Robert Potter (1608-1655)

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Robert Potter was born 17 January 1608 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (Coventry+ Warwickshire+ England) to George Potter (c1584-?) and Martha Taylor (1585-1646) and died 1655 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Roxbury+ Suffolk County, Massachusetts) of unspecified causes. Notable ancestors include William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Rurik (c832-879), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, England, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, the Netherlands.

1637 Portsmouth Compact Signer

Portsmouth Compact Plaque 1936

Plaque commemorating the Portsmouth Compact 1638-1936

He (with his brother) was one of the signatories of the 1637 Portsmouth Compact of Loyalty founding Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the 2nd settlement in the new colony of Rhode Island. This group, most of were caught up in the events of the Antinomian Controversy from 1636 to 1638, had followed the family of dissident preacher Anne Hutchinson and her family from Massachusetts Bay Colony seeking religious freedom. This document was the first compact to declare both political and religious separation.


Offspring of Robert Potter and Isabel Anthony (1612-1644)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Anthony Potter (c1628-1690)
Elizabeth Potter (c1631-1670) 1631 1670 Richard Harcourt (c1623-1696)

Deliverance Potter (c1637-1664)
John Potter (c1639-1694)
Isabel Potter (c1639-1724)
Robert Potter (1639-1709)





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