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Re: POTTS, James, 1811 & wife Rachel, Chester PA

Was James Potts Free Colored? I am wondering because there was a Robert Ellison who was in PA (I don't know what county)from 1744 to 1761 then moved to Fairfield SC, and he married an Elizabeth Potts in 1772 who was from Charleston..Don't know where her family was before Charleston...I have been trying to determine whether the Potts family was Free Colored or white...This Robert Ellison was father of the William Ellison who "owned" William 'April' Ellison who was written about in the book Black Masters...(I am also trying to determine if this Robert Ellison was Free Colored or white himself)...So anything you could tell me about the Potts will be appreciated...like if any of your Potts family was ever in SC that you know of...?
Thanks,
B.E.

: Hi folks,

: The 1850 census for Chester shows the family of James and Rachel
: POTTS - I having a problem reading the fine print on the census
: record - but it looks like he was born Del. county PA 1811, and
: his wife Rachel born Chester county PA, abt 1809.

: This is a new line for me - sorry I don't have much more than this.

: Their children are: Jane 8 (1841-1912)

: Jese 7 (1843-)

: Susan 6 (1844-)

: Leticia 5 (1845-)

: Mary 3 (1847-)

: James 2 (1848-)

: Amy 5 months (1850-)
: Listed also with the family are Isaac WILLIAMS, 15 and Rachel
: WILLIAMS 11

: Jane POTTS married Richard Williams: Children: Thomas (1859-)

: Mary Belle (1860-1927)

: Follest G. (1869-)

: Harry (1870-)

: Franklin (1872-)

: James P. (1873-)

: Susie R. (1877-)

: Isaiah L. (1879-)

: Louis Smith (1881-)

: Fanny

: Am interested in any information about the POTTS families in
: Chester.

: I notice that there is a slaveholding family in the 1790 register -
: POTTS, Thomas, Coventry who owned 6 slaves and wonder if there
: is a connection.

: Would love to hear from other Chester county researchers.

: Thanks,

: Denise


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