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John Powell, IV

Birthplace: St. Supulchres, Middlesex, London, England
Death: Died in Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Powell, III and Ann Powell
Husband of Henreitta Seaton Powell; Martha Ann Powell and Fanny Powell
Father of Sarah Payne; Annie Beckwith; Henrietta Powell; Lilly Rogers; May Rasmussen and 19 others

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About John Powell, IV

John Powell was born to Ann Belfield and John Powell. His father was a wood turner and trained John and his brothers in that occupation. John became a talented furniture maker. The Powells were a religious family and John was confirmed a member of the Church of England. He taught the Testament Class for four years. John described his decision to marry as follows:

"About this time I saw a family at the next pew to us at church. There were some young women, one of which I wished to form an acquaintance with, but here I was in trouble. There was the one Sunday School teacher named Louisa Eastman, who I was very fond of, and also the young lady in the next pew. I did not know which one to choose for a wife for I loved them both.

So I wrote a letter to each, worded alike. I took the letters to my bedroom and knelt down before the Lord and asked him to direct me to the one which would make me the best wife. I arose and tossed the letters, feeling that the one I should take up first was the one to be my wife. I took up the one addressed to Miss Fanny Chamberlain. I then burnt the other. I then got acquainted with Miss Fanny and after two years of courtship we were married on November 13, 1842 in London, England.

John and Fanny raised a family of nine children. His family was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ and they joined the church.

The Powell's saved their money and left England to gather with the Saints in 1851. They crossed the Atlantic on the "Ellen" arriving in New Orleans in March 1851. They traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis where they tried to go west. Illness and poverty kept them from arriving in Utah until 1856.

His second wife was Henrietta Seaten Blyth, a convert from Scotland June 18, 1864 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had a family of seven.

In 1872 John's first wife, Fanny died.

John married Martha Ann Truman, a young widow, on March 20, 1885 in St. George, Utah. Because he had more than one wife he was charged with polygamy and was sentenced to a term in the Utah State Penitentiary. Within two years after John was freed from prison, his third wife, Martha died. They'd only been married about 6 1/2 years.

He died when he was 79 years old.

Pioneer Information:

From England with his wife and children; traveled in the company with an adopted son Thomas Gascoign (or Gasagon); clerk; from England; Jane White traveled with this family.


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John Powell, IV's Timeline

October 31, 1822
St. Supulchres, Middlesex, London, England
September 16, 1843
Age 20
Bethnal Grenn, Middlesex, England
October 16, 1843
Age 20
July 16, 1845
Age 22
London, England
July 16, 1845
Age 22
London, England
September 14, 1847
Age 24
Bethnal Grenn, Middlesex, England
June 3, 1849
Age 26
London, Middlesex, England
June 3, 1849
Age 26
London, England
May 15, 1852
Age 29
St Louis, St Louis, Missouri, United States