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Notes for Ansel Purvis POWELL


He was known as a "rounder" (meaning he liked women) and after witnessing the rocky relationship between their parents because of his behavior, the children vowed to remain faithful to their own spouses and in fact, all did.

Ansel, as a tenant farmer, lived on the farm wherever he was working, which resulted in the family moving often.

Residences & events in his life:

1892 Moultrie Co, IL. He and Kate lived in a house on the Burt Seass farm where their 2 oldest daughters were married.

1896 Moultrie Co, IL. They had moved to the Bolin farm by the time their first son was born.

6/20/1900 Sullivan Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. In the census that same year, Ansell, 29, was a farmer with pregnant wife, Catherine, 26. They were waiting for the birth of their last child which, according to relatives, was born on the Wright farm. Current children were Edna, 8, Ella, 5, and Earl, 3. Cousin, Jesse Powell, 26, was counted there as well as hired man, Irvin Hand, 33, both farm laborers.

3/17/1904 Sullivan. Ansell sold the lot at T4, Lewis' addition, blk 3, to his mother, Elizabeth O Powell by warranty deed for $500. Co-owners were William and Genie Powell.

6/13/1904 Ansell bought property at NW S1 T13 R5 from John and Surilda C Ingle by warrenty deed for $1600.

1909 Peoria, IL.

4/15/1910 Sullivan City, Moultrie Co, IL. Where was Ansel that year at census time? Katie, 37, was head of the house, married 19 years with 4 children, all living. At home were Ella, 15, Earle N, 12, and Joseph G, 8. Katie was cashier in a dry goods store, Earl was a grocery delivery boy.

1910/1911 Moultrie Co, IL. They were back at the Seass property and Kate still worked at the Sullivan Dry Goods store until shortly before she died.

Bef 1918 Mattoon, IL. Widowed sister, Mary Dunkin, came to live with the family because she was too sick to care for herself and had a child. She died within 5 months and the child was moved to the home of brother William Moses Powell.

1/24/1920 Mattoon, IL, Richmond & Prairie Ave area. Listed in the census as AP, 49, fireman on the railroad, with second wife, Jennie, 49 and children Joe, 19, railroad baggageman, daughter "Anna" (actually Ella), 24, and her husband Ferris Michael, also 24, common laborer. Ferris was listed as son-in-law but he was also Jennie's son.

Daughter Edna told the 1920 census taker her father was born in MO.

His death occured at the home of son, Earl, where he had been staying the last several months, on a Wednesday at 7 PM after battling Bright's disease for 18 mo.

The funeral was held at the First Christian Church in Sullivan with Rev CE Barnett in charge. Pallbearers were: Roy Seaman, CN Walker, Joseph Welch, Harley Wood, Dean Pickle, and WS Elder.
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