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This is an exciting find for me. Usually it’s my husband’s family for which I locate the very old records.
William Frampton was a Quaker. The Quakers kept excellent records of church activities, including births, marriages, deaths, meetings, who joined, who moved etc.
It’s not an easy document to read, but here is my attempt at a transcription:
THE CERTIFICATE OF WILLIAM FRAMPTON AND ELIZABETH POTTER AT NEWPORT 27 5 1680
“This is to certifye the truth to all people that William Frampton of the cytie of ______ and Elizabeth Potter of the towne of Newport on Rhod Iland having intentions of marriage according to the ordinance of God and his goyning did lay it before the men and womens meeting before whome their marriage was provinded and then the meeting desiered them to wait for a time and so they querying betwixt the time so the matter coming the second time before the men and womens meetings all things being cleer and they being published acording to the law of this coloney a meeting was ajointed for the purpose at the above sayd towne of Newport wher they tooke one another in the presence of God and in the presence of us heerunder written according to the law of God and the Pradise of the holy men of God in the scriptures of trueth they promising before God and his People to live faithfully together man and wife untill death seperate them according to Gods honorable marriage they then setting both their hands unto it in Rhod Iland the 27 5 1680.”
And God in heaven is wittness to what you say and we are also witnesses whose names are under written ~~
The date of 27 5 1680 would be the 27th day of the fifth month, 1680. In the dating system of the time, this would have been July 27, 1680 because March was the first month of the year, instead of January.
I’ve discovered quite a bit more about this William Frampton and his dealings and association with William Penn. Stay tuned for more on this story.
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Tell me about your Potters, Diane. I am descended from Nathaniel and Dorothy (--?--) Potter of Portsmouth RI through their son Nathaniel Potter (1637-1704) and his wife Elizabeth Stokes (1639-1704), and their daughter Rebecca Potter (1681-1773) who married Robert Kirby (1674-1757).ReplyDelete
Who were Elizabeth Potter's parents?
Randy - Haven't researched Elizabeth's family yet as I only learned of her this past few days. However, you have given me some good hints. Couldn't have been too many Potter families in Rhode Island back then. I'll send you a pm on FB. Could we have another connection? Be fun to find out :)Delete
Was your Elizabeth Potter related to Nathaniel PotterReplyDelete
Birth 1637 • Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Death 20 OCTOBER 1704 • Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
I have only just begun to research Elizabeth Potter, as I've just learned of her existence this past week. So, to answer your question, I don't know yet if she is related to Nathaniel. Rhode Island couldn't have been too big back then (still not very big), so it's probable that any families with the same surname would be connected somehow. I'll get back to you.Delete
Thanks for asking.
Diane, is that Daniel Gould, a witness, one of your Goulds?ReplyDelete
Don't I wish I knew Joanne. I noticed his name right away. Still trying to break through my Gould brick wall. Someday......... while I'm still young enough. LOL!Delete
I also have in my Frampton tree, Elizabeth Potter's father tentatively identified as Thomas PotterReplyDelete
1630–1703 BIRTH 1630 • Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, DEATH 10 DEC 1703 • Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey,
I too have Thomas as the possible father for Elizabeth. But, darned if I can find any solid evidence. Located a few books on archive.org (or net?) and not a single mention of Elizabeth Potter who matches. Let me know if you shake anything out of the dust.Delete
Thanks for stopping by.
Very cool document, Diane. Looking forward to seeing what else you find.ReplyDelete
Thanks Anna. I've been hitting the jackpot lately it seems :)Delete