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THE POWELL LINE
THE name is of Welsh origin and was originally Ap Howell, being gradually contracted to POWELL, this was done by abbreviating AP HOWELL, leaving out the letters A and H.
The first family of Powells lived in Brechnockshire, South Wales, now known as Breconshire. The Powells are descendants of the Royal Family of Wales, coming from one of the sons of the old Kings of Wales. Castle Madoc Brecon, in the County of Brechnoc, Wales, was their home. Three of the family were Judges on the Kings Bench in England.
The year of our Lord (1087), is as far back as we have been able to trace the Powell Family. During the reign of William Rufus (1087); at which period "Lord Brecon" whose name was "Bleddyn Ap Maenyrch Ap Driffyn Ap Hwgan". It was in this year that his Lordship was invaded by Bernard Newmarch, (a Norman); who with his forces defeated Lord Brecon in battle at Caerbaunan. In this battle Lord Brecon was slain and his body was carried by his two sons to the Abbey of Strata Florida, Cardiganshire, and there buried.
The lands of his Lordship were divided by Newmarch (The Norman), between himself and his followers; EXCEPT A SMALL PART, WHICH THE SONS OF HIS LORDSHIP WERE ALLOWED TO RETAIN. From one of these sons, name Bleguryd, descended in the 5th degree, Einon Sais. Third in descent from Einon Sais, was Llewllyn, who married Matilda, daughter of Jenan Ap Rhys Ap Ivor, of Ebrel, by whom he had two sons:
Howell, ancestor of the Powells and David Gam, celebrated in Welsh History as the enemy of Owen Gledower, (and more renowned for his valor at Agincourt); where he supported the English monarch Henry V.
Howell married Margaret, the daughter of Gwyllym Philip Thomas ap Elydor; by this marriage there were two sons and two daughters. The elder son, Gwylden Dew, married Mary, the daughter of Jenkins Richard Jenkins, of Aberyschin; there was a son, Howell Dew, by this marriage. Howell Dew married the daughter of Roger Modoc Rich David; by this marriage there was a son, Gwyllym. Gwyllym married Catherine, the daughter of John Rees Jenkins, of Glynedd; by this marriage there was a son, Howell, of Argoed.
Howell was married twice.
His first wife was Margaret, the daughter of William John Haverd. They had one son, "Thomas" his heir, and one daughter, Margaret Maud--Margaret Maud became the wife of John Meredith Watkins Morgan. Howell's second wife was Eleanor, the daughter of Roger Vaughn, their children were:
William Powell, of Bwalt--Ancestor of the Powells of Cimen.
Thomas Powell, who married Sibil, daughter of Sir William Vaughn Knt and by this marriage there was a son, William, of Castle Madoc.
William Powell, of Castle Madoc, married Matilda, daughter of Griffith Jeffrey, of Glyntane, and by this marriage there was a son, Hugh Powell.
Hugh Powell married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Gwyn, of Trecastle, and by this marriage there were three sons and one daughter: William Powell (his heir), Second (Name unknown), Thomas Powell and Janet Powell.
William Powell married Ann, daughter of Rees Keemys, of Llanvair ys Coed; they had by this marriage five daughters and three sons: Hugh Powell, Thomas Powell and Griffith Powell.
Hugh Powell was the father of Captain John Powell; also Anthony Powell.
Captain John Powell was the first Governor of the Isle of Barbadoes, under English rule.
Anthony Powell was Military Commander of Sir Walter Raleigh's Colonists, who first landed in America in 1583, at Roanoke Island, Virginia, where Fort Raleigh was built, and Powell's Point on the coast was named in his honor. He was killed at St. Augustine in 1586, in the expedition of Sir Francis Drake against the Spaniards.
Captain Nathaniel Powell, who came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, wrote much of John Smith's "History of Virginia", and it was he who made the first Map of Virginia, and sent it back to England, where it is now preserved in the British Museum.
In 1618, Captain Nathaniel Powell was Governor of Virginia, for a short time. He was appointed a member of the Council in 1621. He married a Miss Tracy, daughter of William Tracy, who brought a Colony to Virginia in 1620; she was the granddaughter of Sir John Tracy.
Captain Nathaniel Powell and all his family, were massacred by Opechanough, at Powell's Brook, March 22, 1622; twelve in all were murdered. No person was better known among the Indians; yet they slew him and his family, haggled their bodies and cut off his head to express their utmost scorn and cruelty.
Sir Stephen Powell, who was a brother of Captain Nathaniel Powell, had a son, William Powell, who came to America as a young man in 1620; this William married in this country and had children, among them a Thomas. William died and his children were scattered among friends.
Powell of Mindenhall, England, married Agnes Webb (daughter of John Webb, Esq.). From the above union came the descendants of the American family of Powells. The representative of the family in England was Nathaniel Powell, Esq., of Buckhurst Hall, Essex County
The land upon which Williamsburg, Virginia, was built, was first deeded to Benjamin Powell by the King of England. Captains William and Nathaniel Powell had large grants of land from the Crown.