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Birthplace: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Death: Died in Burlington, Burlington County, Province of New Jersey
Occupation: Husbandman (More Info: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ansmain1&id=I4799), Husbandman
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About Thomas Potts, Jr.

His will, proven February 27, 1754, mentions the following, Son Nathaniel Potts, 5 s., he having already been provided for Son Joshua Potts, L250, and a lot in Burlington Son William Potts, 5 s., he having heretofore been provided for. Daughter Rebecca Cos's children, L100, to be divided among them. Daughter Ann Folwell, L100. (Wife of William Folwell) Daughter Mary, wife of John Cox, L100 My son Thomas Potts's children, L100, to be divided among them, an instrument signed by me and in the hands of Samuel Atkinson, and use of rume (room) called parlor and conveniences, as well as services of negro woman Anjegelico, as long as Rebecca remains my widow. He had lands and meadows, adjoining William Black's plantation, in Mansfield Township, and known as Great Meadows. He had negro slaves Jafat, a mulatto; Jack, a negro; and Angelico, a negro. His executors were sons Joshua and William Potts, and son-in-law Thomas Cox. The witnesses were John Bates and Jeremiah Bates (Quakers), and Thomas Folks. The inventory filed amounted to L816 - 6- 0. Joshua Potts, William Potts and Thomas Cox were daily sworn as executors on February 27, 1754. Here is a given a fair copy of his signature as appended to the will.

"The Potts Family in Great Britain and America"

Thomas Maxwell Potts

1901

CHAPTER III

Thomas Potts, (Shield), and Family.

(NOTE: Numbers starting with 124 denote page numbers.)

INTRODUCTORY NOTE. To distinguish him from other persons' of the same name, this Thomas Potts is usually designated as Thomas Potts of the Shield, or "Thomas Potts, (Shield)," indicating the ship in which he came to America.

In the latter part of 1869, the late Mr. William John Potts, of Camden, New Jersey, entered into a thorough investigation of the history of Thomas Potts, (Shield), and his family, about which so much confusion had before existed. He succeeded admirably in collecting a large amount of valuable data, and in making a clear statement of the family affiliations.

It was Mr. Potts' intention to prepare for this work, " a special division on the Potts' of the Shield, giving principal deeds and material concerning Thomas Potts of the Shield, with a brief outline of a. few of his descendants," as he expressed it in one of his later letters. It is greatly to be regretted that failing health prevented Mr. Potts from carrying out his intention in the matter. The publisher hereof has taken up the subject, and following out the plan of Mr. W. J. Potts as nearly as possible, written this chapter and included such new data as has more recently come to light. - T. M. POTTS.]

Like many other old families, this one also has its traditions. One account alleges that Thomas Potts, Junior, son of Thomas Potts, (Shield), was born at sea during the passage to America. Another alleges that when Thomas Potts (Shield), left England for America, his family included a daughter-in-law, the widow of his eldest son; that during passage the young widow was delivered of a son and subsequently died; and that the child was nourished while on board the ship by a goat. It is further said that the

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family on reaching the banks of the Delaware first lived in a cave and built the first house in Burlington, and that this infant grandson became the ancestor of the New Jersey Family. Still another says that Thomas Potts, (Shield), Handworth, Yorkshire, England. However interesting these traditions may be, they are not wholly supported as will be shown in the following pages.

Smith's History of New Jersey contains the following statement,

In the 10th month, 0. S., 1678, arrived the Shield, from Hull, Daniel Towers, commander, one of the ships mentioned in the above letter, and dropped anchor before Burlington, being the first ship that came so far up the Delaware: Against Coaquanock [Indian name for Philadelphia], being a bold shore, she went so near in turning, that part of the tackling struck the trees ; some on board then remarked it was a fine spot for a town: A fresh gale brought her to Burlington. She moored to a tree, and the next morning the people came ashore on the ice, so hard had the river suddenly frozen. In her came William Emley the second time, with his wife and two children, one born by the way, two men and women servants; Mahlon Stacey, his wife, children and several servants, men and women; Thomas Lambert, his wife, children and several men and women servants; John Lambert and servant; Thomas Revell, his wife, children and servants; Godfrey Hancock, his wife, children and servants ; Thomas Potts, his wife and children; ; John Wood and four children ; Thomas Wood, his wife and children; Robert Murfin, his wife and two children ; Robert Shooly, his wife and children; James Pharo, his wife and children ; Susannah Fairnsworth her children and two servants; Richard Tattersal, his wife and children; Godfrey Newbold, John Dewsbury, Richard Green, Peter Fretwell, John Newbold, one Barns a merchant from Hull, Francis Barwick, George Parks, George Hill, John Heyres, and several more.

The late Mr. W. J. Potts found clues that led him to believe Thomas Potts, (Shield), came from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, and while staying abroad in 1882, he visited Chesterfield and made a personal examination of the Parish registers with very gratifying results. The head of the family here was RICHARD POTT, who was a Church

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warden in 1639 and 1640 . Richard Pott and Anna Ashe was married at Chesterfield on May 15, 1636. His wife's name was ANNE (daughter of Godfriedi Ashe. She was baptized at Chesterfield, February 8, 1617), and the registers show baptisms and burials as given below.

1637. Elizabeth, filia Ricliardi et Annae Pott de Chesterfield, baptz. Aprilis v*

1641. Thomas, filius Richardo Pott, Sepultus July xij.

1642. Maria, filia Richardi at Annae Pott, bapt. March xvijO

1642. Samuel, filius Richardi et Anne Potts, [sepultus?] March xij

1645. Joshua, filius Rich. Pott, bapt, May xiij

1647. THOMAS filq Ried. et Anne Pott, baptizat July xij,

1649. Anna, filia Ricd Pott de Chesterfield, bapt. June xi

1653. Joshua ye son of Richard Pott, buried January ye xv h

1675. Anna, filia Thomi Pott, bapt. Decembr vod

1676. Anna, filia Thomo Potts, sepulta October xxvj.

1677. THOMIO, filius Thomi & Joani Pott, bapt. December xxx.

The Chesterfield registers show that Richard Pott was buried September 12, 1650, and Anne Pott, his widow, on September 2, 1673. The Chesterfield registers do not show the marriage of either Richard Pott or of his son Thomas Pott, which makes it probable that they got their wives in other parishes.* The registers were only casually examined before 1637. The following diagram exhibits the state of the family. Thomas, son of Richard Pott, is Thomas Potts, (Shield).

The Potts of Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

RICHARD POTT (Buried Sep. 12, 1650) -ANNE (Buried, Sep. 2, 1673)

CHILDREN:

Elizabeth - Bap. Apr. 5, 1637

Thomas - Buried July 12, 1641

Samuel - Buried Mar. 12, 1642

Maria - Bapt. Mar. 17, 1642

Joshua - Bapt. May 13, 1645; buried Jan 15, 1653

THOMAS (Bapt. July 12, 1647) = Joani

Anna - Bapt. June 11, 1649

THOMAS = JOANI

CHILDREN:

Anna (Bapt. Dec 5, 1675; buried Oct 26, 1676

Thomas (Bapt. Dec 30, 1677)

  • NOTE: Beside the entries given, these registers contain the following additional records. Cuthbertus Pott et Johanes Smith nupt [married] June iij, 1636. [Name indistinct filia Doctoris Pott, bapt, October vij 1674. Johie filio ffraind Pott doctor, bapt. Marius iiij, 1676., Johie: filio ffraind Pott doctoris, et sepult October vj, 1676,

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THOMAS POTTS, was the fourth and only surviving son of RICHARD a and ANNE POTT, of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. He was baptized at Chesterfield July 12, 1647. When one years of age he, together with his family, came to America, in the good ship the Shield, and landed at Burlington, New Jersey, in December, 1678. a tanner by occupation, and established himself in that business at Burlington, where he continued to reside until about 1699, when he removed to Philadelphia, where he died in 1726, aged 79 years. His signature was very peculiar, singing his name either tthomas Potts," or " ttho. Potts," and in legal documents he usually described himself as "tanner." * In religious persuasion he was a Baptist. He was three (possibly four) times married, and died leaving a widow and an only son Thomas.

On Dec. 23, 1680, he purchased a town lot as appears by the following abstract, Liber B, Part I, folio 23, at Trenton. THOMAS POTTS all that Lott of Land being an Eighth pte of a Lott of Land within Burlington called Tho: Olive Town Lott from John Woolston One deed of Conveyance bearing date ye Three & Twentieth day of december in the yeare 1680 made by John Woolston of ye one pte unto Thomas Potts of ye other pte for ye Considracon of ffive pounds in a Cowe & Calfe ye said Thomas Potts to ye said John Woolston paid. Hee ye said John Woolston hath sold &c. All that his pcell of Land being one eighth pte of a Lott of Land within Burlington aforesaid called Thomas Ollive Town Lott abutting north on the River Dellaware conteyning by estimacon Two Acres or thereabouts be it more or less now or late in ye tenure of ye said John Woolston or his Assigns And all & singular ways water privileges advantages & Appurtennts to ye said Lott or pcell of Land belonging To hold to him ye said Tho: Potts his Heirs & Assigns forever, Sealed & Delivered with endorsment of Livery &before Elizabeth Brewerton & Thomas Revell

Acknowledged before Robert Stacy Comr

  • NOTE: Tanning is still an important industry at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and it is quite common to see on tombstones the name of So and So, "tanner."

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Thomas Potts and Ann Potts were subscribing witnesses to several early marriages, among which was that of John Antrim, on the 15th day of the 3d month, 1682, as appears by the records of the Friends Meeting at Burlington.

The old Court records of Burlington contain this entry the marriage of Thomas Bibb and Ruth Kettle.* THOMAS BIBB & RUTH KETTLE - The marriage between Thomas Bibb & Ruth Kettle was solemnized the Seaven & twentieth day of July Anno 1693 at ye House of Tho: Potts in Burlington (her ffather in Law) before Edw : Hunloke Depty Governor. John Tatham & Tho: Revell Justices! And before, many other witnesses.

The term father-in-law was, at that date, very generally used as a synonym for step-father. Thomas Potts could scarcely have had a married son deceased at that time, indeed Ruth Kettle must have been considerably older than any of Thomas Potts' own children, hence the only legitimate it mate conclusion is that Thomas Potts had married a widow Kettle who had at least one child Ruth. This also accounts for the use of the term "children " in the passenger list of the Shield.

In the Chesterfield Parish registers the name of Thomas Potts' wife is given as Joani, but after coming to America she is always called Ann. Perhaps Ann was a second wife. This would explain, and in a great measure confirm, the tradition that the mother of the infant Thomas died at sea, as well as the Ruth Kettle relationship.

Thomas Potts does not appear to have been identified with any religious denomination after coming to American, until 1686, when both he and his wife united with the Baptists, and were baptized at Burlington, West Jersey, by Eli-

  • NOTE: Thomas and Ruth Bibb were members of Pennypack Baptist Church, where the birth of two of their children are given, viz. Thomas Bibb, born 1 mo. 17, 1695; Mary Bibb, born 5 MO. 24, 1698. Thomas Bibb was a justice of the Peace in 1698.

