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  • Name: Willliam POWER
  • Given Name: Willliam
  • Surname: POWER
  • Prefix: Major
  • Suffix: III
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1817 in PA
  • Death: 1899 in Landisburg, Tyrone Tp, Perry Co PA
  • Reference Number: 1382
  • Event: Farmer Occ
  • Event: Major; In Civil War Military
  • _UID: 7460674FA3274DA19EFCE1008F2E573E0F4D
  • Change Date: 27 Feb 2012 at 10:38
  • Note:
    From Sue Barr <mailto:10.emlet@telus.net>:
    I have a copy of (Major)William Power's obituary, a lengthy one. He died in 1899 in Landisburg. His first wife was Rebecca Kennedy and they had 8 children, 5 of whom lived until after 1900 (they and their spouses are in the obituary). His 2nd wife was Mrs. Catherine Baker, a widow. This 2nd marriage produced no children and she out-lived husband William Power. The obituary states that his father was John, not William, Power and that his mother was a Snyder. It also states that both he and his brother John were raised primarily by their grandparents William and Mary Power.

    From Kathy Hugo <kahugo@adelphia.net>:
    Power's History
    William Power married a Nelson from around Bloomfield and lived on a large farm near Landisburg, Pa. He was my mother's (Maud Power Roadman) great grandfather. They were very rich and wore powdered wigs, shoes with buckles, used solid silver on their table, entertained a lot with large parties etc. (I , Mildred Roadman, have a teapot of theirs). She was my great-great grandmother. They both inherited money and left $25,000 to each of their two grandchildren. They had one son, William Power who went to Carlisle to study law, but did not graduate. He eloped with a Snyder girl, and his parents disowned him and wouldn't let him come home. They had two children: William and John Power. Their grandparents raised them when their mother died at the birth of John. He married a second time and had children, but mother (Maud Power Roadman) does not know who or where they are. They first lived in Landisburg. The children used to come back and visit my Aunt Elizabeth Whitmer. She said they were nicer and amounted to more than the first two boys. John married and lived at Williamsport and Harrisburg. He was in the Legislature at Harrisburg for several terms. He wore high silk hats and carried a cane. He had three children, William worked in a Phila. Post Office . There were two girls, one Emma. William, the son later became a bum. John in late years lost all be had and came and lived with is brother, William on the farm and died in the Poor House. [There really was a place called The Poor House, AKA The County Home, *K.H.] He was secretary while there. He was very aristocratic, had a soft low voice, snow white hair and very mannerly as mother remembers him. Her father, William Power, and his son William and John Power kept bachelors hall on the farm after his wife died and his girls were married.
    William Power, John brother, married Rebecca Kennedy and lived on the farm at Landisburg with his grandparents. They had nine children: my mother Maud, was the youngest. She was born during the Civil War, when her father was away at the war. Rebecca , his wife, ran the farm and they said she ran it better then he did. My mother was two years old before her father saw her, when the war was over. Her mother was a good manager and almost paid off her husband's debts, while he was away. But when he came back he bailed people again and lost most of his money that way.
    Rebecca Power died in 1869, when mother was five years old. She was 51 years old. Mother lived with her sisters most of the time after Julia and Ann were married. They had the first piano in that part of the country. Brought it from Baltimore and paid $1000 for it.
    When the grandparents died, William their son was an old man and he came home and lived with his son William on the farm. He would gather nuts to sell for whiskey. Mother's dad didn't drink then, but in later years he ran for office and started to drink. In later years he drank a great deal and married again. He married Kate Baker. Mother lived with them sometimes. He owned in late years the farm in Landisburg where Aunt Mary and Uncle William lived. They had three children: Frank, Ethel and Helen.
    William Power was born in 1817 and Rebecca Power was born in 1818. [Note: Tombstone says 1820-1872, *K.H.]
    Other notes in the journal: Wm. Power, died Sept. 12, 83, age 58 yrs.
    Mary Nelson Power died Feb. 24, 1853, age 78 years.
    John Power, in Legislature at Harrisburg ) died Oct. 24, 1853, age 58 yrs. 2 mo. 18 days. Had three children: Wm Power - lived in Philadelphia, Emma, and another girl.
    James-son of John & Hannah Power, died Feb. 26, 1856, 22 yrs. old.
    Anna Belle Power, died Dec. 1861, (Dec. 6), age 15 yrs. 10 m os. 15 days.
    I have several photos including a young unknown William Kennedy, various Whitmer photos, Rose Kennedy, Frank, Ethel and Helen Power, "Willie" and Grace Power taken in Washburn, Ill., Maud Power taken in Ill. (not my g-grandmother). Unknown Power male, photo says" Maud Powers' brother", taken in Ill., I believe it is John S. aka "Scott" Power. Some Fleisher pictures. Picture of Maud's "home back east". [kh]
    Journal was written by Mildred Roadman March 2, 1943, (my aunt), daughter of Maud Patterson Power Roadman, and granddaughter of William Power and Rebecca Kennedy.

