RE: [RI_Ancestors] Potter Plains Cemetery
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From: RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com [mailto:RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Nelson Tamakloe
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: [RI_Ancestors] Potter Plains Cemetery
Nancy, as far as cemetery listings, a beta version of the RI historical
cemetery database is available online at rihc.info. Abby Potter, the widow
of Aaron is listed there. The problem is many of the graves don't have
stones. There might be 20-30 undocumented graves, and only a handful of
stones. Many of the colored gravesites have not been inventoried because of
I will share what I have off-list for interested parties until I find some
actual paperwork of my own. I just have what was sent to me over email and
while I'm pretty sure it is accurate, I would like to have my own
documentation in hand before I post anything on-list.
Abby was a Watson, but her husband Aaron was one of Elisha Potter's slaves.
But there were quite a few others I haven't seen listed anywhere, except a
couple of the men, on censuses. My list of Elisha Potter's slaves comes
from examining his personal estate records. The Elisha R. Potter Sr.
Collection at RIHS. From about 1790-1835 ish.
People of color mentioned in the estate records include:
"Binah Wash/Nash", and "Wm Pollock". Lucinda, Lady, John, Aaron, Dinah.
(John Potter was emancipated in 1810, went on to own his own property, and
is mentioned several times in Daniel Stedman's diary, as "Governor John
Later on Zeprah, James (always called James "black man" to distinguish from
Elisha's son, also named James), the births of Nancy and Isaac in 1795 and
1798. Nancy and Isaac were sold to Asa Potter. When Asa died, Elisha bought
them back. These are the ones I remember offhand. I can go over my notes
when I get home.
Elisha R. Potter only inherited one slave (on paper) from his maternal
grandfather Elisha Reynolds in 1790, a woman named Giffe. Giffe was to go
to Elisha after his mother Elizabeth passed. Elizabeth died in ca.1804
and no one by the name of Giffe turned up in Elisha Potter's paperwork. So
I have no idea where these slaves came from. Although Elisha Potter got
most of the estate, his grandfather's slaves Caesar, Nan (different from
Nancy above), and Jenny were spread out among various relatives, Lydia was
set free, and Thomas was kept on the Reynolds estate. Some of Lydia's
children's birth are recorded in Arnold's Vital Records, but I haven't been
able to figure out any more genealogical connections.
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