Friday, 28 October 2011

John Powell and Jane Owens

John Powell was born in 1762 in the village of Nantmel, Radnorshire, Wales. He was baptised in St Cynllo's Church, Nantmel on 4 May 1762.

In 1784, John's father (also John Powell) died, and John, as the only son, inherited half of his father's estate, which presumably included the farm business. The other half was inherited by his mother.

On 18 June 1792 he married Jane Owens at St Cynllo's Church. Jane was born in 1772 at Doledod farm in the parish of St Harmon, and baptised at St Garmon's Church in St Harmon, Radnorshire, Wales on 21 June 1772.

The couple had 7 children, all born in Nantmel:

John Powell 1793 - ??
Elizabeth Powell 1795 - ??
Thomas Powell 1797 - 1831
Meredith Powell 1799 - 1882
Edward Powell 1800 - 1874
Gwen Powell 1802 - 1870
David Powell 1810 - 1886

John died in May 1837, at the age of 75 and was buried at St Cynllo's Church in Nantmel. His will provided for his widow and children, while leaving the bulk of the property to the three youngest sons who were still living with the family.

Jane survived her husband by several years. On the 1841 and 1851 censuses she is shown living at Gilfach farm, Nantmel, with her sons Meredith and David Powell. She eventually died at age 80 on 3 April 1852, and was buried with her husband at St Cynllo's Church.

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