Joseph Potter

M, #118, b. 23 August 1741, d. circa 1799
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Father*Joseph Potter1 b. 3 Feb 1713, d. 1 Apr 1791
Mother*Mary Baker b. 28 Mar 1717, d. 1788
Source*Source(s): Farnsworth Memorial, Moses Franklin Farnsworth, 1897, second edition 1974 by Glen Nye, p. 212. 
BackgroundJoseph Potter and Joseph Potter have the following backgound information available: The Joseph Potter who took refuge here from the dangers and evils of the revolutionary war, appears to have lived only four years after the peace of 1783. His son Joseph must have been in the valley as early as 1772, for he in that year married Mary Farnsworth, who although born in Massachusetts, had then been twelve years in the county. Bemjamin was in the county in 1774. It seems probable that their father came here about 1770. (Nicholas and Robert Potter, supposed to be sons of Robert Potter, came to Lynn, Mass., about 1634. Robert being persecuted as a Quaker, moved to Rhode Island, where he founded the town of Warwick. He was probably the ancestor of Bishop Potter, of New York. Nicholas had a son Robert born before 1630. He married, Jan. 25th, 1660 Ruth, sixth child of Robert and Phebe Driver, of Lynn. He had a son Robert born March 18, 1661, who married, 1682, Martha Hale and had son Ephreim. Ephraim was the father of Joseph Potter above mention who was born in Marlboro, Middlesex County, Mass., Feb. 3, 1713, married 1735, and died April 1, 1791. This I take from the Chute Genealogies." - Ed.).2 
Birth*23 August 1741 Joseph Potter was born 23 August 1741 at Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.2,1 
Military*8 July 1758He was in the military: 8 July 1758 was at the battle of Ticonderoga. 
Marriage*23 March 1761He married Zebudah Hayden, daughter of Ebenezer Hayden and Thankful Parmenter, on 23 March 1761 at Massachusetts.2,3 
Marriage*1772Joseph Potter married Mary Farnsworth, daughter of Amos Farnsworth and Lydia Longley, in 1772 at probably, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada.2,3 
Military*Joseph Potter and Mary Farnsworth were in the military: Loyalists. 
(InWillOf) Will19 September 1788Joseph Potter was mentioned in the will of Joseph Potter on 19 September 1788 at Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, as eldest son; In the Name of God Amen. This Nineteenth Day of September Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Eight and in the Thirteenth year of Independence, I Joseph Potter of Marlborough in the County of Middlesex and State of the Massachusetts Bay, yeoman, Being Indisposed in Body but of a Sound mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and Ordain this my last will and Testament.
     Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God, and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Decent Christian manner at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named, and as touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give and bequeath of the same in the following manner and form -----------
     I Will that all my just Debts and Funeral Charges be Paid and Discharged by my Executor hereafter named ---------
     I give to my Eldest Son Joseph Potter 5 shillings this with what I have given him other ways I look upon to be his fool (full) share out of my Estate.
     I give to my Second Son Robert Potter the one half of my wareing (wearing) apparel and likewise one fifth part of my household furniture. I also give to my said Son fifteen pounds to be paid him by my Executor one third to be paid in one year one third in two years and one third in three years after my Decease.
     I give to my Third Son Benjamin Potter and to his heirs and assigns forever all my Lands and Buildings in Marlborough and Sudbury or elsewhere also all my outdoor movables, also I give to my said son Benjamin Potter all my Estate not otherwise disposed of in this will, he Paing (Paying) the Legales (Legals) within mentioned. I likewise give him the one fifth part of my household furniture.
     I give to my Fourth Son Ebenezer Potter the one half of my wareing (wearing) apparel and the one fifth part of my household furniture. I likewise give to my said son three pounds to be paid him by my Executor the one half in one year and the other half in two years after my Decease.
     I give to my Daughter Betty the Wife of William Hayden the one fifth part of my household furniture this with what I have given her other ways I look upon to be her full share out of my Estate.
     I give to my Daughter Sarah the Wife of Reuben Parminter the one fifth part of my household furniture this with what I have given her other ways I look upon to be her full share out of my Estate.
     And I do approve my said son Benjamin Potter my Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby Disallow, Revoke and Disannul all former or other Wills and Testaments by me before Willed, Ratifying and Confirming this and not other to be my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Sealed the day and year within mentioned
          Joseph Potter
Signed Sealed Published Announced and Declared by me the Said Joseph Potter as his Last Will and Testament in the Presence of us the Subscribers
Jonathan Weeks
Nahum Hayden. 
Death*circa 1799Joseph Potter died circa 1799 at at sea In the winter of 1798-9, he sailed for New York to seek funds to build an iron works at Moose River to process the iron ore found on his property. Unfortunately he was lost at see on this trip.3 
Probate*15 April 1799His estate was probated on 15 April 1799 at Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada.3 

Family 1

Zebudah Hayden b. 26 Jun 1734, d. 24 Jan 1767
Marriage*23 March 1761He married Zebudah Hayden, daughter of Ebenezer Hayden and Thankful Parmenter, on 23 March 1761 at Massachusetts.2,3 
Children 1.Aaron Potter2 b. 11 Jul 1762
 2.Israel Potter2 b. 28 Nov 1763
 3.Mary Potter2 b. 7 Feb 1766
 4.Zebudah Potter3 b. 24 Jan 1767

Family 2

Mary Farnsworth b. 24 Feb 1752, d. 30 Jun 1790
Marriage*1772Joseph Potter married Mary Farnsworth, daughter of Amos Farnsworth and Lydia Longley, in 1772 at probably, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada.2,3 
Children 1.Joseph Potter3 b. 14 Jun 1773
 2.Samuel Potter3 b. 9 Dec 1774
 3.Sarah Potter+3 b. 4 Aug 1776, d. 17 May 1863
 4.Benjamin Potter3 b. 11 Dec 1777, d. 25 Jun 1861
 5.Lydia Potter3 b. 29 Oct 1779, d. 1818
 6.Franklin Potter3 b. 28 Apr 1781, d. 12 Jul 1851
 7.Martha Potter3 b. 9 Apr 1783, d. 12 Oct 1847
 8.Susan Potter3 b. 18 Feb 1785
 9.Esther Potter3 b. 16 Mar 1787, d. 26 Mar 1851
 10.Elizabeth Potter3 b. 12 Feb 1789
Last Edited22 Dec 2014

Citations

  1. [S274] Genealogies of the Potter families and their descendants in America - Supplement to part 9 - Descendants of Nicholas Potter of Lynn MA, Frank Elwood Potter , Gateway Press: Baltimore MD, 1991 https://archive.org/details/descendantsofnic00pott, pg.24+.
  2. [S260] History of the County of Annapolis [Nova Scotia] Including Old Port Royal and Acadia, W. A. Colnek , 1897 pgs 563-565.
  3. [S274] Genealogies of the Potter families and their descendants in America - Supplement to part 9 - Descendants of Nicholas Potter of Lynn MA, Frank Elwood Potter , Gateway Press: Baltimore MD, 1991 https://archive.org/details/descendantsofnic00pott, pg.32+.