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Charles Powell, Sr. (son of Charles "The Elder" Powell and Elizabeth Unknown)1361, 1362 was born May 26, 1740 in Stafford County, Virginia1363, 1364, and died Aft. October 1810 in Mercer County, Kentucky1365, 1366. He married Sarah Gholson on 17641367, 1368, daughter of Anthony Gholson and Mary Sandridge.

 Includes NotesNotes for Charles Powell, Sr.:


Charles Powell Bible
The information from the "Powell Bible" was copied from the Bible in the possession of David Jackson McWilliams, 2508 Rio Grande, Austin, Texas in 1938. David McWilliams was a grandson of Sarah Catherine Powell and Rev. Henry T. Hart, and a great-grandson of Dr. David Powell. The information was given to Searcy Ballard Powell and his wife, Tinnie Byrd Powell, who resided in Wilson, Oklahoma, where he was president of the bank at that time, in 1938. Searcy Powell was a son of Thomas Jefferson Powell (1847-1904) and his wife, Alice Miller Powell. Thomas Powell and Sarah Catherine Hart were brother and sister. In 1958 William Garland Button, great-grandson of Polly Powell Mallone, received the Powell Bible information from Tinnie Byrd Powell. At that time David McWilliams no longer lived at the Austin address.
We are searching for the Powell Bible. If anyone can help with any clues as the whereabouts of any descendants of Sarah Catherine Powell Hart, her daughter who married the mysterious Mr. McWilliams, or David Jackson McWilliams of Austin, Texas, please contact Fleta Aday.

The Charles Powell Bible enteries:

Children of Charles Powel, Sr. and Sarah (Gholoson)
Agathy Powel was born November 3, 1765
Lewsey Powel was born September 26, 1767
Anthoney Powel was born November 19, 1769
Rhoda Powel was born march 9, 1772
Charles Powel was born July 5, 1774
Lewis Powel was born October 29, 1776
Mary Ann Powel was born July 30, 1779
Sarah Powel was born February 1, 1782

Children of Charles Powel, Jr. and Leah

Sarah (Sally) Powel was born October 5, 1798
Lewis Powel was born September 27, 1800
Henry Powel was born May 3, 1802
John Powel was born June 19, 1803
David Powel was born March 11, 1805
Jacob Powel was born January 18, 1807
Cyrus Powel was born October 31, 1808
Polly Powel was born October 1, 1810
Walton Powel was born January 24, 1812
Elijah Powel was born March 15, 1813
Elisha Powel was born March 15, 1815
Goldman Powel was born April 11, 1817

Charles Powel's decease was June the 9th day 1819
Leah Powel's decease was July the 19th day 1827

Charles Powel-His book
God gave him Grace Therein to look

Charles Powell In the First Artillery Continental Troops
Extracted from National Archives Records

Appointed January 3, 1777, for 3 years
At Valley Forge June 3, 1778 , Pay rate $9 a month paid in New York currency, in 1778
At Camp White Plains August 8, 1778
Sick in Camp at Camp Fredericksburg October 1, 1778
Promoted to Sergeant October 1, 1778 Pay rate $10
At Camp Pluckamin December 21, 1778
At Middle Brook June 3, 1779
At Camp Smith's Clove July 4, 1779
At New Windsor August 3, 1779
Discharged January 10, 1780 - Morristown, New Jersey
Wrost Winter of 1780 aritcle at The History Net

On Sept. 1, 1783 Charles Powell signed as recieving 79 Pounds, 8 sh., 5 pn.

Charles Powell In the Spotsylvania County Militia
Spotsylvania County Patriots 1774-1786
Published by Virginia Book Company

During the fall of 1776, the members of seven companies of Spotsylvania County Militia became incenced at the requirement to attend general musters at the Courthouse in Fredericksburg. Because of the the militiamen resolved to petition for the privilege of attending musters in a more central location.......
Misspellings and abbreviations are just as they appear on the petitions.

