LaFayette Washington Potter

1828–1860 (Age 32)
Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, United States

The Life of LaFayette Washington

When LaFayette Washington Potter was born about 1828, in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, United States, his father, Ithiel Potter, was 36 and his mother, Clarissa Bundy, was 33. He married Estella Delia Ellison about 1849, in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died in September 1860, at the age of 32.

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LaFayette Washington Potter
Estella Delia Ellison
Marriage: about 1849
Ella Belle Potter
William Potter
Flora Estella Potter

Spouse & Children

about 1849
Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, United States


  • Ella Belle Potter


  • William Potter


  • Flora Estella Potter


Parents & Siblings



World Events (3)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 2

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

Age 18

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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 (2)

  • Lafayette Potter in household of Clarisa Potter, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Potter in entry for Flora Mcclune, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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