Philip's early life is unknown. After their marriage Philip and Julia travelled on foot to Berks Co. Pa to a homestead four miles North of Reading. He was probably a "Squatter" on this land, since at the time actual payment for a claim was often considered secondary to occupancy as basis for ownership.
This parcel of land proved to be very difficult to farm, and in 1795 Philip sold out his claim and moved to Mifflin Co., PA. Three miles west of McVeytown. a small village in the Juniata River. He marked out a parcel of about 200 acres, situated on the Penn. Pike, running from Philadelphia to Pittsburg. The house, barn and some of the out buildings were still standing in 1879 when Rev. John Powell visited the area.
Philip Powell's age at death is unknown but is supposed to have been 78 years. He is burried in the Presbyterian cem. at McVeytown without a marker. He is buried with his wife, and his daughters Catherine and Barbara and two infant children. All without markers.
Julia Ann Miller died in 1825 after a long and lingering illness. Her age is supposed to have been about 78, but is not known for sure. Both Philip and Julia are believed to have belonged to the German Reformed church.
Source: THE POWELL GENEALOGY --
DECENDANTS OF WILLIAM POWELL GHROUGH HIS GRANDSON PHILIP.
(Primarily based on the Memorial History of Philip Powell, By Rev. John Powell)