Mary Hannah Carey was the third child of David and Sarah Carey and was my grandfather's older sister. My father and other Ohio family members always referred to her as "Aunt May". She was born in Champaign county, Ohio, 3 Aug 1867, lived there all her life, and died there 2 Mar 1946. On 8 Sep 1886, she married Frank Otis Powell.1
Frank Powell was the son of Benjamin Franklin Powell. We don't have any information on his mother. In the 1880 U. S. Census, Frank was enumerated in Salem township, Champaign county, along with his brothers, his father and a woman who was obviously his stepmother.2
Aunt May and Uncle Frank had a farm on Route 68, near Aunt Hattie and Uncle Abe Walker's farm, north of Urbana. In 1993, when I visited the Urbana area, Frank and May's nephew, Marvin Carey took me to see their former property, which was being used as a trout farm, known as Freshwater Farms of Ohio.3 Aunt May was enumerated in Salem township, north of Urbana, with her parents in the 1880 census, then on her farm with Frank and their two sons in 1900, with Frank and son Carey in 1910, and with Frank in 1920.
Children and descendants. Frank and May had two sons, whose families are listed after their names:
Obituaries. Frank's obituary appeared 5 Sep 1936 in an Urbana newspaper:
FRANK O. POWELL DIES FRIDAY EVENING
Frank O. Powell, 76, died Friday [4 Sep] at 9:45 p.m. at his home three miles north of Urbana. Surviving are: his widow, Mrs. Mary Powell; a son, Cary C., and two grandchildren. A son William preceded his father in death. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. from Kingscreek M.E. church conducted by Rev. Lester Bradds, of Beaverdam. Burial will be made in the Kingscreek cemetery6 by Treyer & Lynn funeral directors of West Liberty.
Frank died just four days short of his and May's 50th wedding anniversary. As often happened in newspaper articles in times past, Aunt May's obituary didn't mention her first name or her maiden surname, only identifying her by her husband's name, although the second article, reporting on her funeral was more helpful:
Mrs. Frank O. Powell
Mrs. Frank O. Powell, 78, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Champaign County Hospital where she was admitted for treatment eight days ago following a fall in her son's home.
Mrs. Powell was a lifelong resident of Champaign County and the daughter of David and Sarah Carey. She was the widow of Frank O. Powell.
Surviving are the son, Carey Powell of Urbana Route 4; two brothers, Samuel of Santa Monica, Calif., and Charles of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two grandchildren and five great-grandsons. A son, William, died several years [ago].
The body was removed to the Humphreys and Son Co. Funeral Home where it is to remain until time for services at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Methodist Church in Kingscreek in charge of Rev. Lester Bradds of Jamestown. Burial is to be made in Kingscreek Cemetery.6
Mrs. Mary H. Powell
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Hannah Powell, Salem township resident, were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday in the Kingscreek Methodist Church in charge of Rev. Lester Bradds of Jamestown.
Pallbearers were Frank McCullough, Charles Russell, Nick McGuire, Bert Jessup, Paul Tyson and Oran Detwiler. Burial was made in Kingscreek Cemetery by the Humphreys and Son Co. Funeral Home.
Mrs. Powell, widow of Frank O. Powell, died Saturday evening following a long illness.
Carey Powell's obituary is taken from a January 1948 issue of the Urbana Daily Citizen:
Charles C. Powell
Charles Carey Powell, 58, well-known Salem township farmer, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday at his home four miles north of Urbana.
Born September 18, 1889, in Champaign county, he was the son of the late Frank O. and Mary Powell.
He is survived by his wife, Essie; one daughter, Mrs. Richard McGuire, St. Paris route one; and three grandsons.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Humphreys and son company funeral home by the Rev. H. D. Cooper, pastor of the Kingscreek Methodist church. Burial was made in the Kingscreek cemetery.
Essie Sceva Powell's obituary appeared in the 2 Apr 1992 issue of the Bellefontaine Examiner:
Essie Florence Powell, age 105, of Urbana, died at 2:10 a.m. today, April 2, 1992 in the Champaign County Nursing Home. She was the grandmother of Sheila Diane Hendershot of Bellefontaine and Nichols Dwain McGuire of West Liberty. Born Jan 19, 1887 in Champaign county, she was a daughter of George and Isdora Middleton Sceva.
Mrs Powell was a past employee of the Old Champaign County Nursing Home of 14 years. She was a member of the Kingscreek United Methodist Church and the Sisterhood Class and Woman's Society of the church. She also belonged to the Urbana Senior Citizens.
Other survivors include one daughter, Mrs Richard (Florence) McGuire of Urbana; another grandson, Carl Dwight McGuire of Urbana; 15 great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C Powell in 1948; a grandson, David McGuire; two sisters; and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Kingscreek United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Romeo Velasco. Burial will be in Kingscreek Cemetery. Friends may call at the Skillman-McDonald Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, on Sunday 3-5 and 7-9. Memorial contributions may be made to her church.