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Robert Potter

Birthplace: Coventry, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of George A. Potter and Martha Potter
Husband of Isabel Potter (Anthony); Isabel Potter (Anthony) and Sarah Sanford
Father of Elizabeth Potter; Anthony Potter; Thomas Potter; Deliverance Potter; Isabel Burton and 2 others
Brother of Rebecca Gibbens; Elizabeth Lawton; Mary Potter; William Potter; Nathaniel Potter of Rhode Island and 7 others

Occupation: Came to Lynn, MA in 1634 as an indentured servant
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About Robert Potter

An antinomian - a follower of Anne Hutchinson. He was tried along with her and her followers and they went to Portsmouth, RI where they founded that colony in 1638.

Robert Potter born circa 17 Jan, 1608 is the troublesome one in the Potter line. He is often given as having come from Coventry, yet his family seems to have been from London. He shows up in Lynn and Salem in the records.

He was an antinomian - a follower of Anne Hutchinson. He was tried along with her and her followers and they went to Portsmouth, RI where they founded that colony in 1638. Anne and some others then went on to near Pelham, NY where they were killed in an Indian raid.

A number of Robert's brothers and sisters came to Portsmouth from London to settle. George and Nathaniel had land adjoining Robert's property. Elizabeth married an innkeeper named William Baulston.

Elizabeth the William raised George's son Abel after George's untimely and still unsolved death in 1640 (before his son's birth).

Robert and others went on to found Warwick, RI. Massachusetts folks arrested the men of the town (including Robert) and took them back to Massachusetts and tried them on heresy charges. They were imprisoned for two years, and when Robert returned his wife Isabel Tripp Potter had been killed in an Indian raid (in Sept 1643).

Robert and Isabel had six children, the last of whom was John. Around 1644 John is supposed to have remarried a Sarah....... (No information about her)

I personally have come to believe that there was only one Robert Potter and that he was the oldest son of George and Martha.

Born: 17 Jan 1608 - Coventry, Warwickshire, England Died: 1655 - Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Spouse: Isabel Tripp

  • Born: 1612 in Clerkenwell, St James London, Middlesex, England
  • Died: Sep 1644 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
  • Marriage: abt 1630 in Roxbury, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA View Info
  • Children:
    • 1. Anthony Potter M 1628 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
    • 2. Elizabeth Potter F abt 1631 in Roxbury, [county], Massachusetts, USA
    • 3. Deliverance Potter F 1637 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
    • 4. John Potter M 1639 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
    • 5. Isabel Potter F abt 1639 in Portsmouth, [county], Rhode Island, USA
    • 6. Robert Potter M 28 May 1639 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Died in 1643 - Invasion of Mass. Bay Colony

Puritans at Shawomet (Warwick RI) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

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Robert Potter's Timeline

January 17, 1608
Coventry, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
January 17, 1608
Clerkenwell, St. James, Middlesex, England
Age 18
February 16, 1630
Age 22
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 21
Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Age 22
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
February 1637
Age 29
Portsmouth Township, Newport, Rhode Island
Age 28
Newport,Newport,Rhode Island,USA
May 28, 1639
Age 31
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
Age 30
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island