4/20/1763 Culpeper Co, VA. James gave land to his brother Benjamin.
6/4/1765 Orange Co, VA. "James Powell of Orange County gave to Ann Powell of Culpeper (his mother), a negro woman to secure payment of 14 pounds current money to John Powell or to the three brothers, Honorias Powell, Ambrose Powell, and John Powell who are sons of Ann."
5/30/1770, recorded 7/19/1770 "James Powell of Orange County, Virginia to Honorias Powell of Culpeper County, Virginia for 100 pounds current Virginia money, 200 acres adjoining Thomas Schoolar, South side of Elk Run to Rappidan River, North side of said River; only our mother Ann Powell is to hold said lands and premises her whole life time, where the said Ann Powell lives.
Signed: James Powell, Mary Powell.
Testees: Francis Powell, Ambrose Powell, William West and Joyce Riddle."
Aug 1772 In the case of James Powell vs. John Shiflet, the deft. did not appear & attachment granted agst his estate. Jury found for the Plt. 9 pounds 7 shillings 6 pence, signed Edm Wilcox, order to arrest Shiflet dtd 13 July, (3 items) Albemarle County Court Orders, 1744-1783, p. 35, by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1987
In 1764 James was chosen by two younger brothers as their guardian so he had to be over 21 years old.
James will was dated 7/15/1776 and probated 11/25/1776. It stated:
"My land and plantation where I now live on, and three Negroes Joe, Jeney and Hannor after my mother's deceas and my whole personal estate I lend to my loving wife Mary Powell during her natural life or the time she remains a widow. Afterward the land and plantation to my son James Powell.
The peac of land that goes by the name of Mathew Jones's to the dividing line to my son Luesgording Powell.
The plantation and all the land in the fork of the two runs above Stephen Shiflet's to my son Colbe Powell.
800 acres as I had of John Mack Doner at the Tigers Valies upon Glady Creack to my four daughters equil divided between them four Mary Ann Powell, Betty Powell, and Mesineah Powell and Winey Powell.
Ruthe Breaden I have given that peace of land where she now lives on.
That land where my mother Ann Powell lives on after my mother's decease to be set up and sold to the highest bidder. The money that comes for it be for paying my debts and for clearing and to pay off all rights and to have that patten land above mentioned in my four daughters names Mary Ann Powell, Betty Powell, Mesaniah powell, Wine Powell in theys names four.
After my wife's deceas or widowhood my hole estate to be sold at the highest bider and the money equile divided between all my children.
My wife Mary Powell and my son James Powell and my frind Andrew Shipperd and my friend John Goodall Sener executors.
Witnesses were: John Kendall, James Duncom, John (X) Firnes.
A codicil was added:
"If the land ant never made right to my four daughters that I have bought of John Macdonor at the Tyger Valeys upon Glady Creek, the land were my mother lives on in Culpepet County after my mother Ann Powell deces after paying my just debts the balance to be equil divided between my four daughters Mary Ann Powell and Betty Powell and Mesaniah powell and Wine Powell.
11/25/1776 Proved by John Kendall and John Furnes. Executors therein named refused to act. Administration is granted Zachary Burnley, Gent, he giving bond in the sum of 600 pounds.