Mary Ann Porter

Brief Life History of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Porter was born on 13 September 1833, in Woodsford, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, her father, John Porter, was 39 and her mother, Harriet Notley, was 36. She married Robert Pitman on 5 July 1853, in Owermoigne, Dorset, England. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Owermoigne, Dorset, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom for about 30 years. She died in February 1960, at the age of 126.

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Robert Pitman
Mary Ann Porter
Marriage: 5 July 1853
Georgiana aka Georgina Porter Pitman
about 1854–
Henry Pitman
Eliza Jane Pitman
Anna Maria aka "Annie" Pitman
William George Pitman
Frances Emma Pitman
Elizabeth Pitman
George Pitman
Harriet Ellen Pitman

Sources (17)

  • Mary A Pitman, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • Mary Anne Porter, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Mary Ann Pitman, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001"

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about 1854 · The Crimean War

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

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

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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