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Cleopatra line ( Powhatan)
Cleopatra Line ( Powhatan)
Everyone needs a great American family mystery and this is it...my version.
Daddy was paid a visit by his brother (half-brother) whom he had never met, son of Tuck Kelley, his father ( both from Owensboro, KY). This was many years ago and without advance warning. He wanted Daddy to have papers from a lately deceased relative (I think a maiden aunt). The papers showed our lineage on Daddy's side going back to Pocohantas's sister, Cleopatra. She was married to Chief Powhatan .
This started travels and research by my father to go see the Paumunkey Reservation in Richmond, VA and trips to Salt Lake City. He found out if the genealogy was correct, he was able to own land on the reservation (although was not interested) due to the percentage of Native American Indian blood. Now, I hope I have my facts right about this one...but his children are not eligible...too diluted!
(1) WAHUNSONACOCK POWHATAN
born 1569 in Werewocomoco, Orapax, Virginia
NONOMA or WINANUSKE
died 1618 in King William County, Virginia
(born about 1600
Also had daughter,
(born 17 Sep 1595)
(born 1544, died 1644)
of Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland, ENGLAND
(see end reference for his ancestry and travels)
(born 1650 in Virginia)
married in 1680
MARY DAVIS HUGHES
(born about 1682, and died 1756 in Albemarle County, Virginia)
married in 1703
SAMUEL BURKS I
(born 1680, and died BEFORE 12 Feb 1756 in Hanover, Albermarle County, Virginia)
SAMUEL BURKS II
(born about 1712, and died BEFORE July 1753, in Albermarle County, Virginia)
[a cousin, I think]
RICHARD BURKS II
(born 1740 in Albermarle County, Virginia, died 28 Feb 1828 in Amherst County, Virginia)
(Born 1774 in Amherst County, Virginia, died 1868)
RICHARD BURKS III
(born 1761 in Amherst County, Virginia, and died 1857)
JOHN PEARTREE BURKS
(born 1799 in Virginia, died June 1870 in Ohio COUNTY, Kentucky)
(born 29 Jun 1812 in Fordsville, Ohio County, Kentucky)
MARY FRANCES BURKS
(born 1840 in Fordsville, Ohio County, Kentucky)
married in 1860
PHILANDER ROACH KELLEY
(born 15 May 1870 in Fordsville, Ohio County, Kentucky; died 14 Feb 1930 in Ohio County, Kentucky)
CHARLES ALPHONSE KELLEY
(born 9 Oct 1871 in Fordsdville, Ohio County, Kentucky, and died 21 March 1942 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky)
married 28 December 1889 in Fordsville, Ohio County, Kentucky,
MARY ALICE RALPH
(born July 1865 in Fordsville, Ohio County, Kentucky; died before 14 April 1930 in Kentucky)
had a son,
EVERETT EDWARD KELLEY
(born 8 January 1898 in Whitesville, Daviess County, Kentucky; died 15 Aug 1983 in Suwanee, Gwinett County, Georgia at Veterans Hospital)
married in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee on 27 June 1925 (1)
MARY PALMER WADE
(born 29 July 1904, and died 8 September 1998 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee)
married in ? on ? (2) unknown
I attach a Wikipedia review of the family. I my opinion, I am definitely part Native Indian!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the
tribe. For other uses, see
|| Extinct as tribe ||
14,000-21,000 (historical confederacy)
Regions with significant populations
Language group: Algonquian (historical)
Related ethnic groups
and other Algonquian tribes
Chief Powhatan in a longhouse at
(detail of John Smith map, 1612)
), is the name of a
It is also the name of a powerful group of tribes which they dominated. It is estimated that there were about 14,000-21,000 of these native Powhatan people in eastern Virginia when the
They were also known as
, as they spoke an eastern-
language known as
In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a
(paramount chief) named
created a powerful organization by affiliating 30
peoples, whose territory was much of eastern Virginia, called
("densely-inhabited Land"), Wahunsunacawh came to be known by the English as "Chief Powhatan."
Each of the tribes within this organization had its own
(chief), but all paid tribute to Chief Powhatan.
After Chief Powhatan's death in 1618, hostilities with colonists escalated under the chiefdom of his brother,
, who sought in vain to drive off the encroaching English. His large-scale attacks in 1622 and 1644 met strong reprisals by the English, resulting in the near elimination of the tribe. By 1646 what is called the
Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom
by modern historians had been largely destroyed. In addition to the ongoing conflicts with the ever-expanding English settlements and their inhabitants, the Powhatan suffered a high death rate due to
, maladies introducted to North America by the Europeans to which the Native Americans of the United States had developed no natural immunities.
By this time, the leaders of the colony were desperate for labor to develop the land. Almost half of the English and European immigrants arrived as
. As colonial expansion continued, the colonists imported growing numbers of
for labor. By 1700 the colonies had about 6,000 black slaves, one-twelfth of the population. It was common for black slaves to escape and join the surrounding Powhatan; white servants were also noted to have joined the Indians. Africans and whites worked and lived together; some natives also intermarried with them. After
in 1676, the colony enslaved Indians for control. In 1691 the
House of Burgesses
abolished Indian slavery; however, many Powhatan were held in servitude well into the 18th century.
