Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Charles POWELL

Residences & events:

Charles Powell In the First Artillery Continental Troops
Extracted from National Archives Records
Appointed January 3, 1777, for 3 years
At Valley Forge June 3, 1778 , Pay rate $9 a month paid in New York currency, in 1778
At Camp White Plains August 8, 1778
Sick in Camp at Camp Fredericksburg October 1, 1778
Promoted to Sergeant October 1, 1778 Pay rate $10
At Camp Pluckamin December 21, 1778
At Middle Brook June 3, 1779
At Camp Smith's Clove July 4, 1779
At New Windsor August 3, 1779
Discharged January 10, 1780 - Morristown, New Jersey
Wrost Winter of 1780 aritcle at The History Net

On Sept. 1, 1783 Charles Powell signed as recieving 79 Pounds, 8 sh., 5 pn.

Mercer Co, KY

Aug 28 1792
Deed Book 1 pag 14
James Hunter and Mary his wife of Philadelphia state of Penn.
and Hannah Harris of Woodford Co. KY
Heirs of William Stewart Deceased
300 Acres on waters of Doctors Fork and Chaplin River
to Charles Powell

Charles Powell, living on Doctors Fork in Mercer County near Crawfords Tavern found a horse
From early Kentucky Newspapper extractions

Sept 26 1803
Deed Book 5 pg 117
Charles Powell Sr.
124 Acres on Doctors Fork of Chaplin for $1.00
Boundaries: An island; Mathew Pruett's line; Powell's old line
to Charles Powell Jr.

Deed Book 6 pg 372
Charles Powell
To Jeremiah Briscoe

Trouble on the home front:

To the honorable the judge of the Mercer Circuit Court in Chancery, the presentation? of your oratrix, Sarah Powell, humbly complaining to your honor herewith that about forty years ago she unfortunately intermarried with a certain Charles Powell in the Commonwealth of Virginia by a marriage solemnized according to the then existing laws of that state. That she was at that time possessed of and invested with in her own right, one hundred acres of land in Spotsyvania County and afterwards received at the death of her father a legacy of personal estate and a female slave. She further states that at the time of the marriage ? the said Powell had no real estate and no personal estate except a horse and wearing apparel nor has he ever received to her knowledge and belief to the amount of 20 S. from any relation or by any legacy in donation whatever. She further states land aforesaid? has been long since sold and from the proceeds thereof and from the increase of the Negro aforesaid? the estate of said Powell hath accrued and negroated?? Your oratrix states that many years after the marriage aforesaid the said Deft. treated her with customary tenderness and affection and she states that she has uniformity treated him with that perfect? and affection which moral and social duty enjoined in her as a wife. But about four years ago the affection of the said Powell without any provocation on her part became alienated from your orartix and he has since treated her with cruelty and indignity which no patience could bear and which humanity? never ought to be subjected to. Your oratrix expressly charges that he has given her every reason to believe and she does believe that he has long lived in a state of fornication with negroess slaves, that he has indulged himself in her presence with every dalliance short of fornication with her female salves for more than eight months now. She expressly charges that he has repeatedly beaten her with his fists and with sticks in a cruel and unmerciful manner so as to endanger her life. That he has once attempted to smother her to death. That he is in the practice of dispersing the estate to which she has certainly in ? a claim equal to his and has lately bartered away a very valuable negro man at a vast under value for the purpose of possessing a negro girl as your oratrix readily believes for the use of prostitution. And in the mean time has refused to your oratrix the necessities of life, has banished her from his house and advertised her with a probation against any person dealing? with her. She further states that the said Charles has at this time the following property To Wit Track of land whereon he now resides in the County of Mercer containing upwards of one hundred acres, one negro by the name of Tom, one negro woman by the name of Liddy, one other by the name of Doray, one negro boy by the name of Jeffery, one by the name of Jorden, one negro girl by the name of Mirah, one negro boy by the name of Tony which is now in the possession of Nimrod Greenwood and that a certain William Hall is indebted to the said Charles in a large sum of money but the particular amount is not ascertained by her, (and a bond for 400 acres on one owing). She further states that the Deft. Charles is also in the possession and hath a right to valuable stocks of every kind To Wit Horses, Cows, Hogs, Sheep, and household furniture. She states that she and said Charles hath eight children all of whom are of full age and married and left their parents. She states that the Deft. Charles hath at different times and not long since beat and abused her with great cruelty and inhumanity and without any reasonable or justifiable cause and that he hath driven her from his bed and board and refuseth to make any kind of provision for her or in any way to afford her any relief or protection altho the Deft doth well knowest in equity he ought to furnish her with a reasonable alimony or support but now so it is and may it please your honors that he Deft Charles is almost constantly in a state of intoxication and making imprudent? and losing bargains to the great injury of his estate and at other times he gives it out in speeches that he will either sell his property and leave the state in a short time taking the proceeds of the sale with him, or that he will leave the state and take his negro with him and sale of the land to the end to defraud your oratrix of her alimony or support. All which actings and doings of the Deft. and his confederates are contrary to equity and justice and intended to defraud and injure your oratrix in this behalf. In tender consideration in hereof and for as much as your oratrix is remidless? in the premisses by the strict rules of the common law and can only find relief in the honorable court of Chancery where matters of this kind are properly heard and relief ? to the end therefore that justice may be done in the behalf she prays that the Deft. may be compelled to answer this bill and each allegation thereof on his corporal oath, in as full and complete manner as if the same was here again ? and interrogated. And she prays that by your decree to be pronounced herein, that the said defendant may be decreed to allow your oratrix her alimony or make such provision for her support on the equity of the case may require, and she prays of your honors your Commonwealth writ of subpena to compel an answer hereto and your commonwealths writ of injunction to restrain and enjoin the said defendant from selling or in any disposing of the said tract of land whereon he now resides and from selling or in any way dispossessing of the said negro or any of them To Wit Negro Tom, Liddy, Jeffery, Jorden, Miriah, Dorah, and Tony until the further order of the Deft. from leaving this state until the further order of this court and taking with him the said negro case can be heard by your honors, and she prays such other and further relief to the equity of her case may entitle her to and she ? duty bound will pray. J. L. Bridges Atty. for Complainant Mercer Circuit Court This day the within Complainant Sarah Powel Personally appears before me a justice of the peace for the said County and made oath that what she hath stated in the within bill from her own knowledge is true and what she hath stated from information about she believes to be also given under my hand the first of July 1807. Archibald Bilbo J. P. 1807 June Ingt & ne exeat? granted? &bond & security given June rule for answer? July rule for answer? contd Aug bill taken proven

