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Pennsylvania - Potter County

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Welcome to Potter County

(God's Country: Untouched, Unspoiled, Untamed) is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is in the Allegheny Plateau region. As of 2000, the population was 18,080. It was named after James Potter, who was a general from Pennsylvania in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Major Isaac Lyman, an American Revolutionary war veteran was one of the first permanent settlers in Potter County. Major Lyman is recognized the founder of Potter County. He was paid ten dollars for each settler that he convinces to move to Potter County. He built his home in 1809 in nearby Lymansville, now known as Ladonna. Major Lyman also built the first road to cross Potter County and Potter County's first sawmill and gristmill.

Lyman had a colorful personal history. After the death in childbirth of his first wife, Sally Edgecombe, he remarried; later he left his second wife and started a third family in Potter County. The second Mrs. Lyman was determined not to suffer on her own. She sought out the Major, travelling from Bolton Landing, New York to Potter County with the help of their son, Burrell, who was 18 at the time. Major Lyman lived with these two families in Potter County. Historical accounts of the living situation vary. Some say that Lyman kept both wives under one roof. Others state that there were two log homes for the families on the same piece of property. Descendants of Major Isaac Lymans three families still live and work in Potter County.

Map of Pennsylvania, with highlighted Potter County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Potter County

Map of Pennsylvania, with highlighted Potter County

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