William A. Powell, son of Hezekiah
and Lucy (Ealer) Powell, was born in Boone County, Ky., in 1827, and at the age of six lost his father.
His mother then did the plowing while he rode the horse, until he became old enough to take the plow himself.
At the age of fifteen his mother died he then went to live on the farm of a cousin until twenty-one.
He then went to Shelby County, Ind., where he was married, November 22, 1849, to
Julia A. Avey* ( a daughter of Peter Avey), who bore him nine children, of whom four are yet living-Abraham, Nicholas, Sarah and Edward.
Soon after marriage he purchase forty acres of improved land, which he farmed until 1858, when he sold and bought 160 acres in this township.
In 1861 he enlisted in Company H, Thirty-Eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and took part in the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, Resaca, Atlanta, Nashville and others, serving until 1864, when he re-enlisted in the same company and served until the close of the war.
Mr. Powell is a charter member of the Rose Hill Post, G.A. R., No. 158, and in politics is a Republican.
From Biographical Sketches-Jasper County: "Crooked Creek Township",
Contributed by Kathy Moore
* Note: Thinking this was probably supposed to be Avery, I
checked the marriage records we have online.
Book 6 shows William A. Pence marrying Julia Ann Avery on 22 Nov
1849. - PMF