And separation:

Article of agreement entered into this 13th day of August 1807 between Charles Powell Senior of the county of Mercer of the one part and Jer. Briscoe of the county the other part witnesseth that whereas some unhappy differences has taken place between me Charles Powell and my wife Sarah Powell which is the cause of her seeking protection amongst her children and her neighbors and in order that our disputes may come to a final issue and all matters adjusted between us and believing it to be a duty I owe to my wife as she has equally with myself bore the heat of the day in procuring the title property we now possess which she has not only the right to claim from her services rendered but from her possessing a considerable part when she intermarried with me and as she is now far advanced in years and very infirm and wishing her welfare and also to manifest to the world my upright intentions and in order that she may be well provided for. I covenant and agree and by those present do bind myself and heirs in the penal sum of six hundred pounds to deliver to Jeremiah Briscoe and to secure the same by a proper bill of sale five Negroes, to wit, Lid, a black woman 27 years old and Tony, Jeff, Jordain, and Mirah, children of said black woman except Tony, also the one half of my stock of cattle, sheep and hogs and the whole of the kitchen furniture, twenty barrels of indian corn to be paid next fall. Also one roan mare and two yearling colts, each bridled with a stirrup cross? , also one feather bed which she now has in her possession, all and every species of the aforesaid property. I do bind myself to warrant to aforesaid Jeremiah Briscoe and his heirs and for and in consideration of the said property the said Briscoe doth bind himself in the penal sum of six hundred pounds to pay to Sarah Powell the lawful interest due yearly on the sum of one thousand dollars and the sum of ten dollars part of the principal and what ever shall remain of the principal at the death of Sarah Powell to be paid to any person or persons she may by will authorize to receive it in eighteen months after her death with lawful interest due therein and if it should so happen that the said Sarah Powell should fail to bequeath her money the above way, in that case, the aforesaid Jer. Briscoe is bound to pay the aforesaid sum to the heirs of Charles Powell Senior in an equal proportion and in the same time as above named and in order that this instrument of writing may be fully understood it is expressedly named and agreed by Charles Powell Senior and Sarah his wife that the money be paid in different payments to be made in the lifetime of the said Sarah Powell is for her benefit and to be paid to her and her only and no other person as long as she lives and afterwards in the manner above named and all receipts given by her and properly attested shall be credited but all frauds in said receipts liable to detection if any should happen. It is also understood by Charles Powell and Sarah Powell his wife that the sum be paid to the Sarah Powell by the aforesaid Jeremiah Briscoe in constituted of all her dower and as full compensation from Charles Powell to his wife Sarah Powell and she does release the said Powell from every obligation he is under to her as a husband. In witness we have here unto set our hands and seals the date within.
Charles Powell Sr. Jeremiah Briscoe Sarah X Powell (her mark)
Test. Avery Dye } Fountery Dye } Robert Burton } mark
Note in margin of paper--Dec'd? to G. H. Briscoe Adm.? of Sarah Powell Dec'd August 1834. Mercer County, Kentucky Deed Book 6, Pages 372-376

