30 June 2009

Col. Miles Powell, Who Participated In This Country's Struggle For Independence

"Miles Powell turned out at the Lexington Alarm." "He commanded Berkshire county troops at Bennington and served in frontier defense during Tryon's invasion," according to information submitted to the DAR by Mrs. Aurelia Henry Russell.

Who was Miles Powell? The son of Robert & Anne (Goodrich) Powell "...he settled in Lanesboro, Massachusetts, as early as 1759," according to this publication. Most of what is known of Miles Powell is through his descendants.

Miles Powell is the 6th great-grandfather of my grandchildren, through his daughter, Hannah, who married Wait Squier. Another Hannah Powell & Wait Squier descendant was their son, Miles Powell Squier, whose biography can be seen here at Wikipedia. The wife of Michigan Senator (and Governor) Russell A. Alger is also a descendant of Wait & Hannah Squier.

Miles Powell was also the father of Rachel, who married William Lampson. A portrait of Rachel Powell Lampson, daughter of Colonel Miles & Jemima Powell, painted by Gilbert Stuart can be seen on Footnote (which also has much more information about William Lampson, including a portrait).

Another daughter, Ruth, married Winthrop Noble. Daughter Elizabeth married Seth Wheeler.

Other children were Miles (Jr.), Jemima, Irena, Calvin, David and Daniel.

The family of Daniel Powell, son of Miles, Jr., can be found here.

Miles Powell's gravestone can be seen here; he and his wife, Jemima, are buried in the Lanesborough Center Cemetery in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.


Edwin said...

I am a Faternal decendent of Miles Powell's Son Calvin. Id like to know more about this great great great great great grandfather of mine.

PalmsRV said...

Edwin, I'm happy that my grandkids have such an illustrious ancestor, too. Haven't researched Miles Powell since I posted in 2009, but imagine there's more on the Internet by now. I would be interested in any additional discoveries you make. palmsrv at gmail dot com

ducktower said...
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ducktower said...

Thank you for your post! My son, also a 6th great grandchild of Miles Powell, found this. What an adventure through history.
Thank you, again!
Kim, in Seattle

PalmsRV said...

Kim, glad you and your son liked the post!