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Lucinda Jane Potter
Female 1866 - 1932


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  • Birth  May 1866  Whitchurch Township, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Female 
    House of Industry and Refuge  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    inmate 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Not Given 
    Residence  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    House of Industry 
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Methodist 
    Residence  Bef 1911  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-177438 
    Died  21 Feb 1932  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I177438  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Apr 2018 

    Father  Daniel Potter,   b. 1834,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Catherine Hiltz,   b. 1834,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F54953  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. Robert William Potter,   b. 13 Jun 1899, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F54954  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Lucinda was returned to the House of Refuge and Industry one final time on June 12, 1883 ( she was 17 years old at this point) and would remain in the House until her death 49 years later.

      At the House, Lucinda was victim to physical and verbal abuse by the managers, Peter and Alvina Itter. These accounts of abuse came to light after an inquest was made by the Standing Committee of the House of Industry and Refuge in 1893 for accusations made against Peter and Alvina Itter for neglecting, mistreating and abusing some of the people living in the House of Refuge during their 13 years as managers. Lucinda's name was repeatedly mentioned by firsthand witnesses of being someone who consistently suffered abuse by the hands of the managers. An account by former inmate, Elizabeth Beight, that was published in the Berlin Daily Record on July 4, 1893 stated the following:

      I saw Mrs. Itter whip with horsewhip Flory McFee so it left marks and also saw her whip Lucinda Potter with a strap. Heard Mrs. Itter use indecent language. I was told by an inmate that Mrs. Itter ill-treated her, kicked and downed her on the floor, putting one knee on her and striking her in the eye. She nearly lost her eyesight by the effect.

      Source: Kitchener Public Library Archives


      Lucinda Potter - Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge. (1875). Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge. Retrieved 1 February 2018, from http://waterloohouseofrefuge.ca/people/inmates/lucinda-potter/

  • Sources 
    1. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 26 Pg 1.

    2. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Sec. 5 Page 35.

    3. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 26 Pg 2.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - May 1866 - Whitchurch Township, York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHouse of Industry and Refuge - inmate - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Not Given - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - House of Industry - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1911 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Feb 1932 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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