Van Gundy Family Tree


Notes for John, Sen POWELL


The sons, Ambrose and George, may not belong to John but are listed here because they received "disinterested" shares of William's estate, who was most definitely John's son.

Residences & events:

1815 Estill Co, KY

1816 Wayne Co, IN. John married Peggy Huff there.

1826-1827 Champaign Co, IL, where John was appointed Election Judge 1/1827. Also living there were Nelson Powell and John Jayne.

1829 Edgar Co, IL, where he married Rachel Bathe.

1830 Vermilion Co, IL. The census that year said John was 30-40 years old and had living with him 2 males under 5, 2 were 5-10, 1 male at 20-30, 2 females 5-10, 4 were 10-15, and 1 at 20-30. Next door neighbors were Hunters and Wards.

10/8/1831 Vermilion Co, IL. John bought 2 tracts of public land, one of 80 acres at a mineral sale, price unlisted, the other, also for 80 acres at a section sale, for $1.25/acre for a total of $100. Both properties were located at S21, T19N, R13W, PM2. His place of
residence at the time was not recorded.

7/22/1833 Vermilion Co, IL, was his residence when he bought 40 acres located at S20, T19N, R13W, PM2, for $1.25/acre, a total of $50.

5/17/1836 Shelby Co, IL, was recorded as his place of residence when he purchased public land in Moultrie Co at a Federal sale for $1.25/acre, a total of $200. The land was in 2 plots of 80 acres each, one situated S11, T13N, R05E, PM3, the other at S12, T13N, R05E, PM3.

7/26/1836 John bought more Moultrie Co land, 40 acres at S13, T13N, R05E, PM3 for $50.

8/2/1836 He paid $100 for another 80 acres at S13, T13N, R05E, PM3, making a total of 280 acres in Moultrie Co.

Shelby Co, IL. From the parties at law:
Isaac Flexner assignee of greenup
Wilson Plaintiff againt John Powell defendant action on note $99.75
6/17/1837 Sums Issued I Walker constable
6/24/1837 Returned judgment for Plaintiff $100 68 3/4 75
7/2/1837 Execution Issued WG haydon JP
10/6/1837 Return satisfied

And continuing:
HM Elder Plaintiff against John Powel Defendant action on note
8/5/1837 On note Sums Issued $80.00
8/12/1837 Returned Judgment Plaintiff 81.88 68 3/4 75
9/9/1837 Execution Issued
11/29/1837 Renewed
1/2/1838 Returned, Transcript called for 1.18

3/5/1838 Shelby Co, IL. John and Rachel sold 160 acres of land located at S11, T13N, R05E, to James Camfield for $400.

6/29/1838 Shelby Co, IL, near Sullivan on the Okaw River. He and son-in-law, Sanford Green, bought 3 1/2 acres from Joshua and Grissy Ann Patterson for $15. The land was described as the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4, S24, T13, R5 E of 3rd PM. They built a mill but John died a few months later. (The History of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois, states they built the mill in 1833.)

8/31/1839 Shelby Co, IL. Stating that John's personal estate was insufficient to satisfy all claims against his estate, Rachel sold a plot of land to Seth Montague as highest bidder for $350. The description is the same as the plot bought for the mill but there was
no mention of Sanford Green as co-owner.

9/11/1839 Shelby Co, IL. Rachel brought suit against Sanford Green:
"Sums Issued 4th Sept by James Elder Justice of the peace. $99.00.
Returnable 11th papers returned before me at my School house parties
met and after hearing the evidence &c
Judgment is Given in favor of said Rachel Powel against
Sandford Green for Ninety three dollars and cost $93
Justice Elder for Issuing papers. 50cts 50
cost swearing 4 witnesses Judgment &c &c 50
Constables cost
2 witnesses Levi Patterson and Elias Bennett claimed $1.00
whole amount of cost $3.6 1/4
WG Haydon acting Justice of the peace
9/28: Coppy of Judgment caled for By Green
10/5: Execution Issued
12/14: Execution Returned no property found &c a new Execution Issued

John's death was the first recorded in Sullivan Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. He died as a result of a head wound after being kicked by a horse.

His wife, Rachel, and David Patterson, were co-executors of his estate and petitioned to sell his land. Josiah Fisk was appointed guardian of the minor heirs.

John's gravestone says he died in 1836 but he had land dealings as late as 1838. Some family members think John was reinterred from the Patterson Cem and a new stone was erected after the old stone deteriorated beyond deciferability.

John's son, William, is buried on the same stone and was missed by the readers of the cemetery when they listed each burial. Son, John, is buried in the next plot with several of the Harbaugh family buried further down the same row.
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