Shelby  County,  Indiana
Biographical  Sketches

Leonard  C.  Powell

          LEONARD C. POWELL, one of the successful business men of Shelbyville, is a native of Shelby County, born at the village of Waldron, August 11, 1844.  His father,  Micajah Powell, was born in Boone County, Ky., in 1820, and at the age of eleven years accompanied his parents to this county, where he has since resided.  Phebe Ann (Van Pelt) Powell, wife of Micajah Powell, was born in Shelby County, and is the mother of ten children, the subject of this sketch being the first in number.  Leonard C. Powell was educated in the common schools, and until his twenty-second year remained under the parental roof, assisting his father on the farm in the meantime.  In 1866, he came to Shelbyville and accepted a clerkship in a grocery house, in which capacity he continued until 1871.  In that year he engaged in business for himself, and is at this time one of the leading merchants of the city, being in the enjoyment of a large and constantly increasing trade.  Politically he is a Republican, and in religion belongs to the Presbyterian Church, being at this time an official in the Shelbville congregation.  April 21, 1868, he married  Miss Emmeline Dickison, of Decatur County, Ind.  Mrs. Powell was born January 14, 1845, and departed this life on the 8th day of August, 1886.  Mr. and Mrs. Powell were the parents of three children, all now deceased.
History of Shelby County, 1887, "Hendricks [Twp] Sketches" p. 524.  Publ. 1887 by Brant & Fuller; reprinted in 1968 by Eastern Indiana Publishing Co., Knightstown, Ind.

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