Your thorough explanations are really helpful. Can you tell me if I have this straight and answer a few questions?
According to their rules of succession, Totopotomoi's mother - possibly known as Rachel - must have been a daughter of one of Powhatan's sisters (the oldest sister or the oldest *surviving* sister - what were the rules?), and, because he became the leader rather than her, she must have been dead by the time he became Chief (when was that?).
Also, Totopotomoi's wife was "Queen" Cockacoeske. Was she called that because she was married to him? Or was she "Queen" of the Pamunkey and he was "King" of another tribe within the Powhatan Confederacy?
Also, I have read in a few places that Powhatan inherited the rule of 6 tribes and eventually - through conquest and treaties - increased that number to about 30 before his death in 1618. Do you know what those 6 tribes were? And, if this was a matrilineal society, am I correct in assuming that he inherited that position from his mother? Or a brother who had the same mother?
I hope you will forgive so many questions and take pity on someone who, while not a novice genealogist, is just beginning to look into the lives of the earliest inhabitants of VA.
I appreciate any help, from others who are knowledgable not just Bill!Thanks in advance.