Biography of Rev. John Powell
Hancock County, OH Biographies

REV. JOHN POWELL, minister of the United Brethren Church, and author of the history of the Powell family, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1819, son of Philip and Elizabeth (Radebaugh) Powell, natives of Pennsylvania, of Welsh and German descent, respectively, the former of whom died in 1849. Of their family of fourteen children twelve grew to manhood and womanhood, and still survive, our subject being the eighth in the family. Rev. John Powell received his schooling in Fairfield County, Ohio, and has been a minister of the gospel since he was nineteen years of age. He traveled a circuit when he was twenty one years of age, and has been an itinerant preacher for forty five years. In 1878 he commenced compiling the work known as "The Powell History," completing the first volume in 1880; the second volume is now nearly ready for the press. Our subject is a successful farmer and at one time owned 600 acres of land. He still owns a farm in Blanchard Township, this county. In 1843 Rev. John Powell was united in marriage with Elizabeth Trapp, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Berkley) Trapp, of German descent. Our subject and wife have four children living: Mary K., wife of Elmer Harpst; Lydia A., wife of George W. Kinney; Ester J., wife of George Harpst, and John L., the last named being the only child of our subject now at home. John L. was born January 1, 1861; received his education in this county and is the owner of 100 acres of well improved land; he also works his father's farm, and deals in stock. He is remarkably successful as a farmer and trader; is also much interested in the breeding and rearing of horses. In politics he is a Republican.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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