Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Simon POWELL

According to the "History and Genealogies of Powells in America," Simon and Jane had 2 other daughters besides Isabel, who lived in Cambridge City, IN, but did not name them.

Residences & events:

1770 South Carolina. Simon's parents, as well as at least one of his aunts and a first cousin, moved to SC where he was born.

1780 Virginia

1789 Fayette Co, KY. Simon being only 19 years old, probably migrated with his parents. His father was listed in the tax rolls there in 1789, 1791, & 1792.

1793 Clark Co, KY. His father moved and Simon went with the family. He was listed for the first time in the tax list in 1794, then again in 1797, 1799, & 1800.

1794 Simon and brother, Oner, were surety for the weddings of sisters, Betsy on 5/19/1794, and Frances on 7/28/1794.

1800 Simon and brothers, Ambrose and Thomas, Jr, along with their father, were listed on the county tax roll.

1803-1806 Simon was again listed on the tax rolls for these years but was absent 1807-1809.

1810 Estill Co, KY, where he was listed in the census with a family consisting of 3 males under 10, 2 males 10-16, 1 male 26-45 (himself), 1 female under 10, 1 female 26-45 (Jenny). Down the road was George Van Buskirk and farther down was brother Ambrose. Also living in the same county were 3 brothers-in-law, Cornelius Newkirk, Micajah Hall, and Samuel Eaton.

1813 At tax time the Powells in the county besides Simon were Thomas and James, probably brothers.

3/11/1813 - 9/11/1813 He served as a Private with Capt Dudley Farris' Company of Infantry of KY Detached Militia commanded by Lt Col Wm Dudley. He was most likely among the soldiers captured and brutalized by the Indians in "Dudley's Defeat" on the Vermillion River because of the 800 men who followed Dudley, only 170 escaped to Fort Meigs, the rest being either killed or made prisoners. This might explain why he was healthy enough to answer the call to enlist but died a few months later.

2/19/1814 Wayne Co, IN. Simon received NW 1/4-S 26 (in Jackson Twp), government land, possibly as payment for fighting in the War of 1812. He returned to KY but died the next month, before he could bring the family back to Indiana. Jenny took the family to IN anyway where they cleared the land and began farming. Their cabin stood on the east bank of the river, south of East Cambridge.

1820 Simon's land was transferred to a Henry Krull by patent deed.

There was a country wide financial crash in 1837 which completely demoralized values. Although we do not know the financial condition of Simon's children before or after the crash, they, like most settlers, built their own houses, raised their own food, and met their
own needs.

In 2004 the current land owner, Jill King, is researching and restoring the log cabin on the property. The Cambridge City Centennial Book supports the above information. However Simon's land was north of the National Road and probably contained all the land now containing East Cambridge, IN. She knows the original owner of her land was Simon Powell and believe the cabin was his as well, nails in roof rafters date to 1800-1820.

Some relatives say his death was 2/14/1814 but according to one allegedly with the family Bible, it was as posted. And since he received the Indiana land on 2/19/1814, the earlier date must be incorrect.

Simon may have been injured while serving in the War of 1812, the effects of which could have contributed to his death. Some soldiers of his unit were captured and brutalized by Indians before escaping. Simon could have been one of them.

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