"POER TREE IN MOTION" PART THREE genealogy as researched by Frances Mary

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Thanks to Pauline Barnhart her research given to me for the Madron family. Thanks to Dixie Lea Wright for her Settles research. Thanks to Janet Cochran for her Padgett and Salyers family research. Thanks to Clarice Tucker and Elizabeth E. Bullard-Watson for their Powers family research.
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• ID: I98
• Name: Robert DE LA POHER
• Given Name: Robert
• Surname: De La Poher
• NPFX: Sir
• NSFX: 1st Baron of Donoyle and Lord of Waterford 1
• Sex: M
• Death: Y
• Note:
Information from The Irish Builder — 1891:
Sir Robert de Poher was a son of Sir Bartholomew de Poher, Lord of Black borough, Devon 14 (temp. Hen II.), and his wife Elenour. He accompanied Henry II. 15 himself in 1172, was Knight Marshall to that Monarch, and was granted by him in A.D. 1177, “In custodium, the City of Waterford, with all the circumjacent province; and appointed that the following lands should, for the time to come, belong to the service of Waterford, viz., all the lands which lie between Waterford and the water beyond Lismore (which comprehend the greatest part of the County of Waterford), and also the lands of Ossory.” He obtained a grant of that portion of the present County of Waterford extending from the River Suir to the sea, excepting the City and cantred of the Danes, a district thence called the Poer, or Power country, thus dispossessing the O’Flanagans, the ancient Celtic proprietors. From Sir Robert de Poher have descended the Barons of Donoyle, the Barons of Iverke, the Barons of Kells in Ossory, the Lords Power and Curraghmore, and Earls of Tyrone, and the Eustaces, Barons of Portlester and Viscounts of Baltinglass. When William Fitz Adelm de Burgh was recalled to England, the king appointed Hugh de Lacy Governor-General of Ireland, A.D. 1179, and joined with him, in commission, Sir Robert de Poher, Governor of Waterford and Wexford. Sir Robert, by his wife Katherine, had issue four sons: – Sir John de Poher, Baron of Donoyle, eldest son; Sir Eustace de Poher, a benefactor to the Dominican Monastery of St. Saviour’s, Dublin, A.D. 1224; Walter de Poher, Lord of Dunbratyn; and Bartholomew de Poher, living 10th Henry III., who continued the line of Blackburg or Blackborough, Devon.
• _UID: DED4FCA4DBFC4DE6B7F83BDC6304B5C4028C
• Change Date: 27 Nov 2005 at 17:51

Father: Bartholomew DE LA POHER
Mother: Eleanor

Marriage 1 Katherine
• Married:
• Change Date: 10 Apr 2005
Children
1. John POWER
2. Eustace POWER
3. Bartholomew POWER
4. Roger POWER
5. Eleanor POWER
• ID: I99
• Name: Roger DE LA POHER
• Given Name: Roger
• Surname: De La Poher
• NPFX: Sir 1
• Sex: M
• Death: 1188 in Castle of Dangisdrony, Ossory
• Note:
Information from The Irish Builder — 1891:
Sir Roger served with Sir John de Courcy, Earl of Ulster, when he invaded that province, where he was second to none in the glorious list of warriors. Of him, Cambrensis says: – “It might be said without offence there was not a man who did more valiant acts than Roger de Poer, who, although he were young and beardless, yet he showed himself a lusty, valiant, and courageous gentleman, and who grew into such good credit, that he had the Government of the country about Leighlin, as also in Ossory.” He is also described by the same author as a “beardless youth, fair and tall;” and again as “the youngest, bravest, and handsomest of all the Anglo-Norman knights.” He was traitorously killed at the Castle of Dangisdrony (in Ossory) A.D. 1188. By his wife, a niece of Sir Armoricus de St. Lawrence, and probably daughter of Robert de Tristram and of Cecilia his wife, he had issue a son John.
• _UID: 54F43EEFA7774A5EA75B611685664B6751E2
• Change Date: 27 Nov 2005 at 17:51

Father: Bartholomew DE LA POHER
Mother: Eleanor

Marriage 1 Cecilia DE TRISTRAM
• Married:
• Change Date: 26 Feb 2005
Children
1. John POWER
• ID: I790
• Name: William DE LA POHER
• Given Name: William
• Surname: De La Poher 1
• Sex: M
• Death: Y
• Note:
Information from The Irish Builder — 1891:
Of William little mention is made. Cambrensis, speaking of the distinguished men who flourished at that time, refers to him, and states that he was “at Waterford.”
• _UID: 7801A3C3B8FC49FFB828CCF4CEC8DC927FE3
• Change Date: 27 Nov 2005 at 17:51

