Powell Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Powell Family, (John Powell, 1752-1827)
Powell family papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1803-1887
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 3 folders, 1 volume

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

The papers in this collection relate to several generations of the family of John Powell (1752-1827) of Lanesboro, Massachusetts. His son, John Leavitt Powell, moved to Oneida County, New York in the early nineteenth century; and some of the latter's descendants eventually settled in Michigan and Illinois (ca. 1835).

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Scope and Contents note

The papers include the last will and testament (1826) of John Powell; and nine letters (1803-1846) and their typed transcriptions relating to John Leavitt Powell and his family, giving information about agricultural conditions in New York and Michigan. There is also a farm account book (1846-1887) containing a family record, and several receipts (1842-1843) of Joseph Priestley Powell, son of John L. Powell, who operated a farm in the township of Ronald, Ionia County, Michigan. Also included is a handwritten indenture dated February 26, 1853, between Joseph Powell and sixteen-year-old James Joyce. Finally, there is a family genealogy with explanatory notes and a family tree compiled by Ralph W. Powell (1970).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 1968

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Ralph W. Powell and Stanley M. Powell. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Gift of Alice Powell Harrison.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Powell Family, (John Powell, 1752-1827)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Ionia County (Mich.)
  • Lanesborough (Mass.)
  • Oneida County (N.Y.)
  • Ronald (Mich. : Township)

Personal Name(s)

  • Harrison, Alice Powell
  • Powell, John Leavitt, 1780-1871
  • Powell, John, 1752-1827
  • Powell, Joseph Priestly, 1821-1871
  • Powell, Ralph, 1889-1976
  • Powell, Ralph, 1889-1976
  • Powell, Stanley M., (Stanley Maurice), 1898-


  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Agriculture -- New York
  • Farm management -- Michigan
  • Indentured servants
  • Wills -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Papers 1803-1853 


Papers. "Powell Genealogy" 1970 


Farm Accounts 1846-1887