Tag Archives: Potter

Frances E. Potter

Frances E. Potter
b. 1789, Virginia, to Louis and Mary Potter
d. 4 September 1859, Dunville Township, Davis County, Iowa

m. 18 April 1810, Warren County, Kentucky
Richard Grinstead
b. 14 April 1788, Henrico County, Virginia
d. 4 April 1875, Jennings County, Indiana

Children with Richard Grinstead:
• William
• Lewis P.
• Ann
• John H.
• Edward W.
• Betsy
• Richard H.
• Susan
• Daniel
• Thomas
• Jasper

Frances immigrated to Indiana in 1834 from Warren County, Kentucky. In 1849, she left Jennings County, Indiana, and moved to Iowa, where she died in 1859.

Submitted by:
Pearl Howard Wolf
Seattle WA

John Wesley Davis

John Wesley Davis
b. 14 October 1838, Wayne County, Indiana, to Moses and Elizabeth (Potter) Davis
d. 11 August 1907, Pardeeville, Columbia County, Wisconsin

m. 16 March 1866, Columbia County, Wisconsin
Zelnora French
b. 4 July 1843, Bloomfield, Vermont
d. 15 February 1931, Pardeeville, Columbia County, Wisconsin

Children with Zelnora French:

  • Myron
  • Ella married [–?–] Albee
  • Alfred
  • Arthur
  • William
  • Minnie married [–?–] Simpson

John lived in Wayne County and Wayne Township in Bartholomew County, Indiana, before emigrating in 1850 to central Wisconsin with his recently widowed mother and two younger siblings. He was a member of the Fifth Wisconsin Regiment in the Civil War.

Submitted by:
Glen Simpson
Trinity NC

Benjamin F Potter

Benjamin F. Potter
b. 1 Mar 1787, Rhode Island to David Potter and Elizabeth Vaughn
d. 16 Mar 1859, Switzerland County, Indiana
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Benjamin Potter gravestone

Benjamin Potter gravestone

m/1. about 1810, Indiana
Annis Richmond
b. 31 Mar 1787, Rhode Island to William Richmond
d. 25 Sept 1848
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Annis Potter gravestone

Annis Potter gravestone

m/2. 16 May 1849, Decatur County, Indiana
Polly DeMarree
b. 1788

Children with Annis Richmond:

  • Benjamin Potter (bet. 1815 and 1820–before 1858), m. Jane Brierton
  • Silas R. Potter (1810–1876), m. Cynthia Littlefield
  • David Potter (1812–1842), m. Hannah Higbee
  • Elizabeth Potter (1814–1885), m. Carley H. Bascom
  • Lucinda Potter (abt 1824–before 1858), m. Jacob C. Smith
  • Rachel Potter (1827–1902), m. Robert Armstrong

Benjamin and Annis lived in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana. Their first recorded presence in the state is in the 1820 U.S. census.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons (genwishlist@gmail.com)
Fort Wayne, IN

Olive Bovard

Olive Bovard
b. 22 Feb 1847 at Aberdeen, Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd
d. 10 Dec 1926 at Cass, Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton, Switzerland County, Indiana

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

m. 4 Nov 1866 Ohio County, Indiana
Robert Bruce Bascom 
b. 3 Nov 1839 at Switzerland County, Indiana to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter
d. 10 Mar 1907 at Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Robert Bruce Bascom:

  • Williard Theodore Bascom (4 Jan 1868-30 Mar 1934) m. Susan Sanders (1870-1927)
  • Alice Luella Bascom (3 Mar 1869-19 Feb 1960) m1. John W. Cochran; m2. Benjamin Franklin Vanosdal (1859-1924)
  • Catherine Bascom (20 Aug 1871-)
  • Jessie Florence Bascom (7 Mar 1873-19 Oct 1904)
  • Josephine Bascom (29 Feb 1876-1964) m. Willard S. Tyler (1867-1940)
  • Grace Gertrude Bascom ( 6 Mar 1880-13 May 1929) m. Albert Conner (1870-1945)
  • Charlotte Bascom (1 May 1883-) m. William G. Miller (1880-)
  • Martha Bascom (18 Jul 1887-20 Feb 1952) m. Reuben Kittle (1884-1963)
  • Mary E. Bascom (18 Jul 1887-1973) m. John Dennis (1885-1961)

Olive was the second wife of Robert Bruce Bascom. She was born in Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd. Olive lived in Ohio County all of her life and had nine children with Robert.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons
Fort Wayne, IN
E-mail: genwishlist@gmail.com

