#171 George Power

Other names for George: George Powers.

George was born Abt 1805 in Pennsylvania. He died 13 Jan 1884 in Clinton Co., Pennsylvania. He was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Lamar Twp., Clinton Co., Pennsylvania.

George shows up on all the early census records with a surname of Power. By the 1860 Census, George is listed as Powers. I'm not certain if this was a mistake on the part of all the early census takers or a family name change.

Since the early census records don't give names other than the head of the household, it's difficult to track an individual on them if they aren't found exactly where they are on later censuses. On later records George indicates that he and his father were born in Pennsylvania. It is pretty easy to pinpoint him in 1840 in Lamar Twp., Pennsylvania so the challenge is to move backward.

In 1830 there are no Power or Powers families in Lamar Twp. There is a George Power in Venango Co. but he continues to appear there after we've identified George in Clinton Co. The 1830 Federal Census lists another George Power of the appropriate age (bracket 20-29) in Stumpstown (later Fredericksburg), Lebanon Co. There is a woman in the same age bracket, who might be Susan. There are more children than we have by name later. However, there is a large age gap between Thomas and Catherine, so additional children who moved out or died are a distinct possibility. There are two boys, aged 5-9. One would be Thomas; the other is unknown. There are two girls, one aged 5-9 and one under 5. Catherine was not born by 1830, so these would represent two unnamed daughters if they are George's children. These two unnamed girls also show up on the 1840 Census.

This same census page also shows a Joseph Power living nearby in Stumpstown. There are two adult males in the family and we don't know which one is head of household. The breakdown is:

One male 80-89

One male 30-39

Two males 5-9

One male under 5

One female 60-69

One female 50-59

One female <5

Since we can't track individuals on these early censuses, this is all speculation. However, it's possible that these are sibling and ancestors. The middle woman could be his mother, the older woman his grandmother; the oldest male a grandfather, the next a sibling; all the young children nieces and nephews. Stepping backward we appear to see these same people in the households of Joseph Powers, Sr. and Joseph Powers, Jr. on the 1820 Census of East Hanover and Bethel and Rush, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania which, despite the county change, is just a short distance away. There is also a William Power and family living right near them on this same census.

It's also worth mentioning a William R. Power who appears on the 1820 Census of Williamsport, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania, about 40 miles from where George eventually ends up. His household consists of three men 16-25, two women 26-44 and one female under 10. One of these six was not naturalized.

Prior to 1820 the nearest Power or Powers families are several William Power households in Cumberland and Lancaster Counties on the 1810 Census.

Returning to more certain identifications after the 1830 Census, on the 1840 Federal Census he is listed as George Power in Lamar Twp., Clinton Co., Pennsylvania. He is in the 40-49 age bracket, which would put his birthday on or before 1800 and is inconsistent with other census records, before and after. Listed with him are a 30-39 year old woman, three boys and four girls. Presumably, the woman is Susan. The three boys could correspond to Thomas (15-20 bracket), John (5-10 bracket) and Frederick (Under 5 bracket). Of the four girls, Catherine would match the 5-10 bracket and Mary the Under 5 bracket. That leaves the two older girls unaccounted for but see the notes previously about women on the 1830 Census.

He was listed as a laborer on the 1850 Federal Census, again as George Power. His birth date has returned to Abt 1805 and Susan and the named children are shown.

He is a farmer on the 1860 Federal Census. His surname changes to Powers at this point.

George and Susan are misnamed on the 1870 Federal Census, showing as George and Susan Rine. They are living with their daughter, Catherine (Powers) Rine, in Lamar Twp. The Rines were their next door neighbors in 1860. George is working as a day laborer. This census would put George's birth year about 1807.

On the 1880 Federal Census George is still living with the Rine family. Susan is no longer shown and has, presumably, passed away.

George married #172 Susan.

Other names for Susan: Susan Powers, Susan Power.

Susan was born Abt 1805.

Children of this relationship:

#62257Mi«Unknown» Power(Abt 1824–)
#173MiiThomas Power(Abt 1825–)
#62255Fiii«Unknown» Power(Abt 1825–)
#62256Fiv«Unknown» Power(Abt 1830–)
#174FvCatherine Power(Abt 1833–Bef 1900)
#176MviJohn Power(Apr 1834–Bef 1910)
#177MviiFrederick Power(3 Oct 1837–15 Apr 1920)
#179FviiiMary A. Power(Abt 1840–)
#180FixMatilda Power(Abt 1843–)
#68704FxSusanna Powers(1844–5 Jul 1864)
#181MxiHenry Edward "Edward" Power(6 Apr 1846–23 Apr 1892)

1820 U.S. Census, East Hanover and Bethel and Rush, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Page: 323; NARA Roll: M33_102; Image: 162

1820 U.S. Census, Williamsport, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Page: 98; NARA Roll: M33_107; Image: 028

1830 U.S. Census, Stumpstown, Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com. 1830 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.. Page: 13; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 154; Family History Film: 0020628

1840 U.S. Census, Lamar Twp., Clinton Co., Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com. 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.. Roll: 450; Page: 349; Image: 709; Family History Library Film: 0020540

1850 U.S. Census, Lamar Twp., Clinton Co., Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.. Roll: M432_768; Page: 39B; Image: 389

1860 U.S. Census, Lamar Twp., Clinton Co., Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.. Roll: M653_1097; Page: 216; Image: 220; Family History Library Film: 805097

1870 U.S. Census, Lamar Twp., Clinton Co., Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.. Roll: M593_1328; Page: 482A; Image: 275; Family History Library Film: 552827

1880 U.S. Census, Lamar Twp., Clinton Co., Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Roll: 1113; Family History Film: 1255113; Page: 569C; Enumeration District: 247; Image: 0700

Charlotte Hensel, The Powers/Gettig/Rudy Connection, (unpublished, 2007).

George Power, cemetery notes, www.findagrave.com, #156842451.

Map of Clinton County, Pennsylvania, From Actual Surveys under the Direction of H. F. Walling, Drawn by F. W. Beers, New York: Way, Palmer & Co., 1862.


Line Generation: 1

Relationship: Great-Great-Great-Grandfather