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Re: pianist Bud Powell's ancestors
In Response To: pianist Bud Powell's ancestors ()
I can't help with Powell's ancestors. In NYC I saw him play many times. I also know that his mother-in-law went to the St. albans Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in St. Albans, L.I., NY. If I remember correctly her name was Ruth Batson. Her daughter and Bud lived with her. She wasn't too crazy about him. She thought that he was shiftless and lazy because he wasn't bringing enough money into house due to his preoccupation with his music.
Mrs. Batson probably isn't alive, but maybe through connection with the church you may find out who her daughter is/was and go from there. I'm sure he must have spoken of his family with his wife.
This might be a shot in the dark, but who knows.