Powell Family History
Maryland, Indiana, Iowa
Family of Elijah and Mariah Ann (Hayman) Powell
John H (December 26, 1827 - February 02, 1861), married Mary (Polly) MEARS (daughter of William)
Margaret A (May 17, 1830 - April 04, 1892), married Edward BONEWELL (son of Andrew and Harriet)
Marthena Ellen (August 12, 1832 - December 30, 1903), married Absalom FENDER (son of David and Francis)
Leah (1836 - before 1880), married Peter DAILEY
William H (September 10, 1838 - July 22, 1863)
Walter Hayman (June 12, 1841 - December 22, 1915)
Francis Hargess (August 02, 1844 - August 11, 1924), married Mary Ann FARRIS (daughter of Philip and Margaret)
Maria Elizabeth (July 1847 - 1928)
Lemuel H (September 30, 1850 - March 20, 1926), married Luzetta Viella PRYOR (daughter of Watson and Catherine)
Elijah Powell was born May 16, 1800 in Worcester County, Maryland, a son of John Powell. He married Mariah Ann Hayman on October 25, 1826 in Worcester County. Their first three children were born in Maryland; John (1827), Margaret (1830), and Marthena (1832). By the mid-1830s Elijah and his small family migrated from Maryland to Indiana where the remaining children were born; Leah (1836), WIlliam (1838), Walter (1841), Francis (1844), Maria Elizabeth (1847), and Lemuel (1850). According to the 1840 census record the family appears to in Bartholomew County, Indiana, where Mariah's possible brother Henry Hayman was also farming.
By the latter 1840s, both the Powell and Hayman families moved to Owen County, Indiana. A land patent was issued at the Land Office of Vincennes for Elijah Powell, dated May 1, 1848. This was for 40 acres of land. Certificate # 33313 places this in the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 15 in Township Ten North of Range Four West.
The Powell family farmed in Washington township, Owen County, Indiana. Mariah passed away in 1867 and is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Washington township. Her tombstone reads "Mariah A Powell, wife of E, died 23 Dec 1867, aged 62y 3m 12d". Elijah died on December 12, 1880 and is also buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Also buried at Mt. Moriah were Elijah and Mariah's children John (d.1861), Margaret (d.1892), William (d.1863), Walter (d.1915), Frank (d.1924), Elizabeth (d.1928), and Lemuel (d.1926). Daughter Marthena passed away in 1903, and is buried at Robinson Cemetery, Mason twp, Effingham Co., Illinois. Daughter Leah appears to have passed away sometime prior to 1880, her two surviving children living with their grandfather Elijah Powell in 1880.
Family of Francis Hargess and Mary Ann (Farris) Powell
Walter Wilbur (February 16, 1869 - February 10, 1939), married Juliana TWOMEY (daughter of John and Mary)
Harrison Sherman (May 21, 1871 - May 09, 1940), married Mary Elizabeth ANDREWS (daughter of Francis and Sophronia ANDERS)
Ella Rose (October 21, 1873 - August 21, 1960), married James Nathan GRAY (son of David and Thursa)
Oliver Preston (February 26, 1876 - March 17, 1929), married Marilda Ann HOLLEY (daughter of Samuel and Eliza)
Mary Frances (July 25, 1878 - March 01, 1954), married Frank LEE
Bertha Lorena (July 09, 1881 - January 16, 1968), married Earl E STOCKWELL (son of Daniel and Laura)
Daisy A (August 14, 1884 - May 20, 1962), married Wallace Earl WAGGONER (son of Emery and Susanna)
Orie Torr (September 17, 1888 - November 08, 1943), married Sallie Ann STWALLEY (daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth)
Frank and Mary Ann (Farris) Powell were both born and raised in Owen County, Indiana. Mary Ann was a daughter of Philip and Margaret Jane (Galloway) Farris. Prior to their marriage Frank Powell served in Company D of the 149th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted on February 2, 1865 and was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee on September 27, 1865. Frank and Mary Ann were married on December 04, 1867, the marriage recorded in Montgomery County, Illinois. Mary Ann's older sister Elizabeth Farris was also married in that County a few months prior. It is known that Mary Ann and Elizabeth's aunt Sarah (Farris) Hickman was living in Montgomery County, Illinois at that time, so this may explain the location of the marriage. Frank and Mary Ann Powell farmed in Lafayette township, Owen County, Indiana for most of their lives. They had 8 surviving children, and are both buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Washington township, Owen County, Indiana.
Frank and Mary Ann's oldest sons, Will, Harry, and Press, were all married in Indiana but moved to western Iowa shortly after their marriages. Their families farmed in Harrison County, Iowa, where all three are buried.
Article compiled by Dennis Walsh, November 2005.