The Name of POWERS is of Norman
French Origin from the ancient descriptive name of
le Power, meaning “the poor.” The family
however as far back as the record extends has been
one of wealth and power.
Walter Powers, born 1639 in England, married Trial Shepard, daughter of Dea Ralph & Thanks Shepard from Stephy Parish, London in Essex. Walter left his home in England and settled in Maulden, Mass., around 1660. Walter & Trial Shepard were married March 11, 1661. Trial Shepard was born February 10, 1641. Walter Powers died, February 22, 1708. They had issue of nine children: William, Mary, Isaac, Thomas, Daniel, Increase, Walter, JACOB and Sarah.
ISAAC POWERS, son of Walter & Trial (Shepard) Powers, born 1665, died 1735, married April 14, 1701 at Lexington, Mass., to Mary (Powter) Winship, born April 9, 1665, daughter of John Poulter. Their children were: Isaac, Jonathan, Luce, Gideon, Hannah, Tryphena, Ephriam, and Mary, all born in Mass.
DANIEL POWERS, son of Walter
& Trial Shepard Powers, had a son named Peter,
who was the father of Sampson, who called one of his
sons, Peter, who was the father of Joel.
JACOB POWERS, the youngest son of Immigrant Walter Powers married in 1703 to Sarah Merriam. They had one daughter, Sarah. Jacob was born December 15, 1679. Sarah, his wife, died April 15, 1705 and he married 2nd. to Edith Adams, born December 1, 1683, daughter of Jonathan and Leah (Gould) Adams of Littleton. Jacob & Edith lived at Littleton. Their children were: Lydia, born 1713, Esther, born 1716, JONAS, born 1719, Edward, born 1725. Jacob’s wife, Edith Adams, is a descendant of Henry Adams of Braintree and is said to be a relative of President Adams. A Jacob Powers or members of his immediate family came to Virginia and settled in Bland County.
Jonas Power,(whether son of above Jonas or Jacob is not known) married January 31 1765 to Jerusha Harmon, (Mother’s name “Meek”). This family is said to have came from Vermont and settled on Walker’s Creek in Bland County, Va. They had issue of: Eunice, Esther, Jerusha, Reuben, OLIVER, and Jonas.
EUNICE POWERS, born 1771, died Feb., 18, 1852, married 1800 to “Rev” Samuel Newberry II, born December 25, 1775, died February 18, 1857 in Bland Co., Va., who was the son of Samuel Newberry 1, the Irish Immigrant, who came to America and settled in Augustia Co., Va., which later became Wythe. Eunice and Samuel had issue: Mary, Henry, Jerusha, Allen Taylor, Elizabeth, Julia, Nancy, Jane, Lucinda, Ester.
ESTHER POWERS, second daughter of Jonas & Jerusha Powers, married Robert Newberry, son of Immigrant Samuel and brother to Samuel II, who married her sister, Eunice. One descendant of Esther Powers and Robert Newberry is Dr. J.N. Hillman, (who was) president of Emory & Henry College, Emory , VA.
JERUSHA POWERS, third daughter
of Jonas & Jerusha (Harmon) Powers, married
Samuel Steele, son of Robert and Mary Keeling
Steele. They lived in Whitley Co., KY. The
children of Jerusha and Samuel Steele were: Reuben,
b. Sept 29, 1802, Alexander Pleasant, b. 1804,
James, born 1806, Oliver, b. Dec., 31, 1807, Robert,
b. 1810, Rhoda, b. 1811, Easter, b. 1812, Jonas, b.
815, Hezekiah, b. 1817, Samuel G., b. 1820, Nancy,
b. 1821, Jerusha Powers Steele died in Whitley Co.,
Ky., 1850. Samuel Steele died 1822, Whitley
REUBEN POWERS, son of Jonas & Jerusha (Harmon) Powers was said to have been listed in the act of the legislature forming Wise County and a member of the committee to select a site for the county seat to be located somewhere on the lands of Daniel Ramey at the Big Glades. His nephew, Reuben Steele, was evidently named for him.
Jonas H. Powers & Lucy Sperry
Jonas H. Powers, son of Jonas
and Jerusha Harmon Powers, m. Feb 1, 1791 to Lucy
Sperry, with his brother Reuben as surity.
Lucy moved with her family from Vermont to
Montgomery Co., Va. Jonas & Lucy moved to
Ohio and lived near Scoitsville on Iris Creek where
Jonas H. became a preacher. Jonas & Lucy
were married in Botetourt County, Va., on South
Branch. Lucy is a daughter of Samuel
Sperry. In 1795 Jonas received a land grant
for 165 acres on Elliots Creek in early Botetourt
County. He sold the land in 1798 to Francis
Gardner. Jonas and Lucy then moved to Louisa,
Ky., and later to Scott Co., Virginia on Sinking
Oliver & Susan Powers
Oliver Powers, son of Jonas
& Jerusha Harmon Powers, married Susan, whose
last name is unknown. Oliver was born
1776. He owned land in Tazwell County, Va.,
and lived in Russell County, Va. Their children
Oliver Powers married 2nd. to
Judia Fraley of Scott County, va., and had issue of
William R. and Harmon Powers. Judia (Julia) is
probably the daughter of Frederick and Chloe Fraley
of Russell Co., Va. Oliver was on the tax list,
Russell Co., Va., 1810.
Jerremiah Powers & Nancy Ritchie
Jeremiah Powers, son of Oliver
& Susan Powers, married July 15, 1827 in Scott
Co., Virginia, to Nancy Ritchie, born Feb. 25, 1809,
daughter of John and Nancy Hutchinson Ritchie.
Jeremiah and Nancy settled in the Birchfield section
of Wise County, on Dotson Creek, at what is know as
the Harmon Adams place. Jeremiah was a signer
of the petition in February 1854, asking for a new
county to be formed from parts of Russell, Lee and
Scott counties to be called Dunn. A new county
was formed in 1856 but was named Wise after Henry A.
5. John W. Powers, b Mar
LUCY POWERS, daughter of Oliver
and Susan Powers, married Feb., 25, 1830 to George
Bond, born Aug., 1798, died 1878 at Bondtown, Wise
Co., Va. He was a Carpenter and a Miller in
Bondtown, which town was named in honor of
him. They had eight children:
WILLIAM R. POWERS, son of Oliver
and Susan Powers, married Aug 23, 1866, Wise Co.,
Va., to Mary “Polly” Roberson, b. Feb 17,
1844, daughter of Matthew S. & Nancy (Russell)
For further information on the
Powers family, see Reuben Powers Bio.
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