Name: Nathaniel Potter
Given Name: Nathaniel
Change Date: 25 SEP 2015
Birth: SEP 1637 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island, USA
Death: 20 OCT 1704 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island, USA
LAND & COURT RECORDS
Bristol Co., Massachusetts, Probate, vol. 2, page 114: Will of Nathaniel Potter, of Dartmouth, yeoman or hsubandman,dated 18 Oct. 1704, probated 20 Nov 1704.
sons: Stokes, Nathaniel, William, Benjamin, Samuel, & Iccabode Potter.
daughters: Mary Willbor, Rebecca Kerby, Elizabeth Potter, & Katherine Potter (who is under 18).
friends James Tripp & Hugh Mosher to be overseers.
witnesses: Stephen Wilcock, Thomas Lake, & John Lake.
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vol. 2, page 115: Inventory of estate of Nathaniel Potter of Dartmouth, dated 25 Oct. 1704, presented by Elizabeth Potter & Stokes Potter, executors.
appraisors: Jonathan Davil, Thomas Lake, & PHillip Taber.
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vol. 2, page 280: Account of Elizabeth Potter, widow & administrator of estate of her husband, Nathaniel Potter, of Dartmouth, dated 5 Apr 1710.
Legacies to: Mary Wilbore, Benjamin Potter, William Potter, Robert Kerbee, Benjamin Tripp, & Samuel Potter.
When Benjamin Crane did his surveys of Dartmouth (now including part of Tiverton/Little Compton in the Adamsville RI area), between 30 Sep 1712 and 2 Oct 1712, he surveyed the homesteads of these Potters:
30 Sep 1712 surveyed Nathaniel Potters homestead (55 acres) and adjoining homestead of Stokes Potter (46.5 acres), which abut Brightman property and abut ye west side of ye way to "pacquachock poynt".
1 Oct 1712 he surveyed the homestead of John Potter (46.5 acres) which abuts "widdow potters house: and homestead of Samuel Potter.
2 Oct 1712 he surveyed the homestead of Samuel Potter (67 acres, qualifed 20 acres (meaning only 20 acres counted against his share of a land division, indicating most of the 67 acres was not good land)).
There was also an Ichabod Potter who had a 16 acre tract surveyed 25 Jun 1712, land that abutted John and Samuel Potter (on the west side of the way to Pacquachuch Point, on the east side of the brook) as well as Stokes Potter.
Thus, all these Potters had contiguous landholdings, likely from property of an ancestor.
24 Sep 1713 Crane surveyed for "ye Potters" 2+ acres on ye west side of ye river abutting on ye southward of Philip Tabor's meadow (which meadowland abutted the homestead of Philip Tabor. This 2 acres would be in the present-day village of Adamsville.
29 Aug 1718 Crane surveyed 3 tracts comprising 35 acres, some of which abutted philip Tabor and "country road", survey made with "ye assistance of philip tabor and Ichabod potter."
From the surveys, one can discern that Pacquachuck Point was on the west side of the Acoaxet River, which presumably refers to the West Branch of the river, since that seems to be the area where the Potters lived (hence Pottersville in Little Compton). From Crane's surveys, it may be possible to map out the Potter homesteads at that time, as well as the homesteads and land of their neightbors, who were Thomas Waits, John and Stephen Wilcox, Joseph Mosher, Benjamin Davis. Others living along the way to Pacquachuck Point (which today would mostly be in Westport, bordering Little Compton) were Macombers, Giffords, Tripps, Allens, and Cadmans. From land descriptions the Point was a common reference, and clearly a point on the ocean with a nearby beach, and creek on the west side. It appears that Pauachuck Point may be Westport Point, since it seems to have been on "ye E ward side of ye westermost arme" which he interprets as the East side of the West Branch of the Westport River.
It may be that the first Potter to move across the water from Aquidneck and settle in the Tiverton/Little Compton/Dartmouth area was Nathaniel Potter (b 1637 Portsmouth, son of Nathaniel of England and Portsmouth, RI), who married Elizabeth Stokes and died 1704 Dartmouth, survived by sons Stokes (who died in 1718), Nathaniel, Benjamin, John, William, Samuel, and Ichabod. Crane surveyed land for all of these sons except Benjamin, who had died in 1710 prior to commencement of the surveys.
Father: Nathaniel Potter b: ABT 1616 in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England
Elizabeth (? Stokes) b: 28 OCT 1638 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA
- Stokes Potter b: EST 1665 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA
- Nathaniel Potter b: EST 1669 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island, USA
- Mary Potter b: EST 1669 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA
- Samuel Potter b: EST 1674
- Ichabod Potter b: EST 1677 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA
- Rebecca Potter b: EST 1681 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA
- Catherine Potter b: AFT 18 OCT 1686 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA
- Elizabeth Potter b: 2 MAY 1683 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island, USA
- William Potter
- Benjamin Potter