Potter, Mrs. Robert 1829-1900
Posted By: Viv Reeves (email)
Date: 1/26/2006 at 16:57:23
From the Sheldon Mail, Sheldon, (O'Brien), Iowa, Tuesday, August 14, 1900, Page 5, Column 5:
MRS ROBERT POTTER DEAD.
Passed Away Sunday After a Long and Severe Illness.
Mrs. Robert Potter, of whose illness Mail readers have been informed from time to time during the many months of its duration, died Sunday, the 12th inst., at the home of her son, James Potter, in Carroll township, which was for many years the home of the family. The old lady was ill for a long time in town. Then she seemd to get better and she and her husband moved back onto the old farm. Of late she became worse and failed steadily until death came to her relief.
Sarah Daw was born in Brenchley Parrish, County of Kent, England, May 29*, 1829. At the age of 21 she was married to Robert Potter, who now lives to mourn her loss, and with whom she walked, a faithful and devoted wife, for nearly fifty years. They came to America in 1857 (Robert's obit says 1856), settling in Kane county, Illinois, and from there they moved to Iowa in 1868 (Robert's obit says 1869), settling on their homestead in Plymouth county, near LeMars, whre they remained nine years, moving to their present home in O'Brien county in 1877 (Robert's obit says 1876).
To Robert and Sarah Potter were born eight children, five of whom now live to mourn the loss of mother.
A short funeral service of song and prayer, Rev. Tainter of Archer in charge, occurred at the house at 11 on Monday. At 1 o'clock a formal service, conducted by Pastor H. G. Campbell and Rev. Tainter at the M. E. Church was held in town and was largely attended by neighbors from the country and and by friends of the family in town.
The remains were taken to Seney, Plymouth county, for interment beside the graves of two children, a son and a daughter, who died in their youth many years ago. Former neighbors and friends, a goodly number, met the sorrowing relatives and the remains at the depot in Seney and accompanied them to the cemetery where a brief final service was held.
The Mail extends to the bereaved ones its sympathy. They mourn the decease of a faithful wife and mother and the community has lost a good woman.
(*Note--Sarah's headstone and death record age calculation put her day of birth at May 28, 1829.)
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