Joshua Potts
1747-1820
New Hanover County, NC




Joshua Potts was born about 1747 and died 27 Dec 1820 and was a Revolutinary War Soldier. His name appears in the New Hanover court minutes from 1785-1822.


The Wilmington Gazette - October 15, 1805
Died in this town on the 11th inst., Mrs. Judith Potts, aged 46 years, the amiable and justly respected consort of Mr. Joshua Potts.


New Hanover County, NC Register of Deeds
13 Nov 1806 - Deed from Joshua Potts and Mary Kirkwood to J G Wright and R Mitchell mentions "a marriage is intended shortly to be had and solemnized between Joshua Potts and Mary Kirkwood..."


The Hillsborough Recorder - January 10, 1821
Died in Halifax county at the seat of Mr. Willis Alston on the 27th December, Mr. Joshua Potts for many years a highly respectable merchant of Wilmington and a most amiable and upright man, in the 74th year of his age.


The Alstons and Allstons of North and South Carolina
Compiled from English, colonial and family records
Willis (Congress) Alston d. Apr. 13, 1837; married:
1st Pattie Moore and had no issue.
2nd On May 29, 1817 at Wilmington, NC to Sallie Madaline Potts, daughter of Joshua Potts of Smithville, NC, who was Custom House officer or Revenue Collector for the post and was called among his friends and acquaintances the Socrates of America. Issue (q.v.)


State Library digital.ncdcr.gov

New Hanover Tax List, 1762
Abraham Potts

New Hanover Tax List, 1782, 1815
Joshua Potts for heirs of Mary Potts


Hillsborough Recorder - January 10, 1821
Excerpt of Legislature of North Carolina House of Commons
In Senate Tuesday, December 19
Mr. Shober, from the committee on Military Land Warrants, to whom was referred a resolution instructing them to enquire into the expediency of allowing to Joshua Potts, a land warrant for his services as superintendent commissary in this State during the Revolutionary War, reported in his favor, and that a warrant be issued to him or his legal representative for 8, 840 (3, 340?) acres of land


North Carolina and Tennessee, Revolutionary War Land Warrants, 1783-1843
Name: Joshua Potts
Warrant or Survey Date: 21 Dec 1820
Warrant or Survey Number: 655
Record Type: Survey Order


Historical Sketches of North Carolina from 1584 to 1851, Vol. II
Members of the House of Commons from Wilmington from 1774-1836

1787 - Joshua Potts


NC Archives, New Hanover County Court Minutes, Part 2, 1771-1785
by Alexander McDonald Walker

8 Oct 1785 - Deed from Caleb Grainger and Mary his wife to Henry Toomer proved by Joshua Potts


NC Archives, New Hanover County Court Minutes, Part 3, 1786-1793
by Alexander McDonald Walker

6 Oct 1786 - Jurors appointed for next Superior Court: Joshua Potts, others

4 Jul 1787 - Power of attorney from Jas Potts et al in Borough of Belfast, Ireland to Jno Burgwin and Wm Campbell exhibited into court

9 Jan 1788 - A Maclaine acknowledged deed to Joshua Potts

12 Jan 1788 - Jurors for next April term: Joshua Potts, others

9 Apr 1788 - James Potts proved deeds from Jonathan Dennet Tompkins, one to Joshua Potts and another to George Bell

9-10 Jan 1789 - Venire to April term next: Joshua Potts, others

11 Apr 1789 - Venire to next Superior court: Joshua Potts, others

8 Jul 1789 - Estate of Geo Bell dec'd, Joshua Potts appointed administrator

6 Jan 1790 - Proved deed Robt Bell and John Madeiras to Joshua Potts by Wm Nutt; indemnity bond John Madeiras to Jos Potts by Wm Nutt; lease Thos Cunningham Sr to Jos Potts by Sed Springs; deed Gillam Bass Atorney of heirs of Wm Wimble to Jos Potts by Henry Hoskins