Captains Stubblefield's Company

Beverley Williams, Harry Stubblefield, Jas Wiglesworth, Lewis Holladay, James Holladay, Abell Steers, William Wigleworth, John Smith, John Graves, Samuel Bullock, Clayton Coleman, William Brooks, Jos. Duarson, David Sandidge, Wm. Ehterton, W. Cason, Harris Coleman, John Chiles, Henry Chiles , William Blaydes , Jos. True, John Talbert, Phillip Daye, Jos. Etherton, David Pullaim, Thomas Gaddis, Henry Lane, Thos. Turner, Samuel Trainam, Thos. True, James Cason, Robt. Shepherd, John Knight, Wm. Purkins, James Wheeler, Phillip Johnson, Robt. Hart, John Canahan, Rolings Pullaim, Richd Murf, Charles Cosby, Thos. Ward, John Sanders, Mosis Wheeler, Charles Powel, Dudly Harris, Joel Lewis, Nickles Merriwether

Charles Powell In the Halifax County Militia

A list of the mens names belonging to Maj. Jones Battalion of Militia who have deserted, Distinguishing those who carried off their arms from those who did not, also those who deserted from their post. Cabin Point Feb 23, 1781.
John Anderson,Judfood Parrott, John Pulliman, Macajah Simms, Ashwell Stone, Isham Turner, Elijah Parrott, Thomas Watkin, William Warmack, William Young, William Dye, William Taylor, Jacob Miller, John Foster, Thomas Whitlock, Reubin Graves, John Hall, Thomas Brooks, Joseph Peterson, William Davis Moses Turner, John Smithey, Robert Wade, Zacheriah Hill John Carter, Charles Powell, David Jones
Note: These are the 27 names of men from Halifax County on this list. Charles Powell is listed as taking his gun, bayonet, cartridge box, flint, and cartridges. Everyone on the list is listed as deserting "From Post". We have only the first page of this list. We do not know the total number off pages. This page contains 41 names with others from Buckingham, Bedford and Mecklenburg County.

Sarah Vs. Charles Powell Sr.
Mercer County Kentucky Records
Judgment Box P #7 - S. Powell Vs. C. Powell

