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Marriage: Children:
  1. Matachanna Powhatan: Birth: 1592. Death: 1650

  2. Pocahantas: Birth: 17 Sep 1595. Death: 21 Mar 1617

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Notes
a. Note:   Who, then, was the mother of Pocahontas and Cleopatra? It was the
 favorite wife of Chief Powhatan, Winganuske. She was known to have been his favorite wife and
 the mother of his then favorite daughter (Cleopatra), after Pocahontas had left his home to be
 married. We know the names of many of Powhatan�s wives and children by the testimony of
 Machumps, the brother of Winganuske. Winganuske had the royal bloodline through her
 mother, the eldest of the two sisters of Chief Powhatan.
  From Patowmeck Tides, Vol 12, Number 1. September 15, 2009
  "The head of the Federation was allowed to have as many wives as he wished, whereas the other chief of the tribes under his rule were only allowed to have a maximum of two wives. It was the common practice of the head of the Federation to take a wife and then send her away after she had given birth to her first child. The head of the Federation had one child by each wife and the wife was then free to go on with her life and marry someone else. The one exception to this practice was the �favorite� wife. There was at least one favorite wife who lived with the head of the Federation and bore him many children. She was his favorite because she was of the royal bloodline and the only way through which he could have children to inherit his rule. He would, therefore, have as many children by her as he could to create his legacy. Who, then, was the mother of Pocahontas and Cleopatra? It was the favorite wife of Chief Powhatan, Winganuske. She was known to have been his favorite wife and the mother of his then favorite daughter (Cleopatra), after Pocahontas had left his home to be married. We know the names of many of Powhatan�s wives and children by the testimony of Machumps, the brother of Winganuske. Winganuske had the royal bloodline through her mother, the eldest of the two sisters of Chief Powhatan."



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