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William Griffin Powell, Sr.[1]

Male 1869 - 1938


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  • Suffix  Sr. 
    Obituary  5 Jan 1839  , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The Post-Searchlight 
    • William G. Powell Dies December 24

      Funeral Services Held For Prominent Citizen at Residence Monday, December 26.

      Mr. William Griffin Powell, 69, died at his home on Broughton Street, Saturday evening, December 24, after a lingering illness. His death, which came unexpectedly, was attributed to a stroke he suffered Wednesday.

      Mr. Powell was born January 7, 1869, the son of the late Jesse H. Powell and Nancy Clay Powell. For a number of years he lived at Cyrene, Georgia, later moving to Bainbridge where he made his home until the time of his death.

      Mr. Powell was known as a progressive farmer throughout this entire section and at one time served as president of the Citizens Bank and Trust Company of this city. He was also owner and president of the Callahan Grocery Company. Mr. Powell was a member of First Baptist Church and was always interested in the social, religious and civic welfare of the city and county, and took an active part in sponsoring all projects that were for the betterment and advancement of his community. His sudden death came as a distinct shock to his many friends who join his family in mourning his passing.

      Funeral services were held from the residence Monday morning at ten o'clock, with the Rev. H. H. Shell and the Rev. Ralph Porterfield conducting the services. Interment was made in Oak City cemetery.

      Mr. Powell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lily Powell, four sons, Lamar Powell, Dewey Powell, and W. G. Powell, Jr., all of this city and Dr. Ellis Powell of Monroe, La., and seven daughters, Mrs. Dwight Brown, of Cairo; Mrs. Paul Hardage, of this city, Mrs. Huey Murphy, of Moultrie, Mrs. Wiley White, Sylvester, Ga., and Misses Marjorie, Caroline and Willeen Powell, all of this city. Five sisters, Mesdames A. J. and P. D. Rich, and J. B. L. Barber, of this city, Mrs. W. W. Lane, of Miami, Fla., and Mrs. W. S. Sims, of Brinson; one brother, Mr. Jesse Tom Powell, of Brinson, and eight grand children also survive him.

      The following gentlemen served as active pallbearers: Messrs. Charles Hodges, Bill Cliett, E. F. Vickers, J. W. McDuffie, M. F. Flowers, R. M. Reynolds, A. L. Joiner, and L. A. Parker.

      The following were honorary pallbearers: Messrs. W. J. Catledge, Chas. M. Trulock, H. L. Gans, C. C. Willis, Dr. I. W. Willis, M. F. O'Neal, W. O. Gaines, Idus Lynn, F. S. Jones, D. R. Bryan, J. C. Hale, A. B. Conger, Clinton Ward, Tom Hornsby, Dr. Gordon Chason, J. C. Lane, J. G. Kwilecki, L. A. Friedman, G. G. Steed, J. J. Cummings, J. H. Brinson, W. B. Fleming, O. M. Green, L. R. Robinson, N. J. Smith, G. F. Battles, A. Aarons, Herbert Miller, Ben Griffin, Preston Cato, H. H. Felty, L. O. Brown, J. O. Smith, R. L. Denmark, R. L. Horn, A. M. Nichols, and E. M. Mills.

