Obscurus Lowdownus 2
The new movie which came out recently is about an American Indian
Pocahontas. It seem appropriate that a bit of history concerning
Pocahontas be shared.
Pocahontas, 1595-1617, the North American Indian daughter of Powhatan, married
John Rolfe, 1585-1622, an early settler of the first permanent English settlement
in America, the Jamestown colony founded in 1607 on the James River, in what
is now Virginia. She returned to England with Rolfe where she became very popular
at the court of James I, who resigned from 1604 to 1625.
According to family tradition, Queen Anne, the wife of James I, presented Pocahontas
with a silver mounted jug as a gift. The historical Pocahontas silver mounted
stoneware jug has a collar mount which is stamped with vitruvian1 scrolls enclosing
rosettes and an incised 'TMR.' The silver mount is almost contemporary, but
is not original to the piece. There are two cracks, one in the base and one
in the neck. The jug stands 6.5 inches high (16.5 cm), and is thought to have
been made by Hans Hilgers of Siegburg Germany approximately 1590. The estimated
value in 1985 was between 10 and fifteen thousand dollars.
Family tradition states the jugs provenance can be traced in this order;
Thomas Rolfe, 1615 - ?, son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe
Anne Rolfe Elwin, 1633 - ?, daughter
Fountain Elwin, 1660 - 1720, son
Peter Elwin, 1701 - 1782, son and great-great-great-great grandfather of the
A contemporary portrait of Pocahontas based on a 1616 engraving by Simon de
Passe, 1595? - 1647, once in the collection of the family of the present owners
of the gift jug, is now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery
of the Smithsonian Institution.
Woodrow Wilson, (1856-1924) our 28th president of the United States (1913-1921)
married for a second time to Edith Boiling Galt. Through this marriage to Edith
Galt, Wilson become the only president to have a direct link to Native Americans
as Edith Galt was a ninth generation descendant of Princess Pocahontas (1595-1617).
The Guiness Book of Records, 1993
Facts on File, Inc.
Websters Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary
Marriam Webster Inc.
American Heritage College Dictionary
Houghton Mifflin Company
Miller's International Antiques
Judith and Martin Miller
Viking Penguin Inc.