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George Potter

Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of George A. Potter; George A Potter and Martha Potter
Husband of Frances Coale
Father of Abel Potter; George POTTER and Nathaniel POTTER
Brother of Rebecca Gibbens; Robert Potter; Elizabeth Lawton; Mary Potter; Rebecca Potter and 6 others
Half brother of Nathaniel Potter of Rhode Island

Occupation: (Immigrant)
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About George Potter

George Potter of Portsmouth, Rhode Island

The two greatest sources of information for this chapter were John O. Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island and the Potter Family Genealogies, Part 2: George Potter of Portsmouth, R.I., and His Descendants. From these sources, it was obvious that there were numerous immigrants to colonial Rhode Island named Potter and that there were probably close ties of kinship between some of these individuals. This theory appeared to be confirmed by some correspondence with Vernon and Nola (Steed) Valantine of La Crescenta, California. Their research and analysis, which appears in the Ancestral File of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, seemed to solve the puzzle of the Potter immigrants of Rhode Island, linking them as children of George-A and Martha (_____) Potter of London. However, in 1999, another researcher, Paul Gifford, informed me that he had reviewed the parish registers and discovered that most of the birth records thought to pertain to the immigrant siblings had corresponding death records! The English origins of George-1 Potter and his kinship, if any, to the other Potter immigrants of Rhode Island remain unknown.

George-1 Potter died at Portsmouth, Rhode Island during September of 1640. He was probably married around 1639 to (some researchers say 'Francis Coale'); she married second Nicholas Niles and probably died before 4 February 1646.

George was admitted as an inhabitant of the island of Aquidneck in 1638.

He had been driven out of Massachusetts along with Ann Hutchinson, Samuel Gorton, and William Coddington, as well as members of the Baulston, Hazard, Tripp, and Warner families. On 30 April 1639, he signed a compact with twenty-eight others: "We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge ourselves the legal subjects of his Majesty King Charles, and in his name do hereby bind ourselves into a civil body politicke, unto his laws according to matters of Justice." The compiler's direct ancestor, Thomas-1 Hazard, was among those appointed to investigate George's death in 1640.

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George Potter's Timeline

December 9, 1618
London, Middlesex, England
December 9, 1618
London, Stbride, Fleet St, Middlesex
December 9, 1618
London,St. Bride,Middlesex,England
December 9, 1618
London, Stbride, Fleet St, Middlesex, England
December 9, 1618
London, Stbride, Fleet St, Middlesex, England
April 4, 1639
Age 20
Wolford, Warwick, England OR Portsmouth, Newport, RI
September 1640
Age 21
Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island
September 1640
Age 21
Age 21
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States
Age 21
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island