Monday, September 12, 2016

Notes From My Grandmother | Potwin Lineage and Genealogy, Part 5

Somehow, much of my grandmother's hand written and (badly) typed notes and research wound up in my possession. Traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Chicago again. It sat, in the dark of my mother's closet, until my dad passed and my mom decided to begin her great purge. Knowing I had picked up the torch, the next generation to pursue the Greatest Hobby on Earth, the papers came to live with me. Unsure for many years on just what to do with them, I have decided to bring them out and share them with you - transcribed, of course - no one can read my grandmother's handwriting! But in her own words; mistakes, rambling sentences, and all. I think she will be pleased her work and her writing are once again out in the light.


Benjamin, fourth son of Thomas and Martha Potwine who had ten children, lived in Connecticut. (One source says place of Benjamin's birth as New York state. Born 1788)

The Dutch settled New York; they established  a colony in Albany. Many Puritan families in Massachusetts and Connecticut drifted south into New York about 1640. In 1740 the population was established at only 50,000. About that time many former Connecticut dwellers went across the sound and settled in Long Island.

Benjamin Potwine married Cornelia Curtis (Custus). There were twelve children; three died in infancy. It is known Ben, the eldest son lived in Ellington, New York. There were four living sons; the youngest, Monroe, who remained home to care for his mother and the homestead while the others went to war. The father had died eight years earlier. In the family records it tells of the boyhood home of Monroe, youngest in the family, in Ellington, Chautauqua county, New York.


Benjamin Potwine  b. 7/24/1788
                              d. 8/26/1852
                              m. 6/25/1816 to Cornelia Curtis (Custus)
                                                         b. 1/28/1798

Daughter b. 5/6/1817 d. 5/16/1817
Cornelia M. b. 8/4/1818 d. 1889/90 - m. 1838 to J. Birdsell Nygent
Benjamin C. b. 7/25/1820 d. 2/28/1905 - m. 8/3/1842 to Susan Torry (Ben lived in  Ellington, NY)
Martha C. b. 1/8/1823 d. 2/23/1873 - m. 6/20/1854 to Benjamin Franklin Fuller
Son b. 4/4/1825 d. 4/4/1825
Sarah Ann b. 4/17/1826 d. 3/25/1858 -m. 4/11/1848 to Wm. Watch Jr.
Mary A. b. 5/10/1829 d. 9/16/1888 - m. 8/6/1855 to Simon Lawrence
William Stiles. b. 6/9/1831 d. UNK - m. 10/23/1854 to Elsie M. Barnes
Junius F, b. 6/24/1833 d. UNK - m. 1/1/1859 to Helen A.
Elizabeth H. b. 8/6/1835 d. UNK - m. 5/21/1855 to Franklin Hammond
MONROE AUGUSTUS b. 8/28/1837 d. UNK - m. 1/1/1866 to Ella Augusta Burt
                                                                                         b. 10/10/1850 d. 3/26/1902
Son b. 11/1/1840 d. 11/1/1840

Believe this is the generation where the final 'e' was dropped.

END of Part 5

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