Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Revolutionary Potters in New Jersey

From the 1997 book, Roster of the People of the Revolution in Monmouth County, New Jersey, by Michael S. Adelberg, page 218 (accessed at the Heritage Quest Research Library, Sumner, WA):

Daniel Potter  --  Shrewsbury, sells produce to Continental Army, 5/80
David Potter  --  Shrewsbury
Ephraim Potter  --  Shrewsbury, recipient of poor relief
Isaac Potter  --  Dover, indicted for misdemeanor, 1/78, fined L5 for not attending all or part of jury 
     duty; signer, petition against association for retaliation, 12/81;  Township Freehholder of Appeals,
     1783;  Grand Juror, Court of Oyer and Terminer, 7/83
Mary Potter  --  Shrewsbury,  recipient of poor relief
Paul Potter  --  Dover,  private, militia; signer Petition Against Association for Retaliation, 12/81
Phineas Potter  --  Dover, sells goods to Pennsylvania Salt Works, intermittent 8/76-6/77
Reuben Potter  --  Dover, private, militia; laborer, Pennsylvania Salt Works, intermittent 8/76-6/77;
     Signer of Articles of Retaliation, 6/79
Robert Potter  --  sergeant, New Jersey Volunteers, captured 8/22/77
Thomas Potter  --  Dover, signer, Petition Against Association for Retaliation, 12/81

Monday, February 1, 2016

Potters in Jackson County, Michigan

From the History of Jackson County, Michigan, Vol. 1-2, 1881, seen at the Heritage Quest Research Library, Sumner, Washington:

page 383:  Joshua Potter, mustered out of the 7th Cavalry

Page 432:  Nathan S. Potter, admitted as business partner with George E. Loomis on 1 Jan 1878

Page 378:  E. B. Potter was named inspector for the Pulaski School District

Page 641:  Henry H. HATCH and Amanda Potter, parents of Hiram F. Hatch, boot and shoe merchandiser, b. 24 Dec 1842 in Benton, Eaton Co, Michigan; parents were of Scotch descent and were natives of Batavia, New York. They married and came to Michigan ca 1840 and settled near Charlotte.

Page 662:  Ruth Potter m. George LAWTON, superintendent of Union School, and settled in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, where their son, U.W. Lawton was born in 1831. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Serendipity Today

FamilySearch, aka the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, maintains the wonderful Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Besides that they offer genealogy help at hundreds of Family History Centers scattered all around the world. The newest thing FamilySearch is offering is a chance to have some family fun at the Discovery Centers. These will be historical-interactive screens where you can learn about yourself, your family and even your name!

Here are some fun things about the Potter surname that I found at the Discovery Center at RootsTech last year........ and you can have similar fun at the new Discovery Center on the main floor of the Family History Library.

Don't think there is much here new and/or startling but all fun nonetheless.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Potters in Almena, Norton County, Kansas, 1886

On 2 May 1886, in Almena, Norton County, Kansas, a "male child" was born to Isaac W. Potter, age 39, born in  New Jersey, a farmer and his wife Mattie B. Blaine, age 35, born in Iowa. 

Hope this tiny tidbit helps somebody..................

Friday, November 20, 2015

Scotch-Irish Potter Settlers in Virginia

From the Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlers in Virginia, Extracted from original court records of Augusta County, 1745-1800, by Lyman Chalkley, Vol. 3:

Page 142:  John Potter's appraisement by John Kirk, Alexander Kirk, John Beard, on 22 Nov 1775 for  sogering money (soldiering money?) under Capt. Moffet......"

Page 465:  Gordon Potter was testator on 10 Nov 1767 along with Thomas McIlhany to James Stewart.

Page 562:  James Potter and John Wright and Robert McKittrick were testators to a deed ca. 1780.

'Twas not much but these bits might help some Potter family researcher.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Marguerite Potter, A 1938 Mystery Lady

On 14 July 1938, in Walla Walla (city and county), Washington, a Marguerite Potter signed as a witness to the marriage of Paul W. Beebe and Wilma Goldsmith. Paul and Wilma were "of Lewiston, Idaho," which is 100 miles east of Walla Walla.

I checked the 1930 and 1940 for Idaho and Washington for all these names and came with: NADA.

So does any Potter Profiles reader have information to identify this Marguerite Potter???

Monday, October 19, 2015

Potter Insanity Case, 1888, Washington

Our wonderful Washington State Digital Archives (www.digitalarchives.wa.gov) is a free and wonderful source for those researching in the Evergeen State.

One of the databases on the Washington Digital Archives site is Frontier Justice. Spokane case #133 was in 1886 for one Reuben B. Potter, insanity. My interest piqued, I did some further looking.

The 1883 census of Garfield County, shows R.B. Potter, age 42, b. NY, a mechanic;  Viola Potter, age 32, b. NY; A. H. Potter (son), age 15, b. IL;  G.H. Potter (son), age 13, b. IL; and Minnie E. Potter, age 12, b. IL.

The 6 Apr 1885 census for Pomeroy, Garfield County, shows R.B. Potter, age 44, b. NY, farmer; Viola E. Potter, age 38, b. NY; Albert H. Potter, age 18 and Minne E. Potter, age 12.

The 1887 census adds confusing evidence:  H.C. Potter, age 55, b. NY, Viola E. Potter, age 38, b. NY; R.B. Potter, age 45, b. NY;  George Potter, age 18, b. NY; and Minnie Potter, age 14, b. NY.

So why, in 1888, did Viola E. Potter, plaintiff, divorce Reuben B. Potter in Garfield County? 

And why is their case listed as "probate" with case type as "insanity" in case #133?? 

Guess it's up to descendants to solve this mystery.

I can add that I did find that in 1910, Albert E. Potter, age 43, b. IL, was living in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington.

And Minnie E. Potter m. George T. PICKETT on 9 Mar 1904 in Clark County.