Power

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A surname of England and Ireland, from Old French Pohier - the man from Poix (Picardy), or from Old French povre, poure - poor, or ? from Old French poer - one (em)power(ed) to do something, a herald. MacLysaght notes that the de in the Irish form de Paor should be le, - the poor man, consequent on a vow. POWERS - son of Power appears to be rare. (Reaney, Cottle, MacLysaght). Guppy traced the variant Poore in Hampshire; Spiegelhalter traced Poore and Power in Devon; MacLysaght traced Power mainly in Waterford and adjacent counties, among the fifty most numerous Irish names.

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At Caplin Bay: The Newfoundland Journal of Aaron Thomas - 1794: Aaron Thomas, probably a steward or purser on the H.M.S. Boston, a British man-of-war that had anchored in Caplin Bay, tells of how he came upon "a House in the Woods, kept by an Irishman of the name of Poor, a man of about 40, who had marry'd a young wife, very fair and beatifull. They had four children, were tolerably well-to-do in the world and seemed a happy Couple".
  A list of names of all Masters, Servants, and Dieters residing in the District of Ferryland for the Winter of 1799 & Spring of 1800: Michael Power - dieter working for Matthew Morry & Co. The same Michael Power was also listed as a master, with eighteen men (dieters) working for him.
  Ferryland Census 1800: Michael Power, Alice Power, James - 13, John - 11, Joseph - 7, Elenor - 4 1/2, Alice and Catherine, infant twins.
  Newfoundland Wills 1830 - 1962: 1845 - Volume 1- Folio 467. Robert Power of Caplin Bay, late of the Parish of Killea, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840 - Robert Power, John Power, Michael Power & William Power; 1841, 1842, 1844 - Robert Power, John Power, Michael Power; 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855 - Michael Power & John Power; 1859 - Michael Power Sen. (constable), Michael Power Jun.
  Lovell's 1871 Directory: Michael Power, planter.
  McAlpines 1870/71 Directory: Michael Power , planter; Joseph Power, constable.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory: M Power, of M'chl, School teacher; Patrick Power, of Michael, fisherman; James Power, of Michael, fisherman, Michael Power, of James, fisherman; William Power, fisherman; Michael Power, of John, fisherman, Thomas Power, fisherman; John Power, fisherman; Patrick Power, of Thomas, fisherman; Michael Power, of Thomas, fisherman; Joseph Power, of John, fisherman; Joseph Power, of Joseph, fisherman; James Power; of John, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: James Power, of Michael, fisherman; Michael Power, of James, fisherman; William Power, fisherman; Michael Power, of Michael, fisherman; Patrick Power, of Michael, fisherman; Patrick Power Sr, fisherman; James Power; of John, fisherman; Joseph Power, of John, fisherman; Joseph Power, of Joseph, fisherman;. Thomas Power, fisherman; Michael Power, of John, fisherman; Patrick Power, of Thomas, fisherman; Michael Power, of Thomas, fisherman; James Power, of Thomas, fisherman; Ellen Power, wid. James.
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory: James Power, fisherman; Patrick Power, fisherman; Michael Power, fisherman; Mich Power, of Jas, fisherman; William Power, fisherman; Patk Power, of Mich, fisherman; Michael Power Sr, fisherman; Thomas Power, fisherman; Joseph power, fisherman; John Power, fisherman; Patk Power, of Thos, fisherman; Mich Power, of Thos, fisherman; Jas Power, of Thos, fisherman; Jos Power, of Joseph, fisherman.
Family History: Michael Power and his family were one of the earliest, if not the first, of the permanent Caplin Bay settlers. The Powers settled at the head of Caplin Bay near the main beach and around the salt-water pond protected by that beach. Although Michael's county of origin in Ireland is not mentioned in any records, in a will probated in 1845, Robert Power, who had been living at Pond Side, Caplin Bay and had died in 1844, is noted as being from the parish of Killea, Co. Waterford. The parish of Killea is on the south-east side of Waterford Harbor not far from Passage East, an important stopover point for most transatlantic voyages to Newfoundland. It is probable that the Powers may have been fishermen and seamen before they crossed the Atlantic, unlike many of their other country men who had never seen the ocean before their voyage west.
  The Power family grew to be a large family, into its third generation at Caplin Bay by the 1840s, while other families there were only beginning. It is obvious that there were at least two more sons, Michael and William, born to Michael and Alice after 1800. The voter's list of 1859 shows that Michael Power Sr. (of Michael) was now the constable at Caplin Bay. Although the surname appears somewhat diminished at Caplin Bay in Lovell's 1871 Directory, (obviously an error), it is shown as being quite prevalent in later documents of the nineteenth century.
Present Status: There are a number of Power families at Calvert and quite a few descendants from intermarriage with other families. In addition to those at Calvert, there are descendants of Michael and Alice Power throughout other parts of Newfoundland and the rest of Canada, the U.S.A., and in other countries.

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