Last name: Potts
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Likel, the Kroens as it's a German surname while Potts is British.
Here's the best explanation I was able to find:
My son's father was the son of one of two twins: Harry and (?) Potts. When the boys were infants/young boys, their parents felt they could not raise them, having already had multiple twins and triplets, gave the twin sons to their neighbors, the Kroens. When the boys grew up, they went separate ways: my son's grandad Harry chose to keep the Kroen name out of loyalty to the people who raised him, and his twin brother chose to use the Potts name because, after all, he was still a Potts, regardless. I have nothing more to go on. I want to give my son a sense of his lineage: the Potts family. In spite of his name legally being Kroen. To know one's roots, one's ancestors, you have to honor your blood line. And I do not know the details of the Potts parents' decision to offer their twin sons to their neighbors, but I do know that rearing and providing for many children as immigrants in a new world around the turn of the previous century could not have been an easy matter. (I was told by the grandmother that both families were living in a kind of "immigrants community", maybe in Indiana, but I can't recall for certain, and she is gone. The only other thing she kept repeating to me is that "we are Black Germans", and no matter how many times I asked her, she would not explain what she meant. She would just repeat it, emphasizing "Black Germans". Any thoughts on any of this? I don't even know if she was saying that the Potts were "Black Germans" or that the Kroens were. No matter how hard I search, I keep finding lots of nothing.
John Potts who was along on the Lewis and Clark expedition in the early 19th century is usually recorded to be of German origin and a miller by trade. I'd like to know more about what became of him afterwards.
Hello, we are from Latvia and we have found in the wood, where were war battles (Kurzemes katls), gold wedding ring with engraving (585 L.Potts). Ring were on soldier finger who were from Germany army. If some one could help us to find the wife (L.Potss), we would like to give back this ring to the owner's soldier wife.