Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia

The area that became Augusta County was settled primarily by the Scotch-Irish in the early 1730s. Formed from Orange County, Augusta officially became a county in 1738. The primary religion of the area was Presbyterian and the early settlers lost no time in forming the Triple Forks of the Shenandoah Congregation. The Tinkling Spring Meeting House, the
simple log structure shown at the right, was the first Presbyterian church in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 2, p.81
William Carnagy and Betsy, his wife, vs.. Thos. Bryan Martin's Exrs.-- O. S. 42; N. S. 14--Bill filed in Frederick, 28th February, 1799. Betsy was Betsy Powers, housekeeper of Thomas Bryan Martin and devisee in his will. Thomas Bryan Martin died 1798. Samuel Kercheval deposes at the Public house of Daniel Brown "at the White Post" in Frederick County, 14th April 1801. John Powers, brother of Betsy, deposes 1801.

Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 2, p.298 1791--February 3, William Powers and Fanny Snider; surety, James Rutledge.

Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 2, p.328 1797--November 4, James Miller and Thos. Painter, surety. James Miller and Fanny Powers, widow of Wm. Powers.

Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 2, p.420 1766--Supernumeraries: Thos. Shanklin, 1; John Deniston, 2; James Bruister, 1; Perunia Regen, 1; John Taylor, 1; Chas. Powers, 1; Aaron Hughs, 1; Martin Shoemaker, 1; Thomas Gordon, 2; John Barley, 1; Philip Crites, 1; Geo. Conrod, 1; John Shanklin, 1; Adam Raeburn, 1; James Crawford, 1; Mich'l Shorley, 1; John Black, 1; Joel Robinson, 1; Thos. Frames, 1; Mich'l Mildeberger, 1; Thos. Hutcheson, 1; Ephraim Love, 3; Mark Rigs, 1; Charles Parsons, 1; Andrew Bushong, 1; David Keal, 1; Francis Hughes, 1; Henry Shoemaker, 1; John Stalp, 1; Sam
Nicholas, 1; Wm. Lewis, 1; Jno. Slavin, 1; Boslin Nosler, 1; John Hopkins, 2; James Bell, 2; Geo. Shoemaker, 1; Geo. Jordan, 1; Adam Kelvie, 1; Edw'd Beard, 2; John Stephenson, 5; Petter Assomsis, 1.

Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 2, p.426 Insolvents and Delinquents, 1792: George Brooks, removed to Kentucky; Andrew Kinkead, to Kentucky; Wm. Russell, to French Broad; William Young, to Greenbrier; Christian Pery, to Kentucky; Robert Curry, to Kentucky; Robert Poage, to Kentucky; Robert Young, to Kentucky; William and Andrew Young, to Kentucky; Daniel Brown, dead; Pat. Buchanan, to Georgia; Robert Christian, to Montgomery; James Campbell, to Penna.; John Gregory, to Philadelphia; Daniel Kidd, to Winchester; Ephraim McDowell, to Scotland; Wm. McClintoc, to Kentucky; William Powers, in army; Henry Rutter, in army; John Sterling, to French Broad; James Bridge, Sr., to Amherst; David Boggess, dead; Luke Collins, to French Broad; William Flenegan, in the army; Charles Hudson, to Penna.; George Leahorn, to New River; John Kritzer, to Amherst; David Oglesby, to Carolina; Hugh Service, to Fredericksburg; Thomas Swain, to Philadelphia; John Tenant, in army.


Pioneer Irish in New England, p.239
The name Power or Powers, though not of Irish origin, has been a common one in Waterford, Ireland, for several centuries. The founder of the family, Sir Roger de la Poer, came to Ireland with Strongbow in the Norman invasion in the twelfth century,17 and from him were descended many of the Powers families in New England. Several different accounts of these families have been published,18 but they are not in agreement as to details. Farmer, in his Genealogical Register, refers to John Power of Charlestown, 1643, as probably the founder of the families of the name Powers in New England. Amos H. Powers, genealogist of the family, tries to establish for them an English ancestry. He begins his work by a reference to Sir Roger de Poer who received a grant of land in Waterford in 1172, but omits all reference to the fact that his descendants have been in Ireland ever since. On the other hand, Henry Swan Dana says the New England Powers descended from Thomas and Walter Power, brothers, born in Waterford, Ireland, who came to this country somewhere near the year 1680. In Ireland the name of the family was Power, but these men, on coming to this country, added an s to their name, but for two generations after the Power brothers settled here, little or nothing is known of the history of the family. One William H. Powers compiled a genealogical chart of the family, in which he made no reference to their Norman or Irish descent, but claims for them a Puritan ancestry.

