One story says it was this Thomas, along with brothers Robert and John and 26 others, who was imported to America 11/18/1663 by Capt Wm Mosley. Other theories place him in America much earlier, by at least 1654. He may have traveled back and forth between England and America.
Capt Mosley received 1157 acres of land located on the south side of the Rappahanock River in Sittingbourn Parish and also a patent for another 427.5 acres on 4/18/1670. He sold the latter parcel to Richard Poole, who the following July, through his attorney, George Jones, conveyed it to Thomas Powell for 2500 lbs of tobacco.
Residences & other events in his life:
1665 Old Rappahannock Co, VA. "John Mills sold to Thomas, both men being from Rappahanncok Co, 50 acres of land beginning at the marked hickory near the mill floodgates bounding on the land of Thomas Rooson, now possessed by Philip Saunders, to a creek called Tignor's Creek, unto a small river going into said creek being part of a grand patent to John Mills, for 400 pounds of tobacco and two cows."
8/11/1655 Lancaster Co, VA. Francis Place conveyed a tract of land formerly in Isle of Wight County, Virginia containing 300 acres patented by him September 7, 1654, lying
on the North side of the "freshes" of the Rappahanncok River about ten miles above Nazemum Town and certain cattle by deed of gift to 'My daughter Mary Place when she arrives at 18 years,' if she dies without heirs, then 'to daughter Margaret Place, my youngest daughter.'" Mary had married Thomas Powell by 1666 when they deeded this same land to James Coghill. (See next entry.)
9/30/1667 Old Rappahannock Co: "Thomas Powell and Mary, his wife, sell to James Coghill for the valluable consideration of nyne barrells of good Indian corne as also for Divers other Consideracons 300 acres on the North side of Rappahannock River patented September 7, 1654. Mary Powell, daughter to Francis Place, doth appoint her loving
friend, Mr. Daniel Gaines her true and lawful attorney to acknowledge
sd deed." William Wilton witnessed this power of attorney and a few days later bought the land from Coghill. This deed establishes the maiden name and father of Thomas Powell's wife Mary.
1694 Essex Co, VA "Thomas and Mary Powell convey to their son, Honorias Powell, 100 acres of land beginning at an ash standing 'in the line of Colonel Catlett (forest land)' on a branch adjoining Abraham Stepp."
1704 Isle of Wight Co, VA. Thomas supposedly still owned 100 acres according to "English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records," even though he had been dead the past 3 years. A Seymon Powell owned the same amount of land.
Thomas' will, dated 3/10/1700, proved 4/10/1701 in Essex Co, VA, says he is "of Sittenburn Parish and very sick and weak."
He leaves land to be divided equally between his sons, Place and Thomas and his wife, her part at her death to go to son William, cattle to son, William and "these persons that hath the education of my son William till he shall come ot the age of 21 years."
He also left bequests to daughters Frances Powell, Elizabeth Salmon, Anne Coffee, and sons,
Honours (Honorias), Place and son-in-law-John Salmon, to be Executors.
Abt 1703. Mary petitioned that the maintenance of her son, William, be allowed out of her husband's estate, but the court refused this as an "irregular process."
1705 Essex Co Order Book: William Powell had died and the executors of his father's estate unsuccessfully petitioned the court that his estate be appraised.
1706. John Warden as the greatest creditor, obtained administration of the estate of William Powell.