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The Writer and Potter Family of Barry County Missouri

Updated July 17, 2004

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Charles Marion Writer was born in 1872 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and was my paternal grandfather. He was an orphan with one known sister Esther (Essie). The names of his father was either Clark or P.A. Writer. Nothing more is known about him except family lore says he was a train fireman and was killed in a train wreck. No records are found of him. Charles's mother's name was Percilla Ann. Maiden name unknown. I first find her in the Kansas Sumner County 1880 as a widow, age 28, living with her married sister and family. She worked as a servant and had two sons - William and Charles. No mention of Esther. Her sister Emma was married to William L. Morris. Again, family lore says Percilla Ann was killed in a house fire, perhaps in or near Carthage, Missouri. I find no other records of Charles Marion until the 1900 Missouri census and he is married to my grandmother Esther McMillan. Esther is the daughter of Peter and Esther (Suter) from Scotland.

My father Harold was the youngest child of Charles Marion Writer and Esther Jane McMillan. He was born in 1914 in Barry County Missouri. He married my mother Capitola Tella Potter, the daughter of John Hastin Potter and Mary Isabelle "Belle" Fly. I am the oldest of six children of Harold "Shorty" Writer and Capitola "Cap or Cappy" Potter. We were born and raised in Barry County, Missouri.

 
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