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Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania ... - Google Book (I) William Powell, of Southwark, England
Powell Arms—Sable a chevron between three fleur-de-lis argent. Crest—A boar's head cabossed.
(I) William Powell, cooper, was of Southwark, County of Surrey, England, and about 1681 came to America, settling on the west bank of the Schuykill river; on October 17, 1681, he secured a patent for twelve hundred and fifty acres of land, proved 1684. (Ex. Book 8, page 526). (In Vol. I., "Votes of the Assembly," Pennsylvania, William Powell signed with others. William Penn—"Adventurers and Purchasers," II July, 1681). He
married Christian , who died in
Philadelphia, after 1685, and it was in that city that he himself passed away, 2nd mo., 30, 1721.
(II) William (2) Powell, son of William (i) and Christian Powell, cooper, of Philadelphia, was born after 1672, in England, died nth mo., 19, 1732. He married (second) loth mo., 9, 1707, at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Sarah Armitt, who came to America in 1703, and died 7th mo., 13, 1726 (see Armitt).
Full text of "William Penn in America : or an account of his life from the time he received the grant of Pennsylvania in 1681, until his final return to England": "From the first book of Marriage Records in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, we learn that on the 31st of loth month, William Powell, a cooper of Philadelphia and son of William, was married to Elizabeth Kelley, of the same place in the meeting liouse. Among those present as witnesses on this occasion we find the names of William Powell. Sr., John Powell, William Kelley, Thomas Shute (a Thomas Shute M. Elizabeth Powell in 1696), Joseph Estlacke, Ann Powell (This could be John Powells wife Ann Havard), Hannah Penn and thirty-four others."
The Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography, Volume 8 By Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Replies WILLIAM POWELL Vol VII p 495 Vol VIII p 120 In a very interesting account of Samuel Powell by Mr PSP Conner published in the March number of your Magazine I notice a slight error in the date of the death of his father William Powell The original purchase of land made by William Powell which Mr Conner names was principally located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River opposite what was afterwards known as the Spring Garden District of Philadelphia In the year 1692 he started a ferry from his house on the west bank of the Schuylkill for the accommodation of persons living in the country back of him The ferry however being deemed an infringement of the privileges of Philip England who had previously established one a short distance below a complaint was made during the following year and William Powell summoned to appear before the Governor and Council who restrained him from continuing his ferry In the year 1695 however the Assembly granted him permission to establish a ferry from his house on the west side of the Schuylkill which was afterwards known as the Upper Ferry William Powell had four children of whom we have note John who in 1706 is spoken of as keeping the Upper Ferry Elizabeth Samuel and William William Powell died 2d mo 30th 1721 His son William died in 1732 the date given by Mr Conner WHJ 442 Notes and Queries
The Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography, Volume 13 By Historical Society of Pennsylvania
"1 Mr Keith says in his letter to me In examining for the Real Estate Title Insurance and Trust Company the records concerning William Powell a first purchaser and his family I find no evidence that the Samuel Powell of Philadelphia carpenter who married Abigail Willcox was his son Said William of Southwark Co Surry cooper was a cooper in Philadelphia County in 1686 having a wife named Christian and died later than July 12 1718 He had two sons John his heir apparent who died after April 8 1710 and who married Ann daughter of David Harvard and William of Philadelphia cooper who married 10th mo 31 1700 Elizabeth Kelly and 10th mo 9 1707 Sarah Armitt and died about 1732 leaving a son Samuel also of Philadelphia cooper who married 9th mo 1726 Mary Raper and about 1730 Sarah daughter of Thomas Roberts Tbis last Samuel died about 1750 and his widow married llth mo 9 1758 Jonathan Mifflin..."[(Let me stop here to refute this) Mr Kieth according to records had mistakes in his research whom up to that time Samuel was thought to be the son of William. As stated in conflicting evidence on this page it appears Samuel's father was Samuel son of Godfey whom died young as well as his aunt Parsons and her husband, leaving William Sr His uncle to take care of him, thus the confution about his father. (KL)]
Havaed, Of Haverfoed, Penn'a.—In the list of taxables for Haverford township, in the assessment for the year 1715, there appears the name of John Havard. He was the son and heir of David Havard. The latter died intestate, leaving a widow, Mary. Radnor Friends' Monthly Meeting Book has the following references to this family: At Meriou Meeting, on 11th month 12th, 1696, John Powell, son of William Powell, married Ann Havard, daughter of David Havard, glover. David Powell, of the City of Philada., surveyor, married 7th month 16th, 1707, Mary Havard, of Merion, widow, at Haverford Meeting. John Havard, by his wife, Margaret, had daughters, Mary and Margaret, the former born 10th month 26th, 1709, and the latter born 12th month 1st, 1711-12. By his wife Sarah, John Havard had: John, born 10th month 25th, 1714, and Ann, Hannah, Elizabeth, Sarah, David, Samuel, and Benjamin.
