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THROUGH GEORGE WOODSON EASLEY AND DELLA JEANETTE WHITTON AND THEIR FAMILY


POWELL/PARKER/EASLEY FAMILIES

William Powell Home Page

History Of William Powell

Chippokes Plantation and State Park

Example of 1600 Law

(ANN WARHAM PARKER WAS MARRIED TO OUR IMMIGRANT, ROBERT EASLEY.  WILLIAM POWELL IS ANCESTOR TO ANN AND ALSO AN IMMIGRANT FROM WALES ALONG WITH HIS WIFE, ELIZABETH WYLLYS)

HISTORY OF WILLIAM POWELL

(1585-1623)

"William Powell was described as a man of character and worth, a gentleman of great name and fortune, a trusted friend of John Smith , one of the largest planters in the colony. (John Smith was the husband of Pocahontas. se)

(The Powell family was prominent royal lineage from Wales.  se)

"12/19/1606 Blackwell, England. William Powell sailed aboard ship with Capt. John Smith either on the Godspeed, Discovery, or the Sarah Constant; there was a William Powell on each of them.

"4/20/1607 Chesapeake, VA, just below Jamestown. The ship arrived in America.

"Another source states: "Captain Powell and his first wife, Elizabeth Welles or Wylles, came to America aboard the ill-fated "Sea Venture" which was shipwrecked in Bermuda in 1609. The ship became wedged between two rocks that kept it from sinking. From the wreckage and from timber from the island, they were able to construct two smaller ships and continue on to Virginia in 1610." It is difficult to say what actually took place considering the next item.

"1611 Apparently William crisscrossed the ocean often. He returned to America with Sir Thomas Gates on the Sea Venture.

(No matter when and how Captain William Powell came to America, the following is well documented:) se

"1617, William Powell was a Captain of the Governor's Guards and Lt. Governor and Commander of Jamestown.

"7/30/1619 He sat in the first House of Burgess Assembly as a representative of James City County, the same year Nathaniel Powell (not related) was first Acting Governor of VA and first President of the Assembly Council.  He was the first to learn of the Indian's plot to massacre the colonists this same date.

"He owned a 200 acre tract in the Territory of Tappahannock (Rappahannock?) over against James City, VA and another 550-600 acres in the same vicinity.  His plantation across the river from Jamestown was called Chipokes and is now a state park with some
original buildings still standing."  (See below.  se)

(The Indian Massacre of 1622)

Note:  It seems that our William Powell attempted to take advantage of his name, Powell, and claim the estates of Governor Nathanial Powell and his wife, even though our William Powell was not related to the governor.  When William was subsequently killed by Indians in 1622, his wife accepted Mr. Blaney as her new husband.  Blaney took over the wealthy William Powell estate and the “claim” for Governor Nathanial Powell's estate.  Eventually, the true British descendants of Nathanial Powell enlisted the King’s edict that the rightful descendants of Nathanial would inherit the colonial estate.  se

"When Blaney sailed from London for Virginia the second time, in September 1621 on board the pinnace Tyger, the London Company's ten-member council placed upon him the added responsibility of collecting 150 pounds of the "best leafe tobacco" for each of the more than 50 "maids & young woemen" who were also going to the colony to live permanently. Blaney's success as an intermediary between the London Company and the settlers earned him seats in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1623 and 1625, which in turn led to a seat on the Council of State in 1626. Blaney kept a store on the east end of Jamestown (one of only three in the colony), and his efforts on behalf of the company paid off sufficiently for him to establish a plantation on the south side of the James River at Grays Creek, which came to be known as Blaney's Point. By February 1624, Blaney's Point boasted 15 servants as well as Blaney and his wife Margaret, whose first husband, Captain William Powell, had been killed by Indians in January 1623. When Blaney married the widow Powell, the estate of Captain Nathaniel Powell (later known as Merchant's Hope), which William Powell had claimed after Nathaniel and his wife were killed in the Massacre of 1622, came under Blaney's control. Under his management, the Powell plantation prospered—but suddenly the King's Privy Council in London declared that William Powell had no claim to the property; the estate was sold and the proceeds given to Nathaniel Powell's legitimate heirs. In addition to the 15 indentured servants who worked for Blaney at his plantation, 2 more lived in Jamestown, bringing the total to 17 persons whom he had imported into the colony, each of which entitled him to 50 acres of land. Before Blaney disappeared from the Jamestown records in 1627, the muster rolls credited him with owning 3 dwelling houses, 3 tobacco barns, 2 boats, 12 swords, 3 pistols, 7 pounds of powder, 12 pounds of shot, 1 murderer (a small ordnance piece), 7 pieces of armor (including 2 coats of mail), and 1 jack (probably a leather coat worn for defense). Additionally, he owned 20 neat cattle, 10 goats, 21 swine, 8 pigs, and a variety of foodstuffs. That was a pretty impressive accomplishment for less than 5 years work in Virginia, given that the entire colony's population of more than 1,230 people held fewer than 50 houses (22 in Jamestown), 9 boats, 60 swords, 209 swine, and 121 goats."

Note:  (The young woemen (women) were brought to the colonies as slaves to be sold to the male colonists for wives.  se)

Note:  (In 1627, the Virginia population was about 1,230 and only 50 houses, 22 in Jamestown.  Our William Powell contributed to one of the most accumulated  pockets of wealth when his widow married Mr. Blaney.  se)

       *William Powell qualifies recent generations to join the First Families of Virginia Colony, Colonial Dames and many other early American organizations.

 

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