Married Mar 19, 1717 in Westerly, RI. (46)(60) by the Hon. Ruel Helms

1024. Thomas Potter Jr. was born on Feb 8 1695/96 in Kingston, RI.(46) (57) (17)(58) The Vincent document and The Rhode Island Vital Records have the date as 1696 and the Potter Families document has the date as 2/8/1695. He died on Jan 8 1773 in Hopkinton, RI.(17)(57) (59) This death shows up in three different sources, all of which concur on the date of his death. The Vincent document gives only the year of death, The Potter document adds the month and Ellibee adds the day. The Vincent document and Ellibee concur on the location of death. He was buried after Jan 8 1773 in Hopkinton, RI. (46)

Thomas was identified as a cordwainer (leather worker, shoemaker) in his father's will.  Cordwainer connotes a 'fine' shoe maker.

From Representative Men and Old Families:
"Thomas Potter's father had lived in that part of Kingstown near Point Judith, and the son removed from Kingstown, to that part of Westerly, which became Hopkinton, removing thither into the wilderness 'because Kingstown was a place noted for want of piety.'"

From the Vincent Potter Manuscript:
"He was of the 'old school' in gentility, somewhat punctilious in the observance of ancient etiquette, always dressed in dark blue broadcloth ornamented with broad silver buttons. His children were required to honor as well as taught to love their parent. His size was above that of ordinary men, well proportioned, very straight, had a hair mold [sic] on his nose, never was known to dress in any other color than deep blue according to ancient custom. He was very strict in his family, was always addressed in the third person by his family out of respect. He copied the old English style and was very polite and respectful in his house, and required the same in all his household, and never permitted any trifling in his presence. Yet he was much beloved by all who knew him and his example was considered as a model of urbanity and piety in the community in which he lived. He owned many slaves and probably lived in Hopkinton and was buried between his two wives on the farm where he lived. We visited his grave in August 1877 and found it about 20 rods back of a house, on the farm owned by Tyler Collins, on the south side of the road from Woodville to Hopkinton City, about one mile west of Woodville. The grave has a tombstone erected by William Henry Potter of Mystic, Conn [CT]."

According to many accounts he married, second, Judith Rogers (B. 1712 D. 1/26/1805 Bur. Hopkinton) (RIVR) and had ? children by her, including Caleb. "Tradition has it, Judith, the second wife of Thomas, was uneducated and penurious. After his death she melted the silver buttons worn on his coat, and sold the silver."

Some Rhode Island Descendents of Nathaniel Potter
Claims that Thomas married Judith Rogesr about 1748, seemingly before Mary's Death.

The book Tripp Children has the 2nd marriage in 1747.  Tripp children also mentions that he had 9 children with Mary.

1025. Mary Babcock was born on Sep 20 1695 in S. Kingston, RI.(18)

Many sources claim that she died on Jan 8 1773 in Hopkinton, RI, but this seems slightly questionable if he married again in 1749.  Either she died earlier, they divorced, or he was a bigamist.

An odd note from Babcock, "...buried near Woodville, R.I. Remains of husband and wife removed about a hundred years later by Judge William H. Potter of Mystic, Conn., to First Hopkinton Cemetery near Potter Hill, R. I. "

Children were:

child Susanna (1718/19)
child Thomas (1720)
child William? - Only Tripp Children lists him (1722)
child Jonathan (1723)
child Mary (1725)
child Elizabeth (1727)
child Martha (1730) - marries a Maxson
child George (1731)
child 512 i.  Stephen Potter (1733)

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