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Thomas Poe (Powe)
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Marsom Poe was
Another Thomas Poe, born in 1749 in Spotsylvania
17 August 1754
Samuel Waggener and Bettie, his wife, of St. George Parish Spots.
Co. to Edward Coleman of
Deed Book F 1761-1766
Nov. 8, 1763 (recorded)
9 August 1763
John Benger of Spts. Co. to Larkin Chew of same Co.,
6 September 1768 (recorded)
Feby. 2, 1768. Benjamin Winslow of Spts. Co. to Beverley Winslow of same Co.,
Jany. 26, 1769. John
Glenn of Spts Co. to Richard Coleman
15th of June 1771
p. 234 Court 15th of June 1771
Ordered Thomas Tiller pay Coleman Ross fifty pounds of Tobo for attending this court two days as an Evidence for him at
the suit of Thomas Powe.
p. 235 Court 15th of June 1771
Thomas Poe against Thomas Tiller. On Petition came the parties by their attorneys, and on hearing the testimony on both
sides, It is considered by the Court tht the same be dismissed and that the Deft. Recover of the petitioner his costs by him
in this behalf expended
The Biography below states that
Thomas Powe began acquiring land in
21 April 1774
Will Book E 1772-1798
Rice Curtis Spotsylvania Co., d. Aug 8, 1763, p. Apr. 21, 1774. Wit. Larkin Chew, George Stubblefield, Thomas Powe, John Standly, Ambrose Smith. Ex. Joseph and Edward Herndon. Leg. daughter Jane Curtis, all my right, title and interest which I now have, or hereafter shall or may have in two tracts of land, one lying in Louisa Co., and the other in King William Co., which said lands I purchased of John Waller, Junr. and Elizabeth, his wife, and William Carter and Frances, his wife, it being the land the said Waller and Carter held in right of their wives under the will of John Benger, Gentl. decd. as by said will proved and recorded in the County Court of King William Co. and by Bond duly executed and bearing date May 27, 1763, from said John Waller, Junr. and William Carter; also I give one negro girl named Jenny, which was given her by her grandfather Rice Curtis, Gentl. decd. children Mary Vass, Martha Pendleton, Rice Curtis, Elizabeth Waller, Frances Carter and Jane Curtis (page 63)
Powe Marsom Berkley Parish Spotsylvania Co. d 13 Aug. 1782 Executors bond dated 21 Nov. 1782. wit. Gibson Jenkins, James Abbett, Jno. Jenkins. Ex. son Thomas Powe and friend Beverley Winslow. Leg. daughter Lucy; and son Thomas Powe "All the lands I now live on etc. .. balance of estate to be divided among all my children."
Biographical Directory of the
N. Louise Bailey
Mary L. Morgan
Carolyn R. Taylor
THOMAS POWE (Sr.) (1747-1817).
Grandfather of THOMAS ELLERBE POWE (1800-1879);
father-in-law of JOHN DEWITT, JR. (b. 1765?).
Powe, son of Marsom Powe, was born 17 May 1747 in
first on Cedar Creek, he later moved to the
Between 1771 and 1802, he obtained grants for 9,805 acres, including 640 acres on Thompsons Creek, 6,700 acres on Westfield Creek*, and 275 acres on Lynches Creek.
* Heads in
he and WILLIAM DEWITT (d. 1813) together were granted 1,000 acres along the
According to the 1810 federal census, he owned 100 slaves.
Public service for Powe began during the American Revolution. In 1775 he was named a member of the committee of observation for St. David Parish and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the militia. Subsequently, he served as commissary of Colonel George Hicks (1730?-1793) Regiment (1779).
After the war, St. David elected him to the House for the Fifth (1783-1784) and Sixth (1785-1786) General Assemblies. The newly established election district of Chesterfield chose him for the Ninth General Assembly (1791), but he declined to serve in the House.
to the state Senate in a special election, Powe qualified 30 April 1794 to
another special election for the Senate and qualification on 25 November 1801,
he served Marlboro,
Other offices he held included vestryman (1776-1778, 1780-1781, 1785-1786) and churchwarden (1783-1784) for St. David; tax inquirer and collector for St. David (1778, 1779); clerk of the Court of General Sessions and Common Pleas in Cheraw District (17781779); commissioner, for auditing public accounts in Cheraw District (1783); commissioner, for dividing Cheraw District into counties (1783); commissioner, for clearing the Great Pee Dee (1784) and the Great and Little Pee Dee (1785); commissioner of location for Cheraw District (1784); justice of the peace and county court justice for Chesterfield County (1785, 1791); commissioner, to build and repair the courthouse and jail of Chesterfield County (1799); and commissioner, to receive fines collected for obstructing navigation of Thompsons Creek (1813). He was a charter member of the St. David's Society (1777).
