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Descendants of Nicholas Potter

Generation No. 11

49. JOSHUA11 WILLIAMS (ANNA10 POTTER, EZRA9, JOHN POTTER8 JR., JOHN POTTER7 SR., CAPT.ROBERT6 POTTER, NICHOLAS5, ROBERT4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, NICHOLAS1) was born 12 Sep 1801 in Providence, RI, and died 05 May 1886. He married SARAH BACON WADE. She was born 1807.
Child of J
  i.   ABBY JANE12 WILLIAMS, b. 01 Jan 1844.

50. STEPHEN11 POTTER (JOHNATHAN10, EZRA9, JOHN POTTER8 JR., JOHN POTTER7 SR., CAPT.ROBERT6 POTTER, NICHOLAS5, ROBERT4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, NICHOLAS1) was born 10 Jun 1788 in Kent County, RI, and died 09 Apr 1875 in Potterbrook, Pa. He married MATILDA ALDRICH 01 Jun 1811 in Foster, RI. She was born 19 Jul 1792, and died 26 Aug 1874 in Potterbrook, Pa.

Notes for S
Stephen Potter is the one we all know as the Potter who blazed the trail to Tioga County, Pa. He is buried in Potterbrook Cemetery, Photos of his grave attached.

According to the History of Tioga County, Stephen Potter arrived in the area in 1817 with a party of settlers from Rhode Island. He settled in the area of Potter Brook in 1818. Not only was he a poineer in the atea but he also was a farmer, stone mason and bricklayery.

It is reported that he laid every stone in the front part of the courthouse in Wellsboro, Pa.

See also: "How I came to Deerfield by Hannah Bowen".

STEPHEN POTTER, a native of Rhode Island, born in 1789, came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in company with a party of settlers from his State, in 1817, and later cut a road through the forest from the site of Westfield borough to that of Potter Brook. Here he located in 1818, and cleared a farm of 125 acres. The village of Potter Brook stands on a part of the old homestead, the remaining thirty- five acres being owned by his son, George W. Mr. Potter was a stonemason and bricklayer, and followed that business for many years. It is said that he laid every stone in the front portion of the court house at Wellsboro. He learned his trade in Rhode Island, serving seven years’ apprenticeship. He married Matilda Aldrich, to which union were born the following children: Sarah Ann, who married Charles H. Metcalf; Elizabeth, who married David Taylor; Stephen, who married Olive Wood; Jonathan, who married Hannah Brooks; Mary Adelcy, who married I.C. Thompson; Matilda, who married Calvin Brooks; William, who remained single; John, who married Chloe Seamans; George W., a resident of Westfield township, and Benjamin Franklin, who married Amanda Mack, entered the Union army, and died in Andersonville prison. Mr. Potter was a member of the Free Will Baptist church, and an adherent of the Republican party. He died April 9, 1875, in his eighty- seventh year. His wife died August 26, 1874, in the eighty- second year of her age.

Children of S
54. i.   GEORGE W12 POTTER, b. 14 Feb 1835, Potterbrook, Pa; d. 07 Aug 1909, Potterbrook, Pa.
55. ii.   SARAH ANN POTTER, b. 01 Apr 1812, Scituate, RI; d. 02 Sep 1889, Potterbrook, Pa.
  iv.   STEPHEN POTTER JR., b. 15 Mar 1817, Potterbrook, Pa; d. 04 Sep 1881, Potterbrook, Pa; m. OLIVE WOOD; b. 17 Jul 1820.
56. v.   JOHNATHAN POTTER, b. 1819, Potterbrook, Pa.
  vi.   MARY ADELCY POTTER, m. I.C. THOMPSON; b. 16 Nov 1821, Tomkins Co. New York.
  Notes for I.C. THOMPSON:
ISAAC C. THOMPSON, second son of Isaac and Keziah Thompson, was born in Ulysses, Tompkins county, New York, November 16, 1821, and was in his twelfth year when his parents settled in Potter county, Pennsylvania. He attended school in the little log school house of his district, and after attaining his majority, he worked at the carpenter’s trade seven years. Since that time, with the exception of four years that he was engaged in merchandising at Potter Brook, where he erected the first store building, he has followed farming in Potter and Tioga counties. He assisted his father to clear the old homestead, and also cleared and improved a farm for himself in Hector township, Potter county, but since 1866 he has been a resident of Westfield township, Tioga county. In September, 1864, he enlisted in Company D, Two Hundred and Seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers; was detailed on detached service, and was honorably discharged in June, 1865. Mr. Thompson has been twice married. His first wife was Mary A. Potter, a daughter of Stephen and Matilda (Aldrich) Potter, who settled in Westfield township, Tioga county, in 1817. She bore him five children, viz: Emily, who married William Weeks; Sophronia, who married B.F. Mulford; Julia A., who married L.J. Skinner; Eva K., who married A.V. Hawley, and Hattie, who became the wife of William Nivison. He married for his second wife Mrs. Sarah A. Stevens, nee Rossiter. In politics, Mr. Thompson is a Republican, and an advocate of prohibition. During his residence in Potter county, he served as auditor, and also as a justice of the peace. Since locating in Westfield township, he has filled the latter office two terms. He is known in the community as a good citizen, a kind neighbor, and a public- spirited man.

