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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 present owner

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.
Springfield Mass.

American Heritage College Dictionary
3rd Edition
Houghton Mifflin Company

Miller's International Antiques
Judith and Martin Miller
Viking Penguin Inc.
By Jeff Anderson