Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lorenzo Tucker Potter Buried at Beaufort National Cemetery, 1872


I am not related to Potter but have been researching Lorenzo Tucker Potter and his wife Eliza because of their 1870 memorials at the Beaufort National Cemetery honoring Union soldiers in the Civil War who died primarily at the Charleston Race Course prison in 1864-1865. An ancestor of mine died as a prisoner there and is, purportedly, one of the 175 soldiers names on the memorial. Eliza tended to Union soldiers at the prison.

I am writing only to see if what I have might be known/confirmed by others - I am not certain of all of this. 

Eliza McGuffin was born in Ireland to Scottish parents and a number of references suggest she was born in Scotland. I recently located the 1850 census in St Michael and St Phillip Parish (Charleston) SC where Eliza E Abbott, born Ireland, was listed with Anna Dennison 14, Julia E Dennison 5, Frederick P Dennison 3, Mary A Dennison 0 and John C Abbott 30. In the 1860 census L T (Lorenzo Tucker) Potter is listed with Eliza and Julia Potter 15, Frederick Potter 13, Mary Potter 10, Earl Potter 3, Lorence Potter 1 and Lily Potter 1. 

There are records indicating that Lorenzo Tucker Potter married Mary Waterman Abbott and she died 1846. I am postulating that Eliza McGuffin married(1) ??-?? Dennison then married(2 or 3) Lorenzo Tucker Potter about 1855 who adopted 3 children and their first child was Earl Frothingham (L T Potter's mother's maiden name) Potter.

Julia Potter died 1861 age 16 in Charleston of disease and Frederick Potter died 1863 age 16 of head injuries sustained when schoolmates wanted the Union flag in his pocket which he would not give to them. They are buried in Charleston and their names are on the one headstone.

L T Potter died 1872 and is buried in Rhode Island. In 1876 Eliza was awarded $20,000 in the legal case 'Potter vs United States' for compensation of seizure of assets at the end of the Civil War. Eliza was living in Iowa in 1895 with her son Earl and I located a record suggesting Eliza died in Massachusetts 1907. I have not been able to locate her burial location. Eliza's son, Earl, at a ceremony in Washington, DC, was presented a book, signed by Clara Barton, which honored, among others, Eliza Potter for her efforts tending to Union soldiers in Charleston.

FYI - Marshall Woodward,  email mwoodward@homesc.com

If you are able to help Marshall with his project, please do contact him. 

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