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Of all the researchers who have worked on this lineage, I believe that Bill Scroggin should be especially mentioned. He spent hours in the Missouri Archives searching out and copying obituaries for Potters, which work he then distributed to anyone interested. Mrs. A. M. Harlan sent me a letter years ago detailing many of the Missouri Potters. Of course, I have to mention my aunt, Dr. Marguerite Potter, whose work gave the Potter lineage an accuracy only someone who learned it from her grandfather could provide.

March 2009

Courtesy of

A.D. Carver, who kept the photos until they found a home,

Mike and Teresa Carver, and Sandy Wunderlich

Potter Family Photographs

In one of those amazing gifts of genealogical kindness, a suitcase of Potter photographs has been preserved and sent to me by a family in Missouri. According to Sandy Wunderlich, her parents bought a home about 1979 in Sedalia, Missouri. They found the photographs in the home and " My grandfather, A.D. Carver, a lifelong resident of Sedalia, MO rescued these photos and kept them all these years hoping that someday we would find them a home. And, now we have." She, Mike and Teresa Carver, did research on the internet trying to locate descendants. They found this page, called me, and then sent the box. There are evidently some additional photographs which they are going to share with the Missouri State Historical Society. Link to be added as photos are scanned.

There is one drawback--many of these photos are not identified. I'll be posting scans in the hopes that various Potter family members will be able to help identify them. Please email me for additional information: cyocom@earthlink.net.

Lucy Matilda Ware : Thomas Pindar Potter
b. 5 May 1848 --------------- b. 1 Jan 1823
d. 1 Feb 1908 ------------- d. 7 Aug 1917
Ida May Kitts and her husband, Evan Corn ----- James Mitchell Potter and his wife, Ona Gertrude Kitts
Ida and Ona were twins
back: Ida Marguerite Potter - Carl Kitts Potter
front: Ona Gertrude Potter - Ona Ruth Potter - James Mitchell Potter - Grace Jewel Potter
est. about 1918-1920
Grace Jewel Potter Tippett; Fort Worth Star Telegram; April 25, 1993, Section A, p. 33 John M. and Grace Potter Tippett; Fort Worth Star Telegram; November 8, 1992, Section F, p. 11. John M. Tippett
Sylvia Claire Smith Potter; Fort Worth Star Telegram, March 16, 1997; Section B, p. 7.   Carl Kitts Potter
Ona Ruth Potter Van Tine; Fort Worth Star Telegram, September 27, 1997; Section B, p. 9.   Arthur Benbrook Van Tine
Dr. Ida Marguerite Potter; Fort Worth Star Telegram; Apr 1981. Ida Marguerite Potter, about 14 months old  

Kilchenstein, Mary Frances Potter

Mary Frances Potter Kilchenstein, 85, went to join her heavenly Father on Friday, June 22, 2007, after a brief stay at a local hospital.

Memorial service: (private) was 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Heritage Place Retirement Community in Burleson.

Memorials: Methodist Children's Home in Waco, Texas; American Cancer Society; or a charity of choice.

Mrs. Kilchenstein was born March 27, 1922, in Sedalia, Mo. She and her family moved to Fort Worth when she was 10. Mary attended Paschal High School in Fort Worth and graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor of arts degree. Her first job was with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce in the publicity department. Mary met her husband of 49 years, Joe, in 1945, while filling in for a vacationing secretary.

Mary was a Sunday school class teacher for high school students and very active in the United Methodist Women's Circle at First United Methodist Church of Midlothian. She was also very active in the local community home demonstration club. Mary's hobbies included cross-stitching, quilting, sewing, reading and walking.

She will be remembered as a devoted wife and loving mother and for her caring disposition and unconditional love to many throughout the years. Mary will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe.

Survivors: Sons, Edward and Robert; daughter and son-in-law, Julia and Doc Hemberger; granddaughter, Lindsey; great-granddaughter, Kailynn; and several nieces and nephews.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 6/28/2007.

  Joseph Kilchenstein

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - September 17, 2000
Deceased Name: Joseph B. Kilchenstein
BURLESON - Joseph B. Kilchenstein, 88, a farmer and real estate agent, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at a local hospital.

Memorial service: Will be held for the family only. Memorials: Methodist Children's home in Waco, American Cancer Society, Community Hospice Services or the charity of your choice.

Joseph Kilchenstein was born Sept. 6, 1912, in Evans City, Penn. He moved to Texas when he was an infant. He was an oil field equipment supply salesman before owning a farm. He was also a real estate broker specializing in farms and ranches in the Ellis and Johnson county areas. He was a graduate of Swanee Military Academy in Tennessee and attended the University of Texas at Austin. During World War II, Joe was a lieutenant on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Midlothian for over 40 years, the Fort Worth Club and Rivercrest Country Club. He was a sportsman and loved to hunt, fish, golf, play cards, dance and walk. He and his wife Mary moved to Huguley Retirement Place fouryears ago.

Joe will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and for his "sunny" disposition and friendliness to many throughout the years. He will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors: Wife of 48 years, Mary Potter Kilchenstein; sons, Edward joseph and Robert Charles of Midlothian; daughter, Julia marie of Mansfield; granddaughter, Lindsey Marie of Midlothian; and several nieces and nephews.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Date: September 17, 2000
Edition: FINAL
Page: 9;10;11
Record Number: 1048271
Copyright (c) 2000 Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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