Louisa Jane Porter

Brief Life History 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, and was buried in Richhill Township, Greene, Pennsylvania, United States.

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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

Sources (20)

  • Louisa Carter in household of William S Carter, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Pennsylvania, U.S., Marriages, 1852-1968
  • Kentucky, U.S., Death Records, 1852-1965

World Events (7)


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


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

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

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 and Older Scots porter(e), port(o)ur ‘doorkeeper, gatekeeper’ (Anglo-Norman French port(i)er, portur, Latin portarius). 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. The name has been established in Ireland since the 13th century. In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, for example German Pförtner (see Fortner ) and Poertner .

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 Middle English port(o)ur, porter ‘porter, carrier of burdens’ (Anglo-Norman French portur, porteo(u)r).

Dutch: variant, mostly Americanized, of Poorter, status name for a freeman (burgher) of a town, Middle Dutch portere, modern Dutch poorter. Compare De Porter .

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

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