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A sorrow in my soul

On this day, March 21, 1617, Pocahontas was buried in Graveside, Kent, England after becoming ill on her way home. She was born about 1597 in the Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco. Her father was Wahunsenaca, Chief of the Powhatan Confederacy. She left behind a daughter, Ka-Okee, Little-Goose and a son, Thomas Rolfe. The Suddeths settled in Jamestown and married into her family—she is either my 9th great grandmother or great-aunt.  

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Pocahontas revealed!

This is a digital likeness of Pocahontas, taken from an engraving of her done in England, her only verified portrait—2 or 3 paintings are all controversial. Born about 1597 in the Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco, she died on the Thames River in England. She was brown-skinned, though she may have worn powder.

(I am still doing research, but I am either a direct or collateral descendant)

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Pocahontas’s folks

The village of Passaunkack is now the 400-acre Federal reservation of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, near King William, Virginia. [Sharon Indian School—Indian View Baptist Church]

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Now & then

Now and then: 1918 Mattaponi River from the Mattaponi Reservation, West Point, Virginia. Pocahontas’s home view.

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Pocahontas lived here?

Powhatan’s Chimney, near Werowocomoco, on the York River, Virginia was a Mattaponi village, Wahunsenaca, Pocahontas’s father, was chief. The winter of 1608/1609, the English were building him a home, but the village was abandoned in early 1609.

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Powhatan Capitol: Werowocomoco (chief’s town) was a Mattaponi village, Wahunsenaca, Pocahontas’s father, was chief of the Powhatan confederacy. The village was located on the York River. After 4 centuries, it was abandoned in 1609 because of danger from the English at nearby Jamestown. It was also Pocahontas’s birthplace. It now belongs to the National Park Service.

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Pocahontas speaks

I don’t think Pocahontas learned to read and write, but at Jamestown, she gave John Smith some Mattaponi words. This is as close to her actual voice as we can get.

Mowchick woyawgh tawgh noeragh kaqueremecher= I am very hungry? what shall I eate!
Tawnor nehiegh Powhatan= Where dwels Powhatan.
Mache nehiegh yourowgh Orapaks.= Now he dwels a great way hence at Oropaks. Vittapitchewayne anpechitchs n e-kawper Werowacomoco= You lie he stayed ever at Werowacomoco.
Kator nehiegh mat tag h neer vttapitcheicayne= Truely he is there I doe not lie.
Spaugktynere keragh werowance mawmarinough kekate wawgh peyaguaugh.= Run you then to the King Mawmarynough and bid him come hither
Vtteke, e peya weyack wighwhip= Get you gone and come againe quickly.
Kekaten Pokahontas Patiaquagh niugh tanks manotyens neer mowchick rawrenock audowgh= Bid Pokahontas bring hither two little Baskets and I will giue her white Beads= to make her a Chaiue.

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Archeological discovery

Pocahontas’s birthplace has been discovered. Pocahontas was born about 1596 in the Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco—Chief’s Town. Her father was Wahunsenaca, Chief of the Powhatan Confederacy. It was abandoned in 1609 because it was too close to the English. Its location has been discovered, and the owners were nice enough to allow archaeologists to examine it. [the village is small, but European diseases had killed most of the population]

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Happy birthday!

Pocahontas’s birthday was September 17. (don’t like to forget, we are supposedly related) Matoaka, Flower-Between-Rivers, was born about 1597 in the Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco. Her father was Wahunsenaca, Chief of the Powhatan Confederacy (Mom never made the history books). Her nickname was Pocahontas, Tomboy.

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Pocahontas Descendants

Patawomek Tribe AKA Potomac—Swan River is a state-recognized tribe located in White Oak, Virginia with 2,300 members. Pocahontas’s Indian husband, Kocoum, was Patawomek. (some think Pocahontas’s mother was from this tribe)

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