I would be most interested in trying to share a little information back and forth. My wife (Barbara) is linked with the Benjamin Potter/Stoughton Potter Line and the Ten Potter Brothers. It appears you might be leaning to the Stoughton side of the family whereas my wife leans to the Benjamin side. I am including a document written by John Kimmons Potter Barbara's Great Grandfather. Any help you can provide weather it be for Benjamin or Stoghhten I'll appreciate. Contact me via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thanks and hope you enjoy the information below.
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The following is the History of the POTTERS as furnished by John Kimmons Potter of Calico Rock, Arkansas of date, Jan. 22, 1933, to Forrest Samuel Ackley, of West Finley, Washington County Pennsylvannia, a
grandson of George and Jane Kimmons Potter. History as follows by John Kimmons Potter, youngest son of George and Jane Kimmons Potter.
I, having met a Professor who taught in the Agricultural College at Ames, June in 1913, the professor told me he had looked up the ancestors of the Potters as far back to the 17th and 18th century.
Ten Potter brothers left England in the 17th Century and settled in the New England States mostly New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Conneticut, and some trailing south through Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and southern Illinois and went to Iowa and Missouri some time during 17 and 1800's.
Benjamin Potter and his brother Stotten, two of the ten brothers, drifted from Maryland, both having married Rhode Island girls and came to West Finley Township, Washington County, Pennsylvannia in 1790 and settled near Good Intent. Benjamin Potter is my granfather and he married a Miss Allen of Rhode Island and to this union was born two sons and four daughters, sons: George and Howard; daughters: Betsy, Barbara, Martha and one was murdered on the home place. Aunt Betsy must have been the oldest, she married a Mr. Konkle of West Virginia and lived at or near Moundsville, West Virginia as I visited them at their home in 1877 as I was attending teachers Institute at Moundsville. I presume Barbara was the one who eloped with a man by the name of Hawkins. Grandfather chased them to Wheeling but the boat was leaving, going down the Ohio River so they went on their lonely way and was not heard from for 40 years or more.
Mrs. Hawkins and her daughter came to Claysville possibly in 1893 or 94 expecting some money for her share in the home farm, but as she had lived away so long, her resident now known, she had forfeited her right, so the law disinherited her, her daughter was with her. She was a school teacher and they lived somewhere in Kansas.
Another sister of Father's was Martha who married Jim Worrel, a Tanner lived at and died in Claysville, after the death of Jim, she married his brother Charley Worrel who lived across from the Claysville Cemetery.
Howard Potter, brother of my father, George Potter who was also born near Good Intent. Do not know who he married, but they had three sons and one daughter. Henry, Clinton, and Benjamin. Daughter, Martha who married Mack Gunn. They had one daughter, Jennie. Howard Potters and the Gunns all moved from near Good Intent in probably 1878 or 1879 to Bethany, Missouri. A few years later, John Danley who had lost his wife, and Jennie Gunn, Nally who was a widow at the time, she and John Danley got married and they lived on Mr. Danley's farm in East Finley T.P. Washington County Pennsylvannia for several years and then moved to Claysville where they both died.
Stotten Potter, a brother of my grandfather, Benjamin Potter, so far as I know, had only one son. His name was Jim Potter and he married Anna Kimmons, sister of my mother. They moved to Illinois soon after marriage. She, Anna his wife and one or two children are buried on our old home place. They had come back by steamboat down the Mississippi to St. Louis and to Wheeling and had contracted measles, the same disease which killed my mother's oldest chldren, Benjamin and Elizabeth. I, John K. Potter, visited Jim Potter at NeComb, Illinois at Christmas time 1881. I have also met Potters at Carroll, Ames, Iowa, Cotter, Arkansas and hear about Potters up near Springfield Missouri.
The Potters are English and the Kimmons are Scotch-Irish decent. One of Samuel Kimmons brothers went West and settled near Quincy, Illinois. He had two sons, Ira and Luke. I, John Potter visited the Kimmons with Uncle Luke Kimmons, who lived 20 miles east of Quincy, Illinois. In the fall of 1882 and spring of 1883, Uncle Luke was a jolly good fellow as every one called him. Uncle Luke had a lively home and a tall queenly wife. i helped the hired man to brake colts to the harness and deep snow which made it easy to worry them out. Forrest, your Mother, visited at Uncle Ira Kimmons, they had two boys and one daughter, her name was Sally and she never married as I know of. So your Mother and John Potter visited the Kimmons in Illinois many years ago. George Potter, son of Benjamin Potter of Good Intent, Washington County, T.P. Pennsylvannia born, June 29, 1817, died August 29, 1861. He married Jane Kimmons 1834, daughter of Samuel and Eleanor Ross Kimmons, born near Good Intent, June 12, 1818 and died Feb. 8, 1914, age 96 years. She married George Potter in 1834 and born to this union ten children:
Benjamin, died infancy (measles)
Elizabeth " " "
William H., born Dec 18, 1841, d or killed by B & O train near the Station in Claysville, PA.
George W., born, Dec. 23, 1843, d May 21, 1907.
Anna J. born, Sept. 20, 1845, d Feb. 21, 1932
Elsie born, Aug. 28, 1847 d
Junie born, July 20, 1850 d Aug. 1932
Sophia born, Nov. 6, 1853 d Aug. 15, 1932
Memphis C. born, Aug 1,1855 d June 12, 1935
John K. born, June 13, 1859 d July 20, 1938
George Potter subject of the above, about 1850 went west and spent some time looking for a location to take his family and had about made a location, but upon his return to the home place, he found that his Father had died. So he decided to remain on the home place and there he died Aug. 18, 1861.