George Francis Powell
b. 2 May 1795, d. 7 April 1878
- George Francis Powell was born on 2 May 1795 in Greene County, Georgia.
- He married Nancy Brown Williamson, daughter of Peter Ballentine Williamson and Rebecca Ann McAlpin, in October 1820 in Lowndes County, Alabama.
- George Francis Powell and Nancy Brown Williamson appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Montgomery, Alabama. Other members of the household included Sarah E. Powell, Elizabeth J. Powell and Peter George Powell.
- He was a farmer, according to the 1850 census.
- George Francis Powell and Nancy Brown Williamson appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Tallassee, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Elizabeth J. Powell, Lucy Elizabeth Barnett, Thomas M. Barnett and Sallie Barnett.
- He was a farmer, according to the 1860 census.
- George Francis Powell became a widower at the 18 May 1868 death of his wife Nancy Brown Williamson.
- George Francis Powell appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, and also a cook and a farm hand.. Other members of the household included Elizabeth J. Powell, Peter George Powell, Henrietta Eleanor Falconer, Bettie Powell, William Falconer Powell, Robert Michael Powell and Charles M. Powell.
- He was a farmer, according to the 1870 census.
- George Francis Powell died on 7 April 1878 at age 82 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
- He was interred at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
- A biographical sketch of George Powell appears in W. G. Robertson's 1892 Early Settlers::
George Powell was among the very first of these old settlers. He bought a plantation on the west side of Catoma creek, and engaged in planting. He was known far and wide for his many qualities of head and heart. He was a Methodist, and helped to organize and establish one of the first Methodist churches in the county. He was liberal and charitable with his means. His home was the home of the preachers of every denomination. He was given to hospitality, and the string of the latch was on the outside of the door. His wife was a daughter of Judge Peter Williamson, a most excellent woman. They had four children--two sons and two daughters. Michael, the oldest son, amrried a daughter of Maj. Green Wood. Peter G. Married a daughter of William Falconer. Sallie, the oldest daughter, married Nicholas Barnett; and Bettie, the youngest, married William Taylor.
Mr. Powell remained on his plantation until the children all married, and then moved with his wife to Tallassee where he lived a number of years, and late in life moved with his son to Kentucky. His wife died soon afterwards, and in a few years he too died at a ripe old age.
Recollections of the Early Settlers of Montgomery County and Their Families, by William G. Robertson. Montgomery, Alabama: Excelsior Printing Company, 1892. Reprinted Montgomery Alabama: Society of Pioneers of Montgomery, 1961.
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