      E. W. Cox Funeral Home in charge.
    Born  7 Jan 1869  , Cyrene, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender  Male 
    Census: Federal  25 Aug 1870  , Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 1) Jessy Powel, white male age 28, farmer, born in GA
      2) Nancy Powel, white female age 26, at home, born in GA
      3) Sarah Powel, white female age 5, born in GA
      4) Willy Powel, white male age 1, born in GA
      5) Martha Powel, white female age 5 months, born in GA
      6) Molly Miller, white female age 17, hired labor, born in GA
      7) William F. Cato, white male age 21, farm labor, born in GA
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    Census: Federal  8 Jun 1880  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • 1) Jesse H. Powell, head, white male age 38, farmer, born in GA, parents born in GA
      2) Nancy Powell, wife, white female age 37, keeping house, born in GA, parents born in GA
      3) Sallie Haynes, step daughter, single white female age 15, attended school, born in GA, parents born in GA
      4) Willie Powell, son, single white male age 11, attended school, born in GA
      5) Domey Powell, daughter, single white female age 9, born in GA
      6) Menla Powell, daughter, single white female age 8, born in GA
      7) Cornelia Powell, daughter, single white female age 6, born in GA
      8) Jesse Tom Powell, son, single white male age 5, born in GA
      9) Florence Powell, daughter, single white female age 4, born in GA
      10) Clauia Powell, daughter, single white female age 3, born in GA
      11) John Powell, son, single white male age 1, born in GA
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    Census: Federal  8 Jun 1900  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • 1) Willie G. Powell, head, white male age 31, married 10 years, born Jan 1869 in GA, parents born in GA, turpentining, owns a farm
      2) Minnie Powell, wife, white female age 29, mother of 4, 3 living, born Aug 1870 in GA, parents born in GA
      3) Lamar Powell, son, single white male age 8, born Aug 1891 in GA, attended school 8 months
      4) Ellis Powell, son, single white male age 6, born Aug 1893 in GA, attended school 8 months
      5) Dewey H. Powell, son, single white male age 3, born Mar 1897 in GA
    Census: Federal  4 May 1910  , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • 1) William G. Powell, head, widowed white male age 41, father of 7, 6 living, born in GA, parents born in GA, owner and manager of a general farm
      2) Grover L. Powell, son, white male age 18, born in GA, attended school
      3) Ellis Powell, son, white male age 16, born in GA, attended school
      4) Hubert D. Powell, white male age 13, born in GA, attended school
      5) Mabel Powell, daughter, white female age 8, born in GA, attended school
      6) Adonis Powell, daughter, white female age 4, born in GA
      7) William G. Powell, son, white male age 1, born in GA
      8) Ella Welche, house-keeper, single white female age 45, born in GA, parents born in GA
      9) William B. Tige, boarder, single white male age 31, born in GA, parents born in GA, salesman, general staore retail
    Guardianship Bond  18 Nov 1918  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Georgia Decatur County
      To the Honorable T B Maxwell Ordinary of Decatur County
      The petition of W G Powell of said County respectfully shows
      1st That petitioner is the son and oldest child of Mrs Nannie
      Powell of Decatur County Georgia.
      2nd That the nearest adult relatives of Mrs Nannie Powell
      residing in the state of Georgia are J T Powell, son, Mrs Euzema Rich, Daughter,
      Mrs A J Rich, daughter, Mrs Byron Donalson, daughter, Mrs J B L Barber, daughter,
      of Decatur County, Georgia, and Mrs P D Rich, daughter of Miller County
      Georgia, and while the law only requires notice to three adult relatives
      Petitioner has given notice to all of the above named relatives of Mrs
      Nannie Powell of this application.
      3rd That Mrs Nannie Powell is Seventy-five (75) years of age
      and is imbecile from old age and is incapable
      of managing her estate.
      4th That Mrs Nannie Powell is the owner of and possesses
      a large estate, consisting principally of notes and money.
      5th That Mrs Nannie Powell at times is seemingly rat-
      ional, and at such times apparently realizes her condition
      and has asked petitioner to make this application and have him-
      self appointed guardian so that he can manage her affairs.
      6th Petitioner shows that from old age Mrs Nannie
      Powell is incapable of properly handling or conducting her affairs
      cannot remember the amount of money which she has
      or the number of notes outstanding nor who is in charge of
      her affairs as her agent.
      7th Petitioner is prepared to prove that ten days notice
      of this application has been given to the three nearest adult
      relatives of Mrs. Nannie Powell
      Wherefore Petitioner prays:
      1st That a commission shall be issued by your Honor
      directed to eighteen discreet and proper persons one of whom
      shall be a physician, requiring and twelve of them including
      the physician to examine by inspection the person
      of Mrs Nannie Powell.
      2nd That such commission be sworn by some officer
      of this state authorized by the laws of this state to administer an
      an oath, well and truly to execute said commission to the
      best of their skill and ability which oat shall be returned
      with their virdict.
      3d That after the return of said verdict that your
      Honor appoint petitioner as guardian for the said Mrs
      Nannie Powell and petitioner will ever pray
      T S Hawes
      Attorney for petitioner

      Georgia Decatur County
      Personally appears W G Powell, who upon being duly
      sworn, deposes and says that the matters and things set forth
      in the above and foregoing application are true
      W G Powell
      Sworn to and subscribed before me
      This 29th day of Oct 1918
      E S Varner N P Decatur Co Ga

