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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Benjamin F. (1850-1908) & Eleanor (1853-1909) POTTER

Spotted this tombstone here in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington in the Greenwood Cemetery. The inscription is weathered but reads:  Frank Potter, 1850-1908;  Eleanor Potter, 1853-1909. (As best as I could discern.)

Doing some quick research, Benjamin F. or F. Benjamin was born in Jan 1850 in Pennsylvania; he married Eleanor ??  in 1887. Benjamin was the son of George H. and Elizabeth Potter, as found on the 25 July 1870 census of Pennsylvania. He had siblings Jacob Henry, Mariah, Amelia, John. He died on 2 Nov 1908 in Spokane.

Eleanor, according to her death certificate, was born in 1853 or 1854 in Indiana, daughter of F. Phar and Samantha Riggs.  She died on 11 Feb 1909 in the even smaller town of Elk, Spokane County, Washington.

On Benjamin's death record it shows his father's name as George and his mother's name as Benedict. On the 25 Jul 1870 census, an 85 year old Susen Benedick, b. Pennsylvania, is listed in the household.

Looks like Benjamin F. Potter served in the Civil War, the 148th PA Infantry and received a pension.

On 11 Jun 1900, the couple were living in Chattaroy, a small town about 40 miles north of Spokane but still in Spokane County. He was listed as a farmer.

As of this posting date, I found very little else on either of these Potters in the Ancestry or FamilySearch databases, or on our Washington State Digital Archives website.

(I had to wonder who gave that information as apparently this couple had no children. Listed in the 1900 census it shows 0/0 for her regarding children.)

Monday, October 20, 2014

James Potter & Mary Ann "Polly" Kirby.... Lived in McCracken Co, KY, in the mid-1800s.

This was a write-up in the Sunday, May 30, 1971 issue of the Paducah Kentucky Democrat. The article was spotlighting the upcoming reunion of the family.

"In 1830 a young married man received a land grant in McCracken County where he would build the log house that was to serve for many years as the home for his growing family.

"That man was James Potter and his wife was Mary Ann "Polly" Kirby and their 3-year-old son William.

"James and Mary Ann's twelve children were William, James, Monroe, Samuel John D., John and four daughters who died in infancy, Mary Jane, Pauline, Lizzie Nancy and Virginia, and living daughters Laura Frances (m. Oldham), and Emirella (m. Cook, then Vance).

"These pioneers, their children and grandchildren wee destined to play an important role in the growth and development of McCracken County.

"The property remained in the Potter family for 129 years; the last owner was Edd Potter, son of William, who died in 1967, having sold the property in 1959.

"James Potter, with the help of his oldest son, William, helped to hew the logs and to build the Highland Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Most of the family members were Baptists, but some were Presbyterians and Methodists.

"The plot in Hall Cemetery was purchased by son William in 1972. In it are buried James, who died in 1882; Mary Ann, who died in 1887; and William and his wife. Many other members of the Potter family are also buried in the 1/4 acre plot, some in unmarked graves.

This copied newspaper article appeared in Potter Profiles, Volume 12, May 1987, page 23.