Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Potters in Anderson County, Texas Prior to1900

From the book "Pioneer Families of Anderson County, Texas, Prior to 1900,"  published by the Anderson County Genealogical Society (no date), page 294:

Silas Potter was born in 1813 in Tennessee. He and his wife, Rachel Amos, born 1826, died about 1861, were living in Cherokee County, Alabama in 1840. They apparently were newlyweds, as there were no children in their household at that time. An older woman between the ages of 60-70 was living with them. In 1850 and 1860 they lived in Dekalb County, Alabama, and their family had grown to ten children, all born in Alabama. They were:

  1. Frances Marion, b. 1841
  2. Nancy Elizabeth, twin, b. 1843, d. 2 Mar 1912, m. George Coffee. 
  3. Sylvia, twin, by 1843, died young.
  4. Rachel, b. 1844, d. 15 Jan 1926, m. Will Geiger.
  5. James H., b. 1849.
  6. daughter possibly named Emily, who died young
  7. Eliza Ann, b. 1853, m. Joseph Miller.
  8. Martha Caroline, b. 1855, d. 7 Dec 1922, m. Thomas J. Marlin.
  9. John Cobb, b. 1857, d. 1910, m. #1 Susie Mitchell; m. #2 Sarah Frances Mobley.
  10. William Washington, b. 26 Aug 1858, d. 26 Feb 1939, m. #1 Sarah Baker, m. #2 Dola Ines Bridges.
A farmer and boot maker by trade, Silas came to Anderson County about 1880 and remained there the rest of his life. All of the children made the move to Texas except Francis Marion, James H., and the two daughters who died young. 

Silas Potter died on 14 Jul 1892 and is buried in the Palestine City Cemetery, Old City Section 1.

*** Submitted (to the book) by Mrs. Johnnie Potter Ayo

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