Monday, May 16, 2016

A "Stray" Potter, 1840, Illinois

A tidbit in the St.Clair Genealogical Society QUARTERLY, Volume 39, Number 1, 2016, page 32:

Citing The Great Western (newspaper), Belleville, ILL. , 11 May 1839 (inaugural edition)

"E.G. Potter of Lebanon Illinois submitted a lengthy, precisely detailed, letter describing his successful method of building houses from Earth."

Did a quick check of the 1840 census for Lebanon, St.Clair County, IL, on Ancestry and found his brief entry:

One male, 15-19;  one male, 40-49; one female 40-49.

A very brief search in the 1850 census and Illinois death records yielded nothing.

Who was E.G. Potter???

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