Posted By:Carol Tilson
Subject:Re: Elizabeth Potter
Post Date:April 26, 2009 at 09:26:29
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From "A Genealogy of the Potter Family Originating in Rhode Island," by Jeremiah Potter [John H. Campbell, Book and Job Printer, Phenix, RI, 1881], p. 42:

John Potter, son of Robert and Catherine Potter, married Elizabeth Fiske about 1755, daughter of Benjamin Fiske, of Scituate. Mr. Potter was a farmer and lived on Burnt Hill, Scituate. He was captain of a company of militia in time of the Revolutionary war and was sent to guard the shores of Rhode Island under command of Col. Joseph Knight, of Scituate. He was at one time appointed attorney in some business transaction for a man from Boston. The writer has the warrant in his possession now.

John Potter, born November 17th, 1734; died March 25th, 1811. Elizabeth Potter, born ___; died August 24th, 1757.

1. Curnell J. Potter, born April 2 1st, 1755.
2. Elizabeth Potter, born August 15th, 1757.

John Potter married Elcy Ralph for his second wife about 1758 or 9. She was the daughter of Thomas Ralph, of Scituate. Thomas Ralph was grandfather to David Ralph that lived in Scituate and died there January 1st, 1853, aged 83 years.

Elcy Ralph, born December 23d, 1740; died April 5th, 1813.

1. Thomas Potter, born --
2. Catherine Potter, born --
3. Rhoda Potter, born July 27th, 1762.
4 John Potter, jr., born January 6th, 1767.
5. Sylvia Potter, born October 10th, 1776.
6. Jeremiah Potter, born February 25th 1780.
7 Stephen Potter, born --
8. Freelove Potter, born --
The last two children both died young, but I have no dates.

Ibid., p.p. 51-52

Elizabeth Potter, daughter of Capt. John and Elizabeth Potter, of Scituate, married Benonie Colvin, May 9th, 1776, son of Moses and Naomi Colvin, of Scituate. Mr. Colvin was a farmer, and owned and run a saw mill in connection with his farm. He resided in Scituate a little to the north-west of the Hope factory, on a cross road. Mr. Colvin was an industrious, honorable man. He belonged to the Baptist Church.

Benonie Colvin, born November 18th, 1755; died September 13th, 1839. Elizabeth Colvin, born August 15th, 1757; died November 21st, 1844.

1. Moses Colvin, born July 7th, 1776.
2. Joab Colvin, born March 9th. 1778; drowned March 6th, 1780.
3. Chloe Colvin, born October 5th, 1780.
4. Lucy Colvin, born October 28th, 1782.
5. Celinda Colvin, born October 30th, 1790; married Robert Potter.

Information from Bible at William W. Knight's, April, 1875.

From the Moswansicut Chapter of the D.A.R.: Colvin Family Cemetery on Howard St. in Hope, R.I. includes these burials:

Benoni Colvin d. 13 Sept 1839 in 84th year. Major, 3rd Reg., Providence Co., Rev. War
Elizabeth Colvin, w/o Benoni, d. 21 Nov 1844 in 88th year.

Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project Index:


Colvin, Benoni, Major: 1755 - 1839, Maj Benoni Colvin Lot, Scituate [SC112]
Colvin, Elizabeth [Potter]: 1757 - 1844, Maj Benoni Colvin Lot, Scituate [SC112]

See Jeremiah Potter's 1881 genealogy [images available online via Google Books] for info on Benoni & Elizabeth's kids.