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Powell? (Powell)

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Partner of Sally Dunning Powell
Father of Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.

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J. Daniel Pezzoni, a preservation consultant, noted in 1995 there was a local tradition linking Powell's family to Llewellyn Powell, a white planter who had property 10 miles away at Hale's Ford, but there was no evidence for this. Wil Haygood, a 1993 biographer of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., mistakenly wrote that Sally Dunning was held as a slave by Llewellyn Powell at the time of her son Adam's birth, and asserted Powell was the father. Pezzoni noted Sally was a free woman, as proved by the 1860 census, which documented three generations of the Dunning family as free people of color. Both Sally's mother and grandmother were free; by Virginia's principle of partus sequitur ventrem, all of their children were free.[12] The Encyclopaedia of African American History (2006) also claims that Powell's father was Llewellyn Powell, and that he was of German descent. Note: Both Llewellyn and Powell are names associated primarily with Wales and England rather than Germany.,_Sr.

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May 5, 1865
Franklin, Virginia, United States