"A SEARCH FOR THE PARENTAGE OF JOSEPH POWELL Born"
Fn: Fran11Jan09SearchforParentsof JosephPowell (14Jan09 (2,200 words) _______________________________________________________________________ A SEARCH FOR THE PARENTAGE OF JOSEPH POWELL Born 1760-1770 died 1848 BEAVER CO., PA A STUDY BY COSTON EDWARD (SKIP) POWELL AND MARY FRAN (WEST) POWELL Our proved ancestor, Joseph POWELL, born presumably PA, 1760-1770 per census analysis, died intestate Beaver Co., PA 1848. We have copies of the court proceedings dealing with Joseph’s (1760/1770-1848) intestacy to include an 1849 petition to partition Joseph’s lands. That petition to partition identifies all our Joseph’s children. There is no question the Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848) enumerated on the Allegheny Co., PA census of 1790, is, indeed, our ancestor. The place of birth, parentage and siblings of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848) is being researched by cousins, Coston Edward “Skip” POWELL and Mary F. “Fran” POWELL. Skip and Frederick POWELL, Sr. and lineal descendants of Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848); Fran is Fred’s wife, keeper of Fred’s family history. The current research project for Skip and Fran is verification of the information provided by the paper, The Powells of Chester County; that was written by Darleen SPEER and based on her own research as well as the research of Marisu TERRY and Jim WIDMER. In that paper, the entire genealogy of a Joseph POWELL is provided, based on Quaker records of Sadsbury Monthly Meetings, Chester Co., PA. Joseph POWELL, born 1757 to William and Rachel WILLIAMS POWELL, is our purported ancestor, according to the information found and published in The Powells of Chester County. A descendant of Joseph POWELL through one of Joseph’s grandsons, Daniel POWELL, Darleen SPEER**, about 1998 and/or 1999 organized an online research group that was composed of descendants of Joseph and Barbara (BEAM) POWELL. The purpose of the approximately 20-members research group was to help each other in our efforts to locate and document the place of birth, parentage and siblings of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848). The paper entitled The Powells of Chester County that was written by Darleen SPEER was distributed via email to members of the research group and also a copy was contributed to The Beaver County Research Center (now BCG&HS) in Beaver Falls, PA. The Powells of Chester County has been printed and re-printed and published across many of these United States. No Joseph POWELL descendant with whom contact has been established, questioned/doubted that research paper to reflect the origins and parentage of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848) . According to The Powells of Chester County, information on the parentage and siblings of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848) was found among Quaker records of the Sadsbury Monthly Meeting, compiled by Edward WRIGHT in his Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Volume 3. William POWELL, purported father of our Joseph (1760/1770-1848) was a son of Joseph POWELL and his wife Mary (Unknown- maybe/doubtful Engel/Engle) POWELL. William POWELL married Rachel WILLIAMS with consent of their parents, 21st of 11th month, 1754, and to them were born these children: Anna, born 25th of 7th month, 1755; Joseph born 7th of 5th month, 1757; John born 22nd of 2nd month, 1759; Alce (sic) born 12th of 1st month, 1761; William born 27th of 1st month, 1763; Isaac born 3rd of 1st month, 1765; Mary born 1st of 5th month, 1767; Rachel born 4th of 7th month, 1769; Phebe born 22nd of 9th month, 1771 and Thomas born 25th of 12th month, 1773. In 2005, Skip POWELL and I began working together in efforts to verify the research of Darleen SPEER, Marisu TERRY and Joe WIDMER, as was written in The Powells of Chester County. A second goal of our research and verification was to locate and follow up on each of our Joseph’s (1760/1770-1848) siblings in order to write a complete genealogy of the family. Early in our research/verification of The Powells of Chester County, we ordered a copy of Edward WRIGHT’S Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Volume 3, as these were documents on which the parentage and siblings of our Joseph’s (1760/1770-1848) was based. On page 59 we found: “20th day 12th month, 1786 It appears that Rachel Powell, widow, hath moved with several of her children to the back inhabited parts of Pennsylvania, about 20 miles from Westland. Her children who are