Julia Ann Sinclair (1834-1905)

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Julia Ann Sinclair
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Sex: Female
Birth: May 5, 1834
in Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas
Death: November 22, 1905
in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Burial: John A. Powell plot,
Block 12,
Elmwood Cemetery,
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Father: Abraham Sinclair
Mother: unknown
Spouse/Partner: John Armstrong Powell
Marriage: July 22, 1851
in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas

         Julia Ann "Annie" Sinclair was one of Abraham Sinclair's many children. We do not know her mother's name. Annie was orphaned at age 8 when her father died. Her mother apparently died in childbirth in 1840. Court records from the fight over the settlement of her grandfather's estate list her and her siblings as heirs after their father's death. This is the best evidence of the relationship, although a copy of a Bible record of the Sinclair children (without their parents) is also in my possession. The children's ages according to the Bible record match up very well with the census records of Abraham Sinclair. Annie and her husband remained in Arkansas until the 1860s when John's mother was widowed and moved from Lebanon, Tennessee, to Iuka, Mississippi, to live near some relatives. They joined her and remained in Iuka until 1888, two years after her death. They then joined their son C. B. Powell, who had established himself in Birmingham, Alabama. Here they remained and were buried. Her obituary probably gives us more direct information about her than any other document. The funeral notice and obit follow:

The friends and acquaintances of Charles B. Powell, E[d]win B. Powell, Albert S. Powell, Dudley S. Powell, Mrs. John I. Smith, and Mrs. John Hope Terrell are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Julia A. Powell, at the residence of Mrs. John Hope Terrell, Elyton, at 2:30 p. m., Thursday, November 23, 1905. Interment at Elmwood cemetery. Pall bearers, Judge Samuel E. Greene, Robert A. Terrell, A. B. Perdue, D. R. Weaver, P. H. De Jarnette and D. B. Hickman.

Mrs. Julia A. Powell
Mrs. Julia A. Powell, aged 71 years, died yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the residence of her daughter, Mr[s]. John Holt Terrell, at Elyton. The funeral service will be conducted this afternoon at 3 o'clock and the interment will be in Elmwood cemetery. The deceased was the widow of the late Dr. John A. Powell, who was one of the most prominent citizens of Jones Valley, and she was the mother of Charles B. Powell and Edwin B. Powell of Birmingham, Albert S. Powell of Bes[s]emer, Dudley S. Powell of Ensley, Mrs. John Holt Terrell of Elyton and Mrs. John I. Smith of Little Rock. She was born in Clarksville, Ark., May 5, 1834, and was married to Dr. Powell July 22, 1851.

         Robert A. Terrell would appear to be Robert Armistead Terrell, Jr. (1862-1930), brother of John H. Terrell (c. 1858-aft. 1920), husband of Julia Sinclair Powell. Judge Samuel Greene might be related to Paul E. Green, who married Emma Amelia Powell. Mrs. John I. Smith is Ellie May Powell.


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

Lorenzo Allen Powell January 10, 1853
October 7, 1854

Helen Powell November 14, 1854
July 31, 1856

Charles William Powell August 2, 1856
September 18, 1857

John Albert Powell February 13, 1858
August 5, 1858

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

Walter Powell December 21, 1861
October 4, 1862

Annie Allen Powell June 17, 1863
June 29, 1864

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

Ellie May Powell March 14, 1867
aft. 1923

Emma Amelia Powell September 4, 1869
October 17, 1893

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

Albert Sydney Powell April 4, 1876
July 15, 1951

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


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