Find Ancestors

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

William Thomas Potter- Canada

ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 11:16

I am looking into my 1st cousin twice removed. William Thomas Potter, born 11 Jan 1908 at 11 Farm Road, Pontlottyn, Wales.

The family story is that he moved to Canada or USA, it is more likely that he settled in Canada, but may have travelled via the USA, we don't know when or with whom.

My last sighting of him is on the 1911 census of 30 Fenwick Street, Pontygwaith. aged 3, with his parents, Samuel and Edith, and 2 siblings, Samuel 5 and Horace 1.

Is there any way to find find out more about when and where he went, and what happened to him, for example, did he get married and have children, there are a lot of possible records on Ancestry but not enough detail to be sure if it is the correct one. I have also tried Google, but again nothing specific as to where to start.

I know there must have been documents and paperwork regarding his emigration, could you please just give me some pointers as to where to start looking.


greyghost Report 1 Aug 2020 11:48

1911 Census For England & Wales
30 Fenwick Street Pontywaith Glam, Rhondda, Glamorganshire, Wales

Members that resided in the household at the time of the census.
First name(s) Last name Relationship Marital status Sex Age Birth year Occupation Birth place
Samuel Potter Head Married Male 26 1885 Colliery Haulier Belowground Porth Glamorgan
Edith Potter Wife Married Female 23 1888 - Dowlais Glamorgan
Samuel Potter Son - Male 5 1906 - Abertwswg Mon
William T Potter Son - Male 3 1908 - Pontlottyn Glamorgan
Horace Potter Son - Male 1 1910 - Pontlottyn Glamorgan


ErikaH Report 1 Aug 2020 11:52

Try here

A tree on Ancestry links the posted sailing to his birth.

No other info about him


greyghost Report 1 Aug 2020 11:55


Passenger Lists Leaving Uk 1890-1960

First name(s) William
Last name Potter
Gender Male
Age 20
Birth year 1908
Occupation MINER
Departure year 1928
Departure day 15
Departure month 8
Departure port Southampton
Destination port Quebec
Destination QUEBEC
Province Quebec
Country Canada
Destination country Canada
Ship name Empress Of France
Ship official number 136266
Ship master's first name E
Ship master's last name GRIFFITHS
Ship destination port QUEBEC
Ship destination country CANADA
Ship square feet 12324
Ship registered tonnage 10059
Number of passengers 978
Record set Passenger Lists Leaving Uk 1890-1960
Category Travel & migration
Subcategory Passenger Lists
Collections from Great Britain, England, Canada, Americas

From image - Last address in UK

41 Lady Tyler Terrace, Rhgwief


Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 11:57

Thank you ErikaH I will, and greyghost, you may have found it, his Mum, lived at Lady Tyler Terrace many years later.

Thank you so very much.


Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 12:22

I have just noticed that image is also in my tree on Ancestry which must have got picked up when I took some information from one of my cousins tree's, I hadn't noticed the address Lady Tyler Terrace this morning, which would certainly point to this being the right person, there is another sailing the following year which may be him coming back from the USA with the description Farmer, he maybe went out there for work on a farm, but I now have a starting point, I will look at Family Search, and thank you again.


ErikaH Report 1 Aug 2020 12:31

The one who came to UK in December 1928 (NB) was going to Thatched Cottage, Gipsy Lane, Northampton


Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 12:43

Yes, saw that ErikaH, what drew my attention to it was that about half of our Welsh family went to Coventry, not that far from Northampton, I know its a shot in the dark, there are a lot of us trying to track his movements, I would dearly love to piece his life together.


Kay???? Report 1 Aug 2020 13:38

Hello. I am trying to find out what happened to my uncle, William Potter,(William T Potter). He emigrated to Canada in 1928.
Ship EMPRESS OF FRANCE. Departed Southampton 15th August 1928 and destined for Quebec. He was the second son of Edith and Samuel Potter. He was born in Pontlottyn South Wales UK in 1908. At the time of departure he was living in Lady Tyler Terrace, Monmouth, South Wales. His occupation was a miner. He had a relative living in Canada at the time. His name was Charles Hippard.
It would be great if I could find out what happened to him and hopefully find some relatives.

This is posted on Friday 28 June ----------..a relative/ ?


Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 13:44

Hi Kay, certainly looks like it but I cant see the post. Will keep looking.


Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 14:28

Have had another look and I cant see this post for 28th June. (assuming its 2020) I would say it is definitely a relative going by the detail given, if the poster is looking for relatives then they have found one!! and there are plenty more of us still around.


Mary Report 1 Aug 2020 14:38

Charles Hippard born Wales 31/7/1902 parents Mark and Hannah Maria Martin born 1870
Her sister Edith Martin 13/11/1887 married Samuel Potter (died 12/7/1916) had William Thomas Potter 1908.

Parents of Edith were Arthur 1848 and Eliza/Elizabeth born @ 1850.



Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 14:48

Hi Mary, thank you for all that.

Am still trying to find the post mentioned by Kay at 13.38, it looks like they are looking for living relatives as well as ancestors.


ArgyllGran Report 1 Aug 2020 15:17

There's this thread, started by someone called Avril Harper:

Avril also had these threads on Rootschat:

That last one (651983) is the one mentioned by Kay - dating from 2013.


Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 15:31

Ok AG, thank you, I know who Avril is, would like to know who the other one was though, I went back quite a few years on GR. The only Friday 28th June I could see on Google was 2019, and it wasn't that one, but I did only have a quick look for the minute. Its always nice to find a living relative.


ArgyllGran Report 1 Aug 2020 15:41

The "other one" was also Avril.
As I said, the thread mentioned by Kay was the last Rootschat link I posted above, dated 28th June 2013.
Not a GR thread.


Deborah Report 1 Aug 2020 15:44

Sorry AG, I didn't see you posted "2013" my oversight.