March 24, 2018

I've just completed a research trip to Henry, IL and am astonished at what I was able to find on the Powells - including their home, which still stands with all its charms.

Charles Leven Powell and his wife Selina Lloyd Powell moved their family to Henry in the Spr...

March 13, 2018

A well caught fire in September of 1859 near Henry, IL, creating a spectacle that townspeople rode out to see like tourists. It made the news even in Chicago. Lloyd Powell recorded the riveting tale in a letter to his sister, Hattie, dated September 18, 1859. The tale...

September 22, 2017

Does that word say what I think it says? Surely not - but it's certainly suspicious. The letter is from Lloyd Powell in Henry, IL to his sister Hattie in Winchester, VA  (dated December 1, 1857). Lloyd's handwriting is very easy to read, but in this case the obvious re...

September 15, 2017

On December 31, 1852, Hattie Powell attended a New Year's Eve party in Henry, IL that got out of hand. A few days later she wrote a letter to her sister Rebecca (who was visiting family in Alexandria, VA) with all the details. Henry, IL was a small town with a total po...

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