Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameElizabeth Pierce Rolfe 1578,1607,1608,1609, 9G Grandmother
Birth25 Jan 1621, James City Co VA1610,1607
FatherJohn Rolfe (1585-1622)
MotherJane Pierce (ca1600-)
Spouses
1John Milner , 9G Grandfather
Birthca 1618
ChildrenJohn (ca1640-ca1684)
 Jane (ca1642-<1709)
 Elizabeth (ca1644-)
Notes for Elizabeth Pierce Rolfe
Research note on Elizabeth Pierce Rolfe:1578

There is proof that John Rolfe and his third wife, Jane Pierce, had a daughter named Elizabeth. However, to date, the last documentation of her life seems to be in the January 1625 Muster when she appears as age 4 with her mother and step-father, Captian Roger Smith.

"In the manuscript THE LIVING AND DEAD IN VIRGINIA, A LIST OF NAMES OF THE LIVING IN VIRGINIA, February the 16th, 1623, we find these people:

Capt. ROGER SMITH
MRS. SMITH
ELIZABETH SALTER
SARA MACOCKE
ELIZABETH ROLFE

living at 'Chaplains Choise.'

The only reference to Elizabeth Rolfe growing to adulthood and becoming the wife of John Milner is in a chart prepared by Coleman Price, 1940, on file at the Virginia State Library. There is no documentation to confirm this family.

In the article "Progenitors and Kinfolk of Abraham Childers, III" in the Virginia Genealogist, Vol 34, page 11, there is a notation.....'Elizabeth Rolfe, whose parents were John Rolfe and his third wife Jane Pierce. This cannot be proved owing to the loss of the early Henrico County, Virginia records.'

So we just do not really know if this is the right person or not. It is based on the Family Group Sheet prepared as stated above.

Nevertheless, the hypothetical and perhaps apocryphal story that Elizabeth Pierce Rolfe lived long enough to marry John Milner and have a daughter named Jane in 1635 has gained traction and is found in numerous places.1611
Notes for Elizabeth Pierce Rolfe
"In the manuscript THE LIVING AND DEAD IN VIRGINIA, A LIST OF NAMES OF THE LIVING IN VIRGINIA, February the 16th, 1623, we find these people:

Capt. ROGER SMITH
MRS. SMITH
ELIZABETH SALTER
SARA MACOCKE
ELIZABETH ROLFE

living at 'Chaplains Choise.'
Notes for Elizabeth Pierce Rolfe
There are unsourced assertions online that Elizabeth Pierce Rolfe Milner died in 1635 on Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada.1612 On the surface this seems suspect as there is no obvious reason why someone from Virginia would be in New Brunswick at that early date.
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