Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Benjamin Franklin POWELL

Sister, Nancy, was his twin. He was a 50 year member of the Christian church.


7/28/1870 Marion Twp, Mercer Co, MO. He was a farmer at census time with a new wife and baby. He was 21, wife Julia was 18, while Mary C was 5 mo. They lived between brother John and George Calvin.

6/1/1880 Medicine Twp, Mercer Co, MO, was where he was listed in the census with his first wife and family. He was 32, still farming, Julia was 29. Their children were Mary C, 10;, John Eugene, 8, and Bird D, 4.

Princeton, Mercer Co, MO, where it seems he remained the rest of his life.

There may be a birth discrepancy: his obituary said he was born in Shelby Co, IL, but the 1880 census says he was born in IN, and cemetery records recorded his dates as 1838-1928.

Obit: Benjamin F. Powell
Unknown newspaper-Maybe Princeton, Missouri

B. F. Powell dies Monday, May 7th (1928)

Was a Pioneer of the County, Having lived here 74 yrs. Last of the Family of Moses Powell

Benjamin Franklin Powell was born in Shelby County, Ill., June 23, 1848; died at the home of his son, John E. Powell in Princeton, Mo. May 7, 1928. His age at death was 79 years, 10 months and 14 days.

He moved with his parents to Mercer County, Mo., in an ox wagon, when he was five years of age.

He was married to Julia A. Shook, February 28, 1869. There were four children born to them: Mary Collings, living east of Princeton; John E. Powell of Princeton; Byrd S. Powell of Kansas City; and Joseph E. Powell, who died in infancy. The mother, Julia A. died July
10, 1885, at the age of 35 years.

He was married the second time to Elizabeth Pickett in 1882. To this union was born Franklin Hudson Powell, who lives near Ravenna, Mo.

Mr. Powell united with the Christian church under the ministry of Bro. Lockhart, more than fifty years ago. They later moved their membership to the Christian church in Princeton. He was a man who always lived a clean life. He never used any bad language. His death marks the passing of the last child of the large family of Moses Powell. Besides the wife and children already named, he leaves one half-sister, Mrs. Susan Rose, Seibert, Colorado,
nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

It was our good fortune to have known him long and well, and we only knew him to esteem him more highly as the years passed by. In his earlier years he was noted for his kindness and helpfulness to those in sickness or distress, and he would often be found in the long hours of the night keeping watch at the bedside of a sick neighbor. He visited the sick, cared for the widow and orphan, and kept himself unspotted from the world.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Christian church, conducted by the Rev. C. E. Nichols, pastor; interment was in the Collings cemetery.

His funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM at the Christian Church
with Rev CE Nichols officiating.

First wife, Julia, has a stone in Collings Cemetery but he and his 2nd
wife have only foot markers.

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