|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1812, Wales|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 1893|
Edward Powell was b. in Trefeglwys, Wales. At age 10, he commenced working in a lead mine with his father, who was also a lead miner, and followed in that occupation for the next 28 years. He married Elizabeth Davis 10 Jun 1854. Seven children were born in Wales, 3 of whom died within 6 weeks. He only earned $2.50 per week in the mines. When the 3rd child died, he could not afford a burial so he contacted a town official for a little aid to get a coffin. He was told "to salt it down" and those words stung him deeply to the heart. He decided to leave Wales and its officials if he had to beg his way. In Apr 1854, he started on foot for Liverpool intending to immigrate to America. He had but $19 in his pocket ($15 of that borrowed) for the trip. When he landed in New York, he had but 25 cents left, was sick, and could speak no English.
Too weak to walk, he boarded a street car and when the driver asked him where he wanted to go, he replied in Welch that he did not know. The driver took him to a hotel where he found many that had been on board ship with him. There, he borrowed $10 from a young man going to Pennsylvania, traveled with him, and worked in the coal mines where he got hurt. He decided to move to Wisconsin where he had a sister, but got sick and was put off in Utica, New York. A friend happened by, took care of him, and found him work in the city. Here, his family finally joined him after 15 months separation. The family obtained jobs in Utica, pooled their money together and in 1857, traveled west to Wisconsin and bought 40 acres of land, paying a small sum down. He moved to Tama County, Iowa in 1870 where he farmed in Clark Twp.
Surviving members of his family were Margaret (my gggrandmother), Elizabeth, and Robert. His youngest daughter, Sarah Ann (Powell) Bailey, preceded him in death on 15 Jun 1888.
Edward is my ggggrandfather.
Elizabeth Davis Powell (1811 - 1897)*
West Union Cemetery
Created by: Alan McGie
Record added: Nov 22, 2007
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