Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mary Ann "Polly" Powell (1823-1903)

Mary Ann "Polly" Powell was born in McNairy County, Tennessee on January 2, 1823 to the marriage of Archibald G. Powell and Telitha Berryman.

She was a sister to Mahala, Missouri Ann and Francis Marion Powell.

Per the 2012 Mexia Proclamation, Mary Ann and family came by covered wagon to Texas with their cousins the Berryman and the Parker families in 1833.

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WHEREAS, Mary Ann Powell and family along with the Daniel Parker family endured hardships and dangers as part of the first settlers in Grimes County, which later became part of Montgomery County, in the fight for Texas settlement and freedom, she endured chaos and loss from the massacre of family members at Fort Parker and as part of the Runaway Scrape from the approaching Mexican Army; thereafter she resettled in Montgomery County.
On September 28, 1838, Mary Ann "Polly" Powell married Alfonso Parcutt Steele in Montgomery County, Texas.

Alfonso and Mary Ann

The following children were born to this marriage:
Hampton, 1839-1928
Alonzo Leo, 1841-1936
Alvarado "Rado", 1843-1934
Francis Marion "Frank", 1847-1883
Leonard, 1851-1938
Mary Ann "Molly", 1854-1940
Missouri Alice, 1860-1938
Mary Ann "Polly" Powell Steele passed from this life on May 9, 1903.  She is buried alongside her husband in the Mexia City Cemetery in Mexia, Limestone County, Texas.  Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member and descendant, Catherine.

Mary Ann "Polly" Steele was my great-great-great grandmother through her son,Francis Marion "Frank" Steele; grandson, Isham Alfonso Steele; great granddaughter, Mary Allye Steele Edmonds; and great-great grandson,Bruce Alfonso Edmonds.

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