David Porter

2 April 1753–1827 (Age 73)
Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of David

When David Porter was born on 2 April 1753, in Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Abner Reed Porter, was 34 and his mother, Jane Chessman, was 32. He married Lydia Hammon on 21 June 1777. He died in 1827, at the age of 74.

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David Porter
Lydia Hammon
Marriage: 21 June 1777

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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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  • David Porter, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • David Porter, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"

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