Robert Bruce Bascom

Robert Bruce Bascom
b. 3 Nov 1839 at Switzerland County, Indiana to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter
d. 10 Mar 1907 at Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

m/1. 1 Mar 1863 Switzerland County, Indiana
Margaret Littlefield
b. 25 Dec 1839 Indiana to Harvey Littlefield and Mary Ann Bovard
d. 15 May 1866
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

m/2. 4 Nov 1866 Ohio County, Indiana
Olive Bovard
b. 22 Feb 1847 Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd
d. 10 Dec 1926 Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Margaret Littlefield:

  • Edward H. Bascom (6 Mar 1864-21 Mar 1944) m. Jennie L. Myers (1866-1951)

Children with Olive Bovard:

  • Willard Theodore Bascom (4 Jan 1868-30 Mar 1934) m. Susan Sanders (1870-1927) May 1891
  • Alice Luella Bascom (3 Mar 1869-19 Feb 1960) m1. John W. Cochran; m2. Benjamin Franklin Vanosdal (1859-1924)
  • Catherine Bascom (20 Aug 1871-)
  • Jessie Florence Bascom (7 Mar 1873-19 Oct 1904)
  • Josephine Bascom (29 Feb 1876-1964) m. Willard S. Tyler (1867-1940)
  • Grace Gertrude Bascom ( 6 Mar 1880-13 May 1929) m. Albert Conner (1870-1945)
  • Charlotte Bascom (1 May 1883-) m. William G. Miller (1880-)
  • Martha Bascom (18 Jul 1887-20 Feb 1952) m. Reuben Kittle (1884-1963)
  • Mary E. Bascom (18 Jul 1887-1973) m. John Dennis (1885-1961)

Robert Bruce Bascom was born in Switzerland County, Indiana in 1839 to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter. He enlisted as a musician in the company band of the 16th Indiana Infantry. He mustered out on 23 May 1862 in Washington, D.C.

He first married Margaret Littlefield on 1 Mar 1863 in Switzerland County. Margaret died on 15 May 1866. They had one child, Edward H. Bascom. On 4 November 1866, Robert married Olive Bovard in Ohio County, Indiana. Olive was born in 1847 and was the daughter of Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd. Robert and Olive had nine children and lived in Ohio County where Robert worked as a farmer and dry goods merchant.

Robert died on 10 Mar 1907 in Ohio County. Olive died many years later, in 1926, also in Ohio County. They were buried in Littlefield Cemetery in Switzerland County, Indiana, along with their daughter, Jessie Florence Bascom.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons
Fort Wayne, IN
E-mail: genwishlist@gmail.com

William Riley Morris

William Riley Morris
b. 15 March 1847, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, to Joshua and Barbary (Huffman) Morris
d. 1 October 1927, Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois

m. 15 January 1982, Edwards County, Illinois
Melvina Potter
b. 25 April 1856, Edwards County, Illinois, to Jesse and Nancy (Bell) Potter
d. 13 July 1909, Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois

Children with Melvina Potter:

  • George Washington
  • Jesse Joshua
  • Mary Alta
  • William Valentine

They had two other sons who died before 1900.

Submitted by:
Sharon Hohimer
Chatham IL

Joshua Morris

Joshua Morris
b. about 1827, Ohio or Virginia
d. about 1870, probably Wayne County, Illinois

m. before 1847
Barbary Ann Huffman
b. 1829, Indiana
d. 24 May 1865, Wabash, Pike County, Indiana

Children with Barbary Ann Huffman:

  • William Riley married Melvina Potter
  • Sarah Elizabeth married Scott Christy
  • Martha J.
  • Aaron Wesley married Susan Frances Conaway
  • Margaret E.
  • Francis M.
  • Emma or Emily M.
  • Mary J.
  • Clara Belle
  • Barbara Ann

According to Joshua’s son William Riley Morris, Joshua was a direct descendant of Robert Morris, signer of the Declaration of Independence. The only clue to his parentage is found in Hixon Cemetery, Wabash Township, Parke County, Indiana, where, in the grave next to that of Joshua’s wife Barbary, lies Elizabeth Morris, wife of William Morris, who died at age 73 on 13 March 1854.

After Barbary’s death in 1865, Joshua moved his family to Wayne County, Illinois. However, due to a Wayne County courthouse fire in the 1880’s, information concerning Joshua and his children has been difficult to obtain.

Submitted by:
Sharon Hohimer
Chatham IL