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Potter family from County Tyrone, Ireland

Potter family from County Tyrone, Ireland

Clement H. Darby (View posts)
Posted: 961444975000
Am looking for information about ancestors of John Potter [1705-1758] who came to New Castle, DE in 1741with 8 children. He sired a famous Pennsylvania family including Major General James Potter of Revolutionary War fame. I have a lot of info on many of his descendents which I am happy to share with relatives.


Frances Potter

Posted: 967231949000
Edited: 1010067812000
I have a Frances Potter married to a John Gum in Sussex Co. De in the mid 1700's. Do you have anything on this marriage or couple? Jacob, Abraham, John, Sarah and Alse are the children listed for them. Would appreciate any information you could send my way. Thanks, Julia

Frances Potter

Clement H. Darby (View posts)
Posted: 967374032000
Sorry but I do not have a Frances Potter. John Potter arrived in New Castle, DE in 1741 with his children, Isabella, Samuel, Hanna, Margaret, James, Catherine, Mary and Thomas. The family migrated to south central, PA, around Chambersburg. James became a Major-General in the Revolutioonary War.

Re: Frances Potter

Posted: 1043701672000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1046747960000

Do you have any information on James? I'm looking for a connection between a James who married Charlotte Frye(Fry)(b. 1774 Ma.) and migrated to IL along with children Isaac, Elizabeth, Luther and Jacob. My gr gr gr grandmother was Charlotte (maiden name unk) Potter. She later married unknown Southworth and is buried with sons Jacob and Luther in Argo Fay, Carrol Co, IL.


Re: Frances Potter

Posted: 1074283173000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1108410080000
Surnames: Potter, Walker, Bigham
Do you happen to have a Henry born of this family around 175? ? I have Samuel, Robert, and Henry in Washington / Allegheny county Pennsylvania from 1784 to 1786 according to land records. What really caught my eye was Henry had a daughter named Isabelle.Any help would be greatly appreciated even if to point me in another direction. Thanks:-)

Re: Potter family from County Tyrone, Ireland

Posted: 1217376290000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Potter, Fitzpatrick, Rogers
Hello I am a direct descendant of the John Potter you spoke of in your post. I would be happy to share with you my info. He is my ggggggggggrandfather. Here is the info that I have on him. I also have a ton of info about General James Potter including his portrait and copies of his election to Vice President of PA. Also, John Potter became high sheriff of Cumberland Co. PA in 1750

Dennis writes..."I have looked at the Josiah V. Thompson Journals. It is a typescript of the original, although the original is available. It is full of miscellanous items, including conversations with descendants of various and sundry persons, transcripts of various courthouse records, and his personal travels. They start in the 1890's and they go on into the early 1900's.
Included is an inventory and accounting of the John Potter estate, transcribed from the original courthouse documents, it appears. The inventory and appraisement includes a valuation done in Nov and Dec 1757. I lists various lands and numerous leather hides, and also "cloth for a suit of clothes, unmade," "Bras barl gun," and "1 hat and spatter dashes." The total value was 1,291 pounds. The accounting includes several loans to John Potter by James Potter (evidently his son James). There were also adjustments for the mare that was shot by Indians and for wheat and oats destroyed in time of war. The final closing of the account was in May 1767, at which time all the children received their share. This is a transcript of the Cumberland County Orphans Court vol. 2, pg 79. They refer to the widow as Martha Brown, late Martha Potter. She was to receive an annual payment from her son James. The children were:

James Potter
Samuel Potter
Thomas Potter
Margaret, w/o George Lattimore
Annas, w/o Alexander Young
Catherine, w/o James Caruthers
Mary, w/o (blank) Bard
Hannah, w/o John McMillan
Isabella, w/o Benjamin Jordan

So John's widow Martha remarried to a Brown between 1763 and 1767.

