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POCAHONTAS 1852 This regal portrait, painted by the renowned artist Thomas Sully, seemed a fitting treatment of the woman who had come to be called the "mother" of the nation by the 1850s. Southerners in particular claimed Pocahontas as a progenitor; indeed, her descendants through her son Thomas Rolfe were among the most prominent families in the South. It was even adapted for the banner of a Confederate militia unit that called itself the "Guard of the Daughters of Powhatan."