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Taking A Rest
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A Colonial couple
A Song for Abraham
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On June 30, 2001 descendants of Abraham Potter gathered at a small cemetery located at Willowbrook Golf Course , Breaks, Virginia. We were there to pay tribute to a true American Patriot, Abraham Potter.
Abraham Potter was a long hunter and probably made his first excursion into Kentucky with Daniel Boone .
According to his Revolutionary War pension application he was born in 1745 in Rowan County, North Carolina. As Rowan County was not formed until 1755 he would have actually been born in Bladen County.
The first mention of Abraham Potter in Kentucky is to be found in the marriage record files of Floyd County. On 3 November 1818 Rachel Potter, daughter of Abraham, married Archibald Justice. Abraham is listed in the 1820 Floyd County Census Records and in 1830 he is listed in the Pike County Census. In 1833 Abraham, age 88, files papers in Pike County to receive a pension for his Revolutionary War service. His application is granted. The last record of Abraham is found when he sells land to Hyram Cantril in May of 1837. As no futher records are to be found concerning Abraham it is assumed he died shortly after this transaction occured.
It should be noted that Abraham was present at the Battle of Cowpens on 17 January 1781. This was one of the battles that was fought in The Campaign for the Carolinas. The site of the Battle of Cowpens, a frontier pastureland, is located just north of present day Spartanburg, South Carolina. Tough Continental soldiers and backwoods militia under the command of General Daniel Morgan handed battle-hardened British regulars a major defeat. This victory was a turning point of the war in the south.
The Battle of Cowpens lasted one hour and left staggering loses for the British -- 110 dead, in excess of 200 wounded and 500 captured. General Morgan's losses were considerably less -- 12 killed and 60 wounded. The battle had proved a complete victory for the Patriot forces and was a link in a chain of events which eventually lead to the colonial victory at Yorktown.
In honoring Abraham Potter we acknowledge the contribution he made as an American Patriot and that we as a people have not forgotten these sacrifices nor him.
For those of you unable to attend you were missed, to those who attended many thanks for a memorial that will long be remembered.
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