I am looking for info on the D. J. Powell family who left TN in late 1880's or early 1890's and went to Texas. Derias was a Methodist minister and settled in the Wichita Falls area. He had several children, William Powell,b. 1855, Jessie b.1857, Josie b. 1859,Mary F. b. 1861, Nancy E. b. 1864, John W. b. 1866, Sarah b. 1869, Ada W. b. 1871,Edward b. 1874, Oravi b. 1876. I have them in 1900 Wichita Census page 228, D.J. is 70 and his wife "Sarah" is 65. Any help appreciated, I have all of the Tennessee connections to this line.
Powell, Marcell, Love, Stearnes, Arwood
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1890 Wichita Co.
Texas Reconstructed Census
From the files of Walter & Mary Speakman
Since the 1890 census was destroyed by a fire, the Speakmans went through the Wichita County Records and listed everyone that was mentioned in 1890, each name and the references were put on a 3 X 5 index card. Mary Speakman was a professional genealogist and when she retired she donated her card file of this reconstructed census to the North Texas Genealogical Association. These cards were transferred to computer & put on the web by Fred Maier. After the name you will find a letter of the alphabet, this letter refers to the source of the name. A list of the sources is below. We have no further information on this list of names. If you would like to find more information, you will have to go to the original source (court house, etc.) Note that some of the names have more than one source.
Key to the Records Used
A: Minutes of the Commissioners Court
B: Deputation Records
C: Attachment Lien Records
D: Bill of Sale Record
E: Mechanics Lien Record
F: Register of Prisoners in the City Jail
G: Jurors Time Book
H: Grandjury Minutes
I: Records of Election Returns
J: Probate Minutes Record
K: Wichita Herald Vol 8 # 29 - 17 Apr 1890
L: Minute Book #1 - Wichita Falls, TX
M: Record of Marks & Brands Vol 1
N: Deed Records
O: File of Louise Kelly, Wichita Co. Historian
NAME SOURCE OR REFERENCE
Hopkins, J.W. K - marr. Minnie Weeks 2/5/1890
by D.J. Powell, L.C.
Jones, W.S. K - marr. Maggie Sherrod
11/23/1890 by D.J. Powell, L.C.
Matthews, J.W. K - marr. Sallie Powell 10/6/1890
by A.B. Trimble, P.C.
Daughter of D.J. Powell Methodist
preacher at Beaver Creek and Iowa
Powell, D.J. (Rev) K - Beaver Creek 1882-1900 -
Wife: Sarah - Children:
J.A.; Mollie; Ada W. marr. 1899;
Mary; Sarah marr. 1890; Ed D.
Powell, E.M. G - Vol. 2 Page 62
Powell, R.F. N - Deed Record Vol. Q Page 375
Stearns, T.G. K - To Beaver Creek about 1880 -
Son: Don F. (b. 1871
or before) marr. Ada W. Powell
12/13/1899 - Dau.:
Astronaut Gordon Cooper)
Stirman, E.C. K - Marr. Maggie Hopkins 2/5/1890
by D.J. Powell, L.C.
Editor of NTGA Newsletter
Powell, Marcell, Love, Stearnes, Arwood
Well this is what I found. Oh, let me answer your question about Beaver Creek [it is located just north and west of Kadane Corner in southwest Wichita County] and Iowa Park. Beaver Creek was a small community in the early 1900s but is now only a farming & ranching area now. Iowa Park is a small town, population about 6500 today.
Now on the the rest.
[Source: Iowa Park Leader, Vol. 20, Thursday, Oct 20, 1988 - Happy Birthday Iowa Park 1888-1988 pub. 1995 by Genealogy and Historical Societies] page 175 & 222.
In early 1880s, D. J. and Sarah Caroline Powell departed Viola County, TN with nine childten in covered wagons. In 1883 they arrived in North Texas, homesteading several hundred acres in the xouthwest part of Wichita County, the area known as Beaver Creek.
As the community grew, a Sunday School was conducted in the Powell home with Rev. Powell as leader. Founding the Methodist Church of Beaver Creek, he also rode horseback to serve others when called. On his grave is a bronze marker denoting his service as a Circuit Rider for the Methodist Church.
The family of J. C. and Rosanna Matthews of Sedalia, MO, migrated in Tarrant County, TX around 1860. J. C. served as a private of Company A, Griffins Battalion, Texas Infantry in the Civil War. He died while on duty at Sabine Pass, Jan. 14, 1864.
As the family grew and went different directions, John, son of J. C., caught the call of the west and cowboy fever. He traded with cattle and gradually moved westward, learning the tricks of the trade. His westward path halted when he met Sallie Caroline Powell, daughter of D. J. Powell. They married Oct 5, 1890.
