Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lorenzo Tucker Potter & Eliza McGuffin of the mid-1850s?

Hi Donna,

I am doing some research on the Potters,  from Providence R.I. and especially centering on the Civil war times of Eliza McGuffin Potter and Lorenzo Tucker Potter.  There are some gaps as to their  first marriages interestingly both of them were married to Abbotts, and also Nathaniel F. ( Lorenzo’s brother) was also married to an Abbott.  But I digress ,  it is a bit unclear as to what happened to their first spouses and what brought Eliza to Charleston. I am quite certain Lorenzo came with his brothers to work on the Charleston Hotel after the great fire.

I am also trying to find more information on Lillie Rose Potter who was the Dean of Lasell in Auburndale Massachusetts.  In her last days Eliza  lived with her daughter there and I believe died while there.  I have been in touch with those at Lasell who are familiar with the story  but sent me connections on line and I have been having difficulty following the ‘steps’ to determine more information.

THANKS for any information or contact you may be able to help clarify.

Meg Hemauer

30 March 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Atwood Potter, Died 1881, Florida

On the Amelia Island Genealogical Society's website, Nassau County, Florida, is an obituary database. This particular one came from the Florida Mirror, dated 16 April 1881: Atwood Potter, home in Westerly, Long Island, night watchman in a hotel, the Larkin House, Putnam County, Florida, died by accidental gunshot.

This is an Atwood Potter in the Westerly, Rhode Island, census........not Westerly, Long Island. Think this is the same fellow?  Anybody looking to document his death would likely never have guessed to look in Florida!

Name:Atwood M. Potter
Birth Year:abt 1851
Birthplace:Rhode Island
Home in 1880:Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
Relation to Head of House:Son
Marital Status:Widower
Father's name:Wm. D. Potter
Father's Birthplace:Rhode Island
Mother's name:Sarah J. Potter
Mother's Birthplace:Rhode Island
Neighbors:View others on page
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and Dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
Wm. D. Potter55
Sarah J. Potter51
Atwood M. Potter29
Elbert J. Potter8
Grace E. Potter1

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Potters Resting in Potter Hill Cemetery, Taylor, Cortland County, New York

From an online database of burials in the Potter Hill Cemetery, town of Taylor in the county of Cortland in New York, published by the Taylor Historical Society:

The surname is POTTER unless otherwise specified:

Wallace D., s/o O.C. and A. U. - d. 11 Oct 1854, age 3mo 17da
Syra - d. 13 Jul 1880, age 79yr, 1 mo 8 da - s/o Charles
Sophia H, w/o Syra - d. 7 Oct 1900
Olive A., d/o Syra and Sophia H. - d. 25 Feb 1833, age 2yr 4mo 15da
Charles N., s/oo Syra and Hophia H. - d. 27 Mar 1836, age 2y 5mo 2da
Olive N.  (no dates on stone)
Hardin - b. 8 Jun 1779, d. 22 Oct 1857 - buried beside Ruth
Ruth CHAMPION, w/o Hardin - d. 14 Jan 1836, age 45y 8mo 25 da - parents of 13 boys
Dan C. - d 9 May 1826, age 15yr 10mo 9da - s/o Hardin
Chauncey D., Co. A, 76 Reg, NY Vol - d. 16 Jun 1867, age 41yr - s/o Hardin
Joel - 1813-1909 - s/o Hardin
Fanny H., w/o Joel, 1817-1891 - d/o Daniel FOSTER
Daniel D, s/o Joel and Fanny H. - d 28 Dec 1862, age 21yr 4mo 20da
Charles (2) - d. 10 May 1881, age 69yr 5mo 12 da - s/o Hardin
Sally (JOSLIN) his wife - d. 10 Apr 1885, age 74yr
Olive N. - d. 29 Oct 1854, age 14yr 4mo 26da - d/o Charles (2)
Hellen J., w/o U.D. HOPKINS, d/o Charles (2) and Sally, d. 4 Apr 1870, age 23yr 3mo 26da
Welcome J., Co. E, 185th Reg, N.Y.V. - d. 17 May 1871, age 40yr 6mo 7da - s/o Charles (2)
Llewellen B. - d. 12 Oct 1861, age 8mo 10da
Bion B. - d. 9 May 1869, age 5yr 3mo 1da
Chauncey D. - d. 11 Mar 1871, age 1yr 9mo 20da
Ida E. - d. 7 May 1885, age 7mo 20da

