Ann Potter (b. Ulster, Ireland 1630 – d. Salem, Mass. 16 Jul 1695)

Updated/Edited: 8 Feb 2015

This is what I’ve learned so far about my 8th Great-Grandmother Ann Potter, beginning with her grandfather Thomas Potter.
(Ann Potter is Nate, Rachel, Ethan and Abbie’s 9th great-grandmother and Aidan’s 10th great-grandmother.)

First Known Generation
(Gran’s 10th Great Grandfather)

B. Sir THOMAS POTTER, Knight, was born about 1566 and lived in the city of Coventry, Warwickshire, England. He married, first, about 1591, ANNIS _____. Annis died and was buried in Coventry on 17 Mar 1597/8. Thomas married, second, in Coventry on 22 Aug 1597/8, ANN FENN, the daughter of Reverend HUMPHREY  and ANNE FENN (Gran’s 11th great-grandparents), who was baptized in Coventry on 25 Jul 1578 at the Holy Trinity Church.

Thomas Potter was a “dyer” and “wool stapler” in Coventry, England where the phrase “true as Coventry blue” was coined in the late middle ages. It is shortened now to “true blue” and is still in use in English speaking countries. It was recorded in A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs by John Ray in 1670: “Coventry had formerly the reputation for dying of blues; insomuch that true blue became a Proverb to signifie one that was always the same and like himself.”

Thomas Potter a one-time mayor of Coventry around 1622 was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. “It is said that he personally planted 250 trees in the park, repaired many parts of the city, and was known for his charity to the poor.” You can read more about him at Sir Thomas Potter at the Ramage Family History page.

The Reverend Humphrey Fenne, (Thomas Potter’s Father-in-law) was the Vicar of Holy Trinity 1577-1578.

Children of Thomas and Annis (_____) Potter:
i. Died as infant in Coventry and buried on 3 Feb 1594/5
ii. Died as infant in Coventry and buried on 10 Sep 1596
iii. ?

Children of Thomas and Ann (Fenn) Potter:
Nine children were born, eight of them girls!
REBECCA POTTER married William Bacon, moved to Ireland then to Massachusetts
ELIZABETH POTTER b. about 1612 and died 1624 at age 12.
A. HUMPHREY POTTER baptized in Coventry on 18 Apr 1604.

Source Information: England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: England, Marriages, 1538–1973. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

Second Generation
(Gran’s 9th Great Grandfather)

A. HUMPHREYA POTTER (ThomasB) was baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry, Warwickshire, England in 1604 and was killed in the Dublin Massacre in 1641. He married _____.

Trinity College Dublin, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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<symbol> The Examinacion of William Skelton bruer servant to mrs Coale of Thomas Court aged seaven & thirty yeares or thereabout beinge duely sworne & examined before vs this six & twentith daye of ffebruary 1652, ffor and Concerninge the first risinge vpp of Sir Phelim O Neile & other Rebells in the North in this late Rebellion.
He sayeth that he was a servant of the said Sir Phelim O Neile att the very begininge of this Rebellion and dwelt att his house in Kinnard in the County of Tyrone & twoe yeares before or thereabouts in the nature of an husbandman, and vnderstood nothinge of the intencion of the Rebells about from their <A> bloody murthers, and outrages till vpon frydaye in the afternoone beinge the twoe and twentith daye of October 1641 as he best remembers, he beinge then in the feild with the plowe of the said Sir Phelim, there came to hi were heard a great crye about the said towne of Kinnard and therevpon another servant of the said Sir Phelim named Nocher O Hugh came to the feild to this Examinant and about twenty more men with him and tould him that they (meaning the Irish people whereof he was one himself) were risen about their Religion; and the said Nocher & togither with the other twenty Rebells with hand cudgells in their hands went they to the houses of mr Humfrey Potter, Henry Brasse, William Copeland, and the widdow Kendall, all English people that lived togither about a mile from Kinnard on the said Sir Phelim his lands and were Protestants, & whoe had great stocks on their lands, and plowes goeinge, & lived plentifully & peaceably, and were before (to this Examinants apprehension) well beloved

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by g their Neighbours the Irish, & differed not in any thing (as this Examinant doth Remember) saue only that the Irish went to Masse, & the English to the Protestant Church in Tinan a mile from Kinnard where one mr Robert Maxfeild was a minister & a constant preacher of Gods word, and where Sir Phelim O Neile himself (as this Examinant hath ben credibly informed by some of his fellowe servants) did sometymes resort after <B> his cominge over from England, but before the coming of this Examinant to the said Sir Phelims service; And there the said Nocher & the other twenty Rebells did disarme the said Mr Humfrey Potter & the Englishe before named, & for that tyme tooke from them only their Armes & best horses that were fitt to make troupe horses, In the same manner did other the said Rebells disarme & pillage the other English Inhabitants in Kinnard, and thereabouts, & likewise all the Scotts there, whoe likewise were wealthy people & well to passe, In the meane while Sir Phelym himself with his brother Turlogh Oge O Neile, Hugh Cro O Neile, & diuerse others his nere kinsmen vnder pretence (as was then generally reported) were gon to Charlamont to marry with the Lady Colefeild but indeed to surprise the ffort of Charlemont as did <C> afterwards appere, And ffor after their surprisall thereof, they the said Sir Phelym & his Rebells=followers tooke the said Lady & her sonne the Lord Colefeild prisoners, and kept them in Charlemont for the space of three monthes or thereabouts, and then sent the said Lady to the house of mr Charles Boulton of Killinall 2 miles from Kinnard, & the said Lord they carried prisoner to Kinnard to the house”

Children of Humphrey and _____:
ANN¹ POTTER b. about 1630 in Ulster, Ireland.

Source Citation:
Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: ENGL 09000/25; Document Reference: DR 581/1

Source Information: Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Warwickshire Anglican Registers. Warwick, England: Warwickshire County Record Office.

Third Generation
(First in America and Gran’s 8th Great Grandmother)

1. ANN¹ POTTER (HumphreyA, ThomasB) was born in the Province of Ulster, in Ireland about 1630/1. She was the only one of her family who survived the Dublin Massacre in 1641. She was taken back to England and lived with her grandfather Thomas Potter until he died and then she went to Massachusetts to be with her Uncle and Aunt, William and Rebecca (Potter) Bacon. She married in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts on 10 Jan 1655, ANTHONY NEEDHAM.

Children of Anthony and Ann (Potter) Needham:
i. REBECCA NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 21 Dec 1656
ii. HANNAH NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 30 Jun 1658
iii. ELIZABETH NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 1 Oct 1659
iv. PROVIDED NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 12 Feb 1661
v. ANTHONY NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 11 Apr 1663 (Gran’s 7th Great Grandfather)
vi. MARY NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 3 Feb 1665
vii. GEORGE NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 26 Mar 1667
viii. ISAAC NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 15 Apr 1669
ix. ABIGAIL NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 31 May 1671
x. THOMAS NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 25 Jul 1673
xi. DOROTHY NEEDHAM b. in Salem on 25 Aug 1675
xii. RACHEL NEEDHAM b. Salem on on 17 Mar 1677

Sources: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011


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