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Re: Abraham Letts

Posted: 2 May 2007 9:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Letts, Potter
Did your Abraham Letts then move to Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

I am interested o what you have on him and his decendants.

David Fisher and Frank Little, editors., Compendium of history and biography of Kalamazoo County, Mich., Chicago [Ill.] : A.W. Bowen & Co., [1906].
The late Hon. Allen Potter, of Kalamazoo, was a man distinguished in business circles and political affairs throughout southern Michigan. In every undertaking of his busy and useful life he succeeded well, and the various enterprises with which he was connected were many and important. His life began in Saratoga county, N. Y., on October 2, 1818, and he was the son of Elisha and Maria (Allen) Potter, both born and reared in New York state. The father was a farmer there and for a number of years a manufacturer of woolen fabrics. In his later life he moved to Hillsdale county, Mich., and settled near Moscow on a farm, which he afterward disposed of and took up his residence with his son at Kalamazoo, where he died. He was a son of Dr. Stephen Potter, a surgeon in the United States army during the war of 1812 and a well known physician of the state of New York. Hon. Allen Potter, the only child of his parents, was reared and educated in his native county, and there he learned his trade as a tinner and worked at it seven years. In 1838 he became a resident of Michigan, and here he followed his craft in a number of different places, among them Jonesville, in Hillsdale county, and later at Homer, at each place remaining several years. In June, 1845, he moved to Kalamazoo and opened a small hardware store and tin shop, and from this small beginning he built up an extensive trade which he conducted successfully in connection with a blast furnace. For some time he was in partnership with Mr. Woodbury, and afterward with Mr. Parsons and others. Subsequently he retired from active business pursuits in these lines and devoted his attention to private banking and afterward became vice-president of the Michigan National Bank. He also held stock in the gas company and, in company with Mr. Woodbury and Mr. Walter, purchased and owned the first plant. He was ever alive to the commercial interests of his city, in a number of other enterprises of value to the community and advantage to its people. Taking an active part in politics as a Republican. He was chosen to represent his county in the lower house of the state legislature and afterward as a representative of his district in the congress of the United States. In legislative work he exhibited the same energy, capacity and breadth of view that distinguished him in private business and displayed besides a wide and accurate knowledge of public affairs that made him a valuable member of the bodies to which he was sent as a representative.. Locally, although he did not desire or seek public office, he served as president of the village and afterward as the first mayor of the city. He died on May 8, 1885, in the full maturity and vigor of his powers and with apparently many years of usefulness yet before him. In September, 1845, he married with Miss Charity P. Letts, a daughter of Abraham and Eliza (Smith) Letts, both natives of New York. The family moved to Michigan in 1835 and settled near Homer, Calhoun county, where the father engaged in farming. He died in Kalamazoo. His father was John Letts, a native of New Jersey and a soldier in the war of the Revolution in a New Jersey regiment in which he served seven years. In the service he had many narrow escapes from violent death and often was obliged to have recourse to skillful strategem to save himself, being employed in a measure in the secret service of the army. He died at a good old age in Orleans county, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Potter had three children. Their son. Allen Potter. Jr,. died in 1883. The daughters, Mrs. May Knight and Mrs. Lillie Gardner, live in Kalamazoo.".
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