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They were among the founders of the first Baptist at Burlington, and when that Church ceased to exist in 1699, they joined the Pennypack Church in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and there continued in membership during life. Morgan Edwards, in his Materials toward a History of the Baptists in America, in a foot-note on page 113, says, There was a little Baptist Church at Burlington planted by Mr. Keach (Elias) about the year 16go; which is one of the two which he is said to have gathered in this country. See Crosby, Vol. 4, P. 309. The names of the members were Thomas Bibb, Thomas Potts and Ann his wife, Nathaniel Douglass and Emblem his wife, and Edmund Wells, Joseph Wood, Ann Gill, John Jones, Nathaniel West and Elizabeth his wife. They broke up and joined Penepek Oct. 9, 1699,

Thomas Potts, of Burlington, tanner was one of the bondsman, of Mary Ingram, as administratrix of the estate of John Ingram, deceased, in 1694. This bond is still on file and bears the distinctive signature - tthomas Potts. On March 14, 1699, Thomas Potts, senior, of the town and county of Burlington, (tanner), and Anne his wife, conveyed by deed to Christopher Wetherill, of the same place, (taylor), a " Lott of land situate on Island of Burlington containing about 2 acres being 8h part of a lot of land called Thomas Olive's Lott which sd Thomas Potts purchased of John Woolston by deed-Dec. 23" A. D. 1680, together with dwelling, bark mill, tanyard, &c.* To secure to the said Christopher Wetherill, quiet possession of these premises, Thomas Potts, senior, of the town and county of Burlington tanner, and Thomas Potts, junior, of the townhip of Springfield in said county, yeoman, son of the said Thomas Potts, senior, executed a bond dated March the 14th, in the 12th year of the reign of William Third, Anno 1699. This bond is signed by both Thomas Potts, Sr., and Thomas Potts, Jr., and is recorded at Trenton. The signa-

  • See Liber B, Part 2, folio 678, Trenton, New Jersey, Records.

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ture of Thomas Potts, Sr., is here given as copied from the original by the late James H. Carr, Esq. Thomas Potts removed to Philadelphia, probably in the Spring of 1699. In 1700 he was a subscribing witness to the will of John Bolt, of Philadelphia, butcher. The following is a fac simile of his signature.

On 9th mo. 9, 1701, Ann, daughter of Thomas and Ann Potts, was buried in the Friends graveyard at Philadelphia. This second daughter Ann was probably born in America.

The minutes of the Common Council of Philadelphia, of February 2, 1702, show that Thomas Potts is admitted ffreeman of this City, paving for his ffreedome twenty-two shillings and sixpence, which he had paid for his ffreedom."

Thomas Potts, tanner was one of the executors of the will of Richard Sparks, of Philadelphia, but late of Liverpool, mariner, made September 9, 17 11. On August 26, 1712, he was a subscribing witness to the will of James Kennison, of Philadelphia, saddler, as shown by his peculiar Signature, thus,

Pennypack Baptist Church records the death Ann Potts in 1714, and the Friends Monthly Meeting at Third and Arch Streets, Philadelphia shows that Ann, wife of Thomas Potts, tanner was buried in the Friends graveyard On 7 mo.

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9, 1714.He did not long remain a widower, as the Pennypack Baptist records show that he married Grace Farmer in 1715. She had been baptized at Pennypack in 1699, by John Watts. She did not long survive her marriage as the Friends records show that she was buried ill the Philadelphia graveyard on 6 mo. 15, 1715. In 1716 he married Alice Pusser. She had been baptized at Pennypack by Thomas Griffith in 1705.The baptism and marriage are both entered upon the Pennypack Church records.

Mary Powell, of Philadelphia, widow, made her will September 13, 1718. Among others she names her grandchildren-children of Judith and Abel Mogan, * and appoints Abel Morgan as her executor. She mentions Thomas Potts, Sr., and his soil Thomas Potts, Jr., tanners, and Thomas Bibb, tanner. Thomas Potts, Sr., tanner, in his will, in 1725, made a bequest to Judith Morgan, daughter of Thomas Griffith and late wife of Abel Morgan.

Thomas Potts died at Philadelphia September 4, 1726, aged 79 years, and was probably buried in the Friends graveyard. The Pennypack Church has this record: Thomas potts dyed at ditto [ Philadelphia] Sept. 4, 1726. His will bears date of February 25, 1724-5, and was proven at Philadelphia, November 1 8, 1726. It is recorded in Will-Book E, page 8, and is as follows,

The Will of Thomas Potts, Tanner

In the name of God Amen I, Thomas Potts, of the City of Philadelphia in the Province of Pensylvania, Tanner, Being aged and weak in Body but of sound and perfect Memory, (praise be given to God for the same) and knowing the uncertainty of this Life on earth, and being desirous to settle things in order, Do make this may Last will and Testament in manner and form following-that is to say,

First and principally. I Commend my Soul to Almighty God my

Note: Rev. Abel Morgan son of Rev. Morgan Rydderch, and pastor at Pennypack Church, was three times married. His first wife was Priscilla Powell and third wife Judith Griffith. See Penn. Mag. of Hist. and Biog., Vol. VI, p. 300.

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Creator, assuredly Believing that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sins & be saved by the precious Death and Merits of my Blessed Savior & redeemer Christ Jesus, And my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be Buried in such Decent & Christian Manner as my executor hereafter named shall be thought Meet & Convenient.* And as touching such worldly Estate as the Lord in his Mercy hath Lent me, my will & meaning is, the same shall be Employed & Bestowed as hereafter by this my will is Exprest

First I will that all my just Debts & funeral Charges be fully paid.; and discharged.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Dear and well beloved wife Alice the sum of forty shillings Current money of Pennsylvania aforesaid to be paid in one month next after my Decease And I also Give and Bequeath unto my said Wife the sum of Twelve pounds Money afore sd Yearly Income to be paid unto her by even and Equal Quarterly payments every Year During her Natural Life, I do Likewise give her my best feather Bead with all its appurtenances and the furniture of one Room or Chamber, all which sd Legacies & Bequeaths I do give to my said wife in Lieu for a full recompense & Satisfaction of her, Dower & Title of Dower or thirds of all my Estate both real & personal.

Item I give and Bequeath unto my grandson Thomas Potts, all that my Land & Lott of Ground Lying In Gilberts Alley formerly belonging to Arthur Wells Containing In front to the sd Alley fifteen foott, Together with Buildings tenements hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever thereon standing being belonging or in any wise appertaining To hold to him and his heirs and assigns forever also I give to my sd Grandson my Coate plate buttons & a small silver Breaker

Item I Give to each of the other Children of my son Thomas Potts the Just sum of five pounds a piece Money aforsed to be paid to each of them when they attain their respective age of eighteen Years or marry which shall first happen

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Good Friend Thomas Griffith Minister of the Gospel amongs the Baptist the Sum of Twenty Shillings money aforesd to Be paid to him in Six Months next after my Decease

Item I give to Judith Morgan Daughter of Thomas Griffith & Late wife of Abel Morgan the just Sum of twenty Shillings of Like Money to be paid to her also within Six Months after my Decease.

And all the rest and residue of my Estate Messauges Land & Premises with the appurtenances Both real & Personal whatsoever & wheresoever the Same may & shall be found and of what kind Nature or

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Species the Same may be I Give and Bequeath the Same to my Son Thomas Potts to Hold to him his heirs and assigns for ever And I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Thomas Potts Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, Hereby Revoking Disallowing & making void all former and other will or wills by me heretofore made and Declared, Either by word or wrighting, Declaring this to be My Last will & Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this twenty fifth day of February In the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty four-five-1724-5.

Sealed Signed Published and Declared to be his last will and Testament in the Sight and presence of us

ANDREW EDGE GEORGE SHARSWOOD, ALEXANDER LEGG.

Philad Nov, 18, 1726. Then personally appeard Andrew Edge, George Sharswood two of the witnesses to the foregoing will and upon their Oaths did Declare the same to be his last will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge Coram PET. EVANS, Reg. Gen

Be it remembered that on the 18th day of Nov 1726, the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Potts, deceased, was proved in due form of Law and Probate and Letters Testamentary were Granted unto Thomas Potts sole Executor therein named being first sworn well and truly to administer the said deceased Estate and bring all Inventory thereof into the Register General's Office at Philadelphia at or before the I 8th day of Decr next And also to render all acc't when thereunto Lawfully required Given under the Seal of the said Office

PET. EVANS. Reg. Gen

CHILDREN OF THOMAS AND JOANI (-) POTTS.

2. Anna Potts, bap. Dec. 5, 1675; bur. Oct. 26, 1676.

3. Thomas Potts, bap, Dec. 30, 1677; d. Feb. 2, 1754; m. lst, Mary Records; 2d, Mary Borden, (?); 3d, Rebecca Wright, nee Stacey.

CHILD OF THOMAS AND ANNIE (.-) POTTS.

4. Anne Potts, b.-------bur.9 mo. [Nov.] 9, 1701.

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3. Thomas Potts, Junior, (Thomas, Richard,), was baptized at Chesterfield. Derbyshire, England, Dec'r 30, 1677, and the next year brought to America with his parents. In 1699 he is mentioned as of Springfield Town-

Township, Burlington County, but afterwards of Mansfield where he owned land by purchase as well as by gift from his father-in-law. How long he continued in Mansfield is not apparent. In 1741 to 1744, he was living in

Southampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, but in 1745 he had returned to Burlington County. He seems to have been three times married, and died in Burlington County, Feb. 2, 1754. He is usually spoken of as "Thomas Potts, Jr.," but for the purpose of distinction, he will be referred to in this work, when necessary, as Thomas Potts, Jr., (Mansfield).

In 1697 Thomas Potts, Junr., bought land in Mansfield Township, as appears from the following abstract taken from Liber B, Part 2, folio 613, Trenton records.

THOMAS POTTS, jun. 144 Acres (except 8 acres before granted to Edw: Boulton brom George Porter. date March 5, 1697 Between George Porter of ye County of Burlington in the Province of West Jersey, yeoman and Thomas Potts junr of ye County of Burlington, yeoman. Consideration L.60 144 Acres being part of that 150 acres purchased by the said Geo Porter of ffrancis Austin by Deed of Conveyance dated Jany 2 1697 Situated on ye next creek north from John Woolstons & lying between ye lands of sd John Woolston & Thomas Revell within ye Township of Mansfield in ye county of Burlington (except & reserved forth by ye sd 144 acres 8 acres thereof heretofore by ye sd George Porter unto Edward Boulton granted, sold &c Sealed & delivered in ye presence of Williani Pancoast James Antram by his mark (x) Tho. Revell of ye Governors Council

He married Mary daughter of Nathaniel Records, of Mansfield Township, Burlington County, on June 20, 1698, and the following record thereof is found ill the old Burlington Book of Court Record.

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THOS. POTTS & MARY RECORDS JUNE 20TH 1698

Thomas Potts & Marv Records solemnized their marriage at ye house of Tho. Potts (ffather of sd Tho. ) in Burlington ye Twentieth day of June 1698 before Tho. Revell. Anthony Elton & Tho: Bibb Justices & before many witnesses.

