Daniel Powell

Contributed by Carol Olson.  Thanks, Carol!

From: Carmi Weekly Courier, 12 Dec 1872

          Daniel Powell died at the residence of H. L. Bozeman, Esq. in Carmi, Illinois, on the 9th day of December, 1872, Daniel Powell, in the 79th year of his age.  The deceased was born in South Carolina, where he lived until about twelve years old, when he removed to East Tennessee, after remaining there a few years he removed to Henderson county Kentucky during his residence there he entered the army, and took part in the battle of New Orleans.  In 1818 he came to Illinois and settled first in Hamilton county, when after remaining about 10 years, he moved to, and settled on the old homestead in the Southern part of the county where he continued to reside until within the last year or two.

            Mr. Powell was an excellent type of the early settlers of this country.  A man of iron will, and indomitable energy, he came to this country when it was a wilderness, with no conveniences or comforts, save those that the hardy pioneer could make for himself, and in the end of a long and eventful life he saw the country beginning to develop, and enter upon a degree of prosperity that even to those of the present generation seems remarkable, where 50 years ago, there were no churches, schools, mills, and scarcely roads.  Mr. Powell was permitted to live long enough to see churches and school-houses in every neighborhood, railroads running in every direction, and the whole face of the country supporting an industrious thriving and growing people.  He was an earnest advocate of improvement, always taking an active interest in the railroad schemes of the county, and having some dozen years since, built at his own expense a church in his neighborhood.  He was for the last forty-six years of his life a member of the Regular Baptist Church.

            In the Black Hawk war he led a company of Militia and did good service.  He has left a large family of descendants living in this and adjoining counties to lament his loss.  While there is no doubt he had faults in common with other men, yet it is equally true that he had many noble qualities, and we are indebted to the sufferings, the privations, and the heroism of such men, who in years gone by turned their faces from the comforts of civilization, plunged into the unbroken wilderness, and laid the foundation of all the comforts and luxuries we this day enjoy.

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