Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

Ancient Planter: Captain Nathaniel Powell

Top Surnames

view all


  • Capt. Nathaniel Powell, of Jamestown (c.1577 - 1622)
    Capt. William Powell, Ancient Planter was a cousin, not a brother was he related to George Powell Captain Nathaniel Powell, who came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, wrote much of John Smith's "His...

Dr Nathaniel Powell


The next major error is that Capt. William Powell and Capt. Nathaniel Powell were brothers.They were kinsmen, not brothers, they were probably first or second cousins.This is in the London Company and the British Chancellery records.Nathaniel did have a brother named Thomas who lived in Howelton, Suffolk, England and did later inherited his estate after Nathaniel and his wife were killed by Indians March 22, 1622.


(Compiler) Charles S. Powell also states that in 1626, Thomas Powell (the elder brother of Captain Nathaniel Powell), then living in England, petitioned the Government in regard to his estate. They stated that William Powell, who had gotten possession of all of Nathaniel Powell's estate in VA, was no relative of Nathaniel Powell. How the matter was decided there is no record, but in 1653, George Powell, Richard Powell and Mary Powell, supposed to have been the niece and nephews of Nathaniel Powell, made petition for the property, which would indicate that Nathaniel Powell and William Powell left no lineal descendants in VA or elsewhere" (p. 10).


Grandfather William had a younger cousin Nathaniel, living in Jamestown in March of 1622. After the battle, when William went searching for his cousin he found him. His head lay not far from his body which had been hacked into pieces, the ground covered in blood. The body of Nathaniel’s pregnant wife lay not far from him.