PETER H. POWELL, farmer and justice of the peace, P. 0. Findlay, was born in Eagle Township, this county, July
17, 1838. His father, Phillip Powell, of Mifflin County, Penn., came to Fairfield County, Ohio, when nine years
of age, and remained there until 1833, when he moved to this county and settled on a farm of 160 acres of land
which his father had entered for him in Eagle Township. Here Phillip married, February 22, 1836, Miss Elizabeth
Fellers, who died March 6, 1841, leaving three children: Joshua, of Liberty Township, this county; Peter H., the
subject of this sketch, and Simon W., in California (he married, May 26, 1876, Miss Volarian Dolora Lovisa Cheenecoff,
of St. Petersburg, Russia). Phillip Powell's second wife was Miss Susanna Tussing, to whom he was married April
15, 1842; she died October 25, 1857; she had one child, Moses, born February 19, 1851, and died March 2, 1851.
Mr. Powell afterward married, in October, 1861, Mrs. Magdalene Meisel. Phillip Powell died August 29, 1866, leaving
an honorable record as a faithful man and worthy pioneer citizen. The subject of this sketch married, March 24,
1861, Miss Catherine E. Cogley, daughter of Jacob Cogley, and they settled where they now reside, in August, 1867
Here they purchased the interest of the heirs, and now own the homestead place of 160 acres of well improved land.
Their children are Jacob S., Alice Altona, Simon Joshua, Emma Virginia, Mary Elmina and Clemens Laurence. Mr. Powell
is a life long Democrat. He was called upon to serve his township as trustee, and soon after, in the fall of 1872,
was elected justice of the peace, and was reelected in 1875, 1878, 1881 and 1884. He also holds the position of
treasurer of Eagle Township, this county. Judge Powell discharges all his duties faithfully and honestly, and to
the entire satisfaction of the people. He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church; he is a
member of the I. O. O. F. He is a man of strict integrity, progressive, public spirited, a valuable citizen, highly
respected by the entire community.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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