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Sir Thomas Powell Abt.1600 – Abt. 1688 Was Knighted by King James II in 1688 and was one of the Judges on Kings Bench. He was one of the Judges in the great trial of the seven bishops, defied the wrath of James II and liberated the holy men. (7th. G-grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
Thomas Powell Aug. 1641-Dec. 28, 1721 He espoused the Quaker faith and went to America. He settled in New York State. (6th. G-grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
William Powell 1658-1738 B: Wales 1st. Powell to live at Nantoes Mansion, Aberystwythth in 1705. He married Averina Le Brun (1675-1728) (6th. G-granduncle to Robert P. Kennedy)
Thomas Powell Aug. 1641-Dec. 28, 1721 B: Wales
Wife: #1 Marriage: 1664
Abigail Wood 1648-1688
Thomas, 2 Nov. 06, 1665-Sep. 27, 1731
Caleb, 1Powell 1676-1741 B: Huntington, Long Island, NY
Caleb, 1Powell 1676-1741 (5th. G-grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
Caleb, 2Powell Bef. 1726 B: Huntington, Long Island, NY
Caleb, 2 Powell Bef. 1726 (4th. G-grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
Wife:# 1 Marriage: Nov. 1742
Clement Hallock 1723-??
Sarah Abt. 1747
James Powell 1755 Quaker B: Clinton Corners, NY
James Powell 1755 (3rd. G-grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
Wife: Marriage: Mar. 29,1781
Elizabeth Smith Abt. 1755
Dec. 23, 1795-Aug. 08, 1862
Dec. 23, 1795-Aug. 08, 1862
B: Province of Nova Scotia now Richibucto area of New Brunswick
(2nd. G-grandmother to Robert P. Kennedy)
Husband: Marriage: Apr. 04,1815
Samuel Cochrane Jun. 29, 1793-Jul. 04, 1879 B: Cambridge, Vermont (2nd. G-grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
Henry Cochrane Apr. 22, 1818
James Cochrane Apr. 25, 1820
Caroline Cochrane Apr. 30, 1822
Clarissa (Clara) Cochrane Apr. 26, 1824
Abraham Cochrane Dec. 05, 1827
Phoebe Ann Cochrane Jan. 12, 1832
Elizabeth Cochrane Apr. 18, 1835
Samuel H. Cochrane Jan. 20,1837 B: Whitby, Ontario Canada
William Maurice Cochrane May 20, 1844-Oct. 16, 1900 B: Whitby, Ontario Canada
Samuel H. Cochrane Jan. 20,1837 Attorney Great-granduncle to Robert P. Kennedy.
Marriage: Mar. 17, 1860
Emily-Ann (Emma) Stone Jul. 12, 1839-1919 (Cousin to Adelaide Gallagher and Caroline Stone. Grandaunt to Robert P. Kennedy).
Emily A. Cochrane
Mabel B. Cochrane
William Maurice Cochrane May 20, 1844-Oct. 16, 1900 Attorney (G-grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
Wife: Marriage: 1866
Adelaide (Addie) Gallagher Dec. 06, 1848-Sep. 20, 1920 B: Whitby, Ontario Canada (Cousin to Emily-Ann (Emma) Stone and Caroline Stone. G-grandmother to Robert P. Kennedy)
Catherine Viola (Kate) Cochrane Aug. 01, 1867- Jul.17, 1940 B: Port Perry, Ontario
Laura Etta Cochrane
Walter Blair Cochrane 1869 - 1936 Lawyer, was in partnership with Judge Hugh St. Quentin Cayley (his brother-in-law) in Grand Forks 1899, He was a Police Magistrate for Grand Forks and Stipendiary Magistrate for Yale 1903. He was Sheriff for the County of Vancouver 1929-1934. (Granduncle to Robert P. Kennedy)
Minnie (Maud) Cochrane
Leonora Adelaide (Nora) Cochrane May 12, 1873-May 21, 1934 B: Port Perry, Ontario
Maurice Bothwell Cochrane 1876 - 1950 Sheriff of Vancouver, BC. In 1886 at age 10 he and his father William Maurice travelled across the United States and up to New Westminster, BC, to the (James) Kennedy's. They were their in 1886 when Vancouver was destroyed by fire. (Granduncle to Robert P. Kennedy)
