Charity Potts
(b. abt. 1800 - d. before 1840)
Lenoir County, North Carolina


According to our family oral history, Charity lived in Lenoir County, NC and had three illegitimate children by Walter Dunn, Jr. (1788-1850). Census and deeds of the time indicate Walter lived in close proximity with the early Potts families referred to on this website and Y-DNA tests confirm he was the father of Newman Potts.

Charity's son Lucius' 1856 obituary stated "At an early age he was deprived of the fostering care of his maternal parent by her death, while the deceased was but a lad of tender years". He was age 24 years old when he died.

Dunn & Potts by Sarah Virginia (Jennie) Jones

A family story is that she was called Chellie and later in life married a harness maker by the name of Waterberry. Her youngest son Lucius learned the trade of harness maker under his step-father.

Is this Charity in the 1830 Lenoir County Census? Neighbor Lucy Faulkner was d/o Pleasant Potts.

Charity Potts and Walter Dunns, Jr.'s three children were: Newman, Hannah and Lucius. Newman settled in Wayne County; Hannah lived in the Kinston area and Lucius settled in Jones County.

There is a family tree of a John & Hannah Permilia Potts that indicates their daughter was Charity Potts. A descendant and researcher of John & Hannah hasn't heard of our Charity.

Hannah Permilia Potts filed a Widow's Pension in 1851 that gives family information but no connection to the Lenoir County Potts.


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