The Powers Friends to the Boones

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When Daniel McDonald and Elizabeth Power married in 1817 in Bath County, Kentucky, Elizabeth knew at least three generations of her Power ancestry. Her great-grandfather, John Power, had been born in Virginia in 1715, but both he and his son, also named John, eventually migrated to North Carolina. Perhaps what she might have liked to brag about a little was that her grandmother, Elizabeth Boone, was a niece to the famous Daniel Boone (even though Daniel Boone was perhaps less known then than he is now).

This page discusses Elizabeth Power's great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents, in that order:

John Power (1710-1770) and Mary Holloway (1714-1800?)

It is believed that John Power (Poor) was born in 1710 in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware. His parents were Nicholas Power and Mercy Tillinghast.

John married Mary Holloway on 25 Dec 1734 in the Holy Trinity (or Old Swedes) Church in New Castle, New Castle, Delaware, USA. She had been born in about 1714 in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware. 2

Sometime after their marriage they moved to Frederick County, Virginia, and John is mentioned in documents in May 1745.

Over the course of 20 years, John and Mary had at least seven children. They were: 3

John was associated with relatives of the Boone and Bryan families who later were settlers of Kentucky. John and Mary moved on to North Carolina later in life and he is listed in that area by 1763. It is believed that John died in North Carolina, but the date is uncertain (but about 1770). It is believed that Mary may have lived until 1800.

John Power (1748-1817) and Elizabeth Boone (1752-1817)

John Power was born in Virginia in 1748. He was the son of John Power and Mary Holloway [See John Power and Mary Holloway above.]

John probably went with his parents to North Carolina in the early 1760’s. He settled in the county and married Elizabeth Boone in 1770 in Yadkin, North Carolina. He was 29 and she was 18. 4 The county was formed in 1850 and named for the nearby Yadkin River.

Elizabeth Boone was the daughter of Israel Boone and Margaret. Israel Boone’s parents were Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan. One of Israel’s brothers was the famous Daniel Boone (b. 11 Feb 1735, d. 26 Sept 1820). Therefore, Daniel Boone was Elizabeth’s paternal uncle. Elizabeth was born 28 Nov 1752 in Yadkin, Rowan, North Carolina. Elizabeth’s parents died young and she and her sister and two brothers were raised by relatives — some believe Daniel Boone and his wife raised them. 5

John and Elizabeth had nine children, six girls and three boys. Three were probably born in North Carolina, but the others were born in Kentucky. They were:

From the Rowan Co., NC Deed Book (p. 284) 6:

"On Feb 3, 1771, John Poar, Jr. witnessed a deed of John Bryan, planter, to Morgan Bryan, Esquire. In 1778, James Thomas and John Poor were on the Rowan Co. tax list. John Poor had 100 A.[cres] of land on Dutchman Creek next to Peter Eaton, Joseph Bryan, Sr., Morgan and James Bryan.

On Feb 8, 1772, the Court ordered that 'William Bryan, James Forbus, Squire Boone, George Wilcoxson, John Forbus, George Boone, John Poor, Jonathan Hunt, Jr., Thomas Whitaker, James Bryan, Joseph Bryan, and Joseph Hughes, lay out and open the old road about a mile below old George Robinson's down to the mouth of Double Creek on the Yadkin River at Colvert's Ferry, then lay out and open a new road near John Johnson's and make due return to our next court.'" 6

John probably fought in the Revolutionary War. He is listed in the Historical Register of Virginians in Revolution, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, 1775-1783. If it is the right John Power, he would have been 27 years old and probably left Elizabeth with at least William (5 years old), Mary (3 years old), and Eleanor (just a baby) on their own. Elizabeth, however, was surrounded by a number of her own relatives who probably helped her.

Probably after the War, John and Elizabeth migrated to Kentucky. Many of the Boones, including Elizabeth’s famous uncle, went to the Kentucky area. John is listed in the “Second Census of Kentucky 1800”, Chapter 5, Page 235, as living in Fayette County. This was seventeen years before his death.

Elizabeth died in August of 1817 (at the age of 65) in Kentucky. John died the same year in Fayette County, Kentucky, at the age of 69.

William Power (1771-1814) and Elizabeth Stogsdill (1780-1838)

William Power — the son of John Power and Elizabeth Boone — was born 1 October 1771 in Rowan, North Carolina. Rowan County was formed in 1753, eighteen years before William was born there.

Either as a child with his parents, or as a young man, William Power left North Carolina and went to Kentucky, probably Fayette County, where he married his wife. This would have been a trip of more than 300 miles, not an easy proposition in the late 1700’s. William’s parents may very well have travelled with the Boones who were relatives of his mother’s.

William would have lived in Kentucky during the time that Daniel Boone was there and when Simon Hornback was an associate of his. Since William’s mother, Elizabeth, was a niece of Daniel Boone’s, it seems likely that the two men knew each other, as Daniel Boone would have been his great-uncle. This would have been between 1784 and 1799. Kentucky, at that time, was not a safe place to be and there were many conflicts between the pioneers and the native Indians.

William married Elizabeth Stogsdill in 1794 in Fayette County, Kentucky. Since Elizabeth was also born in North Carolina (in 1780), it is possible that they had known each other in North Carolina before they married in Kentucky. Another possibility is that they were already together as a couple when they went to Kentucky, but legalized the relationship when they got to Kentucky in 1794.

Fayette County included the area north and east of the Kentucky River; it includes 37 present-day counties, and parts of 7 others. It was reduced to its present boundaries in 1799, just five years after Elizabeth and William were married there. The county is named for Marquis de Lafayette, who assisted the Americans during the revolutionary war. 7

William and Elizabeth had nine children:

William died, at the age of 42, in Bath, Kentucky in June of 1814. At the time of his death, his ten children would have ranged in age from one to twenty.

Elizabeth had to raise her children on her own. She lived twenty-four years more. She died, at the age of 58, in Bath, Kentucky, in 1838. By then, her youngest son, George, would have been 25 years old.

The Power family links to the McDonald family when Elizabeth Power marries Daniel McDonald.

[This page researched and written by Susan Overturf Ingraham, a descendant of the Powers through Elizabeth Power who married Daniel McDonald. Page last updated on January 31, 2016.]

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  2. It is possible that John Power married another woman named Lydia Winson, but that has not been proven. 

  3. Two other children may be Nicholas, 1679-1734, and Mercy, 1680-1769. 

  4. Map courtesy of Wikipedia. 

  5. For more information about this family, see The Boones

  6. From Descendants of Israel Boone, Alice H. Boone, 1969, McCann Publishing & Litho Co., Springfield, MO. 

  7. Map courtesy of Wikipedia.