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      Hey everyone,

      This is for everyone searching for the Powell's...

      Marilyn

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      America's First Families
      Ancestor Roll Of Honor



      CAPTAIN WILLIAM POWELL
      JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA
      (abt.1577-1623)

      Special thanks go to the 1999 and the Powell research team of Roger Alex
      Powell of Texas, Joann
      Rhome Herring of Alaska and Flo DeFoor of Missouri whose combined six
      decades of prior Powell family
      research led to an assemblage of a vast bulk of Powell documented
      evidence of which this biography is
      based.

      THE POWELL SURNAME
      From Family Surname History and Coat of Arms is on the Internet at
      http://www.infokey.com/cgi-bin/getname, "The history of this ancient
      Breconshire family traces its
      ancestry as a family of Welsh origin before the year 1100 and appears
      first in the ancient records in
      Breconshire." From Colonial families of the United States of America:
      Volume 1:"The POWELL'S of
      Loudoun County, Virginia, are descended from the family of that name in
      the County of Brecknock or
      Brecon in Wales. The name of POWELL was ap [son of] HOWELL until the
      time of William ap HOWELL,
      of Bevalt, A. D., 1550, who was called William POWELL. "

      WILLIAM'S PARENTS
      One version of the parents of Captain William POWELL is given in Family
      Tree Maker's CDROM #5,:
      William POWELL (b. cir. 1470 - d. cir. 1530) Castle Madoc, Wales; (son
      of Wm.) Hugh POWELL (b. cir.
      1510 - d. cir. 1570) m. Elizabeth GWYN, cir. 1530; (son of Hugh) Hugh
      POWELL (b. 1545 - d. cir. 1600)
      m. Ann (Unknown); (son of Hugh, Jr) Captain William POWELL (1585-1623)
      m. (1) Elizabeth WELLES
      (2) m. Margaret STITT. A second parent version, the one used here, is
      Capt. William POWELL (abt. 1577
      - abt 1623) had a father John POWELL (abt 1558 - ?) of St. Olave Parish,
      Surrey Co, England who
      married abt 1576 in England of an unknown lady born in England.

      WILLIAM POWELL
      William POWELL was born ABT 1577 (or possibly 1585) in St. Olave Parish,
      Surrey Co, in England. He
      married (1) ABT 1599, in England, Elizabeth WELLES, born AFT 1585 in St.
      Olave Parish, Surrey Co,
      England and who presumably died abt 1619 (or aft 1628) in Virginia, and
      married (2) BEF 1621 in
      England, Margaret STITT, born ABT 1589 in and, and died AFT 1628 in
      Surry Co, VA. William died in
      1623.

      WILLIAM'S BROTHERS & RELATIVES
      William had two (or more) brothers who also immigrated to early
      Virginia: (1) Nathaniel POWELL, Sea
      Captain & Gov. born ABT 1587 in England (1598?),1 occupation Acting Gov.
      Jamestown who married
      ABT 1607 in England, Joyce TRACEY born ABT 1590 in England (daughter of
      William TRACEY, Sea
      Captain Esquire. Nathaniel died 22 Mar 1622 in VA, hacked to death by
      Indians. Nathaniel had
      immigrated 13 May 1607, (E1607) in either the "Discovery" or the
      "Godspeed"; and (2) Thomas POWELL
      was born ABT 1590 in Powellton, Suffolk, married BEF 1618, in England
      Gody UNKNOWN born ABT
      1590 in England, ABT 1618 Emigrated to VA to East shore on the ship
      "Sampson". Thomas died 9 Feb
      1687 on Isle of Wight, VA, and buried: 12 Jul 1626, He petitioned for
      his brother Captain Nathaniel Powell
      lands in 1626 and won.

      William POWELL, John SMITH and John BURROW appear to be related - In
      "Colonial Surry" by John B.
      Boddie, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1966, p. 53, it
      says, "John SMITH, ancient
      planter, came over in the Ship "Elizabeth" in 1611. He later purchased
      or rented "Burrows Hill" and called
      "Smith's Mount". He and Captain William POWELL were brothers-in-law of
      the Provost Marshall of
      Middlesex County, England, quite an influential gentleman in the
      Virginia Company." From another
      source (Flo DeFoor by email): "Capt. [William] POWELL and Capt. John
      SMITH (not the swashbuckler
      John SMITH of the original colonists) were brothers-in-law of the
      Provost Marshall John BURROWS. But I
      never found out if it was through Capt. POWELL'S wife Margaret [STITT],
      Capt. SMITH'S wife Susannah,
      or John BURROW'S wife Bridgette or what. [Note A John BURROW is shown in
      the 16 Feb 1623 VA
      census. It isn't always clear which John SMITH is being referred to in
      these documents.]

