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Potter county was organized in 1804 and named for James Potter, a general in the American Revolution. Norwegian violinist Ole Bornemann Bull founded Oleona (located south of present-day Carter Camp) for Norwegian colonists in 1852, but the settlement foundered as a result of financial and legal problems. To the east of Coudersport (the county seat) is the Coudersport Ice Mine (discovered 1894), a cave in Ice Mountain that forms icicles in the spring and summer but not in the winter. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum west of Galeton features exhibits on lumbering, one of the state’s primary industries in the 19th century. https://www.britannica.com/place/Potter-county-Pennsylvania

Potter County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,457, making it the fifth-least populous county in Pennsylvania. Its county seat is Coudersport. The county was created in 1804 and later organized in 1836. It is named after James Potter, who was a general from Pennsylvania in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Though it is named for him, James Potter never actually lived in Potter County and may have never even visited the area.  https://www.ereferencedesk.com/resources/counties/pennsylvania/potter.html

1833. Jefferson County placed in the Eighteenth Judicial District by section 8 of the act of 1833, which reads as follows : " And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the first day of September, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five, the said county of Potter, and the counties of McKean, Warren, and Jefferson, shall be formed into a separate judicial district, to be called the Eighteenth District, and a person of integrity, learned in the law, shall be appointed and commissioned by the governor to be president and judge of the Courts of Common Pleas within the said district, which president shall receive the like salary, and have and execute all and singular the powers, jurisdictions, and authority of president judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Jail Delivery, Orphans' Court, and justice of the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace, agreeably to the constitution and laws of this Commonwealth. The courts in Potter County shall be held on the first Mondays of February, May, September, and December of each year ; the courts in McKean County on the first Monday after those in Potter County ; the courts in Warren County on the first Monday after the courts in McKean County; and the courts in Jefferson County on the first Monday after the courts in Warren County, the courts in each county to continue one week if necessary." #1

Townships in the 1790 Pennsylvania Census

Links to Online Census Records Potter Co., Pennsylvania

History of Potter County Bucknell University




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