Elizabeth Cathcart Potter

Death unknown
Burial Kauffman, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 85977748 View Source
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First wife of General James Potter.
Source Information: Pennsylvania Women in the Revolutionary War [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997. Original data:

Egle, William Henry. Some Pennsylvania Women during the War of the Revolution. Harrisburg, PA, USA: Harrisburg Publishing Co., 1898.

[p.157] Elizabeth Potter, only child of James Potter by his first wife, Elizabeth Cathcart, was born October 17, 1755, in An-trim township, Cumberland county. Her father was an officer in the French and Indian war, was under Colonel Armstrong at the destruction of the Kittanning, and during the War of the Revolution early enlisted in its cause. The services of General Potter in the Pennsylvania campaign of 1777 were very distinguished, and in the spring of 1778 Washington wrote from Valley Forge that "if the state of General Potter's affairs will admit of his return to the army, I shall be exceedingly glad to see him, as his activity and vigilance have been very much wanted during the winter." The opportunity for female education being very limited in those early days, Elizabeth Potter of course enjoyed very few advantages. She was not fond of study, but dreaded being thought ignorant. She read all the books that came in her way, and thus acquired much miscellaneous knowledge. She had a very quick perception and intuitive comprehension of all that was said around her by wiser heads, and had great tact and ready adaptation to persons and circumstances. She was peculiarly an intelligent listener, and often created astonishment by the readiness with which she seized upon an idea. All this, joined to a retentive memory and great fluency and even elegance of speech, made her one of the most brilliant conversationalists of her day.
On the eve of the Revolution Elizabeth Potter married James Poe. He was among the first to volunteer in the cause of freedom, and, far from holding him back or lamenting over his determination, his young and spirited wife did her best to encourage and, to help him. The services of her husband were chiefly on the frontiers and on several occasions when it was necessary for the Rangers to go into camp for the winter, Mrs. Poe always rejoined her husband, enduring very cheerfully the narrow quarters and camp fare. Her courage and her spirits, however, never failed her, and in the cold and comfortless camp, as in her happy home at Antrim, she made sunshine for all around. Of her services and of her self-denials during the War of the Revolution, they were in common with the settlers on the frontiers, ministering to the comfort of those who were struggling for their country's independence. Her after life was one chiefly of struggle and sorrow, for it was during the second war for independence that her well-beloved son, Adjutant Thomas Poe, fell at the battle of Chippewa, on the 6th of July, 1814. Mrs. Poe died on the 11th of September, 1819, and was buried at Brown's Mill graveyard. Captain James Poe, son of Adjutant Thomas Poe, was born in what is now Antrim township, Franklin county, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1748.

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