Wayne County, NC
Newman Potts Jr. and wife Mary Abstella Fields
Newman Jr. was the son of Newman Potts Sr. and wife Susan Marinda Lewis of Brogden Township. Mary Abstella was the daughter of James Addison Fields and wife Sarah McKinne. Addison Fields, his mother and siblings moved to Wayne County from neighboring Greene by 1852. They were neighbors of the Newman Potts Sr. family.
Newman Jr. was born February 9, 1854 and died August 26, 1918. Mary A. Fields was born March 8, 1862 and died March 20, 1950.
Bible Entry - This Certifies That the Rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated between Newman Potts of Wayne County and Mary A. Fields of Wayne County on the 29th day of January 1879 at J.A. Fields by Benit Fields, Minister (brother of Addison).
Newman and Mary had 17 children between 1880 and 1907. Eleven survived to adulthood to produce 50 granchildren.
Newman made this spinning wheel for his wife Mary
Aug 8 1878 - Goldsboro Messenger
Sep 25 1879 - Goldsboro Messenger
Dec 14 1885 - Goldsboro Messenger
Oct 13 1892 - Daily Journal New Bern
This original Emmaus Baptist Church was destroyed by high winds around 1920
Jan 21 1897 - Goldsboro Headlight
Apr 8 1897 - Goldsboro Headlight
Well bucket thought to belong to Newman and Mary
May 26 1900 - Daily Free Press Kinston
Jul 5 1900 - Goldsboro Headlight
A Jones family historian, Jennie Jones King, wrote about Newman and his brother-in-law and neighbor, John Franklin Fields, who married Cynthia Ann Potts. "Uncle Newman Potts and uncle John Fields were always feuding, and finally each fenced his own land, which left a lane between the two farms, this became known as the 'Devil Lane'. If I ever heard what started the feud I have forgotten. I believe they buried the hatchet before uncle John sold his land and moved to Utah, a few years after mother did."
Wayne County Superior Court Minute Docket, 1900-1903
No other documentation.
Edward Potts, son of Newman and Mary, stated that his father did not want to be buried and ordered brick for an above ground vault. He died before the brick arrived and at his request was placed in an old house of J.A. Fields on the Potts place on the north side of Potts Road to await the brick. By the time the brick arrived at Dudley on the train, Newman's remains were so decomposed they decided to bury him. He died in 1918.
Newman and Mary Abstella and seven of their children are buried in Potts Cemetery located off Potts Road on Willard Drive.