Wayne County, NC
Newman Potts Jr. and wife Mary Abstella Fields
Thought to be their wedding photo
Contributed by Iola Marshburn Potts
Newman Potts Jr. wedding photo
Newman and Mary Fields Potts
Newman lost an eye to cancer and it is said it was removed at Johns Hopkins
Newman Jr. was the son of Newman Potts Sr. and wife Susan Marinda Lewis of Brogden Township. Mary Abstella was the daughter of James Addison Fields and wife Sarah McKinne. Addison Fields, his mother and siblings moved to Wayne County from neighboring Greene by 1852. They were neighbors of the Newman Potts Sr. family.
Newman Jr. was born February 9, 1854 and died August 26, 1918. Mary A. Fields was born March 8, 1862 and died March 20, 1950.
Bible Entry - This Certifies That the Rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated between Newman Potts of Wayne County and Mary A. Fields of Wayne County on the 29th day of January 1879 at J.A. Fields by Benit Fields, Minister (brother of J.A. Fields). Family Bible Record
Newman and Mary had 17 children between 1880 and 1907. Eleven survived to adulthood to produce 50 granchildren.
Back L-R: Jasper, Newman, David, George
Front L-R: Henry, Edward, Luther, Theodore
1900 Wayne County, NC Census
Her tombstone indicates she was 88 years old at her death.
Mary Potts [seated] Birthday Family Gathering
L-R Jasper, Newman, Edward, David, Luther, Henry, Theodore
[Son George had died from cancer and is buried in Potts Cemetery]
Mary Potts [seated] and daughters L-R Mary Percise, Ida Crocker, Birdie Grady
Mary Potts [seated] and L-R Unknown woman and baby, Birdie Grady
Aug 8 1878 - Goldsboro Messenger
Sep 25 1879 - Goldsboro Messenger
Dec 14 1885 - Goldsboro Messenger
Oct 13 1892 - Daily Journal New Bern
This original Emmaus Baptist Church was destroyed by high winds around 1920
Jan 21 1897 - Goldsboro Headlight
Apr 8 1897 - Goldsboro Headlight
Well bucket possibly belonged to Newman and Mary
May 26 1900 - Daily Free Press Kinston
Jul 5 1900 - Goldsboro Headlight
A Jones family historian, Jennie Jones King, wrote about Newman and his brother-in-law and neighbor, John Franklin Fields, who married Cynthia Ann Potts. "Uncle Newman Potts and uncle John Fields were always feuding, and finally each fenced his own land, which left a lane between the two farms, this became known as the 'Devil Lane'. If I ever heard what started the feud I have forgotten. I believe they buried the hatchet before uncle John sold his land and moved to Utah, a few years after mother did."
Wayne County Superior Court Minute Docket, 1900-1903
No other documentation.
Newman and Mary Abstella and seven of their children are buried in Potts Cemetery located off Potts Road on Willard Drive.