Mary Relfe as well as her daughters Ann and Sarah, her son Robert Kele, and members of their families.2 Dorothy Relfe was born say 1690 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; not yet 18 at 1704 will of Thomas Relfe.1 In Capt Thomas Relfe's will on 10 April 1704 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Dorothy, Thomas and William was named as an heir.3 Dorothy Relfe died between 1705 and 1725 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; alive and not yet 18 when Thomas Relfe wrote his will;not alive 1725 when Mary wrote her will.1

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S1258] Mattie Erma E Parker, Relfe (Ralph, Relph, Rolfe) Thomas,.
  3. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 15.

wife ?1

F, b. say 1655, d. between 1686 and 1745
     Wife ? was born say 1655 at England.1 As of say 1680,her married name was Relfe.1 She married William Relfe, son of Dr Thomas Relfe and wife ?, say 1680 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Wife ? died between 1686 and 1745 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Family

William Relfe b. bt 1647 - 1650, d. bt Aug 1725 - Dec 1725
Children

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

William Relfe1

M, b. between 1681 and 1682, d. circa 18 September 1741
FatherWilliam Relfe1 b. bt 1647 - 1650, d. bt Aug 1725 - Dec 1725
Motherwife ?1 b. s 1655, d. bt 1686 - 1745
     William Relfe was born between 1681 and 1682 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; "born by 1681/82.2 He married Keziah ? circa 1710 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 William Relfe died circa 18 September 1741 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Family

Keziah ? b. s 1690, d. bt 1743 - 1780
Children

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case, p 19.
  3. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Keziah ?1

F, b. say 1690, d. between 1743 and 1780
     Keziah ? was born say 1690 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 As of circa 1710,her married name was Relfe.1 She married William Relfe, son of William Relfe and wife ?, circa 1710 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 As of say 1742,her married name was Dresser.1 Keziah ? married Abel Dresser say 1742 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Keziah ? died between 1743 and 1780 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Family 1

William Relfe b. bt 1681 - 1682, d. c 18 Sep 1741
Children

Family 2

Abel Dresser b. s 1690, d. bt 1743 - 1780

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

Robert Relfe1

M, b. circa 1685, d. circa 1720
FatherWilliam Relfe1 b. bt 1647 - 1650, d. bt Aug 1725 - Dec 1725
Motherwife ?1 b. s 1655, d. bt 1686 - 1745
     Robert Relfe was born circa 1685 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 He married wife ? say 1710 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Robert Relfe died circa 1720 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; died before the signing of the will of Mary -- Relfe Jennings, probably around 1720.1

Family

wife ? b. s 1690, d. bt 1711 - 1780
Children

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

wife ?1

F, b. say 1690, d. between 1711 and 1780
     Wife ? was born say 1690 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 As of say 1710,her married name was Relfe.1 She married Robert Relfe, son of William Relfe and wife ?, say 1710 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Wife ? died between 1711 and 1780 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Family

Robert Relfe b. c 1685, d. c 1720
Children

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

Abel Dresser1

M, b. say 1690, d. between 1743 and 1780
     Abel Dresser was born say 1690 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 He married Keziah ? say 1742 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Abel Dresser died between 1743 and 1780 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Family

Keziah ? b. s 1690, d. bt 1743 - 1780

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

Thomas Relfe1

M, b. say 1712, d. 1772
FatherWilliam Relfe1 b. bt 1681 - 1682, d. c 18 Sep 1741
MotherKeziah ?1 b. s 1690, d. bt 1743 - 1780
     Thomas Relfe was also known as Thomas Relfe Jr.2 Thomas Relfe was also known as Thomas Relf.3 He was born say 1712 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 He married Mary ? say 1735 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Thomas Relfe was taxed "Relfe Thomas Jr 1769" in 1769 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.2 He died in 1772 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina; the testator of 1772, Pasquotank County, NC (Pasquotank County Will Books, HIK:385.)1

Family

Mary ? b. s 1715, d. bt 1736 - 1805

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S1229] Clarence E Ratcliff, NC Taxpayers 1701-1786, source - North Carolina State Archives, microfil roll 155.108.
  3. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Mary ?1

F, b. say 1715, d. between 1736 and 1805
     Mary ? was born say 1715 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 As of say 1735,her married name was Relfe.1 She married Thomas Relfe, son of William Relfe and Keziah ?, say 1735 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 Mary ? died between 1736 and 1805 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Family

Thomas Relfe b. s 1712, d. 1772

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

Sarah Relfe1

F, b. say 1715, d. between 1743 and 1805
FatherWilliam Relfe1 b. bt 1681 - 1682, d. c 18 Sep 1741
MotherKeziah ?1 b. s 1690, d. bt 1743 - 1780
     Sarah Relfe was born say 1715 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 She died between 1743 and 1805 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.

Elizabeth Relfe1

F, b. say 1717, d. between 1790 and 1807
FatherWilliam Relfe1 b. bt 1681 - 1682, d. c 18 Sep 1741
MotherKeziah ?1 b. s 1690, d. bt 1743 - 1780
     Elizabeth Relfe was born say 1717 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 She was taxed "Relse Elizabeth Pasq 1789" in 1789 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.2 She died between 1790 and 1807 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1

Citations

  1. [S182] John A Brayton, Rolfe/ Relfe- Jennings: The Unclosed Case of an Unclosed Case,.
  2. [S1230] Clarence E Ratcliff, NC Taxpayers 1679-1790, source: North Carolina State Archives tax lists (microfilm Roll S.50.10.