To the honorable judge of the Mercer Circuit Court in Chancery, the presentation? of your oratrix, Sarah Powell, humbly complaining to your honor herewith that about forty years ago she unfortunately intermarried with a certain Charles Powell in the Commonwealth of Virginia by a marriage solemnized according to the then existing laws of that state. That she was at that time possessed of and invested with in her own right, one hundred acres of land in Spotsyvania County and afterwards received at the death of her father a legacy of personal estate and a female slave. She further states that at the time of the marriage ? the said Powell had no real estate and no personal estate except a horse and wearing apparel nor has he ever received to her knowledge and belief to the amount of 20 S. from any relation or by any legacy in donation whatever. She further states land aforesaid? has been long since sold and from the proceeds thereof and from the increase of the Negro aforesaid? the estate of said Powell hath accrued and negroated?? Your oratrix states that many years after the marriage aforesaid the said Defendant treated her with customary tenderness and affection and she states that she has uniformity treated him with that perfect? and affection which moral and social duty enjoined in her as a wife. But about four years ago the affection of the said Powell without any provocation on her part became alienated from your orartix and he has since treated her with cruelty and indignity which no patience could bear and which humanity? never ought to be subjected to. Your oratrix expressly charges that he has given her every reason to believe and she does believe that he has long lived in a state of fornication with negroess slaves, that he has indulged himself in her presence with every dalliance short of fornication with her female salves for more than eight months now. She expressly charges that he has repeatedly beaten her with his fists and with sticks in a cruel and unmerciful manner so as to endanger her life. That he has once attempted to smother her to death. That he is in the practice of dispersing the estate to which she has certainly in ? a claim equal to his and has lately bartered away a very valuable negro man at a vast under value for the purpose of possessing a negro girl as your oratrix readily believes for the use of prostitution. And in the mean time has refused to your oratrix the necessities of life, has banished her from his house and advertised her with a probation against any person dealing? with her. She further states that the said Charles has at this time the following property To Wit Track of land whereon he now resides in the County of Mercer containing upwards of one hundred acres, one negro by the name of Tom, one negro woman by the name of Liddy, one other by the name of Doray, one negro boy by the name of Jeffery, one by the name of Jorden, one negro girl by the name of Mirah, one negro boy by the name of Tony which is now in the possession of Nimrod Greenwood and that a certain William Hall is indebted to the said Charles in a large sum of money but the particular amount is not ascertained by her, (and a bond for 400 acres on one owing). She further states that the Deft. Charles is also in the possession and hath a right to valuable stocks of every kind To Wit Horses, Cows, Hogs, Sheep, and household furniture. She states that she and said Charles hath eight children all of whom are of full age and married and left their parents. She states that the Deft. Charles hath at different times and not long since beat and abused her with great cruelty and inhumanity and without any reasonable or justifiable cause and that he hath driven her from his bed and board and refuseth to make any kind of provision for her or in any way to afford her any relief or protection altho the Deft doth well knowest in equity he ought to furnish her with a reasonable alimony or support but now so it is and may it please your honors that he Deft Charles is almost constantly in a state of intoxication and making imprudent? and losing bargains to the great injury of his estate and at other times he gives it out in speeches that he will either sell his property and leave the state in a short time taking the proceeds of the sale with him, or that he will leave the state and take his negro with him and sale of the land to the end to defraud your oratrix of her alimony or support. All which actings and doings of the Deft. and his confederates are contrary to equity and justice and intended to defraud and injure your oratrix in this behalf. In tender consideration in hereof and for as much as your oratrix is remidless? in the premisses by the strict rules of the common law and can only find relief in the honorable court of Chancery where matters of this kind are properly heard and relief ? to the end therefore that justice may be done in the behalf she prays that the Deft. may be compelled to answer this bill and each allegation thereof on his corporal oath, in as full and complete manner as if the same was here again ? and interrogated. And she prays that by your decree to be pronounced herein, that the said defendant may be decreed to allow your oratrix her alimony or make such provision for her support on the equity of the case may require, and she prays of your honors your Commonwealth writ of subpena to compel an answer hereto and your commonwealths writ of injunction to restrain and enjoin the said defendant from selling or in any disposing of the said tract of land whereon he now resides and from selling or in any way dispossessing of the said negro or any of them To Wit Negro Tom, Liddy, Jeffery, Jorden, Miriah, Dorah, and Tony until the further order of the Deft. from leaving this state until the further order of this court and taking with him the said negro case can be heard by your honors, and she prays such other and further relief to the equity of her case may entitle her to and she ? duty bound will pray. J. L. Bridges Atty. for Complainant Mercer Circuit Court This day the within Complainant Sarah Powel Personally appears before me a justice of the peace for the said County and made oath that what she hath stated in the within bill from her own knowledge is true and what she hath stated from information about she believes to be also given under my hand the first of July 1807. Archibald Bilbo J. P. 1807 June Ingt & ne exeat? granted? &bond & security given June rule for answer? July rule for answer? contd Aug bill taken proven

