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George Washington Potter
(no known image)
Sex: Male
Birth: May 3, 1863
in Marion County, Illinois
Death: November 30, 1945
near Sylvania, Screven County, Georgia
Burial: Greenhill Cemetery,
Sylvania, Screven County, Georgia
Father: Elijah Potter
Mother: Sarah Jane Follis
Spouse/Partner: Nettie Lane
Marriage: November 23, 1890
in Emanuel County, Georgia
2nd Spouse: Siny E. Cowart
2nd Marriage: April 26, 1894
in unknown
3rd Spouse: Lula Agnes Bragg
3rd Marriage: May 31, 1903 in Screven County, Georgia

         As relayed to me by Gerri Lipthratt, per his death certificate, George W. Potter was the son of Elijah Potter and Sarah Jane Follis. He was born in Marion Co., Illinois. According to family tradition, apparently he was an orphan (parents unaccounted for after 1873) and he was raised by his uncle, said to be named Jerry Potter, until he was about 17 (c. 1880), at which point he ran away from home. He would soon join a traveling carnival where he was an acrobat and tight rope walker. He came to Georgia and stayed at age 21 (c. 1884), possibly due to the carnival breaking up there.

         More sourcing and detail is necessary to bring this article up to date. Also confusing is George's 1st wife, Nettie Lane. She is supposed to have died in childbirth, but her son Grover Potter listed a Roxie C. Lane (b. c. 1856) as his mother in the 1920 census. However, it is settled in the 1900 census where she lists him as her adopted son. Nettie is perhaps her sister, another daughter of Thomas M. Lane and Julia Ann Bennett.

ChildrenEdit

Name Birth Death
Children of George Washington Potter and Nettie Lane


Grover Cleveland Potter September 25, 1891
Emanuel Co., GA
June 9, 1921
Savannah, Chatham Co., GA
Children of George Washington Potter and Siny E. Cowart


John Potter c. 1894
unknown
c. 1894
unknown


Ivy George Washington Potter c. 1896
unknown
unknown
unknown


Francis Edward Potter c. 1898
unknown
unknown
unknown


Janie Potter c. 1900
unknown
c. 1905
unknown
Children of George Washington Potter and Lula Agnes Bragg


Henry G. Potter c. 1906
GA
after 1920
unknown


Ethel Potter c. 1907
GA
after 1920
unknown


Lola A. Potter c. 1910
GA
after 1920
unknown


Clifford Claude Potter August 18, 1918
Screven County, Georgia
March ??, 1986
Screven County, Georgia


6 other children unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown


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