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Asher Smith Potter

Male 1805 - 1881


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  • Name  Asher Smith Potter  [2
    • About 1825 Asher Smith Potter moved hither with his parents from Oneida County. He was born in Camden, N.Y., January 26, 1805. When he was five years old his father moved to Canada, where the son was educated. When eighteen years old they returned to Oneida County, whence they came to Cleveland, where the father died aged eighty-one, and the mother aged eighty-three. Young Potter, after an absence of eighteen years in New York city and the South, settled permanently in Cleveland village, where he finally opened a tavern where the Morse building now stands, and subsequently a store. He held several public positions, and died in March, 1881, being survived by a widow and four children. [1]
    Born  26 Jan 1805  Camden, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  Abt. 1810  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence  1825  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1857  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Cleveland Village Trustee 
    Occupation  1860  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Merchant 
    Occupation  1875  [2
    Actuary 
    Residence  1860 - 1880  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • According to the 1875 census, the Potter residence was valued at $500. [2]
    • We learn that Asher Potter has purchased the property where he resided when here, and, with his family, will return to Cleveland in a week or two. [8]
    Died  9 Mar 1881  [1, 5, 11
    • Another of the very oldest of our residents, Asher S. Potter, died Wednesday at noon, at the age of 76 years. He had been failing very fast of late, and his death was not unexpected. His very remarkable life call for more than a passing notice, and we shall endeavor to get his history for our next issue. [9]

    • Asher Smith Potter was born in the town of Camden, Oneida, N.Y., Jan. 26th, 1805, and at the time of his death, his age was 76 years, 1 month and 16 days.

      When five years old, his parents moved to Canada, where he received a liberal education in the best schools. At the age of 18, his parents again moved to Oneida County, but soon moved again, this time to Cleveland, where they resided until their death, at the ages of 81 and 83 years respectively.

      Asher remained here hardly one year, when his inclinations led him to the great metropolis, New York city. He engaged there first as a waiter, but soon received a good position as clerk in a commercial house, where he remained three years. At this time he was induced to go into the Southern States, where he remained sixteen years, engaaged in various branches of business - at one time having a wholesale closting store in Macon, Ga.

      After an absence of 19 years, he returned to Cleveland, and 8 years later, at the age of 46, was married. The remainder of his life has been spent here, with an interval of three and a half years - 75 to 78 - passed in Wisconsin.

      About 25 years ago, he entered in business here, keeping first a tavern and then a small country store. He made considerable money, and erected what is now known as the Morse building, and filled the large store with goods; but through unfortunate speculation, he lost the whole of his property.

      He held several important positions in the town and village, and was possessed of considerable ability. He frequently contributed to the columns of the Press. He wrote a series of entertaining sketches on the early life of this place, and also a history of Frenchman's Island.

      He leaves a wife and four children [10]
    Buried  Cleveland Village Cemetery, North Street, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    20081019 - Headstone, Asher S. Potter
    20081019 - Headstone, Asher S. Potter
    Cleveland Village Cemetery
    Person ID  I499  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified  14 Jul 2019 

    Father  Maj Samuel Potter,   b. 11 Jun 1772,   d. 17 May 1853 
    Mother  Thakful Smith,   b. 22 Apr 1778,   d. 22 Dec 1859 
    Family ID  F807  Group Sheet

    Family  Altay Dutton,   b. 20 Jun 1833, Chautauqua, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1911 
    Married  Y  [12
    Children 
     1. Asher D. Potter,   b. Abt. 1852, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Altay Elizabeth Potter,   b. 20 Jul 1854, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1884, Utica, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Horatio Seymour Potter,   b. Abt. 1862, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Silas Finch Potter,   b. 23 Oct 1865, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1928
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2018 
    Family ID  F138  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S40] Landmarks of Oswego County, Henry Perry Smith, W. Stanley Child, (Higgins Book Company - 1895), 497 (Reliability: 2), 1895.
      Town of Constantia

    2. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 8 (Reliability: 2), 3 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/03/1875; Page: 8; Lines: 8

    3. [S32] 1860 United States Federal Census, 16 (Reliability: 2), 23 Jun 1860.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED Date: 06/23/1860; Sheet No: 16

    4. [S21] 1880 United States Federal Census, 31 (Reliability: 2), 17 Jun 1880.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED: #231; ED Date: 06/17/1880; SD: #8; Sheet No: 31; Line No: 1-3

    5. [S19] Find A Grave, findagrave.com., https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=721&GScid=2221626&GRid=29851373& (Reliability: 1), 17 Sep 2008.
      Asher S. Potter

    6. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press, 19 Mar 1881.
      d

    7. [S40] Landmarks of Oswego County, Henry Perry Smith, W. Stanley Child, (Higgins Book Company - 1895), 507 (Reliability: 2), 1895.
      Town of Constantia

    8. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 9 Nov 1878.

    9. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 12 Mar 1881.

    10. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press, 19 Mar 1881.

    11. [S170] Camden Advance-Journal, 2 (Reliability: 1), 27 Sep 1928.
      Former Supervisor of Vienna Passes Away

    12. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 8 (Reliability: 2), 3 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/03/1875; Page: 8; Lines: 8-9