The Pennsylvania magazine of history ... - Google Books:
Conflictiong Histories on William Powell, Somersetshire family engaged in the cooperage business in suburb of Southwark and was the, was Not the Grandfather of Samuel Mayor of Pennsylvania durring the revolution
The Pennsylvania magazine of history ... - Google Books: "Samuel Powell, (Vol. vii, p. 495).—A. S. M. dates that he knows nothing of Samuel Powell's parentage nor whence he came. From some investigations made by me 1 find that he came of a Somersetshire family, many of the name, and apparently his kinsmen, being resident in the parish of North Curry and its neighborhood. Samuel Powell's aunt. Ann Powell, of North Curry, married John Parsons, of Middlezoy, at Greinton, 6 mo. 23, 1685. The places named are in Somerset ( Vide Book A, p. 4, Records, Mo. Meeting of Friends, Arch Street, Philadelphia). Samuel's father was William Powell (died in 1735, will recorded at Philadelphia). This William had gone up to London before the year 1681. and was then engaged in the cooperage businesss in the suburb of Southwark. He was evidently a man of means, and probably left England chiefly on account of the persecution which it appears befell his family (Vide Besse's Sufferings of Friends, 'Powells of Somerset'). lie was an original purchaser of land under Penn to the extent of twelve hundred acres and over (Vide Patents, 1081 et seq., Philadelphia).
His son, the above-mentioned Samuel, besides inheriting paternal estate, was one of the heirs of his aunt Ann Parsons (will recorded. Philadelphia, Book C, p. 331). He was a great builder—the well-known ' rich carpenter' of his day. At his death, in 1756, he left a large landed estate, and the reputation of having been one of the greatest contributors to the growth of Philadelphia, and to its material and moral improvement (Pa. Gazette, July 1, 1756). His wife was Abigail, daughter of Barnabas Wilcox. By her he had a son, Samuel Powel (.tic, one ' 1,' either for distinction from others of the name or a reversion to the spelling of former generations; vide Besse). This Samuel married Mary, daughter of Anthony Morris. 9 mo. 9, 1732. He was a merchant of Philadelphia, and the grantor of Friends' Meeting, Pine Street. His son was Samuel Powel. of Fowelton, Speaker of the Assembly, and the patriot Mayor of Philadelphia during the Revolutionary times. Mr. Powel was a man of wealth, culture and influence. He abjured Quakerism, married, but died childless, the last male of his line. His death occurred in 1793.
Regarding the Emlen connection, the following statement is correct. Joshua Emlen, fourth son of George Kmlen, who came from Shepton Mallet,
Somersetshire, in the time of Penn, married, first, Mary, daughter of
Hoi ton and widow of Hudson, by whom he had no surviving issue,
and, secondly, Deborah, daughter of (the first) Samuel Powell. By this marriage he had Samuel Powell Emlen, afterwards called simply Samuel Emlen, the well-known Quaker preacher. He married twice. By his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Mood, he had a son, namely, Samuel Emlen, of West Hill and of Burlington, N. J. This Mr. Emlen was the founder of the Emlen Institute now established at Warminster, Bucks County. Pa. He married in 1795 Susanna Dillwyn (not 'Delroy'), daughter of William Dillwyn. He died childless. Returning to his father, Samuel Emlen. he. after the death of his first wife (Elizabeth Mood), married Sarah, daughter of Asher Mott. by whom he had Deborah, who died unmarried, and Elizabeth. The latter married Sept. 18,1800, Philip Syng Physick, M.D. Dr. Physick left four children, as staled by A. S. M., one of whom, Susan Dillwyn, wife of Commodore Conner. U. S. N.. was my mother. I mention this because knowledge of it may help to confirm this statement.
P. S. P. Conner.
April 11, 1884. 126 S. Eighteenth St., Phila."