"Safe in Heaven children of G.H.C. and F.M. Potter"
Hirum, s/o Charles (2)
Fanny M. d/o Rev Henry M. BORT
Phylander - 25 Feb 1821 - 20 Apr 1901 - s/o Hardin
Laura, w/o Phylander - d. 5 Jul 1880, age 59yr
Burdett - d. 28 May 1866, age 18y 5mo - s/o Phylander
Cynthia, w/o John, d. 1 Mar 1846, age 37yr 1mo 13da
Osker, d/o John and Cynthia - d. 10 May 1838, age 5yr 11mo 1da
Helen J. (no dates on stone)

Pardon - d. 11 Jan 1858 - age 87yr
Parris - d. 23 Feb 1875 (? sic), age 79yr 11mo 12da - s/o0 Pardon
Nancy, w/o Parris, d. 9 Jan 1864, age 62yr

In Memory of William B., N.Y.S.V., Co A, 76 Regt, who died in defence of his country, the first
     man to fall from the 76 Regt in Washington DC - age 21yr 11mo 14da - s/o Parris

Alice R, d/o J.I.V. and Adelia - d. 25 Feb 1860, age 3yr 24da
Charles (1) - d. 28 Jul 1848, age 71yr 1mo 28da
Paulina (CARVER) his wife - 1778-1862
Mary L., their daughter, 1810-1879
Ida Alice, d/o Hanis and Almira - d. 23 Aug 1849, age 4yr 8mo 13da
Charles W. - 1812-1891 - d/o Charles (1) - "Wesley"
Eleanor M. (SPENCER) his wife - 1817-1850
Carver P. - 1850-1850
Oliver C. - d 10 Jun 1888, age 70yr - s/o Charles (1) - "Carver Potter"
Amelia U., his wife - d. 30 Jun 1901, age 74yr 9mo 9da - d/o Charles HYER
Willis D., s/o Oliver C. and Amelia U. - d. 28 Mar 1860, age 6yr 2mo 5da

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

William Potter, ca 1895 to 1970, Co Dublin, Ireland

Hello. My name is Martin Potter and I live in Ireland. I am delighted to post to Potter Profiles about my paternal grandfather, William Potter.

He was a seaman and settled in the seaside town of Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland. He married a local girl and they had four sons: Breffni, William, Patrick, and Desmond….. Desmond was my father. William also had one daughter, Rena. There are lots of my cousins still living in the area. I would love to know more about William’s life when he was in Liverpool and to hear from any other relatives as I’m sure that there must be some for many Potters live in the Liverpool area.

William was awarded medals for saving lives at sea. In 1913 he was involved in saving 59 lives from the burning ship, Volturno, in the Atlantic. William was aboard the SS Devonian which answered the Volturno’s distress call. William was aboard lifeboat number five.

Here is a link and pictures of William and his award and medals. Please feel free to publish it!

Martin Potter,  email:

** Do check out this link for there you'll find much information on this tragic event and William Potter.  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Potters in Peoria, Illinois, in 1900

According to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, taken on 9 June 1900, in the Peoria Ward 1, Peoria, Illinois, three men surnamed Potter were among those listed as "prisoner" in one large "dwelling."

One was Sam Potter, born Jan 1874 in Illinois, parents also born in Illinois, age 26, day laborer

Another was George Potter, b. Mar 1875 in Illinois, parents also born in Illinois, age 25, cigar maker

The third was Horace Potter, born Jul 1868 in Pennsylvania, parents born in Ireland, age 31, painter

Wonder who Sam Potter, George Potter and Horace Potter belong to?? Is your Potter family missing a young man?

Grandma Google gives me this image for "Peoria prison." Is it the one where these Potters were?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Admiral Dewey Potter, buried Vermilion Co, IL, 1930

Doing some Find-A-Grave searching in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion Co, Illinois, and spotted this:

Admiral Dewey Potter
Birth: unknown
Death:  10 April 1930
Father: unknown
Mother:  Lorena Hartz Potter, 1873-1905
James Milton Potter, 1922-1996
Bobby Potter, 1930-1930
William Potter, 1930-1930

Admiral Dewey Potter, d. 1930
Jennie C. Potter Odle, 1891-1976
Della Mae Potter Clawson, 1893-1980
Stephen Henry Potter, 1895-1922
John Tobias Potter, 1903-1979
Robert Lincoln Potter, 1905-1975

IN Inf  --  Tombstone in Soldiers' Circle

His twin infant sons, Bobby and William, are buried with him

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Potters In Pend Oreille County, Washington, 1930s & 1940s

Marriage record:  2 May 1938, Charles A Thomas, age 28, and Luella Poetter, age 18, both of Cusick, Pend Oreille County, were married.

Marriage record:  15 Nov 1943, Waldo Eldin Guffin, of Spokane, WA, married Ruth Potter, of Spokane. 

Image courtesy of the Washington State Digital Archives,

By the by, the county name is pronounced "Ponderay."  Been told it's French. Cusick was a lumbering town on the Pend Oreille River.