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Brackett Pottle
     BRACKETT POTTLE, retired farmer; residence, Payson, Illinois; was born in Stafford County, New Hampshire, May 18, 1804. His parents were Dudley and Betsey (Hoit) Pottle, of that State, where they lived and died a number of years since; his father having served in the War of 1812. Mr. Pottle remained in his native state until he was twenty-one years of age. In 1825 he went to the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts, and spent a year at Lexington, during which he saw General Lafayette at Bunker Hill, and heard Daniel Webster's famous speech delivered there on June 17, to an audience of 60,000 people. In July, 1826, he saw the funeral procession of ex-President John Adams at Quincy, Massachusetts. He spent ten years in and near Boston, the last eight he worked in the city at whatever honorable employment he could secure. In the Spring of 1833, he came west and landed in Quincy, Illinois, Adams County, and worked a farm for Deacon E. Kimble, where the Institute now stands. That year he and ex-Governor Wood, and Mr. Kimble came down to Payson Township, and entered 900 acres of land in partnership, including the part of the present site of the village of Payson, where the public square is and all east of it. The next year they divided the tract, and the portion now in the corporate limits fell to Mr. Kimball who sold it to Deacon Albigence Scarborough, and he laid out the town in 1835.
     Mr. Pottle married LYDIA E. THOMPSON in the Fall of 1834. She was the daughter of the Rev. Enos Thompson, a minister in the M.E. Church, from Athens County, Ohio. They settled on a farm three miles east of the village on Section 14. Mrs. Pottle died in May 1835. He married again in the Fall of that year to MARY WOODRUFF, daughter of Darius and Ruby Woodruff, of West Hartford, Connecticut. They had four children, three of whom are still living. Mrs. Pottle died in November, 1869. Their children are: Julia (Pottle) Larimore, Elijah Lovejoy and Albert; the latter now living in Plainville, Illinois in Adams County. He married his present wife, SARAH M. (RAMSEY) GRIFFITH, September 2, 1873. She was born in Huntington County, Pennsylvania, and reared in Morgantown, Virginia. She has one child by her first marriage, Lydia E. Griffith. Mr. Pottle removed to Payson, Illinois in 1870. Owns several pieces of property in the village. He early in life imbibed the Congregational faith of the New England fathers, and was among the first to transplant it in the fertile prairie soil of Adams County, Illinois. He lent his efforts to establish a church in Payson, Illinois, and is now the only living male constituent member. His wife is also a member.

[SOURCE: HISTORY OF ADAMS COUNTY, ILLINOIS, 1879, Published: 1879 on Page 833 - Compiled by Donna]

     BRACKETT POTTLE was born in Sanbornton, Strafford County, New Hampshire, May 18, 1804. His father, Dudley Pottle was also a native of New Hampshire. He was married to Miss Betsy, daughter of Jonathan Hoit, Esq., who was likewise a native of the State of New Hampshire. They had a family of five children, of whom Brackett is the second; at the present time, there are only three living. Mr. Pottle's vocation was always that of a farmer, in which business he met with reasonable success. He served as a soldier in the War of 1812. After the war, he received an honorable discharge and returned home to his family and resumed his agricultural pursuits, continuing the same until his death, which occurred at his residence, in 1828. His wife survived him about a year.
     Mr. Brackett Pottle received his early education in the common schools of New Hampshire. On arriving at the age of twenty-one, he went to Boston, residing there ten years, when he came to Illinois, locating near Quincy, Illinois which was then but a small village. In the meantime, in partnership with ex-Governor Wood and E. R. Kimball, he entered the land upon which Payson now stands, at government prices. They entered in all, about nine hundred acres, which they owned together for one year. They then made an equal division. Mr. Pottle is justly classed among the early settlers of the south portion of Adams County, Illinois. In the Fall of 1834 he was married to Miss Lydia Thompson, daughter of Rev. Enos Thompson. Mrs. Pottle only survived their marriage until the following May. In the Fall of 1835 Mr. Pottle was married to Miss Mary Woodruff, Daughter of Darius and Ruby Woodruff, of West Hartford, Connecticut. Mrs. Woodruff's maiden name was Ruby Merrill. They were both of English descent. Their daughter Mrs. Pottle was born at Farmington near West Hartford, Connecticut, in March, 1802. Before she was married she came west, all the way overland, in a covered wagon, with the family of the late Deacon Scarborough, the gentleman who laid out the town of Payson, Illinois. They landed in Payson in 1834, after being on the road for six weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Pottle have had a family of four children, one of whom is now deceased. All the others are married and well settled in life. Mr. Pottle's vocation since coming to Illinois has been farming; and by untiring industry and perseverance, he has succeeded in accumulating considerable property. He owns a fine farm near Payson, on which one of his sons is now living. He also has a valuable tract of land in Missouri. He, like many others, had numerous untold hardships to endure. Roads were but few, and in going to the neighboring towns they had only belts of timber and nooks of prairie to guide them.
     Such are but a few of the minor details of the hardships incident to the early pioneer's life. Mr. Pottle says that he has raised wheat and sold it for thirty-five cents per bushel; and raised pork and sold it for $1.50 per hundred; and to send a letter to their friends cost them, at that early day, twenty-five cents. To many of the present generation these things may seem strange, but are nevertheless facts. Mr. and Mrs. Pottle are both members of the Congregational Church in Payson, being among the original members of the same. At present, Mr. Pottle has retired from the active pursuits of life, and is now residing with his wife at their home in Payson, Illinois. Politically, he has always been a strong advocate of the universal principles of freedom; and during the exciting times attendant on the murder of Lovejoy, he remained an advocate of the abolition of slavery. He is now a strong supporter of the principles of the Republican Party. Both Mr. and Mrs. Pottle are enjoying excellent health. Though past the meridian of life, they retain their faculties unimpaired, and the confidence and esteem of their friends and neighbors.

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