grown to mature years are William, Isaac, Mary, Phebe, Thomas and Sarah Powell”. Skip and I were dismayed to see that our (purported) Joseph born 1757 was omitted from this list. As William and Isaac were age 21 and over, Joseph was not omitted due to his having reached his majority. We were puzzled by this omission. Had Joseph left the Quaker faith? Further research was necessary. Very curious indeed by our Joseph’s name having been omitted from the Quaker Sadsbury Monthly Meeting Minutes as a child of Rachel POWELL who had “grown to maturity”, we began in earnest to backtrack our proved Joseph (1760/1770-1848) from Allegheny County and again to our dismay we found no record of any kind of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848). Although the researchers and writers of The Powells of Chester County found no problem with that omission of Joseph born 1757, Skip and I wondered why the omission had occurred. It appeared that our Joseph (1760/1770-1848) had fallen from the sky as a full-grown man in 1790 Allegheny County. We did not find any information beyond his birth date of the Joseph POWELL, born 1757 Sadsbury, Chester Co., PA, to William and Rachel (WILLIAMS) POWELL. The sources we have each searched while looking for evidence of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848) and Joseph POWELL born 1757, Sadsbury, Chester Co., PA, are numerous, both online and hands-on in various repositories. A listing of those sources is available upon request. For now, suffice it to say among land, tax, military, marriage, probate proceedings of POWELLs of Chester County, Washington County and Allegheny County, we have found no reference to Joseph POWELL, born 1757, and one reference to our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848). Our Joseph was involved in an Allegheny County ejectment lawsuit about 1814. Before ending discussion of the Sadsbury Quaker records, it is noteworthy that found among those records is evidence Anna, Alice (Alce) and John married outside the Quaker faith. Clearly, William POWELL of Sadsbury, Chester Co., PA had died by 1786 as in that year his wife, Rachel POWELL was designated widow in the Quaker Sadsbury Monthly Meetings. Found among Allegheny County land records was a 1799 deed for land purchased/patented by Rachel POWELL, widow. Rachel acknowledged sale of that land from Crawford Co., PA. Crawford was formed from Allegheny about 1800. Our Joseph (1760/1770-1848) was enumerated 1790 Allegheny County as was Isaac POWELL (2 of them). Our Joseph had in his household, one male over age 16, himself, and one female including heads of household, presumably Barbara (BEAM) POWELL, his wife. Isaac POWELL had one male age 16 and over, himself, and four females including heads of household, living in his Allegheny County 1790 household (Phebe, Sarah, Rachel POWELL and Rachel (WILLIAMS) POWELL, widow, and mother of all of them. Following up on Rachel POWELL’s Allegheny County/Crawford County land record, we found in the Crawford County Genealogy Magazine Volume VII, Number 2, Fall 1984 edition, beginning page 96, copy of a talk given in 1908 by Margaret POWELL, descendant of Thomas and Isabella (FULTON) POWELL,(please note that Thomas was a son of William and Rachel (WILLIAMS) POWELL) to the Crawford County Genealogical Society. Miss POWELL’s talk was entitled History of The Powell Family of East Fairfield Township*: Margaret POWELL cited as the sources of information for her talk: a Powell Bible published 1752 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Bible at time of Miss POWELL’s presentation was in possession of John Fulton POWELL who was present during Miss POWELL’s talk; Alce (sic) POWELL, daughter of Thomas and Isabella (FULTON) POWELL, was present 1908 when Miss POWELL gave her talk on History of The Powell Family of East Fairfield Township. From that History of The Powell Family of East Fairfield Township as presented 1908 by Margaret POWELL are these notes of relevance to our quest for the parentage of our Joseph POWELL(1760/1770-1848) : William POWELL was born in Wales and with his parents settled in Chester Co., PA where he met and married Rachel WILLIAMS; Isaac and Thomas POWELL had been cut into Crawford County when that county was formed, 1800, and they, their mother, Rachel, their sister, Rachel, and their sister, Phebe, lived out their days in Crawford County. The sister, Sarah, married John ASH and relocated to Butler Co., PA. In her 1908 presentation to the Crawford County Genealogy Society, Margaret POWELL informed that Thomas POWELL began going to his French Creek farm 1797 (when he was 24 years of age) working it and clearing it during the summers, but returning to Allegheny County during the winters, to be near his father’s family who then lived in Allegheny County. 