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WILLIAM D. POTTER (DANIEL) b.1816 NY TO MI 1836 bio.

WILLIAM D. POTTER (DANIEL) b.1816 NY TO MI 1836 bio.

colleen (View posts)
Posted: 12 Jun 2004 12:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
These are not my relatives, but I thought someone might like to have the history for their records. It came from the:
"1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros", in Michigan.
Hope it helps someone.

WILLIAM D. POTTER. The good work begun by the reverend gentleman whose name appears above, although cut off while apparently in the flower of his usefulness, still goes on, spreading abroad the aroma of the sweet spirit of the meek and lowly One whose life our subject followed by example. He began preaching at an early day and was known both far and near as a Baptist minister of great strength and eloquence.

Mt. Potter was born in New York, September 25, 1816. In 1836 he was married to Electa Dowd and at once came to Michigan and took up land from the Government, securing a tract on section 32, Elba Township, Lapeer County. The country was wild and there was not even a road or clearing to indicate where his purchase might be. He was obliged to "log out" a road to his farm from where the village of Hadley now stands--a distance of two miles. As the years passed by, he and his wife became the parents of four children--John S., who died in the army, in Libby prison; Nancy E., Henry N. and Judson. Nancy became the wife of George Gleason; her husband died and she again married, her second consort being James Clark. Judson is now a resident of Hadley.

William D. was a son of Daniel Potter, who was a native of New York. Our subject continued on his farm until his son Henry was old enough to take charge of it. He then removed to Hadley where he spent the last few years of his life and there devoted all of him time to the ministry. He was a good and benevolent man and was esteemed by all who came under the influence of his teaching and example. His death occurred August 9, 1885.

Henry N. Potter, the son of W. D. Potter, was born on the old homestead, February 15, 1846. Here he grew to manhood and in the district school of the vicinity acquired a solid foundation for a good English education. At the age of twenty-three years he married Emma Gleason, a daughter of Chester and Eliza (Hewett) Gleason, a native of New York. Unto them have been born five children--Arthur, Lilly, Edwin, Otis and Duane. Arthur is married and is now a resident of Elba Township. Politically Henry Potter is a Republican, casting the weight of his vote and influence with that party. The old homestead which his father secured from the Government and which he cultivates, comprises one hundred and sixty acres of good arable land.


Male Family
Spouse: ELECTA DOWD Family
Marriage: 21 AUG 1836 Cortlandville, Cortland, New York

Re: WILLIAM D. POTTER (DANIEL) b.1816 NY TO MI 1836 bio.

Posted: 14 Jul 2012 3:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Potter, Gleason, Pierson, Stewart, Ivory, Greene
I inherited Journals, letters and accounts of Henry N. Potter and his son Arthur A. Potter for the years from 1862 to 1947. I have digitized all of Arthur Potter's journals and am in the process of doing so for Henry N. Potter. These journals and accounts have references to most of the families living in northern Hadley Township and Southern Elba Township in Lapeer County, MI. The papers have been donated to the Archives of Michigan after scanning and photographing. Any persons having an interest in families from this area, such as Ivory, Gleason, Pierson, Greene, can have access to the files online by contacting me and stating your interest in them.
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