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Princess Cleopatra, Pocahontas’s Sister

June 26, 2018 9 Comments


Cleopatra married Opechancanough who was her father’s adopted brother and her adopted uncle

Matachanna traveled to England to be with her half-sister, Pocohontas, before she died. Matachanna went back to Virginia where she lived and died.

Cleopatra Powhatan the Shawano was born in 1590, near Jamestown colony, and died in 1680

Cleopatra Powhatan was half sister of Pocahontas

Going back to the era of John Smith . . . In the late 1500s/early 1600s a Powatan chief name Wahunsunacock [one of numerous variant spellings] had united some 30 Alonquian tribes into a powerful confederation. He had created the empire through conquest and alliances. He actually ruled as an emperor, not just a tribal chief. When the Jamestown colonists arrived, Wahunsunacock’s domain encompassed the entire region that was to become Virginia. Wahunsunacock did not use a title other than chief of the Powhatans. The colonists referred to him as simply “The Powhatan”, denoting his position as emperor over numerous tribal chiefs of the Powhatan nation. The Powhatan was not friendly toward the colonists, seeing them as encroachers.

Wahunsunacock’s younger brother, or half-brother, Opechanacanough, was the tribal chief who captured John Smith. He immediately took the captive Smith to Emperor Wahunsunacock who imposed the death sentence. Tradition holds that Wahunsunacock’s daughter Matoaka “LIttle Snow Feather”, nicknamed Pocahantas or “Playful One”, pleaded for her father to spare John Smith’s life. Pocahantas became an emissary between her father and the colonists and as such was instrumental in providing the food which saved them during the hard winter. The colonists, in turn, showed their appreciation by capturing and holding Pocahantas for ransom. After they had extracted the full ransom from Wahunsunacock, then they forged an alliance with him by marrying Pocahantas to John Wolfe, a planter in the Jamestown colony who is credited with introducing tobacco as a cash crop.

That much is familiar history. Then comes the chapter that is really relevant to our family. At the death of the elderly Wahunsunacock, his younger brother [it’s uncertain if he was a brother or a half-brother] Opchanacanough became successor to Wahunsunacock as emperor. As such, he is frequently also called The Powhatan. To distinguish between the two men I have chosen to use the technically accurate term “Emperor” for Wahunsunacock and “Chief” for Opechanacanough, since Opechanacanough was promoted from a “chief” to succeed Wahunsunacock who had forged the “empire”. In reading other histories, however, it is necessary to note that some writers use the term Powhatan for both brothers interchangeably which is unnecessarily confusing and actually incorrect. Sometimes I get the impression that some genealogy researchers do not grasp that they are two different men.

Emperor Wahunsunacock perhaps had hundreds of wives and children. Several of them are noted in historical documents, but none so well as Pocahantas and, to our benefit, her sister Cleopatra. Not only was Cleopatra a daughter of the Emperor, she was wife to the successor Chief/Emperor Opechanacanough. Now if you were paying attention and recall that Opehanacanough and Wahusunacock were brothers/half-brothers, you might realize that she was also Opechanacanough’s niece [or half-niece as the case may be]. They were a royal dynasty and keep in mind that the family lineage was preserved by most Native Americans, as they still do now, through the matriarchal line.

The relationship of Cleopatra and Pocahantas as full sisters is fully documented. After the death of Pocahantas, Pcahantas’ son had to apply for rights to get to visit his Indian relatives and in his written legal request specifically asks to visit his “mother’s sister Cleopatra” by name. Cleopatra obviously was not her Indian name, but rather what she was called by the colonists because since her husband was the successor ruling Chief/Emperor she was in fact Queen. The title seemed especially apropos to the colonists since not only was she Queen, but her exotic dark looks and elaborate trappings also seemed very regal, and reminiscent of the Egyptian queen.

Only I and probably 30 million other people descend from this royal hierarchy. While everyone is eager to prove their ancestry to Pocahantas because of her fame, Cleopatra was the only one to ascend to actual Queen. Pocahantas, for all her fame, was a mere Princess. The modern day Native American line of this family adapted the surname Powhatan from very early times.



John Flood, Kent to Virginia

July 18, 2013 1 Comment



My 10th great-grandfather sailed to America in 1610, settling in Virginia.  He became the official interpreter for the colony, and served in many other public service capacities.