Father: Bartholomew DE LA POHER
Mother: Eleanor
• ID: I3462
• Name: Simon DE LA POHER
• Given Name: Simon
• Surname: De La Poher 1
• Sex: M
• Death: Y
• Note:
Information from The Irish Builder — 1891:
Simon de Poher confirmed, in A.D. 1187, a grant made by Milo de Cogan, his father-in-law, to the Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Dublin, and he made a further grant to the same Abbey of “60 carcucates of land, contiguous to Cork, in his territory of Munster.” He was probably the Poer who built the Castle of Powerscourt, in the County of Wicklow. He left a son William. In the “Annals of Loch Ce,” edited by the late William M. Hennessy, M.R.I.A., (vol. I., p. 185), the name of Simon Power is mentioned, under the year 1190, thus, “Simon Puer”; and Mr. Hennessy has annexed the following foot note: – “Simon Puer – This entry has been left unfinished. The name of Simon Puer (Poer or de la Poer) does not occur in the usual lists of the early English colonists of Ireland.” It is very probable the unfinished entry refers to the year of his death.
• _UID: E9D8EC9850F64AEA8FA50A92D11803027DED
• Change Date: 27 Nov 2005 at 17:51

Father: Bartholomew DE LA POHER
Mother: Eleanor

Marriage 1 Margaret DE COGAN
• : I11484
• Name: Philip DE LA POHER
• Given Name: Philip
• Surname: De La Poher 1
• Sex: M
• Death: Y
• _UID: 7804D66C81764113ABDEBE5E10599FF7AD73
• Change Date: 27 Nov 2005 at 17:53

Father: Bartholomew DE LA POHER
Mother: Eleanor
Drogo
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pedigree

Abt 930
Poher, France

Drogo DE POHER

Gode

Bartholomew DE LA POHER

1 Philip DE LA POHER

Eleanor

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 1
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1. Bartholomew DE LA POHER (Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1). He married Eleanor.

Children of Bartholomew DE LA POHER and Eleanor are:
+ 2 i. Robert DE LA POHER.

+ 3 ii. Roger DE LA POHER died 1188 in Castle of Dangisdrony, Ossory.
4 iii. William DE LA POHER.

+ 5 iv. Simon DE LA POHER.

6 v. Philip DE LA POHER.

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 2
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2. Robert DE LA POHER (Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1). He married Katherine.

Children of Robert DE LA POHER and Katherine are:
+ 7 i. John POWER.

8 ii. Eustace POWER.

9 iii. Bartholomew POWER.

+ 10 iv. Roger POWER.

11 v. Eleanor POWER.

3. Roger DE LA POHER (Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1) died 1188 in Castle of Dangisdrony, Ossory. He married Cecilia DE TRISTRAM, daughter of Robert DE TRISTRAM.

Child of Roger DE LA POHER and Cecilia DE TRISTRAM is:
12 i. John POWER.

5. Simon DE LA POHER (Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1). He married Margaret DE COGAN.

Child of Simon DE LA POHER and Margaret DE COGAN is:
13 i. William POWER.

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 3
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7. John POWER (Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1).

Children of John POWER are:
14 i. Robert POWER died 1249.

+ 15 ii. Piers POWER died 1283 in At Sea.

10. Roger POWER (Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1). He married DE TRISTRAM, daughter of DE TRISTRAM and Cecilia.

Children of Roger POWER and DE TRISTRAM are:
+ 16 i. John POWER.

+ 17 ii. Walter POWER.

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 4
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15. Piers POWER (John POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1) died 1283 in At Sea.

Child of Piers POWER is:
+ 18 i. John POWER was born 1281 in Carnarvon, and died 1328.

16. John POWER (Roger POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1).

Child of John POWER is:
+ 19 i. Mathew POWER.

17. Walter POWER (Roger POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1). He married Feya D’EINCOURT, daughter of William D’EINCOURT.

Children of Walter POWER and Feya D’EINCOURT are:
+ 20 i. Benet POWER.

21 ii. Elenor POWER.

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 5
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18. John POWER (Piers POWER10, John POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1) was born 1281 in Carnarvon, and died 1328.

Children of John POWER are:
+ 22 i. Piers POWER died 1328.

+ 23 ii. Benet POWER died 1328.
+ 24 iii. Eustace POWER.

19. Mathew POWER (John POWER10, Roger POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1). He married Mathilde. He married Dionysia.

