Name: Nathaniel POWELL
Change Date: 25 NOV 2010
Birth: ABT 1587
Death: 1622 in Jamestown, VA
[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:
"TO THE GLORY OF GOD
COMMORATIVE OF THE FIRST
REPRESENATIVE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
HELD IN AMERICA WHICH MET IN THIS COUNTY
IN THE CHURCH AT JAMESTOWN ON JULY 30, 1619.
'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
CAPTAIN NATHANIEL POWELL
Senior counselor and acting Governor April 1619, and
CAPTAIN WILLIAM POWELL
Burgess from James City County
This endowment tablet has been erected by one of the descendants of
CAPTAIN WILLIAM POWELL
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
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
Joyce TRACY b: ABT 1590 in England