Jeremiah was probably born in England around 1660. Per his will, he was a carpenter and at some point joined the Society of Friends.  He is said to have emigrated to America in 1685 with his older brother William Powell who settled in the Pennsylvania Colony on the west side of the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia and established a ferry where the Market Street Bridge was later built. They may have came about 1683 for the warrant to William's land is dated "29th 1 mo.1684."
Jeremiah settled in Philadelphia. On June 27, 1689 he was granted a lot (40' broad x 178' deep) on the northwest corner of Fifth and Chestnut streets. The lot was surveyed for him a week later on July 4. Although the lot was granted to him, Jeremiah was described as "renter." He also had a "front" lot 45' wide (street not given) which he sold in 1697 to Thomas Langston.
Jeremiah may have married in Philadelphia for a John Powell, of the right age is, found in Manning Township. Salem County.
Jeremiah married in 1694/5 probably in his mid-30s ELIZABETH (MADDOCKS) DENN, the 24-year-old widowed daughter of Quakers John and Elizabeth (___ ) Burnham Maddocks; the intentions to marry were recorded by the Friends on January 28, 1694/5. Elizabeth lived 35 miles southwest of Philadelphia in the marshlands of the Delaware Bay on Alloways Creek, in Salem County, in the West Jersey Colony. She had married first in 1689 JAMES DENN who died in 1693. Jeremiah possibly met Elizabeth through his presumed sister-in-law Hester (___) Powell Gleaves of Chester County PA, who married in 1692 Joseph Ware of Alloways Creek. Joseph Ware lived near Elizabeth and was one of the overseers of her two young children.
Jeremiah apparently divided his time between Philadelphia and Alloways Creek where in 1700 he was one of the contributors to the Friends meetinghouse. At Alloways Creek they possibly lived on the 500-acre Worgain plantation which adjoined his father-in-law’s farm. Jeremiah mortgaged the plantation to Nathaniel Champneys Sr. Both Jeremiah and Nathaniel Champneys died soon after the mortgage was signed. The debt transferred to Champneys' son-in-law John Hancock, as seen by Hancock’s will of 1709/10 in which he left to his young sons Edward and Nathaniel Hancock two 250-acre tracts "supposed to be Jeremiah Powell's" bordered north on Alloways Creek, west by Ephraim Allen's land (the Maddocks/Denn land) and east by Hancock land.
Jeremiah died around the first of December 1700, probably at about age 40. His death was apparently sudden for he left no will and Elizabeth was four months pregnant with baby Jeremiah. The inventory of his goods and chattel, valued at £109, was taken on December 14, 1700 by his father-in-law and Joseph Ware.
Elizabeth, in her early 30s, married third around 1703 widower EPHRAIM ALLEN. Ephraim moved to the area from Great Egg Harbor, Gloucester (Atlantic) Co. NJ. He and Elizabeth were married close to twenty years and had four children:James, Benjamin, Isaac, and Hepsibah.
Elizabeth died sometime prior to 1726 when her husband married a third time. She was probably in her 50s. At some point at least a portion of the 500 acres Jeremiah purchased from his father-in-law reverted back to the Powells, for son Jeremiah had land in the area.
Jeremiah and Elizabeth had:
MARY POWELL m. DAVID ALLEN
ELIZABETH POWELL m. DANIEL TILTON
JEREMIAH POWELL m1 VASTY ALLEN; m.2 JANE BLANCHARD
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