Aug 17 1809
Deed Book 7 pg 303
Charles Powell
1 Acre on Doctors Fork for 15 chillings
Bounded by an island
Wit: Archibald Bilbo; John Bottom; Thomas Bottom
to Jacob Bottom

Charles' will said:

"In the name of God Amen, I Charles Powel of Mercer County and state of Kentucky, being in a perfect state of mind and memory but feeling the dissolution of my mortal body approaching, do make constitute and ordain this as my last will and testament.

First. I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my friends in a decent manner and as to my worldly possessions I give and dispose of them in the following manner (to wit)

I will that all my just debts be paid and that my Negro man Tom and my Negro woman Doriah be emancipated and enjoy their freedom from and after my death, and that the balance of my property, both real and personal be sold and the proceeds of the sales be equally divided amongst all my children having due regard to legacies they have already received which must be properly accounted for as part of their dividends.

In testimony where of I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 27th day of March 1810.
Archibald Bilbo
James Sanderfur
Charles X Powell

An Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Charles Powell Dec'd. taken this 13th of July 1810
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dollars Cents
108 acres of land at $3.50 per acre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$378.00
A quantity of oats and corn in the ground. . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00
56 Hogs; $42 -- Eight sheep $8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50.00
One Bay Horse $40. One roan Horse $20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60.00
One Bay Horse $2.50. One brindle Cow & Calf . . . . . . . . . . . 10.50
One Pied Cow & Calf $8. One white Cow & Calf $6 . . . . . . . . . 14.66
One Pied Heifer $4.50. One red Heifer $3. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.50
One Cart $4. A quantity of Dry Corn $37 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.00
One half bushel measure 50 cents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
One Bar Jack Plough $3.35 . One shovel Plough $1. . . . . . . . . 4.33
One mans Saddle $10. One bed and furniture $13. . . . . . . . . . 23.00
One bed and furniture $16. One shot gun $5 . . . . . . . . . . . 21.00
One cupboard $16.66 . One Chest $2.75 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19.41
A quantity of Bed and wearing cloths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.66
Two books. A razor & strap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.50
A quantity of yarn $2.50. One Hat 25 cents. . . . . . . . . . . . 2.75
A parcel of leather $3. A pair of spectacles 25 cents . . . . . . 3.25
A pair of cotton cards 75 cents. Cupboard furniture $6 . . . . . 6.75
An old pair of Saddle bags & scythe & cradle . . . . . . . . . . . 1.12
A meal tub Hogs Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.00
One grindstone tools at $7. A number of carpenter tools $2 . . 9.00
One skillet $1. Chairs $1.25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.25
One colter? and two iron wedges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.00
Three wheels & a reel $5.50 One table and a pair of cards? . . . 7.50
Drawing gurs? & potmettle? $2.50. Wooden vessels? $2.50 . . . . . 5.00
One churn and table basin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.00
A Cann? and fat tub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.50
A quantity of bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.00
A stone hammer and trowels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.50
Amount . . . . . 738.695/6
Arch. Bilbo}
Nimrod Greenwood}
John Goodnight} Aps.
Robt. Burton}
NOTE: Paper found in Charles Powell file in Mercer County Historical Society records. Transcribed by Fleta Aday. Total should be $ 738.695/6

May 7 1812
Deed Book 8 pg 493
Thomas Crawford, Adm. Charles Powell, deceased
108 Acres on Doctors Fork of Chaplin for $400
Boundaries: Ferguson's line; William Whoberry; William Bottoms
To Anthony Prewitt

Feb 15 1817
Mercer Co. Ct Box P # 9,10,11
Suit concerning title to 300 Acres that Charles Powell bought of Mary Hunter, etc.
At the house of Sally Prewitt, widow of Mathew Prewitt
Thomas Crawford, Adm. Of Charles Powell deceased

Heirs of Charles Powell

Charles Powell
Lewis Powell
Anthony Powell
Nathaniel Warren and wife Lucy
John Wesley and wife Agnes
George Cole and wife Rhoda
Fields Prewitt and wife Polly
Edmund Bottom and wife Sally

By attorney Samuel Davis
Bring suit against heirs and devisees
Sally Prewitt widow of Mathew Prewitt

Isham Pewitt
Nancy Prewitt
Edith Prewitt
Walker Prewitt
James Prewitt

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