Osceola Powell, Seminole Chief

Osceola Powell print

The News Times in Fair Bluff, NC recently ran an article about Osceola, a Seminole Indian Chief who was born to a Creek or Waccamaw mother.  His white name was either John or Billy Powell, depending on who is telling the story, and he is often referred to as Osceola Powell.  Bob Morgan researches Osceola and turns to the Powell family historian for more information.

I want to say a special thanks to Stevie, one of our subscribers for sending me this story, and for his assistance in obtaining permission to print.  I also want to thank Allen Turner at The News Times/The News Reporter in Chadbourne, NC for his permission to reprint.

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I have another article about Chief Osceola that I will be publishing soon.


About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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8 Responses to Osceola Powell, Seminole Chief

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  4. Jennifer Hughes Martin,-.." My Hughes and Related families of Sc and NC says:

    I would love to find out if this Absalom Powell was my ancestor .My great grandmother was Minnie Bass Powell born in NC .

  5. sonsothunder says:

    I read an article about this some time back… can’t recall right off where, but, probably on the Waccamaw Siouan website… http://www.waccamaw-siouan.com/

  6. Nancy Elizabeth Renfrow says:

    I am a desendent of Absolam Powell, Sr.

    My father’s mother was Nannie Powell.
    Her father was Absolam Powell.

    I have always heard Osceola was born at Lake Waccamaw.

    I have a portrait ( and photograph ) of my father, Raymond R. Renfro and a photo of Absolam Powell.

    Judging from the portrait of Osceola by Catlin, there is a family resemblance.

  7. Linda says:

    My husband ‘s 5 times great grandfather was Absalom Powell. We found his grave at Western Prong Baptist Church in Whiteville, North Carolina. We are doing a lot of family history research. My husband’s name is Ronald Powell Suggs, Effingham, South Carolina.

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