In the 21st century, eight Indian tribes are recognized by the state as having ties with the original Powhatan complex chiefdom.
are the only two peoples who have retained reservation lands from the 17th century.
The competing cultures of the Powhatan and English settlers were united temporarily through the marriage of
. Their son
was the ancestor of many Virginians; thus, many of the
First Families of Virginia
have both English and Virginia Indian ancestry.
Coronation of Powhatan...we need the attribution to this image from Wikipedia
The last doc is of a Gurganus family tree. Don't know where we fit.I'm not sure it will upload....so google Cleopatra Powhatan if you are interested!
; 1600 - d.1680 & Chief Opechancanough Mangopeesomon Powhatan
**Queen Cockacoskie Pamunky Weroance Powhatan**
; 1620 - d.1686 & Col. John West II
; 1630 - d.1700
Pocahontas, wife of John Rolfe
Simon de Passe
Many of the First Families of Virginia can also trace their ancestry to a young
. She was the youngest daughter of
, who had created the
in the late 16th century and led during the first ten years of the settlement which began at
In 1614, Pocahontas married English-born colonist
, who arrived in Virginia in 1611 after a trip of great hardship. It included being shipwrecked on
and the deaths of his first wife and their young son. Rolfe had become prominent and wealthy as the first to successfully develop an export
for the Colony with new varieties of
. The combination of notable Native American and English heritage began when their only son,
, was born in 1615, and his offspring. Many married other persons of FFV heritage, as there was a propensity to marry within their narrow social scope for many generations.
In 1887 Virginia Governor
authored the first history of Pocahontas and her descendants, delineating the ancestry of the Native American woman as it spread among FFV families such as the Bollings, Whittles, Blands, Skipwiths, Flemings, Catletts, Gays, Jordans, Randolphs, Tazewells and many others.
The intermarriages between these families meant that many shared the same names, sometimes just in different order—as in the case of Lt. Col. Powhatan Bolling Whittle of the
38th Virginia Infantry
Confederate States of America
, the uncle of Matoaka Whittle Sims.
JOHN HUGHES of Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland, ENGLAND ( Married Nicketti, niece of Pocahontas and daughter of Cleopatra)
The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1776
The genealogical history of America may be accurately dated from 19 December 1606 when John Smith set out
from Blackwell on the Thames with 140 colonists to found Virginia. The flotilla of three ships, the Susan
Constant under Christopher Newport, the Godspeed under Bartholomew Gosnold, and the Discovery under John
Ratcliffe, arrived at Chesapeake Bay on April 26, 1607
1154. Trader (John?) Hughes, born 1620 in Wales; died Unknown in Amherst County, Virginia. He
married 1155. Nicketti Powhatan Abt. 1645 in Virginia.
1155. Nicketti Powhatan, born 1625 in Virginia; died 1654 in Amherst County, Virginia. She was the
daughter of 2310. Opechancanough Mangopeesomon Powhatan and 2311. Cleopatra Powhatan.
Notes for Trader (John?) Hughes:
The following comes from the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, page 146:
Virginia Boundaries, by Mrs. Eula Keblinger Woodward, Washington, D. C.
Raleigh's Virginia extended from Florida to Canada; in the Charter of 1609, Virginia is severed from North
Virginia; Maryland and Georgia were formed in 1632, and Carolina in 1663. Up to 1738 Orange County, Virginia
included all territory west of the Blue Ridge; in the Fall of that year Augusta and Frederick were formed, but even
after this division, Virginia included part of Pennsylvania, all of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois,
Wisconsin and West Virginia.
The first state taken from the North West Territory was Ohio, formerly Ohio County, Virginia, Kentucky
followed in 1790 (Kentucky County, Virginia), and in the following order the states of Minnesota, purchased
from France in 1803, became territory in 1849; Michigan was formed in 1805 (from 1802-1805 part of Indiana).
Illinois was organized in 1809. Indiana was admitted to the union in 1816, and West Virginia was taken from
Virginia in 1863.
Note: attached to this book is a copy of this article and Virginia Counties and County Seats of
It is thought by some that Trader Hughes name is John Hughes, although he is always referred to in books as
Trader Hughes, Cavalier Hughes, etc. And someone who comes from a very prominent Virginia family. Also
have seen researchers that have him as Captain John Hughes. (?)
But so far have not been able to find who his parents were or verifiable information as to what his first name
really is..... There are some researchers that have his name as Rice (Rees) Hughes, but the only Rice (Rees)
Hughes that I have found, never left New Kent County, Virginia.
The following is part of an article from, Amherst Families Trace Bloodlines to Earliest Days of County History,
by Jessie Martin, Staff Writer.
