Francis & Drury Ann Potts
(b. 1785-1794; d. 1821)
Lenoir & Cumberland County




Lenoir County, NC 1810 Census
Potts, Fras
2 free white males under 10
1 free white male 16-25
1 female 16-25

Neighbors: Joseph Parrot, Joseph Allen, Richd Croom, Benj Gibbs, John Gatlin, Elam Ratlift, John Cobb, Clement Wilson, Henry Hatch, Matthew Mosely, Wm Lovick, Jesse Manly, Needham Loftin, Jno Griffith, Windal Davis.

1806 - John Gatlin and his wife Susanna of Lenoir to William Lovick of Lenoir - 262 pounds - sold a parcel granted to Richard Caswell on NS Neuse, ES Adkins Branch, adj Stringer Potts, Benajah White, Thomas Dick, John Washington.


In the 1800 Lenoir census Pleasant Potts had one male age 10-15 and one male 16-25. Stringer Potts two males 10-15 and son Robert would have been 18 y/o and out of the home.

Francis and Selathiel are shown together as Privates in War of 1812 vouchers along with Lewis Faulkner.


Book 24, Lenoir County Grantor Deed Index - August 1810 - August 1819
Drury Ann Potts to Winston Andrews, page 458


War of 1812 Vouchers - State Department of Archives and History
by Maurice S. Toler, Archivist II

Lewis Falkner, Pvt., Lenoir
Francis Potts, Pvt., Lenoir
Selathiel Potts, Pvt., Lenoir


Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers


Francis appears on the "Statement &c of the county of Cumberland, NC" with time of decease of Oct. 31, 1814. This contradicts the date of his estate paper below with a death date of 1821. Perhaps this was the date of his enlistment. He and his family would have been in Cumberland County, NC by 1814.

United States Pension Rolls of 1835, Vol. 3

Contributed by Nancy Seefeldt


Cumberland Co, NC Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1820-1822

6 Mar 1821
Ordered that Lenoir Potts an orphan boy aged 13 years last Jan be bound apprentice to David Martin to learn the trade of a Black Smith & learn to read, write & cypher through the rule of three. Indenture executed.

4 Dec 1821
Ordered that Administration on the estate of Francis Potts dec'd be granted to his widow Drury Ann Potts. She qualified & entered into bond according to law in the sum of one hundred & forty dollars with Ann Peters & Duncan McCole her securities.

4 Dec 1821
Ordered Drury Ann Potts be appointed Guardian to her 3 children: Levin Potts, Elizabeth Potts & Francis Skinner Potts minors under age of 16 years. Entered into Bond in sum of $200 with Ann Peters & Murdock McDuffy Securities.


Cumberland Co, NC Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1823-1825
by Carolyn N. Gibbons

7 Jun 1823
Deeds & Bills of Sale - Wm. Lord deed to Drury Ann Potts, mother & Guardian to Lenore Potts, Elizabeth Potts & Frances Skinner Potts. Acknowledged.

12 Jun 1824
Mrs. Drury Ann Potts Guardian to Lenoir Potts, Elizabeth Potts minors, filed an account of her Guardianship.

7 Sep 1825
Ordered Thomas J. Robeson be appointed Guardian to Lenoir, Francis & Elizabeth Potts, children of Francis Potts a dec'd soldier in place of Drury A. Potts dec'd on his giving bond in sum of $100 with John Murchison Jr. & Isaac Newberry as Securities. Bond Executed. Ordered Thomas J. Robeson be appointed Adm of Estate of Drury Ann Potts on giving Bond in sum of $100 with same Securities. Bond executed. [Image FamilySearch.org]

9 Sep 1825
Ordered Francis Skinner Potts, an orphan between 12 & 13 years be bound an apprentice to Murdoch McDuffe to be brought up as a farmer until he attain age of 21 & be taught to read, write & cypher through the rule of three. Indentures executed.

5 Dec 1825
Inventory & Account of Sales of the estate of Mrs. Drury Ann Potts dec'd filed by Thomas J. Robeson. [Image FamilySearch.org]


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