Person:George Potter (1)

George Potter
b.Abt 1584 England
m. 4 Nov 1591
  1. George PotterAbt 1584 - 1640
  2. Robert Potter - 1653
  3. Nicholas Potter1604 - 1677
  • HGeorge PotterAbt 1584 - 1640
  • WMartha _____ - Aft 1645/46
  1. Elizabeth PotterAbt 1609 - 1683
  2. Marye PotterAbt 1610 -
  3. John PotterAbt 1613 - Bef 1620
  4. Rebeckah PotterAbt 1615 -
  5. William PotterAbt 1615 -
  6. Susanna Potter1619 - 1675
  7. John PotterAbt 1620 - 1647
Facts and Events
Name George Potter
Gender Male
Birth? Abt 1584 England
Marriage to Martha _____
Death? Sep 1640 Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Burial? Sep 1640 Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Alt Death? 4 Feb 1644/45
Questionable information identified by WeRelate automation
To check:Born before parents' marriage
To check:Born before mother was 12

Sources of information for this family include John O. Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island and the Potter Family Genealogies, Part 2: George Potter of Portsmouth, R.I., and His Descendants. From these sources, it was obvious that there were numerous immigrants to colonial Rhode Island named Potter and that there were probably close ties of kinship between some of these individuals. This theory appeared to be confirmed by some correspondence with Vernon and Nola (Steed) Valantine of La Crescenta, California. Their research and analysis, which appears in the Ancestral File of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, seemed to solve the puzzle of the Potter immigrants of Rhode Island, linking them as children of George and Martha (-----) Potter of London.

However, in 1999, another researcher, Paul Gifford, informed me that he had reviewed the parish registers and discovered that most of the birth records thought to pertain to the immigrant siblings had corresponding death records! The English origins of George-1 Potter and his kinship, if any, to the other Potter immigrants of Rhode Island remain unknown.