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Powers / Culpepper Photo Album

l-r: Sylvester C. Powers; possibly Daniel McPherson

Mary Jane "Molly" (Thomas) Lowe Powers

The above  two photos and information on them were kindly submitted by Michael Blanchfield, great-grandson of Sylvester & Mary Jane Powers.

Sylvester Constantine Powers, son of Moses Ballance Powers & Julia Ann Culpepper, was born c1829 and died before 1900. He was first married to Susan Bundy (d/o Christopher Bundy & Rachel Beard) c1852.  Susan was born June 19, 1835 & died between 1867-1870.  Sylvester and Susan had the following known children:
   1. John Powers - b. c1853 Currituck Co., NC  d. _____________; married: Mary _______ on May 26, 1874

                     John Powers

   2. Gideon McDonal Powers - b. c1856  d. bef. 1900; married Annie L. Powers in Currituck Co. on Oct. 15, 1879.  Gideon & Anna were enumerated in 1880 in the Washington Dist. of Norfolk Co., Va.  They had no children at that time but Gideon's younger brother, Daniel was living with them.

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Gideon Mc. POWERS   Self   M   Male   W   22   VA.   Farming   N.C.   VA. 
 Anna POWERS   Wife   M   Female   W   21   VA.   Keeps House   N.C.   VA. 
 Daniel POWERS   Brother   S   Male   W   18   VA.   Farm Laborer   N.C.   VA. 

   3. Noah Washington Powers - b. Oct. 19, 1858   d. May 31, 1936 [tombstone]; married 1st: Ann E. (Powers) Berry; 2nd Olive A. Miller
   4. Daniel C. Powers - b. c1859  d. May 12, 1933 Norfolk, Va.; married Mary Sammie Williams in Berkley, Norfolk Co., Va. on Aug. 24, 1881.  Mary, born Oct. 1862, was the d/o Samuel & Fannie Williams.  By 1900 Daniel & Mary were living in the Tanners Creek Dist. of Norfolk Co., Va. where he was a painter and his widowed mother-in-law, Fannie Williams, was living with them.  They remained in the Tanners Creek Dist. through 1920 and then were in the Pleasant Grove Dist. of Norfolk County by 1930.  They had the following children:
      a) Bertie Powers b. Dec 1883 who married George King from New York.
      b) Norman Coleman Powers b. July 29, 1887 Currituck Co., NC  d. Feb. 7, 1958 Norfolk, Va. [see tombstone]; married Gertrude Russell in Norfolk Co. on Aug, 17, 1909. Gertrude was born July 29, 1890 & died Sept. 13, 1969 [see tombstone]

Albert Lee Powers, son of Norman Coleman Powers
b: July 5, 1910 Norfolk, Va. - d: May 31, 1991 Chesapeake
Married: Blanche Smith (1904-1999)

      c) Daniel Samuel Powers b. July 23 1893  d. after 1942; married: Mary A. Cunningham

left: Nollie (possibly Napoleon B.) Powers
right: Daniel Samuel Powers

      d) Archie L. Powers  b. Nov. 1896; married Della Wrightman
      e) Hughie Grimes Powers, Sr.  b. Jan. 19, 1899 Norfolk, Va.  d. May 12, 1973 Norfolk, Va.; married Essie Newsome
       f) Fannie M. Powers  b. c1904; married Herbert Capps
      g) Nettie Louise Powers  b. c1906; married Oscar Nafger and Vernon Donovan Rhodes
      h) Katherine Powers  b. c1921 listed as an "adopted daughter" in 1930.

   5. Rachel Susan Powers - b. Sept. 15, 1863  d. July 2, 1934 [tombstone]; married: Enoch Dalton Culpepper in Currituck Co. on Jan. 30, 1882.

