James Potter was a brother of Joel Lee Potter. Parents in dispute.
James was born in Scott County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Wood of Tennessee, daughter of Hiram Wood and Nancy Adkins, sister of James O. "Bushy" Wood.
Joel Lee was reportedly born in Hickman County, Tennessee. He married Mary "Polly" Bellomy, believed to have been born in Scott County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Jackson Bellomy and Susanna Pace. Joel and Mary married in Virginia about 1817.
In 1830 and 1840 censuses, the Potters and Woods were in Jackson County, Alabama. Many Potters moved to Missouri between 1830-1840. By the 1850 census, Joel Potter and family were in Ozark County, Missouri. James Potter does not appear, but his family was living with Joel Potter's family on the 1850 census.
1850 September 25 Census, Ozark County, Missouri, Dist. 45, p. 22-23 or 293 (estimated birthdates)
ln. 35, HH 293, Fam. 293
Joel L. Potter, 50, farmer, b. TN, (name is transcribed as Patter)
wife, Polly, 47, b. 1801 Virginia
James, 19 (1830), AL
Caroline, 17 (1833), AL
Jane, 15 (1835) AL
Joel Van Buren, 13 (1837) AL
Joseph C. 10 (1840), AL
Sarah Ann, 6 (1845), MO
John D., 3 (1847), MO
Potter, Elizabeth, 36, 1813, SIL This would be Elizabeth Wood, wife of James Potter and her children (They also had a son Elijah went to California for gold rush and never came back)
Potter, Malinda, 12 d/o Eliz, b. 1839 Jackson County, AL , (Malinda probated mother's estate 20 years after she died)
Potter, Pleasant George, 10, b. 1840, TN
Douglas County, Missouri was then formed from part of Ozark County, and thereafter, the Potters are in Douglas County. Joel Lee Potter died before the 1860 census.
1860 Census Douglas County, Missouri, Falling Springs Twp., p. 875
9 307 307 Potter Polly 58 F W House Laborer . 175 VA . . X . .
10 307 307 Potter John D 14 M W . . . MO . . . . .
11 307 307 Potter Mary 7 F W . . . MO .(this is actually Molly Durham, a granddaughter)
12 307 307 Potter Howell F 4 M W . . . MO .(this is actually Howell Durham, a grandson)
The family of James Potter, Joel Lee's brother, moved to Green County, Missouri.
1860 Census, Campbell, Greene County, Missouri
ln. 1, Hh 871, Fam. 991
Potter, Elizabeth, 50, occupation spinning and knitting, TN
Nancy Ragsdale (daughter), 22, AL
Emsley Ragsdale (grandson), 2, MO
Potter, P. G., teacher, AL
The children of James Potter and Elizabeth Wood were:
1. Elijah Renshaw Potter, b. December 11, 1835, in Alabama, d. October 2, 1921, Covela, Mendocino, California
2. Nancy Malinda Jane Potter, b. ca 1838, Alabama, d. November 3, 1909, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri
3. Pleasant George Potter, b. May 1840, Alabama, died after the 1910 census, probably in Mendocino County, California.
Elijah R. Potter went to California, looking for gold, but became a farmer and married Susan M. Atkinson.
Pleasant George, who was at one time a teacher, remained in Missouri, but some time after he was widowed, moved to California, where he was at one time a constable.
1850 census by Janie Luster:
Spanish Canion Twp., El Dorado Roll, p. 4:
Potter, Elijah R.
1860 Census, Shasta County, California
ln. 27-28, HH 598, Fam. 487
Law, A., 35, occupation miner, NY
Potter, E. R., 24, miner, AL
1870 August 2 Census, Round Valley Twp., Covelo, Mendocino County, California
ln. 6, HH 93, Fam. 89
Potter, E. R., 33, farmer, AL
Susan M., wife, 18, CA
Pleasant G., 1, CA
Melinda J., 3 mos., CA
1870 Census, Webster, Ozark County, Missouri, p. 31
ln. 1, HH 22, Fam. 20
Potter, Pleasant G., 30, AL, dealer in general mdse.
Rebecca M., wife, 21
Leonard, 2, MO
Maud, 6 mos., MO
Bodenheimer, B. F. W., store clerk, MO
1880 June 10-11 Census, Round Valley Twp., Mendocino County, California, ED 59, p. 224B
ln. 31, HH 64, Fam. 66
Potter, E. R., 43, AL TN TN , farmer
Susan M., 28, CA England NY, keeping house
Pleasant G. , 11, CA AL CA
Malinda J., 10, CA AL CA
Robert, 8, CA AL CA
1900 Census, Round Valley Twp., Mendocino County, California
ln. 60, Hh 140, Fam. 141
Patter, Elijah R. , 64, b. Dec. 1835, md. 32 years, AL TN TN
Susan M., 47, b. Dec. 1852, wife, CA England
Pleasant G., son, 31, b. Jan. 1869, CA AL CA
Robert A., son, 28, b. Sept. 1871, CA AL CA
George P., widower, brother, AL TN TN
1910 Census, Round Valley Twp., Mendocino County, California,
ln. 9, HH 23, Fam. 23
Potter, Elijah R., AL TN TN, farmer, own farm
Susan M., 57, CA England NJ
Robert A. , 38, CA AL CA, farm laborer, single
1910 Census, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
ln. 41, 429 HH 144, Fam. 195
Potter, Pleasant G., 69, AL TN TN (is living in a lodging house, perhaps running it, with a number of unrelated lodgers)
1920 Census, Round Valley Twp., Mendocino County, California
ln. 55, HH 39, Fam. 55
Potter, Elijah R., 84, AL TN TN
Susan M., wife, , 67, CA England NJ
George P., son, 50, widower, CA AL CA
Robert A., son, 48, single, CA AL CA
Sarah F., granddaughter, 14, single, CA CA CA
Nancy Malinda Potter remained in Missouri, in the area of Greene County, marrying several times.
I am descended from Joel Lee Potter, so this is a collateral line, but I haven't seen much on the family, so am posting what information I have.