I suspect that Thomas Powell is my immigrant ancestor. (He as one of the 150 passengers and crew who set sail aboard the 'Sea-Venture' (aka: 'Sea-Adventure) in 1608. Leaving Swansea, Wales and joining up with a fleet waiting on the Thames for crossing. During a hurricane, the 'Sea-Venture was blown off course, struck a reef, and sprang some life-threating leaks. All hope for survivial was depleted. And then land was sighted. (Bermunda Islands). Many generations of Welborn/Wilburn researchers had debated, (and not always kindly either) the claim that a John Welbourne was also one of the shipwrecked passengers. And that he too, managed to reach Jamestown, VA in 1610. More than a few passenger names have been lost to the ages. But Thomas Powell's name nor that of his wife are among the lost records. On the contrary, Thomas Powell is noted a a cook, and his bride (Mary Persons) a servant. Rev Richard Bucks married this couple while they were castaways stranded on Bermunda. John Rolfe who later m Pocahontas was also a passenger. Over the generations, various and sundry Welborn/Wilburns married into the following families OR were related in some fashion to the following families who also married into Powell families.
Subsequently, I have more than a few Powells listed in my database. I don't know IF they are all related. My hunch is that they are. I'm going to show the surnames of people that I've entered into my database who married Powells. All marriages took place before 1800 in mostly VA/NC and KY.
These surnames are:
15. Nance (two marriages beteen Powells and Nances)
If any of this sounds familar, please let me know. Perhaps with some assistance, I can do some untangling. Or also provide some assistance to other researchers. I'm always pleased whenever I can do this.
Vikky Wilburn Anders
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