Enoch Dalton Culpepper - age 12
1858- aft, 1910
s/o Jesse Culpepper & Emeline Garrett
husband of Rachel Susan Powers

Enoch Dalton Culpepper - later years
[tintype photo]

Rachel Susan (Powers) Culpepper holding her granddaughter, Katie Vandergrift

Wikie Taylor Lowe

left -  Alston Culpepper, s/o Enoch & Rachel
right -
Tom White

Walon D. Culpepper
s/o Enoch & Rachel

Harold Merton Powers
s/o Wm. Lawson Powers & Cordelia Ann Culpepper

left - Jeremiah Culpepper
right- Walon D. Culpepper
sons of Enoch & Rachel

Ethel Culpepper Vandegrift
1894 - 1993
d/o Enoch & Rachel Powers Culpepper
wife of Leonard King Vandegrift

   6. Luther L. Powers - b. Nov. 1867   d. __________; married Olivia _______ c1891

In 1880 Sylvester Powers is age 51 and listed as a widower.  Living with him are three of his children and a woman named Olevia Deans, age 47, who was born in Virginia and who was plagued with "dropsy" when the census was taken.  On September 8, 1883 Sylvester married Olevia in Moyock.  Her marriage license states her parents are Richard & Sarah F. Halstead so it is assumed that she was previously married to a Deans.  No known children came from this marriage and it is assumed that Olevia probably died before 1886.

On June 1, 1886 Sylvester C. Powers married Mary Jane "Mattie" (Thomas) Lowe.  Mary Jane Thomas was born Oct. 10, 1854 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC to Holloway & Milly Thomas.  She had been previously married in 1874 to Charles T. Lowe who was born c1854.  They had Aletha V. Lowe (born c1875), Rex H. Lowe (born c1876) and Dennis C. Lowe (born Nov. 1881).

Sylvester & Mary Jane had the following children:
   1. William Anderson Powers - born June 22, 1888 - died July 16, 1951.  The 1910 Norfolk Va. census shows William as a silk mill warper but he left soon after 1910 to work in New Jersey.  He was married c1916 to Elizabeth ______ who died before 1925. A marriage record from the City of Toronto, Canada shows the following: William Anderson Powers, 30, textile worker, widower, USA, Patterson NJ, s/o Silvester Constantine Powers (b. USA) & Mary Jane Thomas, married Elizabeth Beggs McGaw, 27, Scotland, 140 Howard Park Ave Toronto, d/o William McGaw (b. Scotland) & Jeanie McColm, Witnesses: Alice Mary & Ernest Wilfred Carpenter both of 140 Howard Park Ave Toronto, on May 19, 1925 at High Park Church. William and his family lived in Passaic Co., Paterson City, New Jersey in 1930 and his occupation was still listed as a silk mill warper.

NOTE from Michael Blanchfield received 2/15/2011 states: William Anderson's first wife was Julia Birchenough (Married in 1917, b. 11 November 1879 in England, d. 28 June 1922 in Paterson NJ). Their children were Mary Genevieve (b 28 April 1918 d. 21 October 1976) and Virginia Clare (my mother) b. 10 December 1921, d. 2 April 1993. Julia was almost 10 years older than William Anderson and died less than 7 months after my mother was born. My mother was raised until about age seven by William Anderson's sister, Mary Millicent Powers in Norfolk, Virginia, and then she was sent north to be raised by William Anderson's second wife, Elizabeth Beggs McGaw (b. 21 October 1894 in Scotland, d. 14 June 1990 in Wayne NJ). It was the second marriage for both (married 1925).  William A. and Elizabeth Beggs McGaw had two children, another William Anderson (I do not recall him using Jr.) b 16 February 1926, d. August 1985, and Edith Elizabeth (b. 8 September 1932, d. 31 May 2010).

   2. Mary Millicent Powers - born Nov. 16, 1889 - died Sept. 24, 1973 in Norfolk, Va.  Mary Millicent never married but lived with her half-brother, Dennis C. Lowe, in Norfolk, Va. from 1910-1930.

left back - Mary Millicent Powers
left front - William Anderson Powers
right back - Wilkie Taylor Lowe
right front - Dennis C. Lowe

Wilkie Taylor Lowe

Wilkie Taylor Lowe

left - unidentified
center - Wilkie Taylor Lowe
right - unidentified

The lady sitting on the porch is Mary Millicent Powers and the man on the far left is Sidney D. Lowe, son of Mary's half-brother, Dennis C. Lowe.  The rest are unidentified.

