Re: mahala powell philpot
I just found a handwritten note saying that Ambrose Powell b 1841 in AR (a brother of the Mahala I told you about in my other message) married Menerva on 1 Jun 1865. Going by the information Susan Nass sent you in post #13456, this Ambrose and Menerva are the parent of the Mahala who married Philpot. (I don't know the source of the handwritten note.)
My other posting about Mahala will give you the rest of the ancestors back to Ambrose.
Other descendants are trying to trace Ambrose's lineage, and that information can be seen on JohnPowellDescendants at Yahoo.