64. Deacon Ezekiel Harrison Perry
Potter (photo) was born on Jan 30 1818
NY or Petersburg, NY.(16)
(17) Genealogy of the Potter Families indicates that his
was Grafton, whereas the obituary says it was Petersburg. He was
1832 in Scott, NY.(16) The
at the Seventh Day Baptist Church. He died in Jun 1905.
From E.H.P. Potter's obituary in the Cortland Paper:
"Dr. E. H. Perry Potter of Scott died on Thursday last.
"Ezekiel H. P. Potter was born in the town of Petersburg, Rensellar
N. Y., January 30, 1818, and was the oldest son of the family of three
and three daughters of Ezekiel G. and Abigail West Potter, being about
generation in direct line from Vincent Potter of England, one of the 59
who signed the order for beheading Charles First, King of England, and
few years later came to America to save [sic] decapitation when Charles
became King of England.
"Politically he was brought up a democrat but voted for William Henry
and has voted at every presidential election.
"He has been a Republican ever since the organization of that party,
has held several important offices in his town, such as assessor,
of highways and town auditor, each of which he held several terms. He
elected supervisor in 1887. These offices he filled with ability and to
satisfaction of his constituency.
"Mr. Potter has always been a strong temperance man. He voted at every
election held in town since he became of age, and has always lived on
homestead of 60 acres, adding to it until the farm owned by him and his
over 200 acres, with large convenient buildings thereon.
"Soon after marriage, he and his wife commenced house-keeping and
the same house more than 57 years, when she died in April, 1900, since
he has lived with his son, H.E.J. Potter, who manages the farm.
"Never is the pen of a ready writer more needed by a newspaper
then [sic] when they have the honor of writing an obituary of such a
Deacon Potter. Possessed as he was of a nature at once so firm and yet
he was dearly loved and respected by friends. He was given positions of
and honor such as the guardianship of orphan children, the settlement
and the holding of funds in trust.
"He and his estimable wife were hospitable people, and loved to add
to the pleasure of their friends. Wife and children recieved the
and care from a devoted husband and father. His religious life was also
example. He truly loved his God, and took a deep and never-dying
the church and also in the work of denomination. He conscientiously
the duties of the office of deacon. His love his labors and prayers
the upholding of God's holy law in every particular. When age and
his attendance at church, his love for and interest in the church did
"Up to the day of his death his mind dwelt much on the subject of the
and its welfare. In his death, as also in the recent death of Deacon
the church has suffered irreparable loss. Deacon Potter led a long and
life. The friend of righteousness and temperence no liquors or tobacco
were ever used by him. One more thing we wish to mention. As he lay in
the repose of death, his features expressed as in life, that wonderful
peace which 'floweth as a river;' that peace which only
Chist can give. His funeral was held Sabbath day June 24th from the
he had lived so long. Many and beautiful were the floral offerings. The
being temporarily without a pastor, Rev. H.B. Roberts of the M.E.
brief services, after which Deacon Potter's remains were tenderly laid
beside his wife in the cemetary near the S.D.B. Church. His two sons
Potter and Dr. L.W. Potter with their families, the adopted daughters,
relatives, and the entire community mourn his departure. 'Blessed are
which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, sayeth the Spirit that they
from their labors; and their works do follow them.' Rev, 14:13 "
married to Roxanna E. Burdick on Jan 16 1842.(17)
|65. Roxanna E. Burdick
was born on Apr 25 1820.(18)
died in Apr 1900.(16)