Samuel Powell, Of Philadelphia, Not The Son Of William Powell From Southwark, England.—Until lately, Samuel Powell, the noted carpenter and builder of provincial Philadelphia, was considered to be either the son of the William Powell above mentioned, or else a man the name of whose father was forgotten in the lapse of the last two hundred years. Of the two theories, I followed the former in my answer to " A. S. M." in the Pennsylvania Magazine, Vol. VIII. p. 120, 1884, because it then seemed the most probable. Since then, however, through investigations made by Mr. Charles Pen rose Keith for the Real Estate Title Insurance and Trust Company, it is shown that there is really no proof of the said William being the father of the said Samuel,1 while from researches made for me among the Quaker records of Somersetshire it appears that, considering said Samuel's age (about 83) at his death, in 1756, he may have been the son of either Gregory Powell or Samuel Powell, both of whom were neighbors in North Curry Hundred, said shire, and had sons named Samuel, between whom it is yet impossible to decide which came to Philadelphia, although the probabilities are in favor of the son of Samuel.
Since the full particulars of the matter would make this communication too long for insertion in this magazine, I have lodged them in manuscript at the Historical Society, where they can be consulted by those interested (vide Miscellaneous MSS., Vol. II.).
P. S. P. CONNER.
There Were Two Sets Of William Powell father and son.
THERE WERE TWO SETS OF WILLIAM POWELL’S (FATHER AND SON) CLOSELY RELATED Through THE MIFFLIN’S, BOTH BEING FIRST FAMILIES, THE WILLIAM POWELL OF SOUTHWARK, SURRY CO, ENGLAND HAD THE UPPER FERRY ON THE SCHUYLKILL, THE WILLIAM POWELL THE FIRST AMERICAN ANCESTOR, A SON OF EDWARD POWELL, OF CASTLE MADOC was in the Northern Liberties. The Ancestor Of the Famous Samuel Powell the Carpenter that Married Abigail Wilcox and the ancestor to the Samuel the Mayor was the brother of William of upper ferry, Samuel, who died before his son Samuel came to Philadelphia and probably was raised by william because he inherited a large property and married the daughter of George Wilcox, William's neighbor
The Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography, Volume 8 By Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Full text of "William Penn in America : or an account of his life from the time he received the grant of Pennsylvania in 1681, until his final return to England":
"258 WM. PENN IN AMERICA.
PENN SUGGESTS THE NIGHT WATCH IN PHILADELPHIA.
ATTENDS H.WERFORD MEETING. MAKES ADDI-
TIONAL IMPROVEMENTS AT PENNSBURY.
\_Jiify, August, i/oo.']
As had been determined, on adjournment, the Coun-
cil met at the Governor's house on the ist of July,
1700, when it was unanimously agreed upon that a per-
son be appointed and authorized to go through the
town with a small bell during the night to give notice
of the hour and weather, and also if any disorders or
danger happen from fire or otherwise, to inform the
constables thereof It was further agreed that the Sec-
retary " give notice to Benjamin Chambers and
Powell, keepers of the ferries over Schuylkill, that after
the close of day to transport no persons unless well
known to them or that cannot give a good account of
themselves." This undoubtedly was the origin of the
night watchmen in Philadelphia. The Governor pro-
posed to the Council to consider upon the law about
making prisons more effectually workhouses. It was
upon this idea that the present penitentiaries and houses"
Is Howard the same as Havard the same as Harvard and is this the same David Pugh
(After John Powell's Death Ann Married David Pugh)"Ann Pugh had been ailing since early 1719, and wrote her will in November of-that year. Her will
gives a detailed look at daily life in early
provide for two families, nine children, on contested land. Her first husband had settled the land only 20
years before and had incurred great debts to both wealthy local landowners and
She married her second husband less than a year after she was widowed and bore him two more children
before she died four years later. Her first concern was for her two youngest children, John and Ann
Pugh. In her will, Ann Pugh could provide them with only 13 shillings each when they reached maturity.
Until then, she wanted them to be raised by John Foursi and his wife, a local family.
Ann Pugh's second concern was for her seven older children by her first husband. To these
children, she gave small amounts of livestock, bedding, household furniture, and other personal goods.
Younger children received more goods, but all were carefully entrusted to the care of relatives and
friends. To her brother-in-law William Powell, she entrusted her daughter Hannah Powell. Her youngest
sons by her first husband, Samuel, David, and Jonathan Powell, were bound to be "bound out in
Legible hand" and "arithmatic [sic] as far as the Rule of Three."
Is This John Powell Son of William First Purchaser and brother to William
"John Powell probably first occupied
Sharp's 300-acre portion of Little Tower Hill
shortly in 1691 after Sharp took possession of it
from Whitehart and Johnson. Powell probably built
his plantation with the help of his wife Ann
Howard, his brother William Powell, and his
brother-in-law, John Howard. Both William Powell
and John Howard lived in the area. All three
families were relatively close; family members
routinely witnessed each others wills, served as
executors, and willed small items to each other.
