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Notes for Simon POWELL


Simon was a Sgt in Capt Hogg's Co of Rangers of Orange Co, VA, in the French and Indian War. He marched with Gen George Washington in the campaign to take Ft Duquesne (present site of Pittsburg, PA) from the French in 1758. His brother, Thomas, marched under William Byrd.

5/5/1755 He and brother-in-law, Francis Kirtley, were among the buyers of the estate sale of a Matthias Shaw.

2/1768 He served as administrator of his father's estate along with brother-in-law, Francis Kirtley.

3/21/1768 "Simon Powell, returned not found in bailiwick." (?)

Simon's will, dated 1/3/1771, read:

"To my children Elizabeth Jenat Powell and Salley Powell all my estate to be equally divided. In case either should die without issue, the whole estate to the survivor. If both of my children should die without issue, unto Francis Kirtley Junr. and the rest of the children of my sister Eliza Kirtley all the remainder of my estate.
Whereas my wife Martha hath for some time past made an elopement from me contrary to my will and desire by which means she has excluded herself from any right to any part of my estate, neither can she recover her dower by law, I do not think proper to make any provision for her or any of her children she may have had since her departure from me.
If I should die before my children comes of age or marries, my sister Eliza Kirtley should have the care and raising them.
If my wife should have a child after her departure from me and it should come and prove itself lawfully begotten, to him 5 pounds sterling.
Francis Kirley and Eliza his wife and Janet Powell my mother and Francis Kirtley Junr. executors.
Simon Powell"

Witnesses were: James Coursey, Winifred Coursey, Thomas Bush, Joshua Bush, John Jones, and Wm Kirtley.

8/22/1771 It was presented into court by Francis Kirtley and Eliza his wife and Francis Kirtley Junr. Proved by Joshua Bush, John Jones and Wm Kirtley. Executors with William Bell, Gent, their security entered into bond in the sum of 1000 pounds current money.

Apparently Simon had made loans to various people with future due dates. Among those were:

Due 11/11/1772 - Mrs Jenet Powell and Wm Kirtley
Due 11/1/1773 - Wm Riddle, Mrs Jennet Powell, and Thos Powell

4/1773 - Francis Kirtley was appointed guardian of Elizabeth Jennette Powell and Sally Powell, Simon's orphaned daughter

In settling the estate, payments and receipts were reported to the count by Francis Kirtley. Among those receiving payments were: William Powell, Mr Riddle (for schooling), Mr Riddle Jr, and Mr Bush.

7/22/1773 Settled by Wm Bell and Ben Johnson.
7/22/1773 Returned.
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