Captain John Thomas Rolfe (May 6, 1585-1622) one of the early English settlers of North America. He is credited with the first successful cultivation of tobacco as an export crop in the Colony of Virginia. Spouse: Jane Pierce (m. 1619), Pocahontas (m. 1614–1617) Children: Thomas Rolfe, Elizabeth Rolfe
This Sedgeford portrait of Pocahontas and her son, Thomas Rolfe, carefully preserved through the centuries, although its travels and whereabouts have been been shrouded in mystery. Presently at Kings Lynn Museum. It is believed the bereaved John Rolfe brought this portrait with him from England. When reaching adulthood, Thomas Rolfe may have shipped the painting back to England, The earrings worn by Pocahontas in the picture are in existence today.
POCAHONTAS 1852 This regal portrait, painted by the renowned artist Thomas Sully, seemed a fitting treatment of the woman who had come to be called the "mother" of the nation by the 1850s. Southerners in particular claimed Pocahontas as a progenitor; indeed, her descendants through her son Thomas Rolfe were among the most prominent families in the South. It was even adapted for the banner of a Confederate militia unit that called itself the "Guard of the Daughters of Powhatan."