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Anthony Potter (1628 - 1690)

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Anthony Potter
Born in Coventry, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Ipswich, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Potter-143 created 13 Sep 2010 | Last modified
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Disputed Origins

Previously, this profile for Anthony Potter showed his parents as Robert Potter and Isabel Anthony. According to Anderson’s Great Migration[1], Robert Potter had three children, Deliverance, John and Elizabeth. There is no mention of Anthony Potter being the child of Robert Potter and Isabel Tripp/Anthony, so they have been detached from this profile.


Anthony Potter was born about 1628 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. (citation needed).

He was in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts by 1648.

He died 26 March 1690 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.

John Whipple's 1669 includes a bequest: "I give unto Anthony Potter my son in law some times, forty shillings," implying that Anthony Potter had been married to a daughter (deceased?) of John Whipple. Most say that daughter was Elizabeth, but Anderson in his Great Migration series claims otherwise.

Anthony Potter, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1628 and died in 1690. His farm was one of the best in Ipswich, on the road to Salem, southwest of Ipswich village. His wife was Elizabeth Whipple. His children were John, Edmund, Samuel, Thomas, Anthony, Elizabeth and Lydia.[2]


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, “The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635”, Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011, Vol V, M-P, pages 500-505.
  2. William Richard Cutter, “New England Families”, Third Series, 1915, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, Volume 1, page 209.

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On 6 Mar 2013 at 19:42 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

I think I have it. Perhaps Anthony was married twice-- first to Elizabeth Whipple who died about 1648; then he m2 Elizabeth Stone in 1652. She died in 1712. But why didn't Anderson get this?

On 6 Mar 2013 at 19:35 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

I've found what appears to be the source for Anthony Potter marrying a daughter of John Whipple, although it doesn't indicate which daughter. John Whipple of Ipswich made a will in 1669; among other things it says: "I give unto Anthony Potter my son in law some times, forty shillings." What's odd about this is the "some times". I wonder if it means "former" and that Anthony's wife, and John Whipple's daughter was deceased by 1669.

On 6 Mar 2013 at 13:02 GMT Toby Rockwell wrote:

The source for Whipple is: Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts , Volume 4 page 1816-1817. There is also mention of Potter and Whipple as a couple in: Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Volume 1 page 52. I hope this is helpful. TR

On 5 Mar 2013 at 15:41 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

What is the source that Anthony was son of Robert Potter and Isabel? Great Migration lists only three children of Robert, none of which is Anthony.

On 5 Mar 2013 at 15:39 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Robert Anderson, in The Great Migration, says that Anthony was married to Elizabeth Stone and mentions no other wife. What is the source for the Whipple marriage?

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