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Title: Thomas C. Powell
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Though a number of our best men gave their lives in the cause of liberty, and many who could not call this their native land were just as loyal, many of those who fought in the Civil war were able to return and take up again the round of civic life, giving to their provate lives, and homes, the benefit of their experience as men who had been through those paths in life universally regarded as most terrible. Among those who returned from this great civil strife was Thomas C. Powell, of Williamsport, Indiana, a retired farmer and one of the foemost citizens in that community.

Thomas C. Powell was born August 25, 1840, and was the son of Martin and Jeanette (Churchill) Powell. Martin Powell was the youngest of a family of eleven children, and was the only one who came to the United States to seek his fortune. They came from England when he was twelve years old and went directly to Baltimore. He later came to Cincinnati, Ohio, by raft down the Ohio river and then settled near Lawrencebury, where he purchased land. In 1855 he came to Warren county and bought two hundred and forty acres of land and continued farming. He was married in Dearborn county to Jeanette Churchill, and they had seven children, all born in that county: William M., Thomas C. and Mary A. are still living. Dan C., Eliza J., Alva M. and John are dead.

Thomas C. Powell came to Warren county when he ws about fifteen years old. He worked there until he was twenty-one with his father, and then enlisted. When the call came in 1861 he joined the Thirty-Third Indiana Infantry, Company K, and served three years. He was with Sherman marching from "Atlanta to the sea," fighting battles at Wild Cat Mountain, Kentucky, Thompson's Station, Tennessee, Resaca, Tennessee, and was in the Army of the Cunberland under Col. John Coburn. After serving three years, he was discharged at Atlanta, Georgia, when he returned home, and went to farming on his father's land. His father owned a great deal of farm land, and Thomas C. Powell did much of the overseeing of the holdings. At one time he was on his father's place in Vermillion county, Illinois, for three years. He then bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in this county of his father, and there he was very successful farming and has brought his land up to a high state of cultivation. Later he was elected sheriff on the Republican ticket, and was active in public affairs of the community. He retired to private life after that, and desired to remain quietly at home, but was so well known for his justice and clearheaded judgment that he was soon made justice of the peace, and still retains that position.

Mr. Powell was married in 1867 to Margaret Logan, and they had one child, Lillian Myrtle, who is the wife of Arthur Williams and has a son, Marion. In 1893 he was married to Ella Delaney, and they had two children, Thomas C., who was lately graduated high school, and Martin Porter.

Mr. Powell is very active in the organizations of which he is a member. He is identified with Bryant Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and is also a member of the Grand Army Circle, which is an honorary auxiliary to the Woman's Circle. Mr. Powell is also a Mason and belongs to the Eastern Star. He is a member of the Baptist church, and he and his wife are highly respected in the neighborhood in which they live.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001148
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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