September 21, 2018

Ariana was a 19th Century African American woman in Loudoun County, Virginia. She was born in about 1816 and was enslaved by Charles Powell by 1830. She was a mother, a wife, and an instrumental member of the Powell household. Although, her bondage meant that she was d...

November 10, 2017

Leesburg, VA celebrated the election of General Zachary Taylor as President with an illumination and fireworks in December of 1848. Mrs. Selina Lloyd Powell described the preparations in a letter to her daughters Rebecca and Minna (who were visiting family in Glouceste...

September 29, 2017

A headstone peeking out in a photo solved a gossipy mystery from 1848. A "Mr. Benedict" was a regular visitor to Leesburg, and it was known that he was courting a local woman. However, it was not clear which one! Was it Mrs. Henderson or Mrs. Michie? Both were widows,...

September 8, 2017

I found a sweet treasure hidden away in a miniature envelope with one of Hattie's letters last week. I've been making my way through the Powell letters in the 1850s that were written to and from Henry, IL (where the family moved in about 1851). Within 2 years of their...

August 11, 2017

A girl named "Bell" appears regularly in the Powell family adventures in Leesburg, VA in the 1840s but it has been difficult to identify her because the name Isabelle is common in Leesburg. However, through the meticulous process of my database of names and references...

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