Person:John Rolfe (12)

m. bef 15 Sep 1579
  1. Joane Rolfe1579 -
  2. Mary Rolfe1582 -
  3. Henry Rolfe1585 - 1642/43
  4. John Rolfe1589 - 1663/64
  1. Esther Rolfe
m. 2 Nov 1612
Facts and Events
Name John Rolfe
Gender Male
Christening[1] 24 Apr 1589 Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England
Marriage 2 Nov 1612 Whiteparish, Wiltshire, Englandto Joane Ann COLES
Alt Marriage BEF 1638 Englandto Joane Ann COLES
Emigration[2] 1638 On the Confidence.
Will[2] 4 Feb 1663/64 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death[2][3] 8 Feb 1663/64 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Probate[2] 29 Mar 1684 Will proved.

The Will of John Rolfe of Newbury

"His will, then of Newbury, after the 1st formal item, gives: 2d, House and land in Salis. to his dau. Hester Sanders, wife of John Sanders, and her chil. 3d, To Sarah Cottell, wife of Wm. Cottell, and her two chil., Sarah C. and Ann C., to be improved by Wm. Cottl for their benefit, 'in addition to what I have given her before.' 4th, To my grand chil. Isaac Ring and Joseph Ring, and to Elizabeth Shropshere and Esther Ring. 5th, To Thomas Whittier's five [or four?] children. 6th, To chh. at Nb. 7th, To 'Richard Whittyer, my sister's son, and her son John Whittier.' 8th, To John Roffe, my brother's son, and his two daus., 'Marie and Rebeca Roffe.' 9th, To Benj. Roff's son John Roffe and his son Benj. Roffe. 10th, To Ann Gardner, wife of Richard Gardner. 11th to 13th, Richard Dole's six children, [Mari Kinrick?], etc. 'Kindsman Richard Dole' exec."[2]

The Confidence (1638)
Part of the Great Migration. Passengers included John Sanders returning from England with the patent for what would become Salisbury, MA.
Sailed: 24 April 1638 from Southampton, England under Master John Jobson
Arrived: Jun 1638 at Boston, Massachusetts.

~90 (Full list)
Augustin Bearce - John Benton family - Richard Bidgooed (probably John Osgood) - John Binson family - Edmund Goodenow family - John Goodenow family - Thomas Goodenowe family - Ursula Goodenow - Nicholas Guy family (servants Taynter, Bayley) - Walter Hayne family (servants Blanford, Riddet, Bildcombe) - John Illsley - William Ilsbey (Illsley) and wife (servant Davies) - Thomas Jones family (servants Baunche, Denley) - Keene family - Stephen & Margery Kent (servants Churche, Marche, Sadler, Wellington, Kent) - Edmund Kerley family - John Ludwell (servants Haugert, Whealer) - Edmund Morres - Peter Noyce family (servants Rutter, Davis) - Sarah Osgood and children (servant Parke) - Joseph Parker - Roger Porter family - John Roaff (Rolfe) family (servant Sanger) - John Sanders family (servants Eastsman, Black, Cottle, King) - John Stephens family (Servants Lowgie) - Martha Wilder & daughter

Resources: Transcription at Olive Tree - Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guilt

  1. French, Elizabeth, and J. Gardner Bartlett. Genealogical Research in England - Rolfe. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Jul 1912), 66:249.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Hoyt, David W. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts. (Providence, RI, 1897-1919), I:300.

    John(1) Rolfe of Salisbury and Newbury, "husbandman." bro of Henry(1), b. ab. 1588, came in the "Confidence," 1638, from "Melchitt Parke," Wilts, via Southampton, with wife Ann, dau. Hester and servant Thomas(1) Whittier [or Whittle]; fre. Sep., 1639. He recd. land in S. in the "first division," 1639, '40, and '54; commoner and taxed 1650 and '52; signed S. petition of 1658, etc. … He died Feb. 8, 1663-4[Nb]; will Feb. 4, March 29, 1663-4.

  3. Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1911), II:707.

    Roafe, John, (died) Feb. 8, 1663

  4.   Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s.

    Name: John Rolfe Year: 1638 Age: 50 Place: Massachusetts Source Publication Code: 263 Primary Immigrant: Rolfe, John Annotation: Part 1, pp. 1-43, is a study of emigration to New England in colonial times; part 2, pp. 45-207, lists passengers and the ships they arrived on (3,600 passengers on 213 ships). From the Custom House records of English ports. Much of the information is contained in nos. 7906 and 7907, Savage; nos. 1672 and 1674, Drake; and no. 3283, Hotten. Source Bibliography: BANKS, CHARLES EDWARD. The Planters of the Commonwealth; a Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: To Which Are Added Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony; the Ships which Brought Them; Their English Homes, and the Places of Their Settlement in Massachusetts, 1620-1640. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930. 231p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1961. Repr. 1984. Page: 196

  5.   Rolfe, Henry. Henry and John Rolfe of Newbury and Salisbury and Their Children. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Apr 1882), Questionable quality.