First Families of Limestone County
The First Families of Limestone County is a project sponsored by the Limestone County Historical Commission that recognizes early settlers who lived in the county before or during 1896, the 50th anniversary of the creation of the county. During a Commissioners’ Court meeting held in December, the historical commission recognized Telitha Berryman Powell as a member of one of the First Families of Limestone County.
Telitha Berryman was born in Tennessee circa 1805. Her husband, Archibald G. Powell, was born in Virginia circa 1795. Archibald was the son of John G. Powell, and sometime during his childhood, the Powell Family settled in Tennessee where he would later meet and marry Telitha. Archibald and Telitha continued to reside in Tennessee where their four children, Mahala (b. 1821), Mary Ann (January 2, 1823-July 9, 1903), Missouri Ann (1825-1872), and Francis Marion (b. 1828), were born.
According to their grandson, Hampton Steele, Archibald and Telitha moved their family to Texas in 1833. In a speech delivered on Steele Day at the Joe Johnston Camp (Confederate Reunion Grounds) on July 26, 1923, Mr. Steele said, “Then there was a colony of people that made arrangements to come to Texas. There were the Powells, Grimes, Berrymans, McIntires, and Montgomerys. They all came out together. It was a long trip by wagons but they came along just the same. They got to the Sabine on Christmas Eve. There they camped for the night. The next morning they crossed the river and then they were in Texas. Mother (Mary Ann Powell Steele) says she ate Christmas dinner in Texas 1833. They moved on until they got to where Grimes County is now. They stopped there and built cabins.” Archibald received a land grant on August 31, 1835 in Robertson’s Colony, 3187.8 acres in present-day Limestone County and 1062.6 acres in present-day Falls County. There is no documentation that Archibald ever lived in Limestone or Falls Counties, but settled his family in Grimes County where he lived the remainder of his life. During the time of the Republic of Texas, Archibald and his brother, James W., contracted with the government to deliver mail.
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