There is a tradition in tile family that Thomas Potts, Jr.'s parents having died at sea, the young Thomas was brought up by Nathaniel Records and when he grew to manhood he married Nathaniel's daughter It is probable that his mother died, leaving him an infant; but his father lived to old age. It is at least quite evident that Nathaniel Records thought well of his young son-in-law, because on March 8, 1702 he executed a deed wherein: Nathaniel Records, of the Townshippe of Malisfield, in the County of Burlington within the Province of West Jersey, Yeoman, of the first part, And Thomas Potts, of the same place, Husbandman, of the other part. WITNESSETH that the said Nathaniel Records for and in consideration of a marriage allready had and Solemnized between the said Thomas Potts and Mary, the Daughter of the said Nathaniel, and as a marriage portion with her the said Mary, for their better support and supply and for the natural love and affection which hee the said Nathaniel hath and bearth to the said Thomas Potts, his some in law, and to the said Mary, his Daughter, Hath Given, Granted, etc., unto the said Thomas Potts, his Heirs, etc.

This deed conveyed two tracts of land in Mansfield Township, one of fifty acres, purchased of George Porter May 24, 1686, and one of one hundred and sixty-five acres, purchased of the said George Porter December 5, 1696. By this deed the grantor reserved a one half interest during his life time. * Nathaniel Records died intestate and Letters of Administration were issued to Thomas Potts, March 4, 1705-6.

The records in the Surveyor General's Office show a survey, in 1722, of 125 acres in Mansfield Township, belonging to Thomas Potts.

NOTE: The original deed written on parchment is in possession of a descendant at Beaver Falls, Penna.

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In Swank's History of Iron in All ages, 2nd edition, 1892, is the following communication from Hon. Austin N. Hungerford, *

In 1722 the erection of a bloomery forge was undertaken by Isaac Horner, Daniel Farnsworth and Joseph Borden, on the west side of Black's Creek, which rises near Georgetown, in Burlington County, and runs a northwesterly course between Mansfield and Chesterfield Townships, and empties into the Delaware at Bordentown. On February 1, 1725, the partly erected forge with the property connected with it was conveyed by the three proprietors to Thomas Potts, a son-in-law of Joseph Borden. On the same day he conveyed one undivided half of the property to Daniel Coxe, (of whom mention is made that he had been interested in the manufacture of iron for several years), and one fourth to John Allen, Potts retaining one fourth interest for himself. The forge was completed in the summer of 1725, and was probably operated for a few years, but no account of it has been obtained. The property afterwards passed into the hands of a Mr. Lewis of Philadelphia. Thomas Potts had emigrated in the Shield, which brought so many emigrants to West Jersey.

Joseph Borden furnished the capital for this son-in-law. Referring to the same property, the Pennsylvania Gasette of December 20, 1739, contains the following advertisement.

TO BE SOLD: Three fourth parts of an Iron Work and Grist Mill, situated within half a Mile of Burdens-Towns, in the County of Burlington, lying about the Distance of a small mile up a Navigable Creek which empties into the Delaware River close by Burdens-town; whereby the Water Carriage up and down the River is rendered very commodious: Together with three fourths of 17 acres of Land and 3 Acres of Meadow purchased for Iron Ore. Also a Coal House and many other Necessaries for carrying on the said Work, tho' now somewhat out of Repair. Any person inclined to purchase the same, may apply to Samuel Bustill of Burlington and John Cox of Trenton, Attorneys at Law, two of the Executors of Daniel Cox, Esq; deceased, who are empowered to sell the same, where they may be informed of the Conditions of sale.

N. B. Mr. Thomas Potts, who owns the other Quarter Part of the Premises, will be inclined to sell with the said Executors on reasonable Terms.

NOTE: Mr. A. N. Hungerford informs the compiler hereof that the deeds are recorded in the Burlington books.

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Two questions arise, one as to the identity of Joseph Borden, and the other as to the identity of Thomas Potts, mentioned in the foregoing transactions. There were at the time not only several Thomas Potts', but also several Joseph Bordens. Those who have written upon the subject, seem to have assumed that this Joseph Borden was he who subsequently became the founder of Bordentown. To say the least this seems very improbable. (Since these pages were printed, evidence has come to the notice of the compiler showing quite clearly, that Joseph Borden of the deed was none other than Joseph Borden the founder of Bordentown. As Joseph's children are all accounted for and none was the wife of a Thomas Potts, the term "son-in-law" was used to indicate a retlationship not now accorded to this term John Borden, an uncle of Joseph, died in 1716, and by his will left lands in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to his daughters Hope and Mary. Mary is alleged to have been born about 1684, and is the only one of John Borden's children who is not clearly accounted for after his decease. It seems altogether probable that she removed to New Jersey, and that she may have become a member of her cousin Joseph's household, and subsequently, if she became the wife of Thomas Potts, it would be, at that day, not at all improbable that Joseph would speak of Thomas as his son-in-law).

Joseph Borden, the founder of Bordentown, and son of Benjamin Borden, was born May 12, 1687, which would make him, at the signing of the deed, not yet 38 years of age. It seems unlikely that he had a married daughter at that date. His biographers place the time of his marriage at about the year 1716, * and his children are all accounted for and no daughter married a Thomas Potts, but two of them did marry sons of Thomas Potts, Jr., (Mansfield), subsequently. Again, there is no evidence that Joseph Borden, (the founder), had a step-son Thoomas Potts who might have been designated as son-in-law, or that he had a step-daughter who may have married a Thomas Potts. It is also alleged that the first purchase of land by Joseph Borden, (the founder), at Farnsworths Landing, (*2) was not made until 1724. It is therefore assumed that the Joseph Borden of the foregoing deed was not Joseph Borden, (the founder).

There were, at the date of making the deed, six Thomas Potts' in West Jersey, and Pennsylvania of marriageable age, if we include Thomas, son of Thomas Potts, Jr. (Mansfield), then just past 18 years of age. All these are fairly well accounted for, and the only one who may have married a daughter of a Joseph Borden before 1725, seems to be Thomas Potts, Jr., (Mansfield). On account of the

  • NOTE: As Joseph Borden had seven children and the youngest was born in 1723, he must have married at an earlier date.
  • 2: Thomas Farnsworth, of England, landed at Burlington in 1677, located on the site of Bordentown, became the owner of 548 acres of land, and established a ferry there known as Farnworth Landing.

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great disparity of the ages of his elder and younger children, it seems probable that they were by different wives. Furthermore, Mary, the wife of this Thomas Potts, died April 2, 1741, aged 56 years, 8 mouths, 26 days. This shows that she was born about September 5, 1684. If this Mary Potts was Mary Records, then she was less than 14 years of age at the time of her marriage in 1698, which is extremely improbable. Therefore, while not positively proven, it is reasonably certain that Thomas Potts, Jr., (Mansfield.), married for his second wife Mary daughter of Joseph Borden.

Thomas Potts was the executor of his father's will, and will he became possessed of a lot of ground on Chestnut Street, Philadelphia which he sold in 1728, as appears from the following deed recorded in Deed-Book H, page 78.

Deed of Thomas Potts to George House.

This Indenture made tile loth day of March, ill the year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty Eight, Between Thomas Potts, only son and heir at law of Thomas Potts, late of tile City of Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania, Tanner, deceased, of the one Part, and George House, of the said City, Cordwainer, of the other part Witnesseth, that the said Thomas Potts, the son, for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty-five pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania, to him paid by the said George House, hath granted, bargained, sold, enfeoffed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, enfeoff and confirm unto the said George House, and to his heirs and assigns a Certain Lot or Piece of Ground situate in the said City, of Thirteen foot Six inches breadth and length Fifty-one foot, bound northeard with Chestnut Street, eastward with Caleb

Cash's house and ground, southward with a Lot of the late Henry Tregany now Thomas Peters, and westward with a Lot late of William Budd, now also of the said Thomas Peters which piece of Ground was formerly granted by Caleb Cash of said City last-maker, unto William Carter of the same place Block-maker, in Fee by Deed dated the thirtieth of September One Thousand Seven Hundred and on Record at Philadelphia. aforesaid, Book B, Vol. 3, page 276, Who granted unto Daniel Gaunt of tile said City, Cordwainer in fee by Indenture oil the first (lay of October, one Thousand seven Hundred

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on Record at Philadelphia, Book F. 3, Vol. 6, page 19, unto the said William Carter, his heirs and assigns forever, the yearly Rent of Two Pounds Four Shillings and Nine Pence half-penny, at two Days of payment in the year, Viz. the Twenty-five of March and Twenty-ninth of September by equal Portions, the first

Payment at the Twenty-fitth (lay of March next ensuing the date ------of the same indenture, And the said Daniel Gaunt granted the same piece of Ground unto the said Thomas Potts in fee by Indenture of the Second of October One thousand Seven Hundred and ---------on record at Philadelphia aforesaid, Book E5. Vol. 7, Page 122, under the rent aforesaid, as by the same Deed and Indentures Relation thereunto had appears, Together with the Walls, Bricks, Timber, and Stuff on the same Lot being or thereto belong Which remain unconsumed by a conflagration that lately happened unto a messuage thereon lately being Together also with all and singular the Cellar Walls, Ways, Walls, Waters, Watercourses, Easements, Rights, Liberties, Privileges, Hereditaments, and Appurtenances unto the same piece of Ground hereby Granted belonging and the Reversions and Remainders thereof.

To have and to hold the said piece of Ground and Premises hereby granted or mentioned to be granted with the appurtenances unto the said George House his heirs and assigns forever, under the yearly Quit-Rent hereafter accruing for the same to the Chief Lord of the Fee thereof and subject to the said Yearly Rent of Two Pounds Four Shillings Nine Pence Half-Penny herein before recited as the same shall hereafter grow due, and the said Thomas Potts, the Son, and his heirs the said piece of Ground and Premises hereby Granted or mentioned to be granted with the appurtenances unto the said George House his heirs and assigns, against him the said Thomas Potts, party hereto and his Heirs and against all and every other person whatsoever lawfully claiming or to claim by, from or under him, them or any of them, or by, from or under the said Thomas Potts, the father, shall and will under the several rents aforesaid, Warrant and forever defend by these presents, and the said Thomas Potts, party hereto for himself his Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, doth covenant, promise and grant to and with the said George House, his Heirs and Assigns by these presents, That the said Thomas Potts, Party hereto, and his heirs and every other Person or Persons having claimed or to claim any Estate, Right, Title or Interest of, in or to the Premises any part or parcel thereof by, from or under him, them or any of them or by, from or under the said Thomas Potts, the father, shall and will at the request, cost and charges in Law of the said George

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House, his heirs and assigns make, execute and acknowledge or cause so to be, all and every such further and other reasonable act and acts, Deed or Deeds, Device or Devices in Law whatsoever for the further and better assurance and confirmation of the said Lot or Piece of Ground, Hereditaments and Premises hereby granted or mentioned to be granted with the appurtenances under the said several Rents, Unto the said George House his heirs and assigns as by him or them or by his or their Counsel learned in the Law shall be reasonably devised, advised or required.

In Witness whereof the said Parties to these Presents have interchangeably set their hands and seals hereunto. Dated they day and year first above written.THOMAS POTTS. (SEAL)

Sealed and Delivered in the presence of us, Thomas Test. Joseph Brientnall.

