Powell family papers
Scope and Contents
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).
- 1803 - 1970
- Majority of material found within 1803 - 1887
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
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. Some of the latter's descendants eventually settled in Michigan and Illinois (circa 1835).
0.1 Cubic Feet (, 3 folders, 1 volume)
Language of Materials
Gift of Ralph W. Powell and Stanley M. Powell. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.
Gift of Alice Powell Harrison.
Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Property Rights: Michigan State University
- Agriculture -- Michigan
- Agriculture -- New York (State)
- Farm management -- Michigan
- Indentured servants
- Ionia County (Mich.)
- Lanesborough (Mass.)
- Oneida County (N.Y.)
- Powell family (John Powell, 1752-1827)
- Powell, John
- Powell, John Leavitt
- Powell, Joseph Priestly
- Powell, Ralph Waterbury
- Ronald (Mich. : Township)
- Wills -- Michigan
- Powell Family Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- September 1968
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.