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Powers, George F.

Born: 1815-XX-XX Vermont

Died: 1861-04-XX Illinois

Flourished: Olney, Illinois

George F. Powers married Laura Jane Grooms on October 12, 1845 in Richland County, Illinois. In 1850, the couple was living in Richland County where Powers worked as a cabinetmaker, making furniture by hand. He owned $2,000 worth of real estate. Politically, Powers considered himself an "old whig." In March 1852, Powers was appointed postmaster of the U.S. Post Office in Olney, Illinois, a position he held until July 1853. Powers became justice of the peace in Olney, in 1859.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Richland County, 12 October 1845, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Richland County, IL, 143; Illinois, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, 26 April 1861, Richland County (Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, 2015); Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties Illinois (Indianapolis, IN: B. F. Bowen, 1909), 426; George F. Powers to Abraham Lincoln; Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls, Records of the Post Office Department, RG 28, 1845-1855, 18:166, National Archives Building, Washington, DC; Olney Times (IL), 8 April 1859, 2:3.