In 1741 Thomas Potts is found in Southampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His wife died April 2, 1741, and was buried in the Southampton Baptist graveyard. Her Tombstone bears the following inscripton.

In Memory of

Mary late wife of Thomas Potts

Deceased April 2d, 1741,

Aged 56 years 8 months 26 days

On September 24, 1741, Thomas Potts, yeoman, of Southampton Township, Bucks County, purchased 5 acres and 60 perches, in the Manor of Moreland, from Isaac Walton and Sarah his wife, of Byberry, * See Deed-Book I, page 398, at Philadelphia

Like his father, he, mindful of the Biblical injunction that It is not good that man should be alone, again married about March 1742, as his third (?) wife, Rebecca, widow of

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Joshua Wright, and daughter of Mahlon and Rebecca Stacey. * The following is the record of the license as it appears in the License Book in the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, New Jersey.

License of Marriage on the Eighth day of March A. D. 1742 was granted by his Excellency Lewis Morris, Esqr. Governor & c, unto Thomas Potts of Southampton in the County of Bucks in the province of Pennsylvania Gent. Of the one party & Rebecca Wright of New Hanover in the County of Bur. Widow of the other party

Arch Home, Secry.

Rebecca Stacy, the seventh child of Mahlon and Rebecca, was born June 8, 1684, and married Joshua Wright June 7, 1705, and had children, Joshua, Mahlon, Nathan, David, Elizabeth, and Rebecca.

On February 3, 1743, Thomas Potts of Southampton Township in the County of Bucks, conveyed unto his son Joshua Potts, of the Manor of Moreland, County of Philadelphia, yeoman, a message and lot of land in Hatborough, in the Manor of Moreland, on the York Road.

Mahlon Stacy, Jr., of Burlington County, New Jersey, seized of lands, died intestate, leaving his heirs his sisters, Mary Pownell, Ruth Atkinson, and Rebecca Potts, and the children of his deceased sisters, Amos Janney and Mahlon Kirkbride. On March 5, 1742, and just prior to her marriage with Thomas Potts, Rebecca Wright conveyed a share of her inheritance, as an heir to the estate of her brother

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  • THE STACY FAMILY. Mahlon Stacy and family, of Handsworth, Yorkshire, England, came passengers in the Shield, and settled in Burlington County, New Jersey. His wife's name was Rebecca. He died 2 mo. 5, 1704. Their children were:

1. John Stacy, b. 9 mo 30, 1671

2. Elisabeth Stacy, b 8 mo. 17, 1673; m. Abel Janney, 1 mo. 7, 1699/1700

3. Sarah Stacy, b. 7 mo. 4, 1675; m. Joseph Kirkbride, 10 mo. 3, 1702

4. Mary Stacy, b. 4 mo. 12, 1677; m. Reuben Pownell, 1 mo. 7, 1699/1700

5. Ruth Stacy, b. 1 mo. 30, 1680; m. 1st William Beakes, 3 mo. 3, 1765: m. 2nd Samuel Atkinson, 7 mo. 12, 1714.

6. Rebecca Stacy, b. 7 mo. 30, 1682; d. y

7. Rebecca Stacy, b. 4 mo. 8, 1684; m. 1st., Joshua Wright, 4 mo. 7, 1705; m 2nd, Thomas Potts, March 8, 1742

8. Mahlon Stacy, b. 2 mo. 7, 1686; m. Sarah Bainbridge, 3 mo. 1, 1712.

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Mahlon Stacy, deceased, to her six children. In the division of the estate certain parts fell to heirs who convey to others, as shown by the abstracts of deeds given below.

Sept. 19, 1744, Samuel Atkinson, of Burlington County, yeoman, and Ruth his wife: Amos Janney, of Fairfax County, Va., yeoman; Mahlon Kirkbridge., Esq., of Bucks County, Pa., and Thomas Atkinson, of Burlington County, yeoman; convey to Thomas Potts, Esq., of Bucks County, and Rebecca his wife; Joshua Wright, Mahlon Wright, Nathan Wright, David Wright, John Terry and Rebecca his wife, and Isaac Knight, Jr., of Philadelphia County, yeoman and Elizabeth his wife. Mary Pownell had before conveyed her interest to Thomas Atkinson. (See Liber B. H. page 281, West Jersey Deeds).

Sept. 19, 1744. Thomas Potts and Rebecca his wife, and Mahlon Kirkbride, of Bucks County; Samuel Atkinson and wife, Ruth, Thomas Atkinson, yeoman, Joshua Wright, Mahlon Wright, Nathan Wright, David Wright, John Terry and wife Rebecca, Isaac Knight and wife Elizabeth, to Amos Janney of Fairfax County, Va., certain property in Hunterdon County, N. J. (See Liber G. H. page 400) Sept 19, 1744. Thomas Potts, et al., to Mahlon Kirkbride. (See GH, pge 403)

Sept. 19, 1744. Thomas Potts, et al., to Thomas Atkinson, of Burlington County, part of the estate of Mahlon Stacy, - 416 acres and allowances; another tract of 400 acres; and 51 3/4 acres, part of 370 acres near Trenton. (See Liber GH, page 406)

Dec. 12, 1745 Thomas Potts, and Rebecca his wife, of Burlington County, et al., lawful successors to the estate of Mahlon Stacy, late of Burlington County, constitute Samuel Atkinson and Joshua Wright, attorneys to sell lands in Northampton Township, and one third of iron works and furnace on Neshaminy. (See GH, page 380)

April 17, 1747. Thomas Potts and Rebecca his wife, of New Jersey, et al., to John Abraham De Normandie of the County of Bucks, merchant, for L300, one third part of 345 acres with furnace, forges, & c., in Northampton Township, Burlington County, late of the estate of Mahlon Stacey. (See Liber H, page 115.)

Oct 17, 1750. Thomas Potts, Esq. And Rebekah his wife, of Burlington County, et al., to John Morrow, of Northampton Township, yeoman, for L40, some meadow ground, late of Mahlon Stacy, in Northampton. (See Liber L, page 56.)

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In a deed dated January 1, 1754, made by Thomas Potts and Rebecca his wife, of Mansfield Township, Burlington County, he mentions the natural love and affection he bears to his son William Potts, yeoman, On the same day he conveyed land in Mansfield Township, which he had bought in 1724, to Nathaniel Potts of the same place, for L200.

Thomas Potts, like his father, was a Baptist. The Pennypack Baptist Church records show that both he and Mary his wife were baptized at Cold Spring June 29, 1707, by Evan Morgan. He was one of the original members of the organization of the Baptist Church at Southampton, * Note. The Southampton Church was built in 1731 and used for monthly services by some members of Pennypack Baptist Church living in the neighborhood, and a Society of Keithians, until 174, when it was incorporated as a Baptist Church, with Rev. Joshua Potts as the first Pastor. Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1746, when his son Joshua Potts became its first stated pastor.

He died February 2, 1754, and was buried in the Baptist graveyard at Bordentown, Burlington County. The following record thereof is copied from the Southampton Baptist Church Books.

1754. Thomas Potts, Died at his House in West Jersey the 2nd day of February, and was Buried at Bordentown the 4th of the same Month aged 76 years and one month.

His tombstone still remains in the old Baptist graveyard at Bordentown and bears the inscription as given below (See Illustration)

Here Lyeth the Body of

Thomas Potts who

Departed this Life February

the 2nd, 1754. Aged 76 years

and one Month.

His will, made the "Thirtyet day of Jenawary in the Year of our Lord, 1754," is on file at Tretnon, New Jersey,

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and recorded in Liber 8, page 29. It was proven February 27, 1754. He mentions the following,

Son Nathaniel Potts, 5 s., he having already been provided for Son Joshua Potts, L250, and a lot in Burlington Son William Potts, 5 s., he having heretofore been provided for. Daughter Rebecca Cos's children, L100, to be divided among them. Daughter Ann Folwell, L100. (Wife of William Folwell) Daughter Mary, wife of John Cox, L100 My son Thomas Potts's children, L100, to be divided among them, an instrument signed by me and in the hands of Samuel Atkinson, and use of rume (room) called parlor and conveniences, as well as services of negro woman Anjegelico, as long as Rebecca remains my widow. He had lands and meadows, adjoining William Black's plantation, in Mansfield Township, and known as Great Meadows. He had negro slaves Jafat, a mulatto; Jack, a negro; and Angelico, a negro. His executors were sons Joshua and William Potts, and son-in-law Thomas Cox. The witnesses were John Bates and Jeremiah Bates (Quakers), and Thomas Folks. The inventory filed amounted to L816 - 6- 0. Joshua Potts, William Potts and Thomas Cox were daily sworn as executors on February 27, 1754. Here is a given a fair copy of his signature as appended to the will.

The compiler has been unable to procure any other copy of his autograph, and as this was written in old age and only three days before his decease when he was in feeble health, it is not to be taken as a fair sample. Thomas Potts, Jr., was the father of five sons and three daughters, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood except perhaps the eldest, who probably died young.

The old Burlington Book of Records 1680, contains the following entry in the back part of the book.

Thomas Potts married Mary Records - June 20, 1698 son Richard Potts born on Sunday Dec. 17, 1699 about 8th hower at night.

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The following records of births are taken from an old Bible in possession of the family at Trenton.

Richard ye sonne of Thomas and Mary Potts was bourne on Sunday, ye 7th day of December Anno 1699, about 8th hour at night.

Thomas Potts son of Thomas Potts and Mary his wife of Mansfield, County of Burlington, grandson of Thomas Potts, late of Philadelphia, Tanner, was born on 17 day of 10th Month, old style, Anno Domini, 1706.

Children of Thomas Jr., and Mary (Records Potts

5. Richard Potts, b. Dec 17, 1699. No further account.

6. Rebecca Potts, b.-; m. Thomas Cox

7. Ann Potts, b Nov. 26, 1704; m. William Folwell, Dec. 6, 1727

8. Thomas Potts, b 10 mo. 17, 1705/6; d. 1742; m. Sarah Beakes.

9. Mary Potts, b. - ; m. John Cox

10. Nathaniel Potts; b. -;June 1761; m. Susanna Kallam.

Children of Thomas Jr. and Mary (Borden) Potts

11. Joshua Potts, b. 1719; d. June 18, 1761; m. Ann Borden

12. William Potts b. 1721; d. July 15, 1783; m. Amy Borden

6. Rebecca Potts, (Thomas 2, Thomas, 1, Richard, a) daughter of Thomas and Mary (Records) Potts, was born about 1702. She married Thomas Cox (perhaps son of John Cox,) who was born June 18, 1700, and died June 5, 1783. He was one of the executors of the will of Thomas Potts, his father-in-law, 1754. Rebecca seems to have died before 1754, as her father makes a bequest to her children and not to her. The name of only one of their children has come to notice of the compiler.

Children of Thomas and Rebecca (Potts) Cox

13. Richard Cox, m. Mercy Taylor. A daughter Rebecca (born July 25, 1753; died February, 1792), md. Rev. John Pitman.

Descendants of Richard POTT - Nov 26 1998

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1. Richard POTT was buried on Sep 12 1650 in Chesterfield, England. He was married to Anne. Anne was buried on Sep 2 1673 in Chesterfield, England. Richard POTT and Anne had the following children:

2 i. Elizabeth POTT was baptized on Apr 5 1637 in Chesterfield, England.

