Hannah Mariah Potts 1856-1931
Wayne & Greene County, NC


Thought to be Hannah. Found in the photos of her sister Mary Caroline Potts Jones.

Hannah was the daughter of Newman and Susan Marinda Lewis Potts of Brogden towhship. She married George William Stafford.


The Staffords
Contributed by Zelda Braswell Wood and Deidre Wood Kraft

George William Stafford was the oldest son and third child of Joseph J. Stafford and his wife, Cheley Ann Denning. He was born on a farm in Wayne County in 1858.

The 1860 census lists George W. as one year of age with his parents in the Buck Swamp District with the post office as Milton in Wayne County.

By the 1870 census he was living in Johnston County at Bentonville with his parents. His age is listed as Twelve years.

In the 1880 census they are listed as living in the Grantham District and George is twenty-two. The area is the same, the name of the township is different.

In June of 1882 George William married Hannah M. Potts, the daughter of Newman and Susan Potts. Sometime after this, they left Johnston County and moved to Greene County. They lived on a farm in Wayne County that Hannah inherited from her parents but later, because of indebtedness, they lost this farm.

Their next move was to a farm they rented near Harrell's Chapel. Later they moved to the Berry Gwin Farm and Kim Suggs Farm. George and Hannah were members of Harrell's Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church which kept a strict Sunday with no cooking being done on Sunday.

George was a lay minister in this church and would hold prayer meeting on Wedneswday nights. Once my grandfather visited from Johnston County, hoping to hear his brother preach. When another man preached instead, my grandfather expressed his disappointment and asked about what he was paid to preach. George answered, "Poor preacher, poor pay."

Hannah would not cook on Sunday so George would put on the apron and go into the kitchen since he liked to cook. Once a stranger came by and found some hot food on Sunday because Uncle George had cooked. Coming back another Sunday, he was disappointed to find Hannah there and he got cold food, so he asked for the "woman" who had been there the Sunday before.

During their last years, Hannah and George lived apart. She lived with Etta and George lived with William. They died eight months apart and are buried at Harrell's Chapel.

George William Stafford married Hannah M. Potts on June 18, 1882
George was born February 10, 1858 - died August 17, 1930
Hannah was born September 12, 1857 - died April 8, 1931

To them there were six children:

1. Elmetta Stafford, m. Joseph Lemuel Sauls
2. William David Stafford, m. Annie Moriah Suggs
3. Susan Effie Stafford, m. George Thomas Tyndall
4. Etta Stafford, m. Rev. Willie Elias Hart
5. Charlie Bizzle Stafford, m. Ethel Corbett
6. Luby Stafford, m. (1) Louise Combs (2) Rena Ham


Hannah Mariah Potts Stafford

1884 - Newman Potts will: Lot No. 9 is assigned to Hanah M Stafford in severalty, bounded as follows, to wit - beginning at a pine on the run of a pine, on the run of a prong of Sleepy creek, corner of lot no. 8 & runs then with the line of lot no. 8, N 8.30 E 38.50 chs to a stake on the New Berne road - then with said road S 61.15 E 18.09 chs to a stake - then S 34 W 4.45 chs to a stake formerly a pine - then S 6.21 W 36.72 chs to a stake & pine stump - then West 15 chs to a black gum on the west side of a prong of Sleepy creek - then up the same as it meanders to the first station, containing seventy one & seven tenths acres, valued at three hundred & thirty five dollars.


Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds
State of North Carolina Wayne County
January 19th 1889 - Deed – 4 acres
State of North Carolina Wayne County
January 19, 1889 – Deed - $10 – Undivided interest being one tenth share

George Stafford & wife Hannah to John F. Fields

Adjoining the lands of John F. Fields, Margaret Smith
Being the interest of said Hannah A. Stafford in the share (No. 7) of Julia E. Potts dec’d who was heir at law of Newman Potts dec’d and to whom was allotted 58 acres of said land, as will more fully appear by reference to the division of said Newman Potts recorded in No. 54, page 42 of the Registers Office of said Wayne County; the object and intent of this deed being to convey all the right title and interest of herself & her heirs in said share No. 7 of said Julia E. Potts to said John F. Fields, his heirs assigns.
Registered March 29, 1889
A.T. Grady Clerk


Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds
State of North Carolina Wayne County
November 22, 1894 – Deed - $125 – 71.07 acres

George W. Stafford & Hannah M. Stafford to David Thompson & Eliza his wife

Adjoining J. H. Edwards, Wesley Farmer – beginning at a pine on the run of a pine, on the run of a prong of Sleepy creek, corner of lot no. 8 & runs then with the line of lot no. 8, N 8.30 E 38.50 chs to a stake on the New Berne road - then with said road S 61.15 E 18.09 chs to a stake - then S 34 W 4.45 chs to a stake formerly a pine - then S 6.21 W 36.72 chs to a stake & pine stump - then West 15 chs to a black gum on the west side of a prong of Sleepy creek - then up the same as it meanders to the first station, containing 71.07 acres being lot No. 9 in the division of the lands of Newman Potts dec’d. Recorded November 23, 1894



George William Stafford


Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds
State of North Carolina Wayne County
December 11, 1897 – Deed - $30 – 71.07 acres

George W. Stafford to James H. Elmore

Adjoining J. H. Edwards & Pink Winn – being lot No. 9 in the division of lands of Newman Potts dec’d containing 71.07 acres more or less and fully described by metes and bounds in said division recorded in Book No. 54 page 42, Registrar’s office. The object of this conveyance being to convey to said J. H. Elmore all the right and title of said Geo. W. Stafford and wife in a certain tract of land above referred to by reason of a mortgage duly executed and thereon and recorded in Book No. 67, p 464 Register’s Office to secure a debt therein named, which debt being unpaid, advertisement as required in said mortgage having been made, sale was had at the Court House door under the power of foreclosure contained in said mortgage when and where Jas. H. Edwards became and was declared the purchaser for the sum of thirty dollars.
Recorded January 8, 1898


Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds
State of North Carolina Wayne County
January 3, 1901 – Deed - $1025 – 71.07 acres

Geo. W. Stafford and wife Hannah to Wm. Snead

Adjoining J. H. Edwards, Pink Winn – Being lot No. 9 in the division of Newman Potts deceased containing 71.07 acres more or less and fully described by record and found in said division which is recorded in Book No. 54 page 42 Registers office of Wayne County to which reference is here made for fuller description.
Registered January 8, 1901



Buried in Harrell's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, Greene County, NC

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