Powel, Robert Hare

Powel Family who built the Bailey house

Window Robert Hare Powel – 1825 – 1883
Amy Smedley Powel – 1825 – 1908
Julia de Veaux Powel Peters – 1851 - 1904
Plaque L/Corp. Herbert de Veaux Powel – 1890 - 1915
Plaque Henry Baring Powel - 1864 - 1917

The Powel Family

The Powel family came from Pennsylvania. A window in the church is dedicated to Robert Hare Powel, his wife Amy Smedley Bradley and their daughter Julia. Plaques are also dedicated to Robert and Amy’s son Henry and Herbert de Veaux Powel.

Robert's father - John Hare Powel (April 22, 1786 – June 14, 1856) was an American agriculturist, politician, art collector and philanthropist. He was born John Powel Hare and was adopted by his mother's widowed and childless sister, Elizabeth Willing Powel. He legally changed his name when he attained his majority, and inherited the immense fortune of his late uncle, Samuel Powel. He was educated at The Academy and College of Philadelphia and after college joined a counting house. As part of his job in mercantile affairs, he traveled to Calcutta and returned at age 22 with twenty-two thousand dollars as his share of the profit.

Robert Hare Powel
Robert Hare Powel was born in 1825 and died in 1883. He was the son of Col. John Hare Powel and Julia Powel.
His parents married in 1817. Julia De Veaux, was the daughter of Colonel Andrew De Veaux. They had seven children: Samuel, De Veaux, Henry Baring, Robert Hare, Julia, John Hare Jr., and Ida. The couple and their young family lived on the Powel family farmland known as Powelton, in west Philadelphia, where John began efforts to improve American agriculture.
Robert married Amy Smedley Bradley. Amy was born on June 11 1824, in Chester, Pennsylvania. Together they had four children.
Robert purchased land in Tadoussac in 1865 from Willis Russell and built a house on the adjoining property. Both men were charter members of the Marguerite Salmon Club. There was a gate that connected the two yards and Mrs. Powel used to visit Mrs. Russell every afternoon. In 1906 the house was sold to the Bailey brothers - Sam & Alfred.

Robert Hare Powel, Extensive Coal Operator.
SAXTON, Bedford County, Pa., July 10.---Mr. Powel, the coal and iron master, died here suddenly last evening.
Robert Hare Powel was born at Powelton, West Philadelphia, October 16, 1826, and was a son of the celebrated Colonel John Hare Powel. Mr. Powel was one of the first bituminous coal operators in this State; but, coming into possession of the Sterling mines, he associated with him Mr. John C. Bradley, who took charge of the mining operations. Mr. Powel for some years past directed his attention to the construction of his immense iron furnace at Saxton, on the line of the Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad, which was finished and put into operation last autumn. A description of this enterprise, recently published, says that the stack is 70 feet high, lined at present for 18 feet, which diameter can be increased if desired to 19 1/2 feet. There are three Whitwell stoves each 70 feet hight and 13 feet diameter. A stack 192 feet high carries off the gases from the stoves. There are 24 boilers, each 32 feet in length, which furnish steam to a 1000 horse power engine, built by the Reading Iron Works. The cost of the works and paraphernalia thereunto appertaining was more than $425,000, and when fully completed will exceed $500,000, and this is one of the rare instances in this country at least where an individual has been found willing and able to expend such a princely sum upon an industrial enterprise, which is not only a monument to the founder and projector, but of value to the country at large. The furnace gives employment to 800 men, at the several callings, mining coal and ore, and converting it into metal. From eighty to ninety tons a day are turned out with a cost of something less than $14 per ton. The ore, coke and limestone are all taken from the property of Mr. Powel, within a radius of two miles. Coke is produced from the Broad Top coal, made in 105 improved Belgian ovens. For many years it had been prophesied the the Broad Top coal region was an excellent location for the erection of blast furnaces, but it remained for last year to witness the location of the initial furnace, and this was only accomplished after many trials and disappointments, but Mr. Powel surmounted every obstacle, and a fine success crowned his efforts. Mr. Powel was the pioneer in developing the Broad Top coal field, and introduced this coal into the market of the Eastern seaboard when there was hardly such a thing known as semi-bituminous coal. He then went to the Clearfield region when that district was in its infancy and opened up mines there. Probably ten thousand persons in one way or another are supported by the enterprises which this worthy citizen originated and carried to successful completion. The estate owned by Mr. Powel, in connection with the furnace, is valued at $500,000, exclusive of the plant, which, as stated above, is put at $500,000.

