First found in East Prussia, the name Pott came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. Spelling variations include: Pott, Pot, Potte, Potts, Pottes, Pots, Potes, Pottz, Pottez, Poott, Pootts, Bott, Botts, Botz and, of course, Potter.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: John Pott, who settled in Virginia in 1620; William Pott settled in the Barbados in 1635; Anthony Potts settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Pott, his wife and children, settled in New Jersey in 1677.
Our lineage to this family can be traced back to WILLIAM POTTER, born in New York. His father was born in Rhode Island, and his mother was from England.
William became a farmer and married MARY ANN MUNYON (3/31/1823 - 9/26/1899), and they had eight children. Here's their marriage certificate:
William became a soldier, serving 100 Illinois Company F, as a Private, during the Civil War. The 100th Illinois Infantry was organized at Joliet, Illinois, and mustered into Federal service on August 30, 1862. The regiment was mustered out on June 12, 1865, and discharged at Chicago, Illinois, on June 15, 1865. They had suffered 7 officers and 73 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 134 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 214 fatalities.¹ William survived and was discharged on 3 Mar 1865.
William died on September 9, 1894, at his home in Saunemin township, Livingston county, Illinois. His daughter, LOUISA EDITH POTTER, married a prosperous older farmer and stock raiser named ABRAHAM CANE WINTERS on 16 Oct 1883 in Saunemin township, Livingston County, Illinois. Winters was seventeen years older than Louisa, and had already been married twice, with nine kids. She died from a dose of London Purple, taken with suicidal intent, on 28 Nov 1891. Her body was laid to rest in the Five Mile Cemetery, Saunamin township, Illinois. Fortunately, she lived long enough to have two children, including my Great Grandmother, NELLE WINTERS.
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¹Illinois 100th Military Service: Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-18. Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8 (Reserve). Nelson's Cross Roads October 18. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 18-November 26, and duty there till December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Lavergne December 26-27. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. At Murfreesboro till June. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 24-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee till August 16. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Expedition from Tracy City to Tennessee River August 22-24. Near Lee and Gordon's Mills September 17-18. Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Battles of Orchard Knob November 23-24; Mission Ridge November 25. March to relief of Knoxville and operations in East Tennessee December 28-February 1, 1864. At Athens, Tenn., February to April. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Demonstrations on Dalton May 9-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18-19. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Mountain June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Buckhead, Nancy's Creek, July 18. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 28-November 3. Nashville (Tenn.) Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Spring Hill November 29. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., and duty there till March, 1865. Expedition to Bull's Gap and operations in East Tennessee March 20-April 22. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., and duty there till June. Mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., June 12, and discharged at Chicago, Ill., June 15, 1865.