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George Potter Jr. (1618 - 1640)

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George Potter Jr.
Born in London, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] in , Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
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Died in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
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George Potter was christened Dec 9, 1618 at St. Bride, Fleet Street, London, England.[1] He was the son of George Potter and Martha. George Jr. immigrated from London, England to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and arrived before Sep 1638. He was admitted as an inhabitant of Aquidneck Island in 1638.

Portsmouth Compact
The Portsmouth Compact was signed on Mar 7, 1639. Anne Hutchinson and some of her followers signed the document proclaiming their intention to create a "bodie politick" based on their own principles. Their search for land led them to Roger Williams, who in turn urged them to buy Aquidneck Island from the Narragansett Indians. Now a priceless document held in the Rhode Island state archives, the Portsmouth Compact not only established the Aquidneck Island town, but also set a precedent. It was the first document to establish political and religious independence from England.

A second Compact of Loyalty was written and signed Apr 30, 1639, and included the following names:

William Hutchinson Samuell Gorton Samuel Hutchinson John Wickes Richard Maggson Thomas Spiser John Roome (his mark) John Sloffe (his mark) Thomas Beddar (his mark) Erasmus Bullock Sampson Shotten Ralph Earle Robert Potter Nathanyell Potter Wm Heausens George Cleare George Lawton Anthony Payne (his mark) Jobe Haukins Richard Awards John More Nicholas Browne William Richardson John Trippe Thomas Layton Robert Stainton (his mark) John Briggs (his mark) James Davice

Robert Potter and Nathanyell Potter were George's brothers. They had all been previously driven out of Massachusetts with Ann Hutchinson, Samuell Gorton, the Warners and others, banished for challenging the authority of the leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

George Jr.'s wife, date and location of marriage are unknown. They had a son, Abel, sometime in 1640. George died at Portsmouth In September of the same year. On September 7th eight men were appointed to look into the cause of his death, with no further mention of this inquiry. George's widow remarried Nicholas Nyle. When Frances died in 1645, Abel's stepfather placed him with William Baulstone for 18 years—he was not bound or apprenticed. William and his wife, Elizabeth, were Abel's aunt and uncle.[2]


  1. London Metropolitan Archives, St Bride Fleet Street, Transcript of register of baptisms, 1587 - 1626, P69/BRI/A/016/MS06545, Item 001
    Source Information London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
    Original data: Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives.
  2. Entered by Sara V Mosher, Aug 26, 2017

This person was created through the import of grant2.ged on 07 February 2011. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.


Date: 9 Dec 1618
Place: London, Stbride, Fleet St, Middlesex


Date: Sep 1640

Ancestral File Number

Ancestral File Number: GN3C-P9

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User ID: A31C184EF203084BBA00FEFBBBD6D48106C8

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Date: 20 Jul 1999
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User ID: DADE8798F832E542B485EF310925102AE975
Husband: George Potter
Wife: Name Unkown
Date: ABT 1639
Place: , Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

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On 22 Oct 2016 at 01:50 GMT Perry Streeter wrote:

There were numerous immigrants to colonial Rhode Island named Potter and there may (or may not) have been ties of kinship between some of them. Once upon a time, several Potter immigrants were erroneously identified as children of George and Martha ([-?-]) Potter of London in the research of Vernon and Nola (Steed) Valantine of La Crescenta, California, as submitted to the Ancestral File of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1999, another researcher, Paul Gifford, reviewed the relevant parish registers and discovered that most of the birth records thought to pertain to the immigrant Potter siblings actually had corresponding death records! The origins of the Potter immigrants and their kinship, if any, remain unknown.

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