Lewis A. Powelson 1778 - 1864
Lewis was born in 1777/1778 in New Jersey. He was possibly an illegitimate child of Ann Antje Anna Powelson. He did not know, or recognize, his father's name and took his mother's last name of Powelson. He married Rachel Pownall in 1809 in Virginia. He fought in the Revolutionary War with his Uncle. 12 soldiers listed in Index of the Official Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War: Powels Powels, James Powleson, John Powlson, Abram, Cornelius, Hendrich, Henry, John, Martin, Monah, Powell, and Richard. In 1812, Lewis was listed on a personal property tax roll in the lower district Hampshire County, West Virginia. Also listed are: Elisha Pownall (Rachel’s father), Cornelius Powelson, Rynier Powelson, John Powelson, and Charles Powelson.
They moved from Hampshire County, West Virginia to Ohio in 1818. "Made journey on horseback, mostly through an almost trackless and unbroken forest, the mother carrying her then youngest child Abraham on her lap or in her arms while Abilgail rode behind her on the same horse." First settled near Wills Creek, in Linton township. A few years later he purchased a farm in Franklin Twp.
Lewis was a great fisher and hunter and took great delight in relating his experience to the younger generations. He and his wife attended the Methodist Church. He died 1/24/1864 and is buried in Franklin Cemetery in Franklin Coshocton County, OH. Lewis had 10 children: Abigail, Abraham, Anne, Isaac, Jacob, Samuel, Rachel, Lewis, Isaiah and John G.
Obituary: Coshocton Democrat 23 Mar 1864
Estate: NEWSPAPER: The Coshocton Democrat, PUBLICATION: 17 Feb 1864 - Coshocton, Ohio