Years of chasing my ancestors through antique courthouse records has taught me to use many tools in bringing my ancestors into clearer focus, such as researching histories and biographies about the places & times these people lived. Searching around the Web I have found many sites with exciting historical content that help me understand the stories of my people. Although the house pictured above did not prove to be one of those exciting finds for me, it would be for certain Powell researchers, for this is the historical Samuel Powel House. Powel, one of Philadelphia's wealthiest, met Voltaire, the Pope, and the Duke of York. George and Martha Washington were frequent visitors. Follow the link for the full story.
- The Historical Philadelphia Web Site where I found the link to the Samuel Powel house, contains a wealth of historical material. There is a section about Valley Forge and one for Betsy Ross in addition to their tour of Philadelphia.
- The Library of Congress maintains a searchable web site. One of there most impressive online projects is the Life History Manuscripts from the Folklore Project, WPA Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1940. Visit their site to see what else they have to offer. It is all searchable.
- The History Net hosts several online magazines including: American History, America's Civil War . Women's History currently has a good article on Women In the Workplace. This is also where I found the article Wrost Winter of 1780 .
- The Civil War Page has a comprehensive list of links with Civil War content.
- Perryville KY has a short article about the early history of Perryville that mentions many names we are familiar with (Edward Bullock, William Hall). The Battle of Perryville tells the story of this Civil War battle that took place very close to where Charles Powell raised tobacco on Doctors Fork of Chaplin River. I recognized the names H. P. Bottom and Russell . They also mention a Colonel Samuel Powell, interesting but unknow to me.
- The American West contains a list of several articles, including one on Daniel Boone.
- The Great Palatine Migration has extensive information about the Palatine German migration movement. Our Conrad Goldman was a Palatine who fled the Rhine in 1709. Palatine Emigrants - by Kraig Ruckel has a much shorter version of this history.
- PTL Family Stories contains historical articles about our own family. If you are a descendant of Charles Powell you should at least read Charles Powell in the Revolution.
- Notable Women Ancestors has stories of many notable frontier women, including our own Mary Powell Saul and Irene Powell Rudolph.
Last Updated April 26, 1997
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