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An Open Letter to Descendants* of Pocahontas

 

From Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 1, March 1964

Transcribed to Electronic form by Jo White

 

 

 

Alfriend

 

Dandridge

 

Gordon

 

Murray

Archer

 

Griffin

 

Dixon

 

Page

Bentley

 

Douglas

 

Grayson

 

Poythress

Bernard

 

Duval

 

Harrison

 

Randolph

Bland

 

Eldridge

 

Hubard

 

Robertson

Bolling

 

Ellett

 

Lewes

 

Skipwith

Branch

 

Ferguson

 

Logan

 

Stanard

Cabell

 

Field

 

Markham

 

Tazewell

Catlett

 

Fleming

 

Meade

 

Walks

Cary

 

Gay

 

McRae

 

West

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whittle

 

*Some known families descended from Pocahontas, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 177, March 1957, p. 43, taken from pp. viii, 84, of the book Pocahontas, Alias Matoaka, and Her Descendants, through her marriage at Jamestown, Virginia, in April 1614, with John Rolfe, Gentleman; …with Biographical sketches by Wyndham, Robertson, and Illustrative Historical Notes by R.A. BROCK Genealogical Book Co., 1956, Baltimore, Md.  (This book is a reprint of one published in 1887.  The 350th Anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English Colony in America, was celebrated in 1957 at Jamestown.)

 

On April 14, 1965, at 1:00 p.m., at the Old Tower Church, Jamestown, Virginia, the sculptured bust of Pocahontas was unveiled and presented by Mrs. Thomas Burchett, President General of the National Society of the Colonial Dames 17th Century, which sponsored the nation-wide project.  The statue was presented there to Mrs. Logan Billingsley, a former Oklahoma resident, who is a Director of the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians at Anadarko, Oklahoma.  Mr. Billingsley, a former Oklahoman, is credited with first conceiving the idea of the Hall of Fame.

 

The bust of Pocahontas was on display at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C., during the National Conference of Colonial Dames 17th Century, April 15-17, 1965.  Later the sculpture will be sent to Anadarko, Okla., and formally dedicated at the Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians.

 

Virginians initiated the request to have Pocahontas included in the Indian National Hall of Fame.  The request, cherished by Miss Muriel Wright, of Indian descent, Editor The Chronicles of Oklahoma and member, Colonial Dames 17th Century, was accepted as a national project by the National Society, Colonial Dames 17th Century and since that time Mrs. Olen Delaney of Oklahoma City, National Chairman of the Pocahontas Fund, Colonial Dames 17th Century, has been in charge of this very successful project.  (See p. 13 Daily Oklahoman, March 17, 1965.)

 

Many descendants of Pocahontas whose names and addresses were known were invited to the unveiling at Jamestown.  There are many more descendants who will wish to include the dedication at Anadarko in their plans.  These descendants are invited to make their interest known to Mrs. Delaney; and if personal notification of the date at Anadarko is desired, a stamped, self-addressed envelope should be enclosed.  Mrs. Delaney’s address is . . .

 

OKLAHOMA is proud to have Pocahontas take her honored place in the National Hall of Fame for famous American Indians.  And to Mrs. Delaney who is also a long-time member of OGS, - a difficult but worthwhile job well done!

 

In the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians at the east edge of Anadarko are found busts and statues of twenty of America’s outstanding Indian leaders.  Two miles southeast of Anadarko is the unique Oklahoma open-air museum of 160 acres.  The Indian City Lodge, centrally placed, houses artifacts and displays.  Within the lodge are some 300 to 400 Plains Indians household items.  Nearby are seven authentic villages – replicas of Indian towns of Caddo, Pawnee, Apache, Wichita, Kiowa, and Comanche tribes – constructed with technical aid from the Stovall Museum and the Anthropology Department, both of the University of Oklahoma.  (History News, Amer. Assoc. for State and Local History, Vol. xix, No. 10, August 1964, p. 159.)

 

 

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