Sunday, April 11, 2010

Loevely Abraham Powell

Lovely Abraham Powell carved out from the forest and brush a place along South Fork Creek in Jackson County in the 1820s. Today that homestead has been taken back by the trees and brush.
With the scarcity of level crop land, raising a family must have been tough, but it is easy to understand and visualize the boys and girls playing in the creek, climbing on the bluff and crawling into the small crevices and caves that overlooked the farm.

It's most likely that Lovely built his home out of logs which were cut and shaped from the land. Many of the cabins in Kentucky were built of White Popular.

A cabin similar to Lovely Abraham Powell's can be seen at

Lovely is buried at a location that overlooks the farmsite. It's not known how many graves are at this site, however there are 5 standing stones forming a semi-circle. It's thought that a stone now partially surrounded by a tree and which has a knotch in its side belongs to Lovely's grave. See photo at right.

"The Powell Family of Big Hill, Kentucky" is a 48 minute program which includes the migration and settling of the Powell Family into Eastern Kentucky just before 1800. It also includes the 1999 Powell Family Reunion at Big Hill which confirmed the lineage of our ancestors to England. 117 people from more than 10 states representing 60 families attended the reunion comparing knowledge and telling stories about their close relatives and stories handed down through the generations.
You will hear stories about Lovely Abraham, a tough, wilderness surviving individual who fought the land and the law to survive; of George Washington Powell and Abram Powell who fought in the Civil War; of the jingle hole legend and many more.

You will see footage of the Lovely Abraham Farm site, the Kentucky wilderness, construction of dwellings, gravesites and other information crucial to understanding the lineage and lifestyle of the Powell Family.

Maudean Neill, professional genealogist and also a Powell Family member, gives a presentation on her findings about the Powell Family dating back to 1600 in England. Nini Scotti also contributed to these findings.


Go there for the photos

Abram Powell was another Civil War Veteran. He was a grandson of Lovely and nephew of George Washington Powell. Abram is buried with a Civil War notation on his grave in Big Hill, Kentucky.

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