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The Potts Family Burial Ground

Historic Pottstown Walking Tour

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
1. The Potts Family Burial Ground Marker
Inscription.
From our earliest times, the cemeteries of Pottstown have been for the most part associated with churches. The original Sprogell burying ground was an exception, as was that of the Potts, Rutter and Hobart families (although this cemetery was in a sense a “church yard” of the Friends' Meeting House which once stood next to it). Part of John Potts' plans for Pottstown included promoting the community's religious needs; and to that end he donated the land to the Society of Friends, who built the first place of worship in our town, a one story brick building on King Street between Chestnut and Penn Streets. The Sprogell interments of 1776 and 1718 are the oldest, and with those at St. Gabriel's Church in Douglassville, pre-date the ones here.

This is is [sic] the resting place of John Potts, Thomas Rutter, III, Dr. Jonathan Potts, Nathaniel Potts Hobart, and other members of the family. Thomas Rutter, III, was co-owner with Samuel Potts of Warwick Furnace, one of the most productive and important forges in the state. As early as March 1778, they engaged with the Committee of Safety in Philadelphia to cast canon [sic] for the army and throughout the struggle were a chief source of ordinance [sic] for the army. Dr. Jonathan Potts, a friend of Benjamin Franklin and an early proponent of innoculation for smallpox, died
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
2. The Potts Burial Ground 1752 Marker on Wall
at the age of 36 due to an illness contracted as a result of the arduous task of tending the wounded at Valley Forge. John Potts was laid to rest not at Pottsgrove Manor, but in the cemetery he himself had selected on Chestnut Street, in the heart of the town of which he had dreamed.
 
Erected 2002 by Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee.
 
Location. 40° 14.854′ N, 75° 38.937′ W. Marker is in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is about 100 feet west of Penn Street. Marker is in this post office area: Pottstown PA 19464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philadelphia Steam Engine Fire Co. #1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Old Burial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Brick Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pottstown News (about 600 feet away); St. Clair Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weitzenkorn's Clothiers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Security Trust Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bahr Arcade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottstown.
 
Also see . . .  History of Pottstown.
The Potts Burial Ground and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
3. The Potts Burial Ground and Marker
(Submitted on October 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The Potts Burial Ground and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
4. The Potts Burial Ground and Marker
Looking west along Chestnut Street.
The Potts Family Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
5. The Potts Family Burial Ground
Gate typically locked, limiting access.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,399 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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