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Notes for Ambrose POWELL

Does Ambrose belong to these parents? He was born 5 years before they married. He does, according to his bio at

Residences & events in Ambrose' life:

1783 Orange Co, VA, where Ambrose and Sally married.

1787 Fayette Co, KY

1/11/1790 Fayette Co, KY. Ambrose, his father, and a William Powell were all taxed in this county.

Pension application indicates Ambrose went to KY about 1785 but as shown in other pension records below, they were not reliable with places and dates. His father brought the rest of the family about 1788-1789, perhaps following the large family of Bushes who arrived 1780-1783.

1800 Clark Co, KY. The tax list again shows Ambrose along with his father and brothers, Simon and Thomas, Jr.

1809 Estill Co, KY. Ambrose was the only Powell taxed in the county.

1810 Estill Co, KY. In the census he and his wife were both over 45 and had living with them 2 males 10-16 and 2 females under 10. Just down the road was George Van Buskirk, and farther down was brother Simon. Also living in the same county were 3 brothers-in-law, Cornelius Newkirk, Micajah Hall, and Samuel Eaton.

1817 He paid taxes in Estill Co but was on the move for the next few years. He was taxed in Bourbon Co in 1818, back in Clark Co in 1819 and then returned to Estill in 1822 where he remained until he died.

From Pension records:

Pg 22: "On the 20th of August 1832 Ambrose Powell, aged 71 years appeared in Estill Co, KY. County Court and made oath. In the latter part of 1780, his father, Thomas Powell, was drafted in the militia from Orange Co, VA. Ambrose went as a substitute for his father for about 2 mo. Soon after reaching home, he was drafted on his own account & was out about 2 months again. He immediately went on tour for Reuben Clark of Culpepper Co, VA. He has been in Estill County, KY. for 30 or 40 years.

Pg 23: On 20 Nov 1832, Ambrose appeared in Estill Co court, aged 74 years. He was drafted into service in 1780 in Louisa Co, VA, and served 6 mo. In 1781 he volunteered as a substitute for Thomas Payne. He went from Louisa Co, VA. He was born in Louisa Co, VA, in 1758.

In Dec 1832 he made a supplement and said he was born in Culpepper Co, VA, January 18, 1761. He was living in Orange Co, VA, when he went into service. After the war he moved to Albermarle Co, VA, where he lived about 1 1/2 years before moving to Estill Co, KY.

(Much more in the record.)

A letter in the pension file from Marium Barton of Louisville, KY, 10/26/1906, says John B is her father, Ambrose her gr father. She married #1 Hiram Bellis & #2 ______ Barton. In the 1850 census she is called Mary Bellis. Marium's youngest sister named her 1st daughter, Marium, & it is spelled that way on a grave marker in southern Illinois.

From the Dept of the Interior is the following:

10/26/1906 Mrs Marium Barton, of 1808 Magazine St, Louisville, KY, "requests to be granted land warrant on account of military services of her grandfather, Ambrose Powell, in the Revolutionary War."

10/30/1906 "Respectfully referred to the Commissioner of Pensions, and the writer so advised."

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