Ruth Porter

21 April 1745–1780 (Age 34)
Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Ruth

When Ruth Porter was born on 21 April 1745, in Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Abner Reed Porter, was 26 and her mother, Jane Chessman, was 24. She died in 1780, at the age of 35.

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Family Time Line

Abner Reed Porter
1718–1793
Jane Chessman
1720–1814
Ruth Porter
1745–1780
Bersheba Porter
1746–1780
Edward Chessman Porter
1748–
William Porter
1750–
David Porter
1753–1827
Matthew Porter
1755–1831
Abner Porter
1757–1776
Jane Porter
1759–
Clifford Porter
1762–1788
Abijah Porter
1764–

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1776

Age 31

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 31

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

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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  • Ruth Porter, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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