A. POWELL, formerly proprietor of the Corydon coal mine, now retired,
son of Harrison and Elizabeth (McClanahan) POWELL,
was born in 1818.
Harrison POWELL, was born in North Carolina in 1786, removed
to Tennessee in 1821, and later to Kentucky; stopped in Logan County
for a short time and then located in Henderson County, where he was
a farmer nearly all his life, and died 30 Aug 1838. Harrison
was drafted for the War of 1812 and furnished a substitute. He married
Elizabeth McCLANAHAN and had eleven children, one of whom died
in infancy: Willoughby, died at the age of twenty; Anna,
Thomas W., Nancy G., Harrison, Harbard
A. (subject), Smith, Elizabeth, Lazarus,
James and Louisa.
POWELL (grandfather) lived for a time in Logan County, and subsequently
removed to Henderson County, where he died. He married Mary WHITEHEAD,
a sister of Lazarus WHITEHEAD, a prominent member of the bar
in Europe, who died a bachelor, leaving a large fortune.
McCLANAHAN (maternal grandfather) was a native of Virginia, who
removed to Logan County where he died at the age of ninety six. He was
a Captain in the Revolutionary War by appointment of General Nathaniel
GREENE, who after the war was over sent him out on the frontier
in command of a squadron of soldiers, and was stationed at a place called
Nickajack, now Nashville, Tennessee. He was a brave and fearless man.
Few men of his type ever lived, and he stood high in the community in
which he lived and died. He married Nancy GREENE, a niece of
McCLANAHAN (great-grandfather) was a native of Virginia and a Baptise
minister, whose wife was a Miss _____ MARSHALL of Virginia.
Alexander POWELL was educated in the common schools of Henderson
County, and early in life became a farmer. He was for some time employed
on the farm of his father-in-law and in 1840 he purchased land and by
great energy and economy became quite prosperous. In 1857 he built a
stemmery and began to deal extensively in tobacco, preparing it for
the European market.
Corydon Coal Mining Company was organized he was elected president of
the company, and within a few years he bought in the stock held by others
and became sole proprietor of the mine. In 1894, he sold the property
to his son, B. M.(Burnett) POWELL, and is now retired from active
He was the
first constable elected by the people of Henderson County, and in 1859
served as Justice of the Peace.
has been married twice, first to Mary LIVESAY, a native of Virginia,
who died in October 1856. There were four children by this marriage:
Elias L., Louisa, Mary and Nancy.
wife, to whom he was married 17 Dec 1857, was Melinda E. GIBSON,
daughter of James GIBSON, a prosperous and successful
farmer of Henderson, whose father, Berryman GIBSON, was
a soldier in the war of the Revolution. The children by this union were:
Martha Christina, Burnett M., Anna
B., Adah Lee, Jessie A., Melinda
J. and Thomas Hart POWELL.
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