, Hannah
(Abt 1584-1659)


Family Links

1. POTTER, John

2. BEECHER, John

, Hannah 1

  • Born: Abt 1584, England
  • Marriage (1): POTTER, John
  • Marriage (2): BEECHER, John circa 1620-1625 in England
  • Died: 1659, New Haven, Connecticut about age 75

bullet  General Notes:

1641 Map of New Haven shows two adjacent town lots on the southwest portion of town - one assigned to John Potter and the other assigned to Widow Potter. There is no town lot assigned to the Widow Beecher. In the records and the Index of the Ancient Town Records of New Haven the entries indiscrimately refer to both Widow Potter and Beecher, indicating that she was the same person. This would make sense since she was living in town also with 3 sons, Issac Beecher, John and William Potter. Her name would easily get mixed up and she might be referred to by either moniker.

6 August 1650: Court held at New Haven, p43: Widow Potter fined 12 pennies for one gap in her fence.

5 April 1659: Court Held at New Haven (p399):

"The last will & testament of Hannah Beacher, late of New-haven deceased, was by her sonne Wm Potter p'sented, wich being read & attested upon oath by Mr. Mathew Gilbert & Mr. John Wakeman (witnesses to the sd will) to be the last will of the deceased, according to their best knowledg, It was judged legall. Also an inventory of the estate of the said Hannah Beacher was presented, amountinge to 55. 05. 06, attested by Will. Potter upon oath to be a full inventory of her estate, to the vallew of .12, to the best of his knowledge. Mr. Wakeman & Tho. Kinberly attested upon oath that ye apprizemt was iust, according to their best light. [Added later:] Isaac Beacher acknowledged the receit of his 3d part, to his satisfaction."

A rather confused record of Hannah, and I don't have the answers. According to a 1953 history of the town of New Haven, the 'Widow Potter' aka 'Widow Beecher' was an important member of the community, she being the midwife. Numerous references occur to her in the early records of the New Haven Colony, but there has been some controversy over whether she was two people or one, the emminent genealogist of New Haven, Donald Lines Jacobus, thought that she also the Widow Beecher, in any case, it would seem that she was the mother of Issac, my 8G grandfather. 2


Hannah married John POTTER. (John POTTER died about 1620 in England.)


Hannah next married John BEECHER circa 1620-1625 in England. (John BEECHER was born in 1580 in England and died in 1637-1638 in New Haven, Connecticut.)



1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Ancient New Haven (Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1974).

2 New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records (New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1917).

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