Sarah & Charles Powell Seperation Agreement
Mercer County Kentucky Deed Book

Article of agreement entered into this 13th day of August 1807 between Charles Powell Senior of the county of Mercer of the one part and Jer. Briscoe of the county the other part witnesseth that whereas some unhappy differences has taken place between me Charles Powell and my wife Sarah Powell which is the cause of her seeking protection amongst her children and her neighbors and in order that our disputes may come to a final issue and all matters adjusted between us and believing it to be a duty I owe to my wife as she has equally with myself bore the heat of the day in procuring the title property we now possess which she has not only the right to claim from her services rendered but from her possessing a considerable part when she intermarried with me and as she is now far advanced in years and very infirm and wishing her welfare and also to manifest to the world my upright intentions and in order that she may be well provided for. I covenant and agree and by those present do bind myself and heirs in the penal sum of six hundred pounds to deliver to Jeremiah Briscoe and to secure the same by a proper bill of sale five Negroes, to wit, Lid, a black woman 27 years old and Tony, Jeff, Jordain, and Mirah, children of said black woman except Tony, also the one half of my stock of cattle, sheep and hogs and the whole of the kitchen furniture, twenty barrels of indian corn to be paid next fall. Also one roan mare and two yearling colts, each bridled with a stirrup cross? , also one feather bed which she now has in her possession, all and every species of the aforesaid property. I do bind myself to warrant to aforesaid Jeremiah Briscoe and his heirs and for and in consideration of the said property the said Briscoe doth bind himself in the penal sum of six hundred pounds to pay to Sarah Powell the lawful interest due yearly on the sum of one thousand dollars and the sum of ten dollars part of the principal and what ever shall remain of the principal at the death of Sarah Powell to be paid to any person or persons she may by will authorize to receive it in eighteen months after her death with lawful interest due therein and if it should so happen that the said Sarah Powell should fail to bequeath her money the above way, in that case, the aforesaid Jer. Briscoe is bound to pay the aforesaid sum to the heirs of Charles Powell Senior in an equal proportion and in the same time as above named and in order that this instrument of writing may be fully understood it is expressedly named and agreed by Charles Powell Senior and Sarah his wife that the money be paid in different payments to be made in the lifetime of the said Sarah Powell is for her benefit and to be paid to her and her only and no other person as long as she lives and afterwards in the manner above named and all receipts given by her and properly attested shall be credited but all frauds in said receipts liable to detection if any should happen. It is also understood by Charles Powell and Sarah Powell his wife that the sum be paid to the Sarah Powell by the aforesaid Jeremiah Briscoe in constituted of all her dower and as full compensation from Charles Powell to his wife Sarah Powell and she does release the said Powell from every obligation he is under to her as a husband. In witness we have here unto set our hands and seals the date within.
Charles Powell Sr. Jeremiah Briscoe Sarah X Powell (her mark)
Test. Avery Dye } Fountery Dye } Robert Burton } mark
Note in margin of paper--Dec'd? to G. H. Briscoe Adm.? of Sarah Powell Dec'd August 1834. Mercer County, Kentucky Deed Book 6, Pages 372-376

Charles Powell Sr. Inventory
Mercer County Kentucky

An Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Charles Powell Dec'd. taken this 13th of July 1810
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dollars Cents
108 acres of land at $3.50 per acre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$378.00
A quantity of oats and corn in the ground. . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00
56 Hogs; $42 -- Eight sheep $8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50.00
One Bay Horse $40. One roan Horse $20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60.00
One Bay Horse $2.50. One brindle Cow & Calf . . . . . . . . . . . 10.50
One Pied Cow & Calf $8. One white Cow & Calf $6 . . . . . . . . . 14.66
One Pied Heifer $4.50. One red Heifer $3. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.50
One Cart $4. A quantity of Dry Corn $37 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.00
One half bushel measure 50 cents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
One Bar Jack Plough $3.35 . One shovel Plough $1. . . . . . . . . 4.33
One mans Saddle $10. One bed and furniture $13. . . . . . . . . . 23.00
One bed and furniture $16. One shot gun $5 . . . . . . . . . . . 21.00
One cupboard $16.66 . One Chest $2.75 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19.41
A quantity of Bed and wearing cloths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.66
Two books. A razor & strap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.50
A quantity of yarn $2.50. One Hat 25 cents. . . . . . . . . . . . 2.75
A parcel of leather $3. A pair of spectacles 25 cents . . . . . . 3.25
A pair of cotton cards 75 cents. Cupboard furniture $6 . . . . . 6.75
An old pair of Saddle bags & scythe & cradle . . . . . . . . . . . 1.12
A meal tub Hogs Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.00
One grindstone tools at $7. A number of carpenter tools $2 . . 9.00
One skillet $1. Chairs $1.25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.25
One colter? and two iron wedges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.00
Three wheels & a reel $5.50 One table and a pair of cards? . . . 7.50
Drawing gurs? & potmettle? $2.50. Wooden vessels? $2.50 . . . . . 5.00
One churn and table basin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.00
A Cann? and fat tub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.50
A quantity of bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.00
A stone hammer and trowels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.50
Amount . . . . . 738.695/6
Arch. Bilbo}
Nimrod Greenwood}
John Goodnight} Aps.
Robt. Burton}
NOTE: Paper found in Charles Powell file in Mercer County Historical Society records. Transcribed by Fleta Aday. Total should be $ 738.695/6

