Surname Saturdays: Powell
My brick wall is named Reason. William Reason Powell to be exact. “Reese” as he was known to the family, was born 1802, Edgefield Co, SC. He was in Alabama in 1832 when he married Anna Gibson/Gipson 17 Feb 1832. They were in Sumter County AL in 1835 poll tax list. They went to Union Parish,LA where Anna must have died. He is back in Sumter County, Al in 1850 census and married to Louisa FOSTER. They are in Lauderdale county Ms in 1860 census.
His children were: by Anna, Mary Louise, Christina, and George Washington. By Louisa FOSTER, Nancy Ann, John Aaron Winston, Benjamin F. Henry Harrison, James Randolph whp is my great-great grandfather, Frances Marion, Josephine, and Thomas Jefferson.
But Reason’s parents? Did they never get sued, arrested, or buried? Did they never pay taxes or buy land? Was South Carolina really that lax in record keeping? Or was poor old Reese fathered by an alien…as in UFO? This is the mystery that keeps me digging at my family roots!