An American Family History

Thomas Powers and Mary Harwood

Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
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Thomas Powers married Elizabeth in about 1691. They had two children. Joseph Powers was born on December 1, 1692. Elizabeth Powers Farr was born about 1696. 

Thomas' wife, Elizabeth, died on May 25, 1698.

Their children included:
Joseph Powers (1692, married Hannah Whitcomb) and
Elizabeth Powers Farr (1696, married Thomas Farr).

Elizabeth died on May 25, 1698.

Thomas Powers and Mary Harwood were married on October 25, 1702 in Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Phineas Powers was born on May 8, 1705. Ephraim Powers was born in 1706. James Powers was born in 1708. Jane Powers Davis was born on August 19, 1709. Jeremiah Powers was born in 1710

The Thomas Powers originally lived on the western border of Littleton, adjoining the town of Harwood. He moved to Wellington, Hardwick, Quobben and Greenwich.

Thomas died in 1733 and Mary followed in 1756.
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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


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Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, by George Thomas Little, Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs, Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1909

Thomas [Powers], born 1667, married (first) Elizabeth, whose maiden name is not recorded and who died May 25, 1698, and (second) Mary, daughter of Nathaniel Harwood (sic), of Concord, October 25, 1702. Mary Harwood was born February 5, 1676.

Thomas Power lived on the westerly borders of the town of Littleton, adjoining the town of Harwood and he lived in Wellington, Hardwick, Quobben and Greenwich, and his descendants were residents of Greenwich, Enfield and Pittsford, Vermont, and the best known of them was Hiram Powers, the sculptor, who was a son of Stephen and Sarah Perry and grandson of Dr. Stephen and Lydia Drew, of Woodstock, Vermont.


Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

from Encyclopedia of Biography

Thomas Powers, son of Walter Power, was born at Littleton, in 1667. He is the ancestor of large families at Greenwich and Enfield, Massachusetts, and at Pittsford, Vermont Hiram Powers, the sculptor, was a descendant. Thomas Powers moved from Littleton to Willington, Connecticut, thence to Hardwick,

Joseph, bom December 1, 1692;

Children by second wife:
Phineas, born 1704, lived at Hardwick and Champlain, New York;
Ephraim, 1706;
James, at Greenwich: . . .


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