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Joseph Thornton Potter genealogy and correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3915

Scope and Contents note

One scrapbook, 12.5 by 14 inches, containing Joseph Thornton Potter’s Genealogy. Genealogy is shown in handwritten, color coded pedigree charts on graph paper. The oldest date in the genealogy is 1772. There is some tape over one torn page; the tape has stained the adjacent pages. Other than the tape stains, the scrapbook is in good condition.

A letter from Reverend William Potter Brown (from Wray, Colorado) to Joseph T. Warren Potter (Manchester, England), 1933 or 1939 (dates on letter and envelope differ). They were cousins. Reverend Brown gives Joseph Potter some family history information. The surnames he mentions are all found in the scrapbook mentioned above. Reverend Brown also shares family memories and describes his home in Wray, Colorado.

A letter from Aliee Brown (from Albuquerque, New Mexico) to J. J. [ ] Walker Potter, 1947. She mentions the heart attack and death of “Will”, who was probably her husband, and how she came to work as a house mother at a fraternity at the University of New Mexico. She reports that her daughter’s family has moved.

There are also two loose papers with genealogy charts drawn in pencil.


  • 1933-1954


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Joseph Thornton Potter genealogy must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Joseph Thornton Potter (1913-1990) collected his genealogy which was microfilmed after his death.

Joseph Thornton Potter was born on July 17, 1913 in Ashton Upon Mersey, Cheshire, England, to Fred Potter and Maud Elizabeth Warren. He was married October 24, 1959. He collected his genealogy throughout his lifetime and the collection was microfilmed after his death on August 21, 1990. He died in 1986 in Manchester, Lancashire, England.


1 v. (1.4 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)




One scrapbook, two letters and loose genealogy charts, all related to Joseph Thornton Potter's genealogy, 1772-1954.

Custodial History note

Donated in 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; 1992.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Broomhead; 15 May 2007.
Register of Joseph Thornton Potter genealogy and correspondence
Benjamin Sipes
2011 June 13
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States