Cousin Ronald L. Poteete

As a cousin of the DOLOP's I have really enjoyed visiting this site. There are may things I would like to contribute. There is a story in my family about how my father and his brother were considering moving to California in the early 1940's. My uncle Robert made a trip to California to scout out the lay of the land. He was there on December 7, 1941. When my grandfather heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor he called California and told Robert to get back to Georgia. There was fear that California could be invaded at any time. Had it not been for the Japanese I might have been a California boy.

I read the family stories telling about how Lowery and Opla moved from Georgia to California in about 1917(?). My father told me the story of how my grandfather Dillard, Lowery's brother moved his family from the mountains of North Georgia down to the Piedmont region just north of Atlanta in 1925. My grandfather, Dillard, my father, Dewey Lake, and his older brother Ray came down from the mountains in a covered wagon driving their livestock. My grandmother and the three youngest children came down on the train.

One of the things I am most interested in is the oral history of the family. I was interested in seeing if there was any mention of the derivation of the Poteete name. My oral history says that the original Poteete's were French Huguenots. I have tried to find out a little more about the Huguenots. One of the stories I read at this site talks about four waves of English settlers. The French Huguenots story begins with the protestant reformation. In 1598 the Edict of Nantes had established protection for Protestants living in France. But in 1685 King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes. There was a significant flow of Huguenots into America during the period from 1680 until 1695. The number of emigrants is unknown. Only one early shipping list remains naming ninety adults and children about to ship to South Carolina in 1679. The emigration was basically to three areas: Charleston, New York and Boston. Paul Revere was a Huguenot. I have visited a Huguenot church in Charleston. Probably the William Patton Poteete who is pictured on your site and is listed as being born in 1802 was part of the Charleston emigration. Incidentally William Patton Poteete was listed in the Union County Census of 1840. 1840 was the first census for this part of Georgia because prior to the 1830's Union County was a part of the Cherokee Nation. The discovery of Gold contributed to the removal of the Cherokee's to Oklahoma in the 1830's. (This was the Trail of Tear's.) A land rush was held after their removal and William Patton Poteete and his brother Virgil probably came to Georgia from North Carolina at that time. (Some of the information in this paragraph was obtained from The Huguenots in America by Jon Butler.)

I would like to know if any of the DOLOP's remember hearing any of the same or similar stories about the Huguenot connection. I also wonder if there has been any effort at learning more about the genealogy of the family. (I am NOT researching a family history. But I would be interested in know what others may have learned. I hope I haven't bored you with too much information.

Sincerely, "Cousin" Ronald Poteete

Marietta, Georgia