Slaves Named in Wills, Deeds and other Documents
Virginia Records || Kentucky Records

Our research on Charles Powell Sr. (b. 1740 Stafford Co. VA, to Halifax Co. VA 1779, to Mercer Co. KY 1790, d. 1810 Mercer Co. KY) has led The Three Sisters to conclude that he fathered one or more children by one or more of his black slaves in Mercer Co. KY. His wife, Sarah Gholson Powell, in a suit in Mercer Co. in 1807 "…charges that he[Charles Powell Sr.] has given her every reason to believe and she does believe that he has long lived in a state of fornication with Negroess slaves, that he has indulged himself in her presence with every dalliance short of fornication with her female salves for more than eight months now…"

Slaves named in Charles Powell documents are Tom, Dorah, Tony, and Lid and her children: Jeff, Jordain, and Mirah. Tom and Dorah were freed by Charles Powell in his will in 1810 and Tony, Lid and her children were sold to Jeremiah Briscoe in 1807. Surnames for Black Slaves associated with our Powell family could carry any number of surnames including: Powell, Gholson, Prewitt, and Birscoe. The Three Sisters are interested in locating present day descendants of the above named persons

Slaves Named in Wills, Deeds and other Documents
Virginia Records || Kentucky Records


Spotsylvania Co. VA
County Court Book pg. 392 (1730-1738)
Tilley, a Negro girl belonging to Anthony Ghoston is adjudged to be 14 years of age
Tom a Negro boy belonging to said Golston is 16 years of age
Book 1739-1749
Daniel a Negro boy belonging to Anthony Golston is adjudged to be 16 years old

Spotsylvania Co. VA
Will Book A pg 443
March 11 1746 probated June 2 1747
Will of Williams Sanidge
States he is of St. George Parish Spotsylanvia Co., VA
Wife Ann Sanidge
To son Williams, land at Elk Neck and 1 shillin
To son James, 500 acres and a Negro named Isaac
To son David 500 acres and a Negro named Frank
To son John, my youngest son, 400 acres whereon I now live and a Negro named Abram
To daughter Gholson 3 shillings
To grandaughter Sarah Gholson 100 acres of land adjoining the lands where my son-in-law Golson and lives
Executors: Wife Ann and sons James and David

Charlotte Co. VA Tax list
Joseph Prewitt 1 tithe
Isham Prewit Jr. 1 white male tithe and 1 black named Harry
Isham Prewit Sr. 1 white male tithe and 3 blacks named Peter, Moll, Will
David Prewit
Source: 1935 DAR research on Gholson, Powell, Prewitt, Bottom, Coulter VA>KY

Orange Co. VA
Book 13 pg 330
Aug 8 1763
Anthony Gholson of St. Thomas Parish Orange Co. VA
To son John Gholson 1 lot of land I bought of Nath'l Greer and a Negro named Ben
Book 13 pg 505
April 25 1763?
Jane Gholson
To her son John
Negroes named Tom, Bob, Venus, Phillis, Judy, Creese, Ben, Little Tom, Cupid, Mary, Billy …All Negroes left me by my husband Anthony Gholson dec'd
Recorded Dec 3 1764
Wit: Robert Johnson, Nat'l Greer, Elizabeth Greer
Source: 1935 DAR research on Gholson, Powell, Prewitt, Bottom, Coulter VA>KY

