Looking for birth information in the USA (William Powell)

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I am trying to find birth and/or parents for William Llewellen Powell. All I have is info passed to me in 2001, that he was born in Pottsville, (don't know which state) in the USA, about 1847.

He married my GG Aunt in Sydney in 1879. I cannot find any record of his migration to Australia.

I've not done any research on US records before, so hoping for some guidance.

Thank you in anticipation!
WikiTree profile: William Powell
in Genealogy Help by Margaret Haining G2G6 Mach 5 (50.6k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

I can't say emphatically. But I highly doubt he was ever in the United States. I found a Ancestry Tree that would allege his parents to be James Powell and Elizebeth Llewellyn.

I found a marriage source for James and Elizabeth

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
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James Powell
Registration Year
Registration Quarter
Registration district
Parishes for this Registration District
Inferred County
Household Members
NameSarah Edwards
NameMary Evans
NameThomas Griffiths
NameJohn Jones
NameMargaret Lewis
NameElizabeth Llewellyn
NameJames Powell
NameThomas Williams
His death certificate does say his father's name is William, and one of his sons was called Quincy Adams Powell. My family source back in 2001 was sure he came from the US.
I did see some possible census entries listed on Ancestry but I don't have a subscription to see them in full.

2 Answers

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There is Quincy Adams Powell, son of William L Powell  and Ellen Linda, born 1883; in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales births record no 2335.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Yes I have all the birth dates for their children, i just mentioned William's son Quincy Adams as a clue to William being American.

This might add extra people to look at, to make connections 

"Australia, New South Wales, Alphabetical Index to Newspaper Cuttings, 1841-1987," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLF2-JPL : 9 March 2018), Quincy Adams Powell, ; citing New South Wales, Australia, Greenwich Genealogical Library, Greenwich; FHL microfilm 1,514,728.

The only birth for a William Llewellyn Powell I can find is for dec 1846; baptism Jan 1847, in Monmouthshire.
looks like more research for me, I've found online that Quincy and then his son Clifford continued the saddlery business started by William, so more looking for me to do.
+3 votes

Is it possible he was born in Australia? There is a Pottsville in NSW. I have also found a christening record for a William Powell in NSW with parents, William and Eliza,

William Powell

Australia Births and Baptisms
Name William Powell
Gender Male
Christening Date 13 Jul 1845
Birth Date 31 Mar 1845
Father's Name William Powell
Mother's Name Eliza
Citing this Record

"Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTCV-1VM : 11 February 2018), William Powell, 13 Jul 1845; citing ; FHL microfilm 993,955.

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)

Looks like more investigating to be done, thank you for your searching. smiley

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