      Decatur Court of Ordinary at Chambers
      The within petition being duly presented and it being
      made to appear that the three nearest adult relatives and
      all children of Mrs Nannie Powell residing in Georgia have been
      duly notified of the within petition on Nov 3 1918 and it is
      ordered that the hearing be set for Monday Nov 18th
      1918 at ten oclock A.M.
      This Nov 5 1918T B Maxwell
      Ordinary

      Georgia Decatur county
      To the sherif of Decatur County
      You are hereby commanded to summon a jury of
      18 men one of whom shall be a physician
      and cause them to assemble at the Court House Decatur
      County on the 18th day of Nov 1918 at Ten oclock A.M.
      This Nov 5 1918T B Maxwell
      Ordinary

      Georgia Decatur County.
      We and each of us do swear that we will
      well and truly execute the foregoing commission to the
      best of our skill and ability so help is God.
      James E. Todd
      E H Griffin
      R V Griffin
      J T Colbert
      J D Halsted
      J C Moore
      Sworn to and subscribed before me
      This 18th day of Nov 1918
      T B Maxwell Ordinary

      Georgia Decatur County
      By virtue of the foregoing commission to us directed
      we being first sworn and after having made such
      examination by inspection and proof as the law requires
      report that we do find Mrs Nannie Powell, is that she is
      a person imbecile from old age or other cause, and we
      further find that she is incapacitated for the management of

      her estate, and that she should have a Guardian appointed.
      This Nov 18th 1918
      J C Moore Foreman
      Jno E Toole M D
      E H Griffin
      R V Griffin
      J T Colbert
      J D Halsted.

      Decatur Court of Ordinary at Chambers Nov 18 1918
      In the matter of Petition of W G Powell for Guardianship
      of mrs Nannie Powell. It appearing that the three nearest adult
      relatives and all children of mrs Nannie Powell have been duly
      notified as required by law, and a Jury of six having been
      consulted to and authorized to pass upon the issues, and
      the Jury after being duly sworn as required by law re-
      turned their verdict as shown in the record finding
      that Mrs Nannie Powell is imbecile and needs a Guardian
      Wherefore it is considered ordered and adjudged that Mrs
      Nannie Powell is imbecile from old age and incapable of managing
      her estet, and no objections being filed to the appointment of
      W. G. Powell, and it appearing that Mrs Nannie Powell is a widow and
      that W G Powell is the oldest child and son of Mrs Nannie Powell. He the
      said W G Powell is hereby appointed Guardian of Mrs Nannie Powell, and
      bound in the sum of Eight Thousand Dollars.
      This 18th day of Nov 1918T B Maxwell
      Ordinary Decatur County

      Goergia Decatur County
      I- W G Powell do swear that I will well and truly
      perform all the duties required of me as Guardian of Mrs Nannie Powell, and
      will faithfully account for Mrs Nannie Powells estate So help
      me GodW G Powell
      Sworn to and subscribed before me
      This 18th day of Nov 1918.T B Maxwell
      Ordinary
      Recorded Nov 20th 1918
    Census: Federal  3 Feb 1920  , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • 1) William G. Powell, head, white male age 50, born in GA, parents born in GA, merchant, wholesale grocery store, owned a farm
      2) Lillian Powell, wife, white female age 27, born in GA, parents born in GA
      3) Gordon L. Powell, son, single white male age 27, born in GA, manager, home farm
      4) Ellis Powell, single white male age 25, born in GA, attended school
      5) Dewey Powell, son, single white male age 21, born in GA
      6) Mabel Powell, daughter, single white female age 18, born in GA, attended school
      7) Donnis Powell, daughter, single white female age 13, born in GA, attended school
      8) Margorie Powell, daughter, white female age 3 1/2, born in GA
      9) Caroline Powell, daughter, white female age 6/12, born in GA
    Census: Federal  1930 
    Name  Willie 
    Occupation  turpentiner 
    Died  24 Dec 1938  , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried  26 Dec 1938  Oak City Cemetery, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I468  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  11 Feb 2011 

