Louisa Jane Porter

24 September 1841–18 May 1917 (Age 75)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Louisa Jane

When Louisa Jane Porter was born on 24 September 1841, in Pennsylvania, United States, her father, William Brown Porter, was 29 and her mother, Evaline Blachly, was 30. She married William Shearer Carter in 1862, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 18 May 1917, in Richhill Township, Greene, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 75.

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Family Time Line

William Shearer Carter
Louisa Jane Porter
Marriage: 1862
William Porter Carter
Mary Evelyn Carter
John Sherwood Carter
James Melvin Carter
Charles Shearer Carter

Spouse and Children

    William Shearer Carter



Pennsylvania, United States


Parents and Siblings

    William Brown Porter





    Maria Jerucia Porter



    Dr. John Henry S. Porter


World Events (7)


Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 22

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper of a great house, castle, or monastery, from Middle English porter ‘doorkeeper’, ‘gatekeeper’ (Old French portier). The office often came with accommodation, lands, and other privileges for the bearer, and in some cases was hereditary, especially in the case of a royal castle. As an American surname, this has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other European languages, for example German Pförtner ( see Fortner ) and North German Poertner .2 English: occupational name for a man who carried loads for a living, especially one who used his own muscle power rather than a beast of burden or a wheeled vehicle. This sense is from Old French porteo(u)r (Late Latin portator, from portare ‘to carry or convey’).3 Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch portere ‘doorkeeper’. Compare 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Louisa Carter in household of William S Carter, "United States Census, 1870"
  • L J Porter in household of Wm B Porter, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Luiza J Porter in household of William B Porter, "United States Census, 1850"

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