Hi Kris: I am sending this data to the forum as there may be others interested in Isaac Potter. Isaac is found in the follwing censuses: 1840 Marion Tenn., 1850 Bledsoe Tenn., 1860 Sequatchie Tenn., 1870 Chattooga Ga., 1880 Walker Ga., and 1900 Walker county Ga. Isaac died in July 1902 as his obit attests: Walker County Messenger July 10, 1902: Isaac Potter, an old citizen of Walker county and an aged veteran of the Mexican War, died at Trion (Ga) where he went to make his home with his son, Tom, Wednesday. The burial took place at Trion, Thursday.
I have seen no records to suggest that Isaac, my gr-gr-grandfather, was a veteran of the Mexican War. However, Isaac was a among several men appointed to constitute a home guard for District 1, Sequatchie county Tenn. in 1861. Home guards more often consisted of those men who were above the age to either enlist or be drafted under the Conscription Act. There were many such county Home Guards during the Civil War.
Going further back, Isaac was one of those men who declared a pension for service in the Cherokee Indian Disturbances. Yes, Isaac helped round up the Indians for removal during the years of 1837/38. I have his pension file, his affidavits, and a copy of his Bounty Land Warrant. I also have a copy of the transaction whereby Isaac sold his bounty land to another individual. His land was located in Iowa, and like so many men, Isaac sold this land without ever residing on it. All of the preceding came directly from the NARA in Washington. If you would like hard copies, then please email me directly with your address and I will be happy to send these to you.
Isaac's last child, Tom Potter, from whom I descend, was born in May 1864 in Sequatchie county Tenn and died on May 5, 1949 at at Newell and Newell hospital in Hamilton county Tenn. Tom is buried among other Potters at Lafayette city cemetery in Walker county Ga. Richard Potter, brother of Isaac, is also buried there. The 1870 census of Chattooga county Ga. shows Tom living with Issac and Kizziah. (I have seen her name spelled several ways but this is the spelling I use in my database). It appears that Kizziah's maiden name was ROACH, but it is as yet unverified. Several of Issac's sons are also in the census of 1870 Chattooga county. Also, age discrepancys are common between census years as you know. His birth year appears to closer to 1812 (KY) than other dates, and I base this on frequency of occurence; nothing else.
Several of the pension and courts paperwork show the name of Isaac S. Potter. I believe, with no proof, that the "S" stood for SILAS. I base this on the fact that his first born, a son, had the given name of Silas. It was certainly common for the first son to be named after the father or perhaps grandfather.
I have much more on the descendants of Isaac, and would be happy to correspons with you. You certainly may have some things that I do not have and I would love to have them!
Isaac Potter 1812 KY
Thomas H. Potter 1864 TN
Isaac Richard Potter 1886 GA
Louise Potter Prince 1924
PS: Uriah Potter was a son of Isaac and I have some clues which point to a Uriah Potter being the father of Isaac and hence the wife of Nancy Potter.
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