      WILLIAM WAS AN EARLY JAMESTOWN EMMIGRANT
      The record isn't clear whether William POWELL's first emigration trip
      was in 1607 or 1608. In one
      account, the first appearance of the name of POWELL in Virginia is found
      in Smith's "History of
      Virginia.", Captain William sailed from Blackwell, England [one of 105
      men and boys] with his "trusted
      friend" John SMITH on 19 Dec 1606 with the three Captain Christopher
      NEWPORT ships, "Susan
      Constant," "Godspeed" and "Discovery" (which entered Chesapeake Bay on
      20 Apr 1607), [and arrived at
      the location of future Jamestown site on 13 May 1607], or possibly on
      the "Sea-Venture" or "Mary &
      Margaret" (landed May 1607), arriving as the first wave of colonists in
      the new American continent in
      1607, the year of the founding of Jamestown in what later would become
      the United States of America.
      Virginia is known as the "Cradle of the Republic". Alternately or
      additionally, he may have been in the
      2nd supply, because in the "List of Settlers by Occupation in the 2nd
      Supply of Fall 1608", by the
      Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA),
      http://www.apva.org/history/2ndsup.html
      is, "Master [William?] POWELL, tradesman", so apparently Captain William
      POWELL was in the 2nd
      supply of Sep 1608 after the 1607 census. But both he and his wife
      Elizabeth WELLES were also in the
      3rd supply of 23 May 1610 after the ill-fated "Sea Venture" ship wreck
      on a Bermuda offshore reef.

      MILITARY CAPTAIN WILLIAM POWELL'S LEADERSHIP AT JAMESTOWN
      From "A True Discourse of the Present State of Virginia, 1615", Ralph
      Hamor, "Records of the Virginia
      Company of London," edited by Susan M. Kingsbury, Washington, 1933-1935,
      Volume III, pp. 87, 169,
      Volume IV, pp. 111, 209: "At first such an office [military office]
      served at the pleasure of the Governor.
      Ralph HAMOR mentioned in 1614 that "Master John SCARFE, Lieutenant to
      Captain WEST held that
      post. But in 1617, Governor Samuel ARGALL appointed William POWELL for
      life to be "Captain of his
      guards and company, Lieutenant Governor and Commander of James Town
      blockhouses and people
      there."; Also from "Jamestown 1544-1699," Carl Bridenbaugh, Oxford
      University Press, 1980: "But in
      1617 Governor Samuel ARGALL appointed William POWELL for life to be
      "Captain of his guards and
      company, Lieutenant Governor, and Commander of James Town blockhouses
      and people there." William
      POWELL is always spoken of as a man of character and worth, "a gentleman
      of great name and fortune,"
      and one of John SMITH's "trusted friends." He was one of the largest
      planters in the Colony and
      represented James City in the First House of Burgesses of Virginia,
      which assembled in the choir of the
      Jamestown church at Jamestown on the 30th July, 1619." His Chippokes
      Plantation which originates
      from a 1619 land grant is now part of Chippokes Plantation State Park,
      "One of the oldest working farms
      in the nation, is a living historical exhibit located in a rural
      agricultural area along the James River in Surry
      County... The plantation has kept its original boundaries since the
      1600s and has a variety of cultivated
      gardens and native woodland..."

      CAPTAIN WILLIAM POWELL KILLED IN A MILITARY ACTION BY INDIANS
      Portions from a summary email post by Roger POWELL: "Most accounts
      allude to Captain Nathaniel,
      William's brother, being beheaded by the Indians in the Great Massacre
      of March 22, 1622 [where 350
      were killed and the population dropped to 1050. Then the ship "Abigail"
      docked on 12 Dec 1622 with
      infected passengers and dropped the colony to 500.]. There are accounts
      that say when Captain William
      POWELL killed the three Indians, and, out of remorse for his brother's
      death and that of his family, he
      beheaded them. Then when he was ambushed in late January or early
      February of 1623, almost a year
      later, he was beheaded by the Chickahomonies." Roger continues, "By
      whatever version of Captain
      William's death, it is presumed to be in early 1623, either January or
      February. The various dates given
      are only a few days apart, generally the last week of January or so and
      early February.

      WILLIAM'S WIDOW MARRIED EDWARD BLANEY
      From "Colonial Surry", John B. Boddie, Genealogical Publishing Company,
      Baltimore, 1966, p. 55:
      "Captain POWELL led an expedition against the Chickahomonies and was
      killed by them between
      January 20 and January 24, 1623. Captain POWELL's widow married Edward
      BLANEY"
      Submitted by; John Patrick Peck of Pittsburgh, PA

      The Children of Capt. William POWELL and Elizabeth WELLES were.

      1. THOMAS, Sr. b. abt. 1600, m. abt. 1629, Lucretia______.
      2. Capt, GEORGE, b. abt. 1609, m. abt. 1626 Annie________.
      3. CUTHBERT, b. abt. 1610, m. abt. 1634 Mary SAYRE.
      4. ANN, b. abt. 1611, m. abt. 1632 William PARKER.
      5. (possibly) SAMUEL, b. abt 1616, m. abt. 1638 Ann______.

      The Children of Capt. William POWELL and 2nd wife Margaret STITTS were

      1. ALICE, b. abt. 1622, m. abt. 1642 Thomas WARREN, Sea Capt.


      NOMINATED TO AMERICA'S FIRST FAMILIES ANCESTOR ROLL OF
      HONOR BY;

      CAPT. WILLIAM POWELL'S 17TH GENERATION GREAT GRANDSON

      JOHN PATRICK PECK
      of PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA



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