For years and years (and did I mention years?), I’ve been tracking Isaac B. Potter, born in NY circa 1803, from Caneadea, Allegany County, NY, to Grand Rapids, MI.The family that went with him to MI consisted of wife Mary Ann (whose last name I’m still trying to find) and children Harvey B. Potter, Adeline Potter (married Benjamin Moe), Millard F. Potter, and Wallace V. Potter. (Another son, Isaac B. Potter, Jr., is my line, and he stayed back east in New York and Pennsylvania.)
I recently, at last, found where Isaac was buried: Hesperia East Cemetery in Newaygo County, MI.Here’s one for the Random Acts of Kindness File.I posted a query on a Civil War collectors’ Listserv for anyone in the Grand Rapids area who might be able to check out a cemetery for me.(I’m all the way down in Virginia.)Well.One of the members, a gentleman from Baton Rouge, said he was going there on business.
He not only drove out to the cemetery, he walked right up to Isaac’s grave, the exact location of which neither of us knew. (He described it as “surreal,” and I agree.)There was Isaac B. Potter’s grave, bearing his correct 1884 death date, and --- here’s the kicker --- also bearing a GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) insignia.Which signifies Civil War service.
That means that the Isaac B. Potter who served with the 7th Michigan Cavalry, whom I’d been dismissing as a candidate for years due to an enlistment age of 44, actually was one and the same with the three-greats-grandfather I’d been tracking for years.Ol’ Isaac lied.He was actually 60, making him one of the oldest --- but by no means the oldest --- privates in service.
The gentleman who checked out the grave for me took photos of Isaac’s grave as well as those of his son Wallace Potter and his family.I’d be happy to send them along to any interested descendants.
And if anyone can help me out with wife Mary Ann Potter’s (born in NY circa 1812) maiden name, you’ll hear champagne corks popping all the way from where you are.