Lucius Potts, 1858-1926
Wayne County, NC


Lucius & Fannie Viola Brown Potts Family
contributed by James Rufus Potts

Back row, l-r: Minnie, Jessie, Annie, Samuel
Middle row, l-r: Fannie, Lucius, Herman, Elizabeth, Fannie
Front row, Susan [in front of father]


Lucius was the son of Newman and Susan Marinda Lewis Potts of Brogden towhship. He married Frances Viola Brown on November 21, 1882. They had the following children:

John Henry (1884–1955), Jessie Thomas (1887–1930), Mary Elizabeth (1889–), Minnie Clyde (1891–1912), Annie Lou (1892–1955), Herman Lucius (1898–1950), Samuel Urban (1900–1973), Fannie Inez (1903–1989), and Susan Marinda Potts (1906–1999).


Lucius' brother Urban was in the turpentine business and Lucius worked with him in Georgia and Florida. It isn't known when they left NC and returned home but Lucius sold his land he inherited from his father in 1885 while still in Wayne County and Urban sold his inherited land in 1888 while in Bullock County, GA. They both were back in NC by 1920 and were living in Duplin County, NC where Urban had bought a farm.


In the 1900 census he and Frances were in Liberty, Georgia. Lucius age 41; Frances age 33, John H. age 15, Jessie age 12, Elizabeth age 11, Minnie age 9, Annie L. age 6 and Herman age 2.

In the 1910 census he and wife Fannie V. were in Lakeland, Florida. Lucius age 52, Fannie V. age 43, Elizabeth age 21, Annie age 17, Herman age 11, Urban age 9, Fannie age 7 and Susan M age 3.

In the 1920 census he and wife Frances V. were in Duplin County, NC. Lucius age 61, Frances V. age 53, Herman L. age 21, Urbane age 19, Susan M. age 13.

Lucius died July 19, 1926 in Brogden Township, Wayne County, NC. Frances died February 20, 1950 in Indian Springs, Wayne county, NC.


Lucius & Fannie Viola Brown Potts Family
contributed by Ann Hedgepeth


1884 - Newman Potts will: Lot No. 8 is assigned to Lucious Potts in severalty, bounded as follows - to wit - beginning at a black gum on the run of a prong of Sleepy creek, Robert's corner & runs then N 7 W 23.70 chs to a stake in the Spring Bank road - then with said road N 53.15 E 11.66 chs to the New Berne road - then with the same S 61.15 E 13.94 chs to a stake, corner of lot no. 9 - then with the line of said lot S 8.30 W 38.50 chs to a pine in the run of a prong of Sleepy Creek - then up the same as it meanders to a north prong - then up said prong as it meanders to the first station, containing sixty five acres, valued at three hundred & thirty five dollars.


Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds

State of North Carolina
Wayne County
January 28, 1885 - Deed - 1 1/2 or 2 acres

Lucius Potts and wife Frances to Elkanah Roberts

This deed made this the 28th day of January AD 1885 between Lucius Potts and Frances Potts his wife of the first part and Elkanah Roberts of the second part all of Wayne County NC.

Witnesseth that the party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars the receipt of which sum is hereby acknowledged have bargained and sold and to do by these presents grant and convey unto the said party of the second part a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the State of North Carolina Wayne County and in Indian Springs township on one of the branches of Sleepy Creek adjoining the lands of Elkanah Roberts and Lucius Potts on the north side of the dividing line between Lucius Potts & Elkanah Roberts on said branch and the dam to be built at the crossing known as the Greens causeway to high water mark and depth of pond not to exceed 8 1/2 feet containing about one and half or two acres of land.

To have and to hold to him the said Elkanah Roberts and to his heirs the party of the first part covenants and agree to & with the said party of the second part that they are seized in fee simple of the land herein conveyed: and have absolute right to convey a fee simple estate therein and that they will warrant & defend the right and title of the same to the said party of the second part against the claims of all persons whomsoever.

In testimony whereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals on the day and date above mentioned.
Lucius Potts (Seal)
Frances Y. Potts (Seal)

J. B. F. Murphrey, J.P. do hereby certify that Lucius Potts and Frances Y. Potts his wife appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the annexed deed of conveyance and the said Frances Y. Potts being by me privately examined separate and apart from her said husband touching her voluntary execution thereof doth state that she signed the same freely and voluntarily without fear or compulsion of her said husband or any other person and that she doth stall voluntarily assent thereto. Witness my hand and private seal this 28th day of January AD 1885.
B. F. Murphrey J.P. (Seal)

North Carolina Wayne County: The foregoing certificate of B. F. Murhprey J.P. of Wayne County is adjudged to be correct and in due form of law Let the same with this certificate be registered. This 3d day of April 1885
A. T. Grady CSC
R & R Apl 3 1885
W. T. Gardner, Reg’trd


Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds

State of North Carolina
Wayne County
November 14, 1885 – Deed - 65 acres - $300

Lucius Potts and wife Frances to W.S. Farmer

Adjoining Hannah Stafford, Cain Roberts
Begins at a black gum on the fun of Sleepy Creek (a prong of said creek) Roberts corner & runs thence N 7 W 23.70 chs to a stake in Spring Bank road, then with said road N 53 degrees 15' E 11.66 chs to the New Berne road, then with the same S 61.15 E 13.94 chs to a stake corner of lot No 9, then with line of said lot S 8 degrees 30' W 38.50 chs to a pine on run of a prong of Sleepy Creek, then up same as it meanders to a north prong, then up same to the beginning containing 65 acres more or less, being the lot No 8 in the division of Newman Potts as recorded in Liber 54 page 44, less about two acres sold by said Lucius Potts to Cain Roberts & excepted from this conveyance.


Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds

State of North Carolina Wayne County
December 14, 1888 – Deed - $15 – Undivided interest

Lucius Potts and wife Fanny to John F. Fields

Adjoining the lands of John F. Fields, Margaret Smith
Being the undivided interest of Lucius Potts in Lot No. 7 of the division of the lands of Newman Potts dec’d as recorded in No. 54 page 42 of the Register’s office of Wayne County: to which record reference is here made for further particulars: the said Lucius Potts being one of the heirs of Julia E. Potts to whom said lot No. 7 was assigned in said division also the entire interest of said Lucius Potts in the estate of said Julia E. Potts dec’d both real and personal is hereby intended to be conveyed to said John F. Fields. Registered March 29, 1889


Lucius and Fannie are buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Mount Olive, NC. Lucius was originally buried in Potts Cemetery and moved to Maplewood at a later date.

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