Arthur Ormiston MLA for North Okanagan
Catherine Viola (Kate) Cochrane Aug. 01, 1867-Jul. 17, 1940 B: Port Perry, Ontario (Grandmother to Robert P. Kennedy)
Marriage: Sep. 15, 1888
Arthur G. W. Pemberton
Arthur Gore William Pemberton Nov. 17, 1841-Oct. 08, 1907 B: London, England Sheriff of Yale County. Brother-in-law to Judge Clement F. Cornwall who later became Lieutenant-governor of BC. Cousin to Joseph D. Pemberton who was a past member of the first House of Assembly, the Surveyor-general, pass member of the Executive and Legislative Councils. (Nephew to Augustus F. Pemberton), who was Magistrate and Commissioner of Police. (Grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
Fanny Viola Pemberton May 25, 1890-1986 B: Kamloops, BC
Fanny Viola Pemberton
Husband: Marriage: 1911
Aug. 15, 1861-Nov.11,
1946 B: New
Robert Pemberton Kennedy May 15, 1912-Jul. 13,1996 B: New Westminster, BC
Leonora Adelaide (Nora) Cochrane May 12,
1873-May 21, 1934
Marriage: Sep. 06, 1897
Hon. Hugh St. Quentin Cayley Nov. 19,1857-Apr. 13,1934 Senior County Court Judge
Beverley Cochrane Cayley
Abt. Oct. 25, 1898-1930
Mt. Cayley named for him. (1st. cousin once removed to Robert
Mt. Cayley named for him. (1st. cousin once removed to Robert P. Kennedy)
Caleb, 2 Powell 1723 B: Huntington, Long Island, NY In 1783 he travelled from the State of New York with his wife and six sons and their wives to New Brunswick Canada ; their other six children having taken the opposite side in the American Revolution. Note: The sons may have been - Solomon, James, Abraham, Jacob, Lewis and Rueban. (4th. G-grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy)
Abraham Powell 1763-1849 (1st. child with 2nd. Wife)
Abraham Powell 1763-1849 He was a loyalist, was born in Clinton Corners, in the province of New York and died in Norfolk. (Half 3rd. g-granduncle to Robert P. Kennedy)
Israel Wood Powell Jun. 21, 1801-Mar. 1852 B: Long Point, Ontario
Israel Wood Powell Jun. 21, 1801-Mar. 1852 Sir John A. MacDonald, was a friend and old colleague of his. Israel W. Powell was a warden of Norfork county, a lieutenant-colonel of militia, and represented Norfork county in the legislative assembly of Canada from 1840 till 1847. (Half 1st. cousin 4X to Robert P. Kennedy)
Walker Powell May 20,1828-May 06, 1915 B: Waterford, Ontario
Dr. Israel Wood Powell Apr. 24, 1836-Feb. 25, 1915 B: Port Colborne, Ontario
Walker Powell May 20,1828-May 06, 1915 Adjutant-general of Canada. Walker Powell was educated at Victoria college, and afterward engaged in commercial enterprises. In 1856 he was warden of Norfolk county, and its representative in the Canada assembly from 1857 till 1861. After a long previous connection with the Canadian militia Mr. Powell was appointed deputy adjutant-general of Upper Canada, 19 August, 1862; deputy adjutant-general for the Dominion at headquarters, 1 October, 1868; acting adjutant-general, 22 August, 1873; and adjutant-general, 21 April, 1875, which appointment he now (1888) holds. (Half 2nd cousin 3X removed to Robert P. Kennedy).
Mary Ursula Bowlby
F. H. Powell
Frederick Hamilton Powell
Frederick Hamilton Powell was born in Port Dover, Ontario in 1861. He was the son of
Colonel Walker Powell, adjutant-general of the Canadian army and
Member of Parliament. Colonel Walker had served with distinction in the Canadian militia and army and was a driving force behind the establishment of
Canada’s first military academy.