John Flood (1595 – 1658)

is my 10th great grandfather
daughter of John Flood
son of Mary Flood
daughter of Richard Washington
daughter of Elizabeth Washington
daughter of Elizabeth Lanier
son of Martha Burch
daughter of David Darden
daughter of Minerva Truly Darden
daughter of Sarah E Hughes
son of Lucinda Jane Armer
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor

Notes- John Flood alias Fludd sailed from London aboard the ship “SS Swan(n)” in the summer of 1610 and landed at Jamestowne, Virginia, America in the same year. The passenger list describes him as “a gent” (gentleman). He took with him a considerable supply of provisions, including “corn, pease and beanes”, and also firearms and ammunition. He was the son of Nicholas Fludd, who was a younger son of Sir Thomas Fludd, a wealthy land owner living at Millgate, Bearsted, Kent. Nicholas married Elizabeth Davis at St. Andrews Church, Canterbury, Kent in February 1588/9.Initially John would have worked for various employers but he is known to have been employed in 1616 by The Reverend Alexander Whitaker, in Charles City, a settlement just to the west of Jamestowne, who is reputed to have converted Princess Pocahontas to Christianity in c1613. She is said to have been married to John Rolfe by Reverend Bucke at about this time. John was to marry Margaret Finche, widow, in c1624/5. She had arrived in Jamestowne in 1620 aboard the “SS Supply” with her husband William Finche and their daughter Frances. In September 1620 they are recorded as each holding fifty acres of land, but by 1624 William had passed away and John had married the widow Finche and they were living in Jordan’s Journey with their children Frances Finche and William Flood.By 1638 John had accumulated a considerable amount of land including that of his wife by right of marriage, and he was declared an Ancient Planter such that he was entitled to another 100 free acres of land. He was also granted a Patent of 2100 acres of land, where he established his plantation, located on the south side of the James River just opposite the town of Jamestowne. Here their other children were born, John c1627, Thomas c1629, and Mary c1635.His wife Margaret died c1644, leaving John with the young children. A year or so later he married Fortune Jordan, sister of Col. George Jordan, legislator, a member of a well known and influential family of Virginia. Their first daughter Jane, was born soon after and son Walter was born in 1656 when John was aged sixty-four.John served as a Representative in the Virginia House of Burgesses for twenty-two years, representing the areas of Flowerdieu Hundred, Westover and Weyanoke and served at least one term as their Speaker. By 1643 he was one of the representatives of James City County. In 1655 as Colonel John Flood, he was serving as a member of the local militia.At his death in 1658 he was Chairman of the Surry County Commission which held Court and administered the affairs of the County.John survived many hardships including the Indian uprising and massacre of 1644 which caused a break in the Colony’s fur trade. The Indian Treaty of 1646 gave the trade some protection with the erection of 4 forts along the frontier to which the Indians were permitted to come and trade. One of them, Fort Henry, was located on the south side of the James River, on the Appomattox. Across the river from the fort was the home of Captain John Flood, as he was then, who was appointed to the post of official interpreter for the colony.The Grand Assembly held at James City October 5, 1646, enacted the following: “that upon any occasion of a message to the Governor or trade, the said Necotowance and his people the Indians doe repair to fforte Henery, alias Appmattucke fforte, or to the house of Capt. John ffloud, and to no other place or places of the south side of the river, att which places the aforesayd badges of striped stuffe are to be and remaine. Indians found in ceded lands who were not wearing special striped coats picked up at the designated forts were to be killed on sight, and any white illegally entertaining Indians was to be punished severely. Be it also enacted that Capt. John ffloud be interpreter for the collony, and that for his service therin and transporting such Indians as shall be employed from time to tyme to the Gov=r in a message or otherwise, he is to be allowed from the publique the salary of four thousand pounds of tob’o yeerly.”. (The farming of tobacco was so widespread that it was used as a basis for money and trade).FLOOD(from page 301; “VIRGINIA HISTORICAL GENEALOGIES”, by Boddie)Col. John Flood (ca 1595-1658), of James City and Surry Counties, Va., arrived in 1610. In the “Muster Rolls, of Settlers in Virginia, 1624/5” is; “The MUSTER of John Fludd: John Fludd arrived in the ‘Swan’ 1610, Margaret, his wife, in the ‘Supply’ 1620. Frances Finch, her daughter, in the ‘Supply’ 1620, William Fludd, his son, aged 3 weeks”. John Flood was living in Charles City in 1616 and at “Jordan’s Journey” in 1625; in 1638 he patented land and settled in James City County just across the river from Jamestown in the section which in 1652 became Surry County.The above mentioned patent, dated May 12, 1638, was issued to “John Fludd, Gent,” and was for 2100 acres “E. upon land of Capt. Henry Browne, N. upon the maine river, S. into the maine woods & W. upon Benjamine Harrisons marked trees being upon the W. side of Sunken Marsh Cr.”, for transportation of 42 person. On June 7, 1650, “Capt. John Flood, Gent.” surrendered this patent and was given another of 1100 acres “on S. side the river, bounded S.E.S. upon land of Capt. Henry Browne, N.W. by N. upon land of Mr. Charles Foord and Richard Baven.” Among his headrights were listed: John Flood, an Ancient Planter, Margt., his wife, Frances Finch her daughter, John Flood, Junr., Eliza. Browne, John Lawrence, John Wright, Wm. Wood, and others. (“Cavaliers and Pioneers”, pages 86 and 194).On Jan 16, 1643/4, John Flood witnessed the will of Capt. Thomas Pawlett (owner of Westover) who left one silver spoon and one sow shote apiece to his godchildren, Wm. Harris, John Woodson, Tho. Aston, Thomas Fludd, Henry Richley, John Bishop, Tho. Woodward, Tho. Boyse, Tho. Poythers, and William Bayle. (“Title of Westover”, by Dr. Lyon G. Tyler, in Wm & Mary Qrtly, Vol 4, p 151).The Grand Assembly held at James City October 5, 1646, enacted – “That upon any occasion of message to the Gov’r. or trade, the said Necotowance and his people the Indians doe repair to fforte Henery alias Appmattucke fforte, or to the house of Capt. John ffloud, and to no other place or places of the south side of the river, att which places the aforesayd badges of striped stuffe are to be and remaine.” ***”Be it also inacted that Capt. John ffloud be interpreter for the collony, and that for his service therein and transporting such Indians as shall be employed from time to time to the Gov’r. In message or otherwise, he is to be allowed from the publique the salarey of four thousand pounds of tob’o yeerly.”The Grand Assembly held at James City July 5, 1653, ordered – “And the commissioners of York are required that such persons as are seated upon the land of Pamunkey or Chickahominy Indians be removed according to a late act of Assembly made to that purpose, and Coll. John Fludd to go to Tottopottomoy to exam the preceedings of business and to deliver it upon his oath.”John Flood was only a boy when he came to Virginia but he was active and energetic and rose to high honors. He was Burgess for Flowerdieu Hundred in 1630, for Westover, Flowerdewe in September 1632; he was one of the Burgesses for James City County in 1643, 1645, and 1654. He was Captain in 1643 (and probably earlier), Lieutenant-Colonel in 1652, and Colonel in 1653. At his death in 1658, he was Chairman of the Surry County Commission which held Court and administered the affairs of the county; the other commissioners at that time were Lt. Col. Thomas Swann, Capt. George Jordan, Capt. Benjamin Sidway, Mr. George Stephens, Mr. Thomas Warren and Mr. James Mason. He was also Speaker of the House of Burgesses in 1652. (5 V. 185) Spouses1 Margaret Unknown, F Death Date1644Death PlaceVAMarr Dateabt 1624Marr PlaceVAChildrenMary , F (~1635-~1678)2Fortune Jordan, F Birth Date abt 1623 Birth Place England Death Date14 Jul 1668 Age: 45Death Place VA Father Arthur Jordan , MMother? Unknown , F Marr Date 1645 Marr Place VA Children Walter , M (-1722)

