Powelson Family Research


Nicholas Powelson (b1580)

Nicholas Powelson was born Abt. 1580. Child of Nicholas Powelson is Jacob H Powelson, born 1610 in Holland or Norway.

From Frank W Powelson's book: "The Powelson family were originally from Norway but removed to Holland before any of the name came to this country. From New Barbadoes they scattered and some located on Long Island, N.Y."

The History of North America, Volume 4, by Guy Carleton Lee and Francis Newton Thorpe states that Jacob Powelson, was the captain. "The ship sailed under the Swedish flag, although her passengers and crew were Hollanders.

"The Powelson family came very early to this country. Capt. Jacob Powelson is recorded as having arrived from Holland in the ship Vredenburg on Jan. 24, 1640. Nicholas Powelson came from Ditmoreen in the ship "Glided Otter" in 1657, and Gommen (Goruimen, Gorman, Gomen, Gowman) Powelson, or Paulison, from Antwerp in the ship "St. John the Baptist" in 1661. From these the Family in America is supposed to have descended.”

Child of Jacob H Powelson is Cornelius Powelson, born Abt. 1676 in Flatbush, New York. Some believe Cornelius’s father was Gommen

The four branches into which the family is divided are New York Branch, the New Jersey Branch, the Virginia Branch and the Pennsylvania Branch. The progenitor of the New York Branch la Cornelius Paulsen, who was born about 1670, at Albany, New York; that of the New Jersey Branch is Johannes, who was born 1719 and lived most of his life in New Jersey; that of the Virginia Branch is Powel Powelson, born about 1720 and whose family moved into Virginia; and lastly that of the Pennsylvania Branch is Patrick Powelson, who was born about 1760, the children of whom were raised in Pittsburgh.”

Cornelius Powelson 1676 - 1725

Cornelius Powelson (Pauelsen, Paulzen) was born 1676 in New York. He married Jannetje Andries October 11, 1696 in New York.

A history of Somerset, NJ settlers show that he was one of 30 heads of families that immigrated, possibly from Dutch parentage, to NJ and settled near Pluckamin. The named settlers were Dutch, English, and French Huguenots drawn to the area for religious freedom. They helped form the Raritan Church and Dutch Reformed Church. Cornelius married Jannetje Andries in New York City on October 11, 1696. He spelled his last name Pauelsen. The record is on microfilm at Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Society), Marriage ID 2220286869, Page 128.

News Article about Powelson

Their children were:

  • Wyntie
  • Annitje
  • Andries
  • Elizabeth
  • Maria
  • Elsjen (baptized 4/30/1707)
  • Nieltien or Noeltien (baptized 8/2/1710)
  • Cornelius (baptized 4/31/171)
  • Powel (head of the VA Branch)
  • Johannes (head of NJ Branch)
  • Agnes
  • Jacob (baptized 10/6/1720)
  • Hendrick (baptized 9/13/1724)

Powell Charles Powelson 1716-1805

Powel Powelson was born 10/17/1716 in Sommerville, NJ to Cornelius Pauelsen and Jannetje Andries. He married Magdalena Lena Smock in 1750. He was the head of the Virginia branch. They had 11 children, of whom he split his land in 12 portions to include wife and all children in will dated 4 Dec 1805. He died in Hampshire, VA in 1805. Their children were:

Their children were:

