From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 450
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Powell. Mr. Clarence Powell, who is a worthy representative of two of Winfield's pioneer families, was born in that township, Oct. 14, 1865, his parents being Thomas and Elizabeth (Fish) Powell. The mother was born at Rensslaerville, Albany County, New York, June 7, 1826, daughter of Silas and Betsey (Raymond) Fish, her grandparents being Silas and Amy (Spencer) Fish and Lemuel and Temperance (Nichols) Raymond. A genealogical tracing of the names of Fish and Raymond will be found in another part of this volume. Thomas Powell was born in the state of New York, Jan. 30, 1822, son of Harry Powell, a native also of that state. He was of Welsh descent. During his early days our subject's father was at one time in military training, in which he was obliged to flourish a sword, and the instrument is now in our subject's possession. In May 1885, in company with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Fish and family, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Powell, came to Winfield, where they were among the early pioneers of the town. They located on the H. E. Powell farm, and it was here that Clarence S. Powell was born, Thomas Powell died May 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Powell were married in New York, Jan. 15, 1851.
Our subject grew to manhood on the Winfield farm, and on Sept. 14, 1890, was united in marriage to Miss Edna Cottington, daughter of Amos and Elmina (Fish) Cottington, and granddaughter of Jesse and Rebecca (Forward) Cottington and Elisha and Polly (King) Fish, and great-granddaughter of James and Sarah (Woodshell) Cottington, Robert and Mary (Waters) Forward and Elisha and Hannah (Sisson) Fish, the latter's parents being John and Mary (Underhill) Sisson. Elisha Fish I, and Silas Fish, Sr., were brothers, sons of Benjamin and Prescilla (Arthur) Fish. Amos Cottington was born Dec. 14, 1838, in Ticehurst, England, came with his parents to America in 1841, and to Winfield in February 1851.
Elmina Fish, his wife, was born in Rensslaerville, N.Y., July 19, 1836, came to Winfield about 1855 and for some time was engaged in teaching. Her mother, widowed, came to Winfield in 1857, locating on the O. E. Cottington farm. On Dec. 3, 1862, she was married to Amos Cottington and they purchased the farm of her mother, and afterward resided thereon. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Cottington had two children, Orna E. and Edna.
Edna Cottington grew to womanhood on her father's farm and there resided until her marriage to Clarence Powell. They purchased an adjoining farm, which was settled in 1855 by Alfred Lawton, in 1893, and there reside until their retirement to Reedsburg in 1914. They were extensive farmers and now live in comfortable retirement, in a home which they built on East Main St., pictured above.
Mr. and Mrs. Powell are the parents of two daughters, Elmira, now a teacher in the Reedsburg graded schools, and Elizabeth, at home.
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