Prior to 22 October 1766 when their first child was born, Powe married Rachel Allen, daughter of Sarah and Erasmus Withers Allen of Virginia.
Seven children were born to them:
William Erasmus (1768-1831), Mary (m. 1st William Falconer [d. 1805],' 2d James Howze, 3d John Clark),
Rachel (m. Allen Chapman),
Nancy (m. John Dewitt, Jr.), and
His second wife was Rebecca Ford, daughter of George Ford (d. 1776) and widow of Calvin Spencer (d. 1801). No issue resulted from their union.
by his wife and children, Thomas Powe died sometime in 1817 and was buried in
General Assembly Marlboro,
General Assembly Marlboro,
General Assembly Marlboro,
Aud. Accts., 6079. Biographical Directory of the House, I: 196, 205, 229; 3:
579-81. Census, 1790, 49. Census, 1800, Chesterfield Co., 105. Census, 1810,
Chesterfield Dist., 297. Darlingtoniana, pp. 29, 262.
Elsie Chapman Edmonds, John Chapman of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Thomas
Powe of Cheraw, South Carolina and Related Families (n.p.,
1971), pp. 53, 56-57, 222-24, 22629, 286, 321, 331, 360, 382, 387. Eligibility
Lists, p. 29. Sam J. Ervin, jr., "The Powe
THOMAS ELLERBE POWE (1800-1879). Grandson of Thomas Powe (17471817);
grandfather of Edward McIver (1858-1922);
brother-in-law of John Ellerbe (1787-1854) and James Robert Ervin (1788-1836).
Thomas Ellerbe Powe, son of Erasmus Powe (1768-1831) and Esther Ellerbe, was born in late February 1800 near Cheraw.
to the 1860 federal census, his real and personal estates were valued at
$35,000 and $110,850 respectively; slave schedules for that year listed 136
slaves as his property. Following a special election to the House, Powe
qualified 23 November 1835 to represent
House committees on which he served included medical (1835-1837), privileges and elections (1836-1837), and ways and means (1836-1837).
to the state Senate, he represented
in the Senate, he was a member of the committees ,on accounts (1838-1839);
claims (1838-1839); engrossed bills (18381839); federal relations (1838-1839);
medical accounts (1838-1839); South Carolina College, education, and religion
(1840-1841); legislative library (18401841); commerce, manufactures, and the
mechanic arts (1852-1853); and the lunatic asylum and medical accounts
(1852-1853). Other offices which he held were commissioner of free schools for
Powe was also an active layman in St. David's Episcopal Church. On 18 January 1826, he married Charlotte Harriet Harrington, daughter of James Auld Harrington (1785-1834) and Eleanor Wilson. They were the parents of ten children:
Caroline Harrington (m. Henry McIver),
Erasmus William (1833-1836),
Thomas Erasmus (1838-1863),
Harriet Elizabeth (m. Samuel Gillespie Godfrey),
William Alexander (1847-1851), and
Charlotte Rosanna. His wife predeceased him 22 June 1859. Survived by four children,
Thomas Ellerbe Powe died intestate 14 August 1879.
Thirty-third General Assembly Chesterfield (all below as well)
Thirty-fourth General Assembly
Thirty-ninth General Assembly
Fortieth General Assembly
1838-1839 1840-1841 1851* 1852-1853
Acts & Resolutions, 1838,7,8. Biographical Directory of the House, I: 330,
334. Census, 1840, Chesterfield Dist., 363. Census, 1850, Chesterfield Dist.,
104. Census, 1860, Chesterfield Dist., 114. Census, 1870, Chesterfield Co.,
270. Chesterfield Co. Probate Recs., #182. Clark Cox, General Henry William
Harrington and the