  • Ann Antje Anna Powelson 4/28/1751 - may have had an illegitimate son named Lewis. His father is unknown, so he took the Powelson name.
  • Leah Powelson 11/5/1752
  • Paul Paulus Powelson b 7/9/1754 m Eva b 26 Feb 1769 1 son: Conrad
  • John Powelson b 10/6/1754-55 married to Chola Nelson
  • Hendrick “Henry” Powelson b 4/29/1758 married Abigail Brewer; Hendrick or Henry is the only Powelson to receive a pension for services in the Revolutionary War. He was allowed a pension in 1832 and his papers state that he was born in Sept 1753. In 1846 when his wife was 80 yrs. The U.S. pension bureau records state she never had children.
  • Abraham Powelson b 5/4/1760; According to his will dated 1/23/1808 in NJ, he had a wife Lamechy and 8 children: John, Mary, Abraham, Cornelius, Sarah, Peter, Laney and Ann.
  • Elsie (Alice) Alcy Powelson b Abt. 1765
  • Cornelius Powelson b 01 Feb 1767 m Elizabeth but they did not have children. He has a will dated 9/25/1837
  • Reinier, Rinier, Rynier Powelson b 05 Nov 1769 (4 children: 1-John R. 2-Rinear 3-Eliza 4-Rosannah) will: 1/4/1838 probated 5/28/1838
  • Charles Powelson I b 16 Jun 1774- too close in age to be Lewis’s father
  • Elizabeth Powelson b 1776

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

Isaac M Powelson 1816 - 1893

Isaac was a Private in the US Civil War on the Union side. He enlisted in the 122nd Regiment, Ohio Infantry. He was married to Sarah Walker until she died in 1842. Their children were Elizabeth, Charity, and Mary Jane. He married Sarah Wells. Their children were James, John G, Rachel, Robert, Lucinda, Abner, and Malone. He was a sterling Democrat and assisted in democrat campaigns. His social life was sometimes posted in the various local newspapers. He died in 1893 of cancer of the face.

News Article from July 4, 1860
News Article about Isaac's birthday party
Obituary for Isaac Powelson

John G Powelson 1850 - 1918

John married Quincy A Phillips in 1870, but she died 4 years later. They had 1 son, named Thomas. He married Clarinda Babcock in 1878. They had Alma Belle, Nelva (or Nellie), George R (or Roy), and Ernest. They lived on a farm in Linton, OH until they moved to Kansas in 1885. An obituary found for Clarinda stated they had 6 children: 2 died in infancy.

Ernest Vern Powelson 1894 - 1958

Ernest married Vera Clair Brown. They owned a farm in Hayes, KS by the age of 25. According to his WWI draft card, he was a medium build, had blue eyes, and dark brown hair. He moved his family to Cheyenne, Colorado and started another farm before 1930. In 1940, he was a bar tender in a bar parlor with his son in McAllen, TX. The bar was named the "Silver Slipper," but was called the "the Old Iron Boot." In 1942, he was a manager of Drive Inn Cafe Filling Station in Mission, TX. When he passed away in 1958, he was retired from the agricultural business. He had bronchogenic carcinoma, but ultimately died of pneumonia. In his autopsy, they also found that he also had metastasis to brain and both adrenal glands, which probably meant the cancer was spreading or had spread. They only had 1 child, Kenneth Roy Powelson.

Kenneth "Rowdy" Roy Powelson 1917-1964

Roy Powelson married Katie Louise Farmer. Roy was a bar tender in 1940 with his father at a bar parlor in McAllen, TX. He was a US Navy Reserve and served in WWII. In the end, he was a mechanic living alone in an apartment. On 11/10/1964, he checked himself into a UTMB in Galveston, TX, where he died 3 days later of acute peritonitis caused by carcinoma (head) of pancreas. They had 3 children:
Robert "Bobby" Roy, William "Billy" Ernest, and Marilyn Leanne

Death Certificate for Kenneth Roy Powelson

Marilyn Leanne Powelson

Marilyn Powelson married Howell Dayne Johnston in Groves, Texas. They moved to Houston for 5 years, then to Lufkin for 6 years, and finally to Port Arthur, Texas until retirement. In 2009, Dayne retired from Fina Oil Company as #1 operator unloading sulfuric acid rail cars. Dayne and Marilyn sold their home in Port Arthur and now live in Jasper, Texas, on the San Angelina River. They had 2 children:
Joel Dayne and Eric Wayne