John Powell and his wife Ann had seven
children on their plantation. A summary of the
Powell family genealogy is shown in Figure 9. The
oldest of their children, John (TI) Powell, died in 1723. The six younger children were Joseph, Hannah,
Samuel, David, Jonathan, and Christian Powell (GrandMother's name Christain). All of these children were bom before their father's
death in late 1715 or early 1716."
A Word on John Powell Son,Brother, to William First Purchaser?
Let Me Stop Here a say a word about John Powell that is indexed in the Minutes of the provincial council of Pennsylvania from volume 1 by Samuel Hazard, this is the only real indication to me that they are one in the same, If that is the case then this john had interest in the ferry along with John Mifflin in 1706 and was probably at Piqua in1720 and defiantly at Lancaster in 1735 as undersheriff but who is his father if it were William the first purchaser other evidence shows that that john married Ann Havard and died before 1735 in Delaware and this John cold not be the son of William that died in 1732 because he didn’t marry his first wife until 1700 witch would make John to young. There is a another possibility that he may be a brother to William the first Purchacer but the botum line is I have not found definitive evidence to say who his father is only that he is part of this family of Quakers.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Lancaster Town Laid Out
In an article signed 'Investigator'' the origin and the laying out of Lancaster Town is detailed. V. 8 p. 60. The writer states, 'Governor Hamilton
made an offer of two places one known as the 'high plain' also by
the name of Gibson's Pasture and afterwards 'Sanderson's Pasture' at present (1831) the property of John Montgomery, Esq. The other situation was the Hill side extending from its summit on the east to Roaring Brook on the west covered with woods. The public road ran through it, and Gibson's house of entertainment would be included, which stood nearly opposite a fine spring communicating with the dark swamp and with the widow Buchanan's cake and beer house situate near where the road crossed the brook. There were several springs and the brook was thought favorable for the erection of water machinery. The spot was fixed upon and the plot of Lancaster made in 1730 in regular squares, open lots were reserved, in the center and adjoining the public square, for the court house, public offices, market, etc. The long swamp (which ran in the rear of Dr. DuFresne) was drained by a ditch cut into roaring brook The springs no longer run but a pump was in Mr. Rathfon's placed in one spring, at a short depth and which yields water of an excellent quality. It is thought that with little expense water could be obtained from four or five such sources and would supply our whole city for every purpose that might possibly be required.'
On page 101 of the same Volume, a reprint from the Lancaster Miscellany, gives us additional facts on the origin_ot' our town. The writer says that from examining documents, etc., that, 'The' first deed for lots in the town of Lancaster, bear date 1735. We remark the names of Tacob Funk and Frederick Stroble and John Powell. The date of their deeds is May 20th, 1735. John Powell's lot was situated at the corner of Orange and Duke Streets. Dr. DuFresne resides on and owns the lot of Fred Stroble. George Gibson's date of deed is 14th Jan., 1740, for lot No. 221.
Governor Powell writes (apparently in 1754), 'The house in which Gibson resides, is opposite a spring, and was included in the original town-plot—a swamp lay in front, another of some extent lay to the north.'
'The question arises where lay the swamp north of Gibson's. We are informed that it was situate back of Dr. DuFresne's but upon further inquiry we learn that it was back of the yellow frame house in which the Doctor formerly resided situate on Duke Street between Orange and Chestnut, the remains of which were filled up by direction of Dr. DuFrcsne. Several fine springs are still in existence in the vicinity of the swamp, one on the lot occupied by Judge Hays, and three others. The passage that was cut to Roaring P.rook appears to have been from the Spring at Judge Hays'. The run was called by the Germans Noisy Water. Gibson's pasture was leased by Hamilton to Adam Reigart, An old letter mentions the 'log cabin of widow Buchanan.' Her name is not among the purchasers. The swamp must have been in the square bounded by Duke, Queen, Chestnut and Orange Streets.' V. 8 p. 101. Another article on Lancaster Town (V. 6 p. 265) states that a hickory tree stood in the center of the town under which the Indian Councils met and it was from one of these councils that a deputation was sent to confer with Wm. Penn at Shackamaxon. The Indian nation was called 'Hickory' and the town was called Hickory Town before Lancaster was laid out. Gibson had a hickory tree painted upon his sign about 1722 and his tavern was situated near where the Slaymaker's Hotel now stands and the spring was nearly opposite. Another Indian town was located on a flat of land northeast of Hardwicke, the seat of William Colcman. A poplar tree was the emblem of the tribe. The wigwam was situated upon the Cpnestoga."
