A wonderful collaboration to dig deeper into the past, as I’ve discovered a root to the family tree.

I’ve written about my genealogical research before over at South Dakota War College, but I’m trying to move some of my hobbyist pursuits here, to keep that website more about politics.

I’m grinning ear to ear tonight, as through collaborating with a fellow researcher, I was able to make a breakthrough for the first time in three years as I was able to move past the first Powers in America.  I’d always hit a brick wall with Nicholas Powers, who came over from Ireland, had 8 kids, 5 of whom survived until adulthood, and worked in the paper mills of Massachusetts, and I could tell you nearly a dozen things about him.

Except, who his parents were.

This person who was doing a little digging was kind enough to point out a connection I hadn’t seen, which placed his birth in County Cork,  which proved that a record I’d suspected was possibly related, actually was, which further confirmed that a DNA link I saw from a fellow Powers, all led back to the same person.  I now know that Charles Powers  was my great-great-great-grandfather, and he was born in about 1805 in Ireland. In fact, he may have gone by Power without the “s” on the end, leaving it for Nicholas to add in the United States. .

His wife, and my great-great-great grandmother, was Catherine Riordan, and both lived in County Cork in Ireland, where they had Nicholas in July of 1831.

It also opens up an extended branch of the family I didn’t know existed, as my grandfather -also Charles Powers – had no siblings that lived to adulthood, and as my dad noted, growing up, he really didn’t know about the Powers’ side of the family.  Other than his mom Helene, who grew up largely in middle class Newport, RI, and his grandmother (his Father’s mother) Nellie, didn’t get along.

As I’ve been able to connect the threads obfuscated by time, it gives me a great sense of pride that my family seems just a little bigger tonight, and the hunt for additional knowledge begins anew.

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