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From: Robert T. Strong< >
Subject: THOMAS POWELL of Isle of Wight County, VA, immigrant
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 03:44:37 EST


Thomas Powell, age 24, and Thomas Powell, age 21, were both
passengers on the ship "Mathew", which embarked from England
on 2 MAY 1635. The ship sailed to St. Christopher in the
Barbadoes Islands. It is uncertain whether either of these
Thomas Powells continued on to the Virginia Colony.
Headright grants in Virginia for this time period should be
carefully checked for all Thomas Powells.

It has been reported that Thomas Powell, purported son of
Capt. William Powell [militia Captain], "lived south of the
James River near the dividing line between Nansemond and
Isle of Wight Counties". Capt. William Powell was killed in
an attack against the Chickahominy Indians in 1624, and his
land was eventually inherited, after some dispute, by his
son George Powell. George also died young and left no legal
heirs, thus the land was escheated and regranted to another
party. This proves that George did not have a brother named
Thomas who survived him.

William Spencer, who was granted land on the west side of
Hogg Island Creek [Nansemond County] on 19 JUN 1635 was
credited with transporting a Thomas Powell to the Virginia
Colony. [Colony of VA Patent Book I, Part I, page 249]
This was probably the Thomas Powell mentioned in the
preceding paragraph, son of Capt. William Powell, as Hogg
Island is near the dividing line between Nansemond and Isle
of Wight Counties.


There is no definitive proof that any of the Thomas Powells,
above, was the Thomas Powell who settled some time BEFORE
1737 on the western branch of the Nansemond River, in the
territory that became Isle of Wight Co.,.

The first public records in the Virginia Colony that are
clearly of the Thomas Powell who was progenitor of Isle of
Wight County, VA , Powells [Number 1 in Lucas's family
history] were two headright grants, both dated 10 JUN 1637.
The first grant of 100 acres was FOR TRANSPORTING HIMSELF
and one [indentured] servent, located on the Nansemond
River, then in "the Upper County of New Norfolk" [formerly
Elizabeth City County]. [50 acres was granted to anyone
paying their own transportation and 50 additional acres for
each additional person for whom the cost of passage was
paid.] The second grant was for 200 acres, for transporting
four other persons, and was located about a mile "from his
own plantation." This proves that Thomas Powell had been
residing for an unknown period of time on the Nansemond
River, prior to 1737, and had made improvements to the land.
Landmarks for the 200 acre grant were Dumplin Island Creek,
Powell's Point, and Powell's Neck.

Thomas Powell voted in an election held in Isle of Wight
Co., in 1648.

On 13 FEB 1654, Thomas Powell purchased 400 acres on the
Western Branch of the Nansemond River in Isle of Wight Co.,
VA, from William Hunt. Grants to Francis Hutchins in 1656
and 1664 were in Nansemond County, which before about 1737
was called Upper Norfolk County. Francis Hutchins' land
bordered on Thomas Powell's land. On 20 APR 1682, Thomas
Powell was granted 80 acres of unimproved ["waste"] land
joining the 400 acres purchased in 1654, and received a
patent for the 480 acres

Isle of Wight was one of the original eight shires
[counties] in the Virginia Colony, but when it was formed in
1634 the name was Warasoyack. The name was changed to Isle
of Wight about 1637, which is the year that the first two
land patents to Thomas Powell were recorded.

A study of headright grants and land patents in the Virginia
Colony, which have been abstracted and published in four
volumes in CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, indicates some of Thomas
Powells neighbors: Thomas Dew (1638), Abraham Peltree
(1638), Samuel Stephens, (1639), John Geary (1640), William
Hunt (1653), Francis Hutchins (1656, 1664).

[Thomas Powell sold 200 acres to Thomas Dew by, who received
patents for it and another 350 acres in 1638. Thomas Dew
apparently sold 250 acres to Thomas Davis , who sold it to
Thomas Powell, who sold it to John Geary in 1640.]

