Richard Potter

1671–1745 (Age 74)
Lenham, Kent, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Richard

When Richard Potter was born in 1671, in Lenham, Kent, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Potter, was 52 and his mother, Elizabeth Branchley, was 45. He married Jane about 1699, in Lenham, Kent, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died in 1745, in England, at the age of 74, and was buried in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

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Richard Potter
Marriage: about 1699
Anne Potter

Spouse and Children

about 1699
Lenham, Kent, England, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    John Potter


    Elizabeth Branchley




World Events (2)

1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 17

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.
1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 49

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and 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.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Richard Potter in entry for Anna Potter, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Norfolk, England, Transcripts of Church of England Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers, 1600-1935
  • England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858

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