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Thomas Powell (abt. 1616 - 1681)

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Thomas Powell
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven County, Connecticut Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, Connecticut | Puritan Great Migration.

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Thomas Powell migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

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Thomas Powell, d. 3 Oct 1681 - New Haven VR[1]

Thomas Powell died in New Haven, Connecticut, on October 3, 1681.[2] His parents are not mentioned, but Jacobus said that Thomas's wife was Priscilla ----. Some people believe that Thomas’s parents were Thomas Powell and Elizabeth Parsons, that he was born in 1616 in Milden, Suffolk, England, and that his wife was Priscilla Whitson, but no sources have been given for that information. The parents have been detached from this profile.

The Thomas Powell who died 10/3/1681 in New Haven had 6 daughters according to Jacobus, “Families of Ancient New Haven”.[3] There has been some confusion about a possible son, also named Thomas Powell, but it seems very likely that he was the son of a different Thomas Powell, so he also has been detached.

In an article about Thomas Powell, the son, (1641-1722), in Wikipedia, see reference #2: "Powell History and Genealogy in America". Retrieved 2012-04-22. "In 1638 a company of English landed at Boston under the leadership of Davenport and Eaton. Almost immediately they went by boat to settle at New Haven, Conn. Among them there was a Thomas Powell and his wife, Priscilla. He was born in England in 1616 and died in New Haven in 1681... A daughter, Hannah (born 1641 died 1710) she married Thomas Tuttle. There is no evidence of any other descendants of this New Haven family." This source has two men named Thomas Powell with years of 1616–1681. The first has a wife named Priscilla, but no son named Thomas, and no involvement with the rum trade. Further down the page is a Capt. Thomas Powell involved in the wine and rum trade and whose wife's name is unknown. This source lists the second as father of Thomas Powell, born August 1641, the same year Hannah (daughter of the other Thomas Powell) was born. Some sources say the two fathers were the same man and surmise that Thomas & Hannah were twins and that Thomas was disowned by his parents (no reason given). (found 5/31/2013)

Originally there were two additional sons connected to Thomas Powell, Robert Powell and William Powell who are also apparently not his sons, so they have also been removed.

Children from the "List of Baptisms In the Church in New Haven, Conn., during the Ministry of Rev. John Davenport, from Nov 1639 to Nov 1666 taken from the Church Records & arranged alphabetically"[4]

[Where the name of the child is in italic it denotes that the name of the parent is not mentioned in the Church Record, but is supplied by the compiler from the town Registry of Births, Probate Records, or other sources of information. In all other cases the parent's name is taken from the Church Record. Where the name of the mother is given from the Record, that of the husband is supplied, when known. The date of birth, when it occurs in the Church Record, is put following the name. The dates in brackets are births from the Town Records. The name of the father is always entered in the Town Record of births. The year of the dates commences 25 Mar. H.W.] 

Priscilla POWELL, wife of Thomas POWELL

  • 1643, Hannah, b. Aug 1641
  • 1644, Priscilla, b. Dec 1642
  • 20 Jul 1645, Mary
  • 28 Jan 1648, Martha
  • Jan 1659, Martha, an infant
  • 6 Jun 1653, Hester, [b. 6 Jun 1653]


  1. Ricker Compilation of Vital Records, page 10311.
  2. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol VI, page 1476 (Powell Family)
  3. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol VI, pages 1476-1477 (Powell Family).
  4. Henry White, New England Historical & Genealogical Register Vol 9, October 1855, pgs 357 - 364  [Transcribed by Jane Devlin]
  • Louis Effingham De Forest, "Moore and Allied Families: The Ancestry of William Henry Moore", New York 1938, page 432, found on

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On 15 Mar 2017 at 02:52 GMT Kay (Johnson) Wilson wrote:

Powell-8183 and Powell-266 do not represent the same person because: The information on Powell-8183 is not consistent with the known information for Powell-266.

On 23 Feb 2016 at 22:45 GMT Robert Hock wrote:

I believe there are several other daughters besides Hannah: church baptism records indicate the other daughters as listed above.

On 20 May 2015 at 02:32 GMT Kay (Johnson) Wilson wrote:

I agree that a 1637 marriage in New Haven is wrong. I don't see a source for either the 1637 marriage date or the New Haven location. The Wikipedia article seems to indicate that they were married in England. What if we change it to married 'before 1637' in England?

On 19 May 2015 at 09:40 GMT Anne B wrote:

Marriage date 1637 in New Haven is wrong. They can be married 1637, (but not in New Haven) or they can be married in New Haven after spring of 1638. Dtr Hannah born Aug 1641. From the information in the bio, Priscilla came to New England with him, so married in England.

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