3 ii. Thomas POTT was buried on Jul 12 1641 in Chesterfield, England.

4 iii. Samuel POTT was buried on Mar 12 1642 in Chesterfield, England.

5 iv. Maria POTT was baptized on Mar 17 1643 in Chesterfield, England.

6 v. Joshua POTT was baptized on May 13 1645 in Chesterfield, England. He was buried on Jan 15 1653 in Chesterfield, England.

+7 vi. Thomas POTT.

8 vii. Anna POTT was baptized on Jun 11 1649 in Chesterfield, England.

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7. Thomas POTT was baptized on Jul 12 1647 in Chesterfield, England. He was married to Joani. Thomas POTT and Joani had the following children:

9 i. Anna POTT was baptized on Dec 5 1675 in Chesterfield, England. She was buried on Oct 26 1676 in Chesterfield, England.

+10 ii. Thomas POTTS.

He was married to Anne. Thomas POTT and Anne had the following children:

11 i. Anne POTT was buried on Nov 9 1701 in Pennsylvania.

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10. Thomas POTTS was baptized on Dec 30 1677 in Chesterfield, England. He died on Feb 2 1754 in Pennsylvania. He was married to Mary RECORDS. Thomas POTTS and Mary RECORDS had the following children:

12 i. Richard POTTS was born on Dec 17 1699 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

+13 ii. Rebecca POTTS.

+14 iii. Ann POTTS.

+15 iv. Thomas POTTS.

+16 v. Mary POTTS.

+17 vi. Nathaniel POTTS.

He was married to Mary BORDEN. Thomas POTTS and Mary BORDEN had the following children:

+18 i. Joshua POTTS.

+19 ii. William POTTS.

He was married to Rebecca STACEY.

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13. Rebecca POTTS was born about 1702 in Pennsylvania. Rebecca seems to have died before 1754, as he father makes a bequest to her children and not to her. The name of only on their children has come to the notice of the compiler.

She was married to Thomas COX. Thomas COX was born on Jun 18 1700 in Pennsylvania. He died on Jun 5 1783 in Pennsylvania. Perhaps the son of John Cox. He was one of the exceutors of the Will of Thomas Potts, his father-in-law, 1754. Rebecca POTTS and Thomas COX had the following children:

+20 i. Richard COX.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14. Ann POTTS was born on Nov 26 1704 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. She died on Feb 20 1788 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. They settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvaina, and in 1755 united with Southampton Baptist Chruch upon letters from Crosswicks Church in Burlington County, New Jersey. She was married to William FOLWELL (son of Nathan FOLWELL and Ann) on Dec 6 1727 in Pennsylvania. William FOLWELL was born on Mar 30 1704 in Burlington County, New Jersey. He died on Jun 4 1776 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. Ann POTTS and William FOLWELL had the following children:

+21 i. Thomas FOLWELL.

+22 ii. John FOLWELL.

+23 iii. Sarah FOLWELL.

24 iv. FOLWELL.

+25 v. Joseph FOLWELL.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15. Thomas POTTS was born on Dec 17 1705/6 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. He died 3 mo. 31 1742 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He was a tanner. His birth date was 10 mo. 17, 1706 old calender. When necessary to distinguish him from other persons of the same name he will be designated as "Thomas potts, Jr., (Tanner) By the will of his grandfather, Thomas Potts, (Shield), he inherited a lot of ground in Gilbert's Ally, Philadelphia, which he conveyed to Andrew Edge, by a deed dated August 14,1 728, but not recorded until August 16, 1799. Deed-Book D 77 page 275

On 8 mo. (Oct), 29, 1730, Thoms Potts married Sarah Beakes, daughter of William and Ruth (Stacey) Beakes, teaching of the Baptists, but at his marriage became affiliated with Friends. Looking forward to marriage with the young Quakeress, he addressed the following letter to the Meeting to which she was attached. The original is in the custody of the Chesterfield Monthly Metting.

Memoranda: Late Notes: Thomas Potts and Sarah Beakes were married in the manner of the people called Quakers published at Haddonfield Meeting House in Gloucester County and married at Adams Meeting in Chester Township in Burlington Co., upon the 29th day of the 8th mo. O.S. Anno Domini 1730.

He was married to Sarah BEAKES on Oct 29 1730 in Burlington County, New Jersey. Old date 8 mo 29, 1730 Sarah BEAKES was born 1 mo. 12 1705/1706 in Burlington County, New Jersey. She died 7 mo. 11, 1757 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Thomas POTTS and Sarah BEAKES had the following children:

+26 i. Stacy POTTS.

+27 ii. Richard POTTS.

+28 iii. Ruth POTTS.

+29 iv. Mary POTTS.

30 v. Thomas POTTS was born 7 mo. 24 1738 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.

31 vi. Sarah POTTS was born 10 mo 14, 1740 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Received a Certificate from Chesterfield Monthly Meeting to Philadelphia in 1764.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16. Mary POTTS. Mary survived her husband and lived to be 96 years of age. Rev. Samuel J. Cox, who was born in 1789, said he remembered her very well when he was a small boy. She was married to John COX. Mary POTTS and John COX had the following children:

32 i. James COX.

33 ii. William COX.

+34 iii. Mary COX.

+35 iv. Catharina COX.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17. Nathaniel POTTS died in Jun 1761 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. The West Jersey records in the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, show that a marriage license was issued Nov. 30, 1741, to Nathaniel Potts, of Mansfield, Burlignton County, yeoman, and Susannah Kallam, of Chesterfield, said county, spinster. On January 1, 1754, his father conveyed to him a tract of land in Mansfield Township. On June 26, 1760, the following advertisement appeared in the (Pennsylvania Gazette). "To be sold by the Subscribert hereof, a Plantation situate in Mansfield, in the County of Burlington, in the Western Division of the Province of New Jersey, containing 400 acres of good land, 150 acres thereof, cleared and withing Fence, 16 acres thereof good mowing Meadow, and a considerable Quantity more made; The timbered Land extraordinary well timbered, and the whole well watered. A good Brick Dwelling house and Barn on the same and sundry other buildings. A choice Orchard, bounded on the North by the River Delaware, and on the South by the York Road, leading from Crosswicks to the City of Burlington, and about 7 English miles from it, and about 4 from Bordentown, and is very convenient for either a Gentleman's Country Seat, or a Merchant. The Title is indisputable. For Terms, and further Particulars enquire of Nathaniel Potts." Nathaniel Potts probably contemplated removing to Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, as he purchased 175 acres Lower Dublin Township, and in the early part of 1761 he and Susanna his wife executed a mortgage upon this land to secure to William Humphries the payment of L400. Nathaniel died in June 1761. Letters of administration were issued to his brother William Potts. Letters were taken out at Philadelphia as well as at Trenton. It does not appear that there were any children.

He was married to Susanna KALLAM in 1741.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 18. Joshua POTTS was born on Jan 4 1719 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He died on Jun 16 1761. He became a Baptist Minister and was settled over the Southampton Church in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, until his death in 1761. Joshua was baptized at Pennypack September 2, 1738. Ann Potts his wife was baptized at Crosswicks August 1742, by Abel Morgan. In November 1744, Ann Potts, wife of Joshua, was admitted to Pennypack Church from Middletown, East Jersey.

On Febuary 3, 1743, his father deeded him a lot or piece of ground in Hatborough in the Manor of Moreland, Pennsylvania, and in 1760 Joshua and Ann Potts join in a deed conveying this same property to Jacob Tompkins. The village of Hatborough is situated a short distance west of the Bucks County line, in what is now Montgomery County, but then Philadelphia County.

The "History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania," by Mr. Theodore W. Bean, contains the following notice of Rev. Joshua Potts.

"The Rev. Joshua Potts lived in the house of the Joseph B. Yerkes, near the York Road, below Hatboro', which he build in 1759, and which is still standing, containing a stone with his name and date. He owned here at the time several hundred acres. He was the first pastor of the Southampton Baptist Church, built (?) in 1746, and in which he officiated till the time of his death, which happened June 18, 1761, at the age of forty-six years. He was one of the founders of the Hatboro' Library in 1755.

The "Pennsylvania Gazette," in the issue of Nov. 2, 1758, contains the following notice of a Library meeting. "Notice is hereby given to the Members of the Union Library company of Hatborough, that they attend their Annual Meeting, at the Library Room, on the Fourth Day of November next, between the Hours of Twelve and Four in the afternoon, in order to choose Directors, Secretary, and Treasurer, for the ensuing year, and to make their third Annual Payment. By Order of the Director - Joshua Potts, Secretary.

Joshua Potts was ordained as a minister of the gospel on May 29, 1746, and became the pastor of the Southampton Baptist Church, in Bucks County, Peena. the records of that Church contains the following obituary notice of him. "He was a minister from our first Constitution to the Day of his Death. He was afflicted for some years with a very painful disorder, which the Doctors said was the Gravel in his Kidneys, which he bore with no less Fortitude than Resignation; and Continued to Preach to the last, not withstanding he was frequently obliged to walk a foot not less than five miles to meeting, not being able to bear the motion of a Horse & Carriage. He was truly Pious, yet Genteel, gay and Cheerful, a most agreeable Companion, a Good Neighbor, a kind Husband, a tender parent and an accomplished Preacher.

In another place is this memorandum. "Joshua Potts, the first Ordained Minister of the Church at Southampton, Died at his own House in Moor-land about 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the 18th of June and was Buried at Southampton the 20th, 1761. Aged 42 years 5 months & 14 days.

In Morgan Edwards, "Materials towards a History of the Baptists," etc., speaking of the Southampton Church is this notice. "Rev. Joshua Potts. He was born Jan j4, 1719, at Mansfield, in the Jersey. Baptized Sep. 2, 1738. Ordained May 29, 1746, at which time he took the care of the church, and continued therein to his death. which came to pass June 18, 1761, and was buried at Southampton. Mr. Potts is said to have been endowed with a very uncommon share of those qualifications which render the civil and ministerial life amiable. He married Ann Borden by whom he had children, Mary, Amy, Abigail, Rebeka, Hannah, Joshua, Thomas, All single except two who married into the Edwards and Taylor families.

The will of Joshua Potts, made September 16, 1757, and proven August 11, 1761, is recorded at Philadelphia, in Will Book M. page 165. He mentions wife Ann Potts, children Thomas, Mary, Anne, Abigail, Rebecca and Hannah, his brothers Nathaniel and William, and brother-in-law Joseph Borden.

Sometime after his death his family removed to Burlington County, New Jersey, and on July 5, 1766, Ann Potts was dismissed to the Church of Croswicks, as shown by the records of the Southampton Church in this entry. "Ann Potts, Widow & Relict of the Rev. Joshua Potts Minister of this place. Decd ws Dismissed to the Church at Croswicks July 5th, 1766.

He was married to Ann BORDEN (daughter of Joseph BORDEN and Ann CONOVER). Joshua POTTS and Ann BORDEN had the following children:

+36 i. Joshua POTTS.

+37 ii. Thomas POTTS.

