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Alexander Potter

Alexander Potter

Male 1827 - 1900  (72 years)


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  • Name Alexander Potter 
    Born 15 Sep 1827  Floyd, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jan 1900  Orwell, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 72 years 
    Person ID I1438  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    Father Ancestors John E. Potter,   b. 9 Jan 1801, Floyd, Oneida, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1880, Orwell, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Jane Davis,   b. Jun 1802, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1885, Orwell, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1820  Floyd, Oneida, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha Wardwell 
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F49127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Newspaper Obituary- Wednesday, January 17, 1900 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Alexander Potter - For a good many years there has been no more valuable and esteemed citizen in the town of Orwell then Alexander Potter and, as he has shown for the past year unmistakable evidence of declining, his friends have shown deep concern and expressed most profound regret. To be restored to perfect health seemed to be an impossibility and tender care and loving ministrations were his portion to the last moments of his earthly sojourn. Death came Sunday night after a day of rapid decline. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from the home in the village of Orwell. Alexander Potter was the son of John E. and Jane Potter and was born in Floyd, Oneida County, New York, September 15, 1827. When he was yet a boy his parents removed to Orwell and settled in what is known as the Potter Street, or New Floyd. Alexander accompanied them there and grew up to be a fanner, gathering with his knowledge of agriculture enough literary training to place him in demand when affairs of public interest needed attention. He remained with his parents on the old homestead, and when they were called to lay down the burdens of life Alexander still remained in the old home until six years ago when he moved to Orwell village. Forty-five years ago next March he married Martha Wardwell. To them three daughters were born .Two, Miss Ida Potter and Mrs. F. B. Woodbury and the wife survive him; one daughter, Violet, died seven years ago. Mr. Potter was representative of his town in the county legislature for thirteen terms covering the years known as "war times." He served his town with great credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He was always a strong believer in the doctrine of the Republican party and allied himself with that political organization. For a good many years he has been a faithful member of the Orwell Congregational church. His influence was always on the side of right, honesty, temperance and the best interests of the community. He had abundance of virtues which will perpetuate his memory in the home and community from which he has gone. He is survived by two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Roxanna Beadle, Mrs. Henry Pennock and A. J. Potter, Orwell; L. D. Potter, Pulaski, and M. D. Potter, Pueblo, Colorado. Many years of intimate acquaintance with Mr. Potter produced in the writer the profoundest respect for him. He was a valuable fiend, a wise counselor and reviewed the lives and acts of his associates with justice and impartiality. Verily a good man has gone from us. B.G.S.

      Newspaper Obituary - Wednesday, February 7, 1900 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - In Memoriam of Alexander Potter - Extract from a sermon preached in the Orwell church, Sunday, January 21, by Rev. T. T. Davis on the character of the late Alexander Potter, of Orwell. The text was from Hebrews xi 4, "And ... he being dead yet speaketh." We quote the portion of the sennon in which direct reference was made to the life and character of Mr. Potter. It can be said that our dear departed brother, Alexander Potter, has not ceased speaking to us, notwithstanding the fact that Death claimed that which was mortal of him Sunday night, January 14, 1900. "He being dead, yet speaketh." Let us listen reverently to his words and apply the lessons of his life in such a manner as to make us wiser and better for having known them. Brother Potter spent nearly all his life in !his town and conununity. He was born on Floyd Hill, Oneida County, September 15, 1827, but yet while a babe he was brought by his parents, John E. and Jane Potter to the town of Orwell, in which town he lived for over three-score years and ten. The Orwell of seventy years ago was quite different to the Orwell of today. The hundred and one privileges which are our common possessions were far beyond the reach of the pioneers of the town. They found everything as nature had left it, and it devolved upon them to convert the wilderness into a garden and make the solitary places to blossom as the rose. Let us bear in mind that to the push, energy and sturdiness of the pioneers of the country we are indebted for the comforts that we enjoy today. Brother Potter found, early in life, that he was destined to hardship and privation. Life at the very onset meant to him struggle and effort, but he did not despair nor murmur but adapted himself to his surroundings and used the meager advantages lie had for culture and improvement to the best of his ability, and by so doing his influence came to be felt in the social and political life of the conummity and he came to be looked upon as one of the town's representative men. He rendered his town faithful service as its supervisor for ten consecutive years and during these years he proved loyal to the principles of his party and true to the best interests of his constituents. Few men whose judgment in financial matters was more highly appreciated and more oftener sought than he is. In his own sphere, which was, of course, limited he was as much of a born leader of men as Lincoln and Moody were in their spheres. The departed had affection as well as intellect. His clear head was accompanied by a tender heart. His nature was sensitive and sympathetic. He was considerate as a husband, almost indulgent as a father and his friendship was real and lasting. Such was his attachment to his beloved daughter Violet who died eight years ago, and his fatherly care over her, that from the blow he sustained by her death, he never fully recovered. It was at his own fireside with his most intimate fiends that he was seen at his best. Whatever people thought of the exterior of his character, the interior of that, to those who knew it, was beautiful and grand. In all my contact with him, I never had the least reason for doubting his loyalty to his friends. I have heard the same testimony from several ministers who have labored here. I remember well what the late Mr. Griffith said to me in regard to the character of the departed, he considered him an excellent man in every respect. Speaking of him with a brother, who at one time was pastor of the Methodist church here and whose estimate of him as a friend was similar to my own, he said that at one time he was in sore need of money, he told Brother Potter of his trouble, and, although he hadn't the money himself, he got it for him. We have referred to these things in order to show the beautiful traits which belonged to his character. We love to think of him today as a tender, sympathetic husband, father and friends. His interest was wholly and primarily centered upon the material and visible things of this world, he had also an interest in the things of the world beyond. He attended with great promptness and care to the needs of his higher nature, the spiritual man. He, with many others who became prominent in Christian work in this place, was converted at a revival that was conducted in this church, about 25 years ago by Lemuel Jones, now of Syracuse. From the time he yielded himself to Christ to the time he was taken up to glory, he became steadffist, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord feeling that his labor in the Lord was not in vain." If it be true that religion runs in families, and we have no reason to doubt it, it is no wonder that Brother Potter was a religious man. His maternal grandfather was noted for his spirituality, and that saintly man erected a building with his own money so that his countrymen and himself could meet to worship God. The grandson was not less devoutly inclined. Spiritual things were real things to him. He knew in whom he had believed and he was persuaded that his Savior was able to keep that which he bath committed unto him against that day. He was intensely interested in the salvation of others and especially in the spiritual welfare of this community. He yearned and prayed for the conversation of the young married people of the town and he was anxious to have all to give themselves to Christ who was so precious unto him. We do not claim to him perfection, none of us are perfect. We did not say that his life in every detail was an ideal life, the ideal life is difficult to attain, and no man except the Perfect One, ever attained it, but we do claim for him a place among those who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, and we do say that his life, taking it as a whole, is one of service, usefulness and blessing, and we know that the world is richer and better because of the life which he had lived in it. Death to him was not lost but gain, not defeat but victory, and the night of death ushered him into the light of an internal day. He could with propriety borrow the words of the Evangelist Moody to express his own feelings as he lingered on the border of the promise land and say, "Earth is receding, Heaven is opening and God is calling me." Brother Potter is still with us, his noble example and godly influence he has left is a legacy for each and every one of us. "He being dead, yet speaketh." He tells us that the religion of Christ is good to live by and good to die by, and that it brings the soul into possession of things that are real, lasting and eternal. May it be our daily effort to emulate his virtues and follow his example.