Biography of James B. Powell
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JAMES B. POWELL was born in Herefordshire, England, February 7, 1816, and lived there until he was nine years of age; his parents having preceded him, he made the trip alone to Calais, France, a distance of 400 miles. His parents, John H. and Ann (Bub) Powell, were manufacturers of lace, and James B. worked at the same business. They lived in France nine years; were there during the Revolution of 1830, and during the time of the cholera. In 1834, his parents shipped from Calais to London, thence to New York. They were eight weeks and four days in crossing, being becalmed nine days; running short of provision, and there being other boats in sight, and being short of hands, the Captain called the passengers to draw lots to go in the small boats for provisions. Our subject refused to draw, but volunteered and made a successful trip. They arrived in New York July 24, 1834, and soon alter located in Evansburg, Ohio, where they remained until 1854, and there followed farming. Mr. Po well became an Abolitionist during his stay in Ohio. He was a member of the underground railway and took a very prominent part in helping the slaves to get away, often secreting them about the house. Mr. Powell was married, August 31, 1839, to Miss Jane Boyd, of Coshocton County. They had nine children, six of whom are living - Florinda, John Thomas, Ann, Henrietta, William (deceased), Caroline (deceased), Nancy J. (deceased), William, Henry and Lyman B. Mr. Powell came to Howard County in the year 1854 and located on his present place in Jackson Township. He is an industrious man and worthy citizen, and he and wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for thirty nine years.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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