Private Museum Tour

May 1, 2013 1 Comment

I came to Rhode Island to visit the land of my ancestors.  Today we set out for Newport, where some of mine are buried, but we did not make it.  I wanted to explore Jamestown, a small island between the mainland and Newport.  I knew that Caleb Carr, my ancestor and the first governor of Rhode Island, was buried there with his family.  My friend Deborah from Boston was my companion on this day trip.  We drove through downtown Jamestown and followed the main road north just looking at scenery. We passed  Carr Rd, and I felt a true excitement which I noted to Deborah.  We had entered a designated historic district with beautiful stone walls and working farms.  I was entranced as I am everywhere in New England right now with the flowering trees and the architecture.  When we headed back toward the Newport bridge I turned onto Carr Rd and drove toward the ocean.  On my left I saw Carr homestead circa 1690, and I had a giant chill/thrill/goose bump kind of an experience.  I found a place to make a U turn to take a look.  The narrow road had no real place to park, but the lady in the yard next door saw me and beckoned me to park in her drive.  I felt lucky, but I had no idea how extravagant the jackpot was going to be.

I told her I had come because Caleb Carr is my ancestor.  She welcomed me and said she is a Carr also.  Then she blew my mind completely by asking if I wanted to see the inside of the house.  She and a group of the family still keeps the house in tact by taking care of it, then renting it in the summer months by the week.  The rent paid by these shareholders when they bring their families to visit pays state taxes and upkeep expenses.  It has never left the care and ownership of the family.  She graciously toured us through the house which was THE peak experience of all my museum/travel/adventure life up to this point.  I had an extreme love for all the rooms, and the trees in the yard which were brought from Japan.  I was guided to be there when by botany loving cousin, however many times removed, was outside gardening.  Although the farm had initially been a working dairy farm, at some time two lovely evergreens were imported from Japan to grace the front yard.  I wondered how much plant love we both might have inherited from the Carrs.  She said the land had all been cleared for pasture, but now the 10 acres that remain are wooded.  It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  We stopped around the corner to see the family graves.  It was all much more than I expected.  Jamestown is a very special place for me.

