Norman L. Newton
"The Daily Hesperian"
The little hamlet of Valley View is in a flutter of excitement over the streams of Indian blood that is flowing through the veins of many of the prominent families of that town. This great discovery was made by the Indian agent who struck the place some months ago with the names and ancestors of many of the citizens. This made several of the boys paint up for the war path. He was soon followed by a second agent who proposes to prove up the red man's blood for the small sum of $20 in advance. Several have filed an application and forked over the XX. 1Captain Lee claims he can prove that he is a direct decendant of the powerful Indian king 2Powhattan. But the captain is too shrewd to let an agent get away with his $20.
1Captain L. W. Lee (1831-1916)
2The Indian king Powhattan is the father of the Indian maiden Pocahontas who we all study in history as saving the life of Captain John Smith.
To further explain this topic from a historical perspective the following article is helpful. NLN
When the Disney movie about Pocahontas came out, we tried to tell some of
the media people the truth about the actual status of Pocahontas, but nobody
would listen. Just recently we received a letter from Stephen Bunford, in
POCAHONTAS AND THE MOUNTBATTENS
Pocahontas (meaning "playful little girl") was the daughter of the powerful chief Powhatan, ruler of some 40 Algonquin tribes who lived along Chesapeake Bay in what is now the American state of Virginia. She was born in 1595.
When Pocahontas was 12 years old colonists arrived to tame the 'native
savages" and build
Smith was placed on a sacrificial rock and before the executioners stone clubs were brought down the chief's daughter, Pocahontas, rushed over and lay her head across Smith's, thus saving his life.
Pocahontas went on to save many more lives by warning them of impending
attacks, but when she was 18 she was taken hostage by settlers as ransom for
eight Englishmen held captive by her father. It was at this time that she
converted to christianity
and was baptised Rebecca. She also fell in love with
28 year old Englishman John Rolfe, who originated from
In 1616 when she was 21 the family travelled to
In March 1617 the "Princess" was arranging to sail home from
John Rolfe (1585-1622) m. 1614 "Princess" Pocahontas (1595-1617) had
Thomas Rolfe (1615-1640) m. Jane Paybus who had
Anthony Rolfe m. Mary _____________ who had
Hannah Rolfe m. Sir Thomas Leigh, Kt (1639-1677) who had
Wolley Leigh (1664-1716) m. 1705 Mary Hunt (1685-1758) who had
Mary Leigh (1708-1748) m. 1731 John Bennett (1699-1765) who had
Thomas Leigh Bennett (Rev.)(1737-1797) m. 1764
Martha Leigh Bennett (1764-1808) m. 1783 Rev. Morton Rockliffe (1752-1785) who had
Sybella Rockliffe (1786-20.4.1869) m. 11.7.1809 Sir Thomas Harvie Farquhar, 2nd
Baronett (27.1.1775-12.6.1836) who had
Sir Walter Rockliffe Farquhar, 3rd Baronett, m. 28.11.1837 Lady Mary Somerset
(4.6.1810-15.7.1900) who had
Sybella Charlotte Rockliffe Farquhar (28.2.1846-31.8.1886) m. 28.7.1866 Rt. Hon. Evelyn
Ashley (24.7.1836-15.11.1907) who had
Wilfred Ashley (13.9.1867-3.7.1939) m. 4.1.1901 Maud Cassel (1830-5.2.1911) who had
Hon. Edwina Ashley (28.11.1901-21.2.1960) m. EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF
(25.6.1900-27.8.1979) who had
Countess Mountbatten of
Norton Knatchbull (BARON ROMSEY) m. Penelope Eastwood, who had
From: Lee MacDonald
To: Stephen Bunford, ENGLAND
We are very pleased that the information in the article is correct.
According to the handwritten manuscript in the lobby (under glass, of course)
However, let us comment on the terminology. Putting "Princess" Pocohantas in quotation marks is insulting and ridiculous. She was the only real princess known to American native society, due to the fact that in the Old South area the heredity was through the mother and her clan, and Princess Pocohantas' mother was a Queen in her own right, ruling her own nation, and living with King Powhattan only about half of the year. So, it is nice that Princess Pocohantas' father was a "king" (not a chief as the article uses the word), but her real status came from that of her mother.
So, if Princess Margaret and Princess Anne are not "Princess" Margaret and "Princess" Anne, then neither should be Princess Pocohantas. And, the word "chief" did not come into use in the Old South area (where all the rulers were called kings), until about the time of their Constitutional Governments and that was in the 1820's (much, much later).
I think I have written before that there was no word translated as "princess" in any of the languages of the Old South (Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Powhattan, Natchez, etc.) but there was a word for "prince" (Kettagustah is the word in the Cherokee language), and there are several of them spoken of so by name in the history books, such as the younger brother of the famous Cherokee, Attakullakulla. There was a "Prince of Joree", a "Prince of Echota", a "Prince of Etowah", etc. in the history books, the "of" being the town where they lived (and presumably ruled). Hope this information will be valuable to you.
We intend to keep this story on file, and when we go on Internet soon with a Web site we will post it under "American Royalty". We will give you credit, of course, for having sent it to us.
Lee and the Oukah, with our special gratitude.