In one way or another, all of these are in error. 

(1) The founder of the family in Ireland, as his name indicates, was a Norman and he was so called in Irish annals; 

(2) For nearly 500 years before his descendant, Walter Power, came to this country, the Powers were in Ireland, and history shows that their interests were identified solely with that country, and that is the determining factor which governs the racial category to which they belong; 

(3) If it be true that Walter Power lived at Salem in 1654, the assumption is justified that he was one of the Irish captives who came in the Goodfellow from Kinsale, Ireland;

(4) Dana erred in saying that Walter and Thomas Power were brothers, for as a matter of fact they were father and son, Thomas having been born at Concord in 1667, the son of Walter and Trial Power; 

(5) he also erred in saying that they came about the year 1680; and lastly, the assertion that  the New England Powers are of Puritan ancestry, merely  because the immigrant lived among the Puritans, is as ridiculous as if it were said they are of Dutch ancestry. Whatever be the facts in respect of these matters, it is clear that the progenitor of the American branches of the family was an Irishman, and large numbers of his descendants appear in the eighteenth century records of Worcester County, Mass., towns.20 Walter and Trial Powers were the parents of nine children; one of them, Daniel, born in 1669, was the father of ten children; Daniels son, Peter Powers, born in 1707, served as a Captain in the French-English War, and was the father of thirteen children, and one of his sons, Rev. Peter Powers of Haverhill, N.H., a famous New England preacher in his day, also was the father of thirteen children. Thomas Powers settled at Greenwich and Jeremiah Powers at Hardwick, Mass., early in the eighteenth century, and were recorded among the Proprietors of Hardwick in the year 1733.21 Both are said to have emigrated from Waterford, Ireland. Dr. Stephen Powers of Vermont, born at Hardwick in 1735, was a noted medical practitioner in his day; in every generation of the family there were physicians, and there are still physicians of the name in Massachusetts and Vermont who are descended from the Powers of Waterford, Ireland. We are also told that the Powers of Brimfield, Mass., are descendants from Walter, the emigrant. They came to Brim-field from Hardwick in 1761 and were then of the fourth generation removed from the emigrant.22 

Pioneer Irish in New England, p.278 William Malone Thomas Powers

Pioneer Irish in New England, p.279 Samuel Kelly John Powers

Pioneer Irish in New England, p.279 John Kennedy Thomas Powers

Pioneer Irish in New England, p.298 Peter Powers Charlestown, Mass.1643

Pioneer Irish in New England, p.298 Thomas Powers Boston, Mass.1680

Pioneer Irish in New England, p.310 Morise Powers Boston, Mass.1719

Pioneer Irish in New England, p.310 Thomas Powers Woburn, Mass.1702

Pioneer Irish in New England, p.310 Thomas Powers Charlestown, Mass.1714

The History of Virginia's Navy of the Revolution
[p.87][p.88] Shore galleys, with the object of joining a force from Maryland. Discretionary powers were placed in the hands of Commodore Barron as to the direction the intended expedition should take.

HALL, ROBERT, of Westmoreland Co. Master Commandant of Dragon. Jos. Sanders testified that Robert Hall commanded the Liberty in 1779, and from this to Brig Jefferson in Feb., 1780. USP. Robert Hall died May 31, 1802. Had three daughters that survived him; eldest Ann md. Andrew Montgomery; Elizabeth md. James Montgomery; Sarah md. Geo. C. Sedgwick (minister, who removed from the county). Ann had issue: Robt L. Montgomery; Eliza Ann md. John Powers, and Sarah md. John F. Morriss. Sarah Hall Sedgwick had issue: Robt. H.; Ann md. John H. Gibbs; A. J. Sedgwick, and Frances P. md. Thos. S. Wilson. 

POWERS, JACOB.OB; Dragon, Jan. 22, 1777 to Jan. 20, 1779.