  viii.   WILLIAM POTTER, b. 1828.
  ix.   JOHN POTTER, b. 26 Nov 1831, Potterbrook, Pa; d. 07 Dec 1877, Lawerenceville, PA; m. CHLOE SEAMONS.
  Notes for CHLOE SEAMONS:

JONATHAN SEAMANS, a native of Foster, Providence county, Rhode Island, born April 19, 1794, was a son of Israel Seamans, and a grandson of Thomas Sea-mans, who served as a major in the Revolution. Jonathan came to Westfield township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in 1817, and settled on land now owned by Hollister Baker, in Westfield borough. In 1848 he removed to the land still owned by his sons, where he spent the remaining years of his life, dying August 15, 1867. He married Rebecca Tuttle, September 28, 1819. She was a daughter of Ayers Tuttle, who fought in the battle of Bunker Hill, and was born in Catherine, Tompkins county, New York, May 16, 1803. She came with her parents to what is now Westfield township, Tioga county, in 1809, where she resided up to her death, September 16, 1873. Thirteen children were the fruits of this union, twelve of whom grew to maturity, viz: Polly R., who married Levi Scott; Eliza P., who married William Morris; Hannah L., who married Aurora Streeter; Israel A., William Orville, Eli B., Chloe L., who married John Potter; Lorania L., who married Frank Cowles; Sheldon Alonzo, Loren B., John M. and Milo P. The family is one of the oldest and best known in the county, and are earnest supporters of the principles and measures of the Republican party. Numerous descendants of Jonathan Seamans are living in Tioga county, and many of them are among the enterprising citizens of the community which he helped to found.

  x.   BENJAMEN FRANKLIN POTTER, b. 1837, Potterbrook, Pa; m. AMANDA MACK.

51. FREELOVE11 POTTER (JOHNATHAN10, EZRA9, JOHN POTTER8 JR., JOHN POTTER7 SR., CAPT.ROBERT6 POTTER, NICHOLAS5, ROBERT4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, NICHOLAS1) was born 09 Oct 1789 in Kent County, RI. She married MARTIN BOWEN 18 Dec 1808, son of ELIHU BOWEN and LUCY. He was born 09 Oct 1788 in Kent County, RI, and died 05 Jun 1858 in Deerfield, PA.

Notes for M
MARTIN BOWEN, a son of Elihu and Lucy Bowen, was born in Rhode Island, October 9, 1788, and there grew to manhood. In 1816 he came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and settled in Westfield township, later removed to Farmington, and thence to Deerfield, where he operated a tannery for some years. He died in Deerfield, June 5, 1858. His wife, Freelove, was a daughter of Jonathan Potter, of Rhode Island, and reared a family of nine children, viz; Cyrus P., William, Alma, who married Joseph Edson, and subsequently William Weeks; Rhoda, Elihu, who recently died in this township; Lucy, who married George Aldrich; Freelove J., Ruth, who married Allen King, and Phoebe W. Mr. and Mrs. Bowen were members of the Society of Friends, and died in that faith
Children of F
  i.   CYRUS12 BOWEN.
  iii.   ALMA BOWEN.
  iv.   RHODA BOWEN.
  vi.   LUCY BOWEN.
  viii.   RUTH BOWEN.

52. EZRA11 POTTER (JOHNATHAN10, EZRA9, JOHN POTTER8 JR., JOHN POTTER7 SR., CAPT.ROBERT6 POTTER, NICHOLAS5, ROBERT4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, NICHOLAS1) was born 09 Apr 1800 in Scituate, RI, and died 11 Feb 1883 in Middlebury, PA. He married (1) EUNICE SWEDE. She was born 1801, and died 1835. He married (2) LYDIA. She died 06 Dec 1871. He married (3) CHLOE SEELY. She died 21 Jan 1878.
Children of E
  ii.   JOHN POTTER.
  iii.   ALMON A POTTER, b. Aug 1825.
  iv.   HIRAM E POTTER, b. 09 Jan 1828; d. 06 Jun 1900, Wellsboro, PA.
  vi.   ADELINE POTTER, b. 1832.
  vii.   EZRA H POTTER, b. 1835.
Children of EZRA POTTER and LYDIA are:
  viii.   EUNICE12 POTTER, b. 1838.
  ix.   NANCY POTTER, b. 1840.

53. ROBERT B11 POTTER (JOHNATHAN10, EZRA9, JOHN POTTER8 JR., JOHN POTTER7 SR., CAPT.ROBERT6 POTTER, NICHOLAS5, ROBERT4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, NICHOLAS1) was born 11 Dec 1803, and died 30 May 1886 in Middlebury, PA. He married (1) ADALINE. She was born 1804, and died 21 Aug 1854. He married (2) ANN.
Children of R
  i.   LYDIA M12 POTTER, b. 1828, Chatham Twp, PA; d. 12 Feb 1839, Chatham Twp, PA.
  ii.   MARY M POTTER, b. 1837, Chatham Twp, PA; d. 08 Jul 1848, Chatham Twp, PA.
  iii.   MORTIMER POTTER, b. Feb 1840, Chatham Twp, PA.
  iv.   JOSEPH T POTTER, b. May 1843.
Child of ROBERT POTTER and ANN is:
  v.   ADELIA12 POTTER, b. 1856.

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