Born: 1798-02-18 Fayette County, Kentucky
Power married Nancy Wilcockson on February 10, 1820, in Bath County, Kentucky. The couple had one child there before moving in the fall of 1821 to Sangamon County, Illinois, where a second child was born. The family made their home in Cantrall, and Power held a variety of civil and military offices. In 1827, he received a commission as a major in the Illinois State Militia. The militia was reorganized in 1829, and Power's commission expired. During the Black Hawk War, he gained a commission as 2nd lieutenant of a volunteer regiment. Power built the first frame house in Sangamon County, was a justice of the peace for nineteen years, and was a businessman and farmer. In 1850, he owned $1,800 in real estate. By 1860, Power had amassed $53,500 in real estate, with a personal estate of $22,500.
Gravestone, Power Farm Cemetery, Cantrall, IL; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 578-79; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 253; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Sangamon County, IL, 314.