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County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Illustrated. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville, 1884. Fruit Hill Precinct.
THOMAS J. POWERS was born in Washington County, Va., February 26, 1839, to Ewel and Catharine (Miles) Powers, natives of Virginia. The father is a harness-maker by trade, but during late years has giving [sic] his attention to farming pursuits. He is still living in Fruit Hill Precinct. There were nine children in the parents’ family, of whom there are four living: Celia A., Thomas J., Brantley M. and Naomi M. Our subject removed with his parents from Virginia, in 1849, and located in Christian County, and has since been variously engaged. He has served as Constable, Deputy Sheriff, clerked for some time in stores, has been a purchasing agent for parties engaged in the tobacco trade. He is now devoting his attention to farming pursuits, and is the Postmaster of Fruit Hill Postoffice; his sister attends to the business. His farm consists of 144 acres. He was married first to America J. Woodburn, a daughter of Alexander Woodburn. This union gave six children, two of whom are living: James J. and Eddie. His present wife was formerly Miss P. V. Ferguson. Mr. Powers is a member of the Masonic fraternity, L. M. Cox Lodge, No. 327. He is a Greenbacker politically, and is a member of the Universalist Church.