Sarah Ann Porter

about 1835–April 1901 (Age 66)
West Harptree, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Sarah Ann

When Sarah Ann Porter was born about 1835, in West Harptree, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, her father, James Porter, was 36 and her mother, Phoebe Davis, was 28. She married Edward Tovey on 7 November 1852, in Bristol St George, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom in 1841 and St George Brandon Hill, Bristol, England, United Kingdom in 1851. She died in April 1901, in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, at the age of 66.

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Edward Tovey
Sarah Ann Porter
Marriage: 7 November 1852
William Edward Tovey
Isabel Maude Tovey
Ellen Tovey
Emily Tovey

Spouse and Children

    Edward Tovey



7 November 1852
Bristol St George, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom


    William Edward Tovey


    Ellen Tovey


    Isabel Maude Tovey


    Emily Tovey


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (4)


Age 8

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1854 · The Crimean War

Age 19

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 45

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

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)

  • Sarah Porter in household of James Porter, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Sarah Porter in household of James Porter, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Sarah Porter - Government record: Census record: birth-name: Sarah Porter

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