Pocahontas wedding site discovered, ruins oldest Protestant Church in USA

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The much storied Pocahontas married British tobacco entrepreneur John Rolfe in 1614 but it wasn't until 2011 that the wedding site was discovered in Jamestown, Virginia--said to be the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Indeed, archaeologist William Kelso claims to have found the remains of not only the place where Algonquian chief Powhatan's daughter tied the knot, but also the oldest Protestant church in the United States.

And Kelso has no doubt that his find is authentic. He told AFP that Pocahontas was "married right here, I guarantee," saying so while standing near the river where small flags mark the building where this scientist is positive the deed was done between the Native American and the intruding Brit.

And where is that spot?

It's located southeast of the nation's capital near the James River in the place where, on May 14, 1607, about a hundred men landed from England to form the first colony in the Americas. The excavated area turned up several large post holes going below the ground approximately 6.5 feet. The size of the hole is important since this is what helped convince Kelso that the church was there, pointing to the fact that these holes were not only big, but strong enough to hold up the mud-and-stud building and, particularly, its heavy roof.

Also revealed at this seminal place were trace remnants of four separate graves. These burial sites are said to be the place where four highly ranked colony members who were close to the church were laid to rest. Kelso claims these latter day luminaries included a knight, two captains, and Reverend Robert Hunt, the first cleric to reportedly arrive at the recently discovered site.

"It's fantastically exciting and significant because Jamestown is usually depicted -- the whole early settlement depicted -- as it was carried out by lazy gentlemen who wanted to get rich quick, and go right back to England," said William Kelso, who points out that "religion played a big role in the community... [and settlers] put a lot of work in the building of this big church, and that became very important for the colony."

As for the very important occasion between Pocahontas and her Englishman, this wedding was said to have cured the problems between the Brits and the Indians for a good eight years. The fighting stopped, and Chief Powhatan's favorite daughter was later immortalized for all children thanks to a memorable animation from Walt Disney and his colleagues.

So what happened to Pocohontas? The fabled beauty was renamed Rebecca after Pocahontas was captured by the English during the above mentioned Anglo-Indian hostilities, during which time she was held for ransom. While in captivity, the Indian princess converted to Christianity and never did return to her people. Instead, she stayed with the English. After marrying John Rolfe in Virginia in 1614, the couple had a son named Thomas Rolfe. Later they all moved to England where Pocahantas passed away at only 21.

With that said, and with the Pocahantas wedding site reportedly discovered, that area is still being scoured, with the graves to be dug up in the near future. This archaeological quest is yet another exciting adventure for Kelso, for will be able to then study bones, teeth and maybe even scars from injuries to help come up with the true identities of those who were buried there.


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I believe she was killed in England and that after her husband got a son from her he didn't need her anymore.

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