Children of Mathew POWER and Dionysia are:
+ 25 i. Walter POWER.

+ 26 ii. Eustace POWER died 1311.
27 iii. Milo POWER.

20. Benet POWER (Walter POWER10, Roger POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1). He married Margaret LE GRACE, daughter of William LE GRACE.

Child of Benet POWER and Margaret LE GRACE is:
28 i. Eustace POWER.

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 6
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22. Piers POWER (John POWER11, Piers POWER10, John POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1) died 1328. He married Joan DE WOGAN, daughter of John DE WOGAN.

Children of Piers POWER and Joan DE WOGAN are:
+ 29 i. John POWER died 1368.
30 ii. Benet POWER.

23. Benet POWER (John POWER11, Piers POWER10, John POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1) died 1328. He married Katherine FITZMAURICE.

Child of Benet POWER and Katherine FITZMAURICE is:
31 i. John POWER died 1328.

24. Eustace POWER (John POWER11, Piers POWER10, John POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1).

Child of Eustace POWER is:
+ 32 i. John POWER died 1347.

25. Walter POWER (Mathew POWER11, John POWER10, Roger POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1).

Child of Walter POWER is:
33 i. Mathew POWER.

26. Eustace POWER (Mathew POWER11, John POWER10, Roger POWER9, Robert DE LA POHER8, Bartholomew DE LA POHER7, Drogo DE POHER6, Drogo5, Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II4, Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER3, Arnaud2, Conmore1) died 1311.

Children of Eustace POWER are:
+ 34 i. Arnold POWER died 1328 in The Prison Tower, The Castle of Dublin, Ireland.

35 ii. Eustace POWER (FITZEUSTACE).

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 1
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1. Bartholomew DE LA POHER. He was the son of 2. Drogo DE POHER. He married Eleanor.

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2
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2. Drogo DE POHER. He was the son of 4. Drogo and 5. Gode.

Child of Drogo DE POHER is:
1. i. Bartholomew DE LA POHER. He married Eleanor.

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3
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4. Drogo was born Abt 930 in Poher, France. He was the son of 8. Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II and 9. Roscille D’ANJOU DE GRISGONELLE.

5. Gode.

Child of Gode and Drogo is:
2. i. Drogo DE POHER.

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 4
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8. Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II was born Abt 910 in France, and died 952 in France. He was the son of 16. Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER and 17. Havoire BRITTANY.

9. Roscille D’ANJOU DE GRISGONELLE was born Abt 918 in Anjou, France.

Children of Roscille D’ANJOU DE GRISGONELLE and Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II are:
i. Surech DE NANTES.

4. ii. Drogo was born Abt 930 in Poher, France. He married Gode.

iii. Hoel DE NANTES.

iv. Eustace DE NANTES. He married Ide D’ARDENNES.

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 5
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16. Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER was born 897, and died 930. He was the son of 32. Arnaud and 33. Gemege.

17. Havoire BRITTANY. She was the daughter of 34. Alain I “The Great” and 35. OREGUEN.

Child of Havoire BRITTANY and Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER is:
8. i. Alain (Alan) “Strongbeard” II was born Abt 910 in France, and died 952 in France. He married Roscille D’ANJOU DE GRISGONELLE. She was born Abt 918 in Anjou, France.

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 6
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32. Arnaud was born 867 in Poher, France. He was the son of 64. Conmore.

33. Gemege. She was the daughter of 66. Guillaume II and 67. Idoine.

Child of Gemege and Arnaud is:
16. i. Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER was born 897, and died 930. He married Havoire BRITTANY Abt 910, daughter of Alain I “The Great” and OREGUEN.

34. Alain I “The Great” was born Abt 850, and died 907. He was the son of 68. Ridoredh.

35. OREGUEN.

Children of OREGUEN and Alain I “The Great” are:
i. Paskwitan II (Pakitan) RENNES.

17. ii. Havoire BRITTANY. She married Matuedoi (Mateudoe) DE POHER Abt 910, son of Arnaud and Gemege. He was born 897, and died 930.

Michael Powers Research
(speculations as to his origin)

Michael Powers was born in 1727 in Ireland and immigrated to the United States sometime before the year 1755 at which time he married Hannah Fox in New London, Connecticut. At this point, I can find absolutely no mention of him in any colonial records prior to the year 1755.

