Downloadable Word Document
Thomas Pullen Potts
Grandfather Potts was the sixth child of Thomas Potts and
Harriet Pullen, being born at Selling, Kent, England. 26 Oct 1839. He never had
a chance for much education except what he learned by Himself. When he was
young he learned to read from bill boards. He was still young when he became a
policeman in London.
He married Julia Jane Jemmett. They were married 6 May 1860. They were both
baptized before they were married. Grandfather Potts was baptized 22 March 1857
when he was seventeen years old – three years before they were married.
Grandma, Julia Jane Jemmett was baptized Jan. 1852 just a couple of weeks after
her eleventh birthday. They had one daughter, Charlotte born 12 Nov. 1860, in England.
They sailed on the ship, Manchester Caxton
and their Captain was Henry Frask. It took them forty
five days to cross the ocean. They landed at Castle
Garden - New York
on 21 June 1862 'and went on to Florence,
Nebraska. There they had to wait
six weeks for the ox teams to get ready. There were forty -wagons in their
company under Captain Ansell P. Harmon from Nebraska to Wyoming.
When they were in the sweet water territory in Wyoming
coming to Salt Lake valley, a baby son Thomas Henry was
born 18 Sept 1862. The covered wagon where grandma and the new baby was riding,
tipped over and grandma rolled down the hill, breaking her ankle, baby was not
hurt. Food was very low so they fed the baby on boiled rice water.
wagons were bogged down many times, but slowly the great wheels would turn,
catch the mud, lift it a quarter turn and drop it in clods. We had snow, sleet,
rain and very cold weather. The prairie held frigid bleakness, the cutting
winds and cold air pierced ones bones and it never quite left. Some times when
they camped, sloughs of mud was deep to shoe tops, and
still their persistent pushing forward hundred of miles into the west.