    From "History of Perry County," Page 965:
    "At the mouth of Laurel Run, Robert Scott took up, September 22, 1767, a tract containing one hundred and ninety-one acres, and in 1794 warranted three hundred acres adjoining, which later passed to WILLIAM POWER, KNOWN AS TYRONE WILLIAM POWER, who was for many years a merchant at Landisburg. He died in 1831, and left his real estate to his grandsons, William and John Power. The William Power, Jr. farm later was sold to William Lightner, son of Henry. At his death it was bought by Samuel R. Lightner, son of Jacob, who now owns it. William Power, Jr. now resides at Landisburg. John Power lived on his farm for several years, carried on a tannery at Ickesburg, was in the service in the last war and died in Harrisburg. His farm was sold years ago to Peter Shaffer, by whom it was conveyed to the present owner, Peter Lightner".
    The next paragraph in this book talks about William Patterson who settled on the adjoining property in 1753. In 1814, Francis Patterson had a saw-mill and later an oil-mill which was operated in 1825 by Thomas Patterson. My great grandmother's name was Maud PATTERSON Power Roadman, strange middle name for a woman, so must have had some signifance.
    Rebecca Kennedy (wife of Wm. Power) is buried in the Landisburg Cemetery next to her parents, Joseph Hays Kennedy (1787-1839) son of William Kennedy (1744-1839) and Charity Hays (1756/60-1831) and for whom "Kennedy's Valley" is allegedly named. Joseph manufactured nails by hand in Landisburg. He was married to Rebecca Reed (1788-1861). They had nine children: William 1808-1882, John 1811-1864, Josiah 1814-1891, Mary 1815-1877 (Shipp), Joseph, Rebecca (Power), Lucinda 1823-1904 (Blackburn), Julia (Dean), and Emily (Mullin).
    John Kennedy is buried in the Power Cemetery, Perry Co., Pa.
    Josiah Kennedy married Susannah Rumple, buried in Landisburg Cemetery beside parents Joseph Hays Kennedy, his wife Rebecca, and sister Rebecca Kennedy Power.
    Lucinda Kennedy Blackburn is buried in the Stahlstown Cemetery, PA (10 miles from me).
    Rebecca Power Roadman and husband Walter are also buried in Stahlstown.
    **Family rumor has it that Charity Hays was the disowned sister of Lord North, Prime Minister of England and scapegoat for the American Revolution. She was heir to a fortune that was declined by the son Joseph Hays Kennedy because "it might cause his daughters Julia and Emily to lose their soul."
    Other Kennedy researchers I've found with a Lord North "connection" through the sister (Charity Hays) are Doris Albers of Texas, Gayden Warmald of Canada, and Mark Finger of Alabama. Other Kennedy researchers say the connection was through the Kennedy's but ALL researchers in the direct line of Joseph Hays Kennedy have some knowledge of a 200+ year old rumor which has never been verified. Interesting………
    William Power, the son of William and Mary Nelson who was disowned, is not in the Landisburg cemetery and if he had other children, by then he would have been in his 50's so it's possible, I guess. I don't know what happened to this William, but I do recall seeing a marker in a cemetery in Loysville "William H. Power", no other Power names nearby.
    William H. Power (b. 1858), son of William and Rebecca Kennedy, married Mary Lightner (b. 1863), so possibly I am looking for three men named William H. Power, if they were indeed William I, II, and William Power III.

    There is a Power's Cemetery, on the Rice farm not far from New Bloomfield, Perry County, PA.
    Buried there are:
    1. William Power, died 12 Sep 1831, age 58 yrs. (1773-1831). The grandfather in the journal. Parents unknown.
    2. Mary, wife of William Power, died 24 Feb. 1853, age 78 yrs. The grandmother. Parents unknown. Could this be Mary "Polly" Neilson who married Wm. Power in 1793? The dates would fit for having a son born around that time who could father another William by 1819……..
    3. Annabella, dau. of Wm. and Rebecca Power, died 6 Dec. 1861, age 15
    4. John Power, died 21 Aug 1853, age 58 (1795-1853). If this is the younger brother of William the disowned son whose mother died at the birth of John, then this Wm. would have been born before 1795. If his mother was "Polly Neilson/Mary Nelson" he may have been born 1793 or 1794.
    5. Jas. Williamson, son of John and Hannah Power, died 26 Feb 1856, in his 22nd year. {I do not know Hannah's maiden name, KH}.
    6. John D. Kennedy, born 28 Mar 1811, died May 1864 (this is brother of Rebecca Kennedy).