5 Apr 1790 - Joshua Potts Esq appointed guardian of John Earle minor son of Richd Earle dec'd

7 Apr 1790 - Estate of Margaret Kirkwood dec'd, Joshua Potts appointed administrator

8 Jul 1790 - Estate of Margaret Kirkwood dec'd, inventory filed by Joshua Potts Esq

6 Apr 1791 - Estate of William Ewans dec'd, John Martin appointed administrator, bond 4000, Joshua Potts and Edward Jones sureties

7 Apr 1791 - Deed proved Joshua Potts to John Brown

8 Apr 1791 - Deed from Joshua Potts to John Brown proved by James Moran

6 Jul 1791 - Bill of sale from John Pleace to William Keddie proved by Joshua Potts

7 Jan 1792 - James Flowers deed to James Hogg proved by Joshua Potts

21 May 1792 - Estate of Robert Wells dec'd, John Brown appointed administrator, bond 600 with Joshua Potts and John Allan as sureties

23 May 1792 - Deeds proved: Lease of Thomas Cunningham to Joshua Potts by John Allan

26 May 1792 - Estate of David James dec'd, John Brown and Joshua Potts resigned as executors

26 May 1792 - Venire for August Term: Joshua Potts, others

24 Nov 1792 - Estate of David James dec'd, Jury of dower, by consent of each party, appointed the following jurors to set off dower of Mrs James widow, Joshua Potts, others

29 May 1793 - Willis Dyson deed to Joshua Potts proved by John Allan

29 May 1793 - Venire for August Term 1793: Joshua Potts, others

20 Aug 1793 - James Potts et al v Thomas Callender Exr No 21, found for plaintiff 706-10-0 less 50 remitted, stay of execution granted to plaintiff

26 Nov 1793 - Estate of Mathew Cunniam dec'd, Henry Urquhart and Joshua Potts executors

28 Nov 1793 - Estate of Margt Kirkwood dec'd, Joshua Potts administrator filed his account


NC Archives, New Hanover County Court Minutes, Part 4, 1794-1800
by Alexander McDonald Walker

1 Mar 1794 - Jurors for Superior Court: Joshua Potts, others

26 May 1794 - Power of Attorney and substitution from Gillam Bass to Joshua Potts registered

30 May 1794 - Estate of David James dec'd, Hugh Campbell, Joshua Potts and Benjn Ledden to audit Account of John James

31 May 1794 - Estate of David James dec'd, order last term for Joshua Potts and others to divide land between John James Jr, Thomas James Jr and William James Jr sons of decedent be rescinded

31 May 1794 - Estate of James Ramsey dec'd, Joshua Potts and others to examine Account of William Keddy

27 Nov 1794 - Estate of Thomas Flowers dec'd, Robert Harley proved will and Joshua Potts qualified as executor

28 Nov 1794 - Estate of David James dec'd, Samuel Larkins, Joshua Potts and others as Commissioners to divide decedents realty pursuant to law

25 Feb 1795 - Estate of Thos Flowers dec'd, Joshua Potts executor filed inventory

17 Jun 1795 - Joshua Potts appointed guardian of George and Charles Cropton orphans of Charles Cropton

17 Jun 1795 - Power of Attorney of James Hussey to Potts & Gibbs proved by Robert Harley

24 Dec 1795 - Jurors appointed next term: Joshua Potts, others

25 Jun 1796 - Proved: Bill of Sale from James Bradley to Peter Maxwell by Joshua Potts

25 Jun 1796 - Jurors appointed to serve next Term: Joshua Potts, others

23 Mar 1797 - Estate of Tho Cunningham dec'd, Joshua Potts qualified as executor

23 Mar 1797 - Joshua Potts deed to Richard Burden and said Burden to George Whitfield proved

25 Mar 1797 - Jurors appointed to serve at next Superior court, Joshua Potts, others

23 Dec 1797 - Jurors appointed to serve at March Term next: Joshua Potts, others

19 Mar 1798 - Joshua Potts and wife deed to John Stoutenburgh proved

20 Mar 1798 - Joshua Potts Grand Jury foreman

22 Mar 1798 - J White deed to Joshua Potts proved

20 Dec 1798 - Estate of John Stoutenbourgh dec'd, Rebecca Stoutenbourgh and Joshua Potts appointed administrators

19 Mar 1799 - Estate of John Stoutenbourgh dec'd, inventory filed by Joshua Potts one of the administrators

23 Mar 1799 - Jurors appointed for next term of court: Joshua Potts, others


New Hanover County, NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
March Term, 1801 - December Term, 1804
by John Wright Hutteman