I. W. Powell
Dr. Israel Wood Powell
Apr. 24, 1836-Feb. 25, 1915 (Half 2nd. cousin 3X to
Robert P. Kennedy)
(Half 2nd. cousin 3X to Robert P. Kennedy)
Marriage: Jan. 25, 1865
Jane (Jennie) Branks Sep. 28, 1849-Mar. 10, 1928 B: New Zealand (Sister to Kate Branks (Mrs. Forbes George Vernon)
Victoria, B.C., May 24th. 1866
(Birthday of Queen Victoria):
The Governor gave a party at Cary Castle (Government House). Dancing went on till three in the morning. The Misses Kennedy (daughters of the Governor) sang the first verse of God Save the Queen, Major Franklin the second, and Miss Branks, a guest at Government House from San Francisco (later Mrs. Israel Wood Powell) followed with the third, the audience being completely electrified by the magnificence and highly cultivated voice possessed by this gifted young lady. Although a foreigner, Miss Branks did homage to our Queen with a degree of fervor which, heightened by the thrilling strains of her powerful voice, entranced her hearers.
Extracts from British Columbia Historical Quarterly of
January 1947 ---- by B. A. McKelvie:
"Few men have made a greater contribution to the development of British Columbia or served the public more consistently then did Lt. Col. Israel Wood Powell, M.D., C.M.
He was the first graduate in medicine from McGill University to practice on the West Coast. In the Field of his profession he distinguished himself as a capable practitioner, a fact that was recognized by his colleagues when he was selected as the first President of the Medical Council of British Columbia. He was foremost in his time as an educator, having been Chairman of the Board of Education and later Superintendent of Education for British Columbia. He actively supported Confederation when many were against the idea. He was the first Grand Master of the British Columbia Grand Lodge of the Masonic Order. He took part in organizing the first militia recognized by the Colonial Government. He was a member of the House of Assembly of Vancouver Island, the first Superintendent of Indian Affairs in British Columbia, and benefactor of the infant City of Vancouver.
Powell River and Lake, and Powell Streets in Vancouver and Victoria were named after him in his lifetime, acknowledging his many public services. He is better remembered by his medical rather then by is military title, for he himself preferred to be designated by his title of Doctor rather then by the military title of Colonel.
Dr. Powell was born at Port Colborne, Upper Canada, on April 24th, 1836. He was the fourth child in a family of seven boys and one girl born to Israel Wood Powell and his wife Melinda Boss. Dr. Powell was the grandson of Abraham Powell, a United Empire Loyalist who had settled in the vicinity of Port Dover, Ontario, and great-grandson of Caleb Powell, who in 1783 travelled from the State of New York with his wife and six sons and their wives to New Brunswick; their other six children having taken the opposite side in the American Revolution. Dr. Powell's father later moved from Port Dover to Simcoe and became interested in shipping on Lake Erie and other of the Great Lakes. He was parliamentary representative of that vicinity for twenty-eight years prior to his death in 1852.
Dr. Powell attended McGill University and graduated in 1860, and for a short time practiced at Port Dover, Ontario. Here he assisted in organizing Erie Lodge No. 149 of the Masons in 1861 and became the first Worshipful Master of that Lodge.
The young Doctor left his native Upper Canada in 1862. At that time he was described as a young, 5 feet, ten inches in height, slight build, with a medium dark complexion. He was a good speaker, devoted to sports, and a good horseman. He was a member of the Church of England. He came to the West Coast by way of Panama, arriving at Victoria on May 13, 1862. It was his intention to go to New Zealand but two weeks later he decided to defer his trip to New Zealand and set up practice in Victoria. One of the testimonials he brought with him was from Sir John A. MacDonald, a friend and old colleague of his father. He was welcomed by his fellow Masons and assisted in the formation of Vancouver Lodge No. 421, now Vancouver Quadra Lodge No. 2.
His practice grew from the outset. There were other good doctors in Victoria but Dr. Powell was soon getting a generous share of the practice.
He was elected to the Legislature in 1864 where he took a great interest in educational matters. In 1865 he was appointed a member of the General Board of Education, in 1867 it's Chairman. He subsequently became Superintendent of Education, retiring in 1869.
