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Notes for Ambrose POWELL

From "General A. P. Hill The Story of a Confederate Warrior" by James I. Robertson, Jr., 1987:

"The Hill family was representative of the landed gentry of north-central Virginia.....In 1740 Russell Hill, a great-grandson of William, moved inland to the land between the mountains and the flat country. He became an original settler of Culpeper County, Va., created in 1748 after being officially surveyed by George Washington. Russell Hill carved out an estate in the area known as the Wilderness, dubbed it Stranger's Rest, and followed in the family footsteps by becoming both prosperous and prolific. A neighbor and associate of this Hill was an extraordinary Capt. Ambrose Powell: Indian fighter, Kentucky explorer, justice of the peace, sheriff, legislator, and close friend of President James Madison. Russell's son Henry (1743-1815) married Anne Powell, daughter of the prominent Virginian."

From the Journal of Doctor Thomas Walker, 1749-50:

"Having, on the 12th of December last, been employed for a certain consideration to go to the westward in order to discover a proper Place for a Settlement, I left my house on the Sixth day of March, at 10 o'clock, 1749-50, in company with ambrose Powell, William Tomlinson, Colby Chew, Henry lawless & John Hughs.....
His contract was with the Loyal land Company, which had a grant of eight hundred thousand acres of land to be located north of the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina, comprised in the territory now embrace in Kentucky.
Ambrose Powell was a surveyor and prominent citizen of Culpeper County, Virginia, of enterprise and note. he was the great-grandfather of General Ambrose Powell Hill, of the Confederate army. He had a son named Ambrose Powell, who was an officer in the Revolution. A descenta of the same name was County Judge of Jackson County, Kentucky, and another represented the county in the legislature. Other descendants are in Boyle and Mercer counties."

Continuing the story from LONG HUNTERS GOT THEIR NAME FROM DURATION OF HUNT By Dallas Bogan
Reprinted with Permission from Dallas Bogan. This article was published in the LaFollette Press.

"The explorers reached the Clinch River on April 9, 1750, near the present town of Sneedville, Tennessee. Walker's traveling companions were Ambrose Powell, William Tomlinson, Colby Chew, Henry Lawless, and John Hughes.
Walker's journal entry for April 13, 1750, is the first written record of the discovery of Cumberland Gap. It was known as Cave Gap when Walker first saw it. His manuscript states that he found very good coal on the banks of Flat Creek (now Yellow Creek), mining about a bushel of the black stuff for their fires. He named the Cumberland Gap and the river in honor of the Duke of Cumberland, then a national hero who had led the English army to victory at Culloden.
The frontiersmen then passed on to Cumberland Ford (Pineville) and followed the river a half mile below the narrows; here in a fertile bottom they built a log cabin, the first building constructed by white men in Kentucky.
Powell River flowed out of Virginia into Tennessee. Ambrose Powell had carved his name on so many beech trees that it was said you could follow his trail from Virginia into Tennessee and on through to the fork of Rockcastle River in Kentucky. And so, Powell River and Powell Valley are both named for Ambrose Powell."

The History of Bell Co, KY says:

"There on a beech tree Ambrose Powell, one of Walker's party, carved his name and the date, "A. Powell 1750." This record became the cornerstone of the history of Bell County and of the Commonwealth of Kentucky."

In Genealogical and Historical Notes on Culpeper County, is:

(General Ambrose Powell Hill) a lineal descendant of Capt Ambrose Powell, the old vestryman of Bromfield Parish, Culpeper.

Virginia Marriages records his marriage to Mary Bledsoe on 3/10/1751-52 and states his birthdate was 9/18/1713.

His will was dated 1/26/1782 and proved 10/20/1788. In it he mentioned wife, Mary, sons, Robert and William, daughter, Ann Hill, son-in-law, Henry Hill, and deceased daughter, Fanny Sutton, and two grandchildren, Mary Bledsoe Sutton and John Sutton.

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