+38 iii. Amy POTTS.

39 iv. Mary POTTS was born in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

40 v. Anne POTTS was born in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

41 vi. Abigail POTTS was born in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

+42 vii. Rebecca POTTS.

43 viii. Hannah POTTS was born in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19. William POTTS was born in 1721. He died on Jul 15 1783. He was buried in Bordentown, Burlington Co., New Jersey. He was a resident of Mansfield Township, Burlington County. He was an active Patriot during the Revolution. On Feb. 14, 1775, he was appointed a member of the Committee of Observation for the City and County of Burlington. At the time it was stated that the assembly of citizens, freeholders, etc., met to appoint the Committee and "that the said Committee shall be and continue to act for one year from this date unless the measures of the next General Congress shall make an alteration necessary. Signed by order of the meeting, Peter Tallman, Chairman. Stryker's "Jerseyman in the Revolution," includes the name of William Potts.

William Potts died July 25, 1783, in the 62d year of his age. The diary of Rev. John Pitman (Note: Rev. John Pitman's wife was a niece of William Potts. See page 145 ante. Another entry in his diary is as follows, "Jan. 14, 1784. Got to Bordentown and found Aunt Potts dead, she died yesterday between 8 and 9 a clock in the morning." Perhaps "Aunt Potts" was Anne, widow of Rev. Joshua Potts.

His tombstone, in the Baptist graveyard at Bordentown, New Jersey.

William Potts, of Mansfield, Burlington County, in his will made April 9, 1783, and proven August 16, of the same year, mentions wife, sons William and Joseph, and daughters Mary, Amy and Ann. He leaves L20 to repair the Baptist Meeting house at Bordentown. The executors named were sons William and Joseph Potts and son-in-law James Cox. The witnesses were Samuel English, Joshua Potts and Petter Willson.

Amy Potts, widow, died August 19, 1804, leaving a will dated June 6, 1799, and proven September 24, 1804. She mentions son Joseph Potts, daughter-in-law Rebecca, widow of William, deceased; daughters Ann Cox, Mary Eaton and Amy Potts. Exceutors, son-in-law James Cox and John cliver. Her tomb near that of her husband.

He was married to Amy BORDEN (daughter of Joseph BORDEN and Ann CONOVER) about 1755/56. Amy BORDEN was born in 1723 in Burlington County, New Jersey. She died on Aug 19 1804 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. She was buried in Bordentown, Burlington Co., New Jersey. Youngest daughter of Joseph Borden. William POTTS and Amy BORDEN had the following children:

+44 i. Ann POTTS.

+45 ii. William POTTS.

+46 iii. Mary POTTS.

+47 iv. Joseph POTTS.

+48 v. Amy POTTS.

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FIFTH GENERATION

20. Richard COX.

He was married to Mercy TAYLOR. Richard COX and Mercy TAYLOR had the following children:

+49 i. Rebecca COX.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21. Thomas FOLWELL was born about 1729 in Burlington County, New Jersey. He served as a soldier in the Revolution in his brother John's Southampton Company. Thomas FOLWELL and Elizabeth WATTS had the following child:

+50 i. William FOLWELL.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22. John FOLWELL was born about 1733 in Burlington County, New Jersey. He was a Captain in the Revolution. He resided in Southampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1808, leaving one daughter Mary. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25. Joseph FOLWELL was born on Sep 14 1748 in Burlington County, New Jersey. He died on Apr 3 1824 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. Joseph was a Captain in the Revolutionary Army. He married Ann Boileau, and about 1800 removed to Seneca County, N. Y., where he died in 1824. He was married to Ann BOILEAU on Apr 30 1767 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. Ann BOILEAU was born on Feb 9 1751 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. She died on Jul 3 1829 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. Joseph FOLWELL and Ann BOILEAU had the following children:

51 i. Isaac FOLWELL was born on Nov 14 1770 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. He died on Jan 10 1810.

52 ii. Nathan FOLWELL was born on Oct 20 1772 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. He died on Apr 27 1821. One of his granddaughters is married to Mr. Rae Reisinger of Franklin, Penna.

53 iii. Elizabeth FOLWELL was born on May 4 1775 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. She died on Aug 2 1777 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York.

54 iv. John FOLWELL died on Aug 2 1777 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. He was born on Apr 18 1779 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. He died in Oct 1848. Settled in Venango County, Pa.

55 v. Joseph FOLWELL was born on Jun 10 1781 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. He died on Jun 6 1860.

56 vi. Nathaniel FOLWELL was born on Jul 4 1783 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. He died on Dec 22 1839.

57 vii. Sarah W. FOLWELL was born on Sep 30 1785 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. She died on Feb 27 1841.

58 viii. William FOLWELL was born on Oct 6 1787 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. He died on Feb 9 1870. Settled in Venango County, Pa.

+59 ix. Rachel FOLWELL.

+60 x. Charlotte FOLWELL.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26. Stacy POTTS died on Apr 30 1816. He was born 7 mo. 20 1731 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He received a good education, and was a tanner by trade. He established himself at Trenton, where he was a successful business man for many years. He was a leading man in the Society of Friends, and in the government of West Jersey. He was three times married. When Col. Rahl, the Commander of the British troops, was mortally wounded in the Battle of Trenton, he was carried into the House of Stacy Potts, where he was visited by Gen. Washington, and later died. It has been alleged that on the night preceding the battle, Col. Rahl was engaged in card playing, or as stated in another account, he was absorbed in a game of chess. The account as preserved by the descendants of Stacy Potts is to this effect. Col Rahl had been spending several days at the house of Stacy Potts, and on the night before the battle he was much interested in watching some young people playing at Fox and Geese, when a shot was heard. Col. Rahl immediately rushed out of the house and was not seen again by the family until he was carried in mortally wounded.

About 1790 Stacy Potts removed to Harrisburg, where he made large purchases of land. In his new home he at once became very popular and prominent, and served in the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1791-1792, and 1799 - 1801. He served as Burgess of the Borough and as a member of the Town Council.

About 1805 he returned to Trenton, and he subsequently became Mayor of the City, which office he held for some years. He died April 28, 1816, in his 85th year. His widow returned to Harrisburg where she died in 1844, aged 84 years. His descendants are frequently spoken of as the "Trenton Potts."

Miss Sarah Sherman of Trenton, a granddaughter of Stacy Potts, says she remembers hearing that her grandfather had corresponded with relatives in the old country, but if such was the case no vestige of the correspondence is now known to be in existence.

The following extract from a letter, dated August 2, 1768, and written by Stacy Potts, is not only interesting, but is confirmatoy of the facts already set forth at length in the account of the descendants of Thomas Potts (Shield). "Mahlon Stacy who came over to the wilds of America in the Ship called the Shield from Hull, and arrived in December 1678, with a great number of first settlers of New Jersey, among whom was Thomas Potts my predecessor in the male line, which I need not at present pursue, but to return to the said Mahlon Stacy my other great grandfather who had six children called Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Ruth, Rebecca and Mahlon, the latter of whom was with Edward Beakes over with you in or about 1716 then a Widower, he died without issue.

The daughters married as followeth, Elizabeth to Abel Jenny of whom are a considerable family. Mary married Reuben Pownell who was also at your house, they died childless. Sarah married Joseph Kirkbride and left one son still living with a number of children and some grandchildren. Rebecca married Joshua Wright and left a pretty large family of descendants, and Ruth married William Beakes then a widower who had two sons William and Edmond by a former wife, and by her he had one daughter and two sons, Sarah (who was my mother), Stacy and Nathan. When the said William Beakes my grandfather died and his widow married Samuel Atkinson who is still alive, and by whom he had two sons and two daughters still living. My mother married to Thomas Potts Grandson of the aforesaid Thomas Potts by whom she had six children, five of whom are now living two sons and three daughters. My father died in 1742 when we were all very young and my mother 15 years after. My brother named Richard has a wife and several children as also have my sisters Ruth and Mary. My youngest sister Sarah still unmarried, and myself (the eldest) have been married and have four children, but have had the misfortune to lose my wife about three months past.

He was married to Esther PANCOAST (daughter of John PANCOAST and Mary) 4 mo. 12, 1758. Esther PANCOAST was born 3 mo. 16, 1739. She died 5 mo. 13, 1769 in Trenton, New Jersey. Stacy POTTS and Esther PANCOAST had the following children:

61 i. Mary POTTS died on Feb 23 1781 in Trenton, New Jersey. She was born 2 mo. 18, 1759 in Trenton, New Jersey.

62 ii. Thomas POTTS was born 4 mo. 6, 1761 in Trenton, New Jersey. He died 7 mo. 20, 1761 in Trenton, New Jersey.

63 iii. Sarah POTTS died on Mar 8 1784 in Trenton, New Jersey. She was born 9 mo. 30, 1762 in Trenton, New Jersey.

64 iv. Elizabeth POTTS died on Oct 20 1782 in Trenton, New Jersey. She was born 5 mo. 20, 1765 in Trenton, New Jersey.

+65 v. William POTTS.

He was married to Margaretta YARDLEY (daughter of William YARDLEY) 4 mo. 15, 1773. Margaretta YARDLEY was born 12 mo. 6, 1752 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. She died 8 mo. 25, 1783 in Trenton, New Jersey. Stacy POTTS and Margaretta YARDLEY had the following children:

66 i. Thomas POTTS died 7 mo. 16, 1775 in Trenton, New Jersey. He was born 9 mo. 30, 1774 in Trenton, New Jersey.

67 ii. Samuel POTTS was born 11 mo. 15, 1775 in Trenton, New Jersey. He died 9 mo. 25, 1776 in Trenton, New Jersey.

+68 iii. Stacy POTTS.

+69 iv. Anna POTTS.

+70 v. Rebecca POTTS.

+71 vi. Joseph POTTS.

He was married to Mary WILLIAMS (daughter of George WILLIAMS).

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 27. Richard POTTS was born 11 mo. 1, 1732-3 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He was married to Rebecca ARNEY (daughter of Joseph ARNEY and Mary) on Jun 25 1755 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Rebecca ARNEY was born on Apr 1 1737. She died in 1801 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Richard POTTS and Rebecca ARNEY had the following children:

+72 i. Thomas POTTS.

73 ii. Sarah POTTS was born on May 8 1758 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. She died on Nov 10 1764 in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

74 iii. Joseph POTTS was born on Jan 13 1760 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He died on Nov 6 1764 in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

+75 iv. John POTTS.

76 v. Mary POTTS was born on Apr 11 1764 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. She died on Dec 1 1764 in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

+77 vi. Stacy POTTS.

+78 vii. Mary POTTS.

+79 viii. Rebecca POTTS.

80 ix. Sarah POTTS was born on Dec 24 1771 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. She died on Jul 5 1775 in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

+81 x. William POTTS.

+82 xi. Elizabeth POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 28. Ruth POTTS was born 11 mo 23 1734-5. She was married to William JOHNSON in 1759 in Philadelphia. William JOHNSON was born about 1737 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania. Ruth POTTS and William JOHNSON had the following children: +83 i. Sarah JOHNSON.

+84 ii. Thomas P. JOHNSON.

85 iii. Samuel JOHNSON.

86 iv. William JOHNSON. died young

+87 v. Ruth JOHNSON.