A census taken in 1761 shows 5,296 whites and 2,750 blacks - which included Indians. Little is known about the
Indians who lived in the Piedmont area because they kept only verbal records. Colonists, who did not venture into
the Blue Ridge Mountains until the middle of the 1600s, recorded fear of crossing the paths of Indians.
To get into Virginia, the Indians had to overcome the physical obstacles of the land - Allegheny and Blue Ridge
Mountains, the Valley of Virginia, the Piedmont Plateau and the Coastal Plain.
Widespread Disease and social disarray in Indian Villages during the late 1600s wiped out many details of
American Indian culture from the Piedmont, or midsection of the state.
Historians believe the Indians were hunter-gatherers, meaning they moved throughout the year so as to best use
available resources. Through archaeological digs, scientists have discovered the remains of Monacan Indian
villages. The artifacts help confirm theories the local Monacans lived from above Otter Creek, on the
Southwestern edge of the county, to John Lynch's Ferry, at various times of the year, some of the first recorded
travel into what is now Amherst County was written by John Smith, who explored Virginia in the early 1600s and
later constructed maps showing five Siouan Villages in the Piedmont.
According to folklore, one of the first settlers of Amherst County was "Trader Hughes", a Scottish hunter and fur
trader. Hughes was married to a full blooded Indian named Nicketti, supposedly a niece of the famous Indian117 April 06, 2003
Chief (Opechancanough) Powhatan. (It has since been proven that she was the granddaughter of the famous
Indian Chief Wahunsonacock Powhatan).
Arriving in the colonies in the 1630s, it is uncertain exactly when Hughes and his wife set up a trading post by
Otter Creek, about half a mile from the James River. The store, with a stone chimney that later served as a
landmark, also served as a home for the family.
Although interracial marriages (white men and Indian women) were not looked favorably upon by aristocrats,
they were fairly common in Amherst County, Virginia, where there were not many white women. The marriages
also helped traders establish their business credibility with the Indians.
According to Alexander Brown in his 1895 book, "Cabell's and Their Kin", Hughes was the first known white
man to open a post for Indian trade above "The Falls". He built his cabin deep in the silent forests along the Blue
Ridge. Hughes traded with the local Monacan Indians and was accepted by them because of his wife's heritage.
The stone chimney attached to the trading post was a well established landmark and was used as a reference point
for many surveys done by William Cabell. Part of the chimney still remains today.
The following comes from Vince Hughes, email email@example.com.
Trader Hughes was the first permanent settler in Amherst County, Virginia. He and his Indian wife established a
trading post on the north side of the James River, west of the Tobacco Row Mountains. He had been the subject
of my research for a number of years and I have been unable to connect him to my direct line of Amherst County
Hughes' who settled on the east side of the Tobacco Row Mountains. He is finally entered into this database
through his wife's side.
On November 7, 1999, (Vince Hughes) sought out the old remains of the Trader Hughes cabin and trading post.
The location was found just off the trail around Otter Lake at coordinates 37.55627 degrees North by 79.35203
degrees West. The ruins are just off the hiking trail and covered by thick growth. All that remain are the bottom 4
feet of the chimney and a raised earthen outline of the building's foundation.
Trader Hughes' grandson Robert Davis developed a second trading post further down the James River at the
mouth of the Pedlar River.
Most histories of Amherst County, Virginia recount the first settler in the area as being an Indian Trader known as
"Trader Hughes". He, along with his Indian wife, Nicketti, established a trading post on the James River about a
half-mile west of the mouth of Otter Creek. This location was where several Indian paths intersected and near the
river access to "Valley of Virginia"...According to Dr. William Cabell, Hughes had the first stone chimney in the
area, which qualified him as the first permanent settler.
During the period between 1730 and 1750, at least 500 settlers in the county are documented through official
documents and personal diaries. One of the settlers who arrived in the county at about that time was Dr. William
Cabell, who married Elizabeth Burks, the great granddaughter of Trader Hughes.
More About Nicketti Powhatan:
Fact 1: Indian name means "Beautiful Flower".
Fact 2: Death date not proven
Child of Trader Hughes and Nicketti Powhatan is:
577 i. Elizabeth (Mary) Hughes, born 1654 in Jamestown Island, Virginia; died Unknown in New Kent
County, Virginia (Later Hanover County); married Nathaniel Davis Abt. 1675 in New Kent County,
Location of John Hughes and Cleopatra's home is in Otter Creek Campground
Amherst County... You'll Love it!
So many ways to relax, so much to see and do. Spend a day at Sweet Briar College one of the most beautiful colleges in the United States. Play a round of golf at one of our three golf courses (home of Poplar Grove Golf Course, ranked #8 best new upscale public course 2005 by Golf Digest). Visit the Moncan Indian Ancestral Museum or the Amherst Historical Museum. Interesting landmarks from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the historic James River, the scenery is spectacular. Come visit. You'll love it too!
Otter Creek Campground
National Park Service facility near the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 60 offering creekside sites for tent camping and RV's (no power/water hookups). Season operation offering a gift shop and restaurant.
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