Halifax Co. VA
Will Book pg 213
April 3 1780
Anthony Gholson Jr. Estate Apprisial
Negro Man Daniel 2000
Negro Man Harrey 3000
Negro Man Bobb 2000
Negro Man Cupid 3000
Negro Sue & Child 3500
Negro Woman Phillis 3000
Negro Pender do & Child 4000
Negro do Bell & Child 2000
Negro Boy Adam 2000
Negro Boy Tom 2000
Negro Boy Peter 1500
Negro Girl Milley 800
Full Inventory

Charlotte Co. VA Tax List
Isham Prewit Sr. and Anthony Prewit his son
And blacks named Peter, Will, Moll and Jesse
Isham Perwitt Jr. and blacks named Harry, Agnes Bildah, Philis
Source: 1935 DAR research on Gholson, Powell, Prewitt, Bottom, Coulter VA>KY

Halifax Co. VA Tax List
Mary Gholson 225 acres with
Slaves named Bob, Henry, Bett, Philis, Lace, Pinder, Adam, Major, Isaac, Jean, Patt, Beck
Source: 1935 DAR research on Gholson, Powell, Prewitt, Bottom, Coulter VA>KY

Henrico Co. VA
Book 2 pg 99
Sept 29 1789 Proved Dec. Ct. 1789
Will of Thomas Bottom
To my daughter Mary Bottom 1 Negro girl named Sarah

Halifax Co. VA
Book 23 Page 591
Anthony Powell sold to Thomas Stanfield for $700.03; six Negroes: Jenny, Ellsey, Jack, Miller, Tom, and Jacob - signed by Thomas Watkins Sr.

Slaves Named in Wills, Deeds and other Documents
Virginia Records || Kentucky Records


Mercer Co. Ky
Will Book 3 page 207
March 1803
Will of Isham Prewitt
To sons Isham, David and Joseph 5 shillings as as they have been given their part
To daughter Molly Petty 5 shillings has had her part
To his daughter Frances Walker
To his youngest son Anthony Prewitt 100 acres of land which he had bought from his son David Prewitt
To son Anthony also a slave named Peter
Executors: Son Anthony and Phillip Walker
Will proved Dec. 1806
Note: In the Charlotte Co., VA taxes this slave Peter is listed in the property of Isham Pruitt Sr.
Isham Pruitt by deed in Charlotte Co. VA had given each son: Isham Jr., David and Joseph 100 acres in 1778

Powell vs. Powell
Mercer Co. KY - Deed Book 6 pg 372-376
Charles Powell Sr. to Jeremiah Briscoe
Whereas some unhappy differences has taken place between me Charles Powell and my wife Sarah Powell…
For $600 to Jeremiah Briscoe five Negroes to wit:
Lid, a black woman 27 years old and Tony, Jeff, Jordain, and Mirah, children of said black woman except Tony, also half my stock of cattle, sheep and hogs and the whole of the kitchen furniture, twenty barrels of Indian corn to be paid next fall…
Note: It seems likely from other legal documents related to the separation of Charles and Sarah Powell that one or more Lid's children was fathered by Charles Powell. Possible surnames for the children: Powell, Briscoe, Briscro, or Gholson
Full text of document

Charles Powell Will
Mercer County Kentucky
Will Book 4
Pages 112-114
…I will that all my just debts be paid and that my Negro man Tom and my Negro woman Doriah be emancipated and enjoy their freedom from and after my death…
set my hand and affixed my seal this 27th day of March 1810
Proved July 1810
Note: Surname of Tom and Doriah is likely Powell but could possibly be Gholson

More About Charles Powell, Sr. and Sarah Gholson:
Marriage: 17641369, 1370

Children of Charles Powell, Sr. and Sarah Gholson are:
  1. +Lewis Powell, b. October 29, 1776, Halifax County, Virginia1371, 1372, d. October 1840, Mercer County, Kentucky1373, 1374.
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