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George Powers, aka George Bennett

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Re: George Powers, aka George Bennett

Posted: 1473940629000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Powers and Nelson
Yes, I do. But I stumbled upon something interesting yesterday in the WV death records. John Bell Powers (b. 1810 or so) was in Smyth County at the same time as Nancy and Rachel. John Bell also came to Fayette County and had a son, Joseph J. born about 1840. There are two death records for this Joseph. One record states that he died Dec. 1879, Fayette County, at the age of 47, son of John and Ann or Amy and GD Powers, his brother reported the death. It also says that he was born in Smyth County, VA. The second record states that he died, Dec. 24, 1870 at the age of 40, son of John and death was reported by a neighbor. This record says that he was born in Wythe County.

If you look on the census, you will find Joseph in the home of his parents, John B. and Nancy in 1860, age 25. In 1870, he is in Fayette County with his wife, Rebecca at age 34 and the 1880 census of Fayette County, Rebecca is alone with the children.

On the same page as the 1879 death is also the death of George and Martha's child "TH". It is the line after Joseph and "GD" also reported that death. I am just not understanding why if Joseph was the son of John Bell and George, his brother, reported the death, then why can we not find anything that connects George and John Bell Powers except location?

I do know that when Nancy and Rachel left Smyth County, so did John Bell. I do not believe them to be siblings, more than likely cousins. Why not siblings? Because in Ann's 1830 household, there are only females. and in the 1840, there are four females and 2 males (Ann, Nancy, Rachel, Caroline, William and Ezra). And of course in the 1850, census Nancy has her own home (Rachel and Caroline are with her) and Ann is living separate with William and Ezra.
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