16 Mar 1801 - Bill of sale from Joshua Potts Executor of Thos Flowers to William Hooper proved in open court

17 Jun 1801 - Jurors to try the Caveat of James B White against David Dixon: Joshua Potts, others

22 Sep 1801 - Peter Maxwell and Joshua Potts appointed to audit the accounts of Robert Gibbs Administrator of John Gibbs dec'd

23 Dec 1801 - Joshua Potts proved a deed from Richard Langdon to Jonathan Avery

23 Jun 1802 - Deed from George Gibbs to Joshua Potts and Francis Fontaine proved

25 Jun 1802 - A Marriage Settlement between Sarah Campbell and James Brownlow to Joshua Potts and Jos G Wright proved

21 Dec 1803 - Joshua Potts, Thos Callender and Thomas Snead appointed to audit the accounts of Thos C Howe as executor of Thos Moore dec'd

21 Dec 1803 - Deed of Thos Robeson to James Allen proved by Joshua Potts


New Hanover County, NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
1805 - 1808
by Helen Moore Sammons

22 Mar 1805 - John London, Josh Potts, Wm Giles appointed to audit the accounts of the executors of John Burgwin and make division of the estate of said John between those entitled

19 Sep 1805 - Joshua Potts and O Kenan appointed to audit the accounts of admr's of Wm N Snead

7 Jan 1807 - A deed of marriage settlement from J Potts and M. Kirkwood to Jos G Wright and R Mitchell proved by John McKellar

7 Jan 1807 - Bill of sale from Mary Kirwood to Sarah M Potts proved by Robert Brown

20 May 1807 - Power of attorney from Gilliam Bass to Joshua Potts under the seal of New York

18 Aug 1807 - Deed from Joshua Potts attorney for the heirs of Wimble to Richard Langdon proved

17 Feb 1808 - Discharge to a mortgage from John Nutt to G Bass and others by Joshua Potts

22 Nov 1808 - Deed from Joshua Potts attorney to the heirs of Wimble to Jacob Levy proved


New Hanover County, NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Feb 1809 - Feb 1813
by John A. McGeachy

21 Feb 1809 - Deed from Joshua Potts attorney for Sarah OConnor and Margaret Burke to Cyrus Bryan proved

18 May 1809 - Peter Pelham offers as his securities Joshua Potts and Thomas Cowan

18 Feb 1811 - Deed from J Potts to George Norton proved by Robert W Brown

15 May 1811 - Deed from J Potts attorney for the heirs of Wimble to Mary Ann Dunbibin proved

12 Nov 1812 - Deed from Joshua Potts to Jane Jones probed by Robert W Brown


New Hanover County, NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Aug 1814 - May 1818
by John A. McGeachy

13 Nov 1815 - Joshua Potts renounced as executor of A Golden

16 Nov 1816 - Deed from Joshua Potts attorney for the heirs of Wimble to John Nelson proved

15 Feb 1817 - Deed from David Mitchell to Joshua Potts proved

16 May 1817 - Deed from Joshua attorney for the heirs of Wimble to Thos C Reston proved


New Hanover County, NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Feb 1822 - Sep 1825
by John A. McGeachy

13 Nov 1822 - Deed from Joshua Potts to Jacob Hartman proved


New Hanover County, NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Mar 1827 - Dec 1830
by John A. McGeachy

9 Sep 1828 - Armond J DeRosset, Alexr Anderson and Saml Langdon appointed to audit the acts of Robert W Brown as Guardian to Joshua and James Potts


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