18 June 1805, Thomas POWELL married Isabella FULTON; John POWELL settled at Wolf Creek, Butler Co., PA; Rachel POWELL married George MASON and “lived on the MORRIS place”; Isaac POWELL and his sister, Phebe POWELL never married and settled on the POWELL”farm on the hill”; Joseph POWELL died of smallpox when a young man; Anna POWELL married a man by the name of MCCONAHUE (Catholic) and they had two children, Thomas and Alzadee. Joseph POWELL died as a young man of small pox! This statement by Miss Margaret POWELL has both confirmed our suspicions and created consternation. Fran’s conclusions: it is my conclusion to accept the testimony of Miss Margaret POWELL (A Teacher. Apparently an educated person) in her presentation History of The Powell Family of East Fairfield Township: Joseph POWELL born 1757, second child and first son of William and Rachel (WILLIAMS) POWELL, died of smallpox as a young man. While no other record of the death of Joseph POWELL, born 1757 to William and Rachel (WILLIAMS) POWELL has been found, it seems to this researcher that Rachel (WILLIAMS) POWELL and the five of her children who moved to Crawford Co., PA and there lived out their days would have known whether their son/brother had died of smallpox. For parentage and siblings of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848), we must begin a new search. Skip’s conclusions and comments: There are a number of Powell Trees on WEB who connect to our missing Joseph Powell, several extending back to a David, the Great Grandson of Thomas, Sr. (ca 1640-1714) immigrated from Wales or England and died in Chester Co, PA. HOWEVER, now viewed in the ‘full-light’ of today, no connection to ‘our’ Joseph can be proved. Being known to each other since birth as full cousins, Fred and I jointly joined the POWELL DNA PROECT (http://home.flash.net/~parino/powell- surname-dna-project.htm) hoping for a match within dozens of participating Powell’s. We are 85885. True there are some close matches, but all are too far distant for any search optimism. There is one DNA perfect match, a descendant of Joseph & Barbara Beam’s #3 child Joseph (1793-1870) and Sophia BONZO. Fred and I are from their #9 child Jacob (1806-1893) and Lydia EMERICK. An unproven source, with close matching birth/death dates of our missing Joseph is the birth of a Joseph in Baden-Baden (Germany), not distant from the origins of the BEAM family, the source of our Joseph proven spouse, Barbara. Searches of known immigration and ‘shakey’ ship records produced ‘no clue’ of Joseph arrival from Europe? Study of the many documented Powell Family trees would indicate that the Powell’s came to the USofA mostly from Wales or England, some Ireland, initially settling in eastern Pennsylvania, many in the late 1600s. Much of this re-settlement must have been prompted by William Penn’s desire for settlers. It is also known that Penn did travel through-out Europe. Such travels may have been why the BEAMS came to America from Germany about 1742. Not distant from their homeland is Baden-Baden (Germany). Interesting, is that a Joseph/Barbara descendant claim, neither Joseph nor Barbara spoke English, only German. Perhaps the conclusion is: The BEAMS came from Germany to USofA, why not ‘our’ Joseph? *Coston Edward “Skip” Powell, lineal descendant of Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848) and first cousin to Frederick E. Powell, Sr., husband of Mary F. (WEST) POWELL. Skip and Fred descend from Jacob POWELL, son of Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848). email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org **Darleen SPEER is a descendant of Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848) through a grandson of Joseph, Daniel POWELL. Darleen resided at time of writing her paper, The Powells of Chester County, was in CA and Darleen used email address email@example.com. Internet search efforts have failed to locate Darleen SPEER, Marisu TERRY, Sue and Dennis POLING (who also did some Chester Co., PA research into the parentage of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848), for discussion of our newly discovered information regarding Joseph POWELL, born 1757, as father of our Joseph POWELL (1760/1770-1848). Skip has located Joe WIDMER, and we hope to discuss our findings with him. 14 January 2009 +++