There is still some debate as to whether Powell Stamper Ownbey and wife Elizabeth Ownbey were cousins, or step-cousins.
Powell's father (or was it stepfather?) was Thomas Ownbey, aka Oneby. His mother was Mary Stamper, aka Mary Brooks aka Mary Brooks Stamper. Likely, she was Mary Brooks, the widow of a Mr. Stamper.
Powell and Elizabeth had these known children:
1)Matilda ((My 5th g-g-m, married Robert H. Ownbey, her cousin.) She was born 11 Dec 1798/1799 in Rutherford Co., NC; died 1880 in Graham Co., NC. Lived awhile in Union Co., GA, and Blount Co., TN, and Cherokee Co., NC.)
2)Powell Ownbey(b abt 1800?, Rutherford Co., NC; m Susannah Jackson. Susannah's parents moved to Union Co., GA. After Powell died, she left NC and moved to GA too.)
3)Jonathan, b aft 1800, R.C., NC.
4)Amos, b aft 1800, R.C., NC.
5)Arthur, b aft 1800, R.C., NC.
MORE NOTES ON POWELL AND ELIZABETH OWNBEY:
Powell was issued a land grant 29 June 1830 for 59 acres on Rock Creek, joining Harris Gilliam. Chain carriers: F. P. Alexander and John Jackson.
Source:"Kinfolk, Ownbey Family Lines of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina," p 8.
Some sources say Powell Stamper Ownbey was actually a Stamper, and was adopted by the Ownbey family; and that he took the name of Ownbey as his own surname, and made Stamper his middle name; and that he then married Elizabeth Ownbey, his step-cousin. However, other sources say his father was Thomas Ownbey (or Oneby),and that his mother was Mary Stamper, and that Stamper became his middle name as is often customary. This would make Elizabeth his cousin. It does seem, however, that he was adopted by Thomas, and that his true father was named Powell Stamper.
Source:"Kinfolk, Ownbey Family Lines of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina,"p 1. IGI, Batch 8712005, Sheet 25, Source Call Number 1396341, Film.
Powell Stamper Ownbey is also reported to have been adopted by uncle Johny Ownbey. Whether the surname Ownbey was added or whether Powell Stamper Ownbey is the son of one of Johny's brothers is unknown. He might possibly be the son of the following:Thomas Oneby m. 27 Jul 1727 to Mary Stamper at Christ Church.
Source:"Marriages of some Virginia Residences"by Wulfeck. Series 1, Vol. 5, p. 165.[NOTE:An internet posting quoted this marriage date as 17 July 1737, which would throw a lot of calculations off.One of the two quotes has misread the official marriage date, and one needs to reference the actual record to determine these kinship relations.JBT]
Corresponding to the above remark is a notation from Mr. George Dewey Ownbey:"I believe the Thomas Oneby you mentioned, marrying Mary Stamper, is somehow connected with Powell Stamper Ownbey, who was killed by a fallen tree on Bald Mountain about a mile from where I lived in 1815. His grave is close by where he was killed. He had gone, very early in the morning to chop down a tree to make an Ash trough for his wife. She called him to breakfast, he turned to answer her and the tree fell. The accident took place on Johny Warren's place - also on Bald Mountain, where Powell and his family were living at the time of his death. Buried down the branch from the Warren place - At Standing Cap Stone, the spot where they stood when hunting. Bill Warren was a heavy bearded man and seemed to know he wanted Carl Searcy to work for him and (Carl) being kid like was usually hard to find."
1)"Kinfolk, Ownbey Family Lines of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina," p 8."
2)Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3," 1983, Donald B. Reagan, p 64.