October 29, 2022

William Powell, 1843-1919 [RG1327.AM]


RG1327.AM:  William Powell, 1843-1919

Papers:  1864-1918

Syracuse, Otoe County, Nebraska

Size:  One folder; seven items


Born on March 19, 1843 in Stark County, Ohio to Stephen and Isabelle Powell, William Powell came to Nebraska with his family in 1857.  The Powell family was living in Johnson County in 1860.  William enlisted in the First Nebraska Cavalry on August 12, 1864 and mustered out on August 28, 1865.  He was discharged from the military on July 1, 1866.  Powell homesteaded east of Burr in Otoe County and then ended up moving to Syracuse where he worked as a wheelwright.  He lived in Syracuse until his death on January 28, 1919.  He was survived by his wife, Aurilla, and six children.  William Powell is buried in the Park Hill Cemetery, Syracuse, Nebraska.


The collection consists of one folder containing seven items.  The bulk of the papers relate to William Powell’s military service, including a furlough certificate and discharge paperwork.  Also included is an 1881 B.M.R.R. train ticket, an 1883 receipt, and a 1918 certificate from the Grand Army of the Republic.  The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad ticket is for a special excursion between Lincoln and Camp Abe Lincoln, September 4-10, 1881.  The 1883 receipt shows that Powell performed two days labor in order to discharge his poll tax for 1883.  The G.A.R. certificate from 1918 appoints Powell as Aide-de-Camp.


William Powell papers, 1864-1918


Subject headings:

Burlington and Missouri River Railroad

Grand Army of the Republic

Military service

Otoe County, Nebraska

Powell, William, 1843-1919

Syracuse, Nebraska 


Revised TMM      04-04-2018

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