On January 25th, 1865 he married Miss Jane Branks at the home of Alex Munro. The ceremony was performed by the Minister of the Church of Scotland, for while Dr. Powell was an adherent of the Church of England his bride had been brought up as a Presbyterian. Dr. and Mrs. Powell occupied a comfortable residence at the corner of Douglas and Broughton Streets, and there eight of their nine children were born, the youngest being born at "Oakdene", a beautiful home that was later constructed on Vancouver Street at Burdett, and is now the residence of the Bishop of British Columbia.
Dr. Powell's old medical books show that he was busily engaged in his profession. On January 25th, 1867 he drove out to Saanich and presided at the birth of a ten pound baby who became the Hon. Simon Fraser Tolmie, Premier of British Columbia.
In 1867 he was appointed by the Grand Lodge of Scotland to be the high office of Provincial Grand Master of that Registry in British Columbia. He continued in that capacity until 1871 when the Grand Lodge of British Columbia was formed and he was made the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
He now prepared to visit his old home in 1871. It was his first trip away from British Columbia since his arrival in 1862. The Victoria Standard said "Dr. Powell leaves on the steamer today for Canada. He came here eight years ago a stranger, he leaves today with a host of friends. As a practitioner he holds a first-class position. Medically speaking, there is nothing second-rate about him, Dr. Powell fills the measure of a man and but few men in British Columbia are able to measure themselves with him."
They arrived back in June 1871. The Doctor brought with him a new Canadian Ensign which he flew proudly on July 1st. and again on July 20th. when the Colony of British Columbia entered Confederation. It was the first emblem of the Dominion of Canada to be flown in Victoia.
He was offered the position of the first Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia by Sir John A. MacDonald, but he declined. A seat in the Dominion Senate was offered, but he declined that too, stating that he wished to continue his professional practice. However, the following year Ottawa approached him once more with a request that his services be given to Canada, and he accepted the office of Superintendent of Indian Affairs and was given the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Militia. He strived for better medical services for the Indians and for educational facilities for the children. When he retired seventeen years later he was able to boast that seventeen Indian Schools had been founded and medical attention was available to Indians wherever possible. In fact in 1876 he took over the post of Medical Superintendent for the Indians in addition to his other duties. His work took him to all parts of British Columbia, and in 1874 he visited tribes in the Kootenays, Fraser, Thompson, Bonaparte, and Okanagan.
He played an important part in the settlement of the troubles in 1887 with the Indians in the vicinity of Galbraith's Landing, later named Fort Steele.
In 1877 he bought District Lots 182 and 183 from the Hon. H. P. P. Crease for $3500. in Vancouver. These lots are included in the present day Vancouver. Following the Incorporation of the City of Vancouver in the Spring of 1886 and it's destruction by fire two months later, Dr. Powell gave four lots on Powell Street as a site for a permanent City Hall. It was occupied by the City for eleven years.
Dr. Powell was an advocate of higher education and was one of those responsible for the passing of the Act establishing the University of British Columbia in 1890 and he was named the first Chancellor on October of that year.
His eyesight showed the first signs of failing in 1893 and the last few years of his life were passed in semi-darkness, but maintained his brightness of mind and keenness of interest.
In 1914, a few months before his death, he presented to the Provincial Archives a priceless treasure, the Journal of John Stuart, the companion of Simon Fraser in the exploration of the wilderness West of the Rockies, which had been in his possession for half a century.
On January 25th, 1915 Dr. and Mrs. Powell celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Just one month later on February 25th, 1915 he slept away into eternity.
British Columbia's membership in Confederation is a testimonial to his efforts in the field of active politics. Free Public Schools in the Province and the great University at Point Grey are monuments to his work as a pioneer in the realms of education, and the great Masonic Brotherhood recalls with gratitude his activities in that ancient Lodge. The Indian tribes have not forgotten that he was their first champion. Truly few men have left such a splendid record of unselfish devotion and achievement for the public good then has Lt. Col. Israel Wood Powell, M.D., C.M."
The Powell's of Nanteos
1705 - 1967
William Powell and Averina lived at Nanteos
after the death of Cornelious Le Brun in 1705. They had five children - Thomas,
William, John, Anne and Elizabeth. William died in 1738, and the estate was
passed down to the eldest son Thomas.
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