While they lived at Beaver Creek, three children were born: Zula (Mrs. McKitrick), John Leslie, and Suvilla (Mrs. Jeff Wallace). As the children grew the problem of schooling was resolved by moving to Iowa Park. Ruth Marie (Mrs. Jack Gay [she may still alive today in Iowa Park])were born while they lived in the wouthwest part of Iowa Park.
The family has been active in civic, religious and educational activities through the years. "Johnnie" Matthews and partner, Walter Sisk, represented Iowa Park High School in debate in Austin in 1914. Matthews attended West Texas State Teachers College at Canyon. He was presented the first Life Membership granted by the Anthropological Society of Canyon.
Mrs. John Matthews was recognized as the oldest woman attending the Wichita County Diamond Jubilee on Pioneer Day in 1957. She died in 1958 at the age of 89. Mr. Matthews, who was known to all his friends as "Uncle Johnny," died in 1934.
The first home place in Iowa Park burned in 1924, and a new home was built in the same location. This is the present home of Otis and Thelma Gay.
Mrs. Gay, with her sister, Mrs. Suvilla Wallace of Mesa, AZ, are the first generation survivors of this pioneer family.
[1 listing for Gay in Iowa Park phone book and 2 for Powell. Zip code is 76367]
Circuit-riding Preachers Important to Pioneers
by Lita Huggins Watson
In the days when travel was difficult in this sparsely-settled area, some of the religious ministry was conducted by circuit-rider preachers. Since congregations were very small, they could not afford a resident pastor and shared a traveling minister with many other fledging churches.
As the preacher traveled, he would preach on Sundays and perform marriages and baptize converts. Traveling by horseback, he stayed in the homes of members of the congregation. Usually, he received a small stipend from settlements along his circuit, or regular path.
In 1960, a monument was dedicated to the circuit-riding ministers who served the Beaver Creek area in the southwest part of Wichita County.
Honored ministers and their dates of service were:....D. J. Powell, 1882 (grandfather of Thelma Matthews Gay)... .
[the marker is located in the Beaver Creek Cemetery and is a Texas State Historical Marker]
Editor of NTGA Newsletter
This is what I have been looking for in my search of the Powells in Wichita County,Texas. Thank you for originating the query. Yes, I would love to have as much info as possible on back Powells. John W. in your query was my grandfather John Whitten m Mary Ida Worley and reared nine children of which three are still living. Thanks Leon Greenlee
I am researching George Powell and Henry Newton Powell from TN.
They are from Gassaway, Cannon County TN. George Powell was born 14 July 1872 and married Hattie Josephine Smithson born 7 April 1897.
George Powell's parents are Henry N. Powell (b 11/24/1832 d 7/22/1900) and Sarah Melton. Henry N. Powell is buried in Riverside cemetary in Wichita Falls
I have Powell Family from Cannon County, Tenn. Henry Powell, James Powell, Cannon County Tenn and Madison Cnty, Ark., Wm. Henry Powell Madison County Ark. Wm. Henry had brother George N. If this is the family you are searching I would be very interested in hearing from you. I have quite a bit of information.
I have a Henry N Powell from that area. He was married to Sarah Melton. They moved to Wichita Falls, TX. I know of one son George Powell married to Hattie Josephine Smithson. They have five children
My ancestor is a brother to Henry Newton, he was James (Jim) born right before Henry Newton Powell. He, James, married Lucinda Reeves and moved to Madison Cnty., Ark, via wagon train with other Powell and related families. Their parents were Henry Powell and Nancy, Henry was born in 1793 No. Carolina, Nancy 1796 in Ky. Do you have any info. on them? I have list of other siblings of Henry N. and James and a few of their marriages. Then I have quite a bit of info. on my ancestor James. Your Henry N. was born in 1832 or 33? I show his wife Sarah Melton was born 1837 in Bradley Co., Tenn.?
Re: Powell in Wichita Falls
Sally Caroline Powell is my great-grandmother
I have found memories of her as told to me by her daughter, Suvilla Evelyn Powell Wallace. I was very close to my grandmother Wallace (Suvilla). my great grandfather John W. Matthews was a great man and quite the cowboy. I would love to hear more about the days in Tennesse. hope to be in touch. Darius Powell is spelled Darias according to my records.
I just ran across this post to you in 2005. I/m still working on the Powells. I have conflicting info on Henry Powell's wife Nancy. (Parents of James Millbery Powell
and your Henry Newton Powell. There is a person listed on the 1850 census for
Henry and Nancy (Campbell/Driver) Powell by the name of Millery Driver age 60.
However, I found that Nancy Driver, daughter of Reddick Drive b. 1774 in NC, also
had a SON named Millbery/Millberg Driver. I wonder if the census taker could
have mistakenly listed this person as a female.
I know the census takers weren't mistake proof.
I saw on a post on ancestry, Nancy Powell's death certificate and her maiden name was listed as Campbell. Maybe she had a first marriage? Anyway, in the 1840 census, J. T. Reeves, Henry Powell, and nn