Sarah Jane Poteet

7 May 1850–18 December 1888 (Age 38)
McDowell, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Sarah Jane

When Sarah Jane Poteet was born on 7 May 1850, in McDowell, North Carolina, United States, her father, John Henry Poteet, was 31 and her mother, Elizabeth Ann Hawkins, was 21. She married Walter Scott Smith on 21 November 1869, in Marion, McDowell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Marion, McDowell, North Carolina, United States in 1880. She died on 18 December 1888, at the age of 38.

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Family Time Line

Walter Scott Smith
Sarah Jane Poteet
Marriage: 21 November 1869
Henry David Smith
James Luther Smith
Dora E. Smith
Sarah C. Smith

Spouse and Children

    Walter Scott Smith



21 November 1869
Marion, McDowell, North Carolina, United States



    James Luther Smith



    Sarah C. Smith


Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (7)

1853 · First State Fair

Age 3

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.
1862 · Battle of Roanoke Island

Age 12

On February 7, 1862, General Burnside's expedition started with the Battle of Roanoke Island. The battle was mostly fought by the Union and Confederate Navy's. This was a Union victory.

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

Said to be of French origin, this name is associated in the early 18th century with MD and subsequently with NC and SC. If it is French, it is probably a Huguenot name. It may be an altered form of French Petit , or possibly of French Pottet, which is from a diminutive of pot ‘pot’, in any of several senses: a metonymic occupational name for a potter, a nickname for a market trader, or a nickname for a rotund individual.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • S J Poteet in household of Henry Poteet, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sarah J Poteet in household of Henry Poteet, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah J Smith in household of Walter Smith, "United States Census, 1880"

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