The following data is extracted from Biographies of Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
ORLANDO POWERS, son of Capt. Peter Powers, and on the mother's side descended from Dea. John Cooper, was born May 5, 1810. He was educated mainly at the district school. At eighteen he was apprenticed as clerk to Hiram Smart--then only merchant of Croydon-where he remained until April, 1832, when he removed to Cornish Flat-where he now lives-and commenced trade. In 1837 he was married to Cynthia L. Smart, daughter of Joseph Smart of Croydon. He has been Town Clerk of Cornish seven years, was Representative in 1844, and County Treasurer in 1849 and 1850. He was for a long time Postmaster, and has been frequently Administrator of valuable estates. He has an active temperament, and a ready business talent, is social and gentlemanly. On the breaking out of the rebellion he devoted all his means and energies to the raising of men and furnishing supplies for their families. No other one in town did so much as he for the cause.
J. WOODWORTH POWERS, brother of Orlando, is an extensive farmer in western New York.
JACOB HAVEN POWERS, youngest son of Peter, is a thriving merchant in western New York.
Of the sisters, MARY C. married Nathaniel Leavitt, a physician, and CEMANTHA married Daniel Frye, also a physician at Deering, N. H.
Source: Biographies of Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire