Sarah Porter

Brief Life History of Sarah

When Sarah Porter was born about 1835, in West Harptree, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, her father, James Porter, was 37 and her mother, Phoebe Davis, was 29. She married Edward Tovey on 7 November 1852, in St George, Bristol, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She lived in Stratford, Essex, England, United Kingdom in 1871 and West Ham, Essex, England, United Kingdom in 1881. She died in April 1901, in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, at the age of 67.

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Edward Tovey
Sarah Porter
about 1835–1901
Marriage: 7 November 1852
William Edward Tovey
Elizabeth Tovey
Ellen Maria Tovey
Isabel Maude Tovey
Emily Eliza Tovey

Sources (15)

  • Sarah Tovey in household of Edward Tovey, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Sarah Porter - Government record: Census record: birth-name: Sarah Porter
  • Marriage record of Edward Tovey and Sarah Porter, WestonZoyland parish records, includes fathers' names and occupations.

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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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