Monday, July 21, 2014

Potter marriages in the 1930s in Pend Oreille Co, WA

Ernest Davis, of Spokane, WA, age 34, and
Margaret Potter, age 21, of Spokane, WA
married on 15 Oct 1938.

Ray Potter, age 21, of Ione, WA, and
Esther Sarah Applegate, age 21, of Ione, WA,
married on 28 May 1931.
Also signed: Gertrude Applegate. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

M. Potter, ca 1840-ca1870. Anybody have this fellow in your Potter tree?

"Seeking identity of M. Potter, who married Isabella Detrick or Dedrick about 1860-1862; she was of Augusta Co, Virginia. Their daughter, Mary Belle Potter, was born in Feb 1863. In the 1870 census of Shenandoah Co, Virginia, Isabella and Mary Belle Potter are living with her parents. I assume that her husband, M. Potter, had died by 1870. Isabelle married (2) Francis Moffit in Ohio.

In the 1880 census of Spring Valley, Ohio, Mary Belle Potter says her father was from New York. Mary Belle married George Jones. In the 1900 census of Spring Valley, Ohio, Mary Belle Jones says her father was from Michigan. In the 1910 census of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Mary Belle Jones says her father was from Virginia. Mary Belle Potter Jones died in 1916.

Most confusing!
Contact Sandy Spence at

Monday, July 7, 2014

Martin B. Potter, ca 1812-1883, New York...... Anybody?

Potter Profiles reader, Linda Phillips, has submitted a query for all Potter researchers to consider:

Martin B. Potter, 1811-1812; d. 7 Feb 1883 in Natural Bridge (town of Diana), Lewis Co, New York.

He married Lucy Thompson on 12 Sep 1847 in Carthage (a village in the town of Wilna), Jefferson Co, New York.

Linda first documents her Martin B. Potter in 1850 in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York.

Martin and Lucy had three sons:  (1) Alvah Potter, 1852-1874, buried in the Carthage Cemetery;  (2) George C. Potter, b. 2 Oct 1854, d. 20 Oct 1918;  and (3) Chester E. Potter, b. 29 Aug 1857, d. Oct 1931. 

Linda's Potter ancestor was George C. Potter, 1854-1918.  Any help from anybody related would be welcomed by Linda! Contact her at 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Edgar W. Potter, Civil War Veteran, New York, Part 3

"............... and having served HONESTLY and FAITHFULLY with his Company in the 9th NY Cavalry is now entitled to a DISCHARGE by reason of being killed in action near Old Church Va , May 30th, 1864. "

There is no part three as on those pages of Potter Profiles I reproduced the same document-image twice.

The most interesting thing about this 2-page file is this, to me:  As busy a time and place as Civil War battlefields were, they took the time to fill out discharge papers for a soldier killed in action only a month after his death? Impressive.

Whatever happened to Edgar W. Potter of Cattaraugus County, New York? Who were his family? Was he sent home to laid to rest?

Do any collateral descendants claim this young 23 year old Edgar W. Potter who served his country honestly and faithfully?

This is from Wikipedia:

Union cavalry horses photographed outside the Old Church Hotel by Timothy H. O'Sullivan, June 4, 1864

The Battle of Old Church, also known as Matadequin Creek, was fought on May 30, 1864, as part of Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War.
As the opposing armies faced each other across Totopotomoy Creek, a Union cavalry division under Brig. Gen.Alfred T. A. Torbert collided with a cavalry brigade under Brig. Gen. Matthew C. Butler at Matadequin Creek, near the Old Church crossroads. After sharp dismounted fighting, the outnumbered Confederates were driven back to within 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of Old Cold Harbor, which preceded the Union capture of that important crossroads the following day.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Edgar W. Potter, Civil War Veteran, New York, Part 2

This post is Part 2 of a 3-part posting on Edgar W. Potter who served in the Civil War from New York. I included images of his Civil War papers in Volume 12, May 1987, of my periodical Potter Profiles. Here is a transcript:


State of New York,  Town of Covington

I, Edgar W. Potter, born in Cattaraugus in the State of New York, aged 22 years, and by occupation a farmer, DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this 20th day of De3ember, 1863, to serve as a soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations and clothing,as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, Edgar W. Potter, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whosoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.

Sworn and subscribed to at Culpeper, VA, on this 20th day of December 1863, before (can't read) and signed on the line by Edger W. Potter.

I certify, on honor, that I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier. (signatures of the two examining surgeons)

I certify, on honor, that I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, Edgar W. Potter, previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodies soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service.

This soldier has blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, is 5 feet, 10 inches high. (signed) ?? Watson, 1st Lt., 10th Regiment of ??? Volunteers, recruiting officer.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Edgar W. Potter, New York Civil War Veteran

From Potter Profiles, volume 12, 1987, page 5:

"I certify, on honor, that Edgar W. Potter, a 1st Sgt. of Captain C.W. Ayres Company A of the 9th Regiment of Cavalry Volunteers, of the State of New York, born in Cattaraugus, State of New York, aged 23 years, 5 feet, 10 inches high; light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer, having joined the company on its original organization at Warren, NY, and enrolled in it at the msuter into the service of the United States at Westfield, NY, on the 5th day of October, 1861, and was mustered in service as a Veteran Volunteer by Capt. J. M. Kern. A.C. of the 1st Cavalry Division at Culpeper, VA, on the 20th day of December, 1863 to serve in the Regiment for the term of three years and having served honestly and faithfully with his company in the 9th NY Cavalry to the present date is now entitled to a DISCHARGE by reason of being killed in action near Old Church, VA, on May 30th 1864.

The said 1st Sgt. Edgar W. Potter was last paid by Paymaster Sawyer to include the 29th day of February, 1864, and has pay due him from that time to the present date; he is entitled to pay and subsistence for traveling to place of enrollment, and whatever other allowances are authorized to volunteer soldiers, drafter men, or militia, so discharged. He has received from the United States Clothing amounting to $9.23, since the 1st day of January 1864, when his clothing account was last settled. He has received from the United States $60.00 advanced Bounty  and second installment of Bounty $50.00 (was it 60 cents and 50 cents for it next says clearly) Total $1.

Given in Duplicate at Wilson's Landing, this 27th day of June 1864. (Signed) C.W. Ayers, Capt. 9th New York Cavalry.

The Potter Profiles reader who, back in 1987, submitted this said it came from The Cattaraugus Star, 1926.

((There were two more pages to this file; please stay tuned.))

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Stray" Potter in Eastern Washington,1931

My friend, Charles, found this "stray Potter" while doing some indexing for the Washington State Archives (the SCRIBE program). This family lived in the little town of Ione, on the Pend Oreille River in the county of the same name, north of Spokane in Eastern Washington (just 22 miles from the Canadian border).  The town was first settled in 1894 and incorporated in 1910. Mining and timbering were the two primary occupations.

The Marriage Affidavit Record above is for Ray Potter, age 21, of Ione, and Esther Sarah Applegate, also age 21, and of Ione. They were married on 28 May 1931 in Ione and Gertrude Applegate was a witness.

I could not find the Potter family in either the 1930 nor 1940 U.S. Federal Censuses.

I did find the Applegate family in 1930 living in Ione; Gertrude was 43, a widow, born in Kansas, with children Esther, 20 (store clerk), Marvin, 18, Fred, 15, and Forest 12. In the 1940 census, poor dear Gertrude is living all by herself in Burns, Harney Co, Oregon.

So where did Mr. Ray Potter come from? And where did he go? To which Potter family does he belong?