In 1675 William Powell applied to be administrator of the
estate of Robert Roe, who had died intestate, with William
Powell the major creditor. Thomas Powell and John Moore put
up bond for William Powell. This was likely Thomas, father
of William Powell.

On 9 FEB 1680, a deed of gift was made from Thomas Powell to
his son, William Powell, being the tract of land on which
William Powell resided, on the Beaver Dam Branch [of the
Nansemond River]. The deed mentioned Edward Perkin's Path,
formerly called "Indian Path".

480 acres located on the Beaver Dam Branch of the Western
Branch of the Nansemond River were patented by Thomas Powll
on 20 APR 1682, 400 acres purchased from William Hunt plus
80 acres undeveloped land. Bordering land owners were
Richard Hutchins, William Smelley, and Mrs. Deason (1682),
Thomas English purchased adjoining land in 1686 from Francis
and Mary Hutchins.

Francis Hutchins was a witness to the will of Thomas Powell,
abstracted below, and Francis Hutchins proved the will in
court. From the records above, Francis was born 1635 or
earlier. [A second Francis Hutchins appears in later
records.] Francis Hutchins was a Quaker and the minutes of
the Chuchatuck Meeting House reported that the Meeting House
was built on land purchased from Francis Hutchins, whose
land was adjacent Thomas Powell.

The Will of Thomas Powell was written 12 JUL 1683 and was
probabed on 9 FEB 1688 in Isle of Wight County. An abstract

To [his grandsons, the sons of his deceased son,
Nathaniel Powell:] Thomas, Nathaniel, William, and John
Powell: one-half the land on which Thomas [the immigrant]
resided upon. Thomas added a stipulation that his grandsons
should not sell the land except to one another.

To his son, William Powell: the other half of the
land he lived upon, itemized personal property, clothing not
willed to others. William to be executor.

To daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Powell: one cow.

To daughter-in-law, Lucretia Corbett: one cow.

To [grandchildren, the children of Nathaniel Powell,
deceased, and his wife, Lucretia Powell, now Lucretia
Corbett]: Lucretia Powell and John Powell: one cow between

To [grandchildren, the children of William and
Elizabeth Powell]: Rebecca Powell and Elizabeth Powell:
one 2 year old heifer between them.

To [relationship uncertain; probably sons of William,
but possibly his own sons, or the sons of Nathaniel]: Thomas
Powell, one iron pestle, "and his brother Nathaniel is to
have the use of it as much as himself"; a pair of britches
and a waistcoat to each.

[Lucretia Corbett was the widow of Nathaniel Powell,
deceased, whose will was probated 10 MAR 1678; she had
remarried to John Corbett.]

For the complete text of the will of Thomas Powell, see Geo.
T. Powell, Vol. I, page 16.

The will of Nicholas Smith of Isle of Wight Co., dated or
proved on 11 DEC 1695, left all his land in Virginia and
elsewhere and half his personal property to his
granddaughter, not named, but who was described as the
daughter of Thomas Powell. The granddaughter was apparently
residing in Maryland in 1695. The settlement of the estate
of Nicholas Smith needs to be studied to ascertain the
identity of this Powell descendant and her relationship, if
any, to Thomas Powell, the eldest, the immigrant to Isle of
Wight County.

Other Powells in Isle of Wight Co., VA, have been identified
who were not named in the will of Thomas Powell I,
abstracted above. Stephen Powell, Col. James Powell,
Richard and Eleanor Powell. The identify of a John Powell
whose inventory was taken in 1716 is not known. A Thomas
Powell who migrated to Northampton Co., NC, before 1745, and
an Edward Powell whose estate was administered in 1664 have
not been connected to this family as yet.


Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Editor, Compiler, Publisher.
Southern Histrical Press, (c) 1969, 1977. Second printing

PLANTTER, Circa 1616-1687, Isle of Wight Co., VA, AND JOHN
Macon, GA: the author, (c) 1985.

(c) 1997, Robert T. Strong, Jr. All rights reserved.
Distribution for commercial purposes is strictly forbidden.

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