Over 300 Years Apart ~Freaky Friday’s #4


jamestownMy 9th Great Grandfather Thomas Garnet (Born Dec 14, 1585, in Kirby Lonsdale, Lancashire, England) was brought to America from England as an indentured servant to Captain William Powell, a wealthy ships Captain and landowner in both England and Virginia. Between one-half and two-thirds of white immigrants to the American colonies came under indentures. Indenture lasted usually between 3-10 years. They were basically slaves and were treated as such. At one time Thomas told another person that William Powell was a drunkard and he was draggedPillory into court. He was declared guilty and was sentenced to standing for 4 days with his ear nailed to a pillar and then be publicly whipped every one of those days.  Captain Powell was killed by Indians in late 1622 or early 1623 and Thomas Garnett went on to be a free man, having paid off his debt and became a man who owned hundreds of acres of land, a large home, had a wife and several children and was a well-liked and respected man in Jamestown.

These two men’s paths crossed in such an unusual way and with such an unlikely outcome.


Fast forward about 3 hundred and 38 years.

Dad & Mom ML from BookBenjamin Douglas (Doug) Hughes met Emmajane Smith when his younger sister brought her new friend home to their rural Missouri farm (about 1938). 10 years later, after both of them had been married, widowed and/or divorced; they fell in love and got married on December 13, 1948. They were married for 26 years when Doug died of lung cancer. From their union, I was born.


So what do these two events have in common?

Here is what I have discovered:

Thomas Garnett is my Maternal 9th Great Grandfather

Captain William Powell is my Paternal 9th Great Grandfather

Both lines came together because of life-changing events over 300 years apart, to me, this is absolutely amazing!! And it is just one more “Freaky” occurrence in my family tree.


I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.


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