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Abel Potter

Also Known As: "Able", "Abel Potter"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Portsmouth Colony, Aquidneck Island
Death: between January 14, 1692 and March 9, 1692 (50-58)
Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of George Potter, of Portsmouth and Frances Niles
Husband of Rachel Potter
Father of George Potter; Abel Potter; Mary Stone; Benjamin Potter; John Potter, III and 3 others

Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Abel Potter

Abel POTTER was born 1638 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, and died between 14 January 1691 (old style) 1692 (new style) (will written) and 9 March 1692 (will proved) in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island. He was the only known child of George Potter and his wife Frances. His wife was Rachel Warner.



Abel-2 Potter (George-1) was born at Portsmouth, Rhode Island about 1640 and died in 1692 at Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island. He was married at the home of James Green, on 16 November 1669 to Rachel Warner (John-1, Timothy-A). Rachel died 8 November 1724; she was the daughter of John-1 and Priscilla (Holliman) Warner.

Abel was raised by William and Elizabeth (_____) Baulston. On 4 February 1646 the following was recorded: "Nicholas Nyle father- in-law (stepfather) of Abel Potter hath placed him with Mr. William Baulstone for the term of eighteen years, with the consent of the said Abel; for the better security of Mr. Baulstone, the town consententh herein and approveth thereof." Abel was not bound or apprenticed; he was placed with his own consent. Indeed, he was conducting land transactions before his scheduled release date of February 1664.

On 23 June 1662, Abel with John and James Sweet, William Burton, and others purchased 4,000 of Patuxet lands. Most of this plot lies within Warwick, where the family remained until 1744. The Sweets were stepsons of Ezekiel-1 Holliman, who was the maternal grandfather of Abel's future wife, Rachel Warner.

On 5 September 1664, Abel and Nathaniel-2 Potter (Nathaniel-1) confirmed a deed of eight acres, that was once in their (respective) fathers' possession, said deed having been made by Samuel Wilbur to John Tripp, shaft carpenter 7 May 1663. John Tripp was a brother to Isabel (Tripp) Potter, wife of Robert-1. On 3 May 1667, Abel purchased a right in (then Mashantatuck, now) Warwick, Rhode Island of John Read at Dartmouth, Massachusetts for L-36. At Providence, on 10 October 1671, Abel and Rachel "of Mashantatuck" sold sixty acres and commoning near Pawtucket Falls that once belonged to Rachel's grandfather, Ezekiel-1 Holliman, to Joseph Jenckes.

Abel Potter was made a freeman on 1 May 1677. He sold to Roger Burlingame half of a meadow for L-2 on 6 October 1682 and was taxed 4s on 1 September 1687. Abel's will was made 14 January 1692 and proved 9 March 1692. Rachel was named as executrix; a transcription of the will reads as follows:

To eldest son, George, sixty acres where he has made

    preparation for building, also a meadow adjoining, a
    heifer, iron pot already promised, and use of oxen and
    cart to do his work at such times as they may be
    conveniently spared, for three years, with liberty in
    orchard for his family's use, and to have three barrels
    of cider for seven years, he paying to daughter Mary, at
    eighteen years of age, L-5.  To wife Rachel, all the rest
    of my lands, housing, orchard, etc., she dividing it
    amongst my children, according to her discretion,
    provided always that all my children have part thereof,
    excepting George and Stephen.  To youngest son, Stephen,
    at death of wife, all the homestead, house, orchard, etc.
    being fifty acres of land, he paying to sister Mary, L-5,
    within two years after possession.  Sons Abel and
    Benjamin to pay their sister, Mary, L-5, within two years
    after they come of age.

Rachel (Warner) Potter "of Providence" made her will on 6 November 1724. It was proved on 23 November of that same year. Her youngest sons, Ichabod and Job, were named executors. The following is a transcription:

    To eldest son, John, 5s., and like amount to sons Abel,
    Benjamin, and Stephen.  To daughter Mary Stone, a bed,
    warming-pan, and iron pot.  To sons Ichabod and Job, all
    right and interest in lands at Mashantatuck.  To son
    Ichabod, a chest and iron trammel.  To son Job, iron
    trammel and fire tongs.  Inventory L-14 19s.

