Colonel Robert Bolling (December 26, 1646 – July 17, 1709) was a wealthy early American settler planter and merchant. His Mother was Mary Carie, his father was John Bolling born 1615. He was named after his Grandfather Robert Bolling, his Grandmother was Anne Clarke.
Robert Bolling was the son of John and Mary (Clarke) Bolling. He was born at Tower Street, All Hallows Barking Parish, in London on December 26, 1646. His father John, was one of the Bollings of Bolling Hall, near Bradford, England. Robert's ancestry could be traced to Robert Bolling, Esquire, who died in 1485 and was buried in the family vault in the church of Bradford. On October 2, 1660, at the age of fourteen, Bolling arrived in the colony of Virginia. In 1674, he married Thomas Rolfe's daughter, Jane. Their son John Bolling was born January 26, 1676. Jane is said to have died shortly after the birth.
Stith Bolling (1686–1727), married Elizabeth Hartwell.
Edward Bolling (1687–1720), married Ms. Slaughter.
Anne Bolling (1690–1750), married Robert Wynne.
Drury Bolling (1695–1726), married Elizabeth Meriwether.
Thomas Bolling (1697–1734).
Agnes Bolling (1700–1762), married Richard Kennon.
Molly Mary Bolling (b. 1702), married Andrew Baker.
The descendants of Robert Bolling's first marriage are sometimes referred to in family history forums as "Red Bollings" and the descendants of his second marriage as "White Bollings". His grandson Robert Bolling was one of the most prolific poets in colonial Virginia.
The Archaeological Conservancy is currently trying to buy the site of Kippax Plantation to protect it from development. Thomas Rolfe, the son of Pocahontas and Robert Bolling's father-in-law, is buried there. The Archaeological Conservancy is in the process of raising the $205,000 needed for the purchase.
^ abcdThe Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 7, 1899, pages 352-353.
^Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person, 4th ed., p.28
^A Memoir of a Portion of the Bolling Family in England and Virginia, Robert Bolling, John Robertson, Thomas Hicks Wynne, Chesapeake Book Co., 1868, page 19.
^It has been suggested (http://genforum.genealogy.com/pocahontas/messages/911.html) that Robert Bolling and Jane Rolfe might also have had a daughter, who might have married Rev James Clack, Rector of Ware Parish in Gloucester County; however, no documentary evidence has emerged to support this theory.