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John Armstrong Powell
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Sex: Male
Birth: April 17, 1826
in Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee
Death: January 29, 1890
in Cleveland, Jefferson County, Alabama
Burial: John A. Powell plot,
Block 12,
Elmwood Cemetery,
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Father: Allen Powell
Mother: Anne Thweatt Hutchings
Spouse/Partner: Julia Ann Sinclair
Marriage: July 22, 1851
in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas

         John Armstrong Powell was a son of Allen Powell and Anne Thweatt Hutchings and was named for Allen's maternal grandfather, John Armstrong. He was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, and remained there through 1850. In 1851, he married Annie Sinclair in Dardanelle (family records called it Dardanelle Springs), Arkansas, much closer to her roots than his own. We do not know how he came to be in Arkansas. Sometime between 1862 and 1867, John and Annie moved the family to Iuka, Mississippi, to live near his widowed mother. By 1870, John was a physician, though we know nothing about his practice. Two years after her 1886 death, the family moved to Birmingham, Alabama, to live near their successful lawyer son, C. B. Powell. Unfortunately, John died just two years later. Records indicate that he was buried in Mississippi (apparently Iuka), but his current burial in Birmingham indicates that he was disinterred and moved to Birmingham after his wife's death 15 years later.

         John may have served in the Civil War as he has a CSA headstone marker. However, I have not been able to positively identify him in the records of any particular unit. He may even have served as a surgeon during the war. This is definitely an area I would love to have more information about.

         Curiously, John seems to have partnered with one Zachariah Welch Newman in inventing an improved water wheel in 1875. It was patented in 1876.


ChildrenEdit

Name Birth Death
Children of John Armstrong Powell and Julia Ann Sinclair


Lorenzo Allen Powell January 10, 1853
unknown
October 7, 1854
unknown


Helen Powell November 14, 1854
unknown
July 31, 1856
unknown


Charles William Powell August 2, 1856
unknown
September 18, 1857
unknown


John Albert Powell February 13, 1858
unknown
August 5, 1858
unknown


Charles Bertrand Powell July 31, 1859
Washington, Arkansas
October 22, 1923
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama


Edwin Boswell Powell July 31, 1859
Washington, Arkansas
February 16, 1914
unknown


Walter Powell December 21, 1861
unknown
October 4, 1862
unknown


Annie Allen Powell June 17, 1863
unknown
June 29, 1864
unknown


(infant) Powell July 20, 1865
unknown
July 30, 1865
unknown


Ellie May Powell March 14, 1867
Mississippi
aft. 1923
unknown


Emma Amelia Powell September 4, 1869
Mississippi
October 17, 1893
unknown


Julia Sinclair Powell January 13, 1874
Mississippi
January 23, 1942
Jefferson County, Alabama


Albert Sydney Powell April 4, 1876
Mississippi
July 15, 1951
unknown


Dudley S. Powell August 4, 1879
Mississippi
January 12, 1951
unknown

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