Monday, July 21, 2014

Potter marriages in the 1930s in Pend Oreille Co, WA

Ernest Davis, of Spokane, WA, age 34, and
Margaret Potter, age 21, of Spokane, WA
married on 15 Oct 1938.

Ray Potter, age 21, of Ione, WA, and
Esther Sarah Applegate, age 21, of Ione, WA,
married on 28 May 1931.
Also signed: Gertrude Applegate. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

M. Potter, ca 1840-ca1870. Anybody have this fellow in your Potter tree?

"Seeking identity of M. Potter, who married Isabella Detrick or Dedrick about 1860-1862; she was of Augusta Co, Virginia. Their daughter, Mary Belle Potter, was born in Feb 1863. In the 1870 census of Shenandoah Co, Virginia, Isabella and Mary Belle Potter are living with her parents. I assume that her husband, M. Potter, had died by 1870. Isabelle married (2) Francis Moffit in Ohio.

In the 1880 census of Spring Valley, Ohio, Mary Belle Potter says her father was from New York. Mary Belle married George Jones. In the 1900 census of Spring Valley, Ohio, Mary Belle Jones says her father was from Michigan. In the 1910 census of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Mary Belle Jones says her father was from Virginia. Mary Belle Potter Jones died in 1916.

Most confusing!
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Martin B. Potter, ca 1812-1883, New York...... Anybody?

Potter Profiles reader, Linda Phillips, has submitted a query for all Potter researchers to consider:

Martin B. Potter, 1811-1812; d. 7 Feb 1883 in Natural Bridge (town of Diana), Lewis Co, New York.

He married Lucy Thompson on 12 Sep 1847 in Carthage (a village in the town of Wilna), Jefferson Co, New York.

Linda first documents her Martin B. Potter in 1850 in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York.

Martin and Lucy had three sons:  (1) Alvah Potter, 1852-1874, buried in the Carthage Cemetery;  (2) George C. Potter, b. 2 Oct 1854, d. 20 Oct 1918;  and (3) Chester E. Potter, b. 29 Aug 1857, d. Oct 1931. 

Linda's Potter ancestor was George C. Potter, 1854-1918.  Any help from anybody related would be welcomed by Linda! Contact her at 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Edgar W. Potter, Civil War Veteran, New York, Part 3

"............... and having served HONESTLY and FAITHFULLY with his Company in the 9th NY Cavalry is now entitled to a DISCHARGE by reason of being killed in action near Old Church Va , May 30th, 1864. "

There is no part three as on those pages of Potter Profiles I reproduced the same document-image twice.

The most interesting thing about this 2-page file is this, to me:  As busy a time and place as Civil War battlefields were, they took the time to fill out discharge papers for a soldier killed in action only a month after his death? Impressive.

Whatever happened to Edgar W. Potter of Cattaraugus County, New York? Who were his family? Was he sent home to laid to rest?

Do any collateral descendants claim this young 23 year old Edgar W. Potter who served his country honestly and faithfully?

This is from Wikipedia:

Union cavalry horses photographed outside the Old Church Hotel by Timothy H. O'Sullivan, June 4, 1864

The Battle of Old Church, also known as Matadequin Creek, was fought on May 30, 1864, as part of Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War.
As the opposing armies faced each other across Totopotomoy Creek, a Union cavalry division under Brig. Gen.Alfred T. A. Torbert collided with a cavalry brigade under Brig. Gen. Matthew C. Butler at Matadequin Creek, near the Old Church crossroads. After sharp dismounted fighting, the outnumbered Confederates were driven back to within 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of Old Cold Harbor, which preceded the Union capture of that important crossroads the following day.