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Anthony Potter

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Covington, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 26, 1696 (69)
Ipswich, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Potter and Isabel Potter (Anthony)
Husband of Isabel Potter; Elizabeth Potter and Elizabeth Potter
Father of John Potter; Samuel Potter; Elizabeth Kimball; Edmund Potter; Lydia Putnam and 2 others
Brother of Elizabeth Harcourt; sir Thomas Potter; Deliverance Greene; Isabel Burton; John Potter and 1 other

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About Anthony Potter

Born: 1628 Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA [ according to other references he was born UK and came to Ipswich in 1648

Died: 26 Mar 1690 Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Spouse 2: Elizabeth Stone

Marriage: 1652 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Children Sex Birth

Kimball Potter M

John Potter M 1652 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Edmund Potter M 1654 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Samuel Potter M 1657 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Lydia Potter F 1661 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Elizabeth Potter F 1661 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Thomas Potter M 1664 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA


  • Anthony Potter
  • Birth: 1627 Warwickshire, England
  • Death: Mar. 26, 1690 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Anthony Potter and Elizabeth Whipple were married about 1647 in Ipswich, Mass.
  • Anthony Potter and Elizabeth Stone were married about 1652 in Massachusetts.
  • Their children born in Ipswich:
    • Edmund Potter born about 1654.
    • Samuel Potter born May 28, 1657.
    • John Potter born December 11, 1658.
    • Elizabeth Potter born about 1661.
    • Lydia Potter born about 1661.
    • Thomas Potter born about 1664.
    • Anthony Potter born about 1667.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Robert Potter (1606 - 1655)
  • Isabella Potter (1607 - 1643)
  • Spouses:
  • Elizabeth Stone Potter (1629 - 1712)
  • Elizabeth Whipple Potter (1627 - 1648)*
  • Children:
    • Samuel Potter (1657 - 1714)*
  • Note: Presumed burial place Unmarked Grave
  • Burial: Old Burying Ground, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 124226787
  • From:


  • POTTER, Anthony
  • b. 1627
  • d. 26 MAR 1690 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1651
  • Spouse: STONE, Elizabeth
  • b. 6 MAR 1627/8 Nayland, Suffolk, England
  • d. 10 MAR 1711/2 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: STONE, Gregory
  • Mother: COOPER, Lydia
  • Children:
    • POTTER, Edmond
    • POTTER, Samuel
    • POTTER, Elizabeth
    • POTTER, Anthony
  • From:


  • Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • Pg.1816
  • Anthony Potter, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1828. ....
  • Pg. 1817
  • .... He married Elizabeth Whipple, born 1629, died 1712, daughter of Deacon John and Sarah Whipple. the gravestone of his widow in inscribed: "Here lys burried Mrs. Elizabeth Potter, who died March ye 10, 1712, aged 83 years.
    • "A tender Mother,
    • A prudent wife
    • At God's command
    • Resigned her life."
  • Children: 1. John, born at Ipswich, 1652; died September 9, 1718; married Sarah Kimball. 2. Edmund, mentioned below. 3. Samuel .... etc.
  • (II) Edmund Potter, son of Anthony Potter (1), was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1654. He was a soldier in King Philip's war at Narragansett. He was a commoner of Ipswich in 1707. He married first, Abigail Wells, born 1662, daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia Wells. He married second, 1701, Joanna (Tuttle) Pickard, daughter of Simeon and Sarah Tuttle. .... Children of Edmund and Abigail Potter: 1. Elizabeth, born at Ipswich, April 14, 1681; died young. 2. Edmund, born June 14, 1683; died March 29, 1735; married January 14, 1703. Mercy Quarles and second Elizabeth Walker, widow of Richard. 3. Nathaniel, born about 1686; mentioned below. 4. Elizabeth, born November 17, 1694; died 1716; married, Nathaniel Dane.
  • (III) Nathaniel Potter, .... etc.



  • History and genealogy of "Elder" John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts : his English ancestors and American descendants by Whipple, Blaine
  • Pg.53
  • .... etc.
  • John1 Whipple (MatthewA) baptized 29 August 1596 in Bocking, Essex County, England; died 30 June 1669 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married (1) Susanna (probably Stacey) abt 1620 at Bocking; died after 13 July 1661 in Ipswich, Massachusetts (2) the widow Janet (Jennet) Dickinson after 1662 at Ipswich. A clothier, John appears to have emmigrated in 1638. He farmed and engaged in several business ventures, was an eight term delegate to the general court, Ipswich clerk of writs for several terms, deacon and ruling elder of the Ipswich church.
  • Children of John and Susannah Whipple, all but Sarah born in Bocking:
    • i. .... etc.
    • iv. Elizabeth, born 1 November 1627; died 15 December 1648 without issue; married Anthony Potter in Ipswich.
    • v. .... etc.