    Father  Jesse H. Powell,   b. 1 Jul 1841, , , Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1913, , Cairo, Grady County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Sarah Ann "Nancy" Clay,   b. 9 Feb 1843, , , Talbot County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1920, , Cyrene, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  14 Jan 1868  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F163  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Lillian Ballou,   b. Abt 1893, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  6 Feb 1916  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Marjorie Powell,   b. 1916, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Carolyn Powell,   b. 1919, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Wylene Powell,   b. Est 1921,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  5 Feb 2006 
    Family ID  F204  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Addie Batts,   b. Est 1869,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Annie Julia Powell,   b. Est 1911,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Naomi Mae Powell,   b. Est 1913,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  23 Apr 2006 
    Family ID  F1661  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Minnie Rich,   b. 12 Aug 1870, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1909, , Cyrene, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Jan 1891  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. Gordon "Lamar" Powell,   b. Aug 1891, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930
     2. Ellis Powell, M.D.,   b. 28 Aug 1893, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1947, , New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Hubert "Dewey" Powell,   b. 27 Mar 1897, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1954, , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mable Powell,   b. Abt 1902, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. H. Adonis Powell,   b. Abt 1906, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. William Griffin Powell, Jr.,   b. Abt 1909, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  23 Apr 2006 
    Family ID  F45  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsObituary - The Post-Searchlight - 5 Jan 1839 - , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jan 1869 - , Cyrene, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 25 Aug 1870 - , Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 8 Jun 1880 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Jan 1891 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 8 Jun 1900 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 4 May 1910 - , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Feb 1916 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGuardianship Bond - 18 Nov 1918 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 3 Feb 1920 - , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Dec 1938 - , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 26 Dec 1938 - Oak City Cemetery, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S51] A History of Savannah and South Georgia, 2 volumes, William Harden, (Chicago and New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1913), 1009.

    2. [S52] The Post-Search Light, Bainbridge, Georgia, on microfilm, (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), obituary for William G. Powell, box 178, vol. 24, no. 37, Thursday, 5 Jan 1939, p. 1.

    3. [S52] The Post-Search Light, Bainbridge, Georgia, on microfilm, (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), obituary for William G. Powell, box 178, vol. 24, no. 37, Thursday, 5 Jan 1939, page 1.

    4. [S1481] 1870 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Decatur County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2003), M593, roll 146, West Side Flint River, p. 179, dwelling 497, family 497, Jessy Powel household, accessed 5 Jul 2008, 5 Jul 2008.

    5. [S1437] 1880 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Decatur County, (http://ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), T9, roll 143, Pine Hill-Militia District 1188, enumeration district (ED) 18, p. 256C, dwelling 213, family 223, Jesse H. Powell household, accessed 6 Jul 2008, 6 Jul 2008.

    6. [S1261] 1900 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Decatur County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), T623, roll 191, Pine Hill-Militia District 1188, enumeration district (ED) 37, p. 225B, dwelling 118, family 194, Willie G. Powell household, accessed 7 Jul 2008, 7 Jul 2008.

    7. [S1260] 1910 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Decatur, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2006), T624, roll 184, Brinson-Militia District 1613, enumeration district (ED) 64, p. 39B, dwelling 193, family 193, William G. Powell household, accessed 7 Jul 2008, 16 Jun 2008.

    8. [S951] Decatur County, Georgia, Minute Books, Clerk of Court, (Probate Court, Bainbridge, Georgia), I:550-2, 2 May 2007.

    9. [S1251] 1920 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Decatur County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), William G. Powell household, Militia District 1613 - Brinson Precinct, Cyrene & Bainbridgel Road, district 50, dwelling & family 306, page 21A; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication T625, roll 248.

    10. [S368] "Decatur County Georgia Marriage Records, 1824 - 1945," database, Decatur County, Georgia Rootsweb, Jordan Dodd, (http://www.rootsweb.com/~gadecatu/Marriage/surindex.html), marriage of W. G. Powell & Lillie Ballou, 6 Feb 1916, E-688.

    11. [S368] "Decatur County Georgia Marriage Records, 1824 - 1945," database, Decatur County, Georgia Rootsweb, Jordan Dodd, (http://www.rootsweb.com/~gadecatu/Marriage/surindex.html), marriage of W. G. Powell & Minnie Rich, 18 Jan 1891, B-642.