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MOORE, HARRIET A. (1810-1902) was born in New Orleans August 18, 1810, the daughter of Francis Moore. She married Solomon C. Page and accompanied him to Texas before the Texas Revolution of 1836. Page abandoned Harriett and two small children to join the Army. She made her way to Brazoria, Texas, where she met Robert Potter, Secretary of the Texas Navy, during the Runaway Scrape. Potter gave the family refuge on a navy vessel in Galveston until after the Battle of San Jacinto. At the close of the Texas Revolution, she returned to New Orleans accompanied by Potter, who executed a series of deceptive maneuvers that ultimately took them back to Texas and his property on the Sabine River in Shelby (now Harrison) County.

Potter convinced Harriet that her marriage to Page was invalid in Texas because it had not been solemnized by a priest, and in September 1836 they were married by bond. They lived for a year on the Sabine while they built a home at Potter's Point on Ferry (Caddo) Lake in Red River (now Marion) County. They had two children, and Robert Potter served in the Fifth and Sixth Texas congresses. Potter became involved in the Regulator-Moderator War, and on March 2, 1842, he was murdered by William P. Rose and a contingent of Regulators.

Harriet married Charles Ames in August or September 1842, and they continued to reside on the Potter homestead. In 1875, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that her marriage to Robert Potter was invalid, and she was evicted from the property. She returned to New Orleans, where she lived with the children of her third marriage. She wrote her memoirs at the age of eighty-three. She died in Covington, Louisiana, in 1902.

Bibliography: Harriet Potter Ames Memoirs. Collection 288. Northwest Louisiana Archives, Noel Memorial Library, Shreveport: Louisiana State University; Judith N. McArthur, "AMES, HARRIET A. MOORE PAGE POTTER," Handbook of Texas Online (https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fam03), accessed December 07, 2012.


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