This paper presents a history of the direct ancestors of the persons named above as they migrated to 
Indiana from such diverse places as Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky during the nineteenth century. Nearly all of these ancestors were farmers who moved from place to place looking for good, 
inexpensive land upon which to settle and raise their families. The first to come to Indiana was Ezekial Powell who arrived between 1808-1810 with his mother and step-father in what is now Spencer 
County.These ancestors were part of a stream of pioneers who came to Indiana following the last big Indian battle in the state which was fought at Fort Wayne in 1812. The population grew from nearly 30,000 
in 1813 to more than 60,000 in 1816 when it achieved statehood. By 1820 the population had grown to nearly 150,000.

Analysis of data contained in this study reveals some interesting facts. The average life-span of the male ancestors for whom necessary data are available was 69.7 years. The average life-span for females was 72.8 years. The men with the most children were Ezekial Powell who fathered 18 children with three wives and Warner Hornbeck who had 18 children with two wives. Mrs. Peter A. Wallace (Fanny Reed) has the honor of bearing the largest brood with 13 children.

The earliest immigrant ancestor for whom records have been found was Albert Andriessen Bratt. He was a Norwegian who first settled in Holland and then came to the present area of Albany, New York, as a miller and tobacco grower for the Dutch West Indies Company patroon Kiliaen van Rensselaer in 1637. His daughter, Eva, married Anthony de Hooges, the secretary of the colony. One of their daughters married Warnaar Hornbeck who was the progenator of theHornbecks who eventually came to Indiana through Kentucky.

Movement from the East to Kentucky and then to Indiana was a common practice in the early 1800's as poor land surveying and titling systems made it difficult to get a good deed to a farm in Kentucky. Among our ancestors, the Reeds,Gentrys, Phillips, Powells, Coopers and Hornbecks all spent time in Kentucky before moving to Indiana. These families had all lived in the southern states from Virginia to Georgia.

Ancestors from the Mid-Atlantic colonies included the Wallaces and the Showns. Johannes Schaun immigrated with his family from Duchroth, Germany, in 1741 and settled in York County, Pennsylvania. His son, Nicholas Shaun, moved toMaryland about 1781 and his grandson, Peter Shown, moved to Kentucky in 1805.

The New England states are represented on our pedigree chart by the Burdick family. David and his wife were born in Vermont but had moved to New York by 1813. They were in Ohio by 1830 and in Indiana by 1850.

The last immigrant family to arrive in America was that of Pierre Billiod who sailed from Le Harve, France, to arrive in Baltimore, Maryland, on 22 July 1840. They moved directly to the Cincinnati, Ohio, area where he became a successful farmer.

The pedigree charts are the key to the organization of this family history. 

Your compiler wishes to express gratitude to the several persons who contributed to this genealogical study. Particular thanks to my parents whose memories, notes and photographs as well as direct contributions make this project possible. Also thanks to my sister, Julia AnneHetzel, whose research efforts resulted in voluminous correspondance and many significant discoveries of data.

Powell Farm aerial view 1952

Aerial view of the Powell farm in 1952

Harrison Powell on pony he rode to school in Booville

Harrison Powell on his horse that he rode to Boonvile to school

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