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  • ID: I20795
  • Name: George A. Powell
  • Surname: Powell
  • Given Name: George A.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1 Nov 1794 in , Pendleton, South Carolina 1
  • Christening: 1
  • Death: 5 Feb 1872 in Warrior River, Blount, Alabama 1
  • Burial: Nectar Cemetery, Nectar, Blount, Alabama 1
  • LDS Baptism: 1990 Temple: PORTL
  • Endowment: 1990 Temple: PORTL
  • Baptism: Religion: Presbyterian 1
  • CONF: Reared 11 children and at one time owned 27 slaves 1
  • Note:
    George Powell Father: James Powell Birth: 1 November 1794 - Pendleton, SC
    George Powell Subdivision 17, Blount, AL abt 1795 South Carolina 1850
    Geo Powell Division 1, Blount, AL 66 abt 1794 South Carolina Male 1860
    George Powell Township 12 Range 1, Blount, AL abt 1795 South Carolina White Male 1870






    Family Data Collection - Individual Records Record
    Name: George Powell
    Spouse: Elizabeth Davis
    Parents: James Powell , Rebecca Bynum
    Birth Place: Distriot, Pendleton, SC
    Birth Date: 11 November 1794
    Marriage Date: 1812
    Death Place: Warrior River
    Death Date: 2 May 1872

    Source Citation: Birth year: 1794; Birth city: Pendleton; Birth state: SC.
    Source Information:
    Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2000. Description: The Family Data Collection - Individual Records database was created while gathering genealogical data for use in the study of human genetics and disease.



    Jan Allison <beachmouse@gulftel.com>

    Moved from Pendleton Co., SC to Blount Co., AL

    Occupation: Teacher and long time Surveyor of Blount Co., AL area

    Source: Email DHud060353@aol.com on April 8, 1998:

    George Powell, pioneer settler and historian of Blount county, was born in 1794, Pendleton District, SC and died 2-5-1842 at his home on the Warrior River, son of James and Rebecca (BYNUM) Powell; great grandson of John, Sr. and Mary (CROMWELL) Powell of S.C., the latter being a relative of Oliver Cromwell. He was educated in the log house schools of Pendleton District and continued his education by means of a local study club that progressed through the subject of trigonometry; he read, and lated studied, surveying and geology. He removed to Alabama in 1819, and acquired lands on Turkey Creek, Blount County. He rendered important service to the U.S. surveryors on their original survey of the region, he erected the first grist mill on Turkey Creek, in all that region. In 1821, he began to teach, and moved his school about to suit the convenience of the settlers. He was appointed to survey Blount county and was county surveyor for forty years. He piloted the first flat boat down the Warrior River to Mobile. In 1838, he began the study of geology and his private explorations and discoveries of mineral deposits attracted the attention of State geologist Toumey, who in 1848 visited him and from that time cooperated with him in mineral surveys of Blount, Jefferson, Winston, Walker, Marion, Lawrence and Franklin Counties. In respect for his geological and educational work, in 1855, he was elected a life member of the Alabama historical society. In 1850 he was a member of the Order of the Sons of Temperance, and an ardent prohibitionist. He was a Whig, then a Democrat and States Rights man. Married in 1812 to Elizabeth, daughter of Jonathan and Nancy (KIRKSEY) Davis, of Pendleton, S.C.. Children 1. Anthony Wayne 2. Jonathan Winchester, 3. Christopher Columbus, 4. Mary md Jesse HUGHES, 5. Nancy Kirksey md. Julius TIDMORE, 6. Rebecca Laura, 7. Lumima Rogers md. Thomas EUBANKS, 8. Alice md. Tyler DICKERSON, 9. Violaulta Elizabeth md. Wilson B. CLOWDUS, of Oneonta, Blount County. Last residence: Blount County.

