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2. Samuel POWER died about 1751.
Samuel would appear to be the older brother and out of the home by 1730, when his mother and brother Sampson are shown there alone (after the death of Sampson Sr.).
Samuel Power and his first wife, Amy, are mentioned in a deed in Oct 11, 1721. This is land in the Northwest River Woods that belonged to Robert Butt, deceased, and had been inherited by his daughter Amy Butt Powers. Both Samuel and Amy sign the deed in 1721.
This Samuel Power and (second wife) Mary buy land in Lower Norfolk on 2 Mar 1742 (75 acres on the road to Sewel's Point from Joseph Roberts; Nor. Co. DB 13, p.14-15). In the same year, he was a witness on the will of Sarah Langley. There are several other land transactions in Lower Norfolk. Sometime between 1742 and 1751, Samuel moved to Princess Anne County (now the City of Virginia Beach). The is apparently the land he got from his first wife's father. There are no land tranactions in Princess Ann involving Samuel although there are some involving a Joseph about 1790 (probably his son, Joseph).
Samuel's will is dated 7 Nov 1750. It is proved 16 Apr 1751. The will is recorded not in a will book, but in a deed book (DB 7, p.250). He leaves his wife Mary "life rights" in his plantation. Following her death, his property is to go to his son Sampson. And there, in the will, one finds the son Joseph. This Joseph may be key to connecting his brother Sampson to Mecklenburg County. Joseph sold his land in Princess Anne County between 1792 and 1795 to John Rose. This might make Joseph the Joseph Power in Mecklenburg County with whom Sampson Power is involved in several land deals.
The inventory of Samuel's estate included four slaves (Judy, Cuffe, Pompy & Caneas), thirteen head of cattle, fifteen head of sheep...twelve books...etc. The books and the Roman names for a couple slaves suggest Samuel Power was well read and probably upper middle-class.
Some of the information on Samuel Power and his son Sampson was provided to the author by Jeff Powers of Winston Salem, NC. Jeff arranged for research by Genealogist Harry Holman of Lawrenceville, VA.


He was married to Amy BUTT (daughter of Robert BUTT , Jr. and UNKNOWN) about 1720 in Tidewater, Virginia. Amy BUTT died about 1740.
Amy was unmarried at the time her father wrote his will in August 1719 but was married to Samuel by the time of a deed in October 1721.
Its really uncertain which of Samuel's children are by which wife. It would appear Sampson and Amy are by first wife Amy. And Samuel's will says six children are by the second wife. Samuel POWER and Amy BUTT had the following children:

child+4 i. Sampson POWERS.
child5 ii. Amey (or Amy) POWER.
child6 iii. Samuel POWER. Samuel Power appears three times in deedsin Princess Anne County between 1755 and 1759.
I believe this is the Samuel Power who is shown in the Princess Anne County Minutes Book as a "master tailor" who takes an apprentice on 16 Jul 1751 and again 17 March 1752. Those same records show a Samson Power also a "master tailor" with apprentices in 1750 and 1751. I believe the dates probably suggest this Samuel Power's brother, Sampson.
This is also quite likely the Samuel Power who is shown on a list of "Land and Slave Owners, Princes Anne County, 22 Oct 1771." It shows him with no slaves and 35 acres of land. ("Lower Norfolk County Virginia Antiquary," by Edward Jones, Vol #1, 1951, p.4)

He was married to Mary UNKNOWN about 1740. Samuel POWER and Mary UNKNOWN had the following children:

child7 i. Elizabeth POWER.
There is an Elizabeth Power who marries Maximillian Collins on 24 Dec 1789. It would appear this Elizabeth is too old to be that Elizabeth.
child8 ii. Joseph POWER.
This Joseph may be key to connecting his brother Sampson to Mecklenburg County. Joseph sold his land in Princess Anne County between 1792 and 1795 to John Rose. This might make Joseph the Joseph Power in Mecklenburg County with whom Sampson Power is involved in a 1780 land deal.
In Mecklenburg County, well after the American Revolution, Joseph Power asks to be compensated for a gun lost in that war.
While it would appear he is too old, there is a Joseph Power who marries Mary Oakam, a widdow, on 26 Mar 1802.
child9 iii. Mary POWER.
There is a Mary Power who marries Jonathan Robinson on 1 Feb 1796. It would appear the Mary is too old to be that Mary.
child10 iv. Lowery POWER.
Lowery Power was still a minor when his father died about 1751. This leads to our speculation that his mother was the second wife, Mary.
child11 v. Unknown POWER.
This daughter was not yet old enough to be baptised at the time of her father's will about 1751.
child12 vi. Unknown POWER.
She is listed in Samuel Power's will as an infant daughter, and was also not old enough to be baptised in 1751.