Dennis wirtes..."At some point, I think about 1900, he ran into Wm. Egle, who gave him another listing of the John Potter family. It differs from that above in that 1) James is named as a General in th e Rev., 2) Samuel married Susannah Poe, 3) Thomas was killed in Apr 1758 by Indians, 4) Anna s is shortened to Annie, 5) Mary's husband is given as Beard (still no first name), 6) Hanna h married 2nd Thomas Robinson, and 7) Isabellas husband is given as John Jordan.
I do not know how to reconcile Egle's statement that son Thomas was killed by Indians in 1758 , and the 1767 OC document reporting a payment to son Thomas. It seems unlikely that a paymen t would have been made before 1758, since the land sales go on into the early 1760's, and th e final value of the estate could not have been determined before then. It is possible that i t was a payment to the heirs of Thomas, although I would think that the record would have sai d so. I do not know, of course, if there even were any heirs of Thomas. Egle could also hav e been wrong.
With the Annas, d/o John Potter and w/o Alexander Young in the Cumberland County records, an d Annis, w/o of ALexander Young in the Westmoreland County records, it is hard for me to no t think that they are the same person, given the peculiar (at least to me, it is peculiar) na me of Annas/Annis.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania. Samue l T. Wiley. John M. Gresham & Co. 1891
If you do not already know, you will see the significance after readingMajor-General James Potter was a son of John Potter and was born on the bank of the river Foyle, in county Tyrone, Ireland, in 1729. Twelve years of age he came wirh his father to New Castle, Deleware, and subsequently removed to what is now Cumberland County, of which his father became the first sheriff. [gives details of his military serrvice, then...] He reside d in Penn's Valley, Centre County, from 1772 until his death in November, 1789.
the attachment.
However, the Potter story does not end there. I have spent some time in Cumberland County loo king into this. I was actually there looking for some different ancestors but hit a dead end , and while I was there, just looked up Potter on the off chance that there might be somethin g there. To start with a condensed story, John Potter immigrated from County Tyrone, Irelan d in 1741 and made his way to Cumberland County (in a part that is now Franklin County) befor e 1746. He was the first sheriff of Cumberland County and was active in organizing defenses a gainst the Indians in the early part of the French and Indian War. He died intestate in 1757 . He owned about 920 acres of land, but much of this had to be sold for debt. His wife remarr ied sometime after 1763 to a Thomas Brown, but he died in 1769. Widowed a second time, Martha wrote her will in 1773 (not proved until 1782) in which she named her two sons, James and Samuel, and numerous daughters, one of whom was Anny Young. Son James (b. 1729) was a general in the Rev. War. There is reason to believe that son Samuel is the same as the Samuel Potter in Westmoreland County. It appears that at least two of the daughters moved to Westmoreland County, the wives of James Baird and George Lattimore. I do not know for sure the name of t he husband of Anny Young. However, there is a pedigree, citing the Journals of Josiah V. Thom pson, that reports that the daughter of John Potter was Annas Potter and that she married Alexander Young. Naturally, the Annas caught my eye, considering that the wife of our Alexander Young is given as Annes in the deed books. Thus, my working hypothesis at the moment is tha t the wife of our Alexander Young was Annes Potter, daughter of John Potter and Martha. Anne s would have been the sister of the Samuel Potter in Westmoreland County. The Journals of Josiah V. Thompson, 27 volumes, are on microfilm at the Western Pennsylvania Historical Societ y and I have every intention of looking at them in the near future.

Hope this helps, I have much more.

Re: Potter family from County Tyrone, Ireland

Posted: 1221077472000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Potter, Black, Young, Hawk, Eakman
I think we have some ancestors in common. My great grandfather was John Harrison Black, who was the son of Joseph Miller Black and Isabella Hawk.
Joseph Miller Black was the son of Alexander Young Black and Mary Boyd Eakman.
Alexander young Black was the son of David Black and Ane (Annis/ Annes) Young.
Annis Young was the daughter of Alexander Young and Annis Potter.

Annis Potter Young was the daughter of Cpt. John potter who died around 1757/1758.

I have listed as brothers of Alexander Young Black/ children of David Black and Annis Young:
James Black B-July 1802, D- March 1822
Samuel Black B- April 1807
Robert Black B- September 1809
John C. Black B- August 1811
David Black B- May 1813, D- 1854
Thomas Black B- June 1816.

Alexander Young Black was married a second time to a woman named Mary Myia Miller who died January 1889.

David Black also had a second wife by the name of Elizabeth Mc Cartney.

The name Annis also struck me as unusual and the fact that her last name was Potter and she was married to Alexander Young seems more than a coincidence. This leads me to believe they are in fact the same people mentioned above.

I do have more information on John Harrison Black, his brothers and sisters and children.

The family of John Harrison Black is from the Appolo Pennsylvania area.

Re: Potter family from County Tyrone, Ireland

Posted: 1253216496000
Classification: Query
Do you have any information on the children of Alexander and Annis Potter Young? I am trying to find information on my ancester George Young b 1798 Union County. He seems to have lived on land owned by Gen James Potter in Potter Township (Centre County). Maybe the Young name is just a coincidence, or not.
Bob Kellner

Re: Potter family from County Tyrone, Ireland

Posted: 1378089732000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Potter Anderson Hinkle Guinn Armstrong Leblanc? Beaudroux
Is ther any possibility that this James is connected to John potter 1705 NC d 1789 TN?
Thank you
Shelly Potter Lathrop I n NC

Re: Potter family from County Tyrone, Ireland

Posted: 1496873272000
Classification: Query
Hello! I have information on him in my tree. He is my 7th Great Grandfather.
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