    Pedigree: f Richard and Mabel Stephens Crick. Plus Connecting Families
    Entries: 21549 Updated: Thu Apr 8 18:41:14 2004 Contact: richard crick
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    /John Powell
    /John Powell
    | \Mary Cromwell
    /James Powell b: 1764 d: 1854
    | \Alice Brewer
    George Powell b: 1794 d: 5 FEB 1842
    | /John Baynham b: 1590 d: 1623
    | /John Bynum 2 b: 1616 d: JUN 1691
    | /James Bynum b: 1666/1667 d: 1723
    | | | /George Blow
    | | \Rosamond Blow b: 1635 d: AFT 1664
    | /William Bynum b: 1690/1700 d: 1746
    | | | /Luke Mizell b: ABT 1614 d: 1673
    | | \Elizabeth Mizell b: 1670 d: AFT 1706
    | | \Deborah Lawrence d: BEF 23 JUL 1679
    | /William Bynum Jr. b: 1724 d: AFT 1807
    | | | /Elias Fort Jr.
    | | | /John Fort
    | | | | \Elizabeth Sugars
    | | \Mary Fort b: ABT 1690
    | | \Elizabeth Jordan
    \Rebecca Bynum b: ABT 1770 d: 1851
    \Mary Crocker b: ABT 1720

    1860 Census Blount County, Alabama pg 37. Owens Dictionary of Alabama Biography Vol. IV pg 1381.

    George Powell was educated in the log house schools of the Pendleton District and continued his education in a local study club that progressed through the subject of trigonometry. He read, and later studied, surveying and geology. After marriage he moved to Blount County AL in 1819 and acquired lands on Turkey Creek. His parents, and some brothers and sisters also lived nearby. Because of his knowledge of surveying and geology, he was able to be of important service to the U.S. Surveyors in the original survey of the region.

    In 1821 he Began to teach. He moved his school about to suit the convenience of the settlers. He was appointed to survey Blount County and was the county surveyor for forty years as well as a farmer. He is also said to have piloted the first flatboat down the Warrior River to Mobile.

    In 1838 he continued his studies in geology. His private explorations and discoveries of mineral deposits attracted the attention of Michael Tormey, professor of geology and mineralogy at the state university, and he was also the state geologist. In 1848, Mr. Toumey visited with George and from time to time cooperated with him in mineral surveys of Blount, Jefferson, Winston, Walker, Marion, Lawrence and Franklin Counties.

    In 1850 he was a member of the Order of the Sons of Temperance and an ardent prohibitionist. He was a Whig, then a Democrat and a states right man.

    In 1855, the Alabama Historical Society was attempting to have the histories of all Alabama Counties recorded. Professor Toumey, a member of the society, and acquainted with Powell's abilities, insisted that Powell write the Blount County history. "Mr. Powell wrote a manuscript under the belief that he was merely furnishing material to be wrought by another hand into a more complete shape before publication" (Remininences of Fifty Years, Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, 1899-1903). Instead, the society thought it in the best interests of their intent" to publish it without "changing, to any material extent the original manuscript." At the annual meeting in Tuscaloosa July 9th and 10th, 1855, the society passed resolutions "directing the publication of the 'History of Blount County, written by Mr. George Powell, of Blount, and making George Powell of Blount County...a life member of this Society with fee remitted."

    Headstone of George reads, "Homesite and Grave of George Powell Planter, trader, historian, geologist, surveyor."
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    Father: James Powell b: 9 Sep 1759 in , , Virginia
    Mother: Rebecca Bynum b: ABT 1769 in , Johnson, North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Kirksey Davis b: 1796 in , Pendleton, South Carolina
    • Married: 1812 in , Pendleton, South Carolina 1
    • Note: Not sure were Joseph came from.
    Children
    1. Has No Children Anthony Wayne Powell b: ABT 1813 in , Blount, Alabama
    2. Has Children Mary C. Powell b: 14 Feb 1818 in , Blount, Alabama
    3. Has Children Jonathan Winchester Powell b: ABT 1822 in , Blount, Alabama
    4. Has Children Nancy Kirksey Powell b: 20 Jan 1823 in Turkey Creek, Blount, Alabama
    5. Has No Children Rebecca Laura Powell b: ABT 1828 in , Blount, Alabama
    6. Has No Children Lumima Rogers Powell b: ABT 1830 in , Blount, Alabama
    7. Has No Children Christopher Columbus Powell b: 26 Apr 1831 in , Blount, Alabama
    8. Has No Children Joseph Powell b: 1835 in AL
    9. Has No Children Alice Powell b: 1839 in , Blount, Alabama
    10. Has Children Violantha Elizabeth Powell b: Jul 1848 in , Blount, Alabama

    Sources:
    1. Title: Amy E. Garber, P.O. Box 1115, Newport News, VA 23601, 8/10/1998, email aegarber@cvinet.com