The first mention of him is in the diary of Joshua Hempstead where he writes: “Jan 22 1755 — Wednsd 22 fair mostly Some Scatering Rain. I Rid out to ye Cornfield to fodder the Cattle & Mended up Some fence the & in Crossman lot &c. in the Eve I Rid out to the widow Susanna Foxes & maried Michael Powers, (an old Countryman) & Hannah fox Datr of Benja Fox Decd.” (pg 643) There has been some debate as to the interpretation of an old Countryman by fellow researchers. I believe this to mean that Michael came from the Old Country. New London Vital Statistics says the following: “Michael Powers from the old country & Hannah Fox – dau – Benjamin – my cousin – Jan. 22 – 1755.” This record seems to confirm my suspicions regarding Michael’s origins.

You might ask yourself at this point to which country are these records referring and why would I assume it to be Ireland? There are several reasons for my assumption.
1. Joshua Hempstead defines his use of the term an old Countryman on page 601 and 602 of his famous diary during the year 1753. The passage recites as follows:

Tuesd 23 fair & warm. I was at home foren & at noon Set out for Abraham Morgans & maried his Sister Anna Morgan unto James Tool an old Countryman, alias Irish. a New Comer into Town about 3 months.
2. The Powers surname was extremely common in Ireland during this time period. In fact, it was and still is the most frequently occurring name in County Waterford, Ireland. It is also in the top 60 occurring names in the country of Ireland.
3. Nearly all of the Powers families I have researched in the Connecticut and Rhode Island areas during this particular time frame originated in Ireland.

4. There is no genetic evidence to prove that my family line is in any way related to the British-originated Powers families which, for the most part, descended from Walter Power and Trial Sheppard in the colonies. In fact, all evidence definitively points to the contrary. My DNA has proven to be not related to the Walter Power line’s DNA markers contributed by several of their descendants.
5. Genetic evidence indicates that my family line is most closely related to other Powers family lines that seem to originate in Ireland.

6. Analysis of Family Tree DNA’s data indicates that my 25 marker DNA test most commonly matches with the DNA of Ireland-originating descendants based upon their Recent Ethnic Origins comparisons.
Based upon the above data, I have no choice but to assume Ireland as the birth place for Michael Powers. We know from his gravestone record that he was born in 1727. Exactly where remains a mystery at this time.

With the assumption being made that Michael Powers was born in Ireland, what motivators existed at the time that might prompt his immigration to America? To understand this, we must look at the happenings occurring in Ireland prior to 1755.

Between 1717 and the American Revolutionary War an estimated quarter of a million Irish settlers left Ireland for the new lands across the Atlantic. They travelled in extremely hazardous conditions, in simple wooden sailing ships for Boston, Philadelphia, New Castle (Delaware), Charleston, Baltimore, and New York. Huddled together with the most meagre of belongings and money, they were forced to move because of religious restrictions, economic deprivations, and several bouts of famine brought about by weather and disease.

There were five great waves of emigration to America from Ireland in the 18th century: 1717-18; 1725-29; 1740-41; 1754-55; and 1771-75. In order to understand Michael Powers’ possible motivations for immigration, we must look at the three periods of emmigration that occurred during his lifetime previous to the first mentionings of him in America.

The first wave in 1725-1729 I will neglect to cover in detail simply because Joshua Hempstead would not refer to Michael as an Old Countryman if he had come to America when he was 1 year old and had lived there until he was 28 when he married Hannah Fox. He simply wouldn’t be from the Old Country at this point.

The “forgotten” Irish famine of 1740-41 led to the second great wave of immigration to America during the life of Michael Powers. An estimated 400,000 people perished in that famine. Michael would have been approximately 13 or 14 years old during this wave of migration. He would have lived in the colonies for 15 years before he married Hannah Fox. This would definitely have been a possible time of his immigration but I doubt once again that Joshua Hempstead would have called him an Old Countryman if he had been living in the colonies for fifteen years. There are plenty of people in Hempstead’s diary who had been born or lived in the area for over fifteen years and they are never described as being an Old Countryman. Because I can find no records of Michael Powers’ existence in America prior to 1755, I have to assume that the third period of immigration is a far more likely time frame for Michael’s trip to America.

The 1754-55 exodus resulted from a mass propaganda effort by politicians in America promising land and a better way of life and relief from another calamitous drought in Ireland. As drought ravaged the countryside and bad harvests were the result, testimony of Irish success in America struck a particularly responsive chord in hearts back in Ireland.
I believe that it was in 1754 that Michael made his trek to America. He was most likely driven by the onslaught of the prevailing famine and probably arrived at Boston, Charleston, New York, or New London. An old family tale indicates that he and a brother may have stowed away aboard a ship headed for America from Ireland.
(continued)
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