Sunday, November 16, 2014

Col. John Powell (1752-1826): Lanesborough, MA

My research lately is leading me down a Massachusetts rabbit trail of sorts.  Having spent the majority of my life in the Deep South, little did I know that I had such roots in New England!  One of my favorite parts of family history research is taking time to learn about locales that are completely new to me...familiarizing myself with geography, culture, and historical aspects of that particular town/state/country.

For context, today's ancestor is my 6th great-grandfather through my mother's father's paternal grandmother's side of the family :).  Papa's grandmother was a MEAD, and Col. John Powell (1752) is connected through that branch of the tree.

Col. Powell is one of four patriots connected to the MEAD side of our family.  While digging through newspaper archives in GenealogyBank.com this week, I located the following mortuary notice from The Sun in Pittsfield, MA:

John POWELL married Lois CURTIS (1753-1838) on 20 November 1755 in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.  Their daughter, Lois POWELL (an Independence baby! 1776-1871), who married Caleb MEAD (1773-1856), is my 5th great-grandmother.  From FindAGrave, here is an image of John POWELL's grave stone in Center Cemetery, Lanesborough, Berkshire County, Massachusetts:

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