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Subject: [BEDWELL] Emma Catherine BEDWELL POTTS b Arkansas;d CA
Date: 25 Dec 2002 09:20:17 -0700

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The following is research done for the individual below. I am not related to the family.

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James Whaley POTTS was born Dec 20, 1830 in Rutherford CO, TN. His parents were of Scotch, English and Irish ancestry. His grandparents on both sides were born in America. His maternal grandfather, JONES, was a soldier under George Washington and he died about age 101 in Nashville, TN. His Great-grandfather JONES, was a Scotchman, and a relative of the celebrated Paul JONES of Revolutionary fame. His Great-grandmother JONES, was a native of Ireland. His great-grandfather POTTS was an Englishman, and his grandmother POTTS was a GREENE, a relative of General GREENE, hero of Eutaw Springs. His mother's brothers were soldiers in the war of 1812. His father was John Greene POTTS, who died when James was only 4 years old. His mother, Cynthia (JONES) POTTS died when he was 13.

He arrived in Los Angeles September, 1852, having driven an ox team over the plains from Georgetown, TX, walking the whole way.

July 12, 1866 he married in Los Angeles CA to Miss Emma Catherine BEDWELL, the daughter of Robert D. and Louisa Ann (PEARCE) BEDWELL, both natives of TN. She was born in Arkansas, reared in TX and came to Los Angeles with her parents when she was 19.
They had five children, losing one child as an infant.

A friend said of him, "He was never seen at a gambling table, never staked a cent on any game of chance, never drank or treated at a bar."

He died Jan 1896 in Los Angeles CA

Louisa V. POTTS (Mrs. SEXTON)
Ida A. POTTS (Mrs. McKENZIE, Mrs. JOHNSON)b 06/05/1870 CA; d 07/17/1947 Los Angeles CA
Robert Whaley POTTS b 02/05/1873 CA;d 05/11/1940 Los Angeles CA
Emma (Emelie) M. POTTS (Mrs. COLE)b 05/07/1880 CA; d 01/18/1943 Los Angeles CA

NDGW submission by Mrs. Dorothy POTTS McCONNELL,Palmdale CA

James Whaley POTTS donated part of the land that is now today Echo Park. He also donated a lot at 6th & Hill to the Church that stood there for many years. (information from the files of Evening Herald and Express NDGW)

1880 Census Place: 3rd Ward, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Source: FHL Film 1254067 National Archives Film T9-0067 Page 200C
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
James W. POTTS Self M M W 49 TN
Occ: Public Administrator Fa: TN Mo: TN
Emily C. POTTS Wife F M W 33 AR
Occ: Keeping House Fa: TN Mo: TN
Louisa POTTS Dau F S W 13 CA
Occ: At School Fa: TN Mo: AR
Ida A. POTTS Dau F S W 10 CA
Occ: At School Fa: TN Mo: AR
Robert W. POTTS Son M S W 7 CA
Occ: At School Fa: TN Mo: AR
Emma M. POTTS Dau F S W 3 CA
Occ: At School

1920 Census
Potts, Robert W
wife Mary E. 45
Age: 46 Year: 1920
Birthplace: California Roll: T625_107
Race: White Page: 13A
State: California ED: 199
County: Los Angeles Image: 884
Township: Los Angeles
son Lloyd 18 years old

1930 Census
Potts, Robert W
Wife: Mae age: 55 born CA parents VT OH
Age: 57 Year: 1930
Birthplace: California Roll: T626_125
Race: White Page: 19B
State: California ED: 867
County: Los Angeles Image: 0598
Township: Compton
Relationship: Head
married 22 years for him, 21 for her?
Granddaugher living with them
8 years old parents born CA
Betty M. McMahon
MCMAHON BETTY MAY 10/29/1921 POTTS MCMAHON F CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES(19) 06/04/1997 558-20-7878 75 yrs

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