John Peter Powell apparently had a great granddaughter named Mary Kathleen Powell, who married a Greenfield. She provided the following:
These copies of newspaper clippings, and the letter, and the personal note came from Mary Kathleen (Powell) Greenfield. She was the great granddaughter of John Peter Powell, the third son of Peter Powell, Sr.)
Copies of news clippings of 1956 and 1960
Madison Edmond Dies at Home in Thomas Hill.
Madison (Mat) Edmond, 73, died at 12:30 o'clock yesterday morning at his home in Thomas Hill. He had resided innThomas Hill the past 50 years. Surviving are his wife, one son Henry Allen Edmond, a sister, Mrs. Lon Nowling of Los Angeles and a brother, Joe Edmond of Des Moines. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas Hill Baptist Church by the pastor, the Rev. LeRoy Toliver. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. (1956)
The body of Henry A. Edmond arrived in Huntsville from Chicago, Ill. Saturday night and funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon by Rev. J. V. Roberts. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. He was the son of Kay Edmond and Mat Edmond who passed away four years ago, the 14th of this month (Oct. 17, 1960).
[Mat Edmond told me some twenty five or thirty years ago that he was the descendant of a slave brought to Missouri by one of the Powells. I feel that it would be the one spoken of in the letter written by Sterling Gunn, Sen. -- Mary Greenfield]
Caswell County, N. C.
Jan. 7, 1844
Dear Children James and Martha Matlock;
Mr. Brazillai Powell is just now about to leave this part of the country for Missouri with Edmond's wife among his other property. As Edmond wishes to follow his wife I have consented to send him to you as a gift as he will be able, I understand, to be near enough to his wife. Mr. Powell is to charge you twenty dollars for carrying Edmond to you provided that Edmond is of no service to him along the way. If he can do Mr. Powell any service on the road then he is to redeem his charge accordingly. This you and him can settle. This you must reasonably .... This might be reckoned as my last gift to you. As .... according to nature I cannot be in the land of the living a great deal longer.
I shall continue to hope to hear a good account from you all.
Sterling Gunn, Sen.