    These facts are identical to the names, ages, and dates I have in my journal.
    In addition, several members of the Lightner family are buried in the Power Cemetery including Mathias Lightner (1736-1739), his wife Eva Maria Power? and a young daughter.
    Julia Lightner (1804-1854) married to John Waggoner is buried there. Her parents were Henry and Mary Lightner.
    Note: William Lightner, son of Henry Lightner (b. 1782) and Mary Power (b.1785) daughter of Samuel Power, bought the old "Tyrone" William Power farm from William Power Jr.
    After the death of William Lightner, the Power farm was purchased by Samuel R. Lightner (1828-1911), son of Jacob Lightner (b. 1776) and Susannah Sheibley (b. 1787). *Info taken from Garman-Barr family tree on Rootsweb.com.

    Tyrone Tp, Perry Co PA:
    1814 Assesment - William Power assessed for a store.

    1820 Census, Tyrone Tp, Perry Co PA:
    Pg. 311 #317 Power, Wm Esq. 1 M>45, 1 F 16-26, 1 F 26-45.

    1840 Census, Tyrone Tp, Perry Co PA:
    HOH William Power
    males 2 b 1810-1820, 1 b 1820-1825
    females 1 b 1810-1820, 1 b 1820-1825

    1850 Census: $1000? ($7000?) all in house born in PA.
    HOH William Power, age 31. Farmer
    Rebecca, age 28
    Elisabeth, age 9
    Lucinda, age 7
    Anabella, age 5
    Julia A., age 2
    Mary Power, age 73, (widow of William who died 1831).
    John Power, age 55, laborer
    Nickison? Power, age 16, laborer. Son of John & Hannah???

    1870 Census: Landisburg, Perry Co., PA (All born in Pa, PP $400):
    HOH William Power 1819- Retired farmer
    Wife: Rebecca 1820-
    Children:
    Julia 1848
    John S. 1851
    Anna 1853
    William 1858
    Maud 1864

    1880 Farm Census, Tyrone Tp, Perry Co PA (on hand in 1880 or produced in 1879):
    William Power, owns, 55 acres improved tilled meadow or pasture, 77 ac woodland & forest, $3500 farm value, $150 farming implements and machinery, $300 livestock, $100 cost of building & repairing fences, $50 cost of fertilizers, $100 farm wages, $475 value of farm production sold or consumed, 10 ac grass mown, 45 ac grass not mown, 15 tons hay, 5 bushels clover seed, 1 horse, 3 mules or asses, 3 milch cows, 5 other cows, 1 calf dropped, 1 cattle purchased, 1 cattle sold, 1 cow slaughtered, 150 lbs butter, 3 swine, 25 barnyard poultry, 25 other poultry, 364 eggs, 8 ac Indian corn, 350 bushels Indian corn, 3 1/4 ac oats, 160 bushels oats, 16 ac wheat, 300 bushels wheat, 3 ac apples, 40 bearing apple trees, $84 value of orchard products sold or consumed, 10 cords wood cut, $15 value of wood products sold or consumed

    1900 Census: Landisburg, Perry Co., Pa. All born in PA.
    HOH William H. Power. Sept. 1858, farmer, owns farm, this marriage 17 years.
    Wife: Mary L. born Feb. 1863, this marriage 17 yrs.
    Three children living: Ethel M. Power, b. Oct. 1886. Have photo, kh
    Frank E. Power, born Oct. 1888 Have photo, kh
    Helen E. Power born Nov. 1897. Married a "Seeds. Have photo, kh

    1910 Census: HIGH ST., LANDISBURG, PERRY CO., PA
    HOH William H. Power 1858-Farmer
    Wife: m. 1884 Mary. L. born 1863
    Children: Ethel M. 1887-single
    Frank E. born 1889-single, Odd job laborer
    Helen E. Power, born 1898-]]




    Father: John POWER
    Mother: SNYDER

    Marriage 1 Rebecca KENNEDY b: 16 Nov 1820 in PA
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 14 Dec 2008
    Children
    1. Has No Children Lucinda POWER
    2. Has No Children Mary Elizabeth POWER
    3. Has Children John Scott POWER b: Sep 1851 in PA
    4. Has No Children Belle POWER
    5. Has No Children Julia POWER b: 1848 in PA
    6. Has No Children Anna POWER b: 1853 in PA
    7. Has Children William H. POWER b: 22 Sep 1858 in nr Landisburg, Tyrone Tp, Perry Co PA
    8. Has Children Maude Patterson POWER b: 1864 in PA

    Marriage 2 Catherine
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 14 Dec 2008

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