This obituary about him was taken from the Daily News – Huntingdon Pennsylvania.

Robert Hare Powel, the great coal operator, died suddenly at Saxton, Bedford county, on Monday evening last. His death was caused by indigestion. He had eaten freely of new corn and cucumbers on Sunday evening, and during the night he was taken sick with cholera morbus. On Monday morning he was unable to get up and continued to grow worse until about 7 o'clock in the evening when he expired. Dr. Brumbaugh, of this place, had been summoned, but the train did not arrive at Saxton until five minutes after Mr. Powell (sic) died. The intelligence of his sudden death was received here the same evening, and could scarcely be believed, as he had been her (WHO?) on Saturday and was in the best of health. His remains were brought here on Tuesday and sent on Day Express to Philadelphia, where he resides. Mr. Powel's loss will be greatly felt in this section. He was the first to penetrate the semi-bituminous coal region in this county, and the first to ship the coal to the east. He continued to develop not only the vast deposits of coal but of iron and while wealth accumulated as the result of his foresight and sagacity he sought other channels for investing his means, thereby giving employment to thousands of workmen. He was honest and honorable in business transactions, plain and unassuming in manner, a self-made man.

Henry Baring Powel 1864-1917
He was born in Haddon, Camden, New Jersey to Robert Hare Powel and Amy Smedley Bradley. He married Edith Elizabeth Smith (daughter of Robert Herbert Smith and Amelia Jane Smith of Quebec) and had 3 children – Robert Hare Powell born 1888, Harcourt Powell born 1896 and Blanche Valliere Powell born in 1899 and died in1990. He passed away on Dec. 6, 1917 in Chicoutimi.

Julia De Veaux Peters (born Powel) was born in 1851, in Pennsylvania, to Robert Hare Powel and Amy Smedley Powel. She married to Samuel Winslow Miller Peters in 1874, at age 22 in Pennsylvania. Samuel was born in July 1847, in Virginia, United States.
They had 2 daughters - Mary Louisa Miller Peters and one other child

Lance Corporal Herbert de Veaux Powel was a soldier in the 2nd Company, 2nd Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, 1st Brigade of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He went missing at the battle of Langemarck on the western front during the First World War. He died on April 22, 1915. He is commemorated in the First World War Book of Remembrance and there is a cross for him at the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.
Susie Bruemmer

From Ainslie:
Robert Powel – From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who summered in what is now the Bailey house. The Powel, Russell and Rhodes houses were referred to by the boys as “our three cottages” There were apparently several children but Mr. Powel was “the life of every party”. They were it seems a wealthy family and Mr. and Mrs. Powel were generous and hospitable to young and who visited them in Philadelphia.

Julia Powel – One of Robert’s daughters and from all accounts a very popular young lady. She directed the little church choir.

Further information (any relation?)
Harcourt (Harky) Powell either owned or rented Bill Glassco house when we were young in Tad. Circa 1950-60. He had two children Bobbie and Mary Lee who became a midwife. They were a little younger than I was so are probably in their 70s if they are still alive.
The Powell family like other families used the same names generation after generation!
The window in the chapel is dedicated to Robert Hare Powell 1825-1883 and Amy Smedley Powell 1825-1908 who are the parents of the above mentioned Henry Baring Powell 1864-1917.

Eve Wickwire