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  • ID: I2031492
  • Name: Nathaniel POWELL
  • Change Date: 25 NOV 2010
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1587
  • Death: 1622 in Jamestown, VA
  • Note:
    [I don't think this Nathaniel Powell could be the brother of our John
    Powell who was a poor young man from Wales.]
    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.
    Residences & events:
    Port of Powele-Brooke, VA. According to the passenger list he arrived
    with his wife and daughter, destination "to Mr Tracey," apparently
    joining the in-laws.
    They settled on 600 acres on the south side of the James River known
    as Powell Brook and later Merchant's Hope.
    Capt. Nathaniel was among the most prominent of the early settlers,
    rising to governor of VA, serving until his death. The following was
    taken from a plaque in Burton Parish, Williamsburg, VA:
    'Where Sir George Yeardley the Governor being sett downe in his
    accustomed place in the quire have of the counsel of the Estate sate
    nexte him on both handes but foreasmuch as mens affairs doe little
    prosper where Gods service is neglected, all the Burgess tooke their
    places in the quire till a prayer was said by Mr Burke, the minister,
    that it would please God to guide and sanctify all our prodeecings to
    his own glory and the good of this plantation.
    and in Special memory of
    Senior counselor and acting Governor April 1619, and
    Burgess from James City County
    This endowment tablet has been erected by one of the descendants of
    in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and seven
    Both he and his pregnant wife, as well as 10 others, were killed in
    the 1622 Massacre by the Powhattan Indians. The administrator of
    Nathaniel's estate was Capt. William Powell (relationship not
    established) who was sent to avenge the massacre and was himself
    killed in 1623 before the estate was settled.
    William's widow remarried and her new husband tried to seize
    the estate but was prevented from doing so by the following petition
    sent from England:
    "The petition of Thos. Powell in behalf of himself and his poor
    brothers and sisters to the Privy Council, that whereas Capt.
    Nathaniel Powell died about three years since seized of lands in
    Virginia to a good value, whereupon petitioner being the elder brother
    took out letters of administration in London, that the Governor and
    Council of Virginia have certified that one William Powell no way kin
    to the deceased had before administered to said estate, that said
    William Powell being since dead and said estate come to the hands of
    one Mr. Blaney that married the relict of William Powell the late
    Commissioners for Virginia by letter of 3 november 1624 desired the
    Governor and Council there to examine the cause, but the ships for
    Virginia having departed hence before said letter was obtained and the
    sickness immediately after spreading thro the City of London,
    petitioners had no means of sending it. Said Commissioners being
    dissolved pray their Lordships to renew the like letter in
    petitioner's behalf."
    Apparently the commissioners did act in the petitioner's behalf as
    shown by the next item: "Thos Powell of Powellton, Suffolk County,
    England his brother and heir, sold the estate to John Taylor 'citizen
    and girdler' of Longon."
    Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660 .
    (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987) pp. 2, 20,
    p. 2 1607 Undated. List of first settlers at Jamestown Island,
    Virginia, in 1607 as noted by Captain John Smith:
    Gentlemen: ... Nathaniell Powell, ...
    p. 20 1620 September 3. List of men sent for plantation in Virginia
    [with notes by John Smyth in parentheses]:
    William Tracy Esq [died 8 April 1621]; Mary Tracy his wife; Thomas
    Tracy their son [returned to England]; Joyce Tracy their daughter
    [married Captain Nathaniel Powell & both slain]; ...

    Father: John POWELL b: 1558 in Southwark, Surrey, Eng
    Mother: Hester [UNKNOWN] b: ABT 1558 in England

    Marriage 1 Joyce TRACY b: ABT 1590 in England
    • Married:
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