Philip Henry Powers is the last Clarke County Educator we will cover in our mini-series, for now, and boy is he an interesting one.
Born April 10, 1828 to William Afton Powers and Alice Maher Saunders, in King and Queen County Virginia, Philip spent his life as an educator, a soldier, a farmer, and a father.
In 1852, white tutoring at "Audley," Philip married Roberta Macky of "Auburn." They would live at "Auburn" for the remainder of their lives, and would rebuild it in the 1870s, when it burned down.
We don't get much information about Philip's early life. He was a tutor at "Audley" for at least a year, although it is not unreasonable to assume he was there for a longer period of time. Male teachers were under much less restrictions than female teachers of the time, and was permitted to continue teaching after marriage (Note: the rule that only unmarried women could serve as teachers was not universal, although it was widespread). On the 1850 census he is listed as living with Mann R Page and family, most likely at "Mansfield." He was probably serving as a tutor to the Page children.
On April 18, 1861 Philip enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private, though he quickly rose to Brigadier Quartermaster under J.E.B. Stuart.
From 1865-1867 Philip was teaching at Wickliffe Academy. His students were:
- Jonas and Will Walraven (Kabletown WV)
- William and Wormeley Norris
- John Ware (Myerstown, WV)
- John and Henry Castleman ("Woodburn", Jefferson County, WV)
- Bob Lewis ("The Moorings")
- Charles and John Lewis
- William and Francis Levell
- Hume and Charlie Butcher
- Eugene Chamberlain
- Temple Allen
- J. D. Richardson
- John Pendleton
- Howard Osburn
- John R. Castleman & Fremont Castleman
- Theodore & William Kimball
- Siz, Joe and Robert Ware ("Durham")
- Walter Anderson and Walker Shepherd
- Jake, Tom and Lewis Kneller
- John Duble
- William Mcintyre & Frank Galloway
- Four Harris Boys ("Stoney Lonesome")
- Alice, Macky, Jaque & Will Powers ("Auburn") - his children
In 1868 he opened "Auburn School," run out of his home. He taught there until 1876, when he became clerk of the Clarke County School Board.
Outside teaching, Philip spent his time running the farm and raising his 10 children. Philip lived until 1887, when he died of Typhoid Fever. His wife, Roberta, outlived him, and died in 1919. Philip is buried in Green Hill Cemetery.
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.