Harriet Tucker

Harriet Tucker was born June 30, 1834 in Kentucky as a slave. As a young girl, she refused to be sold as a slave, and jumped off the auction block. The children of the man who purchased her taught her to read and write (at a time when slaves were not permitted to learn to read.) Sje was proud that she could read her Bible. After the Civil War, the Tucker family came to Rockford. She lived at the corner of Greenmount and Prospect Streets in northeast Rockford. In addition to the house, the property included a barn and chicken coop. Mrs. Tucker...

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A Commodore in Rockford

Did you know that Rockford had a Commodore in the US Navy? Edward Eells Potter was born May 9, 1833 in Medina, NY to Eleazur Hubble Potter and his wife, Sarah Adeline Eells. They also had a daughter, Adeline Sarah Potter, born in New York. The family came to Rockford in 1837. In 1846, Edward was appointed to Annapolis, and joined the US Navy on Feb. 5, 1850. He was made a lieutenant in 1858, a lieutenant commander in 1862, and a commander in 1869. At the start of the Civil War, Potter was on the steam frigate Niagara with Schley. Potter...

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