Charity Potts
(b. between 1791-1800; d. before 1840)
Lenoir County, North Carolina




According to our family oral history, Charity lived in Lenoir County, NC and had three illegitimate children with 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. Recent DNA evidence shows Charity is highly likely to be a member of these Potts families. Now the question is, who were her parents? Lenoir and Dobbs counties had courthouse fires and there are few records surviving that can help determine her heritage.

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.

Another family story is that Walter "went north" and visited in the home of a John Darden and Charity was a maid in the home. She followed him home and changed her name to Potts so her family could not find her.

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". His age 24.

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 Mormon record listing Charity and Walter as parents of Newman Potts.


There is a family tree of a John & Hannah Permilia Potts that indicates their daughter was Charity Potts.

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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