She was married to Oliver PAXTON.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 29. Mary POTTS was born 1 mo. 15, 1736 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. She died 5 mo. 31, 1776 in Kingwood (now) Hunterdon Co., New Jersey. She was a minister among Friends. She was married to Isaac HORNER in 1757. Mary POTTS and Isaac HORNER had the following children: 88 i. Samuel HORNER.

89 ii. Elizabeth HORNER.

90 iii. Sarah HORNER.

91 iv. Isaac HORNER.

92 v. Thomas HORNER.

93 vi. Stacy HORNER.

94 vii. Mary HORNER.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 34. Mary COX. She was married to Robert JONES. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 35. Catharina COX. She was married to Capt. Benjamin LOXLEY. Capt. Benjamin LOXLEY was born in Philadelphia. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 36. Joshua POTTS was born in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. He was probably the youngest child of Rev. Joshua and Ann (Borden) Potts, and perhaps born after Sept. 16, 1757, as he is not mentioned in his father's will made on that date. He married Mary Bunting, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Kirkbride) Bunting, (Note: Elizabeth Kirkbride was a daughter of Joseph Kirkbride Jr., and sister of Col. Joseph Kirkbride.) of Chesterfield Township, Burlington County. On January 7, 1785, Thomas Potts and wife "Alcey," executed a deed of gift to Joshua Potts, and on Sep. 1, 1792, Joshua Potts and Mary his wife sold the same land. (Note: The latter deed is recorded in Liber AR, folio 29, in the State Department at Trenton. The deed of gift has not been found at this writing. It would very likely state relationship and the reason for the gift. Perhaps it was for a share of the patrimony, Joshua not having been provided for in the father's will.) In the afore-mentioned deed he is described as "wheelwright." It is said that he removed to Arkansas and died about 1835. He was married to Mary BUNTING (daughter of Daniel BUNTING and Elizabeth KIRKBRIDE). Joshua POTTS and Mary BUNTING had the following children:

95 i. William POTTS. No further account.

96 ii. Joseph POTTS died in Missouri. Died in Missouri leaving a son Kirkbride.

+97 iii. Kirkbride POTTS.

98 iv. Ann POTTS died about 1872 in Bordentown, Burlington Co., New Jersey. unmarried

99 v. Sarah POTTS.

+100 vi. Lydia POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 37. Thomas POTTS. The statement printed on page 157, that he married Rebecca King is probably incorrect, unless she was his first wife. On Jan. 7, 1785, Thomas Potts and "Alcey" his wife executed a deed of gift for land to Joshua Potts, as before stated. On Nov. 11, 1791, the following heirs, sons and daughters, of the late John Bunting of Chesterfield Township in Burlington County, to wit: William, Benjamin and Daniel Bunting, and Levi, Gibbs and Ann his wife, John Woodmansee and Mary his wife, and Thomas Potts and Alice his wife, all of New Jersey, join in a quit-claim deed (See Liber AQ, folio 367, in the Department of State at Trenton) to John Bunting of Frederick County, Maryland, also a son of John. John Bunting the elder became seized of this land, by the will of his uncle John Bunting, dated Sep. 19, 1729,-156 acres of unappropriated land.

Whether Thomas Potts left children or not has not come to the notice of the compiler.

He was married to Alice BUNTING (daughter of John BUNTING).

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 38. Amy POTTS was born in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. She was married to Lawrence TAYLOR on Jan 5 1767.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 42. Rebecca POTTS was born in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. She was married to John (?) MCGALLIARD. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 44. Ann POTTS was born on Feb 13 1757 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. She died on Mar 21 1815. Mrs. Cox was an excellent woman and a devoted wife and mother. While on her way from Lamberton to Philadelphia to attend a Baptist meeting, in company with her youngest son, she was accidentally drowned in the Delaware River, by the capsizing of the "Traveler" on March 21, 1815. She was buried in the Baptist graveyard at Trenton. The "True American," of Trenton published a long account of the accident. They resided at Trenton, New Jersey. She was married to Gen James COX (son of Joseph COX). Gen James COX was born in 1753. He died in 1810. Ann POTTS and Gen James COX had the following children:

101 i. William COX was born in 1777 in Trenton, New Jersey. He died in 1803 in Trenton, New Jersey.

102 ii. Joseph COX was born in 1778 in Trenton, New Jersey.

103 iii. Lewis COX was born in 1780 in Trenton, New Jersey. He died in 1835.

104 iv. James COX was born in 1782 in Trenton, New Jersey.

105 v. Amy COX. twin

106 vi. Mary COX was born in 1783 in Trenton, New Jersey. twin

107 vii. Thomas COX was born in 1787 in Trenton, New Jersey.

108 viii. Rev. Samuel J. COX was born in 1789 in Trenton, New Jersey. He was a Methodist Minister at Zanesville, Ohio.

109 ix. David COX was born in 1792 in Trenton, New Jersey. twin

110 x. Jonathan COX was born in 1792 in Trenton, New Jersey. twin

+111 xi. Ezekiel Taylor COX.

112 xii. Morgan COX was born in 1798 in Trenton, New Jersey. He died in 1881.

+113 xiii. Horatio COX.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 45. William POTTS was born on Apr 16 1760 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He died in 1796. He was buried in Baptist Graveyard, Bordentown, Burlington Co., New Jersey. He was a well-to-do farmer of Mansfield Township, Burlington County. He was married to Rebecca MOUNTS about 1785 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Rebecca MOUNTS was born in 1765. She died in 1858 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. William POTTS and Rebecca MOUNTS had the following children:

+114 i. Aaron Mounts POTTS.

115 ii. Amy POTTS was born in Nov 1787 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. She died on Apr 3 1835 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Unmarried

+116 iii. Samuel POTTS.

+117 iv. Ann POTTS.

+118 v. Mary POTTS.

119 vi. Rebecca POTTS was born in 1797 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 46. Mary POTTS was born on Mar 25 1762 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. She died on Aug 9 1843 in London Britain Township, Chester Coutny, Pennsylvania. She was buried in London Tract Baptist Graveyard, London Britain Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. They settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where Dr. Eaton became a highly respected and prominent physician. Their children are buried in ten different graveyards, and in five different states. She was married to Dr. David EATON (son of Rev. Isaac EATON and Rebecca STOUT) on Oct 21 1784 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Dr. David EATON died on Aug 13 1813 in London Britain Township, Chester Coutny, Pennsylvania. He was buried in London Tract Baptist Graveyard, London Britain Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Mary POTTS and Dr. David EATON had the following children:

+120 i. Amy EATON.

+121 ii. Rebecca EATON.

+122 iii. Isaac EATON.

+123 iv. Pamelia EATON.

+124 v. Ann EATON.

+125 vi. Mary EATON.

+126 vii. Eurie EATON.

+127 viii. William EATON.

+128 ix. Elizabeth EATON.

+129 x. David EATON.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 47. Joseph POTTS was born on Apr 10 1764 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He was a respectable and substantial farmer of Burlington County, New Jersey. He was married to Sarah CARTY. Joseph POTTS and Sarah CARTY had the following children:

+130 i. Benjamin POTTS.

+131 ii. Joseph POTTS.

+132 iii. Thomas POTTS.

+133 iv. Sarah POTTS.

+134 v. Amy POTTS.

He was married to Mary.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 48. Amy POTTS was born on Jul 26 1767 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. She died on Nov 27 1840 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She married Thomas Potts, who seems to have been a widower, and is said not to have been related to her. One account (from the family) alleges that she did not marry until after her mother's death, and when she was about forty years of age, and that she had no children. When the Baptist church at Burlington, New Jersey, was constituted in 1799, Thomas Potts was received by a letter from New Mills, (Note: The present Pemberton, in Hunterdon County, was know as "New Mills," from about 1752 to 1826.) and Amy Potts by a letter from Jacobstown. On October 5, 1812, they were dismissed together to the Baptist Church at Trenton and Lamberton, and in the records of that Church, under date of Sep. 12, 1812, is the following entry (Note. There is evidently an error in one or both of these dates, possibly made in transcribing.)

The letters from our sister church at Burlington, dismissing and recommending brother Thomas Potts and his wife, sister Amy Potts, and Rachel Thorn, to join us, were read. They were all by vote unanimously received.

They seem to have settled in Lawrence Township, Hunterdon County. On July 16, 1816, Thomas potts was appointed to the office of Deacon.. He is reported to have been an excellent man and a zealous Christian, but a poor financier, and died leaving his widow with much less property then when she married him. He died Sep. 10, 1824, leaving a will bearing date of Sep. 6, 1824. He is described as of Lawrence Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He mentions wife Amy, and three sons, John, William and Bloomfield Potts. Executors, wife Amy Potts and son William Potts. The Church Books contain the following obituary notice of him:

"Departed this life on Friday Morning the 10th day of September 1824, our Beloved and highly esteemed Brother Deacon Thomas Potts, in the 63d year of his age. His remains were the day following interred in our graveyard. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

Amy Potts was a woman of uncommon vigor, a fine conversationalist, and a great favorite in the family. In 1840, while visiting her niece, Mrs. Mary (Eaton) Chandler, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, she was buried in the London Tract Baptist graveyard. The Trenton Baptist Church books contain the following obituary notice of her.

"Departed this life on Friday, November 27, 1840, our dearly beloved sister Amy Potts, widow of our late Brother Deacon Thomas Potts, aged 74 years. She had been 56 years a member of a Baptist Church. Universally beloved and respected by all who knew her for her amiable disposition, consistent Christian deportment and zeal for the cause of Christ, her loss is deeply felt by her surviving brethren and sisters of the Church, as well as a large number of relatives and friends. Her body was interred at -------- in the State of Delaware."

She was married to Thomas POTTS. Thomas POTTS was born in 1761. He died on Sep 10 1824 in Lawrence Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

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SIXTH GENERATION

49. Rebecca COX was born on Jul 25 1753 in Pennsylvania. She died in Feb 1792 in Pennsylvania.

She was married to Rev. John PITMAN.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 50. William FOLWELL was born in 1768 in Southampton, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. He died in 1818. He graduated at Brown University; was elected to the chair of Rhetoric in the University of Pennsylvania, but declined. He removed to Seneca County, N. Y., where he engaged in farming and other pursuits. His son Thomas J. Folwell, was the father of Prof. William W. Folwell, now and for many years past a member of the Faculty of the University of Minnesota. He was married to Jane DUNGAN. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 59. Rachel FOLWELL was born on Feb 28 1790 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. She died on Apr 3 1838. She was married to Peter R. HARRIS. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 60. Charlotte FOLWELL was born on Oct 23 1792 in Romulusville, Seneca Co., New York. She died on Feb 16 1830. She was married to Samuel DAVISON. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 65. William POTTS was born 5 mo. 30, 1768 in Trenton, New Jersey. Mr. Potts was educated in the religous teachings of Friends, while his wife was brought up in the Presbyterian Faith. They lived for some time in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, probably in the vicinity of the present site of Bloomsburg, in what is now Columbia County. On April 7, 1803, Gov. McKean appointed William Potts, as a Justice of the Peace for the township of Fishing Creek. The family returned to Trenton about 1810. He was married to Mary GARDNER (daughter of Theopholis GARDNER) on Aug 28 1791. He was married to Mary GARDNER. William POTTS and Mary GARDNER had the following children:

135 i. Rev. Theopholis G. POTTS. A Presbyterian Minister

+136 ii. Maria POTTS.

