John Taylor/Powell (1755 - d.)

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"It is said that the children and grandchildren of Hannah Lightfoot and George IV used the surnames of Taylor and Powell. When I was in Highschool in the 1970's the grandmother of three of our classmates also attended. She was a certain Mrs Powell who did bear a striking resemblance to the Queen. She told me that her grandfather (or great grandfather) was sent to Tasmania as a boy . She said he was a son of George III by Hannah Lightfoot and her family still had articles with the Royal coat of arms on them. I later found through research that the descendants of Hannah used the names of Taylor and Powell (among others) and I wondered if Mrs Powell was using her maiden name and not her married name. She was an amazing woman who went back to school when she was 76 and then on to University.

However it is more likely that the John Powell who came to Tasmania was a great-grandson rather than a son of George III. His was John Powell b.1806 in England and married Mary Ann Baker in Tasmania in 1842. He was the son of William and Ann Powell. William was the son of John Taylor/ Powell the reputed son of Hannah Lightfoot.

Prince George used the name of Isaac Axford when they married secretly in 1753 and Hannah used the name Ann Axford with the permission and assistance of the real Isaac Axford and his family.One of the sons John Taylor/Powell was the father of Sarah Powell who married James Dalton. Some researchers state that she was the daughter of Hannah rather than her granddaughter. However this would seem to be very unlikely. The daughter of Hannah was called Mary Taylor/Powell." Athol Bloomer

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