Wayne County, NC
Robert Henry Potts
Robert Henry Potts was the son of Newman and Susan Marinda Lewis Potts of Brogden towhship. He was seven years old when his parents died. His father's estate papers contain the following guardianship records:
November 25, 1882 - Brother William Potts applied to the court for guardianship of Robert Henry and his sister Minnie Charity Potts.
December 15, 1887 - Inventory of Personal Estate of Robert Henry Potts, which came into the hands of his guardian William Potts.
Newman Potts will: "Item 1st I give and bequeath to my youngest son Robert Henry Potts my entire tract of land on the north side of Neuse River containing one hundred & fifty acres more or less adjoining the lands of Jack J Casey, William Daniel & others also one bed and stead & bed clothing."
Robert Henry Potts
On coming of age Henry would likely have moved to the land he inherited from his father on the north side of the Neuse River. The neighbor William Daniel is thought to be the father of Louisa L. Daniel who married Henry. Their son William Henry Potts was born October 17, 1899.
In a December 12, 1899 letter from Henry's brother William to their sister Mary Potts Jones, William wrote "Hannah was to see us last week. I carried her to Henry's Sunday, his little girl was sick." She was Irene Frances Potts (1898-1900).
No records can be found relating to Henry's property after his death.
Goldsboro Headlight, 18 January 1900
Henry and Louisa are buried in Daniels Chapel Methodist Church graveyard on Hwy 111 south of Hwy 70E, Wayne County, NC. The church was in the vicinity of the Seymour Johnston AFB entrance at Berkley Blvd and the cemetery was moved to its present location to make way for the air base.
Henry Potts, son of Robert Henry and Louisa L. Daniel Potts.
Wayne Co Register Of Deeds Bk 139, P 589-590
This indenture made this the 13 day of September, 1918, by and between D. H. Bland, Commissioner, party of the first part, and W. F. Brogden, party of the second part:
Witnesseth that whereas W. F. Brogden has agreed to advance to Henry Potts the sum of five hundred dollars to be expended in his education during the year 1918 and in the payment of certain necessary expenses of the said Henry Potts during said time, and whereas the said D. H. Bland was duly appointed Commissioner of the Court by an order made in a special proceeding entitled "The Petition of Henry Potts, Infant, by his General Guardian, W. F. Brogden", which said order was approved by his Honor, F. A. Daniels, Judge, on the 10th day of September, 1918, to execute a mortgage to the said W. F. Brogden conveying a one-half undivided interest belonging to the said Henry Potts in the tract of land hereinafter described, as security for the payment of said amount of money advanced as aforesaid, and whereas the said sum of five hundred dollars has been paid over to the said party of the first part to be turned over to the said W. F. Brogden, Guardian, after the payment of the necessary costs of this proceeding, and to be expended by the said Guardian in the necessary education and maintenance of his ward, the said Henry Potts, as aforesaid.
Now therefore, for and in consideration of the premises and the sum of five hundred dollars paid to him as aforesaid, the said D. H. Bland, Commissioner, doth hereby bargain, sell and convey unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, the one-half undivided interest of the said Henry Potts in and to the following described tract of land situate in Wayne County, North Carolina, bounded as follows:
Beginning at Lou Pearl Casey's corner on the run of Stoney Creek and runs thence with her line S. 15 E. 160 poles to a stake, corner of Lot No. 3; thence with Lot No. 3 N. 32 1/2 E. 50 3/4 poles to a stake on the ditch; thence with the ditch N. 54 W. 32 poles to a stake; thence N. 32 1/2 E. 94 poles to a stake in line of Lot No. 1; thence with Lot No. 1 N. 61 W. 125 poles to the run of Stoney Creek; thence down the run of said creek to the beginning containing one hundred seventeen and one half acres, more or less, and being the same land allotted to his mother, Louise Potts Jones, in the division of the lands of William Daniels, deceased, which said division is recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds for Wayne County in Book No. 2, page 518.
To have and to hold the above described land unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, in as full and ample manner as the said party of the first part is authorized and empowered to convey the same and no further.
The condition of this deed is that whereas the said W. F. Brogden has advanced the sum of five hundred dollars to be expended, after the payment of the costs of this proceeding, in the necessary education and maintenance of his ward, the said Henry Potts, and whereas the said D. H. Bland, Commissioner, was authorized to execute a note for said sum of five hundred dollars bearing interest from date at the rate of six per cent, and to convey the said one half undivided interest of the said Henry Potts in said tract of land above described as security therefore as aforesaid.
Now therefore if the said not hereinbefore referred to, together with the interest thereon accrued, shall be fully paid and satisfied when the same shall become due and payable, then this deed shall be void. And it is further understood and agreed that in case the said note above referred to shall not be paid off and discharged when the same shall be come due and payable then the party of the second part, or his assigns, are authorized and empowered to advertise said one half undivided interest in the above described tract of land, at the Court House door and three other public places in Wayne County, and in a newspaper published in said County for thirty days, and after such advertisement, sell the same for cash at the Court House door in Goldsboro, and convey the same by deed to the purchaser, and out of the proceeds of such sale pay the said debt and interest, and all necessary expenses of making and executing this trust, and the balance remaining he shall pay over to the party of the first part, or his legal representative.
In witness wherefore, the said party of the first part has hereunto set his hand
and seal, the day and year above written.
North Carolina Wayne County I, J. B. Hooks, C.S.C., do hereby certify that D. H. Bland, Commissioner, personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the foregoing Mortgage. Let the same with this certificate be registered. Witness my hand and seal, this the 13 day of September, 1918. J. B. Hooks C.S.C.
Received & Recorded Sept. 13, 1918
William Henry Potts
From Find-a-grave - Northwood Cemetery, Southport, NC