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Bill Velde (#47500604)
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Bio Photo I have started on the long backlog of requests, but it is slow going. I'm going from the top down, so if you have a long-buried and unanswered request, please re-send it so it will get priority.
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William Potter and family
Because there is a great deal of confusion in the sources, a summation of what appear to be 'facts', follows.


There are 2 contemporaneous William Potters of Connecticut. One settled in Stamford, Fairfield County and died in 1684. The other settled in New Haven and was hanged in 1662.

William Potter of New Haven is the Johnson ancestor because he is the one whose daughter Hope married Daniel Robbins.

William Potter of New Haven married Frances (possibly nee Child) in England and their first son was Joseph.

William Potter of New Haven had a brother John Potter and both were founders of New Haven.

HANNAH, Mother of William Potter of New Haven

The mother of William Potter of New Haven may be nee Mead but if so, she is not to be confused with the wife of the John Mead who was the son-in-law of the William Potter of Stamford.

She may be nee Hawes.

She (probably) married first to John I. Potter in England who died in 1623 and then married second to John Beecher.

CROSSING from England to Boston and then to New Haven

William Potter (along with his wife Frances, and his son Joseph) emigrated to the United States in 1635 on the Abigail.

In 1637, aboard the Hector, William's brother, John, along with his mother Hannah and her husband John Beecher immigrated to Boston; their son Isaac Beecher may have been with them.

They removed to New Haven in 1638/9 to take possession of property "owned" by John Beecher (who had died in New Haven the previous winter).

CHILDREN of William Potter of New Haven

Hannah Potter is not a daughter of William Potter of New Haven.

Hope (Potter) Robbins is the daughter of William Potter of New Haven and was baptised Oct. 3, 1641. She married Daniel Robbins and moved with him to Woodbridge, NJ.

Added by CK on Jan 12, 2016 9:58 AM
Robert L. Maples, Jr.
Robert Rose
How can Robert Rose have immigrated in 1645 if he is on the plague as settling Watertown in 1634?
Added by Robert L. Maples, Jr. on Dec 16, 2015 8:09 PM
Barbara Maitland
Cooke family photos in England
I was to thank so very, very much for including info on Find a Grave and the pictures you have provided. It "tickles" my niece's fancy to see what one of her great, etc., aunts looked like!
Thank you!
Added by Barbara Maitland on Sep 18, 2015 11:37 PM
Frances Moody Kilbourne
Did you know there is another Find A Grave memorial for her in Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford? (Memorial # 81523838) Have you visited either cemetery? I believe she is mostly likely buried in Wethersfield but now I have to wonder...
Added by AnitaKilburnPowers on Aug 22, 2015 10:09 AM
Jasper Tudor #71377883
In the Bio, towards the end, it should read that he arranged for the marriage of his nephew, HENRY, not Owen - Owen was Jasper's father.
Added by NancyP on Aug 06, 2015 9:46 AM
RE: Judith "Beaman" Ward #11487252
Hello Bill,
I was wondering if, when you created the record for Judith Beaman Ward, Memorial# 11487252, if you saw the grave marker with her surname of Beaman on it? I ask, as there are several people sighting Judith is a "Beaman" and was married to William Ward but I can not find any record of her birth in the Beaman family. I have another possible surname of Borchelt, which I found on a Son's of the Am Revolution document. I am hoping you might be able to help be with this puzzle. I do realize you created this record some time ago. I appreciate any help you could offer me. I can't thank you enough for your effort and countless hours that you have so generously given to help so many of us who are strangers to you! You make it possible for us to fill in and complete our research on our ancestors. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Blessings to you and your family... Karen
Added by Karen on Mar 06, 2015 5:22 PM
MJ (Tilton) England
Thomas Hale-Memorial #70465713
Hi Bill,

I am researching the early Hale family and came across your Memorial for Thomas Hale.

I also have found a source that says he was buried in the St Martin Vintry, London, England.

I know that St Martin Vintry burned in 1666 in the Great London Fire.

Do you have any information on whether his remains were moved or is the source that I have found incorrect?

I look forward to your help.

Thank you,
MJ (Tilton) England
Added by MJ (Tilton) England on Dec 04, 2014 8:05 AM
Capt Daniel Olmstead
Do you have any information on his military service?

He's my 8th great grand uncle.

Added by RoMoJo65 on Nov 16, 2014 2:04 PM
Donaldson photo requests Lakeview Eau Claire
We now have about 5 inches of combined snow and frozen rain on the ground and grave markers as of yesterday. With the temps below freezing, it is not likely I will be going out marker hunting until next year. Also, the names do not show up on the online city cemetery index. It is possible there are markers, but at that early date they are old and probably worn and difficult to read, if they have survived. It is a rather large cemetery. Do you know for sure they were buried there? and do you have an idea about where the markers may be located? Any clues would be appreciated. The cemetery has been walked by volunteers and most existing markers were photographed and posted. I suspect there may not be any for this couple.
Added by mjshistory on Nov 12, 2014 10:46 AM
Cerelle Bolon
Sarah Clark Beaman
Thank you very much for creating a memorial for Sarah Clark. Have I misunderstood the form that is standard on Find a Grave? I thought that the maiden name of a woman was to be in the middle in Italics and the married name used in the memorial.
When I found this grave, I questioned that I had the correct one, but I see that her spouse is listed as Gamaliel Beaman and the death date is the same, so I assume that this is correct. Perhaps it would help to include her maiden name.
Thanks again, for all that you do.
Cerelle Bolon
Added by Cerelle Bolon on Sep 01, 2014 4:02 PM
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