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Robert Potter

Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of George Potter and Martha Potter
Husband of Martha Potter; Isabel Potter (Anthony) and Sarah Sanford
Father of Elizabeth Harcourt; sir Thomas Potter; Deliverance Greene; Isabel Burton; John Potter and 2 others
Brother of Alice Paine; Thomas Potter; Rebecca Gibbens; Nicholas Potter; Elizabeth Lawton and 8 others

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Died in 1643 - Invasion of Mass. Bay Colony

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

Birth: Jun. 15, 1606 Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire, England Death: 1655 Lynn Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Family links:

 Robert Potter (1577 - 1627)
 Elizabeth Marshall Potter (1572 - 1628)

 Isabella Potter (1607 - 1643)*

 Anthony Potter (1627 - 1690)*
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Burial: Unknown

Created by: Robert DeVowe Record added: Jan 27, 2014 Find A Grave Memorial# 124227492

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 "the Disconnectrix" Howton for your research

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Robert Potter's Timeline

January 17, 1608
Coventry, Warwickshire, England
January 17, 1608
Clerkenwell, St. James, Middlesex, England
Age 18
Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
February 16, 1630
Age 22
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 22
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
May 3, 1637
Age 29
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Age 28
Newport, Rhode Island
May 28, 1639
Age 31
Warwick, Providence Plantation County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Age 30
Portsmouth Colony, Aquidneck Island