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Abel Powley

Male 1834 - 1899  (64 years)


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  • Name Abel Powley 
    Born 16 Feb 1834  Repps with Bastwick, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Jan 1899  Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • age 65
    Notes 
    • Immigration: Ship "Andalusia" arrived NY from London, 18 April 1853, 19yrs old.

      Abel and Mary lived and farmed in Yates, New Orleans County, New York State and then moved to Woodbine, Iowa.

      1860 census Yates, New York State
      Abel Powley 30yrs Farm Laborer born England
      Mary Powley 28yrs born England
      Benjamin Powley 4yrs born New York

      1870 census Yates, New York State (surname spelt POLEY)
      Abel Powley 35yrs Farmer of 9000 acres born England
      Mary Powley 35yrs born England Keeping House
      Benjamin Powley 14yrs Farm Laborer born New York
      Albert Powley 10yrs Farm Laborer born New York
      Ida May Powley 8yrs at school born New York
      Horace Powley 6yrs at school born New York
      Abel Powley Jr 4yrs at home born New York
      George Powley 2yrs at home born New York

      New York to Woodbine, Harrison Co, Iowa 1 Jan 1873

      1880 census Lincoln, Harrison, Iowa
      Abel Powley head 46yrs Farmer born England (parents born England)
      Mary Powley wife 45yrs born England (parents born England)
      Benjamin Powley son 24yrs Farmer born NY
      Albert Powley son 20yrs Farmer born NY
      Horace Powley son 15yrs at home born NY works on farm
      Abel Powley son 14yrs at home born NY works on farm
      George Powley son 12yrs born NY works on farm
      Fred Powley son 9yrs born NY at school
      William Anderson 27yrs Farm Labourer son in law born Illinois
      Ida Anderson dau 16yrs at home born NY

      1885 census Lincoln, Harrison Co, Iowa
      Abel Powley head married 52yrs born England Farmer
      Mary Powley wife 53yrs Keeping house
      Horace Powley son 21yrs Clerk in Dry Goods Store born New York
      Abel Powley Jr son 17yrs born New York
      George Powley son 14yrs born New York
      Fred Powley son 13yrs born New York
      Minnie Anderson 3yrs born Illinois (female)
      Mary Powley 75yrs widow born England

      Next door - Carver family
      Next door - Benjamin Powley family

      Abel POWLEY, a farmer on Section 36, Lincoln Township, came to Harrison County, January 1, 1873, and bought the farm he now occupies, which was partly improved, and for which he paid $40 per acre. He has since built a house 16x25 feet with a wing14x24 feet and a kitchen 16 ft square. He has two other houses on his place. At first his farm consisted of 380 acres, but since has added to his landed estate until now he has 1500 acres in Harrison County, and nearly all in Lincoln Township, 700 acres of which are under cultivation.

      Unlike many other men who came to Harrison County, this man set his stakes, and remained in one place, and is noted for always being home. It is said for six months at a time, he has not been seen in town.

      To learn something of this man's earlier life, it may be said that he was born at Repps, England, February 16, 1834. Although other accounts, especially those on Abel's gravestone, place his birth date as January 21, 1833.
      Abel’s Cyphering Book, (math exercises book), dated July 8, 1847 from Potter Heigham’s National School, is in William Powley’s care, and at 156 years old is in amazingly excellent condition. The book measures 7.5 x 9.5 inches and is ½ inch thick with 55 double-sided pages. Although this is my feeling, my sense is the book is entirely of Abel’s hand with the mathematical exercises self-copied into his booklet from the blackboard.
      Abel is the son of JOHN and MARY (Howes) POWLEY who had 12 children, he being the second eldest: Louisa, Abel, John W., George(deceased), Eliza, William, Noah, two deceased, two died in infancy, and Mary Ann. Our subject lived in England until he was 19 years of age, when he accompanied his parents to America in 1852, landing in New York, where for their first meal of victuals they had buckwheat cakes, the first they had ever eaten. Our subject came from New York City to Medina, New York and hired out to work on a farm, and lived in that vicinity for 13 years. Abel then bought a farm of 160 acres just a few miles North of Medina on the shore of Lake Ontario, in New York, Orleans County, Yates Township, and ran in debt $10,000. He operated the farm referred to above for about 4 years, and then exchanged it for his present farm without ever seeing the one he traded for, which however proved to be one of the best in Iowa.
    Person ID I55717  ONS
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2014 

    Father John Powley,   b. Abt 1803, Repps with Bastwick, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1867, Hemsby, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Mary Howes,   b. 18 Jun 1811, Sea Palling, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1892, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 82 years) 
    Married 21 Jul 1831  Burgh St Margaret, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F16272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Woolston,   b. 16 Jul 1831, Hickling, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1899, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1855  Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Benjamin Powley,   b. 9 Aug 1856, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1918, Pender, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     2. Emma Jane Powley,   b. 15 Mar 1858, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Anna Elizabeth Powley,   b. 2 Apr 1859, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Albert A Powley,   b. 22 Jul 1860, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1939, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +5. Ida May Powley,   b. 22 Jan 1862, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1881, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
    +6. Horace M Powley,   b. 22 Feb 1864, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1942, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +7. Abel E Powley,   b. 31 Mar 1867, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1944, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +8. George B Powley,   b. 3 Oct 1868, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1934, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +9. Fred Powley,   b. 2 Nov 1871, Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1954, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     10. Louise Powley,   b. 13 Mar 1873, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Male Powley,   b. 6 Aug 1876, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1876, Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F16356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Feb 1834 - Repps with Bastwick, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Dec 1855 - Yates, Orleans, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Jan 1899 - Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
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