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.)