When Thomas Potter was born on 6 January 1783, in Schroon Lake, Schroon, Essex, New York, United States, his father, Samuel Potter, was 36 and his mother, Eleanor Pease, was 36. He married Laura Tyrrell on 9 January 1806, in Fort Edward, Fort Edward, Washington, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Springfield Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850. He died on 4 August 1857, in East Springfield, Springfield Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Springfield Cemetery, East Springfield, Springfield Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States.
English and Dutch; North German (Pötter): occupational name for a maker of drinking and storage vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Low German pot. In the Middle Ages the term covered workers in metal as well as earthenware and clay.
In some cases also an Americanized form (translation into English) of Croatian, Serbian, and Slovenian Lončar ‘potter’ (see Loncar ), and probably also of cognates from some other languages, e.g. Czech Hrnčíř (see Hrncir ).