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Mary Potts (Nixon)

Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: 1776 (47-48)
Loudoun County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jeoffrey Nixon and Anne Nixon
Wife of Rev. John Potts
Mother of William Nixon Potts, Sr.; John Potts and Nathaniel Potts
Sister of Margaret Nixon; Joseph Nixon; Dinah Brougham and Timothy Nixon

Managed by: Billie June Keaffaber
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About Mary Potts

This Story was found on ancestry it mentions Mary Nixon and Parents.

Mary was born in 1741. She passed away in 1776. John Potts probably had some association with the Methodist movement in England, and that is likely why he came to America either in 1785 (Beatty Potts record) or 1791. By 1795, John was serving the Methodist movement by accepting money for the "Preacher's Fund", and in 1796 he began serving churches under the appointment of the Church. He served congregations in Maryland, including the Federal District, now D.C., and churches in Virginia. He retired from preaching under the appointment of the Methodist Church in 1809 in Petersburg, Virginia. He was mentioned by Bishop Francis Asbury in his journals, and Asbury gave John high marks as a preacher. John was still in Petersburg in 1810 (Census) but apparently moved from there. His death was noted in some Methodist publications in 1833 but no location was given. He did not die in Kentucky so far as I know, but more likely was living either with his son Nathaniel Potts in what is now Clarksburg, West Virginia, or with another son whose name may have been John, who moved to Ohio soon after arriving in America. My best bet would be that he was with Nathaniel and his family in Clarksburg as that family has maintained excellent records, including the names of John's father and grandfather. How John Potts got the money to emigrate to America is unknown. Although he was literate, at the time of his marriage in 1771, John was a "husbandman" taking care of livestock on another man's land. His father William lived on until 1806, in England, but Mary Nixon Potts' father Jeffrey Nixon had died in 1780 and as was the custom of the day must have given Mary her marriage portion or dowry upon her marriage. Jeffrey Nixon gave money in his will to his unmarried daughters, keeping with the custom, but failed to mention Mary Nixon Potts, who was clearly his daughter as is noted in Walton Parish christening records in 1741.

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Mary Potts's Timeline

England, United Kingdom
December 25, 1773
Cumberland, England, United Kingdom
Age 48
Loudoun County, Virginia, United States
May 1777
Cumbria, England, United Kingdom