Samuel King Burks, I
Aged: 76.1 years
The will of Samuel Burks, was drawn up October 6, 1755 in St. Anne's Parish Albemarle Co., Virginia. Will Book 2, Pg 23-24 His will wa probated on Feb 12, 1756 Excerpts: I, Samuel Burks, of St. Anne's Parish, county of Albemarle, being of sound mind and memory, do make and declare this to be my last will and testiment. I give my son, John Peartree Burks, negro boy names Prince. To my daughter, Mary Smith, one negro names Lyddia. To my beloved wife Mary Burks, during her natural life, the use of the following slaves now belonging to me. Toby, Frank, Nan, Phillis, Tom, Simon, Flora, Bejo, Jammy, Will and Lucy. as well as the use of all my houses and lands, the use of all my personal estate not already disposed of. Also to my wife 200 acre tract on Cunningham Creek. After my wife's decrease the tract of land whereon I now live containing 600 acres is to be sold and money given as follows: Daughter Elizabeth Cabell one shilling; sterling money, also one to son Samuel,Richard. Residue of said money to be equally divided between son John Peartree, Charles, daughter Mary Smith and grandson Samuel Burks son of my Samuel. Lastly, I do appoint my said wife Mary and my friend John Smith Jr. Executors of this my last will and testament. This 6th day of October in the year of our lord 1755. The will was witnessed by Samuel Hopkins, Jos Thompson, and William Moore. Came from England about the last of 17th century. Settled in New Kent county later known as Hanover county.
Mary Elizabeth Davis
Aged: 70.7 years
Samuel Burk (b. 1680) m. Mary Davis (b. 1685), daughter of Nathaniel Davis. (It is at this point that Indian blood enters the Burks family), as Nathaniel's wife was Elizabeth Hughes, daughter of a member of a colonial family and a Trader named Hughes and his Indian wife, Niketti, whose mother was Cleopatra, sister to Pocahontas. Or so it has been recorded in several genealogies. The Indian name Niketti translates as "She who sweeps the dew from the flowers." Documentation for the the Burks/Davis genealogy of Nicketti is given by Frank Wellington's daughter, Mary Wheat Burks Dean (819 Peaksview, Bedford, VA 24523, April 15, 1980). She is the researcher of this Burks genealogy, which was begun by her mother. It is supplemented by information from Faye S. Poss, 471 Mimosa Drive NW., Tucker, GA 30084. Faye Poss is researching the Burks who migrated to GA. There is positive and indisputable proof that Pocahontas had a sister named Cleopatra. This proof was located in the old library of the Maryland Historical Society, an item of three lines covering eleven years. During the period covered by the fragment, matters became so bad between the Whites and the Indians that Opechancanough , Chief of the Powhatans, was induced to agree upon a line being established which neither White nor Indian, excepting truce bearers, should cross under penalty of being shot on sight. To insure strict obedience to the compact, a law was passed at Jamestown imposing a heavy penalty on any people crossing the line without a special permit from the Commissioners Council and the General Court. This accounts for the item alluded to, which is given verbatim. It reads: "Dec. 17th, 1641 -- Thomas Rolfe petitions the governor to let him see Opechankeno to whom he is allied, and Cleopatra, his mother's sister." The record of the General Court was evidently intended to be a verbatim copy though they differ in phraseology and spelling: "Dec. 17th, 1641 -- Thomas Rolph petitions Gov. to let him go see Opechanko, to whom he is allied, and Cleopatre, his mother's sister." Thomas Rolfe was the son of John Rolfe and Pocahontas, and Cleopatra was unquestionably not his aunts Indian name. It is, however, the only name that has been passed to us historically, and we must accept it. One wonders if her name was not "Matachanna", the aunt-nurse associated with his mother in Thomas Rolfes earliest memories.