- Nonoma "Cleopatra"1600 - 1680
Facts and Events
- Floyd, N. J. Biographical genealogies of the Virginia-Kentucky Floyd families: with notes of some collateral branches. (Williams & Wilkins Co.: Baltimore , 1912), 14, 1912.
The writer, feeling confident that the original tradition was
correct, made an exhaustive search for information on that and
many similar matters, and finally found, in the old library of the
Maryland Historical Society, an item of three lines in a fragment of
Jamestown records covering eleven years — 1630 to 1641 — which
furnished in a positive and indisputable form the proof sought.
During the period, covered by the fragment, matters became so
bad between the Whites and Indians, that Opechancanough
was induced to agree upon a line being established which neither
White nor Indian, excepting truce-bearers, should cross under
penalty of being shot on sight. To insure strict obedience to
the compact a law was passed at Jamestown imposing a heavy
penalty on any of the people crossing the line without a special
permit from the Governor's Council and the General Court, ^his
accounts for the item alluded to, which is given verbatim et liter-
atim. In the Council record it reads:
"Dec. 17th, 1641. — Thomas Rolfe petitions Governor to let
him go see Opechankeno to whom he is allied, and Cleopatra, his
The record of the General Court was evidently intended to be a
verbatim copy, though they differ somewhat in phraseology and
"Dec. 17th, 1641. — Thomas Rolph petitions Gov. to let him
go to see Opechanko, to whom he is allied, and Cleopatre, his
- Campbell, Charles. History of the Colony and ancient Dominion of Virginia. (Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1965), 113, 1859.
He then, by his interpreter, let him know
that Sir Thomas Dale had sent him pieces of copper, strings of
white and blue beads, wooden combs, fish-hooks, and a pair of
knives, and would give him a grindstone, when he would send for
it ; that his brother Dale, hearing of the charms of his younger
daughter, desired that he would send her to Jamestown, as well
because he intended to marry her, as on account of the desire of
Pocahontas to see her, and he believed that there could be no bet-
ter bond of peace and friendship than such a union. While
Hamor was speaking, Powhatan repeatedly interrupted him, and
when he had ended, the old chief replied: "I gladly accept your
salute of love and peace which, while I live, I shall exactly keep.
His pledges thereof I receive with no less thanks, although they
are not so great as I have received before. But, for my daughter,
I have sold her within these few days to a great werowance, three
days journey from me, for two bushels of rawrenoke."
[It is assumed he is referring to Cleopatra here. user:cthrnvl ]
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Our Family Tree John Rolfe married Pocahontas. Cleopatra was Pocahontas's younger sister by roughly 17 years and was Chief Powhatan's youngest daughter (he had many). It was thought the "Indians" would never concoct nor had ever heard the name Cleopatra and it is believed that John Rolfe suggested the name for Pocahontas younger sister.
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