John's last name Pott was pronounced Po-tt. Based on the spelling as pronounced and written by third party entries. John Pott was a physician and Colonial Governor of Virginia at the Jamestown settlement in the Virginia Colony in the early 17th century. He is said to have taken his degree of M.A.at Oxford University in 1605. In the minutes of the Virginia Company of July 16. 1621, is the following entry: ( no change in spelling) " For so much as the Phisicons place to thee company was now become voyde by reason of the untimely death of Dr. Bohune, slain in the fight with two Spanish Shipps of War the 19th of March last. Dr. Gulstone did now take occasion to recommend unto the company for the said place one Mr. Potts, a Master of Arts, well practised in Chirurgerie and Physique, and expert also in distillinge of waters." Dr. Pott and his wife Elizabeth sailed from London aboard the George in March 1619 and arrived in Jamestown, Va. in May 1619. They brough several servants, one on the same ship and others followed. Dr. Pott was in and out of trouble several times in Va.. In 1623 he was accused of preparing the poison that killed 2oo native Americans in retaliation for the Indian Massacre of 1622 that killed a third of the Colonists and he was later cleared. He was chosen acting Governor and held the position from 1629 to 1630 when he was convicted of stealing cattle and later found the trail was full of issues and falsehoods and lies. He was then pardoned by the king and his estate returned and resumed his medical practice in the colony. On July 12, 1632 John obtained a patent for 1200 acres and later more land. A settlement grew there called the Middle Plantation to later become Williamsburg in 1699. he was the first man to build in the Neighborhood of Williamsburg. on June 6, 1632 he obtained a patent for land at the head of Archer's Hope Creek, which he called Harrop, north of Tuttey's Neck. This land fell afterwards to Col. Humphrey Higginson, who married perhaps Pott's widow, the land was described as purchased from Captain Francis Potte, "brother and heir of Dr. John Potte" Francis had followed John and Elizabeth to Virginia.. it is believed that John's father was Henry of Harrop. John and Elizabeth had a son, John JR. Siblings: (1) Francis that was in the British Army , came to America and after he left the army he had land in Northampton Co. Va. and raised a family. (2) Hattill, (3) Henry, (4) Bridget come to Va.. Married (first) Doctor John Severn, (second) - Capt. Steven Charleton. (5) Thomas and wife Anna come Virginia and later to Maryland.
Lancaster County Va. Record Book No.2, 1637-1640 (spellings as written) Page 192. "Regarding difference, referred to the Governor, betw Mr. John Potte and Capt. Samuell Pensaz, about 3 servants shipped on board the Nich & Marg where one is dead & two run away at Jamaica Capt Pensax to deliver upon the arrival of the next ship from London, to John Patte, 2 sufficient men servants here in Virginia. Virginia Pioneers: John Poteet (Poteete), Chiru region, 100 acs. Chas. Riv, Co. 22 Feb. 1638, P619. (Printer from Family Archive Viewer, CD503 Virginia Colonial Records, 1600s-1700s, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume 1, Lancaster Countty Record book No.2 Generealogy.com, July 31, 2001) Next is the same location as above except Patent Book No. 1-Part II page 113 "John Poteete, 50 as. Chas. Riv. Co., Aug 13,, 1639, Page 665. N. upon Allens creek etc., adj. land of John Chew. Due by purchase from Nicholas Dale , and due sd. Dale for the adv. of Ann, his wife & Nicholas Ryman.
Cavaliers and Pioneers(Virginia page 106): (this is a portion of the statement about Hugh Allen on Page 633 on 18 Oct. 1638 made by the Charles River Co.) " same 100 acs. Same Co. date & Page, Adj. the above tract & on the W. adj. land of John Poteete,"______.(Printed from Family Archive Viewer, CD503 Virginia Colonial Records, 1600s-1700s, Patent Book1, Part II Genealogy .com. July 31, 2001)
Early Virginia Immigrants page 263 & 287( Printed from Family Archive viewer , cd503 Virginia Clonial Records, 1600s-1700s, Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666 Surnames O-P, Genealogy .com July 31, 2001.) Poteete Ann, 1639, by John Poteete, Charles River Co.( Ann married Nicholas Dale) Potteete, Georg, 1638, by Thomas Stagg, Charles City Co. Ryman, Nicholas, 1639, by John Poteete, Charles River Co.
Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-66 from Ancestry.com 1997, Original data: Greer, George Cabel. Early Virginia Immigrants 1623-1666. Richmond, Va: W.C.Hill Printing Co., 1912. Hayly, Georg, 1638, by John Poteet, Charles River Co. Reynolds, Edw., 1638, By John Poteet, Charles River Co. Reynolds, Eliz., 1638 by John Poteet, Charles River Co.
Potts family history(http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Potts/PottssII.htm) https://en.wwikisource.org/wiki/AmericanMedical Biographies/Pott, John American Medical Biographies Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company.
Several Early Physicians; Wm. and Mary Qrtly, Vol. 14. 2,1905 Transcribed by Kathy Merrill for USGenWeb Archives Special Collections Project. http://www.usgenwarcchives.net
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