Stephen Powers, one of the prosperous farmers of the Fourteenth District, was born in 1843 in Henderson County. He is the son of John S. and Elizabeth (Grice) Powers. The father was born in 1809, in Marion District, South Carolina. At the age of sixteen he came to Henderson County, and in 1880 married. Mrs. Powers departed this life in 1863. The following year he married Miss Nancy Moody, who died in 1885. In 1882 Mr. Powers located where he now resides. He is one of the oldest and best known men in the county. For the past ten years his eyesight has been very dim. He feels the disadvantage greatly. Of his fourteen children four only are living. Stephen Powers received his education in his native county, and resided under the paternal roof until the outbreak of the war. He enlisted August, 1862, in Company A, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, remaining in service until the surrender; was mustered out in 1883. He is a Republican; gave his first presidential vote for U.S. Grant. November, 1861, Mr. Powers married a native of his county, Miss Mary Ann Bartholomew, who was born in 1842. Of the eleven children who blessed their union nine are now living: John H., William K, Frank W., Andrew, Joel W., Adore A., Nancy L, Tennessee C. and Stephen L Mr. Powers moved to his present place of residence in 1866, owning 433 acres, which he was enabled .to purchase by his economy, industry and good management. He is a man of integrity, greatly respected by all who know him. He and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
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