Elias Powell was born in 1754. According to Ellisue Barber Morris, he was named after his father's brother and the "Jr" was added to distinguish them.
According to his grandson, Nelson Albright Powell, as well as other sources , Elias was a Tory soldier in the American Revolution. He was with Colonel Ferguson at the Battle of Kings Mountain and took Ferguson's silver whistle when Ferguson fell. Nelson stated in a letter that he had blown the whistle.
Ironically, Elias has also been named a Patriot by Daughters of the American Revolution. The source given is William Saunders, "Colonial Records of North Carolina", Volume 10, p 753. (Searching for a copy of this to get the actual text. McCraw-22 15:23, 17 March 2015 (EDT)) He was listed as an Ensign on a roll of officers and private soldiers detached from the First or Southern Battalion of the Militia of the County of Orange to march against the hostile Indians under the Command of Colonel Ambrose Ramsey. Does this constitute "Patriotic Service"?
The DAR memberships of his descendants remain safe, however, because his wife's father, Ludwig Albright, is also identified as a Patriot (Ancestor #A000981). Ludwig "paid for goods or services rendered" documented in the North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts.
Elias was bequeathed $100 by Ludwig in his will which was probated February 1811 in Orange County, NC.
Draper, Lyman C, King's Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7th, 1780, and the Events Which Let To It, p. 291 (Online: Google Books), [Peter G. Thompson, Cincinnati, 1881], <https://books.google.com/books?id=uXkFAAAAQAAJ&printsec>, accessed March 17, 2015.
Russell, David Lee, The American Revolution in the Southern Colonies, p. 195 (Online: Google Books), [McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 1990] <https://books.google.com/books?id=5DFy0eWaPxIC&pg=PA195>, accessed March 17, 2015.
This WikiProfile for Powell-110 was created on July 9, 2010 by Williams-600.
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