In Abel's will of 1692, Stephen is named as the youngest son. In Rachel's will of 1724, Ichabod and Job are named as the two youngest sons. Job was born in 1692; your compiler believes that Ichabod and Job were a set of twins born after Abel's death.

Children, first six born at Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, order uncertain:

  • i. George-3, d. 3 May 1712, m. Rachel (_____).
  • ii. John, b. 1680, d. probably in 1770; m. (1) 19 Feb 1702 Joan Dearborn; m. (2) Phebe Green.
  • iii. Abel, d. 10 Jan 1727; m. (1) 1 Jan 1713 Rebecca Paine; m. (2) 20 April 1719 Martha (_____) Paine, m. (1) John Paine.
  • iv. Benjamin, m. Sarah Lockwood, dau. of Benjamin Lockwood.
  • v. Mary, m. Hugh Stone.
  • vi. Stephen
  • vii. Ichabod, probably b. 1692 and Job's twin.
  • 4. viii. Job, b. 1692; m. (1) Susannah Arnold; m. (2) Meribah Carder.

2/4/1646 his step father bound him out to work for a term of 18 yr, the town giving consent. 21 yrs. later he bought a right in Mashantatack for 36 pounds sterling. 4 yrs later he sold 60 acres that had formerly belonged to his wife's gr. father. His will was proved in 1692. He gave his eldest son 60 acres of land, youngest son 50 acres, rest to be divided equally among the rest of the children. ( Not a bad showing for a BOUND boy)

Abel Potter

Born Abt 1638 Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Died 1692 Age 54 years

Father Nathaniel Potter, Sr., b. 1615, London, Greater London, Middlesex, England , d. 1644, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Age: 29 years

Mother Dorothy, b. 1617, Bocking, Braintree, Essex, England , d. 19 Feb 1696, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Age: 79 years



[S437] Rhode Island: Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island (John Osborne Austin), Austin, John Osborne, 1849-1918. (Main) Moriarty, George Andrews, 1883- (Added), ((Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1969); LC CALL NO.: F78.A9351969; FORMAT: Book ; LCCN: 68-56072), 929.2/09745., p. 354 (Reliability: 3).

[S557] Potter: Descendants of George Potter of Portsmouth, RI (Kenneth G. Potter), Potter, Kenneth G., ((Boston : A. Mudge & Son, 1888., reprinted 1992); CS71.P868 1888).

[S483] Leigh: Genealogical Research of Bill Leigh (e-mail), Leigh, Bill, (e-mail documentation, 1996, (Bill Leigh)).

[S439] Streeter: Genealogical Research of Perry Streeter (e-mail), Streeter, Perry, (Roots-L Submission, 1996, (Perry Streeter)).

[S46] New England Marriages: Prior to 1700 (Clarence Almon Torrey), Torrey, Clarence Almon, ((Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997), NEHGS #B2-84750), 929/.374 ED: 20., p. 596 (Reliability: 3).

[S1402] Genealogical Research of Kirk Larson.

[S1410] Ancestral Fileâ„¢, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((

[S46] New England Marriages: Prior to 1700 (Clarence Almon Torrey), Torrey, Clarence Almon, ((Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997), NEHGS #B2-84750), 929/.374 ED: 20., p. 7, 597 (Reliability: 3).

[S9] Savage (Colonial Records 1620-1720), Savage, James, ((Boston:MA, Little, Brown & Co.,, 1982 ); (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969); (FHL# 974/D2s)), GS 929.294, S264; 974/U2e., 3:466 (Reliability: 3).

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Abel Potter's Timeline

Portsmouth Colony, Aquidneck Island
Age 33
Warwick, Kent, RI
Age 37
Warwick, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Age 38
Warwick, Kent, RI
Age 39
Warwick, Kent, RI
Age 42
Warwick, Kent County, RI, USA
Age 43
Mashantatack, Providence, RI
January 14, 1692
Age 54
Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island
September 23, 1692
Age 54
Mashantatuck, Providence, Rhode Island