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Forbes Benton Potts
Submitted by: Marcella Webster, granddaughter

Forbes Benton Potts, an original enrollee, was my grandfather. He was born 11-20-1862 and married Ada Bell Merchant in Wister, I.T. on 3-2-1897. She was a Mississippi Choctaw. Their children were 3 boys and 3 girls. Two sons died at an early age, Forbes John, as a baby and Ellis Harold at 17 years of age. Willie Arthur, Florence Elizabeth and twins, Martha Ann and Margaret Jane. They lived in the Howe area until moving to their allotted land in Buffalo Valley, Ok. Forbes was an Indian minister, light horseman, a member of the Choctaw Council and a farmer. He provided for his family in abundance from the land. I always enjoyed my visit to see my grandfather because I had plenty to eat. He took me in the wagon and back to church service or to haul water from the spring. He also sat me on his knees and sag “Ride a Horse”. Forbes died in 1938 and is buried in the family (Potts) cemetery, which is an acre of land on the home place, which is owned by the children of Margaret. Memorial services are celebrated traditionally the fourth Sunday of May. I wish I knew more about my grandfather’s early life but we let our heritage slip by.

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