Wayne County, North Carolina
1882 - J. A. Fields & Newman Potts to Giles Kornegay - Deed - 15a
1890 - J. A. & Sarah Fields to Mary A. Potts - Deed - 72 3/4a
1893 - Newman & Mary Potts to M. J. Best & B. G. Thompson - Mortgage - 56 3/4a
1901 - Joel S. & Sarah L. Fields to Newman Potts - Deed - 56 3/4a
1901 - Newman & Mary Potts & Joel S. & Sarah L. Fields to Giles Kornegay - Mortgage - 27a, 56 3/4a, 6a, 56a
1901 - Newman & Mary Potts & J.A. & Sarah Fields to J. R. Melton - Deed - 72 3/4a
1906 - J. A. & Sarah Fields to Mary A. Potts - Deed - 25a, 55 1/2a
1910 - Newman & Mary Potts to Mrs. J. C. Broadhurst - Mortgage - 56a
1918 - Newman & Mary Potts to Newman's Siblings - Deed - 2a
Newman Potts died August 26, 1918 from tuberculosis and did not leave a will that usually specifies how the deceased property is to be divided. At his death, he owned four tracts of land and the widow and children remained on the land with an undivided interest.
Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds, Book 220, page 120 describes the property as follows:
"All that certain tract of land containing one hundred sixty-nine (169) acres, more or less, known as the 'Potts Place', in Brogden Township, Wayne County, NC, located on the old Goldsboro-Kenansville Road [Genoa Rd today] seven (7) miles south of Goldsboro, and now in the possession of Newman Potts bounded on the north by lands of G. H. Edwards, Joel Fields and B. B. Jones Estate's land; on the east by lands of Kirby Smith and Luby Vinson; on the south by lands of Jasper Potts and Joel Fields; on the west by lands of L. D. Edwards. Said tract of land is particularly described according to a plan prepared by Louis Godwin, Regisered Surveyor, on the 25th day of October, 1926. Copy of plat now being on file with The Federal Land Bank of Columbia, as Agent of the Land Bank Commissioners".
Wayne County, NC Register of Deeds, Book 169, page 315 describes the property as follows:
"1st Tract: At stake on New Bern Road, corner of Lot No. 2, Lot No. 5, containing 56 3/4 acres being the lot of land conveyed to Newman Potts Sr. by deed of Joel S. Fields and wife Lou Fields, dated March 9th, 1901 and recorded in Bk 78, pg 442. (Previously owned by Susan Potts Jones).
"2nd Tract: Adjacent to a stake on New Bern Road, corner of Lot No. 2, in the division of the lands of Newman Potts, deceased, corner Lot No. 4 and containing 25 acres and being the land conveyed to said J. A. Fields and wife by deed of William Potts and wife recorded in the Register of Deeds in Bk 62 pg 488.
"3rd Tract: Adjacent to a stake on New Bern Road, corner Lot No. 1, in the division of the lands of Newman Potts, deceased, bridge across a ditch, corner Lot No. 4, Lot No. 3 and containing 55 1/2 acres and being the land conveyed to J. A. Fields by William Lewis and wife, Minnie Potts Lewis, of date December 7, 1893 and recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds in Bk 68, pg 126. Excepting However: From the operation of this Deed 27 acres within said boundary which was conveyed by J. A. Fields and wife to Joseph Tillman by Deed of date November 18, 1894, Bk 68 pg 488. Adjacent to a stake, private path.
"4th Tract: Adjacent to a stake on New Bern Road, corner Lot No. 6, Lot No. 4, containing 15 3/4 acres alloted to Newman Potts in the division of the land of Julia Elizabeth Potts, deceased, Bk 54 pg 44."
In the 1920 census, widow Mary Potts age 58 was head of household, occupation farmer, home owned, could read and write and with children Mary age 22, Edward age 19, Luther age 17, Theodore age 14 in the home. Sons Newman, David and Jasper and wives were neighbors.
In 1924 and 1926, Mary Potts and her nine children deeded their undivided interests in the four tracts to son and brother Newman Potts.