Catherine Potter

Femaleabout 1761–1824

Brief Life History of Catherine

When Catherine Potter was born about 1761, in Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, her father, Captain John Potter, was 28 and her mother, Elcy 'Alice' Ralph, was 22. She married Aaron Colvin in 1779, in Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. She died in 1824, in Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 64.

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Family Time Line

Aaron Colvin
Catherine Potter
Marriage: 1779
Moses Colvin
Andrew Colvin
Nehemiah Colvin
Eli Colvin
Caleb Colvin
Eunice Colvin
David Colvin
Freelove Colvin
Anna Colvin
Rhoda Colvin
Nehemiah Colvin

Sources (1)

  • Catherine in entry for Caleb Colvin, "Rhode Island, Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1779Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Children (12)

    +7 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1763 · First Synagogue in America

    Age 2

    The first Jewish Synagogue in America was built in Newport, Rhode Island in 1763. It still stands today, making it the oldest synagogue in the United States.


    Age 15

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1780 · French Occupy Newport

    Age 19

    During 1780 to 1781, over 12,000 French troops occupy Newport, Rhode Island.

    Name Meaning

    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 ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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