Noah Washington Powers Family

The photo at right is Sarah McCoy Miller, wife of William Pierce Miller and mother of Ollie, pictured in the center.

These three photographs and information was taken from the book entitled Moyock - A Pictorial and Folk History 1900-1920 by Marion Fiske Welch; 1982.   Permission to post on the Currituck website was granted by Marion (Welch) Thorn, daughter of the author.

 Noah Washington Powers Family

back row: Harry Robert Powers & Emmett Eugene Powers
center row, older men: Noah Powers & his friend Shepherd Lee
front row: Ovasey Powers & Vernon Powers

Noah Washington Powers, son of Sylvester Constantine Powers & Susan Bundy was first married to Ann E. (Powers) Berry (b. July 1865) in Currituck Co. on Jan. 15, 1889.  This union produced 6 children, of which only 5 are known -- one died before the 1900 census was taken.
   1) Harry Robert Powers - b. Jan. 17, 1891 [tombstone says 1892; WW I Draft says 1891; WW II Draft says 1893]  d. May 1963; married Helen Elizabeth Reese (1888-1944)  [see tombstone]
   2) Emmett Eugene Powers - b. July 17, 1892  d. July 13, 1960; married Lela May Miller in 1917

l-r: Emmett Eugene Powers; unidentified Emmett Eugene Powers Lela May (Miller) Powers Lela May (Miller) Powers

Eula Mae Powers, d/o Emmett E. & Lela (Miller) Powers

Alton Forest Powers, s/o Emmett & Lela
Feb. 11, 1930 Va. - Aug. 8, 2002
Nat'l. Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, Az.

   3) Ovasey Powers - Sept. 26, 1894  d. March 1975; married William Whitson
   4) Vernon Fleetwood Powers - Feb. 17, 1896  d. Jan. 1, 1972; married Beulah Frost in 1936
   5) Ervin Powers - Feb. 17, 1900  d. Nov. 5, 1971; married __________

Noah's second marriage was to Olive E. "Ollie" Miller on Aug. 7, 1912 and several children were born from this marriage:
   1) Virginus Dare Powers - b. Aug. 19, 1914   d. May 5, 1965 Norfolk, Va. [tombstone].; married Mildred Inez Mizell May 2, 1936 in Norfolk, Va.
   2) Woodrow Wilson Powers - b. May 15, 1916   d. Aug. 9, 1982 Norfolk, Va.; married _____ Spates & _____ Moss
   3) Mary Virginia Powers - b. Mar. 4, 1919  d. July 24, 1997; married William Horvath & Steve Rogan

Northwest School, Norfolk Co., Va. - c1900

Photo from an album owned by Marie Sawyer, granddaughter of Ethel Culpepper Vandergrift

1st row:  Georgia Powers "Cris" Essie Garrett, Ethel Vandergrift (the one with the X in front of her); Doc Powers, the teacher
2nd row:  Jimmy Humphries, Wallace Powers, Carlos Culpepper, Winfred Powers, Nealie Powers, Will Powers
3rd row:  Raleigh Powers, Mollie "Bug" Etheridge, Fletcher Powers, Jimmie Powers, Humphries Boy, Daisy Powers,  Pearlie Etheridge, Willie Powers, Neal Humphries.  Ola Garrett, Patty "Cass" Powers, John Dowdy, Louis Roach,  Alif Powers,  Cordelia Powers,  Nettie Culpepper, Clara Powers,  Catherine "Cotty" Roach,  Zellie Powers, Alston Culpepper and Joe Roach.

Northwest School, Norfolk Co., Va. - c1923

Front row: girl on far right standing next to Leonard King Vandergrift (in overalls) is Belle (Silvester) Etheridge
Back Row: the tall girl in the white dress is Katie Belle Vandergrift

Unknown Photos
Can anyone identify these people?

Unknowns Left - Unknown   Right - Bartlett Powers




Woman on left: unidentified as well as the babies
Woman on right: Wilkie Taylor Lowe

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs were submitted by Sue Abadie.   No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.  Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.  If anyone has any further information on this family please drop me a note so I can update this page.