  • A partial list of the descendents of Matthew Whipple, the elder, of Bocking, Essex County, England Vol.II by Whipple, Henry Burdette
  • 2. JOHN WHIPPLE (Matthew-1), known as "Elder John Whipple," baptized August 29, 1596, in Bocking, England; died June 30, 1669, in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
  • Married first, 1620 SUSANNA (STACY or CLARK) who was living July 13, 1661. Married second, after 1662, JANET ( ___ ) DICKINSON, who died in Ipswich January 30, 1686/87, widow of Thomas Dickinson of Rowley. See Volume I for a full account of Elder John and his brother, Deacon Matthew.
  • Children born in Bocking, England, and Ipswich, Mass.:
    • 3. .... etc.
    • Elizabeth, born November 1, 1627; married Anthony Potter about 1647; died December 15, 1648, without issue. Potter married in 1652, Elizabeth Stone, daughter of Deacon Gregory Stone, by whom he had seven children.
    • .... etc.



  • Memoranda relating to the Lane, Reyner and Whipple families, Yorkshire and Massachusetts by Whitmore, W. H. (William Henry),
  • Pg.21
  • Mathew Whipple d. Sept. 28, 1647. = Rose. ch: John (m. Mary Reyner) Whipple
    • John, d. Nov. 22, 1695. = Mary (dau. of Mary & Humphrey Reyner) Whipple, had issue
  • John, d. June 30, 1669. = Sarah, d. June 14, 1658. ; ch: Capt. John (m. Elizabeth Woodman), Susanna (m. Lionel Worth), Mary (m. __ Stone), Sarah (m. Joseph Goodhue), dau. (m. Anthony Potter) Whipple
    • Capt. John d. Aug. 10, 1683. = Elizabeth Woodman; m. May 5, 1659. ; ch: Susanna (m. John Lane), Mathew, John, Joseph Whipple
      • Susanna; m. March 20, 1680. = John (son of Anna Reyner & Job Lane)


Wives of Anthony Potter (1627-1689)

Anthony Potter, born about 1627 in England, possible son of Robert, came to the Massachusetts Colony as one of the first settlers. I trace my line back to Anthony (as dubbed Branch 1 in Potter Profiles). Anthony married twice, both times to an Elizabeth, and these two women have been scrambled more than once.

Anthony did marry first to Elizabeth Whipple, daughter of John and Sarah Whipple. She died young (perhaps in childbirth??) and Anthony married second to Elizabeth Stone, daughter of Gregory and Lydia (Cooper) Stone of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Quoting from a letter to me from Barbee Hodgkins, 1986, as published in Vol. 7 of Potter Profiles, Barbee wrote: "About the wives of Anthony Potter. I fell into the same trap others have not been able to avoid in thinking that the mother of Anthony's children was Elizabeth Whipple. She died without producing any children. In re-reading the will of John Whipple carefully, that document offers the clue in one word. John Whipple describes Anthony Potter as "my sometime son-in-law." In the Deacon Stone Genealogy, both wives are mentioned, clearly stating that Elizabeth Whipple died in 1648 but left no children and that the mother of all Anthony's children was Elizabeth Stone."

I'm positive that a careful combing through the pages of Potter Profiles would find many submissions giving this same documenting information. Let's not any of us perpetuate this error!



Jeremiah Potter's book from 1881 references Anthony Potter as his first child on Page 6 with no other reference in the book.

In the introduction to the Potter Genealogies, the author states that,

"It has also been stated by some historians that Anthony Potter, of Ipswich, was a son of the Robert Potter, of Lynn, who subsequently settled in Portsmouth, RI. There does not seem to be any records to make this certain. The name Anthony was a family name, and suggests that his mother may have been an Anthony, as the families of Anthony and Potter were connected."


  • Genealogies of the Potter families and their descendents in America to the present generation with historical and biographical sketches. POTTER, Charles Edward (ed) Published by Privately published, Boston, 1888


Suggested by William Irwin (#48154225) Thank you Erica Howton for your research

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Anthony Potter's Timeline

Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Age 25
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 27
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 30
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 32
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 34
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 37
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 40
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony