Moses had 13 known children and was said to have lost 7 sons by his first wife. He also raised several step-children.
Residences & events:
1814 Wayne Co, IN. Moses moved with his mother and family to the new farm shortly after his father died.
1823 Licking Co, OH. He again moved with his mother along with the new step-father, John Van Buskirk.
1826 Columbus, Franklin Co, OH, where he married Agnes McElvain.
1827 Vermilion Co, IN, where son, Nelson was born.
1/1830 Franklin Co, IN. Son, James was born there but had the family actually moved there?
1830 Vermilion Co, IL, where his family was listed in the census. Living at his address were 2 males under 5 (Nelson and James), 2 males 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 20-30 (Moses), and 1 female 20-30 (Agnes). Since Moses and Agnes had been married only 4 years, the older males must have been relatives living with them. Brother Nelson lived next door.
1833 Vermilion Co. Moses was the only Powell listed on the county's tax roll.
1833 Wayne Co, IN. Following the massacre of his father-in-law by Indians, Moses took the family, including his mother-in-law, back to safer territory. Due to the instability of the Indians in the region, the McElvains had been staying with Moses while the father was away in Wisconsin.
1840 Jackson Twp, Wayne Co, IN. As the only Powell in the township, he was listed in the census with 2 males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 2 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 30-40 (himself), 1 female 10-15, and 1 female 20-30 (Agnes).
1840 Cambridge City, Wayne Co, IN. Moses was one of the original members of the Congregation of the Christian Church.
8/20/1845 Shelby Co, IL. He was listed among the purchasers of several estate sales between 1845-1848, including those of Abraham Milikin and Alexander Banning. Wife, Agnes died there and he married Mary Street shortly thereafter.
9/20/1850 Knob Twp, Shelby Co, IL. Moses "Powel" was a 46 year old farmer with property worth $1000 according to the census. He had remarried and Mary was 34. They had a full house of his, hers, and their children: Moses' children, Andrew, 15; John, 11; Joseph, 8; Samuel, 4; Mary's three Street children also listed as Powells, George, 7, Elizabeth, 5, and Suzanah, 4; and their twins Nancy and Benjamin F, 1. Next door was brother, Simon.
5/30/1854 Shelby Co, IL. Moses was still there when he bought 40 acres from the railroad at S22 T10N R02E for $40.
1854 Mercer Co, MO, 6 miles SE of Princeton. The obituary of son, Benjamin, said the family moved there in an ox wagon when Ben was 5. The obituary of John Lisle verified they moved this date.
6/8/1860 Morgan Twp, Mercer Co, MO. At census time he was a 54 year old farmer with property valued at $2000/1000. Second wife Mary was only 43. They had a large blended family: Mary's kids, GMS, 18, and EJ, 17, IHS, 12; Moses' by wife Nancy: Samuel, 15; BF and NA, 10; and finally theirs together: Martha 8, Thomas, 5, and Mary, 3.
9/6/1863 Life on the frontier was tough as attested to by the following item in a McPheeters' family letter (neighbors of the Powells in Moultrie Co, IL): "Joseph Powell has just returned from Missouri. He says that they are having bad times where his father lives. Samuel remained at his fathers."
7/7/1870 Ravanna Twp, Mercer Co, MO. Moses, 64, still farming, was counted in the census with 3rd wife Eliza A, 46. His two children, Thomas, 16, and Mary, 13 lived with them as well as her 3 children from her previous marriage, Lucretia Calvin, 17, Charles Calvin, 11, and Jesse Calvin, 9. Next door was the Jacob Huff family.
6/1/1880 Washington Twp, Mercer Co, MO. Both he and Eliza were living with the W M and Florence Calvin Girdner family, listed as in-laws. Moses was 74, Eliza was 55.
The 1870 census said he was born in IN.
His estate did not exceed $420, including bedding = $50, 5 cows = $100. There was a claim against Samuel Bates on real estate for $275.
He shares a gravestone with second wife, Mary Humphrey but it also says he was the husband of Mary Calvin, Agnes McElvain and Mary Humphrey Street. (Wonder why they were listed in that order?)
Collings Cemetery is located in section 29 of Ravanna Township, approximately three miles east of Princeton. From Princeton, go east on highway 136 to the first gravel road to the right. Go south approx 1/2 mile. The cemetery is on top of the hill west of the road. Collings Cemetery was once totally abandoned and overgrown, but has recently been cleared. Although it is not routinely maintained, it is accessible by foot.