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Now who were these old Conestoga neighbors of Postlethwaite's time? Who lived within a radius of five or six miles from this place in the days when our first Courts were held here and before?
Of English and Scotch-Irish realdents, starting with John Postlethwaite and his grown up son/William, and passing up the Conestoga river on the eastern side, dwelling in consecutive order on or near the 'Great Road,' there were: James Hendricks,' John Hendricks, Tobias Hendricks, Thomas Baldwin,' Thomas Gale,' George Gray,28 John LinvilP (all owners of parts of the James Hendricks tract), John Farrer,30 Richard Grist,' John Grist,11 Wm. Hughes,' Edmund Cartlidge,' John Powell,' Thomas Doyle,' Stephen Atchlson' and James Lewis.**
The Scotch-Irish and English people across from the above Postlethwaite's, on the Manor side, were Thomas and Reese Price, Alexander and Samuel Ritchey,' Joshua Low,' Daniel McConnell' and Alexander Beuse,' practically all of whose lands adjoined the stream.
On the Conestoga side, going down the stream from Postlethwalte's, there were Robert Wiltons,' Thomas Wiltons,' David Priest,' James Dawson,' Richard Carter' Patrick Keregan.' And some what separated from the others and over toward Pequea creek, near Susquehanna, were Peter Kline,' Peter Creamer,' Francis Worley,' Joseph Rebman' and Robert Baker.'"
Proceedings and addresses, Volume 24 - Page 161
Pennsylvania-German Society - Pennsylvania Dutch - 1916
When John Powell, under-sheriff of Lancaster County, affirms that these men ...
not above one Mile to the Southward of the house of John Hendricks' (Col. ...
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Historical papers and addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society
Historical papers and addresses of the Lancaster County ..., Volumes 45-47 - Page 57
Lancaster County Historical Society (Pa.) - Reference - 1941
The beginnings of the German element in York County, Pennsylvania
The beginnings of the German element in York County, Pennsylvania - Page 161
Abdel Ross Wentz - History - 1916 - 213 pages
When John Powell, under-sheriff of Lancaster County, affirms that these men
lived ' on the West side of the ...
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General index to the Colonial records: in 16 volumes, and to the ...
General index to the Colonial records: in 16 volumes, and to the ... - Page 304
Samuel Hazard - History - 1860 - 653 pages
Powell, John, &c, petition against another ferry on Schuylkill, ii., 277. Ferry
not granted, 289. ' Under Sheriff of Lancaster county, ...
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might possibly required On page 101 of the same Volume a reprint from the Lancaster Miscellany gives us additional facts on the origin of our town The writer says that from examining documents etc that The first deed for lots in the town of Lancaster bear date 1735 We remark the names of Jacob Funk and Frederick Stroble and John Powell The date of their deeds is May 20th 1735 John Powell's lot was situated at the corner of Orange and Duke Streets Dr Du Fresne resides on and owns the lot of Fred Stroble George Gibson's date of deed is 14th Jan 1740 for lot No 221
Saturday, February 20, 2010
An authentic history of Lancaster County: in the state of Pennsylvania By Jacob Isidor Mombert Pg 139
In 1 715 Thomas Chalkley, a Quaker English- man, visited the Shawanese and Conestoga towns, where he preached to the Indians. Governor Wil- liam Keith, of Pennsylvania, visited the Shawa- nese and held a conference with them and other Indians at Conestoga, July 18, 1717, and also in June, 1722.
When we turn to the public activi- ties of those early neighbors of Con- estoga, we find that thirty-eight of them were signers of the petition in 1728 to create the county of Lancas- ter out of 188 signers from the entire county, or over one-fifth."* This sec- tion furnished more signers according to the area than any other. Jones, the Hendrickee, Postlethwaites, Gales, (283) Swifts, Linyllls. Worleys, Pattersons. McCurrys, Bakers, Middletons and Wilkinses, Hughs, Willises, Mitchells, Briane, Powells, and Ludf
senting the Engli8h,a man, Ferree, Barr, Funk, Lmnon, Hans- packer, Miller and others, represent- ing the German^Swiss, aU signed it
Quaker Needed Protection
WALTON, MARTHA. Philadelphia. Widow. February 10, 1736/37. September 25, 1741. F.247. Children: Benjamin, Joseph, Malacly, Nathaniel, Mary (wife of John Addis), Elizabeth (wife of James Waterman), Esther (wife of Joseph Roberts), Margaret (wife of John Powell). Exec: Nathaniel Walton. Wit: Robert and Elizabeth Adams.