An E. County Of West Virginia, intersected by Greenbrier river; area, 710 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 4,069, of whom 259 were colored. It has an elevated and mountainous surface, being traversed by the Greenbrier range toward the west, and bounded S. E. by a main range of the Alleghanies, which separates it from Virginia. A large portion of the land is infertile. The chief productions in 1870 were 14,901 bushels of wheat, 6,334 of rye, 46,512 of Indian corn, 22,343 of oats, 65,740 lbs. of butter, 24,137 of wool, and 4,797 tons of hay. There were 1,815 horses, 2,440 milch cows, 5,742 other cattle, 10,824 sheep, and 2,789 swine. Capital, Huntersville.
A N. W. County Of Iowa, drained by Lizard and other small rivers; area, 625 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 1,446. Its surface is rolling, and the soil fertile. It is traversed in the S. part by the Iowa division of the Illiuois Central railroad. The chief productions in 1870 were 18,413 bushels of wheat, 32,860 of Indian corn, 11,015 of oats, 39,265 lbs. of butter, and 4,864 tons of hay. There were 374 horses, 596 milch cows, 1,280 other cattle, and 803 swine. Capital, Rolfe.
Pocahontas, an Indian woman of Virginia, daughter of the chief Powhatan, born about 1595, died in Gravesend, England, in March, 1617. She was remarkable for her friendship for the English colonists, a striking evidence of which is said to have been given when she was about 12 years old. Capt. John Smith was taken prisoner, and it was decided to put him to death. His head was laid upon a stone, and the savages were brandishing their clubs preparatory to dashing out his brains, when Pocahontas threw herself upon the captive's body, and her intercession with her father saved his life. Recent researches discredit this story. When Smith returned to Jamestown, he sent presents to Pocahontas and her father; and after this, according to Smith's narrative, Pocahontas "with her wild train visited Jamestown as freely as her father's habitation." In 1609 she passed through the wood in the night to inform Smith of a plot formed by her father to destroy him. In 1612 she was living in the territory of the Indian chief Japazaws. Capt. Samuel Argall bribed Japa-zaws to betray her into his hands, and began to treat with Powhatan for her restitution, but they were unable to agree.
While she was on shipboard an attachment sprang up between her and an Englishman named John Rolfe, and the consent of Sir Thomas Dale and of her father having been gained, they were married at Jamestown in April, 1613. A peace of many years' duration between the English and the Indians was the consequence of this union. Before her marriage she was baptized, receiving the name of Rebecca. In 1616 she accompanied Dale to England, where she was an object of great interest to all classes of people, and was presented at court. When Smith visited her in London, after saluting him she turned away her face and hid it in her hands, and remained in this position for two or three hours. She had been taught to believe that he was dead, and there is no doubt that her husband was a party to the deception, he probably thinking she would never marry him while Smith was living. Pocahontas prepared to leave England with regret, but she suddenly died as she was on the point of embarking.
She left one son, Thomas Eolfe, who was educated by his uncle, a London merchant, and in after life went to Virginia, where he became a person of note and influence. The Boiling, Randolph, Fleming, and other families in that state are his descendants.