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A Powers in Obama’s Administration

In April of this year, Jonathan Powers of Clarence, New York, was appointed by President Obama to serve as the administration’s Federal Environmental Executive.  Powers is an Iraq veteran and Chief Operation Officer for the USA’s Truman National Security Project.

Jon PowersIn his government capacity, Jon is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across government operations.  He regularly contributes to “The Blog” at the Huffington Post – see some of his articles here and here.  He also appeared recently on Irish TV when the documentary called “How to Fold a Flag” ran on TV3.

PS : Did the world end wherever you are ?

The First Settlers of the US

Were there families called Power, Powers or Poore amongst the first settlers of the USA ?  It would appear there were several !

James Savage in his book “A Genealogical Dictionary Of The First Settlers Of New England” gives several reference to folks named Power and Poore.  He gives the following biographical excerpt in the above work :

Poor, or Poore, Benjamin, son of Samuel the first, m. 13 Apr 1696, Mary, widow of George Hardy, who d. 8 Aug 1707 and had Sarah, b. 6 Sep 1697 and Ann 31 Oct 1700.  Daniel Poore of Andover, is that youth I suppose, aged 14, whos name appears on the list of passengers on the Bevis from Southampton, 1638.

What’s interesting is that the father mentioned here, Samuel Poore, and his brother John are both listed on the memorial seen opposite, now standing in Newbury, Massachusetts – one of the first towns to be settled on the Atlantic coast of what is now the USA, in 1635.

The group of about 100 pioneers was led by Nicholas Noyes and came via Southampton and Wiltshire, UK.


Are you descended from any of the people mentioned in this article ?  Let us know !!