Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen
Jacob Potts was born in the town of Cherry Valley, June 20 1828. His father, John
Potts, was born in Columbia County, and when a young man came to Otsego County,
locating in Cherry Valley. He was married in this town, and bought a farm in the
locality known as Chestnut Street. He engaged in agricultural pursuits for some
years, then sold his farm, and rented different ones. He died at the home of the
subject of this sketch. The maiden name of his wife was Eve Best. She was born
in Sharon, Schoharie Co., N.Y., and was the daughter of Henry Best. She reared
eleven of her seventeen children, viz: Lany, George, Peter, David Polly, Charles,
Hannah, Sophia, Margaret, Jacob and Lovisa. She died at the home of her son Jacob. Jacob Potts was reared and educated in his native county. In his boyhood there
were no railroads and Albany, forty-nine miles distant, was the nearest market for
the surplus products of the farm and the nearest depot for supplies. His father
kept sheep and raised flax, and the women of the family carded, spun and wove the
wool and fiber into cloth, from which they afterward made the clothing for the family.
Jacob was reared to agricultural pursuits, and commenced life for himself on leased
land, securing a ten-years lease of the farm he now owns. At the expiration of nine
years he bought the farm. It is pleasantly located on Prospect Hill, in the eastern
part of the town of Cherry Valley. Upon this farm he has erected a good set of frame
buildings and otherwise much improved the place. October 4 1871, Mr. Potts married Mary E. Hall, who was born in Cherry Valley. Her
father, Gardner Hall, was, so far as is known, born in the same town. He was reared
on the farm and always followed farming. The maiden name of his wife was Cyrena Clark.
She was born in Rhode Island and died in Cherry Valley. She reared seven children,
viz: Sally Ann, Wallis, Julia, Malinda, Thomas, Gardner and Edelmer J. and Birdella E.
Both Mr. Potts and his wife are members of the Methodis Episcopal Church. He is a
Republican in politics, having joined that party at the time of its organization.