+137 iii. Judge Stacy Gardner POTTS.

+138 iv. Rev. William Stephens POTTS D. D..

+139 v. Joseph Collins POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 68. Stacy POTTS died in 1831. He was born 3 mo. 4, 1777 in Trenton, New Jersey. He married Mary Somers, and seems to have lived in Philadelphia. He died in 1831. His will recorded at Philadelphia, is dated Feb 23, 1831, and proven March 2, of the same year. He mentions wife Mary, and "my children." He was married to Mary SOMERS. Stacy POTTS and Mary SOMERS had the following children:

+140 i. Charles POTTS.

+141 ii. Mary Ann POTTS.

+142 iii. Maria POTTS.

+143 iv. Rachel POTTS.

+144 v. Emma POTTS.

145 vi. Esther POTTS.

+146 vii. Sarah POTTS.

147 viii. Harriet POTTS.

+148 ix. Albert POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 69. Anna POTTS was born 2 mo. 20, 1779 in Trenton, New Jersey. She was married to William POTTS (son of Richard POTTS and Rebecca ARNEY). William POTTS was born on Aug 28 1773 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He died on May 17 1854. Anna POTTS and William POTTS had the following children: +149 i. George S. POTTS.

150 ii. Elizabeth POTTS.

151 iii. James POTTS. died young

152 iv. Rebecca S. POTTS.

153 v. Margaretta S. POTTS.

+154 vi. William Henry POTTS.

155 vii. Thomas POTTS. Died Young

156 viii. Richard POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 70. Rebecca POTTS was born on Sep 22 1780 in Trenton, New Jersey. She was married to George SHERMAN. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 71. Joseph POTTS was born on Apr 24 1782 in Trenton, New Jersey. He was married to Sarah HILLYER. Joseph POTTS and Sarah HILLYER had the following children: 157 i. Stacy POTTS.

+158 ii. John POTTS.

159 iii. Juliet POTTS.

160 iv. Euphemia POTTS.

+161 v. Emily POTTS.

+162 vi. Margaretta POTTS.

163 vii. Joseph POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 72. Thomas POTTS was born on Nov 9 1756 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He died on Jan 22 1813 in Freehold Township, Mommouth County, New Jersey. Resided (1901) Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County. His will is at Freehold. He mentions his father and his wife and children, as also his brothers John and Stacy Potts. He was married to Sarah ASHTON on Nov 20 1777 in Upper Freehold Township, Mommouth County, New Jersey. Sarah ASHTON died about 1844 in Upper Freehold Township, Mommouth County, New Jersey. Thomas POTTS and Sarah ASHTON had the following children:

164 i. William POTTS was born in Upper Freehold Township, Mommouth County, New Jersey.

+165 ii. John A. POTTS.

+166 iii. Richard POTTS.

167 iv. Thomas POTTS was born in Upper Freehold Township, Mommouth County, New Jersey.

168 v. Samuel J. POTTS was born in Upper Freehold Township, Mommouth County, New Jersey.

+169 vi. Charles J. POTTS.

+170 vii. Mary POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 75. John POTTS was born on Nov 11 1761 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He died in 1826. He resided on North Warren Street, Trenton, in the house since occupied by William H. Potts. He died in 1826, and in his will mentions wife Catharine, father Richard, sister Elizabeth Coxe, niece Rebecca Coxe, and his sons John B. Potts and Edward W. Potts, of the State of Louisiana. He appoints his sons as Executors. Edward W. Potts, one of executors, was sworn Nov. 18, 1826. He was married to Catharine. John POTTS and Catharine had the following children:

171 i. John B. POTTS was born in Trenton, New Jersey.

172 ii. Edward W. POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 77. Stacy POTTS was born on Nov 1 1766 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He died on Jul 8 1823. He was married to Anna. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 78. Mary POTTS was born on Aug 12 1768 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. She was married to Joshua WRIGHT. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 79. Rebecca POTTS was born on Jan 24 1770 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. She was married to HARRIS. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 81. William POTTS was born on Aug 28 1773 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He died on May 17 1854. He was married to Anna POTTS (daughter of Stacy POTTS and Margaretta YARDLEY). Anna POTTS was born 2 mo. 20, 1779 in Trenton, New Jersey. William POTTS and Anna POTTS had the following children: +149 i. George S. POTTS.

150 ii. Elizabeth POTTS.

151 iii. James POTTS.

152 iv. Rebecca S. POTTS.

153 v. Margaretta S. POTTS.

+154 vi. William Henry POTTS.

155 vii. Thomas POTTS.

156 viii. Richard POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 82. Elizabeth POTTS was born on Sep 13 1778 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. She was married to COX. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 83. Sarah JOHNSON. She was married to Thomas MATTHEWS. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 84. Thomas P. JOHNSON. He was married to Mary STOCKTON. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 87. Ruth JOHNSON. She was married to Timothy PAXTON. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 97. Kirkbride POTTS was born on Mar 24 1803. He died on Nov 24 1876 in Potts Station, Pope County, Arkansas. About the year of 1821 he went to Missouri, and in 1824 to Arkansas, where he settled on a farm in Pope County, which is now (1901) occupied by his sons Joseph and James. The post-office is named "Potts Station" in his honor. He was married to Pamelia LOGAN in Feb 1829 in Pope County, Arkansas. Pamelia LOGAN died on Aug 5 1878 in Potts Station, Pope County, Arkansas. Kirkbride POTTS and Pamelia LOGAN had the following children:

+173 i. Sarah POTTS.

174 ii. Joseph POTTS was born in 1832 in Potts Station, Pope County, Arkansas. unmarried

175 iii. Joshua POTTS was born in Potts Station, Pope County, Arkansas.

+176 iv. Lizzie POTTS.

+177 v. Richard POTTS.

178 vi. Thomas POTTS was born in Potts Station, Pope County, Arkansas.

+179 vii. James POTTS.

+180 viii. John POTTS.

181 ix. Charles POTTS was born in Potts Station, Pope County, Arkansas.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 100. Lydia POTTS died in 1852. She was married to Stephan D. LEWIS. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 111. Ezekiel Taylor COX was born in 1795 in Trenton, New Jersey. He died in 1873. He was married to Maria Matilda SULLIVAN. Ezekiel Taylor COX and Maria Matilda SULLIVAN had the following children: 182 i. Thomas J. COX. Note: Mr. William V. Cox, son of Thomas J. Cox, and Chief Clerk in the National Museum at Washington D. C. is preparing a History of the Cox Family.

183 ii. Hon. Samuel S. COX.

184 iii. Lavina COX.

185 iv. Eliza COX.

186 v. Alexander COX.

187 vi. Maria Matilda COX.

188 vii. Ezekiel COX.

189 viii. Angelina COX.

190 ix. Edwin COX.

191 x. Augustus COX.

192 xi. Elizabeth Miles COX.

+193 xii. Mary Sullivan COX.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 113. Horatio COX was born in 1801 in Trenton, New Jersey. He was Associate Judge of Muskingum County, Ohio. He was married to Ann CHAMBERS. Horatio COX and Ann CHAMBERS had the following children:

194 i. Charles COX.

195 ii. Cora COX.

196 iii. David COX.

197 iv. Edward COX.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 114. Aaron Mounts POTTS was born on May 14 1786 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He died on Jan 26 1864 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Aaron M. Potts purchased a tract of land at Johnstown, Pa., and in 1831 he started in a two-horse wagon, intending to go to his land and settle there. On the way he stopped at Pottsville to visit some of his wife's relatives, who prevailed upon him to abandon his western trip and take up his residence at Pottsville. Here he engaged in business and spent the remainder of his life. He was married to Mary HARVEY in 1816. Mary HARVEY died in 1817.

He was married to Rebecca AARONSON (daughter of Samuel AARONSON and Elizabeth PITMAN) on Jan 27 1824. Rebecca AARONSON died on Sep 16 1875 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Aaron Mounts POTTS and Rebecca AARONSON had the following children:

+198 i. Mary Harvey POTTS.

+199 ii. Elizabeth POTTS.

+200 iii. William Wainwright POTTS.

+201 iv. Charles Pitman POTTS.

+202 v. Rebecca Frances POTTS.

203 vi. Sarah Anna POTTS was born on Aug 6 1843 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 116. Samuel POTTS was born in Jun 1791 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He died in Sep 1826 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He was married to Ann HARVEY on Oct 20 1814 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Ann HARVEY died in 1870 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Samuel POTTS and Ann HARVEY had the following children:

+204 i. William POTTS.

+205 ii. Lawrence Minor POTTS.

206 iii. Mary POTTS.

207 iv. Rebecca POTTS.

208 v. Peter Harvey POTTS.

209 vi. Anna POTTS.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 117. Ann POTTS was born in Apr 1794 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. She was married to Elisha SHREVE in 1817. Ann POTTS and Elisha SHREVE had the following children: 210 i. William SHREVE.

211 ii. Benjamin SHREVE.

+212 iii. Rebecca SHREVE.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 118. Mary POTTS was born in 1795 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. She was married to John HARVEY. Mary POTTS and John HARVEY had the following children: 213 i. William HARVEY.

214 ii. Rebecca HARVEY.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 120. Amy EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester Coutny, Pennsylvania. She was married to Robert LOCKARD. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 121. Rebecca EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester Coutny, Pennsylvania. She was married to Stephen MCGEATH. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 122. Isaac EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Melvina CRAIG. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 123. Pamelia EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was married to Samuel TAYLOR. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24. Ann EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester Coutny, Pennsylvania. She was married to Jacob ENTRIKEN. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 125. Mary EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester Coutny, Pennsylvania. She was married to Allen CHANDLER. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 126. Eurie EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was married to John C. HANDY. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 127. William EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Julia ROW. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 128. Elizabeth EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was married to Dr. Thomas H. DAVIS. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 129. David EATON was born in London Britain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Agnes AVISE. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 130. Benjamin POTTS was born in Burlington County, New Jersey. He was married to Mary CRATY. Benjamin POTTS and Mary CRATY had the following child: 215 i. Joseph POTTS. 1901 he was a farmer of Burlington County, New Jersey.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 131. Joseph POTTS was born in Sep 1798 in Burlington County, New Jersey. He died on May 13 1875. 1901 The widow and family live at Dobbins, Burlington County, New Jersey

He was married to Elizabeth ALLISON. Joseph POTTS and Elizabeth ALLISON had the following c

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Judge Thomas Potts, Jr.'s Timeline

1677
December 30, 1677
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
1698
June 20, 1698
Age 20
Burlington, NJ, USA
1699
December 17, 1699
Age 21
1702
1702
Age 24
Springfield, Burlington, New Jersey
1704
1704
Age 26
1706
October 17, 1706
Age 28
Mansfield, NJ, USA
1708
1708
Age 30
1710
1710
Age 32
1719
January 4, 1719
Age 41
Mansfield, Burlington, NJ, USA
1721
1721
Age 43