Harriet Persis Porter

9 December 1824–27 November 1880 (Age 55)
Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Harriet Persis

When Harriet Persis Porter was born on 9 December 1824, in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Jeremiah Porter, was 35 and her mother, Atossa N. Nichols, was 35. She married Asa Kittridge on 11 October 1848, in Scott, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Waukegan, Lake, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. She died on 27 November 1880, in Lake, Illinois, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Lake, Illinois, United States.

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Harry K. Smith
Harriet Persis Porter
Marriage: 7 August 1862
Mary Augusta Smith
Jennie W. Smith
Helen Amanda Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    7 August 1862Lake, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 1
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1832 · Black Hawk War
    Age 8
    The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the "British Band", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis.
    Age 15
    Historical Boundaries: 1839: Lake, Illinois, United States

    Name Meaning

    (1997: 55056;2007: 117920; 2010: 163054)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).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (11)

    • Harriett Kittredge in household of Asa Kittredge, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Harriet Kittridge, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
    • Harriet Persis Smith, "Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999"

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