William Potter, The Immigrant

Male 1607 - 1662  (55 years)


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  • Name William Potter 
    Suffix The Immigrant 
    Born 9 Jan 1607  Moreton Hampstead, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 0___ 1635  [3
    Religion Quaker  [3
    Died 6 Jun 1662  New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • "...he was hanged for 'ye sin of bestiality with sundrie creatures."
    Person ID I33767  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2017 

    Father John Potter,   b. 0___ 1579, Speldhurst, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1623, (Speldhurst, Kent) England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Mother Hannah Mead,   b. 0___ 1584, Speldhurst, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1658, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married ~ 1595  (Speldhurst) Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Married 0___ 1607  (Speldhurst, Kent) England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F12387  Group Sheet

    Family Frances Childe,   b. 0___ 1609, Lydd, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1661, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1630  Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Married 10 Aug 1636  New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Children 
     1. Joseph Potter,   b. 0Nov 1635, (Moreton Hampstead, Devonshire, England) Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Thomas Potter,   b. 0___ 1637, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1704, Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     3. Hannah Potter,   b. (New Haven, Connecticut) Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah Potter,   b. 0___ 1639, New Haven, Connecticut, British Colony of America Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Mary Potter,   b. ~ 1640, New Haven, Connecticut, British Colony of America Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Hope Potter,   b. 3 Oct 1641, New Haven, Connecticut, British Colony of America Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Rebecca Potter,   b. 0Jan 1642, New Haven, Connecticut, British Colony of America Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Nathaniel Potter,   b. 0___ 1644, New Haven, Connecticut, British Colony of America Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F12386  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Jan 1607 - Moreton Hampstead, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Apr 1630 - Fairfield, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Aug 1636 - New Haven, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Jun 1662 - New Haven, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The following was found at the website of "America's First Families" and was submitted by Joyce Lee Wiggins Kaufman of Dallas, Texas, 13th grt-granddaughter of William Potter.

      WILLIAM POTTER
      NEW HAVEN COLONY, CONNECTICUT
      (1608/09-1662)

      William POTTER arrived at Boston aboard the "Abigail" from London in July of 1635. Traveling with William were his wife, Frances CHILDS?, and his 20 week old son Joseph.

      William's Mother (Hannah POTTER BEECHER), step-father (John BEECHER), and brother (John POTTER) followed William to America two years later. They were part of the company that arrived aboard the "Hector" that included the very prominent Puritans Rev. John DAVENPORT and Theophilus EATON.

      The party had intended to settle within the Massachusetts Colony, but upon their arrival, decided to found a new colony elsewhere because of what they perceived to be a tainted religious climate in Boston. The families madearrangements for temporary housing in Boston while a site was being
      selected.The BEECHERS and John POTTER probably moved in with William and his family during this period.

      Shortly before the arrival of the "Hector", an army from the Massachusetts Colony had raided and slaughtered the Pequot Indians at their village of Quinnipiac on Long Island. The returning soldiers told stories of an abundant land and a favorable harbor. Hearing the glowing reports, Rev. DAVENPORT dispatched Rev. EATON with a party to explore the area.

      The party included John BEECHER, William's step-father. They arrived in the Quinnipiac area in early autumn and found it quite suitable for the establishment of acolony. Fearing the approach of winter, however, EATON thought it prudent todelay attempting the establishment until the following spring. He decided to leave seven men to winter at Quinnipiac, further explore the area, and to prepare for the arrival of the main colony.

      John BEECHER was one of the seven men left behind. He died sometime during that winter and was buried in an unmarked grave. The colony that became established the following spring was New Haven Colony. John BEECHER'S remains were discovered some years later while digging a cellar.

      William POTTER, his family, Hannah (his mother), John POTTER, and Isaac BEECHER (John BEECHER'S son) all removed from Boston to New Haven. They may have went with the original settlers in that spring of 1638 but that cannot be established.

      They were definitely there by 1639, however, because both William and John POTTER signed the New Haven Agreement in a general town meeting that year.

      Early New Haven records indicate that William's life was a 'good news - bad news' scenario. On the one hand his seating assignments in the church indicate that he progressed in the standing. On the other hand he was frequently fined for offenses ranging from absence at military training,
      improper care of arms, to failure to submit a timely inventory for taxation.

      In 1659 Hannah POTTER BEECHER died and appointed William executor of her will. She left 2/3 of her estate to William and 1/3 to Isaac BEECHER. She requested that William 'be as a father to his younger brother and his children.'

      William died between May, 1662, and March following , in New Haven. His estate was valued at over 190 English pounds, as shown by the inventory taken August 2, 1662. The family home was on the west side of Quinipiac River near the present Cedar Hill station.

      The descendants of this early American include the names of many who have distinguished themselves as scholars, as ministers and in other professions. We omit any reference to incidents in connection with the close of his life for the reason that he appears to have been the victim
      of a mental disorder rather than an enemy of society.

      The Children of William POTTER and Frances CHILDS? were.

      1. JOSEPH, b. Nov. 1635, m. Phebe IVES
      2. THOMAS, b. ca. 1637
      3. HANNAH,?

      Change Date: 8 Feb 2011 at 11:43:02

      Father: John POTTER b: 1579 in England
      Mother: Hannah "the widow" Hawes POTTER-BEECHER b: 1584 in Spaldhurst, Ken, England

      Marriage 1 Frances CHILDRESS\CHILD b: 1609 in England
      Married: 14 Apr 1630 in Fairfield, CT

      Children

      Has No Children Joseph POTTER b: Nov 1635 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
      Has No Children Thomas POTTER b: ABT 1637 in New Haven CT
      Has Children Sarah POTTER b: 1639 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
      Has No Children Mary POTTER b: ABT 1640 in New Haven, CT
      Has Children Hope POTTER b: 3 Oct 1641 in New Haven, New Haven Co, CT c: 3 Nov 1641 in New Haven, New Haven, CN
      Has No Children Rebecca POTTER b: Jan 1642/1643 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
      Has No Children Nathaniel POTTER b: 22 Dec 1644 in New Haven, New Haven, CN

      end of biography [2]
    • William Potter, along with his brother, was one of the first settlers of New Haven. They signed the New Haven Agreement in 1639.

      William was an up and down person. He was a church member in good standing, but was often fined for minor offences.

      Eventually, he was hanged for 'ye sin of bestiality with sundrie creatures."

      * [6]
    • William Potter came to Massachusetts as an adult with his mother Hannah, his wife Frances , and his son Joseph aboard the "Abigail" in1635.

      end comment [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S10317] "William Potter (b. January 09, 1607/08, d. June 06, 1662)" biography, revisited, abstracted, downloaded and published M.

    2. [S11281] "William POTTER", Biography, contact Jason Haydon, jdhaydon@yahoo.com, last updated, July 8th, 2008, http://wc.rootsweb.

    3. [S10320] "Hannah Mead" profile, abstracted, downloaded and published Monday, January 30th, 2017 by David A. Hennessee, info@class.

    4. [S10319] "John Potter (b. 1579, d. October 02, 1623)" profile, revisited, abstracted, downloaded and published Monday, January 30.

    5. [S11278] "William Potter", Profile, http://longislandsurnames.com/getperson.php?personID=I06719&tree=Woolley, retrieved, recorded.

    6. [S11313] "William Potter (b. January 09, 1607/08, d. June 06, 1662)" biography, revisited, abstracted, downloaded and published M.