Ghost Tourism

January 13, 2013 4 Comments

My Dead Peeps

My Dead Peeps

I have traveled in person only once to visit my dead ancestors and look for local records of their lives. I went to Tulsa, where I was born, and my grandparents are buried, but I can not find their graves. After my cousin went back to Iowa I did more investigation in the town where my father was born, Independence, KS. I drove to the small rural town of Ladore, where many of my ancestors settled when they came from Ohio and New York. I found the grave of one of my 2nd great grandmother while looking for somebody else. It made the hair stand up on my neck even in sweltering humid July in Kansas. I have been all over the world on all kinds of journeys, but this is a whole new way to look at travel…visiting history by combining the ancestors and geography. Kinky, and very cool.

I have accumulated and am trying to geographically arrange data on ancestors around Plymouth Colony, MA and around Jamestown, VA. I will go to both destinations eventually, but have to choose one to be the first. The peeps are mostly very fancy in both places and we know how to find many of the graves, some homes, etc. I am not really into them for the royal blood and fame, I just like them because they survived. It is nothing like visiting living relatives. They are past judgement and are all very low maintenance. They are what you might call spooky. I just learned from a local that Virginia is a vortex for ticks, which makes graves in Massachusetts instantly sound so much more appealing. I am thinking now of flying to tick free, but cold Boston. Someday I will procure the right tick graveyard gear to safely visit my Virginians…like Mary, who is in the private and elite graveyard at Warner Hall with a lot of my other ancestors:

The walled family cemetery of the Warner and Lewis families is located on the Warner Hall property, southeast of Warner Hall. Access to the Graveyard is from the road North of Warner Hall and not from Warner Hall or the Driveway to Warner Hall located West of the Graveyard. The cemetery is the final resting place for many of the Warner and Lewis family members. The family cemetery, is also the resting place for such well known ancestors of George Washington, Robert E. Lee, The Queen Mother of England, and Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth has visited Gloucester where she placed a wreath upon her ancestor’s grave. The cemetery has thirteen graves and plaques in memory of all the family. The cemetery is owned and maintained by the Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (A.P.V.A.). The A.P.V.A. acquired the cemetery at Warner Hall in 1903, since which time the Association’s Gloucester Branch, now known as the Joseph Bryan Branch, has zealously maintained it.

There are thirteen graves in the Warner Hall Grave Yard. they are:1 Mary Warner (believed to be Mary Towneley Warner), 1614 – 16622 Augustine Warner I, 1611 – 16743 Augustine Warner II, 1642 – 16814 Mildred Reade Warner (wife of Augustine Warner II), 16945 Augustine Warner III, 1666 – 16866 Elizabeth Warner Lewis (d/o Augustine Warner II w/o Col John Lewis), 1672 – 17197 Col John Lewis (s/o John & Isabella Lewis h/o Elizabeth Warner), 1669 – 17258 Mary Chiswell Lewis (d/o John & Elizabeth Randolph Chiswell w/o Warner Lewis II, 1748 – 17769 Warner Lewis II (s/o Warner Lewis I & Eleanor Bowles Gooch Lewis & grandson of Col John Lewis & Elizabeth Warner Lewis), 1747 – 179110 Juliana Clayton (d/o Dr. Thomas & Isabella Lewis Clayton), 1731 – 173411 Isabella Lewis Clayton (d/o Col John Lewis & Elizabeth Warner w/o Dr. Thomas Clayton), 1706/7 – 1742 (the dates 1706/7 is exactly what is engraved on her stone)12 (Dr.) Thomas Clayton (h/o Isabella Lewis), 1701 – 173913 Caroline Lewis Barrett (d/o Warner Lewis II), 1783 – 1811

Mary Cant Towneley (1614 – 1662)
is my 11th great grandmother
Colonel Augustine II Warner (1642 – 1681)
Son of Mary Cant
Mary Warner (1664 – 1700)
Daughter of Colonel Augustine II
Augustine Warner Smith (1689 – 1756)
Son of Mary
Martha Cary (1682 – 1738)
Daughter of Augustine Warner
Mary Jacquelin (1768 – 1843)
Daughter of Martha
Johannes John SCHMIDT SMITH (1742 – 1814)
Son of Mary
Henry Smith (1780 – 1859)
Son of Johannes John
Swain Smith (1805 – )
Son of Henry
Jerimiah Smith (1845 – )
Son of Swain
Minnie M Smith (1872 – 1893)
Daughter of Jerimiah
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
Son of Minnie M
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
Son of Ernest Abner
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden
Private Graveyard at Warner Hall

Private Graveyard at Warner Hall

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