An American Family History

Joseph Powers

Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled and incorporated in 1655
Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

Joseph Powers who was born on December 1, 1692 in Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Powers.

He married Hannah Whitcomb on March 16, 1713/14 at Groton.

Joseph and Hannah made their home in Littleton.

Joseph and Hannah's children included:
Joseph Powers (1715, married Abigail Benjamin),
Thomas Powers (1717, married Hepzibah Hastings),
Nathaniel Powers (1720, married Hannah Hoar and Hannah Hartwell),
Dinah Powers Farr (November 12, 1722, married Joseph Farr),
Mary Powers (1723, may have married Simon Davis),
Phineas Powers ( 1725),
Ephraim Powers (September 14, 1726, died young),
Ephraim Powers (1728), and
Hannah Powers Chaffin 1730, married Robert Chaffin). 

The Powers Family by Amos Powers has both Mary the daughter of Joseph Powers and Hannah Whitcomb (p. 24) and Mary the daughter of Captain Isaac and Mary Poulter as the wife of Simon Davis, Jr. (p. 15).

Joseph died on December 18, 1745.  
First printed in Boston 1745

Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1686 by English settlers and was the the location of the Native American village called Nashoba Plantation

Children of Thomas Powers
and Elizabeth
  • Joseph Powers
  • Elizabeth Powers Farr
  • and Mary Harwood
  • Phineas Powers
  • Ephraim Powers
  • Jane Powers Davis
  • James Powers
  • Jeremiah Powers
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.



    During the Indian wars, some colonists were taken captive. They were killed, ransomed, or adopted into the tribe.

    In 1748 an Ephraim Powers was captured by indigenous Americans

    July 14, [1748] Taylor started from Northfield for the Ashuelots by way of Hinsdale's fort and Fort Dummer with his six soldiers and ten recruits. When within about a mile of Fort Dummer they were attacked by a large number of lndians under command of a French oilieer. They were attacked in front and in their rear. Asahel Graves of Lower Ashuelotand Henry Chandler of Westford, Mass., were killed, stripped of their elothing and arms and then scalped. Two escaped aeross the river to Fort Dummer, two got back to Hinsdale's fort and eleven were captured. Two of the captives, Joseph Rose of Northfield and James Billings of Concord were severely wounded. After going about a mile the indians knocked the wounded prisoners on the head with war-clubs. Sergt. Taylor was one of the captives.

    He subsequently resided in Hinsdale. Thomas Cresson, jr., a captive, belonged to Lower Ashuelot. The other captives were
    Daniel Farmer, Groton;
    Jona. Lawrence, Littleton;
    Daniel How, jr., Rutland;
    John Edghill, Framingham;
    Renben Walker, Chelmsford;
    John Henry, Concord;
    Ephraim Powers, Littleton.

    The prisoners were taken to Canada by the way of West river, Otter creek and Crown Point. ln travelling the lndians made frequent halts and went about twenty miles a day. The prisoners were sold to the French who retained them until September.

    In 1756 an Ephraim Powers of Stow sold land in Stow to Stephen Farr, Jr. (Bk. 38 p. 206)

    1763 an Ephraim Powers and Stephen Farr bought land in Stow.

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