Monday, August 24, 2015

Potter-Stickney marriage 1886 in Washington

In the auditor's office in the Columbia County, Washington, courthouse, I found this marriage:

Minerva Potter married Nathan Stickney, filed 27 May 1886, signed by probate judge.

Using to find this family on the 1900 census (taken 20 June 1900) , I found them living in Bundy, Columbia County, where Nathan was a farmer. He had been born in April 1852, said he was married in 1885 (sic) and both his parents were from Maine. He was age 48.

Minerva was age 60 and was born in April 1840 in Missouri, and both parents born there.

Clara Stickney, age 13, daughter, was born August 1886 in Washington.

**Note: I was unable to find any information on a town named Bundy in that county.

Using our wonderful Washington Digital Archives, I could further document this family:

Nathan Stickney and Clara Potter married on 10 Jun 1885 in Columbia County, Washington.

Nathan died on 19 Feb 1933, age 81, at Medical Lake, Spokane County, WA.  (There is a mental hospital at Medical Lake.)  He was the son of Benjamin Stickney and Sarah Jane Allen.

Minerva died on 2 March 1912 in Dixie, Walla Walla County, WA.  She was the daughter of Stephen Potter and ---sba Barker.  (Transcribers apparently couldn't read it.)

Their daughter, Clara, married on 14 May 1910 to Bryon F. McCauley.  Clara died in June 1971 in Kennewick, Benton County, Washington.

That's as far as I went. If this is your family you should be able to take this information and build upon it with great gusto.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Potters" in the Bible

In my Bible Dictionary, there are five references to “a” Potter and many more with our surname as an adjective……….. potter’s clay, potter’s vessel, potter’s earthen bottle, potter’s field.

Just F.Y.I. the verses mentioning specifically “a” potter are:

Romans 9:21
Jeremiah 18:6
Isaiah 41:25 and 64:18
Zechariah 11:13

Question: How many other “surnames” are mentioned in the Bible??

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Monday, August 3, 2015

George, Samuel, Ada, Jabez, & Jacob Potter, 1842, St. Charles County, Missouri

While attending the 2015 NGS conference in St.Charles, I was lucky enough to walk into the old downtown and visit the St. Charles Historical Society. The folks were so welcoming and helpful! Using their in-house card catalog of 3x5 cards, they helped me access some Potter information from their vertical file. The following is one thing I copied:

"To the St. Charles County Court, May Term A.D. 1842.

Your petitioner, Stephen Yarnall, assignee of George Potter and as guardian of Jabez, Jacob and..

W. Cunningham, public administrator of the estate of Ada Keller, formerly Ada Potter, that there are belonging to the estate of Samuel Potter, dec'd, the following named negro slaves.....

Paige, a woman slave 45 years of age.  Stephen, a negro boy slave 10 years of age. Betsey and her child, the former about 23 years of age and the child 2 years of age. Calbert, a negro boy slave 14 years of age.

Your petitioners ask an order of partition of the said slaves and that distribution be made of the other personal estate according to their several rights therein, and that for the purpose of dividing the said negroes that consequences be appointed to make partition as according to the statue in such case made and provided and your petitioner will every (???). 

I made every effort to transcribe the 1842 handwriting correctly. But if this pertains to your ancestor you should contact the society and obtain a copy for yourself.

At the bottom:  Stephan Yarnall & as Guardian of Jabez Potter, Jacob Potter. Thos. W. Cunningham, P. Admin. of Ada Keller, dec'd. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Potter Marriage 1955 Spokane County Washington

Raeona Rae Potter, d/o Richard A. Potter and Della (Roberts), born about 1940 in Spokane and age 15, and with her father's consent, married Glen Richard Oliver, d/o Beulah Oliver, age 20, born in Iowa Falls, Iowa,  on 4 Nov 1955 in Spokane, Washington.

Richard A. Potter and Della Roberts were married on 26 Oct 1936 in Spokane.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Potter Marriage, 1928, Spokane County, Washington

Ezra C. Potter, of Medical Lake, Washington (nearby to Spokane), aged 24, white, single, born in Medical Lake to George D. and Nellie Potter, by occupation a logger, m. Mrguerite Cole, age 24, born in Spokane to Fred A. Beck (born in Sweden) and Carrie White (born in Wisconsin) white, divorced, by occupation a telephone operator, date stamped 7 December 1928.  (Found on the webiste:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Potter Obituaries in Kittitas County, Washington

I copied these from the "Obituary File" in the Kittitas County Genealogical Society library in Ellensburg, Washington:

** I made xerox copies of these file-cards-with-obits-glued-on and have kept them. If you would like a copy, either contact the KCGS or me.  Note:  Some were just one-line entries on a 3x5 card, ie, no full obit.

Amanda Potter, wife of Wilbur, passed 4 Feb 1976 (in Wenatchee)
Carrie J. Potter, passed 1919, age 41 (record from IOOF)
Baby Cecil Potter, stillborn, 1924 (record from IOOF)
Claudia G. Potter, wife of John R. "Dick", passed 11 May 1991 (b. 26 Sep 1931 to Alie and
                                                                                            Gertrude (Pasche) Czapiewski)
Conrad H. Potter, Dr., passed 7 Nov 2001, (b. 18 Oct 1928 in New Hampshire)
Deloris Ida Potter, wife of Vernal N., passed 22 Sep 1998, (b. 12 Jun 1929 in MN to Henry Blondin                                                                                                and Annie Marquardt
Elma O. Potter, passed 14 Nov 1967, age 85 (record from IOOF)
Emma O. Potter, b. 1882, passed 14 Nov 1967 (record from IOOF)
Grace Potter, wife of Francis, passed 16 Mar 1944, (b. 8 May 1903 in Rogersville, TN, to J.R.
Harold L. Potter, passed 9 May 2014, (b. 12 Feb 1951 in Nome, AK)
Jack K. Potter, passed 24 Jul 1999, (b. 25 Feb 1931 to Jack K., Sr., and Genevieve.)
Jeremy Jai Potter, passed 4 July 2005, (b. 9 Jul 1976 to Steve and Carol (Charlton) Potter)
John Brian Potter, passed 31 Oct 1995, (b. 14 Aug 1956 in Nome, AK to Dr. Conrad and Mary Jean)
John P., 1907-1966, and Ruth S. 1910 - xx, Thorpe Cemetery, Kittitas Co.
Lloyd W. Potter, passed 1 Sep 1964, (b. 8 Apr 1898 in Pine Grove, WI)
Mary Helen Potter, 1908-19xx, (record from IOOF)
Newton Potter, passed 4 Feb 1956 ("the county's oldest resident"), (b. 25 Dec 1854 in Killeen, TX)
Rayford M. Potter, passed 19 Nov 1991, (b. 21 Jul 1927 in MA)
Susan J. Potter, wife of Newton J., passed 11 Feb 1959.
Trina Hoisington Potter, passed 3 Dec 2009, (b. 16 Oct 1936 to Roy and Grace (Tjossem) Woodin)
Vernal N. Potter, passed Jun 1953, (b. 16 Oct 1913 in IA).
Victor Potter, passed 4 Nov 1967.