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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ravening Wolves

It was said by a Quaker witness in Northampton County that "the ministers who came into this country were raveninge wolves and hungry dogges and would preach no longer than they were fed." Rev. Robert Powes of Lower Norfolk County in 1652 owned 64 volumes of books.   For four years Powes performed all of the ministerial duties of Lower Norfolk County and received no compensation.  In 1648 the vestry paid him one year's full tithe in tobacco and corn. An inventory taken in 1652 disclosed that he was the owner of no inconsiderable aount of property, however, his personalty was valued at nearly 12,000 pds of tobacco and included a large quantity of household furniture and utensils, 18 head of cattle and seven head of swine.  He also possessed a boat.  He instructed in his will that the cattle should pass to his daughter who was living in the Mother Country (England).  To his only son, Robert, he devised the remainder of his estate.

Sources: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. vi, p. 191 and
Last Will and Testament, Norfolk County; Lower Norfolk Antiquity, vol. ii, pp. 124, 126; Northampton Records, 1657-64, p. 27.

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