James Ray Potter

1884–1968 (Age 84)
Franklin Township, Greene, Iowa, United States

The Life of James Ray

When James Ray Potter was born on 17 August 1884, in Franklin Township, Greene, Iowa, United States, his father, Clark Edwin Potter, was 29 and his mother, Isabelle Eveline Roush, was 24. He married Marie Jessie Griffee on 4 January 1905. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Glidden, Carroll, Iowa, United States in 1910 and Jefferson, Greene, Iowa, United States for about 20 years. He died on 9 December 1968, at the age of 84, and was buried in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Ray Potter
Marie Jessie Griffee
Marriage: 4 January 1905
Merle Arnold Potter
Ferne Mildred Potter
Eva Pearl Potter
Ralph Lyle Potter
Helen Louise Potter

Spouse & Children

4 January 1905
Forlin, Greene, Iowa


Parents & Siblings

  • Clark Edwin Potter


  • Isabelle Eveline Roush




+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1886 · Giving Working Men a Union

Age 2

The largest union group in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. It still exists today but merged with The Congress of Industrial Organization.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 22

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and North German (Pötter): occupational name for a maker of drinking and storage vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Low German pot. In the Middle Ages the term covered workers in metal as well as earthenware and clay.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Roy Potter in household of Clark E Potter, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • James R Potter in household of Clark E Potter, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Jas R Potter, "United States Census, 1910"

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