Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Ambrose POWELL

From "The Lift of tithes wherin I am conftable for the year 1739:

Ambros Powel at materfon's home houfe Seven tithes

He was a surveyor and prominent citizen of Culpepper Co, VA. He confers distinction to the family by his outstanding career as a pioneer. He accompanied Dr. Thomas Walker and 4 others in an exploration of Ky in 1750, starting on Mar 6th at 10 AM as recorded in
Dr. Walker's journal as well as the following statement by a nephew of Daniel Boone, Daniel Bryan: "I will give you some account of Doctor Thomas Walker, which I had from the mouth of Mr. William Tomerlin, who was one of Walker's company.....Tomerlin, then a young man, agreed to go with him, also Ambrose Powell.....They started from low down in Virginia, traveled westwardly across Alleghany Mountains to Chissel's Lead Mine.....thence over Walden's Ridge and Powell's Mountain into Powell's Valley. Powell's Mountain, Valley, and River took their names from this same Ambrose Powell."

There are several Ambrose Powells in the family and information concerning them has been intertwined until it is very hard to make sense of who did what. However, it has been said that this Ambrose's namesake descendants also had distinctive careers including one who was a judge of the County Court of Jackson Co, KY, and another who represented that county in the KY legislature. A great-grandson, General Ambrose Powell Hill was a noted officer of the Confederate States Army.

(All the previous information may apply to the son of John Powell/grandson of Honorias, Sr.)

11/30/1749 Orange Co, VA. "Honorius Powel, 400 (acres), on top of the Blue Ridge, opposite Herrin's cabin, and 400 joining Ambrose Powell on top the BlueRidge."

From Sue Vonderbrink, researcher of Hall Family Descendants:

"Ambrose Powell explored Kentucky in 1750 with Dr. Thomas Walker. Powell Valley near the Cumberland Gap was named for Ambrose Powell. Dr. Thomas Walker and party named the Cumberland River. Tumbler’s Run in eastern Kentucky was named for Ambrose Powell’s dog. Ambrose Powell was the deputy surveyor from Culpeper County, Virginia."

Augusta Co, VA. 20th May, 1783--John Offell received grant to be administrator of Ambrose Powell estate.

His will never mentioned a wife or children, only siblings and their children. From court records:

"31st March, 1779. Ambrose (mark) Powell's will--His rifle pin left with John Offill to be given to Jacob Gilasby, son of Jacob Gilasby. To all brothers and sisters, residuaries, except Sarah Haines and her two children. Stephen and Dicey Haines, who are to have an equal part with
his brothers and sisters. Executor, Richard Bohannon. Teste: Robert Gaines, John Offill, James Bohannon. Proved, 16th August, 1783. by Gains and Buchnnan. Executors qualified.

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